Friday, August 17, 2018

Wishing You a Merry Christmas with Gayatri

Hello everyone, Gayatri here with you today. I have my very first Christmas card for 2018 to share with you today. I know it is very early. Last year I put off making  Christmas Card until last minute and it did not go well. So I decided to start nice and early to make a good collection of cards ready to post when time is ready.

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For this card, I used Happy Christmas and Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs stamp sets. I used the  poinsettia stamp set from Happy Christmas stamp set and stamped around the kraft panel using masking technique. This makes a good border. I trimmed the panel to 4’x5.25’ in size. Then I coloured the poinsettia using copic markers. I used R24, R27, R29, R30, R59 for the flowers and YG21 and YG23 for the leaves.

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I then spattered some gold Colour Shine spray and once dry, I sponged the edges with white pigment ink to soften the panel. Using MISTI I stamped the sentiment from Merry & Bright stamp set using black ink. I added some Nuvo white blizzard crystal drop to add some texture to the card.

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I adhered this panel to a Kraft card base. I also sponged the card front with white pigment ink on the edges. This card is simple, rich of colours and easy to make. You can stamp a number of panels one day, another day colour them, then stamp… Have a assembly line to make a set of 10 such cards. If you find colouring the poinsettia tedious, then use larger image so you have less images to colour. Hope I have kick started your Christmas card making or at least got you thinking about it :) The w&w supplies I used are listed below. See you in another post this month.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Family Recipes with Kelly

Hi Folks! Kelly here with a few more pages from our final Family Recipe Scrapbook. For those who haven't seen my prior posts throughout the years, for each of my husband's 8 cousins, our family has gathered their favorite recipes to present the bride-to-be at her wedding shower. I've made the recipes, along with photos, into a scrapbook. Our intention is to show the new couple that they're surrounded by loving family who are always around if they need help (especially on what to cook for dinner!)

This page uses the gorgeous sunflower from In Bloom: Anna's Flora to make a little collection of flowers in the lower right corner. The "family" from The Big, the Bold and Blessings Cutaways is cut from gold foil, again to compliment all the yellows and golds. The secondary sentiments "smiles," "lots of love," and "giant hugs" are all from Sending You with Evelin T Designs.

I have to admit, it had been awhile since I'd done much scrapbooking and I was surprised at how much I missed it. I was also surprised at how much I had to think about how to us a canvas that wasn't 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"! Layering the words and flowers over the photos helped. I chose the sunflowers because they pull in the gorgeous yellow sweater, golden light, and yellow grasses from the photos. 

The sunflowers were really fun to watercolor. A few different yellows and browns for the petals, and then a shaded center. I inked the dots in an orange/brown and then before stamping them in the center I inked the edges of the dots in a darker brown. 

 This page is a simple one and relies just on and angled "hugs" from The Big, the Bold and Friends Cutaways being cut from the heart in Flawless Heart Cutaway

Even though it's simple, there's still a little something to it with the gold sparkle cardstock. Again, the hearts are layered over the photos.

I have to admit, even though these take a ridiculous amount of time, I will miss not working on a recipe scrapbook anymore. I guess that just means that I need to get back to scrapbooking my own family! : ) Hopefully before they all graduate!!

Thanks for looking!



Monday, August 13, 2018

August Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you! We are going to do things a little differently this time - ANYTHING GOES! So you are welcome to choose your own color combo (just make sure and post it or a link to it in your post so that we can see your inspiration) - or you can go back and choose a color combo from past challenges (you can find them all HERE)! Or if you like, you can use the color combo I posted below! :)

 And this time I made a SUPER clean and simple card for an inspiration piece - a little different than my usual!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - I admit to feeling a bit sheepish when I realized how close my color choice was this month around to last month! I actually hadn't looked back to remember what last month's was until I picked this out of my Pinterest board for inspiration - I think it must be a summer thing to be attracted to yellow (sunshine and all of that maybe?) Anyway - apparently I'm loving this color combo lately!

I built my sweet little flower using In Bloom: Anna's Flora. I first stamped the bloom, masked off just the bottom of the flower to stamp the stem, then masked off the stem to add the leaves - super easy peasy! I then colored the image in with Copic markers.

I finished off by building a sentiment using Sentimental: Gift - using 3 different sentiments together.

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! You guys all ROCKED this past color combo, so it was super hard to choose my favorites! (Which gives me hope that you'll forgive me for making this next one so very similar?) Anyway...I did my best to narrow it down - just know that I wanted to pick you ALL as favorites!

First up - this absolutely gorgeous card by Ashwini! This card is plain and simple a work of art! Absolutely gorgeous - and great job using the color combo!!!

Next up, I love this fun graphic take from Marlena! She absolutely nailed the colors from the combo - and I love the fun and playful layout! Perfection!

And then we have this clever little card by Shona Chambers! I love her fun layout with Mini Scenery: Madison - fussy cutting it the way she did, and of course, her use of the challenge colors are spot on!

And finally, Megan Beth created this lovely floral card - love the way she stamped those florals in colored ink, then colored them in for a no line effect! Great work!


No. 11 | Ashwini Rao
Ashwini created an incredibly beautiful card with dimension and an amazing use of the color combo!

Greta, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "July 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 August 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, September 7, 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!

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

August Leading Lady Tracey McNeely | Take Two

Our August Leading Lady, Tracey McNeely is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's awesome cards are sure to inspire you to stamp your own patterns (I know I will)!

Ladies and gentlemen, Tracey...

Happy Saturday and I am back again taking over the Winnie & Walter blog today with my Week 2 post as the August Leading Lady.

Last week I gave you some tips on ways I personally add extra to my CAS cards without adding extra weight both physically and design wise. This week my theme is creating background papers. I'm going to share some tips on how I create my own background papers by using images from the same or multiple stamp sets.

When creating a background with multiple stamps I follow some basic rules to make the design look more authentic and whimsical.

1) Stamp some of the images off the edges.
2) Rotate the images so that they are no all the same direction.
3) I either leave the same amount of space between all my images or I vary the spacing once again encouraging the artistic and whimcical feel.
4) I personally always start my design in the upper left corner of my panel and then as I build the design I work down and towards the centre of the panel filling in the spaces as I stamp. There is less chance of getting cornered where you can't fit an image into the space and end up leaving an awkward space.

For my first card I used Purrfect with Evelin T Designs to create a fun background for this playful kitty. To reinforce that the playful theme of the card the balls of wool are all turned all different directions and the spacing varies to represent that this naughty kitty left the balls of wool all over the house! All my stamped was done with Copic friendly ink and the images were coloured with Copic Markers--R00, G12, B000, V01, Y13, T0 and T1.

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For my second card I used In Bloom: Carolina`s Florals with Angelica Suarez. I stamped using the outline images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then clear embossed on Bristol Smooth cardstock for using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. On this card I kept the spacing between the images the same but I did continue to turn the images around on the panel. I used the two tiny branches to fill in the gaps. The ZIG colours I used were--021, 028, 050, 052, 036, 031 and 041. Once the watercolour was dry I added my sentiments. The happy and `birthday wishes`was white heat embossed on black cardstock. The happy was popped up with foam tape.

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I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. On September 3rd I will draw a name from all my comments from over the month to win.  You can enter once each week so you will have four chances to win., good luck!

I hope you had fun learning how I create my own patterned backgrounds with stamps. See you again next Saturday for another Leading Lady post. Have a great day.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Rerun No. 33 | The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale!) + Winners of Rerun No. 32

Hello lovelies!  Welcome to our monthly Rerun post!  First, we are going to announce winners from last month's Rerun No. 32 | Mini Scenery: Madison.

We had such lovely entries and Mr. Random chose this challenge entry to win a $25.00 credit to the w&w shop:

No. 8 | Janis in ID

Thank you for all your kind comments as well!  The winner of the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp set is:

No. 18 | Rebecca Yahrling

Congrats Janis and Rebecca!   Please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  Rebecca, 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-third Rerun we are concentrating on The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect. This set is one of the sets which is designed to work on cards and all sorts of other projects like memory keeping with a unique camera, frames, sentiments and fun images!

Now on to the cards!


Happy August!  I decided to concentrate on the flash images and frame to create something of a wild card.:-)


So I began with a panel of cardstock I had used to create a background using color burst, water and Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings then I added the large and medium flashes from the stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with gold.  Then I added some spray drops of color in chartreuse, aqua and yellow.

I stamped the frame in Distress Ink in salty ocean and adhered the larger burst from Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways with the shine cut from In a Word: Shine Script Cutaway and In a Word: Bright Cutaway on the frame.  I added 3 glittery gold enamel dots.

I finished up by adhering the frame to the card with foam dimensional adhesive.  This card turned out pretty funky and fun.  Hope you enjoyed.


That's it from me...wait until you see what Gayatri and Heather did with The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect awesome!


Gayatri W&W August rerun card
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 The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect.  An alternative to using The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect is to create a new project using one of the projects featured in this post (or any Rerun post throughout August 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 The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect, 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 August 31, 2018.  
  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 August. 


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 August 31, 2018 for a chance to win your very own The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect stamp set!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August Leading Lady Tracey McNeely | Take One

It's the first Saturday of the month so that means a new Leading Lady!  This month I have the absolute pleasure of introducing our August Leading Lady, Tracey McNeely.  Not only is she incredibly talented, but truly one of the most down-to-earth and soul-deep sweet, kind and nice people you will ever meet.  She also hosts an annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event which is always a delight.

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

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


Hi Friends!

I am super excited to be posting today as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for the month of August! I was so thrilled when my friend Shay invited me to be one of her Leading Ladies. Shay is smart, crazy talented and overall just a wonderful person that I have had the pleasure of meeting two times on crafting retreats in Kansas. This past retreat she was my 3:00 am cab ride buddy to the airport to catch our early flights!

When I was trying to decide what to do for my first post for this month, I had so many ideas but when I sat down to play with the stamps and dies the answer of my question became very obvious to me. If you were to ask me what type of designer I am my answer will be 'Clean and Simple'. I love white space, designs that are not cluttered but mostly designs that have breathing room. Not all of my cards are clean and simple, I do love to make a mess sometimes too, but my roots are clean and simple. Creating a CAS card is not always simple, in fact sometimes it can take hours to finish off a design that feels right. I thought for this week I could share with you some ideas of things I do to add interest to my CAS cards that take them from plain to wow.

I used the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans clear stamp set to create a rainbow of dotted circles onto a white panel. I stamped all three sizes overlapping some of them. The panel was trimmed down so that I could mount it on to the card base.The sentiment was stamped on to the panel and the YOU die cut was adhered below it.

To add more interest I popped up the panel with foam tape for dimension. Just doing that one step makes such a difference. Next I added some sparkling clear sequins, just a few to create a visual triangle. Finally I filled the sequin with some silver Stickles for some sparkle. Three small changes that ramp up the card without adding weight to the overall design.

For my second card once again I kept the design CAS. The basic design is the two dogs cuddling and the cute sentiment.To add more interest to the card I cut the scalloped panel from watercolour paper and then created a loose watercolour background using some Distress Oxide inks. I love the way they dry. The sentiment was stamped directly on the panel. The two dogs were Copic coloured and added with foam tape an finally the wee heart was watercoloured die cut was added.

I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. At the end of the month I will draw a name from my comments from over the month to win!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and can't wait to show you what I have planned for next week!