Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday #2 - Very Vintage Florals

Hello, it's Maureen with another Throwback Thursday post! This month I am featuring Very Vintage Florals, Very Vintage Floral dies and the Label Layers 3 die as my throwback products.

Very Vintage Florals is the perfect set for simple Spring themed cards. While I love two and three step stamping, it's nice to stamp with a solid image too. The label included in this set makes for the perfect focal point. You'll see in my card set today, I've used a beautiful Spring color combination of Lake House, Sweet Nectar, Little Piggy, Beanstalk and Coconut Husk PURE COLOR die inks. The colors from each of the collections work brilliantly together!

To start trio of Very Vintage Florals cards, I used my go-to layout. Beginning with something that you know works for you is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. The florals in this set are perfect for layering over one another.

For my second card, I flipped the orientation and rather than die cutting and popping up the Label Layer 3 die like I did in the first card, I placed it in the negative space. Using negative space is a great way to add interest without adding layers in your CAS designs. I added the stamped florals across the card to add movement and flow to the design. On this card I added Mojito ink into the color mix and it works wonderfully.

For my last card, went back to my go-to layout and stepped up the design a bit by stamping the entire background with Borders & Backgrounds 2, using a larger font and adding more florals to the frame.

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.

TBT #1 Winner

  • #5 (Houses Built Of Cards)

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

WINNER: Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies

Hello ladies (and gents)! We have a winner for the Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Dies class!

Congratulations Tracey!

Please send an email as soon as possible to customerservice@wplus9.com, Subject: OCC - Stretch Your Dies Winner, so that we can get you in contact with Online Card Classes to claim your prize.

Monday, March 9, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies

I love die cutting—and I’m always looking for new ways to use my die-cutting machine and dies to make cards. The girls at Online Card Classes felt the same way! Their new class, Stretch Your Dies, is all about discovering new, cool ways to use dies for card making. It’s based on the same concept as their popular Stretch Your Stamps class—each day the class will focus on a different kind of die, so it’ll be easy to find a die or two in your stash to follow along with. The class will have 20+ videos! For more information, visit Online Card Classes.

Registration for this class is now open, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’m one of the guest artists for Stretch Your Dies! But even better… one of you will get to attend for free!

Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday, March 12th to be eligible. I'd love to know which was your favorite Online Card Class and/or which one you'd love to take/see next.

Winner will be selected by random from all comments and posted here on the blog Friday, March 13th.

Class starts on Monday, March 16, 2015. I can’t wait! And I hope to see you there!

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!

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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!

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