Daughter card, Friendship cards, Inspirational card, Love messages ~ cards, Mother

3Flower Pots for the Guest DT project.

Hello again my dear friends,

Truly, I was delighted by the turn out of such loving and concerned comments that came my way from all of you’ll for my ridiculously painful toothache episode. It really felt good to know, that I am not the only silly cow who frets and fumes over toothaches. This one being especially nasty since it was my wisdom tooth.

And guess what !!! It gives me immense pleasure to tell y’all that I have joined Clear It out challenge as guest design team member. Being a part of a team is always a special feeling for me. And to have my card featured on their challenge website is even more thrilling !!  I have designed this card with the theme in mind as per the challenge. I have used copics ie the first 4 that I bought yet !!!

I liked using the sentiment of “You are my Sunshine” for the 3 flowers potted in these cute dotted pots. Hence I have used a spotted DP too. 3 metallic butterfly charms and a ribbon knotted in the side. I hope I have done justice to the challenge. There are two different digital stamps here.The digital stamps of the flower pot is from Melon Headz.  The flower pot is repeated thrice while the sentiment is digitally stamped and die cut and layered over another larger diecut. Yes, plenty of layers in this card !

One thing I found strangely unique about this card is, that it can be gifted from a daughter/son to their mom or vice versa, or even from a husband to his wife or can be exchanged between best friends too !!

Here are the pics :

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This card is entering the following challenges :

Yes, these are quite quite a few challenges, that my card will participate it. Lets hope I win some too.

I’d like to leave you with a quote that I often turn to. This quote inspires me, reminds me and humbles me.

“You are right where you Should be”.  

Life is a journey not a destination ~ we grow, learn, change and experience our entire life ~ it will only get as beautiful or difficult in proportion to the effort, compromises and sacrifises we put into it.  

Thank you very much my dear friends for taking the time to read my posts and leaving your comments. I look forward to each comment.

Regards

Naush

GIFT WRAPPING, Party Organization

Birthday Treat bags and a special story.

May 11 1999 My oldest son, Bilal was born, May 10 2002, exactly 3 years later, my youngest and third son, Eman was born. Now for those of you with kids placed so closely in birth dates, I dont exactly know how you go around making them feel special !  Well, in a way, I’m saved from all those complications coz we dont celebrate birthdays, well atleast not in the traditional way carried out, all over the world ~ Cake, song, birthday bumbs and whats worse is this new ‘thing” about smashing chunks of cake over the birthday persons face, clothes etc, which is not only disgusting but also being ungrateful to the food and the many bounties of the Almighty  (cake in this case).

When the kids were smaller, I would send some goody bags with them to school for their classmates and take them out for a “MOVIE” which we generally watch only on special occasions or visit their favorite activity parks like kidzania, lou lou al dagongs, magic planet etc. Now that Bilal is just entering his teens, its really difficult coz Eman being 9 still wants to do the same things while Bilal would prefer paint ball park or the bowling alley ! Now thats really a row between the two birthday boys.

Truth be told, its a celebration for me. I turned mom for the first time. All those beautiful and traumatic memories of their pregnancy and delivery come, flooding back on these days.  Its really all too special for me coz these guys are exceptionally understanding, well behaved and just a whole bunch of fun to be around with. Ofcourse, there is that one guy who feels totally out of place coz his birthday falls in July ~ he is not made to feel special by his friends becoz schools out for summer holidays. And you see “FRIENDS” is what its all about !!!

Well, for Eman, these are the goody bags I made for his school.

 

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For a couple of years, after Eman was born, when they didnt understand the concept of birthdays and such,  I used to take the guys to meet this particularly special little chap who has been in Dubai Hospital from alittle after he was born and probably will stay there for the rest of his life.  His name was Aboudi.

I was having a very complicated pregnancy with Eman. I was in my 6th month when they admitted me much against my wishes,  for severe bleeding. Sawaab was just 9 months old while Bilal was around 3 years. Even now as I pass Dubai Hospital, I watch the 5th floor visitors lounge window and remember how helpless, I used to feel, knowing that both my babies were miles apart in the day and were having such a disturbed time in the evening. Those were such desperate times. Sam would struggle to keep some order in our lives between visiting me in the hospital and managing the babies. And then just as things could’nt have gone worse, Sawaab’s bronchitis devoloped into pneumonia. I remember being on the 5th floor pre-delivery ward while my baby was admitted on the second floor. What a rucous I created when I found out that evening !!! Inspite of my state, nothing in the world could hold me back from being with him. I suppose you call that a “maternal thing” but at that point, I just knew I wanted him just as much as he wanted me. What a huge fight I had with my consulting gyne to release me and release I did get !!!!!!

 It was at that time, when I shifted on the 2nd floor to look after Sawaab that I saw little Aboudi. At that time, he must ave been around 3 years. Cerebral palsy. He was tied with bandages to the cot lest he harm himself. A fair child, drooling away with eyes that I felt were imploring. The nurses communicated with him and somehow he did make some movements to respond. A large part of the day we was sitting by the corner of his cot, watching and sometimes even made to sit of the stroller.  He was a futile cause … he was another one of those, children of a lesser God. My heart ached when I saw him for the first time, I remember, hugging him and later crying away when I saw my own child. No one ever gave away any of this background until one day, one of Aboudi’s favorite attendents, who had become very attached to me told me that he was dropped off at the hospital emergency department by a driver late in the night.  What a heartless mother or did I speak too soon ? No . . . .  She was a heartless woman. To dump a 10 day old baby just becoz he was probably never going to be like all the other kids !!!!!  Nobody claimed him. He was a waif. It breaks my heart to think, that no one in this whole world loves  that little tiny boy with such a huge disease. No one even knew of his existence.  No mother to comfort him, no one to hug him, embrace him with kisses upon kisses, no one to wipe his tears and fears. How cruel. 

Aboudi made me realize that I had no pain at all.  Aboudi gave me that first time feeling of what it feels like, to be in this world ALL ALONE with a huge handicap. The sisters in the ward treated him with affection and dignity and I am so grateful that they did not do it as a part of their job but for humanity.

For the next 3 years, I kept visiting Aboudi with my boys and some toys in hand. Until we moved to the Ranches and life took on a different pace all together. Often I have seen in documentaries and movies about orphans, abused children or such and my heart goes out to each one of them but Aboudi was the child who actually made me come face to face with that situation and I realized I was really no match for his spirit and resilience. I believe he has suffered tremendously but as if it is some solace,  in the hereafter, he will be one of Allah swts blessed ones. Inshallah.

Amongst the many many things that Aboudi made me realize long back was also that birthdays, anniversaries are not for spending lavishly on parties but on fullfilling small and big dreams with those who matter the most to us. Spending in the way of the less fortunate, a hospital visit, a trip to the home of seniors and yes, also creating special memories with near and dear ones. Bilal has has only three friends through out the year and he wishes for them to somehow be a part of “his” day while Eman has an entire school which has been his “BEST” friend. Now isnt “that” a task !!

If you are interested in knowing about Aboudi’s present state, please do comment and I shall reply.

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Football Fan.

Hello Everybody.

Thank you . Thank you Thank you Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on both the 3 cupcakes as well as the best bud card. Truly, it is so nice to have a circle of like minded friends who also understand issues like dental phobias and what not ! Its so nice be sourrounded in all the warmth of your comments, ladies. So please do keep shooting me those thoughtful comments 🙂

The card today is an all out and out male card. Infact, it would be more suited to a young male fella or even a kid. I know, eversince Mr Mojo has returned, he has also placed a spell over me for the color aquamarine and sky blue. Both the stamps here are digital stamps. The cutsie football player is from Nikki over at Melon Headz and the other ticket stamp is from … oops I forget !  Dear friends, many a times, if I am unable to remember whom the stamp belongs to, kindly let me know and I will be glad to give her credit for it.  The sentiment is placed in a tag, while some martha stewart border punch has lined the printed DP. I really like playing with the banner ideas. Here I have just glued on some buttons to the banner. Relatively simple card with a very clean look. Hope you guys appreciate it too. Here is the image :

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I am entering this card in the following challenges :

I know I have a strong vote for this card, coz my 9 year old has already requested me to make a similar frame without the birthday sentiment for him ! Well, I hope you guys like it too.

Till we meet next time.

This is Naush thanking you for popping over and leaving your feedback for me.

Challenges, Friendship cards, Guy cards {non birthday}

World’s Best Bud.

What a day !!! Actually a nightmarish day. For someone who is petrified of dentist, the sight, sound and smell of a dentist’s clinic is nothing short of turning me hypertensive ! And to think of it that finally after suffering for over a year with repeated infections in my wisdom tooth, I finally gave in to my doc, to have it removed !! Not in my wildest dreams did I know that It would turn out all so painful. Well the procedure was not so bad ~ what with two bouts of anesthesia and my tooth breaking in pieces half way thru !!  But for whatever reason, 2 hours later, when the anesthesia was all drained is when the real pain dawned. And ho boy ! Did I wail and cry like a baby !!! For someone who has undergone 3 caesarians and battled alot of physical pain, tooth ache may seem small but honestly, It causes excruciating pain. And this is the point when your wondering, what has tooth ache gotta do with the world’s best bud !!!!! Well actually, nothing. Hey c’mon now, I just gave up my wisdom, I am bound to talk this way now 🙂  Jokes apart. With a stronger dose of painkillers, I am much better now. Please feel free to share with me, your tooth removal experiences. Why ? Well, it may make me feel better that I am not the only one who cries like a big baby over tooth ache !!

Ok anyway lets get on with the business of card making.

This is a relatively simple card. Super gorgeous flowery design paper. A cutsie old beetle car digi stamp image from Nikki and a simple message ~ which is what boys generally like. The ribbon is wrapped backwards with a simple button. While the front layer is embossed and attached with 3 blue brads. Somehow, inspite of the huge range of spellbinders in the market, somehow I am finding myself more attracted to the simple circular diecut, which I have layered here. The base of the circle die is a soft handmade blue paper with gold dots embossed on it. I would say this is a typically guy card. Subtle tones, check ribbon and button, and a short and crisp message that generally stands good for boys.

Here is the image :

 

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This card enters the following card challenges :

 

  • So thats that with the World’s best buddy. I’m going to say goodbye now. I hope you enjoyed your short visit in my blog. Thank you for stopping by.

Best Regards

Naush

Birthday Cards, Birthday Cards Feminine, Challenges

I’m back with 3 cupcakes.

Hello friends !!! How have you all been ?

How I have missed all the fun of card challenges and my blog home  !!!

To all the moms out there, who are new mums, expecting moms and those whos nests are now empty and to those who are presently enjoying the many bliss and drama of being a MOM ~ A very happy Mothers day to you. May your loved ones always stand by you, reciprocate your affection and support you.

Its been alittle more than a month since my last post. Thank you to all those of you who prayed so earnestly for my hubby to recover from his surgery. Well, I have really good news. He is improving with each new day.

I suppose somewhere inbetween tending him,the boys and a large effort in trying to reorganize a couple of rooms in my home,  I had really lost my mojo to create anything. So I just let slumber and laziness get the better off me instead of using my night time (thats the time when I generally create) more constructively. But I had been visiting all my regular friends at their blogs and am so glad that we have been in touch.

Right, so as always, when I’m inspired ~ I tend to shut the door on everything outside my craft studio and let loose the creative bull in me !! And so It was yesterday that finally I broke the spell ~ Churned out 4 reasonably decent cards ! And heres the first one.

Unlike most of you, I dont decide what theme I want to use, I just focus on the sketch and the pattern paper and let the rest follow. So too, I wanted to experiment with this cord wrapping technique that I had seen some time back. I think, it looks good and simple. The super cute cupcake image is a digi stamp by Nikki from Melon Headz. Amazingly cute designs ! The circular sentiment is also a digi stamp.

Love the pink polka dot DP. These cute ceramic flowers in bright cheerful colors adorn the cord.

Voila ! I hope you like this card ! Just one question though, do you think this card could be given to a male friend/relative etc ? I mean, I think, the only real feminine element is the flowers but I feel this card can be presented for males as well. Your say ladies !

  

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I would like to enter this card in the following card challenges :

 

🙂 Thank you for popping over and leaving some love in your comments.

Regards

Naush