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,

Friday, September 01, 2017

Mixed Media Tag @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Happy September! Welcome to another monthly challenge at MHKDesigns.
We bring you fabulous digistamp vintages images in our creations to give you some inspirations. Take a peek here to see what my fellow design teammates have made using MHKDesigns digistamps that are obtainable at the store.

I made a tag using combination of some mixed media elements in the background and highlighting the flowers with contrasting colors from the shades of brown.
 For this project, I used two digistamp sets, Birdcage Silhouettes and Get Well Flowers.

 I printed some flowers and fussy cut to adhere on my the background with pva glue. I like using this glue a lot in all my projects.
 I glued down a piece of gauze when I started the process to create pattern and texture as well. Then I applied modeling paste through a stencil as always.
 I used Faber Castell black watercolor pencil to outline the edges of the flowers and sentiment before I blend with water using aqua brush. This way I try my best to cover the fussy cut edges so they don't look so obvious to the eyes.
 I should have taken a picture of the actual completed tag without the drip and splash of white paint. So just imagine that the background was in shades of brown and a bit of black here and there. I was not satisfied after reaching its completion and need to whiten it so it doesn't look dark. The twist of additional white watercolor paint pleased me very much. 
 The challenge ends at the end of this month with a photo inspiration but if you use products from the MHKDesigns store, you can link up ANYTHING!  
What do you think of this photo inspiration?
I wish to play along in these challenges:
1. Mix It Up : Ch#5 Anything Goes w/ optional twist In-Laid Die Cut
2. 613 Avenue : Ch#201 Atg w/ optional twist Distress It

That's a wrap. I look forward to see your participation in this month's challenge
at Mr. LinkyUntil then, wish you a happy September and
thank you for dropping by.

Hugs and smiles,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sassy Sayings @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hi friends! I am so excited to share with you the newest vintage digistamp release by MHKDesigns at the store today. 

Sassy Sayings include four images and five sentiments. I used all four images in my creations:
I decided to leave the images as is because I think the women look fabulous that way.
What do you think?
That's it for today. Enjoy your weekend and have fabulous moments.

Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Typografia Motivate Blog Hop @ STAMPlorations

{My DT work for STAMPlorations}

Good morning world! 
We are excited to bring you a special blog hop today at STAMPlorations.
We've just released the first in a series of TYPOGRAFIA stamps in the 
 store couple days ago featuring 13 of the 33 stamps in the TYPOGRAFIA Motivate line.
Please allow me to say thank you for dropping by my blog to view the projects I have created using three different typografia stamps.
This is going to be a long post so please have a cuppa to keep you company.

My first creation is a tag:
I stamped Be The Change stamp directly on the background using Versafine black ink pad. It's a lie if I say I don't feel nervous about stamping directly on a finished background. I'm glad this one turned out perfect the second time after the first stamping didn't please me. The beauty about acrylic stamp is it lets me place back on the stamping image accordingly to press down the second time to make it looks better than before.
I hardly use yellows in my creation so for this tag, I decided to create a cheery tag in summer hence the choice of bright yellow here and there.

My second project is an art journal page:
The stamp used is call Plan A. There are many ways to use this stamp. One way is by stamping the quote on card stock then you may cut the letters or the word. Here I cut out WORK and adhered on the right side.
Lastly my third project is a rustic notebook cover:
I have to say this proof to be one of my favorite stamps! The quote is just too special and meaningful. I am one of those who often make mistakes while creating and will think of a way to fix it with mixed media elements. 
I will have a tutorial on how I achieve the rustic look. I only played with paints and gesso to get the effect and for pattern, I used texture paste through crisscrossed ARTplorations stencil. Stay tuned in October for the tutorial on STAMPlorations blog..
So there you have seen my projects using the recent typografia motivate stamps.
I am sure you have already created ideas with these gorgeous stamps in your brain this minute. Am I right?
I wish you all the best of luck in the draw. You could be the lucky one to score your choice of 3 TYPOGRAFIA Motivate stamps. The winner will be announced on August 29 at STAMPlorations blog.
Meanwhile I'm taking my work into these challenges:
1. Addicted to Stamps and More! : Anything Goes
2. Fashionable Stamping : Ch#126 Use Your Inks Anyway You Like
3. The Artistic Stamper : Anything Goes
4. Mix It Up : Anything Goes

Good luck and enjoy your hop.
Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Good Cheers @ Digistamps4Joy

{My DT work for DS4J}

Happy Sunday everyone! I am so excited to share two projects with you today and our new releases at DS4J Shop.

For my first project, I played with watercolor paints in my art journal book using black and white mandala images drawn by our very new talented artist who joined the team at DS4J commencing today.
Let's welcome Delyth Angharad.

You can view more of Delyth's fabulous mandalas at her website.
For my project today, I used Flower 1 mandala.
Here are some close-up shots:
 I made textured background using texture paste through stencil.
 On both pages, I covered the side edges with serviette I recently bought. Firstly I glue down a ply of it then I brush off with light gesso.
 I printed the mandala into two different sizes on A4 paper and cut it out. Then I adhered them at the corners and used aqua brush to paint with watercolors. I also highlight the edges by making dots with black sharpie for interest.
 The background was painted with Deco Art paints and Buncho watercolors. I love to mix and match different brand of paints just for fun {smile}.

Next up is my second project that used a beautiful drawing by Jen named Thando.
I am a big fan of layers and have used three different pattern papers on my card.  
I truly hope you have enjoyed my lengthy post today.
Do visit DS4J shop for more awesome images.
Also the monthly challenge is still running until the end of this month.
Come join us and stand a chance to win digi prize of your own choice from DS4J.

Thank you for dropping by and wish you a nice week ahead.
Hugs and smiles,

Pet Puns @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello sweet friends! MHKDesigns has released new digistamp set on this day and these vintage images of animals and sentiments are amazingly gorgeous. 

Do check them out at the store and you are more than welcome to visit
MHKDesigns blog for more details.

Here is what I made using one of the lovely images from Pet Puns:
I have exactly the same fish bowl on my coffee table but I keep guppies though while my kids have two hamsters that I never dare to touch {chuckle}.
So there you have it for today. I hope you will be able to make time and join the monthly challenge that come to end on the final day this month.
Hope to see your entry at Mr. Linky.

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bookmark @ MHKDesigns

{My DT work for MHKDesigns}

Hello friends and welcome to another design team work I did for MHKDesigns. It's my turn today to share my Designer Inspiration project at MHKDesigns blog.

I have created a quick and easy bookmark that used one of my favorite vintage images at MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.
I just love this stamp set Birdcage Silhouettes and the wonderful sentiments:
A few close-up shots:
Beautiful sentiment by Maya Angelou. Love it!
I tucked in punched hearts using Marta Stewart border punch.
  How do you find the silhouettes? On other note, I love taking silhouette photographs so this birdcage already gives me an idea for some lovely photo shoot I plan to do next week.

That's it for today. Until I see you again. Have a nice day.
Hugs and smiles,