Friday, February 20, 2015

Altered Playing Cards

Hi Everyone,

I have discovered the coolest Altered Playing Card Challenge and I just couldn't help but join in the fun.

It is hosted by Claudine at Claudine's Art Corner. I have never altered Playing Cards before and wanted to learn from a good artist so I thought I'd play along with her and many like minded individuals whom I have met on the FaceBook Page

Every week you alter 2 cards so that by week 26 the entire pack has been altered!

So in week 1, I had to prep all 52 playing cards by coating them with gesso.

Here are Claudine's Wk2:

And here are mine:

I used exactly the same techniques that she did but I used my own supplies so of course they were going to be different and I love that about art!

Here are Claudine's week 3 cards:

And here are mine:

LoL :) I loved how they both turned out. Here I used my Mini Gears dies from Memory Box and metal clock charm as well as a branch and bird die set by Couture Creations.

Here are Claudine Week 4 Cards:

And here are mine:

I created this using my "Good Neighbours" Stampin' Up Stamp set. I love how small everything is!

Here are Claudine Week 5 Cards:

And here are mine:

I realise it is at this stage that I have totally gone off into my own world. I did not have anything remotely close to the stamp and ephemera Claudine used so I thought I would use a stamp set of this cute giraffe (I don't know where he is from sorry) and then I shrunk passport pics of my Nanna and made this travel themed APC. I love and adore them both for how different they are to anything I would ever have produced!

I have only been at this for 4 weeks now and I can honestly can I have learnt a whole bunch of techniques PLUS I have busted out some stamps and dies that have been a little neglected which is just great!!

I will keep you updated on how the challenge proceeds. Have I by any chance inspired you to start the challenge yourself? I hope so :)

Thanks for stopping by.


Glassine Bags

Hi Everyone,

I have discovered a new love for wax paper now that I have discovered how to make these gorgeous glassine bags.

Sometimes, I make cards that are a little bulky, due to the addition of embellishments ,or are too square for a regular envelope, and although I do have an envelope punch board, I love the opportunity these glassine bags give me to decorate and match the card I want to send within it.

Here is a few examples of some bags I made:

Glassine Bag #1- She Believed she could so she did

This glassine bag is a combination of papers by Kaiser, Lattice Frameworks Die By Sizzix and washi tape. I also used my Martha Stewart Lace Punch to create a pretty lace pattern along the edge of the bag

Glassine Bag #2- Alder Tree

This design once again, uses various pattern paper from previous Kaiser collections as well as the Alder Tree Die from Memory box and the Arrow die from Technique Tuesday Heart Card Steel die. I also did a little bit of stamping using Memento Tuxedo Ink to see if it would take. There is also a few strips of washi tape. I really like the look this one achieves.

Glassine Bag #3- Butterfly Tag Bag

With this bag, I decided to stamp using black Staz ON and the image on the bag was extremely pleasing! I then decided to emboss (using diamond embossing folder possibly by Darice) a tag (made by the Sizzix Framelit die set Tag Collection by Tim Holtz) and add butterfly embellishment die-cut with my SpellBinders Die D-lites and some glossy magazine paper. Once again, I used my Lace punch along the bottom to create a border and washi tape along the top. I love how this one turned out too!!

So enough chatting! Let me show you some more of what I made.

I hope you give it a try. You can find these on my FaceBook page. Just look under albums :)

Thanks for stopping by.


Hi everyone,

I made some cards using KaiserCrafts new XO collection as a guest designer for Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft.

I really enjoyed coming up with ways to use both the cut apart pages as well as the Captured Moments 3"x 4" and 4" x 6" cards.

Here are a few more cards that didn't make that post that I wanted to share with you. These are available on my HandmadeinOZ Facebook page. Just check out the Cards for Sale album.

Card 1- I love you

The background uses a combination of pattern papers from XO collection by Kaiser and 3"x4" Captured Moments cards.

The butter fly die is from Spellbinders Die D-Lites- Butterfly and the flowers is an old one from my stash.

I die-cut 2 hearts and popped them behind this thick fleur embellishment (once again trying to use up what I have).

The boy and girl portraits are from the XO Collectables by Kaiser.

And to decorate the inside, I used a 4" x 6" from the Captured Moments Card set.

Card 2- You know you're in love when.....

The background uses a combination of pattern papers from XO collection by Kaiser and a 3"x4" from the Captured Moments cards.

The wooden embellishment is from an embellishment pack I bought a very long time ago by Merci.

I experimented with some organza ribbon here and I like the look it gives.

Once again, the inside is decorated with a 4" x 6" from the Captured Moments Card set.

Card 3- To think of you is to smile

The subtle message in this card reads "We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to be better together" true!!

Card 4- Holding Hands

This sentiment comes from a card pack called What Not Love games by Glitz. I love the vintage feel of it.

For the inside, I stamped a triple heart using the XO Stamp set by Kaiser in pink, red and black dye ink to mirror the original design on the 3"x4" Captured Moments card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fabulous February

Hi everyone,

I am part of an art swap community on Swap-Bot and am participating in a few Valentine Day swaps. There is something about receiving mail art that takes me back to childish glee. There is excitement and surprise and lots of thankfulness for being part of something international and soulful.

Find me here

Here are a few packages I received in February :)

Package 1 

Package 2

Package 3
Package 4

I love them all for how different they are to my taste and how they introduce me to new products and techniques that I might not know I like until I have them in my hand. I am truly blessed to have these ladies in my life.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
xx Amira

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - February

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - February

Happy Belated Valentine's Day everyone. 

I have always watched on as the art community participated in the annual tag challenge hosted by Tim Holtz. This year, I am joining (thanks to my swapping buddy Sarah who created a swap in our Aussie Group). This February 2015 Tim Holtz Tag was very enjoyable and I couldn't help myself from just wanting to add "ONE MORE THING"

Here is Tim's Tag:

And here are mine:

Tag 1- 3 Flower Tag

Tag 2- Single Flower Tag

They started off fairly similar however, as I started embellishing they began to take on a personality of their own.

Here are some close-ups of some of the elements. 

Now, my problem is which one do I keep and which one do I swap ;) ??

Thank you for stopping by.
xx Amira