Wplus9 September Release Day: Group Post

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What a fun stretch of showing off Wplus9 Design's September Release, Ever After!  I, truly, am so blessed to get to be a part of such an amazing design team.  The card, that I have for you all, today, was, actually, inspired by a trip to the grocery store.  I had just packed my loaded bags into my trunk and was pulling out of the parking lot, when I saw a hummingbird.  My family LOVES hummingbirds!  They remind us so much of our Colorado home.  Well, the very next day, I put fresh juice in our hummingbird feeder (For those of you that are curious, it's four parts water to one part sugar.  For example, one cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar well mixed.) and tied lots of red ribbons, from my stash, to its rim, because I had read that doing so would help attract them to your feeder.
Now, don't laugh!  I know that I may have overdone it a bit, but it worked!
Unfortunately, they're super fast and, still, a little skittish around our place (Our dogs don't help one bit.), so my photo isn't the best; but we've had tons and tons of hummingbirds visit our feeder for the first time ever!  They're so pretty, graceful, and, absolutely, mesmerizing!  Anyway, like I said before, this beauty, completely, came out of my desire to attract these gorgeous creatures.
I started this card by white embossing the flower image on a piece of Real Red cardstock; painting its insides with Perfect Pearls, which I sooo wish you could see the sheen from better in these pictures (It, really, makes a statement!); machine stitching a white-threaded, straight stitch around its edges; and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.
I, then, stamped the flower, with stem, image, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; watercolored it in shades of Real Red and Old Olive; punched its left side; trimmed it, just right of its punched edge, with a strip of red, polka dot, patterned paper; and wrapped a length of hemp twine, vertically, around it, over the red, polka dot, patterned paper, and tied it in a knot, through a Pure Poppy button, just below center.
The entire stamped piece was, then, adhered, just inside the stitched frame, to the right side of the card face.
That's all until next month.  Thanks, again and again, for visiting my blog and leaving me such sweet, kind, encouraging comments!  You all are the greatest!  Here's all the other design team members' links one last time.

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenburger
Kerriane Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder
Hannah Craner

Now, head on over to the Wplus9 Store and grab Ever After, for yourself, right away!  It's available TODAY!
Set of 15 high-quality, photo-polymer stamps
4 sentiments and 10 images
Full set dimensions: 6x8
Price: $19

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9) Paper: Real Red & Crumb Cake (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); red, polka dot patterned (?) Ink: Real Red & Old Olive (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); VersaMark; Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: hemp twine; white thread & sewing machine; Perfect Pearls (Ranger); white embossing powder; Spiral punch (SU)

Wplus9 September Release Sneak Peek: Day 4

Monday, August 30, 2010

For this fourth and final day of Wplus9 Design's September, release sneak peeks, I have something, really, different for you all.  Look what I made!
I was, completely, inspired to make these from the Fabric Flowers Live Forever! post on the Hero Arts Club blog, but I mixed it up a bit.
I stamped the gardenia image, with Jet Black, StazOn ink, on my scrap fabrics; backed it with a matching piece of scrap fabric, wrong sides together; and machine stitched around the outside edges, leaving a small opening to stuff with poly-fil.  A wood dowel rod makes the perfect stuffing tool.  After stuffing, I took them back to my machine to stitch the opening closed, pulled the loose threads to the backside of the flowers, and tied them in a knot.  Once they were stitched closed and the loose ends were secured, I cut off the excess fabric, leaving a little space around the outside edge.  Now, you could use Fray Check, on the edges, if you wanted, but I happen to like the frayed look.  Matter of fact, I, actually, pulled out a lot of the threads to get more of that look :).  The flowers were, then, ready for embellishing.  I machine stitched a hot pink button on the pink, polka dot flower...
stuck a blue, Bella Brad right through the center of the blue, leafy flower...
and hand sewed a few, light yellow beads on the white flower.
They were all given green, felt leaves, which were stamped the same way as the flowers; hand cut out; and glued, with Fabri-Fix, to the backs of each flower.  More Fabri-Fix glued a pin to the back of the white one for me...
and hair clips, which I covered in color-coordinating, 3/8", grosgrain ribbon, to the other two for Adina.
Check out these sweet pictures of my baby girl saying "cheese" and doing the pink one proud in the dress I made for her back here.
It's super hard to get her to hold still for anything!  Can you tell :)?  Looking forward to seeing you all back here, tomorrow, for the big, release day, group post!  Don't forget to run check out all these other design team members' blogs, too!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenburger
Kerriane Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn) Other: scrap fabrics; color-coordinating thread & sewing machine; hot pink button (Paper Studio); light yellow Seed Beads (Create-a-Craft); blue Bella Brad (Pink Paislee); poly-fil; green felt; pins; hair clips; color-coordinating ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Fabri-Fix

Wplus9 September Release Sneak Peek: Day 3

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was super busy with lots of things to do (I'll show pictures on a non-release day.) but, still, a welcome break from our regular, weekday routine.  I thought that I'd show you all just how easy Ever After makes duplicating cards on this third day of Wplus9 Design's September release sneak peeks.  Plus, this little stack, of five cards, will be perfect to give to one of my neighbors this Christmas.
I started this card by stamping the flower images and leaves, in Summer Sun, Brocade Blue, and Always Artichoke inks, on a piece of white cardstock, before adhering it to the Brocade Blue, cardstock, card face. 
I, then, stamped the "YOU'RE IN MY Thoughts" sentiment, in Basic Black ink, near the bottom of the card face, just right of center, and hand drew a Basic-Black-ink frame, approximately, 1/2" from the outside edges of the stamped piece, beginning and ending at either side of the sentiment.
A little glitter added to the centers of each flower completes the look.
All five were, then, bundled together, with envelopes, in a clear, cellophane bag, and tied off with a color-coordinating, fringed ribbon.
Later, and before delivery, I'll go back and make a little Christmas tag.  I just cannot seem to get my Christmas mojo together, when my mind is looking forward to fall; but I'll be sure to post what I come up with, right here, on the blog-o, for all to see.  Now, off you go to these other design team members' blogs.

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenburger
Kerriane Gwin
Savitri Wilder
Hannah Craner

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After & Guiding Light Sentiments (Wplus9) Paper: Brocade Blue (SU); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Brocade Blue, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke, & Basic Black (SU) Other: glitter (Doodlebug Design)

Wplus9 September Release Sneak Peek: Day 2

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Good morning!  Back for another round, are you?  Yea!  And welcome to day two of Wplus9 Design's September release sneak peeks.
I started this card by stamping the leaf stem image, several times, in Barely Banana ink, on a piece of Barely Banana cardstock; trimming it, across the bottom, with a punched strip of white cardstock; machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges; and adhering it to the Lavender Lace, cardstock, card face.
I, then, stamped the flower images, an outline and a solid image, about twelve of them in all, in Lavender Lace ink, on purple tissue paper; hand cut them out; adhered them, haphazardly, one on top of the other; and embellished the top flower's center with pearls.
Two, stamped, in Old Olive ink, on Old Olive cardstock, leaves; a stamped, in Lavender Lace, "Congratulations" sentiment, which is going to get a lot of mileage in this stamper's creations; and a sheer, olive ribbon, wrapped around the card face, just above the sentiment, and tied in a bow, just left of center, complete the look.
If you haven't done so, already, run check out these design team members' sneak peeks, and have a fantastic Sunday!  We're, finally, off to church as a family, now that all of us are well!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenburger
Kerriane Gwin
Savitri Wilder
Hannah Craner

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After & Design Basics: Backgrounds II (Wplus9) Paper: Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, & Old Olive (SU); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, & Old Olive (SU) Other: purple tissue paper; white thread & sewing machine; sheer, olive ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pearls (Paper Studio); edger punch (EK Success)

Wplus9 September Release Sneak Peek: Day 1

Friday, August 27, 2010

Warning:  This first post of Wplus9 Design's September release sneak peeks is super long!  I promise that you'll be able to read tomorrow's post in less time than it takes you to drink your morning coffee.  With that said, and if you're brave enough, let's get started. 

The Color Room posted Palette #19...
right about the same time that I was playing with Dawn's new September release stamp set, and I tried every way around it to use another stamp or patterned paper or something, to make it work with the design I had in my head, in order to be able to post it, on time, over on their photo wall, and without giving away Dawn's big surprise, but I just couldn't.  Nothing worked as beautifully as Ever After.  So, I saved it, just for you all, and will be posting it late in the forum.  I've got to tell you that it was, totally, worth it, though.  I've been stamping for over nine years, now, and don't have a flower stamp that I LOVE so much!  Here's what I came up with.
I started this layout by layering the aqua, damask, patterned paper, which had been trimmed, across its bottom edge, with a punched strip of Basic Gray cardstock, onto the distressed, patterned paper base.  I, then, adhered a strip of yellow, text, patterned paper between the two and machine stitched gray-threaded, straight-stitch lengths on either side of the connections, including across the top of the aqua, damask, patterned paper.  After adhering pictures, I created the "once upon a time" title from gray, alpha stickers and stamped the "May all the days ahead be happy ever after!" subtitle, in Not Quite Navy ink, on a piece of Baja Blue cardstock; framed it with Not Quite Navy cardstock; and adhered it, centered, under the photographs.
Now, came the fun part!  The largest flower was two-step stamped in Azurite and Not Quite Navy inks; the smallest flower was two-step stamped in Summer Sun ink alone; and the leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink, all on white cardstock.  They were, then, hand cut out and adhered, mostly, down the left side of the layout, some flush with the page, others with dimensionals, and still others with stacked dimensionals.
Finally, I stamped the little buds, in Summer Sun and Old Olive inks, on white cardstock; hand cut them out; and adhered them, some flat and others with dimensionals, over the top of the subtitle frame.

I, totally, had planned on stopping right there and only doing one layout; but you guys, I can't put this stamp set down!  Help me!  Check this out!
I started this layout by layering the distressed, aqua, patterned paper, which served as my journal box, down the far right side of the aqua, text, patterned paper and machine stitching white-threaded, straight stitches down the length of its left and right sides.  After adhering pictures, I stamped the "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." subtitle, which just so happens to mimic the text in my base page, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum; adhered it right over the photos; and anchored it, on either end, with pearlized brads.
The "New Beginnings" title was Cricut-cut from Rose Red cardstock, and the Rose Red, cardstock strip, across the bottom of the layout, was punched and dressed up with a length of sheer, satin-trimmed ribbon, tied in a knot near the left edge of the journal box, which reads, Jared and Lindsay were married, on the beach, in Orange Beach, Alabama; but when they got home, we got to attend a reception in their honor.  It was so fun getting to see everyone... especially, Beth and her family.  Ezekiel loved playing and dancing with Charlotte.  11.14.09.
The flowers were, then, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock, in true gardenia fashion.  I layered two of the largest flowers together; cut the center out of another, large flower and adhered it, stacking from largest to smallest, in the center; and finally, cut the stamens out of yet another, large flower, watercolored it in So Saffron ink, and adhered it in place.  Each layer was separated by dimensionals.
I did that three times over, before coating all the petals with glitter.  After adhering them to the page, I gave them a few, stamped, in Garden Green ink, on Garden Green cardstock, and hand cut leaves.
Thanks for stopping by!  Please, come back, tomorrow, for another round of sneak peeks, and be sure to run check out all the other design team members' creations.

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenburger
Kerriane Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder
Hannah Craner
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9) Paper: Basic Gray (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); aqua, damask patterned (Pink Paislee); yellow, text patterned (Jenni Bowlin); distressed patterned (Basic Grey) Ink: Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun, Old Olive, & Basic Black (SU); Azurite (ColorBox Chalk) Other: alpha stickers (Doodlebug Design); gray thread & sewing machine; dimensionals; edger punch (EK Success)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9) Paper: Rose Red & Garden Green (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); distressed, aqua patterned (Pink Paislee); aqua, text patterned (K&Company); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: So Saffron, Garden Green, & Basic Black (SU); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread & sewing machine; 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch (SU); sheer, satin-trimmed, white ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pearlized brads (Paper Studio); dimensionals; white, Sugar Coating glitter (Doodlebug Design); Calligraphy Collection, Cricut cartridge (Provo Craft)

ATC Glimmer Challenge 2 & OTWC #22

Okay... So, I'm crazy!  I just, recently, found out about Aspiring to Creativity's Glimmer Challenge 2...
and have, really, wanted to participate; but you all know that I've been working hard to get all my projects in order for Wplus9 Design's countdown to release, which begins tomorrow, by the way.  Hope to see you for the whole shebang!  Anyway, I just had to put something together for a chance to win a Wplus9 gift certificate; because I'd, really, love to get my hands on the Woodgrain Silhouettes Bundle.
So, I worked overtime and am getting this pretty, little thing in just under the wire.
I started this card by trimming the left side of a piece of white cardstock with a strip of punched, green, polka dot, patterned paper.  I, then, machine stitched two, one inside the other, hot-pink-threaded, straight-stitch frames around the white cardstock's edges, before adhering it to the Pixie Pink, cardstock, card face.  The "Let your dreams take Flight" sentiment was stamped, in Basic Black ink, in the bottom right corner of the card face; and the connection, between my two, top papers, was decked out with a gorgeous, black trim.  While I've worked with other colors of this same style of trim before, this black one is new for me, and I love it!  A length of white string was, then, wrapped, horizontally, around the card face, three times, over the black trim, and tied in a bow, just below center.
I, then, stamped the polka dot, butterfly image, twice, in Garden Green ink and, once, in Positively Pink ink, all on white cardstock, glittered them, and hand cut them out.  A green one was, then, adhered flat to the card face and, slightly, overlapping the black trim; the pink one was adhered, just at its center, over the first green one; and, finally, the other green one was adhered, just at its center, over the pink one.  Too fun!
The black, crystal trail gives the butterfly movement and is another first for me.  I purchased these a few weeks ago, thinking they'd be great on a layout, but haven't gotten around to using them until now.  Matter of fact, I've never used Prima crystals before.  Imagine that!  I've, really, been missing out!
It's so fun to stretch myself and try new things!  AND it just so happens that this color combo is perfect for Off the Wall Craftiness' Challenge #22.
Yihoo!  Have a super weekend, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams (PTI) Paper: Pixie Pink (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); green, polka dot patterned (Paper Studio) Ink: Positively Pink, Garden Green, & Basic Black (SU) Other: black crystal trail (Prima); hot pink thread & sewing machine; edger punch (EK Success); glitter (K&Company); black trim (Hobby Lobby); white string

Friday Faves

I have yet another edition of my Friday Faves, for you all, today.  It all begins with another Noel Mignon kit, Sweet Sue.  I sooo wish that I could afford purchasing these every month!  Yum-O!
I, also, have had my eye on Pic-Nic Patterns from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
Hero Art's Hello Flags has my heart thumping...
and their Music Background is singing my name!
We got to use Stampin' Up's Newsprint Designer Series Paper, this month, at club; and it's, totally, on my must-have list.
Papertrey Ink's Gobble, Gobble is too cute for words...
and these Boys Will Be Boys buttons, from Such Sweet Tierney, are scrumptious!
I, recently, stumbled upon For the Cross Jewelry and am, completely, in awe at how gorgeous her creations are.  I LOVE these Antiqued Silver and Black Vintage Inspired Flower...
and Rusty Orange Tulip Blossom Copper Vintage Style Earrings.
AND these Sweet Berry...
and Pumpkin Patch Necklaces are, totally, me!
Isn't this Rose Lariat, from Gsakowski Designs, so fun?!
I love the size, pattern, style, versatility... well, just everything about Retrofied's Reversible Large Hobo Bag!
Finally, I have a couple of things that grabbed my eye and are, now, on their way to my house, beginning with Martha Stewart's Score Board, which has come, highly, recommended by several designers that I, really, respect.  So, I'm super excited to start playing with it!
AR Design's Baker's Twine, also, cannot arrive in my mailbox fast enough!
I, still, have my eye on the pretty, soft colors of Bella Creations' Timeless Twine, though.  Sigh.
That wraps up another Friday Faves for me!  What do you think?  What have you had your eye on?  Have an awesome weekend, everyone!  Oh!  And my star-shaped card, which you can get all the details for here, made yesterday's line-up on the CREATE: Blog!  Yihoo!  Thanks so much, Paige!  I'd love for you all to run check it out.  Thanks!