**I have 2 posts for today! For my Flourishes post, please click here!**
I have another post full of WPlus9 goodness for you! This week I am doing something a little bit different, as I had a fun request from one of my readers… she wrote to me and asked if I would share projects using some older products for you, so I gladly took on the challenge for today’s post! So I have some projects using the newer items, and some to renew your love with some of the old ones!
Today, I am focusing on:
Seasonal Sentiments dies
I have lots so show you, so let’s get started!
I’ll begin my post with the new stuff, since I am sure that’s what most of you are excited to see!
When I first saw this set, I actually felt really stumped. I really liked the idea of it, and so many of the elements included, but no ideas really came to mind. Sometimes I look at a set, and it’s like “Oh, I can do this, then that, then the other thing, and after that I can make this…” You get the idea! But this one wasn’t like that.
So I sat with my sketchbook and a couple of ideas popped up. Nothing exciting.
Then I started using it. Turns out it just sort of flows, and the projects really just started to make themselves!
I just started puttering, and this is what happened. I included some of the elements from Folk Art Flurries to pull it together, but I wanted the focus to be on the lovely little house (which I stamped on a scrap of patterned paper – neat effect, huh?). The only thing that makes this Christmas-y is the snowflakes, so if I used flowers or something else, this could be perfect as an all-occasion card too!
This one is simple, but it was so fun to make. I had the idea to stamp the row of stockings, though nothing much beyond that. But when I sat down with some inks and paper, and just played around, it came together so easily, and I am really pleased with the results. As I added each layer of stamping, it just sort of all worked itself out!
Here’s something a little different – a gift package that would be perfect for a neighbour or the teachers on your list!
This looks pretty impressive, but it was *so* easy to put together!
I filled a cellophane bag with some hot chocolate and fixins (marshmallows and mint chocolate chips), then put that into a holiday mug, and added a candy cane as a stir stick. Tied the tag around that, and it was all done! So simple, and it looks so good.
For my tag, I layered lots of die cuts to keep it interesting.
If you don’t have the Simple Snowflake die yet, you need it. I use this one more than any other snowflake in my collection, and if you’re a regular around here, you know how much I love snowflakes – so you can imagine how I collect them!
Switching gears now, I am sharing some projects using some older dies. I received an email from one of my sweet readers who said she loved what she had seen of me using the WPlus9 products, and she wondered if I would mind showing her some projects using some of the things she bought from last year’s release. Hey, she said I inspired her, so how could I possibly turn her down, right? *wink*
First up, I created a gift card holder, showcasing one of the Seasonal Sentiments dies as a focal point.
Again, people – you need this snowflake die!
I cut the holder using the Seed Packet die, and Cupid’s Bow cardstock, which I then stamped using a few images from last year’s Iconic Images set. I then cut my snowflake, which got a good dose of fine glitter for a beautiful shimmer. Last, I cut the “joy” from aqua cardstock, and used the heart that is included in the same die set to cut the middle of the O out. The baker’s twine just pulled the whole thing together.
And here’s how it works:
(Again, I had to use a super-Canadian Tim Horton’s gift card!)
Next, I combined these dies with my favourite new set:
Truly, I can’t stop it with these poinsettias. And I was a rebel and stamped them in completely unnatural colours. And I *love* how it turned out!
I layered the two words from Seasonal Sentiments attached to my bow. Again, I chose to use the heart to cut out the centers.
Okay, my last project. Carol sent me a card she had created using these projects. Considering she used the word ‘muse’ in her email (truly, she was SO kind), I thought she wouldn’t mind if I CASE-d her card and showed you both projects.
Here is the lovely card that she sent me:
I *loved* the papers she chose – aren’t they gorgeous? Anyway, I used this as my jumping off point, and created my own version of Carol’s card.
I selectively inked the “May the spirit…” sentiment so I could break it up over two lines, and this time I used the snowflake for the center of my O. That snowflake is the only reason I own these dies, my friends. The sentiments are a happy coincidence!
So that’s all the goods I have to share with you today! I’ll be back again next week with my last post as Guest Designer for WPlus9, so I hope you’ll join me then!