Sunday, 14 February 2016

W&W belated 2nd birthday bash

Winnie&Walter are celebrating their second birthday this month with a huge giveaway and 10 fun challenges. Since I had quite a bit of play time this week, I let myself be inspired to play along and once I got started, the inspiration kept flowing. Such a rare and wonderful feeling for me, since normally my crafting sessions are short and far between. But maybe I should simply loosen up and go with the flow.

For my first two cards, I was inspired by Taheerah's inpiration image challenge, but I combined it with elements from several other challenges. After seeing the floor covering in the inspiration image and Taheerah's use of the yet to be released stencil, I just had to play along using this exact same stencil, which was included in Catherine Pooler's first Stamp of Approval collection (the Friend collection).

On the first card, I used Hero Arts soft granite ink and the Ranger mini blending tool to apply the ink onto a soft stone cardbase (Papertrey Ink). For the flower panel, I heat-embossed the flower image from the W&W In Bloom: Anna's Flora set in white embossing powder (SSS) and then applied a heavy coat of distress inks (Dusty concord and Chipped sapphire) and then bleached out the flower image using a water brush. After that, I dropped in a little Picked raspberry. You can find a detailed explanation on this technique, including a video, on Jennifer McGuire's blog.

I cut the strip right up to the flower and then fussy cut around the top and bottom of the flower. I finished my design off with two small strips of lime green cardstock, a heat-embossed sentiment (W&W Winter Woodland and The Big, the Bold and the Merry), and a few sequins. And clear Wink of Stella on the flower of course.

I really liked how the flower turned out, but I really wanted to make a soft pink version to mimick the decorative element on the table in the inspiration image.

Therefore I decided to make a second version, this time using Memento Smoke blue ink for the background and Memento Elderberry for the narrow panel. I stamped the flower image onto a separate piece of cardstock and used softer pinks this time around. The sentiment (from the EH Mondo Magnolia set) was heat-embossed in Ranger silver pearl embossing powder to tie in with the smoky blue background. As in the first card, I used strips of lime green cardstock, clear Wink of Stella and a few sequins as a finishing touch.

W&W - Taheerah's inspiration challenge
W&W - Lydia's floral challenge
W&W - Gayatri's background challenge

I'm also entering my cards into the following challenge:
Seize the Birthday - no toppings for me
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes


  1. Two beautiful cards Marianne and that is a really lovely floral image, it looks especially pretty in the deep purple colours.

    Pleased to read you have a little more time to craft, it's been a very stressful time for you and hubby the last year or so.

    It's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in this month.

    B x

  2. Good to see that you've found yourself some more crafty time - I hope you can continue in this vein. How absolutely lovely these cards turned out!

  3. Marianne you've convinced me! I MUST have that Anna's set!!! How gorgeous your card is!

  4. I tried this technique and it didn't turn out anywhere near this well! Love those mums! Thanks for your encouragement at CAS Mix Up! I look forward to seeing you in the gallery next month.

  5. Very pretty cards. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  6. What a fun stenciled background! These cards are lovely! Thanks for joining us over at Seize the Birthday

  7. These are just so eye catching and gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.