Winnie and Walter Leading Lady Take FOUR!

Wow! What an amazing month this has been! Thank you all so much for your support on my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts! I have absolutely LOVED reading your comments! Today is my final post and today we are going with a FULL dress rehearsal! Yup, complete costumes, MASKS and all! Tee-hee...I do so love these film analogies. Yes, today's cards all incorporate masking in some way.

Watercolor Birthday Wishes

Masking with heat embossing can allow you to create some gorgeous watercolor images. For this card, I cut a mask of the center rose and then stamped the two larger roses on each side. I then stamped the center one in place, covered the entire thing with embossing powder, and heat embossed. Normally it is easier to stamp first, cover your image with a mask, and then stamp the background images, but I have found when embossing it can be handy to wait so you don't add a mask over the ink you need to keep sticky.

I then watercolored (On regular cardstock! GASP! It's true folks...it isn't quite the same, but you CAN watercolor on regular cardstock if you work carefully. I promise.) the flowers and stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold. Because... gold.


This card employs a similar technique, but it allows the embossed images to be the star of the show! I just love these leaves from A Tree for All Seasons! The line detail in them is just fabulously graphic without being overpowering. They make me happy. Combining them in clusters, well, now that just makes me EXTRA happy!

Happy Thoughts

Finally, masking is an awesome way to create a scene on a one layer card. I stamped the bushes first, masked them, then stamped the surrounding scene. I then lifted my masks, colored the shrubs with Spectrum Noir pens, and stamped the sentiment for this simple scene that has lots of dimension and remains super duper easy to mail! LOVE that! For reals, though. It's handy to actually be able to MAIL a card. Right? Right. Glad we had this talk.

So, my friends, there you have it! Our Full Dress rehearsal, complete with MASKS! I hope you have enjoyed my posts this month as much as I have enjoyed creating for them and writing them! Don't forget to leave a comment this one last time to enter to win a $30 Gift Certificate to Winnie & Walter. Guys, for reals... you want to win that gift certificate so you can BUY ALL OF THE THINGS!

And That's a Wrap!


That Kind of Week

Yup. Not a bad week, per se, but it's been a week. Little things here and there that just make you go GRRRR! But, again, not so much bad.. just... grrrr! LOL! Have you ever had one of those weeks? Well, that week led to me creating this card. It is well suited.

Sometimes I Drink

So, whether you are a cosmo kind of girl or a dirty martini kind of guy, this one's for you! Enjoy!

Sometimes I Drink (detail)

Have a Happy, folks!


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Adult Beverages, Simon Says Stamp Adult Beverages Saying
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Adult Beverages Dies
Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Ink: VersaMark, My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Licorice
Embossing Powder: Ranger Liquid Platinum
Glitter Brush: Wink of Stella Clear
Tools: Milwaukee Heat Gun, Fiskars Stamp Press, EK Success Powder Tool, Sizzix Big Shot


From My Head TOMATOES!

It is raining. Not just a little. Actually, it's raining super tons of LOTS! It's a good 'ole Nor' Easter and I kinda wish I could cozy up with a good book all day, but, alas... BUT, the good news is that I have a super fun card to share with you today!

I LOVE this photo inspiration from the Runway Inspired Challenge! This is my first card inspired by it, but I PROMISE there will be another one. This one was inspired primarily by the colors, but I simply MUST create a card inspired by the bold, intriguing nature of this photo, as well, so watch for that. I said it out loud.... well, in type, anyway, so now I'm committed!

From My Head Tomatoes

Why, yes, I do love this stamp set! Actually, I love it from my head TOMATOES!!! HAHAHAHA! Oh, for the LOVE of all things punny!!!! For reals, you guys. Love it. I decided to keep the color scheme simple with the black and white and red. I didn't even want to add green to the stems, as it would take away from the graphic quality of the design, so I kept them white and I sorta love how that looks. I used a wide stripe stamp to add the line at the top of the card by stamping just on the edge to balance it out.

From My Head TOMATOES (detail)

Have a Happy, folks!


Stamps: WPlus9 Tomatoes, Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripe
Ink: My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Licorice, Hero Arts Pale Tomato
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Black, Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White
Tools: Fiskars Stamp Press, Honeybee Scissors

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I Can't WAIT!

This week for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge we are getting KRAFTY! Yes, that's right, we want to see you use KRAFT in your projects in some way. The Design Team is using Hero Arts goodies generously provided by Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp. If you have Hero Arts in your stash, we'd LOVE to see you rock their products, but if not, that's totally cool, it isn't required to play along.

Can't Wait!

I used this adorable Lil' Hoot Set from Hero Arts along with a new background stamp coming out soon! Eeek! Love sneak peeks! I embossed my background using both gold and white powders to create a unique pattern and colored that pair of cuties with Spectrum Noir pens. A couple of googly eyes were a perfect finish!

Can't Wait (detail)

Now it's your turn! One lucky participant is going to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store to do some shopping!!!! WHAT?! Yup. Totes, you guys. You can enter up to five times, but your projects must be NEW... no backlinking is allowed. Have fun creating! Simply link your project up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Have a Happy!


Soy Happy For You!

Nope. Not a typo. Not even a little bit. Just a post title STUFFED to the BRIM with punny goodness! You know I'm a fan of a hilarious pun, right? If not, you have now officially been warned. Err.... I mean, informed, yeah.... that's it.

Soy Happy For You

ACK! So fun! I actually won this stamp set quite awhile ago and being that I'm pretty much the only person in the entire world that doesn't love sushi (I have tried, folks, I really have...I WANT to be a cool kid and like sushi, but it's just not my thing. I have failed at being a proper hipster, I am aware), SO...that made this set trickier for me to use for some reason. I know... that doesn't make much sense, but just go with it, K? K. Thanks. Glad you've got my back on this. AND THEN... we got invited to an engagement celebration. I don't often have opportunity to create engagement cards so I had to be a bit creative and I KNEW this couple would totally appreciate a good solid (and obviously hilarious) pun. I did it. And I love it. And it makes me happy.

Soy Happy (detail)

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir pens and die cut them. There is a cute piece of sushi INSIDE the card, along with a simple 'congratulations' from another Lawn Fawn stamp set, but, alas, I forgot to photograph it and I actually gave this card to someone, sooo.. ooopsies! For reals, though. It's cute on the inside. I promise.

Have a Happy!

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Stamps: Lawn Fawn Let's Roll
Dies: Lawn Fawn Let's Roll
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Ink: My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Licorice, VersaMark
Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White, Neenah Kraft
Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Stamp Press, Double-Sided Foam Tape


CAS-ual Fridays and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello, friends! Today I am excited to be a part of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop! If you read my blog regularly, you already know about the super awesome stamps offered by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. We are coming together with Add a Little Dazzle, a shop that sells these neat metallic sheets for paper crafting. They can be stamped on, die cut, trimmed, etc. Also, be sure to leave a comment on each blog each day of the hop for your chance to win some AWESOME prizes!

If you came from the Add a Little Dazzle Blog you are already on the right track! If you'd like to start from the beginning of today's hop, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. I've included the full hop order at the bottom of this post for you, as well.

Believe in Christmas Magic

I created this fun Christmas card using the Christmas Carols stamp set and the 4 Petal Set Fri-Dies along with the Perfect Peacock metal sheet. I added just a bit of Liquid pearls as centers on the die cut pieces. This card was fairly simple and packs a lot of punch! The metal sheet really SHINES and I love that!

Believe in Christmas Magic (detail)

You can see that die cutting the metal also gave it a really gorgeous shape. I just love the way these flowers look! Your next stop on the hop is Martha! Be sure to check out what she has created!

Here is the full list for today's hop. Be sure to visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog all week, as there will be a new hop each day! LOTS of inspiration! Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!!!

Enjoy the hop!

Have a Happy!


Winnie and Walter Leading Lady Take THREE!

Hello, friends, and welcome to TAKE 3 of my Winnie & Walter Leading Lady posts! I am actually super excited about today's feature! This week we are getting ACTIVE! Before you all run away, I promise not to make you go to the gym. Afterall, the word 'run' only comes into my vocabulary when I am 'running out for ice cream' or something along those lines. So, no. We aren't going to doing squats, planks, or the like, but we ARE going to make our CARDS active! Yup! Today's cards all have some interactive feature on them. The go from simple to more complicated, so there is a little something for everyone today!

Welcome Home

I started with the gorgeous This Awesome House stamp set. That dog. You guys. I. Love. That. Dog. I love the rest of the set, too, but the dog will always be my favorite. I colored the house, stamped the background...all pretty normal card-ish things, but then I used my knife to cut the doors so that they would open. I mounted the house on foam tape and....

Welcome Home (detail)

Eeeek! How much fun is THAT?! I used the chimney stamp to create the end of a table and sat the cat beside it right inside the door. It just makes me happy. This is such an easy way to add just a small interactive feature to your card! So fun!

Winter Wonderland Shaker

You HAD to know this was coming! I simply couldn't do a post about interactive cards without a fabulous shaker! I love them so much! For this one I used the Scenery: It's a Wonderful Pennant stamp set in conjunction with the The Big, The Bold, and Seasons set. I created a simple little scene with LOTS of glitter and sequins inside!

Winter Wonderland Shaker (detail)

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, I have this super extra fun interactive card for you...


Okay, I can here you now... "Ummm, Jingle, I know this Leading Lady stuff is a lot of pressure and all, but I'm pretty sure that is NOT an interactive card. Nope. I mean, it's cute and all, but it's just an ordinary CAS card."

WAIT for IT......

Smile (detail)

BOOM! That just happened. Yes, my friends, when you press gently on the shutter button on the camera, it lights up! I used a tiny (and I mean TINY) LED, some copper tape, and a watch battery to do some paper circuitry behind the popped up panel. It's all very thin and light weight, so it works great on a card!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to comment on each of my Leading Lady posts throughout this month for your chance to win a $30 Gift Certificate to Winnie and Walter!

Have a Happy!