Wplus9 Oct./Nov. Release: Day 1

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Note:  If you've come here looking for my Paper Sweeties: Peek post, please be sure to scroll down.

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's October/November Release Week, y'all!  I cannot tell you all how much I love, love, LOVE these weeks!  And to get that little package of goodies, each and every month, all over again, is literally just like Christmas!  Well, this month, Dawn has cooked up four, stamp sets, for you all, all boasting the Christmas theme, as well as dies to match and coordinate.  But the great thing is that they work so well, not only with one another and lots of past stamp sets, but also minus the seasonal theme.  LOVE the versatility!  And y'all, I totally mixed up what's supposed to be revealed and when.  So, without further adieu, let me just introduce you, today, to Folk Art Flurries and the Simple Snowflake and Seasonal Sentiments dies.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by clear embossing a variety of gorgeous, snowflake images on pieces of Whisper White cardstock.  And let me just say that this is literally the only snowflake stamp set you'll ever need!  It is packed to the brim with every different size under the sun, and I just love it to pieces!  I then inked over the snowflakes with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and around their edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Inks, before spritzing it with Pearl Glimmer Mist to give it that yummy shimmer and shine, which I'm sure you probably can't see in these photographs.  Sigh.  Just know it's there ;).
They were then adhered, along with strips of woodgrain, patterned paper, to the text, patterned, paper, base pages; and all were anchored, along their outside edges, with black-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches.  Their centers were trimmed with strips of Whisper White cardstock that had been stamped, in Riding Hood Red and Pool Party inks, with those scrumptious Fair Isle Backgrounds, that Dawn released, about this same time, last year.  It, too, was anchored with more black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, but this time they were straight.  Lengths of white lace trim their bottom edges...
and all the photographs were framed with Whisper White cardstock, before turning my attention to the right side of the page.
The center of this page boasts my heap of journaling, which reads, This was the only snow we got all winter that amounted to anything at all.  With the temperatures as warm as they were, though, I knew it would all be melted by the end of the day.  So, we threw caution to the wind, dropped our studies, donned the snow gear, and hit the slope in our backyard.  It was the first time Adina really enjoyed the snow, and she was so fun to watch.  Ezekiel was the best at teaching her everything she needed to know from where to start the sled to how to balance oneself for the best ride to the way to carry it the easiest right back up the hill.  And, of course, Summer had to get in on the action, too.  She even stole the sled right out from under Adina.  What a great day!  It was all written, in Basic Black ink, on a strip of Whisper White cardstock which had been stamped, in Pool Party ink, with both sets of lines from Classroom Backgrounds and ink distressed.  It also serves as the foundation for my "Snow Day" title, which was Cricut-cut from a red, plaid, patterned paper and anchored with staples.
The snowflakes, both big and small, were die cut from a glitter paper and popped off the surface of the page with foam tape.  The larger one was backed with a Whisper White, cardstock circle, which had been stamped, in Pool Party ink, with the medallion image and topped with a red button, laced with white string.
The button also was wrapped with a length of white string and had its ends embellished with two, stamped, in Riding Hood Red ink, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand cut out mittens, which were dressed up with a couple of white, string bows.
That turns our attention to a couple more details on the right side of the layout.
This side, too, received both a small and large snowflake, prepared in the same way as above, with the exception of swapping the mittens for a die cut and ink distressed, white, cardstock, "joy" subtitle.  It was also backed with a polka dot embossed and ink distressed, kraft, cardstock, tag die cut, which I laced with white string.
And it's left side got a sweet, little, red frame to house my February 13, 2012, date and complete the look.
That's all, for today, folks!  But I hope you'll join me for another day of delicious peeks tomorrow.  Until then, be sure to stop by the rest of this talented team's blogs to see what scrumptiousness they've cooked up, just for your viewing pleasure; and have a fantastic, work week! 

Anya Schrier, our fabulous Guest Designer 
Cristina Kowalczyk
Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Jean Martin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Folk Art Flurries - snowflakes, Fair Isle Backgrounds - poinsettia pattern & accessories, Winter Wishes - mittens & medallion, & Classroom Backgrounds - elementary & notebook lines Paper: White & Kraft (Wplus9); Whisper White, glitter paper, & text (SU); woodgrain & red plaid (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Pool Party, Riding Hood Red, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Tumbled Glass (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Seasonal Sentiments - "joy" & little snowflake, Simple Snowflake - large snowflake, & Timeless Tags dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Cursive 101 Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provocraft); Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); red buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); clear embossing powder & polka dot embossing folder (SU); lace (May Arts); red journaling frame (Ormolu); circle template (Fiskars)

Paper Sweeties: Peek

I'm so thrilled to be here, today, sharing a little of what Paper Sweeties has in store, for you all, for October!  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping a piece of ivory, lace, patterned paper, in Jet Black ink, with the sunflowers, which were then colored in with colored pencils and mineral spirits and later had their centers glittered.
I then trimmed its right edge with a piece of red, wheat, patterned paper; framed the resulting piece with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock; secured a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a red, plaid, patterned paper, banner, which was filled in with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Happy Fall Ya'll", which I just LOVE to pieces, in its top left corner; and anchored everything with brown-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches, before adhering it to the kraft, cardstock, card face.  A trio of leaves, stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, and Daffodil Delight inks...
point to the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; paper-pieced; colored in with colored pencils and mineral spirits; and hand cut out scarecrow, which was anchored with stacked foam tape.  A basket of apples, labeled with a "25 cent" sign, prepared in the same way as above, and given a little shine with Crystal Effects, flanks the scarecrow's right side...
and a trio of red buttons, laced with hemp twine, complete the look.
That wets your appetite, y'all; but I hope you'll join us, on October 14, 15, and 16th, for a whole line-up of brand new, stamp sets that ooze fall in their every ounce.  Before you're off to whatever has you running, please, take a minute to see what the rest of this ever so talented team has whipped up, below and over at the Paper Sweeties Blog, just for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

Pattie Goldman

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Banner Wishes - banner, Stand Add-Ons 3- scarecrow, Stand Add-Ons 2 - sunflowers, leaves, apple basket, & sign, Stand Add-Ons 1 - "25 cents", & Happy Fall Ya'll - "Happy Fall Ya'll" (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Kraft (Wplus9); Daffodil Delight (SU); ivory lace & yellow stripe (My Mind's Eye); red wheat (Jenni Bowlin); red polka dot (BoBunny); navy polka dot (Jillibean Soup); red plaid (Crate Paper) Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, & Daffodil Delight (SU); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds & Crystal Effects (SU); red buttons (PTI); hemp twine (May Arts); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics)

Friday Faves

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hey, y'all!  I hope that you're getting geared up for a fabulous weekend on this chilly, Friday morning.  We've got another busy one planned in our neck of the woods.  Somehow, they always seem to fill up right under our noses.  But before all the action gets started, I wanted to pop in here to share this month's Friday Faves with you all.  It all begins with Jillibean Soup's Country Pumpkin Chowder Collection Pack.  Gosh, I cannot tell you how much I'm loving Jillibean Soup lately!  And the colors, petite patterns, and perfectly coordinated journaling cards and embellishments, found in this beauty, are a fitting tribute to fall.
Not only do I love the vintage appeal of these Air Mail Postage Stamp Stickers from Jenni Bowlin, but the potential for them to take center stage, on a project, by holding a sentiment or a little journaling, as well as the versatility for them to take a backseat, within a cluster of goodies, by simply adding another layer, makes them perfect in my book!
American Crafts' Ready Set Go Today Date Stamp is exactly what I need to keep track of those hundreds of scrapbook pages I have lying around, just waiting for their permanent locations.  I especially like those sweet, little, extra phrases.
I'm also in LOVE with these bold, bright, happy, little spots, known as Monthly Tidbits, from Elle's Studio!
And did you know she carries stamps, too?!  Just imagine the scrapping potential behind her Detail Flags...
Number It...
and Snapshot Details stamps.  Yum!
I've also been in the market for a new office chair for quite some time.  I picked one up, at the close of a yard sale, for free (Can't beat that!), awhile back, but it's just not doing its job anymore (ie My tush hurts!).  Now, I've got my eye on Zuo's Scout White Armless Office Chair.  Love that soft, tufted leatherette!
Freckled Fawn's Washi Tape Drawer would also be a fabulous addition to my creative space...
but I'd need their Red Ticket Stub...
and Yellow Chevron Washi tapes to help fill it up ;).
And finally, I saw these fun Metal Trinkets Typo Bulbs No. 2, from Prima, on my friend Julie's blog this week and couldn't resist adding them to the line-up!  Too fun!
Well, folks, that's all for this month.  But I hope you'll join me, in just a couple, short days, for a little, fall, Paper Sweeties peek and a fantastic, seasonal release from Wplus9 Design.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a blessed weekend!

Let's Get Sketchy #30

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Good morning!  We're off on a little field trip in just a bit, but before that, I wanted to pop in here to share a colorful page that just makes me smile.  I hope it does the same for you :).
I started this layout by threading the holes, down the right side of a vintage, yellow, inventory sheet, with a length of orange ribbon and tying it, in a bow, through the top hole.  I then turned it on its side and adhered it near the top of the partially sanded, embossed, green, cardstock base.  I have to admit, too, that the inventory sheet was full size at 8-1/2" x 11", but I cut it in half and pieced it together to show off more of that yummy, alpha, base page.  I then stamped the "HELLO MY NAME IS" card, in Basic Black ink, with the "heaven sent" title; tucked it just to the right of the bow; and further embellished it with a hand cut, from patterned paper, and punched, note card.  I then added a reinforcement label around the note card's punched hole and laced it with a length of hemp twine.  A "me" cardstock sticker...
and a perforated, kraft sheet, which I labeled with the August 25, 2010, round out the top of the design.
Six, hand cut, from patterned paper, circles were tucked under the inventory sheet's bottom edge and anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, tied of, at either end, to the front of the page.  A trio of hand cut, from patterned paper, pennants, which were secured with more black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, anchor my row of photographs, which were framed with Whisper White cardstock.
A couple more pennants, prepared in the same way as above and paired with a yellow, striped, cardstock, sticker pennant, dress up the left side of a "Play", silhouette card.  And a "DELIGHTFUL AND SO SWEET", cardstock, sticker subtitle, as well as another hand cut circle, on top of which I layered a yellow, leaf, trinket pin; cream, doily flower; and a green button, laced with hemp twine, completes the look.
Inspiration for this layout came from Let's Get Sketchy's Challenge #30.  I've been eying their fabulous sketches and the design team's inspiration for quite some time now and am thrilled to finally have a day to play along.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy stamping, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Baby Basics (MSS) Paper: Whisper White (SU); embossed green (Core'dinations); notebook & all circles (Jillibean Soup); floral, multicolored lace, & multicolored chevron (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Basic Black (SU) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); hole punch & reinforcement label (office supply store) hemp twine & orange ribbon (May Arts); "HELLO MY NAME IS" card & "DELIGHTFUL AND SO SWEET" cardstock sticker (My Mind's Eye); "me" cardstock sticker (Crate Paper); yellow striped pennant cardstock sticker (Cosmo Cricket); perforated kraft sheet, vintage yellow inventory sheet, "Play" silhouette card, & cream doily (Jenni Bowlin); green button (unknown); yellow leaf trinket pin (The Ribbon Reel)

MSS: How Are Things?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well, hello there!  I hope you all are having a blessed week!  We're plugging right along and looking forward to a trip, to Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, for the Map As Art Exhibition, tomorrow.  But until then, I've got about a hundred things to do.  So, let's just jump right into the reason for this post, which is a sweet, little number I have featured, on the Market Street Stamps Blog, this morning.  Enjoy!
I started this card by embossing the kraft, cardstock, card face with the chevron design and distressing its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  A piece of white cardstock, which had its top corners rounded, was stamped, in Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip inks, with the trees.
I then trimmed it, below, with a strip of floral, patterned paper, as well as a strip of Barely Banana cardstock, which had been stamped, in Daffodil Delight ink, with the gingham background and, in Chocolate Chip ink, with the "How are things in your neck of the woods?" sentiment.
A length of soft green, fringed ribbon was then wrapped, around the prepped piece, between the stamped, yellow cardstock and patterned paper and tied, in a bow, near its left edge, before adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the card face.  The bird and house were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; colored in with colored pencils and mineral spirits; hand cut out; and adhered, with foam tape, in their respective locations.  A little glitter, for the sweet bird, completes the look.
That's all, for today, folks!  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a truly wonderful Wednesday! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Nuts About Nature - trees, bird, & sentiment, Neighborhood - house, & Gingham (MSS) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Barely Banana (SU); floral (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Chevron impression plate (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds & Corner punch (SU); soft green fringed ribbon (Hobby Lobby); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics)

Weekend Snapshots

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hey, y'all!  I'm back, as promised, with lots of fun pics of our full weekend; but I just can't resist starting with this sweet pic of my baby girl all ready to head out the door for dance class on Friday.  She is doing so good this fall!  Her teacher even pulled me aside to say how impressed, with her, she was.  Being a homeschool family, it's rare to receive such praise, about my children, from another adult.  Needless to say, it brought tears to my eyes, not because it's dance, but because she is putting her all into something and being a blessing to another individual in the process.
And I know this one doesn't show much, but I just love it to pieces!  She's waiting for the mailman.
This was the weekend for our annual trip, to Pome on the Range Orchards, to pick apples for my yummy apple butter, and we had absolutely the perfect weather for it.  Unfortunately, you can really tell the kind of drought we're in, not only by the deterioration and death of many of the trees, but also by the size of the apples.  Fortunately, they still taste just as delicious as ever!
We picked almost 63 pounds of apples before grabbing a couple of apple slushes, having a picnic lunch, enjoying a little time on the play-set, and heading home.
After a power nap, I whipped up a scrumptious apple crisp for dinner.
We also made plenty of time to play this weekend...
and did a little grocery shopping.  Gosh, seeing it all laid out like this sure makes me feel wealthy ;).  And yes, that's a couple of throw pillows, hanging out in the background.  I couldn't resist the price!
I've also been spending a lot of time digging into this study.
Well, y'all, that sums it up.  I'll be back, tomorrow morning, with a sweet, Market Street Stamps feature.  Then, I've got a layout, using more of my September Jenni Bowlin Papercrafting Kit goodies, coming your way on Thursday.  And I've cooked up a fun Friday Faves to round out the week.  But that won't do it for the month, y'all!  A Paper Sweeties Peek, as well as the start of a stunning, Wplus9 Design Release, will be posting in the last few hours of the month.  I've got my work cut out for me, but I hope you'll all join me for the duration.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!