Thursday, 28 February 2013

On leave...

...from work =) And that's why am back to blogging!! Unfortunately, this hectic working life is just divorcing me from my hobbies *sad face* As I get back to home I feel so lethargic to the extent that I don't even switch my laptop on.. Now got to stop whining and start showing up in this active cyber world, lol
This card was inspired from these cute bee felties... Luckily got a piece of coordinating designer paper, bowed a twine, popped up the die-cuts, added pearls with accordion flower and voila a hap-bee birthday card is ready ;)

This card is entering for:
Crafty Catz
Milk Coffee
Oldie But A Goodie
A Gem of A Challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Thanks to all for swinging by and as promised I've recently visited your wonderful blogs =) xoxo

Friday, 8 February 2013

Introducing NIA

Happy Friday to all!!! And why not when we have such a jolly and friendly artisan today *smiling face* Its the one and only- Naeema Ibrahim- the creative mind behind Nia Arts... Though she's a fresh entrepreneur yet she confidently conquered the cyber world with her nimble-fingers and online services,,  Pls help me welcome the sweetest eva- Naeema!!

 Name: Naeema Ibrahim
Website: Nia Arts
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am Naeema Ibrahim.I live in Saudi Arabia. I have done Bachelors in Arts. I'm unmarried and have 5 siblings and my number is 4. I live with my family :)

2. How and when did you start crafting?
I don't even actually remember.... i started when i didn't even know what i was doing was actually called crafting :D As i'm recalling now it's all coming infront of my eyes ... collecting the Eidi (money which elders give to their small ones on Eid) and goin to bookstore to buy paints, colors, puff paints, glitters, stickers....aaaahh good old days :)

3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
Anything colorful around me or anything which attracts me but Three Names i want to mention 1.Pinterest 2. Gina K designs and 3. Tasnim Ahmed (her creativity is my latest addiction) ;)

4. How would you describe your style?
I would describe it as a fusion of everything! I know it's a weird answer :D but seriously ..funky, elegant,colorful and girlish - my style... i guess that's why i'm being called "You are so Colorful" haha!

5. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space?
Those would be my Paper trimmer, scoring board, Tim Holtz scissors, double sided tape and cuttlebug.

6. What's your favorite technique?
I don't have any favorite technique yet because am just in a learning process so what ever i do becomes my favorite :D

7. What are your go-to colors?
Bright Fun colors which gives you a FRESH feeling.

8. Do you sell your projects?
Yes, i sold last year unofficially but now have just started my own business, wish me luck! :)

9. What do you do when you aren't crafting? Job? Other hobbies and interests?
I love photography and my new hobbies are Knitting and Sewing but when i'm not doing that then I watch cartoon/action/spy movies :D

10. Are you currently designing for any blog?
Yes! only for my blog hehe, jokes apart, No :)

 Photography: Colors in Black and White

First painting with acrylic and sponge

Handmade paper rose

Rings and mini treat bags

More treat bags!!

That's incredible, Naeema!!! You busy your hands with many hobbies and seems you really enjoy them coz all are just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Thank you dear for giving us this chance to know you better and hope for you success in the years to come!! Mwah to all

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

with LOVE

This was my first trial to bring together different embellies all in one focal point... Its quite challenging by the way but was very happy with the final product :)

 This card is entering for:
 Jen's Digi Stamps
The Stamping Chef
Milk Coffee
My Time to Craft
My Sheri Crafts
Heck of a Challenge
The Stamping Shack

Thank you so much for dropping by!!! Great day ahead

Friday, 1 February 2013

Terrific Tasnim

Here comes the 'Queen of Masking'- Tasnim Ahmed!! She masters this technique perfectly and you can see her signature in almost every card,, Once you drop by Tasnim's blog, you'll admit that her collection is just a topnotch and quite eclectic..Proudly we introduce you to our star this week:

Name: Tasnim Ahmed

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family. 
Hello! I am Tasnim. I grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to USA in 2006 to pursue my undergraduate studies. In 2010, I completed my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Following my graduation, I moved to Long Island where I now live with my husband and our baby daughter.

2. How and when did you start crafting?
I have always loved arts and crafts. Growing up I did all kinds of arts; from drawing and coloring to building miniature models of houses and parks, complete with a basketball court and pompom trees!  I also did paper crafting such as making cards, bookmarks, and scrapbooks. I discovered stamping in 2011 and since then designing and making cards has become a hobby. 

          3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere; sometimes in a cute little dress my daughter is wearing, other times in a beautiful sunset or a fall tree sparkling in the sunlight. I recently started using Pinterest and I find inspiration there as well.

       4. How would you describe your  style?
I like to make clean cards with a touch of elegance.

5. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space? 
Those would be my Paper trimmer, scoring board, ATG, Sponge applicator and my micro tip scissors.

 6. What’s your favorite technique? 
Masking! I love to mask areas and apply ink with a sponge applicator, or mask and stamp.  I love the one layer cards you can make using this technique. You would think it is a flower sitting on top of another, but it is actually all one layer!

       7. What are your go-to colors?
I don’t think I have any. I like to try different color combination; I have a few favorite ones, and one of them is navy with peacock blue and sand.

        8. Do you sell your projects?
Not officially, but I do take orders.  I have done a few bulk orders in the past.

        9. What do you do when you aren’t crafting? Job? Other hobbies and interests?
At the moment a lot of my time goes into taking care of my daughter, the rest of my time is divided between family, crafting and studying.

        10. Are you currently designing for any blog?
I design for the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. I was a big fan before joining the design team. You should definitely check it out!

This card features my favorite technique. I masked the flowers and the white border, and then applied distress inks to create the background

This card features another of my favorite techniques; creating a gradient with ink and sponge applicator

This card features some of my favorite stamps, stamping and coloring with Copic markers; two techniques I enjoy doing

This is probably my most popular card. It features a technique that I came up with, which involves paper piecing an image and adhering it on acetate. It gives the illusion that the image is “floating” 

An early Eid card!  This card features some of my favorite things all in one place; masking, gradient inking, distress inks, and of course, one of my favorite color combinations
Wow, am speechless!! These cards are absolute stunners and dare anyone creative doesn't fall in love with them =) Thank you Tasnim for being a part of the Fascinating Fridays' family and keep inspiring us everyday!! xxx