Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Leading Lady Anita in France | Take Four

Our May Leading Lady, Anita in France is back for a fabulous fourth performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or second performance showing her softer, floral side CLICK HERE or third performance showing her range and versatility with one product CLICK HERE.  For today's performance Anita multiplies her talent times 3!

And now we present Anita in France!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady

It’s been fabulous having you visit and leave such lovely comments on all my performances at Winnie & Walter so far this month … thank you so much!  This week, I’ve been having fun with ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets and with the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways, making some card sets for the first time … and I’m excited to bring you the results … my ‘Three Times Three’ feature …

Act 1 … a little colour goes a long way …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends

These cards were made with just three pieces of coloured card stock and a little white … pieced together to give a slightly different look on each.   Using the ‘friends’ Cutaway (The Big, The Bold and Friends) as a size guide, I trimmed aqua, mint and buttercup card to 8 x 12.5 cm, cut the word a third the way down each, and hand cut a little ‘tail’ at the front of the ‘f’ … that way, it matched the ‘s’ at the end and meant that each panel was split into two by the word.  After I cut the ‘friends’ three times in white card, I was ready to piece and adhere the panels onto the bases … bottom section … word … letter infills … top section.  Three colours and white on each card and I still have the aqua, mint and buttercup ‘friends’ to use on other cards!  The sentiments are made up of words from various ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets   (Happy, You, Friends, Party, Comfort) and the little hearts above the ‘i’ are from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways … covered with lashings of Wink of Stella and a coat of Glossy Accents.  

Here they are individually …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 1
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 2
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 3

Lots of The Big, The Bold Cutaways would be perfect for this split panel technique … just trim the card panels to the appropriate size as I did with the ‘friends’ … for the longer words, how about a landscape version?

Act 2 … white on white with a touch of colour …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White

More die cutting here … this time for a faux embossed look.  I took a piece of watercolour card and made three separate pools of colour using Distress Inks, allowing the colours in each pool to blend and merge a little.  When they were dry, I die cut the words … (from ‘The Big, The Bold’ Cutaway series … ‘love’ from Happy, ‘always’ from Comfort and ‘smiles’ from Friends) … added some shimmer spray and clear embossed them so they shine, and cut all the white words.  Using a ruler as a guide, I arranged and adhered the words onto white card panels, trimmed the edges, added a stamped sentiment to each (from The Big, The Bold and Friends) and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the base cards.    

Want a better look?

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 1
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 2
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 3

Love how those Distress Ink colours are so vibrant amid the faux embossed white!

Act 3 – standing up in a crowd …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word

Here I used partial die cutting so the words stand up as part of the card panels … the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways (Happy, Hugs, Hello) really lend themselves well to this technique.  I drew a pencil guide a third the way down each card panel and lined the dies up against them, holding them in place with removable tape.  I placed my top cutting plate just above the pencil line so that the lower hanging letters wouldn’t be cut and ran the panels/dies through my machine.  The last step was to cut along the pencil line on each panel, making sure I didn’t slice through where the letters joined.  I sponged the card bases with Distress Inks to create an ombré look, stamped the sentiments (various The Big, The Bold sets … Happy, Friends, Comfort) in matching ink on the panels, added a Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented heart to each one and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the bases.  

How about some solo shots …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 1
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 2
W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 3

Because they were for sets, I kept my cards pretty clean and simple so that they would be easy to recreate.  Imagine, though, changing words or colours or embellishments … maybe using a watercolour background or stencilling or designer paper … what about double die cutting in a frame or shape … there are so many possibilities with these fantastic Winnie & Walter words! I’ve had tons of fun with them this week … and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the results!

Julie and Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter to give away this month … if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning it (you too could be playing with these Cutaways!), leave a comment on each of my Leading Lady posts over on my blog (My Papercraft World) every week … five posts during May, five chances to win!  I’ll do a random draw from all the comments and will announce the winner on Sunday 7 June!

Thanks so much to Julie and Shay for having me over to play again this week … I’ll be back next Saturday with the finale … hope you’ll join me!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita :)


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spotlight on...Anja Curvers! Part Deux


We are so lucky to have Anja Curvers back with us for another post blooming and bursting with ideas and beauty!   If you missed learning more about Anja and seeing her first post full of gorgeous projects CLICK HERE!

Now, it's Anja 's time to sparkle and shine...

I am so happy to be back at the Winnie & Walter blog for another post. Thank you very much for this chance and hopefully you all will be inspired by the cards I am going to show today.

The theme for this month is still in bloom and didn't they have an awesome new release for this month. It's a pity that I wasn't able to order in time to play with these new stamps and dies but the older ones are nice too. So remember all the cards and techniques I will show you today can also be done with the new stamps and dies.

Enough blah, blahh , here are the cards and sorry if I went a little bit overboard so I think you have to take your favorite beverage and sit down and enjoy.

I would like to focus on the DIES for this post. Unfortunately I only have the In a Word: Cheers CutawayIn a Word: Happy Cutaway and In a Word: Love Cutaway in my possession but that will change soon I guess.........

 1. Using dies to create a background.

For this first card I used the CHEERS worddie. I run it several times trough my  cutting machine and placed them on a sidefolded white card creating a textured background.

I measured the middle of the card and cut a heart. With another heartshaped die I cut a frame out of black cardstock and adhered it to the card. I used two pieces of transparency to create a shaker heart and placed some golden sequins, hearts and beads inside this shaker.

I stamped the rose image from The Big, the Bold and Extras several times on vellum with versamark ink and heat embossed it with golden embossing powder. TIP; When you heatemboss vellum make sure you heat up your heatgun first so you will make the contact with the vellum so short as possible althus preventing the vellum to curl up. After I did this I colored the backside of the flowers with copics. TIP; color the backside of your vellum when you use copics because they dry a little bit longer and otherwise you could smear the images.

Also stamp some leaves and the banner the same way as you did with the roses. After fuzzy cutting everything I adhered it at the card.

To finish of the front of the card I adhered some sequins and some beads at random.

Now for the inside of the card I used the heartshape I cut out from the front of the card. Placed another flower with some leaves and some sequins.

Finally stamped the sentiment following the heartshape and rounded the corners of the card.

TIP; Since the stamps are clear and easy to bend you can stamp your sentiments in any form you would like, just for the shape on your acrylic block and stamp they will always go back in their original form.

2. Using positive and negative diecutting.

I love it when you can make two cards at the same time by using your product in a different way.

For these two cards I used the Worddie HAPPY and I used both the positive die and the negative die.

The positive die;

I began with some scrap of white paper and placed some washi-tape. I diecut the word happy and saved the negative diecut for the second card.

I started with a top folded white cardbase. Placed the same washi-tape at the sides of the card.

I took a white cardpanel and used Duo: The Big, the Bold and Extras Creative Screenings and some distress ink to make a background. Used some vellum in the same size as the panel and stamped the rose and leaves from The Big, the Bold and Extras set in versamark and white embossed it. First adhered the happy die out of white cardstock and then adhered the washi-tape diecut slightly of to create some kind of shadow. Stamped the word birthday from the Sugar Rush set and placed some sequins.

For some extra interest I teared the bottom of the vellum.

At the top of the vellum I handstitched a line with embroidery thread and adhered the vellum at the white panel.

TIP ; it's always hard to find a good way to adhere vellum. When you make a stitched line you can use some small tape behind it to adhere it no one will see. 

The negative die;

That leaves us with the negative of the diecut.

Again I used a topfolded white cardbase. But first I made a shaker out of the negative happy word by using some transparency and white cardstock and filled it with those tiny orange sequins.

I placed some patterned paper at the top of the card and some other woodgrain patterned paper at the bottom. Adhered the shakerelement and again stamped some roses and leaves on copic friendly paper and colored them with copics and fuzzy cut. Adhered the flowers and placed some extra sequins.

To finish the card I rounded the corners and stamped the word birthday from The Big, the Bold and Party set.

 And to make it really shine I used my wink of stella clear glitterpen on the roses.

3. Stamping on diecuts.

And once again I made two cards at one time using the Worddie CHEERS.

I started by stamping the Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone stamp in three different green colors distress ink and on another piece of white cardstock two different colors blue ink. I diecut the word CHEERS out of both pieces of cardstock.

For the first card I used the green background and did the inlaid technique with the blue word. 

Somehow the word got lost so I traced the outline with a black pencil. Stamped the sentiment from The Party set and adhered the panel onto a black panel. For the cardbase I used a top folded white card and stamped the flowers from The Party set using the rocking technique. The leaves from The Big, the Bold and Extras are stamped in black. I adhered the panel on the card and rounded the edges.

For the second card I used the blue panel and the green diecut word. This time I diecut some more cheers words out of white cardstock and layered them together and ended with the green word. I once again stamped the roses from The Party on vellum and white heat embossed them and fuzzy cut them. I placed them behind the cheers word.

I took some blue cardstock made a fishtail and white heat embossed the sentiment from The Party set.
I placed the panel onto some vellum and used some twine.

For the cardbase I took a top folded blue cardstock and stamped in tone on tone a striped pattern for this striped pattern I used the party hat from The Party set.

I also took some green cardstock and stamped at random the rose from The Big, the Bold and Extras tone on tone . Now I put the card together layering the different papers at an angle to give it more interest. Placed some sequins and I had another finished card.

4. The inlaid technique;

I hope you are still with me I would like to show two more cards. I think you can tell I am addicted to those diecuts they are so versatile.

For this card I used the Worddie LOVE. I diecut it out of a scrap of white paper and heat embossed it in gold. Then I diecut it from the patterned paper at the bottom, make sure you gather all the little diecuts you will need them.

Now I took another patterned paper and positioned it above the first placed the diecut and diecut the love word.

At the back of both patterned papers I placed some double sided tape and I popped in the golden love word. Took all the little pieces and like a puzzle placed them back.

For the background I use Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screenings and gold embossed it.

Again some vellum roses and the XO is from the paperpad. To finish of the card I heat embossed some hearts and sentiment from the You've Got Love Mail set.

I placed the whole panel onto a top folded white cardbase using some fun foam so it stayed rather flat.

5. Partial diecutting and embossing with dies.

Thank you for your patience to keep up with this rather large post. I hope you have enjoyed it all.

Now here for my last card.

I took some watercolor paper and stamped the flowers with antique linen distress ink. I used the no line watercoloring technique. After I finished I thought the flowers needed something more so I traced all the lines with a fine tip black marker althus creating a sketchy look. The leaves are stamped in black ink. I spattered some Coral distress ink onto the panel.

Now for the fun part I diecut the word HAPPY partial by placing just a part of the diecut between the plates of my cutting machine. I had to cut away some parts to create the line. After this diecutting I placed the die back and used a embossing pad and embossed the word happy into the paper.

I took a top folded Coral cardbase and placed some washi-tape ad both sides of the card. I adhered the watercolor paper onto some black cardstock and then placed it at the cardbase.

That's all folks, I had so much fun creating all these cards and I still have some ideas left. Remember that you can use all these techniques and ideas perfect with the newly released stamps and dies.

I have a big stash of cards now so I thank Julie & Shay for inviting me to be in the spotlight this month and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. It's been a blast!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spotlight on...Hussena Calcuttawala! Part Deux


We are so lucky to have Hussena Calcuttawala back with us for another lovely and elegant post!  If you missed learning more about Hussena and seeing her first beautiful In Bloom projects CLICK HERE!

Now, it's Hussena's time to sparkle and shine...

Hi friends! It's Hussena from Quill and Punch Works blog again to share with you some more inspiration for this month's theme 'In Bloom'. I have two more cards and a tag to share with you all. 

Here's a look at my first card :

For my card, I first created a soft watercolored background using a single wash of Worn Lipstick Distress ink on a watercolor paper. Then, I stamped the cake stand from the Sugar Rush stamp set using a mint color pigment ink and masked it. I then, stamped and heat embossed the cake with the flowers using Gold Super Fine embossing powder and colored the tiny flowers and leaves using Distress inks again which are also from the Sugar Rush set. The banner is from The Big, Bold and Extras and the sentiment is from the same set as well. The flower clusters with the leaves are from the The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom set. I finished off the card by randomly spattering some gold mist and a very diluted Peacock Feathers Distress Stain. I also added some die cut gold stars and small sequins to the centre of my flowers. 

My second card : 
hussena_calcuttawala_Card_Love (1)

On a kraft color cardstock, I first stamped the flowers from The Big, Bold and Extras stamp set using ColorBox White pigment ink and heat set it to dry. Once it was dry, I used Steadler watercolor pencils to go over the outlines of the flower and also shaded it on the inside using small pencil strokes. Then later on I brought in a clean waterbrush and slightly blended the colors on the leaves and the flowers. The sentiment has been die cut from the In a Word: Love Cutaway. I have die cut three layers of the word die using black cardstock, light pink watercolor paper and gold glitter paper and adhered it slightly offsetting each other to create a shadow like effect. Once I adhered it to my card panel, I stamped the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Party set. Finished off my card by scattering some die cut stars and faux stitching on the outline of my card panel and adhering it on a black card base. 

My final project for the day, a birthday tag :

I die cut the tag using a creme color cardstock and stamped the background using the donut stamp from the Sugar Rush set. I then stamped my cupcake on a small piece of white cardstock and used the herringbone design base for the cupcake. The cupcake sprinkles have been created using the small donut frosting stamp, all which are from the Sugar Rush stamp set. To create the frosted look, I have stamped it using thee different inks by doing repeated stamping. The birthday banner and the sentiment are also from the Sugar Rush set and so is the candle.I have fussy cut both the banner and the cupcake and mounted it on foam dimensions for added interest. I think it's a cute little tag to add to a birthday gift. This stamp set has so many possibilities and is very to mix and match!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects. I would love to get your feedback about it and thank you so much Julie and Shay. It has been such a pleasure to create these projects for the W & W blog.

Monday, May 18, 2015

In Bloom | Hugs with Vanessa

Hello everybody! Vanessa here with a card for this month's wonderful theme "In Bloom". Oh, the possibilities! Don't you love the new floral stamp sets and dies? I can't get enough of them! My card for today is simply stamped, but with a fun little feature:

I have to admit, I did this with the help of a special tool. I resisted for so long, but couldn't any longer and bought a MISTI. To create my card, I trimmed two pieces of cardstock the same size and stamped the flowers, leaves, dots and the word onto both pieces with the MISTI to create two identical panels. Then I die-cut the window from one panel and layered it onto the second one with foam tape. Now I mounted the pieces onto my card and finished it off with the sequins. Here is a closer look at the window:

I hope you liked today's inspiration. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you back soon!