#655 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 4

PE: Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts Challenge!

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge Favorite!

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Hello and welcome to my last week as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! Can’t believe its already the last week!! I had so much fun making these cards and posts, wish it would last longer!!

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For my last post, I am showcasing these cute little critters, so adorable, I just threw away any other ideas I had so I could use them on my cards! 🙂

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For my first card, I used the critters from Party On. I stamped them using a brown ink, then gave them a soft watercoloring using distress inks. I did the same with the flowers. For the background, too I used distress inks. And the grassy hill/ground – I die cut that using the Party On Die, too! The sentiment comes from Happy Dance.

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For my second card, I used the critters from Happy Dance. I colored these critters using Zig brush pens. I used distress oxide ink for the background, masking each area for coloring in, added a few splotches of water, then stamped a few stars from the same stamp set, for something extra. Finally added the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday. I then trimmed the piece, adhering it over a black card base with glitter washi tape at the side.

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For my last card, I used the critters from an older set, Happy Owlidays – the owls are just totally adorable! I watercolored the owls using distress inks, fuzzy cut them. For the background, I created a galaxy background using watercolors, then tore up half the panel and mounted it on my white card base. I then added the branch and the cute owls, and also stamped the sentiment.

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So there are the three cards together! Hope you liked them!

Thank you so much, Shay for having me over! It really was fantastic working on so many creations, and brand new products! Absolutely!! 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment here on or before the 30th for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced on Sep 1st.

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I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

Seven Hills Crafts: August Challenge (I chose the middle colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #256: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: August Work It Wednesday Challenge: Use some favorite stamps

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Bastel Traum Challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#623 – Rainbow Butterfly Thanks

PE: Top Pick at The Challenge!!

The Challenge - Honorable Mention

Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts challenge!

Hello! First off, sorry about the grainy photos, I shot them at night, and couldn’t get a clear shot, no matter how much I tried… 😦

Made a rainbow striped card, totally inspired by a list of challenges (listed below, of course!)… and the butterfly.. simply because its been awfully long since I used one! 🙂

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I used Winnie & Walter Scenery:Stripes stamp set to stamp the rainbow stripes. I then die cut the butterfly from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies, then the sentiment from Winnie & Walter: In A Word: Thanks die, then die cut the banner using My Favorite Things Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner.. the sentiment and the banner were a little overlapping, forming a sort of double die cut.

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Finally foam mounted the banner, and then adhered the butterfly directly on the card base. A few clear rhinestones for embellishing finished the card.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Just Us Girls Challenge #396: Word Week: Die cuts

The Challenge #85: Inspiration: Celebrate

My Favorite Things: Wednesday Sketch Challenge #336

Sketch Challenge 336 #mftstamps

Seven Hills Crafts: June Challenge: Die cut a Die cut

Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #20: Scenery: Stripes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#617 – With Thanks

Hello! Made this card some time ago while trying out the fresh stash of products that Danielle had sent me.. I just love the curvy lines in the Topography stamp.. and it is so versatile! I can think of so many things to do with this stamp. And the dies in Flower Medallion Builder too..so pretty! Here’s what I came up with –

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I first heat embossed the Topology background using silver pearl embossing powder, then colored each section using Zig brush pens. My idea was to try out the card with only coloring, and if I felt that didn’t look good, I could always add water and spread the colors to make it prettier.. as long as the colors didn’t clash, it would look great! And that’s what happened – the colors weren’t looking great just sitting there, so I heavily misted them with some pearl water (water + perfect pearls). I kept this aside to air dry.

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I then die cut some watercolor paper using the Flower Medallion Builder dies. I used watercolor paper, since the technique would require some thick paper, and the watercolor paper is the thickest and sturdiest I’ve got. After determining the arrangement, I decided which parts required the embossing, then heat embossed the pieces with copper embossing powder three times, making the pieces look metallic (learned this from Jennifer McGuire!). This, paired with the off-white color of the other diecuts looked really pretty! 🙂

Finally, I trimmed the dried watercolored base, adhered it over the card base, then trimmed the excess from the sides. I then adhered the flowers and a pearl in between. As for the sentiment, I did the same 3-times copper embossing, and also foam mounted it on the card.

Although it is pretty hard to capture this on the image, the brilliant metallic shine of the copper embossing and the soft sheen of the pearl water in the background look pretty well matched.. I really liked this combination.. and the off-white die cuts provide a nice contrast against the two colorful and shiny surfaces.. all in all, I am happy with the results! 🙂

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #242: Make Your Mark

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (the set of colors in the last image)

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#616 – Succulents & Watercoloring – Two Ways

PE: Inspired by All the Little Things Inspiring Standout!! Yay!!!

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Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Sweet Seven!!

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Hello! You know all those pretty succulent stamps that have been released by so many companies.. I did want to get one, but I never knew which one to choose. I did decide on one thought – Waffle Flower Potted stamp set. Those neatly grouped succulents are perfect for my watercoloring needs! 🙂 And after such a long time after buying them, I finally put the image to good use.

I tried two watercolor techniques. Both involve heat embossing, give a messy look, and are fantastically fun to make.

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I prepared two watercolor panels – both with the succulent stamped and heat embossed in white. For the first card, I used my inky fingers to create art. Smooshing my chosen distress inks on an acetate, I misted them, picked the ink using my fingers and started adding dots to the paper. The dots aren’t exactly dots, and were rather messy, creating even more puddles and distortion due to the embossing. I let the panel dry in between a couple more layers of adding colors.. just to add to the splotchy look, and making the colors darker.

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Once this dried, I added splatters of the same colors and let it all dry. Finally, I trimmed the piece using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, added the sentiment strip, stamped on vellum.. and mounted it on an off-white cardstock – the only one in my stash.. I don’t even remember where I got it from! 😀

This card goes to the following challenges –

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #406

CAS Mix Up May Challenge: Stamp + Splatter..+ I chose heat embossing and watercoloring and vellum

Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media Challenge: Splats

And here’s the second card –

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For my second card, I went more traditional. I used distress inks again, but this time, just used water and a print brush for messy watercoloring. Love the soft tones in this one! 🙂

I die cut the panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana Cutaways, the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, then mounted the panel on kraft cardstock.

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This card goes to the following challenges –

Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge #55 (inspired by the picture… they sure do look like succulents to me!!)

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (first set of colors)

Stamplorations: May CAS challenge: Feminine Colors

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#585 – Happy 3rd for Winnie & Walter & Happy 300 for Friday Inspiration File

whew…that’s a long title…!! 😀

But that’s what this post is for – celebrating two fantastic achievements! I wanted to take part in these, by, of course, playing with their challenges! 🙂

A very big congratulations to Winnie and Walter for completing a very successful 3 years and a big congrats to Kara Vrabel (of K and R Designs) in giving us 300 weeks of inspiration by way of her Friday Inspiration Files!!  I am a big fan of both the company and the lady! And I’ve made a couple of cards to be a part of both challenges. Showing the first one here –

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I made this card inspired by…quite a few things, actually. 😉 First, I was inspired by Aga’s card (Week 265), then I wanted the card to have three colors, and got the perfect set of colors with the Seven Hills Crafts Challenge this month. I got the perfect stamp set too – Winnie and Walter’s In Bloom: Eva’s Favorite Flowers. This stamp set is just perfect when you want to make anything geometrical! Love it!! 🙂

Aga #265:

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So, after drawing some light pencil lines for reference, I eye balled and stamped all the images, finally coming to the sentiment. I was super tempted to add dimension or even embellishing (it really is tough for me to make such a super CAS card!!) but I left it be.. Oh, and I did add that circle using a green gel pen from Uniball… I wish they had every color I wanted, the pens are great!

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Well wrapping off – I am submitting the card to the following challenges –

Seven Hills Crafts February Challenge (I used turquoise, lime and grey) –

K and R Designs 300 Weeks Of Inspiration Challenge

Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations

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Three Challenge with Shay (I used three colors)

Pattern-Making Challenge with Mayuri

Mood Board Challenge with Heather P all three colors are in the mood, and of course, the pattern is made using flower and leaf stamps!

Here’s to more years of Winnie & Walter and hundreds of weeks of Kara’s Inspiration files!

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂