Sunday, February 5, 2012

Papertrey & My Favorite Things

How thick is the anticipation for the Papertrey Ink Anniversary events?!?!? Are you all pumped and ready for a fun-filled 9 days? Lots and lots of exciting things coming your way. And to kick it all off, the Design Team is featuring our favorite projects of the last year and talking about our five favorite products. Let's get started.

My favorite PTI project was not officially one for any countdown. It was inspired by this sticker envelope I made for the April release. Instead of Alpha-Block stamped stickers, I used the window envelope to house some homemade headbands. You can read the original blog post here. I've since gone on and made this little project three times. Anytime there's a new little girl in my acquaintance, you'll find me happily making headbands. The thing I love most about the whole gift is just how professional it looks. Of course, that's easy to do with Papertrey Ink. You almost have to try hard to make something turn out horrible, that's just how wonderful everything works together.

As for my favorite products (a hard thing to nail down, let me tell you), a little explanation:

1. Loopsy-Daisy Collection: I made a collection of Valentine's Day bows for gifts just recently. Topped with a button, they look adorable. My son Hank is equally enamored. He's been trying to steal them for his own "projects". Need to make him some of his own here soon. The kid's got good taste.

2. Wine Bottle Tag: Wine is a classy thing to give. And I like I can make it personal with a stamped tag. Gives me an excuse to both buy the wine and stamp--how can that be wrong?

3. Aqua Mist Cardstock:  Is there any color this doesn't go with? Like seriously. A surprising neutral. I think I'm on my third 50 pack of the stuff.

4. Vintage Labels: Got to include the dies here as well. You know if you are willing to buy something similar in a fancy tin container at a specialty boutique store, it's going to make an awesome stamp/die combo.  Absolutely timeless.

5. Friendship Jar: I had to pick one, so I went with the original, but the whole series is top shelf stellar. When making cards in my "off time", I often find myself reaching for this and it's buddies. Original, fresh, a world of possibilities. So very cute.

But most of all, my favorite thing is Papertrey Ink in general. I'm so very grateful to be a part of it each and every month. Nothing stokes my creative fire and spirit more than the inspiration from the other girls and the fabulous products that they make available to us. Absolute heaven.

The word on the street is that you create a project inspired by any of the Design Team's projects and post it on the link on Nichole's blog, you'll be in the running to win all of our favorite products. Let's do the math: 5 favorite products times 12 designers equals 60 favorite things. I'm thinking you might want to skip the Super Bowl and get crafting, am I right ladies?:) You don't want to miss out on that.

Be sure to hop on along to the other blogs in the PTI circle to see more favorites from the Design Team. And I'll be back tomorrow with more fun stuff!

Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Ashley Cannon Newell
Maile Belles
Danielle Flanders
Debbie Olson
Michelle Wooderson


  1. :::Wine is a classy thing to give. And I like I can make it personal with a stamped tag. Gives me an excuse to both buy the wine and stamp--how can that be wrong?:::

    I cannot tell you how hard that made me laugh. Go Erin!! :) A friend of mine is having a baby girl in just a couple of weeks...and I have a new stash of PTI felt in my possession. It's time to get to making headbands! Thanks for that inspiration. What a great gift idea! You rock at the gift ideas, girlie!! (hello magnetic snowman...which, by the way, has inspired my oldest daughter to want to have a snowman-themed birthday party and use those as favors)

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful inspiration and sharing your top five with us.

  3. Happy anniversary! Thanks for all the inspiration you have been sharing! Yu always know something new to share and show us these amazing ideas! Love how you think 'out of the box', just like this favorite that you chose!! Love it! So, thank you!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  4. Gorgeous gift you made !

  5. Oh you inspire me all the time because you think so "outside the box!" as well as with your hilarious anecdotes on your family life! I can just picture it on the splash pad-we have one here and I've taken my granddaughter (2 1/2 yrs. old) so it's pretty easy to picture you running after your kiddos, wet, hair plastered down, with sunscreen spots all over!! Yep, pretty funny stuff:)

  6. I already own a number of your favorites. Just recently purchased the wine bottle tag and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Happy Anniversary!

  7. Hi Erin,
    Mostly a blog lurker but sharing the love as it is PTI's birthday month! Wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing talents as part of the DT - your projects are always so original and thoughtfully put together. I always have "I wish I thought of that idea" moments when I see your stuff :)

  8. Love your work! I picked you as my "inspiring" designer for the contest ;-) I'm so excited that you are going to be designing stamp sets!!! I was just thinking the other day that I wish you designed and had to do a double-read when I saw this announcement on Nichole's excited!!!

    My first request: Make a stamp set that showcases a sense of humor...I love the humor on your cards and in the way that you look at everyday life on your blog...I would totally love a stamp set that capitalizes on that...There aren't too many really funny stamp sets out there...punny maybe, but not funny ;-)

    I thought the sentiment from Lady Gaga was appropriately funny on this card, so I'm hoping that is a sign of what is to come.


  9. Enjoy the cards that you create. Like your favorite choices too! I can see that I will be doing some serious shopping as the only thing I have is the aqua mist card stock!