Saturday, February 6, 2016

February Leading Lady Emily Leiphart | Take One


It is one the best days of the week: Saturday! As it is the first Saturday of February that means is time for the debut of our fabulous February Leading Lady, Emily Leiphart!

When Emily was our Special Guest Star for our 1st Birthday Bash (check it out and also learn more about her!), she made quite an impression on us as not only a clever and gifted artist, but also being a stellar person. She's the perfect Leading Lady to have during our Belated 2nd Birthday Bash as
the Saturdays this February are sure to be joyful, inspiring and full of beauty!

Please welcome Emily onto the w&w stage!

Hi, everyone! It's Emily here and I'm so excited to be Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady this month!! Every Saturday, I'll be sharing projects with a weekly theme. Today's theme is stencilling and I'm sharing two cards, each one with a completely different stenciling technique, and two of my favourite ways to use stencils.


My first card uses Scenery: The Leaf Effect Creative Screenings stencil with embossing paste tinted with three shades of green distress inks. It's a great technique that allows me to customize the colour of the paste. In this case, I created greenery for the hanging birdhouse. The In a Word: Home Cutaway die was sponged using purple distress inks.


The birdhouse and bird, from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs and used here to show versatility in a non-holiday design, were coloured with Copic markers. I applied a generous coat of Wink of Stella on the bird. Since I was partially stamping sweet home on some of the embossing paste, I didn't want it to react and bleed so I used archival ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool to make sure it lined up and, if it didn't stamp well the first time, stamp it again in the same spot.


My second card uses the Scenery: Madison Creative Screenings stencil with daubers and a rainbow of distress inks to create a bold background that allows simple flowers and leaves from In Bloom: Anna's Flora to shine without added colour. All I did was add some sparkling clear sequins for a bit of shine. The sentiment was created with a combination of stamps and dies from The Big, the Bold and Friends and The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways.


Here are the two cards shown side-by-side to show how stencils can be used in two very different ways. I love the option of creating a lot of texture versus keeping it flat.


GIVEAWAY

Winnie & Walter has given me a $30 gift card to share with my readers! All you need to do is head to my blog and comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and you'll be entered to win. Good luck! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join me again for Take 2 next Saturday!








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Best Wishes, XOXO:


Friday, February 5, 2016

Winner of Rerun No. 8 Challenge | Scenery: The Party Hangover

It is that time to announce the random winner of our Rerun No. 8 Challenge | Scenery: The Party Hangover, but first let's celebrate *all* of the lovely entries!  

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

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Many thanks to: Dr Sonia S V, Diane Jaquay, Toni C, Maria F, Lin Brandyberry, Dr Sonia S V, Helen Gullett, Helen Gullett, Kimberly Rendino, Cornelia (fun stamping), Shona Chambers, Shona Chambers, shirley-bee and Super Stick Chick for taking on the Rerun Challenge and making such awesome projects!  We love how although all are very different they are all so delightful and well done.  We feel very blessed that you joined in.

The random winner of the $25 gift credit to the w&w shop is No. 10!

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Cornelia, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com to claim your prize.

This month we have suspended our Rerun Challenge in order to celebrate our Belated 2nd Birthday Bash which includes ten (10) month-long challenges with an amazing prizes!  For all the details CLICK HERE!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

w&w Belated 2nd Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Yana Smakula

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To help make our Belated 2nd Birthday Bash even more special and fun we've got several special guest stars sharing their talents with us this month.

Our first such special guest star is Yana Smakula.  

I had the privilege of meeting this lovely and talented lady at CHA in 2015 and again this past January.  She's truly beautiful inside and out!  

Wait until you see what delights she has for you today!   I really love her cards and I am sure you will too....

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Hello Winnie & Walter fans!

Yana is here today joining the awesome Create Your Own Background Challenge with Gayatri to help celebrate Winnie & Walter's 2nd Birthday! I love to make you own backgrounds so when Shay asked me to pick a challenge I wanted to participate in - I immediately knew I wanted to join this one.

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Creating a custom background is always fun! Today I used Winnie & Walter's beautiful Scenery: Persuasion Script Creative Screenings and several colors of distress inks. I went with yellows, blues and purples and ended up having this fun and vibrant background for my card. I also used the You've Got Love Mail stamp set to create my sentiment - I just love the little bow in this set and all the other small images.

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I filmed a video tutorial showing you in detail how easy it is to make a card like this -


Or go directly to the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mjUN0XvWw

Be sure to join this and other challenges by Winnie & Walter, lets celebrate together!


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Monday, February 1, 2016

w&w Belated 2nd Birthday Bash | Image Inspiration with Taheerah

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Hi everyone! Taheerah here with my contribution to Winnie & Walter's Belated Birthday Bash celebrations! Hasn't everything been fantastic so far?! So much amazing inspiration and the chance to win awesome prizes too!


My challenge in an Inspiration Image Challenge. I used to do these for my own challenge (Cure For The Monday Blues) on my blog, so I took this as an opportunity to dust off my those boots and take that as a cue for my image choice:

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Fun right?! There are so many great trends in this image: rose gold, geometrics, florals, greys, and much more!

I created two cards for my takes on the inspiration - but there are really so many different ways you could go!

Here's card number 1:


Love how quickly this came together, thanks to some awesome stamps and supplies!


The base was spritzed with mist, using one of the new Creative Screenings coming in the February release - shhh! *wink*


I stamped one of the flowers from In Bloom: Anna's Flora and the leaves/stem from In Bloom: Addie's Garden before lightly watercolouring them. My vase is the diamond from My Precious, with the point cut off!


My sentiment came from  Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs, heat embossed on black cardstock to finish!

For card number 2, I went in a completely different direction!


*swoon* So in love with this!! I think I'll display it in my home as a piece of art!


I started with a piece of cardstock and used a mixture of Distress Paints to create my abstract 'canvas'. I added some acrylic medium structure gel to the paints to give them some body and texture, and it worked fantastically!


I took my cue from the painting hung on the wall, but when I finished my panel I fought my OCD to decide it worked better 'upside down' for my card, lol! I adhered it to my card base then added my sentiments, again a sneak peek from one of the February Release items. You will love this release by the way!


One last peek at that texture! Love!

 >>>GIVEAWAY<<<

Link up your take on this challenge for a chance to win a $75.00 gift card (gift code) to the w&w shop.  One random winner will be chosen.

For more information on how to enter to become our Guest Star for the next release CLICK HERE.


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>>>BONUS GIVEAWAY<<<

One randomly chosen comment on this post will receive the limited edition Scenery: BIGGER Bang Confetti stamp set.

w&w Belated 2nd Birthday Bash | Rainbow Challenge with Vanessa

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Hello sweet Winnie & Walter friends! Vanessa here with a fun challenge! I don't know about you, but I love rainbows and they make me happy everytime I see one. So a bright, colorful card surely puts a smile onto my face, too! My challenge for you is as simple as that:

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Create any kind of rainbow on your projects. Use inks, cardstock, watercolors, stamping, embellishments - whatever makes you happy! I made two samples for you and would love to see your take on my rainbow challenge :)

For the first card, I played with Distress Inks. I had so much fun creating this:


I stamped the gems from the My Precious set with various Distress Inks onto a panel of watercolor paper. Then I used a water tank brush and painted over the gems to pull the color into these rays. After everything was dried, I stamped the sentiment. Now I adhered the panel to a Kraft card base and finished the card off with matching sequins.

For the second card, I used solid stamps to create a rainbow:


Using the large solid circle from Scenery: BIGGER Bang Confetti, I stamped a row onto a piece of white cardstock, using rainbow colored dye inks. Then I trimmed a strip from that row of circles to fit my card. I trimmed a panel of white cardstock, stamped "sending" from The Big, the Bold and Friends and adhered the panel to a black card base. Now I adhered my rainbow strip and added matching sequins. Finally, I die-cut my large word using The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways from black cardstock and adhered it to the card.

I hope you'll join me for the challenge! Can't wait to see you take!

Vanessa

>>>GIVEAWAY<<<

Link up your take on this challenge for a chance to win a $75.00 gift card (gift code) to the w&w shop.  One random winner will be chosen.

For more information on how to enter to become our Guest Star for the next release CLICK HERE.



>>>BONUS GIVEAWAY<<<

One randomly chosen comment on this post will receive the limited edition Scenery: BIGGER Bang Confetti stamp set Vanessa used in her second card.

w&w Belated 2nd Birthday Bash | Inlaid Die Cutting Challenge with Mayuri

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Hey everyone, Mayuri here!
Thanks for stopping by on what I can only describe as the beginning of a very exciting month of celebrations for Winnie & Walter's second birthday! Woohoo! And, it all kicks off with a different birthday challenge set by each member of the DT.
The theme for my challenge is Inlaid Die-Cutting, and I've 'stretched' the use of one of my favourite Winnie and Walter dies to create this card:
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I began by creating a colourful background by misting a couple of Dylusions Ink sprays, blending from an orange to a bright pink and setting aside to dry. I then used the Big Bang Confetti Cutaways to die-cut a seamless pattern out of white cardstock.
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I applied a full sheet of adhesive onto a scrap piece of paper, and then adhered the white, die-cut panel on top, leaving the exposed areas of adhesive for the next step.
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I used the same cutaways to die-cut the same shapes out of my coloured panel, being sure to die-cut in the same place as the white cardstock - this meant I could retain the look of the orange blending into the bright pink.
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I inlaid all the coordinating pieces back into the white cardstock panel to create an abstract background pattern. I die-cut this piece down to the same size as my card front and adhered it straight down.
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I die-cut a banner piece out of some vellum using the banner die from The Big, the Bold and Extras Cutaways and used glue dots to adhered it to the card front. I then heat embossed a sentiment in white from This Awesome House onto a piece of black cardstock, trimmed it down and foam mounted to the vellum.
I do hope you'll play along with the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by ;-)
>>>GIVEAWAY<<<
Link up your take on this challenge for a chance to win a $75.00 gift card (gift code) to the w&w shop.  One random winner will be chosen.

For more information on how to enter to become our Guest Star for the next release CLICK HERE.


An InLinkz Link-up

>>>BONUS GIVEAWAY<<<

One randomly chosen comment on this post will receive the limited edition Scenery: BIGGER Bang Confetti stamp set.

w&w Belated 2nd Birthday Bash | Floral Challenge with Lydia

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Hello there all you lovely Winnie & Walter fans! How excited am I to be part of Winnie & Walter's (beleated) 2nd birthday?!?!? Well... very! I hope you are enjoying the celebrations! But with lots of challenges, prizes and guest stars it would be hard not to, right?!?!

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When we were asked to come up with a challenge I wanted to concentrate on something I love .... and something you guys would love too... so I chose 'Florals'. With all of the gorgeously fabulous 'In Bloom' sets this is a challenge not to be missed. I have made up a card for a little inspiration.... if you need it ;)

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For my card I stamped flowers and foliage from 'In Bloom: Anna's Flora' and 'In Bloom: Addie's Garden' in a very light ink and then coloured them using coloured pencils. I did it this way to create a no-line effect for the images. I love that all of the Winnie & Walter floral sets are all the same style and size so that all of the sets mix and match so well together. The sentiment I partially stamped over my coloured images is from Happiest Of Holidays with Evelin T Designs, I have to say even though this was part of the holiday release it is a great set for all of the year through! I really hope you play along with my 'Floral' challenge and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Hugs, Lydia xxx

>>>GIVEAWAY<<<

Link up your take on this challenge for a chance to win a $75.00 gift card (gift code) to the w&w shop.  One random winner will be chosen.

For more information on how to enter to become our Guest Star for the next release CLICK HERE.



>>>BONUS GIVEAWAY<<<

One randomly chosen comment on this post will receive the limited edition Scenery: BIGGER Bang Confetti stamp set.