Monday, July 24, 2017

Special Birthday @ DS4J

{My DT work for DS4J}

Hello friends! I have been very quiet for so many days I know. My last post was July 10 and then I was creating for some custom orders and upcoming design team work as well as balancing between working from home, housework, sewing clothes, mothering and family time. I was occupied and keeping everything organized as much as I can until mid-July approach bringing us the most saddest news ever. The evening of July 15, my husband received a phone call from his youngest sister of their beloved father's passing. My mother-in-law was with him until his last breath. My 78yo father-in-law was ageing and not in the best of health but still able to drive to the mosque, eat and drink as usual, walk up the stairs to his room except he didn't have the energy for gardening anymore. I used to help him cleaning his garden together but ever since he can't do it anymore, I would do as much as I can when we visited him. Now is just a memory that is still hard to swallow! 

After the funeral on July 16, we spent many days with my mother-in-law until it was time for me to go home with mountain of dirty clothes and plenty of things to get done since we left the house in emergency so the house was completely a huge mess. I left the house with tea time dishes unwashed, oven not wiped, clothes unfold, floor not swept and mopped and dining table full of dt work with paints and stuff. Even the sewing machine was not kept properly let alone fabrics and sewing materials all over the room.

Enough blab...thank you for reading so far {smile}. Today this moment ignoring a badge of laundry to fold {never mind that}...so eventually, I am able to share with you my long waited post for Digistamps4Joy mid-challenge reminder project I did before my father-in-law left us forever.
 A few close-up pictures:
The challenge will end at the end of this month so you still have ample time to submit your paper craft creations.

I hope my card gives you an inspiration to play with mixed media elements if you like that and create to your heart content.
Until I see you in the next couple of days. Take care and thank you for dropping by.

Hugs and smiles,

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tropical Paradise @ DS4J

{My DT work for Digistamps4Joy}

Hello friends! How is everyone doing? I was a little busy putting back things to their homes all last week after taking the pots and pans, Tupperware, plates and glasses for Eid Mubarak celebration. I cleared the jars on the coffee table and placed back the little vase with two guppy fish swimming happily in it giving me so much joy. On top of that I was able to spend a few hours over the weekend pulling some weeds near the bananas plantation at the backyard corner. One young banana tree is not growing green but turning yellowish that puts me in wonder. I've put in new soil and fertilizer so give it some days and I'll watch its progress. I also did one hour deep cleaning the master bedroom yesterday and moved furniture around. I've been quite busy I was too tired to blog anything the past days {oh well}.

Enough blab so let me take you to another new digital images released by Digistamps4Joy yesterday. Check out this link to see some fabulous images drawn by Margaret Kieser and Jen Lee. We hope the creations by the design team will give yo some inspirations as well to play with digital images.

This is what I made using Tropical Paradise (set):
I created a clean and simple minimalist mixed media ATCs. The bricks in the background was made with paste through gridlocked ARTplorations stencil and colored using watercolor paints.

While you are at Digistamps4Joy blog, you are cordially invited to join Chasing Rainbows Blog Hop in South Africa. It's a fun hop that takes you to several amazing bloggers offering delightful creations and some surprises!
That's it for me today. I wish you great weekdays.
Hugs and smiles,

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Flutter & Fly {Junk Journal} @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hi everyone! Happy July to all. Let us all hope this month brings you the best of life and good health is all we want most of the time and probably some extra cash to put aside for something important eh. Life on my end is gradually returning to routine after spending a week for Eid Mubarak celebration. Today marks the 7th day of Syawal and in my country the celebration still continues with a tradition called open houses by owners. One sets a day for the event and invites families and friends to celebrate the occasion in harmony. This year I don't make open house because my home is always open for a cup of tea {smile}. Okay the truth is we have no plan for it this Syawal, perhaps next year, insyallah.

Enough blab. Let me lead you to MHKDesigns July Challenge. The design team ladies have created such amazing projects to kick start your crafty make.
I came up with my first artwork in my newest junk journal booklet made from brown shopping bag. I will have a tutorial coming soon about the way I made this journal.
I printed and adhered three dragonflies from Flutter and Fly digi stamp set to let them enjoy the colorful background in my journal. This is really a gorgeous set offering you beautiful eight images and five sentiments. Isn't that awesome? 
Here are a few close-up pictures:
I applied some layers of modeling paste on the page several times and used a plastic fork to swipe over the paste to create patterns as seen above. While it dried naturally, I fussy cut the dragonflies.  
When I felt I have completed everything, I knew I needed to add something more. Hence the doodle writing with black gel pen.
I decided to leave the butterflies as is without any coloring except highlighting the edges because they are the main focal point fluttering by to explore this new artsy background I created {chuckle}.
I splattered some white paints for additional interest.
That's it for today. I hope my junk journal gives you some ideas and inspirations to create this weekend. I also look forward to your entry submission at this link by the end of this month. You may create whatever you have based on this graphic below if you don't use MHKDesigns products:
Until I see you again soon and I shall try to make time and visit your blog one of these days. Thank you always for dropping by. I truly appreciate your visit and value your time.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, June 29, 2017

4th Birthday Blog Hop @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hello everyone! The party continues at STAMPlorations blog hop today on Day Four.
We are all in a party mode and we are sure you will join us to congratulate Shery on 4 fabulous years.

My first card showcasing In-Bloom: Fancy Frangipanis stamp. I started off the background by using texture paste through Peonies All Over ARTplorations stencil. When dried I begun water coloring process as always. I colored the stamped flower with water color pencils and Alpha markers for the leaves. I really adore the beauty of frangipanis; so gorgeous!
Next is a mixed media tag with texture paste usage through Merry Go Round ARTplorations stencil in the background and giving it tones of colors with water color paints. The new product I used is Blossom Sprays 1 stamp and colored with water color pencils.
You are invited to hop along and stand a chance to winning awesome prize:
Why wait? The hop ends on 30th June so I suggest you hop on right away {smile}.

Here's where to find all the details of how to enter and the prizes on offer.
Check out the rest of today's inspiration here and hop along.

Till then. Happy hopping and see you again real soon with more happenings.
Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sit a Bit {Tag} @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello there! I've been so busy these day I just need to slow down and perhaps stay a resort holidaying to free the mind, lol. Wishing everyone a great day. Same here, alhamdulilah.

It's my turn to host the Designer Inspirations at MHKDesigns blog.
I created a shabby tag with minimalist mixed media element in the background.
I love all the chairs available in this digi stamp set namely Sit A Bit which you can get here at MHKDesigns.
Don't you wish you own all those chairs in your home? They look so antique and artistic.
I hope you like my tag this time. I hope to see your creation using the images above in our current challenge that is ending soon at the end of this month.

Until I see you again next month.
Have a blissful day.
Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chair-ish Friendship @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hi there friends! As promised here is my recent card design for MHKDesigns using the new digi stamp release.
I made a quick and easy card using a beautiful vintage image of a pretty chair.
Here's the new digi stamp set entitle Sit A Bit:
Click here to take you to MHKDesigns etsy shop.
Great sentiments too, right?

That's it from me today. Thank you for dropping by and wish you a chair-ish day and beyond.

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Season's Greetings Tag @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello everyone! Welcome to another episode of MHKDesigns newest digital stamp set release. Today we bring you Season's Greetings that is available at MHKDesigns etsy shop.

I made a tag with vintage texture in the background. I used modeling paste to create snow effect through polka dots stencil. What d'ya think? I also decided to leave the image without coloring because it already looks great to me.
This release brings you two beautiful images accompanied with three sentiments for your crafting projects. 
That's it for today. Coming up soon is the final release for this month.
I am sure you will love it as much as I do so please check back at MHKDesigns blog this 25th day.

Meanwhile the monthly challenge is still running until the end of the month.
Play along with us and link up your project/s at this link.

Have a good day and take care.
Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Be Happy @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello there! I wish to welcome my new friend Tee to my blog. Thank you so much Tee for clicking on the join button, I truly appreciate it.

It's time for another new release at MHKDesigns today. Beautiful vintage image, Hollyhock Happiness the name given for this stamp set along with lovely sentiments. 

I created a card using basic tools this time. I hope you like it :) 
Click here to take you to MHKDesigns shop for this stamp set:
That's it for today. Stay tuned for another release coming up in five days. 
Until then. Think of happiness and be happy always.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Intuitive Mixed Media Art Journal @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hello friends! Welcome to the 100th Sunday Stencil project at STAMPlorations. Today I bring you my project that was made without plan and just go with the flow. I must say that many of my artwork has no actual plans. I just create and let my hands play with watercolors and will only stop when the brain steps in to decide a stop or continue.

For this art journal, I did it within an hour time frame while chatting with my girls. No full concentration on the artwork; hands working, mouth talking and the mind mingle ; hence intuitive.
 The background didn't use a lot of process; only clear gesso spread  and air dry followed by stenciling using texture paste through Layered Petals ARTplorations stencils and let dry and continue chatting away with girls {lol}.
 I started dropping some light brown watercolors from the top part and spritz water to let it flow. When dried, I brush off light gesso near the stenciled pattern and blend both gesso and watercolors lightly for natural look.
 Next I used Happy Flowers ARTplorations stencil to create some flower patterns by dabbing red and pink watercolor paints using sponge over the stencil.
 Using Happy Flowers ARTplorations stencil once again, this time I create some embossed flower patterns with texture paste over the stencil. I decided to go for subtle colors so leave them as is without coloring except highlighting the edges with tan watercolor pencil and water brush. The butterfly was stamped on drawing paper and cut out for coloring before I glue it down.
Lastly I adhered strips of quotes and giving the edges a black tone to highlight them. I love quotes very much and this one is just so cool.
I hope you like my simple and minimalist mixed media project this time.
I would love to see your no-plan-just-fun project too. Why not link it up at STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge before time is up at the end of this month. Just remember No Cards entry please but others and must use any stencil/s.
That's it for today. I look forward to pay you visit when I can.
Till then. have a pleasant week.

Hugs and smiles,