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Hi there lovelies!  It's Shay here and today is the big day! 

w&w is thrilled to be part of this fabulous event. We have partnered with 15 other stamp and papercraft companies to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 16 prizes to 16 lucky winners!

Blog hop begins today, April 24, 2017 9:00 AM PST
Ends Friday, May 5, 2017 9:00 PM PST
Winners announced: Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00 AM PST

Here's how you enter:

1) Follow this blog and each participant in the hop
2) Comment at each blog stop
Bonus entry: Share this post or any of the social media posts with #2017SFMS for an added entry to win the Lawn Fawn $30 online gift certificate.

You should have come from the terrific Technique Tuesday, but if you are lost here is the full blog hop list:

12) Winnie & Walter <--YOU ARE HERE
13) Impression Obsession <-YOUR NEXT STOP

Now on to the projects we have to share with you.

I had the opportunity to play with some of the sensational stamps by some of my fellow sponsors, Concord & 9th and Reverse Confetti, along with w&w products.

I want to say something right here...I feel incredibly fortunate to be among such kindhearted, giving and startlingly talented and creative business owners.  I am blessed to have met Angie and Greg of Concord & 9th and the privilege of hanging out with Jen of Reverse Confetti and they truly are all stellar people.  I love that I have a chance to work with their designs for this hop.


Of course spring is all about flowers to me along with happy, bright colors.  I really can't stop making backgrounds so please indulge me in my obsession.


For my first card I used Love Blooms by Reverse Confetti which includes solids and outline flowers for so many options in stamping and then the little clusters of dots is from Petals 'n Posies also by Reverse Confetti.  I stamped away with Distress Inks (I use Versamark ink first).  I then cut out a center strip from the background panel which I stamped the sentiment from A Friend Like You (such an awesome stamp set!) with Versafine ink.  I popped up the center panel with foam dimensional adhesive onto the card base making sure all the panels lined up on the card base like they had when they were a single panel.  Under the center panel I added some trim that I created using the larger rectangle die from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.   Lastly I added some yellow enamel dots.


For my second card I swiped Distress Inks (I had inked up the base with Versamark ink prior to using Distress Inks as I have found success doing that to use Distress Inks for stamping) over the base of the flower image found in the beautiful Wildflower stamp set by Concord & 9th before I flipped it over and stamped it right side over the blocks of color. I then filled in the rest of the background with other images from the set.  I then cut the panel using the larger rectangle from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and attached the floral panel to a blue card base.  Using the same blue cardstock I cut out "celebrate" from The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways 3 times and glued them together before adhering the sentiment to the card.  Last I attached the Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

Keren Baker joined in on celebrating this blog hop by creating this breathtaking card:


Keren has a talent for making cards that are full of movement, dimension and beauty and this card is no exception.  She was inspired by The Card Concept "Fresh Flutters" photo challenge and I adore her take on the photo. Keren allowed her card to move beyond the usual rectangle like she did in this one HERE.  She used In Bloom: Addie's Garden and In Bloom: Addie's Garden Cutaways for the flowers and leaves and cut out the butterflies using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and the sentiment is In a Word: Congrats Cutaway.  She loosely colored in the flowers and butterflies for such a fresh look.  Isn't this card a delight?  To be honest, Keren's projects always makes me feel a bit stunned by how awesome they are and I am relieved that my cards did not have to follow her card. lol  Always best to end on a high note, right?

Your next stop is the incredible Impression Obsession!

Before you head to the next stop with the incredible Impression Obsession, I wanted to mention that we are having our Spring Fling Sale thru tonight, Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST if you wish to pick up any w&w products at a discount. ;-)


Thank you so much for joining us!

Have fun hopping,

April Leading Lady Shirley Bampton | Take Four

Our April Leading Lady, Shirley Bampton aka shirley-bee is back for her fantastic fourth performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance stretching the use of your stamps CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance that is sure to impress you CLICK HERE.  You are in for a treat today as Shirley takes you on a little colorful adventure.

And now we present Shirley....


Hello, peeps!  I'm having such a good time being Leading Lady at Winnie & Walter, and I really appreciate the comments you've been leaving me, both on my blog and the Winnie & Walter blog.  

So, here I am for Take Four.  I'm fascinated by the Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses stamp, and I wanted to try different ways of colouring it.  I suppose the most obvious way is to colour the actual flowers neatly inside the lines but I rarely colour neatly (on purpose - I much prefer to slosh colour around).  Here are the results of my little play session.


For my first card I raided my stash and found this piece of mixed media paper that had been coloured with various Distress Inks.  I just stamped in Versafine Onyx Black onto the panel, not really worrying about how the image lined up with the colours.  And to be honest, I don't think it matters, do you?  I trimmed the panel, ran a black marker pen around the edges and mounted it onto white card.


Another raid of my stash produced a panel that had been smooshed with Distress Inks.  Again, I just stamped over it in Versafine Onyx Black, trimmed the panel and ran a black marker pen around the edges before mounting it onto white card.


I think we'll call this next technique 'speed painting'!  I stamped the image onto white card, diluted some Worn Lipstick Distress Ink onto an acrylic block, loaded up my paintbrush and sloshed the colour on very quickly, without trying to fill all the white space.  I reloaded the brush and went over some of the areas again to get a deeper colour.  The background and border is Crushed Olive, although it looks quite yellow here.  I use a No. 4 round brush for all my Distress sloshing.


So, what happens when you splat Distress Stain onto the roses?  This!  I wanted the splats to extend beyond the image frame, so some of the flowers got double splats.


At that point, I thought I'd finished playing, but then I decided to ink the image with Distress Stains, stamp onto mixed media paper and pull the colour in with a wet paintbrush.  Distress Stains are juicier and more intense than Distress Ink, so there's more colour to work with than if you inked the image with a Distress inkpad.  I used a clean paintbrush and water, then if I needed extra colour I just lifted it from the residue on the stamp.


For my final card, I inked the stamp with Distress Stains exactly as I had on the previous card, stamped it onto mixed media paper, then spritzed water in stages until I got the effect I wanted: artsy (hopefully!).


Well, I hope you've enjoyed my little experiments, and seen how to get more mileage out of one stamp.  Maybe I've inspired you to try different ways of adding colour to your stamped images. 


Shay has generously donated a $30 gift card for me to give away on my blog.  To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment on my blog (comments on the Winnie & Walter blog won't be included in the draw).  To increase your chances of winning, make sure you've also left comments on my previous Leading Lady posts on my blog:  Take One here, Take Two here, and Take Three here.

I'll see you next Saturday for my final post.



Wishing You with Lydia

Hi there everyone and happy Friday! Today I have a bold, bright one-layer floral card with a little bit a simple masking. I am so looking forward to summer and this is kind of like summer flowers, right?!?!


I started by masking out a circle, to do this I simply cut out a circle from a sticky note- you could use a die or draw a circle and cut it out it's totally up to you! I then stamped my florals around the edge of the sticky note circle. I used In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet and a number of bold, bright dye inks. As you can see I didn't mask the flowers or leaves out and simply stamped over images, it gives a fun, carefree look.


I do love how fresh and summery this looks! For the sentiment I used Wishing You, I removed the stick note after I was finished with the floral stamping and stamped the sentiment in black inside the masked out circle.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope this card made you smile!

Hugs, Lydia x

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Happy Mother's Day with Kelly

Hi Folks! My mom is a "faces" person ... she loves anything with a cute face. So when I started thinking about her Mother's Day card this year, I turned immediately to the Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs set, which is bursting with cute-faced animals. I mean seriously, is there anything more cute than a teddy bear hugging his little bunny?!?

I very loosely watercolored these little fellas with just one color each. Not because of some grand artistic vision, but because it makes it simple for me. I tried to give certain areas more definition, like adding a shadow under the bear's plump tummy, and around where the bunny's leg would be. To show the love that these two have for each other, like Mom and me, I added two red woodgrain hearts from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways in between the panels.

The bear and bunny are on watercolor paper that I've die cut with the scallop panel from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways. To give it more weight, and to help smooth out any warping from the water, I cut several layers of the scallop panel and adhered them all together. The sentiment, a favorite from an early set called Parentville, is mounted on foam tape. Then they are all mounted on a few patterned papers to finish it off.

I can't wait to give this to my mom next month. I know she'll love it!

Thanks for looking!




Coming Soon: Spring Fling Sale + Spring Fling Mega Sponsor Blog Hop


It's about time to have a sale to celebrate spring, the upcoming Spring Fling Mega Sponsor Blog Hop and to make room for more new products in 2017.

For 3 days only (Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 a.m. CST - Monday, April 24, 2017 11:59 a.m. CST) you can use the coupon code: SPRINGFLING to receive 10% off all in stock items and that means extra savings our Spring Fling Specials that will already be on sale so make sure to stock up!

And don't forget to join us next Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PST for:

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