10 Min Craft Dash #10

WPlus9 is super excited to sponsor Paulina’s 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge #10


The colors this week are gorgeous, so it was so fun to wrap up a little Valentines Card in the short 10 minute challenge.


I started by creating a fun border with the XO stamp from Love You More and some light pink ink. Then wrapped the whole card with a giant piece of green ribbon as the focal piece.

Some pink and white baker’s twine to hang a pewter little embellishment with the romantic “head over heels” sentiment.

Then I finished off the card with the “my valentine” stamp and a little bling.

Make sure you check out all the fun over at Pretty Pink Posh & WPlus9!

Little Bluebird

Here is a fun little bluebird chirping a thank you just for you!


This card was created using all kinds of fun stickers. I just love blue birds. So serene and beautiful. I made this card for my mother to thank her for all of her amazing help during the wedding. She truly was incredible. Here is a pic of her helping me get ready:


This card is an entry for Runway Inspired Challenge #27:


It’s a lovely time of year…love and romance just around the corner. Valentine’s Day…and all the fun that Spring brings with new beginnings. Here is a sweet little card I made for our wedding coordinator at the venue:


I really love how this card turned out. Simple cream card stock and pink and aqua hues really pop on the card. And that sentiment I just love from WPlus9’s Quite Like You.

This card is an entry for:


2012 in Review

Happy New Year!! Check out how awesome 2012 was here at Retro Girly Creative:

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

And none of that would be possible without all of YOU wonderful readers!

And that’s not all…here are some more “personal” highlights of 2012:

  • January 1: Engaged to the Love of My Life
  • August 24: Turned the big 3-0
  • August 30: Promotion to Senior Designer
  • October 29: Winner of World Card Making Day
  • November 18: Lost 30 pounds in 6 months with Weight Watchers
  • December 9: Became Mrs. Bowen
  • December 14: Honeymoon in Tennessee

Can you say AMAZING! We are so very blessed…and as it turns out 2013 seems to be headed in the same direction! Happy New Year! May 2013 bring blessings & love your way 🙂

A Very Merry Christmas Giveaway!

Merry Christmas! Hope this finds you full & happy like us…stuffed to the brim with so much good food and family love. This year has been incredible, and this blessed holiday has truly topped it off!

If you haven’t heard, WPlus9 is offering a FABULOUS giveaway the next couple of days:

The Stamp Set and Die Cut I chose are: Very Vintage Greetings & Label Layers 3


Very Vintage Greetings is seriously one of my “Go-To” sets. I just love the sentiments & typography. And of course anything vintage. The die cut coordinates perfectly and truly makes the this stamp set shine. I love the neutral tones of this card with just the hints of red copic colored in the illustrated flowers (also from the set!)

Make sure you get all the details over at the WPlus9 Blog. And don’t forget to leave each DT member some love for a chance to win!!

Merry Christmas to you & yours. May your heart and stomach be full all season long 🙂 XOXO

With Love

Well I am officially Mrs. Bowen!! Everything was PERFECT! I seriously can’t believe how wonderful everything was. Truly the happiest day of my life. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by so many amazing friends & family. Pictures to come…can’t wait to see them!

I wish I had time to hand make Thank You cards for everyone…but that would take till next year 🙂 So for some of the amazing people who did so much for our big day I’ve been working on just a couple.


This card is an entry for Runway Inspired Challenge #25

This picture totally cracks me up. The outfit would actually be super cute if it weren’t for the flippers! Oh Betsey Johnson…too funny!

This card was created using some goodies from Echo Park and some vintage lace. Hope you are having a wonderful week! Happy 12/12/12!

WPlus9 December Release Day!

Yay it’s finally here! You can now purchase all of the goodies from the latest release of WPlus9 Design!

This release is just rocking with goodies and LOOOVEE:

  • Bitty Buddy Valentines Stamp Set & Companion Die Cuts
  • Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Hearts
  • XOXO Border Die Cut
  • Cupid’s Arrow Stamp Set & Companion Die Cuts
  • Banner Love Stamp Set
  • Damask Delight Stamp Set & Companion Die Cuts
  • Quite Like You Stamp Set

I always save my favorite project for last and this is such a fun card. My all time favorite movie is Moulin Rouge. I just love the era, the colors, and of course Paris!


I had some fun paper from MME and added it to a kraft base with a strip of black card stock. Then I used the XOXO Border Die Cut & Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts with some Cupid’s Bow card stock to create an embellished focal point on the card. I stamped the “Love” sentiment from Cupid’s Arrow Stamp Set in black. {{LOVE That font!}} I added a key embellishment and finished it off with one more little cupid from Cupid’s Arrow Die Cuts.

This card truly makes me feel all “lovey dovey” or maybe it’s the fact we are getting married in 4 days!! {AHHH!} Hope you have enjoyed this release as much as we have! And next time around I will be the new Mrs. Bowen 🙂

One last chance to check out the super fabulous ladies of the WPlus9 Design Team:

Cristina  |  Elise  |  Jean  |  Jinny  |  Lea  |  Savitri

Mrs. Wplus9: Dawn

And we are SUPER excited to announce the newest member of the team: Sarah Martina Parker


WPlus9 December Full Reveal

So I’m a bit late on posting this…wedding CRAZY times have begun. But I just couldn’t resist sharing one more fun project from this release before they go on sale tonight at midnight!!!

Make sure you stop by Dawn’s Blog to get all the details on the release: WPlus9 Design Blog

Ok so I got a little carried away with this Valentine-ey Birdhouse. I just had too much fun I couldn’t stop myself!


Lot’s of love & cupids all over the place! I even added little tags with sentiments from Cupid’s Arrow Stamp Set on the rooftop. Lace, paint, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon and even baker’s twine made this little crazy project come to life.




Yes I had way too much fun with this 🙂

Make sure you check out what the rest of the WPlus9 ladies have rocking for today:

Cristina  |  Elise  |  Jean  |  Jinny  |  Lea  |  Savitri

Mrs. Wplus9: Dawn

And we are SUPER excited to announce the newest member of the team: Sarah Martina Parker

WPlus9 December Release Day 3

Welcome back! Hope you are enjoying this release from WPlus9 as much as we are! Just seriously too much fun with these adorable sets.

Today we are debuting 2 more stamp sets & a coordinating die cut:

  • Damask Delight Stamp Set & Die Cut
  • Quite Like You Stamp Set

Can you say LOVE? I am a huge sucker for Damask. I have curtains, aprons, just about everything you can imagine I probably have in Damask. I just love the elegant feel of the pattern and the regal vibe it evokes.


This card was inspired by my love of mixing mustard green with black & damask. Super simple & incorporates the Damask Delight Stamp Set, a couple of the coordinating die cuts, and the sentiment from Quite Like You. And that tag that the sentiment is nested on is from our preview on Day 1, Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles.


Another fabulous feature of these stamps is the gorgeous patterns they create. And the best thing about Damask is you don’t have to be a perfectionist. It just looks so regal! And ever so easy with some black ink. I embellished the bottom portion of the card with some fun patterned paper and stamped the “True Love” sentiment from Cupids Bow.

Check out more from the ladies of the WPlus9 Design Team:

Cristina  |  Elise  |  Jean  |  Jinny  |  Lea  |  Savitri

Mrs. Wplus9: Dawn

And we are SUPER excited to announce the newest member of the team: Sarah Martina Parker

Make sure you check back tomorrow for the full reveal!!