©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Birthday Shay!

Hello and welcome to a very special blog post!

Today, a few of us are celebrating JE Shay’s birthday – Shay is one half of the amazingly generous team behind Winnie & Walter. Her partner, Julie, has put together this wonderful blog hop in honour of Shay’s big day.


Hopefully, you have arrived from Kelly Griglione’s blog and after me, you’re next stop is Vanessa Menhorn! Here’s my card – I dabbled with a bit of watercolouring for this one, having felt so inspired by this card from Debby Hughes. Debby makes everything look so effortless and elegant!

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

I began by stamping the rough outline of my design onto a white cardstock panel with black ink, using images from Winnie and Walter’s Sugar Rush (the cake stand, the cake and the little cake topper flags). I also inked up Mini Scenery: The Peppermint Zone with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, misted with water, dabbed away some of the ink around the edges and then stamped on top. I trimmed this piece down to slightly smaller than the card base with the largest frame from Avery Elle’s Finished Frames ELLE-ments set.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

On a separate piece of cardstock, I heat embossed the cake image in white so that it would act as a resist. This was the piece that Debby’s technique was used on – I painted some water all over the cake, then dipped my brush into some watercolour paint and lightly dabbed the left side of the image – the water literally does the work for you! Here’s a closeup:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

After I finished watercolouring the cake, I fussy cut it out and moved on to colouring the flags on the cake topper. I then took some really tiny heart and star dies from Finished Frames to die-cut the apertures for the shaker. I adhered a piece of acetate on the back of the cake and added foam pads all around the edges before filling with chunky silver glitter.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

The cake was then paper pieced in place on the stamped panel. I flicked some gold ink splats for a bit of interest and moved onto the sentiment. I stamped the outline banner image from Winnie and Walter’s The Big, the Bold and Extras onto some pattern paper and then stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted’s A Little Sentimental. This too was fussy cut out and then foam mounted to the main panel.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter / JE Shay Birthday Blog Hop

Finally, I foam mounted the whole thing to a card base and added some gold and silver sequins! Phew – that was a long one 😉

Happy Birthday Shay 😉

In case you missed a stop, here’s the entire blog hop list – thanks for stopping by!

Winnie & Walter Blog
Joni Andaya
Suzanne Dahlberg
Kelly Griglione
Mayuri – << you are here!
Vanessa Menhorn
Gayatri Murali
Heather Pulvirenti
Laura Sterckx

22 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Shay!

  1. Kelly Griglione says:

    Oh, Mayuri, I just LOVE how your used the peppermint stamp as a light background to your party cake!!! What a great, and non-Christmasy, use of that image! Plus you’ve got the watercolor going on, and the mini-shaker … Shay will fall in love with your card!

  2. Shay says:

    Like Kelly said I have fallen in love with your card, Mayuri! It is magical, delightful and a swirly-wirly dream of a cake sort of card. lol I am so delighted with the dimension of the background and on the cake itself. Just caketastic. 😉 Thank you!

  3. Julie Mogford says:

    The peppermint zone background is one of my favorite stamps and to see it here is magical! Love how it looks behind the cake!!! The card is just so fun and fantastic.

  4. Nora says:

    This is divine!! I love the fun sparkles behind the cake!! Great way to use the Peppermint Twist stamp too. STUNNING design!!

  5. JOAN SMITH says:

    OMG Your card literally took my breath away WOW what a cake…..you really did do one super outstanding creative job….and wow girl you sure did a great artistic job with your inks. You are one super talented gal!! Shay is so going to love her card!
    YOU so ROCK!!

  6. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW wow WOW
    FUN & FABULOUS card Mayuri 🙂
    LOVE IT ALL, from the top of the banner of your DELICIOUS SPARKLING glitter-filled cake, to the STUNNING swirls of your background!!!

  7. Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) says:

    What a fun card. Love all your details. Especially the background. Really makes it all pop. Happy Birthday to Shay!!!

  8. bestamped says:

    This card is stunning, Mayuri!! I love the watercolor look on the cake and the way it blends in the pink stenciled background! Beautiful work!!

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