Saturday, July 14, 2018

July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew | Take Two

Our July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's cards will shake you out of any creative funk and get you inspired!

Ladies and gentlemen, Caren...

Hi everyone! It's week two for me as a Leading Lady here at Winnie and Walter. Thank for all the sweet comments and birthday wishes. It's not until the end of the month, but I like to celebrate all month long!

For week two, I'm sharing shaker cards I created with the great Winnie and Walter products. I absolutely love shaker cards, they are so much fun to create and recipients love them (especially my nephews.)


For my first card, I die cut the scalloped heart from True Dotty Heart Cutaways from a piece of patterned paper. I adhered acetate to the backside of the patterned paper and added some foam tape to raise the card. I added flat heart confetti for the shaker part of the card. The bear and party hat are from the Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs stamp set. I did some masking to add the hat to the bear, colored the image with Copics, then cut it out on using my Silhouette Cameo. This set also has coordinating dies (I didn't use them because of the masking). I was going to add the sentiment, which is from Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs, directly to the patterned paper. I didn't like how that looked so I cut a panel of blue card stock out and used the scallop border die from Georgette Borders. I heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment, added a few enamel dots that coordinated with the paper, and added a white dashed accent line with a white gel pen.


I love the way my second card turned out. I love flowers on cards, but for some reason, I don't make many cards using flowers. I used one of the Love dies from In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways and used the negative space for the shaker part of this. I stamped the flowers and leaves from the The Big, the Bold and Extras stamp set. I added acetate and added a double layer of foam tape to the back of the card panel. I doubled the foam tape because I added beads for the shaker feature and wanted to make sure they would move around. To complete the sentiment, I stamped "YOU" from In a Word: Love stamp set and heat embossed using white embossing powder. Thanks again for the love last week, the products from Winnie and Walter make it easy to make such cute cards. At the end of the month, there will be a giveaway of a $30 gift card from Winnie and Walter here on my blog.

I'll see you next week, thanks for joining me!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dear Friend with Gayatri

Hello everybody, Welcome to my July edition of Winnie & Walter projects. This is the first one for the month. 

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I had been doing a lot of copic colouring last month. So I thought I will change the medium a bit and do a bit of watercolouring. I stamped the images from In Bloom: Renee’s Leaves on Bristol panel. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Intense Black ink to stamp the images. This ink works with watercolours. And the watercolours I used are Zig Clean Colour Brush pens. The colours I choose to colour the images are Orange, Blue, Olive Green and Yellow. I swiped the colour on one side of the leaves or bottom of each leaf depending on the leaf, then come in with water with a brush to move the pigment in an ombre. I coloured in all the leaves using the same method to make the background. 

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Once the panel is dry, I added drop shadow using W3 copic marker and gold, black and white spatters. I trimmed the panel and adhered to a yellow card base.

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Then I when heat embossed the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Friends stamp set on black cardstock, trimmed into strips and adhered on the centre of the card front. Finally some sparkling clear diamonds to complete the card.

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All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.

  1. In Bloom: Renee’s Leaves stamp set
  2. The Big, the Bold and Friends stamp set

Hope you got inspired by my card today. If you are and make a card, please don’t forget to share and tag us on social media. We love to see what you make. Thanks so much for visiting today.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

July 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's color combo is bright and happy and colorful - a perfect cheery color combo for the middle of summer!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - I love these bright happy shades of green and yellow!

I used some adorable images from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs for the elephant and bundle of balloons on my card, coloring them up with Copic markers to match my color scheme, and adding some details with a white gel pen. I die cut them with their Coordinating Dies as well.

Next, I created a shaker element by die cutting a panel of white cardstock with Essentials: Carly Cutaways (for the circle window) and Essentials: Katharine Cutaways (for the dotted rectangle). I stamped my sentiment from Party on with Evelin T Designs, and backed my shaker with yellow cardstock, and filled the inside with tiny 3mm clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Finished off by mounting on a green top folding cardbase!

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! I know it was a bit of a challenging color combo, but I loved seeing all the creative takes on it!

First up - this lovely creation from Rosali! I love how she incorporated the challenge colors - and that heart looks like stained glass! Beautiful!!!

Next up, isn't this a fun card from Vinita Jane? I love the fun angle, layers, and how she used the colors in such an unexpected way! Awesome work!

And then there is this fun little card by Jane! What a fun take on the challenge colors! I love all the white space, and the cluster in the corner with all the elements! So very cute! 

 And last but not least - Maryam nailed it with this soft and pretty beauty! So lovely and dreamy - beautiful work!


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No. 9 | Greta
Greta's fabulous card is bold and has not only a wonderful handstamped background, but a lovely central cluster of flowers!

Greta, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "June 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 July 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, August 10, 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, July 7, 2018

July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew | Take One

Today is a wonderful day as I get to introduce our July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew.  Caren is such a warm, down to earth, funny and talented person (who really knows how to make yarn pom poms).  I think you are going to adore the sense of joy and whimsy that she brings to her work.

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

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


 Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be the Leading Lady for the month of July (my birthday month!) for Winnie and Walter. I had the pleasure of meeting Shay earlier this year at Stamping Away in Kansas. She is sweet, fun, and generous and I can't wait until we get to play stamps again some day! For week one, I'm going to focus on making cards from water colored backgrounds. I pulled out my water colors (which I need to do more) and made a few backgrounds. These are quick and easy to make and look gorgeous.


My first background, I used green and yellow water colors to make this simple and soft background. I then heat embossed the cute dancing animals from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs and a sentiment from Party On with Evelin T Designs. If your not a person that likes to color, this is a great way to show off these cute images.


For my next background, I used a wide brush to water color turquoise stripes on a piece of water color paper. I really love how this one turned out and wanted to show off the background, so I kept it simple and only used dies. I used one of the Love dies from In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways. I love this die set and am going to have to force myself not to use it on every card! The You dies are from Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways. I cut top layer out of the same water color paper I used from the background and the bottom layer is from the same card stock I used for the card base. I popped the you die cut up with some foam tape, and then added some turquoise and white twine at the top to finish off the card.


For card three, I water colored a background using pink and purple water colors, and then splattered some of the same colors on it. Instead of using it as a background, I stamped the sentiment beautiful and the flower images from In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans onto the background paper and used the coordinating cutaway dies to cut them out. I also water colored some green on water color paper, stamped the leaves, and die cut them. I used the same pink and purple water colors to splatter on a piece of white card stock. I arranged the flowers and leaves at the bottom of this piece, popping some of the flowers up with dimensional foam tape. I white heat embossed the Have a and Day onto some black card stock to complete the sentiment. I had so much fun making these cards and showcasing the wonderful products from Winnie and Walter .


At the end of the month, there will be a giveaway of a $30 gift card from Winnie and Walter on my blog -

I'll see you next week, thanks for joining me!


Friday, July 6, 2018

Rerun No. 32 | Mini Scenery: Madison (Challenge + Giveaway + Sale!) + Winners of Rerun No. 31

Hello lovelies!  Welcome to our monthly Rerun post!  First, we are going to announce winners from last month's Rerun No. 31 | Scenery: Into the Woods.

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 | Maryam

Thank you for all your kind comments as well!  The winner of the Scenery: Into the Woods stamp set is:
No. 1 | Marianne
Congrats Maryam and Marianne!   Please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  Marianne, 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-second Rerun we are concentrating on Mini Scenery: Madison.  Like all the mini scenery series this is a little stamp with a lot of punch and versatility!

Now on to the cards!


I have no idea how we are already well into July, do you?!?  This being the beginning of July we have another Rerun for you and this time around it is the fun Mini Scenery: Madison which reminds me of waves, scales and peacocks.


As I mentioned I went straight for peacocks for my inspiration for today's card. Can you see the color inspiration and a bit of the design?  On a piece of watercolor paper I stamped Mini Scenery: Madison with grey ink.  Next I watercolored in with Distress Inks in salty ocean and chipped sapphire.  Next I painted in with lime iridescent paint the top of each arch.  I cut out the rectangle and adhered it with foam adhesive to a larger leaf green piece of cardstock and then adhered that to a white A2 card base.  Out of lime cardstock I cut out the In a Word: Hello Cutaway (you can use any of them you wish to change out the sentiment) and also painted over it with the lime iridescent paint.  Last I adhered that to the card and voila the card is done!


That's it from me...wait until you see what Gayatri and Kelly did with Mini Scenery: Madison awesome!


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CLICK HERE to see more from Gayatri.

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 CLICK HERE to see more from Kelly.


Now it's your turn to play along with Rerun!
  1. Create a new project using Mini Scenery: Madison.  An alternative to using Mini Scenery: Madison is to create a new project using one of the projects featured in this post (or any Rerun post throughout July 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 Mini Scenery: Madison, 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 July 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 July 31, 2018 for a chance to win your very own Mini Scenery: Madison stamp set!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Dual Layer Spots with Crystal (Video)

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Hello lovelies!  Today we have another awesome video tutorial with Crystal to create this elegant celebratory card which would work for so many occasions!

Here are some more photos of Crystal's card:

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Hope you enjoy and have an incredible day (and 4th of July)!


Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Leading Lady Caly Person | Take Five

As June ebbs away we sadly must bid au revoir to our joyful June Leading Lady Caly Person.   The last five weeks with Caly have been full of beauty, incredible inspiration, amazing projects and a depth of style, grace and skill.  Caly has showcased her keen talent and adeptness with different coloring materials and creativity week after week.  I feel so very blessed Caly shared her talents with us this month and made this month something special.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensationally lovely and expertly designed card from her second performance CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance with that is too dog-gone cute CLICK HERE or her fantastic fourth performance which was an explosion of awesome CLICK HERE!  Today's cards are simply breathtaking!  

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Hi Everyone! This is the final week of my Leading Lady series for Winnie & Walter! It has been so fun coloring with different color mediums using WW products!

Today's cards are extra special because I played with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils for all the images - for the FIRST time! I've used colored pencils to add color/depth to already stamped images, but have never used them for full images - so have mercy on me! This was a lot of trial and error for me.

Julie's Roses  

These flowers from the set The Big, the Bold and Extras are my favorite! Did you know that there was a special set called "In Bloom: Julie's Roses" that are the same flowers, but bigger? It's the bigger ones you see above. Don't worry, I believe Winnie & Walter will be releasing that set in the near future! I did some tone-on-tone stamping in hopes of doing no-line coloring with these images. I stamped a bunch on the same craft cardstock that you see and colored the images one at a time. I started with the leaves - applying the darkest color in the shaded areas first, blended out with the medium green, then the lightest green. When I was done, I went over the tips and the leaf veins to add some highlights with a white colored pencil.

  Julie's Roses 2

As mentioned above, this was a trial for me. I had mentioned using the darkest color first for the leaves also. You'll notice that the two pink roses are different. The lighter one is colored with a base of white down first. I don't think there's a wrong way to color - just personal preference in how you want your images to look. The colors are definitely more vibrant with a base of white, but I think there is more depth to the image when colored without a base of white first.

  Julie's Roses 1

I colored enough images to make two cards. It's easy to arrange floral arrangements anywhere on your card - but these are my go-go. I love bold sentiment strips embossed in white also. Polychromos colors used: 101, 129, 125, 133, 119, 139, 137, 159, 163, 166.

If you've been following along the past 5 weeks, you'll know that a $30 gift card is up for grabs! Comment on THIS post (on my personal blog) and let me know which of the cards I've is your favorite for you chance to win! I'll choose a winner next Saturday, July 7th and the gift card will be issued by Winnie & Walter.


It's been my pleasure to be a Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! Thanks so much for being here with me! I've had fun using Winnie & Walter products for these projects! Today marks the end of June so a new fabulous Leading Lady will sharing new projects starting next week :).

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