Saturday, October 1, 2016

winnie & walter WCMD blog hop

Happy World Card Making Day, friends!  I was thrilled when Winnie & Walter invited me to be a part of their WCMD blog hop, especially because, have you seen the caliber of talent they rounded up???  If you're hopping along, you've probably arrived here from Lydia Evans' beautiful blog, and you're pretty far along by now, so you know what I'm talking about.  If you've come from another place on the internets and are wondering what I'm talking about, head to Winnie & Walter and read all about it!  (They also have a whole lot going on aside from the Blog Hop, all in celebration of WCMD, so there is much to see and do over there!)


A few notes:  Want to win a $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter shop? Leave some comments on the different stops along the blog hop route and you might be one of 3 random winners who receive one!
*Comments close at 23:59 CST on October 7th*

A full list of the blog hop contributors can be found here on the Winnie & Walter blog.

Your next stop after me is the lovely Kate Capper


Let me just begin by singing the praises of the Lulu Fringe cutaway:  I die.  I'm in love.  It's totally my new favorite thing.  I got it because I've gotten a bit obsessed with making tassels and wanted to try my hand at paper ones using that die (and I did; I made a few; scroll down to the third card).  But it's possibilities aren't limited to paper tassels and grass.


I made this cute little banner, too, from some tassel scraps and I think it's pretty sweet.  A few swatches of lace, tulle, and peach seam binding, mixed with imperfect hand stitching and warm-toned papers from Crate Paper and Pinkfresh Studio make for a darling mismatched garland.



Since the fringed garland is the piece de resistance of this card, I wanted to keep the lower half simple yet still pretty.  Two banners in coral and gold cut from The Big, The Bold, and The Extras cutaways, and a polka dotted "happy" are just enough to keep the lower half of the card from looking over the top, but with the mix of color, texture, and pattern, it's not unbalanced, either.


Can you tell that I stamped a background on my next card?!  I always buy the floral stamp sets, reeled in by the gorgeous images, and sold by the extraordinary examples the talented designers have created with them.  Then I get them home and realize I can't do that.  I mean, if I practiced and practiced and devoted an incredulous amount of my time to stamping, I think I could probably do it.  But I'm not at that point yet so I was super-proud of myself for making this leaf background.


It was a giant leap for me, number one, because I'm always too nervous to stamp directly onto my main surface (like the white card here), number two, because I eye-balled the whole pattern and didn't end up with any huge gaps or too-close clusters, and number three, I actually really like the way it turned out!  Really, that bird tag is not covering up any errors; it's kind of a miracle.


The leaf stamp is from The Big, The Bold, and The Extras stamp set and before you go thinking I stamped all over that bird tag, rest assured I didn't--it's paper from Maggie Holmes' new Gather collection.  But isn't it such a compliment to my lovely leaf background?


I used a few of my favorite go-to Cutaways on the card, like the tag, hole reinforcement, and small banner from the Katharine Essentials.  "Hello" is cut from Pink Paislee dotted paper and it was nearly by accident that I used a different TBTB&TH word on each card--and cut from the same paper.  When you find a good thing, you don't mess with it--#sorrynotsorry :)


This card is a bit of a hot mess, but I kind of love it anyhow!  There are quite possibly at least 2 elements too many here, but oh, well.  I love to layer, I love texture, and I love depth.  I could probably turn this into a gift topper, but it's World Card Making Day, not World Gift Wrap Day so...


This is actually the first card I started and the last one I finished.  It evolved a lot over the course of working on these projects.  The very first things I made in preparation for WCMD were the paper tassels and I really wanted to use at least one on at least one card (all three cards at one time were adorned with a tassel, but, alas, they were not meant to be on the other 2). 
*Want to make your own paper tassels?  I happened to have a small package of suede tassels with these gold caps on them.  I pulled out the suede and replaced it with the paper fringe.  There are similar caps here, sold on Amazon.  I don't own them so do not know what kind of quality they are, therefore I'm not recommending them, but it's a good place for you to start searching!
And I CAN endorse the Lulu Fringe cutaway because I have it, I love it, and it works!


Anyhow, I'm not going to say which embellishments make this card slightly outrageous because I love each one of them dearly and while I was laying everything out, before anything was glued into place, it all looked just fine.  So I'll just go ahead and blame the glue.


There are more fringe-y layers and Katharine tags, plus some "Happy" love, and even a gold, glittery Faceted Heart.  And, of course, the paper tassel (made with the Lulu Fringe cutaway and a marbled patterned paper, again from Maggie Holmes' Gather).


That does it for me on this World Card Making Day blog hop with Winnie & Walter.  You're moving onto Kate now and don't forget to comment to receive $25 in the W&W shop!  Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo

76 comments:

  1. AMAZING projects! Love the colors!!

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  2. Oh my. I have a fringe die and have not used it yet! You have inspired me!

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  3. Your technique is so cool. You have created multi-media cards. Just beautiful.

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  4. I need to stop by here more often! My CAS heart is swooning at the loveliness of all your goodies on your cards. Yet they remain light and playful and oh-so-fun! TFS.

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  5. Those are fabulous, so creative and clever. I love the tassels.

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  6. This is very unique and very pretty! I love the pastel colors!

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  7. Such lovely, feminine cards! Happy WCMD!

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  8. I love your collage style cards--what great inspiration.

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  9. You obviously had a lot of fun making these very creative cards!

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  10. Love the black and white background on the card with the bird. Lovely card.

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  11. Unique is the word that comes to mind when I first glanced at your cards. Such a creative style. Lovely.

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  12. I've not seen that many cards like this with all the different textures & embellishments..they are just beautiful!! Love the soft colors you used, and of course...now I want that fringe die badly!!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the different elements and embellies. These are my favorite color combos, so soft and dainty. I love the sewn details, your making me want to buy a sewing machine, lol. I have the lulu's fringe, love it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  14. Wow very interesting mix of patterns texture and pretty colors !

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  15. Very beautiful and interesting cards. The mix of patterns and elements is so gorgeous!

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  16. so many fun elements! happy WCMD!

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  17. What great layering and backgrounds!
    Love these.

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  18. Beautiful and wonderful cards. Love how you added texture. TFS

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  19. Awesome cards with so much lovely detail!

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  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these adorable and beautiful little collages. All your details are spectacular.

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  21. Your paper crafting is superb - I especially loved the bird banner with the fringe look.

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  22. Beautiful soft colors and gorgeous cards!

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  23. Love the sewn banner! Gorgeous creations!!

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  24. Really love how all three cards reflect your great design style!!! Love the layers!

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  25. Love all of your projects, amazing designs!

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  26. Fabulous projects! Love all of the details!!!

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  27. Wow, your cards are amazing with the layers and texture! The pennant banner at the top is just the coolest thing ever!!!

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  28. Such fun! Love how you did this!

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  29. Love these funky cards...they have so much flavor to them!

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  30. Wow! These are beautiful cards! Love all the different elements you have used. Beautifully done!

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  31. What an amazing array of cards!! Love the gathering of so many different elements - and such fab and funky cards!!

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  32. What a fun artistic set of cards thanks

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  33. when I first saw the birds I thought you
    had put some kind of a line through them.
    when I read the description I was blown
    away. What a fun die. the cards are
    fantastic. I'll have to get this one.
    Making tassels will be easier too.
    thanks for sharing so many wonderful cards

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  34. Amazing work! I am never disappointed by your creativity!

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  35. Beautiful and colorful creations !

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  36. OMG...paper tassels! And I have those metal caps!

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  37. Wonderful and so different. Love, love, love them! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  38. These are so cute!! I love the mix of patterns and textures.

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  39. Love the fringe and all the different elements to these.

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  40. I'm in love with the fringe die look on your first card. What an out of the box idea.

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  41. Very amazing and unique projects ! What a wonderful job ! The Lulu fringe Cutaway die looks so great ! Thanks for sharing.

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  42. What pretty cards, Rebecca! I really love those tassels!

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  43. Rebecca, What Great looking cards, sooo cool fringe and all looks like alot of work. Right uptown.

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  44. WOW... great cards; so unique and inspiring!

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  45. Really like your old fashion designs.

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  46. such a great application of texture and layers. i really like how you cut up the bunting. these cards look like they belong in an anthropologie store :)

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  47. Hello Rebecca!
    I visited your blog for the first time and your work blows me away!
    This "fringe" look give a lot of effect - love it!

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  48. Wonderful textures and dimension on these very unique cards.

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  49. Beautiful cards, love all the textures especially the fringe!

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  50. Wow! So unique and lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. 'AMAZING 'is the word for your work! I love how beautifully you have used tassels and tulle for layering on your card. Love the pastel colours.
    Love,
    Jasleen xx

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  52. Wow! So many fabulous cards! Love the fringey garland, your stamped background (I'm always hiding mistakes behind things - that's the only time I layer, so I'm in awe that you didn't need to!) and the 'hot mess' everything-but-the-kitchen-sink card!

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  53. I love your cards! Very creative and thinking outside the box! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Joy
    πŸ’–πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ‚πŸ’–

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  54. Gorgeous cards! Love your unique style.

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  55. Wow, your cards are just beautiful. Love all the lovely layers you created.

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  56. FABULOUS cards Rebecca!!!
    LOVE your fringed garland and tassels, LOVE your pretty colours and layers too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your FUN & CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  57. Those are so pretty! Love your style :)

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  58. Awesome textures and colors! Love these beautiful cards!

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  59. Beautiful cards! Love the fringe!! Awesome work!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  60. Incredible! I'm in awe of how perfectly you mix so many elements. Such beautiful texture. I especially love the banner with the added lace.

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  61. I’m late to the hop, but it’s a perfect day for doing so, as it’s gloomy and lightly snowing here. Nothing like awesome creativity to brighten my spirits, and your trio of cards, featuring fringes and garlands, as well as stunning colour/patterns, have certainly done so! Gorgeous!
    ~carol

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i do appreciate your comment!
~Rebecca