Friday, 28 June 2013

Sylvia's Stunners

Hi all, its Deepti here with yet another fantastic artist who is not necessarily a card maker but is indeed a crafter by all means. Her creativity resides in quilling. The moment I came across her blog, I just couldn’t stop admiring her intricate & fantabulous work. She is simply terrific in her creativity. She can create almost any thing you see around you from Santa to cute Devils, from birds to girls and guess what… it’s all by quilling. So, let me introduce a lovely crafter to you, whose creativity is surely an inspiration….
Name -Sylvia

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am single.  I live in a small city called Miri, in the state of Sarawak (also known as The Land of Hornbill) in Malaysia.  I have 2 adorable nieces age 9 and they are the reason I am still sane and alive!  Spending time with them is the best thing I’ve ever done.

2. How and when did you start crafting?
It was in June 2010, during the Gawai Harvest Festival, a long holiday here and I was getting a little bored at home, when my elder niece “confiscated” the TV.  While net surfing, I came across Quilling.  Some called it Filigree or Filigana.  It was love at first sight.  Love the intricate, detailed and cheerful colours.  That’s when I started to quill and still loving every moment of it.  It is very therapeutic.  It helps to me stay focused and relaxed and keeps me busy.

3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
Almost everywhere!  It can be someone’s printed floral blouse, advertisement poster while shopping, someone’s comments on my blog or Facebook or listening to their chats and conversations, a cute and mad facial expression from a 3 year-old, someone’s body tattoo, watching cartoon (a contagious infection from a tot), toys, magazines, graphics, images…anything! 

4. How would you describe your style?
I am not sure of my style.  I think it’s more on impulse, cute, simple and clean.

5. What are the top 5 tools in your crafting space?
a) Quilling Tools – slotted and needle
b) Pointed Tip Scissors
c) Craft Knife
d) Glue
e) Fine Tip Tweezers
And my tools follow me to work everyday!

6. What’s your favourite technique?
None in particular.  They are all fun to work with.  I love to try other techniques I’ve never done before.  When I start, I can’t stop.

7. What are your go-to colors? 
Cheerful colors.

8. Do you sell your projects?
I hardly sell my projects.  I do not know how and where to begin.  But I enjoy making it and taking picture of it more.  I give away many of my crafts to friends as a token of appreciation for being my friends, birthdays, weddings, special occasion and no reasons.  I am very blessed to have them in my life.

9. What do you do when you aren’t crafting?  Job? Other hobbies and interests?
I am a Secretary by day.  I love outdoor sports unfortunately of late, the sprain on my right leg hinder vigorous movements.  Swimming is currently my solace in sports.  I love going out for movies, sight-seeing, dining, photography, cycling, and jungle trekking and snorkeling.  Scuba diving will be my next agenda.  Did I mention I am petite (small)?

10. Are you currently designing for any blog? 

Sylvia, it was so much fun to know you better and see your cute and cuddly projects. Thanks a lot for this lovely interview and dear crafters, I am sure after seeing few of her projects here… you are all excited to get some more inspiration. So, why waste time… head right over to her blog :) 
Crafty Hugs!!!


Friday, 21 June 2013

Feature 101: Broken Treasures

{we belong to Allah, and unto Him we return} Al Baqarah, Holy Quran: 156
On the sad demise of my grandfather (mom's uncle) we express our heartfelt sympathy to his family, relatives  and friends. We pray to the Lord of worlds: Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful to grant him and all Muslims His paradise... Ameen

Our spotlight today is Elizabeth Mindeman; a crafter with unique style, a cute blog and a super sweet personality!!! She's a creative member of CTMH and other inspiring design teams for her exquisite touch.. Lets introduce you to a new friend of fascinating Fridays:
Name: Elizabeth Mindemann

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.  
I met my husband in college and we will be married ten years in November.  We have three children. Caleb is six (will be seven the end of August), Joshua is five and Annalee is three.  I love my family they are my "why".

2. How and when did you start crafting?
I began crafting the moment my parents gave me a coloring book and some crayons as a little girl.  My room was always a mess with scraps of paper and all sorts of items that could be used to create something.  I started scrapbooking when I was in high school.  I never really made very many cards until two years ago when I joined Close To My Heart, a stamping and scrapbooking company.  Now I love to make cards and small gifts and really love stamping!

3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
All around me - colors in the flowers, paintings, fashion.  I am a huge pinterest fan and while I find a lot of inspiration on pinterest I usually search the web for blog posts first - there is just so much creativity out there.  Sometimes I just get an idea in my head and make it but that is rare - I usually have to see something first and then recreate it as my own :)

4. How would you describe your style?
Mostly clean and simple.  I have always been that type of girl from make up to the way I dress.  It only makes sense that clean and simple would then be my crafting style too :)  Not big on lace and frills but you might see some here and there in my work.

5. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space?
Stamps, ink, Cricut, paper trimmer, sewing machine

6. What’s your favorite technique?
Generational stamping.  I like to create depth and interest with stamps and stamping once (first generation) and then again (second generation) without inking up is a go to technique for me.  I also really like using 3D foam tape to pop sections of my cards and pages up - fussy cutting is fun too.  Oh and I love to color in images - I always have.

7. What are your go-to colors?
Cool colors usually greens, blues, purples but I love color pops of brights.  Probably my least favorite color is pink (my daughter's favorite go figure) but I don't use a ton of pastels so a bright pink will show up in my artwork before a pale one will :)

8. Do you sell your projects?
Yes I go to craft fairs and vendor shows and sell mostly my cards.  I also sell kits that I design.  Most of my creations get given as gifts.  I don't have an etsy store or anything like that.

9. What do you do when you aren’t crafting? Job? Other hobbies and interests?
Is there life outside of crafting ;)  just kidding.  I love to garden, arrange flowers, read, cook, play games, surf pinterest, watch movies and really anything crafty has my attention.

10. Are you currently designing for any blog?
Yes I am on the Design Team for Scrapping Everyday Miracles and help to run the Crafty Chicks Blog Hop.  I was also just hired to teach on-line classes with Scrapbook News and Reviews but haven't really set a date for a class yet.  My sister just had her baby seven weeks early and my grandmother had a stroke so my personal life has required a lot more of my attention lately.  I hope to get a class started the end of the summer or in the fall.

Spectacular!! I'm swooning over these eclectic creations.. They are just done masterfully and with a big huge love :) Thanks dearie for giving us the chance to know you better and wishing you a prosperous life ahead!! Regards to our sincere followers and stay tuned for more artists,,,

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Winner winner!!

Hey all and thanks for joining us in celebrating the 100th feature!!
The most-awaited time has come to announce our winner of

Here are the semi-finalists from team members' blogs:
Mew from Deepti's blog
Therese from Tasnim's blog
Kavitha from Noor's blog

So the grand prize winner is, drum roll pls.....
Therese, you'll have 24 hrs to claim your prize thru
Thanks again ladies for being here and hey more surprises on the way ;)

Friday, 7 June 2013

{GIVEAWAY} and the 100th feature!!

 Smile, its time for a fun...

Win $50 Worth of Card Making Supplies From Paperie Designs' Studio

To celebrate with us the joy of featuring ONE HUNDRED artisans just leave a comment at the end of this post and spoil yourself with a gift voucher worth 50$ from Two Peas In A Bucket!
We’ll pick the winner randomly on Monday, June 10th at 02:00PM (GMT).  We will use to generate our winner and announce it in a separate post. The lucky person will have 24hrs to respond and claim the prize. This giveaway is open to ALL crafting addicts ;)
Fellow crafters it’s me Deepti who is doing the honors of featuring our 100th Artisan. It’s a milestone for Paperie Designs Studio and I have someone special to mark this occasion. She is popular amongst the crafters because of the elegance and simplicity of her designs. Her creations are immense inspiration for a lot of crafters and I am a big fan of her cards :) I am sure you too will love to know her better, so without holding you further, I present the talented Rosemary 

Name – Rosemary

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family. 
I'm married and have two boys, ages 14 and almost 7.

2. How and when did you start crafting?  
I always loved arts and crafts when I was a child, but really started crafting in my early 20s.  For the longest time, my favorite crafty hobby was cross-stitching and I created many cross-stitched pieces up until the birth of my oldest son. When he was about 18 months old I started scrapbooking and then with the encouragement of my friend, Cindy, slowly moved in to making cards.   In about 2007 I started looking online for paper crafting ideas, supplies, etc. and in 2008 I discovered PaperTrey Ink.  Up until then I had been purchasing stamps at stores and from Stampin Up! and Close to My Heart.  When I discovered PTI a whole new world opened up for me.  Around that same time I discovered the Hero Arts Flickr group and join in 2009.  Shortly after that I started a gallery at Splitcoaststampers, as well.   In 2010 I finally started a blog.

3. From where do you draw your inspiration?   
I tend to find lots of inspiration in my stamps and supplies, especially my huge collection of patterned papers!  I love thumbing through the pads and putting together patterns and colors and then finding the right stamp to go with my idea.  I also draw a lot of inspiration from sketch and color challenges, especially color challenges.  One thing I'm trying to work on is finding inspiration in everyday objects like home d├ęcor items, etc.  I have always admired those paper crafters who can look at something like a television and come up with a fabulous card.   Me... not so much, lol!!

4. How would you describe your style?  
My style is definitely clean and simple.  Even when I create something with layers I still tend to keep everything very clean.   I do enjoy creating the occasional shabby chic card, though.

5. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space?  
My top 5 tools are:  Cutter Bee precision tip scissors, Scor-Buddy, Big Shot die cutting machine, table top paper cutter and adhesive.

6. What’s your favorite technique?
One of my favorite techniques is paper piecing

7. What are your go-to colors?  
Other than white or kraft I don't really have go to colors.  Certain color combos will strike my fancy and I will use them for a while and then move on to another combo, but I will always combine the colors with white or kraft. 

8. Do you sell your projects? 
I have sold some of my cards, mainly to family and friends.  But I don't have an Etsy shop or anything like that.

9. What do you do when you aren’t crafting? Job? Other hobbies and interests?  
When I'm not crafting I generally do the usual things a mom does like taking the kids to activities, volunteering at school, etc.  I also enjoy taking my dog for long walks, although I'm not sure that she likes it, lol!   I do work occasionally, but not on a full time basis. 

10. Are you currently designing for any blog? 
Currently I design for CASology and on the 11th of June, I will have a big announcement that will involve designing for a major stamp company!

Wow!!! Congratulations Rosemary for your new venture into designing. We look forward to the announcement you will make on June 11th and thank you so much for sharing with us. I am sure you all enjoyed knowing Rosemary and her creativity and now my friends its time for you to get much more inspired by visiting her blog and don’t forget the giveaway. Your comments in any of the team members' blogs can bring you some great products :)  Good luck and Enjoy!!

Monday, 3 June 2013

a quick post

Hmmm, may be I should receive the laziest blogger award ;p 
Seriously, can't understand how people manage posting everyday?! 
Its much easier to just display an image at my FB business page rather than writing an introduction, body and a conclusion, looool... but one thing is never boring and that's posting Fascinating Fridays =)
Here are some cards to share with y'all:

Thanks for swinging by and be sure to come back on Friday for a giveaway worth 50USD!!
Something that you should never eva miss,,,