Wednesday, February 28, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Cheiron Brandon


We end our month-long with a bang!  Today's special guest star is Cheiron Brandon who has a magical way with ink and color to create cards full of joy!  Cheiron is also such a wonderful and enthusiastic person. Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello crafty friends. I am beyond thrilled to join the Winnie & Walter party this month. Congrats to you Shay and the entire Winnie & Walter team on your fourth year, and here’s to many, many more years of celebrating! To me it’s not a party without fun, festive colors.

So today, I have 4 cards to share with you in honor of each year of Winnie & Walter in my favorite festive color scheme…rainbow. I’ve used all my favorite bright colors of Distress Oxides to create each of these cards (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet).

My first card features the Wish Big with Evelin T Designs stamp set. I created an ink blended background with all of my favorite Distress Oxide colors with a very subtle plaid…to do this I placed the stencil over the inked background, and spritzed it with some Tuskineko Shimmer Spray in Sparkle. Then I rotated the stencil in the opposite direction and and sprayed again to create the plaid pattern. I topped it off with a cupcake full of rainbow frosting and a little heart topper.

The second card features one of my all-time favorite patterns, buffalo plaid. Why not change up the traditional color palette of this pattern and make it into a rainbow? I created a rainbow panel by blending my Distress Oxides and then spritzed it with water. I added Black Soot Distress Paint thorough the Scenery: Buffalo Check Creative Screenings with a foam blending tool. To finish the card, I added a rainbow inked thanks over a vellum circle with a few sparkly gems.

For the third card, it’s all about LOVE. This one was super easy to create with my Stamp Platform and the In a Word: Love (the stamp set), by stamping the first love, moving the paper an inch and stamping the love in the next color. I added the sentiment strip in black, popped up my panel on the card with foam tape and added a coordinating heart sticker to the center of each ‘love’.

My final card uses one of my first and favorite sets that I purchased from Winnie & Walter, Kindness with Evelin T Designs. Why not combine it with a stenciled polka dot background and rainbow colored tree water colored in with Distress Oxides? I cut the word kindness three times, then layered them together and topped it with Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give it some shine and added a tiny heart.

I hope you enjoyed these rainbow creations. Thank you again to Shay for letting me join the party, I sure had fun creating with your stamps!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Amy Tsuruta


Today's special guest star, Amy Tsuruta, is a long-time friend of Winnie & Walter as she was our March 2015 Leading Lady and someone we always invite to guest for events as she and her work is always a delight!  Amy is just one of those people you love because they are so friendly and supportive not mention she is an amazing artist. Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello!  Amy here from Tsuruta Designs and I'm so thrilled to be helping celebrate Winnie & Walter's Fourth Birthday!  Today I'm playing along with Lea's Shaker Challenge!  My spin is my love for COFFEE!

I used the Warm Wishes to You stamps + coordinating Cutaways.  Do you spy the other set that I used for my design?  Perhaps you saw this photo I posted on Friday:

I used the For Luck set that was free with qualifying purchase (through February 23, 2018).  I stamped the medium and small shamrocks in Catherine Pooler Designs Grass Skirt ink on Shrinky Dink film.

The shamrocks make a nice addition to the sequin mix, perfect to send around St Patrick's  Day.  If you've been following me for any amount of time you know that I love coffee + the color green.

I actually placed foam tape behind the coffee mug so that the sequins wouldn't get lost behind it.

That's it for me, a big shout out to Shay for the invite and big birthday wishes!!!


Monday, February 26, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Rubeena Ianigro


Today's special guest star, Rubeena Ianigro, is no stranger to Winnie & Walter as she was our April 2016 Leading Lady and her work is always a treat!  Rubeena is also an incredibly generous, welcoming and giving person with a huge amount of talent and skill. Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello, friends! I am happy to be joining the winnie & walter 4th Birthday Bash this month as a Special Guest Star. Shay is one of the sweetest, most generous people in the craft industry and I had the honor of meeting her at Creativation last month! I have two projects to share with you today that represent my style the best.


 Loose watercoloring is very relaxing. I have so much fun working with greenery so I decided to play with In Bloom: Renee's Leaves for my first card. I stamped an assortment of the stamps on watercolor paper using a waterproof black ink pad. Then, I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to color. I added black splatters and fussy cut the images. For the card base, I stamped one of the line borders from Scenery: Stripes 2 on the far left edge and then added black splatters to the base. I arranged all the leaves first using glue dots. I finished the card off by adding the die-cut sentiment (which was cut in gold glitter, black, and white cardstock layers) from In a Word: Thanks Cutaway. This card shows all the things I love when it comes to creating: layers, black and white stripes, splatters, bold colors, die-cut words, and gold glitter! For this card, I incorporated the Die Challenge with Lydia.

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For my next card, I continued watercoloring but focused on using Party On with Evelin T Designs. I also enjoy one-layer cards. I stamped the four critters on watercolor paper using the same waterproof black ink pad and masked off each one before stamping the next. Then I colored loosely with my watercolor palette. Once everything dried, I stamped the beautiful sentiment from the same set and then taped the finished piece to my white cardbase. So fun and simple! For this card, I incorporated the Four Challenge with Shay since I used all four critters.

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You still have time to enter any of the challenges list on the winnie & walter Blog for the 4th Birthday Bash - Shay is offering some AMAZING prizes!

Thank you so much for having me here and for everyone who stops by and leaves us love. We really appreciate the support. I hope you were inspired by my work, and I can't wait to see what everyone does with winnie & walter's products. Have a great week!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

February Leading Lady Jen Carter | Take Four

As our birthday month wanes, we must sadly bid adieu to our fantastic February Leading Lady Jen Carter with her fabulous final performance!  Jen has brought breathtaking color and design to brighten our Saturdays.  Her projects are so playful, jubilant, vibrant and inspiring.  I feel so fortunate to have had Jen as our leading lady during our birthday month.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance showcasing her skill and cleverness with hexagons CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance in which she masterfully takes on a single product for amazing results CLICK HERE!

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today....

It's hard to believe the month is coming to an end already and this is my last post as Leading Lady for the month of February.  I have enjoyed spending time with you and reading your comments so much!  Thank you for all of your love!  Thank you for your support of not only my work, but of this fabulous company as well!  Thank you so much to Shay for having me!  (Fun fact, I get to craft with her in just a few days!! I can't wait!)

Today my post is focusing on black & white cards with a pop of color.  I loved the floral set that released in November called In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans and I used that set for both of my cards today.

For this first card I grouped several of the flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans on to a larger acrylic block and then inked them up with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I then spritzed them with water and stamped them on to my white cardstock. I repeated this until the cardstock was filled in.  I then lightly flicked a few drops of the black watered down ink onto my cardstock.  For my sentiment strip I stamped the "happy birthday" using the In a Word: Happy stamp set and Flirty Fuchsia ink.  I die cut some of the smaller flowers with the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans Cutaways, stamped them with the coordinating stamps (All that Jazz (special mystery color found on Catherine Pooler Designs), Black Jack & Tiara inks) & adhered them to my panel.  A few clear sequins finishes the card off.

This last card has a more classic feel to it.  I used Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and the Scenery: Rugby Stripe Creative Screenings stencil to create those nice bold stripes.  I love being able to create my own patterned paper so easily!  The sentiment is stamped using the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans stamp set.

For the flowers I went very bold.  I die cut the flowers and then stamped the first layer with Catherine Pooler inks.  I used Party Dress, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Sauna (found at Catherine Pooler Designs) & Flirty Fuchsia.  The layers that you see on top of the solid flower/leaf images were made by embossing.  Did you know that you can emboss on top of embossing powder?  If you're careful not to overheat the powder so it loses color, you can layer embossing powder which is what I did here for the centers of my flowers! Simply emboss the first layer, stamp the second layer with watermark ink, add your second layer of embossing powder and heat it again.  The brands of embossing powder I used are Ranger & Zing.  

Thanks for stopping by again today! Before you go, leave a comment on my blog Jen's Ink Spot on any (or all four) of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store.  You have until Friday, March 3rd to comment and I will pick a winner randomly from all of the comments left and will announce the winner March 7th!    Thanks again and have a wonderful day!


Friday, February 23, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Isha Gupta


Today's special guest star, Isha Gupta, is a long-time friend of Winnie & Walter as she was our November 2015 Leading Lady and an artist I have long admired for being able to create gorgeously colored and layered projects!  She's also full of warmth and a lovely lady.  Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello Winnie &Walter fans! Isha here from NewIdeas. I am so thrilled and honored to be here guesting for Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash!!

Today, I have two projects for you using a mix of new and old supplies and to share how versatile these products are. 

My first project is a card. I used "In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans" and the coordinating dies. I also used the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways along with the In Bloom: Paulina's Greenery Cutaways.


I really love the sketchy florals and the beautiful font in this set and used watercolors to color the images so they look organic. 

I stamped and embossed the word "Beautiful" onto a piece of vellum. The coordinating dies made it so easy to die-cut everything perfectly.

For my next project, I used my new love for memory keeping and created a Traveler's notebook spread. I used the In a Word: Hugs and Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway as my Title as it's perfect for this photo. My younger daughter always gives a tons of hugs and kisses to us all :)


To start with I die-cut the border using the Georgette Border Cutaways, I really love the dotted detail in that. I then die-cut the spiral flower from the Dotty About You With Lydia Evans Cutaways and stuck it behind the photo. To ground my title, I used the bubble image from Sketchy Thoughts stamp set and coordinating dies. 

For the florals, I used the "In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans" and the coordinating dies.


For the right side, I first sponged various inks using the Scenery: Spotty Creative Screenings. I then stamped the black and white stripe to ground the image using the Scenery: Stripes 2 stamp set. 


Do you see the turquoise diecut above the stamped line. I used the rest of the scrap from the die-cut border using the Georgette Border Cutaways. That is a good way to use your scraps lol. Finally I created the floral collage and added some Nuvo Jewel drops as accents.

Thanks so much to Shay and Winnie & Walter for inviting me to join them in their birthday festivities this month and here's to many, many more birthday bashes to come!! :) Have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Miriam Prantner


Our next special guest star not only has the ability to create amazing projects, but also designs astonishing and clever products with the fantastic Neat and Tangled!  Add to that she's a wonderful person and a true pleasure to be around and you've got the fabulous one and only, Miriam Prantner!  Please give her a warm w&w welcome!

Hello!  I'm excited to be helping celebrate Winnie & Walter's fourth birthday!

The focus of my card today is the Scenery: Buffalo Check Creative Screening.  I was really excited to work with the card and hadn't intended to make a Christmas card, but it just happened.  I can't argue with the Buffalo Checks!

Anyway, I started out with some gray cardstock, and used Versamark to ink through the stencil.  The good thing about Versamark is that it gives you a great subtle tone on tone look no matter what color cardstock you're working with.  The other benefit here is that it also serves as a resist.  It adds just the right amount of interest and texture to that large tree from the Winter Wonderland set which was stamped over top of the inking.

I feel like all Christmas cards should include red, so I cut a mat from red cardstock, and again inked it with the Buffalo Check screening and Versamark.  I trimmed the gray panel down so that the buffalo check pattern was continuous across the card.

The sentiment is from the Winter Wishes with Evelin T Designs set and was embossed in gold.  Note, I let the entire panel set overnight so I didn't have any interaction with the inking from the stencil.  You could heat set it, but I prefer to be on the safe side.  I also added a bit of coloring with a colored pencil where the sentiment falls on the tree to set if apart a bit more. 

I finished this off with a dark chocolate cardstock mat to frame the top and bottom of my stamped/inked panel.  I also added a bit of ground for the tree using Copics.

I did kick around the idea of adding something extra to the card, but decided to keep things clean and simple so the focus would be on that buffalo check pattern showing through.

That's all for me!  Thanks so much to Shay for having me!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash | Special Guest Star Jessica Frost-Ballas


Our 4th Birthday Bash continues going strong with our next special guest star, Jessica Frost-Ballas!  Jess has been a friend of w&w for quite some time and she was our Leading Lady back in November 2016 where she dazzled each month which is no surprise as she is exceptionally gifted at crafting and such a lovely person.  I love to invite her as a guest whenever possible. :-)  Please give Jessica a big w&w welcome!

Hello!  Jess here from All the Sparkle and I’m thrilled to be here guesting for Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash!!   Today I’m playing along with Kelly’s Use Your Scraps challenge!  I almost feel like I’m doubling up on the scraps since I’m using a leftover alcohol inked background scrap plus an adorable fox I colored during the recent coloring challenge! 


The technique that terrifies me most in crafting is no-line anything-ing.  Watercoloring, copic coloring, colored pencil coloring.  No me gusta.  But I’m trying to challenge myself to try new things so I decided to try no-line coloring this flute-playing cutie from Party On with Evelin T Designs using copic markers.  I stuck to the E70s for warmer grey brown fur and added accents with a white gel pen.

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I die-cut my fox with the coordinating dies and set him aside while I worked on the background.  I wanted to add a pop of color but also keep the background fairly simple to focus on my critter.  I had a scrap of alcohol inked background leftover from another project so I trimmed that down to a strip and adhered it to a white card base.  Then I stamped the sentiments from Party On around the strip using a teal ink that matched the alcohol ink.  Finally I popped up the fox with foam mounting tape and adhered him to the card.


Thanks so much to Shay and Winnie & Walter for inviting me to join them in their birthday festivities this month and here's to many, many more birthday bashes to come!! :)  Have a fantastic day!!