Tuesday, 27 December 2011

LUV YOU

Hello everyone!!! Another card to share from December's Collection at Edible Arrangements-Dubai... I started with dry embossing then layering different pp accordingly. As usual, finished my card with pretty flowers and bright gems :)

This card is entering for:

A close up:

Thanks for paying me a visit!!! Beautiful day ahead :)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Fascinating Fridays: a note

A big big thanks goes to my wonderful team members Tammy Hobbs, Amna Al Fardh, Yuz Yusof, Sabrina Sulaiman and Alia Mohammed for spotting unique talents from every part of the world!!! We have almost completed one year with Fascinating Fridays featuring creative hands every week.... I also express my sincere gratitude to the artists who spent their precious time inspiring us :) Thanks to one and all...

As of now we're taking a month break to resume back in February with new spotlights... If you would like to share with us new ideas then will be more than happy to hear your feedback at artisan@paperiedesigns.com. Or if you're interested to join the team then just do let me know at the earliest :)

Happy holidays and happy stamping!!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Flower Bloom

Hiya folks!!! Here's a card that incorporates background stamping, layering and distressing.... Luckily I found the right embellies to finish this bright cheerful card :)


Lots of gems, blings and pins' goodness,,,


Thanks for peeking!!! Happy weekend in advance...

Friday, 16 December 2011

Fascinated by... Jen

Happy Friday, my blogging friends... This week's featured artist is none other than the talented Jen Shears!! She has a fresh style that is sure to inspire. Without further ado, let us introduce you to... sweet Jen :)
Name: Jen Shears

Tell us a little something about yourself?
I'm mainly a SAHM to my amazing 6 yo daughter & wife to my fabulous husband- both of whom are really supportive of my crafting! We live in beautiful Western Washington state- a great place for boating & gardening (I enjoy both!). Besides loving to try all types of crafts, I am also trying to grow my photography skills. I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to paper. And ribbon. And probably stamps. 

When and how did you start card making?
Many moons ago I went to a home catalog party- and I was HOOKED! I got away from it for a long time, until my friend, Cindy, introduced me to PTI, the world of acrylic stamps & blogs! 

When would you say you are most creative?
Finding time is the biggest challenge these days! I thought I'd have lots of time during the day now that Hadley is in school full-time. Not yet! I still find evenings to be my creative time! 

What is your favorite technique?
 Adding ribbon. :) That's not a technique? I also love embossing- heat, cuttlebug, etc & machine sewing.... 

Do trends inspire your creative process?
Somewhat. Often times a trend will come along & inspire me to try something that I might not have otherwise! 

Is there something about paper crafting you find challenging?
Staying focused! I want to try it all! 

If you were stuck on a deserted Island, what THREE paper crafting supplies would you HAVE to have with you?
I guess I wouldn't get far without cardstock, ink & a stamp set! If this was a MAGIC deserted island & I already have those things- burlap twine, patterned paper, my cuttlebug. (I could emboss with sand for texture! hee!!) 

Is there a designer in the paper crafting industry that inspires you?  If so, what about their style or technique calls your attention?
A designer? There are SO many that inpire me! Since you say 'industry' I'll go with Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink & her design team. I love the variety of styles they showcase- from CAS to shabby & gorgeous. Someday I hope to be able to layer products & goodies like Danielle Flanders, Betsy Veldman & Ashley Cannon Newell! Their attention to detail is amazing. 

How would you describe your own style?
I don't know that I can! It really depends on my mood & what I'm creating for.... Sometimes my finished product is VERY CAS, and sometimes I can layer some things together- that's something I'm working on! I've only recently come to enjoy fun & cute (thank you Lawn Fawn!). 

How long would you say it takes you to complete a card or project?
ahh. Some cards can take for-EVER! Days even. But if the stars are aligned I can make something in 15 minutes. I wish the stars were aligned more often! 

Do you have a favorite occasion to create for?
Probably birthdays. I think it's special to give something handmade. 

When you are finished with your creations what do you do with them?
I give most of them away! (although I am notorious for not  mailing them in a timely manner! ack.) 

Are you on any Design Teams or have served on any in the past?  Please include guest design positions?
I am on the May Arts Ribbon Design Team& it has been a dream come true! I was a guest designer one month on Everything But the Kitchen Sink! :)



Aren't these very pretty cards? I love the blending of styles, choice of colors and the great finishing touches!  Such great ideas, Jen .Thanks darling for letting us share your cards on this blog AND thanks to all of you who have stopped by!! :)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Baby's Rattle

Hello friends!!! Here's a new fun card to share with ya all...I started with dry embossing then laid the patterned papers accordingly and finished with darling embellies for a baby boy  :)


Oh my, can't stand making a newborn card without these cute accents!!!


Thank you for visiting!!!! Great day ahead :)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Sathya's Sparkling Start

Our featured artist today is a lady who introduced herself to Amna Al Fardh (Team member) like this: I'm a beginner but I hope I can participate in your exhibition. When Amna saw her work she didn't think that the artist did justice to her talent and was more than happy to accept her entry into the quilling exhibition .. She actually sent her pieces in no time and just before the exhibition .. Hence she was one of the last entries .. but most certainly among those who impressed the crowd!!!! Let us introduce to you Mrs. Sathya who was one of the participants at the 1st Paper Quilling Exhibition in the Arab World & the Middle East...
 Name: Sathya Kala Sankaran

1) When did you start paper quilling ? and how did you know about it ?
I started my quilling in April 2011 and I came to know about it through an art and craft blog which followed Inna’s blog for the quilling. 

2) Do you read books about quilling and other crafts? or what sources do you use mostly ?
I don’t own any quilling or other craft books and my only source is Internet and I love to research about the newer crafts around me. The tips and tutorials provided by fellow crafters are other great resource. 

3) Describe yourself as an Artist , what hobbies do you like and practice? what other forms of art do you like?
I call myself as a beginner in Quilling as I have only 6 months of practice. I love to do pencil sketching, cross stich, origami. I have learnt Carnatic music, Classical dance (Bharatnatyam) and Musical instrument Veena. Cooking and Gardening are most lovable part of my routine. Currently Quilling has turned from a hobby to an obsession. 

4)How long have you been crafting in general ?
It started well from my childhood days as my Mom is an artist. I have seen her doing water color painting, oil and acrylic paintings , Crayon, Pastel colour paintings. She is my true inspiration always. She took me to all drawing competitions in and around my place; cross stich and embroidery are my childhood time interests. 

5) Do you work or study? and does practicing hobbies affect any aspect of your life?
Am a MPhil graduate in Toxicology specialization and have a pulsating desire to pursue my PhD. And also involved in my Educational institution (Little Gems) in Chennai, India. As of now, a Home maker, Mom of two and a half year old kid. These hobbies makes my life worth living. To inspire and being inspired is the way of life to me. Am absolutely happy with what I have, learn and make everyday. 

6) Do you attend workshops or give workshops ?
I have not attended any workshops yet or given one. Am looking forward from Amna to give a workshop in India, in future, so that many of my country fellow quillers will benefit too. 

7) Have you gained any benefit from your art? what kind of benefit ?
I don’t have any monetary benefits. Yet I get a complete self satisfaction and true happiness out of these works. Utmost dedication and perfection is what I seek in every work. 

8) What advice do you have to other crafters?
I would like to see more people in this Emirates Quilling Guild to get involved and to learn crafts.
Its a real pleasure in life to be connected with the talented artists across the globe and to get their valuable suggestions, comments and views. This makes us to improve our skills in a greater sense.
I wish to add an important point, that each artwork is unique and has a special value. Due to plagiarism, many talented works are not being shared for the rest of the world. All members love to browse through the quilling art shared by other artists, and to get inspired. Being artist/learner, I feel each work has to be rewarded and has to be valued properly. Those who wish to follow an artwork or unique technique invented by the artist, please do mention the due credits. That way, the creator will be rightly rewarded and this can make them create many more such wonderful creations. 

9) Anything you would like to add?
Many thanks to Amna for inviting me to share some of my background in quilling art with all of you. I actually feel really honored and grateful for being invited. My sincere thanks to Inna (http://increations.blogspot.com/) whom I consider as my silent teacher. I really got this passion for quilling from her. Her wonderful illustrations with apt pictures, tips, tutorials are awesome source for any beginner like me. Her blog itself is a wonderful must treasured book for me. Everyone who comes across her blog will fall in love with this Magic called Quilling.
My Special and hearty thanks to Suganthi Mohan (http://papercraftss.blogspot.com) without whom I am unaware of this lovely Emirates Quilling Guild or wouldn’t have entered this blogging world.
Thank you so very much Amna once again for giving me an opportunity to display my artworks in the Exhibition.

Now check out these amazing pieces:






I love how these pieces stand out with the intricate details. I found it hard to resist them too. Who wouldn't?? It's such a stunning work, Sathya :) Thank you for sharing with us!!!! Happy Friday to all,,,

Monday, 5 December 2011

Happy ANNIVERSARY

I'm off work today and that's why am here blogging, phew.... Just sent the newest set of cards to Edible Arrangements- Al Barsha and yet to work on more cards for the other branch...
This card uses the newest addition to my stamp collection exclusively from- Flourishes!!! I really loved the end-result, and as they have promised: these are the best images for coloring with Copics....

This card is entering for:
deconstructing jen
The Sweet Stop
2 Sisters Challenge
AiFactory
Paper Sundaes (red, die cut)
Card Makin Mamas
Mark's Finest Papers

This neat sentiment is from Flourishes too...


That's for now, folks!!! See ya soon with a new card from December's Collection...

Friday, 2 December 2011

Inspired by... Kelley

Today's featured artist has been published many times over in Paper Crafts Magazine and others too. Her artworks are out-of-this-world and is an absolute Papercrafting Super Star!!! Guess who... the one and only Kelley Eubanks :)
Name: Kelley Eubanks
Blog: My Front Porch


1. Tell us a little something about yourself?
My name is Kelley Eubanks. I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 13 years. We have an almost 5 year old son, Carver, who is a hoot! I am blessed to be a stay at home mom/wife. We live in TN... right outside of Nashville.

2. When and how did you start card making?
 
I was invited to a Stampin' Up workshop about 4 years ago and I was hooked instantly. I had played around with scrapbooking and card making before that and already had a stash of craft supplies. It wasn't until I attended the workshop though that I found out card making was a passion of mine!

3. When would you say you are most creative?
 
Being a stay at home mom, I don't have time to craft during the day so I am definitely most creative at night. After Carver is in the bed... I get to have my time, relax, and create!

4. What is your favorite technique?
 
I love to use markers to ink rubber stamps. I love that you can ink a solid image different colors before you stamp it.

5. Do trends inspire your creative process?  

I don't think so. I am not really a trend watcher. I tend to just go with what inspires me/appeals to me in all areas of my life!

6. Is there something about paper crafting that you find challenging?  

Layers for sure! I am a clean and simple minded girl. I cannot add layers of paper and accessories! I wish I could but it just doesn't work out for me!

7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what THREE paper crafting supplies would you HAVE to have with you? 

Stamps, Ink and Cardstock

8. Is there a designer in the paper crafting industry that inspires you?  

There are so many people in this industry that inspire me. I would have a hard time naming one person... or just five for that matter.  I love blog hopping because I never know what someone will make that will inspire me!

9. How would you describe your own style?
 
Clean and Simple is usually what I go with!

10. How long would you say it takes you to complete a card or project?  

Since my style is clean and simple... I would say on average about 20 mins.

11. Do you have a favorite occasion to create for?
 
Halloween and Christmas are my favorite for sure!!

12. When you are finished with your creations what do you do with them?  

I keep a small stash of cards, tags, etc. on hand to use. I give the others away. I have given a lot of cards to my mom and some to friends. Just recently I put a basket of cards/tags in my husbands office for his co-workers. Michael is a Pastor of Students at our church. The staff at the church know the cards are there for them to go through whenever they need/want a card to hand out or mail. I am hopeful that it will save them a little money and bring whoever receives the card... a little happy! I would encourage anyone, who creates more cards than they can use, to do the same. You can give a basket to your church or your kids school for the teachers. I plan to keep the church basket stocked up as I can and then look for another place to 'help' as my stash of cards increases.

13. Are you on any Design Teams or have served on any in the past?  Please include guest design positions? 

I am currently on the Penny Black Design Team, Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Design Team and the Avocado Arts Design Team. I 'officially' started with the Avocado Arts team in January. I have been on the PSA Essentials Design Team and I have been a guest designer for Skipping Stones and My Creative Time. 

Here are some eye-candies: 




A CAS gorgeousness, straight from the master of clean & simple!! They are so fun, don't you think?? These are such good examples of how only a couple of basics can go a long way. Just bee-u-tiful, Kelley!! Thanks for inspiring us today and thanks all for peeking :) Fantabulous Friday!!!!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

a mind-blowing parcel from

Flourishes.... I was always inspired by the designers' creations so I purchased these elegant stamps for the first time :) Really fell in love with them from the first sight....





and more... Got the stuffs now its time to craft :) See ya tomorrow at Fascinating Fridays!!!!!