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Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Finale

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady

My excitement at appearing on the Winnie & Walter stage today is tinged with just a touch of sadness that this is my last performance as Leading Lady.  It’s been a wonderful experience working with Shay and Julie, who are just the loveliest people … thanks so much, ladies, for the opportunity to showcase your awesome product range … it’s been an honour and a privilege!  Thanks also to all of you … readers, visitors, commenters and friends … your support and encouragement has been truly fantastic … you’ve touched my heart!  So … on with the finale … a little feature I’ve called ‘Accentuating The Negative … With Shimmer’!

Scene 1 … Starry Starry Night (such a good song to be going round your head for the day!) …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Starry NightHere I used emboss resist to create this shimmery look.  I sponged Versamark through the Big Bang Classic Star Creative Screening (stencil) onto a white card panel and embossed the panel in silver.  It was sponged over with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire), blended to create a starry ombré night sky and Perfect Pearl mixture was used to create some gentle splattering.  The panel was split (to create the negative space) and trimmed to size, I embossed the sentiment (from My Precious) onto the base card and popped the two portions of the panel up on foam tape over it.     Here’s a closer look of all that sparkle and shine …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Starry Night Close UpThe emboss resist technique isn’t limited to using stencils … it works beautifully with so many of the Winnie & Walter stamps … I’m thinking backgrounds made up with Scenery: Big Bang Bling,  Confetti, Flurries … and a whole bunch of the graphic stamps!

Scene 2 … ‘Stella’ sparkly Hugs and Kisses …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Hugs and KissesDon’t you just love all those little hugs and kisses?  They were cut repeatedly into a white panel with a single line border from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways (dies) … and the sentiment (from You’ve Got Love Mail) was stamped in Versafine Black.  I used the panel as a guide for marking stripes on the base card, masked and sponged Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn) on each line and covered all the colours in a hefty coat of Wink of Stella.  I adhered the panel flat onto the card base … a test run using foam tape didn’t show the colours as clearly, so I went flat!  Would you like to see the shimmer under those negative space hugs and kisses … yummy huh?

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Hugs and Kisses Close UpIt’s very sparkly IRL!  This was a really quick, CAS card … another of those ‘that’d be good in a set’ ones as it’s so easy to replicate … it’d be even quicker if washi tape was used instead of Distress Ink!

Scene 3 … Brilliant Birthday Balloons …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Birthday BalloonsThere are two sets of shimmery negative space here … the ‘happy’ … and two of the four sides.  I cut the In A Word: Happy into a white card panel and used the ombré stamping technique and masking for the balloons (from The Party).  Each colour was stamped three times … first in full, next with about half the ink wiped off the stamp and the third with about three quarters wiped off … the ombré colour creates a real sense of dimension, even though the balloons are flat.    If I had a MISTI, I’d have used it to get easy precision placement … I haven’t (yet!), so used my trusty stamp positioner to make sure each impression landed in just the right spot.  I stamped over all three balloons with Versamark, embossed them with clear holographic EP and trimmed the panel to size, cutting round the balloons off the edge of the panel.  To get the matching shimmer on the grey base, I tapped Versamark over it and embossed it in the same clear holographic EP as I used for the balloons.  The white panel was popped up on foam tape over the grey, I added the letter pieces inside the word and scattered a star sequin or three and some gems across it.  Here’s a much better view of all that shiny shimmer … W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Birthday Balloons Close UpUsing the same embossing powder (in any finish or colour) is a great way to get matching elements in a card!

Scene 4 … Shake That Shimmer …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Shake That ShimmerWhat a brilliant Cutaway this In A Word:Hi is … it takes up a full card … and is just perfect for a shimmery shaker!  The front panel was easy … I just cut the ‘hi’ into it, added a panel of acetate to the back, adhered just a smidge (!) of foam tape and poured in a ton of sequins for shakeablility!  The card base was sponged and blended with Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass) so they would show through the word … and I spritzed it all with a light dusting of shimmer spray.   Then it was just a matter of taking the backing paper off the foam tape and adhering the base onto the back of the front panel.  A cascade of sequins and gems later (to match the Distress Inks) and I was done!  Here it is in all it’s negative spaced, shimmery, shakery glory …

W&W Leading Lady Week 5 Shake That Shimmer Close UpThere are so many ways to play with this Cutaway … stacked, camoflaged, partially die cut, popped up, with or without DP and/or layers … you’ll have your own favourite!

This last scene brings me to the end of my Leading Lady performances … and I’ve loved it!  Again, thanks so much to Shay and Julie … and to all of you for cheering me on through each one!  It’s now time for me to bow out and to bring the curtain down for the final time.   I do hope you’ve enjoyed these Saturday matinées … I’ve certainly had a ball playing with fantastic goodies, stretching my creative muscles and reading your always welcome reviews!

Don’t forget that Julie and Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter to give away this month … if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning it (you could make that wish list into a happy package!), leave a comment on each of my Leading Lady posts … five posts during May, five chances to win!  I’ll do a random draw from all the comments and will announce the winner on Sunday 7 June!

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Ardyth! Seize The Birthday 21/5, Simply Create Too #86, SSS Wednesday 27/5, SSS Work It Wednesday – May

I made this card for a fabulous friend … she’s fun, generous, enthusiastic, insightful and supremely creative … she had been and/or is on numerous design teams … and is the owner of Muse and the sparkly new Muse: Christmas Visions.  Well, if that didn’t give the game away I don’t know what will (maybe the post title … tee hee!) … it’s for Ardyth over at Maskerade!  I had the amazing good fortune of meeting and spending a week with her at the Lake House last year … what a delight!  So, Ardyth, my fellow BABE and lovely friend … Happy, Happy Birthday to you … wishing you a wonderful day crammed full of everything that makes you happy … and a year to come chock a block with blessings, love and laughter!   This card’s on it’s way to you …

Happy Birthday Ardyth, STB 21-5, SCT 86, SSSW 27-5, SSS WIW MayYou all know Ardyth, right?  If you don’t, you really need to go over for a loooooong visit … you’ll come away inspired, entranced and completely blown away by her designs!   Whether you do or don’t know her, though, you can always pop round to wish her a Happy Birthday … or maybe even sing it … she’s very musical!

Here, I stamped a panel with PTI‘s Ombré Builders in more-than-a-rainbow-of-colours (there are nine of them … wonder if the pot of gold will be bigger!!) and then die cut four of the five letters from the Winnie & Walter In A Word:Happy out of the space I’d left at the top.  Some more ‘happies’ were cut from white card and one from shiny silver card, I stacked them together and slotted them into the die cut space so the ‘h’ was hanging off the edge.  The rainbow panel was matted onto black (also die cut so the white card base could be seen through the word), I stamped the birthday from Annabelle Stamps (no longer operating), added lashings of Wink of Stella to the rainbow and popped the panel up on foam dots on the base.

Ardyth‘s card is heading to …

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

Simply Create Too – Keep It Simple

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Rainbow

Finally today, an apology … life’s been a bit crazy lately and the time I usually have available to spend in blogland has been gobbled up by the time eating monster (who, considering his munch rate, likely has a bad case of indigestion by now).  So I’m behind with my visits and way behind with my emails … sorry I’ve not been around much!  Looking forward to spending some quiet time over the next few days doing some catching up, seeing what’s been going on … and being inspired!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita:)

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Time Out DT#32, Neat & Tangled #56, Uniko Studio #21, Simply Create Too #86, Just Us Girls #294, SSS Wednesday 27/5

We have a wonderful theme for you this fortnight at Time Out … it’s our ‘Designer to CASE’ challenge … and we have a card from the super talented Deepti from Dee’s Art Utopia to inspire us … it’s pretty, whimsical and dramatic all at the same time (see a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

Time Out DT 32Time Outand here’s Deepti‘s inspiration …

The design elements I picked out were the flowers (randomly stamped Neat and Tangled whimsical Scandinavian Flowers) and the white embossing on a black angled panel … my twist was going with all that white space!  I added a little colour to the embossed blossoms using Promarkers, adhered the panel flat to the card base, stamped the sentiment (from the same N&T set as the flowers) onto a strip of matching card and added it above the black panel.

What’s going through your creative mind when you see Deepti’s card … flowers, DP, angled panels, bold black, embossing … wherever it settles, I hope you’ll find time to play along with us!  Deepti has recently illustrated her first stamps (Blooming Buds), which have been released through Stamplorations … and is going to be giving away a set to the winner of this challenge (as chosen by the DT)!  In addition, and as usual, the winner will get the chance to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … so what’s not to love?  There’s heaps of inspiration over at the Time Out blog … from our fabulous DT and from our talented Guest Designer, Maura whose Splitcoast Gallery is chock full of fabulous cards … definitely worth meandering gently through!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Neat & Tangled – CAS

Uniko Studio – Flowers

Just Us Girls – Inspiration Photo (see below … rug colours in the rug for my blooms, door colour for the sentiment strip … and all that glorious white space!)

Simply Create Too – Keep It Simple

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Take 4

Winnie & Walter Leading LadyIt’s been fabulous having you visit and leave such lovely comments on all my performances at Winnie & Walter so far this month … thank you so much!  This week, I’ve been having fun with ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets and with the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways, making some card sets for the first time … and I’m excited to bring you the results … my ‘Three Times Three’ feature …

Act 1 … a little colour goes a long way …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 FriendsThese cards were made with just three pieces of coloured card stock and a little white … pieced together to give a slightly different look on each.   Using the ‘friends’ Cutaway (The Big, The Bold and Friends) as a size guide, I trimmed aqua, mint and buttercup card to 8 x 12.5 cm, cut the word a third the way down each, and hand cut a little ‘tail’ at the front of the ‘f’ … that way, it matched the ‘s’ at the end and meant that each panel was split into two by the word.  After I cut the ‘friends’ three times in white card, I was ready to piece and adhere the panels onto the bases … bottom section … word … letter infills … top section.  Three colours and white on each card and I still have the aqua, mint and buttercup ‘friends’ to use on other cards!  The sentiments are made up of words from various ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets   (Happy, You, Friends, Party, Comfort) and the little hearts above the ‘i’ are from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways … covered with lashings of Wink of Stella and a coat of Glossy Accents.  Here they are individually …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 3Lots of The Big, The Bold Cutaways would be perfect for this split panel technique … just trim the card panels to the appropriate size as I did with the ‘friends’ … for the longer words, how about a landscape version?

Act 2 … white on white with a touch of colour …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on WhiteMore die cutting here … this time for a faux embossed look.  I took a piece of watercolour card and made three separate pools of colour using Distress Inks, allowing the colours in each pool to blend and merge a little.  When they were dry, I die cut the words … (from ‘The Big, The Bold’ Cutaway series … ‘love’ from Happy, ‘always’ from Comfort and ‘smiles’ from Friends) … added some shimmer spray and clear embossed them so they shine, and cut all the white words.  Using a ruler as a guide, I arranged and adhered the words onto white card panels, trimmed the edges, added a stamped sentiment to each (from The Big, The Bold and Friends) and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the base cards.    Want a better look?

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 3Love how those Distress Ink colours are so vibrant amid the faux embossed white!

Act 3 – standing up in a crowd …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A WordHere I used partial die cutting so the words stand up as part of the card panels … the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways (Happy, Hugs, Hello) really lend themselves well to this technique.  I drew a pencil guide a third the way down each card panel and lined the dies up against them, holding them in place with removable tape.  I placed my top cutting plate just above the pencil line so that the lower hanging letters wouldn’t be cut and ran the panels/dies through my machine.  The last step was to cut along the pencil line on each panel using a metal ruler and craft knife, making sure I didn’t slice through where the letters joined.  I sponged the card bases with Distress Inks to create an ombré look, stamped the sentiments (various The Big, The Bold sets … Happy, Friends, Comfort) in matching ink on the panels, added a Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented heart to each one and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the bases.  How about some solo shots …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 3 Because they were for sets, I kept my cards pretty clean and simple so that they would be easy to recreate.  Imagine, though, changing words or colours or embellishments … maybe using a watercolour background or stencilling or designer paper … what about double die cutting in a frame or shape … there are so many possibilities with these fantastic Winnie & Walter words! I’ve had tons of fun with them this week … and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the results!

Julie and Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter to give away this month … if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning it (you too could be playing with these Cutaways!), leave a comment on each of my Leading Lady posts … five posts during May, five chances to win!  I’ll do a random draw from all the comments and will announce the winner on Sunday 7 June!

Thanks so much to Julie and Shay for having me over to play again this week … I’ll be back next Saturday with the finale … hope you’ll join me!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Take 3

Winnie & Walter Leading LadyThanks for all your visits and lovely comments on my Debut and Take 2 performances at Winnie & Walter … I’m thrilled to be back today to show you some more ways of bringing their wonderful Cutaways and stamps to life!  Winnie & Walter‘s latest release (April/May) featured their first Cover Model … Multifaceted Cutaway … a gorgeous, graphic, geometric design that I fell in love with!  So, this week, I’m doing a ‘One Cutaway, Three Ways’ feature!

First on stage, graphic colour blocks …

W&W Leading Lady Week 3 Multifaceted 1The background colour blocks are paint chips, sliced into rectangles, arranged in an ombré-ish fashion and adhered flat to the base card.  I cut Multifaceted twice and layered them onto the colour blocks … the first one way up, the second the opposite way, so that all those yummy graphic lines criss crossed over one another.  The sentiment is from The Big, The Bold & The Happy, embossed in white on a hand cut black banner, and popped up on foam dots.  I went with blocks and yellows/oranges … but a change of background colours and/or shapes would give a completely different look … how about broad stamped stripes in cool blues, a sponged soft pink ombré, or perhaps crisp, bold black and white with luscious gold overlays … oh the possibilties!

Here’s something a little more delicate … white on white with a touch of colour …

W&W Leading Lady Week 3 Multifaceted 2See the shine and dimension on this Multifaceted Cutaway?  After it was cut, I coated it in Versamark and heat embossed it in white … twice … to give it that raised look.  It was adhered to the base card just at the intersections of the lines as I wanted there to be a little movement in it.  The butterflies are from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, cut from Promarker-coloured vellum and dressed with a single gem each.  They’re highly co-ordinated … not just landing on the intersections, but arranging themselves by colour, and then making sure they sweep up the card in a lovely swoosh!  What choreography!  The sentiment is again from The Big, The Bold and The Happy, this time the Cutaway, die cut and double heat embossed in liquid platinum.   Just think of the die cuts you could use in a similar way to the butterflies … hearts, flowers, leaves, birds … maybe even letters to spell out a name!

For my final card I’ve gone shimmery and shiny … and shaker-y …

W&W Leading Lady Week 3 Multifaceted 3Here, I cut Multifaceted six times, stacked five together, added a layer of acetate and then topped it off with the sixth.  The ‘sandwich’ was turned upside down and a mixture of aqua and silver seed beads plus some tiny silver sequins were poured into some of the sections.  It was pretty random … I just avoided having two filled sections next to one another.  A turqoise card panel was adhered to the back of the ‘sandwich’ and the whole thing was mounted on a white card base.  The sentiment is from The Big, The Bold and Friends, cut once in silver and once in teal … layered together and slightly offset to give some definition to that chrome like shine!   Here’s a close up so you can see it better …

W&W Leading Lady Week 3 Multifaceted 3 Close UpI experimented with different types of adhesive for these cards … and found that for fixing layers together on the first and third ones, a Zig Glue Pen worked a treat.  It was easy to quickly run the pen along the lines of the Cutaway and once the layers were glued together, it took just a short stay under a heavy book to keep them that way.  As the Cutaway on the butterfly card was only partly adhered, it needed a stronger glue … Ranger Multi Medium Matte was perfect … a dab of it on all the intersections, plus a moment or two under the heavy book was enough to keep it all secure.

I’ve had tons of fun playing with this new Cover Model … and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing just a few of it’s possibilites!  Julie and Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter to give away this month … if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning it (you too could be playing with Multifaceted!), leave a comment on each of my Leading Lady posts … five posts during May, five chances to win!  I’ll do a random draw from all the comments and will announce the winner on Sunday 7 June!

Thanks so much to Julie and Shay for having me over to play again this week … I’ll be back next Saturday with another performance … hope you’ll join me!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Happy Birthday, Sandie! AAA Cards #39, SSS Monday 11/5, SSS Wednesday 13/5

There’s a party going on!  If I added ‘right here’, d’you think that song would be in your head all day (oh, sorry … have I done that already?!).  Actually, you need to go over to Kylie’s place (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps) for the party … we’re celebrating the birthday of the lovely, talented, generous, enthusiastic, super organised, commenter extra-ordinaire, Sandie of London Days!   It’s a pretty sure thing you’ve met Sandie during your travels … she’s on Design Teams at Addicted to Stamps, Inkspirational and Uniko Studio … and is owner at Time Out (where I’m proud to be on her DT!).  Why not join in the party via Mr Linky over at Kylie‘s … and pop over for an inspiring and wonderful visit with Sandie … you’ll have a fabulous time!   Happy, Happy Birthday, my friend … wishing you the most wonderful day and a year filled with love, fun, laughter and an abundance of all good things!   I made you this …

Happy Birthday Sandie, AAA Cards 39, SSSM 11-5, SSSW 13-5Rather than CASE Sandie, I wanted to make a card that reflected elements of her signature style … vibrant colours, tons of glorious textured white space, a scattering of dots, wonderfully CAS … and one of her favourite layouts.  Here, I stamped some Avery Elle Brush Strokes in yummy spring colours, overlapping them slightly … and added a light touch of Wink of Stella for a delicate shimmer.  The SSS sentiment (split to fit over the brush strokes) was heat embossed over the colours, I scattered the little clusters of dots around it and popped the finished panel up on foam dots on the base card.  Your card’s winging it’s way to you as we speak, Sandie!

In addition, Sandie’s card is flying over to …

AAA Cards – Birthday (it’s their 1st anniversary … they’re celebrating … congratulations!)

SSS Monday – Simon Brand Exclusives (my sentiment)

SSS Wednesday – Inspiration Colour Swatch (see below … how yummy are those sweet cupcakes … perfect for Sandie’s birthday celebration!)

Thanks to Kylie, Sarah G (Funky Fossil) and Sarah P (Sazzle Dazzle)) for organising the party … and to Kylie for hosting it … it was lovely to be invited to share in the celebration!  Look forward to seeing you all a little later as I meander through blogland being inspired by what you’ve been creating this week!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Time Out DT #31, Less Is More #223, One Layer Simplicity #16, SSS Work It Wednesday – April

It’s time for another wonderful new challenge at Time Out … this fortnight our theme is Grunge … with an optional twist of embossing!  Not only is it time for a new challenge, but one of our lovely teamies is celebrating her birthday today … owner of the fabulous Uniko Studio … the very talented Beverley!  Happy Birthday, Bev … may your day be a special one and your coming year be full of joy!  This card is on it’s way to you …

Time Out DT 31Time OutIf you’re a regular visitor here, you’ll know that ‘Grunge’ is not my usual place to be … clean, crisp, structured is more my style!  Sometimes, though, it’s a good thing to stretch those creative muscles … and that’s what I’ve done here.  This is a one layer card, stamped with Shirley‘s lovely unstructured Rose Buds from STAMPlorations … in grey rather than black, to emphasise the sketched look.  I did some watercolour sloshing on the roses with Distress Inks, allowing the different colours to blend with one another and bleed a little over the lines.  The roses were masked and I delicately splattered the card using the remaining pools of colour.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle … to my eyes the scripty font fits the sense of unstructured-ness!

So, there you have it, a CAS-loving-neat-freak’s take on ‘Grunge’!  Feel like giving your creative muscles a work out?  We’d love to have you join us!  How about letting your imagination roam … and even if, like me, your usual style isn’t grunge, why not give it a go … sloshing and splattering is very liberating!  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by STAMPlorations … our overall winner (as chosen by the DT) will receive a US$10 gift card and be invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge … and in addition, there’s a random draw for another US$10 gift card for those who chose to twist and feature embossing on their cards.   All the details are over on the Time Out blog, along with heaps of inspiration from our talented Guest Designer, Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin, and our amazing DT!  Look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

I’m playing along with …

Less Is More – One Layer – Water (all that watery sloshing and splattering!)

One Layer Simplicity – Blossom

SSS Work It Wednesday – Yellow (those roses!)

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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