Saturday, July 4, 2015

July Leading Lady Anja Bytyqi | Take One

Today we are thrilled to introduce our July Leading Lady, Anja Bytyqi.   Anja's style is pretty, bright, colorful and clean all done with an impeccable dramatic flair and panache.     

Over the next few Saturdays in Anja will be leading us on a journey of her own design and imagining.  Make sure to visit her blog, Little Butterfly Creations, to see more from her and for a chance to win a giveaway! 

Give Anja a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our July Leading Lady!    

Woohoo!!! Today I can finally share these exciting news! I will be Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady for this month! When I got the mail from Julie & Shay almost one year ago, I at first thought of a mistake ;-) I couldn’t believe they really wanted me *lol*. Since then, it felt like a wonderful dream from which I did not want to wake up

Now, here I am! It still feels a bit unreal but I'm so thrilled and honored to share my projects with you on every Saturday in July showcasing Winnie & Walter’s amazing products!

But first let me tell you a bit about me.

My name is Anja and I’m originally from Germany but now live in Switzerland. I’m a proud mom to a handsome boy and a sweet little girl. I work part-time as a Media Designer for a printing company. 

In 2008, I discovered Card Making and Stamping. This is my creative outlet and I really enjoy it ever since. Since 2011, I've been blogging over here: Little Butterfly Creations.

When Winnie & Walter started their company more than one year ago, I immediately fell in love with their unique products. My very first crush were the versatile sentiment stamps from The Big, The Bold and … series and they are still one of my favorites ;-)

Winnie & Walter's latest big April/May release was packed with not only the most beautiful stamps but also really awesome dies. I'm so thankful that I had the chance to play with these fabulous products!

So today, it’s all about Creative Die-Cutting!

Double/Layered Die-Cutting

For this card I used the awesome Multifaceted Cutaway die. I love this geometric pattern and there are lot of fun things you can do with it. At first I cut it from white cardstock taking care that most of the pieces remained in place. Then I glued it onto my A2 card base and inserted the couple ones which fell off though. I also cut it a second time from gold foil cardstock. I put a piece of masking paper over it to secure all the pieces while running it again through my die cutting machine with a heart shaped die. All the gold pieces were glued down over the white cardstock. From the same gold foil cardstock I die-cut the word «love» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways.

Negative Die-Cuts

My second card shows how you can also use the negative when die-cutting. I blended some summery Distress Inks together with water on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then I let it completely dry before using the In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I popped up my panel and the little letter pieces with foam tape and added the white embossed word «birthday» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy stamp set.

Inlaid Die-Cutting

I really love these In a Word Cutaway dies – they are just perfect for Clean and Simple cards. On this one I created my own striped pattern by arranging Navy and Coral strips of cardstock. Then I die-cut the In a Word: Hello Cutaway from my stripes and also from white cardstock. After that I inlaid the white «hello» in the negative space of the stripes.

Partial Die-Cutting

On my last card for today, I arranged the flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways on a piece of purple cardstock. To create this border I did some Partial Die-Cutting – this means I didn't cut them completely by letting a part hang off my cutting plates while die-cutting. The butterflies are from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set. For the white embossed sentiment I used one of my favorite stamp sets: The Big, the Bold and the Happy.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies in a different way! Here's a little something for you that would help to invest in some fun Winnie & Walter supplies *hehe*:

Julie & Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store to give away! For your chance to win please leave a comment on the Leading Lady posts on my personal blog. I will draw a random winner at the end of the month.

Glad you joined my Leading Lady debut and I really hope you liked it! I’m looking forward to see you again next week!

Huge thanks to Julie & Shay for giving me this incredible opportunity! 
It truly means the world to me!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rerun No. 2 | The Big, the Bold and Fun


Welcome lovelies to our next monthly Rerun!

Each Rerun will provide plenty of inspiration focusing upon a featured product, a month-long sale on the featured product and a challenge.


For our second Rerun we are concentrating on The Big, the Bold and Fun.  With summer upon many of us we wanted to focus upon The Big, the Bold and Fun with sentiments that are perfect for travel, bright sunshiny days, afternoons by the pool or ocean, camping and just having fun.

Some of the Talent including our Talent in Residence, Heather Hoffman, and Shay have taken on the challenge of working with The Big, the Bold and Fun again.


The Big, the Bold series really lends themselves to experimenting with techniques and tools.  Another thing I love is how well this series works with my stash.  I don't think I am alone in having amassed quite a lot of crafting supplies.  So I decided to play with The Big, the Bold and Fun and try some new things with some items that could use some love.

Card No. 1


This was such a fun card to make.  I wanted to see if I could use my new Minc machine to foil a stamped image.  While the results are not perfect I really love the look for this particular card and it is perfect for an "adventurous" card. lol  

I used a glue pad from Martha Stewart Crafts to ink up the "adventure" stamp on a piece of white cardstock and then used gold foil and the Minc machine.  Some tips: make sure you use a very juicy glue pad and flatten the foil firmly onto the stamped image/sentiment.  Make sure the foil side (good side) is face up and the non-pretty side is sticking to the stamped image.  

After foiling the sentiment I used a waterbrush and mowed lawn Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger to brush on some color over it.  It works wonderfully and resists the color.  I added the vellum sentiment  by Crate Paper with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.  The star were leftovers I had cut out from patterned paper and glitter paper using Big Bang Confetti Cutaways for previous projects.  The orange paper was another leftover.  The background is actually a 4x6 journaling card from the Go Story Kit by Ali Edwards that I cut to fit an A2 card which is made from solar white Neenah cardstock and I also rounded one corner with my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper.  I adhered the adventure panel to the card with foam dimensional adhesive.

I can see this as a card to send to someone to celebrate a milestone, event or accomplishment like a graduation, promotion, trip, retirement, anniversary or even a birthday and I love that it is gender neutral.

Card No. 2


Next I tried using letterpress paper with the "fun" stamp inked up with salty ocean Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger.  I ran the inked stamp and paper through my Cuttlebug.  There was slight impression around sentiment and it gave an interesting, arty look to the ink.  Not a complete bust of an experiment, but it certainly did not give me the letterpress look so I deviated.  I further exaggerated the texture by using the end of a paint brush and traced the letters from the back.  I found a very fun black and white paper from a Studio Calico 4x6 paper pad from January 2014 which I cut down to fit the A2 card base made from solar white Neenah cardstock.

To the fun panel I drew the lines with a black Sharpie.  The "oh hello" is a sticker from the Amy Tangerine/American Crafts Sketchbook collection.  Fabulous collection that is a bit older, but is not at all outdated.  The Admit Two is a die cut from the same collection (attached with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher) as is the green patterened paper (from the 6x6 paper pad of the Sketchbook collection).  I added the fuchsia trim cut with Goldie Trim Cutaways to go across the entire card a bit beyond to enhance the whimsical feel.  All of those items were adhered to the fun panel and the entire panel was adhered to the card with foam dimensional adhesive.

I think this card would make a perfect invitation to a friend for a day filled with fun (including crafting of course!) or as a special way to let your little one (or big one) know you have an awesome day planned to spend just with them.

I hope you found a bit of inspiration and you feel like inking up your stamps and perhaps try something new and/or use some of your stash.  Speaking of inspiration, wait until you see what Gayatri, Heather P., Vanessa and Heather Hoffman have made!

The Talent

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CLICK MORE to see more from Gayatri.


CLICK HERE to see more from Heather P.

CLICK MORE to see more from Vanessa

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Hoffman.

  1. Create a new project using The Big, the Bold and Fun (and/or the coordinating cut files).  An alternative to using The Big, the Bold and Fun (and/or the coordinating cut files) is to create a new project using one of the projects featured in this post (or any Rerun post throughout July) as your inspiration.  Make sure you use at least one (1) w&w product (this can include a freebie) in your project.  If you choose the alternative to using The Big, the Bold and Fun (and/or the coordinating cut files), please include in your post or project description which project inspired you and how.
  2. Link up your project here by 11:59 p.m. CST on July 31, 2015.  
  3. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  4. This Rerun Challenge may be combined with other challenges found here on the w&w blog or elsewhere.
One project will be randomly chosen to win $20.00 credit to the w&w shop!  The winner will be announced on the Giveaway Winners page.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hugs with Joni

Hello Everyone, Joni here created a simple to mass produce card using the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways and In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya stamp set.


To begin I first die-cut the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways “larger frame” and adhered on the white card base. Then I stamped some of the flower images using the In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet on the white card panel. For the sentiment I die-cut the sentiment die “hugs” using The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways. To finish off the card I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in watermelon and Strawberry Burst sequins.


I hope you guys enjoyed this simple card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a Wonderful Week :-)



Saturday, June 27, 2015

June Leading Lady Charlene Cundy | Take Four

As June comes to an end we reach the last Saturday with our incomparable June Leading Lady, Charlene Cundy.  These four weeks with Char have been incredible and all too short.  We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you, Char, for the depth, scope and artistry of each of your performances.  It has been a delight and honor to have you as our leading lady.  

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her inktastic second performance CLICK HERE or her wonderful take on the watercolor trend in her third performance CLICK HERE!

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

Hi Friends! Happy Saturday! I'm so excited to be back for another round of fun! This month flew by!  I've had a blast being here and sharing some fun techniques.  I have been a big fan of Winnie and Walter from the beginning and was over the top excited to be June's  Leading Lady!  Shay and Julie are wonderful !! I can't tell you how much I appreciate you girls! Thank You for your  kindness and generosity !

The topic today is Vellum!

Vellum is a translucent paper that is used by a lot of card makers. It can adapt itself to lots of different techniques. Because it's a different type of paper, it has to be handled differently than other papers,  It can add lots of dimension to your cards. Vellum comes in many different colors. I just used the clear but it comes in many colors! 

On this card I used the fabulous Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway to start. I added bits of patterned paper for interest. I tore some vellum and placed on top of the die. then I layered some hearts, die cut some xoxo's  from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to place on top of that . For the top piece I die cut the word "always" on a plain piece of card stock, backed it with patterned paper and stamped "Love You" on you on top with "The Big, The Bold and the Happy" I finished off with some cut hearts and a beautiful gold embossed rose from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways, and some water colored leaves from the same set.

I love this stamp set called In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya and thought it would be fun to stamp with different flowers and ink colors to make my background. I then added a layer of vellum over the top to soften. Sometimes I like to sew the vellum, it adds character to the card ! I then added an additional square of vellum under the dark blue  sentiment. The sentiment is from In a Word: Hello Cutaway. I love all these big dies because I feel they make a wonderful impact on your cards, or projects!

I  stamped a heart from the True stamp set, embossed with gold embossing powder and then colored the back of the heart with red copics. The tag is from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. (LOVE THESE) , I also stamped strips from True in gold embossing powder and vellum. The sentiment is also from the same set. The border is from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. I love the sweet scallop in this versatile set! I finished off the a small tag from the same set, tied it to the heart and added another heart on top. Added gold accents.

This card was fun to make. I love to get inky! I started by cutting  a circle, used a blending tool and some pink and purple distress ink and blended the two colors. After that was  dry, I splattered some water drops because water reacts with the distress ink and causes the ink to lighten where the water lands. Kind of looks like a bokeh effect to me. I used the stamp set Sparkle and embossed the stamp with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is embossed in white. I splattered some silver paint on the base of the card, and added sequins to finish.

And my last card is water colored with vellum flowers. I started by cutting a stencil of sorts with the Multifaceted die and acetate running it  through my bigshot to cut. If you don't get a clean cut try using a metal shim, and if you still don't get a clean cut, use an exacto knife to cut away any leftover pieces.. I wasn't going for a solid cover with my water colors, I just wanted to get some of the lines in the background. I embossed some flowers from In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya  with some bright green embossing powder, and the leaves were embossed with white. After embossed, I hand cut them and placed on top of some gold thread. The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Friends

Also as Julie and Shay are so generous they have given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store over on my blog  so if you hop over there and leave me some love I will choose a random winner from all the comments left on my Leading Lady posts through  June! You have until next Saturday until I choose the winner.

This has been so much fun! Thank You for your support and new friendships made! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Char