Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Wishes with Kelly


Hi folks! I am still over the moon with the adorable critters in the new Party On with Evelin T Designs stamp set. They are the kinds of stamps I always wished I had ... cute for little kids, but not cutesy, if you know what I mean. They are a very respectable kind of cute! I really wanted to use them all on a card, so I created my own patterned paper by stamping each animal in a few spots, alternating directions, and filling in where needed with music notes. 


This is the first version of the card, and I just couldn't send it off to Shay for this post since it didn't turn out like I had thought in my head. The idea was to only color one of the critters and put the sentiment underneath it, which I did, but it ended up looking unfinished. And then I stared at it for a ridiculous amount of time.


I decided that perhaps it wasn't making me happy because my eye was wandering all over the card, so then I inked the edges to help give focus in the center around my little drummer bear. Better.
Then I added a little more ink and ended up happier with the card. What do you think? Is there a different way you would have changed the first version of the card? It was really stumping me this morning!

Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Celebrate Your Day with Laura

Hello, friends. It's Laura here and thanks for joining me today! I'm excited to be sharing a cute shaker card featuring some products from the July 2017 Release including the Big Balloon Cutaways and the Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs set along with the Sketchy Thoughts set from a previous release. 


I had a lot of watercoloring fun with this card. I did some freestyle watercoloring with Distress Inks to create a blue sky and a grassy hill. I also watercolor the bunny from the Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs set with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These markers are a dream to color with! They blend so easily, there's only one color needed for shading and they are so forgiving. 

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When I received the Big Balloon Cutaways, I instantly knew I wanted to create a shaker! I created my shaker with clear acetate, foam sheets and liquid glue. There are many ways to create a shaker - such as the Fuse Tool, but lately I keep coming back to this traditional way of making a shaker. It just makes the sequins move freely.

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I filled up my shaker with pretty sequins in shades of blue, silver and clear. I also adhered the bunny image inside the shaker with the same foam sheets. I didn't use self adhesive foam squares to prevent the sequins from sticking to the edges. That's just something to keep in mind when making a shaker. :) Finally, I finished off my card with a sentiment from the Sketchy Thoughts set and some extra sequins here and there.

I hope you enjoyed my card and video. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Leading Lady Jessica Lin | Take Two

Our July Leading Lady, Jessica Lin is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today she brings you another duet with an awesome custom background!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jessica....



Good morning crafty friends! I'm back with some more Leading Lady projects. This week I decided to focus on a favorite product of mine: the Typecast: Cary stamp set. 


I needed to make some cards for my cousins, Sarah and Sophia, to thank them for planning our New York trip last month. And I wanted to customize them to make these thank you cards extra special... Did you see what I did? Yes! I spelled out their names with the Typecast: Cary alphabets and stamped them with VersaMark ink to create a personalized background. It's fairly subtle but I hope it'll put a smile on their faces when they notice it. :) 



For the focal point of the card, I used the In a Word: Thanks Cutaway (I think the font matches so nicely with the Typecast: Cary set!) and die cut it from lime green glitter cardstock and white cardstock. Next I layered them together and mounted them with foam. Then I stamped the small "MANY" (from Sentimental: Birthday set) on a tiny banner and adhered it to the card with foam tape. I embellished the card with silver thread and some enamel dots and that finishes off the card!


For Sophia's card, I used the From the Bottom of My Heart stamp set. I tried embossing it with Ranger's Enchanted Gold embossing powder but for some reason I didn't get good coverage even with two layers of embossing. (left photo) So I tried stamping with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla shadow ink first before embossing, and got a much better result. (right photo)


I also embellished this card with silver thread and enamel dots to complete the design. I really love how versatile these alphabet stamps are; you can also stamp "THANK YOU" for the background and I think it'll be fun to stamp "XMAS" or "XOXO" for other occasions cards. Really, the sky is the limit! I really enjoyed creating these cards, and I hope you liked them, too. 


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Thank you so much for leaving your sweet and kind comments on last week's posts. They make my heart sing <3
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Shay has generously provided me with a $30 gift certificate that I can giveaway. If you enjoyed these cards, please comment on both W&W and my blog for a chance to win! I will be posting for the remaining Saturdays of this month, so if you comment on each post you will have 4 chances to win this wonderful prize. That is all from me today. I hope you will join me next Saturday but until then, have a wonderful week!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Birthday with Vanessa

Hello fellow crafters! Vanessa here with a cute birthday card using more of the fab new July Release products! 

It's just too much fun to create with these stamps and dies, so here comes my latest card:

I started with a card base I made from patterned paper. Then I stamped the cute elephant from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs, colored it with watercolors, die-cut it with the matching die and adhered it with foam tape. I inked a panel of watercolor paper with pink and yellow ink, spritzed it with water and die-cut the biggest balloon from the Big Balloon Cutaways. Now I tied-on pink baker's twine, trimmed the balloon and adhered it to the card with foam tape.


I stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment from Sentimental: Birthday onto a strip of blue cardstock, trimmed it and adhered it to the card. Finally, I added matching sequins.


I hope you like my new card! Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Monday, July 10, 2017

July Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you! Thanks again to everyone who has played along so far - make sure and look for winners and a few featured players at the bottom of this post!


And here is my color inspiration for this month:


This month I decided to go with something summery, but (hopefully!) cool and refreshing as well! This image jumped out at me on Pinterest - so I went with it! I decided to use From the Bottom of My Heart (a previous release's free with purchase stamp set that is now available to purchase on it's own) and pair it up with it's new coordinating From the Bottom of My Heart Cutaways and Scenery: Spotty Creative Screenings. I first created my background by using the stencil with a tone on tone ink, then turning it and using a white ink for a two tone ombre background. The heart I stamped in green on a soft green cardstock - and then stamped the larger words in in white to make them pop a little more. I die cut it with the coordinating die, then attached with foam adhesive over a bundle of silver thread. The front panel was cut with Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, then mounted on a white cardbase with a few sequins for extra sparkle and fun. 


Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! Every single project was lovely, but I thought I'd give a shout out to a few that especially caught my eye!

First up - this GORGEOUS little number by Mayras Designs - LOVE how she added the stripes to the die cut word - and all the lovely layers with all that white space!


And then this unique take on it - Maria F. took the inspiration in such a soft and CAS way - so striking! 


Then Jessica Lin's take with ink blending for a bold and gorgeous look! LOVE!


I adore Marlena M's cascade of pretty flowers - I love the way she stamped the solid flower images in the solid colors and then added the black lines to incorporate that element from the inspiration photo!


And finally - this GORGEOUS floral watercolor work of art by Andrea Shell - those flowers are so stunning, and the bold sentiment and baker's twine is the perfect touch!


>>>RANDOMLY CHOSEN WINNER<<<

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No. 1 | Preeti D.

Preeti made this beautiful card including painting the sleek dress free hand for our June Color Combo Challenge.

And since we had so many gorgeous, colorful entries (and because I just feel like it and one the perks of being the boss at w&w is I can do these things on a whim!) I randomly chose one of the Heather's favorite cards featured above to also win as well!

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No. 15 | Maria F.

I love Maria's simple, but creative touches of color and texture like on the die cut pieces (that remind me of feathers) peeking out of the top of the "hi" where the color was added by stamping sentiments in different colored inks!

Preeti and Maria F., please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "June Color Combo Challenge Winner" to claim your prize.

>>>CHALLENGE<<<

New challenge will post on the second Monday of each Month, and will end on the Friday before the next challenge begins to allow time to pick a winner and some favorite entries to feature.

Now it's your turn to play along!
  1. Create a new project using the July Color Combo. 
  2. Use at least one (1) winnie & walter product.  This can include Cutaways (dies), Creative Screenings (stencils/masks), printable/digital items, cut files and/or stamp sets.  Remember we offer freebies in our shop.  Our freebies can be used to create your project(s) for this challenge.
  3. Link up your project below using the InLinkz Link-up by 11:55 p.m. CST on Friday, August 11, 2017.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This July Color Combo Challenge may be combined with other challenges found here on the w&w blog or elsewhere. 
One randomly selected entry will receive a $25 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter. YAY!!! I can't wait to see your entries! 


Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful day!


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