Monday, July 9, 2012

On Cloud 9

Hello, hello!

So you may have heard about the new Cloud9 Blog that the fantastic Suzanne Dahlberg has started. It is a place to share Wplus9 creations on a regular basis, built around the idea of a monthly challenge and blog hop. I was excited to hear about it starting, but when Suzanne emailed me to ask if I would like to be a part of the Cloud 9 Inspiration Team, I was totally surprised and didn't hesitate to say yes!

And better yet, today is our first blog hop!  Here is how it works: the challenge will be posted on the Cloud9 Blog on the 6th and the hop will go live at 10 am on the 9th. It will remain open for 3 days so you have plenty of time to play along. A random winner will be chosen to receive a prize (these are Wplus9 prizes, chickies - right from the sweetheart Ms. Dawn Woleslagle herself!) AND if that wasn't enough, a Guest Designer will be chosen to join the Inspiration Team the following month. So you have no reason to not play along!

This month, our challenge is to create a project using this inspiration photo:

Don't you just love the idea of an inspiration challenge? You could use the colors, the layout, the elements in the photo - really, it is all up to you!

Here is the card that I created.

I chose a few colors from the photo that I wanted to work with as well as the idea of a floral pattern. I used the flowers and leaves from Folk Art Florals to create my base pattern. I also liked the ruffled bit at the bottom with the draped garland and thought I would recreate that with some pleated crepe paper and a scalloped punch.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scalloped rectangle cut using the Label Layers 4 Die and tucked under the red cardstock.

So there you have it!  My take on the inspiration photo - there are so many different ways you could go with this! I am looking forward to you joining us for the Cloud9 Blog Hop and can't wait to see what you create. Head over to the Cloud9 Blog to link up your creation, see the projects created by the rest of the Inspiration Team, and to find out more details about the prizes and the Guest Designer gig.  Enjoy!

Have a great day!


STAMPS: Folk Art Florals, Mother's Day Bouquet - Wplus9 Design Studio
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9 Design Studio; Real Red, Groovy Guava - Stampin' Up!
INK: Real Red, Groovy Guava, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Cool Caribbean - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Label Layers 4 Die - Wplus9 Design Studio; Diamond Lace Edger Punch - EK Success; Rustic Cream Button Twine, Melon Berry Button - Papertrey Ink


  1. Gorgeous...
    as always!!
    Love that stamped background...
    and the ruffle is perfect!! :)
    A fabby take on the pic...
    and it's because of you I even discovered WP9 and that incredible pocket set that I drooled over from the very first moment!! :)

  2. Anya! I just adore this!! ♥♥♥

    I love the red with peach - I never would have thought to try this but I love how it looks! The ruffled crepe paper is totally awesome! Just beautiful!

    Thank you so much for joining us! :)

  3. Hi Anya, Glad to work with you.
    Very pretty card, Anya! I love the pretty background stamping. Perfect take on the layout too:) Love it!

  4. Anya, I love that you incorporated the grass skirting into your card design! I love your work soo much!

  5. I love your stamped background and the unique way you have used the Label Layers 4 die, I've never thought to turn I on its side...gotta try that!

  6. OH this is so pretty! I love the ruffle!

  7. Anya, So pretty - love it! Beautiful colors and that little grass skirt is too sweet!!! Congrats on your new assignment!

  8. I love how you used the scallop edge to imitate the garland. And the ruffle is so cute!!

  9. ADORE the ruffle ~ Beautiful card ......... your work is always so inspiring!!!

  10. Love the stamped background, I have just ordered that set so look forward to having a play with it.

  11. Such a pretty stamped background, and I love the little skirt you made.

  12. So pretty, Anya! What a fantastic intrepretation of the photo!

  13. Look at you with your texture! I love how you left the stamped panel whole and allowed it to peek out from beneath the "skirt"!

  14. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see you would be on this team! The ruffle at the bottom of your card is so perfect! Love the simple button threaded with twine and your gorgeous stamping, too.


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