Challenges, Friendship cards

Friends and flowers.

Dear friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the card :

                                                                          

Here are the challenges, this card enters :

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

Alter Art, Collage Art, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T A G S, Trash to Treasure

Altered Envelope turned Tag Book

Firstly, I am super excieted with the new theme that I chose for the blog. Love the bright and cheerful blue. WordPress has come up with some fabulous changes to the menu as well, which is making bloggin alot of fun and easy. Please feel free to give me your views about my blog’s new look.

What I am sharing with you today, is my first attempt at making a tag book. What really had me going was that I could finally recycle, which is what I “REALLY” enjoy. I have recycled some old envelopes here. I wish I had taken photos of how I actually fixed this project !  Basically I just folded three or four envelpes in half, slit one side open while I punched the other side with two holes and bind them with 2 eyelets. I know, its never simpl understanding someones direction so maybe I’ll one again with a tutorial.  But for now, heres what I came up with. I wanted to keep the quotes/encouragement lines, simple, short but inspirational. I had so much fun thinking of elements to relate to the specific quotes and going wild with paper, ribbons and colors !

I’ll let the pictures do all the talking from here.

 

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I’d like to link this project to the following parties :-

Friday

ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites
Feature Friday~Spunky Junky
Friday Flair~WhipperBerry
Pity Party~30 Handmade Days
Freckled Laundry
Shanty 2 Chic

Design-Aholic
Naptime Crafters
New Friend Friday
Meljens DesignsSIO – Shapes: Use a circle and a square in the same creation
Simon Says Stamp – anything goes
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes 2nd Week
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge1E, SIO – #39 Fall & Or Fancy Folds
Partytime Tuesdays – 3E (2E anything goes wk) – PTT #35 Anything Goes
Critter Sketch – Anything Goes
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
PollycraftSIO – Tags and/or Bookmarks
Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
I’m so glad your visiting me today. Please do come back again.
 
Till then,
 
Stay safe,  find happiness in all the small things around you and be grateful for them.
 
Naush
Easel Card, Get Well soon ~ Card, Guy cards {non birthday}, Paper Piecing, Technique

Checkered Get well wishes.

Yeeeeeellow Ladies !!! And how was the month of May for you ? I hope with all the chaos in the world, we creative souls are taking good refuge burried under a pile of DS, copics, stamps and … list is too long.. {you get the picture, dont you ??}

Jokes apart, honestly, sometimes, its such a relief that ” we  ”  { ladies who are nurturing and devoloping  our creative desires} are so blessed to have found a fullfilling channel to keep us occupied constructively and help us release our emotions. I cant imagine how time consuming and boring it must be to sit infront of the idiot box for hours or worse, spend hours gossiping in social kitties or perhaps even worse, not be able to enjoy or afford any hobby at all !! 

I have found so many dear friends thru the www world that have reached out for my friendship and really kept me going when at times you feel so lost and in despair.

Also many thanks to the scores of dear friends and visitors for always leaving such thoughtful comments behind. I look forward to them and read each one of them. They are such a joy. Infact, I know alot of people give out blog candies for number of hits on their blog, or the number of followers, they have, but for me, those comments make all the difference. Infact I think, it is getting time to probably make a candy, one of these days, probably when I reach xxx number of comments !!!! 

The last two weeks have been so gratifying (artistically speaking !!) I have a heap of completed projects that I am going to share with you very soon. Some altered art, some wall hangings, some bookmarks, some new techniques and some cards. Ofcourse they will follow in posts, one after the other.

For today, I have a Get Well Soon, easel card with plenty of layers. I completly love the design paper which I am using for the first time. I used a lovely sketch from Mojo Monday which, I did not realize would be alittle tricky, but in the end, I am quite pleased with the effort. [ and ofcourse I am too late to submit my card for that challenge 😦  ]  A beautiful fence digital stamp with two flower pots paper pieced to it. 3 Brads and a simple ribbon knotted around the sentiment. Ofcourse this is my new MS border punch, which I have absolutely completely insanely fallen-in-love with !! For those of you who own it, isnt the design simply fabulous ? and for those who havent picked them up so far, whats keeping you from them ???

I have made a deliberate effort at keeping the look more masculine with more muted colors and lots of distressing.

I hope this card brings a smile to the souls feeling under the weather.

Here is the slide :

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This card enters quite a few challenges. However since I am guest DT for Clear It Out! – I am entering this card for their paper piecing challenge.

 And here’s a list of the other many challenges, this card enters :

I hope you liked this card. Please feel free to browse thru more of my projects. And ofcourse if you would leave a comment, it would add to my joy 🙂  Thank you for your lovely visit.

Cheerio then  Friends. Will be seeing you soon !

Challenges, Friendship cards, Guy cards {non birthday}

World’s Best Bud.

What a day !!! Actually a nightmarish day. For someone who is petrified of dentist, the sight, sound and smell of a dentist’s clinic is nothing short of turning me hypertensive ! And to think of it that finally after suffering for over a year with repeated infections in my wisdom tooth, I finally gave in to my doc, to have it removed !! Not in my wildest dreams did I know that It would turn out all so painful. Well the procedure was not so bad ~ what with two bouts of anesthesia and my tooth breaking in pieces half way thru !!  But for whatever reason, 2 hours later, when the anesthesia was all drained is when the real pain dawned. And ho boy ! Did I wail and cry like a baby !!! For someone who has undergone 3 caesarians and battled alot of physical pain, tooth ache may seem small but honestly, It causes excruciating pain. And this is the point when your wondering, what has tooth ache gotta do with the world’s best bud !!!!! Well actually, nothing. Hey c’mon now, I just gave up my wisdom, I am bound to talk this way now 🙂  Jokes apart. With a stronger dose of painkillers, I am much better now. Please feel free to share with me, your tooth removal experiences. Why ? Well, it may make me feel better that I am not the only one who cries like a big baby over tooth ache !!

Ok anyway lets get on with the business of card making.

This is a relatively simple card. Super gorgeous flowery design paper. A cutsie old beetle car digi stamp image from Nikki and a simple message ~ which is what boys generally like. The ribbon is wrapped backwards with a simple button. While the front layer is embossed and attached with 3 blue brads. Somehow, inspite of the huge range of spellbinders in the market, somehow I am finding myself more attracted to the simple circular diecut, which I have layered here. The base of the circle die is a soft handmade blue paper with gold dots embossed on it. I would say this is a typically guy card. Subtle tones, check ribbon and button, and a short and crisp message that generally stands good for boys.

Here is the image :

 

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This card enters the following card challenges :

 

  • So thats that with the World’s best buddy. I’m going to say goodbye now. I hope you enjoyed your short visit in my blog. Thank you for stopping by.

Best Regards

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 😦  ~~ 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 “Happy Birthday” or “Best Wishes” 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 🙂

    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) –Handmade 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.