Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Holiday 2014 Release Preview

Are you ready for the Wplus9 Holiday 2014 Release? We have lots of new products hitting the stores on October 5, 2014. But before they officially go on sale we are going to spend the next couple of days previewing all of the new stamps and dies and showing you some fun ways to use them. You can find all of the new products at the bottom of this post.

Remember, the entire Holiday 2014 release will be available for purchase beginning October 5th at wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

We have two new sets that are a little different from our usual style. I don't normally do "cute". I can illustrate it, but I usually have trouble executing the images into a card design. So, I decided to tackle those first. You know? To get them "out of the way" in case I had trouble.

Oh how wrong I was!

I had SO much fun with Merry Little Christmas and Merriest Wishes! These sets feature three elves - Rebecca Elf, Hunter Elf and Carter Elf - they are a playful little bunch and a blast to color. I used Copic markers for both of my examples today.

I colored Rebecca Elf in bright colors for a non traditional Christmas color scheme. I decided she needed a little sparkle to her outfit and used a white gel pen to add a "sequin" shimmer.

I decided to go with the playful vibe of the image and turn this into a shaker card using a ton of Pretty Pink Posh sequins. This was super easy thanks to the new Holiday Apertures Die also being released. I did not have this use in mind when I designed this die, but let me tell you...this is one versatile die!

Wouldn't this be a fun Holiday card for a little princess?

Next up, a fun card in traditional colors featuring Hunter Elf. I stamped the main image of Hunter sitting on an ornament, masked him and then added several more ornaments using the single ornament stamp included in the set.

Again, I colored everything using Copic markers and added some shimmer to the large red ornament using a clear Wink of Stella pen. It's not really showing up too well in the photos, but it is so pretty in real life and really adds the extra little "something" to the design.

I finished the card off with a sentiment also included in this set and adhered the panel directly to a Cupid's Bow card base. This font combo is one of my new favorites. It can easily go from cute and playful to more modern and trendy.

I have one more card to share with you today. This one features the Festive Greetings stamp set paired with more Copic coloring.

This is another one of those sets that can stretch across several genres. Today's example is bright and colorful.

I started by stamping the main large "Jingle" sentiment and then stamped the separate string of lights directly over it. Next I stamped three additional single bulbs on separate paper and colored them. I cut them out, adhered them over the bulbs that were overlapping the greeting, and finished coloring the rest of the bulbs. I wanted the lights to look entwined in the sentiment. Looking at the photos, I probably should have left the blue bulb behind the "J".

To help reinforce the look of a "glow", I used a Q-Tip to apply a very light halo of chalk pastels around each bulb in their respective colors. The finished panel was adhered to a Black card base. Flat and perfect for mailing!

I really hope you enjoyed today's cards. Sometimes going outside of your comfort zone can be a lot of fun! I'll have more featuring these sets, including a video, a little later this week. If there's anything you'd like to see a video on or more information about the featured cards today, be sure to leave it in the comments below.

I'll be back tomorrow more to share!

Design Team Inspiration

  • Kara Vrabel - Be sure to stop by and see Kara Vrabel, she is featuring several of the new release items, including Winter Woodland and Snowflake Backdrops - demonstrating how well everything can be used together.
  • Joni Nina Andaya - And Joni is sharing more of Merriest Wishes and Merry Little Christmas!

Holiday 2014 Release - available 10/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Merriest Wishes
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Merry Little Christmas
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Winter Woodland
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Snowflake Backdrops
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Snowflake Backdrops
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Twenty Fifteen
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Strictly Sentiments 6
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Hand Lettered Holiday
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Hand Lettered Hello Die
$6 USD

Holiday Apertures
$16 USD

Landscape Borders Die
$12 USD

Snowflake Trio Die
$7 USD

Stag Trio Die
$12 USD

Winter Woodland Companion Die
$9 USD

Giveaway Alert

So what do you think? Would you like to win the Merry Little Christmas and Festive Greetings stamp sets before you can buy them? Would you like to see more sets like these from Wplus9 in the future? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 10/02/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Celebrating STAMPtember

I am guesting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog. I am very excited to join along as they celebrate STAMPtember - month long celebration of this wonderful hobby along with prizes and tons of inspiration!

Here is a little sneak peek of the project that I am sharing today. I wanted to put all of the focus on those fantastic die cuts in a minimalistic and monochromatic card.

I hope that you will head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to see the entire project, instructions on how to recreate your own, and a chance to enter to win some blog candy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Butterfly Frame Giveaway Winner

Just popping in really quick to announce the winner of this post, featuring the Butterfly Frame Die, Little Bits stamp set and $15 USD store credit.

Congratulations Ina! Please email customerservice@wplus9.com to claim your prize.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Small Butterfly Frame, Updates & GIVEAWAY

Hello! Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

I have two very different cards to share with you today featuring the Small Butterfly Frame die and the Little Bits stamp set, as well as some of my favorite older supplies. You can find a full supply list at the bottom of this post.

This first card is actually made up of several of the "left overs" I had laying on the desk after an all day craft session...and it happens to be one of my all-time favorites! I just love it when that happens.

I started with the focal point of the card. I die cut 2 tags using the Timeless Tags 2 die from Steel Mill card stock and the In Bloom paper pad from My Mind's Eye. I've been hoarding this stuff. LOVE.

I layered 3 butterflies cut from the Small Butterfly Frame die on top of each other and left the "negative spaces" intact for the bottom layer. For the sentiment I die cut a banner from another one of my favorites - the Basic Banners die, colored it using Sweet Nectar dye ink and a dauber. Then I heat embossed "believe" in white using the Dream Believer stamp set.

Each was adhered to the little due of tags with foam tape.

I wanted the background to be interesting, but still allow that focal point to shine. So I added some splats to a Dove Grey card stock panel using watered down Distress Paint in Picket Fence and a paint brush. After it dried, I decided to "sprinkle" some hearts in there using the Little Bits stamp set. I stamped them first in White pigment ink, and then over-stamped them with Sweet Nectar dye ink.

I don't know about you, but I am always searching through multiple sets to find that perfect little accent image. And then it hit me...I need one set with several small accent images all in one! This sucker has taken up permanent residence on my desk. :o)

This next card is so outside of my comfort zone, it kind of scares me. I went bright y'all. Real bright. And playful. And a shaker!

But seriously, how could I not? This frame screams "Shake me!", doesn't it?

I die cut the Small Butterfly Frame from Sweet Gelato and created a little shaker focal point filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I stamped "birthday girl" on the inside of the shaker and adhered a die cut "hello" to the outside using the Hand Lettered Hello die.

For the background, I mimicked the shaker by creating a fun patterned paper using several of the images from Little Bits in multiple colors.

Still not sure if I am loving this card...but it was fun to create and I'm sure there is a little girl out there who will love to receive it!

Updates

Restocks - We have several shipments of restocks on their way. So be on the look out for emails if you've signed up to be notified. Or, if you follow us on Facebook, be on the look out for announcements there.

Website Forms - We have had some issues with our email and the forms on the website. Just enough forms were getting through not to alert us to a problem. However, the mass majority were not. We think we have recovered most of the them and are working through them. However, if you have tried to contact us and have not heard back, and just want to be sure, you can email us again directly at customer service@wplus9.com

I sincerely apologize to those that this may have affected.

October Release - As many of you know, October is our Holiday release and we are very excited to share our newest products with you! We will start sharing peeks of our work soon on Instagram (dawnwplus9) and Facebook soon. And all of the products will be introduced and revealed starting October 1st!

Giveaway

***Giveaway is now closed***

I've got a Small Butterfly Frame, a Little Bits stamp set and a 15USD store credit that I'd love to give away!

So, are you ready to start your Holiday crafting yet? Or are you holding out as long as possible? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 p.m. EST on 09/21/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be announced on Monday, 9/22/14.

***Giveaway is now closed***

Good Luck!

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