Thursday, 17 January 2019

TIME OUT #127 - Inspired By Words

At TIME OUT this week, we are asking you to create a project inspired by these fabulous words:

So many ways to be inspired by these words - make sure to check out how the rest of the DT were inspired - some of them used products from our wonderful and generous sponsor, CAS-ual Friday Stamps who are offering the winner of the challenge a gift voucher.

My card wasn't inspired by any one of the words but by the meaning of the words - it made me think immediately of this new to me W Plus 9 sentiment stamp. I stamped a woodgrain pattern tone-on-tone on a piece of grey card stock before white heat embossing the sentiment.  I used some Technique Tuesday stamps to create the lemon background on the card base before popping up the sentiment panel with some fun foam. I spent quite some time playing around with sequins and other gems before eventually deciding to leave it as is.

Our guest designer this week is Claire from String Bows - check out her wonderful designs here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

TIME OUT #126 - Loving

We are starting 2019 with a fun challenge at TIME OUT - we are challenging you to share some love in your project:

A perfect challenge to start creating some Valentine's Day projects :) And we have a great prize for the winner - a $20 gift voucher from our wonderful and generous sponsor, Birch Press Design.

Here is my card for the challenge:

This card is actually a CASE of one of my favourite cards from 2018 - you can find the blog post here:

I used the birds and sentiment from the Winnie & Walter So Tweet stamp set and created the inlaid ombre glitter die cut using the Winnie & Walter Love cutaway. The colours are not my usual choice but I was inspired to try the Winnie & Walter December Color Combo Challenge using this palette:

We can't wait to see your love filled projects - so take some TIME OUT to play along with us - but before you do, make sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT and our talented Guest Designer, Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.

I will be linking to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

TIME OUT #125 - Inspired By Words

We're back at Time Out with a new challenge just in time for the holidays; we are asking you to be inspired by the following words:

Aren't these the perfect words for inspiration at this time of year? I was inspired by the celebrate and decided to create a birthday card using MFT Birthday Speech Bubbles. I simply stamped them in some bright colours and added a strip of foiled design paper to the panel. A few clear droplets to finish it off.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they are offering the winner a $15 gift voucher and gifting a random winner with a gift bag of goodies :)

We are also incredibly lucky to have Michele from I Card Everyone as our wonderful guest designer for this challenge. She is a constant inspiration so make sure to check out her designs!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Winnie & Walter - November Release and a Winner!

It is wonderful to be on the Winnie & Walter Blog today sharing a few project ideas using new products from the amazing November release.

First up is a thank you card featuring In A Word: Thanks (the stamp set). I was so happy when this set came out - along with some coordinating cutaways as well :)  The In A Word: Thanks is definitely my all-time most used word die I'm surprised I haven't worn it out yet ;)  so having the stamps and additional cutaways to play with is so much fun.

For this card, I started by cutting the "thanks" from freezer paper to create iron on masks, and then I applied the masks to a piece of water colour paper by running them through my Minc machine. I used freezer paper because I wanted to play with my pearlescent watercolours for the background but this  could also be done with regular masking paper and regular ink blending. I painted the water colour wash over the background and let the paint dry. I then layered the new Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screening over the panel and lightly removed the paint from the exposed areas using a baby wipe. I love the subtle effect this leaves.

Once all this was done, I removed the masks with the help of my heat gun and then lined up the outline "thanks" stamp on the masked areas and stamped it in grey ink. I inked a piece of cardstock using the same ink and then heat embossed a white sentiment from the set onto it. The sentiment was popped up with foam tape and I added a few sequins to finish off the card. 

I tried to catch the shimmer in a photo but I couldn't quite get it - so here is a close up photo of the card: 

My next card features two of the new products - the Peppermint Zone Cutaway and Snowy Holiday with Evelin T stamps and cutaways.

I was so excited when I saw the Peppermint Zone Cutaways - there are so many possibilities with this wonderful die, and I know that it is going to become one of my favourites very quickly. For this card, I used it to create a swirly glittery background. To create the background, I adhered a piece of Be Creative adhesive sheet on top of a heavy weight card stock, and I left the protective sheet in place on the top side of the piece. I then ran it through my Big Shot with the protective sheet against the cutting face of the die - this cut the protective sheet but not the card stock. I carefully removed the pieces of protective sheet covering the "blue" areas and then poured on the blue glitter. After this was all cleaned up, I repeated the process with the remaining area and the white glitter. I love this effect! I added the glittery panel to the front of a pearlescent blue card base. I stamped, Copic coloured and die cut the adorable snowman from Snowy Holidays, and then stamped a greeting from the same set along the side of the panel.

Here is a close up of the glitter:

My last couple of cards are very similar. I started out by watercolouring two panels with Distress Oxide inks (Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce) and some pearlescent gold paint - I was trying to create the effect of lights on a Christmas tree. I then added some pine needles using a stamp from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora; on one panel, I stamped the needles differently on each of the panels (as shown below). I also added some gold splatters to each of the panels.

The first card is actually where my inspiration came from - when I first saw the You Are a Blessing stamp set (right now is free with $25 purchase!!!!), I saw an ornament instead of a leaf and I thought it would make a great seasonal card. I stamped the image onto vellum with Versamark (masking the stem) and then heat embossed it with gold powder. I fussy cut it out and added it to the panel with some foam tape. I also added some red ribbon to make it look like it was "hanging" from the tree. I added the panel to a light grey card base with some more foam tape.

The second card is very similar but I used the Grand Merry stamp set (another new fave!) and cutaways to create the greeting. I stamped the curvy "merry" in Versamark on vellum heat embossed with some glittery red powder. I die cut the vellum word with the coordinating cutaway and mounted it with foam tape onto the panel. I heat embossed the second part of the greeting with gold powder to complete the panel before mounting it on a grey card base. 

Here is a close up of the second card to show the gold watercolour highlights:

This release is amazing - so many fun products to play with - I am sure that you will find something new to add to your crafty stash :)

And now onto the winner.....

It was so much fun being the November Leading Lady - a huge thank you to Shay for inviting me and enormous thank yous to everyone who left such wonderful comments. I randomly chose one of them to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Winnie & Walter shop........

Congrats SHartl - I will reach out to you with your prize info!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 30 November 2018

Winnie & Walter November Release - Day 4

We are back with the last day of the premieres for the November Winnie & Walter release - and the great news is that all the release products will be available for purchase in the Winnie & Walter shop this evening.

I only have one card to share today featuring the new Yetitide Greetings with Evelin T Designs. I am so in love with this stamp set - the yetis are the most adorable and so much fun. I think this set is going to be very popular and sell out quickly.

I Copic coloured and fussy cut three of the yeti images for my card (there are coordinating dies available). I then die cut three circle apertures in the card panel for the yetis to sit in. I then used the largest sketchy circle from the new Scenery: Dotty set to stamp pale blue backgrounds on the card base. I did mask off the bottom of each circle to create the illusion of snow. The panel was foam mounted onto the card base and the yetis were also mounted with foam tape. The card was finished with a white embossed greeting from the stamp set and some snowflake sequins.

The other stamp set being premiered today is Nutcracker Kisses with Evelin T Designs - I will be sharing some projects with that set next week - it is also fantastic so make sure you check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping tonight!


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Winnie & Walter November Release - Premiere Day 3

I am over the moon to be participating in the Winnie & Walter release - the products in this release are so amazing and I am loving playing with them.

There are a few stamp sets premiering today: Scenery: Dotty, Snowy Holiday with Evelin T Designs (stamps and cutaways), and Essentials: Tilda Cutaways. Make sure you check out the Winnie & Walter Blog here to see the images.

My cards today feature the Evelin T Snowy Holiday set - this set is just as wonderful as all the past Evelin T sets - the images are so versatile and so much fun to colour.

For my first cards, I also used the Grand Merry stamp set to create the background. I lined all the block sentiments up in my Misti to almost cover the front of my dark grey A2 card (a little bit of extra space left at the bottom). I stamped the sentiments in Versamark and then brushed on some Perfect Pearls to give them a metallic finish. I really love  this look and don't do it often enough. I added the candy cane paper strip (stamped in red ink with Scenery: Holiday Trimmings) and the little strip of green glitter paper to the open space at the bottom.

I Copic coloured two images from the Snowy Holiday with Evelin T - the Santa Claus and the little dog carrying presents. I then fussy cut them (there are coordinating dies available) and popped them up on some foam tape on the candy cane strip. I coloured the presents and Santa's fur trim with some Stickes to add a little bit of sparkle.

The Snowy Holiday stamp set also features a snow globe stamp - so I had to make a shaker card :) I stamped the snow globe onto the card panel made from pearlescent blue cardstock. I then used my craft knife to cut out the glass portion of the globe. Before constructing the shaker, I embossed the panel using the (premiered on Tuesday) Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings. For the image behind the shaker, I stamped the car and tree onto some white cardstock and Copic coloured it - I did add some Stickles to the presents and the head lights and added "joy" to the licence plate. I filled the shaker with Stampendous Shaved Ice - this is, by far, my favourite "snow" shaker material. I sparkles and because it is so light, little pieces will stick to the image instead of all settling at the bottom. I mounted the completed shaker panel onto a card made from the same cardstock. I stamped the globe base onto some white cardstock and Copic coloured it as well before white heat embossing a sentiment from the same set.

So that is all for today - make sure you stop by tomorrow for another creation featuring new Winnie & Walter products!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Winnie & Walter - Leading Lady Finale

I can't believe how quickly November has flown by and that it is already time for my last act! I want to thank Shay for her generosity and her invitation to join this wonderful Winnie & Walter blog for the month. I also want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments - both here and on my blog - they have brought me such joy and I am truly grateful that you took the time to leave them.

So now - onto my finale :)

Last week, I focused on building backgrounds using die cuts - so this week, I am focusing on stretching my stamps to create fun backgrounds.

For my first cards, I used the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings stamp set - this is one of my favourite sets for decorating holiday card envelopes - but the border images are perfect for building backgrounds as well. I stamped the tree image repeatedly across the card fronts in Versamark ink- I did shift the border to the left and the right to change the styles of trees on each row. On one card front, I embossed with detail clear embossing powder, and on the other, I embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I then sponged ink across the panels- on the clear embossed panel, I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Salty Ocean to create a rainbow effect. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch on the sparkly one. I added a simple white embossed greeting from In A Word: Merry to each of the panels, and a few silver star sequins to a few of the trees before adhering the foam-mounted panels to some cards bases dressed up with silver glitter washi.

For my next cards, I wanted to create a "knit sweater" style background - there a quite a few background stamps that do this but I was pretty sure that I could make my own. I used two more borders from the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings set, a border from the Julie's Roses set (a 2016 Black Friday W&W Special set), and a row of hearts from Scenery: Seeing Hearts. I stamped two panels - both using light grey ink - one onto a white panel and one onto a light grey panel for a tone-on-tone look. This process is really straightforward using the MISTI - the hardest part is deciding what the pattern should look like but once the stamps are lined up, it is just a matter of shifting the panel up and down to create the pattern.

To complete the grey tone-on-tone card, I used some stamped images from Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans and Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans as well as an embossed greeting from Sentimental Winter and a scattering of crystal gems. To complete the white panel card, I added a pink ombre stamped mug from Warm Wishes To You, a greeting from Sentimental Birthday and a few pink gems.

For my last card, I used the swirl stamps from the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans set to create a Van Gogh inspired wintery background. I stamped the panel using a light blue ink - I did do some masking as well to avoid the overlaps but it was pretty easy to cut the masks. I added the panel to a light blue card base. To complete the wintery scene, I added the skiing bear from Winter Wishes with Evelin T (seriously - how cute is he?), Copic coloured in soft colours. To finish the card, I silver embossed sentiment from the same set (after doing some minor stamp surgery to position it linearly) and a few iridescent silver-blue snowflake sequins.

I love creating backgrounds like this, and I could have easily done many more with all the wonderful Winnie & Products but unfortunately, I ran out of time....  I do hope that this post has given you some ideas on how to stretch your stamps to create backgrounds, and that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks again for all your lovely comments and your support for my Leading Lady act - it was so much fun!