Wplus9 Oct./Nov. Release: Day 1

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hey, friends!  I'm so excited to be here today, showing off an absolutely AMAZING, new release from Wplus9 Design!  Dawn has whipped up six, new, stamp sets and seven, new, coordinating dies, for you all, this month; and y'all, she has completely outdone herself.  When I wrote amazing above, I meant every single capitalized letter of it.  AMAZING!  This is one release you simply don't want to miss, and she's packed every set with so many detailed images for a truly unending plethora of stamping options.  So, how about I stop ranting and raving now and just show you what will be available, in the Wplus9 Design Online Store, in just a few days?  Today we're showing off creations inspired by Woodland Wreaths and Merry & Bright and their coordinating dies.  Check 'em out!
I started this card by piecing a strip of vintage, newsprint, patterned paper down the center of a piece of red, diamond, patterned paper and stamping it, in Cherry Cobbler ink, vertically, down its left edge, with the row of hearts, as well as, in Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, stamped-off More Mustard, and Jet Black inks, with the postmark, stamp, and stamp fillers.  Those little bells come from another new release set, known as Silver Bells, which you'll be seeing lots more from tomorrow ;).
The entire piece was then framed with Oatmeal cardstock; anchored with gold-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches; and adhered, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
The wreath was stamped, in Old Olive ink, on an Oatmeal, cardstock, wreath die cut; dressed up with stamped, in Cherry Cobbler ink, berries; adhered, in it respective position, with foam tape...
and topped with a bit of seam binding, tied in a double bow and embellished with a red button, laced with a white, chord bow; a couple of felt, leaf die cuts; and a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on an Oatmeal, cardstock die cut, mistletoe twig, which was also white embossed with the berries.
It doesn't end there, folks.  Those little, felt, holly leaves above come from the Merry & Bright die.  So, how about a little more from it and it's coordinating stamp set?
I started this card by framing a piece of plaid, patterned paper with a piece of Ballet Slippers cardstock; machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its outside edges; and wrapping it with layered lengths of pink sheer and Pool Party ribbons, tied, in a single bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece and embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a hemp twine bow; before the entire thing was then adhered, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
The White, cardstock, rounded rectangle die cut was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE MERRY & BRIGHT" sentiment...
as well as with the glass vase, and, in Pretty in Pink and Daffodil Delight inks, with the candle image.  To get the lighter, melted wax look, I simply stamped off once, with the same color of ink as the candle itself, before stamping it in position.  All the grounding flora was stamped, in Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pool party, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Daffodil Delight inks, on their individual, White, cardstock die cuts and adhered in their respective locations, some with foam tape; before the cardstock rectangle was backed with cheesecloth and adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the card face.
That gets us started, y'all.  Told you it was an amazing release ;).  And you're so lucky, because this is just the beginning.  I'll be back, at the same time and place, tomorrow to share lots more.  In the meantime, be sure to stop by our talented designers' blogs to see how they've been inspired today.  Also, don't forget to stop by and leave a comment on the Design Blog for your chance to win today's release goodies.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

Dawn Woleslagle
Hannah Craner
Jean Martin
Kerrianne Bowen
Sarah Martina Parker

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths, Silver Bells, Postmarked, Spring Post, & Background Builders: Hearts (Wplus9) Paper: Oatmeal & Kraft (Wplus9); red diamond (My Mind's Eye); vintage newsprint (Echo Park) Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, & More Mustard (SU); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (Versamark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Woodland Wreaths & Merry & Bright dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Dazzling Diamonds & Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon (SU); felt (Scrapbook Page); button (JoAnn Fabrics); white embossing powder (Ranger); white chord (Hobby Lobby)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Merry & Bright (Wplus9) Paper: Ballet Slippers, Kraft, & White (Wplus9); plaid (Nikki Sivils) Ink: Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Riding Hood Red, & Cherry Cobbler (SU); Jet Black (Ranger)  Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Merry & Bright & Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Dazzling Diamonds & Pool Party ribbon (SU); pink sheer ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pearl (sei); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); cheesecloth (Dritz)

Weekend Snapshots

Afternoon, y'all!  I hope you enjoyed your weekends.  Ours was packed to the brim, so before our Wplus9 Design October/November Release Week begins tonight (Woohoo!), I wanted to pop in here to share a few pics.  We took a trip to the Pony Express National Museum, in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Friday morning.  What a great stop!
A pony express rider began his trip, in St. Joseph, at these original Pikes Peak Stables and ended it, approximately 10 (good weather) to 16 (bad weather) days later, in Sacramento, California.  There were relay stations every 10 to 15 miles for relieving oneself ;), getting a drink, and switching horses and every 75 to 100 miles for changing clothes.
These are the founders of the pony express, William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell.  It's interesting to note that it only lasted 18 months due to the completion of the faster, more efficient, transcontinental telegraph in the fall of 1861.
Because St. Joe is also the location of the beginning of the Oregon and California trails, there was also lots of information about what the settlers were like, how they traveled, the dangers they would've surely faced along the way, and what might've gone with them.
This was the well originally used to water the horses of the pony express.  It was capped in 1881 but uncovered, in an archaeological dig, over 100 years later.  Adina's watching the water come up from the well through a Plexiglas window.
My kiddos had lots of fun stamping on the thin paper required for delivery by the pony express...
and rubbing a little souvenir.
Then, while Adina was enjoying the play area...
my hubby tried to sort the mail in 30 seconds.  He failed miserably ;).
We also visited the in-house Messick Gallery, which is packed to the brim with horse memorabilia.  Below are a couple of my favorite pieces.
Afterwards, we picked up a little lunch at Pappy's, which we went to on a recommendation by the person running the museum; and oh, my gracious.  It was delicious!  Thanks, Michelle!  Most of you know that I'm a demi-vegetarian, so hamburgers aren't really my thing, but they had the best veggie burger I've ever come across.  We left stuffed to the brim, and the owners were super friendly.
Then, we were off to Schweizer Orchards to do a little apple picking.  Our usual stop is Pome on the Range just south of Ottawa, Kansas; but we thought we'd change things up a bit this year, and we're so glad we did.  The apples were much bigger and in better condition here, not to mention that the selection was fantastic, and you could drive on a gravel path surrounding the orchard itself which made hauling our 75 pounds of apples to the store much easier.
I just love our visits to the orchard!  And they had a great playground for the kids to enjoy and all kinds of fall activities to be had.
At home, we discovered this stick bug, just hanging out on our porch.
We've also had a praying mantis for about a month, but it has quite the appetite, making it hard to keep dinner on the table.  Plus, with winter being right around the corner, our bug pickings would be slim, so we decided it was best to set it free.
That Saturday, evening, neighborhood dinner, that I mentioned in an earlier post, didn't get rained out.  We did get lots of rain, which made for a great day to cook and clean and craft, but it cleared up just in time for the party to begin.  I was asked to make a batch of guacamole to take along and whipped up these festive Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting for dessert.
Finally, I couldn't resist throwing in this sweet pic of my littlest all ready for Awana club last night.  This is her first year of Cubbies, and she's loving it so much!  Sigh.  Why do they have to grow up so fast?
That covers things for now, folks.  Hope to see you all back here tonight.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us, and have a fantastic start to your work weeks.

Guess the Gender Giveaway

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Next week is kind of a big week around here, as we get to find out if we're having a boy or a girl.  My hubby and I are just so grateful to be having a third that we truly don't care either way.  Plus, we're already so blessed with a healthy boy and girl.  We almost feel like we're being selfish even having another.  So, we just want what the Lord wants for us.  But everyone seems to have an opinion of what they think we're having.  So, to thank you all for being my faithful followers, even when I'm too tired to cook up anything creative to share, I thought it would be fun to put together a little crafty giveaway to the person who guesses the right gender.  Here's what's up for grabs.
And just because there's an awful lot of stuff I had to bury to fit it all in one photograph, how about a few close-ups?  That's (1) two, Paper Studio, black, damask, patterned papers leftover from my brother's wedding; (2) Hambly woodgrain transparency; (3) three, Hambly, screenprint, patterned papers; (4) four, My Mind's Eye, Hip & Luxurious Basics, patterned papers; (5) seven patterned papers from Jenni Bowlin's Black and Red Collection; (6) 24 sheets of 6 x 6, sei, Homestead Companion foil, pearl, and patterned papers; (7) 18 - 4.75 x 6.75, double-sided papers from K&Company; (8) K&Company Tag Pad...
(9) October 2012 Issue of CARDS Magazine; (10) April 2013 Issue of CARDS Magazine, because it's filled with baby creations in honor of mine :); (11) Faber-Castell watercolor canvas art complete kit; (12) Mix & Match Mixed Media Aquarelles & Ink from Faber-Castell; (13) Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen...
(14) three sheets of K&Company, Brenda Walton, embossed stickers; (15) K&Company, Tim Coffey, embossed stickers; (16) American Traditional, sweet baby pastel stickers; (17) Stickopotamus word bubble stickers; (18) two packages, EK Success, Jolee's Boutique, dimensional, Halloween & Disney stickers; (19) K&Company dimensional stickers; (20) Piggy Tales cardstock letter stickers; (21) My Little Shoebox mini alphabet stickers; (22) Doodlebug Design alphabet rubons...
(23) K&Company rosette; (24) Doodlebug Design layered chip album; (25) Piggy Tales drawbridge book; (26) flair from findingnana; (27) 7 Gypsies clips & Blue Ocean photo turns with brads...
(28) Tiny Woods and Candy Lane Collection clear stamps from KaiserCraft; (29) sei black photo corners; (30) KaiserCraft Coconut paper blooms; (31) gear chipboard album from Maya Road; (32) two yards, red, polka dot ribbon from Taylored Expressions; (33) So Saffron grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up; (34) Maya Road, metal, floral trinkets...
and a pillow box containing (35) three, Maya Road, vintage camera transparencies; (36) two, Maya Road, fabric blooms; (37) two, wood veneer bits from Studio Calico; (38) Freckled Fawn resin typewriters; and (39) Basic Grey, wood veneer, mailing embellishment.
Just leave me a comment below, telling me whether you think we're having a boy or a girl.  I know there will be a handful of you who guess one way or another, so random.org will pick the official winner from the unofficial correct pickers.  And just because I know it matters to some of you.  At the moment, I'm craving dark chocolate (I've NEVER liked that stuff!) and bananas and am totally disgusted by coffee (I used to love it.).  I'm no longer feeling the least bit sick, just EXTREMELY tired.  Fortunately, my doctor has given me the go ahead to have a little Diet Coke each day.  It seems to get me through, and some people say that it even combats nausea.  Who knew?!  And here's how I'm carrying at the moment.  We're 19 weeks.  That's halfway in my book, y'all, especially since both Ezekiel and Adina were ten days early.
I'll leave the giveaway open until just over a week from today and announce a winner the first full week in October.  Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend, friends!