Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Leading Lady Cris G | Take One


The first Saturday of May is an exciting time here on the w&w blog as we introduce our May Leading Lady.  

I am so excited to bring you Cris G!  I have been blown away by Cris every single time she enters our challenges.  Her innovation, creativity, attention to detail and execution are stunning for instance her entry (in which we picked her as a Hop Gossip) from the The Gossip Column No. 2 with Taheerah Atchia found HERE.  We also spotlighted her work HERE and HERE.  When she created this card HERE, I knew I had to invite her as a Leading Lady.

Over the next few Saturdays in Cris will be leading us on a journey of her own design and imagining.  Make sure to visit her (brand new!) blog, The Papabric Writer, to see more from her and for a chance to win a giveaway! 

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

Hello creative crafters!

I’m so grateful and thrilled to be the Leading Lady for the month of May! Thank you so much for inviting me, Shay! I still think I’m just dreaming...

Related to this exciting feature, I’m also introducing my blog (finally). I’m still a newbie, so please bear with me if you see something odd :)

I chose Multifaceted as a theme for take one. There are so many fabulous multifaceted Cutaways in the Winnie & Walter latest release that I thought they should be in the spotlight.

For my first card I created a shaker with three different mixes of sequins, but I’ll show you that a little bit later. I started by drawing some stripes with a Spectrum Noir black marker; this was inspired by a 12”x12” sheet of patterned paper that I own, but didn’t allow me to have the unfinished appearance I was looking for in both top and bottom.

Next step was to search for what the True Multifaceted Heart Cutaways is hiding inside... the answer is the word LOVE. As you can see in the following picture, I created a kind of boundary, using craft foam, to separate the different mix of sequins, giving the faux idea that each mix can flow from one heart to the other.


I had previously cut out the heart shapes from black foam and black cardstock, adhered a piece of acetate to the cardstock, mounting everything, including the sequins. Then I adhered the red multifaceted hearts to the acetate using spray adhesive, splattered some Perfect Pearls with water to the card front, and glued a few tiny little stars from Winnie’s Sparkly Shaker Selection.  Here is the finished card:


The next card showcases the beautiful Flawless Heart Cutaways, although I have used only the solid shape. I started by blending some Distress inks to a couple of pieces of Mix Media paper, one slightly bigger than the other, using the gorgeous Scenery: Persuasion Script Creative Screenings. Added real stitches to the bottom piece, and faux stitches to the top one. Then I die cut the heart shape from the top piece and adhered a white heart to the negative space. Stamped the word “Treasure” from the True stamp set and a few stars from the Wishing You With Evelin T Designs stamp set (will be available for purchase later in 2016) with black ink, and heat embossed the rest of the sentiment with a mix of mint and gold EP. Glued a chipboard gem filled with tiny stars and GA, and scattered a few more stars and splatters. This is how it turned out:


For my third card I made a masculine shaker card. I had a lot of fun coloring a few pieces of Mix Media paper using Dylusions ink sprays and Distress stains, along with different techniques like smooshing, using a craft sheet to pick up the color, using stencils as stamps and so on. In the end I chose this cool piece where I used the Scenery: Triangled Creative Screenings for the background and In a Word: Friend Cutaway as part of the sentiment. Then white heat embossed the rest of the sentiment from Winter Woodland and adhered the shaker.

As you probably have noticed by now, I like to find shapes and figures in the multifaceted Cutaways. When I saw this perfect arrow in the True Multifaceted Circle Cutaways, I thought it would be great for a masculine card... and it is. I used cherry wood veneer paper to cut out the circle, and then darkened with Distress inks. After mounting the shaker using Walter’s Sparkly Shaker Selection, I die cut another multifaceted circle in dark kraft cardstock, the same as the card base, blending more Distress inks so it would be a bit darker than the circle behind. I think you can’t fail with this color combo for a masculine card, though I really like this color combo myself... with a few changes it would be great for a girl too. Don't you think?


Now for the fourth and last card, I went over the edge. I started by water coloring a piece of Mix Media paper in light grey. Die cut the Flawless Diamond Cutaways three times and then used Dylusions ink sprays and Distress stain spray to color them. Adhered the solid shape to the back of each diamond, and then the diamonds to the background in different levels: first one using just glue, second with single foam tape, and third with double foam tape. White heat embossed the sentiment from the Wishing You With Evelin T Designs stamp set onto vellum and embellished with my latest obsession - tiny stars :). Foam mounted this panel and that finishes off my card.


Thank you so much for looking. I expect to be back next Saturday with a few more projects.



  1. Amazing cards ! and specially the shaker with hidden Love is Genius !

  2. Yeahh to Chris!!! My favorite is the last card - ah-mazing!

  3. Cris is an absolute star! Love her work and thrilled to see her here :)
    Looking forward to next week.
    Kate xx

  4. WOW, these are all superb, Cris!!! You really rocked the faceted dies!! Congrats on being the May Leading Lady!

  5. Cris, I LOve the name of your blog!!! Could this be a play on "paperback writer" - SO clever!!! I am so please to 'meet' you, and see all the wonderful cards you've made using these awesome W&W goodies - looking forward to next week ... thanks for the inspiration!
    =] Michele

    1. You guessed right Michele! The only issue with this name is that every time I go to my blog, I spend the day singing :).

  6. YAY for Cris!!!!!!!!!! How absolutely fun to start off your blog with a BANG. Love all your lovely creations!

  7. Beautiful use of the dies on these fabulous cards! Happy to head over to Cris's blog and check out her projects!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS on becoming Leading Lady Cris!!!
    LOVE your STYLE!!!
    While ALL of your multifaceted cards DELIGHT, "I treasure you" has won my heart, I ADORE EVERYTHING about it!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us next week :)
    PS - I was the lucky winner from the March Leading Lady, so please don't include me in your prize draw

  9. Wow! Love your execution on hidden word on multifaceted Heart cutaways, superb idea! All of your creations are stunning!

  10. Oh!! Amazing ideas for these products!! I really love these cards!!

  11. WOW! They all are gorgeous. Cris is so creative with the stretching the dies. Super cool seeing that sequins falling off the diamond :)

  12. Congratulations, Cris!!! I am surprised you didn't make it here sooner! Your work is so unique and beautiful. I am a HUGE fan! I love everything you did here, and I'm definitely looking forward to all your posts!

  13. Thank you for your lovely comments ladies, you made my day!

  14. These cards are all gorgeous. Love how
    You'd brought shape within shape and the artistic look you have with your projects! X

  15. These cards are so creative and I especially love the one with the faceted heart filled with sequins!

  16. Cris, you are one amazingly talented artist and I just love to take in all the details of your creations. So happy to see your blog and your Leading Lady role here. And Shay, was that bear card not THE BEST you've ever seen?!??!

  17. You are so deserving of this honor, Cris, and you made all of these products just SING with your stunning designs!! I'm so proud of you!! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Wow you really made some stunning work with the multifaceted dies! I would never have noticed the word love in the hearts! Amazing!

  19. so much geometric goodness in here! GAH!

  20. so much geometric goodness in here! GAH!

  21. Congrats .This falling gems form your card is amazing . Love your cards.

  22. I am behind in my blog reading so I worked from the last post to this one. WOW! You are fabulous. I am going to follow you, dear lady. You are such an innovator and so creative.

  23. Your creativity is amazing! I love all the ways you showcased these gems and geometrics~


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