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

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Altenew August 2018 Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Today I am excited and honoured to take part in Altenew's Blog Hop to celebrate their August release. This post is very picture heavy as I was very inspired by the beautiful products, I couldn't help myself :)

If you are taking part in the blog hop, you might have arrived here via Agnieszka Malyszek's Blog. If you would like to hop along with the rest of the participants, you can start at Altenew's Card Blog and I will leave all the blog links at the end of the post.

There is a giveaway as well which you can see the details of at the very end of my post!

The first cards I made were made using the Smiles and Hugs stamp and Die Set, Geo Frames Die Set, and I've even used a sentiment from Script Words Die 3!

You can watch the video on how I made these easy box frame dies here:

Here's  closer look at the Dahlia flowers from the Smiles and Hugs Set which I coloured using Arteza Brush Markers and stamped with Permanent Black Ink:

This is the closeup of the card I made in the video:

The next card was made with Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and Die. The green border was stamped using the Halftone Squares Stamp Set using Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink. I heat embossed the flowers from the set in WOW Gold Rich Pale Embossing Powder and water coloured them! I added splatters with gold and black ink for additional interest.

Here's a closer look at the card made using the Hello Gorgeous Stamp and Die Set:

This card was also made with the Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and Die. I stamped and die cut the frame using Geo Frames Stamp and Die:

Close up of the heat embossing with the Hello Gorgeous Set and Geo Frames Set:

My next card was made using the the Halftone Squares Stamp set again using various Altenew Inks. The "sweet" sentiment is from Script Words Die 3. I stamped out the background first and made an eclipse card using the die! I love how this turned out :)

And here's a closer look at how finely detailed this stamp is! Plus I adore that gradient effect:

The Inks I used for the above card are in order: Midnight Violet, Heart Beat, Orange Cream, Fresh Lemon, Sweet Leaf, Turquoise, and Lavender Fields.

My next card was made using the Mega Greetings 2 Stamp and Die set. I used the Halftone Squares Stamp on the "happy" die cut using Tide Blue Ink. Can you tell that I am in love with the Halftones Squares set, haha?! I used the Halftone Squares Die set to do some dry embossing on the background panel for some subtle texture.

Here's a closer look at the dry embossing  and stamping. The "happy" was die cut several times and I stacked them up to get that chipboard style dimensional look:

My last project was a frame that I made to hang in my home using the Smiles and Hugs Stamp and Die set and I die cut the sentiment from Script Words 3 using gold metallic mirror card!

I've made a very short time lapse video on how I assembled the wreath:

And here's a closeup of the wreath and you can see the brilliant shine of the metallic die cut Welcome:

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my blog and the next stop in your hop is the uber-super-duper talented Erum Tasneem!

A very special thank you to Altenew for including me in this brilliant lineup of guest designers!

The full blog hop list:


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 26th August!