Wplus9 March Release: Group Post

Monday, February 28, 2011

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's March Release: Group Post!  I promised you all a look at RetroGirly Birthday in yesterday's post, and I'm here, today, to deliver.  RetroGirly Birthday is another, awesome set in our very own Kerrianne Gwin's series.  HUGE props to you, Kerrianne!  She's fantastic!
I started this card by punching a piece of multi-colored, number, patterned paper across its bottom; trimming it, just below that punched edge, with a strip of red, polka dot, patterned paper; machine stitching, with red-threaded, straight stitches, photo corners in the top corners; and adhering it to the Barely Banana, cardstock card face.  I, then, wrapped an aqua, crinkle ribbon, around the card face and tied it, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face.
My image was, then, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which had be cut in the shape of an oval; colored in with Blush Blossom, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, & Barely Banana inks and a blender pen...
distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; and stamped with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment, in Real Red ink, curved around the left edge (This is one of my many favorite things about acrylic stamps.  Even though this sentiment arrived, in its package, in a straight line, I was able to bend and mold it to a desired alternative.), before being adhered, in the center of the card face, just to the left of my ribbon bow, with dimensionals.
A couple of Pure Poppy buttons, laced with white string and adhered at the tips of my punched scallops...
complete the look.
So, what do ya think?  Another couple of beauties this month... Right?!  The girls are on a roll!  Both RetroGirly Birthday...
Set of 6 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
1 image and 5 sentiments
Full Set Dimensions: 3x4
Price: $6

and Brothers & Sisters...
Set of 8 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
2 label frames and 6 sentiments
Full Set Dimensions: 4x6
Price: $13

with its coordinating, All Occasion Label die...
Coordinates with All Occasion Tags and Brothers & Sisters
Size: approximately 2.4"x2.2"
Price: $6

are available, for purchase, today, in the Wplus9 Store.  Get 'em, while they're hot, stampers!  And be sure to check out what my talented, fellow, design team members have in store, for you all, today, too.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  You all are ever so sweet and supportive of my creations, and I couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: RetroGirly Birthday (Wplus9) Paper: Barely Banana & Whisper White (SU); multi-colored number patterned (The Girls' Paperie); red polka dot patterned (American Crafts) Ink: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Real Red, Old Olive, & Not Quite Navy (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); oval template (Fiskars); edger punch (EK Success); Pure Poppy buttons (PTI); white string & aqua crinkle ribbon (Hobby Lobby); dimensionals (Scotch)

Wplus9 March Release: Sneak Peek

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's March Release: Sneak Peek!  So glad to have you visiting!  Due to our shortened month, we have a condensed release, but that doesn't mean that it's not just as fantastic as previous or future releases.  We have two, new sets, including Brothers & Sisters, which I'll be showcasing today, and RetroGirly Birthday.  You'll have to come back, tomorrow, for a little peek at the latter from here.  Mwahaha!  We, also, are so stinkin' excited to be manufacturing our very first die, which coordinates with both All Occasion Tags and Brothers & Sisters.  There are so many good things in store for Wplus9 Design, ya'll!  I hope you'll stick around and invite your friends and family members!  With that said, let's dive into a little peek.
I started, this card, by piecing together the patterned papers; machine stitching, with aqua-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between their connections and, with aqua-threaded, straight stitches, in a frame around their outside edges; adhering it to the Barely Banana, cardstock, card face; and giving everything a healthy coating of Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Inks.  I, then, adhered a length of ivory, lace trim between the top, two, patterned papers.
A length of twill tape was, then, wrapped around the center of the card face; tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face; trimmed with pinking shears; and embellished with a yellow button, laced with Caribbean twine, as well as a stamped, in Baja Breeze, and distressed, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, "For My Sister" sentiment tag, which was Cricut-cut from Very Vanilla cardstock.
My focal point was die-cut, with our brand spankin' new die (Yihoo!), out of a texture, patterned paper, before being clear embossed with the frame image and filled in with the stamped, in Baja Breeze ink, butterfly image from Woodgrain Silhouettes.  A little Gelly Roll pen detail adds dimension and shine...
to complete the look.
That's all, for today, from my neck of the woods.  Thank you ever so much for peeking in! And please be sure to check out what the rest of our talented team created, for you all, today, before you're off to having a marvelous Monday!

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Kerrianne Gwin
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Brothers & Sisters & Woodgrain Silhouettes (Wplus9) Ink: Baja Breeze (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); VersaMark Paper: Barely Banana & Very Vanilla (SU); green floral patterned (Jenni Bowlin); yellow polka dot & ivory text patterned (October Afternoon); texture aqua patterned (DCWV Linen Closet Stack) Other: aqua thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft); All Occasion Label die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); clear embossing powder, yellow button, & twill tape (SU); dimensionals (Scotch); Caribbean twine (The Twinery); ivory lace trim (Paper Studio); pinking shears

Scrappy Saturday Challenge #45

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge #45: United We Stamp, where we'd love to see you all make cards for Operation Write Home (OWH), whose mission is to support our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.  I have only, just, been introduced to OWH through this challenge, but you can be sure that I'm up to speed on their guidelines and needs.  I've, even, got my own FREE, OWH, rubber cling stamp on its way, to me, in the mail, so I can prep and send heaps of cards to this ever so worthy cause.
Our sponsor, for this week, is Unity Stamp Company with a stamp set up for grabs for one lucky winner.  Yeehaw!
So, how about a little inspiration to get you started?
I started this card by stamping the the world image, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of canvas; coloring it in with Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, and Real Red inks; giving the hearts a little bit of shine with Crystal Effects; fraying the edges of it; and machine stitching it, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches, which were tied together in the canvas' top right corner, to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which had been distressed with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
I, then, trimmed it, across its bottom edge, with a strip of punched, green, polka dot, glitter paper; bright blue, notebook, patterned paper; and black, polka dot, patterned paper, from top to bottom, in that order.  A few, ivory-thread, straight, stitches prep the piece for the Old Olive, cardstock, card face, which had its bottom left corner rounded.  I, then, wrapped a white, seam binding ribbon, around the card face, between the bottom, two, patterned paper connections; tied it, in a dressy bow, near the left edge of the card face; and embellished it with a Pure Poppy button, laced with a baker's twine bow...
as well as a hand cut and stamped, in Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi inks, on Whisper White cardstock, "YOU'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD" sentiment.
A trio of black brads, anchored near the top left corner of the canvas piece, complete the look.
I'm, also, turning this card in to the Stamping With Markers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. In case you missed it, I used markers to color my canvas image and colored on the stamp to create my sentiment. The latter of which is one of my most favorite ways to use markers.
Now, it's your turn!  Can't wait to see all the wonderful creations you all will make for the precious people who keep our great country free and safe.  You have until next Friday, March 4, 2011, at 11:59 pm EST, to link up your entries.  Oh!  And please be sure to check out what my fellow, crafty designers have cooked up, for you all, today, by clicking on their links in my right side column or by going back to the challenge link above.  This is the last week for our Guest Designer Sarah Moerman.  So, be sure to leave her lots of love.  She has been a doll to work with and made my job, as Guest Coordinator, so stinkin' easy.  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity, with us, this month, Sarah!  And thanks so much, to you all, for stopping by my little corner of the web.  Have a wonderful weekend!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: You're Out of This World (Unity) Paper: Old Olive & Whisper White (SU); green polka dot glitter & black polka dot patterned (My Mind's Eye); bright blue notebook patterned (BoBunny) Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, & Real Red (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye (Ranger) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Scallop & Corner punches, black brads, & Crystal Effects (SU); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); baker's twine (Country Clean Paper Supplies); Pure Poppy button (PTI); dimensionals (Scotch); canvas (unknown)

MFW: Paper Piecing & Curtain Call {Act 70}

Friday, February 25, 2011

I'm back, as promised, in my previous, Friday Faves post, with a bright, happy creation for my papercrafty friend, Kim, who just announced that she and her hubby are expecting Baby #2.  Congratulations, Rydens!
I started, this card, by stamping my image, in Basic Black ink, on a square of cloud, patterned paper.  I, then, paper pieced all elements of the image with a variety of patterned papers, as well as Blush Blossom cardstock...
framed the image with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which I anchored with bright-green-threaded, straight, machine stitches and matted it all with a piece of punched, across its bottom edge, texture, aqua, patterned paper, before adhering it to the Tangerine Tango, cardstock, card face.
A white, seam binding ribbon was, then, wrapped around the card face; tied, in a dressy bow, just left of center; and embellished with an aqua button, laced with Caribbean twine.
Finally, I white embossed the "Congratulations" sentiment, near the bottom right corner of the card face...
to complete the look.
My inspiration, for this card, came from the Paper Piecing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and Curtain Call's Color Challenge: {Act 70}.
That's all, from my neck of the woods, for today.  Please don't forget that you have until the close of tonight PST to link up your entries for Wee Memories' Scrappy Saturday Challenge #44: Source of InspirationThen, I'll be back, first thing in the morning, with a brand new challenge to start the weekend out right.  Have a blessed day, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Baby Bump (My Favorite Things) Paper: Tangerine Tango, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, & cloud, green damask, & orange zig-zag patterned (SU); multicolored text patterned (Creative Imaginations); orange damask (Pink Paislee); aqua patterned (The Girls' Paperie); black gingham (K&Company); black polka dot patterned (My Mind's Eye); texture aqua patterned (DCWV) Ink: Basic Black (SU); VersaMark Other: bright green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); aqua button (Paper Studio); Caribbean twine (The Twinery); white embossing powder (Ranger); Scallop punch (SU)

Friday Faves

Welcome to the February edition of my Friday Faves!  I don't know if I've been super busy this month or just haven't seen as many things that called my name, but this edition is much more condensed than previous ones.  Then, to change things up a bit, I'm going to start with something other than Noel Mignon's newest arrival; but don't think, even for a second, that it won't be making my line-up.  LOL!  So, I'm beginning with Nikki Sivils' super, sweet It's Raining, It's Pouring line.  Yum-O!  Now, you all knew that I couldn't resist a turquoise and red combo.  Hee!
I'm, also, loving this scrumptious, Antique Ruler Twill Tape from Little Red Cottage.
I cannot even begin to imagine how much easier clean-up would be, from my acrylic paint projects, if I had these genius Dabbers from Jenni Bowlin.  And they come in 12 different colors, too!
Then, of course, I'm loving Noel Mignon's Delightfully Domestic kit.  Sooo wish I had the pennies to make these beauties come every month.
And finally, isn't this Robin Applique Coin Purse, from Chirp and Bloom, just about the sweetest thing you've ever seen?  I'm thinking that it may have to be in my baby girl's Christmas stocking this year.
That's all, for now, folks; but I'll be back, soon, with a fun, little, papercrafty take, for you all, today.  Until then, TGIF!  Enjoy every minute of it!

GS #75 & Totally Hues #2

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Good evening, ya'll!  What a busy day it has been around our house!  It was a good day to stay inside and get things done, though.  The sleet has been pelting at our windows for most of the day, and tonight, the snow is making an appearance, yet again.  But we all just ate a yummy, enchilada dinner and are warm, full, and happy.  So, it's a good day; and even better, now, because I have a creation to share.
I started, this card, by dry embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock with small dots; machine stitching, with turquoise and aqua-threaded, straight stitches, a circular design in its center; stamping the "JUST because" sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, just inside the bottom right edges of the stitching; roughing up the edges of the prepped piece; and adhering it to the Rose Red, cardstock, card face.
I, then, wrapped a white, seam binding ribbon, around the card face, just above the sentiment; tied it, in a dressy bow, just left of center; and embellished it with an aqua button, laced with a Pink Sorbet, twine bow...
to complete the look.
My inspiration, for this card, came from Get Sketchy's Sketch #75...
and Heather Pulvirenti's Totally Hues: Challenge #2.
And just because I couldn't resist, I had to show you all a couple of sweet pictures of my kiddos.  But before I do, let me set it up.  I was talking on the phone with my hubby in the living room and walked around the corner into the kitchen, because I knew they were both in there, and it was a little too quiet.  Most days, they are just at each other's throats.  Call it the age difference or the gender difference or the fact that they're siblings.  Whatever you may, actually getting along, peacefully, without my presence, is a rare occasion.  So, anyway, I walked around the corner to find this.
How stinkin' cute is that?!  I mean, I know that I'm, completely, biased, being they're mine and all; but it's moments like this that make being a Mommy, truly, the best occupation in the world!  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a wonderful night, bloggers!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Giga Guidelines (PTI) Paper: Whisper White & Rose Red (SU) Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU) Other: aqua & turquoise thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Small Dots Texturz Plate & distressing tool (SU); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); aqua button (Jesse James & Co. Grandma's Grab Bag); Pink Sorbet twine (The Twinery)

PDCC70

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hope you all had fun with last week's first ever, Combine Grind Challenge with CASE Study!  Your entries were fantastic and, completely, Eva-inspired!  Way to charge ahead with change!  Now, how about another, fabulous, color story?  Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #70!
Our Guest Designer, for this week, is Maria Gurnsey; and she has, generously, donated two sets of Ippity Stamps for our winner.
Our color story inspired me to do a little something different this week.  Way back here, I made my baby girl a sweet, little, Valentine tutu, using Samster Mommy's 10 Minute Tutu tutorial.  It was so easy that I made several more, but then, I saw this post, by my fellow, PDCC Design Team member, Libby Hickson, and thought it was time for a tutu make-over.  You see, the elastic I used for the waist bands stretched too much and separated the tulle knots, making the tutus look super funky.  Not to mention, they wouldn't stay up, around my baby girl's waist, anymore.  So, I took Adina's turquoise tutu all apart; thread my tulle onto a length of turquoise ribbon; tied knots, at either end, to hold my tulle in place; and used what was left of my four yards of ribbon spool to dress up the tutu, with three lengths of ribbon, between the tulle knots.
I found that fun, little clip at Hobby Lobby and knew that it would be perfect to add to my project.
I, then, made an orange, felt rose, using The Purl Bee's Molly's Sketchbook: Rose Barrettes tutorial (I LOVE this tutorial and have used it more times than I should, probably, admit!  Check out more fun projects, that I made, using this tutorial, here, here, and here.); gave it a couple of bright green, felt leaves; and completed the look with a turquoise, saddle stitch ribbon.
I decided to leave it all on the clip so it would be easy to remove, from the tutu, for washing; and with just the right outfit, it would even be perfect in Adina's hair.  The only thing left to do is to see how stinkin' cute it looks on my little kiddo.
Thanks so much for peeking in, ya'll!  Have a wonderful rest of your week!  And please, be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations and link up your fabulosities by 11:59 pm EST next Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  Thanks again!

Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Savannah O'Gwynn
Ruby McGuire
Andrea Ewen
Colleen Dietrich
Fiona Shultz
Jaclyn Miller
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak
AND, like I said before, please help us welcome this week's Guest Designer, Maria Gurnsey.  I was just introduced to Maria's work through her spotlight in the Cafe, but in perusing through her blog, I can tell that we would get along, absolutely, brilliantly, because she loves gingham ribbons and stitching... two of my favorite things!  LOL!  So good to have you, Maria!

Sketchy Thursdays & CCG #180

Good morning!  Ezekiel's busy working on his arithmetic paper, and Adina's happily sitting, by my side, watching "Monkey" (ie Curious George); so, I have time to bring you all a fun page.
I started, this layout, by adhering a strip of aqua, star, patterned paper to the gray, striped, patterned, paper page and machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight, double stitches, down the lengths of both of its long sides.  I, then, adhered the red, polka dot, patterned paper, slightly overlapping it, and machine stitched, with more, white-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges, tying the thread, in a knot, at all four corners.  My brackets were Cricut-cut from Whisper White cardstock.  Tip: Originally, it was more of a rectangular frame, but I stretched it to square by simply cutting it apart in the center.  Once pictures were adhered, if I hadn't just told you, you never would've known.  Right?!  The "JUNE" Bingo card was, then, adhered, slightly at an angle and overlapping the aqua, star, patterned paper's top, right edge.
My "love my FISH" title was created from alpha stickers and completed with a stamped, in Ruby Red ink, on Whisper White cardstock, fish, which was hand cut out and had a Crystal Effects stripe added to it for shine.
Finally, I hand cut my banner from patterned paper; adhered it with dimensionals; and anchored it, at either end, with Bella brads, wrapped with lengths of Caribbean twine.
I think this must be one of my most favorite, layout designs; because it's, many times, the first arrangement my pictures ever see.  They do tend to morph a bit from there, but that's no never mind for today.  I was loving it so much, it turned into a two-pager.
The other side is, almost, exactly a mirror image of the first...
with the exception of my pictures, a column of black brads...
and my journaling, which reads, You were bumped from a Level 2 to a Level 3 on the 1st day of class and still passed with flying colors.  I'm so proud of you.  {heart}, Mommy.
My inspiration, for this layout, came from Sketchy Thursdays' current sketch...
and Color Combo Galore's Inspiration Board #180.
That's all, from me, for now; but I'll be back, late tonight, with a brand spankin' new color story in The Cafe.  Oh!  And before I run, I'm so excited to tell you all that I was named a ColourQ Courtier for this creation...
and a Trigger Target, in the Moxie Fab World, for this "Welcome Home" card, which I made to welcome my sister-in-law and new brother-in-law home from their honeymoon.  So thrilled, ladies!  Eeek!  Thank you ever so much!  I, truly, am a blessed girl!
Until tonight, have a fantastic day, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Very Punny (SU) Paper: Whisper White & aqua star patterned (SU); red polka dot patterned (KI Memories); gray striped patterned (unknown); banner patterned (The Girls' Paperie) Ink: Basic Black & Ruby Red (SU) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Storybook Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft); black brads & Crystal Effects (SU); red Bella brads (Pink Paislee); Caribbean twine (The Twinery); "JUNE" Bingo card (Jenni Bowlin); red alphas (Cosmo Cricket); black foam Thickers (American Crafts); aqua varsity alphas (Martha Stewart)