Getting to Know me Blog Hop

Hello!

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.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

8 responses

  1. “Clean and elegant”……that sure does describe your cards. I appreciate your talent so much. You have inspired me often. Thanks.

  2. I too, am a huge fan of yours Tasnim. Your cards are always amazing. There is another adjective I would add to describe your style and that is “unique”. Your designs are always outside the box! Fresh & creative!!

  3. Those gift boxes look amazing and so classy! What a great exercise to only take along a few crafting items … I’m sure you would get very creative on how to use them. And I was in LOVE with your metallic polar bear when I first saw it. WOW. How exciting it must have been for you to see the finished product. Really fun reading your getting to know me post. What an incredibly sweet write-up … I’m so honored to be included with all the card making artists that I look up to! Thanks, Tasnim!

  4. This was such a fantastic write-up Tasnim! I loved learning more about your process and about you! I didn’t get a chance to read up on your polar bear card before so am amazed you cut out all those triangles like I did for my confetti card before! Your list of designers is like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the crafting world and I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to see my name there amongst all those greats!!

  5. oh my dear, what a awesome surprise to be included on your list. I wish you knew how much I doubt myself and what i create and how much I wish I was more like the other people on this list, more like you, sure of what you make and always true to your CAS elegant syle (well chosen words). I would add edgy and resourceful to that list of words that describe you. You have always been remarkable in how you can take ordinary things and transform them into things of beauty. I admire your willingness to start a new stamp company on top of all the other things you do and are successful in each one! My comments could go on and on, but I will leave you with a simple…thank you!

  6. I loved reading your post! The box is beautiful, and I had to laugh about throwing your supplies in your bag right before the trip. That sounds familiar. 😉 Your cards are so inspiring, and I love seeing your posts in my inbox. Your cards are always cutting edge. It was quite the honor to be on your inspiration list! Thank you so much, my friend!!

  7. Wonderful, Tasnim – great “getting to know you” post! You don’t strike me as a procrastinator – LOL
    You are an amazing “artist” and I am always totally inspired on seeing work!

    Excellent list of your fav designers too 😉

    Hope you’re having a great trip!

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