Wplus9 June/July Release: Day 1

Friday, May 31, 2013

Note: If you've come here looking for my Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #8 post, please scroll down.

Hey, y'all!  So, stinkin' excited to be here showing off six new stamp sets and five all-new dies for Wplus9 Design's June/July Release.  Woohoo!  Today we're boasting creations inspired by both Fresh Cut Florals and Milk & Cookies, along with their coordinating dies.  Let's get started.  Yea!
I started this card by piecing the soft green floral and purple, polka dot, patterned papers onto the Kraft, cardstock, card face; machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their combined edges; and wrapping the space between them with a length of sheer, purple ribbon, tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the card face and embellished with a white, sheer, polka dot, ribbon bow, as well as a purple button, laced with a white, chord bow.
I then stamped the wheelbarrow, in Soft Suede ink, on an Oatmeal, cardstock die cut; adhered it, with foam tape, in the bottom center of a green-framed, journaling card; grounded it with a few stamped, in Garden Green ink, blades of grass, which are really leaf lines ;); and stuffed it with lots of flowers, leaves, and berries.  The latter were all stamped on White, cardstock die-cuts and in Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade, and Chocolate Chip inks.  Y'all, Dawn has thought of literally EVERYTHING with this stamp set to the point that you could stamp, for hours and hours and hours, in hundreds of different combinations and still have more stamping you could do.  It's amazing!  A handful of clear gemstones, scattered about, prep it for the card face, to which it was anchored with foam tape.
Finally, I stamped the "thinking of you" sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, vertically, along the bottom left edge of the prepped, journaling card.
Further inspiration for this card came from The Ribbon Reel's Challenge #54: Flower Cart.
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I started this card by stamping a piece of White cardstock, in Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray inks, with a few Ikat images, which gives you a little peek into Day 3's goodies (Shhh!).  I then trimmed its top edge with a strip of red, chevron, patterned paper; framed the entire thing with a piece of Basic Gray cardstock; and machine stitched, with gray-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their combined edges.  The space between the two patterns was then wrapped with a length of yellow, gingham ribbon, tied, in a bow, near the left edge of the prepped piece and embellished with an aqua, ribbon bow, as well as a red button, laced with a white, chord bow; before the entire thing was adhered, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.
I then used our pretty, new, Lake House, pigment ink to stamp the striped frame on White cardstock, which I die-cut into a rounded rectangle and used to show off the new goodies from Milk & Cookies.  The bottle, as well as its milk line, were stamped in Jet Black ink, on White, cardstock die cuts.  I then masked off the milk line and stamped the straw, overlapping onto the stamped frame, in Real Red ink, before securing the bottle, in place, with foam tape.  The straw received a stamped, in Basic Gray ink, on a White, cardstock die cut, "LIKE MILK & COOKIES" phrase; and the base of the bottle was dressed up with a couple of stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, on White, cardstock die cuts, cookies.  Are you picking up on a trend this month?  These stamp sets, with coordinating dies, are packed to the brim with creative options, folks!  LOVE it!
The bottom center of the stamped frame was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "WE'RE JUST BETTER, TOGETHER." sentiment, before it was adhered, with foam tape, just to the right of the embellished bow.  Finally, I stamped the circled heart, in Real Red ink, on another White, cardstock die cut; glittered it; and secured it, overlapping the base of the striped frame, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from ColourQ's Challenge #191.
Please be sure to stop by the rest of the designers blogs to see all that they've cooked up, just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, I'll be back tomorrow with a creation boasting two new stamp sets and three new coordinating dies.  Yes, I said THREE new coordinating dies!  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a truly wonderful weekend!  Oh!  And don't forget to stop by the Wplus9 Design Blog to comment for your chance to win these goodies.  Hugs!

Cristina Kowalczyk
Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Jean Martin
Savitri Wilder 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fresh Cut Florals & Happy Harvest (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft, Oatmeal, & White (Wplus9); purple polka dot (Lilybee Design); green floral (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Garden Green, Lucky Limeade, Certainly Celery, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Lavender Lace, Soft Suede, & Chocolate Chip (SU) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Fresh Cut Florals & Happy Harvest dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); green journaling card (Jenni Bowlin); clear gemstones (crafts-too); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); purple sheer & white sheer polka dot ribbons (The Ribbon Reel); white chord (craft supply store); purple button (DeNami Design)
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Bitty Buddy Valentines, Backgrounds & Borders 1, & Milk & Cookies (Wplus9) Paper: Lake House & White (Wplus9); Basic Grey (SU); red chevron (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Lake House (Wplus9); Real Red, Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, & Daffodil Delight (SU); Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Milk & Cookies dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); aqua ribbon & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); white chord (craft supply store); red button (JoAnn Fabrics); yellow gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #8

Hey, y'all!  A new month means a new, Paper Sweeties sketch to inspire your latest purchases.  Woohoo!  Here's my take.
I started this card by stamping a piece of White cardstock, in Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery inks, with the blossoms and leaves; creating a series of four, vertical, score lines across the piece; topping it with a strip of yellow, polka dot, patterned paper; ink distressing their combined edges; framing them with a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock; and machine stitching, with brown-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around their edges.
After adding a few touches of glitter to the pink blossoms, I then stamped the center of the polka dot strip, in Chocolate Chip ink, with the "Make Today Beautiful" sentiment.
Before the entire thing was adhered, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face, the space between the two patterned papers was then trimmed with a length of white, scalloped lace, as well as a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a brown, crystal heart.
Further inspiration for this card came from Life. Paper. Scrapbook.'s May Colour Challenge #4.
And here's this month's Sketch Inspiration Challenge #8 to get you started.
You have until the close of the month, on Sunday, June 30, 2013, to link up your takes, over at the challenge link above, in order to be in the running to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  I hope you all have a fantastic June!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Make Today Beautiful (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Certainly Celery (SU); yellow polka dot (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Dazzling Diamonds & scoreboard (SU); brown crystal heart (Prima); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); scalloped lace (Hobby Lobby)

Friday Faves

It's that time again, folks.  Time to share a few things that have caught the eye of this gal throughout the month of May, beginning with a couple of collections from Lilybee Design.  So digging this manufacturer right now!  LOVE the primary color palette of their Destination Collection Kit.  What is it with me and primary colors, y'all?  I also can't resist the retro wagons, polka dots, chevrons, arrows, argyle...  It's just got it all!
And the little birds, elementary "hello", petite florals, and quilted pies, of their Pinwheel Collection Kit, have me all over them.  Plus, I adore all the bright, happy colors!
Since we're talking papers, I had to throw in Pebbles' Lakeside Paper Pad...
along with their Phrase...
and Icon Stickers, too.  I just love all the pink, girly tidbits amidst this ode to camping.  Right up my alley ;).
I was introduced to a company called Chic Tags with a little sheet of cut-aparts that came in my Jenni Bowlin kit last month, and all it took was one look.  Swoon!  I especially love their fun Birthday Cake Gift Tags.  I know these are completely CAS and totally stampable, but I think that's why I love them the most.
Neon is a huge color trend, in the design world, right now.  I'll be the first to admit that it's just not me.  But add a yummy neutral like navy blue, and make it as cute as this Neon Orange Dots Double Metal Frame Coin Purse from Octopurse, and I'll be saying, "Gimme, gimme, gimme."
I'm usually a cross-body, hobo bag kind of girl; but when I saw this World Map Handbag, from Renkli Tasarimlar, I was in love.  The fabric is delish, and that large, oval, silver grommet is just the kind of durability I look for in a good bag.
Last, but certainly not least, and just because summer is upon us, I couldn't resist throwing in Lawn Fawn's cute Blue Skies stamp set.  Those darling hot air balloons are crying out to be colored or paper-pieced or kissed or...  Just imagine the possibilities.
That covers it, for this month, y'all!  I know it's short.  Summer's here and keeping me running.  Hope to see you all back here tonight for a long stretch of fun projects.  Until then, thanks so much for looking, and have a terrific start to your weekends!

My Craft Spot Winner

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hey, ya'll!  You didn't think I forgot to pick a winner for my Guest Designing for My Craft Spot feature.  Did you?  Not for a second ;).  Well, I still haven't figured out how to import the random.org integer widget, but it picked number 7.
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Blogger Kara Lynne said...
What a gorgeous collection! I just keep staring!

May 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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Congratulations, Kara Lynne!  Email me your mailing address and your pick of one My Craft Spot Clear Stamp Set, and I'll get your information off to Kimberly ASAP.  Thanks to everyone who entered and for all your treasured comments!  I haven't yet heard how my sister liked them.  Unfortunately, we don't live close to one another, so I had to mail them to her.  But I'm so glad to know that so many of you would've loved them to bits.  I hope she felt the same.  Hugs!

I'll be back tomorrow, to start the weekend off right, with this month's Friday Faves, a brand spankin' new Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #8, AND the first of five days of Wplus9 Design June/July Release previews.  Can't wait to share!  Now, I'm off to tend to my poison ivy.  You'll be glad to know that I'm sleeping a little better, but, unfortunately, we still haven't found the culprit.  Sigh.  I hate this stuff!

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For the Love of Books

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hey, y'all!  This month is going by so stinkin' fast.  I thought that I'd better pop in here to share my monthly For the Love of Books pick, before it completely gets away from me.  The story I have chosen, for you all, today is written for children ages four to eight and fittingly, for the season upon us, boasts a baseball theme.
Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, is the story of a kid genius who just so happens to not be so good at baseball and how he saves his town, in just nineteen days, from a massive fireball, with his very first home run.  It is written in a playful rhyme and beautifully illustrated in amazing, retro, cartoon-like detail.  I also love that it promotes acceptance of people of all kinds and abilities.

Whether this is an introduction to Randy or you're uber familiar with his brainy character, I'd love to know what you think.  Thanks so much for reading!  Now, get out there and enjoy your day!  Hugs!

Let's Get Trendy Now! 3

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hey, y'all!  Would you like some fabulous ideas for working with a few of the hottest trends in crafting today?  Why not come join us for a fun online workshop?
I'm joining this group of awesome ladies in the Let's Get Trendy Now! 3 workshop, where we will be demonstrating five trends, including neon, sequins, handmade embellishments, stitching, and textured layers.  You will not only be inspired by 32 never-been-seen projects, but also get a chance to win some prizes, if you play along with our challenges.
Just add your name to the link tool below, and join us, from June 3 to June 7, 2013, at the Let's Get Trendy Now! 3 website.



Can't wait to share what I've been working on!  Thanks for reading!  Hope to see you soon!

Weekend Snapshots

Good morning, y'all!  I trust you had wonderful weekends.  Ours was extra long due, in part, to Memorial Day Monday.  But my hubby also got last Friday off, and we took the kiddos to the Kansas City Zoo.  It was packed with a gazillion school groups, but the weather was perfect enough to overlook the craziness, and the animals were out in full force.
I also had to throw in some pics with my cuties.
Then, because we were in the area, we stopped by Kansas City's Historic City Market to look around.  We also enjoyed a little ice-cream, just to sweeten the deal.
We spent most of Saturday working in the yard.  I think we're nearly back to maintenance mode, but all the thriving new gardens and plants have sure made the hard work worth it.  LOVE 'em!  Although, I have contracted another case of poison ivy in the process of getting them there, and that I could really do without.  Ugh!  Then, Sunday was busy with church and grocery shopping.  We also finished getting Ezekiel's uniform for baseball.  He should've had practices for over a month now, but between a lack of organization on the part of the YMCA and the weather not cooperating, he's just now getting started.  Hopefully, his team will be prepped and ready to play come game time.
Yesterday's Memorial Day began with major storms.  By noon, our rain gauge was boasting more than two and a half inches; and much of the mulch, that we just finished laying in our gardens, had washed into the lawn.  Grrr!  But all the rain also meant that I got lots of time to create, which I needed, because on top of not sleeping from poison ivy itch, my allergies are acting up again, and I'm just feeling beyond crummy.  Sigh.  I'll survive, but the beginning of the week here on my blog may be a little short on creativity.  Hang in there, though, because it's coming in heaps ;).
The rain left behind lots of heat and humidity, but before the next round rolled through, we were able to sneak our flag out to honor all those who gave their lives for our protection and freedom.  Thank you will never be enough!
I've got a super fun invitation coming late tonight.  Then, I'll be back tomorrow to sneak in a For the Love of Books post, before May gets away from me.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by; and have a wonderful week, friends!