Saturday, September 29, 2018

September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby | Take Five (Video)

As September ends we sadly must bid au revoir to our stellar September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby .   The last few weeks with Maryam have been a revelation of delightful techniques and startling skill.  Maryam has showcased her stunning talent and astounding creativity week after week.  I feel so honored Maryam shared her talents with us this month and made this month something special.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or ethereal and enchanting cards from her sensational second performance CLICK HERE or incredible inky masterpieces from her triumphant third performance CLICK HERE or her fantastic fourth performance sure to warm your heart CLICK HERE!  Today's projects are full of beautify and skill!

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

Hello everyone . I really can't believe it is the end of September and I am sadly posting my last post as being leading lady for winnie and walter blog . I enjoyed being with you every week for this whole month , which encouraged me to create these projects . Thank you Shay for this great opportunity to show how much I love winnie and walter products. And thank you all who read my post and left me a kind comments.

In today post I would like to share with you two simple mixed media creation i made using some winnie and walter product .I was and still amazed by how we can mix colors and some of the materials we had to get an amazing creation . Where is the magic and how these professional mixed media maker are able to mix these unrelated things to have these wow projects . As I am still in the learning stage so I made what I can call it a " CAS mixed media creation " so simple and clean project using some handy materials. For first one , I clear C A S mixed media tag , and it turned out
so pretty .

Here is some tips how I made this tag ..

* I used a heavy kraft tag to be able to hold the fabric above.

** I coated the kraft with double layer of white gesso, then I glued the fabric ( it was from old table runner ) . Then I added extra generous amounts of the gesso over the fabric.


*** I used a spray colors ( pink, purple, turquoise and yellow) over the fabric and I spray over them to get blended, then I used the brush because its easier to blend for a specific areas.

**** I used w& w creative screening Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screening with silver glitter embossing past to add these effect over the background.

*****I die cut this heart from vellum using w&w True Dotty Heart Cutaways , and I stamped the flowers and leaves with some layering ink using w&w In Bloom Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp set and w& w In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans Cutaways . I tried to arrange the flower like a cascade of falling flowers and leaves .


*****I like this sentiment from the same stamp set and there matching die cut . So I added to the tag. I didn't want to add more embellishments or dimensions so I left simple and clean like this . Here is the link for my youtube video or you can watch it here:

For my second project. It's kind of CAS mixed media card. In this card I used mainly the stencil to create this back ground .after mixing some colors and adding few materials it turned out to this gorgeous card.


* I used a heavy water color paper and I double coated it with gesso .

** I used white texture embossing past over the w & w creative screening Scenery: The Leaf Effect Creative Screening and I emboss the background particularly. Then used a thin film of gold glitter embossing past in some area.


*** I used some of lindy's gang magical powder green, blue, brown red, and black Over this leafy background.

**** some extra tips I learned for applying the pigmented powder , we should spray the paper with a little water before adding the powder . When we used any colored powder , we should use a clean dry brushes and use a separate brush with every color to avoid contamination of the colors.


***** I die cut the w&w In a Word: Friend Cutaway with black card stock and I mounted it over the same die cut using white card stock.

****** I placed a gold thread in the back and added a leave from the flower that I used to photograph my cards . Then I used gliding flacks in the middle of friend die cut.

******* I added some metallic copper gems .then I distress the edges and I placed it over a copper distressed paper then I mounted them all over a back heavy card stock. I finished my project today. I hope you like them and get inspired to try some of mixed media techniques.


If you kindly leave me a comment telling me if you like mixed media art and from your opinion what is the magic in the mixed media ( For me the creative mind of the crafter and the gesso having that secret) . And If you like to win a 30 $ gift card provide by the sweetest shay to winnie and walter store please leave a comment in any of the five winnie and Walter leading lady post on my blog , I will choose a winner on the early October on my blog . At the end thanks a lot Shay it was a pleasure to be a leading lady for this month, thanks all who encouraged me to create these project and left a sweet words . See you again in the coming winnie and walter challenges as I like to participate in to them , I hope you will join us there.

Have a good crafting time,
My best wishes Maryam.



  1. Love your wonderful ideas today. The tag is so beautiful - fabulous colors. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration this month.

  2. These last two creations are absolutely stunning ! Thanks for this great month with you. Love, Marjorie

  3. Love these Craftabulous inspiration!!!!

  4. Stunning creations to end your Leading Lady term! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. I love Mixed Media art, that is what got me interested in papercrafting/cardmaking originally. For me the thrill and magic of it is that I can use literally anything that looks interesting to start a project and then just let it build from. Some projects end up completely different from what I originally planned but sometimes those are the best ones lol. Thank you for the great projects this month and all the inspiration! (

  6. Wow! Awesome projects!!!
    I like so much Mixed Media art. I think the most magical thing is using different kinds of supplies to make something. I have never tried this technique but I love it!!!

  7. Amazing textures!!! Love your projects. Thanks so much for all the wonderful tips and techniques you shared with us this last month!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. These are wonderful- a fitting final performance. Love all the texture in these! x


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