Sunday, February 27, 2011

March 2011 Release Day 1: The Full Monty

Welcome to the March Release here at Wplus9 Design Studio. This is an exciting release for us, in addition to the 2 new stamps sets we are also expanding our line! We are extremely proud to be offering steel rule dies made exclusively to coordinate with your favorite Wplus9 stamps! Our dies will work in most die cutting systems including the Sizzix Big Shot and Cuttlebug. Not only are they affordable and durable, they are made right here in the USA. Are your excited?

Since we have a very condensed release this month and a lot to fit in...why don't we get right to it?

First up, I'd like to introduce a unique set that's all about sibling love.

Brothers & Sisters


  • 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 8 stamps; 2 label frames and 6 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase March 1st for just $13

And of course, our very first die.

All Occasion Label


  • approximately 2.4" x 2.2"
  • coordinates with All Occasion Tags and Brothers & Sisters
  • will be available for purchase March 1st for just $6.

Okay, now let's see these in action. Honestly I have no idea where the idea for this project began, but once it started brewing, there was no stopping it.

Isn't that the cutest thing ever?! I mean, if you give a gift of buttons...why not make the jar itself functional as well? You'll notice that the lid of the jar doubles as a pin cushion. You can have your needles handy for sewing all of those beautiful buttons onto your projects! This is super easy and I'll step you through it. You'll need:

  • a Ball jar
  • some batting
  • fabric of your choice for covering the lid
  • a hot glue gun

Start by taking the lid off of the jar and separating the two pieces. Just pop the inner flat lid out of the outer ring. Cut your batting to the same diameter as the inner lid.

Cover the top of the inner lid with hot glue, and adhere your batting.

Using the inner lid as a guide, cut your cover material large enough to wrap the enter lid both front and back. Flip the lid with the batting attached face down onto the fabric. Apply hot glue all over the back of the lid and fold the fabric over working your way around, pressing it firmly and pulling the fabric taught until it's completely covered.

Trim off any excess fabric. If you don't want the messy bunched material showing, you can cover it like I've done. Just cut another piece of fabric slightly smaller than the diameter of the lid and hot glue it over the unsightly mess. Tip: If you want to permanently attached the inner lid to the outer ring, run a small bead of hot glue along the inner rim of the outer ring. Insert the lid and push down into place until the glue cools.

I just LOVE this! I can see rows of these lined up on a studio shelf in a rainbow of colors. Let's talk about that label. I used our new die All Occasion Label to cut out the shape along with one of the label stamps from Brothers & Sisters. I sewed the same colored buttons that are included in the jar and wrapped it around the jar with seam binding.

You'll notice that our dies have little pins holes in them to make it super easy to remove your die cut after you've run it through your machine. And don't worry, you can still do the reverse embossing technique, I've tested it, and it works just fine.

For the matching card, I used the die again along with the other label stamp included in Brothers & Sisters. Here I've used the "...hearts made us friends" sentiment.

That gorgeous pattern was created using Poinsettia Patterns. I just love the fact that I can use that set all year round.

For my second card I decided to play a little catch up. I tried to sneak by without a Color Cue sample...oh, but many of you called me out. ;o) So here it goes:

I've got to say, for someone who really really dislikes purple...I'm loving this card. The damask images in white are from Damask Frames. I love the bit of damask peeking out from behind the All Occasion Label. For the sentiment, I just inked up the word "Sister" from the "For my Sister" sentiment and added it to the corner.

And finally, our next set that we are releasing is another FABulous set from Ms. Kerrianne Gwin herself. It's another installment of the RetroGirly attitude.

RetroGirly Birthday


  • 3x4 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 6 stamps; 1 image and 5 sentiments
  • will be available March 1st for just $6

I really do love the attitude that Kerrianne's images exude. I always have so much fun when I pull the RetroGirly collection out, and this was no exception.

This image is PERFECT for paper piecing. Here I chose to paper piece that packages with some October Afternoon paper. But next time...I'm going to give her a fab dress!

Kerrianne managed to squeeze in quite a few sentiment for such a small stamp set...I was impressed, so I decided to put together something just focusing on the sentiments.

Well, are you excited yet? Be sure to stop by the rest of the design team to see more

Elise Durenberger
Hannah Craner
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Maile Belles
Savitri Wilder

Would you like to win our entire March Release? Do you have sibling love or rivalry. Or are you an only child and glad? Leave a comment by 10:00 PM EST February 28th and I will select 1 lucky winner. Winner will be posted here by 10:30 PM EST.


  1. Woweeeeee, girl! YOU have outdone, EVEN yourself!{!?!} AMAZING! You have showcased these sets and that GORGEOUS die - flawlessly! GOLLY!!! Your cards and projects have me PURRRRING and ready for MORE, more, more! It was SO great to finally start playing WITH THESE TERRIFIC SETS! It might be a smaller release, but girlfriend, it's MIGHTY!


  2. Hi Dawn,
    Well this certainly is an exciting release. First I have a sibling love involving two sisters!
    Second- I adore the die and the matching stamp. Your creations are always so beautiful!

  3. how fun does this release look!! love the samples as always :)

    as for siblings, I have 2 brothers - one elder & one younger. We have our share of love and rivalry but being the only sister I have my advantages :D

  4. I am the youngest of 6!! We have our own ideas and opinions but still get along :)

  5. Wow... love these sets and LOVE the die!! Woo hoo! I love label dies!! Glad to have another place to purchase them! :) I have 2 brothers and although we don't just hang out... we have a love relationship! I wish we were closer but... I am a girl and they are boys... and it just didn't work out that way! Love them so much though and I know they love me!

  6. Dawn, this is great! I am so happy to have options of dies to go with WPlus9 stamps. I have 7 brothers and sisters so this first set will be extremely useful to me. Have I ever said how much I love the RetroGirly font? LOVE IT!!! So affordable and fun. Can't wait to see more in the next few days.

  7. Super cute projects! I'm excited about the dies!

    I'm an only child.

  8. Dawn- I can't even tell you have excited I am about this Brothers & Sisters stamp set, and the coordination die. This is going to sound a little silly, but I actually teared up just a little. But, they were happy tears...because my brother is one of my very best friends, and I love him so much. I haven't ever found a stamp set worthy of our relationship...until now. I love this set, especially with the fabulous frame and die to go with it.

    As always...your samples are just lovely. I especially love that first card, and the sentiment could easily be switched out for a brother one. Off to see what the DT did with these new sets!!

  9. Oh WOW!!! Another great release!! And what beautiful projects - sooo inspiring!
    Sibling LOVE here! I have the most fantastic younger sister -the best one could ever wish for and I love her to death! + she has the most adorable children and her daughter share my passion for papercraft which is so much fun (-:!
    Thanks for the chance,

  10. I love the new releases, Dawn. Gorgeous cards and projects you've created with them. Keep them coming those fabulous products

  11. love it all, dawn, but that die and the brothers and sisters are darling:)

  12. Love that you are doing the dies now! Fabulous projects too! I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers and have some sibling love instead of rivalry.

  13. Sibling rivalry with my identical twin helped me make me who I am. I love this release already. Glad that I already have All Occasion Tags and I adore the family set. The girl is too much fun as well.

  14. These are all gorgeous. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the die, the Brothers and Sisters stamp set will be perfect, since I am now venturing into scrap booking and retro girl well, she is just gorgeous and I love the sentimensts that come with her.

  15. I really like the idea of a sibling stamp set, I have only sisters and four of them to boot! Now THAT definitely leads to some sibling rivalry. But that just means that God has made us all unique and I like that. Your button jar is so creative - love that pin cushion idea and I love the stars peeking out from behind that sentiment card.

  16. Oooo! So many gorgeous projects! LOVE them all, especially your layering with the new die! Eeek! And your coloring! You rock a Copic, girl!

  17. Gorgeous cards. LOVE the new label and matching die, along with the sentiments.

  18. There used to be rivalry between myself and my brothers, but now there's love!

  19. OMGosh!!! This is just amazing. I love the die. I have become a die fanatic. And the beautiful coordinating set. I LOVE it. I have plenty of siblings to go around (2 of each to be exact, not including in-laws). This set would be so fun.
    I do have to say I am a bit disappointed that you have a hatred for my most favorite color ever :)

  20. Dawn,
    This is such a great release! The birthday girl stamp is too cute. I am so excited for you that you started a die-cut line. How cool is that?

  21. Yay... what a fun new releases! I have 2 brothers and we're really close. No rivalry there, we love and support each other 100%. They're my rock!

  22. those that die!!! the stamp sets are divine!!

  23. Very sweet projects!! I LOVE having dies that coordinate with the stamps, Woo Hoo!! I have 4 brothers and 1 sis and I am the youngest and it is sibling love!!

  24. I love your cute projects!! I also love having dies to go with the stamps, Woo hoo!! I have 4 brothers and 1 sis and I am the youngest and it is sibling love!

  25. Dawn your samples for this release are GORGEOUS {{as always}} so nice to see you had some *free* time to get your craft on! I'm so excited about the dies too - I can tell they are going to be a HIT!!! And LOVE what you did with the sentiments from RetroGirly Birthday - PERFECT!!! :0)

  26. Eeeek, matching dies!!!!! I love them!! I am blessed to have a wonderful older sister and we have always been very close. I love the idea that I can make cards that are tailored to our special relationship with this new stamp set.

  27. Both of these sets look fabulous! And so exciting to see that you're coming out with dies now too!!! I have two younger brothers. We fought quite a bit as kids but we all get along great now. Don't get to see them very much though since they live in PA and NJ and I live in CO.

  28. I love the dies and coordinating stamp set! So fun!
    I'm the oldest of 3 girls - LOVE my sisters!

  29. Oh Dawn!! Good things happening here! I'm so excited that you're expanding your line and the first label/die combo looks absolutely fantastic!!

  30. I have been eyeing your stamps for a while now and this release has just put me over the edge! Love the new coordinating die!

  31. I have an awesome (much older) half sister. My half brother passed away a few years ago from cancer. Even though I didnt grow up with them, I never felt like an only child - they were the best!!! Thanks for the chance to win. I love your designs!!!

  32. Very excited about your new die, and the retro girl is fabulous.

  33. Wonderful sets! I really love the sibling one. I have one younger brother and though things haven't always been easy I do love him a lot! Fantastic samples, just gorgeous!

  34. Fabulous new release! I have loads of siblings so I really like that you are offering a sibling stamp set! I love the fact you are offering coordinating dies! Something special!

  35. oh my goodness, your little jar of buttons is too cute!!


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