Saturday, October 13, 2018

October Leading Lady Trina Pham | Take Two

Our October Leading Lady Trina Pham is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Color me impressed with today's incredible cards!

Ladies and gentlemen, Trina...

Hello again!  I'm back with my second leading lady post for Winnie & Walter (W&W).  But before I get to this week's projects, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave me such encouraging comments here, on my blog and on my IG account.  It was heart warming and I am so pleased you liked my cards!  Ok, who's cutting onions and making my eyes water? 😂  All right, enough of that.

For this week, I'm dialling back the bright colours and cute factor, and focusing on colouring botanicals on colour cardstock.  It was just a little over two years ago after starting my blog that I learned how to colour.  Terms like shading, highlights, cast shadows, etc. were foreign to me, but they make a huge difference in giving images depth and realism.  I love to colour now and am still learning lots.  So when it comes to colouring on colour cardstock, I think of color pencils first.  However, I am exploring a couple of other methods this time.


Who knew, but you can colour with Copics on colour cardstock as long as the cardstock is a light colour!  Copics is my favourite way to colour, so I was excited to test this out.

On an A2 size Smoky Slate panel, stamped and masked the images from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora in the upper right corner with Copic friendly black ink.  Removed masks and coloured the image (except for the mistletoe berries) with Copic Sketch markers R27, R24, R14, YG17, YG03, Y06.  Since there is no white Copic marker, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to colour the mistletoe berries.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to blend and colour with Copics.  And the Colorless Blender worked like normal, too! 

Next, I die cut with In a Word: Merry cutaway three times from scraps of white shimmer paper and stacked them for dimension.  The sentiment from In a Word: Merry stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was adhered to a white card base and clear shimmer added on the poinsettias finished off the card.


The second medium I wanted to try is watercolouring with DOx inks.  These inks have both dye and pigment properties and it's the opaque pigment property that allows the colours to show on dark cardstock.

On an A2 size Early Espresso panel, the leaves from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves were inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door DOx inks were smooshed onto my craft mat, then using a watercolor brush, picked up the colours and coloured in the leaves.  As you can see, the DOx inks does show on dark cardstock, but it looked dull and unimpressive to me.  I thought maybe I used too dark of a colour cardstock, so I attempted on Kraft cardstock.

This time I heat embossed the images in black and added Mowed Lawn DOx ink to the colour palette.  It was a bit better, but still too dull for my liking.  So comes out my Zigs and I was a lot happier with the result after intensifying the colours and adding shading.

Added black splatters to give some texture.  Because this is not watercolor paper and I was a little heavy handed in some areas with water, the paper pilled a bit.  If you try this, use water sparingly.  

Completed the card by diecutting In a Word: Thanks from white and black cardstock and offsetting it for a shadow effect.  Adhered it over a torn strip of vellum to make it stand out even more. 

And I tried to salvaged what I could of the first dark brown one.  Used my Zigs on it as well then popped on a bright shiny gold sentiment to finish.  To be honest, I will most likely stick to color pencils when colouring on colour cardstock.


Just a quick reminder, Shay has generously offered a $30 gift card to the W&W store for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog Phamtastic Design.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on any of my leading lady posts by October 31.  I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left across the four posts.

Thank you for hanging out with me.  Have a wonderful week!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Rerun No. 35 | Scenery V for cheVron (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale!) + Winners of Rerun No. 34

Hello lovelies!  Welcome to our monthly Rerun post!  First, we are going to announce winners from last month's Rerun No. 34 | Typecast: Cary.

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

No. 4 | Becca Y

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

No. 10 | Jen

Congrats Becca and Jen!   Please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  Jen, 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-fifth Rerun we are concentrating on Scenery: V for cheVron. With tons of varieties of chevrons in various sizes including a giant size perfect for the full A2 card you will have plenty of options!

Now on to the cards!


Happy October!  You ready for bold and graphic?


I love this set because you can create a simple and dramatic card in a few minutes.  I used the second largest outline stamp and stamped it in black jack four times in 3 rows.  I am not worried about it being perfectly lined up because when it is all done it looks good.  I filled in the chevrons with the matching solid chevron in abandoned coral, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and broken china Oxide Distress Inks.

Then I used the celebrate cut using In a Word: Birthday Tiles Cutaways out of white cardstock and kept the letters from falling out by taping them in with washi on the back.  I then adhered the sentiment with foam dimensional adhesive.

Last I added some enamel dots.


That's it from me...wait until you see what Crystal, Gayatri and Heather did with Scenery: V for cheVron amazing!


V for Chevron - Rerun October (14 of 28) V for Chevron - Rerun October (20 of 28) V for Chevron - Rerun October (25 of 28) 
Crystal's card for her WCMD 2018 Black and White Backgrounds Challenge also uses the Scenery: V for cheVron stamp set and don't forget there is still time to play along with all the challenges!

gayatri_W&W October 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 Scenery: V for cheVron.  An alternative to using Scenery: V for cheVron is to create a new project using one of the projects featured in this post (or any Rerun post throughout October 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 Scenery: V for cheVron, 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 November 1, 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 November. 


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 November 1, 2018 for a chance to win your very own Scenery: V for cheVron stamp set!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

WCMD 2018 | Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay

To get all the information about w&w WCMD 2018 CLICK HERE.

Hello lovelies!

You've made it to our last challenge for WCMD 2018 and I hope you are having a splendid time.

I have a different challenge for you which I am calling the Lucky 7 Limit Challenge.  What is you may be wondering.  Let me explain.  If you choose to take on this challenge you will be limited to a total of 7 colors (yellow would count as 1 color even if you have several shades), layers, products/supplies (patterned paper, embossing powder, stamp sets, stencils, dies, etc.) and embellishments.  For instance you could choose to create a 1 layer card with 3 products  (2 stamp sets + 1 embellishment like enamel dots) and 3 colors.  Tools (like a die cutting machine, MISTI, ink blending tool, water, adhesive), inks, cardstock and neutral colors (white, grey, brown and even black) are freebies and do not count towards your 7.  I have a couple of examples for you.

Card No. 1

So for a really simple card that really has no problem meeting this challenge I give you this little number:

1 layer + 2 colors + 1 stamp set = 4!

This card uses In Bloom: Ashlee's Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set along with 2 colors of Catherine Pooler Inks: flirty fuchsia and grass skirt stamped on a white cardstock base.  Sometimes it doesn't take much to have a pretty card.


Card No. 2

Now, I have another card that does stretch the bounds of this challenge:

2 layers + 2 colors (blue & green) + paint + die cut + glittery thicker = 7!

This is a super easy card where I used the solid star from True Multifaceted Star Cutaways to create a star pattern on a piece of a cardstock and then with ink painted around the stars and then painted in the stars with white paint and I also painted on some glimmery paint over the blue and green (I am going to count the 2 paints as a single item: paint lol).  Then I adhered the panel to a white A2 piece of cardstock and finished it with a glittery "1" Thicker.


I can't wait to see your take on this challenge!

Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.  **Remember for rules about the challenges to read up HERE.**

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WCMD 2018 | Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly

To get all the information about w&w WCMD 2018 CLICK HERE.

Hi Folks! Kelly here with a challenge for you ... Coordinating Die Coloring

How does this work? Pick one of your favorite stamps that has a corresponding die, die cut a piece from copy paper (making a stencil), place the negative stencil portion of the die cut over your stamped image, and sponge ink through the stencil.

Why should you do this? It's about the fastest way to color an image that I can think of! This makes it perfect when you're stamping a lot of images and just don't have the time or desire to make mini-coloring masterpieces. This does, however, leave you with the option to go back in and add some details with a marker if you'd like, like I did with the focal point green elephant.

I think this technique works particularly well with baby cards when you want to have soft, simple shapes. The adorable elephant featured on this card is from one of my favorite Evelin T Designs sets, Happy Dance. The die cut is from In a Word: Baby, and the sentiment is from Wishing You with Evelin Designs.

I sure hope you'll give this challenge a try ... I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.  **Remember for rules about the challenges to read up HERE.**

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WCMD 2018 | Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica (Video)

To get all the information about w&w WCMD 2018 CLICK HERE.

Hi everyone, and happy World Card Making Day! I hope you are enjoying the celebration on the Winnie & Walter blog so far. :) I love being inspired by challenges and I hope you'll like the one I'm hosting today: the Stamp Images Mash Up challenge! Stretching the use of my stamps and dies is certainly one of my favorite crafting techniques, and I think combining images from 3 different stamp sets is a fun way to do so. Here's the card I created for today: 

Video found here:

I picked out a couple of images from Season's Tweetings with Eveling T. DesignsIn Bloom: Elsa's Flora, and Wish Big with Eveling T. Designs to create this snow globe scene. You might wonder where I used the Wish Big set; the cupcake stamp from it is disguised as the snow globe base!

All of the images are colored with Copic markers.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? I can't wait to see your stamp images mash up creations! 

Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.  **Remember for rules about the challenges to read up HERE.**

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WCMD 2018 | Ink Blending Challenge with Lea

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The challenge is simple - to use ink blending in some sort! I've blended the sky to my cute scene using Distress Oxide inks, but you can use any inks you'd like and in any fashion you want. As long as there is some ink blending on your project somewhere, it fits the challenge! 

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Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.  **Remember for rules about the challenges to read up HERE.**

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WCMD 2018 | Clean and Simple (CAS) Challenge with Heather

To get all the information about w&w WCMD 2018 CLICK HERE.

Good morning - and Happy World Card Making Day! 

I am excited to be hosting a Clean and Simple Card Challenge today! Despite the word "simple" in the title, CAS cards are not necessarily easy to create. Sometimes it takes a lot more effort to not add too many embellishments, and everyone knows what the smudge of an inky finger can do to all that nice clean white space! I have 3 examples of CAS cards to share with you - as well as some tips for making this style of card!

First up - using a stencil and leaving your background images uncolored is a great way to achieve a CAS design. For this card I used some distress ink and Scenery: Rectangled Creative Screenings to create a soft background, then stamped the sweet pups from Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs and die cut with the Coordinating dies. I mounted this with foam adhesive on my cardbase, stamped a sentiment underneath, and then added the hearts from Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs.

Another fun way to twist up a CAS design is to stamp minimal images and sentiments, but instead of in the front and center of the card where you would first think, set it off in a corner. For this sweet and simple card I stamped the sweet house from Our Town in Aquatini ink in the bottom right corner, added the hearts coming out of the chimney with Rockin' Red ink, and then stamped a sentiment from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs in black. All the white space lets the meaning of the card shine - and your eye follows the house up from the bottom corner, along the hearts out of the chimney, all the way to the sentiment that perfectly captures the scene!

And finally - another fun way to create a CAS card is stamping outline images in colored ink instead of coloring the images in! For this card I used images and a sentiment from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs stamped in Lime Rickey, Rockin Red, and Tiara ink. I trimmed that white panel down and mounted it on my white cardbase for just a bit of a simple border and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me today! You can visit my blog for more photos and details of these cards - and I hope you will play along with both this and ALL of the great challenges going on today at Winnie and Walter! Have a wonderful crafty day!

Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.  **Remember for rules about the challenges to read up HERE.**

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