Friday, December 4, 2015

Cherish Today

My little sister, Asmah, is on vacation and I was a weekend boarder. I know she will never fail to bring her stash (I do, too, just in case) along with her, well, just in case. We were chatting away and we did what we always do - check one another's stash. I fell in love with her Artplorations Stencils and I told her I want to create something using her stencils. Since I have a half-done project, the stencils I chose were perfect to complete my layout.
I have fallen in love with Mixed Media even though I once complain to Asmah that I am so intimidated by the projects I saw online. My favourite tag was I am not good enough. As I start to dabble in Mixed Media, I realize that it is just a matter of playing with colors and paints, just like those days when I was in school.
I love this photo of my daughter taken during her preparation for her 2nd Dressage Competition. I cropped the photo to eliminate all the unnecessary parts and just concentrate on her face that was mixed with fear, determination and strength to remain as calm as possible. I think she did win a Blue Ribbon for this. I'll check again and update later.
The Embellishments used mean something actually:
Butterfly - To indicate the butterflies in her tummy
Clock - To indicate the time she will start and the time for her to accomplish her task
Camera - for me to capture those moments
Flowers - to show the beauty surrounding the paddock

I'll see where I can enter this project for any challenge later.

Location : Royal Selangor Club, Ampang
Supplies : Chipboard that serves as the background
Scraps of Pattern Paers from various Manufacturers
Embellishments - diecuts from Kaisercraft and Eno Craft
Artploration Stencils - Happy Flowers, Bold Florals, Flutterby
Reeves Gesso, Reeves Acrylic Paints, Kaiser Paints, Reeves Modelling Paste

Thank you for viewing

Friday, November 20, 2015

Our Children

My love affair with Quotes started way back when when I was a child in Primary School. Every time I read the Readers Digest, I would copy the Quotes in my little note book to use any one of them for my Essay Writing. I have never stopped writing them down but sadly I lost a fair amount of them as I moved around a lot.
With the advancement of technology, I print my favorite quotes and use them on my layouts as and when. So when my sister, Asmah, showed me a project by Chrissy, I was inspired to create a similar project.
For this project, I used chipboard I saved from a file that was to go to trash. I removed the PVC cover and decided to upcycle the chipboard. Using the ordinary masking tape, I wound around the chipboard creating texture as I went along. Due to the thickness of the texture, I applied two coats of Gesso before painting them.
I am entering this project for the MMMC challenge #18 with the Theme Texture.

Here is my project.

Supplies used : Chipboard, Masking Tape, Printed Quote, Acrylic Paints (Terracotta, Rosa Red, Phthalo Blue, Mars Black), Gesso, Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist, Modelling Paste, Eno Greeting Laser-cut Butterflies, Mod Podge, Kaisercraft Stencil, Pop Art Pattern Paper

Thursday, November 12, 2015

You & Me Forever

One of the things that the well known motivator, Dato' Dr. Fadzilah Mohd Kamsah, said during his talk yesterday was, "Do what you love doing the most". I took his word and after dinner last night, I sat at my makeshift craft table and work on this layout diligently.
My sister, Asmah, had been encouraging me to participate in the Scrap Africa challenges ever since she was appointed DT for this challenge blog. I always say, "Yes", but my yes seem to be at infinity all the time. This sketch seem appealing enough for me and at the same time, I really want to use up my paper pads that is miles long. Otherwise, I'll never get to buy new paper pads (uhm......pun in cheek!). My weekly visit to Spotlight always see me leaving with bagful of new craft supplies.
This is the sketch for Scrap Africa latest challenge, sketch-challenge-no62

I love the wood grains and since I have a couple of wood-grained paper of different manufacturers, I had a hard time choosing. So much for having too many supplies.
I wanted to to create a layout of my little girl, but she told me to take a break from making layouts of her. Since I had this photo of Fatimah (Zahra's former classmate) and her mother matted weeks ago, I decided to use this photo instead. So, I had to recreate the usage of my supplies to fit the photo.

This photo was taken two years ago at Lovely Homes shop, Ampang Point, when Fatimah's mother came to Selangor to pay her daughter a visit. They came from China and Fatimah was studying at my daughter's school then. Fatimah then went to Jordan to further her studies and I had lost contact with her for nearly a year now. I do miss her terribly.

Supplies: Pattern papers - DIY Shop, Paper Boutique, Enogreen, Kaisercraft. 
Flowers - Kaisercraft (which I gessoed), Handmade flowers from DIY, Wooden Flourishes from DIY which I painted with Flesh coloured Acryclic paint, Gesso, Bubble wrap, Momoyo Brads, Micia Inks for distressing, Bazzil cradstock for Matting, Kaisercraft die-cuts, Titles - Momoyo sticker.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Art Journal

This is my first Art Journal and I plan to enter this to the "Hop To Stop" blog hop. I noticed the support provided is overwhelming For this project, instead of making cards, I decided to create an Art Journal. I am not really a card person actually.
The first thing my daughter noticed was the colour purple. she wondered why I had turned to doing purple all of a sudden. Well, Becca had the answer:

If you're wondering why everything (at least that's my hope) in the blogosphere is turning puple... there IS a reason - the Hop to Stop is here! 

You see, purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet. 

And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.

Check it out!

Supplies: Chipboard, American Craft pp, Washi Tape, A Little bit Scenic Stamps by Sheena, Kaiser
die-cut Butterfly, Texture Paste, Kaiser Floral Stencil, Black Gesso, White Gesso, Acrylic Paints,
Micia Inks, VersaFine Inks, Silhoutte, Sunlit Border Punch, Scraps of Pattern Papers
Sentiment by Issam Bayan

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


I wanted to try my hand at mixed Media and Steampunk combined. Unfortunately,what I had in my head did not materialize to my satisfaction. Since this is my first attempt with Steampunk, I just have to make do with the end results. But, I am going to start on another one and this time I hope with greater success.

Being a typical Recyclist, I recycle the chipboard cover from a file folder that was going to the trash. To me this is suitable for my layout because the elements used will be heavy eventually, and a sturdy board is the much preferred.

This photo is of my daughter's good friend and with his permission I used this photo to create this project. I used a lot of blues here to reflect the blue t-shirt he was wearing.

I decided to enter this project to Stamplorations Stencil Sunday and this is my first entry ever. Hopefully this will not be the last either.

Supplies used : Kaisercraft pp, Chipboard, Kaisercraft Stencil, Kaisercraft Die-cuts, Steampunk
Elements, Bubble wrap, Acryclic Paints, White Gesso, black Gesso, Serviette, Modge Podge, Metal glue

Sunday, October 4, 2015


My daughter's friend decided to throw a surprise (belated) birthday party for her at Great Eastern Mall. I decided to create a layout for my daughter so that her friends can sign it as a remembrance of their outing. I had only one hour to create the layout and to get myself ready.
In my mind I knew which photo to use and try to find the right paper to go along with it. I was lucky to be able to find the bits and pieces of paper and it doesn't really matter that there was a mismatch. At the end of it all, I just assemble anything goes.

There was no sketch to follow. I just go with the flow.
As luck would have it, is hosting a challenge as follows:

Start a layout and have it finished in exactly one hour or less - yes - exactly one hour or less from start to finish. This may be very freeing for some of us and frustrating for others. No going back afterward and tweaking it before you post it!!!

Since there was a slight change of plans for the party, I decided to give the girls sign the layout another day. I managed to use a lot of scraps and also use up my old Kaisercraft paper. The only item that is new is the handmade flower by my sister, Asmah.

I started this layout at 110:45 am and finished it off at 11:30 am, before I got myself ready to be present at noon.

 Location: Sunrise Peak at Jeju Island

Supplies: Kaisercraft pattern paper, Die-cuts, Title and Journaling Card
Handmade flowers by Asmah, Rub-ons, Momoyo Brad, Bazzil Cardstock

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Exploring New Places

Good evening everyone. Today we are experiencing another bout of extremely bad haze with an IPU reading of 200 for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. A very good excuse to remain indoors actually. But my dearest girl had her IGCSE English Oral Exam today, so there was no excuse. Later in the evening, my husband and I decided to take her out for an early birthday celebration dinner at Restaurant Sana'a, another Yemeni Restaurant. Our good friend there, Ahmad Ali, a Yemeni, decided to get a birthday cake for her, and together with the staffs of the restaurant, we celebrated her 16th birthday, which is actually 3 days away. We wanted to surprise Zahra', in the end I got the surprise. Ahmad chose to pick up the bill, which in my calculation, was about RM100, minus the cake.

This layout is created for September's Kraft+ challenge using the following sketch and theme, Tri-hard.

It took me a while to find the right 3 photos and these seem to be right. I cropped these photos to size to resemble the sketch. Well, quite close. These photos were taken by our Malaysian Tour guide, David, and it really is nice to have a family photo.

Location: Seoul Night Market, our last leg in Korea

Supplies: Kraft paper, American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Coredination Cardstock, Washi Tape, Fabric Tape,
Momoyo Brad, Handmade Flower Kaisercraft Diecuts, Wooden Heart and Butterfly from Typo, Kaisercraft Stencil,
Acrylic Paint, Texture Paste

Saturday, September 26, 2015


This is a rare Outing for me and my sister, Asmah and her children. She managed to find time to spend a few nights with us before going back to Melaka last November 2014. It was good to spend time with them and going places with them.
This photo was taken at KLCC by Asmah. We were going up the escalator when Asmah called out to us to take some shots.
I created this layout for using this sketch:

Here's the layout:

Location: KLCC
Supplies: Kraft Paper, Washi Tapes, Momoyo Flowers, Momoyo Brad, American Thickers,
Drywall Tape, Doily Paper, DIY Flowers, Flowers from Daiso

Monday, September 21, 2015


Good evening! A last minute layout put together for this challenge at I wanted my daughter to help me create the Stardust background but I received a disapproving note from my dear sister. As luck would have it, my girl had to attend a two-day workshop over the weekend, thus leaving me with no choice but to give it a go. Using the moodboard as a guide, I chose colours that is quite close to the photo. Anyway, this is my first attempt at creating my the stardust background and the approval from my daughter is all I need to know I had done it right.

This photo is of my daughter in the Angel wings taken in Seoul. she was really having so much fun at the Trick eye Museum and this is our (my husband and I) golden opportunity to capture as many of those moments of her.
At the Trick Eye Museum, Seoul
Supplies: Bazzil Cardstock (White), Black Gesso, White Gesso, Acrylic Paints, Drywall Tape, American Thickers
Cotton, Stars from Kinokuniya, Paper Boutique Stickers Kaisercraft diecut, Burlap, Kaisercraft Flowers, mixed Metal Owl.

I am also entering this layout for this challenge at challenge is about a new beginning, as follows:

Scrap or art journal about beginnings - a new life, new school, new friend, new job, a marriage, a new pastime, a new lease on life, a new resolution - etc. 

For me, creating the background was a new beginning. I was actually nervous about starting it but once started, I really enjoyed it. 

Thank you for visiting

Friday, September 11, 2015


Hello! It's been a while since I share my creativity here. Today I was supposed to attend a photography workshop at Putrajaya. Due to the hazy condition in Malaysia, the outing was postponed to October 3.
Anyway, I was actually torn between housework and creating this layout. So, I figured, creating this layout is more priority. After lunch I shall really go all out with my housework. I shall seriously focus on where to start first. Hmmm.....

This layout is for Scrap Africa's sketch challenge.

I tilt the sketch diagonally because my photos are huge and I have no desire to crop them too much. My daughter decided to have a little bit of fun by standing on the rock steps and pose with the umbrella loaned to her by the bus driver. Yes, it was drizzling a little at the time we stepped down from the bus. I did notice the bus driver running past me, only to see him passing the umbrella to my daughter.
I decided to be a little minimalist for this layout.

These photos were taken at Cheongjiyean Waterfalls, Jeju Island.

Supplies: American Crafts DIY Shop, The Never not Collection, Paper Boutique
Typo Wooden Butterflies / Bird
Foam Butterfly (gift from Asmah)
Kaisercraft Tags
Kaisercraft Flora Quarters Template
Acrylic paints
Reeve's Modelling Paste
Pilot Lettering paint
American Craft Thickers

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


I was always fascinated by Zen Art, actually. When I first saw the books at Kinokuniya bookstore on Zen Doodling, I flipped through the pages and looked at them with awe. I thought I can never do this. This is an old art that resurface from time to time, but it suddenly spark an interest lately. My sister mentioned to me about Kraft+ August challenge that require us to create Zen doodling. As always, I armed myself with a thousand excuses but before I could say them out loud, she simply said "Do it". Hmmm......
Well, it's either I give it a try or I simply ignore it. I decided to give it a try. Once started, I just got hooked and couldn't stop. At least, I now have another background to create.
August Challenge: Zentangle Doodling
Hello Krafters! This month we certainly have a challenge for you!
 This month we ask you to grab your pens and find your inner "Zen"So here is your challenge for August

ZENTANGLE DOODLING!The Criteria:Kraft backgroundand add ZENTANGLING to your creation. (As little or as much as you like, and in any colour...but there must be some Zentangling on your work) Just have FUN with it!!

Here's my layout.

This photo was taken outside the Souveinor Shop at Seoul Tower.
Zahra' was pleased with herself because she managed to buy some souveinors for herself
from this shop.

Supplies: Kraft paper
Kaisercraft pp
American Thickers Alpha
Epxoy Typefont Sticker
Gel Pens
Wooden Heart
Folded Flower (gift from Asmah)
Trim from Typo
Kaiser Tag

Since I used up my stash for this layout I decided to enter this for another challenge, too, i.e. Scrap Our Stash challenge.

Stash Challenge #29 ~ PAPER
 For the above layout, these are what I used:
P - Gel Pens for Doodling
A - American Thickers Alpha
P - Polka Dots Kaisercraft pp
E - Epoxy Typefont Sticker
R - Rubber Stamp (Faint Buterflies)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Angel of Mercy

This layout took me 5 months to complete from start to finish. When my daughter brought home her Galaxy artwork, I was so impressed I asked her to show me how to do it. That was in March. Since I was always occupied, she did the background for me. Once completed, I couldn't find any photos that is suitable enough. This photo was taken in April when we visited Korea and voila, perfect for the background. Planned to enter this in one of the challenges in May, but that fell through. Again decided to submit to another challenge in June, also kaput. In July saw a challenge that fits the theme but I was disappointed to find that the challenge was closed. My little sister saw that the linky has been corrected and quickly informed me to submit. Tonite, I shall submit and hope for the best. 
I saw this blog kafescrapomama and the challenge Theme is Wings.Very apt and appropriate.

I am also entering this layout for this challenge at artasticchallengeblog where creating the background is the highlight of the challenge.

AUGUST inspiration "Over the moon" by Kirra Jamison

AUGUST inspiration "Over the moon" by Kirra Jamison 
CRITERIA is to create an inspiring background

Here is the layout:

This photo was taken at "Trick of The Eye Museum" at Jeju Island.It was out last day here before we flew off to Seoul the next day.

Supplies: Cardstock
Pattern Paper - Paper Boutique, Kaisercraft
Kaiser die-cuts
American Thickers Alpha
Acrylic paints
Wooden Embellies

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dream A Little Bigger

It took me a while to complete this layout as I wasn't sure how I want it to turn out actually. I am creating this layout for Scraparoundtheworld challenge using the February moodboard.

I was inspired by the lady's hair and I happen to have a photo of my daughter with a simple band on top of her head. This was taken during the Main sports day in March last year while she and her team were preparing for the Marching parade. 

Location : Bukit Jalil Mini Stadium
Supplies: Kaisercraft pp, Burlap, Bazzil Cardstock, Sunlit border punch
Blooms from daiso, Pop Arts Paper flowers, Die-cut swirl from stash
Lace from stash, Kaisercraft sentiment, Doily, White Gesso, Acrylic Paints
Micia ink

Dabbling with paints was not very easy for me but I decided to break from my comfort zone to create this layout. I still need to practice more to build up my skill.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

You Are Fabulous

My sister, Asmah, challenged me to create 6 layouts for the month of February and this is one of six. As an added twist, she also want me to create a Mixed Media project, thus making that the 7th. item. She knew very well that Mixed Media and I don't mix, yet she still proposed that challenge. Hmm..... I must admit I was inspired by her layout of her daughter and I decided to use the sketch by Denise to create this layout.
In all honesty, it has been a while since I participated in Scrap Africa challenge. This sketch was irresistible, though. Unfortunately, this was not the photo I originally intended. For some reason, I left the photo at my office and I just had to find a substitute. I like this photo of Zahra' taken some 3 or 4 years ago when she lets me do a photo shoot of her. A very rare request indeed but a great opportunity for me. She is no longer excited to be in front of the camera anymore.

Here's the layout.

Supplies: GCD Designer Cardstock
Bazzil Cardstock
Glimmer Mist
Kaisercraft Swirl (the last swirl from my stash. Phew!)
Washi Tape
American Craft Bakers Twine
Stamp (Micia)
Ink (Micia)
Momoyo Flowers
Rose Blooms from Daiso

Some close-ups for details:
I cut out the heart from a piece of chipboard and using Washi Tape, I decorated it.

The ink I used was a tard lighter and almost disappeared into the cardstock. It was actually a leaf shape stamp when originally I intend to use my heart shaped stamps. As always, when I need them, I couldn't find them.

I would also like to enter this layout into Scrapourstash Word challenge and the Word is WASHI.

For this challenge, I used:
W - Washi tape
A - American Crafts Bakers Twine
S - Stamp
H - Hearts
I - Ink

Friday, January 30, 2015

Live, Laugh, Love

I was helping hubby with some spring-cleaning yesterday, and I came across a folder that I had never opened in a long time. When I flipped open it, I saw this layout I created somewhere between 2005 or 2006.
See how pathetic it looks. Just an A4 cardstock and border stickers. Since I was lost for a title for this layout, it remained in the folder until today. An extremely clean and simple layout for one who was starting with scrapbooking at the time. Yes, supplies was hard to come by because I had no idea where to get them. Plus, I wasn't creative enough to make my own embellishments. In simple language, I was totally naive about scrapbooking.

One of my earlier layouts of Zahra'. She was 1yr 5 months at the time

I decided to revamp this layout by cutting out the photos and redo them using newer supplies and newer sketches. After starring very hard at it and still deciding what to do, I chose to leave it as it is but give it some uplifting.

This is the new look with addition of pattern paper and embellishments. Just a minor touch-up to remind me of how I started my scrapbooking adventure then and now. Not much has changed because I still prefer the clean and simple look. For this layout, I decided to use the busy pattern paper before it becomes antique and left forgotten.

Zahra' was always a cheerful child, but extremely mischievous. She is the dutiful child who would be in bed by 8:00 pm every night without fail. When the clock struck 10:30 pm, she would be up like clockwork, get out of bed, sat on her dad's lap, and together they would watch 'Justice Pao'. This was one of the Kungfu serials that she would watch with her dad every night until the series ended.This was taken after she finished watching one of the series and to get her back to bed again was very tough. She develops a love for Martial Arts very early in life and unfortunately, she did not complete her Tae-kwan-do.

Location: Jalan 4M, Ampang
Supplies : Kaisercraft pp
Pop Arts Flowers
Punched out Flowers using Sunlit Silhouette punch
Kaisercraft diecut flower
Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish
Paper boutique Title


Lili Sulastri

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wonderful Friends

In November of 2014, I decided to start a series of layouts for my IG followers and Likers - well only those that I know in person. I started this layout of Miss Khaleeda who is my faithful Liker and Follower. It was a nice start but I got stuck with the embellishments. Then, work and other things got in the way; so Mojo decided to make a beeline for the exit door. I never got around to it even though it kept staring at me to complete it. Well, three nights ago, I managed to complete it, finally.

Supplies : Bazzil Cardstock
Pop Arts Pattern Paper
Kaisercraft Die-cuts
Kaisercraft Wooden flourish
Pop Arts Embellies
Pop Arts Titles and Sentiments
Micia Ink
Sunlit Border Punch
Washi Tape

XoXo Lili Sulastri

Friday, January 23, 2015

We Are 2 (Too) Awesome

It's been a long time since I created a layout and the sketch below really gave me the jumpstart I really needed. 

Then I discovered the challenge at Scrap Our Stash Challenge where we have to be creative in using the TWINE. I really dig deep into my stash and used up most of the older ones that I had been seriously hoarding.

Due: Jan 29th 
Create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word 

What did I use?
For more than two years, I had this Kaisercraft pattern paper which I dare not use because it was extremely busy. I decided to tone it down using Pop Arts Pattern papers which has some simple designs. As I mentioned earlier, most of the items are months old including the photos which was taken 2 years ago. The only new item is the handmade flower. It was made by my sister Asmah when she visited in November 2014 using scraps of pattern papers from my stash. The photo was taken at KLCC Park one Sunday morning. My daughter's friend slept over because we were excited to watch Bon Odori the night before.

T - Tag (Bottom Left)
W - Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish
I - Ink for stamping
N - Number
E - Embellishments

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