Friday, May 1, 2015

guest star at Winnie & Walter - premiere Facets

What a whirlwind week it's been! I hope you've been following all the premieres of the Winnie & Walter April/May release.  If not, be sure to check out the gorgeous projects created by The Talent, as well as the Big Giveaway and the previous days' premieres here. It's been my pleasure designing with this release and I hope you've been inspired to start creating with these trendy and versatile sets too.

Today is fun! Graphic, cool fun! Winnie & Walter are premiering - Mini Scenery; Multifaceted + My Precious + Sparkle + True.  Please take a moment to go see the sets here.

I didn't know where to start. All that facetted goodness. And handwritten sentiments!

Before we get to the stamps, let me show you what I did with the cutaway Mutlifaceted.

Got in over my head on this one. Started out thinking shaker with gold sequins. Ended up with an acetate card with too many glue squishes. But anyhoo... die cut it from black, removed most of the triangles and adhered acetate with matte medium. Then had to adhere a second sheet of acetate cuz I had cut the other exactly the size of the die cut and how to attach a card back????  I needed a flap to fold over at the top and attach to a piece of black CS. And thus, the glue, squished between the two acetate layers :(  I'm curious... What would you use to attach a die cut like this to acetate?

But did you catch my faux foiling?!? I topped my stacked The Big, the Bold and Friends die cut with PP (from a Teresa Collins Studio Gold 12x12 pad) which is large stripes of gold and white. I placed the die so that it appears that just the bottom of the word was foiled!

"Fabulous" from The Big, the Bold and Friends was stamped onto and fussy cut from another sheet of PP from the pad.

On to the stamp sets. I had seen a color combo in a magazine and decided to use it with this design. I inked the star from True with dye inks and stamped along a pencilled guideline.

I used words from True and My Precious to create my sentiment, stamping "hero" onto a gold die cut star to emphasize the theme. Wouldn't this be great for Operation Write Home?

Then it was time for some Sparkle too. This set actually came out with the last release as a freebie, but is available for regular purchase now. It works great with the party-themed stamps of the last release as well as the facetted stamps of this release.

I combined Sparkle with My Precious to create sparkle and shine with glittered embossing powder on vellum.

I chose this color combo in a nod to Taheerah's color crushes on the 2015 Pantone palette. I used Adirondack inks in Cranberry, Butterscotch and Pool. Softened them around the edges with my water brush. And gave the gems a shot of Wink of Stella too.

My last creation goes out to the lovely Julie and Shay at W&W. 

This card was born in the aftermath of the gems. I used the same colors to watercolor the heat embossed hearts. If you're a follower, you know I'm oh-so-frugal-practical. So instead of cleaning up the ink leftover from watercoloring the images, I grabbed a scrap of watercolor paper and brushed them onto it. Meet my background ;)

Then I just arranged the hearts near their color blocks and added some words from True stamped onto vellum. I heart you, ladies!

Well, it's a wrap! I hope you have enjoyed this week as much as I have. I had a blast creating with the April/May Winnie & Walter release and I hope you will too! The products go on sale tonight at 10 p.m. Don't miss out. All that's left is for me to send out a great big thanks to Julie and Shay for having me as guest star this week. Thanks gals!


  1. Gorgeous cards ..Each one of them is just superb ..Love them !!!

  2. Fun projects, especially the star card!

  3. Stunning cards. I LOVE that multi-faceted die. This is an amazing line up!

  4. Love these, Maria! You might have had a hard time with the first card but it was worth it, it's FABULOUS!

  5. Wow!! Amazing design Maria!! Love all of them. The first one is so amazing with the acetate backing and the faux gold foiling. And the others are equally clever and creative. xx

  6. Too much beauty, glimmer, sparkle and shine to itemize here, so I'll just say this: the whole shebang has be bedazzled! You've been an exponentially inspiring (and enabling *grin*) guest designer, working magic with this release! Can't wait to shop, then coming back to case some of your delights!

  7. You have rocked the stamps :) Wowzers!

  8. Gogeousu card foro the W&W release Maria! Congratulations!

  9. Didn't you just love playing with these sets, Maria ... it shines through each card! Drama, boldness, vibrancy, softness,shimmer ... and a rainbow ... swoon! They're all just brilliant! Hugs, Anita :)

  10. Great cards! I especially love the rainbow stars.

  11. Tolle Karten! - Eine schöner als die andere - könnte mich nicht entscheiden!!
    LG Rosi

  12. The black and acetate card is so dramatic! Love the dipped gold effect on the sentiment diecut too. (I'd use a Xyron machine.) I like your style with mopping up watercolours :)
    You've done an absolutely fabulous release (as I knew you would!).

  13. Such a beautiful set of cards Maria - as Shirley says, you have done an amazing job guest starring with Winnie and Walter's May Release!

  14. Fab set of cards, Maria! Love how you colored those hearts, they seem so "alive". Congratulations on your guest star spot at Winnie and Walter! You rock! :)


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