Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Leading Lady Shona Chambers | Take Five

December and 2016 will ending in a few short hours which sadly means it is our last Saturday with our dazzling and delightful Leading Lady, Shona Chambers.  The last five weeks with Shona have been a revelation in fabulous design, thoughtful touches and sweet simplicity.  Each festive post has been a great joy to behold and really made this December all the more merry and bright for her holiday cheer and creativity.  I feel so fortunate for Shona sharing her talents and self this month!

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance focusing upon beautiful backgrounds CLICK HERE or triumphant third performance full of stunning shimmer and shine CLICK HERE or her fabulous-filled-with-heat fourth performance CLICK HERE.

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

Hi there everybody!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday time with your family and friends, were spoilt rotten and are now a few pounds heavier like myself!!!

I can't believe it's time for my fifth and final post as the Winnie and Walter - December Leading Lady. I've had so much fun this month showcasing their wonderful new release products and using older ones that are favourites from my own stash. I've really enjoyed myself and this is a bittersweet post for me. 


Thank you so much to all of you for popping in for a visit each weekend to see what I've come up with and being so supportive with your wonderful comments. And of course a huge thank you to Shay for giving me this massive opportunity to be a part of the Winnie and Walter team for a few weeks. It really has been a dream come true!!

Right, I better get on to showing you a few cards (which is what you came to see....) before I need to reach for my tissues again!! I have one more lot of Christmas cards to show you and this time I've gone for a theme that many of you cards!! These are sometimes the hardest cards to make, trying to create interest without all the bulk but once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless! 


For this first card I wanted to include many of the cute Christmas characters from the new release. The owl and birdie with hat are from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs. The snowman, penguins and sentiment are from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs.  I used my MISTI to arrange all the stamps on the card front at the same time and stamp all with black ink. I then randomly stamped the hearts 'Sending You with Evelin T Designs' (to be released early in 2017) in red ink, gave them all a quick coating of Wink of Stella, and glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled. 

For my second card I decided to include some 'inlaid die-cutting' which is a brilliant one-layer technique to master!! I cut a panel of white card stock the same size as the card front and die-cut the Christmas bauble from Essentials: Carly Cutaways three times. I grabbed some blue paint chips in shades that created an 'ombre' effect and cut the bauble from each one. For the middle bauble I die-cut the 'for you' (from the same cutaways set) and also from some silver glitter card stock.

Now the fun part! I adhered the die-cut panel to the card front and inlaid each coloured bauble, making sure the top part of the middle one wasn't stuck down. I then used my Quickie Glue Pen to inlay the 'for you' pieces and tied a piece of silver metallic twine to the top. And of course I had to finish it off with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

With this card I wanted to show how you can create dimension and interest by colouring your images. Not that my colouring skills are all that great but you get the idea! I started by stamping the frames (from Framed with Evelin T Designs) using my MISTI. I used it again to stamp the owls (from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs) as it helped line up their feet with the edge of the frames. While there I stamped the sentiment and pine-cone sprigs from Merry and Bright with Evelin T Designs

Now all I had to do was sit down and relax somewhere and colour this in using my favourite Faber Castell pencils. I decided to only do some, what I call, 'Spotlight' colouring of the hats and scarves, and save the brown colouring for the frames. This is where I could add the most dimension with shading. A few sequins from Neat and Tangled gave it a bit of shine!


As usual I saved one of my favourites for last! This is one of those designs where you could colour it however you like, making many of them with different colour combo's. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in the middle and then all the ornaments around the outside in groups. All of these images are from Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs. To colour these in, I used glitter gel pens from Kaisercraft. Wish I could capture the shimmer of these colours in the photo!

Well, I'm afraid that's it! That's my last Leading Lady card but you will still see me around Blogland and Instagram using my Winnie and Walter products for all sorts of cards. And don't forget to pop over to my blog Twine Around to leave a comment on my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win a $30 Winnie and Walter gift card!!


Thanks again everyone for your support and feedback. And huge hugs to Shay and Evelin for creating such an amazing new release, it made creating my cards so easy!!

Take care and Happy New Year!!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Shipping Update


As I mentioned Friday (be sure to check out that post to see winners of Rerun Nos. 15 + 16 too), I will be going out of town for a wedding this New Year's Eve.  I haven't seen much of my extended family (and my cousin's son I will be meeting for the first time) for several years so this will be a treat.  Due to that Winnie is taking the week off shipping (she obviously is not the most motivated of workers!).  All purchases made from December 28, 2016 - January 3, 2017 will begin shipping out on January 4, 2017.

If you need to reach me, please email me at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com.  I will checking my email, but I may not be checking as often as usual so please be patient with me.

May your 2017 be full of love, kindness, creativity and good health!

Happy creating,
Shay and Winnie

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December Leading Lady Shona Chambers | Take Four

Our December Leading Lady, Shona Chambers, is back for her her fantastic fourth performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance focusing upon beautiful backgrounds CLICK HERE or triumphant third performance full of stunning shimmer and shine CLICK HERE.  Hailing from New Zealand, Shona is about to heat up your Christmas with her gorgeous cards today!

And now we present Shona....

Hello there everyone and thank you so much for stopping by for my fourth Leading Lady post!! The time-zone difference makes it a bit tricky as when this post is published its 2am December 25th for me (New Zealand is the first country to start each day) so Merry Christmas to everyone in my area of the world. To the rest of you, I'm sure your right in the middle of wrapping, cooking, cleaning and cooking again, so I really appreciate you visiting me today!!


I'm still completely in Christmas mode for this post, with my theme this time being 'Heat Embossing'. I must say its one of my most favourite techniques and I'm still in awe while watching the embossing powder melt, its so magical! I definitely need more embossing powders and must make sure I get some glitter ones for next Christmas but in the meantime I hope you enjoy what I created!


For this first card, I decided to take a leaf out of Jennifer McGuire's book and create the same card but in different colours, so I made this three more times with bright pink, mint green and light blue card stock. Was such a great idea and made them all at once.

I started by cutting the panel of coloured card stock slightly smaller than my card base and heat embossing the igloo (from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T. Designs) and snow (from Framed with Evelin T. Designs) in white. It was then popped up on foam tape. To add a little sparkle I coloured the christmas lights using a blue glitter gel pen from Kaisercraft.

I stamped and heat embossed the snowman and sentiment (also from Season's Tweetings) in silver on white card stock and used the matching die (from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T. Designs Cutaways) to cut out the snowman. He was put on foam tape, as well as the sentiment in a strip. Such a cutie!!


For this second card, I decided some blending was called for. I cut a panel of white card stock slightly smaller than the card front and randomly heat embossed the pear (from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez) in silver. I then used a mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' to create this ombre effect before popping it up on foam tape.

To finish off I die-cut the In a word: Wishes Cutaway from silver glitter card stock and twice more from white card stock. These were all glued together and then to the card. To finish off I heat embossed the 'christmas' (from The Big, the Bold and Greetings) and adhered to the card along with aqua and clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


For my third and final card, I thought I better break out of my 'blue and white' colour combo and go for something more bold! On a piece of white CS I used my MISTI and stamped the Mini Scenery: Merry Berry twice with red ink and then with Versamark Ink so I could then heat emboss with clear embossing powder. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

I cut a panel of white CS the same size as the card base and used a square die from Framed with Evelin T. Designs Cutaways. The panel was then put on foam tape as a window. I used the In a word: Wishes Cutaway to die-cut a red paint chip and put it on foam tape. I then heat embossed the 'christmas' (from The Big, the Bold and Greetings) in gold and put on foam tape, as well as adhering some red and white sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I really hope you enjoyed these cards and maybe found a few ideas you could try with your own designs. Don't forget to leave a comment on my Leading Lady blog post on my blog Twine Around for a chance to win a $30 gift voucher from Winnie and Walter!!


Right, back to your Christmas preparations. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrations with your family and friends, that your day is filled with laughter, good food and hopefully good weather! I'll see you all here next weekend for my fifth and final Leading Lady post.

Take care


Friday, December 23, 2016

Winners of Rerun Challenge + Giveaway Nos. 15 & 16 + End of 2016

Hello lovelies!

First, an apology as I seem to have missed announcing the Rerun Challenge winners from October.  Due to that and because I really want to thank everyone who participates in our Rerun Challenges I am going to award the $25 credit to each participant from Rerun Nos. 15 & 16 (I am afraid if you participated more than once even in both challenges you will still only receive $25.00 credit to the w&w shop along with my deep gratitude).  

Many thanks to: Dr Sonia S V, Dawn's World, Marianne, Janis in ID, Deepti Aggarwal, Greta H, Diane Jaquay, Jill V, not_amanda, Maryam, Preeti D., B Spiegel, Lin Brandyberry, Super Stick Chick, and Handmade by Priyu for taking on the Rerun Challenge and making such spectacular projects!  

All you lovely ladies please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com to claim your prize.

The winner of the Scenery: It's a Wonderful Pennant stamp set is:

The winner of Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs stamp set is:

Sue Denoncour and Cynthia Cole please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with your name and mailing address to claim your stamp set! 

If you were unable to play along last month or in October, there is still time to enter our current Rerun Challenge!  To learn more on how you can join in on Rerun No. 17 | In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals CLICK HERE

There will probably be a bit of a break for the next couple of weeks on the w&w blog as we spend time with family and usher in the new year.   Of course our incredible Leading Lady, Shona Chambers, will be back tomorrow and next Saturday to amaze us.  I will actually be travelling out of town for a wedding next week and also going to Arizona for what was formerly known as CHA (no booth, just attending again).   We also have a release (or 2) to prepare for in the next couple months or so along with our month-long belated birthday bash in February. 

Before I head out I wanted to wish everyone no matter what they celebrate or where they are a most wondrous holiday season and that 2017 is your best year yet.  

It is going to be a sensational 2017 and I hope you all come along for the ride!

Warmest of wishes,

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas with Kelly

Hi Folks! We have a restaurant in town that offers a bowl full of peppermint candies on your way out, and while I'm not a fan of the candy, I always enjoy looking at all the happy red and white swirly patterns layered on top of each other. One day I thought surely that could be translated into a card, right? So I tried! These "candies" are made from the Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone stamp, stamped through the hole made from a circle cut out of copy paper.

After I stamped the first candy, I covered it completely with a circle mask on top, and then put the circle hole mask to the side to stamp the second candy. So I was using both the circle and circle hole at the same time. Kinda like eating a donut and donut hole at the same time. OK, not really, but it's a good analogy in case you're having trouble picturing it! And goes along with the sweet theme : )

The "merry" is from In a Word: Merry Cutaway, and "christmas" was on a strip I had on hand. I wanted to tie the two words together so I threaded the black strip of paper with "christmas" on it through the "y" on "merry". The mat is one of my favorites from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. I like that the scallops on the map echo all the circles of the candies.

Sure hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for looking!



Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry & Bright with Laura

Happy Monday everyone! It's Laura here from and I'm so glad to be here again with a new card featuring some adorable stamp sets. 

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I started out by stamping and coloring the igloo and the penguin with Copic markers. I did some basic ink blending but added an extra oomph with Tim Holtz Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Glossy Accents. I dapped some Multi Medium Matte on the edges of the igloo and on the penguin's cap with my finger. Next, I sprinkled on the glitter and tapped of the access. For some dimension on the bulbs, I used Glossy Accents. I love how festive and sparkly these images ended up looking!


Since I wanted the images to be the focal point of this card, I did some really soft ink blending with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Before putting everything together, I figured I still needed a greeting on this card. I used the MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment from the Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs set with black ink. After cleaning my stamp, I re-inked it with the Ultra Sticky pad from WOW. Finally, I sprinkled on some Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder and heat set it. To finish off the card, I adhered the colored images and added some wood veneer stars and sequins.

That's it for now! Thanks for reading today's post! Happy holiday season! Xo



Saturday, December 17, 2016

December Leading Lady Shona Chambers | Take Three

Our December Leading Lady, Shona Chambers, is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance focusing upon beautiful backgrounds CLICK HERE.  Today Shona has added some shimmer and shine to her stunning holiday cards!

Without further ado, Shona....

I'm back!! Yes its me again with my 3rd post as the Winnie and Walter - December Leading Lady!!


I'm still in 'Christmas card' mode and have actually only just posted my cards. Hopefully they will make around the world before next year but its the thought that counts....I hope.....

For this post I wanted to concentrate on 'Metallic' designs. I LOVE using gold, rose gold and silver on my cards at any time of the year but it just seems to go with Christmas so perfectly. 


For this first card, I actually came up with the design while decorating the Christmas tree with baubles. I thought it would be great to have one hanging in a card and it could be used on their tree. I started off by die-cutting the hole in the card front using Essentials: Carly Cutaways. On a piece of white card stock I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Merry Berry and the leaves from Framed with Evelin T. Designs with Ranger 'Queens Gold' embossing powder. I like this because its more of a rose gold than yellow gold.

Over the embossed images I used a blending tool and Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry'. I die-cut the leaves with their matching 'Cutaways' and the gold berries with the tag die from Essentials: Carly Cutaways. I used a hole punch above the large circle and tied on the tag with gold twine. The leaves were glued on and I heat embossed the sentiment from Merry and Bright with Evelin T. Designs on the inside of the card.


For my second card I wanted rainbow colours with gold. I heat embossed the tree from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T. Designs 5x on white card stock. I then blended Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry', 'Mustard Seed', 'Cracked Pistachio', 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Salty Ocean' over each one. I used the matching Cutaway to cut them out. I then cut a strip of white card stock and put it on foam tape on the card front. The tree's were adhered in place so some of them hung over the edge. The sentiment from the same stamp set was simply stamped in black ink and I added some co-ordinating sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Nothing like a rainbow Christmas!!


For this design I decided to use my Nuvo Mousse 'Mother of Pearl' with the Scenery: Harleen Creative Screening on some white card stock. Once it had dried I used one of the circle dies from Essentials: Carly Cutaways. This was popped up using foam tape on the card front. The sentiment from Merry and Bright with Evelin T. Designs was heat embossed with Ranger 'Queens Gold' on a piece of vellum. I used the small tag die from Essentials: Carly Cutaways to cut it out and simply cut off the tag hole part to make it a circle. This was glued over the mousse along with some gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


This card is one of my favourites!! I stamped and heat embossed lots of small and large leaves (from Framed with Evelin T. Designs) in Ranger 'Queens Gold'. I gently blended Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' over them all and then used the matching Cutaways to cut them all out. I also cut a circle from white card stock using a die from Essentials: Carly Cutaways to serve as a base to the wreath. 

I glued down all the large leaves first and then tucked in the smaller ones. Once finished the circle was put on foam tape over the card front. I stamped and heat embossed the 'Joy' and the rest of the sentiment from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez. The matching Cutaway was used to cut it out and it was put on foam tape with the rest of the sentiment strip. And of course I had to add some pink and clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I'm sorry this is such a long post but I had so many ideas and wanted to make sure you knew how to put the cards together if you wanted to make them for yourself. Hopefully I've inspired you to try something new!

Don't forget to leave a comment on the Leading Lady posts on my blog Twine Around for a chance to win yourself a $30 Gift Card to Winnie and Walter. You might be able to get your hands on some of the new products I used!


Thanks so much for the visit and I hope you can pop in next Saturday to see what ideas I have for you!

Take care