Saturday, September 22, 2018

September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby | Take Four (Video)

Our September Leading Lady, Maryam Shalaby is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or ethereal and enchanting cards from her sensational second performance CLICK HERE or incredible inky masterpieces from her triumphant third performance CLICK HERE!  Today's projects are sure to warm your heart!

We now present Maryam...

Hello, everyone Today I am posting these simple mini gift tags idea as my 4th post as a September leading lady at winnie and walter blog. I wanted to share who easy and fast you can wrap your treat gift to give it a nice personal touch.

One of my favorite thing to make in the craft field is making gift tags. So couldn't resist sharing these ideas with you.

Usually I have one of a simple gift on my bag in case I need it to give to some kind person , usually we meet them in our daily activities and I feel that I would appreciate there kindness . Or give every now and then some to my kids teachers , our neighbors or close people who surrounding us , wishing them a good day or telling them that I appreciate them.


For me a small chocolate treat with a coffee or tea bag is my favorite combination, I found that this Warm Wishes to You stamp set stamp and there matching die cut Warm Wishes to You Cutaways from winnie and walter my favorite to add a little sentiment without sending a big card or tag to these mini gifts.

For my first idea ..

I made this cup tag . This one was the simple one to make , if you are short in time and you want a simple one.

* First I stamped the mug image from winnie and walter Warm Wishes to You stamp set with festive berries and seedless preserve distress ink , then I applied some of water over them to have this fauxy look .

**Then I stamped it over a heavy glossy card stock , then I dried it with heating tool .

***I die cut it with matching die cutting winnie and walter Warm Wishes to You Cutaways then I cut this coffee part too with gold foam over it .

****I added some gold at the end , then I attached to the little treat with white ribbon . For my second tag idea I did the same idea as the first one with some differences..

*I attached to cube that hold the treats inside (For this cube I used 1.5 inches dimensions ) .I liked the added touches of this steamed heart with the silver glitter foam .

** I made this extra mini circular tag using the smaller steams heart from the winnie and walter Warm Wishes to You stamp set.

You can follow with me by watching how I made them on this video: 

For the 3rd idea

I used the same faux technique over a glossy card stock but I made the liquid part as a vellum shaker .
* I used a white foam die cut from the same as a middle layer with glue from the both sides .


* * as an extra personalized touch I designed this ribbon . I used two of the borders die cut from winnie and walter Georgette Border Cutaways in this wrapping fabric to create this elegant ribbon .


For my 4th one . I made this fluid shaker tag , i like this fun idea.


* I die cut a tag for the base layer

 ** I used a kind of small ziplock to hold the liquid inside . I put some of transparent gel with some brown gel food colors and some gold glittery powder. Then I secured the bag well over the base tag layer.


*** I used a pattern paper as a outer layer for this tag . Die cut the part of the coffee matched the place that I am going to place the mug die cut over

 ****I added this gold steam heart on the top . After I made the tags and I photographed them . I found this piece of die cut edges I made few days ago using the same 2 die cut over a brown felt , So I attached to the base of the tag I found it give it more warmer look. Did you see the bubble on the photo ..

These are the simple easy tags that I liked to share them with you, nothing fancy but they are so perfect to make for my busy days to add a personal touch to the mini kindness gift .

Thanks For stopping by , please if you could leave a comment on my blog maryam's craft on any of winnie and walter leading lady post so you will be eligible for a 30 $ gift card from the sweet Shay the owner of to winnie and Walter store .

Wish you a Happy weekend,


Friday, September 21, 2018

It's Spring Season with Gayatri

Hello everyone. Gayatri with you today.  Last post of mine I shared a fall card since you all in northern hemisphere are in the autumn season. Today I am sharing a spring card because I and several others in the southern hemisphere are in the spring season. After a few months of heavy rain, cold, windy and no sun whatsoever, its is awesome to see the sun out, warmth and lots of flowers around. To celebrate the season, I made this card.

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I did some messy watercolour on the gorgeous tulip and leaves images from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden stamp set. I stamped the images on watercolour paper using Simon’s intense black ink. This ink is great for watercolouring. Then I used Zig clean clear brush pens to add the first two layers of the watercoloring on the images. Then I used the Migello Mission watercolours to add texture to the images. I let the watercolours dry. Then spattered with black and white Altenew spray and left the panels to dry. Once dry, I used the coordinating cutaways to die cut the images.

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For the background, I did a blue ombre watercolour, dried it and spattered with black and white Altenew spray. After the panel is completely dry, I adhered the die cut tulips and leaves on the bottom of the background panel using glue and foam adhesive for dimension. 

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For the sentiment I die cut the Spring using The Big, the Bold and Seasons Cutaway using black glitter cardstock. This is my main sentiment. The secondary sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Seasons stamp set which I simply stamped on top and bottom of the main sentiment die cut. Finally a few white Nuvo crystal drops to finish off the card.

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Hope you like my messy watercoloring and a very colourful spring card. All w&w supplies used to make this card below. Thank you very much for visiting today. 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby | Take Three (Video)

Our September Leading Lady, Maryam Shalaby is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or ethereal and enchanting cards from her sensational second performance CLICK HERE.   Today's cards are incredible inky masterpieces!

Without further ado, Maryam...

A little story about how I mad these cards. I was trying for the whole week to make a cards that I would like to share it with you . I was writing a list for the techniques that I would like to share with you in this month but I wasn't in the mood to make any of them . And after few days of trying I realized that I lost my mojo .It’s a Bad timing, for not to be in the crafty mood .I Wondered if I should try my magical description for returning back my mojo. Usually when I loose my mojo I grap some of ranger alcohol ink and play with them there vibrant colors elevate my mood and brighten my mind.


I usually found it's a little tricky to design a cards with alcohol inks with all these vibrant colors and busy backgrounds., I was so happy that I figured out how to over come that in this post . You can watch the video for these cheerful cards here :

Let's start the fun part. For my first card I tried these dark vibrant colors from ranger alcohol inks on a yupo paper . Here is some tips for making this card...


# I wet a yupo paper with alcohol solution ( I don't have an alcohol blending solution so I used isopropyl alcohol instead)
# I applied these alcohol inks ( butterscotch , willow, indigo, patina , amethyst, and purple twilight ) as little strips next to each other then I let them to blend , because the underneath alcohol solution it made this blending is going easy .
# I sprayed more blending solution over the blending ink to get them more blended and move the colors around .


# I wanted to add a texture so I added a little strips of silver metallic mixative ink and more blending solution to get every thing smooth
# I used the scallop heart from winnie and walter True Dotty Heart Cutaway to cut in the center of the inked card, then I mounted it over a white card stock
# I wanted this card to be a window card to brighten these strong colored background . So I die cut the white base card with the smaller dotty heart border from the same True Dotty Heart Cutaway in a place that fit with the upper layer


 # I stamped the love and you from winnie and walter In a Word: Love stamp set with permanent inks over a piece of vellum to preserve the open window effect on this card .

For my second card I wanted to try something different, instead of using these vibrant colors I want a less pigmented colors so I diluted a little of inks with blending solution, then I started the fun...


here is a little tips for who I achieved this background .
# I applied a little amount of the solution for the base before applying the ink over them .
# when I used the diluted ink it was harder to control the blending I think because it was too fluidly.
# It took more time to dry than the concentrated one over a yupo paper.
# I used almost the same technique as the first card by applying stripes on the yupo, blending them with more solution, then adding the silver tone .

# for this card It was a not that vibrant like the others ones so I used the whole paper in making the card , I turned it to shaker I die cut the yupo paper with winnie and walter true dotty heart cutaway fill it with a white sequin to brighten the card.
# for the sentiment I used W&W winnie and walter In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set.

My 3rd card was almost the same like the second but I used the full strength of the alchol ink to make this vibrant rainbow card.


I die cut the spoty heart from winnie and walter true dotty heart cutaway in a silver glittery sticky foam , I placed it over the larger scallop heart from the same die cut set.


For the u I die cut from winnie and Walter Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways . with 3 heavy black cardstock the upper one was glittery . Then I white embossed this perfect sentiment for this card from winnie and walter Dotty About You with Lydia Evans stamp set.


Finally my last card, although bright red is not my color at all ,but I like this card so much.


In this card I wanted to share with you who I can get almost the same brighter and vibrant colors even if I didn't use yupo , by using acetate over a white card stock .
# I applied some blending solution at the acetate , then I used different shades of pinkish red ranger alcohol ink over it.
# I placed a white scrape of paper under the acetate to see who they blend . I added some gold metallic mixative inks .


# before the inks were almost dried . I applied foil sheet randomly over some area . Stick on the sticky ink and got the glittery foil accent.
# I designed the white base card . I stamped these heart from winnie and walter Scenery: Seeing Hearts with first full strength ink and second faint generation trying to follow some order by placing the biggest heart in the top then the smaller in the down . I stamped the smallest one at the bottom .
# I stamped randomly some mini love sentiments from winnie and walter In a Word: Love stamp set between the hearts .
# I placed the acetate over it with some dimensions foam tape. Then I die cut this frame from winnie and walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways using heavy stock black cardstock
# I found this card would be extra busy if I added extra sentiment so I left the card without any more main sentiment.


Thank you so much for joining me today ! Don't forget to head over to my blog maryams craft and leave a comment on all of my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to winnie and walter store , generously provided by Shay!!

Have a great weekend all.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebrate Fall with Gayatri

Hey everyone,  Gayatri with you with my first project for the month of September. Hope your are starting to enjoy the cooler weather in your place and the start of fall. I am heading to spring down under. I cannot wait for warmer weather. It was a very cold and wet winter. Not much sunshine at all. I am over it and cannot wait for warm weather glorious sunshine :)

I have a fall card to share with you today. I love this card for its gorgeous rich fall colours. Here is the card.

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I started with sponging distress oxide inks in Aged Mahogany, Ripe Persimmon, Gathered Twigs, Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn on a white panel. I sponged the Fossilized Amber in the centre and the rest of the colours randomly around it. 

Then I stamped the leaves from In Bloom Renee’s Leaves stamp set on the edges of the panel using black ink. I used Simon’s intense black ink as it is good with watercolouring. I also stamped a few nut images to fill in gaps.  I kept the centre of the panel clear of any stamping. I will used it for the sentiment.

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Then using a brush and clean water, I coloured the stamped leaves and nuts with water. The property of distress oxide inks are they go chalky with water. The colours fade to a whitish chalky finish. This makes the images significantly lighter than the background. I love the effect. To make the leaves and nuts pop, I added drop shadow using comic cool grey markers C3 and C1. 

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Using the white gelly roll pen, I added highlights to the images. Then I spattered some white, gold and black paint spatters all over the panel. I left the panel to dry while I worked on my sentiment.

The sentiment is made up of both die cuts as well as white heat embossed stamped sentiment. The die cut “FALL” sentiment is from Typecast: Cary Cutaway. I die cut the word “FALL” three times, stacked and glued the alphabet for dimension. Then I brushed it with clear shimmer and added highlights using white get pen. The secondary white heat embossed sentiments are from The Big,the Bold and Seasons stamp set. The strips of the secondary sentiment is adhered above and below the “FALL” die cut sentiment using foam adhesive. Finally a few sequins in the same colours as the background to finish the panel. I glued the panel to the card base using liquid glue. 

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All the supplies used to make this card are listed below. Hope you liked my card for today and got inspired. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next post, have a lovely week.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

September Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you! As summer turns to fall, I decided to start working on some fall cards, which naturally fit so well with thank you cards!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - we have recently been so enjoying all the yummy fresh peaches in season. Eating at LEAST one a day! So here is the color inspiration I chose:

I created my stamped background using In Bloom: Renee's Leaves and a variety of different peach toned inks from Simon Says Stamp, and did some simple outlining with two shades of a Copic Warm Gray marker. I then die cut the panel using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways for a fun scallop edge, and added some glittery green splatters using some Altenew Shimmer Spray.

The sentiment was die cut from black cardstock with In a Word: Thanks Cutaways, and sewn onto a strip of vellum with torn edges. I then tucked some small pieces of foam adhesive behind the word and attached it to my panel, then attached that panel to a soft gray cardbase.

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! It was so hard to narrow it down! I loved seeing everyone's take on the challenge - whether using the color combo I gave, or coming up with their own. Sooo...I decided to pick two people that used the given color combo, and 

First up - this absolutely gorgeous card by Shona Chambers! Love how she rocked the bold colors, and all the fun layers and details! Seriously beautiful!

Next up, Marlena createdt his totally fun and whimsical Christmas card! Love the playful feel to it, and the fun layers! Bravo!

Next up, this coloring made my jaw drop! WOW! Pooja created this stunning card - make sure and head to her blog to see her fun color combo that inspired this!

And finally, I adore the color combo that Greta H picked for her fun graphic card! What a clever way to use that stamp set to create a wreath - LOVE this so much!


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Greta's card is elegant and clever.  I love her hand-stamped wreath and the colors are soothing and sophisticated.

Greta, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "August Color Combo Challenge Winner" to claim your prize.


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 September 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, October 5, 2018.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This July 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!