Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Leading Lady Keren Baker | Take One

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Today we are thrilled to introduce our October Leading Lady, Keren Baker.   A wife and mum of 6 from England, Keren is a published artist and 2014 Top 10 Gallery Idol.  Keren really impressed us with her ingenuity, cleverness, individuality and artistry.      

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

Give Keren a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our October Leading Lady!    
Hello! It's so lovely to be here with you all.

I'm pretty chuffed to have been asked to be a Leading Lady (although being a 'lady' makes me feel really old!) and to be honest, I've hardly known which lovely Winnie and Walter supplies to choose. So rather than focus on one set or die, I've gone with a theme;
'Making more out of your dies!'

I had intended on just bringing you one or two ideas and then the theme progressed to using up what I'd already created for the previous card and it morphed slightly out of control ;-)

The first card is using a die to create a simple stencil with cardstock to add embossing paste through. I've used the fabulous Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway



By not adding paste through the whole die-cut stencil it gives a really interesting shape. I just made sure I masked it off well.

The central heart is from the 'True' stamp set and I've just embossed onto vellum and added some watercolour markers.



I wanted to do a 'multi layered' stacked technique next and used the In A Word: Hi Cutaway



This was tonnes of fun creating, I just die cut 9 layers of 'hi's' in different cardstock colours. Next, I sewed around the top layer in matching threads and just offset each layer whilst keeping each layer straight. Whilst making this card I realised that the left overs were in fact, a brilliant shape just perfect for another card. Spy the gap between the 'h' and if you trim it out and add a little 'stick', you'll end up with something like this!



I've also added The Big, The Bold and Friends Cutaways for the sentiment. I just wanted 'smile' so trimmed the 's' off. Wouldn't a row of ice-lollies make anyone smile!

When I had added the strips of cardstock to the 'Hi' card, I had lots left and so thought I'd create a striped effect with another die. I used the Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway along with In A Word: Friend Cutaway.



This was done using an acetate die-cut of the Cover Model. I added some Distress inks onto the acetate stencil, spraying it with water and then pressing onto a piece of cardstock. Dab any excess off and you get a pretty watercolour effect.


I added the left over strips onto a piece of card and die cut the In a Word: Friend Cutaway die out twice. This gave it dimension without detracting too much from the background.

The thing was, I had a lovely leftover striped piece that now needed using too ;-)



So, I backed it onto another piece of card. I added the negative black parts from another die cut piece and that finished it off perfectly.

Who knew that one lovely die would lead to so many other cards!

Whilst I can't promise 5 projects each week, I am going to be exploring some Winnie & Walter digital files next week and using them with stamps and dies to get a different look.

Thanks for letting me join you this week, I'm really looking forward to being with you next week for Part 2!  

Keren x

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38 comments:

  1. Wow, talk about stretching your dies!

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    1. Thanks!! Well- you might as well get your money's worth out of them πŸ˜‰ x

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    1. Thanks!!. I rarely use left over bits so thought it was about time I did! x

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  3. WOW, these are over the top, out of the box, CREATIVE cards! I'm blown away!

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    1. Thankyou so much! That's really kind! x

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  4. Swoon. Keren has made your products into something(s) extraordinary.

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    1. Aww thanks! You're of my favourite commenters- you know that right?! x

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  5. Amazing projects Keren :D
    Kate xx

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  6. Amazing work, Keren! You played the Leading Lady part so superbly! I love each and every one of them! Happy WCMD to all!

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    1. Thankyou lovely! I'm so glad you liked them xx

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  7. Congrats on being the Leading Lady and these cards are outstanding, so inspiring x

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    1. Thankyou Sandie- so glad you liked my projects x

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  8. Oh, these cards made me smile :)))
    Beautiful colours, clever, clever uses of the die cuts!

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    1. Aww thankyou! Your comment made me smile πŸ˜„. I just love these dies! x

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  9. WOW! Ingenious, imaginative and inspiring! You've showcased ways to use W&W in ways I'd never think of, with results that are breath-taken-away amazing! I'll definitely be casing these...too gorgeous not to!
    ~c

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    1. Thankyou so much- that's a really lovely comment x

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  10. What fun cards. Love how one leads into the next. A hoard of great ideas. Hugz

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    1. Thankyou so much- it was funny how they happened that way ( it doesn't normally!!) X

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  11. Brilliant take on all the projects, love how you used your scraps in last one! Love the color choice, multi layering, how you stretched your dies, techniques, OMGoodness so many things!!!!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked my projects- hope there were some ideas you might try too! x

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  12. You are so clever, love how you used the dies. The funny thing is yesterday I was cutting out a pile of 'hi's' and said to my daughter 'look little paddle pops (icecreams) same shape.' Then you suggest using.

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    1. Ha! Great minds and all that! I'd love to see your take on it too! xx

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  13. Wow! Wow! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Amazing cards using the die cuts amd stamps. You are so creative! Can't wait to see more of your projects next week :)

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    1. Thankyou Helen!! It's so easy to be inspired with a bunch of these W&W products! x

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS on being the Leading Lady Keren!!!
    GREAT getting to know you :)
    WOW - you sure have shared a WORLD of WONDERFUL with us today, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS colours & designs, SO MANY EXCITING techniques too - LOVE your cards and LOVE your STYLE!!!
    Looking forward to seeing what you create to share next week, in the meantime I have plenty of techniques to try - THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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    1. Thankyou Tracy for your really lovely comment! I'm so glad you liked my projects x

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  15. Beautiful way to incorporate the rainbow into your cards.

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    1. Thankyou Mary-Anne! You could tell I love rainbows?! πŸ˜‰ x

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  16. wow...i totally loved the techniques u shared ...very clever use of die & placement of cut outs ...liked the rainbow colors on all cards..and yes congrats for being Leading Lady !! :)

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  17. Amazing creations...I love the way you have showcased various ideas
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  18. Such fun to see you and your amazing creativity here at WW. Fabulous projects. Love all the doodled dot action.

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous creations! And talk about stretching your dies... so great that you saw the opportunity to create an ice cream rainbow from leftovers.

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  20. Wow! How did I miss this post - stunning cards and tag!

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  21. I need to try some embossing paste. Looks fun

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  22. Wonderful projects. My favorites are the popsicle card and friend tag. Well done.

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  23. Your cads are just beautiful. I am adding you to my feedly list

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