Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Lawson's



Merry Christmas & the best of tidings to you & yours!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Paper Bakery "Holiday Charm" card kit

Holy cow...Christmas is two days away!!  {I still have to wrap Josh's presents...time to get down to business tonight!!!!}  I just wanted to share my cards using the Paper Bakery "Holiday Charm" card kit from November.  This is my first kit as a new designer, & you will see more in the future from me with these kits!!



My Christmas crafting is coming to an end, & here is what I have found to be some of my favorite trends this year:
1.  Most of my handmade items had a pop of gold somewhere- whether it be via sequins, ribbon, washi tape, rub-ons, etc.
2.  I used vellum to create dimension, add layers, & tame colors.
3.  I used wood veneer stars on almost EVERYTHING {which reminds me that I need to order some more}.
4.  A little bit of doily here & there (or the entire thing) graced many Christmas cards this time around.
What about you?  What did you find yourself adding to your handmade projects this year?  I would love to hear what your favorite trends were for the 2013 holidays!

{Oh look- another pop of gold, sequins, & a vellum pocket.  Funny.}

For these cards I have used papers that have a lot of text on them, which can sometimes be daunting.  But by adding a deep angle or a nice tilt to them, it tones them down & makes the papers more of a compliment to the card rather than taking it over.  I’ve also added rounded corners to each card to help soften the card designs since they do have these angles & tilts!  Check them out!

That is all for now...I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas time...surrounded by love & blessings.  

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WPlus9 Group Post

Hey there, everyone!!  Well...you've made it to group post day of the WPlus9 December/January release!!  This means that all of the new stamps & dies are available at www.wplus9.com, so you should head on over to pick up your must haves!!  Stick them in your stocking if you have to consider them a Christmas gift. **wink**

It also means that we have a group post where everyone creates one more project to be featured together on the WPlus9 blog.  This is my FAVE day of the release week, because I love seeing how different all the designs are while using the same product!

I combined the Coming Up Roses stamp & die set with many of the past Christmas stamp sets from the last release (a full supply list will be below) & created a card full of layers, flowers, & Christmas trim.  I really love how it turned out, & I hope that you do too!  I used the Mojo Monday #322 sketch as a starting point for my design, & then went on from there.  Check it out!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from cupid's bow cardstock.
2. Cut background paper slightly smaller, distress ink the edges & adhere.
3. Wrap cream eyelet lace around the bottom, then top with brown circle trim.
4. Diecut the tag, wreath, flowers, leaves, pinecones & candle from oatmeal cardstock, then distress ink all the edges.
5. Diecut the candle holder from vellum & distress ink the edges.
6. Stamp the wreath in green, then stamp the berries with versamark.
7. Cover with red glitter embossing powder, then heat set.
8. Stamp the roses, pine boughs, leaves & pinecones as shown.
9. Stamp the candle, adhere it to the vellum candle holder, then stamp the circle & flame to it.
10. Add all the layers to the middle of the card using hot glue & foam adhesive.
11. Tie a bow from red ribbon, stitch a button to the middle of it & adhere to the middle of the lace.
12. Stamp the sentiment to the tag, then tuck it underneath the button with hot glue.
13. Accent with pearl flourishes to finish.

Be sure to check out what the other WPlus9 designers have created as well!  They will all be featured on the WPlus9 blog, or you can check them out on their personal blogs as well! 

Hannah Craner
Jean Martin
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Bowen
Sarah Martina Parker
Savitri Wilder
WPlus9 Design Blog

It is so nice to be back creating with my WPlus9 stamps again....I have missed crafting like this so much!  My parents & grandma are going to be in town for a week starting Saturday...but I am sure I will have a little bit of time to craft while they are here!  So- be sure to check back & see what I have created! Have an awesome day!

Until later,
~L.

“Merry Christmas” Supplies:
Cardstock:  WPlus9 (cupid's bow)  |  Patterned Paper/Chipboard Button: My Mind's Eye (All is Bright 6x6)  |  Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Coming Up Roses, Woodland Wreaths, Merry & Bright, Strictly Sentiments 3, Timeless Tags 1)  |  Ink: Clearsnap (artichoke, olive, hunter green, strawberry,eggplant, chocolate, amber), Tsukineko (dandelion, onyx black) & Tim Holtz distress (antique linen)  |  Other: Studio Calico (red ribbon)  |  Prima Marketing (pearl flourishes)  |  Webster's Pages (brown trim)  | May Arts (brown twine)  |  Adhesive: Zig glue pen, Surebonder hot glue, Zapdots foam  |  Tim Holtz (blending tool)  |  craft supply: eyelet lace

WPlus9 December/January Full Reveal

It's time for the full reveal! Time to show you what we are releasing this month in their entirety. All products will be available for purchase at midnight, on December 5th at www.wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

*** Website Reminder ***Wplus9.com will be down from approximately 11:00 PM EST tonight until 12:00 AM EST while we upload the new products and prepare for the release. The website will be back online and all products will be available for purchase by 12:01 AM EST December 5, 2013.

Fresh Cut Wreaths

Details

  • is a 6x8" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 28 individual stamps: 15 wreath building images and 13 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21

More Fresh Cuts

Details

  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 32 individual stamps: 31 image builders and 1 sentiment
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $14

More Fresh Cuts Companion Die

Details

  • contains 11 individual dies wired together that can be easy separated if desired
  • coordinates with the More Fresh Cuts stamp set
  • Approx. Measurements: (A) - 7/8"; (B) - 3/4"; (C) - 5/8"; (D) - 1/4"; (E) - 1"; (F) - 1 1/4 x 1"; (G) - 1 1/8 x 5/8"; (H) - 1 x 5/8"; (I) - 3/4 x 1/2"; (J) - 1 x 1/2"; (K) - 1/2 x 1/4"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $9

Valentine Wishes

Details

  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 13 individual stamps: 8 images and 5 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $14

Valentine Wishes Companion Die

Details

  • contains 3 individual open centered dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • coordinates with the Valentine Wishes stamp set
  • (A) - 2 1/2 x 3/4"; (B) - 3 x 2 3/8"; (C) - 1 1/4 x 1 1/8"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $10

Coming Up Roses

Details

  • is a 6x8" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 24 individual image building stamps
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21

Coming Up Roses Companion Die

Details

  • contains 7 individual dies
  • coordinates with the Coming Up Roses stamp set
  • Approx. Measurements: (A) - 3 3/8 x 1 5/8"; (B) - 1 3/8 x 3/4"; (C) - 1 1/8 x 1"; (D) - 1"; (E) - 1 1/2"; (F) - 2 x 1"; (G) - 1 x 3/4"
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $13

Thank you all so much for joining me for our December 2013 Release! I can't express how much all of your encouragement means to me. But I can try! Are you ready for the last giveaway? Want to win the entire release, including all of the stamps and dies listed above? Now that you've seen the full reveal, just leave a comment on the WPlus9 Blog Post by 10:00 PM EST TONIGHT December 4, 2013 to enter. Dawn will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here by 11:00 PM EST before the release officially goes on sale.

**All of the above text was copied from the WPlus9 blog.  Please visit the link above to be entered into any giveaways, etc.**

Monday, December 2, 2013

WPlus9 Preview: Coming Up Roses

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to day 3 of the December/January WPlus9 release week!  Today we are featuring a new stamp & die set called "Coming Up Roses".  Here is a little more info on it:

Coming Up Roses
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 24 individual image building stamps
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21
Coming Up Roses Companion Die
  • contains 7 individual dies
  • coordinates with the Coming Up Roses stamp set
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $13

I have gone clean & simple for my cards today, and kept the focus on the beautiful flowers you can create with this stamp set.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make an A2 card from oatmeal cardstock, then round the bottom corners.
2. Distress ink the edges of the card.
3. Diecut the vase from vellum & the flower from oatmeal cardstock, then distress ink the edges.
4. Stamp the flower & vase, then adhere to the left side of the card.
5. Stamp the smaller flower images coming from the top of the vased flower, then accent with sequins.
6. Wrap twine around the middle, then top the vase with a double bow & twine threaded button.
7. Stamp the sentiment below the twine to finish.

Here is another card with the same design....just flip flopped, & using different colors & flower!

I did create these with the current CAS-ual Fridays #121 challenge to use 8 of something.  Both cards have 8 sequins on them.  I think they were the perfect accent, don't you?!

How beautiful of these flowers that you can create with this stamp set?  I just love it!!  I can't wait to try it more in different colors & shades!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 designers have created for today!

Hannah Craner
Jean Martin
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Bowen
Sarah Martina Parker
Savitri Wilder
WPlus9 Design Blog

{There are usually giveaways on the WPlus9 blog as well...so you will DEF want to make sure you go there! :)}  Tomorrow will be the full reveal of all the stamps sets & dies...so be sure to check back!

Until later,
~L.



“I Quite Like Your Smile” Supplies:
Cardstock:  WPlus9 (oatmeal)  |  Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Coming Up Roses, Quite Like You)  |  Ink: Clearsnap (olive, chiffon, chocolate) & Tim Holtz distress (antique linen)  |  Other: Studio Calico (pink sequins)  |  Avery Elle (white/clear sequins)  |  May Arts (twine)  | Papertrey Ink (button)  |  Adhesive: Zig glue pen, Surebonder hot glue, Zapdots foam  |  Tim Holtz (blending tool)

“You are Simply Amazing” Supplies:
Cardstock:  WPlus9 (oatmeal)  |  Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Coming Up Roses, Quite Like You)  |  Ink: Clearsnap (evergreen, hunter green, strawberry, eggplant, chocolate) & Tim Holtz distress (antique linen)  |  Other: craft supply (red/silver sequins)  |  May Arts (twine)  | Doodlebug Designs (button)  |  Adhesive: Zig glue pen, Surebonder hot glue, Zapdots foam  |  Tim Holtz (blending tool)
 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

WPlus9 Preview: Valentine Wishes

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to day 2 of the WPlus9 December/January release week!!  Today we are showcasing a set all about love & Valentine's day...kind-of a nice change from all the Christmas we've got going on around us, don't you think?  Here is a little bit of information about this stamp & die set:

Valentine Wishes
  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 13 individual stamps: 8 images and 5 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $14
Valentine Wishes Companion Die
  • contains 3 individual open centered dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • coordinates with the Valentine Wishes stamp set
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $10
I've paired the stamps & dies with some Glitz Design "Finnley" and the Frecked Fawn "Oh Deer Me" September kit.  They were quite honestly a PERFECT match!!  I love all the fun elements, & how well they complimented Valentine Wishes stamp set.  Check it out!
Instructions:
1.Make A2 card from white cardstock.
2. Cut floral paper & striped paper slightly smaller, then layer to the front.
3. Cut a scalloped edge to green triangle paper, then adhere to the left side with green trim.
4. Add a strip of triangle paper & freehand cut floral paper to the top of those layers.
5. Layer the background sticker & wood frame to the front, then wrap twine around the middle.
5. Diecut the ornate circle, then stamp the matching image to it.
6. Diecut the banner, add the stamping, then adhere it to the circle.
7. Finish stamping then sentiment, then adhere the entire stamped piece front with foam adhesive.
8. Tie a double bow from twine, then layer it to the front with flair, rhinestone & fabric brad.
9. Add the metal flower to the lower corner, then add the stickers to the cluster.
10. Add three glitter enamel dots to the top to finish.

I LOVE this stamp set....probably one of my very latest faves!!  I am such a sucker for love themed sentiments, & these make my heart swoon a little bit!  Check out what the rest of the WPlus9 designers have created as well!

Hannah Craner
Jean Martin
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Bowen
Sarah Martina Parker
Savitri Wilder
WPlus9 Design Blog

{There are usually giveaways on the WPlus9 blog as well...so you will DEF want to make sure you go there! :)}  I will be back tomorrow with another at some of the new stamp sets!  Have a wonderful day!

Until later,
~L.


 “Love You Still” Supplies:
Cardstock:  WPlus9 (white)  |  Patterned Paper: Glitz Design (Finnley 6x6)  |  Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Valentine Wishes stamps & dies, Scalloped Border die)  |  Ink: Clearsnap (sour apple, orchid, cranberry) & Tsukineko (onyx black)  |  Other: Glitz Design (giant rhinestone, cardstock sticker)  |  Freckled Fawn (enamel dots, flair, fabric brad, metal flower, wood veneer frame- September “Oh Deer Me” kit)  |  Martha Stewart Crafts (glittered photo corner)  |  Webster’s Pages (lace trim)  |  May Arts (ivory twine)  | Adhesive: Zig glue pen, Surebonder hot glue