Saturday, October 22, 2016

October Leading Lady Maya Isaksson | Take Four


Our October Leading Lady, Maya Isaksson, is back for her fabulous fourth performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance adding an unexpected element CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance taking on stripes CLICK HERE. Today Maya is focusing upon a little bit of an obsession of mine crafting staple (and maybe yours well) with fantastic results.

And now we present Maya!

It's finally Saturday again, I hope you all have had a good week. Today I wanted to challenge myself a bit. My first encounter with paper crafting was actually scrapbooking. I still do the occasional layout but I mostly stick to cards. One habit that I've had problems breaking is the patterned paper hoardi... ehm... collecting. The problem is that I almost never use any patterned paper for my cards. It's pretty and all but it's so much fun to make backgrounds that I always forget to use patterned paper. So today's theme is patterned paper. Let's be honest. The amount paper I used to make these four card is so small that it will take like five... hundred... cards to actually make a difference in my paper stash, but I had fun so lets go on to the cards.

Maya isaksson winnie walter patterned paper leafs

For card number one I used cutaways and nothing else. Seriously. You can make a million of these cards in a day with different patterns, it's so easy. I used two of my favourite cutaways for this. I made the big "hi" from fun foam and a pretty graphic patterned paper using the In a Word: Hi Cutaway. The size of this die is perfect! I don't have anything like it in my collection. And for the background just white cardstock embossed with the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway. Instead of cutting the leafs out I placed my embossing pad under the paper and ran it through the die cutter folding up one of the flaps on the platform of my Big shot to reduce the pressure just a bit to make it easier to run through. 

Maya isaksson winnie walter patterned paper leafs

For my second card I used one of the In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers Cutaways To cut out a pattern in the card front. I also used the scalloped rectangle from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to make sure it looked nice. I cut out an extra panel from patterned paper to place under the cardfront and attached it using foam adhesive to raise it up a bit. The card actually looked pretty good that way but I wanted some color too so I also stamped the flower from the coordinating stamp set and colored it a bright yellow. For my sentiment I used the word Happy from Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs together with birthday from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy and white embossed that on black cardstock to make sure your eyes was drawn to it instead of the pattern.

Maya isaksson winnie walter patterned paper leafs

For card number three I used a lovely watercolor print as background. I cut out the Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway and covered it in several layers of glitter embossing powder, finishing with a layer of clear embossing powder to make it smooth and shiny. I cut out the big and lovely diamond from Flawless Diamond Cutaways. I did the background from Vellum and the detailing from glitter cardstock and added clear sparkle pen to the vellum. It's super sparkly and pretty under the light. I embossed a sentiment on matte gold cardstock. The stamp is from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs and it fits very nicely with the diamond.

Maya isaksson winnie walter patterned paper leafs

This last gard was too sparky for my camera to be able to focus it seems. I'm so sorry for the blurriness. I used the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway again. It is to pretty. I did the same embossing technique as on the last card but used some teal powder with speckles of gold in it. Super pretty! I paired it with a smaller print with pink dots. They look so nice together. I cut out the word Kindness from the Kindness with Evelin T Designs Cutaways in gold glitter paper and added it to a piece of Vellum stamped with the text from the coordinating stamp set.


So that's it for today. I will be back next week for my last performance here as Leading Lady. I hope you will be back then. In the meantime you can hop on over to my blog Little Outbursts of Creativity where I will be giving away a gift card to the Winnie & Walter shop to one of the people commenting on any of my Leading Lady posts there during the month. Thank you for all the lovely comments so far, I'm very happy for each and every one.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Merry Christmas with Lydia

Hi there everyone and happy Friday! It's Lydia here with you on the Winnie & Walter blog today, and I'm sharing a very CAS Christmas card..... I seem to be very into the festive spirit at the moment.


I have used a couple of fabulous sets for this! First I started by drawing a light pencil circle where I wanted the partial wreath to be. I then took the small fir frond from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora and stamped this repeatedly using green ink to create a 'base' for the other images, I stamped a smaller base around the bottom left of the pencilled guideline and a smaller one on the top right. I find that doing a larger and smaller cluster works better for partial wreaths like this. I then took the twig with berries from Winter Wonderland and stamped this into place a couple of times using a light brown ink. I did this I as didn't want the berries and twig to be of the same colour and dark brown ink would have then shown through the red coloured pencil that I then coloured the berries in with. I used a brown coloured pencil to go over the twig and then used the same brown pencil to add in a few twigs to the foliage.


To finish the wreath clusters I then took the small fir cone from the same set, stamped it first in brown on the wrong side of the stamp to get a solid impression of the stamp, and then switched it over on my block so it was the right way and then stamped the detailed fir cone image in black on top of the brown impression. For the sentiment I stamped one of the beautiful ones from Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs using embossing ink onto some vellum and heat set it using gold embossing powder. To finish I matted this piece on to some gold card before adding to a brown card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do hope today's card has inspired you. 

Hugs, Lydia x

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wishing You with Kelly

Hi Folks! For any Fall birthdays I love to take advantage of making cards with bright reds, oranges and yellows. They are such happy colors, perfect for putting a smile on someone's face.
This card uses one of my favorite trees ever, the large circle tree from Kindness with Evelin T Designs.  I'm not a fan of spending a long amount of time coloring leaves and branches, so this circle tree makes my coloring time so efficient!

Several Distress Inks are blended on the tree, and then I flicked some water drops to break it up. Gold and clear sequins add a nice sparkle.

I used the sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs (on sale in November) as a grounding element for the tree, and colored the area below each letter with marker. It makes the sentiment a little more interesting, and gives the tree somewhere to grow. The top of the "n" is cut with an exacto blade so I can slide the tree trunk behind it. I used a few washi tapes on the bottom of the card base.

Thanks so much for looking!




Monday, October 17, 2016

Rerun No. 15 | Gorgeous with Keren

Great to be with you again!
As this month's Re-run is all about Scenery: It's A Wonderful Pennant and I've focused on using just 2 of the stamps in the set
First up- do lots of stamping. These photos were taken at night which is why there's a colour shift. I die cut a circle and then start to arrange the triangles symmetrically. It's useful even if you don't perfectly stamp the triangles, as the imperfections will be hidden under the next layer so add your dodgier ones to the first layer or two!
Now just keep adding the 'petals' until you end up with a circle shape. It's up to you how tightly you stack them. I wanted a fuller flower and also wanted the darker shade at the back to help give more realistic dimension. I then added the lighter pink layer and then the orange one.
For the final layer I added the smaller triangle shapes and then looked for a suitable sentiment from The Big, The Bold & You set. I curled the edges of some of the petals upwards using a bone folder and then I realised that my 'embellishment' had become the whole card!
It's a fun statement card and will need a little flattening for an envelope but would work equally well as a present topper or home decor item.
Do check out the littler stamps and think beyond the season they're intended for. You might be surprised by the results you can get!
It'd be wonderful to see what you can come up with using this inventive set. Do add your link here.
Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you soon
Keren xx



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ruby's Bridal Shower Blog Hop

To see our October Leading Lady, Maya Isaksson's Third Performance CLICK HERE.
Ruby's shower
Welcome!  Many of you came from the always excellent Emily Leiphart's blog and if you are just stumbling up on this blog hop please continue reading for tons of beautiful inspiration and prizes. :-)

There is nothing better than celebrating an incredible person and a wondrous event.  Ruby (now Rubeena Ianigro formerly known as Rubeena Naz) just got married and Amy Tsuruta (first stop on the blog hop too) organized a special blog hop to commemorate the occasion and Ruby herself.  Anyone who knows Ruby knows her as a generous person who gives of her time, effort and talents.  I feel very fortunate to be able to participate in honoring such a beautiful person inside and out.

Oh and make sure to comment throughout the hop for prizes from these companies:

Ruby's Shower Prizes

Now onto the card I created for Ruby.


I was inspired by cake in creating this card.  I used embossing paste and one of the roses and the single leaf from Duo: The Big, the Bold and Extras Creative Screenings.  On the white cardstock panel cut with the largest scallop rectangle layer from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways I placed the leaf three times and spread the embossing paste over it like frosting.  On a separate sheet of cardstock I placed the rose and spread the embossing paste that I mixed with a little pink ink over the rose.  Once dry I cut it out and placed it on the scallop panel.  I added the die cut "congrats" from The Big, the Bold and You Cutaways over the rose.  I adhered the scalloped panel with foam dimensional adhesive to a card base covered with patterned paper from American Crafts Valentine collection 6x6 paper pad.  I love the little bit of bold color and pattern behind the soft white and pale pink.

Last I sprinkled a generous amount of sparkly gems because it's for a wedding and Ruby deserves some bling. :-)

Your last stop is with the magnificent Miriam Prantner!

Should you have gotten lost here is the entire linked up blog hop:
Shay (w&w blog) <===== YOU ARE HERE

Before I go I just want to wish Ruby and her husband, Steve, a lifetime of joy and laughter together!

Happy creating,

October Leading Lady Maya Isaksson | Take Three


Our October Leading Lady, Maya Isaksson, is back for is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it..CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance adding an unexpected element CLICK HERE. For today's performance Maya uses a common stripe thread to create cards that are dynamic and dynamite!

Without further ado, Maya....

Today's theme is stripes! I fell in love with the set Scenery: Stripes and the stamps was the inspiration that made me want to do a whole post with stripes. 

Maya isaksson winnie walter striped shaker

The first card is made with just that set, Scenery: Stripes. I used my Misti to get the stripes straight and went ahead and stamped a pattern using 4 colors of Distress ink. As you might have noticed Distress ink doesn't stamp perfect on bold images like these, but I don't have any fun colors of another ink so since I used my Misti I was able to stamp multiple times until it looked even enough. I made it into a shaker card with vellum window to keep it a bit calmer but still interesting. You can see that something is behind the vellum but it won't distract from everything else that's going on. I used the True Multifaceted Heart Cutaways for the window, the geometric pattern complimented the background great and the size was just perfect! I also used sentiments from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs with the matching cutaways. It's a fun card and the colors look so good together, I will enjoy sending this to someone.

Maya isaksson winnie walter striped shaker
The second card is super simple. I just embossed the sentiments in white and stamped the lines from Scenery: Stripes over it. I also blended some ink really softly over it all to make the sentiment show up on the card. I cut the panel out with my favourite scalloped rectangle die from the very useful Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, I also cut out one of the hearts in the set and covered it with glitter and glossy accent. As I said, super easy!

Maya isaksson winnie walter striped shaker
The last card for today was pure color therapy. I stamped the geometrical patterned bars from True and spent a while coloring them with alkohol markers while listening to a good audiobook. I picked a color scheme off Pinterest to come up with a nice color combination. I also added clear shimmer using a sparkle pen to some of the areas. I cut out the panel with the smaller scalloped rectangle from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and inlaid it in the large rectangle from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways to make it a bit more interesting. I added sequins as decoration and called it a day.


If you take a look over at my blog Little Outbursts of Creativity I have been given a gift card to giveaway for one of my commenters. So come on over, leave a comment on any of my Leading Lady posts there during the month and you have a chance to win it. You can use it in the Winnie & Walter shop and get something you love. 

See you again next Saturday, I have some great cards ready to show you so I hope you will come back for that!