Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Leading Lady Carson Riutta | Take Four


As September wanes we sadly bid ado to our sensational September Leading Lady Carson Riutta.  The last four weeks with Carson have been bursting with color, vibrancy and excellent design.  Carson's abilities for eye-catching, inspiring and astounding projects along with her clear instructions are exceptional.  I am so grateful for Carson sharing her amazing talents and skills with us this month!

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensationally brilliantly bold second performance CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance with a trio of terrific cards CLICK HERE!

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Today's post is so bittersweet for me.  I'm excited to share my last project  as your Leading Lady for the month, but I'm also a little sad to be saying goodbye to all my new card making friends.  Your comments have been so lovely and I've really enjoyed spending time with you all, here on the blog.  I just hope that if you've enjoyed my posts you'll head over to my Instagram, pineandplum and follow me there so that we can keep in touch over our shared love of papercrafts.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Watercolor Backgrounds
For my last project, I went a little crazy and made quite a few cards and tags.  I started with yet another watercolor technique using my beloved Distress Stains.  I did grab a glass of water this time and spent a good half hour laying down some vibrant and punchy colors onto watercolor card stock.  For each of the papers you see above, I used three colors of stain and simply layered them willy nilly onto the paper until I was happy with the outcome.  When I was finished with them all, I laid them out over my work space and began flicking water on them.  The water pulls up some of the color and you get that ghosting of water droplets, that you can see in the photo above.  I think this final step adds so much interest and depth to the colors.  It really elevates the background from a sloppy watercolor to a very interesting little piece of art.

Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Warm Cards

I then spent some serious time creating those beautiful little mosaic tags using the fabulous Multifaceted and Flawless Cutaways.  These die sets are a perfect example of a product that is so "stand alone" good that you can create for hours simply doing what is was intended for.  The mosaic shapes are so fun and have so much possibility that you don't have to think outside the box with these.  They are well designed and simply stunning.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Fun Heart Tag
The warm watercolor background looked so good with the gold paper that I decided to leave some of the gold shapes intact when creating my mosaic.  I love the way the different textures play off of one another, how the soft glow of the watercolor and the sharp glitter of the paper contrast so nicely.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Play Circle Tag
I'm not gonna lie here, I did have to run to the craft store to pick up some suitable ribbon to finish this project off, but I'm so glad I did, because now I own that gorgeous gold ribbon and can make the most stunning little gifts with these golden tags!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Shine Card

There was one watercolor background that I ended up having a bit of a crush on and couldn't bring myself to die-cut.  I decided to create a card with it instead, using a simple glitter sentiment from The Big, The Bold and the Fun Cutaways along with some small embellishments.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Cool Cards

I repeated the whole process with the cool color backgrounds I had created, but this time I used different colored glitter papers to frame the tags and kept the mosaic pieces entirely cut from the watercolor backgrounds.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Shine Diamond Tag

I was so happy about that blue streak through this diamond, and the way the ghosted water droplets look like bokeh, that I almost squealed when this one came together.  I absolutely love a relatively easy technique that turns out quite stunning, it can make us all feel like artists!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Play Heart Tag

As a finishing touch for the tags I glued a few matching sequins down to give them a bit more sparkle and then tied them with matching satin ribbons.  One ribbon is nice, but in my mind, two or more is always better!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Take 4 by Carson Riutta Shine Diamond Card
And finally I turned my last mosaic diamond into another card.  This time I played around with some Glossy Accents to give the diamond some literal shine and popped it off the card front from some extra dramatic flair.

Thank you so much for all your time and attention this past month.  I've had such a wonderful time playing with the Winnie & Walter products and reading all your lovely comments.  Don't forget to head over to my blog and leave a comment to enter our end of the month drawing for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.


Take care and happy crafting friends!



Friday, September 23, 2016

Winners of Rerun No. 13 Challenge + Giveaway | In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya

Hello lovelies!

It is that time to announce the random winners of our Rerun No. 13 Challenge + Giveaway | In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya, but first let's celebrate *all* of the lovely entries!  

Thankfully it is chance rather w&w that has to pick a winner! :-)

Many thanks to: I Card Everyone (Michele Ferguson), Greta H., not_amanda, Diane Jaquay, Super Stick Chick (June), RORO World, Janis In ID, Maryam, Chriss Blagrave, Karen B., RORO World, Shona Chambers and Shona Chambers for taking on the Rerun Challenge and making such fabulous projects!  

The randomly chosen winner of $25 credit to the w&w shop is No. 7!

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Janis in ID please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com to claim your prize.

The winner of the In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya stamp set is:


Arianna please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} come with your name and mailing address to claim your stamp set! 

If you were unable to play along last month, we have a whole new Rerun Challenge running all this month!  To learn more on how you can join in on Rerun No. 14 | In Bloom: Renee's Leaves  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rerun No 14 | Comfort and Prayers with Kelly

Hello, Kelly here with a sympathy card today. Unfortunately, we lost my dear Aunt Joyce, who was always the light of a party, and a perfect hostess. She worked as a model in downtown Chicago in the 1950's before she got married, and told us stories of all the fancy social parties she attended. We will all miss her immensely. 
Whenever I'm stuck for ideas for sympathy cards, I usually turn to nature. Ironically, or maybe because of this, inanimate living things generally seem to be comforting. This card uses the woodgrain stamp from Scenery: Into the Woods as both a tree, and a border element to ground the sentiment and focal point. I ran a light watercolor over the wood grain. 
The single leaf is symbolically and literally falling to the ground. But, even in death it's still beautiful. Like Aunt Joyce : )
Since it's the focal point, and message, of the card, I want to make sure the leaf is extra special. After smooshing ink onto the paper (spritzed the ink with water first), I crumpled the paper to give it the texture of a fall leaf. The nice thing is that after it dries it retains the crumpled texture. 

The leaf is from this month's spotlight set, In Bloom: Renee's Leaves. [As a side note, there is still plenty of time for you to enter this challenge. You just need to make a card with this set, or with inspiration from a card shown in the challenge post. I hope you can play along with us!] 
The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Comfort. Really love how you can add a lot of words to your sentiment with this set. So many different choices. Finally, the inside is lined with X and O patterned paper, to give them some extra love. 

Thanks so much for looking!



Monday, September 19, 2016

VIDEO | Season's Greetings with Laura

Happy Monday, everyone! It's Laura here from and it's been so long since I did a blog post for the Winnie & Walter blog. 

In today's video, I'm making a clean and simple card inspired by Debby Hughes. I'm using the Comfort + Joy stamp set along with the Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs set to stamp a wreath and do some two tone heat embossing. 

Like I mentioned in the video, this design was inspired by the talented Debby Hughes. She makes such stunning cards and I especially love her watercolored creations and her super clean and simple cards. I decided to CASE her card for today's post with some Winnie & Walter goodies.


First, I used a circle die to trace the shape of my wreath. Next, I started stamping some of the images from the Comfort + Joy stamp set. One thing to keep in mind is to erase the pencil line before stamping. You won't be able to erase the pencil mark after stamping on top of it with the ink. I mixed and matched some soft, pastel colors for this wreath. 


After finishing my little wreath, I decided to heat emboss a sentiment fromthe Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs set. Since I couldn't really choose between two different embossing powders, I thought it'd be fun to combine these two colors together. I simply sprinkled on the Mermaid embossing powder on first, then removed some of it with a brush and finally I sprinkled the gold embossing powder on top. I love that effect! To finish off my card, I adhere some clear sequins here and there.

That's it for now. A big shout out to Debby Hughes for inspiring me. :) Thanks so much for reading today's blog post. Happy stamping!



Saturday, September 17, 2016

September Leading Lady Carson Riutta | Take Three


Our September Leading Lady, Carson Riutta, is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensationally brilliantly bold second performance CLICK HERE.  Today her talent for design, color and drama are showcased with a terrific trio of cards!

Without further ado, Carson.... 

Hello again, my lovely Winnie & Walter friends!  I'm so excited to be back sharing yet another set of bright cards full of contrast.  Before we get into the cards though, I just want to say "Thank you" for all the lovely comments you have left here on the W&W blog and my own blog, Pine & Plum.  I haven't had a chance to respond to your comments from last week, but I want you to know that each and every one makes my heart go pitter pat.  
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Kindness Cards by Carson Riutta
This week I wanted to play around with some very bright and vivid backgrounds.   Last week, while I was creating the quick and dirty watercolor cards, I color washed a few pieces of watercolor card stock in a light, pink, purple and peacock, I then let them dry and forgot about them for a few days.    When I sat down to create for this week, I decided to get a little messy and turn those watercolored papers into the backgrounds you see here.
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Blue Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
I used the fantastic Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings and some mist to create a fun misted ring design over my watercolor card stock.  Now when you have a background that has a lot of pop and color it can sometimes be difficult to add too many embellishments, especially colorful ones.  So to keep these cards clean and graphic I decided to go black and white with my florals.  
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Purple Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
In fact, my desire to go black and white is the reason I chose to work with these gorgeous geometrically inspired florals from the In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers stamp  and die set.  The fact that there were an array of lined images and solid images made this set perfect for working with strong contrasting colors.  The fact that the shapes are so symmetric really makes the black and white pop off the page as well.  I'm kind of in love with this set!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Pink Kindness Card by Carson Riutta
So all this is to say that next time you're working with a strong patterned paper or a bright and messy creation of your own as your background, try embellishing with only black and white to achieve a striking and unforgettable look!
Winnie and Walter September Leading Lady Square Kindness Cards by Carson Riutta
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll give the black and white look a try. And don't forget to head over to my blog,, and leave a comment for a chance to win a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card! Winners will be announced at the end of the month. Remember, if you comment on all of my Leading Lady posts over on my blog you can earn an extra entry for the drawing!  Good luck!


I'll see you one more time next week for my final Leading Lady post, I'm getting a bit verklempt just thinking about it.  Until then, take care and happy crafting!