Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Review: Sara's Stamping Technique Book

My friend Sara Naumann came out with her latest book a few months ago, and as I have been so busy I am only just getting around to reviewing it!

I have known Sara for a couple of years and she is lovely and has always been very supportive and gives the best advice ever. So when she contacted me about reviewing her book which is called Sara's Stamping Techniques I jumped at the chance because not only am I a HUGE admirer of her style, I know the book would be full of inspiration, tons of techniques and really well put together.

I have loved dipping into the book for when I have been stuck on ideas for projects which is exactly what I did for the card that I made below:

I followed the instructions for "Watercolor Stamping with Dye Markers" on Page 38 from the book. I used Arteza Brush Markers and Stamp Set # 140 by AALL and Create which was designed by Tracy Evans, a fellow creator who I admire as well.

The instructions were so easy to follow and I was very pleased with the finished result! I also especially love the splatters (because I adore them, haha!) which were also shown how to recreate in the book.

There are links to bonus how to videos in the book which shows how much time and attention has been put into it! And all of this for just $14.97. You can see more details about the book here on Sara's website and link to buy the book can be found here.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Friday, 7 December 2018

Pretty Things Survivors Do

Welcome to our Pretty Things Survivors Do inaugural blog hop! We are glad you’re here.
PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation)
The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.
I have made a video on how I put my card together. I know there are many in the papercrafting community that take a lot of solace from making things by hand and passing along the joy of crafting.

The blog hop list is as follows:
6. Tania Ahmed <--- you are here
16. Seeka
Thank you for joining us. If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.
US Department of Veteran Affairs
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Your next stop is Ana Reese

Friday, 30 November 2018

Mini Art Journal - Gelli Arts® and ArtFoamies Collaboration!

I am so excited to share my project today which I made for a collaboration between Gelli Arts® and ArtFoamies! I love stamping with ArtFoamies are they remind me of my block print stamps and they stamp so beautifully on many different surfaces as they have a bit of a give to them, which gives that super smooth image.

For my project, I made a selection of prints and decided to make myself a Mini Art Journal using Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal Die by Sizzix. It turned out to be a labour of love but I love how it turned out!

I made a video showing how I put it all together which you can watch here:

I added the pages with very simple binding and used an elastic cord to hold it closed.

Here are a few more close up pictures of what it looks like inside:

I am really looking forward to filling up the pages with journaling :) I'll be sharing some of the finished pages over the next few days on my Instagram account.

In fact, I may have started already hehe! I added more stamping with black ink after I put the whole book together and I especially love this pineapple ArtFoamie:

And I love how layered the prints turned out as I did quite a few ghost prints:

You can watch the full flip through of the video up on my Youtube channel in the video embedded in this post!

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos and the video, please do let me know if you have any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can :)

Please do visit the Gelli Arts® Blog to check out the rest of the Artists' work!

Have a fabulous day!

Products used:
(Use code TaniaA to get 10% off all orders over $20! on the Gelli Arts® Site)

(8"x10" used) Similar size 9"x12" Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper:

ArtFoamies can be purchased here:

Monday, 26 November 2018

Creative JumpStart 2019!

Someone pinch me, I am SO thrilled to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2019, run for the 8th year by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019. I have been a long admirer or Nat's and now am so honoured to call her a friend as well, plus I am on her Creative Squad and get to play with her gorgeous products every month :)

I was so excited when Nathalie asked me to teach on this course that I have been taking myself over the years along with 30 other amazing artists who are some of the most inspiring creatives in the industry! It's all about learning new techniques, discovering materials, and connecting with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details.

You get 31 videos - over 5 hours worth of video content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 26 2018 11:59 pm EST. Afterwards it will be $45 USD until November 30th 2018, and $50 USD until December 31st 2018, before it goes to its normal sale price of $60USD on January 1st 2019. 

So what are you are waiting for? Sign up here!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Gelli Arts ® - Holiday Cards

This week on the Gelli Arts® Blog, the Artists are sharing Holiday cards. For my card backgrounds, I decided to create a masterboard using the 3 X 5 plate and the 3" round plate.

I have recently been loving making master boards, they are so easy to put together and great for creating backgrounds for a series of projects, in this case cards! The above image is the two masterboards I created before I cut them up to make card backgrounds. 

I mounted the 3 X 5 plate and the 3" round plate on to an acrylic block and went to town creating impressions with Gelli Arts acrylics paints, bubble wrap, and various stencils from my stash.

I tried to keep as much white space as possible, which gives the piece a slightly airier look! I love that it makes it look a little less busy as well.

I personally struggle with maintaining white space in my projects, but I am learning to embrace it more so recently. 

I finished off the cards by adding them to some card bases and adding some simple and versatile greetings with my Dymo Label Maker. 

Here's a quick video where I'm putting together the cards after I cut the panels down!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Here is a list of all products I used:
(Use code TaniaA to get 10% off all orders over $20!)

Gelli Arts® Printing Plate 3 X 5
Gelli Arts® Printing Plate 3" round
Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paints
Gelli Arts®  Brayer 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Gelli Arts and Plaid Collaboration!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to a company collaboration with Gelli Arts®and Plaid! The artists were sent a selection of some the Plaid's products and the theme for the projects was Fall!

I had an idea for creating a banner as I love the look of them and making them as well!

I also wanted to experiment to see if I could create a woodgrain print using my Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate, and I am so pleased with the results.

I made a video which you can see below:

And here's the banner from another angle:

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Products used:
(Use code TaniaA to get 10% off all orders over $20!)

9" x 12" Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
Gelli Arts® Printing Tools

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Mixed Media Card Celebrating Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary - Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of Rubeena's Craftversary Blog Hop! If you are taking part in the hop, you have come to my blog via the very talented Cheiron Brandon's Blog! I am so delighted to join over 70 guest designers to celebrate friendship and our wonderful crafting industry through which I have had the honour of making some very special friends :)

I've made a mixed media card using products by Altenew and Wow Embossing Powder and I've made a video with a voiceover on how I made it:

Here's a close up of all that textured gorgeousness! How beautiful is that Gold Rich Ultra High Wow Embossing Powder? 

I made a stencil using Altenew's Cube Cover Die which I adore:

I used Altenew's Script Words Die for the "love" sentiment and the heat embossed sentiment is from Altenew's Crafty Friends Stamp Set and I used Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder in Superfine by Wow:

Thank you so much for watching!

This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!


In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card