Monday, August 6, 2012

August/September Release Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of our August/September Release! If you are just joining us, you can catch up with Day 1. Today, we are focusing on a hot hot trend that I've noticed creeping it's way into paper crafting. The quilt craze! Have you noticed? More and more geometric shapes and patterns, mixed with pinked edges and those cozy fabric patterns. I for one, couldn't be happier about it and am excited to introduce today's line up.

Country Charm

  • is a 4"x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 9 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 3 square patterned "patches" and 3 background building strips
  • will be available for purchase August 9th for $14
Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares

This month we are introducing our Clear Cut Dies. This design allows us to bring you graduated sizes of simple shapes at an economical price. The centers of all but the smallest image are backed by a clear acetate, allowing you to see directly through the die while cutting! The center point is even marked with a registration mark to assist with centering images.

  • cuts 4 graduated pinked edge squares in the following sizes: 2 1/2", 2", 1 1/2", and 1"
  • 4 separate dies
  • will be available for purchase August 9th for $12

Quilt Cuts 1

  • cut quilting patterns quickly and easily
  • 3 separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase August 9th for $16

I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate a quilt square on at least one project this month. Here, I've employed the help of Quilt Cuts 1.

I started by die cutting one of the quilt patterns from 3 sheets of patterned paper. I was able to cut two patterned papers at once so it went super fast. I alternated the patterns until I came up with a design that I liked and matted it using the 2.25" pinking square.

I adhered the focal image onto a rectangle that I stamped the checkered pattern from Country Charm onto at the top and bottom. The sentiment was added from Pretty Patches: Apple which I will show you more of tomorrow.

Some gorgeous patterned paper from the Clippings collection by Basic Grey was the perfect base for this card. I'm really loving this color palette for the fall. The blues are such a great addition to cool off those warm tones.

My favorite of the day is a spectacular display of how well Country Charm and Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares compliment each other.

I started by die cutting several of the pinking squares and stamping them with the patterned patches from Country Charm. I added the 1" die cut pinking squares stamped with hearts from Pretty Patches: Apple, & Pretty Patches: Pumpkin to the center of the left and right squares.

For the center, I decided to add a bit more dimension. I cut one square, and then die cut a negative space out of the middle using the square one size smaller. This created a perfect frame for the butterfly from the Layered Butterfly Die.

Another sentiment from Pretty Patches: Apple on a Label Layers 3 die cut topped with a heart border I created with the Silhoutte and a little lace border from Mehndi Medallions at the top finish this card off.

I really wanted to create a background pattern using Quilt Cuts 1 and was really happy with how quick it went. And I can not get enough of that Basic Grey paper!

To create the repeating pattern, I started in the middle of my card and worked my way out on either side. This made sure that my pattern was centered. To really make laying down your pattern go quickly, you could cover your area with adhesive and then just place your tiles as you go. I filled in at the sides and in between each square with the regular hexagon shapes also included in the Quilt Cuts 1 Die. And added a few to the left side to bring some of the pattern to the left side for balance.

The focal image needed to be pretty heavy visually to hold it's own against that background, so I chose to use buttons matted with a few layers of pinking squares.

A simple tag from Timeless Tags stamped with a heart from Pretty Patches: Pumpkin and pinned to a seam binding bow was the perfect finishing touch.

Let's switch it up a bit and go graphic, bold and bright.

How's that for a punch of color? Here, I used the solid stripe from Country Charm to create a plaid background. I simply stamped a series of stripes on the diagonal in gray, and then again in pink in the opposite direction.

For my focal image I revisited Love You More. A perfect go-to for graphic styles.

That concludes Day 2 for me. But the Design Team has some show stoppers to share as well!

I really hope you are enjoying the release so far! What do you think, are you digging the whole quilt sensation? Would you like to win Country Charm, the Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squaresand the Quilt Cuts 1 Die? Just leave me a comment by 9:00 AM EST August 7th to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

84 comments:

  1. I love the guide lines on the dies- I'll bet that makes it so easy to line up your cut!

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  2. Everything is so beautiful - I love the sentiments you used; I can't wait to see more of the Pretty Patches sets! The hexagons are so much fun, I love what you did with them on both cards!

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  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous samples, Dawn! Loving everything I've see thus far!

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  4. Gorgeous samples!!! The dies look great!!

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  5. Love, love, love everything!!

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  6. Oooooh...LOVE this post! I need to get my hand on these amazing dies! :)

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  7. OH wow.. I'm in love with those pinking squares.. the possibilities are endless.. great samples! Can't wait to see more!

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  8. I love that you are getting four dies in a set that's very reasonably priced! I look forward to other shapes that will come out in the future . . .

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  9. WOW, these are all STUNNING!!!

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  10. I love the look of country charm so these dies will be just perfect for me! Love the fact of a registraton mark to help center the dies! Perfect!
    Susan Moll

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  11. love Love LOVE that last card! I think those 2 stamp sets just went into my cart o_O

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  12. These are just so pretty, they remind me of the quilts that my Grandma made. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  13. I just knew there would be some shape images for this release! I love what you did with the new dies and stamps. Such a warm country feel.....loving this release Dawn!

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  14. First your cards are gorgeous! I am loving the quilt themes and dies! I have quilts all over my house and am always looking for ways to add it to my paper crafting but products are hard to find! Thanks for bringing us these! I am so excited for this release and am signing up on people's blogs so I don't miss a thing! Yeah!!!!!

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  15. Absolutely LOVE your wonderful patchwork/quilt cards - they go straight to my needlework teacher heart (-:
    Starting to fall in love with fall after all... (-;

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  16. I do not current lown any Wplus products, but I can see I am going to break my duck this month(lucky it's my birthday soon). Don't know how to decide between them all! What a fab idea for the dies too, with the clear windows. Can't think why that hasn't been done before!

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  17. I am SO far BEYOND digging what I'm seeing! FAR, far BEYOND! YOUR samples = MIND blowing fabulousness... The fact that you designed SUCH amazing dies and stamps for an explosion of creative possibility... PRICELESS! Yipeeee!

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  18. I Love the cards shown here. I love quilting. I love the pinking squares.
    Eveline.

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  19. Cannot wait for the full reveal. The dies look awesome and reasonably priced! And the background stamps = gorgeous! Love, love, love the samples especially the last one!

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  20. This release looks simply amazing! And the samples... wow! I think Country Charm is going to become a staple in my stamping arsenal :D

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  21. You're just coming up with the most amazing stuff Dawn! I have to honest, you had me at the sneak peaks the other day, but you're just blowing me away now. I can't wait until I see what else is in store.

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  22. loving all the new realeases Dawn and the beautiful cards you created using them all, the quilters country charm is gonna be a big hit :) xx

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  23. I LOVE these! I'm fully on board the quilt trend, I love playing with squares. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  24. Love?!!
    I think love is a mild term here...
    I am DYING over all this goodness!!
    And OMGoodness...quilts!!!
    I remember my grandmother always having a quilt stretched out in the back room while she was handstitching it...
    and I have some of her quilts now...
    some of my most prized possessions...
    so yes...
    I'm very much into the "quilting" craze of the moment...
    love it!!

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  25. Years ago, I had a wonderful obsession with quilts. In addition to reading about quilts, I spent time with graph paper and colored pencils coloring in designs in quilt patterns. Todays release has thrilled me. I can't wait to play with the patterns and die-cuts! Donna

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  26. Love the new dies. Love how they are open in the center. So many design possibilities!!

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  27. Oh yes, I'm feeling the quilting love! Especially after seeing the gorgeous cards you made :) I love pinked edges, so these dies are just for me :)

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  28. The cards you created are gorgeous - and I've noticed the quilting trend, too! I am completely inspired!!

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  29. I love the homespun country feel of your first two cards! The second one though leaves me breathless! The sweet Pretty Patches hearts, combined with the Americana color palette and pinking frame just WOW me!

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  30. What a yummy post, Dawn! So many gorgeous projects! And your color palettes are absolutely scrumptious!

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  31. Amazing! This is so on trend and perfectly versatile for fall and beyond!! Love it!! I can't wait to add this quilting collection to my stash! ;)

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  32. Quilting does seem to be the rage now. I am so glad I came across your blog in my internet travels. I absolutely love your stamps and dies will be an awesome addition to your lines. Can't wait to see what you reveal next. All of your designers made really great creations - love them all.

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  33. Such marvelous cards! Just love the new goodies so much.

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  34. Oh I love the rustic quality of this set and the cool postage stamp looking dies. I love everything with this release so far!

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  35. I am loving this release so far and it's only day 2! You made such cute cards with the new sets.

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  36. So very sweet and homespun! I love how versatile those stripes are gonna be...fabulous for creating patterns!
    Hugs!
    x

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  37. Beautiful cards!! I can't wait to see the rest of the release.

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  38. Yikes...I think this may be my first release with you, Dawn and already you have me drooling a bit! :) LOVE those pinking squares! I see so many possibilities...and your projects are just awe-inspiring! :)

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  39. LOVE the new dies! Can't wait to do some paper quilting!

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  40. AMAZING!! Gorgeous samples and I LOVE the dies! Lots of possibilities with the background stamps too--can't wait for the full reveal!

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  41. Wow! I love how the combination of quilt shapes and the right DP really makes it look like fabric quilting!

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  42. Way to go, Dawn! Thank you for creating an amazing set of dies - the pinking squares are *perfect* and I can't wait to see more of the Quilt Cuts! I will be first in line for these - really, you can just add the whole release to my cart right now!

    The background patterns will be a great addition to your (and my!) collection - the checkered pattern is a winner! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards - love your fall color palette!

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  43. It's worth repeating: You are on FIRE!!! :)

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  44. Fantastic projects! I am loving all these new products, and I can't wait to get my hands on them. Soooo excited for the pinking squares.

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  45. I love that it is a step stamp process because I stink at coloring!

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  46. I am beyond excited for the squares and background set! Love the quilting pieces too... this release keeps getting better and better!! :)

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  47. Wow, everything is super pretty!

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  48. You have no idea how much I can not wait for those pinked squares! I have ALWAYS wished I had a set with different sizes...so cute with the quited pieces and makes for a very cozy looking card.

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  49. Love the Pinking Square, the possibilities are endless !!

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  50. Oh my, I LOVE the Quilt Cuts. I can hardly wait for these to be released. I have peaked through all the design team blogs and am highly impressed. There is so much inspiration out there. This is a fabulous release. Thanks for inspiring our creativity. Elizabeth S. in mid-Michigan.

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  51. Great cards...I really like the quilt designs and the graphic last card with the heart speech bubbles.

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  52. wow... fabulous samples and lovin' those new dies!!

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  53. gorgeous projects showcasing the new stamps and dies. can't wait for the full release.

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  54. I am so excited about these quilt cuts and designs! I will be ordering these for sure! Absolutely love your cards!

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  55. I definitely love the country charm feel to this, and your projects are amazing! Looking forward to seeing the full reveal!

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  56. Will someone please take my pulse rate before I swoon off?? I can't remember being this excited about a new product for a loooooong time! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new dies, and the new little stamp accents are adorable! Well done Dawn!!

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  57. These look super gorgeous and make me very, very curious for how the entire sets look like! Fabulous ideas! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  58. Wow, these new dies are just so amazing and I can't wait to get a set to play with. I am in love with the quilt look too, so beautiful.

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  59. Love these dies! All the projects are fantastic!

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  60. I just love the quilted look, wonderful!

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  61. Just looked at all the creative work of your DT. Oh my ...each one just kept getting better. I love the new dies (the pinking squares are a perfect idea!!!!) and will be ordering as soon as I see the whole release.

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  62. LOVE LOVE this!Love your cards and ideas!

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  63. A centering point on the new dies--excellent! Beautiful card samples.

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  64. I am in love with the new dies! What a fantastic concept & I love the price point! Well done!

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  65. Gorgeous cards Dawn. Love the Quilt dies and stamps...TFS

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  66. The quilt dies look like lots of fun. Can't wait to try them out!

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  67. Super cute, love your quilt squares! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  68. Gorgeous cards! I just love the stitching you added, so amazing! What a fun set of dies and stamp sets this month. I am still loving my new bow die so much :)

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  69. THis is just too cute. The quilting dies are amazing. ANother on my wish list!

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  70. I really like the versatility of this release. I can see this being a good addition for my style!

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  71. I'm so tickled by the quilt cuts dies! My mother and her friends will love getting cards and gift tags made with them.

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  72. The quilt dies are going in my cart for sure along with everything else. I cannot wait to order!!

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  73. I am getting SO excited for this release! Those dies are great! You will have a new customer with this release! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  74. EEEEKKKK!! Totally diggin' everything...way to go, Dawn!!

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  75. Oh my stars! This is super super exciting! You are amazing and your products are amazing!

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  76. These sneak peeks look like so much fun--and your quilt cards are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Chris L.

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  77. I am a quilter and on my last 2 rows of a hexagon quilt I am hand piecing, so I am LOVING the new release thus far. Can't wait to see what comes next!

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  78. Fantastic sets!! I'm drooling over the quilt cuts dies!!! Quilting is my other hobby so I can't wait to get my pinkies on those wonderful dies (I've been searching for a wonderful hexie die, and there it is!!!)

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  79. Oh those pinked square dies.... I'm "dieing" to get them into my stash! Fabulous. I'm patchwork mad at the moment so this stamp theme is just up my street. Can't wait for release night - I think its going to be a BIG one!

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  80. The squares are awesome! Even though I have pinking shears, I can never seem to get the corners to look just right - these dies will make it oh so easy!

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  81. I love the pinking squares!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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