Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Leading Lady Shirley Bampton | Take One

Today may be April Fool's Day, but our April Leading Lady is no joke!  Shirley Bampton aka shirley-bee caught our eye near the beginning of w&w when she joined in and became our first Playdate winner and as a consequence became our guest star for our Third Release.  Shirley is boldly creative, willing to try out different mediums and techniques and is full of surprises. 

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


Ooh, look at me!  I'm tickled pink to be Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady for April.  That means that every Saturday in April (and there are five of them, lucky me!) I'll be showing you what I've been getting up to with Winnie & Walter goodness.

Lately I've been playing with colouring on kraft, so I thought I'd base my first post around that.  I wanted to try different colouring media, so I stamped the cute little giraffe from the Welcome To The Family with Evelin T Designs set several times on kraft card using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Then I set to work colouring them.


I stamped the images in an arrangement for cutting, so I'm sorry, you'll have to stand on your head to look at two of them.  No wait, you can see them the right way up on the cards they ended up on.


So this is the Sharpie version.  I sponged Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks through the Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screenings stencil, sat the giraffe on a half doily and added the In A Word: Precious Script Cutaway, which I'd coloured with Picked Raspberry.  Before adhering the panel to the card base I stamped a border using one of the Scenery: Stripes 2 stamps.


This is the watercoloured version (just regular pan watercolours).  I don't often use patterned paper (doesn't stop me from buying it, though!) so I thought I'd make inroads into my paper mountain by using this sweet floral design as a background.  The boxes are from Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs and the words are from Sentimental: Endearment - I did some selective inking with the 'sweetie' stamp.


This is the Tombow markers version.  I used The Big, The Bold and Baby Cutaways to create the 'Baby's' diecut. The apostrophe is the waste from the loop in one of the 'b's and the 's' is trimmed from 'sweet'.  Below the giraffe, 'first' comes from The Big, The Bold and Baby, and 'birthday' comes from The Big, The Bold and The Happy.


For the coloured pencil version, I made a quick and easy card.  I sat the giraffe on a kraft In a Word: Happy Cutaway diecut, and stamped birthday in Versamark.


My final card (are you still with me?) uses another layer of my paper mountain.  This giraffe was coloured with Distress Markers, and the rusty orange in the background paper sets it off it really well.  I cut a cream 'happy' but it looked a bit flat against all the lettering on the background, so I layered it on deep yellow to help it pop. Added a Dymo birthday and it's done.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first Leading Lady post.  And as a reward for sticking with me, Shay has generously given me a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card to give away to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog to be in with a chance of winning.  And as I'll have five posts, you'll have five opportunities to comment.


I'll see you next Saturday with more Winnie & Walter goodness.



  1. Lovely cards, love the colour comparison

  2. Love that darling giraffe and Shirley's coloring media comparisons!

  3. Congrats, Shirley! So interesting to see the differences with each type of coloring. I really love the card with the soft floral printed paper & the giraffe sitting on the kraft "happy" on the kraft card--great look!

  4. Cute giraffe cards. Thanks for showing all the coloring versions.

  5. Fantastic to see you here, Shirley ... congratulations! Adorable cards ... fabulous to see the impact of different colouring media. My favourite is the little guy sitting on top of the happy ... so CAS and fun! Anita :)

  6. How fun are all those giraffes???!!! So super-sweet. Congratulations on being a Leading Lady. I look fwd to seeing all the wonderful things you share with us this month!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  7. Super cute cards :) love the use of kraft paper and the way the adorable giraffe has been colored and showcased in different ways!! Very cool.

  8. These are so sweet. Love all the wonderfully different designs:)

  9. Love the color chart for the image. Nice to see the difference in the mediums.

  10. Sweet and
    Carla from Utah

  11. Love your cards! Congrats on being the leading lady in April.

  12. What a lovely variety of cards showing off that sweet giraffe! Interesting to see how the different colouring mediums look on kraft.

  13. Great post! I love all the different backgrounds and different types of cards made just with the same die-cut, thanks for sharing!

  14. Congrats on being the new Leading Lady, dear Shirley!
    I'm definitely in love for the sweetness of your cards!!! Love them!!!

  15. Ooh these are beautiful and sooooo cute! xxx

  16. That little giraffe is so cute and I love all different way you colored him. I only recently discovered using colored pencils on kraft and love the look. Now I may need to try some other mediums to see how I like those as well.


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