Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mixed Media Tags @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Happy Sunday folks! How is everyone doing? Fine I hope. I have been enjoying my weekend by gardening, cooking, doing housework and last but not least able to tackle on two wardrobe organizing and putting away nice pretty clothes for donation. It's a relief to be able to do it as I have been meaning to since last year.

Without further ado, let me show you a couple of mixed media tags made for STAMPlorations featuring Stencil Sunday #80.
Some close ups:

I sincerely hope you will get some inspiration from my creation today.
Perhaps you would be interested to play along with us and if you do, make sure you display this graphic below in your blog post to be eligible for the prize.

I'm off to these challenges:

Until the morning after. Enjoy your day.
Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Best Moments With You @ DS4J

{My Dt work for Digistamps4Joy}

Happy Tuesday my friends! I am back again with another post to invite you all and play along with us at Digistamps4Joy monthly challenge here. No theme...just Anything Goes. There's a twist though if you want to add some love in your project; the twist is "All About Love". This challenge is hosted by Debbie Ebat. I kindly ask for your prayers for Debbie's recovery as she is currently in hospital. We at DS4J pray and hope she will be discharged soon and feels better again.

For this challenge that will end on the last day of January, I have added a big Patch Heart digi image in the center of this paper bag mini album. I am making another mixed media mini album of ten pages at most. This is the start and hope to finish it before next month. Big aim!
Just like last year, I am still drawn to shades of blues. Black is what I can't miss in any artwork of mine. I still wonder when I will step out of my comfort zone {chuckle}. I know that is to happen some time soon this year, we shall see {smile}.
 This project took me some two hours from just empty brown paper bag to finishing touch of colors. I was pretty excited to get it started I refuse to leave the table. That's always the case when I get so engross. Don't you feel the same too? Engross I was that I forgot to play with modeling paste like usual in the starting process. Only after the paints dried, I realized something missing, duh! So out came the paste and stencils for dimensional.
For me, without gesso, texture, modeling paste, stencils, stamping, paints, bits and bobs and junks...I feel lost! What about you?
 I started by adhering paper strips from paper scraps. You often accumulate a mountain of them from previous projects I'm sure. Then I gesso-ed all of them and let dry in thin air. While waiting, I colored the patch heart with watercolor pencils.
 I simply let watercolors take over the page. I'm this close to finish off another set of watercolors before new ones come in. Can't wait for them to arrive!
So there! I hope you like my artwork this time. There are times I try to stay away from mixed media and paints when in sickness especially but it is so impossible. Art has always been my forte and it brings me so much joy and happiness no matter how painful the neck has been the past few days, by doing art, it keeps me in sanity.

Challenges I wish to enter:
1. Tuesday Throwdown : Your Favorite Medium
{watercolor has always been my favorite medium}
2. Inky Chicks : Anything Goes
3. Everybody-Art-Challenge : Anything Goes

I wish you good health and best wishes always.
Always stay true to yourself.

Hugs and smiles,

Butterfly Hydrangea @ DS4J

{My DT work for Digistamps4Joy}

Hello everyone!
I have been a little bit quiet the past few days because of stiffness in my neck, the actual reason of my delay for posting this new digital releases at Digistamps4Joy. I started to feel a little better yesterday when I did some exercises and today I feel good to look up and down as much as turning left without moving my entire body anymore the way robot does, you know. The discomfort I had in sleepless nights the few days before started dying last night. That is a good sign I believe. I still need exercise time to time. Also bath salts while shower and drinking ginger tea helps too. Relief!

I was supposed to bring this up on Sunday when some great images were released at DS4J online shop. Better late than never the saying goes so here is my clean and simple card or should I say less is more concept using Butterfly Hydrangea. The image drawn by Margy the owner of DS4J caught my eyes the minute I saw it; firstly because I love hydrangea and firstly again because I love butterfly {smile}.
 Aren't the butterflies form a beautiful flower? I decided to create a simple card with just sentiment leaving out embellishment because I feel that the flower alone looks beautiful by itself. But I admit, the neck pain was so discomfort and disallow bullet train movement if you get what I mean. The fact that I create on dining table means I have to get up for this and that. Instead, I just did one sitting and make a simple card (which isn't me at me because CAS and me don't synchronize at all}!! Then why create when in sickness? To keep me sane {BIG SMILES} =) 
 So I printed the image on a piece of green patterned paper and colored with watercolor pencils. For extra interest, I distress the edges with scissor. Easy eh?
I'll be glad if you take your time to visit Digistamps4Joy blog and hopefully get some inspirations from my fellow teammates' fabulous creations with other releases as well.

Entering these challenges:
1. Creative Moments : Anything Goes
2. The Outlawz : Color Challenge
{the butterflies are so inspiring}
3. Tuesday Throwdown : Your Favorite Medium
{my favorite is watercolors}

Thank you for dropping by and have a good day.
Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Mixed Media Tags @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Happy Sunday friends! Welcome to another showcase of my project I did as part of my design team work for STAMPlorations
The fabulous girls in the design team have all come together in making awesome projects to inspire you this starting month of the year as we invite you to join the January Mixed Media challenge here. You have until the end of this month to submit your creations but remember no cards at all.
These mixed media tags were made using STAMPlorations Dots and Dashes stencil.
The background was adhered with layers of paper strips and tissue paper. Then I gesso-ed the surface before I placed down the stencil and applied modeling paste for texture and dimension.
I used watercolors, my favorite art medium of all to color up the tags in some shades of browns.
The elements Kaisercraft die cuts and paper pad with sentiment in it. I also glue down buttons from my father's old coats and sequins.
I wanted these tags to look ancient so I figured the browns and a touch of black and gold work out. Tell me what you think?

By the way, do display this graphic in your submission post on your blog when you play along to be eligible for the prize if you are selected the winner:

Off I go now to enter these challenges:
2. Happy Little Stampers : Layers
3. Challenge Up Your Life : Selfmade Background / Patterned Paper

Until the morning after. Have a great weekend and enjoy life.
Hugs and smiles, 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

My New Journey in 2017 with MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Happy New Year everyone!
I left the last few days of 2016 concentrating on my four blessings' school preparation for the new term commencing today.
There were lots of things to do: forms to fill up, bought school books, new school shoes, wrap up text books, stamp up their names on exercise books and hunting for uniforms to find the right size for my petite youngest child especially took two days!
{I swear I drove all over town and went from one outlet to another until we spotted this shop I never know existed, lol. Unfortunately there's no size and I figured its best to alter the waist by chopping off three inches down and sew back new waist rather than hunting from one place to another}.

Today they are back to school. My two girls are studying in boarding schools. My eldest daughter comes home once a month and my middle girl does so twice a month. My son and youngest daughter remain in my nest keeping me company. Without the two sisters, the little one is learning to be more independent {smile}. Looks like all my kids are busy again studying for their future life after the holidays we had altogether the past five weeks.

And me? Yes, I am back to my routine and finally able to play with paints once again.
My artsy mojo has return as well. Not to mention blogging moment.
Let me announce my news I've been holding back from the last day of November when I was offered by Mynn the owner of MHKDesigns to join her amazing design team.
...Thank you very much Mynn for the offer...

This is my first project for MHKDesigns: January Challenge; a set of vintage style ATCs.
A few close-up shots:
 I used Realistic Roses digital stamps for this project.
I printed two images and fuzzy cut the roses and leaves for layering.
This is this month's challenge inspiration:
Each month we will always have a photo inspiration so that anyone can play along, but if you use products from the MHKDesigns store, you can link up ANYTHING!

I'm taking my ATCs into these challenges:
1. 613 Avenue : ATG with optional twist Totally Technical
2. Get Creative Challenges : Anything Goes
3. Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes

I hope you get some inspirations from my ATCs this time. I look forward to see your creations at Mr. Linky before the month ends.

Happy creating and all the best into the year.
Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ARTplorations Blog Hop (Day 7)

Welcome to the last day of ARTplorations Stencils Blog Hop.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed hopping from Day 1 up to this day. You are also welcome to submit your creative creations using stencils to Linky Party.

Once again I wish to share my creations with hope that these ATCs may inspire you to play with watercolors if you like that.
I simply used very basic art ingredients from gesso to modeling paste and a sweet helper from STAMPlorations product named Old Rose Prints and watercolors.

Final step was adhering sentiment. I used black watercolor for highlight.

I look forward to see your creations at the Linky Party.

See you there.

Hugs and smiles,

Monday, December 19, 2016

ARTplorations Blog Hop (Day 6)

Hi there my friends and welcome to
ARTplorations Stencils Blog Hop.
Today is the 6th day you have been
hopping, have you?

If you haven't done all, no worries,
you still have plenty of time.

Take a visit at STAMPlorations and hopefully
you will get some inspirations from the design team.

I covered up a note book with easy steps using paper strips, gesso, modeling paste, stencil and watercolors.
Here it is:
And some close ups:
I had fun using two stencils that are available at the shop.
Click for Bold Florals and Foiled Again stencils.
I hope this hop will give you more inspirations to create andbjoin the Linky Party. You can be the winner!

Have a good day.
Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Shabby Tags @ DS4J

{My DT work for Digistamps4Joy}

Hi everyone! It's mid-December and sixteen days left till we bid the year farewell. I am still holidaying with my children and spending time with my mother is always greatest moments ever.

So anyway, today I have shabby sparkly tags to share with you.
Digistamps4Joy is waiting for your paper creations for her Anything Goes challenge with optional twist Make It Sparkle that ends on the last day of this year.
Head on to DS4J blog for more sparkly creations.

I made these tags from my favorite Kaisercraft papers combining DS4J images. I hope they will inspire you to create something special today.
Till we meet again soon. Wish you all the best.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ARTplorations Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Artplorations Stencil Blog Hop.
Today is dedicated just for you to join our finale blog hop of our fabulous stencils.

There are so many oh-so-amazing creations by the STAMPlorations girls to keep your creative juices flowing.

Make yourself a cup of coffee and feel comfy at STAMPlorations to enjoy the fun and incredible creative journey as you hop.

I sincerely hope you will like my art journal and get some inspirations.
Some up close shots:
I used a chorus part from Pink's popular song Just Give Me A Reason simply because I love her song.
The background was adhered with layers of paper strips and gesso to build texture. I also used texture paste througj Bubbles stencil to create patterns.
As always I played with watercolors from soft to darker colors.
This art journal is a collaboration between me and my eldest daughter. For the first time I decided to have her drawing on my art. 'Alyaa loves anime at the moment and draws anime in her free time. She was somewhat surprised when I asked her to draw me a long haired sad lady directly on my art. She sketched on a paper first and after getting my approval, she nervously draw on my textured background. I was satisfied with her drawing and began to color her.
I was inspired to create this piece of art from this lovely mood board at Berry71bleu:

I hope you are enjoying the Linky Party and feel inspired all the time.
I thank you for your participation and wish you all the best of luck at:
I thank you very much for dropping by and leaving me comments.

See you again in my next post with another creations in the next days hop.

Have a good day.
Hugs and smiles,