Saturday, November 17, 2018

November Leading Lady Jill Vickers | Take Three

Our November Leading Lady Jill Vickers is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance sure to ensnare your focus CLICK HERE.   Today's tremendous plethora of cards will have you reaching for dies!

Without further ado, Jill...

So happy to be back for another week on the Winnie & Walter blog - I am having so much fun creating all these projects. 

This week I chose to focus on one of my favourite techniques - creating backgrounds using die cuts. Winnie & Water dies are some of my absolute favourites and I am highlighting a few of them today.

First up is using tone-on-tone die cuts to create a background - this is a time consuming technique but it is one of my favourites since I just love the effect on the finished card. For these cards, I used the Typecast: Cary Numbers Cutaways to create my background. I die cut all the numbers five times and then adhered them randomly onto the same colour card base. I wanted the background  of the card to be the focus so I kept the rest of it very simple with some Copic coloured images from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs and a greeting from Sentimental Birthday.


I made two versions of the card - one in white and one in blue. I am not very good with using non-neutral coloured card bases so this technique is a great way to force myself to do it :) 

My next two projects focused on using border dies to create the background using the Georgette Border Cutaways. For the first card, I die cut the flower-shaped border repeatedly across the card panel. I then backed the panel with Be Creative tape and added some glitter to it through the die cuts (I was going for a sparkly snowflake look - that unfortunately does not show up well in the picture). I, once again, kept the rest of the card simple with a cute Copic coloured image from Sweet Holiday with Evelin T and a greeting from Sentimental Winter



For the second card, I die cut the flower shaped border only three times on the panel, and I finished the edge with the scallop die. I again backed the die cut part of the panel with Be Creative tape but, this time, I added red glitter to the die cut openings. I mounted the panel on a light grey card base and added a red glitter In A Word: Merry Cutaway die cut combined with a light grey stamped sentiment from In A Word Merry. The finishing touch was some sparkly gems added to the centres of the red 
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My final projects are all about adding Copic colouring to the die cuts to create interesting backgrounds - for these projects, I used one of the hexagon frame dies from the Essentials Josephine Cutaways.  


For the first card, I cut the smallest hexagon frame multiple times from 6 different colours of cardstock. I then added to some shading using corresponding Copic colours to the outside edge of each hexagon frame. I adhered the frames to the card base in rainbow order (these die cuts piece together - almost like inlaid die cutting). I then die cut the small hexagons (many times!) from white glitter cardstock to inlay in the centre of each of the hexagons. I trimmed the panel, adhered it to a card base and added a simple white embossed greeting from The Big, the bold and the party with foam tape.




For the second card, I repeated the process but instead of adding the white glitter paper, I also added shading to the centres of the hexagons and popped them up with foam squares. I finished off the card with a glittery In A Word Thanks die cut.



Finally, I wanted to quickly share a card front that I made to show another idea on how to colour the hexagons. For this one, I used a light grey panel and cut the hexagons from the same paper. I coloured some of them with different shades of grey Copics - and adhered them to make an ombre pattern. I ran out of time on the rest of the card but wanteed to share what I had done.


Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Jill

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Monday, November 12, 2018

November 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 - I was trying to pick something that would translate well from fall and Thanksgiving cards into holiday and winter cards. As I was browsing, I fell instantly in love with this image! So I knew it was what I needed to use:


As I was looking at the colors, it occurred to me that some of the beautiful Catherine Pooler inks in the Winnie and Walter store would coordinate perfectly! I grabbed out the ones that seemed to fit (Aquatini, Tiara, Orange Twist, and Flirty Fuchsia), and swiped them on a piece of cardstock so I could see them and decide what to do with them...and it hit me that I really liked the way that looked! Gotta love a happy accident, right? So I pulled out a plain white cardbase, and did it again, just a bit more carefully! :)


Next, I added a sentiment and some simple black images from In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers - I love the look of black splatters from one of the flower center images! And the sentiment just seemed a perfect fit with the bright happy colors on this card!


Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! Due to World Card Making Day Challenges, we decided to extend the deadline of this challenge an extra month! SOOO many beautiful versions of the color combo - I can't say again how much I loved looking through them all...and how HARD you always make my job of choosing cards to spotlight! So without further ado, here they are!

First up - Maria F. shared this soft and lovely card! I adore the design, PERFECT use of the challenge colors - and all that lovely white space! Truly beautiful in every way!


Next up, I just love the cheery happy design of this card by Anita! The layout is so fun - the sentiment with the big happy just fits the feel of this card so well! LOVE!


And finally, I love the sweet little puppy on this card by Super Stick Chick - backed with the lovely stenciled leaves! Such a darling little scene and great use of the colors in a bolder form! 


<<<RANDOM WINNER>>>


No. 11 | Maria F.
Greta's card is elegant and clever.  I love her hand-stamped wreath and the colors are soothing and sophisticated.

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

>>>CHALLENGE<<<

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 November 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, December 7, 2018.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This November 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!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags


Hello loverlies!  It is Shay here today with a very fun post.

Tracey McNeely has a wonderful event called The 25 Days of Christmas Tags in which for 25 days she features Christmas tags.  There are lots of guests and giveaways along the way!

One of the first things I learned to stamp was tags so this is near and dear to my heart.

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As I mentioned in our Rerun post this month featuring for In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez, when I have several projects to work on at once I like to use the same materials and see where that leads me.   

I actually began by stamping on a manila tag using In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez with abandoned coral, fossilized amber and cracked pistachio Oxide Distress Inks and black jack along with flicking some gold spray.  I stamped "joy" onto a manila tag and cut it out using the coordinating cutaway and adhered it to the tag using foam dimensional adhesive. 

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This tag inspired me to create the same background with the stamp set and I used abandoned coral, fossilized amber and cracked pistachio Oxide Distress Inks and black jack along with flicking some gold spray on a piece of white cardstock. 

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On a couple of larger manila shipping tags in black jack I stamped the solid woodgrain from Scenery: Into the Woods and then adhered a strip of the stamped background to the bottom of the tag and then also added a scalloped border cut using Georgette Border Cutaways over the seem.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Sentimental: Winter in cracked pistachio.  

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Hope you get inspired to make some tags!

Kelly has an awesome tag for you HERE.

Don't forget to visit Tracey's blog HERE to get more details, inspiration and enter tons of giveaways including one from w&w!

Happy tag making,
Shay

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November Leading Lady Jill Vickers | Take Two

Our November Leading Lady Jill Vickers is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Jill has ensnared my focus with today's superb cards!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jill...

I am so happy to be joining Winnie & Walter for another week as their November Leading Lady. This week's cards are all about the magic number three, and a few ways it can be used in card design.




My first card is all about the visual triangle which is created when you place three elements (forming a triangle) around the focal point. On my card, I placed three critters around the sentiment:


I started out by Copic colouring and fussy cutting the three critters from the Happy Dance with Evelin T stamp set. I then die cut three circles in the card panel and stamped the three different circular sentiments from Ring in the Celebration around the openings. I sponged three different colours of Distress Inks behind the openings (Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed - bright, happy colours!) before popping the card front on with foam tape. The critters were also added with foam tape as well as the sentiment from Sentimental Birthday which was white embossed on black. A few sparkling sequins and a little strip of glitter to finish of the card.


My second card focuses on the rule of thirds - this is a key design principle in composition that you can read more about here



I kept the focus of the design by keeping all the elements in the lower third of the card. I added 3 (yes 3!) thin strips of silver glitter card stock across the bottom of the card. I Copic coloured a poinsettia from the In Bloom: Elsa's Flora set and popped it up with some foam tape onto the panels at the bottom left corner according to the rule of thirds.I added the sentiment from Sentimental Winter to the panel and a few drops of gold Stickles to the centre of the flower to complete the CAS design.

My last project was very much inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video where she created ornaments on cards; I CASEd that idea but I created a card with three tags instead. The idea is that I can send someone this card and then they can remove the tags to use them. To continue the "three" theme, I decided to add three tags.  According to some design principles, including three similar or repeated elements is more pleasing to the eye then using two or four - I will let you be the judge of whether it works on this card :)


I created the card base by stamping the greeting from Scenery:Holiday Trimmings in Versamark and embossing it with sparkly red powder. I then applied glitter paste through a stencil very similar to the Big Bang Circle Creative Screening for even more sparkle.

Now for the tags: I started out by die cutting 6 (3 fronts and 3 backs)  tags from the Essentials: Audrery Cutaways, and then stamping some critters from Winter Wishes with Evelin T onto three of them. I coloured the images and the background with Copics - I also added some glitter paste through the same stencil that I had used on the card base. On the other three tags, I stamped the greeting and "to" and "from" from the Sentimental Gift set; I then adhered these to the coloured tags. I threaded some baker's twine through the tags and knotted the loop at the end and secured the twine on the inside of the card with some washi tape. 

Here is the backside of the tags:



Here is how the tags are secured to the inside of the card - with removable silver sparkle washi tape so the recipient can remove the tags and use them on gifts.



Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Jill



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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rerun No. 36 | In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale + Video!) + Winners of Rerun No. 35

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Hello lovelies!  Welcome to our monthly Rerun post!  First, we are going to announce winners from last month's Rerun No. 35 | Scenery: V for cheVron.

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

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No. 6 | Izzy Scrap

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

No. 23 | Leanne

Congrats Izzy Scrap and Leanne!   Please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  Leanne, 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!

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For our thirty-sixth Rerun we are concentrating on In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez. This set has beautiful and delicate blooms and fruit along with sentiments to create wreaths, decorate sentiments and other projects for the holidays and all year round!

Now on to the cards!

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Happy November!  Are you ready for some holiday cards?

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I love this set because you can create a simple and dramatic card in a few minutes.  When I have a couple projects to do I find going with the same supplies and using them in different ways not only makes the projects easier (check back Sunday for the other project), but I enjoy it more.  This stamp set is really a lovely set to use in all sorts of ways especially as backgrounds.  I created a background with the stamp set and I used abandoned coral, fossilized amber and cracked pistachio Oxide Distress Inks and black jack along with flicking some gold spray.

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I decided to cut some strips from the background I created to make 2 similar, but different cards.  This is a way to make lots of holiday cards and also change it up a little.

For the first card I cut a smaller strip of the background and attached it to a white A2 card base with dimensional foam adhesive that I stamped with the lined stripe from Scenery: Stripes in grey.  Last I stamped the sentiment from Sentimental: Winter in coral ink.

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The second card I cut a wider strip and attached the scallop cut from In a Word: Holiday Titles Cutaways before attaching to the A2 white card base.  Last I added the sentiment from Sentimental: Winter in coral ink.

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That's it from me...wait until you see what Crystal, Gayatri, Heather and Kelly did with In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez ...so amazing!

>>>THE TALENT<<<

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VIDEOS:




We will be sharing the rest of the videos for Crystal's gorgeous card above later this month!

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CLICK HERE to see more from Gayatri.

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 CLICK HERE to see more from Heather.

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 CLICK HERE to see more from Kelly.

>>>CHALLENGE<<<

Now it's your turn to play along with Rerun!
  1. Create a new project using In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez (or In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez Cutaways).  An alternative to using In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez 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 In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez, 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 December 7, 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 December. 

>>>GIVEAWAY<<<

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 December 7, 2018 for a chance to win your very own In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez stamp set!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November Leading Lady Jill Vickers | Take One

It's an exciting day as I get to introduce you to our November Leading Lady Jill Vickers!  I first met the lovely Jill a few years ago where we bonded over our shared love of stamping (of course) and imagine how delighted I was to see her awesome submissions to our challenges.  Her cards are bright, happy and full of brilliant ideas and techniques.

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

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




I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Winnie & Walter as their November Leading Lady - I am still in complete disbelief that Shay asked me to do this. I have been a huge fan of Winnie & Walter products ever since the beginning but I am an ever bigger fan of Shay and her generosity. Winnie & Walter has sponsored so many different challenges in blogland, along with all the all the challenges on the Winnie & Walter blog - her kindness is inspirational to us all. I am truly honoured to be part of her blog this month.

We just turned the page on the calendar - November already! I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by and it is now time to get ready for the end of year holidays. Of course, this includes making lots of holiday cards :) One of my favourite things about holiday cards is that I can apply copious amount of glitter to my projects - all in the spirit of the season :) My Leading Lady debut is going to be about some different ways to apply glitter to holiday cards.

My first project features glitter applied with Stickles. This seems to be the only time of year that my Stickles make it out from my craft drawer but I don't know why since they are so much fun. They are absolutely perfect for adding little touches of colourful glitter - like I did on this walrus card: 



Isn't this walrus the cutest? I stamped him from the Winter Wishes with Evelin T stamp set and then masked him and stamped the iceberg as well. More masking before inking the background with a few different colours of Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, and, of course, Salty Ocean). I coloured the image with Copics, added some white gel pen detail - and then I added four different colours of Stickles to the lights and some Crystal Stickles to the white parts of the Santa hat. I created a card front by first cutting the panel with the largest rectangle from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, and then cutting the aperture with another die. This card front was added to the card with foam tape, along with a white embossed greeting from the In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans stamp set. Here is a close up of some of the Stickles:


My next projects are all about adding glitter to the background. I die cut the card front panel using the largest rectangle from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, and I also die cut an aperture using a basic circle die. I then added some transparent embossing paste to the card front through the Scenery: Triangled Creative Screening. After removing the stencil, while the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Distress Glitter over it and set it aside to dry. While the paste was drying, I stamped and cut out a lot of different floral images from the In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans and the In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans stamp sets. I also stamped the greeting from the same stamp set directly onto the card base. Once the paste was dry, I assembled all the components with a lot of foam tape :)



I actually made two (almost) identical cards - one with the transparent embossing paste and Distress Glitter, and the second one with Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste in Platinum. Here they are side by side:



My last cards feature inlaid die cut glitter card stock. I started off by creating my own ombre glitter cardstock: I coloured a piece of plain white card stock with several different red Copics - blending between the different shades. I then covered the coloured card stock with a large piece of Be Creative tape (this tape is relatively transparent), removed the protective sheet from the adhesive and applied micro fine glitter over the card stock. I pressed the glitter in really well, and burnished it with my teflon bone folder. The key to this is using a transparent glitter - I used Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight glitter. 

I die cut the ombre glitter card using the In A Word: Joy cutaway - and die cut the card panel using the same die so I could inlay the ombre die cut into the card front. I stamped and Copic coloued a couple of images on the card front as well - the bird from Sweet Holiday with Evelin T and the bird house from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T. I also added a white heat embossed "Season's Tweetings" (from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T)onto a foam mounted piece of brown card stock. 


I decided that I wanted to include a glittery candy cane stripe in my design so I stamped the stripe from Scenery: Holiday Trimmings with dark red ink onto the card base. I then covered it with a piece of Be Creative tape and a layer of glitter - just like I did with the ombre card stock. I love how this looks on the finished card.

While I had my supplies out, I created an (almost) identical card - but using store bought red glitter card stock instead of custom ombre glitter card:



Finally, I used the cutout from the ombre glitter card stock and inlaid a die cut from gold glitter card stock. I kept the rest of the card very simple.


Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Jill


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