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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 ūüôā

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.

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This card was made purely for the sketch which is from : Clean And Simple

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Naturally the challenge¬†demands a¬†very simplistic and a less-cluttered looking card. I really enjoyed this lovely sketch and the idea that popped to my mind, was one, I have¬†been wanting to try out for sometime now.¬† I have used purple to give the card a strong base and added this handmade patterned paper.¬† The stamp on the tag is handstamped¬†with¬†a simple message and a couple of buttons to finish off the look. In my opinion, it¬†is a “Male”¬†oriented card. It really was over in a jiffy once I¬†figured out what I wanted for the focal point, which is the pattern paper.¬†¬†

The other challenges this card qualifies are :

  • Aly’s Sunday Challenge (2W) –¬†For the guys
  • Corrosive Challenges¬† (2E) –¬†Button it up
  • Crafty Pad (SIO) – Something for the boys
  • Dude Time Doodles (5th & 20th) – MASCULINE
  • Let’s Ink It Up¬†(monthly) –¬†NO DIGI and Anything Goes
  • Stamptacular Sunday (must stamp) – Whateva’!
  • Totally Gorjuss – As you like it
  • Crafty Emma – Bold & Bright
  • Alphabet Challenge¬†– (1E) – “M” is for men
  • Tellen’s Place¬†– (1E, SIO) – make it for the guys
  • AiFactory – (1E, SIO) – for the boys
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – 3 embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 ribbon (would buttons qualify as embellishments here ?)
  • Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2nd week) ‚Äď anything goes
  • Sisterhood of Crafters (2 weeks) –¬†anything goes
  • Paper Players #32 – Anything Goes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Happy birthday
  • Baby Bud (M, SIR)¬†– Friends
  • Outlawz challenge – Clean and Simple
  • Until we meet again, ie., hopefully tomorrow ūüôā

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    Monkeying Birthday Wishes

    Hello ladies. ( you mean, why not ladies and guys ??  )
    Well, ¬†I doubt, alot of¬†men find themselves scanning around card¬†sites¬†~ its a rare “phenomenon”. I think, the majority of them ¬†are only ” emotionally forced ” to procure a card for their partners for anniversaries or birthdays. But imagine, how religiously, the same man, made such huge efforts in sending cards (with proper sentiments and not just the “I Love you” types) and flowers and gifts and what not before marriage and in the later years , its become a thing of the past.¬†
    ¬†Well, I have nothing to worry about in that area, DH knows exactly which shop to buy which punches/stamps for moi¬† ūüôā¬† Why spend on flowers or chocolates, when a bag of copic markers can keep me happy for months and months on an end. If¬†only they had copics here in Dubai ūüė¶¬†¬† That is right up there in my wish list.¬†
    Okay anyways, one thing leads to another and my reason for this post is left behind.
    I have never tried a banner card. This is a  first time for me. I dont think, I have done 100% justice to this banner, still, I feel, its not too shabby. The color theme was Blue and red. The main elements was : 3 in a row, number, banner, party/birthday card, with a monkey/animal somewhere.
    These are the criteria’s I had, and this is what I came up with. ¬†I have used my new fiskars apron punch which I got in my¬†GUILT TRIP, ¬†the monkey’s are new¬†rubber¬†stamps too. The alphabet beads are so old but still they add a playful cheery element to¬†any card or project whenever used. They are so so cute. A ribbon, paper lace and 3 buttons are the added other embellies here.
    So do you think, a two year old would be delighted to get this card with monkeys, banners and beads to play around with ??
    Here it is :

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    And here are the challenges this card will try and qualify :
    Sketch :
    Just Magnolia ~ Sketch                  Bo Bunny blog       Waltzingmouse: sketch #31
           The Sweet Stop Sketch SSS92     
    Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog  for the bingo play, I have used punches, ribbon, embossing.
    Sunday‚Äôs with Crissy¬†¬† ‚Äď Ribbon¬†Paper Sundaes Challenge Blog for distressing¬†

    Pairie Fairy Fridays ~ Happy Birthday  anything goes
    Creative Inspirations Challenge  celebrate  3 of a kind : 3 monkeys.   anything party related  sentiments
    Cards for Men  lets party
    Creative Stamp Friends       lotsa shapes in card
    Stamp with fun blue and brown
    Karen’s Doodles¬†(special image)¬†– buttons galore
    Karen’s Doodles Netherlands¬†(special image) – card for a man/boy
    Stamps R Us (1st week, 2 entries) – Animals
    Woodware USA (1 entry) – Anything Goes
    Aly’s Sunday Challenge (1st week) –¬†For the guys
    Anyone for Anya – use 2 images
    I Did It Creations – Card for a child
    Crafty Calendar (monthly, 1 entry) РNew Beginnings
    Ellephantastic (monthly, 1 entry) Рnew beginnings
    Secret Crafter – it’s a couple thing (2 characters in your main image)
    Fuzzy Wuzzy (monthly) Рanimal, anything goes
    Mami Doodles (2nd week) ‚Äď mostly blues
    Sew Many Cards Рmonkey business
    Stamp Something Рcute somethings
    AiFactory – (2nd week) anything goes
    Charisma Cardz (3 entries) ‚Ästnumbers
    Delightful Challenges – celebration
    Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – anything goes
    Pixie Dust Studio – buttons
    Stampin’ B’s – use a banner
    Creative Belli (2 weeks) –¬†beginning with “P” ~ Party !¬†
    Creative Craft World (2 weeks) – Cute & Cuddly
    Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2 weeks) ‚Äď anything goes
    Creative Card Crew  Рnew beginnings
    Oldie But Goodie Challenge (2 weeks) РBright and Cheerful
    Cards For Men (2 weeks) –¬†MASCULINE¬†and Let’s Party
    Craft Your Passion – Button up
    SSDS – Anything Goes ~ monochromatic male card  anything goes
    This list has gotten a tad bit long here !  If your still reading, thanks alot for popping over.  Hope you liked what you saw and would leave a few lines to tell me how you felt about my card.
    There are 4 more cards coming up, so see you again !
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    Birthday Boy !

    This here is my first attempt at the easel card ! Yeah, can you believe it ?? Well, since my mojo is on a real high, I wanted to experiment alittle beyond my range and frankly, as most crafters, we only realize our boundaries are limitless when we try to push it a little further .. we can stretch it with motivation and thats exactly what I am, right now ~ Motivated !

    Making this card was not only fun, but I realized something strange.  Being someone who feels more comfortable with symmetry, square cards provide alot of channels for me. I felt more easy with dividing in halfs and finding center focals !  My general style of card layouts are rectangular landscapes. So, yeah, I think you really will be seeing more of these here on !

    Like I mentioned in my previous post, I rediscovered the corner punches (and perhaps got carried away a wee bit !!) Ofcourse I havent used any embellishments becoz, I wanted the paper colors, punches and the stamp, which is a digital stamp,  to be the focal point. The card is supported by an oval sentiment in the inside of the it.    I am pleased with the outcome and I feel, I have done a good job.

    One young lad is going to be very happy for his birthday especially if he likes to ski !¬†¬† ūüôā

    And now, its your verdict time guys !

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    This card qualifies for the following challenges :

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    Birthday Golfer Card !

    Wow ! Its been such a ” creatively productive” ¬†weekend.

    On Friday I visited the Arte Fair at the Times Square and it was such a joy seeing some familiar faces and lots of handmade crafts. I will be filling you’ll with all the exciting and gorgeous craft wares in another post.

    And the other thing was that I managed to design 5 new cards.¬† I gathered exactly what I needed for various challenges and made a new attempt at leaving a few elements for each new sketch. So that the cards entered more challenges and got¬†better response from all my crafting ‘sistahs’ !

    I cannot begin to tell you, how encouraging your kind comments are. I really look forward to switching on my laptop first thing after waking up to see who has what to say about one of my cards. It is such a joy and makes you want to design more creatively and experiment more.  Thank you again gals coz knowing you really mean what you say is all the support I need.

    oK, back to the Golfer Card. 

    The first card for today is naturally as the title says it all, for the golfer man. I have deliberately used only two base colors ~ Black and green. Embossed the green cardstock, made a tag, a couple of buttons and a couple of brads. Although the sentiment is rubberstamped, the golf bag is a digital stamp which has only been slightly colored.

    Cards for men is almost always an issue, colors as well as embellishments are so limited. Then again, there are fewer stamps to cater for men than women. I found a site which had a dozen good digital stamps ~ get this ~ FOR FREE !!!! Naturally I grabbed most of them. The golf bag is one of them. It is such a relief to have such ones, or else there are those with guys in cars or rollerskates or skiing or surfing. This one is a total savior !!!! I am using it for the first time. Hope you guys like it too.

     Have used the corner punches after soooo long ! And exactly as per my compulsive habit, I used it for another two cards too !!! All in all, I feel this card could make one golf fan or player very happy for his birthday. What would you say ??

    Here’s the card and following the images,¬†I have mentioned all the challenges it qualifies.


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    Ok and the Challenges this card applies to are :

    Sketch :

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    Birthday Boy

    Is it just me or do all children have the tendency to serve school notices just 5 mins before school bus ??!!  so frustrating at that rush hour of the morning, the notice comes screaming like a siren !!

    ¬†Last night I set out to make a birthday card for Mr M, Eman’s¬†class¬†teacher. He is new to Dubai and hails from Ireland. That is just about when I realized I dont have many male oriented birthday cards. ¬†So naturally I had a “valid excuse” for being cooped up for a¬† good hour and a half in the studio !

    I dont know if it¬†happens with most of you, but sometimes, I am so charged up that I can actually dole out¬† half a dozen¬† good cards in a night and¬†sometimes, I spend the first 25 -30 minutes just looking frustratedly at the pile of papers or stamps or tools or all of it ! Sometimes¬†there are so many wild and creative ideas bubbling up in my mind, that it ¬†leaves me with none in hand ! Ever happened to you ? ¬†So overwhelming.¬† I suppose its a ” Crafters Block ” if you may.

    Last night was no different, I really had so much up my mind that I couldnt find the right direction.  Eventually though I did manage the card.

    Well, except for the lacey border on the eggplant colored paper, I think this card feels right for the men folks. In any case, lets just hold the “thought that counts ” theory and be happy.

    The mustardish paper with the black and pink dots is a first time for me and I really can begin to tell you how easy that print is to decorate. Some polka dots are difficult to arrange the other elements on.  Not this one.  This one was so sober. Everything just geled well with it.

    Ceramic rusty leaves, cute beige buttons, a tag, a rubber stamped cupcake, and a digital image birthday sentiment. Alittle of paper layering and voila. The recipe is complete ! Enjoy.

    Unfortunetly there arent any specific color challenges that this card qualifies. I dont wish to add this card again this week, for the button or lace challenges either. So here are the challenges that this card will enter :

    The sketch is from Mojo Monday.

    sketch :

    However there are quite a few other interesting  challenges which I will enter this card for :

    Anything Goes :

    Anything goes (with a tip) :

    Go dotty :

    Warm and toasty :

    Something new and old : old.html   ~ the polka dot paper, the buttons, the ribbon,  the digi stamp of the sentiment and the cake are new while the leaves, and the other papers are old.

    Ring out the old in new :  ~ the polka dot paper, the buttons, the ribbon,  the digi stamp of the sentiment and the cake are new while the leaves, and the other papers are old.

    something new :

    Something new :

    Something new :

    celebrations :

    happy birthday :

    Happy Birthday :

    And here is my card :


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    9 cards in one night !!

    Ok So I got a jump start on inspiration this Sunday !! I broke my own record of attempting to sit straight thru so many hours of a card making session. Althoug the back is alittle soar and complaining, I really had fun. Well, what can I say ??

    Its the last few days before school starts and the boys and I are back locking horns over studies issues and “THIS IS ” supposed to be the great “ME TIME” everybody is always talking about these days ! Isnt it ? Well, DH is not too pleased about it though. I sneaked out inbetween a movie time downstairs in the TV Room ūüė¶

    Besides which there were heaps of sketches to choose from over at stamping when I can at :

    God, her site is so addictive, that I just got carried away !!! Such fabulous sketches and all my creative juices were having a race !

    So this is a pic of what I came up with … ofcourse, getting them all posted as individual posts as well as linking them to their individual challenges would be another number of hours for me ~ not a very blog savvy person here !! Anyways, here’s a picture of all my 9 cards : Some of them are entering two challenges each card, and just one of them is entering 3 challenges, which is also a first for me. And then the rest of them are just one challenge each.

    Oh and for close ups, please have a look at the individual posts after this posting.

    Thanks for visiting me. ūüôā Adios.

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    chocolate cake & birthday wishes.

    Gosh What a lovely sketch. I really enjoy it better where the use of stripes of paper is limited and more use of creativity, just like what one would have for this sketch.

    The sketch is from :

    My take :

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    And the sketch is :

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    Cute Mouse Birthday Wishes


    It was slightly difficult for me to work on what the two colors and card patterns would be. In the end, it is predominantly orange, purple and green.

    The digital mouse is super cute. Just love him carrying all those presents.

    The sketch is from : card patterns at : and the sketch is

    Here is my card :


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    Blue Best Wishes

    For what ever reason, I did not feel like playing with splashes of colors and kept the cardstock as well as the look of this card blue. Not only can it be used for guys and gals, but none of the elements used symbolize any gender. I have used a cake and a party hat to suggest that it could be used for a birthday.The dolly was a last minute change that I came up with ! For anyone remotely interested in tutorials on altered art and card making techniques, this address is soooo important. There are an amazing bunch of women with so much talent card making and papercrafts. Do visit their tutorials and workshops. It is amazing indeed.

    The sketch comes from : http://emmaspaperie.b

    and here’s the sketch :

    December Card Sketch

    Here’s my take on the sketch :


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    Mushroom Birthday Wishes.

    Somehow I have always had this thing for mushrooms and strawberries. I think it is the organic design that is so attractive. Here I have kept the digi stamp of the mushroom very soft colors. In general this card could suit young and old and male or female. Even the font used is very unisex.

    Hope you like the card coz I sure do.

    Sketch comes from Dont Waste youR Thursday at :

    and here’s the sketch :

    This here is my card for this sketch :

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    Penguin Birthday Wishes

    Another lovely sketch from Sasya sketches¬†at Here’s the sketch :

    My card :