Wplus9 Dec./Jan. Release: Day 1

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Note: If you've come here looking for my TCM: Farewell Blog Hop and/or Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #14 post(s), please scroll down.

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's December/January Release week, folks!  We've got a fabulous lineup of new goodies to wet your appetites for spring, for you all, this month, including four stamp sets and three coordinating dies.  Today we're sharing creations inspired by More Fresh Cuts and its coordinating die, as well as Fresh Cut Wreaths.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the bottom edge of a piece of White cardstock, which had been dry embossed with the polka dots, with a strip of red, stitched, diamond, patterned paper, which had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and topped with a trip of red and pink, polka dot, patterned paper.
I then framed them with a piece of Cupid's Bow cardstock and machine stitched, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their combined edges and between their connections, before wrapping their center with a length of Baby Pink Berry, seam binding ribbon, tied in a dressy bow and embellished with a crystal button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
After adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face, I adhered an aqua, gingham, patterned, paper, double pocket die cut, also with foam tape, just to the left of the embellished bow and above the stamped sentiment and dressed it up with a heart button, laced with hemp twine.
The pocket was then stuffed with lots of yummy, floral images, stamped, in Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Lucky Limeade inks, on White, cardstock die cuts.  A few stamped, in stamped-off, Pool Party ink, bitty blossoms were scattered around the layers; and a bunch of clear, gemstone centers complete the look.
How about a little from Fresh Cut Wreaths, too?
I started this card by stamping a piece of Kraft cardstock, in Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Crisp Cantaloupe inks with the wreath and its big flower bits; filling in with stamped, in White and Wisteria Wonder inks, with the bitty flowers; and grounding it all with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "congratulations TO THE BRIDE & GROOM" sentiment.  It was then filled in with the little, chipboard house which was painted with White acrylic paint, ink distressed, and glittered...
before being trimmed, across its bottom edge, with a strip of ivory, text, patterned paper which had been stamped, in Crumb Cake ink, with the stitched, quilt print.
The outside edges of the combined papers were then ink distressed, framed with a piece of White cardstock, and machine stitched around with white-threaded, straight stitches.  Before being adhered, with foam tape, to the Lake House, cardstock, card face, and to complete the look, a length of white, seam binding ribbon was wrapped, horizontally, around the prepped piece, between the stamped cardstock and patterned paper, tied in a double bow, and embellished with a lone pearl.
That completes Day 1, friends, but we've still got so much more to share.  So, be sure to stop by the rest of the designers' blogs to see what all they've cooked up for your viewing pleasure.  Then, I hope to see you right back here at the same time tomorrow.  Oh!  And don't forget to leave a little love on the Wplus9 Design Blog for your chance to win today's release treats, too.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and have a terrific week!

Dawn Woleslagle
Lea Lawson
Sarah Martina Parker

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: More Fresh Cuts (Wplus9) Paper: Cupid's Bow, White, & Kraft (Wplus9); stitched red diamond (JBS); polka dot (My Mind's Eye); aqua gingham (Jillibean Soup) Ink: Not Quite Navy, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Riding Hood Red, & Daffodil Delight (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baby Pink Berry seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); crystal button & polka dot embossing folder (SU); hemp twine (The Ribbon Reel); heart button (JoAnn Fabrics); A Pocketful & More Fresh Cuts dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Quilt Prints & Fresh Cut Wreaths (Wplus9) Paper: White, Lake House, & Kraft (Wplus9); text (SU) Ink: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, White, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, & Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); chipboard house (Maya Road); White acrylic paint (Anita's); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); pearl (sei); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop)

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #14

Note: If you've come here looking for my TCM: Farewell Blog Hop post, please scroll down.

Hey, friends!  It's the start of a new month and time for Paper Sweeties December challenge.  Debbie has decided to switch things up a bit and turn our monthly challenges into blog hops.  So, you should be coming here via Jeanne Jachna's Blog, but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning or got lost along the way, a complete list of hop participants can be found at the end of this post.  Without further adieu, here's how I was inspired this month.
I started this card by trimming the top edge of a piece of gray, woodgrain, patterned paper, which had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Celebrate your day Happily Ever After" sentiment, with a bit of pink, floral, patterned paper; framing them with White cardstock; and machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their combined edges.
Before adhering them, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face, I wrapped a length of Baby Pink Berry, seam binding ribbon around the prepped piece; tied it in a double bow; and embellished it with a pearl button, laced with a white, chord bow, as well as a couple of rusty jingle bells, laced on another length of white chord.
The chipboard heart was painted with Lemonade, acrylic paint; ink distressed; glittered; and adhered, just to the left of the embellished bow, in the top center of the card face.  I then stamped Sophie, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored her in with pencils and mineral spirits; hand cut her out; dressed her in a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a white, floral, embossed, patterned paper, and hand cut gown, which I'm so bummed isn't showing it's true beauty in these photographs; and adhered her, with foam tape, in her respective location.  She was further decked out with a trio of pearl flowers, as well as pearl earrings, to complete the look.
Here's your Inspiration Challenge #14 graphic to get your creative juices flowing in the right direction.  Choose to be inspired by the scene or the palette or in any way whatsoever.  I picked the palette, but I was also completely inspired by the woodgrain building behind that sweet, little lady.  Can't wait to see what you all cook up!
Don't forget to stop by the link above to get all this month's challenge details.  Now, off you go to Kristi Schurr's Blog to continue your hop.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a blessed Sunday!
Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Tammy Hobbs
December Guest Designer: Gail Lass

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sophie, So Sweet of You, & Faith, Hope, Love (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White & Kraft (Wplus9); pink floral (DCWV); gray woodgrain (My Mind's Eye); white foil embossed floral (sei) Ink: Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); pearls (Paper Studio); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); Baby Pink Berry seam binding ribbon & rusty jingle bells (Paper Sweeties); white chord (Hobby Lobby); pearl button (The Ribbon Reel); Lemonade acrylic paint (FolkArt); chipboard heart (Maya Road)

TCM: Farewell Blog Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's Farewell Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Michelle Bertuzzi's Blog, but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning or simply got lost along the way, a complete list of hop participants can be found on the TCM Store Blog.
We're sad to say that The Craft's Meow Store is closing its doors at the end of December.  So, Lisa has rallied a number of designers and illustrators, both past and present, for one final blog hop, featuring some of our most favorite stamp sets and images.  You all know how much I adore the plaid stamp from Angelica's Rustic Greetings, and Clare's Potted Garden set tops my list of all-time faves.  So, I paired them together with a beautiful, Christmas sentiment, from Clare's Christmas Lantern, to bring you this.
I started this card by stamping the dictionary, patterned paper, in Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red ink, with the plaid background; trimming its left side with a strip of woodgrain, patterned paper; framing the combined piece with Oatmeal cardstock; and machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around the outside edges of the prepped piece.  I then wrapped a length of Cherry Cobbler, seam binding ribbon, vertically, around the prepped piece, between the two patterned papers; tied it, in a dressy bow, near the top edge; embellished it with a rustic, wood button, laced with a hemp twine bow; and adhered the entire thing, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
The tulips were then stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a vintage, journaling card; colored with pencils and mineral spirits; and adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, just below the embellished bow.
They were then framed with a kraft, "NOTED" Polaroid, which I stamped, in Riding Hood Red ink, with the "Peace on earth" sentiment, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from The Shabby Tea Room's Week #194: Christmas Is Coming...
and Festive Friday's Final Challenge of 2013.
All TCM stamp sets have been marked down by as much as 75%!  Stock is limited.  Once it's gone, it's gone for good.  So, please shop early for the best selection.  All orders of $25 or more will receive a free gift with purchase.  Flat rate shipping is $3.00 for all U.S. orders and $12 for all International orders.  Please see the TCM Store Blog for details, or click over to The Craft's Meow Online Store to start shopping!

And before you're off to Deborah Nolan's Blog, I wanted to send out a HUGE thank you to Lisa for inviting me to be a part of her amazing team.  I have had so much fun designing with the images created by our uber talented designers and working alongside some truly special, Christ-like women to bring you all quality inspiration from month to month.  And to all you TCM lovers, thank you for embracing me as a part of the team.  Your comments and encouragement have not gone unnoticed and have meant the world to me.  TCM will be greatly missed.  Lisa, we all wish you nothing but the best now and in all your future endeavors.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Potted Garden, Rustic Greetings, & Christmas Lantern (TCM) Paper: Oatmeal & Kraft (Wplus9); woodgrain (Crate Paper); dictionary (SU) Ink: Riding Hood Red & Chocolate Chip (SU); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); vintage journaling card (JBS); Polaroid (Studio Calico); Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon (SU); wood button (unknown); hemp twine (The Ribbon Reel)

Friday Faves

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Friday, folks!  If you can believe it, we're, once again, at the end of the month, and that means another round of my Friday Faves.  This month's faves begin with a duet of stamp sets from Precious Remembrance.  LOVE the trendy feather, variety of fonts amidst the encouraging words, and fabulous ink splats DIY boasts!
Both it and the yummy patterns found in Border Tape #1 would be the perfect additions to my scrapbook stash.
It's been awhile since I've hosted anything new from Elle's Studio but not because I don't simply adore their lines.  I could use one or two or three or a hundred of their goodies on every page I create, and the Lil' Snippets Labels...
and Bits and Pieces, from her Noel Collection, are no different.  So loving the splashes of blue and pink thrown in with the traditional, red and green, Christmas palette, as well as the trendy word bubble and chalkboard bits.
We always get lots of random magazines, in the mail, around the holidays.  I rarely purchase anything from them, but I find them lots of fun to look at.  Well, one such magazine, known as Uncommon Goods, arrived this week; and while I've never bought anything from them before, a couple of things really caught my eye, like this fun Book Clock.  Oh!  I can already see it tucked in amongst the treasured reads on our library cases.
And this little Caterpillar Bud Vase would be the perfect gift for any gardener.
A Red Envelope magazine also arrived, and while the prices leave much to be desired, I couldn't help highlighting their Personalized Couples Key Dates Canvas.  I'm thinking I need to turn this one into a DIY project really soon ;).
This Retro Art Girl Pillow Cushion Cover, from Love Joy Peace, would look absolutely perfect sitting in the school room I dream of having in our home one day.
I'm a sucker for just about anything that makes working in the kitchen fun, and Gray December's Mint Chip Ombre Measuring Cup Set does just that.  Plus, it's absolutely gorgeous and uber useful, too.  Can't beat that combination!
Naturally, being in the last trimester, baby has been on mind 24/7 lately.  It's been tough not getting to nest and plan and prepare being in the midst of a move, but I've still been purchasing little things here and there, washing them up, and tucking them into sealed bins to make things easier once all this craziness ends.  Some big stuff still tops our list, but I was hoping not to have to move those items and trying to hold off on their purchase for now.  Anyway, amidst my hunting, I came across this darling Fun on the Farm Stacker from Pottery Barn.  It's simply adorable in every way!  Sigh.
And finally, I'd really love to add AJ's Collection's Lucky Three Necklace to my everyday jewelry attire.  I've always wanted something similar but never really felt like we were done building our little family.  While I know that even after Kaden is born, our family will grow again, one day, with our own children's spouses and babies, all that is far enough away that this beauty would get lots of use in the meantime.
That rounds out another edition of my Friday Faves, but my creative space has been a busy place lately, friends.  So, I hope you'll pop by late tomorrow and check out a stack of creations, boasting images from all three of my stamp company teams.  Woohoo!   Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have wonderful weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends!  I hope that you're having a wonderfully blessed day full of friends, family, precious memories, and thankful thoughts.  I've been hanging out with my kiddos and getting ready for our own Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow by baking a scrumptious Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie...
and brining our turkey.  The fact that this vegetarian, who only gagged once, mind you, would even touch a raw turkey better tell my hubby, without a shadow of a doubt, that I really do love him ;).
Since we're enjoying the holiday with a break from school, we pulled out the art supplies and had a little fun.  Adina made a couple of different turkeys.  One came with her curriculum, but I've never been a cut and paste kind of girl.  I like to get messy with my creativity, so we made our own colorful turkey, too.
And this boy, who's been making me listen to Christmas music all week, went to work on a Christmas wreath.
Just because we're not celebrating until my hubby gets home tomorrow doesn't mean that I didn't try to get my family thinking of all the things we have to be thankful for today.  I cut this little Mayflower with my Cameo, and we've been stuffing it with thankful thoughts and memories all day.  My hubby will have to add his own bits tomorrow, and then, we'll read them together over dinner tomorrow night.
Pregnancy hormones may make the tears flow much easier with all the ick that's been going in our neck of the woods (I've been sparing you all ever so much and trying to keep it all "sunshine and rainbows" here, as my friend Amy Tsuruta so eloquently puts it.), but in the end, I really do know that my God is faithful and will carry out what He's started to completion, even if it's not the completion we have pictured in our own minds.  And for that, I am eternally grateful.  Oh!  And winter floats...
and tea parties help, too ;).
Thanks so much for stopping by!  For those of you braving the Black Friday sales tomorrow, good luck and stay safe!  Hugs!

Family Update

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Morning, y'all!  Just thought I'd pop in here and share a little of what's happening in our neck of the woods, beginning with a few more pics of my kiddos playing in the leaves.
Yes, they're really in there ;).
Last week, we also finally got to see the new penguins at our Kansas City Zoo.  Ezekiel had his homeschool program to attend, but Adina and I were captivated for hours.
It was so fun to see the penguins darting out of the water to hitch a ride on the zookeepers' raft as they were cleaning the windows.
And KCTV5 News was there interviewing the Director.  We were the only patrons there, so I think they let us stay just because we were being quiet.
It was a bitter cold, rainy morning.  It even hailed, when we were on our way out the door.  So, it worked out well that we enjoyed watching the penguins so much, but we also made our way over to one other indoor feature to see the monkeys and parrots...
before a quick ride on the carousel and heading home.
I also wanted to share a little before and after siding shot of our home.  I'm not the biggest fan of siding, just because I think it takes a lot of the personality away from a home, but it has a lifetime guarantee and will definitely be easier for a new homeowner to care for.
So far, it hasn't brought in any new buyers.  We're still praying for a sale next month, and if that's not in God's plans, we're going to have to reconsider this whole move.  It's just getting too close to Kaden's birth, and I'm struggling trying to keep up with cooking, cleaning, teaching, making sure the kids are where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there, and doing all the household stuff on my own.  On top of that, my hubby's new boss isn't giving him any of the holidays off, which is making it even harder to hold our little family together.  We're surviving, but that's all it is... survival.  Hopefully, I'll be back soon with some good news.  Until then, I hope you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  Hugs!