Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 2011 Release Day 1

Hello! Happy World Card Making Day! Not only is it WCMD, it's that time again...Release Week! 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 October 5th at www.wplus9.com.

Today we are kicking off Day 1 of our October Release with a bang! We have 4 new stamp sets to introduce this month, and they are all centered around the winter season. When it comes to Christmas in this industry, it's very difficult to conceptualize something that isn't already over-saturated in the market. But, we have done it! Now, I can't claim that there isn't anything else like these out there, but they are certainly uncommon. I am very proud to introduce Fair Isle Backgrounds and Winter Wishes.

Fair Isle Backgrounds

  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 10 stamps; 7 background building strips and 3 individual background building images
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for just $19

Winter Wishes

  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 10 stamps; 7 images and 3 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for just $13

Today's first card totally focuses on the wonderful patterns that can be created with Fair Isle Backgrounds.

I started by stamping several patterns onto white cardstock. There are so many different possible combinations with this set that I don't think I'll ever bore with it.

Although most of our background stamps are just over 5.5 inches long to accommodate a standard card base, I should mention that 2 of the more intricate patterns in this set are just under 5.5 inches long. Once I had all of my patterns created, I created the sentiment strip. I used a sentiment from Poinsettia Patterns and flanked it with one of the single images included in Fair Isle Backgrounds.

To finish, I inked all of the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and stitched them together before adhering to a Kraft card base. I just love how warm and rustic this card is, and though it is technically one layer, flat, and mail-friendly...it is by no means boring.

Next up, I guess you could call this the girly version.

I started the same way as last time, creating my background panel using different fair isle patterns. I'm telling you, these are so easy to use, and create the most amazing backgrounds, borders, and accents!

Those cute mittens and sentiment are from Winter Wishes. I stamped the mittens three times in row, and then added the little string image also included in the set. Notice how the patterns match the Fair Isle Backgrounds? I just love them. I added little brads to hang them from. Another flat embellishment, making this card pretty mail friendly!

I added the sentiment by cutting a die cut from our Label Layers 1 Die in half and tucking it under the focal panel before stitching. I am so in love with that font!

Now, let's take a closer look at Winter Wishes. First up, I wanted to use these cute little clothespins that my mother found for me.

I just love how this card turned out, and it happens to be Hunter's favorite. This set comes with the most fantastic fair isle patterned medallions. Our Mehndi Medallions set was so popular, that I just knew I wanted to do a follow up set. If you are a fan, you will love these. I started by stamping one of the medallions onto the top and lower edge of a piece of patterned paper from the Mischievous Collection (My Mind's Eye).

In the center of this, I added a strip of Nordic Holiday (Basic Grey) patterned paper and stitched in place.

For the focal image, I added a cute pair of those mittens to hang from a "clothesline". This time I used a simple piece of crochet thread.

Finally, for my last card, I wanted to let those medallions shine.

I created my background by stamping several of the medallions in blue, red, navy, and gray onto white cardstock.

The sentiment was added directly over another medallion stamped in blue. And of course, another pair of those cute mittens hanging from a button to finish it off. Love.

I can't express enough how versatile and fun these stamps are to use. Fair Isle Backgrounds is a great staple set, perfect for winter, baby, and any quilting/knitting themes. It's great for adding a warm and homey feeling to any project. The sentiments in Winter Wishes are generic enough to be used all winter long in addition to those Holiday/Christmas cards. You know me, I'm all about classic staples and tend to shy away from those overly trendy or cutesy items. A little can't hurt, but I'm always thinking about stamps that will last the test of time.

Want to see more? Head on over for a visit with the Design Team to see what they've been up to. They all have their own unique styles and some of the girls are celebrating World Card Making Day with contests complete with Wplus9 prizes, you won't want to miss it!


So, have we turned you into a Fair Isle fan? Would you like to win Fair Isle Backgrounds, and Winter Wishes! Just leave me a comment by 9:00 AM EST October 2nd telling me what you are most excited about from today's previews to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

The fun continues tomorrow with another must have set, see you then!

Project Supplies

Joy To You & Yours
Stamps: Fair Isle Backgrounds available 10/5/11, Poinsettia Patterns (Wplus9)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate, Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up! dye ink); Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap (Tim Holtz Distress)
Cardstock: Kraft, White (Papertrey Ink)

Sending Warm Winter Wishes
Stamps: Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes available 10/5/11 (Wplus9)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate (Stampin' Up! dye ink); Antique Linen (Tim Holtz Distress)
Cardstock: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Label Layers 1 Die

Warmest Winter Wishes
Stamps: Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes available 10/5/11 (Wplus9)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up! dye ink); White acrylic paint
Cardstock: White, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Nordic Holiday (Basic Grey); Mischievous (My Minds Eye); Doily (Wilton)
Other: Label Layers 2 (Wplus9); Buttons, twine (Papertrey Ink)

Warm Wishes
Stamps: Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes available 10/5/11 (Wplus9)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up! dye ink); Smoky Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Nordic Holiday (Basic Grey); Doily (Wilton)
Other: buttons, twine (Papertrey Ink); crochet thread from stash)

50 comments:

  1. Wow, what a fabulous set, love the idea of the mittens and the background stamps look like they could really get some use in my craft studio.

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  2. Wow, all four are fabulous Dawn. I just love the mittens and those borders are fabulous! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  3. Oh My! This is going to be the awesome-st release! I totally agree with you when you say that you have conceptualize something different. I am in love with these sets. I think Fairy Isle Background is so versatile that it can be used on any project! I have always loved the mehndi medallion set and so the sequel is something I look forward to and although we don't celebrate Christmas on a very large scale in India, I think those mittens are so very cute. How about using them on a cookbook? I am so in love :)

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  4. Ohhh! I love that you can use these background builders to make all different occasion cards! So fun!

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  5. I'm drooling over here like I never did before.... OHHHHH!

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  6. Love the flexibility and style of the background builder.

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  7. Wow... these are out of this world fabulous! Fair Isle Backgrounds has me super excited!!! Can't wait!
    Robin

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  8. Wow love this stamp set. It is just so versatile. I can see them as accents, as borders, as backgrounds. They even look like knitted projects. Definitely cool! Love all your card creations.

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  9. What gorgeous samples and what a super duper DT you have as well!
    This set has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside; it reminds me of those winter sweaters and I know that there's potentially hours of fun creating patterns with it!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  10. I think I've left and landed in heaven. This set looks simply divine and oh my goodness are your samples ever amazing. It's like all my favorite Wplus9 sets combined into one, but with a twist!

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  11. What a fabulous idea for a set of stamps - a fair isle builder. I am in awe of your talents. All three sets are going to land in my cart!

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  12. Oh...,I am a sucker for background stamps! Absolutely gorgeous samples Dawn!

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  13. Fabulous set!! Makes me want to dig out all my winter sweaters or wrap myself up in a scarf!! I've been waiting to place a wplus9 order for a while--lots on my wish list!! This may be the month!!

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  14. Love those fabulous Fair Isle patterns, but there's something about a pair of cute wooly mittens that warms my heart!

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  15. Oh my goodness, the Fair Isle is brilliant! I haven't seen anything like this, and you have illustrated the designs so beautifully! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  16. what a beautiful images you created... love the border building images and the little mittens are just too cute!

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  17. I love the mittens, the patterns and how they all work together. Wow!

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  18. I love all the fun patterns and the options that this set seems to give!! Love mix & match sets!! Very cute!!

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  19. Gorgeous stamps and gorgeous cards! Love it! What ink colors did you use on both cards? thanks for the chance to win!!

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  20. These samples are gorgeous, Dawn! Loving all the doilies...they just go perfectly with these sets!!

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  21. I'm a big fan of geometrics that can be used to build lots of different designs, so the fair isle patterns and the medallions are right up my alley. Can't wait to see the sets in their entirety!

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  22. Wow.... the Fair Isle Backgrounds are amazing, as are all of the samples! I will be anxiously awaiting the release on the 5th! Thanks!

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  23. On my goodness! I love background stamps, because I love making my own backgrounds! And as for those mittens, I just have to have them! I don't own any mittens, the real kind or the stamping kind, but these are a must have! You have made some absolutely gorgeous cards!

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  24. OMG.....I have gone to heaven!!! I must get these sets!!! Looks at all those patterns and styles you can create!!!! I am very anxious to see what else you have up your sleeve for the release!!!! Thanks Dawn......your samples are just INCREDIBLE!!!

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  25. What a fabulous set! Love the feel of this set. It feels like a warm winter sweater! LOVE THAT. And the mittens and the designs on them are just perfect!!!

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  26. Oh these are gorgeous! What fantastic images, so homey and warm. The medallions are beautiful! I can't wait to see all the images!

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  27. You're right- these are really cute sets! And I love the mittens. It's hard to find a set of winter stamps with mittens in it. Especially ones this cute!

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  28. Oh MY, Dawn, I'm so IMPRESSED by your samples for your new sets! The patterns are fabulous, and I love the colorful cards you've created with them. Hoping I can work these into my budget!

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  29. Love the sets. What I like about the background builders is that I can use them all year round and not just for winter/Chrismas cards!!

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  30. What I am most excited about is that I found you! I just love the style you have and these two sets are perfect. I LOVE the medallions:)

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  31. Ooh!! Love the warm, fuzzy feeling I get when looking at these! Beautiful work, Dawn!

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  32. Whoa. This post stopped me in my tracks. Those fair isle patterns are so, so fun. And the medallions... gorgeous.

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  33. Love the fair isle backgrounds!! So versatile!

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  34. OH MY! I just looooooooooove your plum, pink, and green color combo! GORGEOUS:) LOVE those images too--beautiful and perfect for the Christmas holiday!!!
    THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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  35. Dawn, these are GORGEOUS! I am in LOVE with those mittens! And the background builders are so pretty and versatile!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Both sets are wonderful! I would love to have them both! :) Your cards are gorgeous and Wow on the color combos!!

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  37. Your cards are absolutely adorable! Love the color combinations you used!

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  38. The new sets are wonderful and rightaway what i am looking for for a long time.
    Absolutely fantastic!
    And your cards are gorgeous, especially the one with the fair isle backgrounds.
    Greetings from germany, Susanne

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  39. Fabulous samples, love the background stamps!! so many possibilities!!

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  40. Oh, WOW!!!! I just LOVE both stamp sets but, holy moly, would that GORGEOUS Fair Isle Backgrounds stamp set come in handy or what? SO versatile and I LOVE all of the vivd colours that you stamped it in...simply STUNNING!

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  41. I'm most excited about those adorable mittens! This looks like another fabulous release!

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  42. so beautiful!! the backgrounds you can create are just amazing!!! love love love that set!!

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  43. Love the endless background possibilities with these stamps!

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  44. Love the sweet mittens! Looks like a great set and a fun release!
    DeniseB

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  45. This is QUITE the list of materials, my friend! {HOLY MOLY!} WOW! FIRST of all - these sets are STUNNING! Secondly - Basic Grey should be giving YOU royalties - your stamps compliment that line so WONDERFULLY! These samples are screaming: ALL THE JOY that is stamping! The only way I could love them more would be it I were at a stamping getaway, with YOU and the W9ers, for a WEEK - somewhere in the snow, at an event, catered {not by us!} where all we had to do was stamp, laugh our you-know-what's off and drink hot cocoa mixed with peppermint stick stirrers.. {and WHO knows what else!} tee hee

    WAY to ring the WINTER gong! I love it alllll!

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  46. Especially the first card looks like a warm and comfy winter sweater! Great creations.

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  47. I know is too late to comment for a prize but had to comment anyways. Those glove images are adorable. Will have ti have Winter wishes.

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  48. These sets just couldn't be more perfect for creating your own patterned paper, and you've illustrated that brilliantly! Plus, I LOVE the way you've used half the patterned circle to create those stampy scallops!

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  49. Oh wow! Dawn, these are such great cards. LOVE the colors you've used, and there is nothing better to me than some good ol' background stamping! These are just yummy!

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