Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Life is Beautiful @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello again everyone! I am so excited to share with you my project for MHKDesigns.
In my previous post regarding the new release , I was asked to create some plain cards for kindergarten pupil. This is my second attempt in the plain card series and I find the images in this month's release are just perfect to fulfill one's intention. 

This set is named Funky Fall Foliage:
That's it for today. Looking forward to see your creations at MHKDesigns October challenge.
Happy creating my friends.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, October 08, 2017

You Got This @ DS4J

{My DT work for DS4J}

Happy Sunday to you! I realized how each and every day pass by quickly from week to week I can hardly remember what I have done at times {sign of hectic schedule perhaps} but nevertheless I am very pleased with myself with what I completed and achieved day by day. This week I plan to finish off some sewing projects. I shall see {smile}.

What I am showing you today is a card made for Digistamps4Joy and today we bring you new releases at the shop. I used Mechanobug image on my card:
I wanted to highlight the digital stamp therefore I created a less is more background using gesso, texture paste, papers strips and watercolors. 
 The image is drawn by Delyth who doodles awesome mandalas and other fabulous images. I printed the image and fuzzy cut neatly then only I started giving it colors.
I had so much fun making this card although at first I did have tough time deciding what to create with this mechanical bug. I love the end result and so does my youngest child who find this image looks like stegosaurus :)

That's all I have for today. I thank you for stopping by and do play along in our challenge this month with optional twist happy birthday.

Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Shine Bright @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

HI Friends! Today we bring you one out of five new releases at MHKDesigns etsy shop.
I have created a card using this gorgeous sun from Celestial Elements. Click here for details.
A young mother asked me if I would make some plain cards that she can give to her kindy child on different days to color herself. I must say I had hard time making this clean and simple card for a child to use for learn and play. Not sure if this is interactive creation but this is what she wants and I'm sure the child will be happy coloring the sun away.

Next time I will tackle the half moon in the set below:
 That's it for today's show case. I hope you will take a peek at MHKDesigns blog and play along in the monthly challenge.
Have fun and thank you for dropping by.
Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

TAGplorations New Challenge

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hi there beautiful friends! How are you feeling today? I'm good and doing my best to tackle the garden by pulling weeds and clean the lawn before I re-pot some plants seeing that the weather is very co-operative. Let's see how far I can go.

Today is another beautiful day and excitement moment is here eventually. We at STAMPlorations especially my teammies from TAGplorations team have waited patiently to start this new challenge today.
Yes, that is correct, TAGplorations challenge is all about tags! 
Your project can be anything but must have tag/s. 
"Must I use STAMPlorations die-cut tag to play along...?" you asked. No, it's not required. "But I don't have tag dies..." you said. No problem, make your own tag. 
Creativity is all that matters. Smile if you agree :)

Nevertheless each monthly challenge has its theme and optional twist.
October brings you All About Fall theme. Optional twist is colors of red, gold and orange.

To start of, here's clean cut tag with song lyric about love, dream and hope.
 I used the largest size {7cm by 14.5cm} from Manila Tags Nesting Dies. This set contains seven dies in different sizes you will love.
And here are a few close up pictures:
 I used 200gsm watercolor paper to adhere on the backing brown prisma cardboard. But of course before I stick down the watercolor paper, I did my art work first of all. Only when it's completely done and dry, I will glue it down.
 I painted the gesso-ed paper with pattern {seen above is made by applying modeling paste through Merry Go Round ARTplorations stencil) using red and orange watercolors in the first place. It was more of blending colors process to reach satisfaction. Lastly I used finger to highlight the pattern with gold paint. I decided to leave the stamped and cut out STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies in black and white for contrast against the background. Plus this is a clean cut tag I was making for my client who will laminate herself and that is why I don't do bulky layers which is my favorite style. 
And here's the tags again in black ribbon. Trust me, I am not good at making pretty bow whatsoever. This is exactly the way you tie shoe string {smile}. 
I am pretty excited to see your creation/s at Mr. Linky and remember you have one month long to play along with us and stand a chance to win awesome prize.
Be sure you display this graphic in your post to be eligible for the prize.
That's it. Until I see you next time.
Stay humble and enjoy the rest of the first fall week this October.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Believe to Achieve

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Hello everyone and hope you are enjoying the first day of October so far. I just have to pinch myself to make believe that October is really here. In my atmosphere we are having rainy season days almost every single day the past weeks and certain places face flesh flood. I am safe where I live but just cannot imagine to go through the heartache those victims are dealing with every time their areas are flooded all over again. It's very devastating. I keep telling my children how fortunate we are but I also tell them the victims could be us however.
Count your blessings they say.

  This minute I am so excited to reveal my design team project for STAMPlorations October mixed media challenge. That is correct! We are back again after the summer break. Where I am, Malaysia has no summer season as well as the rest of three seasons having located right at the equatorial zone therefore we get either sun or rain throughout the entire year. 

Enough weather talk. Let me take you to this month challenge. As always, it's completely an anything goes mixed media project but we don't want to see cards. Most importantly, we want to see any brand stencils in your creation. That's not so hard, isn't that so?
This is what I have created to inspire you in our first challenge this term. My oldest daughter and her girl friends had Ladies Night event at their boarding school a couple months back. She took her selfie photo during the event and used it for her Instagram profile picture. She does good with selfie compared to her mother who never have interest in selfie. When I noticed she changed her profile picture and I like it, I asked her to send me the picture. She had no idea I was going to make her a scrapbook page so will give this to her this Friday when I visit her. I can't wait to see her reaction :)
 I used two ARTplorations stencils Crisscrossed and Plaid Maker to build up patterns in the background by applying texture paste through the stencils after giving the paper a light coat of gesso. I piled up layers and tucked in some elements for additional interest.
 The plastic zipper is from a broken badminton cover that finally found a resting place. Oh, let me tell you before I forget this...that I use pva glue to stick down everything you see on this layout.
 I curled up the wings so it looks like flying. I placed the layout in a wooden frame without a glass covering it up so the curl will stay as is for a while. Yes I hear you, the no screen wall hanging will gather dust but I keep changing layouts in the same frame like twice a month or so before I keep it in the album at last and straighten the wings in the end, hihi.
 I made the red flower from paper string while giving my mind a thought of where should I place it. At the end I am pleased with the flower cluster I build up. What d'ya think?
I wish to take my layout in these challenges:
2. Love To Create : Anything Creative / Mixed Media Goes

 That's a wrap for now. I hope you find my layout using all kinds of mediums interesting and that you would spare a moment creating and submit to us before the month ends.
Remember guys, you must use any brand stencils in your project(s) and display the graphic above in your post to be eligible to win. Anything mixed media goes and no card creations in our Mr Linky okay.
And be sure to grab the 20% discount when you purchase just anything from STAMPlorations shop by using my coupon code as seen above.

That's it. Until I see you again soon. Have a great week ahead.
Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate YOU!

Hugs and smiles,

Marvelous Junk Journal @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello there friends! Happy October! It's so unbelievable but it's so right here, October that is! Each day in September was filled up with so many produce from kitchen stove to sewing machine let alone craft room...erm, no I don't have one. I always create from our one and only dining table and I often do hot mess on the table that the surface has become rusty. But I like that even though my husband wants to polish it and hasn't done as planned so meanwhile I love the table as is. And now I am hoping for the next 30 days, I can fill up each day with many doings. Fingers crossed!

Without further ado, let me reveal my art journal page made as part of my design team work for MHKDesigns October challenge.
 In my previous post, I showed you a junk journal thus this is no different. I used Get Well Flowers and Marvelous digistampsfrom MHKDesigns store.
 Let me say this loud and clear...this is not...I repeat...not my best choice of colors so to speak but for unknown reason, I seem to like it in the end...weird! I know art is one place to throw emotions onto canvas using paints and mediums and art is one place also to experiment. This is one of many emotions and experiments I did recently. Turn out I like it although not a full maximum kind of like...haha =D
 And I look again, I see something in my work here. I don't know what it is. Perhaps you can elaborate...I'm pretty lost now...but anyway the doodling is additional interest, something I rarely do but when I do, I scribble away without purpose. Just scribble :)
So there! Hope you like my artsy for this moment. I would love to see yours and perhaps you would like to play along with us this month. Get inspired by the picture below and apply what you love in it on to your creation(s) if you don't use MHKDesigns products.
That's it for now. I shall do my best to come visit you...erm, yes I hear you, there are so many blogs I follow and some I don't but love visiting when I'm able. I love seeing your art and craft. I love you sharing your work and creativity as much as I do. For that I thank you right from the bottom of my heart.

See you at MHKDesigns October challenge.
Hugs and Smiles,

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sending Prayers @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello friends! It's so wonderful to get back to blogging again after a hectic schedule the past weeks. I can't exactly remember what kept me busy after simple birthday celebration on the ninth day with my loved ones but life was crazy busy for sure I felt like walking dead at times, lol. Anyway, I did deep cleaning in the one busy week and sewing dress afterwards. The one big plan of all plans I never ever able to get to is gardening and re-potting because of continuous water droplets from the sky. Hardly do we ever get sunshine straight in a week since August and according to the weather forecast the rain will continue until November. Save the water bill but bless the dancing weeds eh.

Enough chat so let me now take you to my simple watercolor art journal I did as part of  my design team work for MHKDesigns. It's my turn to day to share my designer inspiration with you and hopefully you would spare a moment to use watercolors over digital images in your project. 
 This project is a junk journal made up from one shopping paper bag. I shall have a tutorial coming up on this project soon and will let you know when it is ready to share with my readers.
So far I have filled up three pages already. This used digital stamp set entitle Get Well Flowers that is available at MHKDesigns etsy store
 The background has a thin layer of homemade texture paste made from pva glue mixed with water and baby talcum powder that gives lovely scent on the page. I applied the texture through a stencil to get some random diamond shape.
Towards the end of the mess that dried up, I sprinkle white paint for additional interest. This has become a habit I must say {smile}.

I'm taking my project in these challenges:
1. Mix It Up : Anything Goes
2. Craft For The Craic : Autumnal Colored
3. Crafting With Friends : Anything Goes

That's a wrap for today. I shall have more posts lining up beginning October 1st so do visit me again. Thank you for dropping by and have a good rest.

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Loving Life @ DS4J

{My DT work for DS4J}

Hello and welcome to my blog on this beautiful Sunday. It's the last day of school break and my children return to school tomorrow and this third semester will be a hectic for each of them having lot of revision to do for final exams some time in October. They keep me wrapped up on that matter for sure besides being their 'cab driver' all day round. I am always on the run five days a week juggling mostly between routine schedules and my desire in artwork. Nevertheless I always look forward to weekend when I can at least rest my feet against the wall while my eyes read magazines as I lay down for a short rest.

Enough mom's blab {smile}. Let me now take you to Digistamps4Joy new releases at the shop today. Meanwhile take a peek at DS4J blog to view some wonderful creations my team-B-mates have created using the new releases.

I made two projects and here's a set of ATCs using Mandala 5 drawn by Delyth. I hardly use vibrant colors in my creation so I must say this is happy bold colors I chose to brighten up the grey weather we are having the past month up to now due to constant rain without warning and not fast enough to save my laundry under the patio at times {lol} and also hopefully my bright ATCs will cheer your life this September.
 And here a few close up pictures:
I printed some mandalas on a piece of 130gsm acid free drawing paper and fussy cut to stick on the finished background.
The quotes are from internet.
You may spot lines of fiber in the background. It's actually a piece of fine lace I bought from haberdashery a while back.
Next up is an art journal using a colored digistamp named Springbok drawn by the artist, Lyndall herself, This is my first time using colored digistamp from DS4J ever since I joined the team four years ago. It's a record, lol. I have always preferred black and white digistamps that allow me more choices and flexibility in creating but however when Margy gave us the colored version, I knew it saved me time from coloring this beauty and just focus on the background.  
 Some close up pictures:
 I have two more pages left in the art journal book to finish up and created this one using combination of gesso and white watercolor paint to cover up the text in the pages. The pattern is made by using modeling paste through a stencil and let dry. Then I used two different blues and yellow watercolor paints to highlight the patterns by spritzing waters and let them run here and there until I feel satisfied. 
 The deer was carefully cut out with scissor so I won't cut off the legs, yes it's very delicate.
I wish to play along in these challenges:
1. Art Journal Journey : Color In My World
2. Crafty Girls Creations : Ch#39 Anything Goes
3. Crafty Animals : Ch#6 Anything Goes (Must Have Animals)
4. Love To Scrap : Ch#101 Anything Goes

And that's a wrap from me. I sincerely hope you find my creations interesting and may inspire you to make a project or two this week. While you are it, we hope you will join us in the monthly challenge this month. The theme is always Anything Goes and there's a twist if you wish to play along that is warm colors. Sounds great eh? See you at Mr. Linky before September 30.

Thank you for dropping by and have a great week.
Hugs and smiles,