Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011 Release: Le Cirque, Le Cirque Die, and Scalloped Oval Die

Hello, and welcome to Day 1 of our August Release! For those of you that are new to Wplus9, we will spend the next couple of days getting up close and personal with the products that we will be releasing this month. All previewed items will be available for purchase on August 5th at www.wplus9.com.

This month we have 2 new stamp sets and 3 new steel rule dies. Today's set is so much fun! The Circus/Carnival theme is wildly popular at the moment. I have shied away from it...until now that is. Le Cirque is both fun and elegant, whimsical and sophisticated. Right up my alley! I have designed this set in a way that the final style outcome is completely up to you.

Le Cirque

  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 21 stamps; 8 images, 11 sentiments, 1 banner image and 1 scalloped oval frame
  • will be available for purchase August 5th for just $19

What would make this set even more amazing? Matching dies of course!

Le Cirque Die

  • coordinates with Le Cirque stamp set
  • cuts 4 coordinating shapes
  • will be available for purchase August 5th for just $9

Scalloped Oval Die

  • coordinates with Le Cirque stamp set
  • measures approx. 2.25" tall x 2.75" wide
  • will be available for purchase August 5th for just $7

Today, I wanted to show you how, when used together, these products are perfect for all things PARTY!

I decided to create a birthday party ensemble for my youngest, Carter. His birthday isn't until February...but now I've got a great head start. First up is a little invitation. I decided to pair Le Cirque with our Vintage Envelope Die

I bought a pack of Recollections tags from Michaels and lo and behold, they fit perfectly into the Vintage Envelope! After cutting from patterned paper and assembling the envelope, I trimmed off the top flap. This left me with a pocket to tuck the tag into. To decorate the outside of the pocket, I die cut a label using the Label Layers 2 Die. I stamped the scalloped frame onto the center, it fits perfectly and creates a totally new look. I die cut my embellishments using the Le Cirque Die, and stamped the elephant, ringmaster and tightrope walker in blue, yellow, and red.

I then cut just the banner from green cardstock, stamped the banner image and sentiment in Versamark, and them embossed with white embossing powder.

For the insert, I used a little help from my PC. First, I created my text layout using Adobe Illustrator. You can use Word or Photoshop as well. Now, you could print these and then trim and adhere to your tag, but I wanted to try to print them directly onto the tag. I created a little pic-torial to show what I did.

Once I had it printed on the tag, all I had to do was add the little tent image included in Le Cirque, and the Admission Ticket (which has the recipient's name and the date of the party on the back).

How cute is that?!

Next up...the matching birthday card. I started this by creating some fun background paper using the ticket image and many of the sentiments included in the set. First I stamped the ticket image repeatedly in a block pattern using assorted colors. I pulled the colors from the patterned paper that I chose to work with, the A Walk In The Park collection by Echo Park.

I continued until I covered the entire panel. TIP: I start with a larger piece than I will need, this gives me some leftover to use on projects in the future. Then I came back in and stamped my sentiment phrases.

For the focal point, I used the same layout as the invitation, omitting the elephant and tight rope walker, using only the Ringmaster.

While I was at it, I wanted to show you how fantastic the scalloped oval is for creating banners.

Isn't that gorgeous?! Not the lopsided cupcakes...the banner. ;o) Let me show you how easy it was. I started with 3" x 6" rectangles of patterned paper. Scored each 1 inch down from the top, and notch the bottom. TIP: To cut the notches, I stacked all of mine and cut all at once using a craft knife. Add a little removeable adhesive between each layer to keep them from shifting.

Fold tops over ribbon and machine stitch into place. I die cut my scalloped ovals, stamped them with the scalloped oval image, and added my letters I cut using my Cricut.

I just love how fun, festive, and colorful this turned out. Just think of all of the possibilities and different looks you can achieve by just swapping colors and patterns!

Are you aching for some more? Be sure to check out the rest of the design team inspiration:

Would you like to win Le Cirque, the Le Cirque Die, and the Scalloped Oval Die? We will be showcasing these goodies both today and tomorrow, so leave me a comment by 11:59 PM EST August 2nd to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

Thanks for joining us and I hope to see you tomorrow!

42 comments:

  1. I've noticed the popularity with the circus them too! I wasn't a huge fan....until I saw your sneak peeks, Dawn! Wow, I am blown away by your projects; I can't wait to see more of this set!

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  2. WOW!!!! Gorgeous! All of it. I love those tickets! It looks like you've made many mix and match options. Fun! Fun! Fun!

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  3. Absolutely stunning! I am very excited about La Cirque and the matching die! Your projects are just amazing...can't wait to try it out myself!

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  4. Iiiiiiiii, simply CANNOT close my mouth! AS if your stamps aren't fun and amazing all by themselves, but to see them in the hands of "the MASTER!" - WOW! Did I say, WOW? Holy DANCING elephants this is ONE amazing set! And the DIES - oh, the dies! SO AMAZING! So fun! You, TRULY, took the "scary" out of Circus art - in EVERY way, imaginable! SUCH a clever girl and WHAT a mom! This photo shoot and all of the details look ready to be featured in Martha Stewart living {you SHOULD submit those crafts, now that I think about it!} ... Just a stunning and juicy pairing! {And your cupcakes ARE beautiful, too! :o) }

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  5. Ohh my...thats such a wonderful party set...looks so awesome...WOW!

    And what is better than to add matching dies to such a great set! I am in LOVE :)

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  6. This set looks incredibly fun! Love your projects!

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  7. Super duper cute with all the goodness you have to share here and is that THE cupcake? :) Not shabby... or you ran to the store before the shoot? :)

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  8. Wow! Your circus theme is classy yet fun!

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  9. What FUN! I love the font and images used in this set.. the circus folk are fantastic! That tag is amazing - love the tight rope walker!

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  10. Your party ensemble just makes me smile. What a fun set of goodies! Love the stamp designs, especially in the colors you've used! So cute.

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  11. Umm, wow Dawn. That's really all I can say, I'm stunned with this beautiful set so far as well as the matching dies and that doesn't even cover how amazing your samples are! Wow!

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  12. Wowza! I am in love with EVERYTHING!!!

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  13. What a cool party ensemble! I bet you can't hold out until February to party with these super fun projects!
    Love the matching dies - such a fabulous idea and great for people who hate fussy cutting (like me!)
    x

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  14. Absolutely fantastic, girl! Such a beautifully designed, thought out, and photographed ensemble! Yummy! Oh! And I LOVE the way you pulled in computer generated and printed work, too!

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  15. LOVE love LOVE it all!! I especially love the patterned paper you created with the tickets! Will def have to try that out...and those cupcakes I bet TASTE delicious and that's all that matters!

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  16. Love the projects. They are so beautiful. Circus is so in now. Love the background created with the ticket/tag frame. The color is also so fun.

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  17. OH my goodness! Everything is so fun! And all of the bright colors you used, I love it!

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  18. Love the cast of characters in your circus!

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  19. Delightful sneaks and the projects are superb! Love the elegant circus silhouettes especially. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. LOVE these projects and new products!

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  21. Oh! I gotta get my hands on that oval die!

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  22. This would be great for a party

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  23. Way cute! I love the matching dies!

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  24. I love it all! I can't wait for the full reveal!

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  25. Amazing. You are just so, so amazing!

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  26. This looks like such a FUN set!! So glad you decided to design a carnival set. By the looks of it, you did a fantastic job!! I love it!

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  27. Gorgeous! Love the matching dies and stamps!

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  28. LOVE your stamped background!!! What a fabulous set of stamps!

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  29. I just commented on your facebook post that I couldn't comment here on your blog...so hoping it works now!

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  30. Lovely new release stamps set :) CUTE!!!

    Angeline

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  31. Everything is so cute and trendy! Love it :)

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  32. STOOOPID cute!! These projects are ah-MAZING and totally sold me on the whole circus theme, of which I was not a fan before I saw your projects!! Love, love, love!!

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  33. I love you how stamped your own background paper with the admission ticket!

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  34. How fabulous! Love all of the projects! :)

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  35. Great products! I really like the banner you made with the scalloped oval.

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  36. Wow! I haven't been tempted by much of the circus-themed product out there, but this is so beautifully done! Just what I would expect of WPlus9!

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  37. WOW! These circus images and coordinating dies are FABULOUS!!!! And your project is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!!!

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  38. Wow! I love this! Your party looks amazing with all of the Le Cirque images and dies!

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  39. Just wanted to pop in real quick and say that Le Cirque is a must have. Love the images and of course the dies!

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