Thursday, July 30, 2015

UPDATES: Stock, August Release & a Winner

Hello everyone! Joni here with the winner of the Get Sketchy Challenge #2. Again, I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Get Sketchy Challenge. You guys did another amazing job with the sketch and there are truly some gorgeous creations!

Get Sketchy Challenge #2 Winner

Congratulations Kelly S.! Please email customer service@wplus9.com to claim your $20 Wplus9 store credit. ***Remember, if you don't already have one, please be sure to set up an account at wplus9.com to expedite processing of your prize.***

Thank you so much again everyone! Don't forget, our next Get Sketchy Challenge will be September 8th, 2015.

August 2015 Release

I know that a lot of you have been wondering where the August sneak peeks are? Well, we have a GREAT release planned for you, but we just need a little extra time to prepare for it. So the August 2015 Release will be a little later than usual.

We have tentatively scheduled the release for August 14th. We have 6 new PURE COLOR inks, 5 new stamp sets, 5 new dies and a new addition to the PURE COLOR product line coming your way!

We think you are going to love it and appreciate your patience. If you don't already, you can keep up with us in real time for sneak peeks and any updates on Instagram (@dawnwplus9), Facebook (@wplus9) and Twitter (@wplus9).

Stock Updates

We have received lots of new stock over the last couple of days. We are in the process of sending notifications, but if you were waiting on something to become available again, here is the full list of items we've recently received:

Stamps

  • A New Day
  • Botanical Bunch
  • Bubble Talk
  • Flora & Fauna 2
  • Lucky Star
  • Pick of the Litter
  • Punny Produce: Pears
  • Sending Sunshine

Dies

  • Folk Art Alphabet
  • Hand Lettered Hello
  • Happy Trio
  • Holiday Apertures
  • Landscape Borders
  • Love Notes
  • Pretty Little Peonies
  • Pretty Peonies
  • Quilt Cuts 2
  • Timeless Tags 2
  • Unforgettable
  • Woodland Wreaths

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday #6 - So 80's

Do you remember the first WPlus9 stamp set that you purchased? I do! Mine was So 80's. It's the perfect stamp set for guys and we all struggle with cards for them. So, grab your throw back So 80's set and let's make some guy cards!

My cards this month use a fun color combo. It's not one that I usually reach for, but I find that it's perfect for masculine cards. I used Flamingo, Mojito, Silver Lining and Black. If you are looking for a new masculine color combo, I suggest that you try this one.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: So 80's // Ink:  Mojito, Flamingo, Silver Lining, Black // Cardstock:  White 

My first card was inspired by Get Sketchy with Joni - Challenge #2. Joni designed a fabulous sketch that I thought was perfect for kicking off my Throwback post! I trimmed a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of white card stock on a diagonal and then placed it on a white card base. I made light pencil marks for where the pieces would be placed, then removed them and stamped the background.  Once the area was covered, I erased the lines and added the diagonals with dimensionals.

Wplus9 Supplies:

On this next card, I continued with the idea of stamping the card base, something I carried through all three designs. I stamped and die cut balloons and made a birthday card perfect for boys and tweens.  The black strips of paper help ground the design and add cohesion to the top and bottom portions of the card.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: So 80's, Ink Splats // Ink:  Mojito, Flamingo, Silver Lining, Black // Cardstock:  White 

I had a blast with this card.  I stamped the entire border of the card base, then stamped the top panel. I pulled in the Ink Splats stamp set on this one to add to the overall grunge feel. This card is perfect for boys, teens and adults!

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.

If you'd like us to repost and share your creations on Instagram and Facebook, be sure post using the hashtag #wplus9tbt!

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.

TBT #5 Winner

Contact us at customerservice@wplus9.com with your full name and email and we will set up your store credit! (If you don't already have an account set up with us, be sure to set one up to expedite collecting your prize)

Throwback Thursday #6 Entries

Monday, July 13, 2015

My Favorite Thought

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. I thought I would pop in to share a card featuring my favorite set from our June 2015 Release - Happy Mail.

Joni did such a wonderful job on this set. I just adore the sweet little critters and they just begged to be watercolored.

I also tried the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker Pad for this card. I really liked the bright white color of this paper. And at 140 lb, it holds up great to lots of water and is a great weight for a card base as well. The price is only marginally cheaper than the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper though. Tim Holtz comes out to about $.30 a sheet. And if you get the 9x12" pad from Winsor & Newton, you can cut (4) 4.25x5.5" panels from each sheet giving you a total of 60 panels at $.28 a panel. So if you like the Tim Holtz paper, but want a larger size, this is a good option.

To watercolor my images, I used the same technique as I did here. I stamped my images in Frayed Burlap Distress ink, stamping off onto scratch paper once before stamping onto my project. I used Frayed Burlap to watercolor the bear with a little Tattered Rose on his cheeks and inside of his ear. The butterfly was watercolored using Spiced Marmalade for the winds and a little Vintage Photo for the body. I used Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive for the grass and Tumbled Glass with Stormy Skies for the sky. I wanted to keep all of the colors a little on the muted side to play up the vintage vibe.

The sentiment and butterfly trial were both stamped full strength in Vintage Photo. And I just mounted the panel to a white card base with foam tape. Super simple.

Hope you liked today's card and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CHALLENGE: Get Sketchy with Joni #2

Hello everyone! Joni here with the Get Sketchy Challenge for the month of July 2015. If this is your first time here, you can find all of the deets at the end of this post.
And to get you started, here is my take on the sketch.

To create this card, I started with two A2 watercolored panels. One in peachy red from the watercolor palette and and the second, in gold. I cut away a diagonal portion of the second panel across the middle.
For the pretty butterflies, I used my all time favorite Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set. I stamped the butterfly images onto watercolor paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images using the Ranger white embossing powder. Next, I watercolored each butterfly using my watercolor palette, I let the images dry and fussy cut - you could also use the Flora & Fauna companion die to save time. For variety, I also stamped some of the smaller butterflies onto vellum, heat embossing and fussy cutting them as well.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Flora & Fauna 2, Love Mom // Dies: Flower Doodles // Cardstock: White
I assembled the two panels on top of one another using a little foam tape for dimension. Next, I adhered the butterflies one by one using clear foam tape. This helps conceal the tape since I used vellum for some of the butterflies.

For the sentiment, I die-cut the word "smile" using the Flower Doodles die several times and adhered each one on top of the other to give a nice dimension. To complete the sentiment, I used the "from all of us" sentiment from the Love Mom stamp set.
Finally, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins to finish off the card.

Just another look how pretty the gold watercolor paint when it hits the light :).

I hope you guys enjoyed :)

Play Along

Now it's your turn!
Use the sketch at the top of this post along with at least one Wplus9 product (more is always welcome!) and upload your project to your blog or online photo gallery such as Flickr. Then link it up using the InLinkz widget below by July 29th to participate and keep the inspiration flowing!
If you'd like us to repost and share your creations on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #wplus9GetSketchy!

Prize

We will select one random participant to receive a $20 store credit to wplus9.com. The winner will be posted here on the blog on July 30th.
Happy Crafting and Good Luck!

Get Sketchy #2 Entries


Monday, June 22, 2015

PURE COLOR WITH KARA: Summer Anemones

Hey guys, It's Kara. I'm back with another PURE COLOR Combination. Summer is almost here and it's making me so happy! Today's card has a very summery color palette, bright sun and deep green grass.

This warm color palette features Wild Mango, Falling Star, Flamingo, Mojito, and Appletini PURE COLOR dye inks.

I started by stamping my design using Watercolored Anemones in Fairy Dust ink. This pale grey serves as a guide for stamping the flowers and leaves in my color palette. It is soft enough to fade into the background while also providing a slight shadow for my images. I stamped the flowers in Falling Star, Wild Mango, and Flamingo ink. The leaves and stems are stamped in Mojito and Appletini ink. I used the new Black ink to stamp my sentiment from Doodle Buds.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolored Anemones, Doodle Buds  // Inks: Wild Mango Dye InkFalling Star Dye Ink, Flamingo Dye Ink, Mojito Dye Ink, Appletini Dye Ink, Fairy Dust Dye Ink, Black Dye Ink  // Dies: Sunshine Layers, Love Mom Layers, Small Butterfly Frame// Cardstock: White, Coal Mine

I die cut the butterfly from white cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I added color starting on one side with a little Appletini ink. As I moved across the butterfly to the left wing, I switched to Mojito ink and then let it fade to almost white. I mounted the stamped panel on a piece of Coal Mine cardstock to add some contrast and pick up the color from the sentiment. Coal Mine is perfect for this card because it is not as stark a contrast as black.


Play Along

What do you think, want to give it a go? We'd love to see your take on this color combination! If you'd like to play along link up your collections below to keep the inspiration going.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday #5 - Fresh Cut Wreaths

Thanks so much for all of the participation in the last Throwback Thursday challenge.  I just love seeing all of your beautiful creations.  June makes me think of weddings so naturally the throwback set I'm using is Fresh Cut Wreaths.

My designs this month will take you from the engagement to the wedding.

For my engagement card I used the flowers from Fresh Cut Wreathes without the actual wreath.  It made stamping the background quick and easy since I was laying down several flowers at once.  I borrowed some stamps from Valentine Wishes and Fresh Cut Florals to complete the design.

Wplus9 Supplies:

For the Bridal Shower card I've literally showered the design with flowers.  I stamped the wreath first and then inked up and stamped flowers as if they are floating across the card.  I added a bit of twine to ground the sentiment and embellished the card with gold accents.  This card is perfect for any Summer or Spring Bridal Shower!

Wplus9 Supplies:

The wedding card is the most traditional use of Fresh Cut Wreaths and also my favorite of the set.  The monogrammed wreath is absolutely perfect for a wedding card and would make a nice gift set for either the shower or the wedding!

Wplus9 Supplies:

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.

If you'd like us to repost and share your creations on Instagram and Facebook, be sure post using the hashtag #wplus9tbt!

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.

TBT #4 Winner

  • #18 Lee Ann Barrett

Contact us at customerservice@wplus9.com with your full name and email and we will set up your store credit! (If you don't already have an account set up with us, be sure to set one up to expedite collecting your prize)

Throwback Thursday #5 Entries

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WINNER: SSS Color Of Fun Blog Hop

I just wanted to stop in quickly to say congratulations to Jennifer K! Jennifer was the winner from the Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop. Simon Says should have, or will be contacting you soon about your prize.

And while we are here, I thought I'd share a few more cards featuring products from our June 2015 Release.

Sometimes you just need a card quick. Or you want to try a fun background technique. Big bold sentiments like our Main Squeeze stamp set are perfect for this. Simple designs with big impact.

One of my favorite things to do with these kinds of stamps is selective inking. And thanks to the ingenious MISTI, it's easier than ever!

I masked and inked each area of the stamp separately. And since the stamp stays mounted on the door of the MISTI, and stamps in the exact same spot each time you close it...no crazy lining up on my part. Which I am horrible at! LOL

I love the way these turned out and love how easy they were even more!

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come by again tomorrow as Maureen will have a new Throwback Thursday Challenge for you!

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