Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2011 Release Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of our October 2011 Release. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments yesterday, I am so excited over the enthusiasm for this release. If you missed Day 1, be sure to catch up here to see what I'm talking about. There is still a little time to enter to win our first 2 sets from this release.

Today, we are taking a look at another wonderful holiday classic, Christmas Wishes.

Christmas Wishes

  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 14 stamps; 1 large frame, 5 accent images, and 8 sentiment builders
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for just $13

I had so much fun creating with this set. I was able to mix and match it with a few of our previous sets to create a ton of different projects. Let's start with a warm homespun card.

Sigh...I just love this card. Want to hear a secret? I accidentally sewed it closed! Yep...I sure did. Oops. So I've decided to display it in a shadow box instead (at least until my mom steals it, that is). I started this card by stamping the friend definition background strip from Defining Words in Versamark onto white cardstock.

I stamped it unevenly around the edges, leaving the middle open and dusted it randomly with gold Perfect Pearls before inking the edges.

This made a great background to stamp the beautifully flourished vintage frame from today's set onto. This frame has the perfect classic and vintage feel to it. It reminds me of those old wrought iron signs that hung from posts.

This set comes with a ton of images and sentiments to mix and match together to fill the frame with. Here, I add the holly image and the "Holly Jolly" main sentiment, then added the "Christmas" sentiment in the little nook at the bottom of the frame.

I add some paper from Nordic Holiday (Basic Grey), wrapped the panel with twine and then tucked some lace underneath before stitching to the card base (and forever sealing the card!). Notice the little postage stamps? More on how I created those a little further down.

Next up, another one layer mail-friendly card. This one is gender neutral with a little more vibrant color scheme featuring more of that great Nordic Holiday paper from Basic Grey. Can you tell I like it.a.lot?

This one is super fast. I started by stamping the frame in blue onto white cardstock and adding my image and main sentiment.

I then added the rest of my sentiment. I wanted to show you a close up of the "Wishing You A" stamp.

I have included this onto one stamp, leaving the perfect spacing to line it up on either side of the circle. Now it will be perfectly lined up every time. And, there is plenty of room between them to ink them separately if you wish.

Ready to change gears, and go a little softer? I loved the color combination of the green, wine and pink so much...that I just had to revisit it.

This one reminds me of a patchwork quilt and it was so easy! Want to see how? I started by using the Martha Stewart Postage punch to punch some little stamps from white cardstock. I used our Postmarked set to add some faux postage and postage marks.

The images in Christmas Wishes can be used without the frame are perfect for adding accent images for that finishing touch. I added the small sentiments "Christmas" "Wishes" to the last postage stamp.

I punched more stamps from some patterned paper in coordinating colors and inked all of the edges before adhering to a Kraft panel. I decided to finish the inside of the card with my all time favorite sentiment from the Classic Christmas set and topped it with another image from Christmas Wishes.

Before stitching the kraft panel down, I used the single dotted journaling line from Pile It On to add the grid. I adhered the whole thing to the front of rustic white cardstock using foam tape so that I could hide the hole where I attached the seam binding. This little card is 4x4 making it a perfect size to add to a gift bag or even to tie around the neck of a bottle of wine or champagne.

I have one more project to share with you today. This one is very traditional both in color, and in feel. I used yet more of the Nordic Holiday paper to create a matching tag and card.

For the card, I stamped the "Happy Holidays" sentiment from Christmas Wishes onto a cream strip of cardstock and flanked it with an accent image also from Christmas Wishes. I used foam tape to adhere this over a Label Layers 3 die cut stamped with a frame image from Very Vintage Greetings. I adhered that to a strip of cardstock which I cut a decorative edge using a Spellbinders die.

For the inside, I used the same sentiment as above and added some holly from Christmas Wishes on opposite corners.

The tag was simple as well. I used the same technique I used in the first card to prepare the tag base. I added some odds and ends, and finished it by splitting the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from Christmas Wishes between two tags from the Le Cirque stamp set.

Whew! Can you believe how versatile this set is? I really hope you've enjoyed today's set so far. But don't worry, there is still more from the talented Design Team:

Would you like to win Christmas Wishes? Just leave a comment by 9:00 AM EST October 3rd to enter. Do you like to see lots of projects with lots of pictures during release week, or do you prefer just a couple with fewer pictures? I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

Don't forget, the fun continues tomorrow with another set, hope you will join us again!

46 comments:

  1. You have really out done yourself, what fabulous cards. Love the idea of using the postmarks set...

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  2. Really gorgeous cards...love the perfect pearls technique!

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  3. Love!! I like lots or projects with or without pictures but lots of projects definitely helps to sell me on a set!!

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  4. I am VERY excited about this release!!! You are selling me on a lot this month Miss Dawn!

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  5. You have made such gorgeous projects and I love those frames, so elegant :) I think this is going to be such a wonderful release!

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  6. These are gorgeous! I love seeing the pictures of the process since it really gives me a good idea on HOW to use the stamps. Cards just make me thing of why I would use them. Does that make any sense at all? It's kind of late here. ;)

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  7. The cards are just gorgeous!! What a wonderful release...

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  8. Oh my goodness! These are ALL such GORGEOUS projects!!!! I can't get over the beauty of it ALL! LOVE this new stamp set...so beautiful AND VERSATILE!

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  9. Oh my word... more gorgeousness! LOVE this release, I might have to finally do some shopping!

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  10. Sigh. Really Big Sigh. These are just gorgeous. Absolutely entirely gorgeous and fun. Your card samples are ALL amazing.

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  11. So gorgeous! I really love the quilted looking card! And you're not alone on sewing a card shut :)!!

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  12. So elegant...and the more pictures the better! Keep 'em coming!

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  13. This set looks beautiful! I love the flourish label stamp especially!!

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  14. im so excited about this release!! i am loving everything that you are introducing and the more pictures the better!!

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  15. These cards are just fabulous! Can't wait to see all these sets in full!
    Robin

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  16. What great cards, all of them! I'm a sucker for Christmas sets, and these sentiments will definitely be coming to live with me!

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  17. Wow, what an amazing set. You truly do think of everything!

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  18. Your set is so original! I can't wait to see the rest of the release!

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  19. The frame stamp is so delicate and pretty! I enjoy seeing lots of pictures of a few different projects to showcase the verstatility of the stamps.

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  20. Oh my goodness, so many amazing projects! You are a busy girl! These stamps are gorgeous and you girls are showcasing them beautifully! You have reminded me that I really need to get some Perfect Pearls. I love lots of photos, lots of ideas! :D

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  21. Some fabulous ideas! I can't wait to see more! Love seeing lots of peeks!
    DeniseB

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  22. *Clunk!* Twitch!* Thud.

    I have to agree with the overall sentiment, here, Dawn - YOU have TRULY outdone yourself! I can HEAR you thoughts, on a certain level - and they are SO generous! Generous with possibility, generous with inspiration, just generous, BEYOND measure! I just LOVE how many ways your stamps go together and BEYOND. Your choices take "registration" to a WHOLE new level and I just LOVE IT! This set is OFF the charts, baby. YOUR samples - are LITERALLY, making me twitch - I LOVE the assortment and huge array of creative directions. A ton of work, no doubt, but I love the fact that YOU showcase these SO expertly!

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  23. Beautiful, Dawn!! Love these samples too!!

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  24. Gorgeous samples as always (so happy it's not just me who has those mad moments such as sewing a card shut!)
    Thanks for also reminding me to root out my Perfect Pearls when it comes to Holiday Crafting :)
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  25. I love this set! And the more ideas the better!

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  26. This set looks absolutely STUNNING!!! WOW!! And your samples are FABULOUS!!!

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  27. Beautiful cards, Dawn. I am totally all for lots of projects and lots of pictures...it really helps me to get a feel for the set,plus gets my creativity flowing as I see all the wonderful stuff you and the team come up with! Love stuff so far, and i have to say, the pink, green and white color combo is simply stunning!!

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  28. In the case of your magical stamps less is definitely not more...I love seeing all that you and the DT can make. You gals are crafty goddesses!

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  29. These are so gorgeous!! I LOVE seeing A LOT of projects (like today) on countdown posts! To me that shows the versatility of a set so much and gets my mind spinning even more!

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  30. I just happened to come across your blog while searching for stamp sentiment sets. I fell in love!

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  31. Ooh! Love these too! You are so stinkin' talented!! :)

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  32. WOW these are just gorgeous cards! I can NEVER sew like that, wish I knew how!

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  33. Gorgeous holiday stamp set. Love the frame and little stamps. So versatile. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

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  34. Your cards and tags are gorgeous. The new release is looking fabulous, I love all the different sentiments that come with this set.
    To answer your question, I love to see lots of projects and lots of photos during your release.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. I love the new stamp sets, all are very beautiful & fun! I love to to see LOTS of photos of projects featuring the stamps during the week of the release. It really helps with the creativity and helps me see the potential of each set; and the various ways they can each be utilized.

    Thanks for the chance to win...

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  37. LOVE this! Perfectly gorgeous projects and the images totally rock. I really like seeing lots of projects and pictures. It gives me tons of inspiration!

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  38. Wow, these are amazing! Not just one of them - ALL of them! (shhh-I have sewn a card shut before!)

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  39. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! I love your classy style! The more projects & picts the better, imo.

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous creations Dawn! Yes, I want Christmas Wishes and all the other stamps sets you have previewed this time! Love everything!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  41. I like seeing lots of projects + pictures during release week!

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  42. This is gorgeous! love the little images. Do they fit inside the frames from Spring Post? that would be so cool.

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  43. I think I prefer to see several projects with just a couple photos of each. Although I really liked the way you showed how the sentiment stamps fit with the frame in Christmas Wishes.

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  44. Oh, my, goodness gracious! Where to begin?! LOVE all your shabby chic/vintage details and your stitching is FANTASTIC! Girl, you've outdone yourself!

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  45. Goodness, Dawn! Each is just as beautiful as the next! Your patchwork postmark card is really gorgeous, tempted to call it my favorite.. but I am also partial to tags! Great, great projects!

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