Winnie & Walter January Leading Lady: Scenes with Cute Critters

Hello, friends!  I was over the moon when Shay asked me to be Winnie & Walter’s January Leading Lady (and, yes, more than a little surprised)!  When I was contemplating a theme for my posts, a line from The Sound of Music kept playing in my head:  “These are a few of my favorite things.”  Sharing some of my favorite (papercrafting) things seemed like the perfect theme!

For my first post, I just had to go with what’s at the top of my list – adorable critter stamps!  Winnie & Walter has some of the cutest critters on the market, and I completely fell in love with the animals from their Winter Wishes set, released in November.  Using them was a total no-brainer (especially with the Winter Olympics a month away)!  I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored them with Copics, and die-cut them with the coordinating dies.

To help fill out the scene for my first card, I also stamped and colored some trees from Season’s Tweetings.  I ink-blended the background with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass distress inks and flicked on some water droplets.  With my scissors I cut a snowy hill and die-cut the pond from it, adding Tumbled Glass to the edges of the opening.

After adhering the sky to a white card, I added my snowy hill, inlaying the colored pond and tucking the trees behind the hill.  I stamped a sentiment from Season’s Tweetings with Versafine Onyx Black ink before adhering the little birds, popping up the one in the foreground with foam tape.  I added some highlights with a white gel pen and brushed some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle overlay onto the pond.

The background on my second card was created with Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw distress inks.  I silver heat-embossed a sentiment from Winter Wishes and adhered the panel to a white card.  I die-cut two snowy hills and blended Tumbled Glass onto the back hill for shading.  Once I had adhered the hills together, however, I decided I wanted darker shading and added more with my Copic markers.

The foreground hill was popped up with foam tape, as was the bottom puffin.  I added some details with a white gel pen and some sparkle with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Overlay.  A scattering of clear sequins adds the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you’d like an opportunity to win a $30 W&W gift certificate, which Shay has so generously provided, please leave a comment below by midnight CST on January 31st.  I’ll randomly pick a commenter from all of my Leading Lady posts for January and publish the winner on February 3rd.



  1. Debbie Rumpza | 6th Jan 18

    I love your coloring and the darling scenes you created!

  2. Željka Grižić | 6th Jan 18

    Congratulations and fantastic set of cards you made…awesome winter scenes with adorable images …hugs Željka

  3. Karen | 6th Jan 18

    I love these cards Andrea. The colours are so soft. I love bears but I really love puffins. We have a lot of puffins near the coast here in Dingle where Star Wars was filmed. They are just gorgeous😍

  4. Shelley | 6th Jan 18

    Love your creations! Thank you for introducing me to Winnie & Walter!

  5. Brenda Jennings | 6th Jan 18

    Adorable!! Thanks for sharing techniques… Beautiful cards!

  6. Greta H | 6th Jan 18

    Such happy, beautiful winter cards! I’m totally in awe of your coloring! Congratulations on being the Leading Lady & I look forward to seeing more of your favorite things!

  7. Brenda McKinley | 6th Jan 18

    I’ve never heard of their stamps. Excited to check out their site and shop! Thanks for the offer and for sharing.

  8. Nicole | 6th Jan 18

    Your cards are beautiful Andrea!!

  9. Donna | 6th Jan 18

    Very cute and whimiscal

  10. Janis in ID | 6th Jan 18

    Awwwww……the critters are just adorable. Your coloring is spectacular!! Congratulations on being chosen as Leading Lady!! I am looking fwd to seeing what you have to share with us this month. Happy New Year!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  11. Breann Maxey | 6th Jan 18

    Congratulations on being leading lady! I am loving the cards you created. Can’t wait to see more of your posts for this month.

  12. Mary Austin-Keller | 6th Jan 18

    I really love these – the colors and the backgrounds really accentuate the super cute stamps. So well done! I just wanna make the skiing one interactive. lol

  13. Kerys | 6th Jan 18

    These images are just adorable! Your coloring and highlighting is awesome. Love your cards so much and congrats on being chosen to be leading lady this month – we’ll deserved. X

  14. Hannah Rubenstahl | 6th Jan 18

    Andrea! These are so lovely! I love how bright and soft your cards are at the same time.

  15. Denise Bryant | 6th Jan 18

    I love the scenes you created on these darling cards! Congrats on your Leading Lady spot! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations!

  16. Gail Scott | 6th Jan 18

    The layouts are lovely – we have too much winter here in Michigan, yet I love viewing and creating Winter cards ~ hehe – you did a nice job with adding the sequins and the critters are having so much fun = TFS

  17. preeti d. | 6th Jan 18

    Super cute cards ! Gorgeous coloring 🙂 congrats on being the leading lady at w n w.

  18. Kirsty Vittetoe | 6th Jan 18

    Oh my, super fun cards!

  19. Jen F | 6th Jan 18

    Soooo cute!!! Your colors add such warmth to this chilly skating scene! Love it

  20. Sue D | 6th Jan 18

    Your coloring is fabulous on these cute winter scenes.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  21. Bunny Dobbie | 6th Jan 18

    I’ve always loved your work and I cant believe how it can get better all the time. What gorgeous colouring Andrea. You were my first Instagram friend and you encouraged me to keep colouring and making cards. Thank you so much!

  22. Michele F | 6th Jan 18

    Your coloring is outstanding, Andrea!! These darling critters have come to life before my eyes!

  23. Becca Yahrling | 6th Jan 18

    Your coloring is amazing! Both cards are so full of fun and
    quite adorable. Season’s Tweetings is on the top of my W&W wish list.

  24. Sarah Biswabic | 6th Jan 18

    Your cards are super Adorable! Love the critters and the why you colored them. Your backgrounds are amazing!

  25. maria f. | 6th Jan 18

    Nice to meet you, Andrea. Wow! Your coloring is amazing. You’ve totally brought those adorable critters to life as they play around in their winter scenes. Enjoy your DT at WW and I’m looking forward to more of your favorite things.

  26. Ava Gavloski | 7th Jan 18

    Andrea, you knocked your design right out of the ball park. Bravo!!!
    Well colored and beautifully showcased. Lucky WW.

  27. Amy Cooley | 7th Jan 18

    These critters are so sweet and your coloring is beautiful. I especially like what you did with the trees.

  28. Linda Carson | 7th Jan 18

    So excited to see you’re Leading Lady this month! Congratulations!! Love your creative style as seen in both of these fabulous scenes! Love your coloring and designs!

  29. Karen B. | 7th Jan 18

    These are both super cute and your coloring superb! Congrats on the feature!

  30. MandaLJ | 7th Jan 18

    Both your cards are lovely – the critters look so cute!

  31. Rhonda Miller | 7th Jan 18

    Your cards are so cute. I love all the cute critters.

  32. Pai | 7th Jan 18

    tyou make those critters come alive! congrats on leading lady!

  33. Ashwini | 7th Jan 18

    These are so totally completely awesome! The critters on the first card look like stickers!! I absolutely loved your coloring style too – its like a mix between no line coloring and just coloring – its really fascinating! Congrats on being the Jan Leading Lady, and looking forward to more of your wonderful creations!

  34. Lisascreativeniche | 7th Jan 18

    This is fabulous s! I love the three guys skiing! And your coloring is beautiful! Congratulations!

  35. F. Andre | 8th Jan 18

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your beautiful winter cards.

  36. karenladd | 8th Jan 18

    I am really looking forward to seeing your cards this month because you’ve started out with a bang! These adorable little critters in their winter sports have completely charmed me. Your coloring technique is wonderful and inspires me to keep on trying to get the hang of alcohol markers..wish me luck!

  37. Dee Earnshaw | 8th Jan 18

    love your cards and the sweet scenes you created:)

  38. Arianna Barbara | 8th Jan 18

    Awww!!! Two sweet and cute cards!!!
    Congrats on being the January Leading Lady, Andrea!!!

  39. Lavina | 9th Jan 18

    Great cards. Love the skiing critters.

  40. Susan E Guzy | 10th Jan 18

    great coloring! adorable cards!

  41. shartl | 10th Jan 18

    Those little critters playing in the snow remind me of my two girls! I can’t wait to see what else you share with us this month, because these are the CUTEST!

  42. Trina P. | 10th Jan 18

    I’m a little late to the party, but… congratulations on being leading lady this month, Andrea! You bolted out of the gate with these two adorable cards. Love W&W critter stamps.

  43. monica l edwards | 13th Jan 18

    gorgeous cards again

  44. Patty Eifert | 13th Jan 18

    Adorable little critters!! Love both your cards with those adorable critters & such cheerful colors!!

  45. Deepti Aggarwal | 16th Jan 18

    Beautiful the happy scene Andrea..

  46. Christa Marie | 18th Jan 18

    Your happy winter card is just gorgeous!

  47. Liz mca | 20th Jan 18

    I love that skiing polar bear!

  48. Jean Marmo | 20th Jan 18

    Simply darling

  49. MelissaF | 21st Jan 18

    Wow, these cards are beautiful and amazing! Adorable critters and awesome coloring -I agree W&W have some of the best critter sets. I love the scenes you’ve created too for these adorable critters.

  50. Kathy J in Ellicott City | 21st Jan 18

    Adorable critters!

  51. Carol Jones | 25th Jan 18

    Great cards with those super cute stamps! And I love your composition and coloring. Congrats on being a Leading Lady.!

  52. Von Marie Design | 28th Jan 18

    Super cute critter cards!!! I love the scenes you created!! Beautiful coloring!!!

  53. Bunny Dobbie | 28th Jan 18

    You’ve got cute critter scenes covered for certain! Love your whimsical cards! They always have such a sweet touch of fun to them and your colouring! Oh my! Yes, yes, huge embarrassing fan here!

  54. Mary-Anne V | 30th Jan 18

    I love these critter themed csrds especially with the Olympics in mind!

  55. Cathy Lillie | 30th Jan 18

    I love critter cards! The puffins are so cute and funny! Really nice coloring and creating the scenes on both cards!

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