Thursday, 30 June 2011

Lil Bee's Latest Release

What can I say about these kits?! They include exquisite patterns, enchanting colors and an assured promise that you'll never keep these products aside...
This card was created from Webster's Pages Trendsetter Collection, a true trendsetter!!!! I used here Handsome Vintage pp for the base, then punched the backside and adhered it towards the end. Later, trimmed a piece and applied liquid pearls around the borders. Next, I made a flower from the fabric ribbon (the same collection) and placed a button on the centre. Finally added the vellum and applied glossy accent...

This card is entering for:
Unscripted Sketches
365 Cards
All That Scraps
The Paper Shelter

That vellum is so versatile and can you see the glossy accents (in the second pic),,,,

You must be tempted as much as I did when received the kits from Hana Khan, Lil Bee's Owner...Now its your turn, let us see what you create with them :) 

Kit's Ingredients:

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Ramadan Kareem

Aww...its my last week at Inspirational Card Sketches June GDT :( I loved their sketches and the ladies there seriously rock!!!!
This card was quite simple to make...I started with stamping the Arabic sentiment then background stamping on the yellow paper using versamark to add some design. Then adhered the latter on the patterned side and added a ribbon, flower and definitely a swirl...

This card is entering for:
Oldie But A Goodie

Gosh, this flower is just so lovely!!!

Let's see your take on the sketch ... remember you can flip it, toss it, turn it ... which ever way this speaks to you ...  it can be a card, tag or a project why not get out your goodies and come and join us???
Have a great day!!!

Paper: Tartlet 12X12 Hello Luscious Paper (Basic Grey)
Embellishments Laelia Raffia Collection Flowers, Say It In Crystals (Prima Marketing)

Monday, 27 June 2011


This style is new to me and am still practicing on backgrounds!!! It's so fun to create these scenes but needs some patience too :)
So I started with masking the sun then stenciling clouds with sponge dauber using Broken China Ink. Later, removed the mask to color the sun in Mustard Seed. For the grass, I punched a piece of white cardstock that was distressed in Shabby Shutters. Then I stamped the stem and paper-pieced the leaves after coloring them with Copics. Next, popped up the blossom, added twine and adhered the colorful alphabets...

This card is entering for:
Case Study
Nadia's Challenge
Alota Rubber Stamps
Amber's Crafts and Stuffs
The Paper Variety
Craft Us Crazy
The Paper Shelter
Delightful Challenges

That's for today!!! Off to household chores...

Stamps: Artistic Borders 4x12 Clear Design Stamp Set (Hero Arts)
Inks: Broken China, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters Distress Inks (Rangers)
Embellishments Playtime Sticky Keys Stickers, Cherry Hill 12x12 Alpha Stickers (October Afternoon), Chipboard Flowers Happy Go Lucky Collection Embellishments (Pebbles)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Congratulations for the Holy Month

As Ramadan (the month of fasting) is soon approaching, Paperie Designs' Studio is busy busy creating cards for this Muslim occasion.I used the newest products from my recent package that I purchased from Two Peas In a Bucket.....
Seriously, I fell in love with this paper but didn't get a coordinating flower in that package. So I placed another order with flowers from the same collection to make this GORGEOUS pattern card!!!! I used the back side for the vertical piece and the sentiment. Then popped up the flower and inserted white pins behind. Later, I cut the swirl in such a way that I incorporated a flower from Sugar Blooms Collection in the center. Here's my card.....

This card is entering for:
Deep Ocean
Ruby's Rainbow
Our Creative Corner

Love the colors:

Thanks folks for peeking!!! Hope will get some time to visit your blogs, dear friends...

Papers: Arabesque Melody Collection Paper (Prima Marketing)
Stamps: Arabic Sentiments (Creative Hands)
Embellishments: Melody Paloma Collection Flowers, Sugar Blooms Collection Flowers (Prima Marketing), Pins (local shop)

Friday, 24 June 2011

Get mused with Kelly

A new Friday...A new artist!!! Today we'll be inspired by an architect in scrapbooking....Yes, you read it right :) Kelly's layouts are beautifully sophisticated that you should have a glance at...Pls help me welcome Kelly Klapstein...
 Name: Kelly Klapstein

1. How did you get involved in the world of scrapbooking?
I think I've been a scrapbooker since birth! ha ha! My mother was a scrapbooker, and ever since I can remember, we always put photos in albums and saved memorabilia in scrapbooks.  As for "modern" scrapbooking, however, I started about eight years ago when my daughter's kindergarten teacher asked some parent volunteers to work on scrapbooks for the entire class.  I enjoyed it so much that I took a few classes at a scrapbook store, and I was hooked!

2. How do you go about creating a layout? Describe your typical process.
I'm inspired to create a layout in so many different ways.  It can be an event, like a birthday, or some product and paper that I love, or a design idea pops into my head.  Lately, I've been sketching my designs when I have an idea so I don't forget the inspiration.  Then I take my sketch and photos into my scrapbook store and shop for papers and embellishments that might work.  I also have been experimenting with techniques, so I'm always thinking about how I can add innovative and creative elements to my pages.  Sometimes I think about my design for weeks, and sometimes it comes together very quickly and easily.  When I finally sit down to design my layout, I usually have a very definitive visualization of the page, so it's just a matter of using adhesive and putting it all together.

3. What are your favorite products and tools to use on your layouts? If you could have unlimited access to any product or tool, what would it be?
This is a tough question to answer.  Currently, I have been designing with a lot of Tim Holtz and Graphic 45 papers and products.  This year I set a goal to start scrapping my heritage photos, from both my family and my husband's family.  So many of the products I use help me create that vintage style or theme.  Which product would I choose to have unlimited access?  Hmmmm, is patterned paper an obvious choice?  Maybe inks then, especially Distress Inks and chalk inks.
4. What types of unconventional, unique, or unexpected materials or techniques have you used on your layouts?
I have definitely stretched my artistic vision this year! ha ha! The most unusual products I've used have been canvas, transparencies, burlap and wood veneer paper.  Last fall, however, I created a page about my father, who has Alzheimer's, and I wanted it to reflect his love of music, so I used a 45 vinyl record on the layout. 
5. When someone opens your scrapbooks years from now, what do you hope they will think or say?
I'd like to think they will enjoy learning about their family history through journalling and photos and also have a glimpse into my creative world, perhaps even appreciating scrapbooking as multi-media artistry. 
6. Where can we view more of your work? (galleries, blog, etc...)
 I have a blog. Also you are welcome to visit my gallery at where I'm called "KellyCreates." I also design and teach classes at my local scrapbook store called Scrap-A-Lot, and some of my work is on their  

Time to receive some inspirational doses:

Oh my, full of gorgeousness!!! Adore the layers, accents, techniques and literally everything on them...Thank you Kelly for fascinating us this Friday and thanks to all who popped by :) We have the best artists here at Fascinating Fridays, don't we??? See you soon, mmmwah :)  

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Hello sweets...As mentioned in the previous post, today I'll show off my new baby arrival card that is based on Inspirational Card Sketches #120. I'm so happy to guest design there for the month of June but sadly next Tuesday will be my last day for this honorable duty :(
So I started with adhering the base pp after punching all corners. Then I trimmed four equal sized squares from Little Cutie Collection (Imaginisce) and adhered on green cardstocks. After popping up the squares, I added that cute felt embellie on the centre and lastly finished with buttons.....

Loved this collection very much so I got more papers and coordinating stamps too!!!! Hope you liked it as much as I did :) Smooches,,,,,,,,

Papers:  Little Man, Snips & Snails Little Cutie Collection Papers (Imaginisce)
Embellishments: Baby Boy Pebbles Layered Embellishments (Pebbles), Modern Homemaker Buttons (October Afternoon)

Sunday, 19 June 2011

{inky} THANKS

Ink...Ink...Ink!!! But before explaining the inking process, just remembered to share with you the joy I had on Friday :) My tHaNkS card won the Top 3 @ If The Shoe Fits...Scrap It and another card, Tooty Fruity, was featured at All Things Unity (woohoo)...
Now back to my humble card...I started with distressing Neenah Cardstock in Broken China then sprinkled some water to create this dew effect :) Later, I stamped the flowers followed by Letter Background Stamp to fill the white gaps. Final steps were adding the alphabets, butterfly, buttons and that strip of black paper....

This card is entering for:
Case Study
Simply Create
Polka Doodles
Delicious Doodles
Sweet Stampin'
Stampavie and more
Art Impressions
Mark's Finest Papers

Love the writing style on my new stamp...

Got other inking ideas too that will be shared soon... But my next post will showcase a baby arrival card for Inspirational Card Sketches (Guest Designing),,,Until then, happy inking!!!!

Stamps: Letter Background Wood Mounted Stamp (Penny Black), Flowers Bird Garden Cling Stamp (Hero Arts)
Inks: Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink Pad (Color Box), Broken China Distress Ink (Rangers)
Embellishments: Ephemera Die Cut Pieces- Butterfly Garden (Pink Paislee), Milk & Oreo 12X12 Quattrofina Alphabet Stickers (Bella Blvd), Modern Homemaker Buttons (October Afternoon) 

Friday, 17 June 2011

Madhushika's Marvelous Masterpieces...

Our artist today is a young talented lady from Sri Lanka. Madhushika Lakmini executes all her projects with complete perfection and utmost beauty!!! Please welcome today's star, Madhushika...
1) When did you start paper quilling ? and how did you know about it ? 
I started paper quilling about 2 years ago.I got to know about paper quilling from a handmade birthday card that I got from one of my friends.

2) Do you read books about quilling and other crafts? or what sources do you use mostly ?
No, I haven't read any books about quilling and I mostly use internet to know whatever I want to know about quilling.

3) Describe yourself as an artist , what hobbies do you like and practice? what other forms of art do you like? how long have you been crafting in general ? 
I'm 22 years old craft-loving girl.I like to do quilling and glass paintings. Also I like to design graphic Illustrations (vector Illustrations).Generally I started to do these crafts after finishing my Advanced Level examination in 2007.

4) Do you work or study? and does practicing hobbies affect any aspect of your life?
I'm conducting English classes for school children at my home and these hobbies are really useful for my mental satisfaction.

5) Do you attend workshops or give workshops ?
No, I haven't attended any workshops yet and I'm just a beginner.

6) Have you gained any benefit from your art? what kind of benefit ?
Yes, the main benefit is my mental satisfaction. 

7) Do you have a website or a blog that you would like to share with us?
No, I don't have any yet.

8) Anything else you would like to share with us or would like to add?
All I have to say is quilling and other crafts make this world a wonderful place to everyone. It's a meditation and it's a silent medicine for many sicknesses. 

Now take a look at these perfect pieces!!!

Wow, isn't she a true young talent?!! Thank you Madhu for sharing with us your passion for art....Ladies, you may view a video created by Amna Al Fardh (Team Member) for our featured artist:
Thank you all for peeking and see you with another talent next Friday!!! Until then....Happy Crafting :)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

vintage THANKS

It's my second GDT project for Inspirational Card Sketches and not to mention, I'm having great time playing with their sketches :) Thanks to all who joined us last week and a big welcome to current challenge players!!!
In this card, I used pp from Lil Bee's Boutique April Kit that included unique products from Pink Paislee. I covered the cardstock front with that vintage paper then laid the punched papers that were edge-distressed. Later, I pressed the butterfly rub-on and glued the grid at an angle. Finally, added the swirl and replaced the red button in paper flower with a coordinating bling.....

Stamped the sentiment in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink:

Hope you liked it as much as I did!!! Until next post, happy crafting....MWAH :)

Patterned Paper:
 Butterfly Garden- Nature Sanctuary, Botanical Gardens (Pink Paislee)
Embellishments: Love Eternal Flower Delights (American Crafts), Butterfly Garden Press-on (Pink Paislee), Say It In Crystals (Prima)

Sunday, 12 June 2011


Hey all.... Been so busy with my clinical training that will end at July!!!! But still I can't and will never ignore my dear blog :):)
Today I'm showing off a new card that I created for a recent order..The paper from Graphic 45 is so lively that I had to add mixed elements to complete the mood. I started with adhering the base then glued pins under the black doilie. The back side of pp was used for doilie's circle and different colored chipboards were added. Last but not least, I finished this lovelie with accents from Prima...

This card is entering for:
Totally Gorjuss 
If The Shoe Fits
Cute Card Thursday
Truly Scrumptious

Love those pins purchased from a hypermarket :)

Thanks for visiting and see you with a new project for Inspirational Card Sketches (Guest Designing)....

Patterned Paper:
Potpourri Fashionista Collection Paper (Graphic 45)
Embellishments: assorted Chipboards (American Crafts), Black Transparent Doilie (Maya Road), Sugar Blooms flowers, SIIC (Prima)

Friday, 10 June 2011

Karen's Kreative Kreations

Truly speaking, I really enjoy featuring talents every Friday that I can't stay without it!!! It's so interesting to meet such artisans and among them is today's skilled artist- Karen Baker. BTW this name is not unfamiliar to me as her creations won many many times :) Want to meet her, then pls welcome dear Karen....
Name: Karen Baker

When and how did you start Cardmaking?
I started a bit of cardmaking almost two years ago and went full force when I started my blog in October of 2010. Nothing like blogging to make you create, create and create!

When would you say you are most creative?
Since I have two smallish boys, I've learned to be creative in the late evening. However, my mind never strays far from thinking creatively, so I have a notebook to jot ideas down that strike at all hours.

What is your favorite technique?
I am smitten with emboss resist. I love the layered look and what can be achieved with that technique and distress inks.

Do trends inspire your creative process?
I don't trend watch myself, rather let the industry leaders do it for me and try to incorporate ideas into a card. I really enjoy visiting fashion and home decor websites for inspiration these would be Anthropologie and Pottery Barn, ooh, I swoon.

Is there a designer in the paper crafting industry that inspires you?  If so, what about their style or technique inspires you?
I admire all the designers that can pull off the vintage or shabby and chic styles simply because I have such a difficult time with that style myself. I love the layering that these gals can do, the amount of product that they can put on a card and not make it look to bulky and the soft color that tends to stay with that style.

How would you describe your style?
Definitely clean and simple or clean and graphic!

How long would you say it takes you to complete your card?
If I have a great idea in my head then execution usually takes about thirty minutes. Sometimes though, I have an idea and it is just really hard to incorporate that into the paper form, so I hee and haw around with the card. Those kinds of cards can take probably two or so hours from start to finish.

And here are some of Karen's favorites:

Ladies, aren't these just so fancy and magnificent?? No wonder she grabbed many prizes- belated congrats Karen. Thank you sweetheart for spending some time here and dosing us with plentiful inspirations!!!! And thank you all for paying us a visit :) Have a fantastic Friday......

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Today I'm sharing with you my first  June GD creation for Inspirational Card Sketches. If you're thirsty for practical sketches then never miss this challenge blog....This week's prize is sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and here's my card:

This card is entering for:
Mark's Finest Papers
Wags 'n Whiskers

I started with piercing equal-spaced holes using sewing needle pressed on sponge (still waiting for my Stitch Piercer by We R Memory Keepers)...Then inserted a twine and stamped tiny dresses that were popped on the transparent sheet. Finally I added the sentiment, pins and cutie flowers...
We would love to see you participate. You can rotate, flip, stretch or shrink the sketch :) Waiting to see you there!!!
Thanks for visiting and big thanks to ICS team for this opportunity :)

Patterned Paper:
Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist (Rangers)
Stamps: Dear Lizzy Warble Stamps (American Crafts)
Embellishments: Twine (Jillibean Soup), Flowers and Pins (Local Shop)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Masculine Card from Lil Bee's Kit

Again my hearty cutie card won a challenge and this time at Color Throwdown. My heart is still singing, so happy winning in Card Patterns and Color Throwdown :)
Today's creation was intended to be for a male teacher and think I passed the criteria :) I used products from Lil Bee's May Kit that was just perfect!!! I started with distressing the paper then rounding two corners. Later I stamped the typewriter and added that print-out with the sentiment "THANKS". Finally added twine and popped up the circle with a bingo on the side....

This card is entering for:
Case Study Challenge

Ladies, be sure to grab your kit before it runs out!!! Thanks for peeking :) See you tomorrow with GD creation for Inspirational Card Sketches...

Patterned Paper:
Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist (Rangers)
Stamps: Typewriter Background (Hero Arts), Big Uppercase Alphabets (Hero Arts)
Inks: Broken China, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick (Rangers)
Embellishments: Twine (Jillibean Soup), Bingo (Maya Road)

Friday, 3 June 2011

Michelle's Merry Makings

Hi peeps...Hope your week was great and to kick-off weekend in a greater way we're featuring Michelle Hernandez whose LO's are fun, sassy and cheerful :) Want to know her, then let's meet today's talent...
Name: Michelle Hernandez

1. How did you get involved in the world of scrapbooking?
I first started scrapping in 2009 when I developed complications during my first pregnancy. My doctor suggested I take up a hobby I could do at home to distract me from the stress of the situation. At first I just wrote in my journal and concentrated on decorating the nursery but I got really frustrated with my lack of drawing skills so I started looking for embellishments to help me decorate and found the paper crafting community online. I've been hooked ever since.

2. How do you go about creating a layout? Describe your typical process.
Creating a layout is actually a big challenge for me. Right now I find myself making mostly 8 by 11 format layouts with multiple photos. I prefer small print background papers and I LOVE fussy cutting to add pizzaz to a page. When I find myself completely stuck I "lift" ideas from other people's layouts (but never the whole page without giving credit). 

I also use sketches and I keep notes of innovative things I see and want to try. I get inspiration from magazine layouts (all magazines not just crafty ones) subway adverts, art or museum exhibits and old book/record covers.  RARELY do I have a final layout in mind when I sit down. My best pages literally form themselves as I sit down with some paper and photos. I am a really slow scrapper- even the simple pages take a couple of days. I also find that leaving a page alone for a few days gives me perspective on design flaws and I can fix those before I stick everything down. Finally I always write my journaling on another piece of paper before I add it to my layout- sometimes it's a struggle to find the words for what I feel so many pages just have titles.

3. What are your favorite products and tools to use on your layouts? If you could have unlimited access to any product or tool, what would it be?
Here is a list of scrappy things I love beyond all reason: woodgrain patterns, grid/graph patterns, fabric/cloth patterns, pop dots, paper punches, velvet ribbon, clear stamps, clashing or vibrant colors and Thickers. If I had to choose only 1 item to receive in unlimited supply I would say print paper. You can make anything with a good print and some scissors- all else is icing on the cake. I would also LOVE to get my hands on a laser cutting machine! I would make all kinds of crazy embellishments.

4. What types of unconventional, unique, or unexpected materials or techniques have you used on your layouts?
Lately I find I'm using a fine point marker to outline edges a lot. I'm also using canceled mail stamps and hand stitching on many of my pages. I even have some 2 sided pages where I try to make the stitch design work for both sides- that's really fun because you have to think in advance about the design. I'm also using a craft knife to cut windows into my pages. My goal is to try to get more artsy and use paint but paint is so messy and unpredictable I'm resisting it's frequent use right now.

5. When someone opens your scrapbooks years from now, what do you hope they will think or say?
For me this hobby is less about memory keeping and more about personal creative expression, developing my photography skills and meeting inspiring people. I don't like to think too far ahead in the future but I hope to have more room for my "stash" and a better storage system for my finished projects- right now they are in boxes since many are too thick for actual scrapbooks. My next purchase will be some binder rings to keep pages together by the year.

6. Where can we view more of your work? (Galleries, blog, etc...)
You can find my work at Two Peas In a Pod or both under Hernandm1

You can also check out my blog:

Time to admire Michelle's creations:

That was stunning, Michelle!!! Your pages are marvelously filled with colors and techniques...Thank you dear for sharing your talent with us here at Paperie Designs' Studio. Thank you all for visiting and have a fabulous weekend :)