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!!



  1. Shona, these are simply ADORABLE.

  2. These clean and simple projects are too cute!

  3. Wow love these cards :) the CAS designs are superb ! Thanks for sharing
    cheers and happy new year

  4. Your CAS cards are fantastic, Shona!!! I especially love all of the stamping on the first and last cards---so fun and perfectly designed!

  5. I love all these pretty one-layer card ideas! They look fantastic and are so easy to mail with no extra protection needed!

  6. I admit to being one of those people who dread doing a one-layer card! It always seems like there is something missing! lol... Your cards are just wonderful and I am inspired to give some of your techniques a try! Thank you for sharing!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  7. Another great set of cards! Thanks Shona. I've really enjoyed your month of Leading Lady posts.

  8. What a wonderful finale, Shona ... your OLCs are sweet, fun and so impeccably put together ... a triumph! Anita :)

  9. Shona, they are amazing projects! Love your designs and all the stampd you used today.

  10. Thanks for a fabulous month of projects Shona! That inlaid die design is elegant and beautiful, and I especially love the cute stamped backgrounds. Have a great 2017 and see you in the new year!

  11. You've done a great job as Leading Lady, Shona! The last card is my favorite too - it's just so happy! Happy New Year! <3

  12. I just love your cute cards, and those owl stamps are my favorite. The little owl trio in hats makes me sing!

  13. Thanks for sharing these cute one layer cards.

  14. A fabulous set of one layer creations! Beautifully done!

  15. Great ideas for single layer cards! The little winter owls are especially sweet.

  16. The whimsical nature of these stamps is wonderfully highlighted by your CAS cards. They are fabulous. Great inspiration. Love the idea of coloring just a few items for a greater visual impact. Cheers to a happy and creative 2017!

  17. Fabulous cards all of them!! I have to admit though, my faves are the two with those adorable critters!!

  18. Shona, all of these cards are fanta-bulous (fantastic plus fabulous)!!! My favorite one has to be the one with all of the hearts, especially considering the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday.

  19. Wow! Such amazing finale, Shona! Beautiful cards!!! Happy New Year!!!

  20. Oh Shona!!! All just darling designs, but I agree with your favorite - I choose it, too! Thank you, as one-layered cards are so difficult for many of us!! You've once again shown us your true "leading Lady" self!

  21. You have done a wonderful job as the Leading Lady this month, Shona! Your cards are beautiful and inspiring! Have a wonderful New Year in 2017!

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