Saturday, January 2, 2016

Leading Lady @ Winnie and Walter--Take One!

 Hello friends! I am thrilled to share my guest designer post with you today.  Back in the early summer 2015, I got the invite to be the January Leading Lady over Winnie & Walter, I had to say YES! I love their products and Shay (the owner/designer) is super awesome to work with. Well, the day is finally here! Shay is offering my blog followers a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card as giveaway (see details at the end of this post). 

warning:  this is a text and photo-heavy post
For the January Leading Lady feature, I would like to try something NEW! I love card-making and scrapbooking. However, I am always intrigued by art journals. With the versatile designs from Winnie & Walter, this provides me with the perfect chance to dive in! Why art journals, you ask?
These are a few things I think might make you consider giving art journaling a try!
~Make it YOUR own: There is no rule as to how you want to keep your art journal. After all, it’s YOURS! You can use store-bought art journals or simply make your own pages with heavy card stock.
~Try new techniques/supplies/sketches: you can experiment with new things in your art journal. Jot down your ideas and run with it! NO judgement.
~It’s therapeutic: working at your own pace is also what makes it fun and relaxing. You can spend as little or as much time as you want in one sitting. Your page is as elaborate/simple as you want it to be.
~Use your old and new supplies: the blank pages are your canvas and playground. You can try any supplies that you have or try using new stuff!
~Get inspirational: your art journal serves as a great source of inspiration. Perhaps this will help you come up with something new and amazing!
~It’s FUN!
Here is my creative process:
2015-12  
I got a good deal on the Faber Castell Art Journal and it is a perfect one for beginners like me. This album allows me to take out the pages one at a time.  The only supply that you might consider getting is Gesso. It is like a paint primer for paper. Gesso mixes well with Gelatos, Watercolors and Distress Inks/Markers. As you can see,  you can emboss, apply stencils and stencil paste, glue paper...in an art journal. Let’s see what I came up with!
The cover of my art journal:
cover

1. Use Gesso to prepare the surface.  I applied a layer of Gesso with a paint brush. I then used my fingers to make sure the Gesso is evenly applied.
2. After the Gesso was dried, I started to add details. In this case, I stamped some text background with the set Happiest of Holidays.
3. I used Canson watercolor paper and made a die cut with The Leaf Effect Cutaway. By using various Distress Inks with water, the cover was quick and easy to create.
4. A bird house was stamped (from Happiest of Holidays ) and a scalloped die piece ( Goldie Trim Cutaways) were added to complete the design.

 This first page may appear to be flat, but it has some interesting depth and dimensions.

home
1. Create a colorful background/frame with Scenery: Madison Creative Screenings with various Distress Inks and Ink Applicator.
2. Stamp the images with Our Town. I used MISTI for the multiple color inking.
3. I then clear-embossed the church/house images and applied orange ( Ripe Persimmon) and yellow (Squeezed Lemonade) Distress inks over the houses.
4. With Madison Creative Screenings, I applied white embossing paste (Wendi Vecchi) partially over the images and dusted fine glitter over the paste.
5. The sentiment “HOME” was created with two stacked dies from In a Word : Home Cutaway.
home (close-up)  
 I hope to share more of my art journal in my next few posts. You can always apply the ideas and inspiration to any of your projects.

Lastly, I want to finish my first Leading Lady post with a card “Happy Everything”.
happy everything
This card is nearly one layer. I started by stamping the flower image and leaves. I then used the backside (yes, flip them over and stamp!) of the flower stamps to add assorted colors. This can be achieved with a stamp positioner such as MISTI or Fiskars Stamping Press.
The sentiment was stamped with The Big, The Bold and The Happy. I die cut a piece of foil paper with Goldie Trim Cutaways and layered it with a piece of color card stock.

http://www.winniewalter.com/

Now...about the $30 Gift Card to Winnie & Walter store:
~leave a comment in this very post
~you have to be my blog follower to qualify for the giveaway
~the more you comment, the more chances to win (3 more posts on Jan. 9th, 16th and 23rd)
~one comment per post please
~all comments must be entered by 12:00am, Jan. 26, Eastern Time
~feel free to share this post with your stamping friends

I would love it if you can leave me some love over Winnie & Walter blog. 
There is a sneak peek photo for next Saturday's feature, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

72 comments:

Christy Q said...

Beautiful projects, Virginia!! I love the art journal idea and you've inspired me to get started on the one I picked up on clearance sometime last year. I love the foil trim you added to your card - it adds such an awesome effect. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway - I've been a longtime follower of your blog via Feedly.

Sharon Jones said...

Virginia, your art journal is looking SO gorgeous! I love all the colours and textures and fun! Haven't done one, but you inspire me to. Your card is SO awesome and pretty!
Hugs!

Marianne said...

I had never considered the idea of keeping an art journal until I read your post on the w&w blog. Looking forward to see what else you have in store for us this month. Also love your card. I've been intending to use the backs of my stamps for adding colour to outlined images for quite a whilw now, but it's still on my to do list. These flower stamps (which arrived a few days before Christmas with my other Black Friday sale goodies) seem like a good starting point...

Barb said...

Virginia, your art journal pages look bright, happy and so fun! Love that you gave it a try! You inspire me to get mine out and play in it again! Happy New Year!!! ♥

diana said...

Great art journal pages! Thanks for the inspiration! ;-)

Anthony Macaluso said...

Art journaling intrigues me a lot and I'm hoping to dabble in this sometime this year.

Megan said...

I love the pops of gold you used! Great start to the month!

Miriam Prantner said...

Congrats on the guest gig! I LOVE this Art Journal you made! Can't wait to see the inside!

Lin said...

Congrats, Virginia! Love what you've shown us so far, and looking forward to what you have in store for this month!

sandie said...

Just to let you know the link from WW isn't going to this post, perhaps the times are not in sync? I loved seeing your thoughts on journaling. I adore your 'Happy Everything' card, love the design of this one. Congrats on being the Leading Lady and a very Happy New Year x

Dotty Jo x said...

Great post, Virginia - you are always someone who seeks to inspire and encourage with your blog! Happy New Year to you and your family, Jo x

conil said...

Hot dawg! Leading Lady, huh? Many congrats. You really started out with a bang, too. The first pages are fantastic...so many techniques. I admire your courage in doing this. I've thought about it, but never seem to get around to it. Can't wait for the next installment. Wahoo!

Harriet said...

Congratulations "Leading Lady" VIRGINIA......your project is very interesting and a wonderful hint for trying new things. Your card is so lovely. I have stamped using the back of stamps....a good way to extend supplies.

Debbie Peysen said...

Oh my I love the front of your art journal. It makes one wat to go inside. Your card is lovely. Thanks.

Elizabeth Yummy said...

You have such lovely ideas. I'm in awe! I followed you on Bloglovin.

Karen Kreider said...

Your journal ideas are wonderful!

Barb Ghig said...

CONGRATS on the honor of becoming Leading Lady for January, Virginia! Over the past several months, I have become a huge fan of W&W, so I'm thrilled that you'll be posting there during the next few weeks!
Your Art Journal cover is just beautiful! I love the effect of the Gesso, and how you layered your Cutaway! I also love how you played with your embossing paste on your first page...WOW! Fabulous stamping, and your 'Home' Cutaway looks amazing stacked with 2 shades of aqua! The flowers and leaves on your card are stunning, too! What a fun way to include the Goldie Trim Cutaway...complete with a border! Awesome projects, my friend! I can't wait to see more ;)

Diane Jaquay said...

Congratulations on being chosen as the Leading Lady this month at W&W!! Love your art journal pages, they're so appealing with the happy colors you used, and your card is gorgeous!!

sharon said...

Thank you for the tip about gesso. Your encouragement about the art journal are inspiring.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful projects! Congrats on your Leading Lady spot! Looking forward to the rest of the month too!

samantha's cards said...

Beautiful projects !

Michele Henderson said...

Virginia, these are all amazing! All so beautiful and colorful! I would love to try this idea out now--you've inspired me!
Take care!
Michele

Clare said...

This is so pretty, Virginia! Love the book! I'm always afraid of "messing" up an art journal, which is why I haven't taken the leap before, but you've totally inspired me!!

Tenia Nelson said...

YAY!!!! Congrats, Miss Lady!! Love ALL of these AWESOME projects!!

Lisa said...

A big congrats on being leading lady Virginia, so happy for you!! You rocked your first post!!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Love your art journal cover and page, beautiful Happy Everything card too! Thanks for tips with gesso and encouragement for art journaling.

Christine Canfield said...

the geometric sneak peek! :D

Kara Stainbrook said...

This is absolutely awesome! Art Journaling is such a stress receiver! Looks great.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love your card. It's very well laid out.

Dawn Turley said...

Congrats on your leading lady spot Virginia. Your journal looks great and love the card.

Tinkerbeth said...

Your art journal is so cute and I love the happy colors! So glad you used the home images--that stamp set has been on my wish list for a while! Can't wait to see what else you'll come up with!

Lori B said...

Such beautiful and inspiring work!

Gilda said...

What a great idea to try something new in beginning an art journal, Virginia. Something I've wanted to try for years. I've always admired the Winnie and Walter stamps, they are high on my wish list. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do in your journal after such a lovely start!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Never been really attracted to an art journal but your homes page looks amazing
Cheers
Dr Sonia

pcm said...

so great to see you as leading lady! can't wait to see the rest of the month!

Jen Carter said...

These are so pretty! Love the technique you used!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on being W&W's Leading Lady, Virginia ... and on such an awesome debut post! What an amazing art journal and lovely card ... creative, innovative, colourful ... and fabulous! Looking forward to seeing more of the sneak peek next week! Hugs, Anita :)

Loly Borda said...

Congrats on your new position and happy New Year! I love your art journal, especially the second page. TFS

Shelly said...

Yay!! Congrats, Virginia!! Super AWESOME projects!! Love!

Tammy Nyenhuis said...

Happy New Year Virginia! Love your journal pages and that card is just gorgeous!

Christine Kosmak said...

First of all, congrats on the Leading Lady gig for W&W! What a fun and colourful art journal you have produced! I love the card too! Unfortunately for me MORE yummylicious goodies have just made their way onto my "never ever gonna end" wish list!!! lol!! It would be so awesome winning this giveaway so I could get some of those off said wish list! Thanks for the chance!

Patt H. said...

Gorgeous project, Virginia! Love all the colors & textures you've added. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Sue D said...

Wonderful pages--love the colors.
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Renee said...

The gold foil paper with the cutaway die looks so awesome!!! Your journal is gorgeous, something I've considered trying in the past so I'm looking forward to seeing more of it :)

Lisa Stokes said...

I love your cards! thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!!

Carol McCready said...

Love the card and your journal. Thank you for the chance tow in the gift certificate. I do follow you blog by email.

Charlene said...

Great projects!!!! Congrats!! Shay and Julie are awesome to work with!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Congrats Virginia and my oh my! I love your art journal!!
You can whip up a Beauty just like that using all kinds of techniques and products!
I love it!!
xx

Karen Petitt said...

I have been wondering for the past year if I could create my own journal with the supplies that I already own. Thank you so much Virginia for sharing this with us as I now know what I want to recreate next. We don't get art/craft/papercraft/ stamping supplies as quickly as you get in the USA and they are more money too but I know I have most of the supplies to try this myself Karen xx

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow wow wow! These are incredible! Love seeing the journal pages you've done!

Helen Gullett said...

Virginia, this take one is AWESOME!!!!!! Love love love your album :D

Chriss Blagrave said...

Congratulations on being the Leading Lady for January!
Love the journal ideas and all of the textures in your creations this post!

Suchi said...

Beautiful card Virginia!! I loved the stencilied background! :)
Suchi xx

Kelly Griglione said...

Yay, Virginia, I was so excited when I saw you were going to be Leading Lady for January!!! You will totally bring it, sistah!! And you've already started. Great idea to explore art journaling, as I'm sure you have a lifetime supply of cards with all of your creations : )Love what you shared this week, and I can't wait to see what's next!!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Thanks for the inspiration great ideas

Dawn E said...

Winnie and Walter has some great stuff!

Kelly Keegan said...

Awesome projects Virginia! I love your stenciled background!

Niki G said...

Congrats on your W&W gig! Love your work and thanks for the encouragement on trying something different.

Nicky said...

You so deserve it. Fantastic project. So beautiful and inspiring!

Greta said...

You always amaze me, Virginia--wowzer--these are all so wonderful! I'm hoping to add W&W products this year, so fingers crossed for the drawing!

Diana Baker said...

Your art journal is beautiful. I have thought about doing an art journal. Just started a Bible journal, after seeing yours I think the time to start is now.

cm said...

Virginia, I'm ever so far behind in commenting on your W&W posts, but I'm catching up right. this. minute! Your art journal is absolutely amazing! I've never done one but you're certainly provided sparks of incentive to do so! Thank you for the inspiration and, especially, the tutorials! Love having 'starting point' ideas!
~carol

Lucy said...

Your start into art journaling is amazing! I have thought about starting one, but haven't yet. Thanks for the tips.

joy said...

You are the perfect leading lady, Virginia! Always willing to give new ideas and techniques a try. I must say your art journal is just beautiful and very uniquely yours. Your card is also gorgeous, as usual.

Nicky said...

As always beautiful cards! I look forward to trying the techniques!

Miss Marissa said...

I have not made my way into art journaling but you are really inspiring! I must try some of it!

Glenda said...

The textures in that card add a subtle sophistication. You're a master!

Emma Rose said...

Love the colours and especially happy home and floral cards

Tami said...

Love the vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing

mandalj said...

I really like the colours you use. Thank you for sharing your art journal page process - I'm new to it too and it's great to see how someone else gets started.

Virginia Lu said...

Thanks, everyone, for your positive comments. The comment to win entries have ended. Good luck!

Tami said...

Beautiful projects Virginia! Thanks so much for giveaway!