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Spring Fling

It’s first group post day at Papertrey Ink for their 7th anniversary. There are so many great new products to see today, so let’s get started.

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Today’s contest is a bunny hunt. Customers must come up with a final accurate count of bunny icons hidden in each of the design team’s main photos to be eligible to win a $70 gift certificate. There will be seven winners. All details are on Nichole’s blog.


First, I’m showcasing a new stamp set and dies called Garden Grace. WOW! This stamp set was so much fun to use that I created a set of four cards. I love all the different color combinations I came up with and how the floral sprays popped in the designs.

For the birthday card, I used berry sorbet, aqua mist, sprint moss, new leaf, and summer sunrise as my color palette.


The set includes a few sentiments too. I stamped the sentiments on Happy Day die cuts and layered them on Limitless Layers: Scalloped Circle die cuts.

On this card, I used plum pudding, smokey shadow, and soft stone. I also added the new Cover Plate: Diagonals to the card front. Technically, you can use any of the new “stripe” cover plates and place them on the diagonal.


On this Mother’s Day card, I used new leaf, hibiscus burst, pure poppy, pinefeather, summer sunrise, and aqua mist for my color combination. This is definitely a favorite color combo of mine now!


On the thank you card, I used summer sunrise, aqua mist, raspberry fizz, ripe avocado, simply chartreuse, and berry sorbet for my color palette.


Here are a few close-ups of one of the cards.



Next, I’m showcasing Hippity Hoppity, a new stamp set and dies for spring and Easter. I also used a new treat bag die called Bunny Bag, which is the cutest and most fun to assemble.


To create this card, I used the new Library Card to die cut the pink polka dot patterned paper. I also used Be Happy stamp (diagonal stripes) and coordinating dies for the borders. The gold stripe is some washi tape.


I used a negative die cut to showcase to the bunny and embellished it with a button and square-cut sentiment tag.

I layered it on some patterned paper showed through some vellum. The card measures 4 x 6.


My bunny treat bags came together so easily. I used a pastel color combination to coordinate with the Easter card. You can fill the bags with just about anything from candy to gift cards.


My little bunnies are holding Easter eggs stamped with Polka Dot Basics.


I used curling ribbon for the bunny whiskers. The nose is die cut from felt. and the eyes are sequins (gold layered on black).


I used the same patterned paper from the Easter card for the bunny ears so they would coordinate. Aren’t they the cutest little Easter treat bags?!


But wait, don’t forget about the bunny’s tails! I used cotton balls!


Thanks so much for checking out what I created today. I hope you are enjoying all the anniversary festivities and all the wonderful projects the entire team is creating and sharing. I definitely am!

Here are some links in case you need to click through. Take care and I’ll be back with a new post featuring more new Papertrey Ink goodness tomorrow!

Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Maile Belles (not posting this month)
Melissa Phillips
Dee in NHFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:19 am

Your flower cards are so pretty and the bunnies are just adorable!!!

KeriFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:26 am

Aahhhhhhhhh! Beautiful post, Ashley! The floral cards are beautiful and I just can’t get enough of those bunny bags! Top notch! :)

BirgitFebruary 12, 2014 - 7:57 am

Your cards are beautiful! What a great gift that would make!! The bunny bags are just too adorable too.

Donna CalaFebruary 12, 2014 - 8:24 am

Your floral cards are exactly my style. I love the trendy stripes and beautiful florals and the label in the center. Perfection. Of course, I must tell you how cute those bunnies are.

lindaFebruary 12, 2014 - 8:31 am

Absolutely darling!!!!

MarybethFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:05 am

Gorgeous cards and adorable bunnies !

Becky GreenFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:06 am

OH ASHLEY!!!! Your SET of cards are FABULOUS!!!!! I LOVE ALL THE COLORS & the STRIPES!!! THEY’RE WONDERFUL!!! ANNNNNNND, your little BUNNY BAG IS to DIE FOR!!!!!!!LOL I LOOOOOVE the CURLY WHISKERS, the FLORAL EARS, the POLKA DOTS, & the little FELT NOSE!!!! THEY’RE JUST ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!;) And your little BUNNY CARD is ADORABLE TOO!!!!!!!!:)LOVE the use of the negative area for the BUNNY & the LIBRARY CARD!!!!;) SUPER JOB!!!!!!!:)

Cindy H.February 12, 2014 - 9:13 am

What a sweet Easter card! Love your Bunny Bags they are just darling! The pattern paper and soft colors are Easter perfection.

Chris KFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:14 am

Love the Garden Grace card set! It is absolutely beautiful.

Deb HFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:21 am

Your designs today are a joy to see. I had thought I didn’t need another flower set and
I was wrong.

Diana KFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:21 am

The most darlingest projects ever! Seriously, Ashley, pure eye candy in every way. I think you just sold me on Grace Garden, without even looking at any other design team projects

Nancy PenirFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:43 am

Love every sweet detail. From the floral ears on bunnies to the curly ribbon whiskers, well done, lady!

adeleFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:15 am

What could be cuter than polka dot bunnies? I love the ribbon whiskers on the bunny bags too.

JanLeeFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:25 am

Oh my the cuteness here is crazy You bunnies are so adorable.

Holly SaveurFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:39 am

So cute and gorgeous!

Kristy SchalkFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:00 am

Beautiful! Adorable! Love the pastel bunnies!

Sharon MattinglyFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:01 am

Great cards – like how one design can be used so many different ways. And love the bunny bags – they are darling!

NoreenFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:09 am

Cute, cute bunny bags!

PattiFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:36 am

Adorable! I especially love your little bunny card. Very clever! : )

Linda CarpenterFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

So pretty and so adorable! The flowers are usually my favorite, but your little polka dot bunny card is just too cute!

Lisa PetrellaFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

I absolutely LOVE the set of four cards you created with the new Garden Grace stamp set!!! The color combos and multi-step stamping are just FABULOUS!!!! And those bunny bags are so super duper cute! Love the cotton ball tails! So sweet!

Victoria H.February 12, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Oh my goodness, how precious are your projects and what cute little bunny tails!

Elizabeth S.February 12, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Such adorable bunnies.

LauraJaneFebruary 12, 2014 - 1:23 pm

SWEET polka dot bunny card!!
The bunny bags will be a hit with the kiddos, young and old:)

BobbyFebruary 12, 2014 - 2:10 pm

That Garden Grace stamp used in so many color ways for different occasions is brilliant.

Corrine AnnFebruary 12, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Great projects! Your bunny bags are so cute!

Ruth GFebruary 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Your card set is really beautiful! I like the layered sentiments in the middle! The Easter card is so clever with the negative bunny die cut!!! The gift bags are too adorable with the patterned paper choices and the sequin eyes! Thanks so much for sharing today!

GraceFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:12 pm

I loved the cards. They are beautiful. I love the bunny bags.

Michele ClayFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Each is adorable! This release is fantastic!

jan metcalfFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Cute projects Ashley!

Suzanne FranzFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:10 pm


Lindsey L.February 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Ashley, your card set is gorgeous! I want this stamp set after seeing your cards alone! And your bunnies are darling. The curling ribbon whiskers are such a fabulous idea.

Patt H.February 12, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Love all the cards & the curling ribbon whiskers on the bunny bags is great! So cute!

BeverlyBLFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Love all of your creations for today. They are all perfect, and the colors are great. Your set of note cards is so cute, and I love your bunny bags.

New From Papertrey Ink! Introducing Monthly Moments

Monthly Moments is Heather Nichols’ spin on the pocket scrapbooking trend. Each monthly collection will include an entire series of dies, stamps and printed journal cards that leave lots of different options for personalization and customization. And the best part of this series? It embraces true Papertrey Ink style and all of it is versatile enough to be used in card making too, giving you the best of both worlds!

Each month Heather will be introducing a kit appropriate for the layouts you will be working on later that month. Each kit will include a monthly stamp set, a coordinating month die, some form of a journaling card or pocket die as well as an entire pad of pre-printed journaling cards. All of these monthly introductions will have a one-stop-shop option as a kit, or you can pick and choose what you want individually.

This month we are introducing the basic February kit, as well as several fun extras!

Here are two traditional layouts I made using the new stamps, dies, and journaling cards you can find in the kits.


Now is a great time to start scrapbooking with Papertrey Ink. The Monthly Moments kits will give you the jump start needed to get started and maintain documenting your favorite moments throughout the year. Of course course, I had to start with a maternity photo and ultrasound picture.


The Monthly Moments kits can be used to scrapbook a variety of ways, including traditional pages (whatever size you prefer), pocket-style, or even mini albums. It’s all up to you! I’ve started with 12 x 12 pages, but I definitely will change it up and add some pocket-style pages and mini albums as the year goes along.


I used the February Monthly Moments stamp set to create a lined list of things I could add for all the things I love about my expecting baby. I used a typewriter to jot down my thoughts.

I used the Slide Frame stamp set and die to add the ultrasound photo. It is my favorite ultrasound photo of the baby during my entire pregnancy because we happened to catch her sucking her thumb. How cute, right?!

I also used journaling cards to embellish the page. Don’t be afraid to fussy cut some things; they can make some great page elements!  The Calendar Basics stamp set was used for the December 2013 date.


The background of the page was created by adding snowflake die cuts.


My next page is all about my candy cravings. I’ve always loved candy, but not like this! So, a page dedicated to all the candy I’ve consumed over the past few months was a must!


I die cut a journaling card using the library card stamp set and die. I stamped the date of when I made the page too!


Love this…for the record was a great stamp to add to my candy-loving page!


Don’t be afraid to add other dies to your pages as well. I used Cover Plate: Hearts and stitched arrows under my photo. I stamped the tiny hearts from the February Monthly Moments stamp set.


For my title, I got great use out of those wonderful alphabet dies, including lower script and upper book print alpha dies.

The awesome thing about this new monthly series is that it gets us card makers back to scrapbooking (or introduces it to the new scrappers)! I now have no excuse, right?! Neither do you. You’ll love all these fun elements to get those scrapping creative juices flowing.

jan mFebruary 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

You look so pretty in pink!! Monthly moments will be perfect for tracking the joys of a little one!!

Kathy HFebruary 8, 2014 - 8:10 am

Love how you used these new elements in your layouts! Very clever!!

Kelly SchirmerFebruary 8, 2014 - 8:27 am

Ashley you look so great! Love these scrapbook pages, too cuuute!

Leigh PennerFebruary 8, 2014 - 8:54 am

So fun to see your scrapbooking layouts, Ashley! They’re both fabulous!

DollyFebruary 8, 2014 - 9:02 am

Congratulations Ashley and awesomely cute pages girl!!

Pat HFebruary 8, 2014 - 9:12 am

Oh Ashley, you will love doing pocket scrapbooking for your baby photos! I am trying to use this system for the thousands of photos I have of my four children’s growing up years (I didn’t scrap back then). I love your Candy Cravings layout- the colors just pop! Have a great weekend!

Diana KFebruary 8, 2014 - 9:26 am

Love, love, love these! Especially your candy cravings page. Ashley, your photos are gorgeous (and so are you) and I love the styling you did for the candy shot.

TraceyFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:00 am

Your pages are awesome!! So very pretty!!

Nita K.February 8, 2014 - 11:23 am

Ashley, your layouts are wonderful!

MoragFebruary 8, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Lovely pages but I am wondering what die you used for the aqua blue arrow above. I cannot find a die on the PTI site that matches what you’ve done so can only assume you’ve creatively linked use of a few… please share! And congrats on the burgeoning bump!!

GabbyFebruary 8, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Love these pages! Great designs using so many PTI products. You look fantastic and so happy! I know your baby girl will grow up to appreciate these and many other memory pages I’m sure you’ll craft. :)

Tracey McNeelyFebruary 8, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Beautiful Ashley, love your pages!

Linda SodanoFebruary 8, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Your pages are so cute and special! What a perfect time for
you for these products to be introduced!!! I’m so happy for you!

Lindsey L.February 8, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Ashley, I adore these! You look gorgeous! And what special moments to be documenting. I love that you made a page dedicated to your candy cravings…hilarious!

GemielFebruary 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Ashley, I love that photo of you. Pink is definately one of your colors. As a scrapbooker, I am so excited to hear about the new Monthly Moments. I can’t wait until the 15th.

Elizabeth S.February 8, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Ashley, these pages are beautiful and so are you! Love the ultrasound picture. I don’t scrapbook but after seeing this new line and what you and and the others have done with them I just might have to give it a go.

CassiFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:26 pm

I LOVE your layouts! The ruffled pink ribbon is fantastic. Great to see the the alphabet dies in there too.

Paulette SFebruary 9, 2014 - 1:19 am

Ashley, these layouts are beautiful. You look wonderful. And that sweet baby, oh my, ultrasounds just bring tears to my eyes. What magic miracles babies are in development. Just amazing.

Emma SleppyFebruary 11, 2014 - 12:10 am

Looks like this next release has a lot of great winners! I love your candy cravings!
Everyone at PT is so creative. Love your blog!

Kathy McFebruary 12, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Beautiful journal pages. Won’t that be a fun thing for you baby-to-be to enjoy in later years? No chocolate in those candy cravings? That would be my downfall. : )

Papertrey & Project Favorites

It’s Papertrey Ink’s 7th Anniversary! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the festivities and the team this year. In the above graphic, I’ve selected seven of my favorite projects since joining the design team in November 2011. It was hard to pick just seven projects, not because I think I can make awesome projects, but because Papertrey Ink has the best stamps and crafting supplies in the industry and makes it super easy to make creative projects.

Starting on the top row on the left, I personalized some soda bottles using Celebrations stamp set and the coordinating die. I used adhesive sheets to stick the label die cuts to the bottles. I embellished the bottle with die cut flowers and ribbon. This project is perfect for any event you’re hosting to customize it and make it a bit more special.

My next favorite is a card using The Sweet Life stamped on vintage book print paper. The highlight of the card is the camera from Shutterbug Special. I paired it up with a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #5.

I surprised myself when I created the next sweet little princess card. I just love how feminine it is.  I used Little Princess stamp and die and embellished it with a felt handmade rosette. I created a scene by stamping trees on patterned paper.

On the next card, I used Floral Foliage stamp and die. I paired it up with sunshine dies and Signature Greetings II. You can’t go wrong with a handwritten sentiment, meadow hills, and polka dots.

I adore the next featured project. They are custom vellum birth announcements. The pre-printed birth announcements are awesome, but these will surely wow your close family and friends. I used the seed packet die to create the envelope to insert a small photo, which is displayed through the vellum. I used Garden Variety IIHeart-2-Heart #3, and Baby Face stamp sets to embellish it. To personalize the announcement, I used Script Alpha dies.

Everything about the next card screams LOVE, which is why it’s a favorite of mine. I love the simple layout and color combination. Using Think Big Favorites #23, I stamped the LOVE element and hand cut it as an embellishment. I die cut the heart from the Heart-2-Heart #11 collection. The little pennants on each side are from the Countdown Details die collection. The background is stamped using Framed Out #11.

My last favorite card uses last year’s anniversary set, Birds & Blooms (stamp and die). Taking the clean approach, I die cut two floral spray shapes and stamped the coordinating image. I adhered them to some rustic white cardstock – making sure to allow some of the shape to naturally pop up. Next, I stamped the swirly flower images directly onto the cardstock. Then, I stamped some larger flower images onto coordinating die cuts and adhered them overall the floral spray with foam adhesive.

Over the past two years, I’ve had a lot of great memories as a design team member with Papertrey Ink. In the last year, I’ve had some great supportive and encouraging memories from my teammates regarding my expecting baby girl. I struggled with making a public announcement, but knew that the cat would be out of the bag eventually. So, I toyed around with the idea of “showing” my small baby bump of a belly during my Stamp-a-faire video. For fear that my bump would be interpreted as a gut, I scratched that idea. It was fun to film some outtakes! Not only is Papertrey Ink a great company that produces great stamps and products, but they are also a great company to design for. I can’t truly express how much I love it!

I hope you all enjoy all the anniversary festivities. Please visit Nichole’s blog to see details on today’s contest and how to win the huge prize.

HollieFebruary 5, 2014 - 9:39 am

You are one of my favorite designers! Every time I visit your blog I come away with inspiration. My favorite of your top 7 is the Shutterbug card. You always make such a statement with color!
Thanks for sharing your projects!

Nancy PenirFebruary 5, 2014 - 9:57 am

Oh Ashley, I couldn’t possibly pick only 7 of your creations! But these are among them!
Honestly love them all! Thank you for always inspiring!

DianneFebruary 5, 2014 - 10:49 am

Hi Ashley! Congrat on your little bundle of joy!

Thanks for sharing your 7 favorite PTI projects. I’m a huge fan of your work! I was so happy to see you included the Shutterbug Special Congrats card as one of your favorite projects. This project and the your Shutterbug Special Mini Wedding Album inspired me to create a similar mini wedding album for my best friend.

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful project with us!

janetFebruary 5, 2014 - 10:57 am

Super Seven – are your choices. LOVE your work, Ashley and look forward to hearing of the safe arrival of your precious bundle :)

Becky P.February 5, 2014 - 11:12 am

I was so excited to learn you were on the DT two years ago. Everything you create is fresh, fun and beautiful. I look forward to your creations every release. Congratulations on your baby girl. Try to enjoy every minute of her young life, they grow up so fast.

karen hFebruary 5, 2014 - 11:45 am

Thank you so much for your projects and inspiration! I’m so not good with packaging and when I need to do it, I come here!

Polly LemireFebruary 5, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Ashley, your cards are always so classy! The last one in today’s post is my favorite and all are great sources of inspiration!

susan h.February 5, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Your creativity with Paper Trey’s great products are sooooo inspiring!

bethFebruary 5, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Each and every one of you gals on the DT have your own style that I look forward to each month and your designs are a definite check out. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas also.

Jennifer KFebruary 5, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Such wonderful projects! I was so glad to hear that you’re staying on for another year. Congratulations and I’m looking forward to more fabulousness in 2014.

SentSueFebruary 5, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Congrats on your years with PTI! You always have a fresh twist on things. Thanks for sharing with us!

Holly SaveurFebruary 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Gorgeous cards..the last one with the Birds and Blooms stamp is my favorite from all the ones you choose…

Kari DFebruary 5, 2014 - 7:23 pm

I remember seeing these cards of the MANY you have shared. I love your sense of style and the layers of imagery you put into each product. One of my favorites is not here, but I still go back to look at it when I craft. I love your mini-scrapbook projects. They pack such a huge punch and you make them seem doable even for a non-scrapper like me!

Woo hoo! Here’s to another year of great PTI inspiration!

Susan BeauchaineFebruary 5, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Awesome projects. I remember wishing you were on the design team and being SO excited when I heard you were going to actually do just that!
I am so happy every day you post! You are a joy to everyone of us!
Thank YOU for being here!

see mary stampFebruary 6, 2014 - 12:58 am

Congratulations on the pending arrival. Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration!

GraceFebruary 6, 2014 - 8:34 am

Love all your cards. I love the color combinations. Thank you for the inspirations.