Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Random Updates

Hello! No cards or projects to share today, just popping in with some updates.

Stock Updates

As promised, we have had lots of restocks arriving over the last month. Here is a rundown of items that are now back in stock:

Stamps

  • Coming Up Roses
  • Hand Lettered Hello
  • Hand Lettered Thanks
  • Ink Splats
  • Miss You Lots
  • Paisley Patterns
  • Sweets & Treats
  • Unforgettable

Dies

  • Basic Banner
  • Coming Up Roses
  • Dream Catcher
  • Holiday Apertures
  • Modern Numerals
  • Nautical Notions
  • Onesie Twosie
  • Quilt Cuts 2
  • Sparkle & Shine Trio
  • Unforgettable
  • Whole Lotta' Happy

Inks

  • Lake House
  • Sweet Gelato
  • Sweet Nectar
  • Wild Mango

We have several more arriving, I think that I have finally made it onto a schedule of restocks arriving every week - every two weeks.

New Challenges

Wplus9 Throwback Thursday

In case you missed it, there is a new challenge. Maureen is hosting a Throwback Thursday Challenge on the third Thursday of each month. She will posting three cards, each using the same basic layout and design elements featuring a "throwback" stamp set.

And you are invited to play along! Feel free to use any of Maureen's card as inspiration, or even the featured stamp set if you've got it. Use at least one Wplus9 product and upload your project to your blog or online photo gallery such as Flickr. Then link it up using the InLinkz widget on each post. There is a $20 store credit at wplus9.com each month for one random participant.

Sound like fun? There is still time to participate in this month's challenge, click here to check it out.

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge

My friend Kathy Racoosin is hosting a really fun 30 day challenge that I'm pretty excited about. Here's a little excerpt from her blog:

The idea is to color something everyday even if it’s for five minutes. Just five minutes that’s it. Some days you or I will have more time and that’s even better.It’s just about adding more time to color and carve out a little time for something that makes you happy.

I think it is so important to practice and to encourage each other. No one is ever amazing at anything the first (or third, or fifth time) time they try it. With practice though, we get better and better. And honestly, if we are having fun...who cares if its "good" or not! Right? I think that this challenge is perfect for encouraging all of us to just create - no plan needed.

I will definitely be playing along on Instagram. Be sure to check out all of the details here on Kathy's blog.

Other News

We have a lot of really exciting stuff on the horizon here at Wplus9.

Really. Exciting.

New product, new illustrators, new collaborations. Fun fun stuff, I tell ya! I can't share just yet...but stay tuned, some are coming a bit sooner than others! ;o)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is off to a great start!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday Challenge: Guiding Light

Hello, it's Maureen with another Throwback Thursday post! If you missed it last month, the third Thursday of each month I will posting three cards, each using the same basic layout and design elements and a "throwback" stamp set. This month I am featuring the Guiding Light stamp set and the companion dies as well as Guiding Light Sentiments.

Guiding Light is a timeless and classic stamp set that every stamper should have in their stash. The images included in the set make those hard to make sympathy cards a bit easier.



Rather than use the typical reds, blues and kraft color scheme with this nautical set, I went with a CAS silhouette approach. For my first card, I masked off 3/4 of an inch in on all four sides and sponged the background with Distress Inks. Then I simply stamped the images and sentiment in black ink. 

This card uses the same basic layout, but rather than masking off the focal point, I've added a layer. Here I die cut the layer with the Sunshine Layers Die from watercolor paper, then I colored it with Distress Markers and spritzed it with water. Once dry, I did the stamping with black ink and used the same placement as my first card.

For my last card, I sponged the entire card base with Distress Inks and added a white frame that was cut using the Holiday Apertures die. The placement of the images and sentiment is a bit different on this card, but you can still see that same basic elements from my first card.

Play Along

Now it's your turn! We'd love to have you participate in our Throwback Thursday posts. We know you've got some older product in your stash dying to see some ink! So let's pull em out. Use any card above as inspiration, or even the stamp set if you've got it, and let's see those "oldies but goodies" get some love!

Use at least one Wplus9 product and upload your project to your blog or online photo gallery such as Flickr. Then link it up using the InLinkz widget below to share it and keep the inspiration flowing! You'll have 3 weeks to play along.

EXTRA ENTRIES: Post your creations on Instragram using the hashtag #wplus9tbt for an extra entry!

Prize

We will select one random random participant to receive a $20 store credit to wplus9.com. Winners will be announced on Thursdays when the new Throwback Thursday is posted.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

VIDEO: Product Close Up - PURE COLOR Storybook Collection

Hello! It's hump day...I think. It is Wednesday, right? LOL

I have gotten a few questions on the new Storybook colors and how they compare to some of our other colors, and I thought the best way to tell you, was to show you.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

In the video, I go through all of the new ink colors included in the PURE COLOR Dye Ink Storybook Collection we just released on February 5th.

I walk you through each color and compare it to previously released colors that fall into the same color family.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of the new ink colors available and helps you decide which ones to add to your collection!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Featured Supplies

Monday, February 9, 2015

VIDEO + 10K GIVEAWAY: Storybook Watercolor

Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing a very special milestone. If you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel then you know that we have recently passed 10,0000 subscribers. WHAT?! I know. I can hardly believe that that many of you enjoy my videos enough to subscribe!

I can't express how much I appreciate each of you that watch, leave comments and questions, subscribe and thumbs up (and even those thumbs down - although a comment of why would help me to improve).

The best way that I can think of to share this milestone with all of you - because it wouldn't happen without you - is to do a giveaway!

Watch above for all of the details or you can watch in HD at YouTube

In the video, I share how to recreate this watercolored storybook illustration look using Distress Inks and the popular Unforgettable stamp set. I know that this set is currently sold out, but I did order more based on your feedback during the Instagram sneak peeks, so you shouldn't have to wait too long for it to become available again if you missed it.

Be sure to watch until the end to get the details on the giveaway - which includes this adorable Elephant Parade watercolor.

Giveaway Details

Just leave a comment on the video over on our YouTube Channel by February 21, 2015 to enter. The winner will be posted by February 24, 2015. I am requesting that you subscribe to our YouTube Channel when you enter - if you haven't already.

Please Note: If for some reason you are unable to comment on YouTube, you can leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway.

Another Giveaway

Speaking of 10,000 subscribers...the very talented Sandy Allnock has also reached this milestone and is having a giveaway as well! Be sure to visit her YouTube channel to get all of the details. If you are unfamiliar with Sandy's work, you are in for a treat. Not only is she a wonderful artist, she is a beautiful person with a heart of gold. Make sure you have some time carved out to watch her videos, she is amazing!

Supplies Featured in Video

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 2015 Release Day

The February 2015 Release is now available!

Thank you all so much for another wonderful Release Week! I have enjoyed (and am filing) all of your feedback!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wplus9 February 2015 Release Night

Tonight's the night!

All of the new products we've been showcasing this week will be available for purchase at www.wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

I want to thank you all so much for your incredibly kind comments. The excitement and enthusiasm that you all have shown for this release has been humbling. I am amazed each year by the amazing and creative ways that you all use our products. On our 5th year in business I am feeling even more inspired and encouraged than ever! And that is all thanks to all of you. So from me to you - a HUGE THANK YOU! I can't wait to see what this year will bring!

Here is a quick recap of all of the new products that will be available starting at midnight tonight.

February 2015 Release - available 02/05/15

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Sending Sunshine
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Unforgettable
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Bubble Talk
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Botanical Bunch
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Pick of the Litter
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Sunshine Layers Die
$26 USD

Hey Hi Hello Die
$9 USD

Unforgettable Companion Die
$14 USD

Bubble Talk Companion Die
$8 USD

PURE COLOR Dye Ink Storybook Collection

Beanstalk
Dye Ink
$6 USD

Bo Peep
Dye Ink
$6 USD

Cockleshell
Dye Ink
$6 USD

Fairy Dust
Dye Ink
$6 USD

Falling Star
Dye Ink
$6 USD

Little Piggy
Dye Ink
$6 USD

The inspiration doesn't stop here. The design team still has a lot to share with you!

Design Team Inspiration

Giveaway Alert

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing all of the new release products in action! Would you like to win the Entire February 2015 Release including the PURE COLOR Storybook Collection? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 p.m. EST on tonight, 02/05/15 letting us know what you'd like to see from Wplus9 this year to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by 11:00 p.m. and announced on our Facebook page as well.

Don't forget to check the winner's page to see if you've won any of this weeks prizes!

Things have been very very busy around here (today is my youngest's birthday! Love you best friend!). So I apologize for not having them ready just yet, but I will have some new videos coming your way based on requests and feedback here on the blog and Instagram. So stay tuned over the next couple of weeks.

As always, thanks so much for joining us and good luck!

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