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
  • Alter Art, Altered Photo Frame, Love messages ~ cards, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T A G S

    Altered Owl Frame

    Hello ladies. I am delighted to have had received such huge appreciation for both the door hanger as well as the shoebox. So glad you guys liked it. This is the third and last one in the Altered series. It is a lovely frame that I picked up in one of the garage sales and it had been resting in between that heap of cardboards and “To be worked on projects” So finally it was selected and boy, did I enjoy dressing it up ! The frame, itself, is sturdy wood and the linings on it are priceless. I did not want to paint it, lest it looses its country charm. So I just embellished it really. Whats even great, is that If¬†I get fed up of the look,¬†I just have to put in another picture inside leaving the ribbon, tag and the flowers¬†as it is, or I could just have it removed becoz I have not hot glued it !! Easy¬†beeezy ūüôā

    I¬†hav’nt decided whom, I’m going to give this frame to, maybe mom, sister, one of my cousin sisters, a she collegue, one of my girl friends,¬†not decided but¬†its gotta be someone special ofcourse !!

    A few pointers about the frame creation.

    • All the images are digi stamps which are the sentiment, the owl, and the heart.
    • The tree shows as a silhouette image ¬†so that it does not reflect as continuity with the frame color.
    • A few metal brads like the 3 stars and the “LOVE” charms on the dry embossed tag.
    • ¬†A cord, a cream ribbon and a large shiffon ribbon tied in a bow.
    • One of the flowers is handmade while the other one is punched. Both adorned with buttons.

    I do hope you guys like this one too.

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    Following are some of the challenges this frame will enter :


  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Girly
  • Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge¬†(2W) – Silhouettes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Here comes spring
  • Critter Sketch – use a sentiment
  • Cupcake Craft – anything but square¬†
  • Die Cut Dreams¬†(2W) – Spring garden scene
  • Incy Wincy Designs – spring is in the air
  • House of Gilli¬†(2W, SIO) – Green
  • KB Cute monday – anything goes using a Digi
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Paper Playtime – Anything goes with a Digi
  • Pollycraft – Three circles
  • Scrap it with a Song –¬†Lucky Star
  • Stamp Fairy – Anything but a card
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls
  • Woodware USA (1E) – Anything goes
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • Corrosive Challenges¬† (2E) – Distressing
  • Gingerloft (2W) – Furry friends
  • I Did It Creations – Punches or Dies
  • One Stitch At A Time – Card for Mom
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –¬† How charming
  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love¬†
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week –¬†Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†create something for a friend
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – anything to do with cleaning
  • Fairy Knoll¬†– (2E) – feeing a little green (use green)
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Fabulous Friday¬†– use metal on your card, project, layout
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Paper Cutz¬†– Spring
  • Patties Creations¬†– (2E, SIO) – make your own embellishment
  • Sew Many Cards¬†– (SIO) – stars
  • Stamp Something¬†–¬†something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place¬†– (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) –¬†punches
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Pals Paper Arts – CAS and scallops
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) –¬†anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images¬†– (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) ‚ÄďHandmade element or embellishment
  • Southern Girls – (2W, 1E) – Brads, gems or dewdrops
  • Stampin’ B’s – Use a flower
  • ¬†4 Crafty Chicks¬†-Inspirational Photo
  • Create with Connie & Mary¬†– (2E) – Inspiration
  • Crafts and Me – (2W) – anything with wings, especially fairies & angels
  • Creative Cottage¬†– (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Freshly Brewed¬†– (5E, SIO) – ribbons and bows
  • Little Red Wagon – animals
  • Pixie Cottage –¬† cute
  • Phew !!! Now that thats done,¬†I better get on with the linking part !! Cherio ladies. Thanks for visiting me today. And hope to see you again soon.

    Gate Fold Card, Love messages ~ cards

    Passion Tree

    Hello Girls !! And how have you’ll been ? I¬†just saw The Tourist and felt so disappointed. One expects alot more from Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp ūüė¶¬† He being one of my favorite actors. Thats also probably becoz I am so accustomed to watching him play very escentric characters what from scissor hands, chocolate factory, pirates of caribean¬† and so many more which arent acting up on the mind just now ! Seeing him as a normal everyday man was, perhaps unusual !

    Another thing, You know, I am not exactly your net savvy bug, I just¬†get by around here.¬† However, I really¬†wish I could also upload one of those “Live Traffic Feeds”¬†so that I know where my visitors are from. Oh and I have tried to upload the code but¬†everytime I paste the code in my widget in wordpress, when I view the updated profile, it shows the same code rather than being translated into the¬†image !!¬† Thats exactly what happens when I paste one of ’em blog candies pictures too ! Nothing¬† !!¬†Thats what¬†happens¬†~ Nothing ūüôā¬† I’m sure, I’m goofing up somewhere. Problem is most of my visitors are from blogspot and not wordpress so most of ’em really dont know how wordpress works. So if any of you’ll have an idea on wordpress, please………… ¬†I’m all ears ūüôā

    Ok so lets get on with the card, shall we¬† ?¬† My card today is a gate fold, love sentiment card.¬† Relatively simple. Stunning pattern paper !! Dont you just love the colors and patterns of this paper¬†? Both the stamps used are digital stamps. That tree¬†has become my absolute favorite and is being used¬†for the first time.¬†¬†The diecut blue base for the¬†tree is handmade paper embossed. It has this shiney texture to¬†it, I¬†hope it is visible in the close up pics. ¬†3 Metal heart embellishments and thats it. I did’nt want to clutter it with, the “men-theme” in mind.¬† Naturally, this¬†card can be given to men as well as ladies. Such a simple but REAL¬†sentiment. And raise your hands, how many of us feel this sentiment ??? My hands already up ūüôā¬† ~ DH is really an awesome guy ūüôā¬† (who pays generously for all my craft toys ūüôā¬† )

    I’ll leave you with that thought and this card :-

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    Did you notice Pepper my tabby,¬†basking in the afternoon sun ? Not a care in the world !! I did not edit this pic deliberately so you could see him. He is the youngest of he children ūüôā¬†

    Here are some of the challenges, this card enters :

    Sketch : Stampin moments 


  • Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown¬†– any occasion (no glitter!)
  • Crafty Creations –¬† in the garden
  • Cards For Men (2W) –¬†MASCULINE¬†and a Recipe: 1 Image, 2 Design Papers, 3 Embellishments (either 3 the same or 3 different)
  • Craft Your Passion – Male card or project
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring
  • Incy Wincy Designs – use punches or dies
  • Karens Doodles (1E) – Masculine
  • Squigglefly – Digital Delights (use something starting with D)~ diecut.
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – Pink, pink and more Pink
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Hearts
  • ¬†I Did It Creations – Anything Goes¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • ¬†Scrappy Frogs (3W) – Love
  • Cupcake Inspirations – Photo inspiration
  • Stacey’s Stamping Stage –¬†Colour
  • 2 Sisters – Embossing
  • Allsorts – Inspired by nature
  • Bee Crafty (M) – DIGI and Hearts (freebie available
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Use dies
  • Creative Inspirations – (2W) Distress
  • Ellephantastic (M, 1E) – Distressing, with a Love theme
  • ECP Challenges (2W) – Something for the boys
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Twisted Sketches – Heart
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge¬†– (2W, 2E, SIO) – distress it
  • Crafty Ann’s¬†– (2W, SIO) – love is all around
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†one for the men/boys
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Stamp Man – (2W, 1E/craft type) ‚Äď hearts
  • Totally Papercrafts – use a digi
  • Off the Wall Craftiness¬†– (3E, SIO) – picture inspiration
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Drunken Stampers – Use a Die Cut
  • Cute Card Thursday – Shiny, Happy
  • Whoopsi Daisy– Free and Easy
  • Digital Tuesday – Use a Die Cut
  • Simply Create – Bright
  • Shelly’s Images – Terrically Thrilling Thursday – Anything Goes
  • Paper Crafting Journey – Anything Goes*
  • Digi Doodle Shop – Anything Goes
  • ¬†


    Challenges, Daughter card, Easel Card, Inspirational card, Shaped Cards

    My Pot of Gold.

    I think, every once in a while, we tend to reach a plateau in any creativity field. And ofcourse, most of the time, alittle challenge can get us motivated. This time, I was challenging  myself with several folds and features. A little if-she-can-do-it-why-not-me inspiration is really healthy and infact essential at times. This past weekend, I wanted to get out of my lazy couch and play with some magic. I tried out different techniques and different folds in card making. Sometimes, we get too hung up on the challenges scenario, that most cards get created solely for serving only one purpose. I wanted to break that mold ~ and break I have done !!! I have tried to create something I just felt like with elements and colors and features that I felt I wanted to add. I really hope you guys like it.

    Some of the objectives, I had in my agenda were, to try out spotlighting, (was’nt sure, I could do it, but I am pleased with the first times results) Joy fold card, Tag card, back fold card, gate card¬†and a couple more. Over the week, I’ll keep adding them here. Please do revisit.

    I am really pleased with all of them but I want to get back to experimenting with more designs and added features. Ok, so thats that.

    This scarlet card is naturally for a daughter. Ofcourse an easel card in red base with some very pastel green and white swirls and flower designs in the pattern paper. The couch and the girl have been cut out and are a digi stamp. A ribbon, bow, metal heart, couple of brads and 5 gorgeous paper flowers complete this card. Border lace punch and a heart warming sentiment, “Daughter, You’re the end of my rainbow, my pot of gold.”

    I am a complete emotional fool and so I hear;  most creative people are !!! So the first time, I read this sentiment a couple of months back, I was really overwhelmed with a real maternal love for my boys. We really do tend to forget with the routine, school, soccer, house chores etc, how truly precious and valuable these little beings are. Really what matters most in life are not things but people. And at THAT, especially those we have bought into this world.

    There is one mother who will have moist eyes presenting this card to her prized child and one -young- very- pleased girl receiving this card. 

    I am so fortunate that I am involved in a field which is all about art and expressing feelings and bringing people closer. What say ??

    Here is My Pot of Gold Card.

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    Okay, so now lets see if this card qualifies any challenges !

    Sketch :

    Get Sketchy. 



  • Card Cupids¬†– buttons or ribbons – use punches or dies
  • Incy Wincy Designs
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls*
  • Altered Alice¬†(M, SIO) – Dress form or Change in Form
  • I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
  • Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – Use Green
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Use dies
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Hearts
  • Twisted Sketches – Heart
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO, JFF) ‚Äď flower card
  • Simply Create¬†– (2W) – bold & bright
  • Totally Papercrafts – use a digi
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) –¬†punches
  • Charisma Cardz – (3E) ‚ÄstSpring has sprung
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – (SIO) – anything goes
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E, SIO) – dots
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) –¬†anything goes
  • The Outlawz – Prisma & Other Mediums¬†– (no Copics) – anything goes;
  • Play Date Cafe¬†– combined challenge with CASE Study; COLOUR (see below
  • Shelly’s Images¬†– (SIO) – show us what you got/anything goes
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – use a punch
  • Creative Cottage¬†– (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Paper Pretties – card for a child
  • Digital Tuesday – (include a digital element) – Use a die cut
  • My Time To Craft – (JFF) – circles
  • Scrap-Creations – Spring Fever
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Desert Island Crafters¬†– (2W) – ,¬†Border Punch,¬†Only one pattern paper,¬†Red,¬†¬†Swirls,¬†Sparkle
  • Catered Crop (2W) – Recipe challenge
    1. Colors ‚Äď Anything Goes!
    2. Stamps ‚Äď Aprons, images from the kitchen¬†
    3. Embellishments ‚Ästribbon
    4. ¬†Tools ‚Äď border punches or die cuts
    5. Shapes ‚Äď Squares
    6.  Color Mediums- distress ink and normal color markers

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ūüôā

    Friendship cards, Inspirational card, Love messages ~ cards, Proud of You

    Proud of You 2.

    This card has only one theme in mind, to show how much you value that someone has tried or someone IS trying his best. Its really all about achievments in small or large doses or atleast getting there.

    It could be from a mom to a daughter or vice versa, again from daughter to dad, or between friends, collegues or relatives. Its not only about achievements like graduation or a job promotion¬†but also really realizing that some one has been there supporting you and you wish to tell them just THAT ; that your proud of them ūüôā

    Ofcourse I am back to my comfort zone of Pink with a large punch of red. The image as well as the sentiment are digi stamps and arent they just super cute ūüôā¬† !! I have border punched both the outside edge and the inside too. Blue, pink and Red are predominently the colors here on this card except for what the senorita is wearing.¬† I have realized I have been coloring most of the girl hair images in orange. Is there something wrong with me or do I have a fetish for orange on girl heads ūüėČ I suppose its better that blue or even worse yellow … actually I think, I’ll try yellow in my next image ūüôā

    The large die cut flower is so gorgeous. It is handmade paper and if you notice closely in the slide, you will observe how glittery this paper is.  A red button in the center and two pink and white flowers on either side. A red ribbon, and three glittery brads and voila we have a very happy girl/guy receiving this card.

    Here’s the card :¬†

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    The sketch :365 Cards                                                                Friday Sketchers  



    ¬†Priscilla’s Style¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Just Add Ink¬†– SKETCH¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†


    Sew Many Cards¬†— SKETCH

    Various challenges this card enters are :

  • Alphabet Challenge¬†– (1E, JFF) – “P” is for paper piecing
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO, JFF) ‚Äď flower card
  • Simply Create¬†– (2W) – bold & bright
  • Stamp Something¬†–¬†something funky
  • Totally Papercrafts – use a digi
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) –¬†punches
  • Charisma Cardz – (3E) ‚ÄstSpring has sprung
  • Cute Card Thursday – shiny happy cards (include something shiny)
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – (SIO) – anything goes
  • Dutch Dare Card Challenge¬†– (2E) – sparkle/glitter/bling
  • The Outlawz – Prisma & Other Mediums¬†– (no Copics) – anything goes;
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) –¬†anything goes
  • Paper Play – (2E) ‚Äď add shine
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – buttons, ribbon and lace
  • Shelly’s Images¬†– (SIO) – show us what you got/anything goes
  • Creative Belli – (2W) – felt or fabric
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Your Next Stamp Challenge¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – paper piecing
  • Paper Shelter Challenge¬†– (SIO) – buttons & bows
  • Digital Tuesday – (include a digital element) – Use a die cut
  • Scrap-Creations – Spring Fever
  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: Use 3: buttons, border punch, color red
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Pink
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Pink
  • Scrapmaster’s Paradise – COLOR
  • Voila and thats it. Thank you for stopping by, until next time, see ya ūüôā

    Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

    Make Me Smile.

    Hello there, back from all the hearts and red rushed week ?? I hope your week has been going well so far.¬† We had a holiday here in Dubai yesterday and my family and I actually managed to break a spell on my home of “not being able to go to a park for a picnic”. So we did make it eventually ~ absolutely enjoyed it and looking forward to another one this weekend, inshallah.¬†

    I made this card for some one speacial, some one close, some one I love, some one¬†who really needs some encouragement or needs to be shown how much he/she means in my life. It has this digi image of a cutie¬†bear looking rather sad or confused holding a fabric polka dot pink heart and wearing heart doted dungrees. The pattern paper is handmade embossed very light pink. Some border punching and a lovely lace sticker. 3 tiny sparkly glittery flowers and maroonish/brown ribbon tied to a sentiment saying “YOU make me smile”.

    Personally, I think, I ‘d love to receive this card. It really has a very simple look and I hope you guys like it.

    Here’s the card :

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    These are the various challenges this card enters :


  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: Use 3 items from an itinerary (Border Punch, Sparkle,Only one pattern paper)
  • Paper Take Weekly – Glitter, sparkles, gems etc
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Pink
  • Crafty Cardmakers¬† (2W) – Hearts
  • Cupcake Craft – I heart you – use hearts
  • Heart 2 Heart (1E, SIR) – Show us your heart
  • Kaboodle Doodles (1E) – Hearts and Flowers
  • Karens Doodles (1E) – Animal Friends
  • KB Cute monday – Love
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Bears
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – For someone special
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – be my valentine
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Pink
  • Woodware USA (1E) – embossing
  • Scrapmaster’s Paradise – COLOR –¬†Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette
  • Aly’s Sunday Challenge (2W) –¬†Bling Bling
  • Crafty Pad (SIO) – Hearts
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Hearts
  • Creative Inspirations Paint (1E) – Keep it Sweet and Simple
  • I Did It Creations – Bling it up
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –¬† Use 2 of the following: Flowers, Lace, Distressing and the Colour Pink
  • Paperworks Co – Hearts
  • 2 Sisters – Hearts
  • Allsorts – It’s all about the sentiment
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love
  • Crafty Emma – Cute & Cuddly
  • ECP Challenges 2W – Love
  • Ellephantastic (M, 1E) – Distressing, with a Love theme
  • NEW Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • Sir Stampalot¬†– (M, 1E/craft type, C6, posted on the 1st) – all creatures great & small
  • Tiffany Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO,¬†posted on the 7th) – Valentines
  • Penny Black at Allsorts¬†– (M, 3E, SIR, posted on the 1st) – say it with flowers
  • Karber Monthly¬†– (M, SIO, posted on the 1st) – use a digital stamp & love & friendship
  • Creative Belli – (2W) – felt or fabric
  • Creative Card Crew – friendship
  • Creative Cottage¬†– (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps¬†– (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Pixie Cottage – SKETCH (see below) and/or embossing
  • Sisterhood of Crafters – (2W, 3E) –¬†in love with Valentine’s
  • Tiffany Doodles – (2W) – Valentine’s
  • Dude Time Doodles¬†– (must be masculine)¬†–¬†inspiration (see below)
  • Whoopsie Daisy ‚ÄstFree and easy¬†
  • Catered Crop (2W) – Recipe challenge (many options, see blog for details :-
  • ¬†

    • Pattern Paper ‚Äď geometric or repeating patterns
    • Stamps ‚Äď Bear¬† or a sentiment about love
    • Tools ‚Äď scallop die cuts
    • Embellishments ‚Äď ribbon, sparkling gems, lace and Pink¬†fabric heart.
    • Theme ‚Äď love/Friendship
    • Shapes ‚Äď hearts and scallops
    Challenges, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

    Red & Pink Love !

    This card was inspired mainly from the sketches. It has many to all the elements I use in card making except the button ! Stripes and Polka dots. Large flower, 2 small fabric flowers and three gems flowers. Can you find wheres another hidden pink¬†flower ? ¬†Hope its not too obvious ūüôā The heart is a darling pink fabric heart. A tag claiming the all-too-often heard “Love You”¬† This suits the valentines theme becoz of the obvious reds & pinks, the heart ¬†and the sentiment ofcourse. However I feel, it can be gifted to anyone we have feelings for not necessarily only the¬†girl/guy love thingy ūüôā Oh and both the stamps are digi stamps.

    So lets see it :

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    Okay so lets see where does this card qualify.

    Sketches :


    Monday Lunchtime sketch.

    Totally Gorjuss

    Card Positioning systems

    Unscripted Sketches


  • Sukkersott
  • Wild Orchid Challenge
  • Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Girlie
  • Catch the bug
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Love is in the air
  • Craft Your Passion – Anything Goes
  • Crafty Cardmakers – Hearts
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Lots of Love
  • Cupcake Craft – Seeing red
  • Incy Wincy Designs – Love
  • Happily Scrappin¬†– Picture inspiration
  • Kaboodle Doodles (1E) – Ribbon
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – For someone special
  • Paper Playtime – Use Cupid or hearts
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – be my valentine
  • Scrap it with a Song – My life would suck without you
  • Stamp with Fun – Love
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Valentines
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – Love/Valentines
  • Woodware USA (1E) – Ribbon and/or bows
  • Aly’s Sunday Challenge (2W) –¬†Bling Bling
  • Crafty Hos’ – Love
  • Crafty Pad (SIO) – Love is in the air
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Love is in the air
  • Creative Inspirations Paint (1E) – Hearts
  • Gingerloft (2W) – The colour Red
  • I Did It Creations – Love is in the air
  • One Stitch At A Time – Use a Digi
  • 2 Sisters¬†– The World is your oyster -optional Valentines
  • Allsorts – Love Love Love
  • Catch The Bug¬†(3E, SIO)¬†– Anything Goes
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E)¬†– Love
  • Crafty Emma – Red & Romance
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Valentines
  • ECP Challenges¬†2W – Love
  • ¬†Little Claire’s¬†¬†(M) Anything Goes¬†
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon¬†– (2W) RIBBON and Pink, Red & White
  • Stamp, Scrap & Doodle (2W) – Spots and Stripes
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – pink/white or red/white
  • Do it With Digis¬†– (2W, 2E, SIO)- romance
  • Fabulous Friday¬†– pink, red, white only
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO, JFF) ‚Äď magic of love
  • Off the Wall Craftiness¬†– (3E, SIO) – pink, white, red
  • Polkadoodle¬†– (C10) – with hearts
  • Raise The Bar – hearts
  • Sew Many Cards¬†– (SIO) – anything goes
  • Simply Create¬†– (2W) – give your heart away
  • Stamp Something¬†–¬†use a digi
  • Stampin For The¬†Weekend – (2W, 1E) ‚Äď Valentine’s Day
  • Tellen’s Place¬†– (1E, SIO) – hearts
  • The Stamping Bazaar – (SIR) – anything goes
  • Totally Papercrafts – friendship
  • Crafty Purple Frog¬†– (2W, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/romance
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – (SIO) – Valentine’s
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E, SIO) – red hot
  • Guylou’s Inimitability¬†– (2W, SIO) – red
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – (SIO) – Valentine’s
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – love is in the air (use hearts)
  • Paper Play – Stamp It Out
  • Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes + Flowers
  • Craft us Crazy – Anything Goes
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Anything Goes
  • Sisterhood of Crafters – In love with valentines
  • Scrapbook Sisters ‚Äď my Valentine
  • Tiffany Doodles ‚Äď (2W) ‚Äď Valentine‚Äôs
  • A Spoonful Of Sugar ‚Äst show some love
  • sentimental sundays ~ red, pink, white
  • Arte Fair stall., My Favorite Stores in Dubai, Window display

    Handmade items/Hobby~Business in Dubai.

    Dear Friends,

    Often I have been asked on my blog if I run classes and could employ people and for some kind of guidance in this field.

    Recently amongst the many calls I receive for some guidance was  from Rida F who also wished for some direction in this matter, staying in UAE.

    By no means, am I an expert but I could only provide some of my own experinence in this field.

    I am a papercrafter and create handmade greeting cards, altered art, book binding, and recylable items. In the past I have taught in schools and institutes but realized that these venues provide a large limitation on budget and generally dont fullfull their pledge when they advertize a product to their clients.

    Therefore, I decide to take up some classes for children as well as ladies. I offer classes from home at the Arabian Ranches every quaterly. For the children, there is a beginers and advanced art classes covering all aspects and mediums of creating art works including water colors, arcylics etc.  And for the ladies, classes are limited to the various aspects of papercrafting.  I am not a sewer (which I would have loved to be !)

    5 years back, I chose to not get involved in a full time business for various reasons which do not apply now. But becoz you could be in a similar situation I am disclosing it for you.

    1: My kids were alot younger and I prefered to do something on the side, rather than jump into a commitment which I may not be able to fullfill.

    2:¬†Business, in this part of the world is rather complicated with the involvement of trade liscence, visa procedures, having a partner‚Äôs constant involvment ( to have a business in Dubai or UAE, one must have a local ‚Äúarbab‚ÄĚ who is the local representative or sponsor of the business, although his involvment could be limited, in terms of finance and decisions, nevertheless, one has to pay him a fee on an annual basis, depending on the individual case )

    I too, like many, prefered to manage from the comfort of my home while waiting for the right opportunity. (Which by the way, may not be the most ideal situation for you, but it ‚ÄúWAS‚Ä̬†for me.)

    Having said that, now, for what you should do, if you feel you have a talent which has the potential of bringing in, monetary gains ? Well, Primarily¬†find out what exactly you wish to pursue ? You have the¬†choice of selling your product or selling your skills ? Which would you prefer. That is ‚ÄėTHE‚Äô most important question. Please realize that most people who visit us in our homes or our friends,¬†are going to praise our ‚ÄúART‚ÄĚ skills, becoz that is the polite thing to do, but are they appreciating it so much as to buy it ?

    Next, having determined which direction you choose, ‚ÄúNETWORK‚Ä̬† ‚Ķ It is a KEY WORD. Talk to people at work or spouces friends, or neighbours, ¬†friends of friends and spread the word that you can offer some skills or¬†you have products. Which ever, but first find out from your community, what response you get. Another important aspect is ‚ÄúLOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION‚ÄĚ as they say in the¬†business jargan . Perhaps you reside¬†rather far from where your potential¬†customers are. Well, then you have to find a way or a channel to come to them, if they cant come to you.

    Here, I can also suggest that selling online is also another option. It has benefitted several folks, I know. And its really not as complicated as we make it out to be. There are several sites where you can join to be able to sell thru eg : ETSY.

    One drawback about handmade items is that , being handmade, naturally they are always above the regular prices, and there is generally only a particular kind of clientele which appreciates handmade. So reaching them is the question here.

    In my opinion, ARTE provides an excellent and very¬†balanced channel for the new hobbyist. They are a monthly ‚Äúsouk‚ÄĚ ~ exhibition/fair where you can participate on a monthly basis once you register with them. What I would adivse to some one like Rida, is that you should probably visit one of their exhibitions/fairs which is every first friday of the month at the Times Square on Sheikh Zayed road. Get a feel of how they exhibit and what are the kind of products that sell, talk to the vendors, and see how you think, you can place your self there.¬† You can reach arte from here : ARTE ¬†or you can join their facebook group here :¬† ARTE.

                                                            One of the ladies at the fair with some fantastically creative  wall hangings.

    If you feel more confident then this could be one way you could choose to move in. Another permantant option is where you take up a space/store/shop in a small sized mall or a larger mall. Depending on your budget, these are the basic two ways to go in. Both can turn out to be fruitful provided you believe you have what it takes to make it suceed.

    I know of ladies, who have started out from Arte, moved on to get a space thru the Freezone but they struggled, becoz they were located far from the reach of the¬†‚ÄĚREAL‚ÄĚ client and I also know of women, who persisted with home business for years before actually opening up large size stores in more renowned malls. We all have our own situations to deal with so in the end, it boils down to what your situation and budget is like.

    I could go on forever on this subject but the most important thing is, that you set your priorities right first and see where you place your hobby/skills. There are scores of books written on this subject. But the bottom line is, as my closest friend Judith put it when I was in a delimma too, was ‚ÄúRunning a store/shop/full fledge business is like getting on an ongoing ¬†threadmill‚Ä̬† If you get what I mean. Are you 100% committed ? If so, and if not so too, trying out opportunities is alot better than waiting to let things happen to us, get out there, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH and atleast make an effort to know where you stand with your product.

    If I can be of any help. Feel free to contact me.

    I hope you found my little article informative, inspiring and educational. If so, kindly leave a comment to tell me how and what you feel.

    Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

    Hold that Key. . . .

    Holly Molly !! Did I enjoy this card or what !!!! I completly felt ‘¬†myself ‘ ¬†with this card.¬† Made it I would want it for me¬†!¬†¬† I wanted something colorful, something flowery, and something which showed the dozens of fabric hearts that¬†sleep in my craft studio ūüôā

    This is a typically girlie girlie card. Lots of pink strips and polka dot pinks against a blue card base.  Now that the desk is feeling alittle organized, I can easily fetch the punches, scallops, and corner punches so I have been using them in almost all the cards. This ribbon is one of my favorites.  All the pink fabric hearts are different designs but the flower buttons are all similar. They rest on a square velet dark pink handmade paper which is square punched. The sentiment is a digital stamp which has a metallic key hanging underneath.

    I just so love this card.  It is ideal for framing as well as I will show in another post.

    The gorgeous sketch comes from :Inkspirations sketch
    ¬†Taddddaaaa………….. ¬†and here’s the card :

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    Here’s the list of the other challenges, this card enters :
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Love is in the air
  • CD Sunday (JFF) -Love is in the air
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Be my valentine
  • Corrosive Challenges¬† (2E) –¬†Button it up
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) –¬†Love is in the air
  • Creative Inspirations Paint (1E) – Love
  • Craft Your Days Away¬†(2W)¬†– Love
  • Crafty Emma – Bold & Bright
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†flowers
  • Crafty Purple Frog¬†– (2W, SIO) – distressing
  • Charisma Cardz – (3E) ‚ÄstValentine/love
  • Creative Belli (2nd week) – anything beginning with “P”
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E, SIO) – patterned paper
  • Delightful Challenges – (SIO) – include a heart on your project
  • Delicious Doodles – spots or stripes
  • Dutch Dare Card Challenge¬†– (2E) – 3 patterned papers, 3 flowers, 3 sparkly things, 1 ribbon
  • Fairy Fun Fridays¬†¬†(2W, SIO) ‚Äď for a sweetheart
  • Fab ‘n’ Funky – use a digi
  • Fairy Knoll¬†– (2E) – flowers
  • Mami Doodles¬†– (2W, SIO) ‚Äď magic of love
  • Simply Create¬†– (2W) – give your heart away
  • Meljens Designs – (SIO) – create something with hearts
  • Marks Finest Papers – Valentine Card
  • Rubber Cafe¬†– (SIO) – sparkle & glitter
  • Sisterhood of Crafters(2 weeks) –¬†anything goes
  • Stampavie and More – love
  • ¬†Totally Gorjuss – As you like it
  • Stamp, Scrap & Doodle (2W) – get punchy
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – 3 embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) ‚Äď scallops galore
  • Stampin’ B’s – song as your inspiration: A woman’s heart: Chris de burgh. (u guessed it ~ Major fan of CDB ūüôā
  • The Outlawz – Prisma & Other Mediums¬†– (no Copics) – love
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) – Valentines
  • Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2nd week) ‚Äď anything goes
  • Lexis Creations – Valentine
  • Aud Sentiments – Love theme
  • Stamping Vacation – Occasions Oasis (Valentines)
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon – pink, red and white.
  • Creatalicious -Love and Ribbon
  • PIO – Punch it!
  • Karber Weekly – something old
  • A Spoonfull of Sugar ‚Äď Photo inspiration.
  • Whoopsie Daisy ‚Äď anyshape but square
  • city crafter¬†~ all you need is love
  • PaperPlay¬†– Layer it Up
  • scrap creations¬†~ friendship
  • Tuesday Taggers¬†~¬†feel the lurve
  • KB Cute monday – Use Hearts
  • ¬†

    I’ll wait to know how you felt about this card. ūüôā

    Challenges, Engagement Cards, Good Luck Cards, Good wishes Card, Wedding Anniversary Cards

    2 peeps 1 life !

    By the end of 2009, I was on a “high” for gatefold cards and then suddenly like most of the other whims in my life, I just stopped making em !!¬† Last week was experimentation week, remember ? So naturally, after making the purse card and the square easel card, I felt, I could try out a¬† gatefold card. This¬†card was not made with any sketch in mind so it will not enter any sketch challenge. Unless something pops up today or tomorrow !!! ūüôā¬†

    Just wanted to make a very bright and colorful card with lotsa fanciful flowers and ofcourse, that butterfly digi image is really a darling. Its something that really suits any happy occasion. The sentiment is lovely for wishing two people getting engaged or married.


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    There are a few challenges, this card qualifies, which are :

    Some Odd Girl – Scallops
    Creative Belli – ‘P’ is for Pink
    Fab ‘n Funky – Go Digi
    Creative Craft World – Cute and Cuddly
    Penny’s PaperCrafty – Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamps – Animal Antics (butterflies )
    Stampavie – Love
    Stamps R Us РAnimals  (butterflies)
    Bunny Zoe – Love is in the Air
    Aud Sentiments – Love theme
    Stamptacular Sunday – Whatevah (Anything Goes)
    Totally Gorjuss – As you like it
    Stampin’ B’s – Inspired by the song:( flying colors:chris de burg.)
    CES – Bold and Bright
    Crafty Purple Frog – Distressing (3 of 3)
    Stamping Vacation – Occasions Oasis
    Karber Weekly РDIGI STAMP and use something old (used a very old technique ~ gatefold card)
    Paper Playtime – Anything Goes with a Digi
    Gingerloft (2W) – Things that fly
    Outlawz challenge – Clean and Simple
    Birthday Cards, Birthday Cards Feminine, Birthday Cards Masculine


    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

    Friendship cards, Inspirational card

    Swirls & a good friend.

    Hello Ladies, Hope you had a pleasent weekend. Me ? Yeah, it was pleasently creative. My mojo continues in full swing, gladly ūüôā

    Amazingly again, last night was fruitful enough to keep me churning out another 6 cards, that is, till the wee hours of the morning ! Yes, Feel like I am on top of the world. Its been that good. This weekend, I¬†had this urge not only to create¬†cards for the challenges but also to experiment with different designs and textures. You’ll see the results in the following posts.

    This first card is really special to me. I think I would rate it a good 7/10 !! And that itself speaks volumes coz I really am, very critical about all my own¬†projects. Nothing is really ever good enough for me, including my own handwritting. Thank God laptops and keyboards¬† ūüôā

    Like I always say, the simplistic designs are always the most attractive ones. This card is ideal for both genders although It does sport a large flower. Amazingly this card carries 4 differnt handmade papers. I have tried to take close up pics of the flower to get you to see the textures.  Remember, I told you about how I managed to open that new stack of handmade paper bought atleast a year or so before ?? Well, all this is spilling out from there.

    The ivory paper is¬†embossed with swirls, the Flower itself has two different, thick paper diecut with a button in the center, a tag with a friendly message and two butterflies. How simple can it get¬†?? This simple ūüôā¬† The card, itself, is in very pale ivory, white, and green¬†tones, except for a little dash of red.

    This is a general card which you could present for valentines or an all-year-round-card for any friend/collegue/classmate/neighbour.


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    The sketch for this card comes from :

     Waltzingmouse Sketch.                      Get Sketchy 72 


    Other challenges this card qualifies for are :

  • Totally Gorjuss – As you like it
  • MyTimeToCraftChallenge¬† Emboss
  • Crazy4Challenges Shabby Chic element
  • SSDS Challenge¬† Punch
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) –¬†flowers
  • Fairy Knoll¬†– (2E) – flowers
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s Best –¬† swirls
  • Crafty Sentiments – (1E) – your favourite things”( tags, layering, embossing and using buttons/brads : they are all my favorites)
  • Colour Create – (2W, 1E) ‚Äď COLOUR:¬†lemon, green, white. Optional: charms
  • Do You Stack Up?¬†– (3E) – patterned paper
  • Paper Play – (2E) ‚Äď layer it up (the flower is 3 layered)
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – 3 embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 ribbon
  • Southern Girls – ( 1E) – dry embossing
  • Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2nd week) ‚Äď anything goes
  • Cooking It Up With Katie – use a sketch from another current challenge, add texture,¬†use a punch
  • Sisterhood of Crafters (2 weeks) –¬†anything goes
  • Anything¬†Goes¬†(2 weeks) –¬†Butterflies
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – “my favourite thing”( tags, layering, embossing and using buttons/brads : they are all my favorites)
  • My Time To Craft – embossing
  • Top Tip Tuesday – fabulous flowers
  • One Stitch At A Time – Pic¬†color or Lucky
  • Paper Minutes – Flowers
  • Paper Variety – friendship
  • Wild Orchid – Let’s Get Sentimental
  • Craft Your Passion – 2 designer papers
  • Crafty Card Makers – Flowers
  • Stamptacular Sunday (must stamp) ‚Äď Whateva‚Äô!
  • Crafty Emma ‚Äď Bold & Bright¬†
  • ¬†

    Well, thats it. See you in a bit with the next project/card.