Thursday 16 February 2023

Hip Hip Hooray!

Challenge #232 has just gone live at Time Out and it's a special one - we challenge you to Celebrate our 9th Birthday!

It's 9 years Sandie and Nonni started this fabulous challenge and to celebrate Sandie is joining us as our very special birthday guest, so do pop over and say hello to Sandie and leave her some love!

We also have the desert diva herself Hannelie joining us as our guest designer.  At the top of Hannelie's blog, she has a quote from Milton Glaser "There are three responses to a piece of design - yes, no and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for."  Prepare to be WOWed!

Last week I was reminded that I had bought the magnificent Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms Die Set as a birthday present last year but hadn't actually used yet!  As soon as I saw this die set used in a card, I just "had to have it" and then promptly forgot about it - to be fair I did have six weeks in Australia just after it arrived followed by Christmas!  

Anyway, I sat down this week and cut and assembled a bunch of blooms in various pinks and purples.  I raided my snippets for the blooms and foliage and added distress inks for depth and variegation. 

My choir director turns 50 next month and she loves flowers .... and her piano of course!  I thought the flowers would look stunning against the black and white of piano keys (Memory Box Piano Border).   I also thought the Bohemian Detail Plate would add just the right amount of detail in the background.  I laid the panel above the border die on a folded A4 card base and trimmed it down - I needed a larger than usual card because everyone in the choir will want to add their own wishes for our beloved leader and these magnificent blooms deserved the space this afforded!  As a result, it's an odd-sized card but it doesn't have to go in the post and I'll just deliver it in an A5 envelope or make one to fit!

This challenge is being sponsored by Newton's Nook Designs.

There's a very generous $25 Store Credit being offered to our winner as voted by the DT plus an invitation to guest design with us in a future challenge!   

How will you our 9th Birthday Celebration theme inspire you - I'm looking forward to viewing your lovely creations in the gallery - you have until March 1st to come play cards with us!  Pop over to Time Out where my team mates and two special guests have some lovely designs waiting to inspire you!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges (the link is under each of the photos)!

NBUS Challenge #47

Player's Badge
Snippets Playground Challenge #447

Flower Challenge #77

Seize the Birthday Challenge #255 
My initials are K and L
Keys (Piano) and Leaves

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments always brighten my day!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. This is super Kate, love the blooms and fab idea to arrange them with the piano keys x

  2. It is a beautiful set and so good that you used it! Your card is a beauty! Sounds a bit farniliar; I have a lot of stamps and a few diecuts that I haven't used jet... Hugs, Gerrina

  3. Thank you for coming to play in the Snippets Playground with this BEAUTIFUL card. It's absolutely perfect for your choir leader.
    Once you've finished playing on the swings, you're welcome to climb the rope ladder to the Playground Treehouse and join us for a hot beverage and a snack. xxx

  4. Kate... love these flowers. The addition of the keyboard was such a nice element! Happy Birthday to you!

  5. Gorgeous!!!! I love the added piano keys at the bottom and the stitched background. Thanks for using our topping and for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  6. Oh wow! What a stunning and elegant card you've created for your friend! I bet she'll love it !

  7. Wow, your card is stunning!!! I love your card idea and design!!!

  8. Your choir director is going to be thrilled with this card, Kate. Adding the piano keyboard was such a great idea and the lovely flowers decorate it beautifully.

  9. Fabulous card Kate, a perfect design for your choir director. xx

  10. Wow Kate - what a fabulous card this is! PERFECT!


    Di xx

  11. What a fabulous card for your flower loving choir director. I love every detail - the background, the keyboard, the flowers with the inky shading. She is going to love it!

  12. This is a gift in itself for your choir director, Kate! Stunning! She will be wowed for sure! The blooms. are so elegant, and perfect against the piano keys. We are thrilled to see it in the Flower Challenge lineup! Thanks for playing along!

  13. Fabulous card for a 50th birthday. Love how you arranged the pretty flowers over the piano keyboard, perfect card for your choir director. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday..

  14. What a beautiful birthday card for your choir director! So perfectly personalized with those fab piano keys and gorgeous die cut floral spray! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Flower Challenge!

    Stef, DT

  15. Oh my goodness--the absolute perfect card for your choir director! So beautifully created!

  16. I come from the Snippets Playground to look better :) your card, it's absolutely amazing!!

  17. I saw your card at NBUS and just had to come take a closer look. This is gorgeous!!!

  18. What a wonderful Birthday card Kate...Love everything about this card, the flowers, background and the piano keys... Hugsxx


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