Saturday, October 6, 2018

Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter Take One



Hello there!  Look who's the lucky Leading Lady this entire month at Winnie & Walter!?  I KNOW!... oops, didn't mean to yell.  Can you tell I am thrilled and excited?  When I first saw the e-mail from Shay inviting me to guest design this month, I was shocked, ecstatic, overwhelmed and nervous all at once!  I think I'm still in a little disbelief, but don't pinch me because I don't want to wake up from this amazing dream! 😜   I love their products and I am so honoured to have this opportunity.  I hope you will join me every Saturday this month.

So for my debut week, I am hash tagging it #favourites.  My cards are mostly clean and simple (CAS), and masking is my favourite technique I use quite often to help preserve that white space indicative of CAS cards.  I also love bright, cheery colours, so incorporating rainbow colours into my cards is another favourite.  These two favourites are the basis for my cards today.


FIREWORKS

First up is a rainbow birthday card.  Birthday cards are needed all year round, and I make these cards the most.


Started by trimming a piece of X-presss It cardstock down to A2 size.  Stamped the cats from Purrfect with Evelin T Designs with black Copic friendly ink.  Masked them, then die cut a reverse circle mask from masking paper using Big Round Balloon cutaways.  Adhered the reverse mask over the cats,  then white heat embossed the images from Dotty About You.  Sponged Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire distress inks to create the fireworks background.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel.


For some sparkle, spritz with a DIY shimmer spray.  Removed the masks, then coloured the cats with warm and cool grey Copic markers.  The sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs were heat embossed.  'Wishing you' was black heat embossed directly on the panel and the rest was white heat embossed on a black strip.  Adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.




CRITTERTREE

My second card is a Christmas card.  Christmas is a my favourite season.  I cherish the many fun festivities spent with family and friends.  And no surprise, Christmas cards are my favourite cards to make.  I am using my favourite critter penguin from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs.  In fact, I posted a card a few days ago with him.  I didn't think he could get any cuter,  but how about a whole group of him in a crittertree?



This card is masking on steroids! *lol*😂  It is actually my second attempt because I smeared black ink on the first one.  On Neenah cardstock and starting at the bottom with the middle guy, stamped and masked, working my way up to the top.  Masked a slope next, then blended Broken China distress ink for the background.


Removed all masks and coloured them in with Copics.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Sentimental Winter.  For some interest, die cut the panel using Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways.  Mounted with white fun foam onto a white card base for some dimension.  Clear shimmer on the hat brim and pom-pom finished off the card.  It was difficult to capture it in the photo.



And as I was cleaning up, I had an "ah-ha" moment.  The ink smear on the first one was in the background, leaving the crittertree untouched.  What a shame to see all that stamping and masking go to waste.  I fussy cut the crittertree out and created a bright and colourful non-CAS card.


The rainbow background was created with Distress Oxide inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron) on mix media paper.  I used my favourite method and added a flurry of snow with a white gel pen.


And just like that, I have two rainbow crittertree cards two ways!



GIVEAWAY

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog here.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts by October 31 and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left.


That does it for me this week.  As it is World Card Making Day (WCMD), I want to wish you happy WCMD!  If you haven't done so, click HERE to check out the challenges Winnie & Walter is hosting in celebration of this event.  Thank you for spending your time with me.  Have a wonderful week.














Challenges:
Sweet Stampers - #24 Bright Colours
As You Like It - Favourite Season and Why (Winter/Christmas because I love making Christmas cards and getting together with family/friends)
Merry Little Christmas - #3 October Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Christmas - #93 Christmas is For Kids
Addicted to Stamps - #166 Christmas Comes Early
Addicted to Stamps & More - #312 Make Your Mark






55 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such striking and beautiful creations Trina
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Marianne said...

Congrats on being selected as this month's Leading Lady. Looks like Shay made an excellent choice. Love your cards ... great save on the critter tree!

cm said...

Dashing over from the W&w blog, out of breath with wild excitement, to say:
I'm absolutely thrilled to see your incredible talent and abundant creativity showcased at W&W! Your fireworks-and-kittens card is adorable and filled with bright, sparkly birthday celebration. The penguin trees...OHMYSTARS! Absolutely ingenious and so beautifully composed! Whimsical AND classy! Your writing, as well, is incredibly engaging; you have a marvelous sense of humour! So happy you found a way to salvage the 'smeared' background; talk about impressive design innovation! Trina, you are, indeed, a stellar Leading Lady!
Hugs~carol (HAPPY THANKSGIVING!)

maria f. said...

Had to come congratulate you on your leading lady stint. Loved your first cards, each one more than the previous one, culminating in that wonderful critter tree in the blizzard! Enjoy your month.

Debra Rumpza said...

I love your work! Looking forward to all your posts this month!

sandie said...

Congrats Hon, you make a wonderful Leading Lady and all these cards are stunning. Your blending is so amazing xx

Dana M said...

Wow, amazing cards! Beautiful designs and I love the vibrant colors you brought to each card.

Denise Bryant said...

Congrats on your Leading Lady spot! Love today's cards! The penguin tree cards are absolutely adorable! Love the sweet fireworks card also!

ionabunny said...

Happy WCMD. Lovely rainbow. The pile of penguins is so cute. Hugz

pcm said...

your cards are great! Congrats on your leading lady spot! can't wait to see what other goodies you come up with.

Dee Earnshaw said...

super cards -
wow love the bold colors on your cards:)

Jane said...

Genius Trina! I'm always totally blown away by your talent and superb ideas and these cards are pure magic. Just completely entrancing!

Andrea Dipper said...

I absolutely love all 3 of these cards! I just had to use your rainbow background card as my inspiration for my card today. What a fantastic design! I’m going to post my card on Instagram and tag you (I hope that’s okay:)

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards. Love how cute and colorful they are. I like how you added snow.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

TOO CUTE!

Christine Alexander said...

Congrats on being GD, awesomely cute cards :)

Greta said...

Totally love your cards--so inspiring!

Card Happy One said...

Both of these cards are absolutely adorable...Love them!

Loll said...

Congrats on being Leading Lady at Winnie & Walter this month Trina!! So deserved, my friend! And great start with three amazing cards that are so YOU! Rainbows and masking ... your expertise with these comes through with each of the cards. The fireworks birthday card is adorable. Love those sweet cats and the bright fireworks colours. Perfect sentiment.

The two Christmas cards with the sweet penguin tree is beyond adorable. Great work with masking. And great save with the first card to create that colourful winter sky. Both are very creative and fun designs.

Looking forward to see what you'll make next week! xx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

I am so excited to see you as Leading Lady Trina....awesome first performance..love each and every card you have created... Can't wait to see what you are going to create next Saturday...Hugsxx Deepti

vinita jain said...

Congrats on being Leading lady over W&W!!!
Such fabulous projects! So talented and creative! Love each one! Happy World Card Making Day!

Vijaylaxmi Siyal (Shalu) said...

Congratulations on being Leading Lady and Happy WCMD 😁...love the rainbow colours on all 3 cards... very striking n adorable 😍

Helen Budz said...

Trina, I loved your masking comment about stacking the little critters...they are my favorite image. I just smile hugely every time I see them. tfs

Bonnie said...

Your firework sky is brilliant, Trina! I love how the kitties are looking out! And your penguin Christmas cards are both fantastic (or should I say Phamtastic?) What a wonderful job of masking! Congratulations on being their Leading Lady!

Kuni said...

Wonderful cards, great colors and cute iamges, i love it.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers challenge and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on being selected as Leading Lady this month, Trina! You're well deserved and fantastic at using W&W's cute images!
All three cards are so adorable!! The rainbow fireworks and the cats are so pretty. Great use of the Dotty Abut You stamp set.
And the rainbow crittertree cards! That penguin is pretty enough alone, and now a bunch of them are forming a Christmas tree!💕 Amazing job masking and coloring! I'm so glad that you saved the smeared one and made another colorful creative card with it.
Hideko xx

Becca Yahrling said...

The coloring and designs are just breathtaking and beautiful. Stunning works of art.

Lynne said...

It's that oh so cute penguin again. I love it and your 2 cards are brilliant. Gorgeous background on the second one and a great idea to cut them out so they weren't wasted. Thank you for joining in at Sparkles Christmas. Lynne DT x

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

First of all, congratulations on your leading lady month ! Second, that’s one kickoff you’re doing here !! I love that first trio of cards so much !! I’m also a huge fan of CAS and masking and brights rainbows and I have it all with you ! I might have a slight preference for your crittertrees (because of the name first ! 😁) and because they’re sooo cute ! And I love how you didn’t waste anything to make a third great card !! And that snowy background is sooo real ! That’s a lot of exclamation point.... So again, congratulations and thanks for this great start ! Love, Marjorie
[margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

Cris G said...

OMG! These cards are so adorable... I wish I had a penguin tree in my living room :)!!! Congratulations on being a leading lady this month!

Mary-Anne V said...

congrats on being the leading lady at W&W. These cards are fabulous...the rainbows are amazing. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations at W&W. Can you tell me what brand of Mixed Media paper did you use to ink blend the distress oxides? jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

Cindy C. said...

Awesome card Trina, I love that rainbow colored snowy sky! Congrats on being the leading lady!

SHartl said...

I can't wait to see your projects this month and am just awed by your beautiful cards. That fireworks scene is so colorful and beautiful and I love the sweet kitty friends watching the show. Your penguin cards are both fun and adorable!

Mac Mable said...

Just popped in to say many congratulations on guesting and being the leading lady. Thank you too for bringing a smile to my face with not one but loads of those adorable penguins x.

Monika Reeck said...

Sooo adorable Trina
the cat card so so cuuteeee love it much and the Penguins ooh my Gosh sweeetttt
your coloring so adorable
and I want to have one pleaseee in my Post box
you knew my address sweety?
I like to exchange card with you
your coloring oh my ...I am in Love

Many thanks for joining us at ATSM this time see you again tomorrow
hugs
Monika (DT)

Karenladd said...

Your coloring skills and design are just fabulous but that card with the kitties and fireworks really grabbed me! I love the brilliant colors and adorable little scene. Congrats on your Leading lady month!

Daria Z. said...

All three cards are fabulous, Trina! I absolutely adore that penguin stack.

Susanne Vargas said...

Congratulations on being the Leading Lady this month, Trina! You absolutely deserve it! Your cards are fun, colorful, and fantastic! So glad you didn't throw out the crittertree but made another fabulous card using it! Awesome masking job!

Dreja said...

Sehr schön gemacht.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
LG Dreja

Arianna Barbara said...

Congrats on being the new Leading Lady!!! Your cards are totally gorgeous!!! Great colouring too!!!

Gayle Bartholomew said...

Congrats on being chosen as the Leading Lady this month. Your cards are adorable. Love the penguin tree.

BrendaB said...

Oh my gosh, those penguins are adorable! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas challenge blog

McStamper said...

Your cards are fabulous. Love the beautiful backgrounds.

Shona Chambers said...

These cards blow my mind everytime I look at them!! The rainbow backgrounds are so stunning and bright and your colouring of the little penguins is so adorable. Such an amazing start to your GD spot!!

mandalj said...

Fabulous cards! I love the rainbow colours on all of them!

Shylaa Shree said...

beautiful rainbow colours and very festive trina. Congratulations on being leading lady at Winnie & Walter

Izzy Scrap said...

First of all, Congratulations, you really deserved it ! Mama mia ! These cards are absolutely beautiful and adorable. The first time I saw this little penguin, it was on one of your cards last year, and I loved it immediately. And I immediately wanted it but there were also other things on my wish list. Finally I didn't buy it and it's better like that because I would never have made as such beautiful cards as all the ones you've done with it ! They are all eye-catching and breathtaking. You really rock with the masking technique and playing with colours and I've always been a fan of your CAS designs. What a great start ! Hugs

Stacey Kowbel said...

Oh my gosh, such adorable cards!!!

Debbie said...

Congratulations on your guest designer post. Enjoy!!!! I am loving your cards, they are adorable and fantastic. Masking is such a fab technique, I must do more masking.You've inspired me. Thanks for joining in with us over at Sparkles Christmas.Good luck and I hope to see you there again. Hugs Debs DT. xxxx

Macimbalo said...

These are so awesome! All of them....love the fireworks and the "tree" - just so creative and original - love them!

Andrea Shell said...

Fabulous cards! I love the fireworks and kitty silhouettes on the first card, but those "crittertrees" stole my heart! I especially love the rainbow background one!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wow! STAND OUT CARDS! That "moon" is stunning!

Jen said...

Amazing! Loved the fireworks on your first card they really caught my attention. As I scrolled down it kept getting better. T hat rainbow background you created is fabulous!

Cynthia Cole said...

That penguin card is my absolute favorite in this post!

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome project with us in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog's October "Anything Christmas Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
Hugs,
Leslie, MLC DT
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