Wplus9 Feb. Release: Group Post

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Group Post day for Wplus9 Design's February Releases!  Yea!  What an amazing release this has been, and I have cooked up my take on a vintage layout, for you all, today, using every stamp set in the release.
I started this layout by adhering the strips of patterned paper, vertically, near the right side of the kraft, cardstock, layout base and machine stitching white-threaded, straight stitches down the length of the punched, navy, striped, patterned paper, running over onto the layout base itself.
After adhering the photograph (which I realize isn't good quality.  It was one of those moments that I wanted to capture, but for some strange reason, I didn't have my camera with me.  So, my phone had to do the trick.),  I dressed its right corners up with a couple of punched, from a pink, floral, patterned paper, photo corners and stuck a white, paper doily under its bottom left corner, before embellishing.  A die-cut, vintage bird came next, near the center of the left edge of the doily, and was anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, around its edges.  Then, I stuck down the canvas, floral embellishment, layered with a hand cut, from patterned paper, navy stamp, as well as a stamped, in Pretty in Pink, Not Quite Navy, and Certainly Celery, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand cut stamp image, which was, in turn, pierced with an embellished, pearl, stick pin.
The top right corner was embellished with a pink, vintage, shoe tag, laced with hemp twine; a stamped, in Certainly Celery ink, and glittered, bird stamp; and a circle of clear rhinestones which end with a stamped, in Pretty in Pink ink, on Whisper White cardstock, distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, spritzed with Crumb Cake ink, and hand cut, butterfly image.
My journaling, which reads, While Ezekiel was off playing with a friend, we snuck o'er to Sonic and surprised Daddy with his fave, fresh-fruit, strawberry slush, begins near the top left edge of the paper strips and ends just below my stamped, in Not Quite Navy ink, partial, "HAPPY" and completed, from fabric alphas, "hour" title.
Finally, to finish the look, I stamped one, last, stamp image, in Not Quite Navy ink, on Whisper White cardstock; filled it in with a stamped, in Pretty in Pink ink, "LOVE"; and stamped over it, in Basic Black ink, with the "June 9", postage, stamp image.
My inspiration, for this layout, came from The Color Room's Palette #37 {Her Room}...
and one of Becky Fleck's December 2010 sketches.  I took it pretty literally.  Gracious!  What's not to love about it?!
All the stamps sets we've been showing off, over the last five days, including Flora & Fauna I...
Set of 7 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
4 large focal images and 3 accent images
Full Set Dimensions: 6x8
Price: $19

Spring Post...
Set of 26 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
3 postage stamp images, 15 sentiment builders, and 8 individual letters
Full Set Dimensions: 6x8
Price: $19

and Postmarked...
Set of 23 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
1 postmarked image, 12 month circles, and 10 individual numbers
Full Set Dimensions: 4x6
Price: $10

are available, for purchase, TODAY, in the Wplus9 online store.  Now, run along to pick out your fabulous goodies!  But even before you get that billfold out, be sure to stop by to check out all the other designers' creations.  And thanks so much, as always, for all your sweet and encouraging comments and for visiting little, old me throughout this release.  Ya'll are the BEST!  And welcome to all my new followers!  I am, completely, thrilled and honored that you're finding inspiration here, and I'll do my best to keep it coming!  Oh!  And be sure that this won't be the last you see of these stamps from me.  Wplus9 goodies seem to sneak their way into an awful lot of my daily projects ;).  Until next month, happy stamping, ya'll!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder
Sarah Martina Parker (our Feb. Guest Designer)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I, Postmarked, & Spring Post (Wplus9) Paper: kraft (Bazzill Basics); all patterned (Sassafras); white doily (Wilton) Ink: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, & Crumb Cake (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); Scallop & Corner punches & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); shoe tag, die-cut bird, & embellished, pearl, stick pin (Jenni Bowlin); clear rhinestone circle & canvas, floral embellishment (Basic Grey); hemp twine (Hobby Lobby); fabric alphas (Prima); dimensionals (Scotch)

Wplus9 Feb. Release Sneak Peek: Day 4

Sunday, January 30, 2011

So glad to have you back for Day 4 of Wplus9 Design's February, Release, Sneak Peeks!
I started this card by distressing the edges of a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; trimming its bottom edge with strips of torn, across their bottom edges, patterned papers and Very Vanilla cardstock; and machine stitching ivory-threaded, straight stitches around the Crumb Cake cardstock and ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches between the cardstock and the torn papers.  I, then, adhered a hand cut, from a polka dot, patterned paper, heart, just left of vertical center, above and slightly overlapping the torn papers and machine-stitched, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges. The entire, prepped piece was, then, adhered to the Bordering Blue, cardstock, card face.
The postage stamp image was stamped, in Crumb Cake ink, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; filled in with the partial, stamped, in Bordering Blue ink, "You" sentiment; adhered over the right side of the stitched heart; and stamped over, in Basic Black ink, with the postal emblem, which was further personalized with a "February 14" date.  Just LOVE that you can give this emblem whatever date, under the sun, your little heart desires.  It is going to be invaluable to my scrapbook layouts.  Speaking of which, be sure to come back, tomorrow, for a little peek at how I did use it on one.
I, then, stamped the completed, "LOVE" sentiment, in Bordering Blue ink, on Very Vanilla cardstock; distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; and anchored it, in the top right of the heart, above the postage stamp, with an antique brad, to complete the look.
My color inspiration, for this card, came from the Neutrals Color Challenge, for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week, in the Moxie Fab World.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Sooo looking forward to you all visiting, tomorrow, for our Group Post.  Have a wonderful, work week!  And, as always, be sure to go check out what the other designers have in store, for you, today.  Oh!  And just a little tip for those of you who commented that you liked my punched, phonebook pages in yesterday's post.  When you're punching those thin pages, put a piece of scrap cardstock behind them.  You'll be so much more happy with the result and won't be hollering profanities at your ripped pages.  Hee!  Thanks again!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder
Sarah Martina Parker (our Feb. Guest Designer)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Post & Postmarked (Wplus9) Paper: Bordering Blue, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla; text patterned (My Mind's Eye); playing card patterned (Crate Paper); polka dot patterned (unknown) Ink: Bordering Blue, Crumb Cake, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye and Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: ivory thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); antique brad (SU)

Wplus9 Feb. Release Sneak Peeks: Day 3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome to Day 3 of Wplus9 Design's February, Release, Sneak Peeks!  Today we're showing off Spring Post, and a few of the ladies have projects boasting Postmarked, for you all, to see, as well; but you'll have to come back tomorrow and Tuesday to see what I've done with Postmarked.  Mwahaha ;)!
I started, this card, by stamping the stamp images, in Crumb Cake ink, on watercolor paper; smudging Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, & Faded Jeans Distress Inks on my craft mat; spritzing it with water; laying my stamped, watercolor paper right in its wake; and setting it aside to dry.  Once dry, I distressed it even more with Tea Dye & Antique Linen Distress Inks; trimmed its bottom edge with punched strips of phonebook paper, which were, also, distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks (Edited to add... Be sure to back your thin pages with a piece of scrap cardstock before punching.); machine stitched, with white-threaded, straight stitches around its outside edges; and adhered it to the Night of Navy, cardstock, card face.
A stamped, in Night of Navy ink, "Friend" sentiment...
as well as a length of yellow, twill tape, wrapped around the card face, above the punched, phonebook strips and below the stamped sentiment, and tied, in a knot, just left of center...
complete the look.
That's it, from my neck of the woods, for today; but please, don't forget to stop by the other designers' blogs to see what all they have cooked up for you.  Then, I hope to see you all back here, tomorrow, for one final, sneak peek, before the famed, group post.  Until then, have a blessed Sunday!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Savitri Wilder
Sarah Martina Parker (our Feb. Guest Designer)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Post (Wplus9) Paper: Night of Navy & watercolor (SU); phonebook pages Ink: Crumb Cake & Night of Navy (SU); Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord, Wild Honey, & Faded Jeans (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); yellow, twill tape (We R Memory Keepers); Scallop punch (SU)

Scrappy Saturday Challenge #41

Note: If you've come here looking for the Wplus9 Feb. Release Sneak Peek: Day 2, please be sure to scroll down.

Welcome to Wee Memories' Scrappy Saturday Challenge #41: Get Sketchy!
Our sponsor, for this week, is Simon Says Stamp with a $10 gift certificate up for grabs.  Yihoo!
Now, how about a little inspiration?  Since we're smack dab in the middle of our Wplus9 Design, February Release, I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you a little more of what we'll have available, for you, to purchase, in the online store, come this Tuesday, February 1, 2011.
I started, this card, by trimming the top edge of a piece of pink, heart, patterned paper with a punched strip of two-tone, pink, striped, patterned paper; adhering it near the top of the textured, Lavender Lace, cardstock, card face; and machine stitching, with light-purple-threaded, straight stitches, down the lengths of either of the pink, heart, patterned paper's short sides and, with light-purple-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between the two patterned papers.
I, then, stamped the partial, "LOVE" sentiment, in Lavender Lace ink, just above the patterned papers and clear embossed the completed "Always" sentiment.  The former is, actually, four individual stamps.  So, you can turn them any which-way your little heart desires.  AND there are four, more, different, individual, letter stamps, to give you even more creative freedom, that come with Spring Post, which, as I said before, will be available for purchase this coming Monday.
The white, seam binding ribbon was, then, stained with Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist and wrapped around the card face, just at the base of the pink, heart patterned paper, before the cork heart was hand cut from a Cork Roll and adhered in place.  I just happened upon that Cork Roll, at Joann Fabrics, one day, just before Christmas and thought, "Hey, what fun this would be!"  It measures 2' x 1' and was, regularly, priced at $4.99, but I used my 40% off coupon and only paid $2.99.  Can't beat that!  It's fine grain, self healing, and has its own adhesive backing.  It, also, cuts like butter and was super easy to machine stitch those light-purple-threaded, straight stitches around its edges, which I was, pleasantly, surprised to discover.
It's made to line drawers and tool boxes or for use on coasters, hot pads, or under plants, but just think of the possibilities!
Once the cork heart was adhered and stitched into place, I tied the dyed, seam binding ribbon into a dressy bow, just to the left of the heart, and embellished it with a pink, Vintage-Style button, laced with a white string bow.
Finally, the little butterfly, which is from Flora & Fauna I and will, also, be available, for purchase, this coming Monday, was stamped, in Lavender Lace ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock; spritzed with Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist to create texture and shine; hand cut out; and adhered, near the bottom right edge of the cork heart, just at its wings.  Sooo wish you could see that shine!
A little distressing, of the edges of the card, with Moonlight White ink, completes the look.
My color inspiration, for this card, came from the Pretty Pastels Color Challenge, for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week, in the Moxie Fab World.
You have until Friday, February 4, 2011, at 11:59 pm PST, to link up your entries.  As always, I'm, really, looking forward to seeing what you all create.  Thanks for stopping by, and please be sure to run check out what all the other ladies have, for you, today, by clicking on their individual links in my blog's left column or running to the challenge link above.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Post & Flora & Fauna I (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White, textured Lavender Lace, & both patterned (SU) Ink: Lavender Lace (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance); VersaMark Other: Scallop punch, clear embossing powder, & heat gun (SU); light purple thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); white, seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pink, Vintage-Style button (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); cork (Mega Brands Inc.)

Wplus9 Feb. Release Sneak Peeks: Day 2

Friday, January 28, 2011

Good morning, and welcome back for another Wplus9 Design February Release Sneak Peek!
I started this card by stamping, in Crumb Cake ink, the butterfly image, from Flora & Fauna I, randomly, running in a vertical line the length of my Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face...
spritzing the entire thing with Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip inks; distressing its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; and adhering a piece of black, polka dot, patterned paper, which had been machine stitched, around its edges, with white-threaded, straight stitches, in its bottom right corner.
I, then, wrapped a length of red, gingham ribbon around the card face, just below horizontal center; tied it, in a bow, near the left edge of the card face; and embellished it with a Pure Poppy button, laced with hemp twine, as well as a stamped, in Chocolate Chip and Real Red inks, on a Cricut-cut, Whisper White, cardstock tag, "BIRTHDAY Wishes" sentiment, which was, in turn, distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  I'm giving you a little taste of tomorrow's reveal, Spring Post, with that sentiment ;).
Finally, I stamped the cardinal image, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock; colored him in with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi, and Chocolate Chip inks and a blender pen; ink distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; paper distressed its edges; and adhered it, in the bottom center of the card face, over all existing layers, just right of the embellished bow.
A little glitter, added to the dogwood blossoms, completes the look.
Thanks again for stopping by; be sure to come back, tomorrow, for another, little, sneak peek; and don't forget to run check out all the fabulosities the rest of the design team has cooked up, for you all, today.

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Savitri Wilder
Sarah Martina Parker (our Feb. Guest Designer)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I & Spring Post (Wplus9) Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU); black, polka dot patterned (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, & Wild Wasabi (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); Cutter Kit & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); George & Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft); dimensionals (Scotch); Pure Poppy button (PTI); hemp twine & gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Friday Faves

Welcome to the January edition of my Friday Faves.  It all begins with Noel Mignon's newest, Truly Scrumptious kit.  I know... I know... Surprise... Surprise.  Sorry, ya'll!  I cannot help it!
Stampin' Up has all kinds of goodies I've got my eye on, including their Build-A-Blossom stamp set...
Blossom Petals XL Punch...
Pattern Pieces stamp...
Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper...
and Daffodil Delight Pom-Pom Trim.
I, also, cannot wait to get this Framed Tulips Impression Folder from my club purchases this month!
I fell in love with Papertrey Ink's Big Birthday Wishes stamp set...
and coordinating By the Numbers dies...
and impression plates.
And I'm swooning over their Limitless Layers Circle Collection dies.
Taylored Expressions' Kid at Heart stamp set completes the stampy portion of this round-up...
but their sweet, little, red and cream, Heart Pins would be perfect for those Valentine's Day projects.  It's just around the corner, bloggers!  Yikes!
Another Valentine's Day treat would be these adorable, Applique Hearts from My Little Palette.
Finally, and this IS NOT an announcement, but I couldn't resist ending with these scrumptious, little, Cherry Booties from Ayariana's Shop.
As always, thanks so much for peeking in on my faves!  Don't forget that you have until 11:59 pm PST tonight to link up those entries for the current Challenge #40: Free Your Creativity at Wee Memories, and I'll be back, later tonight, with Day 2 of Wplus9 Design's February, Release, Sneak Peeks.  Be sure to scroll down and check out Day 1, if you haven't already.  Until then, have a fantastic start to your weekend!