Thursday, February 23, 2017

w&w 3rd Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Amy Tsuruta Take Two

Our dear, sweet and talented friend, Amy Tsuruta, is back for her second appearance to celebrate our 3rd Birthday Bash.  If you missed her fabulous first post please CLICK HERE.  

As always it is a pleasure to have Amy here on the w&w blog!  

Hello!  I'm so thrilled to be back again on the Winnie & Walter blog!  I have several projects to share with you so let's get started!

First up is a card that was inspired by a package of washi that I own.  I'm always on the hunt for great color combo's, what do you think?

I started off with the Scenery:  Stripes 2 and then layered the surprise sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Baby set.  The sweet has been heat embossed in white on black cardstock and is from the same set.

Coming soon to the Winnie & Walter shop, is the From the Bottom of My Heart stamp.  It was originally released as a Free with Purchase through February 17th but will be re-released in 2017!  I love the sentiment and the solid space in the design, perfect to show off the beauty of Delicata Gold ink:

A clean and simple card but check out that shimmer!  The gold detail strip on the left is washi that I have secured on with a strip of adhesive.  I finished off the card with a strip of black, the right amount of boldness to the design.

For those of you that follow me know how much I adore coffee and I couldn't go without at least designing one coffee card:

I'm also playing along with the Ink Smooshing Challenge with Heather H.  The coffee cup is me freestyle cutting, retro style with paper and scissors.  The coffee sleeve has been embellished with Sketchy Thoughts.  The ink smooshing was perfect for my design, I combined Mowed Lawn + Salty Ocean Distress Inks.

The cup and the sentiment bubble are on foam dimensionals.

That's it for me.  A big shout out to Shay for inviting me to the party, I had so much fun!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

w&w 3rd Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Cheiron Brandon


Our next Special Guest Star is new to the w&w blog, but such a lovely and gifted designer. I had the pleasure of meeting Cheiron in person and she really is a delight! I am so happy to have her make her stunning debut today.  Please give her a very warm w&w welcome. 

Now it is time for Cheiron to take over....

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Hi there! My name is Cheiron Brandon and I am delighted to be a guest star at Winnie & Walter this month to help them celebrate their big Birthday Bash.  Thanks so much for having me.

I have been card making and stamping for a little over 10 years now. I live in New Jersey (right outside of NYC) with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups Big Boy and Oreo. During the day, I work in the financial district and at night, I love to come home and create in my studio. I share my love of creating by teaching monthly card making classes at The Ink Pad in New York City.

I decided to celebrate by playing along with two of the super fun challenges going on this month, the first being Kelly’s Stencil Challenge. I love the idea of using stencils as a background and created a card using the Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screening Stencil.


This card uses a monoprint technique on the stencil to create the background. Simply apply Distress ink to your stencil, mist it with water and press it onto watercolor cardstock to create a monoprint, then lift it off .  Since the background is so fun and colorful, I added just a big bold In a Word: Congrats Cutaway to finish it up and a bit of contrasting trim using the Lulu Fringe Cutaway.  


This is a great way to play with new supplies and color combos. Simply create a bunch of backgrounds and keep them to turn into cards later with a simple, bold greeting.


For my second card, I played along with Mayuri’s Pattern Making Challenge. I love creating my own patterns with stamps and thought the streamers from the Scenery: The Party Hangover set would make a fun, subtle pattern over my Distress Oxide inked background. I just love the festive touch they add over these soft colors. I added the phrase party using stamps and dies from The Big, TheBold and Party Cutaways. I created a coordinating color die cut by applying the same inks direct to paper then cutting out my word. 


Thank you again for having me today. Wishing you the very best of birthdays and so glad I could come along to the party!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Congrats with Keren

Hello everyone! So happy to be joining you today to share a project linked in the Birthday Challenges. I hope you've had a look at some of the brilliant entries, or better still, had a go at a challenge or two!
The challenge I've hosted is called 'Off The Page' and is all about taking your card design off the page and extended past the edges of the card base. You can quite easily just push an element slightly over the edge or do something way past. Much further than a cm or two requires a little 'structure' and so here's how I created an acetate girder!
I'd hide the'workings' with some more cardstock or a little patterned paper and if you wanted to hide it completely, you could add some smaller flowers on the reverse of the acetate semi-circular frame. The front gives an almost floating impression.
I've used the In Bloom; Elsa's Flora set  plus the fab new die In A Word: Congrats Cutaway. The flowers were stamped and white heat embossed then coloured with Zig Clean Color Markers. Add a dash of sequins and some cardstock attached at angles and you have a 'simpler than you think' card!
I'd love to see you join in with my challenge- or any of the other 9. You've got until March 6th to enter and link up your project. All the details(including links to all challenges) are found on this post and with so many prizes and a guest spot up for grabs, you're bound to find one challenge that inspires you. 
Hope you're enjoying this month long celebration and hope to see you soon.
Keren xx



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Creative Journey: an art retreat on Cape Cod with Jenn Shurkus!

For the past 3 years Jenn Shurkus has been hosting Loft Art Retreats in Providence Rhode Island. She recently had the opportunity to move back to Cape Cod which made her heart happy! First order of business once she moved, and enjoyed her first summer back, was to find a creative space to be able to continue hosting art retreats. She was so happy to find Cape Space in Hyannis. It is bright, spacious and it doesn’t hurt that the decor follows her love for teal!


Creative Journey: an art retreat on Cape Cod April 8 & 9th 2017

Now we have Creative Journey Art Retreats!! Envision walking into a spacious, bright, inspiring creative space – this is where you will start your creative journey. During these retreats you will create unique projects. It may be a stack of cards or a mixed media creation. No matter if you are a card maker, a papercrafter, a scrapbooker or all of the above this retreat is for you!


As always there will be on-site shopping from a variety of companies such as Lawn Fawn, Ranger, Newton’s Nook, Neat & Tangled, Concord & 9th and more!Anyone who likes to play with paper, wants to be inspired, enjoys learning new techniques or just wants some “me” time this event is for YOU! You can come for the full weekend or just one day, that is up to you. The fee per day is $125, this includes supplies and your project, lunch, snacks and beverages as well as other goodies!
The event is being held in Hyannis Massachusetts. Art Retreat participants can take advantage of a discount at a nearby hotel.

Saturday, April 8 • 10a-5p: Creative Journey: Cardmaking


Please Note: The cards you will be making will vary from the ones pictured

Sunday, April 9 • 9a-4p:  Creative Journey: Mixed Media Project


Please Note: The project you will make will vary slightly from the one pictured

To find out more please CLICK HERE!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February Leading Lady Rebecca Luminarias | Take Three

Our February Leading Lady, Rebecca Luminarias, is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her stunningly sensational second performance CLICK HERE.   Today she shows how a little planning can produce quick, easy and beautiful results!

Without further adoRebecca....

Hi, friends!  I have to say that Winnie & Walter maybe have the best fan following in the paper crafting business.  You guys are awesome!  Thank you again for all the love and kind words you have left for me.  I love being able to create but when I hear that I've inspired you or that you get where I'm coming from, that, in turn, inspires me.  Your comments are truly appreciated and taken to heart.

I actually had a different project in mind for this week than the one I'm sharing here today, but life got a little out of control last week and, as my deadline for submitting this post was approaching, I realized there was no way I'd be able to complete it on time AND be thorough in my photos and written content.  The good news is, you'll still get to see it as my finale next week!

So without my planned project, I was facing a nerve-wracking dilemma.  What can I come up with in 24 hours to share this week?!  Remember, I'm not a super-fantastic-amazing-mindblowing stamper...but I do really love to make cards and I do have other awesome Winnie & Walter products at my fingertips--like Cutaways!  And after a somewhat panicky brainstorming session, I had a few ideas for some quick and simple cards.

The first one I made was the simplest, and it inspired the two that followed.  I have acquired a W&W product collection that would make most people drool and I set out to use as many different sets as I could, while still keeping the feel of each canvas clean and easy.  A thank you card is always useful, I thought, eyeing the bold brushed style of the From the Bottom of My Heart stamp set (January/February 2017 Release free with qualifying $25.00 purchase until Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST and will be released for purchase later this year).  So I started by die cutting some leaf stems with the Framed with Evelin T Designs Cutaways in different papers.  All the papers seen here are from Pinkfresh Studio's gorgeous Indigo Hills line.

I clustered 3 of them together and added a tiny glitter heart at the bottom.  There's always a careful laying-out process to all of my projects, and this card trio was no different.  I was about to stamp RIGHT ON THE CARD, which is always an anxiety-ridden task because what if I mess up?!  It's right there on the card!  So planning for these kinds of things is a must, and honestly, while each of these cards maybe took 10 minutes to put together, the concept and layout of each one probably took over an hour!  (So when I say quick and easy, I really mean: these are quick and easy after the whole design and layout finally came together :)

I carefully stamped "thanks" on the card, emitting a huge sigh of relief when I lifted the stamp and found a complete image, sans smears and weird discoloration.  Then I stitched on a strip of lace with some gold thread, adhered the leaf cuts, and added a few sequins.  See?  Quick, easy, simple...after all of the mind-changing and anxious hemming and hawing over the actual design of the card!  But surely we've all been there, right?!

My second card was a a bit less agonizing as I was using a much smaller stamp this time and it isn't one of the main focal points.  I wanted to be sure I got to use the In a Word: Precious Script die at least once during my LL tenure because it's gorgeous.  I had the idea to cut the word out of floral paper and pair it with the phrase "You are."  "You are my" is one of the sentiments from the Sentimental: Endearments set so I masked off the my.  It worked, yay!

I decided to take the small flag die from the Essentials: Lana Cutaways and create a little bunting (who can resist buntings?!) to accompany my statement.  A little bit of lace underneath, because precious and lace go together like milk and cookies.  When I adhered the flags for the bunting, I didn't glue down the entire piece, leaving the bottoms raised and even curling them up a bit with my fingers for some extra dimension.

Just for a little interest, I stitched a few doily scraps along the bottom edge of the card.  It adds another kind of texture without making the card too busy.

I had a different idea for my last card, but when that wasn't really working so well, I scrapped the original idea and decided to use a few less elements, which actually made me like the card a lot better when it was all done.  I was going to do another bunting-type card, but with a different die.  In my mind I pictured a drapey sort of look with scalloped lace, a banner-type stamp, and this other bunting, however, the scale of the card was much too small to achieve this and it ended up just looking way too chaotic.  I got rid of the DIY bunting and just went with the lace and the stamp, which is from the New Release set of Scenery: Stripes 2 and I curved it when I placed it on the acrylic block to make it look like a party banner.  I like the simplified look much better.

Again here, though, I had to stamp directly onto the card--TWICE!--and let out a huge sigh of release when it worked again!  This time, I used the new 'sweet' cutaway from The Big, the Bold, and Baby and paired it with 'heart' stamped in pink.  I stitched pale pink tulle to the bottom edge this time, added another doily remnant and glitter heart.  (*Those hearts are pieces I've cut over and over again because they're the perfect finishing touch item to almost everything.  The last time I needed one, I went ahead and cut 20 just to have at the ready!)

While my original bunting idea was unsuccessful, I still felt as though this card needed a little something more so I tested out a glitter bow (another item I cut and assemble in bulk) and it was perfect!  It's such a cute card for a baby or little girl, don't you think?

Well, hopefully the cards don't look too thrown together in haste (because, remember, the concepts took me quite awhile :).  I'm actually pretty pleased with them and feel they are definitely MY signature style.  I'm really looking forward to sharing my LL finale with you next week, though.  I hope it's fun for everyone!  Until then, I've got the Winnie & Walter Giveaway going on my blog this week and next!  I know you don't want to miss your chance at a $30 gift certificate to the shop so pop around over there for all the details!  Then I'll see you right back here next week!