February 16, 2018

Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!

Today a group of card designers have joined together to celebrate Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday with a blog hop. The theme for this blog hop is Celebrating Love and Friendship.

We at Winnie & Walter have been celebrating the birthday for this whole month. There are plenty of challenges to play along and also lots of giveaways as well. Check out Winnie & Walter Blog for more details.

For today’s hop, you should have come from Emily Leiphart’s Blog. But never to worry if you have not, I will give you the entire list of participants of the blog hop towards the end of the post.

So for the hop I have couple of cards. Here is the first one.

Last week, I shared an Eat Cake card. Here is the post if you haven’t seen the card. This card is a cooler version of the same card. Meaning I have used cool colours on the background. The background of the card is made using distress oxide inks and sealed with distress glaze to bring out the vivid colours and layers, similar to the Eat Cake card. I used normal glossy photo paper as this technique works best on glossy paper. Lighting is not that very good at the moment so the photo does not capture the colours and layer very well. You will see them in the closeup photos better.

I die cut the paper using W&W’s Essentials’s Audrey’s Cutaway. Love the small scallop edges. I also die cut a 4.25″x5.50″ size black glitter paper using the same die and used the negative of the die cut on the card front with the scallop panel inlaid inside to form card front.

I coloured the cupcake from Wish Big stamp set using copic markers and die cut usng the coordinating cutaway. I also die cut a vellum scallop circle from Ring in Celebration cutaway to layer behind the cupcake die. I adhered this on the top centre of the card.

The sentiment is from W&W’s In a Word: Birthday Tiles Cutaway die cut using the same black glitter paper and adhered below the cupcake. Finally black sequins to tie in all the black elements together.

Here are some closeups for you.

I am obsessed with this kind of background right now. Next is venturing into alcohol inks. All the stamp sets and dies used to make this card are available at Winnie & Walter store. The distress oxide inks and other supplies are available at Simon Says Stamp store.


My next card features Winnie & Walter’s newly released stamp sets: Dog-gone Cute, Scenery: Seeing Hearts and In a Word: Love.

This is a nearly an one layer card. I actually made one layer panel but I had to die cut the panel using W&W Essentials: Katharine Cutaway. Lol! I love diemension. There is a lot of stamping, masking, sponging and colouring in this card. I started with stamping the dogs and ball first as they are in the foreground, masked them and then using stamp positioner stamped the dog house and bowl. I masked the bowel and dog house as well, used the bone folder and burnished the masks. I then sponged distress oxide inks on the background. I used Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral distress oxide inks. I added clear water spatters and dabbed the excess off with a cloth.

I removed the masks and coloured the stamped images with copic markers.I also added some details using Sakura white gel pen. with the copic markers, I added some shading to ground the images. Then back into the stamp positioner to stamp the falling hearts using W&W’s Seeing Heart stamp set and Abandoned Coral distress oxide on top of the panel. I love adding more subtle stamping on the background. They give more texture and interest to rather boring plain background.

While the panel is in the stamp positioner, I stamped the sentiment from In a Word: Love stamp set using versafine onyx black ink. Then used the individual hearts from Seeing Hearts stamp set to stamp couple of more hearts on top of the two dogs using Abandoned Coral distress oxide ink. That’s it! But I had to die cut this panel using the largest rectangle die from Katherine Cutaway and use foam adhesive to adhere on the white card base.

Here are some closeups of the card.

I love the images on Dog-gone Cute stamp set. There are coordinating dies for the stamp set too. All the stamp sets and dies used to make this card are available at Winnie & Walter store. The distress oxide inks and other supplies are available at Simon Says Stamp store.


Hope you enjoyed my projects today. Your next stop is to Amy Kolling’s Blog. But before you head there, make sure you leave comment below and every blog you visit. There will be 4 winners picked at random from the entire blog hop who will each receive $40 credit to the W&W shop. How cool is that prize? Deadline for leaving comments for the giveaway is the end of the month (February 28 11:59 p.m. CST).

Here is the list of all the participants of this blog hop!

W&W blogRubeena IanigroKelly Griglione, Jessica Frost-Ballas, Lea Lawson, Laura BassenHeather HoffmanCheiron BrandonVanessa MenhornAmy TsurutaLaura Sterckx Isha GuptaTaheerah AtchiaMiriam Pratner Keren BakerEmily LeiphartGayatri Murali (that’s me!),  Amy KollingKate CapperLaurie Willison, Crystal Thompson and Evelin Tee (instagram)

Happy Hopping!


  1. Great cards, Gayatri!!!

  2. I love them both! That cupcake one is absolutely delish!

  3. Deepa Lakshman says

    Love the backgrounds you created. The cupcake is sweet.

  4. these are awesome!

  5. Patti Bailey says

    I love both of your cards. The backgrounds on both are gorgeous!!!

  6. A duo of delights guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke mega-watt smiles! Crushing over the scrumptious cupcake and smitten with the snuggling pups! Thank you for the inspiration…shopping list growing!

  7. Becca Yahrling says

    The background you created for the cupcake is yummy (just
    like I’ll bet that cupcake is! lol). Beautiful cards

  8. Really like how you made the backgrounds work with your main image. Great cards!

  9. I love your ideas!

  10. Debbie Rumpza says

    Fabulous cards… Your backgrounds are stunning!

  11. Lovely cards, thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Totally fabulous backgrounds on your amazing cards!! Esp love how you added hearts. Wonderful work!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  13. Love the background on the cupcake card. Thank you for sharing.

  14. These are both so pretty! I LOVE the backgrounds you’ve created!

  15. Always love your vibrantly coloured cards- the first one is my favourite with the amazing background! x

  16. Your cupcake liner looks three-dimensional! The sweet dog card made me say Awwwww, so cute!

  17. Oh I love these. Beautiful colors in the first one. The second….hear me squeal!! LOVE that sweet card. Such a sweet doggie image…love love love ♥

  18. These are wonderful! I love them both, but I have to say – the colour combo of the first one definitely won me over! 🙂

  19. Lovely creations! The background and colors on the first are too goo!

  20. Hey Gayatri! As always, love your cards! Your coloring on the cupcake is so fun with all those white highlights. And love the more subtle use of the hearts on your last card by blending the background in a similar color. I am filing that idea away! Hugs

  21. joy meadows says

    Both of your card are so nicely done, Gayatri! Love the backgrounds.

  22. Both cards are lovely. The backgrounds are beautiful.

  23. Fabulous cards! I love the dotting on the cupcake frosting and well, those dogs are sooooo cute!

  24. Great colors on the cupcake card and such a sweet dog Love card.

  25. Teresa Godines #6857 says

    Beautiful background on the first card. Love the added vellum to soften the transition from the background to the image. The second card is precious. TFS

  26. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. Both cards are fabulous!

  28. Anushree Vaish says

    Adorable cards….love ur style…so creative always…thnks for sharing

  29. Laurie Brouillard says

    Both cards are prefect.

  30. Super pretty! Love your colors –

  31. Who wouldn’t love a cupcake card! 😊

  32. The pups in love are super sweet, I love the scene your created!

  33. Cathy Lillie says

    Super cute and colorful cards! Both of your backgrounds are fantastic! I love the little scene you made with the dog stamp set!

  34. Wow… Beautiful cards..Love both of them.. especially the second one..

  35. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create!!!

  36. I love both cards, but the puppy cards just made a huge jump to the top of my wishlist.

  37. Awesome cards!

  38. Catherine Gray says

    This dog card is one of the cutest cards I’ve ever seen!

  39. Nice cards! Especially love the first one : these colors ahhhhh 💙

  40. Love the green and blue background! Fabulous colors!

  41. susie sonnier says

    Happy Birthday Winnie & Walter!!!

  42. Kathy J in Ellicott City says

    Beautiful card!

  43. Iris Soscia says

    So pretty – love the backgrounds.

  44. Katie Baird says

    I love both cards, but the first one is amazing! I cannot wait to try that technique 😊

  45. Love your cards! So pretty! Aren’t ink’d backgrounds just so fun! You did a great job! Love those pups too! Need to get over to W&W and see this new release! So many wonderful new products to see!

  46. Marianne Boulejiouch says

    Love, love, love the colors in both the cards.

  47. Christina Brashears says

    Pretty cards. Love the “Love” font. The backgrounds are soo pretty.

  48. I love your use of backgrounds and unexpected colors. The background on the cupcake card is so beautiful, and I love that you made bright teal frosting to match it! And the coloring is just superb. And then on your dog card, your little pink/white puppy is a delightful surprise. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  49. such vibrant colors – beautiful

  50. Love how vibrant your colors are!

  51. Denise Bryant says

    Love that big cupcake and the sweet pups! Awesome cards!
    Happy 4th birthday to W&W!

  52. Arianna Barbara says

    Oh my!!! Awesome cards!!! I’m totally in love for the gorgeous backgrounds!!!

  53. Lisa Scanlon says

    How fun! Can’t wait to get my ink Oxides! Love the colors you used! I’d be happy to get either of these cards! Magnificent

  54. Annette Gordon says

    That 2nd card with those dogs and the scene you created! Just Wow! Love it! What a cute stamp set.

  55. Beautiful backgrounds & the second card is just adorable!

  56. Leslie Kiley says

    Both of your cards are so nicely done. I love the backgrounds and the beautiful colors.

  57. These cards are so unique and vibrant. Love the colour combination of both of them. Thank you for sharing.

  58. Both of these cards are awesome! Love the yummy cupcake and those sweet pups have my heart.

  59. Wonderful cards…love the background on the first and the cute scene on the last.

  60. Awesome cards!

  61. SQUEAL!! AWESOME Cards!! I LOVE the Designs and the Colors!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  62. Beautiful cool and warm backgrounds. The pups are adorable.

  63. Kristin McCann says

    OK now he made me want to buy the cupcakes. And the love card is darling.

  64. Dee Earnshaw says

    wow the colors on the background are super gorgeous – thanks for the ideas:)

  65. Sweet sweet cards:-)

  66. Preeti Datta says

    Beautiful cards 🙂

  67. A pink doggie! Well that is certainly perfect for a love card!

  68. Your delightful cards make me smile, Gayatri! The colors and details are so perfect. Feeling a lot of love for each of your cards. Thank you so much for joining in on the hop! 🙂

  69. Marjorie DUMONTIER says

    You made such a wonderful set of cards !

  70. KT Fit Kitty says

    Both cards are adorable and I enjoyed looking at each one! Your puppy love scene stole my heart! Soooooooo cuuuuuuuuuute!

  71. I love the bright and happy color in your cards! This really lifts my spirits!

  72. Andrea Shell says

    Fabulous cards! Love the backgrounds and your coloring!

  73. Fabulous cards! Really love the background of the cupcake one!

  74. Gilda (McStamper) says

    Love your fantastic cards.

  75. Judie Attard says

    Awesome bright cards! Thanks for sharing!

  76. Awww! I love the falling hearts behind the sweet pair of pups! And that gorgeous cupcake background, too!

  77. Both cards are great, but I do love the little dogs who are obviously in love! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Love both your cards! Your backgrounds are fantastic. That cupcake looks absolutely delicious 🙂

  79. Love both the cards! Cake and doggies = perfection!

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