Saturday, March 18, 2017

March Leading Lady Nicole Picadura | Take Three {Video}


Our March Leading Lady, Nicole Picadura is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her soft and textured beautiful second performance CLICK HERE.   Today she brings you another artfully crafted and impeccably made card with a video tutorial!

Without further ado, Nicole....

Hello! One of my good friends is expecting a baby boy in the summer so I wanted to create a card for an upcoming baby shower for her. (And, an excuse to use blue colors is always welcome!)

Friday, March 17, 2017

w&w 3rd Birthday Bash | Challenge Winners

This is our second post today.  To see Lydia's post CLICK HERE.

It is beyond time to announce the random challenge winners of our month-long 3rd Birthday Bash Challenges!

We treasure each of your comments and for creating such magnificent art with our products.  It humbles us mightily.  We may need food, water, sleep and shelter to live, but it is you that is one of the things that makes the living rewarding! :-)

>>>3rd BIRTHDAY BASH CHALLENGE WINNERS<<< (randomly chosen)

  • Three Challenge with Shayrachel_vass_shay_challenge_IMG_1516
  • No. 14 Rachel Vass

  • Cute Critters Challenge with Gayatri
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    No. 4 Preeti D.

  • Ink Smooshing with Heather H

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    No. 16 Ashwini

  • Mood Board Challenge with Heather P 

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    No. 89 Jessica Lin

  • Sequins Challenge with Kate
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    No. 22 Maryam
    No. 59 Sue LD
    No. 24 Andrea Shell 
    No. 9 Pooja
    No. 21 Dee Earnshaw


    Winners please contact info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with which winner you are in the subject (for example Three Challenge with Shay Winner).  

    Challenge giveaway winners:  we will provide you with a coupon code to use to purchase $75.00 worth of product at the w&w shop of your choice.  If the products you want are not currently in stock, don't worry the coupon code will not expire immediately.  Coupon codes can be used with purchase of other products.  Winner will be responsible to pay for shipping & handling.

    Thank you to everyone who entered our challenges.  Every single project entered is precious to us. 

    As for the winner of the Guest Star Competition that will be announced at a later time as there are so many incredible entries. :-) 

    You Complete Me with Lydia

    Hello and happy Friday everyone! I'm so happy to be back on the Winnie & Walter blog today as it feels like ages since I've been here.

    So today I have a rustic-spring time card using a couple of different Winnie & Walter stamp and die sets.


    I started by stamping some of the branches from Framed with Evelin T Designs onto some cream kraft card in an olive green ink. To fill in some of the bigger spaces in the background I stamped with the spot cluster from the same set. I just love how rustic yet fresh that background looks!


    As I didn't want to take much focus away from the background I decided to create a simple sentiment focal point. I stamped a sentiment from Sentimental: Love onto some wood effect paper and heat set it in white. I cut this using the small ticket shape from Essentials: Lana Cutaways, added some thread (the same colour as the background stamping)behind the ticket and layered this onto some vellum cut using the smaller card layer from the same die set.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!

    Hugs, Lydia xxx

    Editor's Note: Coincidentally both Lydia and Kelly used the same sentiment from Sentimental: Love and Framed with Evelin T Designs this week on the w&w blog with completely different and yet incredible results!

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    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    w&w 3rd Birthday Bash | The GIGANTIC Giveaway Winner Revealed

    First, a very GIGANTIC thank you to one and all for joining in our 3rd Birthday Bash.  Each of you made our birthday so much more spectacular.  We would not be able to celebrate our third year without you!

    Second, you will want to know who won all the w&w stamps we release in 2017!

    Drum roll please...

    And the winner is... 

    Congratulations, Aude Juranville!  We will be emailing you. :-)

    Watch out this weekend when we announce our random 3rd Birthday Bash challenge winners!

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    You Complete Me with Kelly

    Hi Folks! I really had a fun time making this card, and made quite a mess in my craft room after the stamps from FIVE different Winnie and Walter sets were put to use. Let's take a look!

    I wanted to create the interior of a house, with wallpaper, baseboards and wood flooring, so that the photo of the doggie and kitty friends would feel right at home. 

    First I stamped and colored the wooden frame from Framed with Evelin T Designs. I did this a second time on copy paper so I could cut out the inside and use it as a mask. Now to start building the picture! These furry friends are from one of my favorite sets from the latest Winnie & Walter release, Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs. I colored them with Copics, and again made a mask, this time for the dog and cat, so I could start making the background. The house, clouds and tree from Our Town are just the right size! I get so much use out of that set.

    The whole frame is hung on the wall with embroidery thread wrapped behind a brad. I intentionally didn't adhere the cardstock to the card, so as you open the card the photo moves a little bit.

    This wonderful sentiment is from another new set, appropriately named Sentimental: Love. I love this set for many reasons 1) there are a ton of different sentiments (26 to be exact); 2) the mix of script and sans serif font is just right, 3) the small size lets you sneak in a sentiment when you've already used up all the real estate on your card for your scene; and 4) there are many uncommon phrases to keep your cards fresh. This is stamped on the baseboard I made by cutting three strips of paper and layering them in the proportions of real trim.

    Finally, the floor uses the woodgrain pattern from Mini Scenery: Multigrain stamped on a diagonal to make it seem more like an actual room. I took the liberty of being trendy on this floor and stamped a charcoal grain on gray cardstock. Would love to have these floors in real life! I guess that's the benefit of stamping ... you can be trendy without having to restain your flooring every 5 years : )

    Thanks so much for taking a look!



    Monday, March 13, 2017

    March Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

    Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share another card using a color combo from Pinterest and an exciting change to my monthly color posts! Shay and I have been chatting and decided that it would be fun to make this post a challenge as well! So - if you feel inspired to play along, one lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter! YAY!

    Here is my inspiration for this month's Color Combo:

    And here is our color combo for this month - I hope I'm not the only person longing for spring! Haha!

    For my card I used the set that was the new free with purchase set from the last release - don't worry though, I happen to know it will be available for purchase with the next release as well! I also used Essentials: Noelle Cutaways for my base, and In Bloom: Paulina's Greenery Cutaways for the wreath. A splatter of white paint, some enamel dots, and some twine finish off my card.


    New challenge will post on the second Monday of each Month, and will end on the Friday before the next challenge begins to allow time to pick a winner and some favorite entries to feature.

    Now it's your turn to play along!
    1. Create a new project using the March Color Combo. 
    2. Use at least one (1) winnie & walter product.  This can include Cutaways (dies), Creative Screenings (stencils/masks), printable/digital items, cut files and/or stamp sets.  Remember we offer freebies in our shop.  Our freebies can be used to create your project(s) for this challenge.
    3. Link up your project below using the InLinkz Link-up by 11:55 p.m. CST on Friday, April 7, 2017.  
    4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
    5. This March Color Combo Challenge may be combined with other challenges found here on the w&w blog or elsewhere. 
    One randomly selected entry will receive a $25 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter. YAY!!! I can't wait to see your entries! 

    Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful day!

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    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    March Leading Lady Nicole Picadura | Take Two {Video}


    Our March Leading Lady, Nicole Picadura is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today she brings you another beautiful card with a video tutorial!

    Ladies and gentlemen, Nicole....

    Happy Saturday! Last week I shared a project using a die cut and embossing paste to create a unique focal point for cards. Today, we are going to take it super simple and create an embossed background with a die!

    This is VERY simple, anyone can do it! This is also a great way to stretch your dies, giving them a new purpose other than just cutting papers. For this project, I used the Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways for the background.


    Any dies you have will be able to provide a subtle and soft dimension, allowing any focal points to pop easily! I kept the main portion of the card and the sentiment super simple using the Sketchy Thoughts Stamp Set & Cutaways. Since our background is super busy, keeping focal points simple and sweet will balance things out.


    When stamping the sentiment, make sure to give it a good coverage since it is being stamped on top of the embossed surface. You can use MISTI to help with it. What kind of dies do you have that you can use this technique with? Perhaps background dies? or word dies you could use over and over for backgrounds? or shaped dies? Any would work well, so give it a try!


    Friday, March 10, 2017

    The Gossip Column with Taheerah Atchia No. 6 | Hot Gossips + Gossip Queen Announced

    Welcome back, fellow Gossipers! We've been so thrilled with the response to the latest issue of The Gossip Column! We continue to be ever thankful all for your kind words, comments, shares, and your enthusiasm for this exciting feature on the w&w blog!

    We were bowled over by the quality of each and every entry - you all certainly seemed to embrace the challenge, not just in terms of the use of different marbling looks, but in getting outside of your comfort zone and trying different techniques and designs and we were so impressed - bravo!!

    Just to recap, for this challenge we wanted to see you use the look of marble in your creations, with extra credit for embracing a new-to-you technique and out-of-your-comfort-zone designs! We loved the results - you guys really brought your A Game to this one!!

    We have to say that all the entries for this challenge raised the bar so high that it really made picking winners extra difficult! We thought long and hard, and finally arrived at our decision for this column's Hot Gossips (runner-ups) and Gossip Queen (winner)!!

    Drumroll please...

    We actually lost track of the number of projects Maryam created across the challenge - but from her total of 9 entries this particular submission left us really impressed. Her gift wrapping in places looks like real marble, and she achieved that with gouache and the results are incredible! She also embraced the challenge in every which way possible - stretching herself outside of her comfort zone, trying new techniques, stretching her supplies, trying different styles... every single one exhibited a budding talent in the making! Maryam without a doubt this entry is Hot Gossip!!

    Lisa's Creative Niche used nail polish for her marbling technique, and her results were just stunning! The bold and bright colours created such a striking result, and yet her composition leaves her card still feeling light and airy too - no mean feat! Lisa this eye candy rightfully makes you Hot Gossip!!

    And that brings us to our marble-ous (sorry, we just had to!) Gossip Queen...

    Ashwini.... this girl always impresses and amazes with her entries - but the final of her three creations for this challenge just left us dumbfounded! Her bold, almost Pop Art look is so striking and inventive! She took her cues from one of the inspiration images in the Column - but her final result is an artistic and technical masterpiece in its own right. Modern, clever, and perfectly executed! I couldn't help but name her Gossip Queen!!

    Lisa and Maryam - you each win a $15 credit to the w&w store, and Ashwini you walk away with a $30 credit! Congratulations!! Please contact info{at}winniewalter{dot}com to claim your prizes!!

    Please join us in congratulating these fantastic ladies and their amazing creations!! Everyone's entries were of such a high standard and you all deserve the plaudits too!! Please do take some time to browse the gallery to see everyone's work - you can find them at the bottom of the last The Gossip Column here.

    For all you Gossipers who are keen to get the latest scoop, issue 7 of The Gossip Column will be hot off the press in a few weeks! We'll see you back here to get the exclusive on the latest gossip then!!

    'Til then - keep on gossiping!


    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Springy Happy Birthday with Vanessa

    Hello everybody! Vanessa here with some pretty spring flowers to brighten your day! I've been impatiently checking on the progress of the flower buds in my garden patches every day, but it'll still take a while for them to bloom, so I made my own spring bouquet on a card. 

    I've been wanting to try coloring on patterned paper, so I chose this subtle patterned Kraft colored paper and trimmed it slightly smaller than my white card base. Now I stamped the flowers and the leaves from In Bloom: Addie's Garden, always masking the previously stamped image before stamping the next. After I had colored the bouquet with Faber Castell Polychromos, I stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment from Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs and adhered the panel to my card base. Finally, I added sparkling clear sequins.

    I hope you enjoyed today's card inspiration! Thank you so much for stopping by!