Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio | Day 3


For the Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio | Day 1 CLICK HERE.
For Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio | Day 2 CLICK HERE

We are halfway through our Share the Love Week spotlighting the incredible Elle's Studio by using their products with w&w goodies and we have so much more to share with you.  Today we have some fantastic projects from Julie and Heather and they've brought the cute (just wanted to warn you)!

Here's the Elle's Studio products Julie and Heather created with:




One of my MANY goals this year is to do more scrapbooking and memory keeping and one of my projects is to make my own brag book of my niece Kamilla.  That’s Ms. Milla around our house.  *hee hee*   This page was created to be the title page of my brag book which is in a Basic Grey Capture album.  While I was looking through the Elle’s Studio blog, I noticed that they have Sketch Thursdays, and I found this sketch from the April 17 blog post. My  page size is a bit smaller than the sketch here, with the dimensions for the background paper cut to 6  3/8 in.  x  9 1/2 in. 


This is my interpretation:

Baby Photo Credit | Life in Bloom Studio
I know!  I know!  Isn't she the cutest?  Ok - I get to brag - I'm the Auntie!!!  

I used three papers from the 12x12 Everyday Moments collection – aqua solid (which isn't solid, but has a subtle visual texture – yum), the colorful polka dot, and the kraft which I used as a frame for the sleeping baby.  These papers made a great foundation for this page, and they are perfect for a baby.  I focused on using the yellow and pink/coral colored cardstock from my stash that coordinated with colors from the polka dot, and the yellow complimented the little flower on Kamilla’s hat.  Following the page sketch, I wanted to use a speech bubble and element up at the top, and I also needed an element to the right of the photo so I used .png files that are in our CUT THAT OUT digital die cut sets, and cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.  The speech bubble cut file is from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom and the ticket and heart cut files are from The Write Stuff: Love Story.  Kamilla’s name is also die cut from an image I created in Adobe Illustrator and cut using the Silhouette software Designer Edition.


All of the stamped items were created with Versamark ink and Stampin’ Up! Whisper White embossing powder.   The You’ve Got Love Mail stamp set is one of my favorites, and the LOVE, XOXO and tiny heart are all in this power house set.  It's not just for Valentine's - but for all of those special people in your life.  The XOXO pattern was created by stamping only 3 letters, and then offsetting the stamp each time until I filled up the ticket. It is so fun to customize die cuts like that and I really love how the “hello baby” turned out with the little heart– so tiny and sweet!

For finishing touches, I was able to dot the "i"  in Kamilla’s name with the tiny heart that was cut out of the ticket – don’t you like it when things just work out???  Last, but not least, I added some Candy Buttons from Basic Grey in a near matching yellow and a pink a few shades darker.  I've been hoarding these little guys, and thought this was the perfect time to use them.  I think my bragging album is off to a great start and the Elle's Studio products were so fun and easy to work with.

Feeling inspired?  Do you have some Elle's Studio products in your stash and some winnie & walter stamps or digital products at your fingertips?  We would love to see what you create using our products and sharing the love with Elle's Studio products!  And, if you do have a chance to play along, you can link up your project on the Join in to Win page (check it out for all of the contest rules). Today is the end of the month, and we will be choosing a winner at random from all the comments submitted this month and from the Join in to Win linked projects for the month of April.  So, what are you waiting for???


Heather made this completely sweet, colorful and enchanting layout about her super-duper adorable daughter's birthday!


To see more about Heather's amazing layout CLICK HERE (and of course you will want to do just that!)

Don't miss out on more stupendous Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio projects tomorrow!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Share the Love Week Featuring Elle's Studio | Day 1


Welcome to our second Share the Love week and the beginning of our iNSD celebration.  New to Share the Love?  This is a week where we pick a company that we love and use their products with our very own winnie & walter ones and feature them right here on the w&w blog. 

For our second venture, we chose a company with impeccable design and delightful products that are perfect for scrapbooking and all sorts of papercrafting.  Elle's Studio has been around for 7 years and they just keep on coming out with good stuff month after month.

For this particular Share the Love week all of us who participated started with these products:


Wait until you see all the variations these few Elle's Studio products with w&w products can produce!!


***DAD - if you are looking at the blog today, DON'T!!! - SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Hello everyone!  I am so looking forward to this week and all of the Share the Love magic that the Talent has in store for all of us!  Today, I am sharing a couple of cards I created.


I saw this really cute grey star pattern paper in the Everyday Moments 12x12 paper pack, and just knew that I wanted to use it for a card for my Dad.  I went totally star themed and slightly patriotic.  The Elle's Studio wood veneer and paper pieces also helped out here too.  I used my Chipped Sapphire distress ink to color the "special day" wood veneer and Encore ultimate metallic pigment ink in silver to highlight the star veneers.  I like the wood look, but on this project, I wanted to try something a little different, and I like how it turned out.


The little paper strip had a little more on it, but it didn't fit with my card, so I snipped it off to use later.  The red stripes on the paper did fit with my theme, and that is where I stamped the DAD and You're the BEST from Parentville, using warm red Chalk ink and more Chipped Sapphire.  So, some of you may recognize the blue star design here. It is a die cut from the Scenery: Big Bang Confetti CUT THAT OUT digital die cuts.  This particular image was resized from 3x4 journaling card to fit on the front of a greeting card.  Last but not least, a little sprinkling of red sequins.  Definitely a fun card to make, and one that any Dad would love.

Get ready for something SWEET!!!


For my second card, I thought I would make a birthday card.  I never seem to have them when I need them, and thought this would make a super cute one.  The CAKE card actually came in a separate little package to celebrate Elle's Studio being in business for 7 years!  Congratulations Elle!!!  And, how fun that the colors completely coordinate with this kit!


I used the CAKE card to lead the color palette.  First, I cut a thin strip of the aqua 12x12 paper and glued it to the back of the red and pink number paper (love this paper) and totally fun to use on a birthday card, no matter what your age.  Before I glued this onto my white card base, I stamped Scenery: Big Bang Confetti open circles on the right side of the card front in Memento Gray Flannel ink.  I thought it would be fun to color in some of the confetti like Nichol Magouirk (here & here), Jennifer McGuire (here), and my mom (here) did on their projects.  I used distress inks in Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar (stamped twice), Festive Berries, and Hero Arts shadow ink in Tide Pool mid-tone.  I did leave some circles open, but I covered them all in Star Dust Stickles.  In fact, I forgot to wait to let the card dry, so they still have the wet look here. LOL.  Last but not least, I cut a little of the yellow chevron/arrow paper and added the happy birthday message from The Big, the Bold and the Happy, also stamped in Gray Flannel ink. Both the CAKE and arrow are on pop dots.  Such a happy card!


Wow, I am so thrilled with Julie's cards and I know her dad is going to adore his father's day card!

I ventured into pretty unfamiliar territory for me: scrapbooking.  In fact if I have created a dozen layouts in my life I would be surprised.  I say this as a disclaimer (be kind!) and also encouragement to others: if I can do it then you can too!  What better time than to celebrate {inter}National Scrapbooking Day, right?


I thought doing a layout on my parents would be fun.  There are some fantastic pictures of them as they are a handsome couple.  These two pictures are actually from 1974 when they were still dating (left) and the 1980's most likely in their first decade of marriage (right).  Talking about their "love story" I pulled out The Write Stuff: Love Story and You've Got Love Mail stamp sets which are a dream to work with when chronicling love.


I concentrated on using the Everyday Moments Paper Collection Pack + Everyday Moments Bits and Pieces by Elle's Studio for this layout.  In particular I used the Love This and Numbers patterned paper including the little strips on the bottom.  From the Bits and Pieces I chose an index shaped card with a large ampersand, amazing arrow and kraft speech bubble.

I cut around the ampersand and nestled the smaller picture under it.  I stamped "love" from You've Got Love Mail twice in tide pool mid-tone Hero Arts Shadow Ink.

Partially under the photo I stamped the ledger heart from The Write Stuff: Love Story using distress inks in spun sugar, worn lipstick and fired brick that I spritzed with water before stamping.  I did this also under the kraft speech bubble.  I also used the same colors and technique with the script heart from You've Got Love Mail.  Over the ledger heart is the love circle stamped in grey.


I decided to write my journaling on the kraft speech bubble from the Bits and Pieces.  Over it I added a love story circle (my layout title) and popped it up for emphasis.  The little love circle in the middle connects the elements.  On the lower picture I added the true love tab...I just love how it adds a fun touch so easily.


Under this picture I stamped the love circle multiple times in grey (using second generation stamping) and then added the heart circle over it.  The photo corner was created with the strip from Numbers patterned paper.

I hope you've been inspired to try your hand at scrapbooking if you are a reluctant scrapbooker like me!

Join us tomorrow for more Share the Love week!  Don't forget that we have a whole week of inspiration to planned for you. :-)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend Update

Hello lovely ones!  It's Shay here to give you a weekend update. :-)

On Facebook to celebrate reaching 500 Facebook family members we are having a giveaway.  All you need to do is go to our Facebook page and comment and share the giveaway post.  To go directly to the Facebook giveaway post CLICK HERE.  And thank you for all of your support!  The giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 pm CST.

We have been humbled by our 3 Special Guest Stars this month!  And we hope you've enjoyed all the tremendous inspiration and eye candy.  In case you missed it here are some links:

Donna Mikasa: Introduction | Take 1 | Take 2
Melissa Phillips: Introduction | Take 1 | Take 2
Jocelyn Olson: Introduction | Take 1 | Take 2

(You are hearing it here first)  In honor of {inter}National Scrapbook Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 winnie & walter is going to have a whole week of fun things:


Tomorrow we kick off our Share the Love Week this time featuring Elle's Studio!  Julie, Vanessa, Heather, Kelly, Joni and I will be playing along (and there's a giveaway).

And we've had tons of additions to our join in to win! page.  They are all so sensational and we always feel such joy seeing how everyone incorporates w&w stamps and other products into their art.  Make sure to share yours too!

See you tomorrow for the Share the Love Week.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Special Guest Star Jocelyn Olson Take Two


Jocelyn Olson joins us for one last day as a Special Guest Star and we couldn't be more psyched.  She is sharing another phenomenal card.  But enough writing let's get to the star!


Vibrant colors and patterns juxtaposed with clean cool whites make this one visually striking and hypnotic card!  Here Jocelyn has let the negative of "congrats" from The Big, the Bold and You cut files shine by placing it over a bold ombre pattern paper.  The "you rock" is stamped with The Big, the Bold and You stamp set (love the touches of sewing Jocelyn adds to her projects).  She further decorates her card with vellum spray of leaves cut with The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom cut files.  Few can so artistically layer and yet Jocelyn nails it!  Jocelyn, you rock!

To see more about Jocelyn's project CLICK HERE.

We were so fortunate to be graced with Jocelyn's awesomeness this week.  We feel truly blessed and thank Jocelyn from the bottom of our hearts!

Make sure to leave Jocelyn some love here and on her blog!

 In case you missed it, Jocelyn's first Special Guest Star post is HERE and Monday we had our little "introduction" of Jocelyn which you can read HERE.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Guest Star Melissa Phillips Take Two

Melissa Phillips enchants once again with two all new and positively riveting cards!  Wait until you see them!


Melissa is well known for her projects of remarkable feminine grace, but this dad card proves that she also crafts amazing masculine cards too!  Melissa highlighted some of the stamps from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Dad by cutting out the center of the frame to reveal the male silhouette underneath which she stamped upon text patterned paper.  The addition of the red spades to the corners is a lovely touch. She chose to use sentiments from Parentville which we designed to match up with The Write Stuff: Leave it to Dad (or The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom).  The star accents in red, white and blue and silver button all add a peppy feel.  If that isn't enough under the "dad" she faintly stamped the argyle from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Dad.  Such a dynamic and handsome card!


This last card is classic Melissa:  feminine; sweet; detailed and utterly charming.  She's stamped her own patterned paper with the bow and flower from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom in the background and it flows seamlessly with the layers of patterned paper and washi.  She stamped a heart and banner with smaller words from The Big, the Bold and You and embossed the big "you" from The Big, the Bold and You which she the framed with embossed sprigs from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom onto a tag.  So adorable!

To see more about Melissa's project CLICK HERE.

We think we may love Melissa even more than we did before.  It has been our absolute pleasure and honor to have her ink up our stamps.  Thank you so very much, Melissa!

Make sure to leave Melissa some love here and on her blog!  

In case you missed it, Melissa's first Special Guest Star post is HERE and Monday we had our little "introduction" of Melissa which you can read HERE.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Special Guest Star Jocelyn Olson Take One

You have only to see a project by Jocelyn Olson to know she has a uniquely wondrous outlook and marvelous eye.  Her ability to meld different mediums into something new, fresh, jubilant and exciting is something to treasure and learn from.  We aren't biased...honestly. :-)


This card is one example of how Jocelyn is such an amazing artist.  Her confident use of color, pattern and products not to mention the deft blending of stamps from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom and The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom cut files is indisputable proof.  There are layers of patterned paper, colors, images and embellishments, but there is also plenty of restful space to calm the eye.  It is a delicate balance Jocelyn does with consummate ease.  Seriously, what is there not to love?

To see more about Jocelyn's fabulous card CLICK HERE.

Make sure to leave Jocelyn some love here and on her blog! Come back Friday for another day with Jocelyn! And we had our little "introduction" of Jocelyn Monday which you can read HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Special Guest Star Melissa Phillips Take One


To say we were giddy when Melissa Phillips said yes to being a Special Guest Star is a bit of an understatement.  She weaves magic and spins stardust into little wonders of art.  


Today's card by Melissa is so dainty, elegant and pretty!  It is such a delightful touch to accentuate the central layer featuring the silhouette with the frame offset behind it (both of which are from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom).  The accents of the felt flowers and sequins centers along with the floral spray stamp are a perfect way to dress up the lady.  The soft pieces of patterned paper, ribbon and banner sentiment from Parentville complete this marvel of feminine grace a mother is sure to love!

To see more about Melissa's project CLICK HERE.

Make sure to leave Melissa some love here and on her blog!

Come back Thursday for another day with Melissa! And we had our little "introduction" of Melissa yesterday which you can read HERE.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Special Guest Star, Jocelyn Olson!

1 of 2 posts today.  For the Introduction to April's Special Guest Star, Melissa Phillips CLICK HERE.

Seeing Jocelyn Olson's work is a revelation.  There is mastery of layering AND white space!  She uses digital and mixed media products with equal aplomb and grace.  The details Jocelyn adds are invariably thoughtful, artistic and inspiring.  We think Jocelyn is simply stupendous!  We are as excited as children Christmas morning to have Jocelyn as one of our Special Guest Stars this month!



I’m a wife, mom of two great kids, avid papercrafter, bright color lover, non-fiction book reader, Brady Bunch fan, and expert Polly Pockets dresser. In my spare time, I work as a consultant for states on Federal education and special education programs. Currently, I’m on the Scraptastic Club Design Team and the Glitz Design Digital Team. Thanks Shay and Julie for having me as the Guest Star for the second Winnie + Walter release. I'm excited to be guesting!


Be sure to tune in here for Jocelyn's unbelievable projects this Wednesday and Friday!

April Special Guest Star, Melissa Phillips!

1 of 2 posts today.  For the Introduction to Special Guest Star, Jocelyn Olson CLICK HERE.

Melissa Phillips is well known among paper crafters the world over for good reason: she's a delightful lady making our world brighter and prettier one project at a time!  Everything she creates exudes a sense of sweetness, authenticity and charm.  Her work is heartfelt and heartwarming which is surely a reflection of Melissa's kind and generous soul.  We here at w&w have been fans of Melissa for years and years and are so entirely besides ourselves to have her be one of our Special Guest Stars this month. 



Melissa was born and raised in American Fork, UT. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she and her husband moved to Southern Nevada where they currently live with their little girl.

After the birth of her daughter, Melissa wanted to make handmade Thank You notes to send out and became hooked immediately on card making. It all spiraled from there and has become a wonderful and rewarding part of Melissa’s life.

“I love creating things for other people, and I enjoy the process of working with my hands to turn ordinary paper into something heartfelt. My loves are card making and altering anything that sparks my interest. I enjoy every minute of it and I love to share my creations with those I love.”


Look for Melissa's stunning projects tomorrow and Thursday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Special Guest Star Donna Mikasa Take Two

We are so lucky to have Donna Mikasa for another day full of beautiful projects.  We know you will be as delighted as we are at the marvels Donna's created!


Bright, flirty and vivacious this is just right to give to a fun friend to say hello, send them as a pick-me-up or to invite them out (or maybe in for some cocktails and crafting). Donna paired vibrantly inked up purses from Parentville with a sentiment made with The Big, the Bold, and the Happy.  Va-va-voom!


This thank you card by Donna feels like it has a rainbow of flowers sprinkled across it!   A gorgeous trail of flowers made with The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom and a big "thank you" (she simply did not ink up the "s" on the big "thanks") from The Big, the Bold and You embossed in gold make this one lusciously beautiful card!


Donna's last card is one classy number!  Using more bright color and water her purses from Parentville make a lively and zesty border which is boldly accentuated with black.  And the sentiment made from The Big, the Bold and You looks oh so chic.  Talk about a card looking like a million!

CLICK HERE to see Donna's post.

We feel blessed to have had Donna work her magic with w&w stamps.  We thank her from the bottom of our hearts!  Donna, you are one in a million!

Make sure to leave Donna some very well deserved love here and on her blog!

And if you've missed our introduction to Donna CLICK HERE or her first set of projects CLICK HERE.

Have a very happy weekend and check back Monday for some more inspiration!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Special Guest Star Donna Mikasa Take One

Today we bring you our first day with the delightful Donna Mikasa!  You will see her gleeful use of color, technique and skill with using a few supplies for stunning results.  Her projects convey a sense of play and happiness in creative exploration.    


First up is this pretty oval card that is perfect for expressing heartfelt gratitude.  Donna created her dainty flowers using The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom.  She stamped a sweet customized sentiment with The Big, the Bold and You is so sweet.  The finishing touches of gems and the lovely butterfly make for a superb thank you.


This card is full of so much verve and charm!  Donna used the purse from Parentville to create this watercolored card which she then outlines with a black pen (such a great touch!).  The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and You and fits the joyous feel of this card.  What a delight!


Donna makes a dashing statement with her bow tie stamped background!  Here she uses various colors and pops up a few bow ties for dimension and interest.  A little element with a big impact!  She built her sentiment using "dad' from Parentville and the rest from The Big, the Bold and You.  Donna, you are awesome indeed!

CLICK HERE to see how Donna made these stupendous cards.

Make sure to leave Donna some love here and on her blog!

Come back Friday for another day with Donna!  And we had our little "introduction" of Donna Monday which you can read HERE.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our First April Special Guest Star, Donna Mikasa!

We have the greatest honor to have the truly magnificent Donna Mikasa join us this month as one of our Special Guest Stars.  Donna is not only a gifted stamper, but a superbly kind person.  She dazzles with her clean, simple, colorful and purely joyful and joy-filled designs.  We just love her to pieces!  And we know we aren't alone.



Aloha! My name is Donna Mikasa ( and to say that I’m thrilled to be a guest designer for Winnie & Walter is an understatement! I’m so excited to be here to share my cards with you.

I was born and raised in the Aloha State on the island of Oahu. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Keith, and we are the parents of two grown daughters. I’ve been stamping for many, many years and not a day goes by that I don’t do something that involves getting inky. When I’m not crafting, I like going to the gym, traveling, or visiting food blogs for healthy recipes.

Thank you, Julie and Shay, for having me as your Guest Star for the awesome second release! I’m forever a Winnie & Walter fan.


Donna wowed us by sharing her stunning projects using w&w stamps in the last few months.  If you haven't seen them, you are in for a treat!


CLICK HERE to see Donna's blog post on her card using The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set.

For more of Donna's gorgeous projects follow these links:

CLICK HERE for her Virginia's View blog post.
CLICK HERE for her Happy Day blog post.
CLICK HERE for the CASE the Sketch 64 blog post.
CLICK HERE for her Cure for the Monday Blues 3 blog post.


This Wednesday and Friday we will be showcasing the amazing projects Donna made using our Second Release.  They are not to be missed!! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank You | Giveaway

Happy Friday!  We couldn't focus on thank yous without thanking you!  On Facebook you will find a giveaway of The Big, the Bold and You.

Make sure to comment and share for your chance to win!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thank You | Thank You a la Joni

Hello there everyone!  It's Shay again back with another thank you card.  I sort of channeled my inner Joni on this one. :-)  Joni makes the most beautiful backgrounds and did a stellar job with creating floral backgrounds this past release as seen HERE.


Ever want just "thank" rather than "thanks"?  Me too!  I played with the "thanks" from The Big, the Bold and You to create "thank" that I matched up with the "you" also from The Big, the Bold and You.  Below you can see how I used some handy tape to cover up the "s" so that it would not ink up.  Simply peel off the tape before stamping (you don't know how many times I have to remind myself to remove the tape before I stamp).  As you can see it stamped out perfectly!  So love that.


I wanted a fun variegated look so I stamped "thank" in peacock feathers and salty ocean Distress Inks (shown above) and "you" in festive berry and worn lipstick on a panel of watercolor paper.  Then I painted over the words with a waterbrush that I dipped in Studio Calico's Mister Huey's Calico Shine.  You are not be able to see it in the picture but in real life there is a pretty shimmer on the words.

With the flowers from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom I created flowers in spun sugar and worn lipstick.  The centers were stamped in festive berries using one of the solid circles from Scenery: Big Bang Confetti.  The leaves are stamped in peacock feathers and are also from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom.  To fill in some of the white spaces I stamped in the large outline circle from Scenery: Big Bang Confetti in salty ocean and sequins fit perfectly inside those open circles.  

The edges of the panel are lightly inked and adhered with dimensional adhesive to a navy cardstock base with a small scalloped patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper Flea Market 6x6 paper pad die cut using the Femme Frames by Mama Elephant.

I hope you've enjoyed today's thank you card and we would love to see yours too!  Link up on our join in to win! page for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  


P.S. Be checking on Facebook as there may be a little giveaway very soon. ;-)