Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Special Guest Star Karolyn Loncon

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I am so thrilled today to introduce you to one incredibly warm, funny, vivacious, gifted and generous lady as our special guest star: Karolyn Loncon!  With her bright and ready smile, Karolyn immediately makes everyone feel at ease and like a friend.  Seriously, you could not meet a nicer or sweeter person and it is no wonder she leads such a full life as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many along with being on the design team of such superb companies as Avery Elle and My Favorite Things.

I know you will adore her and her projects as much as I do!

Please give Karolyn a big warm w&w welcome!

Well hello!!

I’m so thrilled and honored to be joining you all today to share a few projects that I created using some of my most favorite Winnie & Walter stamps and dies!  I’m so grateful to Shay for having me in today – she’s one of the sweetest human beings in our industry, and to have the chance to play with some of the newest Winnie & Walter products was such a blessing.  Thank you, Shay, for making me feel so special and appreciated!  Okay, let’s get to my projects, shall we?

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My first project was so stinkin’ fun to create!  I was totally drawn to the solid images of the Our Town Stamp Set.  This stamp set is so versatile!  I saw the “holiday” possibilities, but I also saw the “everyday” aspect of this stamp set, too.  That’s what I decided to focus on with this project.  I stamped the houses, fence, lamp post, tree, hearts, clouds and sunshine onto an image panel using VersaMark Ink, and then I heat embossed the images using White Detail Embossing Powder.  I blended some Distress Inks to create a bright and sunshiny background, and die cut the image panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the sentiments from the Wishing You with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set using Onyx Black VersaFine Pigment Ink, and then heat embossed them with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.  I wrapped some black and white twine around the bottom of the image panel and tied it into a bow for my road!  I added my most fave Sparkling Clear Sequins with some Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive, and then adhered the image panel to an A2 white card base with foam tape.  I’d like to think that this would brighten anyone’s day if it showed up in their mailbox.

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My next project again features the Our Town Stamp Set.  I thought that darling little church would make a perfect wedding card!  I stamped the church, fence, and clouds onto a white image panel with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed them with White Detail Embossing Powder.  I masked off the horizon and lightly applied some Distress Inks for the grass and then the sky.  I also added a bit of gray distress ink in the space for the door – I thought it looked like an old church door after I did that.  Next, I stamped the sentiment, again from the Wishing You with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set, using VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed them with Silver Detail (“Wishing you”) and Black Detail (“all the happiness in the world”) Embossing Powders.  I die cut the image panel using a scalloped and stitched rectangle die, and adhered the image panel to a white A2 card base with foam tape.  Sparkling Clear Sequins added the perfect finishing touch.  The Our Town Stamp Set and the Wishing You with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set are both EXTREMELY versatile sets, and I will most definitely be using them often!

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Oh my goodness, the LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set just melted my heart when I saw it.  I had the great opportunity to meet the illustrator of this stamp set, Evelin Tee, at CHA a couple of years ago.  She would come by the Avery Elle booth and do our make and takes, and I instantly fell in love with her sweet nature and kind demeanor.  We looked forward to her and her friend, Anna, visiting the booth every day to do our latest make and takes.  So when I found out that she was illustrating for Winnie & Walter, it didn’t surprise me one little bit that her illustrations would steal my heart!  They are soooo stinkin’ cute!  I thought that chubby little birdie would be perfect for a baby card, and it paired perfectly with the Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways! I die cut the letters from some blue gingham patterned paper and paper-pieced the bow tie using the same paper.  I stamped the birdie and colored him with Copic Markers and die cut him and the bow tie using the coordinating LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Cutaways.  I did a bit of light ink blending with some Distress Inks to create that soft background.  I stamped the “Welcome” (after doing a tiny bit of stamp surgery) sentiment from the LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set onto the image panel using some black ink, and die cut the image panel using a stitched rectangle die.  I adhered the letter and bird (to replace the A) die cuts using some foam tape.  I adhered the image panel to a light peach card base.  Isn’t that birdie the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!

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My last project was created with my sweet grandson, Brecken, in mind.  He’s turning 7 in May, so I wanted to put a personalized card together for him.  The Typecast: Cary Numbers Cutaways made this task a breeze!!  I positioned the number dies a bit off center so that the “2” cut off at the left edge of an A2 white panel.  I cobbled together the “happy”, “th” and “birthday” from a couple of awesomely versatile stamp sets – “happy” and “birthday” came from The Big, The Bold & The Happy Stamp Set, and the “th” came from The Big, The Bold and You Stamp Set (again, after doing more stamp surgery to the word “the”)!  One of the things that I LOVE about Winnie & Walter’s stamps is that many of the sets use the same font for sentiments, so mixing and matching is awesomely easy!!!  Hello!! Versatility in stamps makes me so incredibly happy!!  I masked off and blended some Distress Inks onto the card base so that the “7” would stand out among all of those white letters.  Then I adhered the image panel to the card base with foam tape (I also adhered the number bits inside the number negatives).  As a last detail, I stamped the heart shaped balloon from the LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set, created a mask for the balloon, and blended the same distress inks that I used for the “7” onto the balloon.  I die cut the balloon using the coordinating LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Cutaways.  I adhered it with more foam tape.  Easy, peasy!! I’m pretty sure Brecken is going to love this “just for him” birthday card made by Gramma!

So, there you have it!  I have had a blast creating for Shay and Winnie & Walter!  Their stamps and dies make designing a real pleasure!  I look forward to pulling out my Winnie & Walter stamps and dies on a regular basis!  Thank you, Shay, for inviting me to share with your readers – you are one in a million, my friend, and I’m ever so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.  I hope you all enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to visit me at my blog, Paper Therapy, any time!  I love having visitors and making new friends!  So come on by whenever you have a chance!


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14 comments:

  1. Oh my...that's a bunch of gorgeous cards!!! Love the last one especially. Such a simple yet effective design.

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  2. Charming cards and
    all are so pretty!
    Carla from Utah

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  3. Such great cards Karolyn, I especially love the birthday card using the number dies, that is the second one I saw today (similarly done.) I love this!

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  4. You did an amazing job on all your cards �� !

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  5. OH I LOVE Karolyn!! These cards are just too cute! I especially love the number card. So clever!!

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  6. Always so fun to see the card designs you come up with your. Your creativity is wonderful!

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  7. Love your cards, Karolyn. I was so excited to see what you did with the Our Town set. I have looked at the set half a dozen times, but just didn't want the constraints of solid images. I have never thought to do emboss resist. That opens up a whole new realm of ideas.

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  8. Oh what terrific cards! So creative & beautiful!

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  9. I'm a huge fan of Karolyn and her work! Lovely cards~

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  10. Hi Karolyn, I just happened upon your designs. They are wonderful. Love!! the birthday card.

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  11. wow! what superb creations :) totally love them !!

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  12. Great cards! So bright and chirpy, going to pop along and discover your blog now!

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