Hey everyone, and happy new year!

Thanks for stopping by on what I can only describe as the beginning of a very exciting month of celebrations for Winnie & Walter’s first birthday! Woohoo! And, it all kicks off with a different birthday challenge set by each member of the DT.

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The theme for my challenge is Distress Inks and Patterns – this is an absolute favourite of mine, and a consistent style that pops up on a lot of my cards 😉 I love creating patterns from various stamp sets – the sky’s the limit! But, combining that with the bright colours from the Distress palette just seems to make everything zing that much more! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Birthday Month Challenge - Distress Inks and Patterns.

I began by stamping the large heart image from the You’ve Got Mail set onto a cardstock panel repeatedly in the following Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn. I find that this combination of colours gives you a beautiful rainbow effect every time! I also stamped the tiny heart image from the same set around the pattern for a more fuller effect.

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Birthday Month Challenge - Distress Inks and Patterns.

I then took the ‘Love’ die from The Big, the Bold and the Happy Cutaways and die-cut it out of the centre of the stamped pattern. I also cut it out of some black cardstock a few times, flipped the panel over and adhered a piece of scratch paper behind the aperture. I then adhered the die-cuts back into place. Here’s a closeup to show you what I mean…

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Birthday Month Challenge - Distress Inks and Patterns.

Before foam mounting the panel to a card base, I stamped a supporting sentiment from the same set with black dye ink. To finish, I scattered over some matching sequins 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Winnie and Walter Birthday Month Challenge - Distress Inks and Patterns.

I hope you’ll play along with this challenge and all the other ones set by the rest of the DT – you’ll find more details over at the Winnie & Walter blog – you’ll need to use at least one Winnie & Walter product. Winners of each challenge will be chosen randomly by Winnie & Walter

If you wish to be considered for the April Guest Star spot, you will need to do at least four of the challenges with four different projects, with a clear focus on w&w products. The winner of the April Guest Star spot will *not* be random.

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Thanks for popping by!

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