Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blessings with Kelly

Hello! For every cousin who gets married in our family we make a family recipe scrapbook. Each family member submits their favorite recipe and a picture of themselves, and then I put them all together into an album for the bride-to-be. This tradition is coming to an end this year, as the last cousin is getting married in October. Although it's a lot of work, I'm kind of sad this will be the final scrapbook.

One of my favorite pages so far is this page with a bouquet of flowers from two different Winnie & Walter sets, In Bloom: Anna's Flora and In Bloom: Addie's Garden

To color the flowers I misted the cardstock with water to get it slightly damp. Then I smooshed ink onto my acrylic block, misted that with water, and smooshed the block onto the cardstock. If there were any areas that didn't get a lot of coverage I just repeated these steps. A few water droplets add some more spots to the paper. Then I stamped each flower onto a section of the cardstock and cut them out by hand.  

Arranging them is probably just like arranging real flowers ... the big, bold flowers in the lower center, working your way to the smaller, lighter flowers in the outer edges of the bouquet. I would probably have a hard time stamping the flowers directly to paper arranged in a bouquet like this. It's much easier for me to cut them out and physically move them around the paper until I'm happy with everything. 

Here's the entire page. I was really happy Aunt Kay's shirt and the wall she's standing in front of are yellow to blend in with my background! As a card-maker, I'm not used to taking into account the fixed design elements in the photo as well. I'm also kind of dying to make the Pay Day Bars recipe she shared!

Not wanting to waste any good, smooshed-ink cardstock, I cut a few butterflies from my favorite Essentials set, Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and added them to the bouquet to fill in the spaces. To add some details to the butterflies I tied a strand of gold thread around the middle, knotted it where the butterfly's head would be, and left some length on the ends for the antenna.

To finish it all off, I added the "blessings" sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Blessings Cutaways. I made it a curved sentiment by slightly bending the paper in between each letter. It's amazing how much better the arrangement looks by having the sentiment curved and mirroring the general shape of the bouquet. 

I have many more family recipe scrapbook pages to share with you over the next several months. Hope you enjoyed seeing this one!



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day with Jessica

 Hi everyone! Happy Father’s Day! It’s Jessica here and I have two Superman themed cards to share with you today. I love the geometric stamps and dies from Winnie & Walter, and I thought I could stretch my supplies and transform the diamond shapes into Superman’s logo. (Any superhero fans out there?!)

For my first card I used the Flawless Diamond Cutaway as the focal point. I die cut the detailed frame with Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored it with red Copic markers. I also die cut it from gold foil and gold glitter cardstock so I could paper-piece them for some extra texture.

I used the Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways to build most of the sentiment, but the “S” is actually part of the In a Word: Hugs Cutaway. It’s larger than the alphabet dies so it stands out a bit more and is emphasized as part of the Superman logo. It’s just another way to stretch your word dies.

I also stamped “Happy Father’s Day” and “DAD” from the Parentville stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink to complete my sentiment.

Finally, I spritzed on white and gold paint droplets and that completes the card.

For my second card, I went with a more CAS design. I die cut a small rectangular watercolor panel and blended Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire ink. I spritzed on water droplets to create the bleached effect and splattered on gold acrylic paint as well.

This time I stamped the diamond image from My Precious set with red ink and watercolored the entire image with yellow ZIG markers. I die cut the “S” letter from Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways, added a coat of glossy accent and our smaller Superman logo is done!

I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Sentimental: Endearments set

I hope you enjoyed these two masculine cards and feel a little inspired to stretch your supplies and use them in other creative ways. Have a nice weekend and I’ll see you soon. :)


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Blog Hop for The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge (Giveaway)


Hello there lovelies! Shay here to welcome you to the w&w blog for Day 2 of a two day hop to celebrate the tenth 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

You should have made your way from the awesome Whimsy Stamps, but if not don't worry as there is a blog line up further on in this post to get you right on track. :-)

Have you heard of “The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge” hosted by Kathy Racoosin? Right now it’s in the middle of the challenge and it’s a great time to take a leap, jump in and get your feet wet!  Don’t feel like you are jumping into the middle of the challenge I hope you will think of it as a new beginning.
The premise of “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” is to color something everyday even if it’s for five minutes. However feel free to  jump in or out as time permits.
Any coloring medium is welcomed. Click here for DAY 1. TO UPLOAD YOUR COLORING  or here on Instagramor here on Facebook (FB is a closed group). Please remember to use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day  and tag @kathyrac . For kids & young adults #thedailymarker30daykids
If you have any questions about “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” you can refer to this post.  



I know you have seen some incredible projects with mad coloring skills so far on the hop, but now we are going back to the kiddie pool of coloring. I went very stress-free and easy with my card today (it is the weekend after all and almost officially summer). This is something *anyone* can do and do well as there are no rules for coloring on this sort of project.


I began by die cutting Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway using 2 layers of paper--top layer was white cardstock and bottom layer was watercolor paper. I did this intentionally as I wanted the watercolor paper embossed and not cut out and the regular cardstock cut.

I watered down some mustard seed Distress Ink I smeared on my craft sheet and then smooshed the paper into the color as I wanted a bright and happy base.  Next, I took Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Aquarelle water-soluble wax pastels and colored in the leaves which I then blended with a waterbrush.  For each leaf I used mostly a paler color and then next brought in a darker shade at the base.  After this all dried I went in with colored pencils in similar colors and added some more dimension.  Last, I added some white dots using a Uniball Signo pen.  Here was what the watercolor panel looked like after all of that:


As you can see it looks a bit of a mess, but also organic, loose and free.

I pasted the white die cut over the watercolor panel and then adhered the purple die cut In a Word: Celebrate Cutaway and adhered it all to a white card base to finish off this simple, but fun card.


I can see using this technique with all sorts of dies you probably already have in your stash.  You can also decide not to follow the overlaying panel's pattern (I chose to color using the leaf pattern as a guide, but that isn't necessary) and go for a totally different look (imagine if you color in stripes, dots or something random on the bottom layer!). 

Hope this inspires you to have some carefree, kiddie pool coloring in your future! :-)

Your next stop is the awesome YOUR NEXT STAMP and you won't want to miss it!!


In honor of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge we are giving away $30.00 (naturally!) credit to the w&w shop.  Simply tell us your favorite current color combo to create with along with your name and email address (this makes it easier to find the winner) in a comment on this blog post by Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 11:59 CST and we will pick one randomly chosen winner.

Happy hopping,


June Leading Lady Caly Person | Take Three

Our June Leading Lady Caly Person back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensationally lovely and expertly designed card from her second performance CLICK HERE.   I just ruff (sorry just had to!) today's adorable card and I am sure you will too!

Without further adoCaly...

Welcome back to week 3 of my Leading Lady feature for Winnie & Walter!

 I'm trying to keep my themes on coloring mediums going so today - I did watercolor with Tombows! I recently started watercoloring with Tombows and I love it! The technique is similar to what you would do with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (or distress markers...or whatever markers you use). Simply apply color in the darker areas you want with darker shading, them draw that color out using a damp brush - making it as intense as you'd like and with as many layers of color as you'd like. For this card, I used the Winnie & Walter Dog-gone Cute stamp set and coordinating dies.

  WW Dog-gone Cute

I painted an entire panel with the dog house and puppy and thought I'd get lucky with a one layer card - but didn't like it enough, so I started die cutting it apart and created an accent watercolor background just around the dog house. This puppy is so happy and free - I adore him!

  WW Dog-gone Cute 1

I contemplated on what to do with a sentiment for a while and in the end, I couldn't shorten the strip because I wasn't really happy with it anywhere - so across the top it went to give the entire card additional color, if you will - an all-encompassing statement. :)

This month-long feature will be every Saturday in June. If you stick around until the end of the month, you could win a fabulous gift card from Winnie & Walter. I will be drawing a winner from comments on my blog (on the final post) at the end of the month!


 Thanks for joining me this week! I'll be back next week to share more WW love!

I hope you enjoyed this card! See you back here next week for the next installment of my Leading Lady features!
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

#missingyou! with Gayatri

Hey everyone, This is Gayatri here with you today with my first post for the month of June.

I have a very trendy card to share with you today. While I have been working with a lot of floral and fona cards lately and enjoying it. I decided I wanted to do something totally different. Something trendy. After browsing through my Winnie & Walter stash, I pick an older stamp set to play with. This set is one of my all time favourite of Winnie & Walter. This set is called The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect! 

Here is card using this stamp set.

gayatri_#missingyou! card

I wanted the card to be light, fresh and trendy. So picked pastel colours from Altenew. I used Pink Pearl, Pink Diamond and Sun Kissed altenew inks for the frame on the background. Then I stamped the camera using black ink and coloured the imaged using Polychromos pencils in pasted blue. Then I hand cut the camera image and adhered on centre bottom of the stamped frames.

The sentiment from the stamp set I stamped them randomly around the frame. On the camera I stamped the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and Friends. The hashtag sentiment is also from The Big , the Bold and Friends. The hashtag and ampersand are from The Write Stuff: Picture Perfect.

I added glossy accents on the camera and Nuvo jewel drops around the camera on the panel. The trimmed panel is adhered on a pastel pink card base.

gayatri_#missingyou! card closeup (1) gayatri_#missingyou! card closeup (2)

Love the colours on this card and how this card turned out. All supplies used to make this card are listed below for you.

gayatri_#missingyou! card flat

Hope you like my card today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June Color Combo with Heather H. (Challenge)

Good morning! Heather here stopping by this morning to share a new Color Combo Challenge with you! Sorry it is a couple days late - I had an unexpected emergency with a friend the end of last week, and it took me a couple extra days to get caught back up and get this ready! Today I have a bright, fresh, and happy card to share with you using lots of Winnie and Walter Die sets - and a little stamped sentiment snuggled on there as well!

Here is my color inspiration for this month - doesn't that look delightfully refreshing?!?!?!

I started off by using one of the lovely new Pinkfresh Studio watercolors in Sunshine to create a messy watercolor background - similar to ink smooshing, but I just did this in layers with a paintbrush, water, and paint. I used the largest die in Essentials: Audrey Cutaways to die cut that panel, and mounted on a soft gray cardbase to pull in the gray color from the inspiration photo.

Next, I die cut In a Word: Celebrate Cutaway 2 times from white cardstock, did some distress oxide ink blending with Candied Apple on a panel of white cardstock, and cut the word again - then layered them together - this gave a nice thick embellishment. I die cut one of the hearts from True Multifaceted Heart Cutaways from white cardstock, and a red banner from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways to heat emboss my sentiment from Sentimental: Birthday. It doesn't show well in the photos, but I also added some Fired Brick distress oxide ink to the banner to deepen the color a bit and pull out the burgundy in the color combo. Finally, a few white jewels from Pretty Pink Posh finish it off!

Now - I have a few favorites from the last Color Challenge to feature! Had a total of 13 entries - and I loved seeing all your takes on this happy springy color combo!

First up - this stunner from Ashwini! Can you believe those flowers are stamped?!?!?!? Goodness - I am in awe of that beautiful floral cluster - definitely want to give her technique a try - isn't it lovely?!?!? And the colors are spot on for the challenge as well - BRAVO!

Next up, another floral beauty from Maryam! Eek - the background, the flowers, the heat embossed sentiment - PERFECTION all the way! Beautiful work!!!

And finally, I couldn't help but fall in love with this playful little card by Trina P! That cheeky little bear running by to say happy birthday - just so clever and CUTE!!! LOVE it!


No. 6 | Ashwini
Our random winner happens to also be one of the cards Heather mentioned too.  Oh my goodness this card is just gorgeous in every way and so amazingly done!  The rich colors layering of flowers and greenery are perfection.

Ashwini, please email us at info {at} winniewalter {dot} com with the subject "May Color Combo Challenge Winner" to claim your prize.


New challenge will post on the second Monday of each Month, and will end on the Friday before the next challenge begins to allow time to pick a winner and some favorite entries to feature.

Now it's your turn to play along!
  1. Create a new project using the June Color Combo. 
  2. Use at least one (1) winnie & walter product.  This can include Cutaways (dies), Creative Screenings (stencils/masks), printable/digital items, cut files and/or stamp sets.  Remember we offer freebies in our shop.  Our freebies can be used to create your project(s) for this challenge.
  3. Link up your project below using the InLinkz Link-up by 11:55 p.m. CST on Friday, July 6, 2018.  
  4. Enter as many times as you want before the deadline.
  5. This June Color Combo Challenge may be combined with other challenges found here on the w&w blog or elsewhere. 
One randomly selected entry will receive a $25 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter. YAY!!! I can't wait to see your entries! 

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful day!

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