Friday, 29 September 2017

Starting a New Chapter!

“The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.”
— MARCEL PROUST
Hello Loves,

I have been putting off writing a post for some time as I have so much to share and didn't know quite where to begin. So, I decided to start somewhere and maybe the words will flow a lot more easily :)

I have had an extraordinary year. I feel very blessed to be where I am right now in my little craft studio in our home. The leaves outside are beginning to become the colour of flames and the days are becoming colder ... and shorter. Normally I do not look forward to winter, but this year I am determined to embrace it!

What have I been doing these past few months? I have been teaching classes in shops, hosting workshops for WOW! Embossing Powder and for the London Stationery Show. Some of my creations can be seen in my here.

London Stationery Show April 2017

I've also had the honour of being published in a few Craft Magazines, and I have created a small gallery here!

Workshops at Loobi Crafts June 2017

I have decided to make the leap and make some MAJOR changes in my life this year, I have decided to branch out on my own and work freelance! I made the very scary decision to leave my job at WOW! Embossing Powder ... I have learnt so much over the 5 years that I have been with them, picking up new skills and developed personally and professionally. I will still continue to work with my beloved WOW Embossing Powders and you will see more of my work here on the blog, on Instagram and on YouTube!

WOW! Embossing Powder Retailer raining Day

I have challenged myself to post something everyday on Instagram for the month of September, so I decided to base all my main posts for the day on a theme which I called the "Dear Heart Project" which was an exercise to get me into the habit of sharing on a daily basis and to also get me to write more (something which I loved to do before I moved to the UK) and doing something beyond my comfort zone. I have had such an amazing response to the posts, where people have messaged me privately and spoken to me in person about how much they were affected by the words ... which made me feel very humbled. Thank you to everyone who has shared, liked and commented on the posts.

Dear Heart Project

Personally I have been looking after myself by exercising regularly, going for weekly swimming lessons (I used to be afraid of deep water yikes!) and consciously making better eating choices :) I have lost weight, gained muscle (my husband laughs at my delight in flexing my puny muscles heehee!) and feeling in the best shape that I have been in a very long time. If you have stuck with me reading through this huge post do take one thing away dear reader: Make Yourself a Priority.


Keep Swimming
Taking the plunge! 

So what's next? I am planning on posting most regularly on my blog, I post on Instagram almost daily and there are Youtube videos in the works! :o I hope that you will join me on my journey, and I am hoping to make some announcements of more workshops coming soon. My next workshop will be at Loobi Crafts on the 10th of November, so if you would like to join me please contact Lisa and Lynne for more details. 


Noel Mixed Media canvas

Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic day 
💗

Hugs,
Tania x



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOW! Design Team Blog Hop Celebrating the 2017 Products Release!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by and taking part in our Blog Hop with the Design Team celebrating the new 2017 release products!

We have just flown back from the Paperworld Trade Show in Frankfurt and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity for me to share the samples that I created for display on the WOW stand!

Be sure to visit our information website to view the full product release!

You can buy the new products from these stockists. This listing will be updated as soon as the new products ship! 

I really went to town with all the new products, and I have especially been loving the new Sparkles Premium Glitter. 


Butterfly Box Frame
WOW! Products:
Go Figure Stamp, Primary Copacabana, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Pumpkin Spice Sparkles

Art Heart Altered Frame
WOW! Products:
Hearts & Twine Stamp, Colour Blend Perissa, Clear Gloss Ultra High, Silver Fab Foil, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Colour Blend Champers, Hot Gossip Embossing Glitter, Prom Queen Sparkles, Hearts Silicone Mould

Celebration Hi Card
WOW! Products: Celebration Sparkles

Squiggly Hello Card
WOW! Products: Hearts & Twine Stamp, Big Words Stamp, Primary Oasis, Primary Copacabana, Primary Eggplant

Sparkle Flower Canvas
WOW Products:
Go Figure Stamp, Colour Blend Rose Gold, Prom Queen Sparkles, Peachy Keen Sparkles

Starry Eyed Card
WOW! Products: Pumpkin Spice Sparkles, Pinkini Sparkles, Blush Fab Foil, Teal Fab Foil

Be sure to leave comments on all the WOW Design Team blogs to get a chance to win 3 sets of the new goodies!



Let me know if you have any questions about the projects and I would be happy to answer :) I am hoping to create some new tutorial videos soon, so stay tuned!

Take care and have a great day!

Tania x


Where to Buy WOW:

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WOW! Embossing Powder Design Team Blog Hop!



Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the WOW! Embossing Powder Design Team Blog Hop!

We wanted to have a combined blog hop for the 2015 and 2016 Design Team and give them a proper farewell! Please leave comments on each of the Design Teams posts, which will give you more chances to win some not-yet-released WOW! products. We will be giving away 1 of each of these sets to three lucky winners! The new products will be available from May onwards. So watch this space for website updates! :)

Set 1:
Designed by Marion Emberson: Hey Little Flower Stamp *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Just Saying Stamp *NEW*

Set 2:
Designed by Marion Emberson: Strawberry Sundae Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Blueberry Cheesecake Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Peppermint Tea Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Banana Split Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Mint Macaroon Embossing Powder *NEW*

Set 3:
Buttons Mould
Hearts Mould

Here are my projects for the hop, In the first card, I have used the new Hey Little Flowers Stamp which will be available soon and Just Saying, both Designed by Marion Emberson. I love both of them very much! I heat embossed the flowers with the new embossing powders which are delicious pearlescent mixes called Strawberry Sundae, Banana Split and Mint Macaroon:

My second card which I created I used the Layered Hearts stamp which I am obsessed with because I love anything with hearts on them (don't ask me about how many heart does I have!) and I used Shocking Pink Embossing Glitter and Pacific Wave to do a multi-coloured background. The sentiment I used is Mr WOW's Wonderful Words:




WOW! Blog Hop List:

Tania Ahmed <---- You are here!
Laurence Colling

Your next stop is Laurence Colling . Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping :)


Where to Buy:
Info Site

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Hello World!

Hi Everyone,

I have been MIA for quite some time now, but I am slowly getting back into gear! I have been busy cleaning up my blog, please leave me some comments on what you think of the layout and any feedback would be much appreciated :)

So what have I been upto in the last few months? I have been really busy with work, and travelling and all this while I have been missing the blogging world a LOT! I have been micro-blogging all this while on Instagram which I love, but it's not quite the same ... I have also been using Pinterest like a mad thing, and I hit 10k followers a few weeks ago which I think is crazy! Does this call for a giveaway? ;)

I have been doing a lot of shows with WOW! Embossing Powder: Trade shows in Frankfurt (Paperworld) and Birmingham (Craft Hobby and Stitch International) and also consumer shows at the NEC again called Hobbycrafts, which takes place in November. It does seem quite far off but considering the rate that the year has already flown by,  it will be here soooooon! Eeek! I will be demonstrating on our stand and Marion Emberson from Sugar and Spice Crafts will be teaching workshops on our stand E25. Come and see us, I love to meet blogging friends in person :D

The Uber Fab Marion Emberson
Meeting the very sweet Maya Isaksson from the WOW! Design Team
I work part time now for WOW! Embossing Powder looking after their Social Media and Marketing and I have continued to share a lot of behind the scene juiciness on the WOW channels which you can find here:

WOW! Embossing Powder 
ShopFacebookInstagramPinterestTwitterBlog

Please note: I am teaching at Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds on the 6th of August and I would love it if you can join me! Please contact them directly to find out more details: LINK. Watch this space for more news on class announcements!



I also attended Blogtacular, a blogging event about a month ago which was absolutely amazing and a much needed kick up the backside for me to get my blog back into shape again. It takes place once a year and if you can, please do try to attend. I highly recommend it! I was lucky enough to have the company of the very sweet Kim Dellow while I was there who has since been very patiently asking me when I will start blogging again ;) 

 Thanks Kim :D 
Thanks for stopping by and I apologise for being such a bad blogger. I'll be updating the blog with more prettiness and sharing all the projects that I have made over the past few month. 

Until next time, happy crafting lovely people! 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Online Card Classes - Kick Start!

Hi everyone!

I've been in a bit of a creative rut recently as work has been super busy, leaving me very little time for creative play for myself. 

My biggest issue right now is that I have a craft space that looks like a bomb shelter (to put it mildly heehee) and just the thought of cleaning it up steers me clear away from it. Mr. T and I have planned to get me a proper craft desk with extra storage, which we are planning to put together soon! Yay!

I always sign up for all classes on Online Card Classes, because the teachers Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire are AMAZING and each lesson is really well put together and a pleasure to watch. This time round I am determined to play along! There's still time to sign up if you're interested :)



Here's a card that I created using a colour combo that I got from a craft magazine submission call that can't find any more ... 

Made using my beloved WOW! Embossing Powders of course! ;) 

And I am very obsessed with everything Prima these days and I have been experimenting with all the wonderful layering and texture that is ever present on all design team projects! Here's my baby-step attempt:



Thanks for looking and I hope to see you in class!

T x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

WOYWW virgin!

Hi All,

After spying on everyone else's desks and reassuring myself that everyone is just as messy as I am (Mr T would disagree) I share my work-in-progress stuff and the cluttered glory of my craft desk!

My newest toys! Complete set of Dylusions from the lovely Laura at Artful Splodger
And here's "some" delicious WOW! Embossing Powder waiting to be turned into a project for CHA :D

You can sort of see my drawer o'punches and my beloved Janome sewing machine in the corner. Plus some canvases from the Works waiting to be altered!

And here's a finished project I made a few days ago using super adorable Lawn Fawn stamps.

This will be a perfect present for one of my cousins!
Thanks for looking and for more nosy peeks at other crafty desk visit the fabulous Julia at Stamping Ground!

***Also, quick edit: I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Anything Goes

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Paper Artsy - Artful Mini Album

I finally worked up the nerve to put this little mini-album together. the idea was to use all of the Paper Artsy stamps that I had been hoarding including the gorgeous Lynne Perrella ones!



I am so pleased with how it turned out! I made the cover and just couldn't decide how I wanted the inside pages to be ... and then I thought: I will do exactly as I want because it's mine to play with! So I dove in head first, and went along with the first idea that came into my head and I like to think it works. I am especially proud of the cover (I used Paper Artsy metal sheets and alcohol ink to add the metallic highlights) . I had great fun distressed a piece of cloth for the backdrop of the centre-piece. Each page has texture on it somewhere: the distressed pages, the mica sheets, fusible fibres, moulding paste, embossing with my beloved WOW! Clear Matt embossing powder (this stuff MUST be tried with Pan Pastels)! The cover is made from canvas cloth and sticky back canvas.

I had great fun making this little mini and have sent it off for publication too, let's see what happens there. You won't know until you try, right? :)

This was also the first time I got really messy with Paper Artsy Fresco paints and they are absolutely divine to play with. I especially love how easy it is to layer different translucent colours on top of each other to get lovely effects. I even added some of the Snowflake  Fresco Finish by watering it down a bit and using it as a mist in a cheap spray bottle. I also used a lot of my Crafter's Workshop stencils ... I woke up one fine day and discovered that I had a collection! :D

I am entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Texture Challenge for fun. Thanks for peeking in!