Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Stamp Set and Cutaways with Kelly

Hi Folks! Kelly here from Notable Nest with a trio of cards featuring the newly released Dotty About You with Lydia Evans and the related Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways. I didn't get a chance to play with this set during release week, so I've been anxious to spend some time with it in my craft room. My intention was to only make one card, but I ended up with several ideas on how to use this versatile set that I'd like to share:
1) Use the scribble cutaway for a flower.  I love the large size of this scribble/flower, especially since it's large enough to stand on its own on the front of the card. So much easier to only cut one flower instead of 3 or 5. I used my all-time favorite panel die Essentials: Audrey Cutaways for the panel and the butterfly, and my all-time favorite sentiment set Sentimental: Love. The leaf is from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways
I sponged some Catherine Pooler Tiara ink on the panel, then added all the elements. The sentiment is curved to match the flower, and I bent the wings of the butterfly up after gluing him down the middle of his body. 

 Although the leaf is from a completely different set, these outlined cutaways still go well together.


2) Make a modern bouquet.  In keeping with the flower idea, I stamped three spots on the Essentials: Noelle Cutaways panel. The scribbles are stamped in darker colors over the spots (although I'd like to try out the dots and explosions sometime soon.) This set also gives you the option to stamp three different sizes of spots/scribbles/dots, but I just went the easy way and stamped the same size. You definitely don't need to stress about where to stamp these spots, given the loose style they're designed in. They can overlap, be right next to each other, or be separate. It's hard to mess this one up!

The gold "hugs" is from In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway and the embossed sentiment is a left-over from my first card (again from Sentimental: Love.) I've recently neglected putting patterned paper inside my cards ahead of time, so I made sure to get these ready to go. 

 3) Make a spotty background. This one turned out to be my favorite of the set. I got several of my Catherine Pooler Ink Pads out and just started stamping out from the center. 

When I was done I was stumped for a while on what to put on the front of the card. Quite honestly, I probably spent more time trying different things out for the front than I did to stamp the entire background! I settled on gold embossing the sentiment (from Wish Big with Evelin T Designs) onto vellum so you can still see some of the background stamping. The gold heart ended up being perfect in the middle ... not too large, not too busy, not too distracting, just right. 

This picture just makes me happy with all the bright colors, cheery patterns, gold embossing, and dotted inside.  Although I was thinking of using this card for a birthday, you could easily make this into a wedding card, and even use the wedding colors. 

Given that I only used the same colors, and same scribble stamp/cutaway, for these three cards, there sure are a million other possibilities on how to use this set. I can see getting lots of use out of this!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Beautiful Inside and Out with Lydia

Hello there everyone and a very happy Tuesday to you! It's Lydia here with you today and I'll be sharing a card with the new In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set and Cutaways. I just love how quirky and playful these floral images are, and using the matching cutaways you can play around with the composition before sticking it down.

To start I cut the die cut all of the images twice using In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans Cutaways out of white cardstock. I then stamped the coordinating images onto them. I used CP inks for the images (some are at the w&w shop and all others found at Catherine Pooler) - Pink flowers: It's A Girl, Party Dress (w&w shop), Rockin' Red (w&w shop). Purple flowers: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Tiki Torch. Blue flowers: It's a Boy, Sweet Sixteen, Tiki Torch, Lime Rickey (w&w shop). Leaves: Green Tea, Eucalyptus. Sentiment and outlines: Juniper Mist.


Once all my pieces were ready I then arranged them onto my card base. I adhered the flowers and leaves down flat. I adhered the die cut and stamped 'beautiful' sentiment using foam tape, then stamped the rest of the sentiment. And that's it!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs, Lydia x

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Monday, March 19, 2018

You're Beautiful Inside and Out with Gayatri

Hello everyone, Gayatri here today! Hope you have enjoyed the two projects I have shared with you last couple of weeks. I have one more card today to share with you using Winnie & Walter’s February release stamp sets and cutaways.

On this this card, I have used the new In a Word: Love stamp set, In Bloom: Ashlee’s Rosie Posie with Lydia Evans stamp set and coordinating cutaways. 

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Here is how I made this card:

  1. I stamped the background of the card front using the brush stroke “love” from In a Word: Love stamp set in a diagonal pattern using Distresss Oxide inks in Tattered Rose, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple. I stamped in an ombre fashion with lilac on the top to tattered rose to worn lipstick to picked raspberry to Candied Apple. I also filled in the larger spaces with the smaller sentiment from the same stamp set using the same inks.
  2. I die cut a vellum paper using the smaller rectangle die from Essentials: Lana Cutaways.
  3. Then I stamped the floral images from Ashlee’s Rosie Posies stamp set using Altenew inks because they have awesome shades of a colour. I did stamp a few of them in various colours and die cut them all using the coordinating cutaways.
  4. I repeated the process for the leaf images as well. Then I made two clusters by adhering three flowers and leaves using glue.
  5. I stamped the “beautiful” sentiment from Ashlee’s Rosie Posies stamp set using Versafine Onyx black ink and die cut using the coordinating cutaway.
  6. The smaller sentiments I white heat embossed on black strips of cardstock and trimmed.
  7. To put the card together, I adhered the sentiment die cut first on the middle of the vellum panel using foam adhesive. Then the smaller sentiment strips on top and bottom as shown in the photo.
  8. Then I adhered the flower clusters on top and bottom of the sentiment again using foam adhesives.
  9. Finally adhering the vellum panel on the card front using foam adhesives behind the flower clusters and sentiments. I added some clear droplets to bring the card together.
Here are some closeups of the card.

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I love how pretty and colourful this card turned out.Hope you like it too.

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All the supplies used to make this card are listed below for you. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a lovely week.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

AAA Cards | CAS Game #111 - Use Only One Third

Happy Sunday lovelies!

It's Shay here joining in on a very fun challenge over at AAA Cards we are sponsoring called CAS Game #111 - Use Only One Third.


So as the image shows, your challenge is to create a clean and simple card using only a third of the real estate on your card.  I loved this challenge and tried it myself!

Here is the card I came up with:


I think this challenge was a perfect one to use my thick stash of backgrounds (a productive and happy crafting weekend produced nearly 50 backgrounds!) I recently created.  I had used white embossing paste with the Scenery: Spotty Creative Screenings and then blended inks over it using my handing ink blending tool to create a rainbow look.  I decided to cut off about a third of the A2 panel for this card like so:


Which still leaves me quite a bit for another project (or 2!).  I then adhered the strip with really thick dimensional foam adhesive to an A2 white card base.  Next I cut out In a Word: Celebrate Cutaway 3 times from white cardstock and glued them all together and adhered them to the strip.  I go for "celebrate" a lot because I like that you don't really need a supporting sentiment with it.


Last, I added enamel dots in colors that corresponded with the strip.


Easy peasy!  Now it is your turn to try just using only a third to create a card (GO HERE to find how to play along with the challenge).  Can't wait to see what marvels you make.

Happy creating,


Saturday, March 17, 2018

March Leading Lady Lisa Lahiff | Take Three

Our March Leading Lady Lisa Lahiff is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance with a bevy of amazing cards go beyond paper CLICK HERE!  Today she's back with a trio of terrific cards showcasing a favorite of mine. :-)

Without further ado, Lisa...


Hello, hello!  I hope you are having an amazing start to your weekend, we are up in Cleveland visiting family and celebrating my youngest's Birthday with family.  But thanks to technology this post has been scheduled and set to go for a few days :).  Today my post is titled "The Supporting Actress".  So often we as cardmakers want to bring something to the front of a card that takes the spotlight, and really makes our projects shine.  But, what about that background that sometimes we work hard on and it just seems to fade away?  Or we spend so much time on our spotlight image, and we don't do anything with our background.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE cards like that and sometimes the background just isn't what we are wanting our recipients to pay much attention to, or we just want a clean and simple card that doesn't need a background.  For today, however, I wanted to shine the spotlight on the backgrounds of my cards and give them the lead. (You might want to get your sunglasses on too, lol)

Now you see why I mentioned sunglasses? lol  And I have to admit I might be a little obsessed with the script love die that comes in the In A Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways, as I've already used it three times this month.  For this fun rainbow card I started by cutting strips of DCWV Shimmer Cardstock and adhering them to a white panel. Next, I diecut the scalloped heart from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways from the center of my rainbow. I then diecut the regular heart from this same set out of the center of the scalloped heart that I had cut out.  This sounds more confusing than it actually is... really it's just diecutting the center of a diecut (does that sound any less confusing?).  This left me with a negative scalloped cut in my rainbow strips, then I filled it in with the regular heart cut.  Maybe this should be called inlaid diecutting within a negative cut... or something like that.  Any who, I love the results!  I finished it off my diecutting the xoxo strip along the bottom and keeping it intact, and adding the script love die across my hearts.  The rainbow background though, is definitely the star of it all.

For my next card I used diecutting again to help my background shine.  This time I created my own paper lace of sorts by diecutting the same floral strip from the Georgette Border Cutaways repeatedly.

I wanted the design to really pop, so I chose contrasting colors to really draw the eyes in.  Since I was going for a more natural look I didn't measure my cuts out, and rather just moved it around to from strip to strip.  I then added the In a Word: Happy Cutaway that was sprinkled with glitter, and I finished the card with a few rhinestones.  By keeping the sentiment simple, and using clear rhinestones I was able to keep the focus on the lacy background.

For my final project I've used stamping to create a fun and eclectic background with the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Set...

By randomly stamping the various images in this set in different colors you could create an entire set of cards.  Vellum also comes in handy with this card as it allows the background to be seen behind the sentiment.  I also added a few hand drawn wavy lines to frame the stamped panel in and to keep the eyes moving inward.

I hope that today's post has inspired you to maybe take a second look at your backgrounds, and maybe make them the star of an upcoming project.  After all the supporting actress/actor can really make a scene shine that much brighter.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you over on my blog as well!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 16, 2018

March Documentarian Flora Monika Farkas | Introduction

I am so excited about this new feature!  Like with our Leading Lady we will bring you another amazing artist who will inspire you this time with an emphasis on memory keeping.  We are dubbing this guest as our "Documentarian".

Our very first Documentarian is none other than Flóra Mónika Farkas!  Flóra is an amazing paper artist and person.  Her work is elegant, wonderfully balanced, colorful and full of dimension.  She works on such amazing design teams as Altenew, Crate Paper and Pinkfresh Studio.  I was so fortunate to meet her in person and I even had a chance to participate in an awesome Altenew Make and Take using their Reflection Scrapbook Kit (which is really fabulous by the way) with Flóra as my guide.  



Now let's learn more about Flóra and peek into her Documentarian Dossier!



Name: Flóra Mónika Farkas

Something you love about where you live? I love in Slovenia, Europe. This is a really small country with only 2 million inhabitants, but it has everything: mountains and seaside. I am in love with sea, so the biggest gift is to leave 1 hour of drive by the sea. I also love that because of the size Italy, Croatia and Austria is very very close.

Favorite (favourite) food memory? I like to eat very much, my favorite is seafood. When we decide where to travel, it always plays a major role of the local food. We are crazy about trying local and tradition food all over the world.

Your favorite (favourite) color combination to create with? I love anything pink. I love to combine it with yellow or teal.

How did you begin documenting memories? I found an online mini album workshop on the Facebook. My very first creation was a mini album for my Mom for Mother’s Day. That’s how everything started, then I was unstoppable.

Who and/or what do you most enjoy documenting? Our travel photos and photos of my family from Hungary. I like to “time travel” and experience once again the beautiful moments of our unforgettable trips. As I miss my parents and brother’s family, working with their photos it’s always charge up my soul and relieves the homesickness.

What is your favorite (favourite) way of keeping memories? 12x12 scrapbook layouts. To create a page it takes few hours and I have instant sense of achievement. I only need to choose and edit one or max three photos. I collect the layouts in albums in chronological order. I tried mini albums and Pocket Life, but these did not work well for me.

What tips/advice would you give someone just starting out? Choose (only!) 5 scrapbook layouts from Pinterest, buy a whole scrapbook collection (not random embellishments and papers) and scraplift the chosen pages. Process videos are also useful, but practice is the most important.

What 5 items are essential to you for creating (photos are a given and exempt)? I can’t do anything without my paper trimmer. I always use a small precision scissors as well. Date stamp never can miss from my creations. Then, just give my papers and stickers.

When do you need to feel inspired, who and/or what inspire you? I always need to feel inspired when I am creating. If I don’t have any idea or a good starting point, I rather don’t do anything. My main inspirations are the products itself. The design, colors, patterned papers and pretty cut files often determine my layouts.

Who are your favorite (favourite) documentarians? I am lucky enough to work with many talented scrapbookers in design teams. I admire their creativity and ideas.

Please check back next Friday to see Flóra's first project post!  

Thursday, March 15, 2018

4th Birthday Bash | Blog Hop + Challenge Winners

It is beyond time to announce the random challenge winners of our month-long 4th Birthday Bash Challenges!

We treasure each of your comments and for creating such magnificent art with our products.  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! :-)


From Kate Capper's blog...

Katie Baird!

From Miriam Prantner's blog...

D.Ann C!

From Rubeena Ianigro's blog...

Debbie B!

From Amy Kolling's blog...


Blog hop giveaway winners:  we will provide you with a coupon code to use to purchase $40.00 worth of product at the w&w shop of your choice.  If the products you want are not currently in stock, don't worry the coupon code will not expire immediately.  Coupon codes can be used with purchase of other products.  Winner will be responsible to pay for shipping & handling.

>>>3rd BIRTHDAY BASH CHALLENGE WINNERS<<< (randomly chosen)
Happy Birthday W&W teen card
No. 15 Natalie V.

No. 13 Maryam

No. 45 Jessica Lin

No. 44 Pooja

Happy: Love and Laughter
No. 15 snazzyjj

No. 17 Janis in ID

No. 62 Trina P.

No. 32 Jill V

No. 100 Piyu

No. 23 Marlena M.


Winners please contact info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with which winner you are in the subject (for example Four Challenge with Shay Winner).  

Challenge giveaway winners:  we will provide you with a coupon code to use to purchase $75.00 worth of product at the w&w shop of your choice.  If the products you want are not currently in stock, don't worry the coupon code will not expire immediately.  Coupon codes can be used with purchase of other products.  Winner will be responsible to pay for shipping & handling.

Thank you to everyone who entered our challenges.  Every single project entered is precious to us. 

As for the winner of the Guest Star Competition that will be announced at a later time as there are so (so) many incredible entries. :-)