Saturday, February 24, 2018

February Leading Lady Jen Carter | Take Four

As our birthday month wanes, we must sadly bid adieu to our fantastic February Leading Lady Jen Carter with her fabulous final performance!  Jen has brought breathtaking color and design to brighten our Saturdays.  Her projects are so playful, jubilant, vibrant and inspiring.  I feel so fortunate to have had Jen as our leading lady during our birthday month.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance showcasing her skill and cleverness with hexagons CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance in which she masterfully takes on a single product for amazing results CLICK HERE!

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

It's hard to believe the month is coming to an end already and this is my last post as Leading Lady for the month of February.  I have enjoyed spending time with you and reading your comments so much!  Thank you for all of your love!  Thank you for your support of not only my work, but of this fabulous company as well!  Thank you so much to Shay for having me!  (Fun fact, I get to craft with her in just a few days!! I can't wait!)

Today my post is focusing on black & white cards with a pop of color.  I loved the floral set that released in November called In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans and I used that set for both of my cards today.

For this first card I grouped several of the flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans on to a larger acrylic block and then inked them up with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I then spritzed them with water and stamped them on to my white cardstock. I repeated this until the cardstock was filled in.  I then lightly flicked a few drops of the black watered down ink onto my cardstock.  For my sentiment strip I stamped the "happy birthday" using the In a Word: Happy stamp set and Flirty Fuchsia ink.  I die cut some of the smaller flowers with the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans Cutaways, stamped them with the coordinating stamps (All that Jazz (special mystery color found on Catherine Pooler Designs), Black Jack & Tiara inks) & adhered them to my panel.  A few clear sequins finishes the card off.

This last card has a more classic feel to it.  I used Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and the Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings stencil to create those nice bold stripes.  I love being able to create my own patterned paper so easily!  The sentiment is stamped using the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans stamp set.

For the flowers I went very bold.  I die cut the flowers and then stamped the first layer with Catherine Pooler inks.  I used Party Dress, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Sauna (found at Catherine Pooler Designs) & Flirty Fuchsia.  The layers that you see on top of the solid flower/leaf images were made by embossing.  Did you know that you can emboss on top of embossing powder?  If you're careful not to overheat the powder so it loses color, you can layer embossing powder which is what I did here for the centers of my flowers! Simply emboss the first layer, stamp the second layer with watermark ink, add your second layer of embossing powder and heat it again.  The brands of embossing powder I used are Ranger & Zing.  

Thanks for stopping by again today! Before you go, leave a comment on my blog Jen's Ink Spot on any (or all four) of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store.  You have until Friday, March 3rd to comment and I will pick a winner randomly from all of the comments left and will announce the winner March 7th!    Thanks again and have a wonderful day!


Friday, February 23, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Isha Gupta


Today's special guest star, Isha Gupta, is a long-time friend of Winnie & Walter as she was our November 2015 Leading Lady and an artist I have long admired for being able to create gorgeously colored and layered projects!  She's also full of warmth and a lovely lady.  Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello Winnie &Walter fans! Isha here from NewIdeas. I am so thrilled and honored to be here guesting for Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash!!

Today, I have two projects for you using a mix of new and old supplies and to share how versatile these products are. 

My first project is a card. I used "In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans" and the coordinating dies. I also used the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways along with the In Bloom: Paulina's Greenery Cutaways.


I really love the sketchy florals and the beautiful font in this set and used watercolors to color the images so they look organic. 

I stamped and embossed the word "Beautiful" onto a piece of vellum. The coordinating dies made it so easy to die-cut everything perfectly.

For my next project, I used my new love for memory keeping and created a Traveler's notebook spread. I used the In a Word: Hugs and Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway as my Title as it's perfect for this photo. My younger daughter always gives a tons of hugs and kisses to us all :)


To start with I die-cut the border using the Georgette Border Cutaways, I really love the dotted detail in that. I then die-cut the spiral flower from the Dotty About You With Lydia Evans Cutaways and stuck it behind the photo. To ground my title, I used the bubble image from Sketchy Thoughts stamp set and coordinating dies. 

For the florals, I used the "In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans" and the coordinating dies.


For the right side, I first sponged various inks using the Scenery: Spotty Creative Screenings. I then stamped the black and white stripe to ground the image using the Scenery: Stripes 2 stamp set. 


Do you see the turquoise diecut above the stamped line. I used the rest of the scrap from the die-cut border using the Georgette Border Cutaways. That is a good way to use your scraps lol. Finally I created the floral collage and added some Nuvo Jewel drops as accents.

Thanks so much to Shay and Winnie & Walter for inviting me to join them in their birthday festivities this month and here's to many, many more birthday bashes to come!! :) Have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Miriam Prantner


Our next special guest star not only has the ability to create amazing projects, but also designs astonishing and clever products with the fantastic Neat and Tangled!  Add to that she's a wonderful person and a true pleasure to be around and you've got the fabulous one and only, Miriam Prantner!  Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello!  I'm excited to be helping celebrate Winnie & Walter's fourth birthday!

The focus of my card today is the Scenery: Buffalo Check Creative Screening.  I was really excited to work with the card and hadn't intended to make a Christmas card, but it just happened.  I can't argue with the Buffalo Checks!

Anyway, I started out with some gray cardstock, and used Versamark to ink through the stencil.  The good thing about Versamark is that it gives you a great subtle tone on tone look no matter what color cardstock you're working with.  The other benefit here is that it also serves as a resist.  It adds just the right amount of interest and texture to that large tree from the Winter Wonderland set which was stamped over top of the inking.

I feel like all Christmas cards should include red, so I cut a mat from red cardstock, and again inked it with the Buffalo Check screening and Versamark.  I trimmed the gray panel down so that the buffalo check pattern was continuous across the card.

The sentiment is from the Winter Wishes with Evelin T Designs set and was embossed in gold.  Note, I let the entire panel set overnight so I didn't have any interaction with the inking from the stencil.  You could heat set it, but I prefer to be on the safe side.  I also added a bit of coloring with a colored pencil where the sentiment falls on the tree to set if apart a bit more. 

I finished this off with a dark chocolate cardstock mat to frame the top and bottom of my stamped/inked panel.  I also added a bit of ground for the tree using Copics.

I did kick around the idea of adding something extra to the card, but decided to keep things clean and simple so the focus would be on that buffalo check pattern showing through.

That's all for me!  Thanks so much to Shay for having me!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Jessica Frost-Ballas


Our 4th Birthday Bash continues going strong with our next special guest star, Jessica Frost-Ballas!  Jess has been a friend of w&w for quite some time and she was our Leading Lady back in November 2016 where she dazzled each month which is no surprise as she is exceptionally gifted at crafting and such a lovely person.  I love to invite her as a guest whenever possible. :-)  Please give Jessica a big w&w welcome!

Hello!  Jess here from All the Sparkle and I’m thrilled to be here guesting for Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash!!   Today I’m playing along with Kelly’s Use Your Scraps challenge!  I almost feel like I’m doubling up on the scraps since I’m using a leftover alcohol inked background scrap plus an adorable fox I colored during the recent coloring challenge! 


The technique that terrifies me most in crafting is no-line anything-ing.  Watercoloring, copic coloring, colored pencil coloring.  No me gusta.  But I’m trying to challenge myself to try new things so I decided to try no-line coloring this flute-playing cutie from Party On with Evelin T Designs using copic markers.  I stuck to the E70s for warmer grey brown fur and added accents with a white gel pen.

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I die-cut my fox with the coordinating dies and set him aside while I worked on the background.  I wanted to add a pop of color but also keep the background fairly simple to focus on my critter.  I had a scrap of alcohol inked background leftover from another project so I trimmed that down to a strip and adhered it to a white card base.  Then I stamped the sentiments from Party On around the strip using a teal ink that matched the alcohol ink.  Finally I popped up the fox with foam mounting tape and adhered him to the card.


Thanks so much to Shay and Winnie & Walter for inviting me to join them in their birthday festivities this month and here's to many, many more birthday bashes to come!! :)  Have a fantastic day!!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Winners of the February 2018 Release Giveaways!

We are ready to announce the winners of the February 2018 Release giveaways and to tell everyone how much we treasure each of your comments.  It humbles us mightily.  We may need food, water, sleep and shelter to live, but it is you that is one of the things that makes the living rewarding! :-)

Winner of In a Word: Love (the stamp set) + In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway + In a Word: Cuddles Cutaway +  In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways + Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads in Black Jack, Fiesta Blue, Grass Skirt, Orange Twist, Rockin' Red, Tiara (Premiere Day No. 1)

Winner of For Luck (free stamp set with qualifying $25.00 order until Friday, February 23, 2018) Scenery: Seeing Hearts stamp set + Warm Wishes to You stamp set + Georgette Border Cutaways + Warm Wishes to You Cutaways + Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads in Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia, Icing on the Cake, Lime Rickey, Party Dress, Something Borrowed (Premiere Day No. 2)

Winner of Dotty About You with Evelin T Designs + In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans + Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways + In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans Cutaways + True Dotty Heart Cutaways (Premiere Day No. 3)

Winner of Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs + Purfect with Evelin T Designs Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs Cutaways + Purrfect with Evelin T Designs Cutaways (Premiere Day No. 4)

The Big Giveaway (all 7 stamp sets + For Luck, our free with $25.00 qualifying purchase):

All February 2018 Release Winners please contact info {at} winniewalter {dot} com by Friday, March 2, 2017 12:00 p.m. with which winner you are in the subject (for example Premiere Day No. 2 Winner) along with your name and mailing address.  If we don't hear from a winner by Friday, March 2nd at 12:00 p.m. we will pick another winner for that giveaway (and we really, really hate to do that!!).

Thank you for all your kind comments during our February 2018 Release!  

And don't forget to enter our The GIGANTIC Giveaway where you can win all the stamps we release in 2018 HERE.

Monday, February 19, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Amy Kolling


We kick off posts the next week and half from special guest stars with the wonderfully talented and kind, Amy Kolling!  I have had the real honor and pleasure of spending time with Amy and she is such a warm, caring and giving person.  I am so delighted to have Amy taking over the w&w blog today.  Please give Amy a big w&w welcome!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be posting here today on the blog as a special guest star for Winnie & Walter during their 4th Birthday Bash!

I have a TWO cards to share where I incorporated some of the Birthday Bash challenges that are going on this month.  


My first card uses the “Shaker Challenge”.  I started by creating my own plaid background using the Scenery: V for cheVron.  This was made easy by using my standard Misti tool.  Once my background was stamped, I diecut a standard circle from the middle for my shaker.  

For the focal point, I used the Happy Birthday to You stamps and coordinating Happy Birthday to You Cutaways.  The various elements were added with foam adhesive.  I layered the birthday cake over the shaker center and added sequins.




My second card goes clean and simple and uses the “Four Challenge”.  I used the Scenery: Triangled Creative Screening and ink blended in an ombré fashion.  With this panel, I die cut the In a Word: Hi Cutaway.  Also using this Hi Cutaway, I die cut 3 layers of black cardstock.  Layering them all together, I added them back in the negative space with foam adhesive.  


Make sure to check out all the challenges because they are still open to have some fun!  Enjoy the rest of the Birthday Bash and Happy Birthday Winnie & Walter!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

February Leading Lady Jen Carter | Take Three

Our February Leading Lady Jen Carter is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance showcasing her skill and cleverness with hexagons CLICK HERE.   Today Jen masterfully takes on a single product for amazing results!

Without further ado, Jen...

Hello again!  I'm excited to be back for my third Leading Lady post!  I've really been enjoying spending time with you this month!  Thank you for all of the nice comments you've left on my posts!  

Today's topic focuses on using the Cover Model: Do You See What I See Cutaway to make two totally different looking cards.

First up is this bright and colorful card.  I die cut the Cover Model: Do You See What I See Cutaway with white cardstock first and then attached that to my cardbase.  I then used a rainbow of colorful cardstock and pieced each row together.  It looks time consuming but it really went quickly.  I just dabbed a dot of glue in each empty space and then inserted the individual pieces one row at a time. 

For the sentiment I die cut the Tagged: Holiday Cheer Cutaways from vellum.  I embossed the yellow "you" that I had stamped using the The Big, The Bold and You stamp set.  The "amazing" was embossed with white and stamped using the same sentiment set.  The little stars were die cut with a die in the Tagged: Holiday Cheer Cutaways.

I like adding a little dimension to my cards so in this photo you can see how I also popped up some of the diamonds in each row.

For my second card I went with a more sophisticated look.  I first die cut the Cover Model die from black cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.  I then chose five colors of cardstock and placed those pieces in the corresponding places using a small dab of glue.  I die cut the "believe" from aqua cardstock using the In a Word: Believe Cutaway die and then layered it on top of two more die cuts to give it dimension.  I stamped the sentiment, from the In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans on black cardstock and then embossed it in white. 

Thanks for visiting today!  Stop by my blog, Jen's Ink Spot, to leave a comment on any (or all) of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store.  


Friday, February 16, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Blog Hop Celebrating Love and Friendship


Hello lovelies!

Shay here to kick off our 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop Celebrating Love & Friendship.  I couldn't think of a better theme to celebrate for our birthday bash than love and friendship especially in the month of February. We have amazing designers whether they are special guest stars or The Talent that I love lined up to inspire you along the way!

First, I have a fun card to send to a friend that may need a little pick me up or just because they are awesome using In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans, Dotty About You with Lydia Evans, In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans CutawaysTrue Dotty Heart Cutaways and Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings along with Catherine Pooler Designs Inks in Fiesta Blue, Aquatini, Grass Skirt and Lime Rickey to create it.


I began by temporarily adhering the scalloped heart from True Dotty Heart Cutaways to a white cardstock panel.  I used the Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings with the inks in the order I named them above with my ink blending tools.  I applied more ink to the right and left it lighter as I moved to the left--really love the intensity and coverage of color with these inks!  When I moved the stencil away from the panel I had four really thick and clean stripes of color (by coincidence this card with the 4 colors would work for my Four Challenge...we have ten (10) month-long challenges in all as part of our 4th Birthday Bash).  I removed the heart and set it aside for later.

I wanted to add some movement and interest to the background so I chose the two smallest outline flowers from In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans and stamped them in the appropriate colors in a diagonal line on the panel.  I also added the dots from the smallest oval of dots from Dotty About You with Lydia Evans for more visual texture.  Then I got out the gold spray and flicked it because I love it and can't get enough of it.


For the scalloped heart I actually adhered another scalloped heart behind the striped one and inked the edges with the Fiesta Blue ink.  I stamped "be your own kind of" sentiment from  In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans using Aquatini.  I stamped the larger "beautiful" from the same stamp set in Grass Skirt and Lime Rickey on a piece of white cardstock and then I cut it out using In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans Cutaways then I glued it to the heart and adhered the heart to the panel with dimensional foam adhesive in the spot it originally was when I used the stencil.  I glued the panel to an A2 white card base.

Finally, I added some matching enamel dots.


Thank you so much for joining me today and there is so much more to see!

As mentioned, we have a fantastic line-up of Special Guest Stars joining us today - as well as some of The Talent, too! Check out the Hop order below:

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Your next stop is the super sweet, ever-awe-inspiring Rubeena!


We're giving away four (4) $40 gift certificates to the w&w shop! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop for a chance to win!


Comments close at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) CST on 28th February 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on throughout the month on the w&w blog too! We hope to see you back here for the rest of the events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get celebrate with us!  For more details CLICK HERE.

Happy hopping!

Wishing you lots of love and laughter,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 2018 Release with Crystal

Happy Valentine's Day, lovelies!  Shay here.  I think today's post is a bit of a Valentine to each of you as Crystal has created some super sweet and love-ly cards showcasing the February 2018 Release now available!

Card No. 1

This adorable card features a sweet background and sentiment from Purrfect with Evelin T Designs.  She created a pattern and repeated it and then colored in each item, giving each kitty, mouse and bird a unique look.  The orange and twine tied behind the sentiment in which she heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder is such a lovely touch.


Card No. 2

Crystal's second card is fresh, elegant and oh so pretty!  Featuring In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans and In a Word: Love (the stamp set) she used a color scheme of red, pink and lime green.  The little touches of sequins and Nuvo Drops are such a lovely and subtle way to finish off the card.


Card No. 3

Crystal's last card for today is a purple-lover's dream!  She stamped the falling hearts background stamp from Scenery: Seeing Hearts.  The die cut heart is from True Dotty Heart Cutaways and the die cut love is from In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways.  The way Crystal colored in the "love" for an ombre look, the ink splatters and clear sequins all make this card so chic and modern.


I love Crystal's cards and hope you do too!

Wishing you not only a day full of love, but a whole month of it!  We plan on continuing on with the love with our blog hop this Friday. :-)

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