Sunday, September 18, 2016

Try Anything New @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hi everyone! I am back again with art journal today.
Check out more mixed media awesomeness from my teammates at STAMPlorations.

I created an art journal with autumn feel and used a computet generated quote by Albert Einstein.

I used Trendy Leaves 2 for stamping with Versafine onynx black ink pad and here are some close up...

I hope you get some inspirations from my artsy. Until then. See you soon.

Hugs and smiles,

Friday, September 16, 2016

Just Be You {Tag} @ Digistamps4Joy

{My DT work for Digistamps4Joy}

Hi everyone! Wish you a great day today wherever you are. We are now in mid September and that means a mid-challenge reminder is in the highlight at Digistamps4Joy.

Sharing a mixed media tag for today and hopefully you like it.
I used Anemone corner image for the corners of my tag colored with Faber Castell watercolor pencils.

You have until 30 September to send in your paper craft project and stand a chance to win more images from DS4J.

Until I see you again soon. Have a great weekend.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Trendy Leaves 2 @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}


Yes, you heard right. STAMPlorations welcome you to join our blog hop, leave comments and let's hope this magnificent new Trendy Leaves stamp set will be yours!
Can you spot the leaves on my layout?
I stamped some leaves using Versafine onyx black ink pad on white watercolor paper. Spent happy moment fussy cut the leaves to tuck them underneath each other as well as paper layers.
 I love that beautiful black maple leaf with musical notes on it. I think it looks perfect underneath the purple flower {my middle daughter made it for me many moons ago and finally I decided to use it}.
 Heaps of layering here {lol}. I was looking for something in the drawer at my daughter's study table and saw a strip of white netting. I wonder what on earth she was doing behind my back {sniff, sniff...very fishy, haha}. There's finished green food coloring bottle and white tissue serviette turns green; even bits of the white netting was also green!! I cleared the drawer, threw away the bottle, sticky tissue and cut off some of the white netting and's given a proper place on this layout rather than sitting in the dark drawer for how long I don't know! My middle girl is still having finale primary school exam until Thursday afternoon so I haven't asked her what sort of project she was doing behind my back.
{She always have science projects; slime was one of them early this year and the whole house stinks when she did the science project for homework, lol}.   
Confession to make: This photo of my girls {left is Anis with her non-stop science projects and her eldest sister 'Alyaa at the park} was printed last year but I was not pleased with it because it was meant to be black and white. Unfortunately the ink was dying so the printer gave me this purplish photo. At the time I was unsure what to do with it so off it went to live in the box-of-things-to-do-project until I dig it out again for this layout. I did have hard time picking patterned papers to suit the photo though. I placed it on some green patterned papers, pulled out more rustic designed papers to see if it balance, even on a wood one too but in the end I figured some sort of monochrome would do the trick.
Yes, I'm happy with this page at last.
{Took one whole day to complete in different sittings, half day alone on paper selection, seriously!}. 

And more up-close shots:
As always I needed a sketch to kick start work on my layout. This fab sketch from Scrap Club inspired me to keep going {smile}:
And also the Home & Scrapped Stash Buster challenge:
I hope my layout gives you some inspirations and hopefully you have enjoyed hopping.
All the best to you and I sincerely hope this new stamp set prize will be yours!

More information on the stamp set, please click hereUntil September 13, this set is available at 10% off.
Coordinating dies is available here.

That's it for today. Thank you for hopping and stay cool.

Hugs and smiles,

Monday, September 05, 2016

Explore The Unknown @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hi! Firstly I would like to say a big HI to my new friends, Nadya Drozdova and Marina Berezova. Thank you ladies for following my blog.
How's your weekend everyone? Mine has been good, enjoying the cool breeze and did a little bit of gardening each morning or at least try to or else the weeds will spread further with pride to defeat the green grass that sprawls beautifully on the lawn day by day. With rain without warning I prefer doing my garden in the morning unless the sky spills its water. My afternoon and evening is mostly spent indoor. On weekdays my routine differ for sure or in better term I can hardly breath sometimes {lol}.

And so the first Sunday of the month {time sure flies!} means a new mixed media challenge at STAMPlorations. Click here to see my fellow teammates's gorgeous designs with hope you may get some inspirations to start making your mixed media projects and submit to us.

I would love to share a mixed media project I did on canvas. The splash of colors took an evening because I kept changing colors. First I started with earth colors but realized it didn't fit. I changed to vermilion red mixed with orange then I finished off by splattering white paints. A failure! Almost a disaster! I left the table, made hot chocolate, had bun, join my son watched tv and faced the canvas again. I wanted something scintillate; something glimmer, something that pop! I stared at all the paints I have and eventually picked two shades of blue and gold!
That's it! Obviously this canvas has many layers and depth of different colors {smile}.
More close-ups:
I used texture paste through pebble waves stencil to make the design.
 The canvas was adhered with tissue paper in the first place, gave it a layer of gesso and let dry. As I go along, I decided to ads some mesh and drywall tape in the center part for additional texture and dimension. For this design below, I used delicate links stencil with texture paste. 
 To create the title, I used bold sentiments - explore with Versafine onyx black ink pad. Then I colored it up with white gel pen.
Lastly I splatter white paint. Looking twice, this canvas looks like galaxy. What say you?

Well I hope you like my artwork this time and looking forward to see your mixed media creations at STAMPlorations September Mixed Media Challenge  before end of this month. No cards however and please display this graphic below on your blog post.
That's all for today. Thank you for visiting me and hope you have a great week ahead.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, September 04, 2016

You're The Best @ Digistamps4Joy {New Sunday Release}

{My DT work for DS4J}

Happy Sunday everyone!
Digistamps4Joy has released new digital images today. Click here and check out what the design team did with them.
Here's my card created for the new release:
And some close-ups:
I used left over Kaisercraft designed paper for the backing and layering as well. The edges was distressed with blunt scissor and normally I stitch the edges when I'm in shabby chic mood but for this card I wanted it plain and simple.
The flowers are dig out from my trinket of my own handmade flowers {I would do them while waiting for my kids to finish school or whenever, lol}. Firstly I punched white cardstock with flower punch, crumple the punched petals and keep them in the trinket box {simple as that}. For this project, I decided to leave the paper flowers as is simply by gluing two white crumple petals together onto green non-crumple petal and added coloring whatsoever. I want it simple {very unusual me, lol}. 
I'm not a sticker person like I was in my childhood who loved collecting stickers {and still have them till today} but the other day while shopping I found this sticker book of phrases from Rosie's studio and can't resist the temptation of getting one for me {smile}.

I hope you like my simple card this time and I'm taking it into these challenges:
1. The Pencil Cases : Anything Goes
2. Crafty Catz : Anything Goes {twist Autumn Colors}
3. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge : Anything Goes
4. QKR Stampede : Digi Image, Pattern Papers & Embellishments

Thank you so much for dropping by. Have a good day.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Happy Times @ Scrap Africa

{My DT work for Scrap Africa}

Hey everyone! I'm so thrilled because September is here!! Yayy!! It's my favorite month of the year! A month where I get the chance to celebrate me, me and just me {lol}. Me counting days...eight days more to go and turning another year older {chuckle}. So yes, me counting days excitedly. Okay, enough blab. Until that day comes, it's me here inviting you all to another sketch challenge at Scrap Africa.

Take a look at this fabulous scrapbook pages and cards designs by Guest Designers and Scrap Africa Design Team. 
This is my layout of my youngest daughter when she was 5yo. I had the photos printed in 4x6 size some three years ago but often procrastinating from scrapping because at certain point I lost mojo making double pages with 4x6 photos that particular year. As you can see here, I crop the photos in circle using a punch and distress the edges. So glad finally I used the photos for this project.
    I took a break from mixed media and played with my sewing machine to sew the edges; something I love doing when I make shabby chic design. I tried to stay close to the sketch by layering three circle patterned papers.
Here are some up-close photos:
 I punched the borders with MS punch, distressed with Ranger's ink pad and crumpled them up.
 I loved the little rose from Prima, the pink flower came from Daiso and the blue one from Kinokuniya book shop that always bring in lovely creation from Japan.
If you have been my regular visitor, you may have noticed how much I love using my old Carla Craft leaf punch and adorn the page with layers and layers of distressed punched leaves.
 The lace has been in my stash for some time which I cut out from my youngest daughter's old gown so there's a keepsake to remember {smile}.
That's it for today. Don't forget guys, you have one month long to create any paper project based on the sketch but be sure not to wait until the last minute {smile}. Well, I'm so glad you stop by and I hope to return the favor.
Have a good week ahead and all the best in September.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, August 28, 2016

You Raise Me Up {Mixed Media Art Journal} @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Happy Sunday everyone and a warm welcome to my new blog-follower-cum-new-friends Sue Reynolds and Payal Soni. It's been raining almost every day which is good for my plants nevertheless except the weeds grow faster of course. Later today I will make time pulling weeds and give the plants some store bought healthy food. I've been too busy to make compose fertilizer these days, soon I hope.

Today is another continuation of Sunday Stencil at STAMPlorations. Click here and check out the gorgeous tags my fellow teammates created.
I created a tribute art journal page of my late old man and in this picture was of him in his younger days in the navy. Speaking of navy one can't escape from discipline and that had always been his number one rule in the house {oh yes!!!}.
Once again I use part of song lyric. The first time I heard this song some years ago, I fell in love with it. At the time my heart didn't absorb the real meaning of it; it was just a song I loved listening to. Not until after the creator took my father to the other world when I realized this song is so powerful that my heart ache because not only I miss my old man but more than that; his lecture, his fried rice, his crafts, his guidance and the list goes on.
 I gave these pages lots of texture simply by gluing down tissue paper for the first layer followed by random drywall tape and mesh. Then I swipe heavy gesso all over them and let dry but unfortunately the cool air from drizzling rain took a moment to dry quicker so while waiting I checked emails and browse the internet, rather than using heat gun. There's a reason why I refuse to use heat gun which I will explain later.
 While the gesso was drying, I used some texture paste and swipe over a stencil for more textural surface and pattern. I love this diamond looking shape! Click here for details.
More up-close pictures..
Love the texture above? This was how it was done:
I didn't use heat gun to dry the gesso because I didn't want the drywall tape and mesh to stick hard and permanently on the pages so I can easily remove some of them slowly to obtain patterns. Don't pull too fast or you may rip off the page a bit but remember that I have already adhered the pages with pieces and layers of tissue papers in the first place for thickness so there won't be a big hole should 'accident' happens. If if does, no worries, be happy, just fill it up with gesso or paste and you can just glue the next page to these pages when they are completely dried. I think in art and mixed media work, if accident happy accident happens, there's always a way to cover it up. What d'ya think?
Notice the over access texture paste on the right (above). I think that's because the paste was thickly applied or wasn't semi-dry when I remove the mesh but that's okay. No big deal, chill out {smile}. I don't throw them yet as they will be used in my next mixed media project. In other word - recycle save money!
The wheel marine is a famous item in my parent's house. It's a symbol any navy man must have I suppose and because it is so significance to the Royal Navy around the globe, my father bought me a gold wheel marine pendant with an anchor in the center when I was young and still have it in my keepsake. I tied this wheel marine charm using one long string pull out from the drywall tape. Thank you Kak Long Lili for the charm.

~Update on August 29, 2016~
My wonderful friend Margaret Kieser asked me at Facebook: Just one question as you did not mention it in your blog post - why the inch ruler next to the photo?
Thanks Margy for noticing my lack of analysis on my write up,lol. So my answer is: His measure tape was his best buddy when he did carpentry or anything that needed measure. He measured zillion times before he cut. Also to signify him as meticulous.
 Now, if you ask me why I use shades of green, black and white is because my father's Ford cars as far as I remember had always been green. His Ford Anglia in the 70's was dark green and when he bought Ford Cortina in the 80's, firstly it was in brown until he spray painted by himself to metallic green. I'm not to sure with his Mini Cooper though; got to ask my Mother later {chuckle}. The car he bought for her was Mazda in white and later he spray painted to dark red, something different though,lol. Oh I heard you ask why many cars? Dad loved cars and he's passed that down to my only son who loves cars as well. Then Dad's home and its surroundings were all in white {similar to Navy's uniforms}, then off white, and then white again with bits of brown and grey {the same grey like Navy's ship} and black gate. Later he painted our rooms light pink and the kitchen light blue leaving the rest inside and outside WHITE! He also planted lots of green plants; he loved greens more than planting flower plants unlike Mom who adores orchids so that's why they match! 

Now you know why my hubby didn't approve the colors I chose for our own house wall because he prefers white the way Dad did...oh man!! Firstly it was white for so many years and I got bored. I end up painting the interior wall in moonshadow grey and light cream {amongst other favorite colors of him}. The girls chose pink for their room because they didn't want it white (and I was okay when we started painting it hate it! I call their room a cave room!! Plan to change color but not white they said. On that later). So, the exterior wall color of our house is you guess right - WHITE! So you see, after growing up for so many years with my Father, it's so hard to change what he had inspired and motivated me. I sort of keep his love in me hence this art journal is created to show my love for him will never die.
 Having said that, I am taking this artwork into these challenges:
1. Rubber Dance
2. ArtGrupa : Challenge 6

 Meanwhile, the Mixed Media Challenge at STAMplorations is still running until 31st August so get your entries in here and display this graphic below in your post to stand a chance of winning great prize.
That's it for now. Until I see you soon. Thank you for dropping by.

Hugs and smiles,