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Handmade Cards of Joy, Love, Hope and Peace

Dear Readers,
I must confess I have been in a crafting funk for the past 2 weeks or so and so it was a great pleasure to sit down today and make some simple cards to give out to my beautiful neighbours.


Because we live by the ocean, I used this anchor die I recently acquired and thought it added a lovely non-traditional touch to this blue and silver colour scheme.

I used the same stamp in all the cards- Kaisercraft's Holly Jolly. I stamped the centime "Joy- Love-Hope-Peace" using clear Versamark and then heat embossed it with embossing powder.
I asked my 12 year old son what he thought and he said it needed more colour so I added a little more red and blue to produce a slightly different looking card.

For the next card, I used red and blue papers and layered them up with some burlap to achieve such a classic looking nautical theme card. Love the frayed fringing <3

For the final 2 cards, I used traditional green and red Xmas colours from Heidi Swapp to come up with th…

12 Tags of 2015- December Tag

Dear Crafty Readers,

I am SO sorry for my recent lapse in blogging. Full time work, running after children and keeping up with a house that refuses to clean itself has gotten the best of me so please forgive me.

Its Xmas Day and I had time to sit down and "whip up" my December Tag for my 12 Tags of 2015 Swap. So here goes:

This is Tim's Tag:


I really enjoyed this technique because I got to use stencil and spray ink on burlap and then piece together a wreath using branch and leaf punches. This was so much fun!!
Here is the one I made for my swap partner (Sarah don't look!)

And here is one I made for myself. Sorry!  Fairy girl through and through!!

Also loved making a paper bow using my Envelop Punch Board. Have you made one before? I found the tutorial here.
Thanks for looking. xxAmiraInOz

A Purse Collection to rival Ivana

Dear Readers,

I have just guest blogged for the lovely Aunty Vera at Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft.  I was inspired by a YT tutorial and made these gorgeous Purse Cards using KaiserCraft's Into The Wild Collection Pack.
Look at these gorgeous purses!!


I had SO much fun making these, I have given each one a name!

Please check out the entire blog here.
Let me know which one speaks to you! My fav is The Ivana Trump!! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have found inspiration here. xxAmiraInOz

Tags of 2015- October Halloween Edition

Dear Reader,

Although I am not into celebrating Halloween, I am into completing this Tags of 2015 challenge that I have given myself so I can not back out of this one.

To tell you the truth, I balked when I saw Tim's tutorial.  How the heck am I going to do that without any of those dies. 

So you know what Im talking about, here is Tim's card....

But you know me (if you know me).  Throw yourself into this challenge- I told myself.  Why do something half-heartedly? If you want to do something, do it well - I say.


So the first thing did was locate and print the picture of the front of the dies:


I then, fussy cut them into layers as much as  I could by watching Tim's tutorial.
I then started inking them up:


Here is my zombie put together (after a good hour of working on him- wasn't easy!)


Why make 1 when you can make 2 and give one to a friend:

They are so awful! HA! I love them!

So here is my tag for this month:


I used some Halloween stickers I had on hand and glued glo…

Mixed Media Tags w Dina Wakely Bird Stamps

Dear Reader,

I am continuing on this mixed media train and enjoying the ride!
I recently got my hands on this gorgeous stamp set by Dina Wakely!! Have been wanting this one for a few years now!


Yippee... lets get stamping :)

First step, stamping on  200 gram field paper Second stamp, water colour to hearts content.
Next, I followed a tutorial by Dina herself which you can find here.
Here are my tags, each a little different from the other.
This tag has the bird stamped on and cut out and pasted on. The background is mixture of deer green and lime. The bird is coloured in with water coolers ad the sentiment is stamped on paper and also pasted on.

This tag is similar to the first using a combination of raspberry acrylic paint and orange.

On this tag, the bird is stamped straight onto the acrylic background and so too is the sentiment. The bird is coloured in with acrylic paint.

For this one, I painted a cute hat on the bird but the sentiment here is stamped on paper and pasted,. The add…

Mixed Media ATC's

Hi Crafty Friends, 
Here are my Mixed Media ATC's.


Sparkle (Embossing henna folder background  with marbled embossing chipboard frame)

Shadows (Aluminum foil embossed with cogs folder  and marbled embossing chipboard frame)

Rise and Shine ((Embossing henna folder background  with marbled embossing chipboard star)


My Story, My Life (water color background  with marbled embossing chipboard frame)

Happy Days (Gesso'ed Damask embossing folder background on craft chip board  with marbled embossing chipboard frame)

Smile (Gesso'ed Damask embossing folder on aluminum foil  with marbled embossing chipboard star)
I am SO pleased with how these turned out. I hope that this means that I am lifting my skills and evolving.
Thank you so much for stopping by, xxAmiraInOz

Mixed Media Morning

Hi Crafty friends,

I have just come back from a GREAT morning out!
My friend Catherine took me to her usual ATC morning group and I found myself squealing with delight as I experienced.....Marbled Embossing using Perfect Pearls!!
The class is run by the charismatic Kelsey O'Mullane whose blog you can find here.
To start the morning, she had her own ATC's out for display. 
Look at these babies!!

"King"  (Background is a Canvas Resist Technique and the embossed pieces are the 3 crowns at the top.)


"Sister" (Background is a  watercolour drip, the heart is the embossed piece.)

"Flighty" (Plastic Parchment Technique Background and the  embossing is done on the rectangular  chipboard frame.)


"Nature concentrated"... (Foil background and the bird is the embossed piece.  You can clearly see the perfect pearls in Gold & Mint in this piece.)
I knew I was in good hands and couldn't wait to learn some new techniques!!
So, today, we made emb…