Saturday, July 4, 2015

July Leading Lady Anja Bytyqi | Take One

Today we are thrilled to introduce our July Leading Lady, Anja Bytyqi.   Anja's style is pretty, bright, colorful and clean all done with an impeccable dramatic flair and panache.     

Over the next few Saturdays in Anja will be leading us on a journey of her own design and imagining.  Make sure to visit her blog, Little Butterfly Creations, to see more from her and for a chance to win a giveaway! 

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

Woohoo!!! Today I can finally share these exciting news! I will be Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady for this month! When I got the mail from Julie & Shay almost one year ago, I at first thought of a mistake ;-) I couldn’t believe they really wanted me *lol*. Since then, it felt like a wonderful dream from which I did not want to wake up

Now, here I am! It still feels a bit unreal but I'm so thrilled and honored to share my projects with you on every Saturday in July showcasing Winnie & Walter’s amazing products!

But first let me tell you a bit about me.

My name is Anja and I’m originally from Germany but now live in Switzerland. I’m a proud mom to a handsome boy and a sweet little girl. I work part-time as a Media Designer for a printing company. 

In 2008, I discovered Card Making and Stamping. This is my creative outlet and I really enjoy it ever since. Since 2011, I've been blogging over here: Little Butterfly Creations.

When Winnie & Walter started their company more than one year ago, I immediately fell in love with their unique products. My very first crush were the versatile sentiment stamps from The Big, The Bold and … series and they are still one of my favorites ;-)

Winnie & Walter's latest big April/May release was packed with not only the most beautiful stamps but also really awesome dies. I'm so thankful that I had the chance to play with these fabulous products!

So today, it’s all about Creative Die-Cutting!

Double/Layered Die-Cutting

For this card I used the awesome Multifaceted Cutaway die. I love this geometric pattern and there are lot of fun things you can do with it. At first I cut it from white cardstock taking care that most of the pieces remained in place. Then I glued it onto my A2 card base and inserted the couple ones which fell off though. I also cut it a second time from gold foil cardstock. I put a piece of masking paper over it to secure all the pieces while running it again through my die cutting machine with a heart shaped die. All the gold pieces were glued down over the white cardstock. From the same gold foil cardstock I die-cut the word «love» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways.

Negative Die-Cuts

My second card shows how you can also use the negative when die-cutting. I blended some summery Distress Inks together with water on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then I let it completely dry before using the In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I popped up my panel and the little letter pieces with foam tape and added the white embossed word «birthday» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy stamp set.

Inlaid Die-Cutting

I really love these In a Word Cutaway dies – they are just perfect for Clean and Simple cards. On this one I created my own striped pattern by arranging Navy and Coral strips of cardstock. Then I die-cut the In a Word: Hello Cutaway from my stripes and also from white cardstock. After that I inlaid the white «hello» in the negative space of the stripes.

Partial Die-Cutting

On my last card for today, I arranged the flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways on a piece of purple cardstock. To create this border I did some Partial Die-Cutting – this means I didn't cut them completely by letting a part hang off my cutting plates while die-cutting. The butterflies are from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set. For the white embossed sentiment I used one of my favorite stamp sets: The Big, the Bold and the Happy.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies in a different way! Here's a little something for you that would help to invest in some fun Winnie & Walter supplies *hehe*:

Julie & Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store to give away! For your chance to win please leave a comment on the Leading Lady posts on my personal blog. I will draw a random winner at the end of the month.

Glad you joined my Leading Lady debut and I really hope you liked it! I’m looking forward to see you again next week!

Huge thanks to Julie & Shay for giving me this incredible opportunity! 
It truly means the world to me!

Thank you so much for stopping by!



    I absolutely ADORE your use of COLOR.

  2. I'm thrilled that Anja is the new Leading Lady! Her cards are fantastic!

  3. Welcome Anja. Wonderful the rainbow distressed watercoloured card the best!

  4. Ooh such a great news Anja your cards are awesome can't wait to see the rest of your projects with the lovely Winnie & Walter supplies.

  5. CAS perfection, these cards are all stunning!!

  6. Wonderful ideas for die cuts.

  7. Fabulous cards Anja .Especially loved the double diecutting card ..Its superb !!..So happy to see you as the Leading lady at W& W blog :)

  8. Beautiful cards, with so many great ideas!

  9. Beautiful cards Anja! I love your use of colour and the big cutaways! On my wish list :)

  10. Gorgeous-thanks for sharing all those fun techniques!!!

  11. Beautiful cards! I love the negative die cut ideas!

  12. Anja your array of cards here are nothing short of outstanding! You've selected some of my favourite products - especially the word cutaways - which has me jumping for joy! ! I'm in awe that you've designed four beauties for us...each so unique and pleasing to the eye. Wow! Leading Lady: YES!! Thank you for all the inspiration!

    I can see why Julie & Shay chose you to be a Leading Lady - WOW!!!
    LOVE your STYLE and how you have shared cards with completely different ways of using the W&W Cutaways!!! THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and reminding me that I have LOTS of techniques to learn & try with die cutting :)

  14. Oh Anja!! I'm so happy that W&W has given us the chance to review your month! I've been away, but have made sure to not miss a thing from your craftroom again - I love your premier cards, but you only get better, and better - how is that possible? Congrats on being a Leading Lady - you so deserve this...
    =] Michele

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