Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello there lovelies!  It's Shay here joining in on a very special event.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Now on to my card....


I just can't stop stamping backgrounds!  I pulled out this month's featured Rerun stamp set, In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals, and got to stamping (all while watching a documentary about gingerbread...which was fascinating, made me crave gingerbread and put me in the holiday mood).  I stamped flowers, leaves and dots until I felt good about the colors and design.

As the background was pretty busy I decided to add white space with the sentiment.  I die cut "greetings" from The Big, the Bold and Greetings Cutaways on an A2 panel of white cardstock...I placed the die about a third of the way into the panel and tried to center the sentiment.  I decided how much I wanted the word to hang down from the panel and then cut to the die cut from the left and right side and pulled the bottom portion of the panel away making sure not to pull the top of the die cut from the rest of the white panel.  To ensure it stays together you can tape the back of the panel together.  I placed quite a bit of foam dimensional adhesive on the back of the panel which helped keep pieces together.  I stamped the "season's" from The Big the Bold and Greetings in black ink.  I attached the white panel to the background.

I felt the background needed something so I added some dots of gold acrylic paint to the background panel as well as adding some details to the flowers and some leaves.  I also used Wink of Stella over the "greetings" which you can see in person, but is not apparent in the photo.  All of this is all attached to a white A2 card base.

That's it from me, but there is so much more to see from Taheerah this month.

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is supplied by w&w so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as here in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry & Bright with Gayatri

Hiya everyone,

Another adorable stamp set. I love the little elements in the stamp set like the ornaments that add more details to the card. 

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I stamped and coloured the images from the stamp set. Then die cut using coordinating cutaway. I die cut two panels. One smaller panel using the smaller rectangle cutaway from Essentials: Katherine Cutaway and white card stock. The larger panel using the largest scalloped cutaway using Essentials: Audrey Cutaway. I stamped the branch image on the white panel and coloured with copic markers. Then mounted the owls on the branch using foam adhesives, the banner and ornaments on top of the panel. I stamped the sentiment from Sentimental: Winter stamp set on the panel and the smaller sentiment on a strip of white cardstock.

Merry & Bright closeup

I added details to the owls and banner using white gel pen. Then adhered the white panel on the red scalloped panel using foam adhesive and then flush glued on the white card base. Absolutely love the cuteness overload of the owls and ornament details.

Merry & Bright

These sets are available for purchase from Winnie & Walter store. Hope you are inspired and thanks for stopping by once again.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Rerun No. 17 | In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale!)


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 (with a prize!) and *all-new* giveaway.  You will not want to miss out!


For our seventeenth Rerun we are concentrating on In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals.  With an elegant wreath, multi-step flowers and leaves this is a lovely stamp set to create cheery cards and other projects.  Add in the brand-new In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez for even more possibilities!

Now on to the cards!



I really love In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals as it is packed with images to create not only holiday projects, but projects for everyday.  Also a benefit is that images can create a fast card in that you only need different colored inks.  I am in full holiday mode so I wanted to do a holiday card.  You probably know one of my favorite ways to use stamps is so create backgrounds.  I just can't stop myself.

I picked out the wreath image and stamped that in mint ink several times and over that I stamped the dot ring in a deeper mint ink. I then stamped the larger flower with open center in light pink and stamped the dot center in darker pink.  Last I filled in some of the open areas with a couple of the snowflakes from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez in grey ink.

I next stamped "joy" from  In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez in dark pink and cut it out using In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez Cutaways.  I also stamped the rest of the sentiment using  In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez in black ink and cut them out into little stripes.  I adhered the sentiment to the background using dimensional foam adhesive on the "joy".  I then placed the whole background onto a black cardstock A2 panel that was then placed that onto an A2 white card base.  Last was a dash of dazzle around the sentiment because the holidays need sparkle and shine!

That's it from me...wait until you see what Gayatri, Heather H., Lydia and Vanessa did with In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals!


CLICK HERE to see more from Gayatri.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather H.

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CLICK HERE to see more from Lydia.

CLICK HERE to see more from Vanessa.


Now it's your turn to play along with Rerun!
  1. Create a new project using In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals (and/or the coordinating cut files).  An alternative to using In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals. (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 December by The Talent) 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 In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals. (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 11:55 p.m. CST on December 31, 2016.  
  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 $25.00 credit to the w&w shop!  The winner will be announced on in it's very own post on the w&w blog later in January.  (The winners of Rerun No. 16 challenge and giveaway will be announced later this month).


Please comment on this post (make sure to include your email address in your comment--if you have to add your email address to your comment please do so by replying to your original comment) by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31, 2016 for a chance to win your very own In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals stamp set!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Leading Lady Shona Chambers | Take One


Today we are very excited to introduce our December Leading Lady, Shona Chambers. Shona seized our attention on more than one occasion by participating in our challenges. As a result we spotlighted her work last year on the w&w blog HERE and HERE. Her clean and simple aesthetic allows her use of texture, design and color to really shine and make a bold impact.  Her work is impeccably done and so inspirational.

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

Please give Shona a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our December Leading Lady! 

Hi there everybody!! I'm so very excited to be the December Leading Lady for Winnie and Walter. I'm over the moon to be sharing my designs with you every Saturday this month!


For those of you who don't know me, I live in Blenheim, New Zealand which seems to be the 'earthquake capital' at the moment. I work as a gardener, helping people who don't have time to garden or weren't born with a green thumb. I'm married with two children Phoebe 11yrs and Max 10yrs, who I love to bits!!! I started card making 4 years ago after going to a local craft fair. I've had my blog Twine Around for 3 years and have developed a mainly CAS style. I love horror movies, walking my golden retriever Bella and have a big addiction to Peanut M&M's.

I've also been a huge fan of Winnie and Walter's products for the past few years and have entered nearly all of their challenges. Its an absolute privilege to be on their blog and I hope I do Shay proud with my designs!!

I decided that since its December and EVERYTHING is about Christmas, I would make that the running theme of each Saturday's post. However I will use a certain technique, colour combo or product each time to hopefully give you some inspiration.

For this weeks post I'm going with what I love the most - CAS (Clean and Simple). I wanted to show you that a white card base can be an effective background and how it can simply show off your star image.


For my first card I used images from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs, coloured them with pencils and used their matching dies. The branch was adhered to the card front and the owls popped up on foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs and added Nuvo Drops in White to replicate snow. The colours pop against all the white!!


For my second card I stamped and pencil coloured the owl from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs and used the matching die-cut. To add some background interest I die-cut the True Multifaceted Star Cutaway twice from white card stock and adhered them on top of each other. The owl was popped on foam tape and the sentiment from Season's Tweetings was stamped in black.


I love this little penguin!! I stamped this image from Season's Tweetings, coloured his body with pencils and his hat with a red glitter gel pen from Kaisercraft. He was die-cut with the matching die and foam tape added to his back. I die-cut the circle of white card stock using Essentials: Carly Cutaways (the 2nd largest die) and adhered it to the card front. The penguin was popped in place, the sentiment stamped from Sentimental: Winter and Nuvo Drops in White added for snow.


For my final card I used my favourite Christmas colour combo - blue and white. I die-cut the circle frame using the two largest dies from Essentials: Carly Cutaways and adhered to the card front. I stamped the tree from Season's Tweetings and bird with ornaments from Happy Owlidays and cut with matching dies. The ornaments were coloured with blue glitter gel pens from Kaisercraft and the bird with pencils. I also added Nuvo Drops in White to his hat for dimension. The tree with ornaments was adhered to the card, the bird popped up on foam tape and the sentiment (from Sentimental: Winter) stamped in black.

Clean, simple and eye-catching, that's how I love my cards! And any of these would be easy to mass produce (which is what I will be doing this weekend). I hope I've given you some ideas with a 'less is more' feel. Next Saturday I'll be back with something completely different.

And don't forget to pop over to my blog Twine Around and leave a comment for a chance to win a $30 gift voucher.

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you all next Saturday!!!



Friday, December 2, 2016

Season's Greetings with Gayatri

Hey everyone,

Gayatri here again. Sharing my second project using the November new release. Today I am showcasing Season's Tweeting with Evelin T Designs and coordinating Cutaway.

Absolutely adorable images on this set and I love the handwritten sentiments. Great to create scenes. That is what I did with on my card.

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I started with stamping the images and colouring them with copic markers. Then I die cut the images using the coordinating cutaways.  For the background, I die cut two white rectangle panels using the largest of the rectangle die from Essentials: Katherine Cutaway. On one panel I sponged Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress inks leaving the top of the panel white. I die cut the other panel to an inch. I stamped the green from Sentimental: Winter stamp set. Adhered this panel on top of the sponged side of the other panel using foam adhesives for dimension.

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I adhered the image die cuts as shown on the picture. I flush glued the tree and foam mounted the rest of the images grounding them to the sentiment panel. One of the penguin image is adhered on the front of the igloo using foam adhesives. I stamped the stars from the stamp set on sky and added White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops to its centre. Then I used white gel pen to add details on the images.

Seaon's greetings flat

Cute huh! I love this set. Probably my favourite in the release. Both the stamp set and coordinating cutaway and the Sentimental: Winter stamp set are available for purchase from Winnie & Walter store.

See you soon with more. Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wishing You Joy with Gayatri

Hello everyone, This is Gayatri. I am here sharing my project using Winnie & Walter's newly released November products. The new products did not arrive on time, hence was not able to participate in the premieres and blog hop. So I will be sharing my projects I made using the new products over a few days this week and next.

The stamp set and coordinating cutaway I am showcasing today are Frenchy's Festive Florals.

This set is very pretty. Love the delicate images. And it is always great to have coordinating dies for every image. Here is my card.

Wishing You Joy!

I stamped the images from the stamp set using a mixture of pigment and dye ink and die cut them all out. I gold heat embossed the "JOY" sentiment and die cut. The two rectangles are die cut using Essentials: Katherine Cutaway. I sponged Peacock Feathers distress inks on top of the smaller white rectangle panel.

Wishing you Joy closeup

I clustered glued the die cut images on the top right corner of the smaller panel. Then below to the cluster to the left I adhered the "JOY" die cut sentiment using foam adhesives. Then I stamped the smaller sentiment on strips of white cardstock. I adhered these strips using foam adhesives.

I adhered the smaller panel over the larger panel using foam adhesives and the whole panels to the card base flush using scor tape. The larger panel is pattern paper from My Mind's Eye Charmed collection. I finally embellished with Pretty Pink Posh Sparkly Clear sequins.

Wishing You Joy flat

Hope you are inspired. Both the Frenchy's Festive Florals and coordinating Cutaway are available for purchase from Winnie & Walter Store.

I will share more projects using the new release in the coming days.
Thanks for stopping by today.

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