Saturday, August 12, 2017

August Leading Lady Ashwini Rao | Take Two

Our August Leading Lady, Ashwini Rao is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today she brings on the birthday party--full of joyous celebration of color and pattern!

Ladies and gentlemen, Ashwini....
Hello and welcome to my second post as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for August!! The products from the latest release are so fine, I just couldn't stop making many many cards! And then I thought, how about making quick and easy cards. Not necessarily CAS, just quick and easy. And I came up with this bunch. I wasn't exactly timing anything, but I guesstimate that each card could be completed within half an hour, provided you have all the supplies ready. So lets begin!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - All Cards

The main focus on these cards are the elements made using the Big Balloon Cutaways and the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.


For my first set of cards, I wanted to add some bling and shine. So, after stamping the birthday cake, I used silver foil on the mint cake (not sure why its looking gold in the image!) and silver glitter embossing on the pink one. Since I wanted this to be quick, I just used a 2-way glue pen for the adhering the foil, and embossing pen for the embossing. I then fuzzy cut them both. For the spotty background for the blue cake, I used Mini Scenery: Spotty, then a washi strip, and banners cut out using Essential: Lana Cutaways. For the pink cake, I created a background of scripts and stars, made using the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday and stars from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - Cards 3 & 4

For the second set of cards, I used the Big Balloon Cutaways with some pattern paper. Pattern paper is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to add lots of fun and art to your card, without much work. For the card with the big balloons, I cut the pattern paper using the two biggest balloon dies attached together, then adhered them on a scrap piece of paper which I cut using only the biggest die. Adhering them to the card then was really easy. The sentiment for this card comes from In a Word: Birthday and In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez. For the other card, I adhered the pattern paper with some scrap card stock before die cutting. For the balloon strings, I used the leftover piece to cut a very thin strip, and adhered it to the card base directly. All the little sentiments come from Sentimental: Birthday, and are fuzzy cut (might have to spend a little time here ;)) I stamped the grey cardstock with the lines from Scenery: Stripes before adding the balloons and sentiments. I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy cards! Leave a comment on my blog post for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced at the end of this month.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

Have a fantastic crafting weekend! :)



  1. Love the products you used for these wonderfully creative cards!

  2. These are all lovely. I really love the balloons, so cute.

  3. So glad you used the Big Balloon dies. I've been eyeing those recently so it is nice to see how you've used them. Really nice.

  4. Love all of these festive cards! Awesome cake and balloons!

  5. Beautiful cards....Love all of them..

  6. These are some of the happiest and most fun cards ever!! I adore the cakes and esp the balloons. Those balloon dies are on my wishlist!!! LOVE!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  7. All are such beautiful creations in fun and happy colors with different style, love them!

  8. Beautiful cards :) love the use of patterned paper too

  9. Its indeed a smashing posts full of happy cards !

  10. Lovely bunch of
    Birthday cards!
    Great color and
    design choices.
    Carla from Utah

  11. These are amazing cards. Love the foiling.

  12. Love your cards! They are so bright and cheerful. My favorite is the card with the three birthday balloons! I love how the background you created with the black lines. Well done :)

  13. Wow! Beautiful Birthday cards!!! My fav are the balloon ones!!!

  14. LOve, love, LOVE!!! thanks for giving us all more ideas for using our own stash of patterned paper ... and these fabulous W&W products!

  15. Celebration, joy and happiness infused into all of your cards! So wonderfully inspiring!

  16. These are just the cutest, most festive party cards! Love the big balloon dies and dotted backgrounds

  17. These. Cards are so lovely. The designs and colors. Are just fabulous!


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