Happy Birthday To Me – Seize The Cupcake AND A Giveaway!

By Taheerah | 8th January 2017 | 149 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Forgive me the unusual publishing time, but I’ve been busy celebrating! You see, today’s my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

It seems a lot of people shy away from celebrating their birthday as they get older – but I think you should celebrate it, whatever your age! You’re only as old as you feel – and personally, I don’t feel my age, and I don’t intend to either!

I’ve had a wonderful day, filled with doing plenty of the things that I love – including making myself a birthday card! It’s become a bit of a tradition now – but as a designer of cards, what birthday would be complete without a birthday card of my own?

Seize The Cupcake Birthday Card by Taheerah Atchia

If you’ve visited me before, you know I take cake very seriously. And so, along with actual birthday cake, I just had to finish some cute cupcakes on my card this year! These are from the awesome WPlus9 Sweets And Treats set, and they are so deliciously designed!

Seize The Cupcake Birthday Card by Taheerah Atchia

I coloured them with Copics and added Glossy Accents and a little sprinkling of glitter. I went for some of my favourite colours – pink, mint and gold, and lots of white space. *smile*

Seize The Cupcake Birthday Card by Taheerah Atchia

The card base is stamped with Neat & Tangled’s Time Warp stamp, and heat embossed with sparkly gold embossing powder. I blended some Distress Ink in a halo so that the card base wasn’t so stark and so it complimented the colours on the cupcakes. As for those numbers? I pulled out an old-but-still-fun product – shrink plastic! I die cut the numbers using dies from Papertrey Ink, added the detail with a white Prismacolor pencil and a gold Sharpie, then heated them up to shrink ’em down. I love this little brainwave – and it’s the perfect way to shout about my age!

Seize The Cupcake Birthday Card by Taheerah Atchia

I’m really looking forward to making this year my best one yet!


It may be my birthday – but I’m giving you the chance to have a present from me! I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to an online crafting store of your choice! To enter please leave me a comment wishing me a Happy Birthday and give me a compliment. This is very specific, so please take the time to follow the rules as other comments won’t count! *smile*.

I’ll leave this giveaway open until 23:59EST on Sunday 15th January and will announce the winner on the 16th, all being well.

I’ll also be giving hosting another giveaway just for Instagram followers – so make sure you follow me on there and enter!

Good luck – and thanks for stopping by!


149 thoughts on “Happy Birthday To Me – Seize The Cupcake AND A Giveaway!”

  1. Happy birthday to you! You did a very nice job on those fabulous cupcakes! I love the fun playfulness of your card–the colors and details are gorgeous! Here’s to many more amazing birthdays! You are talented and it will be fun to see what you share this year. Have a fabulous year!

  2. Birthday blessings, Taheerah! (Mine was the 6th, but I’m a few years older, like 23!!) First, you did a fabulous job with the advent calendar….fun and helpful! I had never heard of some of those products or businesses. Second, you cards are wonderful and inspire me to try something new! Keep up the great work!

  3. Happy birthday, Taheerah!!
    You are so awesome and beautiful!! Hope this year brings you lots of joy!
    Also, your card is so SWEET…Love it!

  4. Well Happy Birthday! Beautiful, talented and generous! Plus you are a Capricorn like me… Yep, my birthday is in a few days too … Hope you had a great day!

  5. Happy Birthday to you! My 55th birthday is this Friday… yep, 55 on Friday the 13th!! I’d say I’m lucky…or I call it blessed!! I LOVE your idea for the numbers and I think I have some shrink plastic in my stash! You are a clever girl! (*hint… that’s a compliment!*) I’ll be having a giveaway on my blog on my birthday too! Sweet blessings!

  6. Happy Birthday Taheerah! Your art is an inspiration and your posts always bring a smile to my face with your upbeat personality! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

  7. Happy Birthday! I have to say that I just love your enthusiasm! For your birthday and all you do. You go, girl!

  8. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays. You are such a talented and caring individual. You shine bright and are an inspiration to us all!!?Such a gorgeous card !

  9. Happy #36. Birthdays should be celebrated! Love your sweet card and all the hard work you put into the advent extravaganza was fabulous!

  10. Happy Birthday Taheerah!thirty – six years young,I can’t even REMEMBER that age.You where it well honey.I love the incredible ideas you come up with ( Shrink Wrap) who’d have thought ?? Taheerah did!!.Its awesome and I must try this.Thank you for inspiring me…AGAIN!! Continue to have an AWESOME day.

  11. Happy birthday girl! I’m all with you on the celebrations – what’s the point to feel down about something we can’t really change anyway? It’s much better to embrace it anD have fun! And cake! 😉 love your card, and I love your tradition of making yourself a bday card – who wouldnt want a card from such a talented lady? You deserve it for sure! 😉

  12. Happy Birthday dear Taheerah!
    Such a lovely idea to celebrate your birthday making yourself a card! This is absolutely adorable! The touch of glitter is amazing!
    I love so much your card designs and your renewed blog! You are so creative and very talented! It was amazing your last Advent Calendar Hop! I wish you all the best for this great 2017! A big hug from italy, Arianna

  13. Happy birthday Taheerah!!! I just realised you and me are very much alike!!! I also looooveee cake :p and today (the 9th) is my birthday! And I sooo agree with the “You’re only as old as you feel”! BTW you certainly don’t look a day older than 25 😀 xx

  14. Happy Birthday!! I must say, I am a newish subscriber, and honestly, I wonder where the heck I have been hiding?? your work is wonderful–truly is. I am enjoying your blog very much! You inspire me!

  15. Happy Birthday Taheera! I am continuously amazed by your creativity and talent. Using shrink plastic for the candles is another great example of your fun approach to card-making. Hope you had a spectacular birthday!

  16. Happy Birthday! You are someone with drive and vision who is not afraid of hard work. If you weren’t we would not have had the Advent Extravaganza to enjoy!

  17. Happy happy birthday! Hope this year is wonderful for you. I love following your blog. Your cards are always so gorgeous and I love your style. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your awesome creativity.

  18. What a great time to celebrate! Your card is lovely! Cake is the best! I’m amazed that you had time to put together that huge awesome blog hop! It was fun to see all the participants and their projects!

  19. Happy Birthday Taheerah ^-^. I never miss any of your blog posts because you are so inspiring and work so hard to share your talents with us. Remember a party without cake is just a meeting. Hope your day was special.

  20. Happy Birthday Taheerah! Fill your 36th year with memories of celebrations, adventures, and all kinds of excitement. Before you know it you will be 37 and then you will have the fun of starting that birthday year’s festivities!

  21. Happiest birthday, Taheerah! I admire that you often take on big challenges and stick with them until you meet your goals. I’m thinking about how time-consuming the Advent Calendar event was during your busy schedule, but you persevered. You can do anything you set your mind to, and now you know it!! Happy, happy, and enjoy a big piece of cake each day until every crumb is gone!!

  22. A very, very Happy Birthday to you–hope your day was wonderful! Love how you added the numbers to your fun cupcake design–just gorgeous! Wishing you a fabulous year ahead, full of many happy crafty times!!

  23. Happy Birthday to you Taheera! I just found your blog last year and found a bit of time to enter your advent extravaganza this year. Aside from great ideas I love looking at your creations and reading your enthusiastically encouraging posts. Many blessings to you in your birthday year! Enjoy!

  24. Happy Birthday – and a lovely card it is! Always, always claim your age – even when you don’t feel it. You’ve earned those years – they are yours.

    I love how you stage your photos for your cards – they always match well. Love the confetti behind this in your favorite colors – and the white space to match. Nicely done!

  25. Happy Birthday. You did a great job in organizing the Advent Calendar. Really enjoyed participating and thanks for choosing me as one of the winners.

  26. Happy Birthday to a talented and enterprising young woman. 36 is a marvelous age and cupcakes are a super way to celebrate. Keep those creative juices flowing and sharing with us, and may the happy in your birthday last the whole year through!

  27. Happy Birthday Taheerah. I think you are so talented and creative with your ideas and designs. I loved the Advent Calendar you started. It was a wonderful way to show how talented everyone who made projects is and very helpful to those of us who love to make cards but do not have the creativity or talent to design them. Thank you so much for all you do and again I wish you the best for you and yours on your special day.

  28. Happy happy birthday, Taheerah! I truly hope that your day is and will be filled with as much love and smiles you share with us here. You are so lovely and talented. You breathe inspiration to us all. Thank you and a very happy happy birthday to you!!

  29. Happy birthday Taheerah! You certainly don’t look your age. You are my go to person for up to the minute trends in cardmaking and I greatly admire your ability to create and photograph your beautiful cards and blog them so frequently. Your dedication was evident when you made the amazing Advent Calendar Extravaganza happen again last month – and bigger and better than before. I love your positive outlook, your confidence and commitment to make the world a better place. You write so eloquently too (I love the Gossip Column). Basically you’re an amazingly talented young woman and deserve lots of extra cake this week!

  30. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Birthdays are the greatest thing!! I would have never have guessed that you are 36. You are beautiful! I adore your style with your cards. I found your blog with your advent give-a-way and had a ton of fun following as close as I could. So much fun!!
    Hope you can keep it up!! Hope you had a great day! Happy Birthday!

  31. Happy, happy Birthday Taheerah! So good to hear you were able to celebrate a bit. I just adore your crafty style, so stylish and chic. Your new blog look is fantastic too!

  32. Happy Birthday to you!!! Happy Birthday to you!!! Happy birthday dear Taheerah! Happy Birthday to you!
    I like that you take cake seriously, me too! LOL! Wishing you a wonderful fun-filled year.
    I might know you for long (just was here via Ellen Hutson’s blog in December), but I love your work and find your post very inspiring! Glad I get to know more about you! : )

  33. Love the idea of creating a card to celebrate your special day!
    Happy Birthday! Hope this year is extra good to you.

  34. Happy Birthday beautiful person. It was the worlds lucky day when you were born And your card is great. I’ve never made my own card but what a cool idea. Your card is a real reflection of your creativity. Hope your birthday and the year ahead are full of happiness.

  35. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Compliment: your smile looks genuine. you look like a happy person who makes others happy to just look at you, and to talk to you…. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  36. Happy birthday Taheerah!!! I just saw your Gossip Column post over at Winnie & Walter. It is FABULOUS!!! I wanted to know more about the nail polish marble technique so I came here. Who knew it is your birthday?!?! Thank you so so much for all the amazing creations and inspirations, I seriously enjoy all of them. Hope you had a fantastic day! -Hugs, Jessica

  37. Happy Birthday to you! I am happy to hear that you celebrated! Birthdays are special in my opinion. I love your birthday card, too!
    I would like to compliment you on all of your wonderful inspiration and all of the hard work you put into the Advent Calendar Extravaganza! It was such a success and a lot of fun! I look forward to next year’s event.

  38. Happy Happy Happy 36th Birthday Taheerah! I just need you to know how wonderful a card maker you are. I enjoy all your posts and always look forward to seeing what you have created. Thank you for being born!

  39. Happy birthday! You really are as old as you feel. And you are sooo beautiful. I hope your day was fabulous! Xoxo

  40. Happy 36th birthday! I wish you many more. You are such an inspiration with your generous and creative spirit. 😀

  41. Happy happy birthday Taheerah! ? You certainly look younger than 36 ?. Fantastic card & thanks for organising the Advent Calendar hop…..so much fun & inspiration! Hope you have an awesome day! ?

  42. Happy Happy Birthday young lady. I hope you had a beautiful day. Thank you for continuing to share your creativity and promote kindness. You are an inspiration to us.

  43. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday Dear Taheerah> Happy Birthday to you! I too hope this is your best year yet! Thanks for all you do on your blog. Love the advent calendar every year. Thanks again for the inspiration on. Your blog.

  44. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Taheerah, happy birthday to you!!!! I hope this year is fantastically fabulous for you. ? And I just love that cupcake card.

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