Saturday, October 20, 2018

October Leading Lady Trina Pham | Take Three

Our October Leading Lady Trina Pham is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance which colored me impressed CLICK HERE.   I am thrilled with how adorably brilliant these cards and techniques are today!

Without further ado, Trina...

Hello there!  I can't believe we are 3/4 of the way through this month already!  Thank you once again to everyone who left kind, supportive comments on my leading lady posts so far.  And thank you for joining me again this week as I take over the Winnie & Walter (W&W) blog with this third post.

So for this week, I was having fun with some of the adorable critter stamps and the reverse image stamping technique, or a.k.a. the mirror image stamping technique.  I used two methods for my cards.


Stamping blocks are created specifically for this technique, but a background stamp with a dense enough design does the trick too.  In my case, I used Mini Scenery: Round and Round as my stamping block.

Using my MISTI, the bear from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs was stamped with black Copic friendly ink onto the back of Mini Scenery: Round and Round stamp.

As you can see,  the original image stamped.  Then that image was stamped onto cardstock, giving the reverse/mirror image.  And that is the basics of this technique.

Now onto the card.  Both bears were stamped with black Copic friendly ink onto X-press It cardstock, coloured with Copics, then die cut out with the coordinating Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs cutaways.  For the reverse image, I held it up to the light and lined up the die with the image from the back.

The pierced heart from True Dotty Heart cutaways was die cut from an A2 piece of Bristol paper.   Using mini blending tools, blended Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (di) onto the heart cutout, then inlaid it back into the panel.  Hugs from In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses was die cut five times from scraps of white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Popped the bears up with foam tape to finish.


For my next card, I used a piece of acetate to achieve a reverse reflection image.  This technique is much simpler and more forgiving since the reverse image doesn't need to be crisp.  In fact, you want it to be faint and faded.

Started by masking both sides of an A2 Neenah cardstock panel, leaving a strip down the middle.  Stamped the penguin from Winter Wishes with Evelin T Designs with black Copic friendly ink.  Stamped the penguin again, but this time with Memento London Fog ink onto a piece of acetate.  Flipped the acetate over, line up the image and press down.

Coloured the images with Copics.  Masked the original penguin and a snowbank, then blended with a mini blending tool Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed di's to create a warm winter sky.

Blended Tumbled Glass di for the ice.  Added a bit of the sky colours onto the ice as well.  Used a white gel pen for ice details.  The snow is Glitter Snow paste through Scenery: Big Bang Circle creative screenings.  Removed the masks from the two sides then black heat embossed the sentiment from Warm Wishes to You with clear glitter embossing powder to finish.


For my final card, I made a spinner card.  The reverse image of the puppy from Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs  was created using the first stamping block method.  

The Big Bang Circle creative screenings used above for snow was used this time to create a confetti background on the front.  Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon distress oxide (DOx) inks were blended onto an A2 size mixed media panel.  A circle opening was then die cut from it.  Used that to trace a circle on a mix media card base, then die cut the same circle opening from the card base.  Attached embroidery thread down the centre of the opening and sandwiched it between the two puppy images.  Adhered the confetti panel over top.  A circle frame was added around the opening for a more polished look.

On the inside of the card, blended Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Dox inks and spritz with water.  Yappy is from The Big, the Bold and the Happy cutaways.  The "h" in happy was simply snipped off then flipped.

Birthday from In a Word: Happy stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The balloon  from Big Round Balloon cutaways was coloured with the same Dox inks as the confetti.  And that finished off the card.


Can't forget about the giveaway.  Shay has generously offered a $30 gift card to the W&W store for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog Phamtastic Design.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts by October 31.  I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a fantastic week!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Rerun No. 35 | Scenery: V for cheVron -- Chevron Words with Crystal (Video)

Happy Friday lovelies!

V for Chevron - Rerun October (22 of 28) 

To inspire you further to participate in this month's Rerun Crystal has this awesome card and video!!

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Love Crystal's card and I hope you do too!

Remember you still have time to play along with the challenge and/or enter to win this stamp set.  All the details can be found HERE!

Have an incredible day!



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween Recipe Scrapbook Page with Kelly

Hi Folks! Kelly here with another page from our family's recent wedding recipe scrapbook. This page features many of the stamps from Winnie & Walter's classic Moonlight set. I've gotten so much use out of this Halloween set over the years, and it's no surprise how easy it was to pull together a Halloween themed scrapbook page with this collection of stamps. Let's take a look at some of the elements ...

The Eat Drink and Be Scary "title" of this page is nice because it's a single stamp and doesn't have to be arranged together. Also, it fits the whole recipe theme of the page! I always like font that has open letters because it's easy to customize the words to your project ... just use a sharp colored pencil to fill in the letters with coordinating colors. The bunting below the title is also easy to color in. A few creepy spiders hanging around, some wink of stella sparkle, and wrapped gold thread finish off this corner of the page. 
 Following the thread down to the lower corner, we see it's actually connected to a spider! I've used some patterned paper for the background and placed the spider I cut out right in the middle of his web. He's got a pop dot underneath to make him better stand out from the black and white background. 

I think the side of this page has a pretty good flow, with the spiders on top and one spider towards the bottom, and also the gold thread literally connecting both sections of the page. 

 Under the photo are several of the pumpkins from this set cut out and layered together. I like how the faces are separate so you can choose to use them on all, none, or some of your pumpkins. I only added a face to one pumpkin because I didn't want the visual clutter to take away from the actual faces in the photo. 
I also added one of my favorite elements ... a flag from the Wish Big with Evelin T Designs set. I've actually cut out dozens of these flags and have them on my desk so I can add a quick accent to my project. Would you guess the tiniest pumpkin stamp ever from Moonlight fits perfectly in the flag?! That just makes me super happy : )
As wonderful as all these elements are, my absolute favorite thing about this page (aside from the dear family in the photo) is the actual recipe for our family's traditional Pumpkin Bars. Grandma Griglione (pictured above) is no longer with us, but we treasure the memories of her serving the moist pumpkin bars with thick cream cheese frosting at Halloween. The fact that this is the actual recipe she used to make those treats, and in her own handwriting no less, is completely priceless. Keeping these memories alive and passing them down to the next generation is just so important to me.

I sure enjoyed sharing this page with you!

Thanks so much for looking!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Feliz Navidad with Gayatri

Hello everyone,

Gayatri with you sharing my first card with you for the month of October. This is a Christmas card using Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs stamp set and coordinating cutaways.

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I started with stamping all the images from the stamp set on watercolour paper and colouring them all with Zig Clean Colour Zig pens. Then I used Prisma colour pencils to add shading to the watercolour areas.

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For the background, I die cut a watercolour panel using the largest rectangle die from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways. Then sponged Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks. To this background, I used the Scenery: The Big Bang Circles creative screening, to add snow. I used this stencil twice with white pigment ink for subtle snow on the background and with Nuvo Moonstone  as the third layer for some sparkle and texture to the snow. Then I also spattered some Copic opaque white all over the panel. I left this panel to dry while I worked on the sentiment.

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The sentiment from the stamp set is white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock, trimmed and adhered to the bottom left of the panel. The using foam adhesive and glue, I adhered the branch, owls and decorative ornaments as shown in the photos. This panel is now adhered to the light grey card base. Then I brushed the ornaments, scarf and hat with clear shimmer and Nuvo crystal glaze. That is all! The card is finished. 

All the w&w supplies used to make this card are listed below. Hope you are inspired by my Christmas card today. If you make a card inspired by my card, please share and tag on social media. Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

October Leading Lady Trina Pham | Take Two

Our October Leading Lady Trina Pham is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Color me impressed with today's incredible cards!

Ladies and gentlemen, Trina...

Hello again!  I'm back with my second leading lady post for Winnie & Walter (W&W).  But before I get to this week's projects, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave me such encouraging comments here, on my blog and on my IG account.  It was heart warming and I am so pleased you liked my cards!  Ok, who's cutting onions and making my eyes water? 😂  All right, enough of that.

For this week, I'm dialling back the bright colours and cute factor, and focusing on colouring botanicals on colour cardstock.  It was just a little over two years ago after starting my blog that I learned how to colour.  Terms like shading, highlights, cast shadows, etc. were foreign to me, but they make a huge difference in giving images depth and realism.  I love to colour now and am still learning lots.  So when it comes to colouring on colour cardstock, I think of color pencils first.  However, I am exploring a couple of other methods this time.


Who knew, but you can colour with Copics on colour cardstock as long as the cardstock is a light colour!  Copics is my favourite way to colour, so I was excited to test this out.

On an A2 size Smoky Slate panel, stamped and masked the images from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora in the upper right corner with Copic friendly black ink.  Removed masks and coloured the image (except for the mistletoe berries) with Copic Sketch markers R27, R24, R14, YG17, YG03, Y06.  Since there is no white Copic marker, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to colour the mistletoe berries.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to blend and colour with Copics.  And the Colorless Blender worked like normal, too! 

Next, I die cut with In a Word: Merry cutaway three times from scraps of white shimmer paper and stacked them for dimension.  The sentiment from In a Word: Merry stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The panel was adhered to a white card base and clear shimmer added on the poinsettias finished off the card.


The second medium I wanted to try is watercolouring with DOx inks.  These inks have both dye and pigment properties and it's the opaque pigment property that allows the colours to show on dark cardstock.

On an A2 size Early Espresso panel, the leaves from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves were inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door DOx inks were smooshed onto my craft mat, then using a watercolor brush, picked up the colours and coloured in the leaves.  As you can see, the DOx inks does show on dark cardstock, but it looked dull and unimpressive to me.  I thought maybe I used too dark of a colour cardstock, so I attempted on Kraft cardstock.

This time I heat embossed the images in black and added Mowed Lawn DOx ink to the colour palette.  It was a bit better, but still too dull for my liking.  So comes out my Zigs and I was a lot happier with the result after intensifying the colours and adding shading.

Added black splatters to give some texture.  Because this is not watercolor paper and I was a little heavy handed in some areas with water, the paper pilled a bit.  If you try this, use water sparingly.  

Completed the card by diecutting In a Word: Thanks from white and black cardstock and offsetting it for a shadow effect.  Adhered it over a torn strip of vellum to make it stand out even more. 

And I tried to salvaged what I could of the first dark brown one.  Used my Zigs on it as well then popped on a bright shiny gold sentiment to finish.  To be honest, I will most likely stick to color pencils when colouring on colour cardstock.


Just a quick reminder, Shay has generously offered a $30 gift card to the W&W store for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog Phamtastic Design.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on any of my leading lady posts by October 31.  I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left across the four posts.

Thank you for hanging out with me.  Have a wonderful week!