Winnie & Walter Leading Lady, Take 1


Kindness blooms a Winnie and Walter card by Carson Riutta, September Leading Lady

Hello again friends, I’m pretty stoked to be here sharing this project and news with you today.  I was approached by Shay from the Winnie & Walter stamp company to be their Leading Lady for the month of September.  What that means is that I’ve been given the opportunity to play and create with a number of their amazing products and I’ll be sharing those creations on my blog and theirs, every Saturday throughout the month.

Here is one of a trio of cards I created using the cacti images from the beautiful Kindness stamp set designed by Evelin T.  Head over to the Winnie & Walter blog to see the other cards in the trio and read about how I create when a new stamp set crosses my desk for the first time.  But before you go, read on and learn how to win a gift card to get your own beautiful Winnie & Walter products.

You see, I’m also hosting a giveaway here on my blog that begins now and runs through the end of the month.  For every comment you leave on a Saturday post, you will be entered to win a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.  I will choose a random winner from all the comments on the last day of the month. For those of you who leave a comment on all four of my Saturday posts, you will receive an extra entry in the drawing.


So I would love to know what your favorite/current go-to card making technique is.  Mine is blending, and I’m hooked,  but we all need to keep pushing our creative boundaries, so lets give each other some new ideas to try!

Thank you so much for popping in today and don’t forget to head over to the Winnie & Walter blog for more bright colors and adorable cacti.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Helen Gullett - September 3, 2016

    Carson, that is a beautiful way of sharing kindness. Love your blended background and the cactus are super cute!

  2. Denise Bryant - September 3, 2016

    Love your cards with these beautiful and bold colors! So pretty! Congrats on your Leading Lady spot! I’ll be looking forward to your cards this month!

  3. Diane - September 3, 2016

    Love this card, how could I not when my favorite colors are yellow/orange/red! Congratulations on being the Sept. Leading Lady at W&W, your debut performance is SUPER impressive!!!

  4. Karen B. - September 3, 2016

    Congratulations! Amazing projects, so bold and beautiful.

  5. Pai Meng - September 3, 2016

    congrats on being leading lady. love the bold colors on your cards!

  6. Sue D - September 3, 2016

    Very cute cards. I like the cacti and the bright colors. I like to do emboss resist lately.

  7. Rebecca Ednie - September 3, 2016

    Very beautiful. Love the colors.

  8. Sandy Lane - September 4, 2016

    never heard of this company before but I am wowed

  9. mandalj - September 4, 2016

    Love your three different yet complementary cards! My favourite technique at the moment is emboss resist with watercolour.

  10. raggiodiluce82 - September 4, 2016

    Congrats Carson on being leading lady!!! Your cards are gorgeous!!!

  11. Melissa Friedrich - September 4, 2016

    Love this bold and bright card as well as the other 2 on W&W blog, awesome colors with the cacti. I love how you showed 3 different cards with the same supplies, I’m going to try that and thanks for all your tips! My go-to card technique these days is watercoloring.

  12. Miriam Prantner - September 4, 2016

    Your cards are beautiful! I love your CAS, bold style!

  13. Christine Canfield - September 4, 2016

    gorgeous blending! i’m so glad I found your blog today!

  14. Nandini - September 5, 2016

    Really beautiful cards. I especially love the background on the kindness card. Brilliant use of color. My favorite go-to technique is heat embossing. I just love the look of it and also all the many techniques I can do with it.

  15. vicdd - September 6, 2016

    I love to heat emboss on my cards
    {glad I found you from Winnie and Walter}

  16. Crimson Owl Creations - September 6, 2016

    Beautiful cards, Carson! I love your gorgeous color blends–so flawless and pretty! Thanks for sharing your projects!

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  18. TracyM #6773 - September 10, 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS on becoming Leading Lady Carson!!!
    It has been great getting to know you on the W&W Blog … I can see why you caught Shay’s attention, your colours and designs are EXCITING!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, it was FASCINATING to learn about your process and see your trio of VIBRANT cards – WOW!!!

  19. Debbie Peysen - September 10, 2016

    Carson, I missed your first post so I went back to check it out. I am glad I did. I love your cards. All three of them. I am going to try that when I stamp later today. Your colors are so awesome. My favorite go to card making technique is blending too. Right now I am trying to blend inks and pencils or watercolors and pencils together. I look forward to this month with you on W&W.Thanks for sharing your work.

  20. Daria Z. - September 10, 2016

    Love the bold colors of your background!

  21. Liza - September 11, 2016

    I love your use of white space with these stamps. And a great selection of watercolour colours!

  22. Kay Burkinshaw - September 12, 2016

    Great colour combo really hot! Awesome blending.
    Loving watercolouring, with paints or distress, very relaxing and rewarding. Even my failures can be cut up and used somehow!
    Pleased to have found your blog via winnie&walter, thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Kerry P - September 13, 2016

    My favorite go to technique lately has been distress ink blending. It’s very forgiving and the options are limitless

  24. cmayne - September 17, 2016

    And I’m back…catching up in reverse order…cheering and applauding your first set of Leading Lady cards! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your approach to crafting, focusing on a key image and bringing it to life in different ways. Although cactus doesn’t grow where I live (aside from indoors), I adore them all the same; seeing these as your focal points made me smile right off the bat! The vibrant ‘sunrises’, both as a blended background and stripes, are stellar! The cactus patterned background, so pretty! You’ve definitely taught us how to get mileage from our stamps! Thank you for sharing ‘Kindness’ with us!

  25. maria f. - September 17, 2016

    So nice to meet you! Really liked you post over at WW. Beautiful trio and a fabulous post and explanation of your process. Funny, I just recently created two sets of four cards while I had one stamp set out in use! What a great feeling. As for my current love – making a card based on wild fashion photos 😉

  26. Keena - September 17, 2016

    Beautiful cards! I love that technique!! I was playing around with blending the other day! It is so much fun and there’s so many possibilities!!

  27. Kristi H. - September 20, 2016

    Your bright palette consistently draws me in for a closer look, and your creations inspire me to stretch myself creatively. My go-to technique has to be die cutting, as I usually have one or more on most of my cards, but I’m moving color blending up on my list of things to practice. Congratulations on this opportunity; I’d say you killed it, with kindness!

  28. Maye M.L. - September 22, 2016

    Fabulous opportunity to discover your designs. Your use of color is marvelous. Love to challenge myself new techniques. Watercolor has been one of my most used coloring strategies for a while. Ink blending for backgrounds is very appealing albeit. I just completed a self-imposed challenge of creating several cards using just 3 sets of stamps and minimal supplies. It is meant as a tutorial to accompany a gift for a friend who is just starting with stamping and card making. Your trio of cards has inspired me to start another card making challenge using some of the ideas you have shared. Cheers!

  29. Jean Bullock - September 25, 2016

    I do declare that you are queen of the beautiful backgrounds. Well done.

  30. Amy Cooley - September 25, 2016

    I love the bold orange into yellow background…so pretty!

  31. barb in kazoo - October 1, 2016

    Love the colors on your card. Thanks for sharing

  32. Golly Gee Jones - October 3, 2016

    This desert Kindness card is just gorgeous! Maybe I’ll see the real thing when I’m over next. I found your dish towel and will bring it soon.

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