WPlus9 October 2012 Release Week - Day 2

October 2, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Welcome to day 2 of the WPlus9 October release!!  We're still celebrating Christmas with this release, which we will be doing all week long.

Today we have more to introduce, including 1 new stamp set, 2 new dies and a new card stock color. So let's get to it, shall we.

Iconic Christmas
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 20 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 13 scene building images and 7 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $21
Iconic Christmas Companion Dies
  • 6 individual dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • coordinates with the Iconic Christmas stamp set
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $16
Simple Snowflake Die
  • measures 3" in diameter
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $9
 Let me just tell you...I LOVE this stamp set.  The sentiments are GORGEOUS, and the silhouetted images are perfect for the stamper who doesn't care for coloring.  Let's face it...that is me in a nutshell.  Copics are $8 a piece people...that is SO not in my budget! Tee hee!  This card uses all of the items listed above, including the new cardstock color!  Here is what I created for today:
1. Make A2 card from black cardstock.
2. Cut banner paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.
3. Tie ribbon around the middle, with the bow sitting at the top.
4. Diecut the star from chipboard, cover in snow glitter and adhere to the middle of the bow.  Top with a twine double bow and two silver bells.
5. Diecut the label from green paper, sand the edges and adhere below the bow.  Accent each side with a twine threaded button.
6. Diecut the snowflake from kraft cardstock, and cover in snow glitter.  Adhere to the left side of the label.
7. Diecut the santa icon from oatmeal cardstock, distress ink the edges, then stamp the image to it in black.  Adhere to the top of the snowflake, then accent with a black puff ball.
8. Diecut the tag from outmeal cardstock, then distress ink the edges.  Stamp the sentiment and snowflakes to it, then accent with red pearls.
9. Adhere the sentiment tag below the bow, tucking the top slightly under the snowy star to finish.

-CASE Study #110
-Tuesday Morning Sketch #166
-Dynamic Duos #22 - cherry cobbler + my choice (green)
-The Friday Mashup #78 - twine
-Sweet Stampin' - vintage
-Oh La La Creations #115 - santa

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the designers have created today, and be sure to check out Dawn's blog.  She always does some great giveaways! 

James 2: 8-13
Mer-cy (noun)
1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity or benevolence
2. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing
3. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty
4. an act of kindness, compassion or favor
5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing
I can admit that I struggle with being a merciful person.  It is the same part of me that struggles with forgiveness.  I have been hurt deeply by people who were supposed to love me unconditionally.  That hurt really crushed my spirit....leaving me a pretty broken person.  So, in place of the hurt...I put up walls that are practically impossible to break down.  Good luck if you are the reason why they were constructed.
But God has been working on me.  Reminding me that while it is okay to protect my heart...I still need to show some mercy and offer forgiveness to those that have hurt me.  My mom has a quote on her Facebook page that says, "Forgiving someone else does not make what they did to you okay.  It helps make you okay."  Forgiveness is the easier part for me (notice I said easier, not easy), because forgiveness is the selfish act.  Mercy on the other hand...it's harder.  It is a gift that you give, and it shows vulnerability.  All I know is that God is chipping away at this hard surface in me.
Verse 13 says, "Because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgement."  This seemingly lines up with definition #3 up there....yikes!!  I want to be shown mercy by God....I need His mercy.  And I think this is why He has gently pushed me to really look into the face of my demons and work on being more merciful and forgiving.

Thanks for checking out my Christmas creation today!  Be sure to check back tomorrow when we showcase another new stamp set and dies!! Have a great day!

Until later,


  1. This is beautiful. Lovely colours and embellishments. Everything works so well together. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

  2. Such beautiful, homespun appeal, Lea! And the black is absolutely delicious, especially with that yummy, gingham bow!

  3. Lea I just love your card! I love the ribbon and the black cardstock base! Very striking and the santa diecut is the cutest I have ever seen! A must have! Dawn has outdone herself this month again!

  4. Beautiful! I LOVE the burlap dp--it almost looks like the real thing. And your gingham and twine bows are spectacular! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

  5. Love your card! The embellishments are just great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh what a pretty card! Love the glitter snowflake I had to look twice to see if it was real. Gorgeous combination of embellishments.Who doesn't love gingham!

  7. Beautiful card that is so wonderfully embellished!! I love the jingle bells! :)
    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

  8. TFS great homespun colors and embelishments.

  9. This is just gorgeous Lea! Love the ribbon and the mix of colors, especially the green / black / red shabby chic mix!

  10. Gorgeous in so many ways. I love the contrast with rustic and elegant/glittery. It's a perfect backdrop to that sweet Santa (which just leapt to the top of my wishlist!) So glad to see you at Dynamic Duos!

  11. Wow there is so much to love here! My eye is really drawn to the tag - love the dark snowflakes combined with the red sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

  12. Oh, this is so pretty, Lea. The black is really a great neutral here! I love Santa's pom pom and the gorgeous glittered snowflake. The ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!

  13. Wow. Your card so gorgeous. Love this vintage look and splash of red.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Vintage” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  14. Love all your elements! Beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup this week.

  15. Lea your card is gorgeous, as usual! Thanks for playing along with the Friday Mashup this week!And I really admire you sharing your heart in relation to the Bible verses you're reading - it encouraged me as I am currently being challenged in the 'mercy vs judgement' department! God always values honesty and vulnerability so I know He will bless your endevour to grow in your faith.

  16. This is beautiful! I LOVE all the texture & embellishments! A fabulous holiday card! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos! :)

  17. Lea, every inch of this card is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos!

  18. Gorgeous card Lea - Love everything on it
    Many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week
    Doreen xx

  19. Great card - I'd love for you to link up at 52 Card Pickup this week and enter my washi tape giveaway!


  20. Lea, what a gorgeous card and thank you so much for sharing your instructions as well with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

  21. Wow! What a stunning card - your attention to detail is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  22. Everything about this is insanely amazing Lea! It's like a little masterpiece that I would frame and put out during the holidays. ;o)

  23. Oh Wow what a stunning card I love all the textures and embellishments used, just noticed the hessian is paper looks so real
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  24. WOW, What a supercool christmascard! Lovely embellishments, and really cool stamps and dies (have to find out if that brand is sold anywhere in Norway!) Thanks for joining Ooh La La with your santacard :)
    Hugs from Lisbeth


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