I will never forget the first time I met Ashley…
It was at CHA last summer. As soon as I saw her, I was immediately drawn to her huge, welcoming smile. Energy and enthusiasm along with creativity exudes from every pore. She's just one of those people that you want to get to know better. You want her passion for life to rub off on you!
Not only is Ashley an amazing woman with an even more amazing personality & aura, she's also one of the most talented paper crafters around. Her work is fresh & fun and always contains something of the unexpected. She utilizes color to set a mood or a style unlike any other designer I've seen. She's innovative and unique. And it is an unbelievable treat for us to have the opportunity to work with her as she fulfills the role of Distinguished Guest Designer over the next two months.
Here's more about Ashley, in her own words…
"I have enjoyed the art of design my entire life. As a child, I created hair accessories and designed my own clothes. I've always loved fashion and interior design.
"Color is one of my favorite elements to highlight in my designs, from cards to clothes. My design style flows with my life. Every day could bring on a new and different design and I love that about art."
"My first introduction into paper art started with a simple scrapbook in high school. Using the products available at the time, the book is full of magazine clippings, sequins, and even pipe cleaners. Over time, I rediscovered the craft and started blogging in 2008."
"My favorite techniques in paper crafting includes stamping and creating my own embellishments. I never imagined how fun this industry would be. Since starting, I've created friendships and journal some of the most important aspects of my life along the way. Paper crafting even fulfills my travel itch throughout the year!"
"I live in Northern Virginia with my best friend and love of my life, McArthur and our Yorkshire Terrier, Ozzy. We enjoy photography and traveling together. During the day, I am legal editor and by night I paper craft into the wee hours of the morning."
"Since last year, my work can be found in card-based publications. I've also recently started my own challenge-based e-zine called –>Embellish<– to inspire others to create when there is no mojo."
Thank you again for joining us, Ashley! I know I am not alone when I say that it is truly an honor to have you stopping by for a visit!
Now's YOUR chance to let Ashley know how happy you are to see her here! Stop by HER BLOG today to have your chance at winning an amazing prize package! $100 worth of Ashley's Papertrey Favorites!
1. Go to Ashley's blog (and if it's your first visit, be sure to click around a bit and explore!)
2. Leave a comment ON HER BLOG before 7am EST, Saturday, April 10th, welcoming her to the family! (Leaving a comment here on my blog, although welcomed, will not enter you to win her prize package!)
3. Stop by the April Release Winners page after noon EST on Saturday to see if you've won!
Thanks again, Ashley! And good luck to everyone! I look forward to seeing you all back here tomorrow as we kick off the amazing April release!!!