Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sending You Lots of Love with Gayatri

Hello every one, it is Gayatri again with you. I have a very summery card share with you today. There is link blending and copic colouring techniques used on this card. Hope you like it.

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I haven't used these floral images from In Bloom: Anna's Flora stamp set from Winnie & Walter. So I decided to stamp and colour them. I started with a white cardstock panel. I used Inkylicious ink duster to dust Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks in a gradient on the panel. I love the soft look because that is what I wanted for the background.

Then I stamped, masked and stamped the floral images from Anna's Flora stamp set using Simon's Intense Black ink and MISTI. Using copic markers, I added shading to the images and make them pop from the background. I also added drop shadow to the images.

The sentiment is from Sending You with Evelin T Design stamp set. I simply stamped the sentiment on black on the bottom of the panel. I stamped the heart shapes from the stamp set randomly in the same colours of distress oxide inks to add interest to the card.

I trimmed the panel to 4" x 5.25" in size, roughed the edges with scissors and adhered on a cream card base using foam adhesives. Finally brushed the flowers with clear shimmer pen.

Here are some closeups of the card.

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All w&w supplies used to make this card are listed below for you. Hope you give these techniques a try and enjoy. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chibitronics + w&w Blog Hop!

Hello lovelies!  It's Shay here.  We have such a fun blog hop for you today as we are joining up with the amazing ladies from the Chibitronics design team to create illuminating projects with Chibitronics + w&w products.

You should have come from Lydia's blog, but if you loose your way here is the entire blog hop:

Chibitronics Blog
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Eiko Uchida
Kelly Szafron
Wei Wei Wang
Kelly Griglione
Tiffany Au
Lesley Oman
Maya Isaksson
Vanessa Amann
Gayatri Murali
Heather Hoffman
Jessica Lin===>Jessica's awesome video is on our YouTube Channel HERE!
Kate Capper
Keren Baker
Lea Lawson
Lydia Evans
w&w blog

Go ahead and check out the rest of the stops, if you haven't already.

Now, it's on to my card....

Alright after all the awe-inspiring projects you will get to see my toddler-level card. lol  Hey, you have to start somewhere, right?


In the picture the card is lit up, but all the lights are on...don't worry I have a picture where you can see the light.   I am telling you right now I have never used Chibitronics nor have any background that would make the experience easier, but after 2 failed attempts (first one didn't work and then the second the light worked but the design didn't work for the layout of the card) I had my little lights shining bright. :-)  Just follow the booklet included in your starter kit and try something basic.  I am here to tell you that you will be able to do it with a little practice and patience.

For my design I went really simple.  I stamped the cake from Happy Birthday to You in Something Borrowed and Grass Skirt inks and then 5 of the solid candles in Aquatini on a white panel of cardstock.  I then used the middle sized flame die from Happy Birthday to You Cutaways to cut out the flames.  The card was looking very stark so I stamped birthday from the same stamp set around the edge of the panel with Black Jack (this is second generation stamping) and then I dropped some aqua and yellow drops color spray.  I think it looks like confetti melting into

I used a double layer of thick foam adhesive to adhere the panel to the light panel that I attached to an A2 cardbase.

Now, let's see the drama and why you will want to try these Chibitronics on a project (bonus: if you have a son or daughter or some other young one in your life they could have fun helping you out with this).


See it?!?  Yep, my simple little card is glowing. :-)


Be sure you comment on each stop as there will be a randomly chosen winner of a $30 Chibitronics starter kit and then another randomly chosen winner of $30 credit to the w&w shop.  You will need to comment by 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to be entered to win.

We hope you are inspired to bring a little light to your projects!

Remember you have until 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to comment to win!

Happy hopping,

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow | Take Three (Video)

Our May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her utterly charming sensational second performance CLICK HERE.   Today's card is a tremendous piece of masking and coloring!

Without further ado, Cynde...

Hey folks!

It's Cynde and I'm back for Take Three for Winnie & Walter! In today's video, I'm sharing how to stamp in shapes. It's one of my favorite things to do because you can get a lot of use not only out of your stamp sets, but your dies as well. It's always a great day when you can stretch your stamps and dies!

I used the In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosies Posies with Lydia Evans today. It is a stamp layering set, but the outline images are perfect for coloring!


The important thing to keep in mind when choosing a stamps set for this technique, is you want to look for stamps that will lend well to the shape of what your stamping in. In this case I was stamping in the shape of a heart and the In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosies Posies worked well because the set has some nice round shapes to fit in the curves and the leaves are perfect for the bow of the heart and the point.

You can watch the video on how I made my cards HERE. You can also click on the thumbnail link below.

To get the shape of my heart, I used the True Dotty Heart Cutaway and made a stencil out of acetate. You can use cardstock if you like, but I prefer acetate. They last longer, plus you can put some temporary adhesive on the back and use it as a stencil for ink blending.

I talk about this in the VIDEO, but I also recommend that you cut your masks before you start. This can save a ton of time. Plus you only need to cut maybe two for each image. You can move them around as you need them.

I decided to do Copic's and colored pencils, but you can only do one or the other if you like. You could also stamp all of these flowers in the layers as the stamp set is intended.

I thought about using the Georgette Border Cutaway to make a faux border on my card panel, but change my mind. In the end my daughter batted her blue eyes and got herself a 4" x 4" note card hot off the press to give to a friend.

Since there was enough going on with he flowers, I skipped the embellies outside of adding the black dots. I also didn't add any shimmer or glitter. Which for me is a huge deal, but again there was enough going on.

That's it!

Be sure to follow along folks! Next week is my last Take for Winnie & Walter and I will have a super fab giveaway! All you will need to do is leave a comment on my blog telling me which one of my projects was your fave and why!

Thanks So Much for stopping by! Until next time.

Until next time.

Friday, May 18, 2018

May Documentarian Lilith Eeckels | Take One

It is time for the first project post by our May Documentarian, Lilith EeckelsDon't miss out on her introduction from last Friday==> CLICK HERE.  She has such an incredible layout for you today full of whimsy, heart and creativity!

Ladies and gentleman, Lilith....

Hello there everyone. I am thrilled to be the May Documentarian here at Winnie & Walter.
I got the chance to worked with them a couple of years ago and I loved it. I had so much fun creating with the stamps and die they sent me.

Today I will be sharing my first project which is a layout. I used The Framed With Evelin T design stamp set and paired it with the Kindness set. I had filmed the whole process but something went wrong when I uploaded my files and I lost them all.  So I'll explain how I created the layout.

I started by stamping the frames and then I added the tree, cactus and leaf shapes. For colour I used alcohol markers and blended different shades together. I choose three tones: pink, grey and green and used black for the stamped images. 

To give the frames some depth and have the impression they pop off the page I added some shadow using a light grey alcohol marker. 

I also added the shadow to the photo to tie all the elements together. 

For my title I picked sentiments and words from the True stamp set. I added a touch of pink with stickers from sticker supply and chose some that would fit in with the layout. 

My layouts are a reflection of me, my feelings and things I would like to say to my loved ones. They aren't always about events or places. Scrapbooking helps me express myself which is sometimes a little difficult as my husband and children only speak French but my mother tongues are Dutch and English. I miss expressing myself in these languages and crafting has helped me get my words and feelings out on paper. 

A big thank you to Winner&Walter and I'll be back next week with another project. 



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cluster Florals with Crystal (Video) + Winner of Crystal/YouTube Giveaway

Crystal has a wonderful new video tutorial for you!

Also, I wanted to announce the winner of the giveaway in honor of Crystal:

Andrea, please contact us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com to claim your prize!

Have an incredible day!

Happy creating,



Monday, May 14, 2018

May Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you! This month is kind of that lovely in between spring and summer season - so I wanted to be bright and happy to celebrate the return of sunshine, flowers, and getting outdoors - plus, I really wanted to play a little more with the adorable kitties in the Purrfect with Evelin T Designs stamp set!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - I don't know about you, but I would just love to step into that scene!

I began by stamping a sentiment from another Evelin T stamp set - Wish Big using Black Jack Catherine Pooler Ink. I then did some distress ink blending on the top half using Spun Sugar Distress ink, then mixed a little of the same ink with some Worn Lipstick, mixed with a bit of water, then used it to add some splatters over my card front. I also added some white ink splatters over the top for even more texture.

Finally, I colored up my adorable image with Copics and a white gel pen for accents, then die cut with the coordinating dies and mounted with foam adhesive on my card.

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! This challenge had a few less entries than lately - I'm blaming the weather making everyone want to get outside instead of craft! But there are still some GORGEOUS entries! Sooooo...on to the favorites!

First up - this soft and dreamy beauty from Maryam...seriously - this is breathtaking! Maryam had several beautiful entries - but this one stole my heart!

Next up, this fun and happy baby card by Rosali - LOVE those beautiful stripes, the cute critters so beautifully colored, and the sentiment and stars! Just a lovely card all around!

And finally, despite everyone being ready for spring these days, Trina P made the CUTEST little snowmen cards for her entries! I love the inky backgrounds and fun techniques - but this little cutie using the body of the snowman for the "o" in "snow" was SOOO cute!


Celebrate your Day
No. 1 | MeganBeth
This is just such a fun card for any gender and age!  I love the movement on this card too!

And since we had so many gorgeous, colorful entries (and because I just feel like it and one the perks of being the boss at w&w is I can do these things on a whim!) I randomly chose one of the Heather's favorite cards featured above to also win as well!

No. 7 | Maryam
What an amazingly beautiful card!  I love the use of the wide swath of organic color behind the fabulously colored all-in-shades-of-greys flower.  Just lovely!

MeganBeth and Maryam, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "April 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 May 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, June 8, 2018.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This May 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, May 12, 2018

May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow | Take Two (Video)

Our May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's card is utterly charming and magnificently colored!

Ladies and gentlemen, Cynde...

Hey folks!

It's Cynde and I'm back today for Take 2 with Winnie & Walter as the May 2018 Leading Lady! Today we're going to take a look at using colored pencils on kraft cardstock. I say kraft, but honesty just about any color will do! More on that in a moment.

My last card was all about masking a scene and coloring in that scene with Copic's. The idea was to build up those images with layering and color. Today, I wanted to focus on colored pencils which is another medium folks can find frustrating and intimidating. Colored pencils can be just as fun as Copics! I promise! I kept today's card super clean and simple. I really just wanted to keep the focus on the coloring and the paper. Let's get started!

If you're interested in seeing how I made my card, I have a video to share! You can see that HERE.

I wanted to use those darling kitties in the cup from Purrfect with Evelin T Designs, but before I stamped them I needed to choose my cardstock. You can have the best colored pencils, but if your paper isn't as good, then you're still going to struggle folks. Prismacolor and Polychromos are super popular pencils (They should be. They rock!), but what about the cardstock?

The beauty of colored pencils is you can color on virtually any color of cardstock, but it needs two important features in order to work the best. The first thing is it needs some tooth. Ultra smooth cardstocks generally don't work the best. For the purposes of this tutorial, lets just say if you can feel even light texture on your cardstock, you probably good go.

The other thing I like in a cardstock (for color pencils) is I want it to feel little soft. Now this is mostly a personal preference, but I think it helps a bunch. This way I don't feel like I need to add as much pressure with my pencils right away. You should be able to feel a slight amount of "give" when you start coloring. I talk more about this in the VIDEO.

When I chose the colors for my card I purposely chose colors that would pop. I wanted colors that would stand out so you could see how they go down on to the cardstock and so you could see how those colors can really build up.

To finish off my card, I added a few hearts from the Scenery: Seeing Hearts Stamp Set and colored those in with he same colors as the hearts on the cup. They're pretty tiny and it's always important to keep your pencils sharpened when you color anyway, but that much more when your coloring in those tiny lil images.

I had left the stamp in my MISTI Stamping Tool so After I had everything colored in, I put the panel back in it and stamped it again with Versafine Onyx Black Ink to get those lines nice a crisp again.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my card today

Be sure to follow along with me this month folks! I will have a super fab giveaway (Thanks Shay!) at the end of the month. All you will need to do is leave a comment on my blog telling me which one of my projects was your fave and why!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.


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Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop Winners Announced!

Don't miss the Introduction to our May Documentarian, Lilith Eeckels HERE!

Hello there lovelies!

I am excited to announce the winner of the 2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop from our stop along the hop. Thank you to all who participated and left such kind comments!

The winner of $30.00 credit to the w&w shop is:

No. 132 | Mel

Congratulations to Mel! Watch for future Mega Sponsor giveaways!

**Note: Claim your prize by Friday, May 18 midnight EST, If not claimed by then, we have the option to choose another winner or void the prize altogether.**

May Documentarian Lilith Eeckels | Introduction

Our third Documentarian is none other than Lilith Eeckels!  Lilith is someone I have been a fan of for years.  In fact she was a special guest star of ours way back in February of 2014 (CLICK HERE to see her gorgeous layouts) and I was so thrilled to be able to invite her back to be a Documentarian.  Lilith's projects are stunning in every way.



Now let's learn more about Lilith and peek into her Documentarian Dossier!


Name: Lilith Eeckels

Family: I have been married for nearly 18 years and have 4 boys (Damien & Noé 14 years old, Robin 11 and Elouan 8)

Something you love about where you live? I live in a small village in the Belgian Ardennes. I love the stunning scenery and enjoy going for long walks.

Favorite (favourite) food memory? I LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit and vegetables and have found memories of picking fruit and veg in my mom’s garden in South Africa. We even had banana trees but never saw a banana as the monkeys beat us to them.

Your favorite (favourite) color combination to create with? Teal, Aqua and pink. I always seem to pick these hues and have to force myself to go with other colours.

How did you begin documenting memories? I started just after I got married in 2000  as I wanted to create a unique wedding album.

Who and/or what do you most enjoy documenting? My family and myself. It might seem strange but I have always struggled with my self image and would always stay well away from photos and getting my picture taken. Since I started using photos of myself my self confidence has grown and I have learnt to love myself.

What is your favorite (favourite) way of keeping memories? By far scrapbooking. I have tried my forms and enjoy all of them but I always go back to scrapbooking.

What tips/advice would you give someone just starting out? Just HAVE FUN and THERE ARE NO RULES. Do what you love and enjoy the process.

What 5 items are essential to you for creating (photos are a given and exempt)? 
1.      patterned paper (I wish some would be wallpaper designs as I’d put them on every wall in my house)
2.      STAMPS. It is my new FAVOURITE product. So versatile.
3.      Dies. I love making my own embellishments and my star, butterfly and heart die are always nearby.
4.      Die cut machine.
5.      a pen (for journalling)

When do you need to feel inspired, who and/or what inspire you? I am constantly inspired as I am a very curious person always on the look out for new things to try. I feel inspired by so many crafters but I love looking at nature and drawing inspiration from ads.

Who are your favorite (favourite) documentarians?
My FAVOURITE is Stephanie Howell. I love her style and she is the sweetest person ever. She is inspiring in so many ways.

I also have a scrapbooking crush on Enza Gudor. Her work is OUT OF THIS WORLD. She in on the Altenew team with me and her projects blow me away each and every time.

Erum Tasneem. Boy can she colour. Her cards are mind blowing.

My list could go on and on but I narrowed it down to three.

Check back next Friday for Lilith's first project post!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hi Friend Hello with Gayatri

Today I have couple of cards using Winnie & Walter's cutaways(dies). I have stretched the cutaways to make two cards. Basically I used both the positives and negatives of the same cutaway to make two cards. The best way to stretch the cutaways is creating a background and die cutting the background using the cutaways. Use the negative of the die cut to make one card and the postive die cuts to make the other. For the background of my cards, I used alcohol inks and decor foil.

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The alcohol ink colours I used are Watermelon, Pink Sherbet and Sunset Orange along with gold mixatives to make my background on Yupo paper. While still tacky, I used gold foil to rub on the panel. The foil will adhered to the tacky areas creating organic veins of gold foils on the panel. They are beautiful. Then I die cut the background using a stitched rectangle die to fit the card front.

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Then I used In a Word: Hi and Hello cutaway to die cut the background. I used the die cuts on a white card base adhering them one below the other to fill the card front. The contrast of white with the colourful die cuts are fantastic. To add to the contrast and add dimension, I die cut In a Word: Friend using black cardstock twice and black glitter paper once. I glued stacked the die cut with the black glitter on the top.  I adhered this on top of the Hi die cut on the card front. I am not adding any embellishments to the card because the contrasts and big bold colourful die cuts are the highlights of the card.

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For my second card, I used the negative panel. I adhered this panel on the card card front flush. Then I die cut the same In a word: Hi and Hello using gold foil cardstock and in laid the die cuts into its place on the negative panel on the card front. I also put back the little fill in pieces.  I repeated the same process for In a Word: Friend cutaway and adhered in the same spot as the first card. So the layout on both the cards are the same.

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So here is how I used the same dies to stretch and make two cards. The colourful mesmerising alcohol backgrounds makes a big impact. I hope you like my projects for today. All the w&w supplies used to make this card are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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