Saturday, January 10, 2015

January Leading Lady Taheerah Atchia | Take Two

Our January Leading Lady, Taheerah Atchia is back for her second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Taheerah has sprinkled some of her magic into each of her projects today.  Now on to the grand Taheerah show.... 

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!!

I've been looking forward to this Saturday ever since the last Saturday, lol! That's because it means I'm able to bring you another post as Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady for this month!!!

Firstly, let me thank you for all the fantastic support and sweet comments left on my debut performance. And again, I cannot thank Julie and Shay enough for their amazing hospitality, wonderful support and encouragement, and even greater generosity!! I'm still a little overwhelmed by it all!! Hope it doesn't show in today's performance, lol!

I just wanted to remind you that my appearances as Leading Lady are just one of many many events happening on the Winnie & Walter blog in celebration of their birthday month!

NOT ONLY do I get to bring you some new and fun projects every Saturday for the entire month of January on the Winnie & Walter blog, but I also get a front row seat to all the birthday celebration fun they'll be having too! AND January is my birthday month too, so I felt even more like a pampered star, with my birthday being celebrated in a very special way! I feel utterly spoiled and can't thank Julie & Shay enough for their hospitality and generosity!!


I wanted to also remind you that Julie and Shay very generously offered to sponsor my Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge for this entire month too!!! 

So not only do I get to bring you some inspiration every Saturday (& a giveaway for those posts too!!) but you also get the chance to win prizes for my challenge also!!! Make sure you play along with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning awesome prizes!!

So, back to today's scheduled performance!

Given that Shay and Julie are busy treading the boards at CHA this weekend, it got me thinking about what CHA means to me, and how I could translate that into today's projects! Well, to me, one massive part of CHA is seeing what will be trending in the papercrafting world this year, and so, being the trend-loving girl that I am, I decided it was the perfect time to revisit some of the biggest trends in papercrafting from 2014 and showcase some of my favourites among those trends!! Maybe you'll even see some of your favourite trends too - I've showcased around 3 trends per card!!

And of course, we all know that Winnie & Walter are super-trendy themselves, so their designs work perfectly here!!

My first card embraces a host of the big blockbuster trends - watercolour, bokeh and hand lettering - and even throwing in another favourite too - stencils!

I love how this turned out!!

I watercoloured a panel of Pure White cardstock and then used the Duo: Flash Creative Screenings and Scenery: Flash Creative Screenings to stencil on some bokeh flashes with white ink. Who says bokeh has to be round?!

When all of that was dry I heat embossed the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and You with white embossing powder to complete the look! Once the panel was adhered to the base this was pretty much a one-layer card!

Next up, I really felt the spotlight should shine on gold, ombre, deer and hashtags!

Eek!! I could not love this more!!

I spritzed my panel with gold mist (another trend - mists!) to create an ombre effect. Next I swiped on some gel medium and added a smattering of gold and clear glitters. There's some great sparkle and shine on this card!

I wanted to keep the rest of the design quite modern, so I stamped the stag from Winter Woodland and the sentiment from The Big, the Bold and You with black ink. I couldn't resist adding a hand-drawn hashtag to really make this trend! (hashtag, trend, geddit? I'm here every week. For this month at least. *wink*).

And finally, a trend-tastic combination of mint, sequins, hand lettering (again) and generational stamping!

I hope you can make out all that awesome detail and the large hello! It's so pretty in person!

I used the large 'hello' screen from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Creative Screenings and kept it in place on my panel using some rolled up bits of washi tape (to make them double-sided). I then stamped lots of sequins from Scenery: Big Bang Bling using mint ink and a few in brown ink all around/overlapping the screen. I used generational stamping to vary the depth of the colours. When I was done and removed it it left behind that wonderful sequin-surrounded greeting :-)

I stamped some star shaped sequins next in black ink. What's that, Winnie & Walter don't have a star-shaped sequin stamp? Well, with a little technique you can create the look! I inked up the stars from Scenery: Big Bang Confetti then pressed a pin head onto the centre of the stamps to remove a small circle of ink before stamping! I finished up by stamping supporting sentiments from The Big, the Bold and the Happy and The Big, the Bold and You.

If you think you recognise the inspiration for this card you'd be right - it's inspired by the current w&w 1st Birthday Bash | Collage Challenge with Laura! Make sure you link up your own take on the challenge to be in with yet another chance to win big from Winnie & Walter! I told you they were generous!! *wink*

So, that's a wrap on my second week as Leading Lady! What do you all think? I've had *such* fun putting these cards together, so I can hardly wait for next week! I hope you feel the same way! :D If you are impatiently waiting (like me!) how about a little something to sweeten the deal? :-)

I'll be giving away a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter this month! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on my Leading Lady posts on my blog! The more posts you comment on the greater your chance of winning, so be sure to comment every week to improve your odds! I'll announce the winner at the end of the month! :-)

I want to once again extend my sincerest thanks to Julie & Shay for giving me this opportunity! I cannot tell you how much it means to me, and I hope I'll do you girls, and your amazing products, justice!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way!!

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  1. WOW! Just love all your cards. They show such creativity. I love all the watercolor softness and background accents. Fabulous!

  2. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love all of these cards! The #awesome card is just stunning!

  3. These cards ROCK!!! So very trendy and fun!!

  4. Awesome cards!!!! I can't even pick a fav out of them....they each hold that something spectacular and I LOVE them!!! ♥

  5. Loved your Performance and cards today. Bravo!

  6. AWESOME! I have wanted to create a bokeh card in soft pinks for a while, but I'm pretty sure it will never look as fabulous as your card. And your other cards are equally trendy and stunning. Also love your stamped sequins. I must remember that trick.

  7. Love watching how the trends take shape and change when artists push the envelope to greater and greater heights! (star shaped bokeh, anyone?) Happy January Birthday too!

  8. Loving your beautiful
    Carla from Utah

  9. More awesomeness from you, Taheera! I've pinned all the ideas. Thanks! And thanks to W & W for such fabulous products and FUN!

  10. Awesome idea to showcase 2014 trends today! Love all these trendy cards! I do hope watercoloring stays trendy in 2015:)

  11. Love the cards, thanks for the chance to win such a fab prize.

  12. BEAUTIFUL cards!! Thank you for the inspiration:)

  13. The deer is my favorite - I guess because I love animals.
    The gold mist is so pretty.
    The first card is warm and fun - love the look.
    The last card is more simple but very nice too.
    thanks for sharing some great projects and techniques

  14. Very nice! love both cards but the bokeh effect one is my fave!! TFS!

  15. Oh, how I love bokeh! Great card. All of your cards are great.

  16. All the cards came out fantastic! Love the technique!

  17. MAGICAL set of cards Taheerah - LOVE them ALL!!!
    LOVE congrats card, the techniques & effects are DELIGHTFUL!!! I look forward to trying them too!!! As for Bokeh stars, they are FUN - here is a photo that I took of our geraniums - your card reminded me of this photo the second I saw it -
    Your #awesome card is SERIOUSLY AWESOME - WOW - the SPARKLE is AMAZING and such an ELEGANT design!!! MORE techniques & products for me to try :)
    Your hello my friend card is GORGEOUS - LOVE your CLEVER stamping & stencilling, such PRETTY, DELICATE colours too!!! YES, MORE techniques & products for me to try :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your BEAUTIFUL cards today - I feel INSPIRED by the techniques & trends you have highlighted and look forward to getting CREATIVE trying them too!!!

  18. Beautiful set of cards. Love the neat backgrounds.

  19. Great idea for showcasing the latest trends in cardmaking. All your cards are fab!
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  20. All fabulous... but you HAD me at the first!!! I'm inspired to try it!
    =] Michele

  21. Fabulous trio of cards, especially love the booked effect :-)

  22. I looooooooooooooooove the golden deer card. It is just preeetty. Wish i'd seen it before christmas :)

  23. Your cards are so beautiful. Love the sequin one.

  24. Wow, wow and wow!!!
    Such fabulous cards. You
    did well showcasing the trends :-)

  25. beautiful cards Taheerah!! awesome work

  26. I love these cards! The combination of techniques and trends is so fun! Thank you for sharing and for inspiring me to go create something!

  27. I absolutely adore the golden background you created here behind the deer and the '#' is so cool - never seen this on a card- GENIUS!! =o)

  28. Wow these cards all rock love them. Thanks for sharing all this inspiration.

  29. So pretty! Love the water coloured congrats card.

  30. Gorgeous ombre effect on the gold mist card. Love the simplicity and elegance.

  31. Amazing cards! I learn new techniques every time I visit your blog!

  32. Love the deer card especially- the textured glitter really sets of the card beautifully!

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  34. Beautiful cards...I esp. like the soft look you created with the first card.

  35. Once again stunning cards! Keep the inspiration coming!


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