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Little Tangles #57/The Crooked Stamper, Colour Q #293, SSS Wednesday 3/6, Simply Create Too #87, Seize The Birthday 4/6 … and a Winner!

As promised following my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Finale, I’m back today to announce the winner of the US$30 Gift Card that Julie and Shay generously gave me.  Thank you so much to everyone who left me such lovely comments after each performance, I appreciate you all!  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer … the randomly drawn lucky winner, who can now go on a Winnie & Walter spree, is Claire A … congratulations, Claire … I’ve emailed you!

While you’re here, how about a card … my first ‘just because I can’ one for a looooooong time … it was good just to play … and make this …

N&T 57, CQ 293, SSSW 3-6I was inspired here by the sketch at Little Tangles (which is a joint challenge with Leslie at The Crooked Stamper) and the colours from Colour Q.  The Neat & Tangled ‘Happies’ were stamped onto white card, cut with a Papertrey circle die, edged with a black Promarker and clear embossed to add some shine.  I cut a chevron border into a white panel using a little diagonal die from Papertrey, and stamped/heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ (from Technique Tuesday, thanks to my lovely friend, Darnell).  The base card was covered with black card, the ‘Happies’ were popped up on foam tape over the chevrons, and the finished panel was popped up onto the black.  I pondered over dots/gems … but as this will eventually be heading to a teenage boy, I thought better of it … don’t think bling would go down too well!

I’m playing along with …

Little Tangles & The Crooker Stamper – Sketch (see below)

Colour Q – my closest colours to Basic Black, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, White

SSS Wednesday – Masculine

Simply Create Too – Masculine

Seize The Birthday – Without the ‘Animal’ Toppings

Thanks for all your warm wishes following the attack of the Heavy-Head-Cold Monster here … I’m more or less back to normal now (hahaha!), and have been enjoying lots and lots of visits across the blogosphere over the weekend … it’s been wonderful!  There’s still more to see, but I’m getting there … and then it’s next stop, my bottomless email inbox!  Thanks so much for your patience … and for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

                   

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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 🙂

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 🙂

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Take 2

Winnie & Walter Leading LadyI’m beyond delighted to be back on stage today with Winnie & Walter, sharing some more ideas for playing with their amazing and awesome stamps and Cutaways!   Thanks so much for your lovely warm welcome on my debut performance last week … it was such a delight to read your views on those rainbow cards!    They were vibrant, bold and graphic … so for a complete change this week, I’ve gone all pastel, pretty and floral (yes, really … me!).

First up, a delicate pink and grey confection …

W&W Leading Lady Week 2 Pastel 1I masked the base card and randomly stamped it with one of the multi step blooms (there are four lovely layers on each flower here) and some leaf clusters from In Bloom:Lola’s Bouquet, and added a touch of sparkle with Diamond Stickles in the centres.   Panels of grey card were cut to fit each side of the stamping, I white heat embossed the ‘lovely’ (from The Big, The Bold and Friends) onto one and popped them both up on foam tape onto the base, so that the blooms are recessed.  The ‘friend’ die cut (from The Big, The Bold and Friends Cutaways) was adhered flat to the grey, spanning the stamping, with tiny slices of foam tape supporting the ‘floating’ letters.  A scattering of shimmery silver sequins and gems complement the soft, sparkly flowers!

Next, lots of layers and dimension … yet still deliciously clean and crisp …

W&W Leading Lady Week 2 Pastel 2Here, the gorgeous peony and leaves from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden take centre stage … heat embossed in white, coloured with Promarkers and trimmed out.  They were arranged on a vellum panel, with the elements at the back adhered flat, and those at the front popped up with different depths of foam tape.  The sentiment is made up of words from the True set and was white heat embossed.   I cut a white panel with the larger of the two frame dies from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways … it comes with scalloped as well as pierced edges … but the scallops were sliced off for this card as I wanted straight lines to complement the soft curves of the flowers.  The vellum was adhered to the white panel with adhesive used just behind the blooms, and the panel was popped up on foam tape on the card base.  There’s early morning shimmer on these peonies … thanks to a couple of coats of Wink of Stella and some tiny dew drops … you should be able to see it better here …

W&W Leading Lady Week 2 Pastel 2 Close UpThis final card is my favourite of the week … probably something to do with all that glorious white space …

W&W Leading Lady Week 2 Pastel 3This is the rose (and leaves) from In Bloom: Maggie’s Roses Cutaways … isn’t it such a beautiful die?  I cut the outlines twice … in white and in smooshed-with-Distress-Inks card, and cut a solid rose in white to act as a base.  I adhered the outline rose to the solid one, slotted the coloured sections into place and popped the finished flower up on foam tape onto a white card panel.  The smooshed-in-the-middle leaves were arranged and adhered flat around it, I heat embossed the sentiment from My Precious in liquid platinum and popped the panel up on the card base.  Wink of Stella adds some gentle shimmer … and just look at how that liquid platinum shines …

W&W Leading Lady Week 2 Pastel 3 Close UpHow about boxed or twine tied sets of these in a range of colours and with various sentiments … I’m thinking that might make a rather nice gift!

It’s been so lovely playing with these gorgeous, feminine florals this week … I do hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve come up with!  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 (just think of the In Bloom goodies you could get!), 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!

Huge thanks to Julie and Shay for having me to play here 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 🙂

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Debut

Winnie & Walter Leading LadySoooo excited!!  Not only did I get to spend an awesome week showcasing Winnie & Walter‘s amazing, brilliant and gorgeous new release … I also get to spend May as their Leading Lady!  Wow … happy dancing … thrilled and honoured is an understatement … thank you so much to Julie and Shay for inviting me and for giving me the opportunity to play on the Winnie & Walter blog for all five Saturdays during the month … and share that time with you!  I’ve been an ‘always’ Winnie & Walter fan since seeing the sneak peeks of (among others) their first The Big, The Bold series of sentiments in January last year … didn’t want to miss out on them coming to live at my house, so just *had* to get up at 5.00 in the morning to place an order when they were released!  LOVE them … regular visitors will know they’re some of my most used stamps!

So … how about some projects?  I’m starting by combining some current favourites … rainbows, graphic shapes and die cutting … here’s a trio of cards designed to brighten and add colour to your day.  First up, happy …

W&W Leading Lady Week 1 Rainbow 1These awesome faceted stripes are from the new True stamp set.  They’re heat embossed in white, watercoloured with Distress Inks and a refilled Wink of Stella brush (that still has a little subtle sparkle in it), trimmed out and adhered in a very orderly fashion flat on the card base.  I die cut the In A Word: Happy twice and mounted the white over the black to create a shadow effect, before adhering it to the stripes.  Lots of colour and a smidge of sparkle, so nothing else needed.  Love how the different facets in those stripes show subtly different shades of the Distress Inks!

Next, hello …

W&W Leading Lady Week 1 Rainbow 2This is a one layer card … stamped using just one of the fabulous images from Scenery: Rectangled & Triangled.  I pulled out a bunch of Memento Dew Drops, masked off the edges of the card and did some generational stamping.  Starting at the top right, I inked the stamp in yellow and stamped it four times downwards without reinking … then going to the bottom right, I inked up orange and stamped, moving upwards without reinking … the lightest shades ended up next to one another in the middle.  The pattern was continued into the next column, overlapping the first, and so on across the card … orange to red, red to pink, pink to purple, etc.  I cut the In A Word:Hello (part of the new release) into the background and cut another from white card, lined the inside of the card and did some puzzle piecing, inlaying and adhering the die cuts onto the lining so the card is flat for mailing.  Bonus … I have a spare coloured hello to use on another card!

Here’s the last card for this week …

W&W Leading Lady Week 1 Rainbow 3Just look at all that lovely white space!  This rainbow was stamped with the medium solid stripe from Scenery: Stripes … and then trimmed out.  I used some removable scotch tape down the side of the panel to act as an edge so I could but up the little row of hearts die to it (from Cutaway Essentials:Audrey) … the tape made lining up easy and just pulled off afterwards.  The hugs and kisses sentiment is from You’ve Got Love Mail and was stamped in Versafine, before the rainbow panel was popped up on slender slices of foam tape on the base.  A few generous layers of Wink of Stella add some sparkle.  Love that shadow effect behind those hearts!

I’ve had so much fun playing with Winnie & Walter goodies this week … and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I came up with!   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 (oh the fun you could have!), 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!

Once again, huge thanks to Julie and Shay for having me … looking forward to coming back for Take 2 next week already … hope to see you here!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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