Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Leading Lady Amy Tsuruta | Take One

Today we are overjoyed to introduce our March Leading Lady, Amy Tsuruta.   Amy's clean, simple, trendy and bold designs caught our eye since the beginning.  Amy along with our friend Chaitali Narla created a fabulous site dedicated to coffee and cardmaking called Coffee Loving Cardmakers in which they host seasonal coffee blog hops.   What a jolt of camaraderie, fun and awesome way to give back and celebration coffee + crafting!

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

Give Amy a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our March Leading Lady!   




Happy Saturday! 

Hello, it's me...Amy Tsuruta or ~amy~.  I'm beyond thrilled to be the March Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter!  I will be their Saturday guest for the month and so excited to get started!


First a bit about me!  

I'm a momma to 2 beautiful kids.   My baby girl turns 20 this month!  She's going to the University of Washington and majoring in Microbiology.  My son is a senior in high school and we're seeing the college acceptances come in...We'll be empty nesters soon and sigh, that makes me a sad momma!  I'm engaged to Darin.  He's a super guy that fully encourages my paper crafting....as I encourage his hobby, airplane building...yes, as in real-life-size airplane, not model or remote controlled.  I work part-time for a start up biotech company in Seattle.  I've worked in biotech or the biomedical device industry for, gasp, almost 20 years.  I graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 (late bloomer!}.

I've been happily blogging since 2007 and my home called:  Tsuruta Designs

Easy way to pronounce my last name:

tsu•ru•ta [sue - roo - ta]

I have met so many fabulous people during this blogging journey...and have several that come over to craft with me on a monthly basis, I consider myself so super fortunate!

Let's get to my projects today, shall we?!

I wanted to do a recurring theme, newsprint.

First up is a 'happy' card:


I really love the trend using distress inks.  It is amazing all the different looks you can achieve.  

I die cut the Big Bang Confetti Cutaways using watercolor paper.  I didn't snip the shapes apart but kept them whole.  I transferred the die cuts to my craft mat and spritzed them with water and using a paintbrush, I brushed mowed lawn and picked raspberry onto the confetti pieces.



My card base is 4.25 x 4.25.  The vellum layer is 3.75 x 3.75.  I used glossy accents to adhere the confetti and the vellum down.  Can you guess what I used for the In a Word: Happy Cutaway?   Yup, it's craft foam....love that stuff and love that it comes in awesome colors like charcoal.

Next up, a thanks card:


I used the negative piece of the Big Bang Confetti Cutaways, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a mini ink blending tool.  I love how it looks with the newsprint base.  Do you see the First Birthday Bash Sequin Mix on my card?  The sentiment is ala The Big, the Bold and You Cutaways.  This time I used black craft foam.

My last project for today is a tag with an altered mini to-go cup!


I used both tags in the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways set.  I altered the larger tag by shortening it up to compliment the petite tag.

Using a Steel Gray cardstock for the petite tag, I white embossed the banner stick & cupcake from Sugar Rush.  I wanted to make it look like a sparkler on the cupcake, so I used an image from the Sparkle set {which will be available later this year} and embossed it with a Stardust embossing powder.  I smeared white ink on the grey tag and finished it off with a Happy Banner using a die from the Katharine Cutaways set.

Now, onto the mini to-go cup...I used the Lulu Fringe Cutaway with grey cardstock and lavender tissue paper.  Around the top of the cup I used silver glittery washi tape.


I was inspired by

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #300



Winnie & Walter are a Sponsor for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

Whew!  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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85 comments:

  1. LOVE Amy's projects! Congrats, Amy!

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  2. Amy is amazing! I love love love these!!!! She ROCKS!!!!!!!!

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  3. All three projects are great! Love the newspaper print paper as a background! The black and grey tag on the cup is really sharp! And I love how the Big Bang dies turned out with the distress ink! Just gorgeous! You do amazing work, so clean and simple and elegant!

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  4. I am so please, proud, and overjoyed to see you as W&W's Leading Lady, Amy!!! Fabulous projects - just love the little skirt on your final cup!! xoxox
    =] Michele

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  5. Great projects - love all the circles and stars and colors on the cards.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  6. I love Amy, excellent leading lady choice! These are all beautiful!

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  7. So excited to see Amy here! She's super creative and such a sweetheart...love all her projects. So much love in each one <3

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  8. A wonderful choice for your leading lady! Love Amy's designs!

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  9. Congrats Amy! I love her work.

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  10. What a Fabulous choice for Leading Lady! Congrats, Amy!!!

    These are all fantastic creations! LOVE the foam being used and not as simply backing to add dimension. Love that it's been brought out to play in the light!!! Everything is just beautiful! ♥

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  11. great projects! that gift cup is adorable!

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  12. Congrats Amy!!!! Love these sweet projects all with the newsprint! It is a lovely backdrop! And so clever to use the negative of the confetti as a stencil!

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  13. yay for Amy and wow all of these are amazing.. so creative and pretty..

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  14. ooohhh... Love the pops of color against gray!

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  15. First of all, if there was a Dictionary for us paper crafters and you looked up "clean, simple, trendy and bold designs", Amy's face would appear!
    The three creations today are totally awesome and totally ~amy~

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  16. Oh such fun projects Amy. They all make me smile. So happy you are a W&W Leading Lady. You Rock gf.

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  17. The stamping on the printed paper is so pretty. Blue is my favorite color anyway.
    thanks for sharing some fun projects

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  18. Woo hoooo!! Awesome to see you working your creative magic with W&W, Amy! I see, from your amazing projects, some products that *need* to go on my list! You're a firecracker of inspiration, my friend!
    Hugs~c

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  19. Amy so excited to see you as the leading lady at W & W, they could not have made a better choice! Love your cards!

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  20. Fabulous leading lady and equally fabulous projects Welcome Amy looking forward to seeing more of what you make this month :)
    Kate xx

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  21. I am loving the newsprint! Amy is SO talented...looking forward to her feature this month! Congrats, Amy!

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  22. I absolutely love your cards! I'm going to run over to your blog right now and start following it!

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  23. I am blown away by Amy's projects! They are always sooo cool! I'm such a fan of Amy! I can't wait to see what she does!

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  24. Amy's projects are all awesome, love that newsprint background to make all her stamps and diecuts pop!

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  25. Wow, wow, wow! Love all of your projects and your awesome use of W&W!!

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  26. Woohoo, Amy!!! Super AWESOME projects! Love!

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  27. Awesome cards & tag! Love the colors, texture and everything about it!

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  28. So HAPPY to see your gorgeous creations here Amy!!! CONGRATS :) :) :) and FABULOUS work!

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  29. Amy, you are great! Love your work!

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  30. I like that foam word! Fun. Especially for kids cards

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  31. Such beautiful projects! So happy to see Amy as Leading Lady - love her style!

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  32. Beautiful cards, Amy, love the water color you did on each one! Also I do love your cup and the fringe idea...cute gift!

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  33. Wonderful and creative creations!

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  34. Love each of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Fun and festive! Love your cute designs!

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  36. Adorable Mini Cup. Love the fringe.

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  37. These cards are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your future posts.

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  38. Welcome and your creations
    are lovely! Really like the
    craft foam usage.
    Carla from Utah

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  39. CONGRATULATIONS on being Leading Lady Amy!!!
    I've been a fan of yours for ages and it is WONDERFUL getting to know you better - so excited to learn that you're in the scientific field - I'm a "science geek" too and like you, I LOVE to craft with the support of my wonderful partner & best friend :) ... little did I know that I would be so reliant on scientific research to develop innovative medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    LOVE your cards and tag - your inking on the confetti pieces of your CHEERY HAPPY card is GORGEOUS, SO CLEVER how you used the negative as a stencil on your PRETTY THANKS card and your tag has the PERFECT amount of SPARKLE & GORGEOUS colour combo!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, looking forward to next Saturday so see what Winnie & Walter have inspired you to create :)

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  40. Love the confetti cards!! Using the negative as a stencil on the newsprint looks awesome. Cute tag, too.

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  41. Hi Amy. It's wonderful to see u be The Leading Lady for March. Bravo that Winnie & Walter love yr style too. You r so popular! Think it is because u r so inspirational with yr style. Love yr HAPPY card with the vellum the best. :)

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  42. Sweet cards Welcome to you guest spot. and projects.

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  43. Congrats Amy! Your projects are wonderful!

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  44. Great uses for the Winnie and Walter products! Love your projects!

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  45. So happy to see Amy here on the Winnie and Walter blog! Love her work.

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  46. Such cute cards! Love the colors.

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  47. Hi Amy. I like your newspaper design, it draws the eye to your main focal point.

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  48. Congratulations on being Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady, Amy! Such fantastic inspiration ... that frilled skirt around the wee cup is so cute! Anita :)

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  49. I LOVE Amy's amazing creations! So glad she is this month's Leading Lady!

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  50. Wow - AMY is sparkling at being the leading lady this month at Winnie and Walter!!! What awesomely delicious and yummy projects she has created - she had helped me to add several things to my W & W wish list!!! Such a fun post!!!

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  51. Big shout out to Amy! You know I love your stuff girl!

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  52. Wow, I love all of your projects. Beautiful.

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  53. Love Amy and her work! Great cards and projects today!

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  54. Yay Amy!! These are all so gorgeous, you and W&W go together perfectly!

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  55. Wow Congrats AMY I am a fan of her work and she sure will rock the winnie & Walter stamps and dies so happy to see her over here as a leading lady, way to go Amy!!!!!!!

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  56. So happy to see Amy here! Great projects, love the little tag!

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  57. Hi Amy! I love them all, especially the fun use of the confetti and fringe dies. I just might need them. LOL Thanks, Paulette S.,
    craftqueen417 at yahoo dot com
    http://paulettesprettypapercrafts dot com

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  58. Great creations! I always enjoy seeing your work, Amy!

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  59. How awesome!! Congrats to Amy! Her work is always stunning. LOVE!!

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  60. As usual, all of Amy's projects are fabulous! I love her "happy" card - the use of craft foam and the watercolored elements are dynamite! What a great choice of leading lady for this month!

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  61. Love Amy's fun and creative cards! Thank you W&W for selecting her as the leading lady!

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  62. Wonderful creations by Amy. I can see why you picked her as this month's leading lady!

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  63. Nice getting to know a little more about Amy. I love her work and am in awe of her awesome CAS...love the coffee loving aspect too...

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  64. Eeeek!!! Amy rocks!!! That mini coffee cup is just so adorable!!! And I loooooooooove that she used the negative as a stencil on the 2nd card! It seriously is incredible with the Aqua!!! ❤️

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  65. Congratulations, Amy! These are amazing projects!!

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  66. Love this cute projects and I always enjoy Amy's creative inspiration! I especially like the vellum over newsprint!

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  67. These are wonderful! Especially love the colorful die cuts on the first card!

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  68. What a beautiful sparkly blue thanks card!

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  69. Your style is so clean and fresh!
    I love the little altered to go cup &
    tag! Congrats on your Leading Lady title :-)
    I am a microbiologist at a large hospital based lab. I've been at it for 29 years and still am amazed at how the bacteria can change so fast and become so resistant to antibiotics!

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  71. Cute projects...love how you used the stamps.

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  72. Love your projects. I never thought of die cutting a word out of fun foam and now I'm going to try it.

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  73. Precious cards - I love the use of craft foam, who knew it was good for something other than driving Grandma nuts after the grandkids leave!

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  74. That tiny little coffee tag is adorable! So cute!

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  75. Congrats Amy! Your projects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

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  76. I just love all of Amy's projects! I always look forward to seeing what she's created. She is a wonderful leading lady!

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  77. Totally awesome cards. I love the second one, where you used the big bank confetti cutouts. Great idea to use the negative. Great giveaway.

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