Sunday, May 07, 2017

Children of the World {Art Journal} @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Happy Sunday to all! Warm welcome to my new friend Jo...thank you for following my blog. Jo does gorgeous art journal that you must not miss to view. Check her awesome artsy here.

Today is the first Sunday in May and that means a new mixed media challenge begins at STAMPlorations. As always the theme is Anything Goes but no card creation. My teammates have created amazing projects to inspire you so please take a visit at the blog and theirs also.

I created a heartbreaking art journal this time:
A few close-up shots:
To create the background, I adhered pieces of paper scraps with pva glue so the paper is more thicker and sturdy. Then I swiped the surface with clear gesso and let dry. Next I used ARTplorations stencils to create patterns and texture with modeling paste. After that's done and dried, I started playing with watercolor paints and leave it to dry for final touches by adding an image, quotes, stamping and doodling with black gel pen.
The quote is actually a part from a popular and evergreen song lyric We Are The World. That and the image below from a newspaper trigger me to create a humanitarian artwork in my art journal. I scanned the image for my artwork to represent children of war. I had lump in my throat as I did this thinking how fortunate some children in comparison to the children of war. So sad, isn't it? 
In all honesty, I am tired of reading war news in newspapers as much as watching war news on television since schooling days let alone studying war eras in history until NOW! It never end, is it? This image of a crying Syrian child broke my heart as I read the news in the paper last Sunday. I don't know if this child is still breathing or otherwise. I don't know if this child is all alone without parents. I cannot imagine how scared this child was {and still is?}. But I know one thing that the conflicts will continue and the world be bombarded with endless war news. So devastating!
As former broadcast journalist, I am giving credit to the brave reporter and photographer who dare take the risk doing war news report from the war zone which isn't easy. Without their bravery and courage, we may not witness the happenings.
I have used a quote above by the late Michael Jackson who delivered his speech during his performance at Super Bowl 1993. 

I dripped black paint from the top as symbol of tears in darkness. To add sunshine in the war zone, I added yellow as a sign of hope, light and prayers that the war will end some day...one fine day! Hence the white paint butterflies fluttering to symbolize freedom.
May God bless the children of the war!
The colors used in my art journal was gathered from a lovely mood board at Mixed Media Warriors:

~~~ooOOoo~~~

That's it from me today. I hope my art journal inspires you to create something for STAMPlorations challenge. Don't forget to display this graphic in your blog post:
I look forward to see your entry/ies at Mr. Linky before May bids farewell.
Thank you for dropping by and I shall be back soon.

Spread peace!
Hugs and smiles,

Monday, May 01, 2017

Weddings @ Digistamps4Joy

{My DT work for DS4J}

Hello my friends! Wish you a happy Monday in lovely May. I am so happy to be here again with you my blogger friends. I wish to welcome Avril B and Jackie P Nealto my blog; thank you for joining along in the the followers group. All of you means very special to me.

Today I bring you a special post as part of my design team work for Digistamps4Joy.
 It's my turn as one of the design team to host a challenge this month. The challenge is as always Anything Goes but we have a twist and I decided on Weddings. I was married on this day 18 years ago so that's the reason I chose Weddings theme to challenge you.
Take a look at my teammates' wedding creations at DS4J blog for ideas and inspirations.

I have created a set of Artist Trading Cards with three beautiful ladies on a wedding day: 
 The digital stamp ladies are drawn by Tanya named Strong Lady 10, Strong Lady 5 and Strong Lady 4 and they are available at DS4J shop.
I printed the images on 130g acid free drawing paper and fussy cut as neat as I can with very sharp scissor. Then I glued down on the dried background before I started coloring with Faber Castell watercolor pencils.
One last look of my ATCs that will reach the recipients soon.
I'm playing along in these challenges:
1. Crafting From The Heart : Anything Goes
2. Di's Digi Designs : Use Something Digital
3. Crafty Friends : Ch#56 Anything Goes

That's it for me today. I look forward to see your Weddings creations at DS4J Inlinkz linkup by May 31, 2017. Happy designing!

Hugs and smiles,

Blossoming {Tags} @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Happy May and wish you great happiness and good health throughout the entire month. I hope you enjoy your time reading my blog this moment and this is about my creation for MHKDesigns May Challenge.
That is right. If you love digi stamps and paper craft, this blog challenge is just for you. 

I made two tags using Blossoming digi stamp set.
 And here are some close-up pictures:
Here is this month's inspiration if you don't use MHKDesigns image in your entry:
I'm entering my tags in these challenges:
1. International Art & Soul : Ch#7 Vintage
2. Always Fun : Ch#4 Flowers
3. Make My Monday : Ch#45 May Flowers
4. 613 Avenue : Spring Has Sprung
5. Love to Create : Ch#8 Always Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Until I see you again real soon.
Thank you for dropping by and have a nice day.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mixed Media Tags @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello and sending you good vibes today. I am doing great and somewhat busy on the art zone making commissioned work for my new clients. Despite my hectic schedule, I manage to balance the hours in daylight between my loved ones, housework, cooking and sewing drapes. I can hardly wait to finish off my sewing project and start on another; cushion covers that is. I shall see.

Back to my post today, it's my turn as one of the Design Team ladies at MHKDesigns to create an inspirational project. I have made two tags in simple mixed media art work.
These tags will go trough eyelet set up and tied up with twine next before they reach their recipients on May 16. As for now I run out of eyelets so yes I need to go get them at the store {chuckle}.
 Here are some close-up pictures:
 By now, I am sure you know how much I love using quotes in my projects. These quotes are available at MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.

 I fussy cut the digital stamp flower and glued down on my finished mixed media background made by using paper scraps on acid free cardstock given a coat of clear gesso, let dry and next step was putting down drywall tape randomly and applying modeling paste through a stencil. Finally I finish it off with water coloring and let dry.
 The last finishing touch after I have colored the image with watercolor pencils was splattering white paints with brush. It's another additional interest and make it more professional look if I can say that {smile}.
As the quotes said, "Bloom and blossom where you're planted...stay strong!"
I like that :)
That's it for today. Until I see you again this weekend.
Stay strong and be happy where ever you are.
Take care friends.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Things With Wings Spring Hop {Week 4} @ STAMPlorations

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to the final showcase of Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party brought to you by STAMPlorations

Spring is here and we invite you to celebrate with us every Wednesday beginning April 5.
You're sure to be inspired and we would love for you to join us by creating and linking your own spring projects -- anything is welcome as long as there are wings in it -- butterflies, dragonflies, birds, fairies, bugs, bees, pterodactyl...anything that flies, really!

We have fabulous prizes to be won and I am sure you wouldn't want to miss a chance because you could be the winner. Visit Week 1Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 blog hop at STAMPlorations for details and have a see at the designers fabulous creations to be inspired.

I made a set of Artist Trading Cards using Framed Oriole stamp for the focal point and ARTplorations stencils (Pebble Waves and Crisscrossed) for the textural background.
Some up-close photos:
 I stamped the birdie directly on the textural background after it is randomly colored with watercolors.
 The bird is my focal point so I decided to highlight with deeper watercolors even more by using similar colors for the background.
 The quotes used are printed, adhered and I highlight the edges with watercolor pencils.
{Happiness can be found anywhere, is that correct?}

I hope you have enjoyed Thing With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party this entire month.
I also hope you have found my four projects made especially for this hop inspiring.
I look forward to see your creation(s) at Linky Party by April 30.
Thank you for hopping and all the best of luck in the draw.

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sea Creatures @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hi there friends! It's time to reveal the last new release of digistamp set brought to you by MHKDesigns

Today's release is all about Sea Creatures.
Take a visit at MHKDesignes Etsy shop to view more interesting and beautiful vintage digistamps you will love instantly.

I have created a pair of ATCs once again and I hope my ideas will inspire you to create yours too.
 Some up-close pictures:
 The background was made using clear gesso, modeling paste and watercolors.
 Let the sea set you free, isn't that a great quote? There are a few more quotes available in this digistamp set that you can get here:
Until I see you tomorrow with another pair of ATCs.
Stay bubbly and all the best.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Funky Flowers @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello friends! How is everyone doing? I am doing good and wish you all the same. Today I bring you another creation, something plain and simple made for MHKDesigns April Release.
And a few close-ups:
Take a peek at MHKDesigns for more details.
Until I see you again on the 25th this month with another release.
Have a good day.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Things With Wings Blog Hop {Week 3} @ STAMPlorations

Hello my friends!
Welcome to Week 3 of Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party brought to you by STAMPlorations

Spring is here and we invite you to celebrate with us every Wednesday beginning April 5.
Next Wednesday, we'll be sharing our final winged-themed spring projects. You're sure to be inspired and we would love for you to join us by creating and linking your own spring projects -- anything is welcome as long as there are wings in it -- butterflies, dragonflies, birds, fairies, bugs, bees, pterodactyl...anything that flies, really!

We have fabulous prizes to be won and I am sure you wouldn't want to miss a chance because you could be the winner. Visit Week 1Week 2 and Week 3 blog hop reminder for details and have a see at the designers fabulous creations to be inspired.

I created a colorful art journal fhis time. Some rainbow colors here are quite out of my comfort zone because I always love earth colors and vintage. Sometimes it's good to step out of the comfort zone {smile}.  
Well I hope you like my idea of using the Trendy Butterflies stamp with metal studs in the center for additional interest.

That's it. I hope you find some inspirations from my art work today.
Stay tuned for Week 4 Blog Hop next Wednesday.

Happy hopping and be sure to link up your project with this graphic:
Have a great day and come back again next Wednesday :)

Hugs and smiles,