Winnie & Walter July Leading Lady | Take 1


Woohoo!!! Today I can finally share these exciting news! I will be Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady for this month! When I got the mail from Julie & Shay almost one year ago, I at first thought of a mistake ;-) I couldn’t believe they really wanted me *lol*. Since then, it felt like a wonderful dream from which I did not want to wake up

Now, here I am! It still feels a bit unreal but I'm so thrilled and honored to share my projects with you on every Saturday in July showcasing Winnie & Walter’s amazing products!

But first let me tell you a bit about me.

My name is Anja and I’m originally from Germany but now live in Switzerland. I’m a proud mom to a handsome boy and a sweet little girl. I work part-time as a Media Designer for a printing company. 

In 2008, I discovered Card Making and Stamping. This is my creative outlet and I really enjoy it ever since. Since 2011, I've been blogging over here: Little Butterfly Creations.

When Winnie & Walter started their company more than one year ago, I immediately fell in love with their unique products. My very first crush were the versatile sentiment stamps from The Big, The Bold and … series and they are still one of my favorites ;-)

Winnie & Walter's latest big April/May release was packed with not only the most beautiful stamps but also really awesome dies. I'm so thankful that I had the chance to play with these fabulous products!

So today, it’s all about Creative Die-Cutting!

Double/Layered Die-Cutting

For this card I used the awesome Multifaceted Cutaway die. I love this geometric pattern and there are lot of fun things you can do with it. At first I cut it from white cardstock taking care that most of the pieces remained in place. Then I glued it onto my A2 card base and inserted the couple ones which fell off though. I also cut it a second time from gold foil cardstock. I put a piece of masking paper over it to secure all the pieces while running it again through my die cutting machine with a heart shaped die. All the gold pieces were glued down over the white cardstock. From the same gold foil cardstock I die-cut the word «love» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways.

Negative Die-Cuts

My second card shows how you can also use the negative when die-cutting. I blended some summery Distress Inks together with water on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then I let it completely dry before using the In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I popped up my panel and the little letter pieces with foam tape and added the white embossed word «birthday» from The Big, the Bold and the Happy stamp set.

Inlaid Die-Cutting

I really love these In a Word Cutaway dies – they are just perfect for Clean and Simple cards. On this one I created my own striped pattern by arranging Navy and Coral strips of cardstock. Then I die-cut the In a Word: Hello Cutaway from my stripes and also from white cardstock. After that I inlaid the white «hello» in the negative space of the stripes.

Partial Die-Cutting

On my last card for today, I arranged the flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways on a piece of purple cardstock. To create this border I did some Partial Die-Cutting – this means I didn't cut them completely by letting a part hang off my cutting plates while die-cutting. The butterflies are from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set. For the white embossed sentiment I used one of my favorite stamp sets: The Big, the Bold and the Happy.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies in a different way! Here's a little something for you that would help to invest in some fun Winnie & Walter supplies *hehe*:

Julie & Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store to give away! For your chance to win please leave a comment on the Leading Lady posts on my personal blog. I will draw a random winner at the end of the month.

Glad you joined my Leading Lady debut and I really hope you liked it! I’m looking forward to see you again next week!

Huge thanks to Julie & Shay for giving me this incredible opportunity! 
It truly means the world to me!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

DT Make it Crafty CAS Challenge #3


Happy Friday everyone,

today starts our third Make it Crafty Clean and Simple Challenge. This month we want you to create a «Shaker Card».

Here is a sneak peek of my card:

Now hop over to the Make it Crafty Store Blog to see the full card and all the fun creations from my lovely team mates. We also announced the winner and the Top 3 of our Masking challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! See you tomorrow with some exciting stuff!

DT Make it Crafty CAS Inspiration | Wish Upon A Star


Hi everyone,

today I'm over at the Make it Crafty Store Blog to share another Clean & Simple inspiration card.

This time I used one of the Chipboard Quote Blocks. I thought the Wish Upon A Star Chipboard was just perfect for a night sky scene.

I created my background by sponging some Distress Inks («Cracked Pistachio», «Peacock Feathers», «Faded Jeans», «Chipped Sapphire» and «Black Soot») together. I sprinkled on some water droplets and let it completely dry before adding some white dots to mimic my stars.

The quote block and the two stars (from the Shooting Stars Elements Chipboard Set) were covered with two layers of white embossing powder.

At the bottom of my card I put on a My Favorite Things «Skyline Border» die-cut made from black cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Same but different #10


Hi everyone,

it's time again for our monthly «Same but different» challenge. Do you want to know more about this challenge? Please click HERE.
This time we used the «Swallowtail» stamp set from Stampin' Up!:
And here is my take on this gorgeous and huge butterfly stamp:

It's no secret that I love butterflies but this stamp is really one of my favorites! This time I did some Watercolor Stamping with Distress Inks («Cracked Pistachio», «Peacock Feathers» and «Seedless Preserves»). I inked up my stamp with these three beautiful colors and spritzed water on it with a Mini Mister from Ranger. I didn't add too much water because I wanted to keep the details of this image. I also did some tiny random ink splatters by flipping my paint brush. The German sentiment (which means «Thank You») is also from SU and I heat embossed it with Ranger's «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder.

If you have the same stamp set and get inspired by our challenge, feel free to play it with us! Leave a direct link to your project in the comment field below (No back links, please! It will be funnier to see new creations!). You can also upload your cards to our Same but different challenge Flickr gallery!

Now hop over to Francine to see her awesome creation.

We are taking a summer break and be back again in fall.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

DT Make it Crafty CAS Challenge #2 | Make a Wish Asha


Hi everyone,

a couple of days ago, I posted a sneak peek of my DT card for the current Make it Crafty Clean and Simple Challenge #2 which focuses on «Masking».

I created a scene using one of three brand new red rubber stamp sets – this is Make a Wish Asha.

At first I stamped Asha in a light brown ink (Memento «Desert Sand») because I wanted to do some No-line Coloring with my Copics. I stamped her again on masking paper. Then I fussy cut my mask and adhered it over my stamped image to make her stand in front of the grass/flower image. It also protects her when I create my sky background.

Therefore, I also masked off the grass and three clouds and then carefully applied some blue ink (Simon Says Stamp «Sea Glass» and «Audrey Blue») using a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool. After removing the masks I stamped the cloud outlines for more definition and added the sweet sentiment which is also included in the set.

You still have time to enter the «Masking» challenge by the end of the month. You can find all the details HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

DT Challenge June


Good morning everyone,

today I want to share with you my DT card for the latest Challenge – this month's theme is «Birthday». That's an easy one – isn't it? 
The challenge will run until July 15th, 8:55 am CET.

I finally got around to use Altenew's beautiful «Vintage Roses» together with my MISTI.

These multi-step stamp sets are really great although it takes a bit of practise to line them up correctly. The MISTI is really helpful for this. I used inks from WPlus9 («Bloomsberry» and «Cockleshell») and Memento («Lavender» and «Elderberry») for my purple roses. I did some masking to create my clusters. For the leaves I tried the brand new Altenew Crisp Dye Inks («Evergreen», «Forest Glades» and «Frayed Leaf»). I LOVE them and can't wait til they release even more colors ;o)

To create a bit of dimension I fussy cut and popped up two additional roses. The sentiment which I stamped with Versafine «Onyx Black» is from another Altenew stamp set called «Label Love». My regular visitors know that I like to add a couple of sequins to finish my project.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Homework OCC | Mask-erade | Day 1


Hello again,

if you're looking for my Stempelgarten challenge post, please click here.

The inspiring Online Card Class Mask-erade has already come to an end. Nevertheless I wanted to share with you the card I made for Day 1. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to participate with more cards, but I'm convinced you'll see me using these awesome techniques in the future.

Laura Bassen showed how to create fun geometric patterns using the «Ink blending with Masks» technique.

And this is the card I made:

I cut out a triangle from a sheet of acetate and used the negative as a mask. With my Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Simon Says Stamp inks I created a random background by letting the triangles overlap.

I also did some «Camouflage Die-Cutting» with the Mama Elephant's «Happy Script» die by stacking four layers of die-cuts together. The tiny «birthday!» text is from the SSS «Sketchy Banner Greetings» stamp set. To finish my card I added some sequins.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a sunny weekend!

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