Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, Shay!!!

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Welcome everyone!  Today is a very special day!  The winnie & walter Design Team and I are here to celebrate my friend and co-owner, Shay on her birthday! 

By day, Shay works for her family business, and works tirelessly on all things w&w in her spare time, and let me tell you, she is fantastic at what she does.  Being her business partner is amazing because she is so organized, she has so many fantastic ideas and she has so much patience for me. LOL

Here are a few things you may not know about her.  She likes to read, when she affords the time, and loves to explore new recipes and cuisine with her sister, Rachel.  They are often found at the farmer’s market picking up fresh fruit and vegetables, and they are huge fans of Trader Joes! As for her crafty side, she loves fonts, bold graphics and geometric shapes like triangles and chevrons, and creating her own patterned backgrounds with stamps.

Shay and her family would not be complete without their precious four-legged friends. Winnie is just one of the cuties, with her siblings Fitz, Remy, Bella, Sophie, Violet and Jack-Jack.

I am excited to celebrate Shay on her birthday along with some of our special friends - aka The Talent as well as our Talented Free Agents Laura Sterckx and Suzanne Dahlberg!  Shay is a wonderful person and friend and I'm blessed to have her in my life!

Before we get to the blog hop list, I will start with a card I made for Shay that is inspired by her in several ways.

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When designing this recent release, some of Shay's favorite elements were the balloons from The Party and the infinity chain / crepe paper design from the aptly named Scenery: The Party Hangover.  I started with the chain and stamped it repeatedly to build my own background (how did I do, Shay?)  and embossed it with clear EP on watercolor paper.  I then used the "smooshing" technique from Laura Bassen (one of Shay's favorite designers) in a grouping of blue distress inks (tumbled glass, broken china, peacock feathers, stormy sky, faded jeans, and one of Shay's favorites chipped sapphire). I love how the colors blend in this technique, and how they pool differently in some of the chain links.  I will definitely be doing this background again!


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The balloons are stamped with versamark and distress ink on vellum and hand cut, gathered with grey embroidery thread and tied around the h on the In a Word: Happy Cutaway.  I cut this from watercolor paper too, but I used an ink blending tool with peacock feathers and a little chipped sapphire. I then gave the die cut a glossy look with two coats of clear embossing powder.  I wish you could see the shine better in this photo, but it is pretty in real life.  The sentiment is finished with one of the banner strips from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways and stamped with the birthday sentiment from Sugar Rush.

I hope you are ready to hop with us and take a look at the fantastic cards these uber-talented ladies have made for the birthday girl. You are all in for a real treat today.  Your next stop is  Joni


 To help you with your hop, I've provided a handy dandy list.
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Here are a few previews to get you ready for the hop.


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We hope you enjoy the hop and please leave some love for these fabulous ladies on their blogs too.

And CHEERS to Shay on her birthday!  I hope your day is filled with fun, laughter and lots of  love and doggie kisses! Davis, Walter and I are sending you great big hugs!

42 comments:

  1. Love all the thought you put into your card for Shay, Julie! I'm sure she will feel so special and loved. Plus, it's one heck of a card ... your background is amazing!! Thanks for organizing this birthday hop : )

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  2. Oh my goodness, Julie! I am so moved and humbled by your incredible gift to me. I adore all the thought you put into just the graphics for the blog hop (so awesome!) and then your card for me is magnificent! You did an excellent job with the background and everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making my birthday truly remarkable.

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  3. Trader Joe's, graphic designs... we would get along well, Shay ;) Have a great day and year! What a great card, Julie. Those blues are heavenly. And the special thought that went into it reminds me of why I love this hobby.

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  4. Happy Birthday Shay!!! I hope your day is special!!!!

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  5. Happy Birthday Shay, may God make real every desire in your heart and continue to bless you and your family. I love your work. Have a special day.

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  6. So happy to learn ever more about Shay... happy birthday, birthday girl!! Your card is really something special, Julie... for a very special friend...
    =] Michele

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  7. Shay deserves the Happiest Birthday EVER......

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  8. Happy Birthday! Hope she has a lovely day. I'm a big fan of both smooshing and graphic designs!

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  9. Happy Birthday Shay!!! Love the blues in your card!

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  10. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAY!!! Here's hoping your day is filled with love and laughter and cake! Lotsa yummy cake!! :D
    Great card Julie!! I do love me some watercolor! TFS!!
    Dolly

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  11. Happy Birthday Shay! Hope it is full of many happy memories.

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  12. Love your card. Love the colors and how the colors went together. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Awesomely cool card given for an awesomely cool person!!! You two are quite a team!!

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  14. Happy Birthday, Shay!! Fabulous card, Julie - love the smooshed effect.

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  15. Julie your card is fabulous! I'm sure Shay will love it!

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  16. This is beautiful!! Happy Birthday Shay!!

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  17. Here's to an AMAZING day and a FABULOUS year ahead Shay!!!

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  18. Love this card.
    Happy Birthday Shay!

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  19. Happy Birthday Shay!!!
    Lots of great cards shared for your special day :)

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  20. Happy Birthday Shay!!! I love this blue card!

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  21. What a stunning card! I adore the colours! Happy Birthday Shay!!!

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Shay! May your day - and the days to come - be filled celebration, joy and most of all, LOVE!
    Hugs~c

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  23. Happy Birthday, Shay! You must be so happy to have as sweet a business partner and friend like Julie!!! You two are so cute and really kind people. I wish you the best and hope you have many more succesful, joyous years in your personal and professional lives! Going to check out the hop since you have such a great DT!!!

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  24. Happy, HAPPY Birthday Shay.....hope you have a most Wonderful Birthday and that 2015 is one outstanding year filled with lots and lots of wonderful surprises!!
    Your birthday card is simply gorgeous...gosh I love the colors and and the cool way you embossed it really makes it look like party streamers. You really did one outstanding creative job.
    YOU so ROCK!!

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  25. HAPPY Birthday Shay :)
    Hope you get to celebrate ALL YEAR LONG!!!
    LOVE the card you created Julie, a FUN & FABULOUS design with AWESOME inking, I look forward to being ADVENTUROUS and trying these techniques too!!!
    SUPER EXCITED to get hopping along and being EVEN MORE INSPIRED!!!

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  26. Aw! What a sweet friend to organize this hop, Julie!!!! And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Shay!

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  27. Awe... Awesome blog hop! Happy Birthday Shay! With many more to come!

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  28. Wow...that is a beautiful card. I see why Shay likes all those things. Everything about your card is amazing.... Happy Birthday to Shay!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. And I know you will feel very special with these ladies creating this hop for you.

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  29. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday shay :)...Your card is so beautiful Julie..Love it !!

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  30. Wonderful card, Julie. That background is amazing!
    Happy birthday Shay!

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  31. I love your beautiful card, Julie!! That background is amazing!

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  32. À very happy birthday Shay and your card is awesome Julie love that background.

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  33. Happy Birthday to Shay & such a gorgeous card, Julie!

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  34. Happy Birthday to Shay ! Lovely blue card,I loved the bg very much !

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  35. Happy, Happy Birthday, Shay ... wishing you fun and laughter all year long! Stunning card, Julie ... the most wonderful watercolouring and such delicious blue hues ... love it! Anita :)

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  36. Happy Birthday Shay!! It must be so wonderful to come off the birthday of your absolutely wonderful company and then celebrate your own personal one!! The party just never stops!! Wishing you the best this year!!

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  37. A Belated Happy Birthday Wish to Shay! Beautiful card.

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  38. What a fun Hop, so nice of everyone to share their work with us too!

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  39. What a fun Hop, so nice of everyone to share their work with us too!

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  40. Wow this is fun birthday! Happy birthday Shay!!!!

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