Winnie and Walter Leading Lady: Take 3 featuring Creative Screenings

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Hi there!!! I’m back today with Take 3 of my December Leading Lady stint! I have been so enjoying these weekly posts and playing with the release!!! I just can’t get enough of it!  Today I thought we would focus on the new Creative Screenings line!!! We’ve got backgrounds, outlines, masks, words….. Oh the fun!!!!! Let’s start with the Persuasion Script Screening. Such a gorgeous font. I let the screening speak for itself… I simply layered the screening down over my card panel and applied distress ink over the top. I paired the Persuasion Script Screening with a few images from the Winter Woodland stamp set. I LOVE that stag!  And of course, they needed to be nestled on a snow bank, which I created using some embossing paste… The embossing paste pairs perfectly with the stenciled background and gorgeous stag and pinecones, don’t you think?

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Next up, I thought we would get all festive with the Eat Drink Gingerbread Man stamp set and the Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone set. To create this card, I used the Scenery: Big Bang Sci-fi Star Creative Screening. I applied white ink over the stencil to create the background for my card base…  The rest of the card came together quite quickly! I just love the Peppermint Zone! I do believe I had a few actual peppermints while I was creating this card! Nothing completes a card without a glass of milk (with a heavy coating of Glossy Accents of course)… And of course, I had to emphasize the sentiment by heat setting it with my favorite embossing powder onto some vellum. Liquid Platinum baby!   The font is just delicious!

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Moving on to the next card which uses lots of Creative Screenings…. And some masking.  Let’s take a look at the Big, The bold and the Extras Creative Screening. It is full of such goodness. You have the stencils as well as the outlined images…  So what I did here was over lay the stencil and the outline image together and  apply ink to the stencil with two different shades of pigment ink… Then I cut it out along with the leaves (from the same creative screening) and used lots of words from the Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set to create the text overlay. I adhered that to a panel I inked up using the Scenery: Grand Diagonal Creative Screening. See? Told you! Lots of creative screenings on this one!!!!

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And lastly, a somewhat magical card I think. I used lots of heat embossing with the products here to create this card. To start with, I took some plain black card stock and lined up the Scenery: Flash Creative Screening over the black card panel and inked it all up with Versamark ink and heat set it in clear. I think those amazing shiny flashes in the background are so cool! Then I stamped the gorgeous tree from the Winter Wonderland stamp set in Versamark ink and heat set it in green embossing powder. I also heat embossed the bird image from the same set  with Liquid Platinum embossing powder and perched him up on the sentiment panel, which I white heat embossed. LOL! LOTS of heat embossing here.. I am surprised my heat gun didn’t blow up! LOL! As a finishing touch, I took some white pigment ink with the best tool ever, my finger… And spread it around somewhat unevenly in the background to create this gorgeous white glow!  So pretty! Then I just adhered it down to a white top folding card… The stripes? That’s some washi tape!

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So there you have it!!  Lots of Winnie and Walter projects for you today showcasing some of the creative screenings line! I had such a blast creating these cards.  I’ll be back next week for my last week as the  Winnie and Walter December Leading Lady, sniff sniff!  Until then, I’ve got a giveaway!!! Simply head on over to my blog and leave comments on all of my Leading Lady posts, and you could win a $30 gift card to Winnie and Walter!!! I will choose a winner at the end of the month from all of the Leading Lady posts, so you’ve got lots of opportunities to get your name in the hat!

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You Are My Anchor Watercolored

Hi there! I’m here today to share with you a very quick and easy card using the new Simply Said: Anchor stamp set.  I love the focal image and the two sentiments that accompany it. Great to stamp underneath the anchor on in the inside of the card. For this card, I simply heat embossed the image, did a little bit of watercoloring and voila!  I kept the colors light and spring time looking. An easy to mass product card for card sets, gits, crafting with kids, etc….

 

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Lawnscaping Challenge: Merry Christmas sponsored by Lawn Fawn

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Hi there! It’s time for another Lawnscaping Challenge!  This is the last challenge of 2014! I can’t believe it…. And it’s about to be Christmas! Oh my goodness!!  So fitting that is what this challenge is all about Christmas. I decided to make a shaker card using the Trim the Tree die cut. I started by creating this watercolored panel using distress inks (Pumice Stone, Evergreen Bough and outlined the panel with Peacock Feathers) and then die cut out the tree… Sandwiching it together with some clear window cardstock and some fun foam, I added a bunch of sequins and snowflakes from Lawn Fawn and voila, shaker… Oh, the sentiment was heat embossed on this awesome 40lb vellum by Ellen Hutson! It is amazing vellum. The best I have found. Oh and the star? Die cut from the same Trim the Tree die set with some silver glitter paper.

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Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping blog and see what the rest of the Design Team created…. And I hope you will play along with us! The amazing peeps over at Lawn Fawn are sponsoring this challenge with a great prize!

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Lucky to have a friend and my funny coffee cup

Good morning blog land!!!! I hope today finds that you are having a lovely weekend! My weekend started out great and then POOF! Head cold, sore throat! Got the essential oils going and the meds going so I am hoping to knock this out ASAP. Who has time to be sick. No one…

Today I’ve got a card to share with you but before I do, I just had to address A LOT of questions I got about where to get THIS MUG from my Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop post! You can get the 11ox mug HERE and the 22oz one HERE! It’s a hilarious mug! I got it for my husband and he loved it and drinks for it often, and let’s face it… It’s true… BAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHA! Well, you know it is.

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OK OK! I know. Moving onwards and upwards to the card to share with you today! I’ve got a little WPlus9 action going on today and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this stamp set. I love the sentiments, the stars, the whole thing! I did lots of white heat embossing and watercoloring with my Gansai Watercolors. I use the larger pack because I loved the gold and pearlized white offered in this set, but there are smaller packs available at a more inexpensive price. HERE and HERE. To crate the Bokeh circles, I used the Essentials by Ellen Set, Bokeh Dots.

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So that’s it for me today! Off to treat my blasted head cold! Have a fantastic day.

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Winnie and Walter December Leading Lady Take TWO: Watercoloring with VIDEO

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Hello there!!!!  I am back as Winnie and Walter’s December Leading Lady! ACK! I still can’t believe I get to say that. I have been a HUGE fan since they released their very first stamp set! Both Shay and Julie are fantastic peeps with a huge heart and their line is fantastic!!!!  They had my heart when they release the first Big and Bold stamp set.. And it’s just gotten better and better and better!  I know, how can that be!!!!  Well, I’ll tell you! They’ve added stencils (creative screenings) and dies (cutaways) to their line!!!!! I KNOW, right???  You can check their newest release right here and your jaw will drop!

Today I thought I would combine simple watercoloring techniques with some products from the release….. So let’s get right to it as I have got FIVE projects to share with you today… AND A VIDEO! The first one is the boldest of the bunch! I combined Scenery: Big Bang Flurries ,which is like the awesomest of awesome snowflake stamp sets with The Big, the Bold and the Merry! I heat embossed the sentiment in black, watercolored the background in with my Gansai watercolors and then inked one of the snowflake clusters from the Big Bang Flurries stamp set with a Pearl Paint Dabber and stamped right over the top of the watercolors… Combining the pearlescent snowflakes with the watercolored background made a gorgeous setting for the card…. And I am in love with that bold Christmas sentiment.

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Next up, I thought I would create a cute Christmas tag using Happy Christmas. Not only is this stamp set full of amazing images AND sentiments in a gorgeous font, the name won me over! HAPPY CHRISTMAS! HAHA, I am HUGE Harry Potter fan and that’s what they say so yea… This set is a winner just from the name, LOL!   To start, I inked up the Classic Diagonal Creative Screening with some distress ink. I love the bold, thick lines of this stencil.   For the watercolor portion of this card, I flicked some water onto the distress ink and voila, magic. Distress inks are formulated to react with water so you can only get this result if you use distress ink. The images were stamped directly onto the card and I stamped the hat from Stampets: The Gift as a finishing touch to this easy to mass produce tag… To add a little sparkle to the hat, I used some Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen in red.

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Next I thought I would show you a SUPER EASY watercolored card using a sentiment as a focal point. I stamped Joy to the World from The Big, the Bold and the Merry and heat set it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I watercolored the background panel using my Gansai watercolors and voila! A gorgeous sentiment is really all you need to create a great card I think.

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As a bonus today, I’ve got TWO more projects to share with you accompanied with a VIDEO showcasing both cards!  The first is a tag using Happy Christmas and  Peerless Watercolors. Are the poinsettias gorgeous? There is a lot you can do with them. Color them, paper piece them or in my case, use watercolors and perfect pearls.

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And the second card I have for you today is one of my favorites because it has lots of texture and shine! I used the Triangled Creative Screening (LOOOOVE this stencil) and partially covered it with some white embossing paste. After it was dry, I stamped the sentiment  (did I mention I LOVE this stamp set? So versatile….) and heat set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder (yes, this is my favorite, lol)…. THEN, I did some watercoloring with distress inks and perfect pearls…. This card is full and texture and sparkle and I just love the stencil and stamped images paired together!

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You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on Laurel’s Youtube Channel in HD!

So there you have it!!  Lots of Winnie and Walter watercolored projects for you today!  I’ll be back next week for some more Winnie and Walter fun!  Until then, I’ve got a giveaway!!! Simply head on over to my blog and leave comments on all of my Leading Lady posts, and you could win a $30 gift card to Winnie and Walter!!! I will choose a winner at the end of the month from all of the Leading Lady posts, so you’ve got lots of opportunities to get your name in the hat!

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Sparkly Shaker Card

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So, let me get right to it. Me and shakers. We just do not get along. This is my third shaker ever, and I haven’t gotten any faster making them! LOL! The stuff always fall out! But guess what? I did this one right! All my insides stayed inside! And I actually had fun making this… There is a lot of shine on this card! Let’s start with the diagonal background! I used this awesome stamp set and paired it with my favorite gold embossing powder. Then I die cut a circle from Lawn Fawn’s Circle Stackables die. Setting that aside I worked on the interior panel, which was my favorite and a happy accident. Here’s a close up.

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I colored the inside with some blue distress ink and intended on flicking on some perfect pearls to create a starry night background… BUT, I accidentally spilled the powder onto the panel and whoops!! To salvage it, I spritzed a lot of water on it and I LOVE how it turned out. GORGEOUS. After it dried, I stamped the super fun and whimsical houses  and sentiment (isn’t the font just fantastic) from the Cozy Christmas stamp set with Onyx black ink and heat set that with clear embossing powder… I loved the added sparkle of the black ink against that sparkly background. And last, I tossed in some Pretty Pink Posh sequins (white sequins and stars) and some chunky white glitter and sealed all that together and voila, my first shaker card that was a success….

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Thanks so much for popping by today!

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Coffee Lovers Blog Hop PLUS BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!!!! AND LOTS OF SPONSOR PRIZES

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Today, all of us coffee lovers join together for a super fun Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop….  There are about a  billion sponsorship prizes available to all hop participants!  Awesome sponsors AND prizes….  The hop runs today thru at 11:55 PST on December 12th so if you want to play along in the hop, be sure to link up your post before then. To play along, simply add your link to the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  Go HERE to see all the details and the individual prizes…

I’ve created a simple card using all Lawn Fawn today!  I used the Circle Stackables and the cute images from the Love You A Latte stamp set… I colored them in with Copics an paired it all with some Let’s Polka paper.

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And now for some fun pictures of coffee stuff from my house.. This is my little coffee bar!

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This is a frame I picked up from Ikea (Tolsby Frame, only .99 peeps) … It’s double sided so this is a double sided print (free download from Live Laugh Rowe)

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And this mug is awesome! I gave this to my husband… HAHAHAHA! It’s true.. You know it is. (and there is the reverse side of the print)… Good stocking stuffer! LOL!

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Ok, now onto my giveaway/blog candy! I’ve got one of these awesome coffee sleeves available for one of you!  To be eligible for my blog candy, you have until the 14th to leave a comment here on my blog  (and other participants that are hosting candies of their own)! Be sure to include your email address in your comments if your profile isn’t linked.. :) The winner be contacted on December 20th!15332_9fe9f280583c4ee5a187e24960b0b8b4 Here’s a look at ALL the sponsors and the prizes being offered… Thanks for stopping by today!

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin’ Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton’s Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet ‘n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

There will be special Pinterest Board dedicated to all the projects featured on the hop!

 

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With All My Heart Valentines

Hello everyone! I’m here today with  with a fun Valentines themed card for you all using products from A Jillian Vance Design.. I thought I’d take a break from the Christmas/Winter themed and time warp a few months because before you know it, Valentines will be here! I’m using the new True Love Stamp set... The cupid image is fantastic and there are a lot of fun sentiments you can mix and match….  I stamped the Cupid image in black and then masked it off before adding the striped background (more on that in a minute).  And the see the black ric rac border? It’s from the Ric Rac Die set! It comes with two adorable dies.

 And to my delight, some of the sentiments fit inside the lines from the Stripes 201 Background Builder set. I sprinkled a little sequins and adhered it to a white card base and called it a day!! :)

So there you have it! A fun Valentines Day card using some new products from the store!!! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

 

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Winnie and Walter: I AM A Leading Lady!! Take One: StamPETS PLUS GIVEAWAY

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Hello there!!!! I am here ahere and I am thrilled, I mean THRILLED, to be Winnie and Walter’s December Leading Lady! What does that mean? It means I’ll be guesting with them every Saturday in December showcasing products from their newest release! And this release? It is awesome! Not only is there fantabulous stamps, but they’ve introduced new products too!  We’ve got stencils (creative screenings) and dies (cutaways)…. Oh yea!!!! OH, OH! They also have cut files for all of their stamp sets! Yup, they sure do… Not to mention Julie and Shay are absolutely some of the most sweetest people of the planet!! And they have cute dogs too, he he!

Today I thought I would take a close look at their StamPETS line. Isn’t the name just cute? Love it! They’ve released three STAMPETS sets: Penguin, Turkey and The Gift…. And some of them, I’ve paired them along with some other fun new products from the release! So let’s get started, shall we???

First up, TURKEY! Here in the States, we just finished up celebrating Thanksgiving! This turkey is too cute to eat. Plus, a little secret, I don’t care for the taste of turkey! I’m a ham girl myself…

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How cute is this turkey! Seriously! I colored him in with Copic Markers and added a clear coating of Wink of Stella over the feathers…. :) See the speech bubble? That’s a new product, Bubble Talk Creative Screenings! What’s especially cool about this stencil is you get the 6×6 stencil PLUS the solid speech bubble masks PLUS the outline speech bubble masks…. Dude, seriously! So I started with the 6×6 stencil and colored in the speech bubble with one shade of distress ink and then took the outline mask, lined it up and added a darker color of distress ink… Oh, and the background? See it? Yup, another creative screening called Rectangle… It almost looks like a nice bricked background doesn’t it… I very lightly added some distress inks to the stencil to create the soft background against the bold, colorful turkey! I have named him Hank! Here’s a closer look of him:

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Now let’s move on to the Penguin. This little guy is simply adorable!!!! I’ve paired him up with the Big Bang Circle creative screening to create a wintery scene. I stamped all of the images from The Penguin stamp set onto some watercolored card stock and added some color using my Gansai Watercolors.. I arched the sentiment (another thing I LOVE about clear stamps).. Yup, you can reshape your sentiments on your acrylic blocks….  I love the icicles in the set! So fun.. I filled those in with some ICE stickles. I love that all the accessories for the penguin that come on this set. I shall name him Frosty.

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After I finished all that up, it was time to add the snow… I grabbed the Big Bang Creative Screening and applied a smooth layer of embossing paste over the top, taking care not to go over my penguin or North Pole light…. I also created a snow bank using the same embossing paste and a palette knife.

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And finally, let’s check out The Gift. This set is full of adorable pet images! Two dogs, a cat, a bear! And lots of fun accessories and even things to stuff them into if you wish! I’ve paired the adorbable dog image with two other products from their recent release…  The Big, the Bold and the Merry Cutaways and the Grand Diagonal Creative Screening…. I once again stamped the images onto some watercolor card stock  and heat embossed.  I did some creative masking so it would appear as if the dog was sitting behind the present. I stamped the bone and fussy cut it out and stuffed it into the gift box and did some quick watercoloring!  For the creative screening, I turned it on its side to get the diagonals going in the direction I wanted them to and then gently inked it up with some distress ink.

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I ran the “merry” thru my die cutting machine and adhered it down to the card panel and of course, added some wink of stella in clear to give it some sparkle! I’ll tell you. Those dies? Are fantastic! Great quality! And I love the font! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I inked up the word “christmas” from the Big, The Bold and the Merry stamp set and stamped it onto vellum and heat set in white. I love adding touches of vellum here and there to projects… This stamp set? The Big, The Bold and The Merry is a great addition to their Big and Bold line, let me just tell you!!!! Oh, and of course, I’ve got to name this pup! His name is Melvin… HAHAHA! :)

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So that’s it for today! I’ll be back next week for some more Winnie and Walter fun!  Until then, I’ve got a giveaway!!! Simply  leave comments on all of my Leading Lady posts, and you could win a $30 gift card to Winnie and Walter!!! I will choose a winner at the end of the month from all of the Leading Lady posts, so you’ve got lots of opportunities to get your name in the hat!

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A wee bit of enabling

Hi there everyone! Today I have a tiny bit of enabling (and a card at the end of the post)… Perfect timing because you can add this to your Christmas gift list or do I what I do sometimes. Buy it, wrap it and stick it under the tree!!! :)

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  • WPlus9 Winter Release just went LIVE today and I bought most of it!!!
  • My friend Lara from The Ink Road is having a sticker sale! No coupon needed. These stickers are perfect for planners!
  • Check out the Warehouse Sale over at Ellen Hutson! Lots of products in there. Some embellishments are as low as a buck!

And before I go, a quick card to all my crafty friends! We will all be friends until the end! :)  (Using Reverse Confetti stamps and distress inks).

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