Sunday 28 February 2016

Winnie and Walter Belated 2nd Birthday Bash Challenge with Taheerah

I've been working very hard trying to catch up with my challenges and DT commitments, while also having fun in the sun with the kids. We spent this afternoon at the beach and had so much fun catching crabs, building sandcastles and swimming. I'm exhausted now but I'm running out of time to join in the fun for the Winnie and Walter Belated 2nd Birthday Bash Challenges.

This time I'm joining in with the lovely Taheerah's challenge where she has this beautiful photo for inspiration:

I really enjoy photo challenges because its so interesting to see what each person picks out of the image. The first thing that struck me was the carpet and its geometric pattern. I knew that would be the base for my design. Now how would I create it:

This took quite a long time to put together but was so fun playing with all the different elements. I started off by stamping and heat embossing the geometric stamp in white on some water colour paper. I then spent AGES using my black Zig brush marker to colour in each diamond shape. Tedious but worth the time.

I loved the paneling on the walls, so used some rectangle dies to create two sizes of frames around the geometric pattern and this was all adhered to the card front. The beautiful pink flower on the coffee table next caught my eye, so I stamped it twice on water colour paper with two different colour Distress Inks, and used a wet brush to colour them in. Once I fussy cut them both I adhered them to the card.

I also liked the rose gold colouring of the glasses on the table and remembered I had some embossing powder in a similar colour. So I die cut the 'happy' 3x from white CS, heat embossed one of them, then glued them all together. This was then adhered across the card. I also stamped the 'birthday' on a tiny piece of white CS and heat embossed in the same rose gold colour. A few sequins in pink and clear finished it off with a bit of sparkle.

The geometric stamp is from W&W Mini Scenery 'Do you see what I see?'. The 'happy' die is from W&W, as well as the flowers (from 'In Bloom: Addie's Garden) and the 'birthday' (from 'The Big, the Bold and the Happy'). The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge  (Anything Goes)

Seize the Birthday Challenge 

Inkspirational Challenge # 103

I have two more projects to post before I can sneak off to bed. Luckily its still very warm, so that's keeping me awake, although the mozzies coming through the window are getting very annoying......

Take care


  1. Stunning card - I love the big, bold bloom!
    Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, hope to see you again soon.
    Caryn xxx

  2. What a beautiful take on the inspiration photo!

  3. beautiful, love your layout.

  4. Those blooms are so pretty against the dramatic geometric background, Shona ... just lovely! Hugs, Anita :)

  5. Couldn't stop looking at Taheerah's inspiration piece when I first saw it...simply couldn't think of anything to do it justice but you sure did...this card is so beautiful and well executed. A marvel of loveliness.

  6. Oh, I love that geometric bg and it was worth spending all the time to colour it so neatly with the black!!! The flowers are beautiful and the sentiment and the double frame look great!!! Beautiful!!!!

  7. Love that dramatic background for those pretty flowers, Shona! Great take on Taheera's photo inspiration. Thanks so much for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  8. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love your take on the photo and your use of the geometric design. Love it!

  9. I love florals with geometrics - this card is so 'on trend'. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina