Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Giveaway ~ DigiStamps4Joy 100th Challenge Celebration

Hello everyone! This is a special sticky post in conjunction to DigiStamps4Joy 100th Challenge Celebration this entire September. Just recently I have made a center step card meant for DS4J recent blog hop as seen below:

I have received wonderful comments for this card in the blog hop post....thank you so much. Well, I can't wait no more to reveal the surprise I have been holding back since we launched the blog hop. Guess what? This card will be yours from yours truly! That's right! I will do a salad bowl draw at the end of this month to choose a winner!

Like this rhinestones? I love using them on my project. Because this is DS4J 100th Celebration, some of the design team members will give away prizes in a total of 100 each. Okay, let's just say I'm too lazy to count 100 so I'm giving away all of this rhinestones in a packet. Who will the winner be? It's for me to find out and for you to know on October 1st!

What do you have to then?


1. Follow this blog of mine if you like.
{Let me know if you are a long time awesome follower. There's a surprise there!}

2. Open to everyone world wide. Postage free!

3. Please leave a comment! I love reading :)

4. Don't forget to check back on October 1 to see if you are 1 of the 2 winners. 
{I shall do winners post, do respond in one week time and I'll get in touch with you immediately!}

Good Luck everyone!
Hugs and smile,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Precious Qinaahana

Hi everyone! I'm happy to bring in my new creation today. I have combined a sketch from Sketchabilities and color palette from The Color Room to make this layout of my four blessings who are my main source of inspirations and my best and worst critiques of my work during the process and when it's finished {smile}
 Supplies: Kaisercraft (Devonshire Collection, quote), W R Memory Keepers (stamp), Bitsy Stamps, Martha Stewart acrylic paint, Carla Craft leave punch, VersaFine ink pad, Tim Holt'z distress ink, gesso, modeling paste, watercolor, black gel pen, toothpicks, dymo tape, others from my stash  

 Here's the sketch by Karan Gerber:
This is the the color palette from The Color Room which I love so much!  
The household item this time is toothpicks. I have used three of them and painted blue. 
 For this layout I decided to combined my love for shabby and mixed media so there are lots of distressing and crumpling up the leaves with hope to make it life like.

 Aaah layering...I just love them! The more the better...hihi.
 I thought I would make a pocket for the tags tucked in underneath the photo. I haven't got an idea what to write for  my children in there yet so I leave it blank for a while. The tags are birthday gift from a facebook group I'm in called Chic Craftique. Oh yes, I turned a year older on September 9 and received the surprise gift a day after all the way from the States. Thank you ladies.
I made the window frames from drawing block backing and gave it a first layer with blue acrylic paint. When dry, I coated with crackle medium and let dry before I prime it with grey acrylic paint. It didn't crack as much as I wanted it to be but I love the vintage feel of it.
Here are the pieces of self made window frames before decoration.
 I took this group photo of my children last year while heating the car's engine to go shopping. I believe it takes the right sketch and colors to make a layout eventually. So what is Qinaahana you may ask? They are simply a combination of my children's names I created when they were very young and before the little one came to earth, it was originally Kinaahana. I never thought God would grant me another child in 2008 so when she arrived, I reconsider and changed it to Qinaahana.

The abbreviations come from
1. the eldest: Nur 'Alyaa Sakinah : Kina
2. second child: Muhammad 'Arif : A
3. third child: Nur Anis Farhana : Hana
4. fourth child: Nur Afza Aqilah: Q

It's a mixed up of letters so to speak and Qinaahana was born for my home based venture. They are the ones that have inspired me to keep on going and never stop encouraging me to do what I like best. They even bring home broken things they find at school and show me simply by saying excitedly, "Mommy, you can scrap this!" (and in my head is what can I do with it but of course I never want to let them down so I keep it; you never know when it comes handy right). When we go for walks, they like to explore and if they find something unusual like a piece of wood, they thought I could use them for off the page project. Yet there are times they do get tired of me going ....ooohhh...aaahhhh...hey wait up... whenever we are at craft stores, stationery department, haberdashery, flea market, elsehwere. I think they just have to bear with their crafty crazy mother for the rest of their life {smile}

I hope you have enjoyed my little bit of ramble this time. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a message. I truly appreciate your time.

Hugs and smiles,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

DigiStamps4Joy ~ DT CALL

Hello everyone! Wishing you blue sky and everything nice. Mine isn't blue sky but grey and raining. It simply reflects our feelings for we at DigiStamps4Joy have said farewell to our dearest team members Alex and Antoinette who have to leave us. I will definitely miss them and wish them well in their life and future undertakings.

Having said that, we are now looking for new design team members to fill the spot.

If you have always wanted to be a part of this dynamic team, then now is your chance!

Do you: 

·         Love our fabulous digistamps?  (… of course I am biased!)
·         Enjoy colouring in images and creating cards?
·         Keep your Blog up to date and have quite a few friends following you?
·         Regularly chat in online crafting communities?
·         Enjoy giving praise to other crafter’s creations? “It’s always more blessed to give than to receive

So you answered YES to the above, what now?
Send your email application to MARGY info@digistamps4joy.co.za
Subject line: DS4J DT Call 

Just so Margy doesn’t have to try and guess any information, please provide the following:
Your name
Blog address (NB)
List any DTs you currently serve on
Blog links to what YOU think are your 2 best creations using a stamp/digistamp

Closing date - October 15th
New members will be announced on this BLOG on October 18th.

The basic requirements of a DS4J DT member are to ....
  • Create a papercraft project every two weeks for our challenges
  •  Create a papercraft project every two weeks for our new releases on Sunday
  • Comment on challenge entries 
  • Chat in our FB public group and interact with our members
  • Just be a blessing to me and the team! 
  • Voluntary tasks such as creating cards for our monthly freebie.
Have a nice weekend!
Hugs and smiles,

Monday, September 22, 2014

DigiStamps4Joy ~ SALE ~ Special Price

Hello crafters! Looking for fabulous images at discounted price
Here's your chance to fulfill your wish.
Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to grab some of those gorgeous digis you have been waiting to purchase!
With the 25% discount (on minimum order of $5) you can now own one of our lovely digistamps!
Use the following Coupon Code at checkout
and if your order is a minimum of $5, you will only pay R3.75!!

There are nearly 1,000 digistamps in the STORE, so happy shopping!

I am also giving away special candy that ends September 30 on my blog.

Click MY GIVEAWAY for a chance to be a winner! 

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Don't Underestimate ~ Mixed Media Place

Happy Thursday! It has taken me weeks to create this mixed media pages for my art journal book. I started adhering strips of papers a day after I found the Summer Music challenge at Mixed Media Place but it has taken me just yesterday to come back and give it a go.

The challenge is to create artwork inspired by the music, lyrics or the video - whatever that moves you. I love Adele's song and Rolling In The Deep is one of my liking besides her Set Fire To The Rain! I listened to Rolling In The Deep many times to feel the emotion and understanding. For someone like me who have never been thrown out in someone's else life and being hurt, I end up imagining myself as the main character of Rolling In The Deep. The word "don't underestimate" from the lyric became my main concept and have used extra captions I found on Pinterest couple months ago for deeper meaning to my interpretation of the entire song and video.      
I started off by applying gesso over the pages and splattered red watercolor. I sprayed water to let it run; it's always my favorite part!
 All I could think of was using some hearts and for the first time I used an acrylic stamp designed by the late Sarah Lawrence the owner of Craftynotions. It's a free stamp from my purchase of Craft Stamper magazine way back in 2012. I stamped several hearts on white cardstock and cut them out. 
The smaller white hearts are punched out and adhered at the bottom to symbolize no matter how much one's heart is broken, there is still much love in her heart.
Originally the felt letters were pink and that was not the real color for warning so I used red Sharpie to highlight don't.
 I like to experiment with things which I think I can apply to mixed media project so this rubber mat is actually used in a household for an object from slipping. I love the texture and find it great for stamping!
As I said earlier on, I was tempted to make an art journal soon after I read the challenge so when we visited our eldest daughter at her boarding school on August 25, I brought along my stuff and sat opposite my husband who was explaining to 'Alyaa several maths questions she couldn't tackle. Math is never my interest but art is {smile}.

This is my first submission to Mixed Media Place which I have been following for some time ago and often check this blog from time to time because I am always impressed by their design team work. Such amazing creations and inspirations!

Thank you for dropping by and wishing you a great weekend.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WINNER ~ DIGISTAMPS4JOY 100th Challenge Celebrations Blog Hop

Greetings everyone! I am happy to announce the winner of the beautiful image Geraldine I had used-cum-candy on my card for for one lucky Follower/Commenter in conjunction to DigiStamps4Joy 100th Challenge Celebration Blog Hop

for winning Geraldine!

Please kindly email Margy from DigiStamps4Joy at compugen@netactive.co.za to claim your prize.

Congratulations once again.


DigiStamps4Joy Celebration Blog Hop & Challenge #100


Hello everyone! You have arrived at my blog...Qinaahana is the site name, Asmah is the owner; yup, that's me living in hot and sunny Malaysia. I am proud to be in the design team for DigiStamps4Joy for some two years now working along with talented designers who are my wonderful friends and often come out with different techniques and ideas in everyone's creations using DS4J beautiful digi images drawn by superb artists.
I am here because of Margy who offered me to join her team. She is just not a magnificent and efficient lady boss but a true friend. Thank you Margy.    

Welcome to the Digistamps4Joy CELEBRATIONS. We are celebrating our 100th Blog Challenge with a Blog Hop running from 3 – 16 September 2014, a month long challenge, and ad hoc prizes during the month .

Our first challenge on our new blog was on the 23rd February 2012, and we are thrilled to still have you as our 'fans' after 2 and a half years! As a big THANK YOU to all of you, we are holding a BLOG HOP where you can win many prizes, including more of our fabulous digistamps! We have some new releases we are showcasing and which will be given away to some lucky followers. If you enter our challenge, you again put yourself in line to win more of our digistamps. And to top it all off, Margy will be throwing in some ad hoc prizes and discounts on the main DS4J blog during September!
Join with us as we CELEBRATE!

Fabulous HOP Prizes
1. DS4J is offering 6 new digistamps as prizes on six of the DT member’s blogs to a randomly drawn follower of that blog and who has left a comment. The other DT member blogs will be giving away a previously released digistamp, also to a randomly drawn follower and commenter! In addition, some of the blog owners may have personal prizes which are only applicable to the country they live in. 
Please check back on September 17 for a surprise on my blog!

2. The main DS4J blog is also giving away 100 REWARD POINTS during the Hop to one lucky winner, which can be spent in the Digistamps4Joy store! Isn’t that a fabulous prize?
There are some rules for winning these prizes, so make sure you read these below!

Blog Hop Navigation
If you landed on my page first then just carry on to the next blog Audrey, and then from the main blog again till you are back at my blog, OR start at the top at the DS4J blog, and work your way though to the final stop (Zella’s blog). The full hop order is listed on the main DS4J blog.

 ...Here is the card I made for the Blog Hop...
 I have used DS4J digi image namely Geraldine which YOU can win on my blog only if you are the random winner! 
Please read carefully - I do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of THIS blog (I will check)
2). Leave a comment under THIS post

Please read carefully - we do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of the main DS4J blog (We will check)
2). Leave a comment on the blog post.

The Hop will end at 1600 (Central African Time) on Tuesday 16th September.
The full list of Blog Hop winners will be announced on Thursday 18th September on the main DigiStamps4Joy blog
Each blog will also indicate its own winner on 18th September.

Don't forget, you can still enter our regular challenge - running for the whole month, and with the theme of "Celebrations"

There will be ad hoc prizes and discounts given away on the main DS4J blog only. But you will need to pop in regularly to 'catch these' as each one will only be available for a short time.
Asmah (you are here)
Before I sign off, here's a piece of sweet news you would love to know {smile}.

...Margy is also giving away a freebie "My Ballgown"...
Please visit Kit &Clowder FB Page for more information. 
Better hurry while it lasts for 5 days only between 3 - 8 September.

Wishing you all the best of luck and happy hopping to Audrey's blog next.

Finally, I'm taking my hop card into these challenges:
1. Dream Valley : Flowers
2. Creative Corner : ATG
3. Sister Act Card : ATG
5. Card and Scrap : ATG
6. A Girl Who Crafts : ATG
7. Cards Galore : Make A Card
8. Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper : Patterned Paper
9. CCC Digi Creations : Digi/Things With Wings
10. Natalie & Amy : Things With Wings
11. Paper Makeup Stamps : ATG & GDT

 Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Guest Designer & Celebration at Lauralcraft

It's a pleasure to be given the honor as Guest Designer at Lauralcraft this month. Thank you Laurian for having me and I am proud to assist Margaret Kieser the owner of DigiStamps4Joy to guest design for Lauralcraft and have my creation showcased for their monthly challenge. The theme is Celebration with Pearls. DigiStamps4Joy is sponsoring the prize to the lucky winners.

I have designed a fan card with the image from DigiStamps4Joy entitle 
Misteri With Bouquet. Click here to get her. 
Supplies: DS4J digi image, EnoGreeting patterned paper, Copic Sketch, Martha Stewart punch, Carla Craft punch, sentiment from Ginger's House, Kaisercraft ink pad & happy birthday acrylic stamp, DMC thread, and others from my stash

I thank Katie from Inky Angel who shared her step by step tutorial which you can get here.
It's really a fun technical project that reminded me of mathematics class in those days. To make this card I borrowed my son's geometric set. Nice memory!
 It started like this {smile}...
It's a month long celebration at Lauralcraft and have fun with pearls!

I would love to take my card into these challenges:
1. All Sorts Challange : Pretty In Pink
2. Crafting At The Weekend : ATG
3. Kraftin' Kimmie : Bloomin' Flowers
4. Sugar Creek Hollow : Tag - You're It
5. Pumpkin Spice : #82 is Birthday
6. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge : ATG
7. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge : Ch#7 ATG
8. We Do Doobadoo : Something Feminine
9. Crafts 4 Eternity : Digital
10. Designs by Lisa Somerville : A Stitch In Time
11. Frosted Designs : Stamping
12. Simply Create Too : Show Us Something New (new pearls)
13. Sweet Pea Stampers : Use Lots Of Layer
14. Polkadoodles : Tag You're It
15. Tag You're It : Challenge #5
16. 4 Crafty Chicks : Sew Real or Faux
17. Delightful Sketches : Don't Be Square
18. Moving Along With The Times : Shape Up
19. My Heart Pieces : Use A Digi Stamp
20. Divas By Design : Tag
Thank you so much for visiting me today and wishing you all the best in your daily life.

Hugs and smiles,