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Tour of my Ikea Craft Room !

 

For the last 4 years, we stayed in the newly developed Al Warqa area of Dubai.

We went from a community living in Arabian Ranches to a stand alone 12,000 sqft villa.

Visit here for my craft room in Arabian Ranches.

What was spectacular about the villa, is that it was designed by an Emarati for an Emarati lifestyle. Whats different about Arabic styled houses ?

Well, Arabic style houses generally have two main entrances to the main building, one for the family, and another one for the male guests. The men guest entrance is greeted by a very large hall which is called the Majlis. This comfortable large space is generally where the men of the family entertain their male friends, hence it is lavishly large.

Another significant thing about the villas’ is that every bedroom is ensuite. Which meant, my 5 bedroom home had 7 bathrooms !!! (1 extra for the lounge room and another for the dining room)

Cleaning such a large house is not for the faint of heart ! But Thank heavens for the abundance of easily available part-time help in Dubai.

Another aspect, which we were lucky, we did not have, is the presence of an entire block of an adjoining building which houses the maids and drivers of the house.

Most of the times, the kitchen is also a part of that building block. But we were lucky, our kitchen was in the main building.

That was too much space for a family of five, however, it would benefit, the constant arrival of relatives and feline friends ( fostering that me and my family volunteer for.)

Thanks to alot of persuasion and prodding – We decided to convert the majlis into my craft Studio.

Was it a dream ??

Absolutely YES !!

For someone who started crafting 12 years back from a modest desk  placed at the  corner of her bedroom … here I was, in a HUGE studio with craft supplies and goodies, I could have only dreamt of years back !!

The studio took nearly three months to be shelved, stacked, stored and organized.

As you will notice from the pictures below, 100% furniture and 95% storage items (like boxes, pots ) are from #Ikea !!

I think, for artists, Ikea is a PERFECT !! They cater to each and every need of ours brillaintly and I have NOT been compensated to state so 🙂

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Don’t they look organized ? Even the white pots holding markers are from Ikea.
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The large striped boxes as well as the white bookshelf is Ikea.
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These wired racks make it easy to locate ribbons etc
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Different sizes of #Trofast boxes
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The white cookie or cupcake , wire stand is also Ikea.
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This PVC rack was designed and constructed by yours truly !
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Ribbons, twine, yarn, embellishments all stored in the ikea wire racks
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Linnamon study desk ! Notice my delicious pinking shears ! Over the years, I have picked quite a few diecut machines, as you will notice, there’s the Silhouette, Revolution, Cuttlebug, and Big shot !! What ?? Hoarder, you say ???? No way – just moving with time !
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4 Glasholm glass tables !! Every shelf counts as storage !!
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The two drawer racks on the left of my chair, houses all my rubber stamps and diecuts. My throne is the Marcus swivel chair from Ikea
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I picked these white storage boxes from Ikea as well as the Trofast shelf and storage boxes.
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Unfortunately these wire racks have been discontinued by Ikea !! The newer version are not as sturdy as these.

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Trofast storage combination
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This stores my jewelry making supplies

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Most of those colored plastic drawers have paints and glue
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10 Snille swivel chairs.
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My precious books and notes – one of my fav Ikea cubby cupboard
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Felt, fabric and more stored in the Ikea cupboard
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Another Ikea cupboard

Was the craft room a  good idea ?

Absolutely !!

How long did it take ?

Very long to organize it all ?

what happened next ?

We moved out of this house this January (2016)  !!!!!!!!

How do I feel about it ?

Miserable !! I miss the sprawling length and breadth of that room so much, so dearly 😦

It was perfect in every way and the  best possible gift, my husband could give me !!

Our new home is in the area called The Villa – Dubailand. Its a modern villa and the added benefit of the majlis is deducted in the form of a pool. We have converted the 5th bedroom into the craft studio – but it is still a project under progress.  Will share with you the development in another post.

I hope you enjoyed my craft studio tour and found inspiration in some of the ways in which I manged to store some supplies.

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Inspire Me Monday – Create with Joy
Clever Chicks Blog Hop – The Chicken Chick
Monday Funday – That’s What {Che} Said
Craftastic Monday – Sew Can Do
Mix It Up Monday – Flour Me With Love
Munching Mondays – Nibbles by Nic
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The Scoop – Worthing Court
Create Link Inspire – Naptime Creations
Dream Create Inspire – Whimsy & Hope
Much Ado About Monday – Huckleberry Love
Monday Madness – How to Get Organized At Home  

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Turn It Up Tuesday – A Peak Into My Paradise
Treasure Box Tuesday – Memories By the Mile
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party – Lou Lou Girls
Project Inspire{d} – Yesterday on Tuesday
Two Cup Tuesday – Pint Sized Baker
Simple Supper Tuesday – Hun What’s For Dinner
Show and Tell – Sugar Bee Crafts
Tutorials & Tips Link Party – Home Stories A to Z
Totally Terrific Tuesday – Live Randomly Simple
Two Uses Tuesday – Sarah Celebrates
Tuesday at Our Home – Our Home Away From Home
Tip Me Tuesday – Tip Junkie
From Dream to Reality – The DIY Dreamer
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Just a Girl and Her Blog
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Create and Share DIY and Recipe Party – A Simple Pantry
Moonlight and Mason Jars – Cherished Bliss
A Little Bird Told Me – The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Tutorial Tuesday – Hope Studios
Inspire Me Tuesday – A Stroll Thru Life
Awesome Things Tuesday – My Craftily Ever After
Tasty Tuesday – Creative Kids
Share It Link Party – The Winthrop Chronicles  

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Friendship Friday – Create with Joy
Friday Flash Blog – The Jenny Evolution
Craft Frenzy Friday – Craftdictator
Freedom Fridays – My Turn For Us
Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday – Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Foodie Friends Friday – Walking on Sunshine
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Weekend Bites – Homemaid Simple
Friday Feature – Oh My Heartsie Girl
What To Do Weekends – Crafts a la Mode
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Gifts in Dubai.

Hello dear friends !

I’m an erratic blogger 🙂  (But you already know that, by now 😉 )  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 – I 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 :-

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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. 🙂

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20 Ways to recycle fancy carry bags/shopping bags.

Hello friends. I’m so glad your visiting me today. How have you been ?

If you’re visiting me, having read the title of this post, then naturally, your a craft or a recycling enthusiast. Either ways, I am so happy to share some of my ideas with you.

Two things that are found in abundance after any seasonal holiday, are, carry bags and wrapping papers. As a nature lover, I find myself investing a lot of my time, energy and creativity around, recycling, reusing and upcycling things. There can be nothing but gains out of this initiative.

Today, I am sharing a very simple idea with you.  My children take my craft studio for granted !! They assume that any and every art related supply can be provided on a 24 hourly basis ~ free of charge ~ in my studio !! Hence, finding them snooping around in the studio at odd hours, looking for a special design paper, or a fine nib sharpie, does not surprise me anymore. What’s more, I almost expect them to arrive at the 11th hour, in need of some ‘urgent’ help for a school project !!

Such was the case of my youngest, who, comes in late one evening looking for a large craft sheet for a Ronald Dahl project. I did not have one at my disposal but I noticed I had 2 large carry bags from a baby store,  which could fit the bill. A little trimming here and there, a few snips and we had our very colorful chart ready.

Its not something extravagant. Its something very simple which cost, virtually NOTHING !!  His classmates never realized that it was just a carry bag turned into a chart paper. (until he pointed it out to them)  I am glad, that the few students in his class, now realize, that they too, don’t need to dump large, fancy carry-bags.

They too can use it in numerous ways.  If nothing else, Paper bags can be recycled with other paper items, making them as easy to recycle as tossing them in the bin or taking them to a collection center.

20 ways with carry bags

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Ronald Dahl school project

I have turned this carry bag into a chart paper for a project. However, because, these carry bags use a sturdy quality of paper so as to carry things, their general quality can serve various other uses too. For instance :-

You can :-

  • Cut bits of these in various shapes and stick it to your pencils, as pencil poppers
  • Use them to cover journals or autograph books or even book binding
  • Cut and stick large heart and star shapes onto a straw and gift it to your class friends etc
  • Cut small pieces and make a collage out of it.
  • Make a flip book from them.
  • Cut thin strips and use in quilling projects
  • Cut long and large sheets and make bookmarks from them
  • With the help of a paper punch, cut designs and use as a sticker.
  • There are several youtube videos to show you how to make small boxes with sturdy and glossy paper.
  • You could also make a simple envelope with them.
  • Making hats, calls for sturdy chart paper, replace it with our very-own-carry bag !! 
  • You can also use them in crafts like puppet-making
  • Or make large colorful flowers for a wreath !
  • Why not make a pin-wheel with this excellent material !

Another important aspect to remember is, that the cord handle of these bags are so useful too !!!

  • Attach a bell or a feather and turn it into a cat toy
  • Glue some of them into a round coil shape and you have a lovely embellishment for your cards etc
  • You could also hot glue some of them in a coil shape and attach it to a hair pin
  • Use them in string art
  • Glue them on a toilet roll and get your little ones to use it as a painting accessory for textures.

These are just a few ways of recycling fancy carry bags, but I’m certain, there are dozens more ways of recycling which I haven’t thought off !  Please share with me your efforts in recycling too.

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Plenty o hearts to go around.

Hello friends,

Trust we all have been enjoying our creative projects in our little worlds !  

This post is a continuation of my previous post where I am sharing the outcome of my new Card Kit.  I love various elements in this card, such as :- 

  • The pastel shades
  • Mixing red checks with florals.  
  • The different shapes and sizes of  diecuts for the hearts.
  • The word stickers which are just perfect for the half banner
  • EK edge shaper gave a terrific look on the red check dp.
  • Polka dots will never be out of fashion !

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Thank you for visiting me today. I would love to hear what you feel about my little creative world. Please leave a comment so I could visit you too.

Kind regards,

Naush

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Football Fan.

Hello Everybody.

Thank you . Thank you Thank you Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on both the 3 cupcakes as well as the best bud card. Truly, it is so nice to have a circle of like minded friends who also understand issues like dental phobias and what not ! Its so nice be sourrounded in all the warmth of your comments, ladies. So please do keep shooting me those thoughtful comments 🙂

The card today is an all out and out male card. Infact, it would be more suited to a young male fella or even a kid. I know, eversince Mr Mojo has returned, he has also placed a spell over me for the color aquamarine and sky blue. Both the stamps here are digital stamps. The cutsie football player is from Nikki over at Melon Headz and the other ticket stamp is from … oops I forget !  Dear friends, many a times, if I am unable to remember whom the stamp belongs to, kindly let me know and I will be glad to give her credit for it.  The sentiment is placed in a tag, while some martha stewart border punch has lined the printed DP. I really like playing with the banner ideas. Here I have just glued on some buttons to the banner. Relatively simple card with a very clean look. Hope you guys appreciate it too. Here is the image :

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I am entering this card in the following challenges :

I know I have a strong vote for this card, coz my 9 year old has already requested me to make a similar frame without the birthday sentiment for him ! Well, I hope you guys like it too.

Till we meet next time.

This is Naush thanking you for popping over and leaving your feedback for me.

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God’s Plan.

Hello ladies, Am so delighted that my recycled projects are being so appreciated. I feel a larger sense of accomplishment when one of those projects is completed and even more happier, when they are appreciated. Thank you so much ladies.

I havent really been inspired enough to make cards past couple of weeks. But then, I just wished to use this sentiment for a card and found some similar sketches which it could fit. And now its here  !

I have used yellow, 3 shades of purple, cream and a dot of green brads.  One element that I used after ages is the skeletal leaves. Love those leaves. Had picked them up in my trip to Malaysia, and oh btw, that is one huge haven for crafters !!

 This is a male oriented card again ~the color, the design, elements and embellishments. Scallops galore, love the look of the purple cardstock after being embossed {LOVE swirls}, the black and white colored ribbon & bow, was used to add alittle contrast to the card. The key and the lock are such cute charms, arent they ?  The sentiment is a digi stamp.

This is one sentiment, very close to my heart. God has a plan for each one of us. But it is up to us to reach out and fulfill it. Unfortunetly, most of us, sit back and wait for things to “happen”. Does’nt work like that, does it now? Even if you want to win a lottery, you have to make that effort of going out to buy the ticket, isnt it ? 

I am certain, this card will lift the spirits of the person receiving it. I know, coz I am a sucker for such senti cards 😉

Well girls, here are the images :

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Here are the challenges this card enters :

Sketch :

Mojo Monday 

Cards and things challenge

Craft your passion

  • Crafty Cardmakers  (2W, 3E) – Fabric {does ribbon count ?}
  • Critter Sketch – Monochromatic
  • Stamp-N-Doodle – SIO – at least 2 things starting with “G” ~ green and God !
  • There’s Magic in the Air – SIO – monochromatic
  • Going Grey With Scrap-Creations2E – Anything Goes 
  • My Time To CraftC3, JFF – Keys 
  • Paper Take Weekly – 3 of Something ~ 3 brads./ 3 shades of purple.
  • Bling It On – M, 3E, C10, posted on the 1st – Anything goes with an added extra or a charm
  • Creatalicious Challenges – M, posted on the 15th – Two tone colours
  • Desert Island Crafters – 2W, choose 3; Black & White, Unusual Sentiment , Charms, No images
  • My Grafico – M, posted on the 1st – anything goes
  • ABC Challenge – C5 -Q is for quote
  • Color Throwdown – color*
  • Paper PrettiesSIO – masculine
  • Stampin’ Royalty3C –  dry embossing
  • Art Impressions Stamps Challenge – 1E, SIO – Punches or Die Cuts 
  • Charisma Cardz3E –  Use Die Cuts 
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s BestSIO –  Anything Goes 
  • Do You Stack Up? – 3E, SIO – Add a Bow
  • Paper Play2E –  Embossing 
  • The Rubber Cafe – SIO – Monochromatic Colour 
  • Shelly’s Images – SIO – Show us What you Got 
  • Stamp InsanitySIO – Gold or Metalic 
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge – 2W, 2E, SIO, must use a digi – back to nature
  • Simply Create – 2W – monochromatic
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon2W, must include ribbon
  • Sugar Creek Hollow  – 3E, SIO – Anything Goes 
  • Creative Cowgirls 2W, 2E – Monochromatic
  • Crafty PadSIO – Use a Digi
  • One Stitch At A Time – Something for the Boys
  • Paper Sundaes3E, C10 –  Embossing
  • Sentimental Sundays – must include a Sentiment – Sentimtent as main focus
  • Incy wincy challenge ~ Embossing
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    Well thats it for now.  Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you liked what you saw and hope you will visit again.

    A warm goodbye from sunny Dubai 🙂

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    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
  • Challenges, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

    Sweet Cupcake.

    I think, with this card, I decided to distance myself from my comfort zone of  “PINK” and venture into very unknown territories namely loud dashing colors !! I have made a deliberate effort at using this loud pattern paper here becoz the sketch is one where one can really show off the pattern. Like I always say, clean and simple is what I enjoy the most. Ofcourse the experience was a real fun one.

    Right from the time I was in school and when most of us gals used to exchange cards or tiny gifts, (sometimes even fancy erasers 🙂 I’ve  really never believed in waiting for one particular day to express my love and affection for my husband, best friend, sister or neighbour etc. We can leave a small mark of love with so many gestures, each day of the year. Hence I do not make specific Valentines card but affection, intimate and love cards, with short and crisp messages. Afterall who has the time to read paragraphs and essays !! (including my own husband 😦   )  Two lines to say exactly what I am feeling and when I am feeling it.

     The cupcake is stamped while the sentiment is digi stamp embellished with two brads and completed with a ribbon. Voila !!

    Before you move on to viewing the card, I’d like to thank all of you’ll who visit me and leave so much love behind in form of your lovely heartfelt comments. Thank you so much for all the encouragement.

    And here’s the card :

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    The sketch comes from :

  • Allsorts – It’s all about the sentiment
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love
  • Crafty Emma – Cute & Cuddly
  • ECP Challenges 2W – Love
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • One Stop Craft – Love is in the air
  • Stamp, Scrap & Doodle (2W) – Love is in the air
  • Totally Gorjuss – Love
  • Wee memories – Life/Living, Funny or Love themes
  • 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
  • Polkadoodle – (C10) – that’s amore
  • Sew Many Cards – (SIO) – Valentine
  • Simply Create – (2W) – bold & bright
  • Stamp Something – something for your Valentine
  • Stampin For The Weekend – (2W, 1E) – Valentine’s Day
  • Stampin With The Dragon – (2W) – anything goes
  • Totally Papercrafts – clean & simple
  • C.R.A.F.T. – Valentine’s
  • Crafty Purple Frog – (2W, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/romance
  • Crafty Sentiments – (1E, SIO) – Valentine’s/Love
  • Create with Connie & Mary – (2E) – COLOUR (red, pink, blue, green – see below)
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) – ribbon
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) – love is in the air
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – clean & simple Valentine card
  • Pixie Dust Studio – (SIO) – be my Valentine
  • Rainbow Lady’s – it’s all about love
  • Creative Card Crew – for a loved one
  • Scrapbook Sisters – my Valentine
  • The Paper Variety – (1E) – cupcakes
  • Tiffany Doodles – (2W) – Valentine’s
  • A Spoonful Of Sugar – (1E) – show some love
  • Bearly Mine – (2W, 1E, SIR) – for men & boys
  • Digital Tuesday – (must use digi) – from the heart/Valentines
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – Valentine
  • Karen’s Doodles Netherlands – (1E, SIO) – Valentine
  • Tiddly Inks – (SIR) – love is in the air
  • Top Tip Tuesday – (3E) – frame it
  • Sukkersott
  • 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 🙂

    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 :
    http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

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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) – Valentine/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) – for a sweetheart
  • Fab ‘n’ Funky – use a digi
  • Fairy Knoll – (2E) – flowers
  • Mami Doodles – (2W, SIO) – 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) – scallops galore
  • Stampin’ B’s – song as your inspiration: A woman’s heart: Chris de burgh. (u guessed it ~ Major fan of CDB 🙂
  • The Outlawz – Prisma & Other Mediums – (no Copics) – love
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) – Valentines
  • Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2nd week) – 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 – Photo inspiration.
  • Whoopsie Daisy – 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
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    I’ll wait to know how you felt about this card. 🙂

    Birthday Cards, Birthday Cards Feminine, Birthday Cards Masculine

    Windows

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

    www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

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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) – 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 🙂

    Birthday Cards, Birthday cards kids, Birthday Cards Masculine, Challenges

    Monkeying Birthday Wishes

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

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

    Pairie Fairy Fridays ~ Happy Birthday
    http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/  anything goes
    Creative Inspirations Challenge  celebrate
    http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.com/  3 of a kind : 3 monkeys.
    http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com/   anything party related
    http://wildorchidchallenge.blogspot.com/  sentiments
    Cards for Men  lets party
    Creative Stamp Friends       lotsa shapes in card
    Stamp with fun blue and brown
    Karen’s Doodles (special image) – buttons galore
    Karen’s Doodles Netherlands (special image) – card for a man/boy
    Stamps R Us (1st week, 2 entries) – Animals
    Woodware USA (1 entry) – Anything Goes
    Aly’s Sunday Challenge (1st week) – For the guys
    Anyone for Anya – use 2 images
    I Did It Creations – Card for a child
    Crafty Calendar (monthly, 1 entry) – New Beginnings
    Ellephantastic (monthly, 1 entry) – new beginnings
    Secret Crafter – it’s a couple thing (2 characters in your main image)
    Fuzzy Wuzzy (monthly) – animal, anything goes
    Mami Doodles (2nd week) – mostly blues
    Sew Many Cards – monkey business
    Stamp Something – cute somethings
    AiFactory – (2nd week) anything goes
    Charisma Cardz (3 entries) – numbers
    Delightful Challenges – celebration
    Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – anything goes
    Pixie Dust Studio – buttons
    Stampin’ B’s – use a banner
    Creative Belli (2 weeks) – beginning with “P” ~ Party ! 
    Creative Craft World (2 weeks) – Cute & Cuddly
    Penny’s Paper-Crafty (2 weeks) – anything goes
    Creative Card Crew  – new beginnings
    Oldie But Goodie Challenge (2 weeks) – Bright and Cheerful
    Cards For Men (2 weeks) – MASCULINE and Let’s Party
    Craft Your Passion – Button up
    SSDS – Anything Goes
    http://creativecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/ ~ monochromatic
    http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/week-87-maleboy.html~ male card
    http://cutie-sunday.blogspot.com/  anything goes
    This list has gotten a tad bit long here !  If your still reading, thanks alot for popping over.  Hope you liked what you saw and would leave a few lines to tell me how you felt about my card.
    There are 4 more cards coming up, so see you again !
    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 !)

    ~~~~   is 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 🙂 

    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.