Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Warm w&w Welcome!

We want to welcome our first-ever Talent in Residence, Heather Hoffman!  Heather does amazing work and she really made a lasting impression on us when she was our first Leading Lady (and ever since) so we invited her to join The Talent for the next 3 months.  You will see her on the w&w blog like the other Talent and during any release we have during her term.  

We are so very excited to have her joining us!!

>>>ABOUT HEATHER<<<

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Blog: Houses Built of Cards

1. Favorite snack(s) while creating: I’m especially fond of ice tea when I’m creating, but I also love any chewy candy – gummy or caramel especially!

2. Color combo I can’t get enough of: Oh – that changes constantly! I’m really loving mint, coral, and gold – in any combination of all or some of them!

3. On my desk/table right now is: Um…normally I would say a mess, but I just cleaned up for company visiting for the week. So other than the staple craft supplies like my scissors, tape gun, paper cutter, etc… it actually looks pretty clean!

4. I excel at: Oh goodness – that is a hard one! I often joke that I am not necessarily an expert at anything, just okay at lots of different things! As far as hobbies, being a busy stay at home homeschooling mom has made me realize I don’t have time for a lot of different hobbies, so I mostly focus on scrapbooking and card making – so that is what I strive to excel at! I also enjoy photography, playing guitar, and reading when I have the time.

5. When I craft I: watch tv/movies; listen to music; listen to the voices in my head; and/or prefer silence: I am often crafting while my daughters are doing their homeschool work behind me at their desks, so I frequently as listening to them – but I love to put Pandora on to listen to. I mostly scrap with Project Life, so that is usually on the floor in front of the TV watching a movie with my hubby. 

6. My favorite crafting companion(s): I spent many hours crafting with two wonderful friends when we lived in Wyoming (Crystal and Holly) who I dearly miss since moving! One of them moved to the Houston area right after we moved back to Washington. The other is still in Wyoming (and actually here visiting this week, so hopefully we will be able to sneak in a little crafty time while she is here!) 

7. Don’t you dare take this away from me: Tea! I love the smell of coffee, but can’t stand the taste – so tea is my way to get a caffeine fix every day! My favorite that I love every morning is Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea – LOVE it!

8. My favorite crafting holiday/event: I think I make more cards for birthdays than any other event – they are always just so fun, and there is ALWAYS a birthday party to go to it seems!

9. My pictures are mostly of: My family and our vacations – unless you count cards! Sometimes I think I enjoy photographing cards as much as making them! Hehee…

10. When I grow up I want to be: I don’t really want to grow up all the way – my Grandma is going to be 101 years old this summer, and she is still so fun and full of life and laughter – if I live that long, I want to be like her!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Shining the Spotlight On...Amanda Korotkova! Part Deux

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We are so fortunate to have Amanda Korotkova back with us for another post you are going to love!  If you missed learning more about Amanda and seeing her first beautiful project CLICK HERE!

Now, it's Amanda's time to sparkle and shine...

>>>AMANDA'S PROJECT<<<

Hello! It's Amanda here and I'm back today with a new project. This time I decided to challenge myself with patterned paper because I have tons of beautiful paper but somehow never find the right moment to use it. Does it happen to you too? :)



















I am absolutely in love with the new W&W cutaways. The moment I first saw them I knew I needed to make a shaker card with them. So here it is! I chose the beautiful "In a Word: Love cutaway" and built a sentiment with "The Big, the Bold and Extras" stamp set. 













As you probably know, the theme of the month is "Shades of spring", so I decided to use one of my favourites color combinations for this time of the year: pink, yellow and silver! To add the silver tones I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and also added silver sequins, paper and thread. 



And that's all from me! It was such a great pleasure to be here with all of you. Thanks a lot for your support, your lovely comments and also big thanks to Shay and Julie for having me this month. 

Big hug!


Amanda

Monday, March 30, 2015

Shades of Spring | Happy Birthday with Heather


Hi, everyone! Heather P. here, and it's my turn on the Winnie & Walter blog today to share the card I've created using Shades of Spring as inspiration.  I love spring, if I had to pick a favorite season, it'd be tied for first place (along with fall).  There's just something about the sunshine and all the beautiful colors that pop up during the spring time that make me so happy.

To create my card today, I started with a medium gray card base, and adhered a strip of silver glitter CS to the left edge.  I then adhered a strip of aqua patterned CS on the left edge as well before adding some silver metallic twine.  Next, I stamped the solid flowers and leaves from the Big, the Bold and Extras were stamped in pink, purple and green.  Once the inks dried, I stamped the silhouette images on top with versamark ink before heat embossing with white powder.




I then stamped the banner from the Big, the Bold and Extras in light gray ink before stamping the birthday sentiment in green ink.  Once all the images were dry, I fussy cut them out.  The happy sentiment was die cut from mint CS and white CS using the Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways.  The die cuts were adhered together, then covered with stickles.  While the die cut was drying, I fiddled with the arrangement of my images, then secured everything with pop dots.  To finish up, I embellished with clear gems.

Well, that wraps it up for me today, thanks for stopping by! :)


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Leading Lady Amy Tsuruta | Take Four

It is so hard to say adieu to such a splendid lady!  Today is the final performance of our March Leading Lady, Amy Tsuruta.   Amy has been an impeccable leading lady showing an outstanding range and all done with grace, consummate professionalism and elegance.  We thank you Amy from the bottom of our hearts!

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her second kraftacular performance CLICK HERE or her third performance where she highlights her versatility CLICK HERE.  

Before she leaves, Amy has outdone herself with her last performance....

Hello, it's Amy and I'm back with Take Four.  I can't believe this is my final day as the March Guest Designer!  I wanted to give a BIG shout out for Julie & Shay for their kindness and generosity!  I have thoroughly enjoyed myself....Winnie & Walter products are FABulous♡

Today's theme:  this 'n that

(chuckling) I initially was going to go with a green theme and then I may have gotten excited and strayed from the green but I wanted to share all of my projects.

Let's get started...first up, no surprises here, a coffee project.



I used a Behr paint chip (thanks michele for the inspiration)...I have several paint chips, more on that later.  I love to fussy cut To-Go cups...and I thought the green would be perfect.  It makes the, In a Word:  Love Cutaway, POP, don't you think?  It's been cut with white craft foam.  The overall design of the card looks Preppy to me.  

Next up was a super quick project, almost too quick but I wanted to show you a way that I'm storing my twine.


I have a ton of twine, a ton of the stuff.  I'm keeping my favorite spools in mason jars that I put drawer pulls on.  Well, I should say, it was a team effort, Darin drilled the holes.  The tag/banner are from the Essentials:  Katharine Cutaways set.

My next card was thoroughly inspired by The Party set.  Who doesn't love a fun party hat?  I used Lulu Fringe Cutaway with orange tissue and trimmed it a smidge.


Hang tight, only a couple more projects!  Here's another one that uses a paint chip.  I combined, In a Word:  Happy Cutaway with the word birthday from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy set.  


I heat embossed the birthday in black.  The contrast is perfect.  Just think of the possibilities with paint chips....happy home...happy baby...

Here's my final card:


Funny thing, I actually made this for Take One but decided to not share it.  It's perfect for my final post because I've had so many happy days with Winnie & Walter!

I heat embossed the cupcake and cake plate from Sugar Rush.  The tag is from Essentials:  Katharine Cutaways.

Whew, that's it for me but before you go, Julie & Shay have kindly given me a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card to give-a-way!  I'm going to do a random draw on the comments that are left on the Saturday Leading Lady posts here, on the Winnie & Walter blog!  



Make sure you swing by my blog because I'm going to be giving away another $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card {I'm matching Julie & Shay's!}.  It'll work the same way, leave comments on the Winnie & Walter Saturday posts on my personal blog for the month of March and I'll do a random draw for one lucky winner!


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Special Guest Star Jennifer McGuire!

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Perhaps you have heard of our guest before (being cheeky here).  Jennifer McGuire is a stamping rock star not only because of her abilities and talent, but because she is a genuine, caring, giving soul who makes us all better crafters and people.  For instance, Kristina Werner (another stamping rock star and artist) just lost her beloved cat Mannie and Jennifer McGuire along with her friend Jana Millen started a campaign to raise money to honor Mannie (CLICK HERE to find out more about Mannie's Legacy) which you can do HERE.  That's what we call good people that use their voice to share and bring goodness to the world.

Jennifer's projects are like her: warm; bright; happy; and bringing cheer and goodness.  We are so happy and thankful to have her working with w&w products once again!

Here is her stunning card:

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To see her exceptional VIDEO showing how she made her glamorous glittery card and for a chance to win an In a Word: Happy Cutaway CLICK HERE.

Please don't forget to let her know what a wonderful influence she is in our community and the world. 

Spreading love is always a good thing. :-)

Should you wish to see previous guest post featuring a gorgeous w&w project CLICK HERE.

A huge round of applause to Jennifer McGuire!  You are a true blessing to us, Jennifer. xoxo

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spotlight On...Amanda Korotkova!

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We are proud to bring you our next Spotlight On...Amanda Korotkova!  Amanda made an immediate impression on us when she entered our Playdate No. 4 Challenge with this stunner HERE.  Her projects are fresh, bright and beautiful.  We really wanted to see more from Amanda so here she is for us all to enjoy!      

Get ready to see Amanda shine....


>>>ABOUT AMANDA<<<

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Hello everyone! My name is Amanda and I'm happily married to my wonderful husband Konstantin. We live in Spain, where I discovered that crafting is a great therapy and something I enjoy doing for hours. I started my blog almost a year ago and I've been making cards and video tutorials on Youtube since then. I fell in love with Winnie and Walter products as soon as I discovered them and I'm so thrilled to be in the Spotlight this month! I hope you can find some inspiration in the projects I have made to share with all of you.

>>>AMANDA'S PROJECT<<<

When Shay told me the theme of this month was "Shades of Spring" I immediately thought about bright colors, contrast and shine! I love those spring sunny days and that's what I have tried to represent with this card:


I love these flowers from the stamp set "The Big, the Boldand Extras" , so I first stamped them in white cardstock and colored them with Copics. The banner is from the same stamp set and I took the sentiment from the stamp set "The Big, the Bold and Party". I just love all those small words that come with each set because you can make great combinations for your sentiments.






As I said before, spring makes me think about sunny days and that's why I added all that gold, starting with two stripes of glitter paper on the sides. The sentiment is also embossed in gold and the sequins gave the whole card a really nice final touch together with the white dots I drew on the background.


I wanted the card to have some dimension, so I fuzzy cut the flowers, leaves and the banner and assembled them using foam squares.

And that's it for today! I hope I brought you some inspiration and that you will join me again next week with another project! See you then!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shades of Spring | Party with Mayuri

Hello there - Mayuri here to share a project using images from mainly one Winnie & Walter stamp set - The Party. There are so many versatile images in this set, and so many different techniques you can try with them!
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I began this card spritzing a panel of white cardstock with a little bit of water, and then stamping the back of the lantern images from the set. I started with the large one, and then used the smaller one to make longer lanterns, finishing with the tassel at the bottom.
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Using the back of the stamps in this way helps you to quickly block out areas of colour - I used Distress Inks, and adding water to your panel at the beginning gets the inks moving (you don't have to do this step if you want a crisper look).
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Once I'd laid down all the colour, I heat set the panel and stamped over these areas with the right side of the stamp using black dye ink. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left hand corner before trimming the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base using the largest frame die from the Essentials: Katherine Cutaways.
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I drew some lines in to make the lanterns look like they were hanging from a ceiling and then foam mounted the panel to the card base. For a bit of sparkle, I added some gemstones.
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Thanks for stopping by ;-)


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Shades of Spring | Colourful Father's Day Card with Gayatri

Hello folks, Gayatri with you again. 

I shared a mother’s day card a few days ago. Today I have a father’s Day card. In keeping with the spring theme, I have kept it colourful. Who said a father’s day card can’t be colourful right? So here is the card.

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Here is what I did to make this card. I cut strips of white cardstock. I think I had five strip about one and quarter inch in width so the In a Word: Happy Cutaway (which will restocked in the next day or two) fits. I then sponged rainbow of distress inks. I used Festive Berries, Riped Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Mild Lavender and Picked Raspberry distress ink. Then I die cut Happy out of all of them. I arranged and glued the die cuts at an angle on a grey cardstock as I did not want the colours to be bright and vibrant. Automatically the colours gets toned down compared to using on white cardstock. I trimmed the excess hanging on all sides.

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For the sentiment, I kept it simple with white heat embossing the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and the Happy stamp set on black cardstock die cut from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways. I adhered this sentiment strip with bunched up thread to add some texture. Finally some white enamel dots to complete the card.

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Hope you are inspired to try something new with your dies.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Gayatri


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Leading Lady Amy Tsuruta | Take Three

Our March Leading Lady, Amy Tsuruta, is back for her thrilling third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her second kraftacular performance CLICK HERE.  

Today Amy, like any great performer, succeeds in dazzling us with her versatility and command of her craft :-)....

...and I'm back!  It's Amy and I'm back with Take Three!

Let's get started, shall we?!

Here's a peek at all three of my projects today:


Today's theme:  One Sketch ● Three different Ways

I was thrilled to see Winnie & Walter sponsoring AND playing along with the



I'm a sketch junkie so I thought it would be fun to work on three different projects inspired by the same sketch....for a twist, I used the same 6x6 paper pad, Pink Paislee's Bella Rouge.

Each project has it's own different look, lets start with the Happy Birthday shaker!

I made a tag shaker that is filled with heart shaped wood veneer along with some of the 1st Birthday Bash Sequins Mix!


The happy has been stamped on vellum and the birthday on a tab of black cardstock.  They are both from The Big, the Bold and the Happy.

The polka dot panel base has been separated by one of the images from Scenery:  Stripes.  I'm loving the boldness of the black heat embossing.

Next up is an altered hinged tin:


Can you see the fun Goldie Trim Cutaways?  I used white craft foam...love that stuff!  The tag is from Essentials:  Katharine Cutaways.  I shortened up the tag by using zig zag border cutaway.  The sentiment, from The Big, the Bold and the Happy, has been heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added pops of color by using the pink sequins in the 1st Birthday Bash Sequins Mix.

Inside the tin is a glassine bag filled with mint M&M's, makes for a great little giftie!

My last card for today uses Sugar Rush!


I heat embossed the cupcake and the banner in gold embossing powder and colored everything in various shades of pink and fuchia.  The tag from Essentials:  Katharine Cutaways, has been cut in a newsprint patterned paper.  You can see the text through the copics which adds to the fun!  I'm loving how the 'cupcake greetings' seems to pop!  It has been heat embossed in black.  The cupcake has been sprinkled with sequins from the 1st Birthday Bash Sequin Mix.

That's it for me today but before you go, Julie & Shay have kindly given me a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card to give-a-way!  I'm going to do a random draw on the comments that are left on the Saturday Leading Lady posts here, on the Winnie & Walter blog!  

Make sure you swing by my blog because I'm going to be giving away another $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card {I'm matching Julie & Shay's!}.  It'll work the same way, leave comments on the Winnie & Walter Saturday posts on my personal blog for the month of March and I'll do a random draw for one lucky winner!


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