Baby Arrivals, Baby shower favors, D I Y, Decoupage, Dubai, Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Party favors, Party Organization, Treat bags

Gifts in Dubai.

Hello dear friends !

I’m an erratic blogger ūüôā¬† (But¬†you already know that, by now ūüėČ )¬† There have been times when, you could¬†read three¬†posts, back to back and then there are times, when you see me once in three months. In the blog-world, consistency is VERY IMPORTANT.¬†¬†I am yet to play by the book !

Over the past 11 years, I have been fortunate enough to have a beautiful relationship with any and all forms of art.

I did not restrict myself to water colors or decoupage ~ I am a restless eager soul, I have experienced and enjoyed every craft.

What started from card making has just made it way thru to DIY and home décor.

Sometimes I find myself going on a spin in a perplexed state¬†when ‘newbies’¬† ask me what I fancy most.

The past 5 months have been remarkably fantastic and have helped me, better define myself.

I cannot thank Almighty Allah swt enough for his grace.

November and December 2014~ were months dedicated to a dozen or more craft fairs. I love fairs and all the planning, preparation and exhaustion, that comes with it !

January 2015 ~ Gulf News published an article about me and my work !  I was beside myself.

January 2015 ~ We completed a 3-Day Art and Craft workshop.

February 2015 ~ Organic Café and Foods Supermarket, displayed my handmade greeting cards.

February 2015 ~ Aspen House Gifts, got the much needed boost it so anticipated, with several baby shower favors and wedding favors orders.

March 2015 РI was requested to be chief guest at the Arts and design Faculty of the American University of Dubai. It was an honor beyond words !

Over the years, I have been blessed to accomplish, all the creative adventures, I dive into, thanks to Allah swt and a lot of patience from my better half and boys. However, there are times, when I question myself, if I am, more of a mixed media artist, or a craft teacher or a carpenter, a card maker or a business woman or a DIY enthusiast. Perhaps, the past 5 months, have given me a glimpse of all who I am.

An amalgamation of all these endeavors.

Today, Let me share with you alittle about Aspen House Gifts.

Dubai is an exceptional city. It is as modern as can be yet, adherently holds to its cultural roots. Arabs, have been known thru out history for their strong traditions and hospitality.

Aspen House Gifts was initiated alittle over a year ago, as a gateway to introducing the latest, most innovative and personalized party favors, party supplies, corporate gifts  and one-of-a-kind personalized keepsakes.

We personalize party favors and custom-design gifts to suit our clients personality and requirements.

I trust you will help spread the word in the blog-world and ‘like’ our facebook page too.

Blog :- Aspen House Gifts

Facebook :- Aspen House Gifts

Whatsapp :- 00971-50-4545049

Having a creative background gives me an edge in designing, understanding color statements, and packaging and having been in Dubai for 22 years, procuring my supplies is relatively easier for me.

Three of the key principles, I adopted from the hospitality industry, for over a decade are, professional attitude, punctuality and exemplary presentation.

Here is a collage of some of our creative assingments :-

Aspen House Collage1

Elegant, vintage, classic, formal, fun or floral, we can design and personalize it for you .

I’m glad that I was fortunate enough to share with you something personal and something professionally about me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.¬†¬†I really¬†appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week. ūüôā

Before you leave, just a quick reminder :-

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Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai

Back after a break.

Hello friends. Am baaaaaaaaack !

I know I have been missing in action out here¬†and the good news is that “its for a good reason”

The year has started off, very well but very busily for me.¬† I was lucky enough to have landed a large of greeting cards¬†for¬†¬†a highly reputed leisure company. Finally, not only are my cards going to adorn the display racks here in Dubai but will also be flaunted in Qatar and Kuwait. I am absolutely thrilled¬†but as I have now realized, its really aloooooot of hardwork. Designing a card is pure a joy but replicating and multiplying ¬†the same into 20 of them design,¬†can really be, rather nerve recking ! This was a large order and I’m almost 90% thru with them. The experince has been nothing short of sheer exasperation. Needless to say, Sam and the boys have borne the brunt of it and they bore it,¬† oh so gracefully.

I have quite a few exciting news to share with you’ll but today, I’ll share a few pictures of my order.

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With all these cards, packaging, etc¬† ~ the studio is just going to burst from every nook and corner ! There are so many huge piles of my craft goodies scattered all over that tiny room, that one has to jump over things at some places inorder to reach¬†somewhere ¬†! Yep ~ ”¬†all ”¬†the organization skills went straight out the window once I got started with my projects. I know I have hours and hours of organization to get back to in that room, but all in its time ~ for now, I’ve still got a last lot to complete. But I’m going to take photos of how the studio looks now and I keep some pics of how it will look, once I have cleared up some of the mess. And I’ll post that too later on.¬†

For those of you who had been visiting and leaving me personal messages of  concern, hopeand inspiration, thank you ever so much.  It really made me feel so loved and thought of ~ and it feels absolutely great being back !

For now, good bye and thank you for visiting me today ūüôā and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Naush

 

Eid Mubarak, Paper Piecing

Eid Greeting 3

And so finally, here we are at the third and final card that I designed for Eid. To know briefly about Eid, follow here.

About the card :-  Lots of elements in this one, included some border punches, two diecuts one of which is presented as a tag with the sentiment on it, brads, ribbons, and twine. The flower stamp is digital. The sentiment is by yours truly. Hope you guys like this one too.

These words below paper pieced words are arabic,  meaning:  Faith, knowledge, practise, prayer, deeds. They are a reminder of what we should hold onto to keep life simple, uncomplicated and a source of inspiration to others.

 I am entering this card in the following card challenges :-

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you will return again. Till then, stay safe and keep having fun with creativity !

Naush

Challenges, Different Card Folds, Easel Card, Eid Mubarak

Eid Greetings 1

Hello friends, today I am sharing something you probably have not heard of. For those of you who are wondering what “Eid Mubarak” is, here’s¬†a tiny explanation :-

Muslims follow the lunar calender and fast in the holy month of Ramadhan. The month could last for 29 or 30 days depending on the siting of the moon. When the new moon is seen, the following day is celebrated as Eid, which is the celebration for having been blessed with the holiest of all months, Ramadhan. As in all cultures and traditions, lots of sweet dishes are prepared and its a totally family oriented affair. Here in the middle east, exchanging of sweets amongst friends and collegues is practised, however for those over seas, cards are sent. This year, I was requested to design 3 Eid cards by Noor the coordinator for paperie designs which they wished to feature in their blog.

 Here is the first card that I made.

It is an easel card and I am completely in love with the DP. It has the gorgeous vintage touch to it. And dont we already know, how crazy I am, about any shades of pink. The window is a digistamp and so is the oval sentiment. Plenty of diecuts used here.

 

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This card enters the following challenges :

 

Well folks, thats it for now. Thank you for visiting me. I hope you return again.

Till then, stay safe and keep being creative.

Naush

 

 

Alter Art, Altered Box, Altered Pizza Box, Challenges, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

Teacher’s Gift Box

Hello Everybody.

Thank you all very much for the lovely¬†comments you guys left for my previous project. I’m so glad you guys liked the “Bake, Eat, love” placard.

Last Thursday, when I was returning from the hospital, I picked up some Mini Pizza’s from one of the pizza shops, close to the hospital. That I managed to eat one entire pizza all by myself is not what this post is all¬†about ūüôā !!!!¬† But about the destiny of that pizza box. Becoz it was in such a good condition, I just could’nt¬†let it go to waste, now could I ?

So any ways, I needed an appealing box to carry the 2 cards, and the  table calender gift that Buddy has made for his teacher, Mrs Barker.  This box is an ideal container for to serve that purpose. I have covered it in pieces and decorated it, in and out. Love the rich swirly red with gold dp. Here are some of the elements used :

  • Embossed
  • Die cut nestabilities
  • 4 blue brads
  • layered with a check background dp.
  • Die cut alphabets
  • Large Felt flowers.(3flowers) and a diecut flower too.
  • Distressing especially the edges of the box.

Altering this box took just a couple of hours, becoz I did not have all the colors figured out initially, but I really had fun putting it all together.

Hope you like it too. Taddaa, here it is .. . …. … … .. …

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And Here are the many challenges, this pizza box is entering :

And these are the linking parties, the pizza box turned teacher’s gift box enters :

Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays~Coastal Charm
Today’s Creative Blog
House of Grace~ Twice Owned Tuesdays
Hope Studio
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Wednesday
Thats it for now. Thank you so much for popping over to visit me. So glad you came.  Until my next post ~ Adios Amigos !
Altered Photo Frame, Altered Wall hanging

Altered Frame Project.

Hello friends, I am back from my Umrah in Saudi Arabia. And what a fantastically enlightening pilgrimage it was ! I have the entire story in my other blog, so if your interested, please pop over to view the pictures and read about the short but this amazing trip. (I will be posting it in a day or two.)

Before I left last wednesday, I had completed a project of altering a picture frame into something pleasing. This frame had been sitting in the large ikea bucket for like . . . . forever, until I noticed alittle of dressing up could do it some good. I have also kept the before and after pictures too.

Becoz there is spring in the air and flowers blossoming all over, I decided to embellish this frame with what the flowers attract the most ~ butterflies obviously ! The altered frame has loads of texture with different papers used to punch out butterflies from. Ofcourse I have used the butterfly punch. A matt kraft color for the background against all the bright and loud colors of the butterflies. And again, a very pale floral green is cut to fit a frame behind the images. For whatever reason for me, butterflies symbolize peace, fluttering feelings and softness.  I hope and trust, you guys are going to like the look of this frame. Here it is :

 

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I’d like to enter this project into the following challenges :

I do hope you guys leave me some comments to know how you felt about this creative frame. I know alot of women, dont really like butterflies, but I do. And almost all children that I know of, love butterflies. So I am hoping, you too will find them attractive in this frame.

Please remember, a comment can be¬†the difference between starting the day on a good note or a grumpy one ūüôā (atleast in my case !)

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time viewing my projects here. Hope you like them and will return again.

C ya !

Naush

Alter Art, Altered Wall hanging, Challenges, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards, Mother, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

Right here for you.. .. .. .. wall hanging

This too, is from the trash to wall hanging series. It is the white board which was found dumped on the construction site. You may have to read my post, ” Mother ~ Wall hanging” , to get the full story on it. In short, it is recycled sheets that I have dressed up.

A¬†very simple idea and concept is used. Have always liked the idea of using a fish bowl, although I dont approve of an animals or birds being caged or living in an aquarium ūüė¶¬† ~~¬†Thats just not their place. Again, thats us, humans being selfish and self centered.

Such strong shades of blue and Orange are not exactly what I am comfortable with, but sometimes, when you actually work with it, somehow they look good when placed together. Both are handmade papers. The fishes are fabric. Some glitter for the bubbles, 3 brown buttons knotted with a yellow twine,  a simple but comforting sentiment, which is a digi stamp. The board is held up by  a satin orangish ribbon. I have made a deliberate effort at avoiding any flowery embellishments, becoz as always, I prefer the less-cluttered look.  Simplicity is always more striking and attractive.

Ladies, I would really like to take a moment here, to thank you all for all those loving comments that you leave behind for me. They are so encouraging. WOULD you believe, I feel, more inspired, to try out more, to try out different, to try out my best, becoz of those heartfelt comments. Thank you ladies. It means alot.

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Here are just a few challenges, I will enter this wall hanging for :

  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –¬† Keep it Simple
  • Crafty Cardmakers¬† (2W, 3E) – Fabric
  • Incy Wincy Designs – for the boys
  • Make it Monday – anything goes
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W, SIO) – It’s a man thing
  • Pollycraft – SIO – Teen Cards
  • The Outlawz – Sentiment plus Animals
  • Clear It Out!¬†– 2W – Buttons¬†
  • Going Grey With Scrap-Creations2E – Anything Goes¬†
  • Paper Take Weekly – 3 of Something¬†{3 buttons }
  • Desert Island Crafters¬†–¬†2W,–¬†choose 3¬†~¬†Not a Card!,¬†Buttons,¬†Unusual Sentiment (ie. not ‚ÄúHappy Birthday‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúBest Wishes‚ÄĚ etc),¬†
  • My Grafico¬†–¬†M,¬†– anything goes
  • Paper PrettiesSIO – masculine
  • Crafty Sentiments1E, SIO¬†– ¬†Animals¬†
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s BestSIO – ¬†Anything Goes¬†
  • Card Makin’ Mamas¬†– 2W, 2E – animals
  • Delicious Doodles3E, SIO¬†– dimensional project
  • Paper Cutz¬†– your choice
  • Totally Papercrafts – buttons
  • Secret Crafter¬†– Anything But a Card¬†
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon2W, must include ribbon
  • Sugar Creek Hollow¬†¬†– 3E, SIO – Anything Goes¬†
  • Totally Gorjuss¬†– Button It¬†
  • Our Creative Corner – ¬†Don’t Throw That Away
  • ¬†If the shoe fits ~ Aquamarine
  • One Stitch At A Time – Something for the Boys
  • Back fold card, Good Luck Cards, Good wishes Card

    Lilac wishes.

    This card is my first attempt at the backfold card. I really had fun working and letting my creativity play havoc with paper. The lace ribbon with that tiny line of gold is the first of its kind that I am using and if you notice closely, it has exactly the colors of the pattern paper. Three sparkling butterflies, 3 glittering green brads, a tag with a plaid ribbon, for leaving your personal message and a block with a simple sentiment digi stamp which could be given for a birthday, moving jobs, promotion, etc. The flower pot is also a digi stamp sitting on 3 scallop ovals.  This card was all about fun fun and more fun. It is such a super cool and easy project.

    Oh and BTW, I saw Grown Ups today. Nothing like an adam sandler movie to cheer you up ūüôā¬† I wonder if any of you’ll have seen¬† Zohan ? Also an Adam sandler movie. One thing I could identify with in Grown Ups was how our newer generation of kids have been so tube-oholic !! DH wonders why his boys are not out in the playground instead prefer to remain in their study room, no not studying, but glued to their computer screens, playing their boyish games or its the playstation or its some cartoons !! But its almost never being outdoors !¬† What can I say, I take half the blame here, Have not been a great role model, what can I expect from these poor ones ; I too am tapping the keys of my laptop most hours of the day ūüė¶¬†¬† Its not like they never cycle or go out to the park, but its just not how it used to be in hubby’s¬†childhood. I’m sure we’re all wrong somewhere here. Anyway, just a thought .. any thoughts at your end ?

    Ok, here’s the card :

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    Following are the challenges this card enters :

    Paper Take Weekly            All that scrap 

     

  • Crafty Creations –¬† in the garden
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Cooking It Up With Katie – (1E) – white, wings, wishes
  • Crafts and Me – (2W) – anything with wings, especially fairies & angels
  • Creative Cottage¬†– (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Anything Goes – (1E, JFF) – Distressing
  • Freshly Brewed¬†– (5E, SIO) – ribbons and bows
  • Gingersnap Creations – jewel colors plus gold
  • ColourQ – COLOR Pear Pizzaza, Brocade Blue, Brilliant Blue, Rich Razzelberry (below)
  • Little Red Wagon – animals
  • Paper Pretties – glitter
  • Sisterhood of Crafters – (2W, 3E) – ribbon and brads
  • Rubber Redneck – COLOUR (see below)
  • Color Dare –¬†COLOR
  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: Monochromatic,¬† Only one pattern paper,¬† Sparkle
  • High Hopes Stamps SIO Female Birthday.
  • Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes
  • Scrap-Creations – Birthday Cards
  • Sweet Stamps – Flowers
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Incy Wincy Designs – use punches or dies
  • Kaboodle Doodles (1E) – Break Tradition (try something new)
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – Pink, pink and more Pink
  • Squigglefly – Digital Delights (use something starting with D)
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Pink
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls
  • I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
  • One Stitch At A Time – Anything but square
  • Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – Use Green
  • Allsorts – Inspired by nature
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Use dies
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • Totally Gorjuss – We want to see checks on your entries. Now this can be paper, ribbon etc.
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge¬†– (2W, 2E, SIO) – distress it
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy¬†– (M) – animal, birthday wishes
  • ¬†Res-Q-Challenge¬†– make a card including something that makes you happy
  • Card Makin’ Mamas¬†– (2W, 2E) – happy birthday
  • Crafty Ann’s¬†– (2W, SIO) – birthday card
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†create something for a friend
  • Fairy Knoll¬†– (2E) – feeing a little green (use green)
  • Fashionista Friday¬†– purple
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO, JFF) ‚Äď monochromatic green and add a bit of Irish (optional)
  • Paper Cutz¬†– Spring
  • Res-Q-Challenge¬†– boxes – use squares &/or rectangles
  • Stamp Something¬†–¬†something with flowers
  • Stampin For The¬†Weekend – (2W, 1E) ‚Äď monochrome
  • Stampin With The Dragon – (2W) ‚Ästbirthdays
  • Off the Wall Craftiness¬†– (3E, SIO) – picture inspiration (see below
  • Challenges, Easel Card, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards, Shaped Cards

    Sweetie & Style.

    Hi there peeps ! How have you’ll been ?

    So anyways, I am back from my temporary hibernation. And what a lovely weekend so far ! So constructive and creative. Last night, I felt like a factory !! I churned out a good “FIVE” cards. Nearly four out of them are basically female themed. Lots of pinks, reds and blues … plenty of glitter and glamour too.

    The first card in this glamour series is “Your a real sweetie” Ideal for girls or guys to pop¬†this over¬† to one of their friends !! I feel I have given this card a very flirty feel, with the image, sentiment and the loud dash of colors !

    Again, this is my second attempt at the easel card. And I think, I am getting the hang of it. I tried a few variations like using the border punch and letting the two large flowers on either side of the sentiment act as a back up to the actual “stopper”.

    One thing I learnt from this card is if you use thick embossed paper for any of the nesties, then you can actually get a embossed inner circle/oval shape in addition to the oval cut as well. Notice the gorgeous red oval embossed paper in close up, that texture is just awesome. Both pattern papers used in this card are handmade papers.

    Lots of glamour, glitter and color here. Hope you like it.

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    This card enters several challenges.

         

  • Sukkersott
  • Wild Orchid Challenge
  • catch the bug challenge
  • Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Girlie
  • little Claires¬†~ Anything goes
  • Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge¬†– (3E) – photo inspiration (see above)
  • Alphabet Challenge¬†– (1E, JFF) – “O” is for orange
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge¬†– (2W, 2E, SIO) – romance
  • Card Makin’ Mamas¬†– (2W, 2E) – valentine
  • Crafty Ann’s¬†– (2W, SIO) – love is all around
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†Valentine’s/Love
  • Paper Cutz¬†– ladybugs, bees or butterflies
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO, JFF) ‚Äď flower card
  • Off the Wall Craftiness¬†– (3E, SIO) – picture inspiration (see below)
  • Stamp Something¬†–¬†something for your Valentine
  • Stampin For The¬†Weekend – (2W, 1E) ‚Äď Valentine’s Day
  • Stampin With The Dragon – (2W) ‚Ästanything goes
  • Winter Wonderland –¬†(1E/craft type) –¬†to the one I love
  • AiFactory – (1E, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/Love
  • C.R.A.F.T. –¬†Valentine’s
  • Crafty Purple Frog¬†– (2W, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/romance
  • Crafty Sentiments – (1E, SIO) – Valentine’s/Love
  • Delightful Challenges – (SIO) – get punchy/use punches or die cuts
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E, SIO) – ribbon
  • Dutch Dare Card Challenge¬†– (2E) – love is in the air / red, white, pink
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – clean & simple Valentine card
  • Pixie Dust Studio¬†– (SIO) – be my Valentine
  • Rainbow Lady’s – it’s all about love
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – pink, red, white
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) ‚Äď scallops galore
  • Stamp-N-Doodle¬†– (SIO) – red and/or pink, white plus 1 other colour
  • Creative Card Crew – for a loved one
  • Fab ‘n’ Funky – tempting texture/use texture
  • Paper Pretties – inspired by Valentine’s Day colours but doesn’t have to be V-Day card
  • Scrapbook Sisters – my Valentine
  • Tiffany Doodles – (2W) – Valentine’s
  • Claudia & Co – (1E) – COLOUR (pink, blue, brown)
  • Tiddly Inks – (SIR) – love is in the air
  • Digital Tuesday – (must use digi)¬†– from the heart/Valentines
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – Valentine
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Love is in the air
  • Craft Your Passion – Anything Goes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Lots of Love
  • Critter Sketch – Critters
  • Cupcake Craft – Seeing red
  • Incy Wincy Designs – Love
  • Kaboodle Doodles (1E) – Ribbon
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – For someone special
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – be my valentine
  • Simon Says Stamp and Show…¬†– Some Embossing
  • Stamp with Fun – Love
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Valentines
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – Love/Valentines
  • Crafty Hos’ – Love
  • Crafty Pad (SIO) – Love is in the air
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Love is in the air
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon¬†– (2W) RIBBON and Pink, Red & White
  • ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅPaper Play ‚Äď Stamp It Out
  • Paper Playtime– Anything Goes
  • Papertake Weekly ‚Äď Anything Goes + Flowers
  • Craft us Crazy ‚Äď Anything Goes
  • Stamping with the Dragon ‚Äď Anything Goes
  • Anything Goes Challenge – Butterflies
  • Digi Stamps4Joy – Flowers
  • Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Spring Flowers
  • Sisterhood of Crafters – In love with valentines
  • A Spoonful Of Sugar ‚Äst show some love
  • Now tÔĽŅhat I am done with linking these super fantastic challenges.¬† I guess I realize this list has really gone a whole lot looooong !! I think, I was lucky enough to make a card with a romantic feel to it¬† and coincidently, alot of challenges are asking for valentines or love based cards !! Wooopie¬† for me ūüôā

    Dad/Father Cards, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

    Sail Boat For Him !

    OKAY !! so Mr Mojo is back !! And ho boy ! Did he come back with a jolt !!!!!

    Yesterday was phenomenal. I made:

    • ¬†a love card for the men in our lives,
    • a friendship/love card for men¬†again,
    • ¬†a love card for the¬†ladies,
    • ¬†a funky party kinda boyish¬†birthday card,
    • a sympathy card

    AND AND AND get this,

    • ” A purse shaped card”¬†!!!!¬† (that was a complete first timer and that too, without a template.. just estimates and ideas )

    I mean, was that a JOLT or what ??????? So so happy. But having said that, I have now begun to realize that creating or designing cards is the easy part.

    • Photographing each one in different angles,
    • uploading them on the computer,
    • shortlisting, editing /resizing them, ( photoshop is not exactly my best friend, you know)¬†
    • making a blog post on each one of them
    • ¬†then linking each one to several challenges ( which is another 2 hours of time finding challenges that the card qualifies !)

    ~~~~¬†¬† ÔĽŅis ALOOOOOOT OF¬†work !!!¬†

    How do you guys do it ?? I mean, if anything Mr Mojo was the root cause why I did not help out sawaab with his book review last night !! Too many¬†ideas, designs and images¬†in my mind, have to put them down quickly on my card … kids ? who ? whats that ??????¬†¬†Okay, the boys are only too happy when I am glued to the design studio. Their escape from¬†the study room ūüôā¬†

    Really,  How do you guys manage fullfilling all your responsibilities and domestic chores and still have the mojo to create scores of mindboggling cards. Especially the design team members who are at times, as I have now noticed,  members with so many other sites too ?? You guys really amaze me.   

    Okay back to my card : The few things that stands for is that : A card for men.  Mainly for the 25+ guy. (someone slightly mature)  Why ? The warm green and orange colors, the simplicity, and ofcourse the image.  One of the unusual elements about this card is the background paper, which is handmade and new. I got a large batch of them in one of my winter trips to India.

    For those of you’ll interested in handmade paper in India, Jaipur in Rajasthan is the place to track and get some gorgeous stuff at. They are the manufacturers with retail outlets as well there. The paper is then distributed all over India and abroad too. For any crafter, visiting India, please make sure, Jaipur is also included in your itenary.

    Okay so back to my card. If you see carefully, I have’nt used any other pattern paper except the handmade orange with white flowers on it, in the background.¬† The rest of them are all plain colored paper. I wanted the image and embellishments to do the talking, and not so much the actual sentiment. But it all fit in well. A tag, a¬†new¬†digi image of the sail boat, couple of brads, couple of buttons, a new fabric anchor embellishment and a lovely green ribbon, Some paper layering. And there you have it !

    For once, I really loved how this card got pieced together beautifully.

    In my last photo session, I realized placing the cards between some of my grassy pots added an extra pleasent ‘feel’¬† to the card.¬† Went ahead with the idea and I am glad that some of you’ll liked the look.

    You see, this is the full bloom season in Dubai. As you know, we dont receive alot of shower in this part of the middleeast so maintaining a flourishing garden is quite a task here but the brimming colors in my garden are a real payoff right now. Its just the perfect weather ! All about that in another post !

    I must confess, your comments are so comforting and I can see that some of my creations are reaching your hearts and your opinions too. Thank you ladies for you gorgeous comments and encouragement. They are my real motivation right now.  

    So here’s the card ideal for the man/men in your life, Dad, hubby, partner, son¬†, grand-dad too.¬†

    http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

     

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    Ofcourse this card enters a few challenges

    To begin with the sketch is from :

    Dutch Dare  sketch
    Let’s Ink It Up: ¬†Anything Goes
    Sundays With Crissy:  Ribbons
    Wild Orchid Challenge: ¬†Let’s get sentimental
    Lexi’s Creations (fortnightly)¬† valentines
    http://karberschallenges.blogspot.com/    ribbon
    Whoopsi Daisy  valentine and love
    My Grafico           anything goes               
    Penny’s Challenges¬†¬† anything goes¬†
    Simon Says Stamp       Bingo : button, brad, diecut.
    AiFactory      anything goes
    Aud Sentiments Challenges    sentiment with love theme
    http://digidoodleshopsbest.blogspot.com/          anything goes
    http://craftyannschallengeblog.blogspot.com/   old and new. ribbon,brad,button:
    Creative Craft Challenge        monochromatic theme.
    Stampin’ For the Weekend¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†getting warmed up
    All Sorts       boy/male card
    Drunken Stampers                warm colors
    Aly’s Sunday Challenge¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†boycard
    Cutie Sunday challenge   anything goes
    Ann’s Creative Nook¬†unusual image love card.
    the beary Sweet   celebrate friendship or love
    Creatalicious challenge          love theme riibbon
    SSDS – Anything Goes
    Craft Your Days Away – Anything Goes
    Glitterbabes – Anything Goes with glitter
    The Stamp Man – Distressing
    Crafty Purple Frog – New Things
    http://www.totallygorjuss.blogspot.com/  hot colors.
    Pixie Dust Studio – buttons
    A Spoonful Of Sugar – Valentine’s
    http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/ warm drink/color/season.
    http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/  color and sentiment.

     

    Friendship cards

    Friendship & a chick !

    So like I said in my previous post , I had to experiment with the new papers that I got. I had been playing around with this particular stamp of this really cute bird with a cute sentiment to go with it for many months unable to find the right fit for it.

    The right colors never came to mind and like 3001 other projects, that too has been sitting on the backburner. Until I decided that I was going to use this really swirly elegant distressed pinkish paper. I have given it shades of blue just to compliment it or else it would really feel very pale. So we have 3 different types of paper, all used for the first time !! The stripes, blue thatched print in the foreground and ofcourse the base as the pinkish swirls ! Nice, I am already feeling good about this card. I designed the layout according to the sketch and then worked on devoloping the different elements. I have used brown as the highlighting frame for all the pieces. I have a picture to show you how I let the pieces rest before I finally lay them together. Ofcourse, like most my cards, there are brads, buttons, flowers and lace to highlight the card.

    This card enters a few challenges  :

    The sketch coincides with several challenges with similar design of sorts:

     

    with a glitter (the blue brads are gleaming ūüôā¬† : http://fridaymashup.blogspot.com/2011/01/mashup26-sketch-with-twist.html

     http://sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/our-first-challenge.html

    http://fridaysketchersblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/sketch-136-sponsored-by-pink-cat-studio.html

    http://cropstop.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-1-sketch.html

    http://trulyscrumptiouschallenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-48-dreaming-of-summer.html

    Sketch :http://iheart2stamp.com/2011/01/01/kicking-off-the-new-year-in-style/

    http://sweetstopsketches.blogspot.com/2011/01/sss90-january-8th.html

    http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/2011/01/sunday-sketch-challenge-51.html

    Something New : http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.com/2011/01/dare-to-be-sassy-thursday-54.html

    Something New :  http://creativecottagechallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-30-something-new.html

    Something New : http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-7-new.html

    Something New:   http://rainbowladyschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-134-its-all-new-to-me.html

    Something New : http://www.cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/

    Old stash and New stuff : http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-80-ring-out-old-ring-in-new.html 

    With wings : http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/

    With wings : http://alyssundaychallenge.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-06%3A00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=2

    Use Digi stamps : http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/january-digi-day-challenge.html

    Creatures :  http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-18-all-creatures-great-small.html

    colors : http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2011/01/color-throwdown-123.html

    colors :http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com/2011/01/curtain-call-color-challenge-act-64.html

    color ~ tone on tone : http://kjsstamppad.blogspot.com/

    Color : http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/

    color : http://www.thescrapmaster.com/search/label/Color%20Combos

    color : http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/crazy4challenges-c4c69.html

    Texture : http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-116.html

    layers and buttons : http://stampfairychallenge.blogspot.com/

    flowers : http://stampingscrappingchallengecentral.blogspot.com/

    Lace/Ribbons : http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/

    And here is that lovely card that will make one lucky person feel very special up

    on receiving it.

    http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

     

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    Inspirational card

    Once is Enough !

    Love these sentiments. I have waited for sometime now, to get an apt sketch to highlight this sentiment and voila,  Sweet Sunday came up with such a lovely sketch. I used bright cheerful colored stripes and a purple ribbon with two tiny bows to highlight the ribbon or it would be lost in the colored stripes. The accents on the right are woodsies. Gosh Love those !

    Here’s my card : such inspirational sentiments, isnt it ?¬† Thats what I like about card making, not only is it a way of being able to express creativity, but its a beautiful channel of bringing two people closer. We share sentiments, we speak volumes with may be just one sentence or two but it brings us closer, It helps in making up¬†relationships and binding ones that were¬†wavering off. ¬†Isnt that just what cards are supposed to do.

    Believe it or not ! I still have cards from my childhood !! They are special. Some for the sentiments shared by the giver and some for the occasions they shared. Some although arent all that good, I have framed them for their actual worth, which is priceless ! They are memories, which no amount of money can bring back.

    Ok ok ok so I got all senti !! Remember I told you ” I am that emotional fool! ” So anyways where were we ??? Oh yeah, my card !!!!

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    ¬†Here’s the sketch from sweet sunday :

    http://kgiron.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-98.html