Runway Inspired Challenge #68


I am posting a little late for the next Runway Inspired Challenge.

We have something different for inspiration this week:


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In my last post, I mentioned that I was working on decorating some gift boxes. I decided to use the color combination and the plaid pattern on one of them:

RIC 68 Tasnim

I wrapped twine around the box, and then layered some flowers on top. The pink ones were stamped in three layers, and the purple/blue ones were colored with Copic markers after stamping the outline layer.

After I was done, I realized it wasn’t a very good idea to wrap the twine around the closed box! Next time I will just decorate the lid, so the recipient won’t have to dissemble the whole design in order to open the box!

Stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for some fabulous inspiration from the design team! I hope you can play along. Our sponsor this week is the ever-so-sweet Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a  $25 store credit to her online store!

Thanks for visiting today :)

Getting to Know me Blog Hop


Today’s post is a little different than usual. I don’t have a card to share, but instead, I will be answering a few questions regarding my crafty side as part of the “Getting to Know Me” blog hop.  I was nominated by the lovely Asty Purbasari to join the hop. Asty makes beautiful and inspiring projects. Did you know that she participated in the 2014 Gallery Idol?! If you haven’t been to her blog, you should definitely check it out.

Let’s get started with the questions:

What Creative projects are you currently working on?

At the moment I am working on dressing up these gift boxes.


I am at a wedding/family reunion far from home, and being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t prepare these ahead of time. Instead, just as we were about to leave for the airport, I grabbed some crafty supplies and stashed them in my backpack.

Most of the gift boxes I worked on have already been given away. I have three more to go, and I will make sure to take a picture when these are done. It is quite fun and interesting to work with minimum supplies. The scarcity of resources get those creative juices running!

Apart from these gift boxes, I am also working on some new designs for our next Altenew release.

What Inspires your designs?

These days I hardly get a chance to create other than for Runway Inspired Challenge, CASE study challenge, and Altenew Focus posts. My inspiration for the first two categories is clear, for those challenges already come with inspirations, one from the fashion industry, and the other from a fellow paper crafter. When I am working with Altenew stamps, these are some of the things that inspire me: a particular technique that I want to showcase, projects from fellow crafters, fabric patterns, wall decor, things found at stationary/gift stores like gift bags and pretty journals, and of course, there is always my inspiration board in Pinterest to rely on when all others fail :)

What method/process do you apply to each of your creative project, and how long does each project take to complete?

I almost always create an image in my mind of a design before I execute it on paper. Sometimes they turn out exactly as I envision them, and sometimes I have to play around until I am satisfied with the end result. I always try to add an interesting element to my designs that is fresh and unique.

When I first started designing, my projects took anywhere between half an hour to half a day! I took my leisure time making intricate embellishments and elaborate designs. As my responsibilities grew and time became hard to come by, I gravitated towards time efficient designs. I try not to spend more than an hour or two on one project. Occasionally I do make a time consuming project, like this card I made for the Geometric Menagerie Focus post. I spent hours cutting those tiny triangles from Metal sheets, but I did it over two sessions.


If you had to describe your signature style, what would it be?

I think my signature style is clean and elegant. I like to try other styles too, but either fail miserably, or it takes me way too much time before I am satisfied.

What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?

I am in a perfect situation to answer this question! Since I came away at a rush, I must have impulsively selected the supplies that I thought were absolutely necessary for designing/creating.  I have with me my Cutter Bee Non-stick Scissors, a strip of Scotch foam tape, and Copic markers, along with some stamps, inks and clear blocks. On another occasion, I would have probably said my paper trimmer and score board, but apparently, I can live without them! :)

Now it is time for me to tag other designers who inspire me! There is a LONG list, and I think I will tag all those who inspire me :)

Cristina Kowalczyk I love her minimal clean and simple style! and I love how she always adds an interesting/unusual element to her designs. Plus, I regard her as the queen of stamping :) These are some of my favorite cards (from many!)

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Amy Wanford: She is another clean and simple genius.  She makes the most amazing things with the least number of elements. Just look at these super simple, super awesome cards:




Kelly Griglione. When I first visited her blog, I was in awe! This girl can create!! Her talent and design perspective is unparalleled. As some have mentioned before, she is truly a card making engineer. With my background in engineering, there is no wonder that I appreciate and admire her work :) I also love how she uses vintage elements in her projects.



You're Off The Charts Valentine's Day Card

Lemonade stand banner card

These three ladies have agreed to continue on the hop, so make sure to visit their blogs next Monday and get to know more about their craft life.

Now, I must mention all those other designers whose work I admire and who continue to inspire me. Here they are in no particular order:

Iwona Palamountain

Agnieszka Malyszek

Jen Rzasa

Wida Miller

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Taheerah Atchia

Pamela Ho

Jocelyn Olson

Joni Andaya

Ok, I decided to stop at 10, otherwise this list would never end!





CASE Study #208


At CASE Study we have this cute little inspiration from Debby:


I drew inspiration from the texture of the Burlap bag, and the colors. and made a dressed up gift box:

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I started with a plain Kraft box. To add texture, I drew a plaid pattern with Versamark marker, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I wrapped and tied the box with black twine. Finally, I added the floral embellishments and the tag. The flowers are from the Hennah Elements set, and the tag stamp/die is from Avery Elle’s Simply Tags set.


I don’t  usually dress up gift boxes, but this was a lot of fun! and I look forward to do more :)

Stop by the CASE study challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks fr visiting today!


CASE Study #207

After a whole month of awesome inspirational blog hops, we are back with our challenges at CASE Study. September’s muse is none other than Debby Hughes! Our former design team member. I LOVE her work, I mean, who doesn’t! She does magic with paper and stamps! :)


I am honored to mention that Debby designed this card for Altenew. Simply gorgeous, isn’t it?

I took inspiration from the layout of the card, and of course, I had to use Persian Motifs :)

CASE Study 207Back in July I had shared a water color technique at Ellen Hutson’s the CLASSroom. I wanted to explore that technique with embossed outline images. The embossed outlines keep the water from mixing between petal, and it makes achieving this look so much easier! No more waiting for some parts to dry before painting other parts! I used Peerless water colors which give beautiful intense colors. The stems and the leaves are however colored with a brown dye ink, as the Peerless palette didn’t have a brown color.

The die an sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Stamp.



You can check the video at the CLASSroom for this technique. It is best to leave the colors alone once you apply them to the wet surface. If you try to mix them, it will end up like the petal on the left from the center. Just let the water do it’s job, which I will keep in mind next time I try this :)

Stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog to see how everyone else was inspired. Debby has a beauty in store for you!

Thanks for visiting :)


Runway Inspired Challenge #67

Good Morning!

I almost forgot that there is a new Runway Inspired challenge today!

Here is this week’s look:




I was inspired by the floral pattern of the top. The colors are an interesting combination.

DSC_1277I used a flowers set by Hero Arts to stamp and color using Copic markers. The solid flowers are stamped using Hero arts Passion flower and Fresh Peach inks. I added dots of green to fill in the empty spaces between the flowers.

This week’s sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, and the prize for the winner is a $15 gift certificate to their online store.

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge to see how the design team were inspired.


CASE Study Challenge 4th Year Anniversary Blog Hop



It’s the third blog hop celebrating CASE Study‘s 4th year celebrations, and I am your first stop!

The theme of the hop is to create a project based on something that inspires you. Like many others, I often turn to Pinterest for inspiration. So for today’s card, I used this photo:


Image Source

I was inspired by the floral image in the center pillow, and by the bold pattern on the carpet.

DSC_1229-001I stamped one of the images from Altenew’s Persian Motifs using Distress ink Antique Linen, then colored it using Copic markers (RV09, Y15 and YR25). I trimmed the image and adhered it atop stripes of black card stock which were already adhered to the card base. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers. A very quick and simple card.

Your next stop on the hop is Barbara Anders.

Make sure to leave a comment at each stop to be eligible for a prize. You have until midnight Tuesday August 26th to leave your comments.

Altenew is sponsoring this week, and the prize will be two stamp sets of your choice!

Our other sponsors are:

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Simon Says Stamp
Paper Sweeties

The awesome designers who are participating today:

Tasnim Ahmed <— You are here
Barbara Anders
Julie Ebersole
Mariana Grigsby
Debby Hughes
Cristina Kowalczyk
Anika Lerche
Jocelyn Olson
Jennifer Rzasa (you are here)
Laurie Schmidlin
Amy Sheffer
Julia Stainton
Julee Tilman


Runway Inspired Challenge # 66


I am here with a card for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge:




This dress immediately reminded me of Altenew’s Sketchy Rose set, so I decided to use that in my card.

RIC 66 by Tasnim


I stamped the Rose on pink card stock using SU! Rose Red ink, and stamped it on red card stock using Colorbox white pigment ink. I created the water color back ground using Distress ink Faded Jeans, and after it was dry, splattered some Dylusion White Linen ink spray.

Our sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to her online store.

Stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge to be inspired by some fabulous projects created by the design team. Enjoy!



Guest Designer at Darlene’s blog!


Today is a very important day, for I am guest designing over at Darlene DeVries’s blog!

For those of you who haven’t heard of her, she is an incredibly talented card maker, and she makes great video tutorials. I learned most of my card making techniques from her when I was just beginning to design cards. In fact, I was inspired by her to start this blog in the first place!

So you can imagine what an honor it is to be guest designing on her blog :)

Here is a sneak peek of the card that I made:

Water color Rose-close up-001


Head on over to Darlene’s blog to see the full card, as well as a video tutorial on how to make it.

Runway Inspired Challenge #65


I have a very simple card to share with you today.

This one is inspired by the new Runway Inspired Challenge:


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Isn’t that top simply stunning?! I would wear it any day! and I love how it looks paired with the soft yellow pants. Even though I almost always reach for a white card base, this time I chose to work with yellow.

Tasnim RIC 65

I white embossed the lace image from Altenew’s Lace Up set on clear vellum and cut around it leaving a thin border. The word thanks is from the Super Script 2 set, and I embossed it on white card stock using Pearl embossing powder. After embossing it, I colored around it using water based black marker. The Pearl embossing powder has some glitter in it, but I thought the sentiment needed more shimmer, so I went over it using Sakura stardust gel pen. You can see the shimmer a bit more clearly in the photo below.

Tasnim-RIC 65

Alternatively, I could have white embossed the sentiment on black card stock, and used the Sakura gel pen the same way.

The vellum was adhered using Tombow Mono Multi glue, which dries clear, and the sentiment was adhered using foam tape.

This challenge is sponsored by none other than Altenew! and the lucky winner will receive two stamp sets of choice!

As usual, you can use any products to make your projects for the challenge entries.

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog to see the amazing cards that the rest of the design team made!!



Winner of Stretch Your Stamps 2


I almost forgot to select a winner for the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class giveaway!

Well, here it is:

Through, and from the 15 comments left on my last post, the winner is…


Congratulations Vithya, I will pass your information to Online Card Classes, and they will set you up with the class :)

CASE Study Challenge #202

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A very quick and simple card inspired by this week’s CASE Study Challenge.




I was inspired to use the large flowers stamp by Hero Arts. I embossed it in gold on clear vellum, then colored on the back using Copic markers. The background was stamped using Delicata Gold ink, and the sentiment was embossed in gold.

On Online Card Classes news, I am thrilled to be invited as a guest artist for yet another class! Here is some information on the upcoming class:


Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

SYS2 stamps from Online Card Classes on Vimeo.

Leave a comment here by Friday, and I will announce a winner on Saturday morning.



CASE Study Challenge 200

Wow! We are at #200 challenge at CASE study! and the challenge’s 4th year anniversary is just around the corner! Check out the blog for more details.

This week’s inspiration:


I love the colors and the layout of this card. And once again, I turned to my scraps to make today’s card.

Case Study 200- Tasnim

Just like in Shari’s card, I used an extra panel for the card front, and popped it on foam tape after I had splattered it with Heidi Swapp Gold mister.

  • The heart is punched out of maroon vellum with sticky back, and it was left over from this card:

CASE Study 150

RIC 41

CASE Study 164

It was quite fun using all these elements from different projects from the past.

DSC_0954-001The sentiment is from Altenew’s Sohcahtoa set and it was stamped on clear sticker paper, cut to size and adhered to the card front.

Do stop by the CASE study challenge blog for some beautiful inspirational projects from the design team and our guest designers.

On a separate note, I did a guest post for Ellen Hutson at the CLASSroom yesterday. You may view the post and watch the video tutorial here.

Thanks for visiting today :)

Runway Inspired Challenge #64


There were some super gorgeous projects at last challenge’s entry! I was mesmerized looking from one beautiful card to another! You guys are awesome :)

We have a beautiful soft inspiration at Runway Inspired Challenge this week.




The light colored fabric made me think of vellum. A lot of ideas were running in my head, but I wanted to design something that would be quick and easy, yet pretty. These days I can hardly make time to design cards, but when I do, it gives me a thrill :)

Tasnim RIC 64

I started by stamping directly on to my card base using some light colored pigment inks. I used flowers from the brand new Altenew set (just launched yesterday) called Scribbled Flowers. After stamping, I drew the stems with a pencil.

close up vellum

Next I cut a piece of vellum slightly smaller than my card front, and glued the sentiment strip and the hello die cut on top of it. The sentiment is from another brand new Altenew set called Quilled Elegance. Finally, I placed some adhesive behind the sentiments and little dots of glue around the perimeter of the vellum piece, and adhered it to the card base.

Sometimes, I like a card quite a lot even if it is not too glamorous, and this is one of those cards. Maybe I love the fact that I executed it in less than fifteen minutes :)

I hope you stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for a peek at what the design team came up with. I tell you, they are drop-dead-gorgeous :)

Our sponsor for the challenge is the very generous Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to her online store.

CASE Study Challenge 199

We a have  a very interesting card for inspiration at CASE study this week:


I was inspired by the color combination, and to use a particular die which looks like a set of interconnected rings.

Tasnim CASE 199

I sprayed the front of my card base with Heidi Swapp Teal color shine. The rings were die cut out of white card stock and then pressed on to Versamark clear ink in order to emboss it with gold embossing powder.

DSC_0837The white piece of card stock and the rings were attached with glue, and the sentiment (Altenew Label Love) was adhered with foam tape.

Make sure to stop by the CASE study Challenge blog for more inspiration :)



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