Wplus9 Dec./Jan. Release: Day 1

Friday, November 30, 2012

Note: If you've come here looking for my Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #2 post, please scroll down.

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's December/January Release!  We're absolutely thrilled to be here, in preparation for February's Valentine's Day holiday, showing off five, all-new, stamp sets and six dies.  Today, we're pleased to show you a little of what Bitty Buddy Valentines and its coordinating Bitty Buddy Valentines die, as well as the XOXO Border and Rounded Rectangles dies can do.  With them, I've put together a few, simple Valentines that would be great for our kiddos' to take to school with a little treat.  These particular cuties will most likely be sent to my nieces and nephews.  They think I'm the queen of papercrafts :).
I started this group of tiny Valentines by stamping the striped frames, in Riding Hood Red ink, on Kraft cardstock; using the largest Rounded Rectangles die to create the shape you see (Dawn created the stamp itself to overlap the edges of the largest Rounded Rectangles die, so there's no need to fret about fitting that stamp just perfect.); punching their top centers with a simple, circular, hole punch; surrounding those holes with white, reinforcement, sticker labels; and lacing them with white, seam binding ribbon, tied in dressy bows and embellished with red, heart buttons, laced with Baker's Twine.
I then stamped each of their backs, in White ink, with the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment as well as the "To:" and "From:", before trimming each of them, just below horizontal center, with the glittered, die cut, from Pink Pirouette cardstock, "XOXO" strips.
Each one was then personalized with their individual, stamped, on White cardstock die cuts, critters and stamped, in White ink, coordinating sentiments.  The first in the row above boasts the darling turtle, which was stamped in Lucky Limeade ink, and its "You're turtle-ly awesome!" sentiment.
The second houses a stamped, in Jet Black ink, penguin, and "I think you're cool!" sentiment.
In moving on to the third, we find a stamped, in Barely Banana ink, lion, and its "You're grrr-eat!" sentiment.
The fourth displays a stamped, in Pool Party ink, whale, and its "I whale-y like you!" sentiment.
And finally, on the fifth and final Valentine perches a stamped, in Wisteria Wonder ink, owl, and its "Friends Owl-ways!" sentiment.
That's just the beginning, folks!  We've got so much more to share!  So, I hope you'll join us, at the same time and place, tomorrow, for a creative display of two more stamp sets and dies.  Until then, be sure to check out what the rest of the girls have been up to, as well as help us give a warm welcome to one, uber talented, new, Wplus9 Design Designer, Sarah Martina Parker.  Woohoo!  We're just thrilled to have you, girl!  Thanks so much, to you all, for stopping by; and have a fabulous start to your first, December 2012 weekend!

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

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Bitty Buddy Valentines (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Pink Pirouette (SU) Ink: Riding Hood Red, White, Barely Banana, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, & Lucky Limeade (SU); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: Bitty Buddy Valentines, Rounded Rectangles, & XOXO Border dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); heart buttons (Blumenthal Lansing); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); hole punch & white reinforcement labels (office supply store)

Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #2

Hey, y'all!  We're at the close of yet another month and have a brand new Sketch Inspiration Challenge #2 up for grabs over at Paper Sweeties.
I started this card by piecing together the white embossed and pink and red, design, patterned papers; trimming their top right corner with a strip of gold, polka dot, Washi tape, which I had stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the bow images; framing them with a piece of Ruby Red cardstock; and machine stitching, with gold-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their combined edges.
I then stamped their bottom left corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "Peace on Earth" sentiment.
Their connection was trimmed with a length of red, pom-pom trim, topped by a length of sheer, white, polka dot ribbon, which was tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the prepped piece and embellished with a red button, laced with a couple of hemp twine bows.
The entire prepped piece was then adhered, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face, before Emma and her wings were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a White, cardstock, die cut label and colored with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  Her robe, too, along with her shoes, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, hand cut out, and adhered in their respective locations.  Her belt and tassels were then gold embossed.  She was also given a gold embossed halo, which was trimmed with a red flower, which was colored and dressed up with Stickles.  A little more coloring and Stickles for her tassels, as well as glitter for her wings and shoes, and she was prepped for the card face to which she was adhered with foam tape.
Okay, folks!  Here's this month's sketch to help get you started.
You have until the close of the month EST to get your takes linked up, over at the challenge link above, in order to be in the running to win two, Paper Sweeties stamp sets.  Yea!  Then, we'll have a brand new sketch, for you all, beginning January 1, 2013.  Yep!  I said 2013.  It's right around the corner, y'all!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to stop by the Paper Sweeties Blog to see how some of the rest of the team, too, have interpreted the sketch.  Hugs! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Emma, Christmas Blessings - angel gown, wings, halo, & sentiment, Naughty or Nice? - bow, & So Proud of You - shoes (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Ruby Red (SU); white embossed (sei); pink & red design (K&Company) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Labels 10 Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); red button (Blumenthal Lansing Co.); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); sheer white polka dot ribbon & red pom-pom trim (The Ribbon Reel); Xmas Red Stickles & gold embossing powder (Ranger); embossing gun & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); gold polka dot Washi Tape (Paper Issues)

Friday Faves

Well, hello there, and welcome to the November edition of my Friday Faves!  It all begins with Basic Grey's Lucille 12"x12" Collection Pack.  I adore all the pinks and aquas, and those petite, vintage patterns are perfectly scrumptious!
Everyday Smiles...
and Make a Statement stamp sets, both from Some Odd Girl, would be the perfect, little touches for my scrapbook pages.  LOVE those banners and arrows and trendy phrases!
I've been on the hunt for a Christmas paper collection that I just can't live without, but I haven't yet discovered one.  Sigh.  I did happen upon Elle's Studio's Exclusive Christmas Stamp, though; and gosh, I just couldn't love it any more!  Here's another set that's perfectly and simply illustrated for layouts.  LOVE! 
I'm also diggin' the sweetness of Paper Smooches' Knick Knacks...
and the versatility of their Cyber Cafe stamp sets.  I'd really love to see a coffee ring just a slight bit bigger than the one below, but all those fun cups and steamy lines are irresistible!
Ayarina stopped by my blog, last month, to leave me a sweet comment.  When I stopped by her blog, to say thank you, I happened upon her etsy shop and found these fabulous Pumpkin...
and Autumn Feelings Polymer Clay Buttons.
But if you're just done with fall and thinking more about Christmas, you can't miss these precious Christmas Owls...
or classy Holly Christmas Buttons.
That rounds out the papercrafty portion of my Friday Faves, but I have a small handful of other items that have caught my eye, this month, as well.  I think my plants would be much happier if I had this Glass Plant Mister, from Terrain, to play with ;).
I've also fallen in love with Haute Home's Baroness Terry Towels.  They remind me so much of a set my Great Aunt gave my hubby and I for our wedding and would be perfect, little, guest towels.
LOVE this darling Two's Company Owl Bookend Doorstop from Little Miss Muffin.  I just can't resist the patchwork and that sweet, little puff of hair.
We're in the market for a new bedding set.  I've got my eye on a cobalt blue and white color palette and think this gorgeous Cobalt Blue Print on White Cotton Hummingbird Pillow, from joom,would be the perfect way to top it all off.  My hubby loves hummingbirds.  I think they remind him of our old Colorado home and just know it would make him so happy.
And finally, I'd just love to get my hands on a copy of Ana White's The Handbuilt Home.  I mean, it's not like I don't already have enough home improvement projects lined up ;).
That's all, for this month, folks!  I'll be back, later tonight, with not only a brand new Sketch Inspiration Challenge #2 from Paper Sweeties, but also the first of five days of December/January release projects for Wplus9 Design.  I hope you'll join me for all the fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

MSS: Celebrate the Season

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I have a little project featured over at the Market Street Stamps Blog today, and I'd just love to share it with you all.  I whipped it up using a trio of stamp sets from this month's Christmas Release.  Check it out!
I started this layout by adhering a strip of vintage, text, patterned paper, horizontally, near the center of the woodgrain, base page; stamping the ornament strings, in Jet Black ink, across its bottom edge; and topping the strings with both a strip of white, embossed, patterned paper, which had been punched across its top edge, and a strip of pink, patterned paper, which was anchored, across its top and bottom edges, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then matted my photo grid with Whisper White cardstock; adhered it near the right edge of the previously stitched, patterned, paper strips; grounded the top right photograph with a strip of vellum, which had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Celebrate the season" title...
secured them with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and anchored them with a length of red, polka dot ribbon, tied in a bow and embellished with a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Basic Grey cardstock, jingle bells, which were hand cut out and glittered, as well as a white embossed, on vellum, ribbon.
A pink, journaling card was tucked under the bottom left side of the photo grid and serves as the home for my November 29, 2008, date.
Then, came the fun part.  The ornaments were stamped on a variety of color-coordinating, patterned papers; hand cut out; and adhered, some with foam tape, hanging from the previously stamped strings.  Their tops were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, hand cut out, adhered in their respective locations, and glittered.
A trio of them were further dressed up with stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored, with colored pencils and mineral spirits; and hand cut out holly.  The berries also received a touch of Crystal Effects for shine and to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Let's Get Sketchy's November Week 1 Challenge.
That's all, for now, folks!  It'll be a little quiet, around here, tomorrow; but I'll be back, on Friday, with lots of Friday Faves, as well as two creations to share.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ornaments - ornaments, holly, & bells, Country Christmas - ornament strings, & Christmas Bells - title & ribbon (MSS) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White & Basic Grey (SU); woodgrain & vellum (Paper Studio); pink (Clover); white embossed (sei); vintage ledger & red star burst (Jenni Bowlin); pink gingham & red candy cane (My Mind's Eye); pink trees & pink & red floral (K&Company); pink & red text (Jillibean Soup); pink squares (Crate Paper) Ink: Basic Black (SU); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Edger punch (EK Success); white embossing powder (Ranger); pink journaling card (Jenni Bowlin); red polka dot ribbon, Crystal Effects, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics)

Weekend Snapshots

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in to share a few pictures of our Thanksgiving here at home.  It was so relaxing!  Matter of fact, we got to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, on television, for the first time I can remember in ages.  We're usually driving someplace, when it airs.  My kiddos were in awe and begged to go, to New York, to see it live someday :).  So fun!  All that aside, after a yummy breakfast, we dove into preparations for a big, Thanksgiving Day lunch.  My hubby had soaked the turkey, in a brine, the night before.  So, it was the first thing to head into the oven.
My kiddos took advantage of the beautiful weather to play outdoors.  So, it didn't take long to set the table with Ezekiel's woven place mats (He also hung paper lanterns from each of our chairs, as they didn't fit the table very well.  They kept falling over into the dishes.  LOL!) and my pumpkin place cards...
or to pair that turkey with mashed potatoes and white gravy; corn; green bean casserole; homemade dinner rolls, smothered with our apple butter recipe; cinnamon Jell-O, topped with Cool Whip; and a yummy, side salad.  Oh!  And, of course, there was my Auntie Myrt's pumpkin pie to top it all off.  It literally took me more time to clean the kitchen, with not having a dish washer :(, than to put all that yummy food, which I so wish many more could've enjoyed, together.
Then, we snuggled in for an afternoon nap and a little football...
before heading out on a long walk around the neighborhood and topping off the night with a few snacks to tuck us in.  Don't mind how tired I look.  It's just been a long month ;).
On Friday, we were up bright and early, but only because my hubby wanted to steal away to be the first in line to snag a little, Black Friday something, to put under the tree, for Ezekiel.  We spent most of the morning decorating the house for Christmas.  Then, we headed out to pick out a Christmas tree; and while my hubby was getting it set up with lights, Adina took her nap, and Ezekiel and I went to see Rise of the Guardians.
We brought home a Papa Murphy's pizza to pop in the oven, at our convenience, once the tree was decorated to our satisfaction.  The individual pictures of my kiddos, below, show them with their new, 2012, Hallmark ornaments.
My hubby even decorated a little of the outside of our house, too.  LOVE it!
I stayed up late to whip up a Carrot Cake for my brother-in-law as Saturday was his birthday, and on their way back to Indiana, he and his girlfriend stopped in to say hello.
Then, on Sunday, my hubby took the kiddos to church, while I stayed home to rest.  I think I got wrapped up in the whole busyness of the holiday weekend, that I didn't really get a chance to take care of myself.  So, he insisted and kept the kiddos out and about, after church, with errands and a stop by one of their favorite spots, Bass Pro Shops, before coming home for lunch.  I took a book to the bath and soaked for an hour.  Then, I dove back into preparations for a little something known as Wplus9 Design's December/January Release.  Woohoo!  It all begins on Friday, and I hope that you'll join us for all the fun!  I'll be back, tomorrow, with a Market Street Stamps feature.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us!  I promise to be around to stopping by your blogs soon.  I've gotten a little behind with all the festivities, and now, we're back to school.  But I'm determined to visit ;).  Have a terrific Tuesday!