Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Love Mail with Kelly

Hi Folks! As fun as the holidays were this year, now that everything is packed away it's time to start turning attention to all things pink and red for Valentine's Day! In this post I'm sharing a fun and inexpensive Valentine's Day craft. These are the mini valentine mailboxes we made for friends/neighbors/teachers/office-staff last year. They are inspired by the craft project I led for Jackson's fourth grade class at the school Valentine's Day party. (also inspired by the pile of left over mailboxes I was going to need to return to Target!!)


 The mini tin mailboxes come from the Target dollar spot; aren't they the cutest?! The glass candlesticks you can pick-up anywhere for pretty cheap (especially at garage sales!) These are just from the dollar store. I spray painted them with whatever paint I had left over in the garage, making sure to check the label that it was fine to spray on glass. After hot gluing the mailbox onto the spray-painted stand I was ready for the fun part ... decorating them!

 For mass-produced projects like this I like to stick with the same basic template. Each mailbox has the sentiment on the left side, a collage of a heart and other elements on the front lid, and a cluster of tiny hearts on the right side. This particular mailbox uses the happy die from In a Word: Happy Cutaway, and the embossed sentiment from Sentimental: Love. The heart is from the Flawless Heart Cutaways, and then the postmark, envelope and 14 are from an oldie but goodie, You've Got Love Mail.

A similar mailbox here, except we have a "hello" instead of a "happy" greeting (from In a Word: Hello). And a birdie decided to land on this one, direct from the dollar store ... a package of 3 for $1.

Knowing the general layout is the same makes assembling the one-of-a-kind mailboxes that much easier. You just need to plan ahead a little. For example, I die cut several different large words at a time (one red piece of cardstock is enough to cut Love, Hugs, and Hello in the same pass through the die cutter, along with several small hearts) and I stamp several key phrases with versamark on a piece of black cardstock, emboss them all at once, and then cut them into strips with my trimmer. Starting off with a nice pile of words and phrases to choose from makes it really fun to try new combinations along the way.

 You've really got to love those In a Word dies ... this mailbox is "sending hugs" with the help of, you guessed it, In a Word: Hugs.

Now it's confession time as someone with a stamping blog: I did not stamp super cute Valentine's Day greetings to go inside of each mailbox.  

But, while I was in the dollar spot at Target I found these ADORABLE Valentine's Day band-aids that came 20 to a pack for only $1. Score!!!

Just add a "stuck on you" pun, and you've got yourself a sweet little valentine that's easy to mass-produce. Bonus: you don't even have to add adhesive to the band aid!!! : ) Just peel off the strips. Extra bonus: they work just as well for boys as they do for girls, which is sometimes hard to find.

 I used an envelope punch board to make custom-sized envelopes out of patterned paper for each valentine, addressed them and stamped a heart on each one. Don't they look cute after cupid has made his little deliveries?!

Here the all are, waiting to be left on doorstops across town.

Being as detail-oriented as I am, I matched up each mailbox with how I thought the colors would go in their homes ; )

Packed up for delivery. I was a little sad to see them all go.

Since I made these a little ahead of time I was able to hand-deliver some to my out-of-town friends  when I met them for lunch dates and such.

Finally, here are the mailboxes the kids designed during their fourth grade school Valentine's Day party (stop by to see these adorable kids in action). I mostly gave them glitter-foam stickers and adhesive gems to work with since they only had a few minutes in their station to assemble the mailboxes. But, I started them off with several of the patterned paper hearts on the front. It was pretty incredible, and very fulfilling, to see them so proud of their masterpieces which they can display for years.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, January 14, 2019

January Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - instead of just an ordinary color combo, I thought I would go with more of a mood board theme! And who doesn't love mint and gold together? I like the addition of silver, and we can consider the silver more of a sparkle element (such as my perfect pearls and clear sequins on my card) instead of an actual glittery silver:

Once again I decided to use some of the newest winter and Christmas theme release from Winnie and Walter, and stretch some of the dies this time beyond just Christmas and winter theme cards!

I started off by die cutting Cover Model: The Peppermint Zone Cutaway from mint cardstock, and layered it over a white cardbase. I also die cut In a Word: Wonder and In a Word: Believe Cutaways, and the "&" from Typecase: Cary Letters Cutaways - all from gold cardstock to build my sentiment.

Before adhering the words down, I mixed some perfect pearls with water, and added a heavy splatter over the front of my card - just a subtle bit of sparkle and shine! I also added a twist of gold thread behind the words, and carefully mounted them with foam adhesive. Finished off by a few sparkly clear sequins!

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! ! So without further ado, here they are!

First up - I just love this sweet card from Jill V. - the stenciled heart is the perfect backdrop to her little birdie couple and fun sentiment design!

Next up, this lovely floral number by Anila DK is just swoon worthy, don't you think?!?!? The heart stenciling is so pretty, and the flowers and sentiment combo are just gorgeous!

Lucy E. created such a soft and pretty background on her card! LOVE the ink blending and the soft white tree in the center with just the right touch of sparkle!

And finally, this lovely watercolor creation from Deepti is just stunning and a perfect take on the color combo! Beautiful work!


No. 7 | treebug
Tina's is so previous and sweet!  She incorporated the colors with just the right patterned papers.

Tina, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "December 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 January 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, February 8, 2019.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This December 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!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

January Leading Lady Greta Hess | Take Two

Our January Leading Lady Greta Hess is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Greta is-oh-so clever with her coloring on her awesome cards today!

Ladies and gentlemen, Greta...

Thanks for all the positive comments on my initial Leading Lady post.  I'm so appreciative of your support.  Now it's time for Take 2.
This week I wanted to show you some ways to add color without the traditional art of coloring, since that's not one of my talents.  I often use solid images, but I'm not restricted to them.  Here are some cards with open images & techniques anyone can do.

First up is a card using the adorable snowman from Snowy Holiday with Evelin T Designs

Using a couple solid circles from Scenery: Dotty, I stamped 3 times, overlapping the circles, with Distress Inks weathered wood & faded jeans on a watercolor panel.  Then I spritzed to make the ink run.  I used my heat tool before repeating the process & adding splatters.  When it was completely dry, I stamped the snowman in Delicata Sapphire Blue several times using a stamp positioner.  Then I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The gray ink didn't really change the blue, but just made the image a bit crisper.

I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher to parts of  the snowman for clear sparkly dimension.  The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold & the Happy & I added a few clear sequins. Next is a fun Valentine's Day card using a die from Essentials: Tilda Cutaways that makes an opening for a gift card.

I began by white embossing Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses on Bristol paper so I could color with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  They are great for a messy watercolor technique that doesn't require staying in the lines or adding shadows--perfect for me!  I used 3 purple markers & a blue gray, mixing with a little water.  After it dried I cut out the gc holder & then spritzed with shimmer spray.

The white embossed sentiment strip made with words from The Big, the Bold & the Happy was mounted with foam tape.  The background is done with white dye ink & Scenery: Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings.  I didn't want the actual gift card to detract, so I covered the back of it with a scrap of Bristol paper colored with the blue gray Zig & dry embossed with little dots. My last card is another example of messy watercoloring.  This time I stamped a beautiful leaf image from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves across the top of a white panel in Distress Inks pine needles & evergreen bough. 

Then I "stamped" the ink pads on a flat palette, added water & picked up the color with a small brush to paint the leaves--again not staying in the lines.  When it was dry, I stamped in a darker blue green dye ink for more definition & then in Delicata Silvery Shimmer purposely not lining up the stamp.  The sentiment from In a Word: Thanks was stamped in dark gray ink to match the mat.  I left off embellishments, but did add some silver splatters. Hope I've given you some inspiration, even if you do traditional coloring.  Remember to leave a comment on my first post to be in the running for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.

Check the Take 2 post on my blog to see how you can get another entry into the drawing.  I'll be back next Saturday for more fun with wonderful Winnie & Walter products!


Friday, January 11, 2019

Rerun No. 38 | Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale!) + Winners of Rerun No. 37

Hello lovelies!  Welcome to our monthly Rerun post!  First, we are going to announce winners from last month's Rerun No. 37 | Stampet: Penguin.

We had such lovely entries and luckily I used the random generator to pick out a winner:

No. 9 | ionabunny

Thank you for all your kind comments as well!  The winner of the Stampet: Penguin stamp set is:

No. 29 | Quillish

Congrats everyone!   Please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  Quillish, I will additionally need your mailing address.

Now on to this month's Rerun!

Each Rerun will provide plenty of inspiration focusing upon a featured product, a month-long sale on the featured product and a challenge (with a prize!) and giveaway.  You will not want to miss out!

For our thirty-eighth Rerun we are concentrating on Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set. This set is full of joy, celebration and the signature adorable illustrations of Evelin T!

Now on to the cards!


Happy New Year!  Time to get your happy on!

This is one happy, cheerful card and pretty easy and simple to make.  I stamped the elephant (a favorite of mine) and balloons on white cardstock in Memento ink.  I then colored them in with Copics.  I cut out the images using the coordinating cutaways.  I also cut out the smaller decorative rectangle with Essentials: Tilda Cutaways from white cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and arranged the elephant and balloons on the little panel using dimensional foam adhesive.  I attached everything to an A2 card I had covered with some patterned paper and voila!  Done.

I imagine you could mass produce these for cute party invites too. :-)

That's it from me...wait until you see what Gayatri and  Heather did with Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs amazing!


CLICK HERE to see more from Gayatri.

 CLICK HERE to see more from Heather.


Now it's your turn to play along with Rerun!
  1. Create a new project using Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set.  An alternative to using Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set is to create a new project using one of the projects featured in this post (or any Rerun post throughout November by The Talent) as your inspiration.  Make sure you use at least one (1) w&w product (this can include a freebie found in the w&w shop) in your project.  If you choose the alternative to using Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set, please include in your post or project description which project inspired you and how.
  2. Link up your project here by 11:55 p.m. CST on March 6, 2019.  
  3. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  4. This Rerun Challenge may be combined with other challenges found here on the w&w blog or elsewhere.
One project will be randomly chosen to win $25.00 credit to the w&w shop!  The winner will be announced on the w&w blog in March. 


Please comment on this post (make sure to include your email address in your comment--if you have to add your email address to your comment please do so by replying to your original comment) by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 6, 2019 for a chance to win your very own Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January Leading Lady Greta Hess | Take One

Happy New Year!  It's an exciting day as I get to introduce you to our January Leading Lady Greta Hess!  Greta has been catching my month after month with her fabulous and cleverly designed cards she's submitted to our challenges and I can't wait to see what she will do this month.

I am really excited to see what Greta will be creating this month as she takes us on an adventure of her own design on Saturdays in January on the w&w blog.

Please give Greta a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our January Leading Lady! 

I'm so excited to be Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady for January 2019!  This is a huge honor I truly never expected.  Thank you so much, Shay! Each Saturday this month I get to take over the Winnie and Walter Blog.  Hope you'll check it out & leave a comment.  Hopefully you'll find some inspiration in my projects AND you have a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Winnie and Walter store!

I'll do a random drawing of all the comments left on my blog's Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts. My love of Winnie & Walter products began a couple years ago when a friend sent me In a Word: Hello Cutaway.  I thought it only fitting to begin with a post focusing on this wonderfully versatile die. For my first card I randomly stamped a solid leaf image from A Tree for All Seasons in 2 green inks.  Then I stamped the matching lined image in brown ink purposely not lining it up exactly.

The panel was die cut with a rectangle from Essentials: Tilda Cutaways.  I love the fun edge plus the pierced border.  The word was die cut from the panel being careful to save the little bits which were glued in place after the panel was attached to a brown card front.

I stamped the little word from The Big, the Bold & the Happy in brown ink, trimmed it into a strip, matted it with brown cardstock & attached it with foam tape.  I didn't add any embellishments so this card could go to a guy or a gal. Next up is a birthday card that lets the hello die be the star of the show, thanks to the new Scenery: Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings.  I used 6 Distress Oxide inks, moving the stencil before going to each new color.  Doesn't it give a fun confetti look?

I stacked the die 3 high before attaching it to a white textured panel.  The little sentiment words from The Big, the Bold & the Happy were white embossed on black cardstock & trimmed into strips.  I love the look of adding them right on top of the large die cut word.  Black & white twine was tied into a bow before adding the panel to a black card front. I have one more card for you and this one is floral and feminine--a favorite for me & hopefully you like it, too.  I stamped a wreath using flowers from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers along with leaves and dots from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez in pastel inks.

The hello die was cut from the center of the panel, stacked 3 high, brushed with shimmer & glued in place.  The larger, blocky font of this die is perfect for the hidden die cut technique as it doesn't totally disappear.

I darkened the photo so you can get an idea of the shimmer on the hello die cut.  Some little white dots are added for embellishment and the panel is attached to a dark gray card front. Now you can see why I love the In a Word: Hello Cutaway and hopefully you've gotten some inspiration for your own crafting.  I'll be back with another Winnie & Walter post next Saturday.