Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Flower Just Blooms!

Hi everyone! I have a new layout today inspired by Scrap Around The World October mood board.
Here's my colorful page:
 I am in love with the colors in the mood board and the sentiment tells me something to be thankful for. There are many things in life I am thankful for and one of them are flowers. I found a meaningful quote from pinterest and used it on my page.
Some up-close shots:
 I made some flowers with Sizzix die cuts. They never look similar {smile}.
 I used modeling paste through a stencil and colored with watercolors after they are dried.
Thank you for dropping by and I shall be back soon. Have a good weekend.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art Is @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hi everyone! Today we are having a 
Special Stamp Release at STAMPlorations. This new fabulous stamp set is named Art Is.

We are doing a mini Blog Hop to showcase these sentiment stamps. SheryIrit, Sari, Shirley, and I are sharing projects we made with the stamp set. You are welcome to hop along and leave comments on STAMPlorations blog and designers' blogs for your chance to win this set. 

The Winner will be drawn randomly from comments made on all the blogs. The commenting closes on October 30th and the winners will be announced on November 1st.

Here is my Art Booklet:
Front cover: 

This is the back side:
I used bubbles ARTplorations stencil to decorate the covers by using modeling paste through it. For the folded pages, a white gel pen used to outline the bubbles using the stencil and colored with gesso. As for the bigger circles, bottle caps were used.
 ...front and back sides...

One of my favorite STAMPlorations stencils I frequently use is foiled again. Modeling paste was applied through the stencil to create texture. I also stamped the new release randomly in the bubbles for interest. 
I hope you have enjoyed my Art Booklet and will have fun time using the stamp set in your creations. 

Until November 4 {one week}, Art Is is available at 10% off {$10.80 instead of $12}.
Click here for more info.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You Did It @ TTCRD {Challenge Oct 27 - Nov 2}

{My DT work for TTCRD}

Hi my friends! It's pouring heavily this minute and I love the sound of raindrops! We want rain so badly after breathing dirty air ever since haze wraps my country the past couple of months and it will continue until January through March next year if the fire in Kalimantan, Indonesia is not put off at all. Bad air, bad pollution, it stinks! Staying indoor is not fun, the schools were forced to close twice so far and life without sun and breeze feels so boring.

On a cheerful note, now that the weather condition is pretty normal {at least yesterday was extremely hot, windy and made me sweat...I like!}, I'm in jolly good mood to craft much  better. 

Let me show you my new easel card I made as part of my dt work for Through The Craft Room Door current challenge. Also I made it for my eldest daughter who finished lower form {Form 3} at the boarding school last Thursday. A graduation ceremony which has been the tradition of the school was held to celebrate the upper form students {Form 5} respectively since they will leave the school for good and go to higher institutions next. The Form 3 students were also celebrated as some will stay and some will move on to other branch and some might transfer to ordinary school. Where they will head on depends on their PT3 exam result to come out in December. Please wish my daughter all the luck she needs...thanks {smile}
 I tried my best to color the rob to match my daughter's graduation rob. I would like to thank Paola Jofre for sponsoring TTCRD this week. The image used is You Did It. My wonderful teammates have created amazing cards and projects with hope to inspire you too. Click here.
TTCRD magazine will be released early next month with exciting articles and lots more fun read. You will also get to know the supplies I used to create this  mixed media card. Click here to subscribe if you wish.

Here's my 'Alyaa and me on her special moment:

No mortar board as for now {chuckle}. She still has a long winding road and unknown hurdles to go through to reach success. That's two more years of schooling before tertiary education welcome her. Nevertheless she made me proud on this day and very rewarding too.

I look forward to see your creations at TTCRD blog from today onward. Until then, thank you for dropping by and leave me a comment. See you soon in November with Celebration Blog Hop!
Hugs and smiles,

Monday, October 26, 2015

Altered Box @ ARTplorations Mixed Media Tutorials

{My DT work for ARTplorations}

Hello everyone! It's  my turn for a tutorial at ARTplorations today. A very minimalist decoration you can do in your leisure.
 The stencil used for this project is old rose prints by ARTplorations:
The current October Mixed Media Challenge is still running until the end of this month. We would love to see your creations in mixed media form; anything goes but no cards please. The winner will receive a$15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.
 Thank you for dropping by.
I have more sweeties coming up soon. See you!

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Loving Life @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hello everyone! Here's sharing another piece of mixed media scrapbook page made as my dt work for STAMPlorations Sunday Stencil today. For this layout, I spent some time folding papers to make some 'hydangreas' flowers if I can say that {smile}
The photo of hydrangeas was taken last week while I did my garden. I did a reverse black and white editing for a change and finally decided to color in the photo lightly with watercolor.
My teammates Tanja and Susanne have something exciting to show at their blogs too so don't forget to take a peak.
Supplies used: Gridlocked ARTplorations stencilArtsy Border Maker STAMPlorations stamp, Memory Makers designed paper, Kaisercraft collectables, Alpha gesso and modeling paste, Tim Holtz distressed ink pad, Versafine black ink pad, watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, wire, twine, gem, rhinestones and seed beads. 
I think you may have read somewhere in my old posts that I'm such a sucker for bricks. I created a scene here by applying modeling paste through the stencil. I colored them brown and highlight with black pencil for dimension. 
Those pink flowers represent hydrangeas. I love teabag fold and making paper flower is one of my favorite things to do during leisure hours {usually I do it while waiting or watching television}. My friend Desire Fourie has the tutorial here.
I enjoyed making the leaves from old book paper.
If you look closely, I sew the twine together and then I sewn it to the designed paper so it stays put {chuckle}.
I am taking my layout to The Scrapbook Store sketch challenge and this is their last one. I totally adore their sketch:
Meanwhile, the October Mixed Media Challenge is still running until the end of the month. Hurry up if you plan to play along. Click here.
Wishing you a great Sunday and enjoy life positively.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mixed Media ATCs @ Digistamps4Joy {New Releases}

{My DT work for Digistamps4Joy}

Hi there and a happy Sunday! Mine has been great from morning attending curriculum day at my girls's school. It was sort of mini carnival and whatever we buy and pay for using coupons, the money will go to the school fund. I love such good cause {smile}. So of course when we got home at nearly 3pm, having no maid {duh!}, I tackle the kitchen first then brought in the laundry to fold and put away accordingly in the wardrobe {relief...phew}

So here I am now taking a break to show you my recent creation I did as part of my dt work for Digistamps4Joy new releases at its shop today. 

The design"B"team has created wonderful cards at DS4J blog for your inspirations. Here are three ATCs made in mixed media style using the image named My Wardrobe. Click here to purchase.
 I used 200gsm acid free drawing paper adhered with scraps of patterned papers then gesso-d lightly. Next I applied modeling paste through Kaiser craft stencil for more pattern and texture. Then comes my favorite part playing with colors by apply three different chalks and blend with water to produce watercolor effect. This takes a while until I reach satisfaction before I finished off with black paint for more depth.
This gown looks so elegant. What d'ya think? I adhered black thread, mesh and beads using PVA glue {see that white thing near the beads? It took a moment to dry}. I always apply sealer over the surface when it is completely dried. I will do it tomorrow because I've run out of spray sealer {duh!}. Soft matte gel works just fine if you have it.
For this ATC below, I dig out my sewing box and thought the button and some ordinary stainless steel fastener would make a pretty flower, lol.  
Lastly, I got enthused with flower making and made another bloom with button and sequins. All the dresses were colored with watercolor pencils. I used two sizes of bottle caps to stamp the circles for interest.
I hope you like my Artist Trading Cards and hopefully they inspire you to make some. Oh! One more thing, this is my first ATCs! I've been meaning to make them but often asked myself what would I use them for {chuckle}. Maybe I shall join ATC swap some day? Perhaps give away? Or use it as my business card? Erm, use it as tags in future mini album? Would love to get your recommendation and ideas :)

Until then. Have a great week ahead and stay positive.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Life, Love & Home at Scrap Africa

{My DT work for Scrap Africa}

Hi everyone! How have you been? I'm fine, other than my regular schedule, my kiddos keep me busy with their school activities and final examination just around the corner. I'm also in the sewing mojo the past one week and shall be sewing a dress for myself to wear on my daughter's graduation day this coming Thursday. Pretty excited about that {smile}.  

Back to artsy talk, I completed a layout recently based on a mood board from Scrap Africa. This time I chose to scrap my niece walking in the park. Every December my children and Zahra' get together at my parents spending year end school holidays; the only moment we get to hang out because of the places we live in are miles apart to see each other often. We had fun time that afternoon last year wandering about at this green sight nearby my parent's home. 
Supplies used: Eno Greetings patterned papers, Sunlit border punch, Alpha gesso & modeling paste, Sizzix die and machine, Sizzix leaf stamp, Kaiser craft stamp, Versafine onyx black ink pad, Micia brown ink pad, Tim Holtz distress ink pad, mesh and gem

Denise created this pretty bloom and interesting color pallets to challenge you this fortnight. I also love the quote by Jim Carrey. Yes, I want to be like flowers, they don't worry {me either} about how their petals {my days} will look like when blossom {my days to be day to day}, they just grow {I must just move on...but with plans, hope, dream and prayers to be included}.
Some up-close pictures:
I love layers; the more the merrier. Because I go for shabby, I distressed the edges using blunt scissor.
Taking my page to C'est Magnifique because I just love the sketch by Djamila Khiter {thank you}:

I look forward to see your work at Scrap Africa mr linky by 31st October. Until I see you again, have a blossom day.

Hugs and smiles, 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A passport to freedom {Digistamps4Joy Mid Challenge Reminder}

{My DT work for DS4J}

Hello there! I'm bringing you my newest art journal made as my design team project for Digistamps4Joy current challenge. Here's to remind you that the challenge has begun on the first day of this month and will finish on October 31st.
The challenge theme is everyone's favorite ~ Anything Goes and the twist is "B". The "B" can be butterfly or baseball or just anything that starts with "B". Please mention in your post "B" item/s you use.

My dear team"B"mates created fabulous paper craft to inspire you. Come visit us at DS4J blog for your viewing pleasure. Here's my art journal that use mostly "blue" colors and stack of "books". Like the books? Click here to purchase. 

 Supplies used: DS4j digi image, STAMPlorations Honeycomb Delight stencil, Buncho watercolors, sentiment from Ginger's House, black gel pen, paper scraps and rubber stamp from my kitchen (anything goes)

This is the digi used to create a stack of books on my page:
 From the way I stacked up the books you can say how much I love books and reading...
as well as education. Hence the quote by Oprah Winfrey whom I admire.
I hope you like my art work this time. Looking forward to see your creations at DS4J blog. Happy crafting.