Monday, June 01, 2020

It's A New Day {Tag} @ STAMPlorations

Hello everyone! Happy mid-2020!! Unbelievable that June has arrived; well of course time flies real quick but after going through the past four months with uncertainties and lived like zombie at times (lol), many times of forever unsure day and date, now it's somewhat seriously okay to move about a little easier here where I live by keep following the standard operation procedure as taught when we started Movement Control Order back on March 18. Wow, how amazing is that? Hence the making of this tag "It's A New Day."

You heard right! A new day to the start of STAMPloations June Stencil Challenge. You have one whole month to play along. Here's my tag with hope to inspire you for some ideas:
Some close ups:
 I decided to make simple with style theme so no matter how simple it sounds but this tag took a while of processing everything from die cutting the tags and leaves to stamping flowers three times and fussy cutting the petals, plus dry embossing and lastly deciding on composition took less than 20 minutes till satisfaction {smile}. Satisfaction is priority isn't it?
I love the faux stitching look on the tag which I mounted on black card stock. I leave the dry embossed as is after running from Abstract Oats stencil sandwich between plates off Sizzix machine. Well just a splatter of black paint for additional interest.
The sentiment is from new day clear sticker sheet with 16 quotes altogether. I'm sure you will love the stickers as much as I do. Owh by the way, the flowers were stamped three times on black card stock with white ink pad and fussy cut as neatly as I can. Then I used tweezer to pinch the pteals inward and backward to form shape before I stack them in the center with pva glue. I used the center part of the die cut to place in the middle of the flower and button the center also with pva glue. Yes I love to use pva glue although it takes a moment to dry but I'm okay with that because they will dry eventually (chuckle).

STAMPlorations products used:


Be sure to display this graphic challenge in your blog post or your chance to win is lost entirely:
 That's it for today. I hope you are inspired and will start creating for this challenge. See you at Mr. Linky. Have fun and stay blessed.
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spring Fling Blog Hop & Linky Party {Reminder Post} @ STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! I'm back again with a sweet reminder about  STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop & Linky Party that is currently in action. Come join us if you haven't already. We will end the party on May 31 so yes you still have time to play. Click HERE for the main event post and details.
I created a scrapbook page of my four blessings during our holidays in Penang Island back in 2011. Penang is always our favorite spot for short breakaway up to now. The last we had was this January before stay home order started {ouchh}. During this pandemic {yes it will pass; just don't know when...?😩}; I sometimes can't stop looking back of the memories we have had past holidays. How we love going places and wander freely breathing fresh air and embrace total freedom kissing nature under the sun and rain and not to mention doing our best not to take things for granted but we're imperfect human {oh well}. Definitely now they have the longest school break ever but since March 18, they {and all of us} only roam the world via internet and imaginations. Let's pray hard the scientists and smarties will discover the vaccine soonest. Honestly, I miss normal life as we live the new normal 😳.
 Some close-ups:
 I found some handmade green and orange paper flowers I did some years back stored in a box while cleaning the other day so they finally get to blossom prettier here {chuckle}. I added pearls in the center for some loveliness if I can say that. The smaller flowers were recently made with flower punches few nights ago after breaking fast as a way to relax. If you are regular follower, you may know that I love making flowers to adorn my creation until I took a break some three years back. You can find my flower tutorials HERE if you're keen to try something different. 
 I used Inspirational #1 Clear Stickers to journal this layout. There are 6 inspiring sentiments in the sticker pack. Each sentiment printed on a 3-inch by 1-inch sticker label. Each package has 12 sheets, for a total of 36 stickers (6 of each inspiring sentiments). I cut the sentiment word by word and stick them down carefully and neatly {still unable to get rid the perfectionist in me, bahaha}.
 For additional interest I used Hex All Over stencil to create a pattern by swiping Versafine yellow ink pad. I also included my regular signature style which is doodling through Bloom Succulently stencil.
 This shabby mixed media layout with a mix of soft grungy will not miss splatter of black paint that I can't do without. I feel my work is incomplete without drops of paint {smile}. I also incorporate handstitching using DMC threads from my yesteryear cross-stitch projects. I accumulate quite a number of DMC threads and they're still in good condition.
And here are the STAMPlorations products used:

Feel free to enjoy May store promotion. All throughout May, products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly and with my coupon code STAMPGIRLASMAH, you can get up to 35% off.

This layout is designed by doing my best to follow a sketch by Shawn Lahr at Sketches In Thyme; a beautiful sketch indeed and decided to play along in these challenges:
1. Sketches In Thyme : May Sketch #421
2. Simply Create Too : Ch#160 Use Flowers
{I'm inspired by the colors of orange and yellow and a bit of green to light up my layout}

 That's it for today. I sincerely hope you will  find inspirations from my work and don't forget to grab the free digital Hearfelt Rose image HERE to use in your project as you wish.

Have fun creating and thank you for dropping by.
Hugs and smiles,

Friday, May 15, 2020

Live.Laugh.Love {Art Journal} @ STAMPlorations

Hi everyone! I'm here again to share my art journal and a little reminder that the stencil May challenge at STAMPlorations is still running until this 31st day. Winners will definitely enjoy picking up your prizes so don't wait any longer to create and send in your creation(s) at Mr. Linky

I decided to play with homemade gesso, black and green watercolors for this art work. It's so true that even though I have plenty of time to create to my heart content while stay home during the pandemic but it's not all the time I can do so in the best of spirit. Trying hard to concentrate on my work but the right brain constantly worry about the future; what will take place next; my major concern is my children's future like all parents do and so on.
Then my left brain told me it's alright, stay calm, create something positive and positive will come. Hence the use of these three popular words: LIVE...LOVE...LAUGH.
You can't live in misery despite this dreadful occurrence. Life must go on. That's the reason I choose black to depict clouds of anxiety and the uncertainty of the current situation. In between the vacillation circumstances, silver lining does shine unseen (the white and green shades) while the butterflies depict hope, happiness and freedom. One may aware that no matter how difficult life throws at you but all our action is lead by prayer. The power of prayer is an amazing exchange; by handing over our worries to Allah, He hands over His blessings to us. 
 I used Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies to cut my butterflies but used the reverse as frame to glue down on this page once the gesso dried. I simply combined green and black to light up the butterflies and doodle the edges with black gel pen. The blue portray the power of prayer as one continues to have faith in God while carrying on living.
 I also stamped small butterflies for additional interests. I hope my simple and little mixed media art work inspire you to create something today.
As always don't forget to display the challenge graphic below in your blog post to be eligible for prize winner:

STAMPlorations products used:
|| Artsy Border Maker || Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies || Trendy Butterflies ||

 That's it for today. I shall be back soon. Meanwhile, if you haven't already joined Spring Fling Blog Hop & Linky Party, you still have time until May 31st. Lots of spring goodies waiting for you.
Take care. Stay safe and have a good time.
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

~Spring Fling Bog Hop & Linky Party May 6~

Hello beautiful friends! Welcome to STAMPlorations Spring Fling & Blog Hop.
I'm super excited to be joining the STAMPlorations team in celebrating the flowers season and hopefully life this spring blooms wonderfully for everyone. The winners will receive our newest Spring Products. How beautiful is that...smile.
Inspiring you on this day is a  layout of my middle girl when she was a baby in 2004. I did spin my brain a bit while processing the step by step to finish. I haven't made a layout for ages so I just lost my soul for a while until I had it back {chuckle).
 I used Peekaboo Boy collection from Kaisercraft and well, a little bit 'funny' it seems because my baby is a girl, hence the use of lots of pink and some blue flowers to coordinate her bonnet on a paper design meant for baby boy {shhh, don't tell...smile}.
Here are some close-up pictures:~
 I love making flowers but haven't made some in a while and tempted to make a few blue flowers for this project. I admit my fingers lost its rhythm in flower making after so long (lol). The pink ones are Prima flowers I have kept for many years and finally adorn this layout.
 I love this new Inspirational #1 Clear stickers from STAMPlorations shop. They are laser printed on 100% transparent and high-gloss polyester material with a permanent adhesive. The surface  has a waterproof top coat, making them smear- and smudge-free!
 I swipe homemade gesso over All Blooms stencil for the background. This stencil is approximately 5.5" wide by 5.5" tall and is made from high quality transparent blue stencil material. I was the stencil immediately after use because I like to keep my stencils looking brand new all the time (bahaha, funny me, I know, but they can be my heirloom for my girls later on, smile).
 My middle girl's full name is Nur Anis Farhana and we call her Anis for short. Her name has meaning in Arab which is jovial, friendly and loyal friend. Most of all she is very jovial since day one! She is just so funny all the time, hardly serious!! She loves to smile and laugh and cracks silly jokes as she grows up until now. Her dimples is her trademark. I simply used her middle name to give this layout a title, well of course its her layout anyway. I used Lowercase Alphabet plate die to spell her name and glue down on the banner. 
Below are the flowers again from a different angle. Now that I've started I can't stop making flowers after I finished this layout to have some ready for another project.
An inspiration gain from Mixed Media Academy moodboard. I picked pink, soft pink and light blue to adorn this page as well as coordinate with the baby's bonnet and bunny:~
 Well of course I rely on a sketch for this creation because I'm not so good without one (smile).
I used this layout from Stick It Down. I love the frills so I punched strips of papers:~
Lastly this layout is also inspired from More Than Words. The patterned paper itself is stripey and I created stripes as well using punches for decorative look. As I have mentioned earlier, baby Anis has a funny characteristic that will not stop you fom laughing with her silly jokes and craziness:~
Lastly this is my Anis today, a sweet 16 on February 3, 2020 💓
Anis & her phone are inseparable...selfie crazy teenager!! (L) Anis with Me in high school brass band uniform (C)| Anis by the beach (R)

The STAMPlorations products used:

Last but not least you have one month long to hop and leave comment at the design team blogs. Take your time {smile}.
Plus feel free to enjoy May store promotion. All throughout May, products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly and with my coupon code STAMPGIRLASMAH, you can get up to 35% off.
That's it for today. I look forward to read your comment.....so excited. 
For extra win and bonus prize, you may also play along by creating anything with blooms and link it up at Mr. Linky. Don't forget to grab your free Heartfelt Rose digital stamp.
Enjoy your blog hop, stay safe and healthy..
Hugs and smiles,