Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Leading Lady Taheerah Atchia | Take Five

It is that truly difficult time when we introduce our January Leading Lady, Taheerah Atchia before her final performance.  We are so very sad to say goodbye to Taheerah!  She's been with us five Saturdays this month and she's made our birthday so much brighter and more meaningful with her generosity, talent and joie de vivre!  We feel incredibly thankful and honored to have had Taheerah join us this month.  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her oh-so-trendy second performance CLICK HERE or her third crazy-clever performance CLICK HERE or her stunning gift of a fourth performance CLICK HERE.

This week I think Taheerah will take your breath away...I know she did just that to us.  Brava, Taheerah!

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!!

I've been looking forward to this post so very much, and at the same time, I am so sad about it too. I have had *such* a blast as Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady for this month that I really don't want it to end.

Firstly, let me thank you for all the fantastic support and sweet comments left on my debut performance. and also my second performance, third performance and fourth performance! And I have said it every week, but will still say it again: I cannot thank Julie and Shay enough for their amazing hospitality!! I have rarely been showered with such love, encouragement, praise and generosity. They are truly some of the most wonderful people I have ever had the privilege to work for.

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 have I been able to bring you some new and fun projects every Saturday for the entire month of January on the Winnie & Walter blog, but I also got a front row seat to all the birthday celebration fun they had 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 did 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!! The final sponsored one ends this weekend!!

So, back to today's scheduled performance! My final performance!!

Warning: photo-heavy post, like really heavy, ahead!!

We've just had an amazing month of celebrations, challenges, a *jaw-dropping* release (have you got your goodies yet?!) and even more!! Winnie & Walter certainly know how to throw a party!!

But, as anyone in Hollywood knows, the real fun starts at the After Party... 

An understated, yet elegantly enveloped invitation, stamped with sentiments from The Big, the Bold and Party, to invite you to the most exclusive of events... 

And on the reverse, a glittery gold wax seal, impressed with one of the images from Sparkle... 

Shall we get the party started?

Open up the envelope, and wow, what a sight!! Dazzling black glitter paper interior, with heat embossed dots created with the Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screenings!

And the invitation itself - a glitzy affair, with the streamers from The Party, sentiments from The Big, the Bold and Party, with a custom sentiment ('after') created with sentiments from The Big, the Bold and the Happy. More images from Sparkle, and some of the images touched up with some glitter too! The line at the bottom flanking the rsvp is from Scenery: The Party Hangover. I hand wrote the details of the invitation along the dashed lines created by Scenery: Stripes. By Invitation Only... 

Such an A-List invitation surely indicates one heck of a Soiree...

Are you ready to party?

How's that for a party?!?!

As you can see, I really went all out!! I baked that cake and those cupcakes, added frosting (disclaimer: this is my first ever attempt at frosting a cake/cupcakes, and I definitely have a new-found respect for those who can do it properly!) and black and gold sprinkles, then added some cute toppers!

Some were topped with cute little cupcake toppers, complete with sparklers! Sugar Rush and Sparkle are such pretty sets!!

And others topped with sentiment toppers, courtesy of The Big, the Bold and Party!!

BTW, see those mini sparklers? They're pretty awesome... 

One of my favourite details? The large banner on the cake!!

I created this by resizing the digital file of The Big, the Bold and Party to fit an 8."x11" piece of cardstock, printed with my laser printer then foiled with my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine! I then adhered it to two cake dowels and pushed it into the cake! BTW, the cake has white, gold and black layers inside - but I couldn't bear to cut it open!!

A few other finishing touches, such as adding some glitter into the clear balloons, adding some die cut confetti to the table, and some champagne (of course!) and you can party on into the night in style!

So, that's a wrap on my final week as Leading Lady! What do you all think? I've had the -most- *amazing* time as Leading Lady, and I really hope I left you inspired, excited, enthralled and amazed!! If you ever want to keep an eye on what else I'm making then please feel free to visit my blog and follow me in one of the many possible ways! :D

To make my parting a little easier, 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 the 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! :-) Today is the last day to leave comments on all FIVE of my posts!

I want to end this post by once again thanking Julie and Shay from the bottom of my heart. None of this would have been possible without them, and I am grateful and humbled and touched in ways they cannot ever fathom. Thank you girls, and I hope I did you proud!

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  1. TAHEERAH!!! What an awesome party you've put truly is amazing!

  2. Holy moly!!!! This is absolutely amazing!!! The initation and the party table are GORGEOUS!!! Way to go out with a bang!!!

  3. Awesome job girl! Everything looks fantastic :D

  4. I've enjoyed ALL of your posts this month on W & W. Not sure if I had time to comment on them all but enjoyed them just the same. I don't have any W & W stamps as yet but will certainly be taking another look and starting a wish list so I can.

  5. STUNNING Party!!!!!! You are truly AMAZING! ♥ Love your final post and really hate to say that "final" part. You have been such a great inspiration!!! Thank You ♥

  6. Wow I really enjoyed all your posts and what a great PARTY it has been. I especially love your last post not because it's your last post that's a pity but because the enormous amount of inspiration love evrything about it. So thank you very much for celebrating with Winnie & walter and make their stamps shine even more.

  7. Again! You did it AGAIN!! You ROCKED this party for W & W!! Thanks for all your ideas, Taheerah! I'm sure I'll be seeing much more from you & W&W designs!!

  8. Amazing work once again! Always inspiring!!!

  9. Really fun decorations - I really love the cake banner, too!

  10. Wow, the pictures are just as awesome as the actual projects! Way to go Taheera!

  11. What a fabulous party! Great job Taheerah :)
    Kate xx

  12. tlhanks for the ideas for party invites and decorations.
    You've been an excellent leading lady.
    thanks for sharing

  13. Amazing, stunning, star quality! Taheerah has created a glamourous party with the the amazing W&W products!

  14. Now I know why you were looking for your sealing wax!!! What a soiree. You sure know how to play the role of leading lady. Great job, Taheerah. It was fun to see your enthusiam and beautiful creations.

  15. Wow- I want to go to this party!! LOVING all of it!

  16. You really have outdone yourself!! This all looks spectacular and extremely delicious. Wish I was at that party!!! Its been wonderful seeing your projects each week, will miss you here next month!

  17. Amazing! Love what you created and I love all of the new releases ( not so good for my credit card). I commented on your blog too.

  18. Wonderful, amazing, sparkly and cool!!! Just simply elegant and fun!!!

  19. Taheerah, I wouldn't have expected anything less from you, and that's saying a lot based on the enormous amount of effort that went into this post!! I spotted your Minc creation right away on the cake ... the w&w words look amazing in gold foil as a party decoration! Also a big fan of your embossing on the inside of your envelope. Such a great detail that's unexpected. I love surprises like that. Wonderful job as leading lady this month ... I enjoyed all of your posts. You should be very proud!!

  20. Oh my!!! You rock this month,Taheerah! I also do not want this to end :) Your project today is super duper amazing! This is a way to celebrate Winnie & Walter's birthday month. Thank you sooooo much for inspiring :)

  21. SUPER FABULOUS projects Taheerah - it's been so fun seeing your work here :)

  22. Amazing and wonderful creations!! Happy Birthday!

  23. Taheerah has put such a lot of work into her party planning and it's amazing! Love all the gold detailing!

  24. W O W w o w W OW
    You sure put on a WONDERFUL PARTY Taheerah!!!
    LOVE your invite, ELEGANT on the outside, STUNNING on the inside!!! I am so lucky to have the circle stencil and look forward to giving it a workout soon - I confess that I did not even think of using it for heat embossing => THANK YOU for the sharing this clever technique!!!
    Your cupcakes & toppers and cake & banner look FUN, FABULOUS and DELICIOUS :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, being an AWESOME Leading Lady and sharing the celebrations with Winnie & Walter all month long!!!
    PS - I wonder if you have any tips on cleaning the Versamark off your stencil? I shouldn't assume that you used it, you might have used a gold ink instead. I tried heat embossing on vellum for the 1st time this week and it has been a real challenge to remove the super stickiness from my A Tree For All Seasons sentiment stamps.

  25. What a dashing Birthday Party!!! The invitation is so appealing with lovely golden Celebrate banner and superb sparkly cupcakes, you really rocked this month! Amazing!!!

  26. What a fabulous birthday bash!!! Everything was absolutely amazing! So very inviting from all the creations made by Taheerah!! Awesome creations!! Definitely love it all!

  27. Wow! This is an amazing set of decorations. So glad to find this blog!

  28. Wow the birthday decoration is fabulous!

  29. So much awesome in one post. Amazing party decor by sweet Taheerah! A fantastic collection of new products this month. Had fun playing with you at W &W, happy birthday.

  30. Gorgeous! Pretty pink.posh sent me over and I am oh so glad~~

  31. girl. holy guacamole. this is absolutely over-the-top amazzzzzing! from that divine celebrate banner on the cake, to the fact that you baked and frosted all of your props... EVERYTHING is so well thought out and so well designed. I have greatly enjoyed your time as a leading lady, thank you for sharing your talent and providing gobs of inspiration!! xoxo

  32. I want to thank you for this nice idea for invite and decorations. In coming month I am planning a party and for that I am thinking to choose event venues Chicago as my venue. I already have attended a party of my friend at this venue and they offer great services.

  33. I don't know how I missed this... but what I know is that a party won't have the same meaning if Taheerah isn't there, she takes the concept to a whole new level :).


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