Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Authentique's February Sketch Challenge!!!

Authentique, one of my FAVORITE manufacturers has a monthly sketch challenge which I decided to participate in this month.      I love everything about this company!!!   Last October, while attending the Scrapbook Steals crop, I was fortunate to tour Authentiques warehouse/office.  I felt like had died and gone to "scrappy heaven!!!!"  From the product, to the environment, and most importantly the people I can truly say this company is truly "Authentique".   One of the most useful tidbits I learnt, while meeting with Bret, Sam and Melodee of Authentique was that their product was made right here in the USA.   I absolutely love everything about this company ( can you tell???)

To see their monthly sketch challenge
click here

Here is what I created from it:
I absolutely love how versatile their paper is.   I used their gathering collection paper line and I love how the colors, brought out the colors of the picture. Specifically used was:
-gathering "reminisce" paper
-gathering "together" paper
-gathering notables for part of the title.
-gathering icons for the border in the middle of the page

This picture was taken last summer while we were visiting Sri-Lanka and hit a beach on the east coast of Sri-Lanka!!!  My daughter Anah absolutely embraced and loved the beach!!!

Have a good one!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A new jewel series on Scrapbooksteals has started!!!!!

So my posts have been scarce recently, primarily  because "life" as we know it has taken over!!!   With our whole household being sick it basically took up a good portion of this month!!!   Unfortunately scrapping has taken a back seat this month.   Often when I fall behind, I'm almost afraid to start back up (just like exercising!!!!)  So this week I was thrilled when the super talented Kristy Lee of Scrapbook Steals, started up a new jewel series (Amethyst) with their weekly mid week mojo (MWM).

Here is her super sketch:

And this is what I created:

I switched it up and used 3 4 x 4's instead as I really wanted to use these pictures.    I finally was able to open up American Crafts Hello Sunshine kit- and can I tell you while using this kit I was smiling from ear to ear, it is such a happy collection!!!    My base card stock was actually a piece of corrugated cardboard that came as packaging and I thought it would add some texture.   I also used some glimmer mist to mist up a Pink Paislee mistable flower, and some doodlebug buttons!!!!   I had so much fun crafting!!!

So hopefully I'm back on the bandwagon and will be posting more!!!    


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Joining the Blogging Wagon

I finally thought it was time to join the blogging wagon, primarily for my love of paper crafting.   So let me first start by introducing myself.   My name is Minousha Bari, I was born in Toronto, Canada, but now live in upstate New York (recently voted the snowiest place in the country)- this year however, we have been blessed with spring like weather all through winter.   I am married to my wonderful husband of 12 years Raslaan, and have two daughters Anah (8 years) and Alaia (3 years going on 16!!!!!).  I graduated from the University of Toronto as an Occupational Therapist many many years ago.   I recently took a leave of absence from work, to be at home with my girls (and am LOVING every moment of it!!).  My primary purpose for creating this blog is to share my love of paper crafting.   I started scrapbooking seriously probably three years ago, however I've always loved taking pictures and preserving the memories.   In fact, as soon as I graduated from university I went down to live in Louisiana for two years, and used the old fashioned method of posting my pictures in a black cardstock albums and journalling my thoughts beside them!!!!   I still love looking back at those albums!!!!

Besides papercrafting, some of my other interests include exercising, running, and cooking.   I am hoping to do a half marathon in a few weeks so that has been consuming my extra time recently (there I've said it publicly now I have to do it)!!!!!   From time to time I will post extra tidbits about my other interests or my life happenings!!!!

Last summer we were fortunate enough to visit  Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai UAE, and we swam with the dolphins, here is a picture of my family(still have to scrap this one)!!!!!

One of my newest favorite web browsing pastimes is Pintrest, there is such wonderful inspiration on it on all things.   This week I made a layout based on something I had pinned.   Last weekend we went to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY and Alaia my three year old rode the carousel all by herself for the first time.  

I look forward to sharing with you!!!