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