Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Prima Garden Shadow Box & Set of Cards

The month that Im supposed to be having off is the month of THE BEST KIT EVER at Aunty Vera's Scrap & Craft.
So I did manage to squeeze in some time for a pretty Prima Garden Shadow Box and a set of cards to boot :)
xx Amira

1- Bloom

2- Grow

3- Hey There

4- Bloom

5- Just a Note

6- Happy

7- Lovely

8- Take time today

There is a process video which you can find on my YT Channel HERE

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramadan 2017 - A time to focus on faith.

My Dear Readers,

I am always amazed how time flies, but nothing brings it home quite like the month of Ramadan.
For those of you who don't know me, I am a humble crafter who practises the Muslim Faith.
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar where practising Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for those 30 days.

And it starts today!

I will be taking June off from my Design Team Adventures but don't you worry for trusty Aunty Vera has a nice surprise for you as always :)

To found out more about Ramadan in a nutshell, check out THIS 2 min video.

Ramadan is a special time of the year for me and is really a chance for me to let go of all the balls that I have up in the air and focus on my ultimate purpose in life. What I am doing here on God's earth and where am I going when I die?

Tough issues, right?

Ramadan is broken down into thirds.

The first 10 days are known as the 10 days of Mercy

We reflect and pray a lot for mercy from God in all aspects of our life. We also try to instill mercy in our lives when we deal with others. Mercy is best felt and appreciated when you don't have a single thing in your belly. We all need food and drink to survive and it is only the truly faithful who deny themselves this, at the request of God, to feel just how much we are blessed and truly fed by God.

The middle 10 days is the time for Forgiveness 

Nobody likes to be told that they have done anything wrong, yet we make mistakes all the time. Making mistakes is a part of learning and life but asking forgiveness takes courage and makes you a better person. When God's Mercy is upon us, the best time to ask for forgiveness is now!

The Prophet of God is reported to have said:

“Do repent in this month to God for your sins, and supplicate with raised hands at the time of prayer as these are the best times, during which the Al-Mighty looks at his servants with mercy. He answers if they supplicate, responds if they call, grants if He is asked, and accepts if they entreat. 
The last 10 days is salvation from Hellfire

These are the most blessed days of Ramadan. Which ever faith you practise, there is always a good place you want to go to and a place you certainly don't want to end up in. Have I done enough to earn a place in Paradise? Am I being too selfish in my needs? Am I not praying enough? Giving in charity enough? Serving my community enough? Cheated someone out of something that was not rightfully mine? It is the time for soul searching and drawing even more closer to God and who you are and how you want to live your life from here on out.

And before I know it the month is over and, as if waking up from a beautiful dream, I slide right back into the hustle and bustle of my very blessed and fortunate life.

So, I'll see y'all after Ramadan?
Peace and Love to you and your families.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Memory book with Kraftex Spine

Dear Reader,
I am busy participating in 4 challenges for National Scrapbooking Day 2017.
You can find this challenge over at Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft here.
Here is my Memory Book for the challenge set for us by the talented Lolly Palooza.
You can find out more about her challenge here.

The paper collection I used is called "Just be You" by Echo Park.

Here is the cover. 

I knew I didn't want to use rings as a binding method so I came up with my own design.
I used Kraftex to bind the front and back chipboard covers.

I decorated the spine with stickers from the collection.

Here is the inside of the spine once again decorated with more stickers.

The binding on this memory book is a little different from what I usually go to.

Do you remember the old medical file fasteners?
They used to come in either metal or plastic.
I decided to use the plastic here.

You can choose to remove the plastic guard and just bend the arms down too.

I like how it looks.
And I like how it expands and can allow you to change the order of the pages.

I found some pretty 4" x 6" swaps that I had received from a friend that fit perfectly here.

And here is another:

I made side loading pockets like Lolly demonstrated.

I also made the interactive envelope.
This is is closed.

This is it open and extended

I added some pretty Project Life cards and decorated them with some stickers.

Love this little book!

I think I might start storing some of my swaps in here.
A memory book for swaps of some sort.
I like that!
So glad I entered this challenge!
Thank you for tuning in.
I hope you have found inspiration here.

Friday, May 5, 2017

National Scrapbooking Day 2017

Dear Reader,

I am so glad to be celebrating another National Scrapbooking Day.

This year, I am hosting a challenge on Aunty Vera's Scrap and Craft.

My challenge is a mixed media scrapbooking canvas and you can find the process tutorial for how I did this here.

This is the AMAZING prize that you could win if you enter my challenge. 

PLUS, you go into the draw to win the Fiona Gibson Memorial Prize which is an amazing Graphic 45 bundle.

To  find out more about this NSD Challenge and how you can enter, visit Aunty Vera here.

Come and be part of our Facebook Group to see what the other creative design team members make and to see what our members are creating.

See you there.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Landscapes in acrylic

Dear Reader,
I have been crazy busy these past few months and I have allowed my blogging to lapse!
But that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting!
I have been honing my art skills and have been painting more landscape scenes of late. 
Perspective, depth and shading GAH!
I am truly a beginner here but I am pleased with these few that I share with you today.

I was totally inspired by Ryan O'Rourke of 10 minute painting on YT and I definitely have learnt a lot from his method of teaching.

1- Mountains in the distance.

2- Misty forest 

3- Cherry Blossom View to the Mountains 

Thank you for stopping by.
Amira :)

On the Bunny Trail: Happy Egg Hunt

Dear Crafters,

Easter is my favourite time!!

I allow myself certain luxuries!
Ferrero Rochers....
Hot Cross Buns from Brumbies with Nutella in them...
Nutella on white bread....


Now back to crafting *lol*

I have ALWAYS wanted to make myself an egg carton project and this year was the year to do it!

This is a project I made for my design team at Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft

For this project you will need:

*said egg carton (preferably empty)
*crackle medium (which I've had in my cupboard for AGES)
* 2 colors - one light, one dark
I chose colony blue and although the picture here shows gold, I decided against it and went with a flesh tone instead

Step 1: Add the dark color first

Be prepared to spend ages here!
The material that cartons are made of is highly absorbent and it just sucked the paint right up so if you wanted to use up a lot of paint, here is your chance.
There are also many crevices which cover a large surface area so I'm just saying- make sure you have plenty of paint and time.

Step 2: When this has dried, add crackle paint. Allow to dry over night.

Step 3: Add the lighter color

As soon as you apply the color and it starts to dry, you will know if your crackle application was successful. 

I love this stage.
After this, you can choose to decorate your egg carton how you like. I chose to add a thin layer of decorated napkin.

Step 4: Add one layer of pleasing tissue paper.

I applied it with Mod Podge.
PVA glue would be too thick.

I love how the crackle shows through the tissue paper pattern.

I then grabbed the leaf ribbon by Santoro which also came in the April kit and wrapped it around the egg carton and I just LOVE how it turned out!

Because it was an egg carton after all, I did use the embellishment from the Echo Park pack that says "Egg".

More embellishments from the pack.
I love how this story unfolds. 

I live for these moments.

Happy Egg Hunt :)

I know! 
Total geek and book nerd!
Thank you :)

Step 5: Preparing the eggs

Don't throw away those other layers of tissue paper, I stamped on them using the Sizzix stamp set from the April Kit!
I coloured them in using my little Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I picked up some foam easter eggs from the dollar store.

And experimented with painting them.

Not sure that I like them painted with the stamped tissue paper.
They do look better without.

Have a play.
See what YOU like.

Step 6: Decorating the inside of the egg carton

I didn't have paper shredding so I shredded up some of my own with a personal office shredder.

Yes- it did hurt to shred pretty Echo Paper paper. But that spotty paper looks GOOD here!
I rolled them up to fit each spot snugly.

Now for more pretty Echo Park Paper!

Seriously, this paper SCREAMS to be fussy cut!
You must hear it too?

 I played around with configuration until I got it right.

  Step 7: Decorating the inner lid

After all this fancy decorating on the outside and the inside of the egg carton, I felt the inner lid was lacking. I struggled as to which of the papers to use but ultimately decided on this adorable one with bunnies. The Easter Bunny does after all bring the eggs right ?

 I wrapped more of the leaf ribbon along the inside.
Added tulle and more shreddings...

Hmmmmm still wasn't pleased with it!
I thought of what a REAL bird's next looked like?
Those things are jam packed with anything and everything!
I needed to add more.
So I did!

I added lace, feathers ...

... and flowers :)

Add on our eggs and a few of the chocolate-ey variety...

And here is my decorated egg carton :)

Hoppy Easter everyone :)

If you want to watch the whole process of how I made this, find the tutorial here.

Until next time, hoppy crafting ;)