Wplus9 Dec./Jan. Release: Day 1

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Note: If you've come here looking for my PDCC109 - Sweet Stamp Shop post, please scroll down.
   
Woohoo!  We're back with another, fabulous release from Wplus9 Design and super excited about three, new, stamp sets, as well as three, new dies, all with February's Valentine holiday in mind!  Eeek!  Today we're showing off Love You More, and I snuck in there the new, Hearts & Clouds die, which also coordinates with tomorrow's stamp set.  Although, you won't see it again here for a couple of days.  So, anyway, how about I stop rambling, so you can check out what Dawn has in store for you this month?
I started this card by stamping the row of x's and hearts, in Real Read ink, across the bottom of a piece of woodgrain patterned paper; trimming it above with a piece of red, floral, patterned paper; framing the two with a piece of Whisper White cardstock; filling in the space just above the stamped edge and left of vertical center with a strip of black, polka dot, patterned paper, to which I added a little glittery goodness; and machine stitching, with red-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around the outside edges of all patterned papers, before adhering the prepped piece to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face and distressing the edges of everything with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.
I then wrapped a length of red, gingham ribbon, around the center of the card face, between the horizontal, patterned, paper connection; tied it, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face; and embellished it with a red button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
The partial "LOVE" sentiment was stamped, in White ink, on a die cut, using the Label Layers 1 die, from Crumb Cake cardstock, which also had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  I then filled the space inside the banner in with the stamped, in Real Red ink, and completed "Today, Tomorrow, Forever" sentiment; and ya'll, this set is packed with options for that little banner.  Woohoo!  Finally, I clear embossed the pierced heart right in the center of the large, polka dot heart and over the existing sentiment, before adhering it, with foam tape, just left of the embellished bow, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from the Tuesday Trigger: Red & Rustic in the Moxie Fab World.
But I didn't stop there!  Check out this beauty!
I started this card by machine stitching, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches, around the edges of a piece of brown, damask, patterned paper; adhering it to the Very Vanilla, cardstock, card face; and dressing it, down its right side, with a strip of brown, stripe, patterned paper, which had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen ink and die cut, using the Hearts & Clouds die, with a column of hearts, before being anchored, down its vertical sides, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches.
I then wrapped a length of teal ribbon down the left side of the die cut piece; tied it, in a bow, near the top edge of the card face; and embellished it with a red, country flower, backed with a trio of hemp twine bows.
The sentiment block was stamped, in Cherry Cobbler, Taken With Teal, Early Espresso, and Pretty in Pink inks, on a string-laced tag and adhered, with foam tape, in the bottom left corner of the card face, tucked under the embellished bow.
Inspiration for this card came from Card Positioning Systems' Sketch #246.
Okay, ya'll!  That's all for today, but I'll be back tomorrow, with another couple of cuties and a brand new stamp set to show off, along with the rest of the team.  Please be sure to stop by and see what they've been up to with these fun, new images, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web, and have a truly terrific Thursday!

Cristina Kowalczyk
Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Jean Martin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Love You More (Wplus9) Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU); black polka dot & red floral (Jenni Bowlin); woodgrain (Paper Studio) Ink: Real Red & White (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Label Layers 1 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Dazzling Details & clear embossing powder (SU); gingham ribbon (unknown); red button (DeNami Design); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); foam tape (Scotch)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Love You More (Wplus9) Paper: Very Vanilla & brown stripe (SU); brown damask (BoBunny) Ink: Taken With Teal, Cherry Cobbler, Early Epresso, & Pretty in Pink (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Hearts & Clouds die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); tag (Kraft Outlet); red country flower (Maya Road); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); teal ribbon (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scotch)

PDCC109 - Sweet Stamp Shop

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #109!
Our sponsor for this week is Sweet Stamp Shop...
who graciously gifted me Tree Traditions.  Thank you, Sweet Stamp Shop!  I had the perfect idea for a layout in mind with these cuties as soon as I got them but nixed it the minute I saw that color story, which was a bit of a challenge with this set anyway, never mind trying to tie in pics.  Aaah!  So, in putting my new goodies together with that Smokey Purple, Blush (I leaned more toward the coral in the inspiration photographs.), and Champagne color story above, I came up with this.
I started this card by using heat 'n stick powder to stamp and glitter snowflakes on the coral, polka dot, patterned paper; framing it with a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock; machine stitching, with coral-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges; and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.
I then adhered a length of white lace, stacked below a length of coral lace, vertically, just left of center.  A length of white, seam binding ribbon was then wrapped over the laces; tied in a dressy bow; and embellished with a snowflake and purple button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
The "It's a Tree Pickin' kind of day." sentiment was stamped, in Perfect Plum ink, on a Cricut-cut from Whisper White cardstock, laced with hemp twine, and distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, tag and tucked under the embellished bow.
Finally, I stamped the car image, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of distressed, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, Whisper White cardstock; colored it with Cameo Coral, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Bordering Blue, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, and Chocolate Chip inks and a blender pen; framed it with another piece of Perfect Plum cardstock; machine stitched, with coral-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges; and adhered it, centered and tucked under the embellished bow, with foam tape.  I hope ya'll can forgive me for adding in a touch of green.  Call me crazy or old fashioned, but I think trees are meant to be green ;).
Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the day EST, next Tuesday, December 6, 2011, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to see what the rest of the designers have cooked up with their Sweet Stamp Shop goodies, as well as to find out what you're playing for this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful close to your Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Tree Traditions (Sweet Stamp Shop) Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, & Perfect Plum (SU); coral polka dot (sei) Ink: Cameo Coral, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Bordering Blue, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, & Perfect Plum (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: coral thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); Dazzling Diamonds, heat 'n stick powder, & purple button (SU); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); snowflake ornament (Hobby Lobby); white lace (Paper Studio); coral lace (Making Memories); George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft)

CR84FN43

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good afternoon!  I'm just popping in to share my brother-in-law's birthday card.  Enjoy!
I started this card by piecing together both the brown, damask, and green, text, patterned papers and machine stitching, around their edges, with brown-threaded, straight stitches and, between their connection, with brown-threaded, zig-zag stitches.  I then stamped a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, in Old Olive and Early Espresso inks, with the acorn branches; distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; adhered it near the left edge of the prepped piece; and machine stitched, around its edges, with brown-threaded, zig-zag stitches, before adhering the entire piece to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.
The "Birthday Wishes" sentiment was stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, on a die cut, from Crumb Cake cardstock, tag, which had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks and laced with white seam binding ribbon, tied in a dressy bow and embellished with a green button, laced with brown Baker's Twine bows, before being adhered, with foam tape, near the top right corner of the card face.
A stamped, in Old Olive ink, on Very Vanilla cardstock and hand cut leafy image was then tucked under and over the left side of the prepared tag, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Create For Fun's Color Challenge #43.
I also just had to share a couple pics of my cuties, helping to make one of our favorite treats.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
48 Hershey Kisses
1/2 cup shortening 
3/4 cup peanut butter 
1/3 cup granulated sugar 
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 
1 egg 
2 tablespoons milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375°F.  Remove wrappers from chocolates.  Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.  Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.  Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.  Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.   Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

Finally, I was thrilled to just happen to win the Day 7 prize package during Christina MacLaren's Week of Thanks and Giving.  Well, look what arrived, in my mailbox yesterday, all wrapped up super cute!  Thank you ever so much, Christina!  What a blessing you are to us all!
And thanks so much, to you all, for stopping by!  Have a day to treasure!  Oh!  And don't forget that you have until the close of the day EST today to link up your takes on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #108.  Have fun!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Post - sentiment & Woodgrain Silhouette Additions - leafy branch (Wplus9); Holiday Tag Team - acorn branch (SU) Paper: Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla (SU); brown damask (BoBunny); green text (7 Gypsies) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, & Old Olive (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Sweet Scallop Tag die (Verve); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scotch); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); green button (SU); Baker's Twine (AR Designs)

CARDS Thanksgiving Challenge

Monday, November 28, 2011

Good afternoon!  So, I'm back, as promised, in my previous Weekend Snapshots post, with one, final, Thanksgiving creation for 2011.
I started this card by edging the bottom of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, which had its top corners rounded, with a length of pleated, cranberry, damask, patterned paper and trimming the space between them with a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, anchored, across its top and bottom edges, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches.
The "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment was then stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, just above it and to the right edge of the prepped piece.
I then wrapped a length of sheer, brown, polka dot ribbon over that cardstock strip; tied it, in a bow, near the left edge of the piece; and embellished it with a green button, laced with brown Baker's Twine, as well as two, stamped, in Pumpkin Pie ink, on Very Vanilla cardstock, hand cut, and glittered leaves, before adhering it, with foam tape, to the Old Olive, cardstock, card face, which also had its top corners rounded.  A crystal flourish completes the look.
Inspiration for this card came from CARDS' Thanksgiving Cards Challenge, where I'm proud to say it was featured on Thanksgiving Thursday (Thanks ever so much, Paige!), as well as by this creation I made, just over a year ago now, to congratulate my sister-in-law and new brother-in-law on their engagement.  And speaking of, they paid us a little visit the day after Thanksgiving.  We didn't do much other that talk, play games, and enjoy good food, but I believe it's the simple moments that build relationships.
Oh!  And Johan's birthday was yesterday; so we had to celebrate early, just a little, ya know ;).
I'll be back with his birthday card tomorrow.  So, please be sure to pop back in and check it out.  Then, I've got a sweet, little line-up of creations, boasting Wplus9 Design's December Release, coming your way beginning late Wednesday night.  Woohoo!  Until then, thanks so much for being so kind as to stop by my little corner of the web, and have a marvelous Monday!

{Supplies & Tools} 
Stamps: Season of Thanks (Wplus9)  Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, & cranberry damask (SU)  Ink: Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie (SU)  Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); dimensionals (Scotch); brown polka dot sheer ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); green button & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); crystal flourish (Zva Creative)

Weekend Snapshots

Our long weekend was filled to the brim with activity!  Yesterday, I showed you all pics, of our Thanksgiving celebrations, in my Thanksgiving Memories post, but that was just the beginning of a busy weekend.  On Saturday, we got our Christmas tree and decorated it and the entire house for Christmas.  Here's just a few pics of us hanging our new, Hallmark ornaments and decorating the rest of the tree.
Because getting the tree and decorating the house, for Christmas, is such a huge undertaking, our dinner tradition has become to order pizza and enjoy winter floats.  That's hot cocoa with a big scoop of Blue Bunny Peppermint Stick Ice Cream.
And by the end of the day, the Christmas season is officially in full swing.
My littlest started feeling crummy and running a fever again on Thanksgiving, which is a total bummer with me still having a scratchy throat and no voice.  What is going on?!  So, I stayed home, from church, with her yesterday morning, while the boys went to Sunday School.  We also had to miss Ezekiel's big Awana Grand Prix race, which I was so looking forward to!  He was so proud of the car he designed and painted himself, and the only help he had was me cutting his car's numbers with my Cricut and Daddy gluing the wheels and adding weights to make sure it was as heavy as it could be without breaking the rules.
It all paid off with a third place finish in car design, too.
Because I couldn't go, I sent the camera with my boys and instructions to get a few good pics of the race itself...
as well as BJ's mini sermon on perseverance.
And even though Ezekiel didn't place overall, although he did come in fifth out of fifteen racers, you should've heard how excited he was to get to bring any kind of trophy home.  He was absolutely giddy!
Also, my prize package, for being PageMaps' Studio Purge Sketch Contest Winner, came in the mail right before all the hustle and bustle began.  And holy smokes!  Check all these goodies and papers out!  Eeeek!
Finally, I'm thrilled to share that this card was featured for The Deconstructed Sketch's Sketch No. 28...
as well as Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker's Showcase On You.  Thanks ever so much to all those who made said such possible!  My cup runneth over!  And please be sure to run check out all the fabulous creations!  You won't be disappointed!
Oh!  And look what we saw outside my craft space's sky light yesterday!  With nearly all the leaves now missing from our trees, we're seeing all kinds of critters from woodpeckers and sparrows to owls and hawks.  So exciting!
I'll be back, later this afternoon, with that card creation I promised yesterday; but for now, I think that I'd better tackle the laundry.  Don't you?
Have a super, fabulous, amazing week, ya'll!