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Valentine Gift 2

Hello friends and welcome back again to another idea of giving simple and easy gifts to friends and family.

There are a growing number of people who believe that its the effort and the thought behind giving a gift that counts the most. Hence people appreciate handmade or also homemade gifts more. (not that I would’nt be flying high if I received one of my favorite perfumes, or a camera or a car or a …. or a …….!!  yeah I know you get the point !! Thats little ol’greedy me 🙂 ~ nothing wrong with a little bit of daydreaming ~ what say ??

Ok, lets come back from my dreamy world ~ truth is, I feel one large gift once a year or tiny pieces of gifts every now and then are both heart warming and thoughtful.  My previous post Valentines Gift 1 and this post are not neccessarily about valentines gifts only, they are about gifts and the charm of making a simple homemade gift.

I have used a very easy idea here. Not only is it ecofriendly but for a cat owner, its a huge relief, knowing one buy is fullfilling two purposes ! Heres what I mean : ~ yes, you got it. A can. Turn a can into a gift container.

  • Be it as an Easter basket or
  • Baby shower favors, sweet baskets or tiny socks & mittens
  • Return-gift container for birthday parties.

These are so simple to fit in anywhere for any uses.

Personally with two cats in the house, I have heaps of them and I use them alot.

  • As containers for my craft embellishments to sort out the buttons, beads, crystals, pearls etc ,
  • for my little lunch bag joke notes to the boys,
  • to keep all my design paper “tiny” cut outs for “THAT” particular square or rectangular need that often pops up,
  • to stuff the ketch up sachets that we get so often in our takeaway meals from Macdonalds and BK,

I have heaps stacked up for different uses and the above is not even scratching the surface of uses !  These here are, just to name a very few.

Ofcourse the most important thing is to wash these cans with a strong detergent to get rid of the smell ~ Since we are in the sunny Gulf, I also like to give any and all the projects, that I recycle, alot of natural sunlight. Helps.

There are a little over a thousand ways of decorating these little cans. I am sharing here a very simple one. I have used ModgePodge to cover the entire can with some design paper. Added a little lace ribbon around it to perk it up. Poked two holes with my punch and tied a paper/satin ribbon as a handle. A simple die cut tag with a message does the trick.  What you wish to fill in them is your choice ofcourse, but If I prefer to place open jelly bellies or candies, I would line the inside of the can with a pretty dolly.

Ofcourse, you can add flowers and ribbons and bows and the works to decorate these cans, but because, I have 3 boys with 25 students in each class and generally, I would make for EVERY student, (I dont like the look on a childs face when the others are getting candy gift bags and he isnt )  I keep the decoration bit simple and not too fancy.

I do hope, some of my tips have inspired you enough, to get ahold of some cans and paint the town red !

Heres what all the fuss is about :

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Here are some of the challenges and links, this can enters :

Thursday

. Tatertots & Jello
3. I {heart} Nap Time
7. Funky Junk InteriorsThe DIY Show Off
Think Pink Sundays
The House in the Roses
Boogieboard Cottage
Today’s Creative Blog
Momma Hen’s Coop

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty
 
Am so glad you’re visiting me today ~ would be happier if you would leave some love in your comment behind for me.
 
Have an awesome weekend.
 
Naush
Baby shower favors, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Party favors, T A G S, Treat bags

Valentines Gifts 1

Hello friends,

Remember, I told you’ll that the last couple of months were so full of creativity and color for me …..   well, I’ll get back to the cards in a couple of posts……. First I want to share with you something that I find immense pleasure in organizing. Actually, I think, the title gave it away, isnt it ?

Every so often I get requested for party favors/baby showers and valentines gifts for school friends, best buds, university bbfs, office collegues or kitty friends etc. Generally these are made in dozens so that maximum kids/ladies  are gifted. I have decided to share some of the designs and presentations with you’ll.  Most of the tags have digital stamps. I like to play with bright cheerful colors with less complicated to almost no embellishments for children below 7 years however for girls, (no matter what age) almost always they like the all-frilly, fussy and glamourous look. 

With a little effort and alittle creativity, you’ll be surprised how easily these can be designed. Once you give it a go, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

With valentines around the corner, maybe you’d like to take some inspiration from these little treat bags for your childrens’ friends or schoolmates.

Hope you guys like these.

 

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These gift packs are entering the following challenges and linking parties :

Crafty Creations – #153 Valentine
Creative Belli2W – #135 fancy frames
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #40 any shape but a square
Scrapbook Sisters – #68 Sweet Valentine
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom3E, P1 Anything Goes
Just Tracys Crafts ChallengeM, P1, 1ELove is in the Air
Really Reasonable RibbonP1/15, Must use ribbon – Valentine’s Day
Through the Craftroom Door P1/15 , 3EAnything but a card and make your own embellishments
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week2
Celebrate the Occasion1E – #46 Any Occasion (Must use Polka Dots)
Crafty Sentiments 1E, SIO – Anything Goes
Flourishes #152 Anything But a Card To Hold Valentines Chocolate or Candy!
Paperminutes – #200 Party time- Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s -3E- SIO #98 Bright & Cheery To Chase Away the Winter Grey
The Stamping Boutique 2W – #24 Die Cuts Week1
Craft Your Passion – “In the Bag/Box” (handmade only)
Gingerloft2W – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
PanPastel UK Challenge2E – Anything Goes
Pile It On – Fuzzy Friends
Robyn`s Fetish – Animals
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Ribbon
Crafty Purple Frog2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 25th Jan)
Craft Us Crazy3E, 2W – (1st week) Valentine/Love and/or Animals (ends 1st Feb)
Paper Play2E – “Ribbon Every Which Way”
Pixie Dust StudioSIO – “We’re going Dotty”
Shelly’s ImagesSIO – Anything Goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

 

Challenges, House Moving / New Home

New Year ~ New Home.

Feels so good to get all that feed back from all the lovely design team members of all the card challenges, that I join.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and all your encouragement.

This next card is naturally for a new home. Very simple digital stamp sentiment. Dont you just love that window ?? I do. Those tulips are just adorable. Any color could do justice to them.  The window image is also a digital stamp. I’ve used my new diecut to set the sentiment over. The design paper is also a first time for me. Love the feel of that mustard against a green backdrop.

Here is the card :-

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This card enters the following card challenges :

I know, its whimsical thinking, but I do so hope, I have to give myself this card as, at the rate I am going with hoarding the scores and scores of craft supplies, it wont be long before which, all the rooms in the house are going to have my surplus supplies lying around ! Yeah, thats true, I’m so guilty of having so so many things piled up in the studio these days that its simply impossible to find anything 😦

Thats why, It gives me a great sense of relief and pleasure, that I am not the only crafter who is struggling with excess supplies ! Its such a joy when others are also complaining helplessly about the one to many crafty must-haves they have collected.

Let me stop brooding now and let me bid farewell to you guys for today.

Thank you for visiting me today. While your here, I hope you browse thru some of my previous creative adventures. And if you like something, please leave some love behind in comments.

Rest well this weekend.

Naush

 

 

 

Challenges, Friendship cards

Friends and sunshine.

Love the rich and royal blue about this card. Its such an eye catching color. The digital stamp of the window with the gorgeous flowers is ofcours a digital stamp as is the sentiment diecut. The pink bows are the only 3dimensional element since I felt the colors reached out so I did not feel the need for more 3D elements. The sky blue fabric paper is embossed with golden dots. All in all, I love this card and truly believe in the sentiment. Friends really are the sunshine of life 🙂

Here is the card :

 

This card enters the following card challenges :

Thank you for visiting me today. While your here, I hope you browse thru some of my previous creative adventures. And if you like something, please leave some love behind in comments.

Have an awesome weekend !

Naush

Challenges, Friendship cards

Friends and flowers.

Dear friends,

First off, I am so so happy to be back and connect with all of you’ll.

I know, I have been neglecting this blog for a couple of months but with good reason, I promise.

Not only the scores of restoration projects in the house but also in the courtyard and garage kept my hands full ~ literally ~ of spray paint and acrylics.  And then ofcourse, November/December are my peak months for craft classes as well as fairs. I have totally enjoyed the 6 fairs I participated it back to back thru out December ~ not to mention the greeting card orders that kept coming my way, until I had to stop being polite and refuse some of the orders. Ok so noooooow, I can hear some of you asking, how did I manage to stuff so many projects at one time ! Well, there you go ! Now you understand why this lovely blog, was being so neglected. Having said that, I now have heaps of projects to share with you’ll.

Well, for one thing, my newest best-est friends are power tools ! Yes, I mean, the electric jigsaw, sander and drill machine. Since almost two months, I have been having a complete blast chopping wood, sanding the pieces and drilling holes in them. I have been making wooden plaques and I just cant begin to tell you just how much fun it has been playing with paints and patterns. I have heaps of projects to show you but thats ofcourse for a later post. Again, I hear you, asking me, how I had the time to get involved in a new hobby !! Well, what can I say ??? Thats Naush for you. When the going gets tough, I get so enthused about trying out so so many creative avenues. To be very honest, I think, its  abnormal raging hormones ! 🙂

This new year brings with it a promise ~ a promise of change. Whether a change is for the good or for the worse is for time to prove and our own attitudes to see the glass half empty or half full.  But I have always felt, change, especially when it is not gradual, is always for the best and its easier to adjust. I look forward to making a few crucial decisions and I look forward to a few crucial decisions made FOR me by the Almighty.  And I totally look forward to making more and more new friends.

For some of you wondering, how come, I dont reply in the comment column. ~ well, I actually do. I write back personal messages to the person concerned on their email address which is supplied while she leaves a message for me.  These comments are very close to me and are food for my creativity.  You guys who visit me so often and leave so much love behind are priceless for me. Honest.

I had to submitt around 80+ new cards for samples and I wished to share some of the surplus designs that I had made in the past 2-3 weeks.

This card here, has such gorgeous colors. Nothing like the green grass and being sourrounded by spring flowers and jewelled butterflies. The cute angel mom/lady tending to her garden is a digital stamp from my dear friend Nikki of Melonheadz. The ribbon is one of my newer additions and so is the Martha stewart border punch. Awesome heart warming sentiment which is digi stamp cut by oval diecut.  I know, this could also be an ideal valentines card, which is just around the corner.  Imagine receiving such a lovely message from a friend.

Here is the card :

                                                                          

Here are the challenges, this card enters :

 
Monday :-
Crafty Bloggers NetworkSIO – Anything BUT Square
Craft Your Passion – Mythical Creatures (Show us your mermaids, dragons, fairies, gnomes, etc)
Cupcake Craft – Something New
Heart Song Inspirations1E, SIO – Border Punches/Turn Paper
Hooked on Crafts2W, SIO – (1st week) Try Something New (ends 21st Jan)
House of Gilli2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes
Karens Doodles1E, SIO – Valentine`s/Love
Lexi’s Creations2W– (1st week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
Magical Mondays 2W, mystical/fantasy image – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 15th Ja
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
MyGrafico2W, SIO – (1st week) Love and Valentines (ends 21st Jan)
Scrappers DelightsM, 2E, SIO – (January) Anything Goes (ends 31st Jan)
Paper Creations Ink 2W – (2nd week) Die Cuts and/or Punches (ends 15th Jan)
There’s Magic in the Air2W, SIO – (1st week) “From the Heart” (ends 23rd Jan)
Truly Madly Crafty ChallengesM, 3E – (January) Anything Goes (ends 4th Feb
Whoopsi Daisy SIO – Colours: Pink and Green
Tuesday
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E– Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week 1
Bearly Mine2W, 2E, SIO – #26 Anything Goes Until 16th Jan
Paper Take Weekly – Die Cute Special (Use a Die Cut & Make it Cute)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge*Now 2W*, 1E, SIO – #51 Anything Goes Using Your New Stash Week 2
Top Tip Tuesday – *NOW 2WK* 3E – #67 Anything Goes Week 2
Crafty Creations – #152 something new
Flutterby Wednesdays1E, must include butterfly, fairy or angel – #185 bright colors
Freshly Brewed5E, SIO, M – #77 something new (all month)
Gingersnap CreationsM – #134 ribbon
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #39 anything goes (2nd wk)
My Mum’s Craft shop3E – #39 girls
Simon Says Stamp – spots/stripes
Meljens DesignsSIO– Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times3E – Spots and/or Stripes
Rainbow Lady’s2E – “The many Faces of Women
Crafty Catz1E – Something New
Fairy Tale2W, 2E – Week 2, Something New
Totally Papercrafts – Spots and Stripes
Stampin With The Dragon 2W, SIO – Week 2, Frames
 
I hope you guys liked this card.  So I’m hoping you will leave some love here with your messages.
 
Have an awesome weekend and thank the Almighty Allah for all the blessings he has showered upon us.
 
With love
 
Naush