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

Gifts in Dubai.

Hello dear friends !

I’m an erratic blogger 🙂  (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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Handmade greeting cards in Dubai ~ 14

Hello friends !

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Finally, today is the 14 days – 14 cards’ final card !! Yippee !!

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An awning birthday card again ! I guess, I’m really hooked onto them 🙂

The cake shop display card has plenty of things going for it including :-

Awning, Diecut circles, digital stamps (sentiment and cakes), polka dot design paper, MS border punch, various design papers.

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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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Awning card, Different Card Folds, Paper Piecing, Shaped Cards, Window display card

Handmade Greeting Cards in Dubai ~ 10

Hello friends ! I am continuing the 14 days 14 cards series. This being my 10th card.

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This is an awning card for a boutique/window display.

Elements/techniques in this card include :- Dry embossing, rubber stamping: flowers, border punches, design paper, pink brads, die cut oval, sentiment: digital stamp. Each one of those vases are paper pieced individually and distressed, copic markers on flowers. The awning itself, was a lot of effort. Had to cut stripes of pink and add to the white portion to give it an awning-like appearance. Plenty of layers involved here. Perhaps, becoz I tried this technique for the first time, I took a long time to design and dress it up.   I just love how it turned out !

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Well, that’s it then !!

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

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Friendship cards

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Some of the best friends, I have made over the years,  are from my college days.  What’s truly amazing,  is how our friendship withstood all the time lapses,  life threw at us.   Marriages, children, deaths of parents, accidents, illnesses, bankruptcies and even some, sainthood, thrown in, for added measure !!

We have been a very closely knit group of friends who have harbored our friendship, outside the realm of religious beliefs, language, upbringing and distances.  I am deeply honored to have had my favorite group of friends in SABNIK.

While I live in Dubai, the rest reside in India but not a year goes by when I am not remembered on my birthday and when I am not a part of the developments in their lives.  We may not Skype or whatsapp every other day, but there is a deep sense of satisfaction, knowing that we have eachother for guidance, support and occasionally, a kick up one’s backside 🙂 (when needed !!)

In an age, where, speed and technology has taken over our lives, I still find solace and a sense of belonging with these friends, who have stood by me, through hail and storms.

I’d like to dedicate card # 9 in the series of 14 cards – 14 days to Sabnik. My BFF’s when the term was not even coined !

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Highlights include :- Pattern paper, diecuts, acrylic stamps (quote + Chinese lanterns), twine. Naturally none of my cards are dressed up without some distressing 🙂

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Love messages ~ cards, Uncategorized

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Welcome to the 14card 14day series. I’m so glad your visiting me today. Please browse thru some of the other creations too.

This is my 7th card in this series.  I feel, creativity and art is highly influenced by our moods and emotions. Almost all the cards, I have designed for this season, has been based on love and carries a focal element : hearts.  I suppose, its to do with a state of mind, plus a seasonal influence.

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Elements include :- Diecut heart, 3D floers, metallic brads, faux stitch, diecut oval, rhinestone, design/pattern paper, flower, digi stamp of stub.

This card is entering the following challenges :

  • ABC Challenge (P1/15) ‘C is for Cupid’ (Love, Romance, Valentine, Wedding, Engagement)

 

Well, That’s it for today, folks !

Thank you for visiting me today.  But before you leave, just a quick reminder :-

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Love messages ~ cards

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Allo friends ! So whatcha been up to ??!!

I am in high spirits today. Its been a constructive day ! I am super delighted that Doodle Buddies’ cards will now be hosted at Organic Foods and Café.  What makes it more special for me, is that I have complete belief in their motto and ethics. I am so glad, my art work will be displayed and appreciated at all their four supermarkets and café !!

Allah swt blesses us with just the right amount of encouragement to keep the struggle on.  On 27th January, I was featured in Gulf News’ My Guide, on Arts and Craft. It was totally an honor. I have been featured in a couple of newspapers and magazines before and have one TV interview on Chanel City7 under my belt.  But quite honestly, with every feature, comes a renewed joy and belief to keep up my creative endeavors. Two huge news – I am totally humbled.  What’s more wonderful, is that it came as a complete surprise !!

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And then I had a brush with reality when I entered the studio and realized, I had been putting-off the clean up process for nearly a month.  That room, is in complete chaos and desperately seeks my attention.  So that will be on my priority list now (well, in all honesty, it has been on that list for sometime now,  just don’t remember where I misplaced that list 😉

Okey dokey ! So that’s that about my brand new news 🙂

Onto the 14cards 14days series :-  Today’s card is rather simple yet sassy.

Elements included are  :- Design/pattern paper, bow/ribbon, polka dots, banner diecut , rubber stamp, rhinestone, glossy paper for three hearts.  If your wondering, where did I pick this glossy heart paper from ~ DONT !! I picked these glossy hearts at Ikea in December, I think, they were meant to be Christmas tree decoration, but obviously, I had other ideas !! wink wink 😉

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Well folks, that’s it for today.

Thank you for visiting me today.  But before you leave, just a quick reminder :-

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Love messages ~ cards

Handmade greeting cards in Dubai 5

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Hi Friends !! So glad you’re visiting me today !

This is the 5th card in the series of 14 cards in 14 days.

Some pattern paper ( DP ) just bring out the best in a card. Such is the case here. I have used sober colors hence it is an ideal masculine card.

Element included are :- 2 die cuts, DP, Lace, hearts, DS (digital stamp : Tree ), and Rubber stamp (love you) and Martha stewart border punch.

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Clean and Simple, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards

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Hello friends ! Thank you for visiting me today.

My card today is a CAS one (clean and simple). Like I mentioned yesterday, those are the ones, I like the most.

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I have been experimenting with my watermarks too ! (as you will notice)

Highlights of this card :- CAS, with wings , hearts, diecut, flowers, hugs and kisses (sentiment)

I am sharing this card with the following challenges :-

Love messages ~ cards

Handmade greeting cards in Dubai 2

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Hello friends. This is the second card in a series of 14.

Over the years, I feel, I (like most of you out there)  have evolved as a crafter. We all develop our own skills and feel comfortable with a particular style.

I like CAS (Clean and simple) but with more embellishments rather than layers and layers of paper. I love using ribbons and love to add metallic features. With some cards it gels well, sadly, with some, it just does not. Luckily this card turned out just how I wanted it to look.  I hope you like it too.

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I’m so glad you’re visiting me today. I hope you’ll stay a while and browse thru my other creative adventures.

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I love how this card turned out ~ especiall with its rich and vibrant summery colors !  I have almost never used tags over tags so thats a first one for me. Ofcourse I have used border punch and the butterflies are also punches used with some Tim Holtz mist sprayed to add a dimension to them. It is also from the new card kit series.

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Thank you for stopping by today ~ I hope you return soon.

Till then, good bye !

Linking this card to the following card challenges :

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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

A W A R D S, Birthday Cards, Challenges

Guest Designer & A Card Making Kit.

May is always a busy month of the year for me  ~ two birthdays, closing in of exam dates and a need for venting my creative energies ! Strangely enough, I find that I’m always super charged creatively more than ever when I am under pressure and short of time !

This month, I am also sharing some good news with you’ll.  I am so  happy to have been chosen the Guest Designer for Pretty Paper Studio.  They are a relatively new online store who specialize in Scrapbooking kits, cardmaking kits and various other products related to paper crafting. They offer monthly sketch challenges for both Layouts and Cards.

I was delighted when the kit arrived nicely packaged with everything neatly enclosed.

Most designer’s turn to inspiration from paper, dies etc however little motivation is needed, because with one of these kits,  it’s easy to create your own handmade greeting cards with a healthy mix of their beautifully coordinated papers, embellishments, rub-on sheet, stickers, twines, and rubber stamps, which are included in these creative paper craft kits. These kits called “a little something” are for AED 225 / AED 205 for subscribers.


You’ll need to have a paper craft adhesive on hand when making your cards. Typical scrapbooking adhesives work very well for card making applications. Glue dots, glue sticks, double-sided tape, and tape runners are all good options.

The June card kit called “a little something ” was a breath of fresh air and I, all but painted the town red !!! Playing with the various elements : colors, designs and embellishments was such fun.  I was so overwhelmed, feeling that I had so many possible ideas with all these gorgeous papers and I just didn’t know which idea to start with ! I am sure, you will be smitten with the contents as well !

I have posted only 5 of the cards here which I will be posting individually in 5 different blog posts, describing the elements and details, at a later stage.  

 

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Thank you for visiting my blog home today. I hope you enjoyed your stay and visit me again. Please drop me a line and share your thoughts too,  so I could visit you as well.

Best Regards

Naush