Guest Designer at Virginia’s View Challenge


Today I am very honored to be a guest designer at Virginia’s View challenge. If you have been out and about blog-land around 2011-2012, you may have heard of this challenge at a blog that used to be called Lily Pad Cards. I participated in some of their challenges (including Virginia’s) until they closed down in May 2012. Earlier this year, Virginia started a challenge of her own, and I was happy to see that she gave it the same name!

November’s challenge is All Thing Metallic! Perfect! for I love adding a little gold to my cards 🙂

Here are the two cards that I made:

Tasnim for Virginia's View

Shimmery Flowers

I hope you will stop by Virginia’s View Cgallenge, and check out the beautiful inspirations in that blog!

Runway Inspired Challenge #71


Today we have something special at Runway Inspired Challenge. In honor of the famed and beloved fashion icon Oscar de la Renta, who passed away recently, the design team chose a favorite piece from his most recent collection to use as inspiration.


I took inspiration from the fabric pattern and the flowers in the background.


I used a cream color card base and stamped some botanical images in random places. Next I adhered a strip of black card stock and stamped ‘Thank You using cream pigment ink. The rose was stamped and trimmed before it was adhered over the black strip.

RIC 71

This round’s sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will receive a $15 store credit to

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired challenge to see what looks the design team chose for inspiration! You may choose any of these looks to make your project!

Gayatri – Handmade by G3
Lindsay – Note to Self

Runway Inspired Challenge #70


A new inspiration at Runway Inspired Challenge is up! Check it out:


albert martincich

source: Albert Martincich

I was inspired by the colors in the photo, and here is what I made:

Runway 70-Tasnim

I used a stencil by TCW, and applied white embossing paste onto a piece of white card stock. Before I placed the stencil, I masked the borders leaving a rectangular window in the center. The dove and the hearts were stamped in red and trimmed with precision scissors. The leaves were stamped in black and trimmed leaving a white edge. The sentiment was made using a label maker.


Our sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 store credit to her store!

Stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for more fabulous inspiration!


Diwali Blog Hop 2014



Today I am joining Chaitali and her friends for a blog hop celebrating Diwali, the festival of light. I personally do not celebrate Diwali, but I wanted to join in the fun and learn more about this festivity.

I made two cards for this occasion. The first one is super simple and very easy to make:

Celebrate-super script

I embossed the word Celebrate from Altenew’s Super Script set directly on the black card base. I used Ranger’s “Roman Gold” embossing powder, which is a combination of glitter and gold embossing powder. To add the star sequins, I placed dots of glue in random places, and placed the stars on them using a QuickStik. I think the tiny stars look like little speckles of light!

Celebrate-super script-close-up

In my next card there is a little sneak peek of an upcoming stamp set by Altenew! The leafy branches were sitting on my work top and I couldn’t resist using them!

Celebrate-cribbled flowers

The flowers are from Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers set, and the greeting is from the Label Love set. Since Diwali is a celebration of light, I thought the card needed some gold/sparkly element. I added a shiny strip of gold tape, and a few drops of gold glitter to complement the tape.

celebrate-scribbled flowers-close-up

Notice that both my cards have the “celebrate” theme. With their sparkly elements, I think they will be nice cards to give to someone on Diwali, but they can also be used for other happy occasions.

That is it from me! Join in and participate in the hop to learn more about the festival and see some beautiful ethnic creations! Your next and final stop is Neon Diary by Shipla.

Here is a list of all the participants:










Tasnim <– You are here


Runway Inspired Challenge #69


There is a gorgeous new inspiration over at Runway Inspired Challenge:




I was inspired by the colors and the explosion of stars in the backdrop curtain.

Here is my take; a very simple card:

RIC 69

I splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame color shine on to the card base. The bow is from Waffle Flower’s Bowtiful stamp set. I stamped it in yellow, covered it with glue, then sprinkled Martha Stewart’s Florentine gold glitter over it. Once dry, I trimmed it leaving a white edge.

The raised panel is 2.25″ square. I rounded the corners, and selectively stamped one of the sentiments from the same Waffle Flower set. I stamped some stars on the background using Delicata gold pigment ink. The star is also from the same stamp set.

Our sponsor this week is Waffle Flower, and the winner will receive one stamp set of choice from their collection.

Do stop by the Runway Inspired challenge blog. You will be floored by the cards that the design team created!

Thanks for visiting 🙂

CASE Study 210


This week we have a final inspiration from Debby. In fact, there isn’t going to be anymore CASE Study challenges for a while now 😦

But let’s start with the challenge and my take on it first:


What a soft delicate beautiful card! My focus went straight to the gold feathers! I knew I must have a gold element in my card.

CASE 210 TasnimI used a Stampin’Up! embossing folder to add texture to a water color paper panel. I used water color paper as I wanted an off-white look. I placed pearl adhesives in place of the circular ridges. For the center piece, I used a gold leather flowers embellishment with a few loops of twine. The sentiment strip was raised with foam tape, so that the flower can be tuck underneath it.

Thank you very much for stopping by. Now head on over to CASE Study challenge blog and create away! This is the last challenge!


CASE Study #209


Once again I am a little late joining at the CASE study challenge. My little vacation this past weekend left me with a lot of work to attend to.

This week’s inspiration from Debby is a beautiful card, simply love the color combination here:


My project:

CASE 209 - Tasnim

Yes, another gift box! I promise you, this is the last one 🙂

I white embossed some feathers on vellum, then trimmed around them. I adhered the feather to the box using tape runner, then embellished with some pearls. The vellum strip is a band that goes around the box.



Stop by the CASE Study challenge blog and check out the fabulous projects that the design team created. I hope you will feel inspired to create something!

Thanks for visiting 🙂


Runway Inspired Challenge #68


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

We have something different for inspiration this week:


manolo blahnik


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:

CASE 2008-Tasnim

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!