Saturday, July 7, 2018

July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew | Take One

Today is a wonderful day as I get to introduce our July Leading Lady Caren Bartholomew.  Caren is such a warm, down to earth, funny and talented person (who really knows how to make yarn pom poms).  I think you are going to adore the sense of joy and whimsy that she brings to her work.

I am really excited to see what Caren will be creating this month as she takes us on an adventure of her own design on Saturdays in July on the w&w blog.

Please give Caren a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our July Leading Lady! 


 Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be the Leading Lady for the month of July (my birthday month!) for Winnie and Walter. I had the pleasure of meeting Shay earlier this year at Stamping Away in Kansas. She is sweet, fun, and generous and I can't wait until we get to play stamps again some day! For week one, I'm going to focus on making cards from water colored backgrounds. I pulled out my water colors (which I need to do more) and made a few backgrounds. These are quick and easy to make and look gorgeous.


My first background, I used green and yellow water colors to make this simple and soft background. I then heat embossed the cute dancing animals from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs and a sentiment from Party On with Evelin T Designs. If your not a person that likes to color, this is a great way to show off these cute images.


For my next background, I used a wide brush to water color turquoise stripes on a piece of water color paper. I really love how this one turned out and wanted to show off the background, so I kept it simple and only used dies. I used one of the Love dies from In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways. I love this die set and am going to have to force myself not to use it on every card! The You dies are from Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways. I cut top layer out of the same water color paper I used from the background and the bottom layer is from the same card stock I used for the card base. I popped the you die cut up with some foam tape, and then added some turquoise and white twine at the top to finish off the card.


For card three, I water colored a background using pink and purple water colors, and then splattered some of the same colors on it. Instead of using it as a background, I stamped the sentiment beautiful and the flower images from In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans onto the background paper and used the coordinating cutaway dies to cut them out. I also water colored some green on water color paper, stamped the leaves, and die cut them. I used the same pink and purple water colors to splatter on a piece of white card stock. I arranged the flowers and leaves at the bottom of this piece, popping some of the flowers up with dimensional foam tape. I white heat embossed the Have a and Day onto some black card stock to complete the sentiment. I had so much fun making these cards and showcasing the wonderful products from Winnie and Walter .


At the end of the month, there will be a giveaway of a $30 gift card from Winnie and Walter on my blog -

I'll see you next week, thanks for joining me!



  1. Cute cards! I really love the striped one!

    1. Thank you, that's my favorite background of the three!

  2. Adorable and cute cards! So soft in colors!

  3. Awesome cards! Looking forward to visiting Caren's blog!

  4. Very pretty cards - I love all the sweet color choices!

  5. Pretty cards and backgrounds, makes me want to get out my watercolors!

  6. Beautiful, fun and sweet cards Caren!

  7. Beautiful backgrounds and love the cute critters.

  8. Happy BD & congrats on being July's Leading Lady! Love your cards--especially the turquoise stripes!

  9. Gorgeous styles and designs created with these watercolour backgrounds. Happy birthday to you and I'm looking forward to your other projects.

  10. I love these adorable watercolored cards and the way that Caren used such a variety of techniques.

  11. Congrats on being the new July Leading Lady, Caren!!!
    Adorable cards!!!

  12. Congrats on being the leading lady on your birthday month! Happy birthday too! Delightful cards, x

  13. Well.....I, for one, have a huge stack of watercolor backgrounds just waiting to have your lovely techniques unleashed on them! lol.... Thank you for sharing!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


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