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Handmade greeting cards in Dubai 7

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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 !

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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.

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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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Ikea Pigeon Hole Organizer Makeover Tutorial

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I love the Ikea pigeon hole organizer.  Not necessary for functionality but I just love the look of tiny pockets ! This pigeon hole organizer  has been in the family for a couple of years.

Buddy would keep his hot wheels cars in them.  Eventually He outgrew the toys and I was only too happy to be the next recipient. Ofcourse, by now, you already know, that few things get dumped in our home, until and unless the cats chew on them or pee on them !!!

A little tender, love and makeover is all it kept screaming out to me for ~ until finally I decided to decoupage it.

Decoupage sounds like a very fancy French word but in reality, it just means to stick objects with paper cut outs. So don’t let the French term, intimidate you 🙂

The surface needs to be cleaned and sanded well. A layer of modge podge or any such medium can be applied. Then you can cut out pieces of tissue or paper and stick it on carefully. Make sure to get any air bubbles out.  When your certain, that its dried, apply another coat of modge podge to seal it. This is the tutorial in a nut shell.

Here’s the pictorial 🙂

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Hideous, isn’t it ??? Whats the connection between little boys and the skull face with two cross bones, still remains a mystery to me !!

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Ugly paint sticking out from our previous wall paint on its edges.

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First, I gathered design paper, in various patterns and colors and decided how the collage should be placed. This project is excellent at getting rid of good by small scraps of paper !

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Took measurements and decided which cutouts would contrast with which patterns. Then came my drawer of amazing edge punches ! Oh how I love Martha stewart 🙂 ok ok Fiskars, I love you too 🙂

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One after the other, I distressed the edges and kept covering them all with modge podge. (I am quite the distress-addict 🙂

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For the top, side and bottom, I painted some off-white synthetic paint. Two coats got me the results I wanted.

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Finally, I coated one layer of modge podge on the pigeon holes.              AND ………………………………………….. VOILA !!!!!!!!

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Talking of decoupage, If your looking for decoupage supplies in Dubai. I am happy to recommend the decoupage specialist, Creativa Middle East. Located at Times Square, they have a huge array of art and decoupage supplies. Definitely the go-to place for Decoupage.

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I love the transformation and hope you liked it too.

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Have you attempted any transformations lately ? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

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Pizza Box to Canvas for mixed media 2

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for liking my pizza box canvas in the last post and taking the time to leave all the encouragement in your comments. Being appreciated for creativity is great but being appreciated for applying innovative ideas in repurposing household goods, really give my creativity a huge boost !

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I am driven these days to work on mixed media. I find it the perfect medium for me becoz I get to play around with different elements like fabric, paper, inks, tissue, buttons and whats even great is that with a little bit of prep work (gesso) , you can start your project right after a pizza meal !!! Exactly ~ on the pizza box !!! Earlier I have shown you how you can use a pizza box as a shadow box here and here, and a canvas here.

Today I am sharing my second project in this series. Don’t throw away those cords from rice bags or cat food bags (nuggets) or even the shoe laces ~ Roll them in a circle with a little hot glue on a small piece of round cardboard  and you have yourself a pretty flower. I added a tiny pearl in the center.

The other flowers are rosettes ofcourse (for which you will find many tutorials on youtube ) The last time we visited the tailor for my suits, I managed to get the boys to collect a pile of thin long pieces of pretty fabrics lying around to be dumped !! (what all, my baby boys do to please me !!)  The black and white checkered flower is a result of that collection.

A few paper flowers with pearls glued in them ~ a digi stamp of a vintage clock ~ diecuts of some flowers and swirls ~ are what make this project up. I have used very earthy colors for this project as well. There is no particular technique used in painting except the card technique.

The five blue circular looking stones ~ are a first time for me.  Whenever I try out a new look, I generally ask the boys to get a neutral answer to know if they would/could recognize, the look I was aiming for. In this case, my youngest tells me it looks like blue gems !!  Bingo !!   Wow ~~ Job well done I guess.   Ofcourse this is not my idea.  I was really fascinated by one particular craft artist who had a tutorial to produce the effect of this stone on the side panel. I love this technique and I so apologize why I did not save your blog address, so If you are reading this post, kindly leave me your name and address, I will be glad to give you credit for this technique.

So that’s that !!

This message is something, I have grown up with ~ so it is really close to me and I hope to inculcate this virtue of humility in my boys too. My grandma, (ni ) used to advise us always to strive for the stars but never forget where we stood and never forget our past. It is very profound. Perhaps I never understood the importance of this saying while younger but it helped a lot when success followed me in my career and at some point almost overwhelmed me. Such reminders often times, show up when least expected and you have that  “sparky” moment ~ almost like the Almighty is trying to give you a direct message. I know I felt that way. Have you ever been in a difficult/confusing situation and came across a line or quote that almost felt like you were being guided by the Almighty ?? Please share with me if you have.

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I am linking this repurposing project with the following parties :-

The Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingSunny Simple Sundays Party at Sunny Simple LifeSundae Scoop at I Heart NaptimeThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo ToesNifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty ThingsIt’sParty Time at Three Mango Seeds,  SilverPennies Sundays at Silver PenniesFrugal Crafty Home Blog Hop at A Blossoming LifeDIY Showcase Party at Minette’s MazeInspired Sunday at Sunday View

I am so glad you popped over to visit me today ! Please leave a line in the comments or subscribe to my post and I’ll make sure, I visit you back too !! Cherish each day ~ its one of a kind !  I’ll leave you with that beautiful thought.

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Frame from recycled cardboard ~ Tutorial

Hi Friends ,

A lot of times, we rush out to the nearest stores in search of craft items we wish to use in a project. In some cases, it is a must, however in other cases, we can try and improvise with what we have at hand. Today, I am sharing with you how to make a frame out of a regular double layer corrugated cardboard. Ofcourse, I’m sure, there are others who may have thought this one out as well.

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I made this nearly 6 months back for my youngest sons’ room ~ He is an outgoing boy and his room has quite a dash of bright colors, hence I kept the tone very bright and cheerful colors. Since almost all my projects carry a load of recycled materials and also since I am such a firm believer in “waste not” ~ I have decided to leave a list at the end of my post stating the items which were recycled. Materials required :

  • Double layered corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun / White wood glue
  • Blade or xcto blade
  • Cardstock to cover the frame
  • Embellishments include your choice of beads, buttons, cola caps, ribbons etc
  • If you like, you could distress the edges too with some distress ink.

Recycled :- Bottle cap,  patches of scrapbooking paper, buttons, cardboard !

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Roughly cut a square within the large square piece of cardboard with an sharp blade. Cutting a cardboard may seem relatively easy but you have to be very careful with the pressure and intensity with which you cut with one hand and the position of  the other hand.

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Settle the cardboard on a large sheet of cardstock ~ I have used a handmade paper due to its strength and durability.

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Mark the center ( roughly) in the square ~ as already marked above and cut out four triangles.

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Snip off the end of the triangles if its too long. Glue the ends on the backside of the frame. Cut off the corners of the other end of the paper and glue it backwards. The regular white glue or a hot glue gun can be used here.

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Once the papers are all glued the board ~ your frame is ready. After this, its really a matter of dressing up the frame for the party.

I’ve embellished the frame with a couple of pinwheels, the initial of my sons’  name, a bunting using scraps and a paper rosette. This project, totally uses up all your scrap and recycled materials ! Voila ! BeFunky_DSCF2127.jpg I could have given the frame a backing, but I preferred to let it remain empty so that the color from the background would let the shades on the bunting, pop even more.

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Notice how the same frame shows up differently in 3 different backgrounds !  Mr E was super excieted to have something “MADE” all for himself. Being the youngest, he is quite accustomed to getting the hand-me-downs 🙂   Although, I did not finish it off with a matt modge podge, I am happy to report that its been over 6 months and all the embellishments look neat and tidy. So there you have it ! I am linking this post to the following parties :-

I’m curious, are all crafters like me, well how about the ones who visit me ?

  1. Do you like to recycle ?  Yes / No
  2. How often do you try to improvise rather than buy brand new stuff ?  Always / Never / sometimes
  3. Do you feel a sense of achievement when you have made something from complete waste ?  Yes / No
  4. Do you feel, sometimes you have gone overboard with collecting stuff to recycle ? Yes / No

For me that’s a ~ YES, ALWAYS, YES, YES  !!! So if you have a similar reply, you just won yourself a twin on the other side of the world !! Thank you for visiting me.   I would love to hear how you liked this ridiculously inexpensive frame ! Have a beautiful day and drive safely please ! 329847D06DC776810690945E262E8BDA

Baby Arrivals, Baby shower favors, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING

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Hello ladies ! I hope everyone has been having a week as nice as I have or atleast kinda ! Well, to begin with, I am so glad to see the scores and scores of digi stamps on breast cancer and even more delighted so see so many inspirational cards being designed for this drive. Years back, I had read a book where the main life changing point in the story arises with the diagnosis of breast cancer and how the main character went thru the whole process and delimma of chemotheraphy and its sideeffects etc.  I know, having so much reading material around me and awareness, should be pushing me into getting my first mamogram done, but for whatever reason (maybe just worry ) I have been avoiding the appointment.

Last year was an exceptionally difficult one and the aftermath of what it bought with it, was also one of the reasons, I was delaying the date. But seeing so many daughters forcing their moms to get a mamo has prompted me too, to seek a gynae. Lets see, maybe somewhere in a fortnight.

Okey dokey, glad I got that off my chest, now that I made this commitment on my blog, I better very well, keep up with it, lest one of you asks me in a fortnight, what happened about my date with the gynae !

Here in Dubai, we have a huge mix of cultures and diverse nationalities co-existing together in harmony. Nobody really steps on anyones toes as far as religion or race is considered, except those who bring these pity notions with them from their own countries.  Already we have celebrations underway, for the national day celebrations, Festival of Eid early november, Diwali, the hindu celebration, Halloween’s around the corner and ofcourse Christmas. One of the reasons, why all these occasions play any significance in my household is coz with these occasions comes a huge demand for gift baskets, party favors, school favors and diwali gift baskets. This is the busiest part of the year for me, what with all these orders and delieveries !

Although I am already running short of time for delivering my goods, I will share samples with you’ll here. I hope some of them inspire you and some of them have you drooling over (lol)

This first post is about a baby shower, one of my friend’s collegue has requested make for her sister in law who is expecting a baby in a couple of weeks. She did not want the traditional colors of pink or blue and she has quite a thing for purses, so I decided to take it from there. I have made purses/bags using the main colors as orange and green. The little baby with the blankie is a digi stamp and so is the sentiment circle. Although there are scores of templates out there on the net, I prefer to use my own template which can be scaled up or down, subject to the requirement.

Please do leave a note/comment telling me how you found this baby shower purse. I’d really feel encouraged and appreciate it.

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I’d like to link up with the following parties :-

Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Diecuts/Punches or Both 2nd Week
Digital Tuesdayinclude a digital element – #132Fall Colours
Digi Makeover ChallengeSIO, must use digi – Anything BUT a Card
Heart Song Inspirations1E, SIO –Use Die Cuts and/or Sponged Backgrounds
Hooked on Crafts2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything BUT a Card (ends 16th Oct)
KB Cute Monday – Food or Beverage
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
Woodware USA2E – Anything Goes (again)
I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girls2W, Must use ribbon – (1st week) NEW Challenge starts 16th Oct
One Stop Craft – #152 Anything goes
Just Add Ink – add a die cut
Wags ‘n Whiskers2W, SIO – handmade
Whimsical Wednesdays– treat bags/boxes
Whimsy Inspires3E, SIO – Punches/diecuts
 
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Organize & Decorate Everything We’re Organized Wednesday
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I’m so glad your here and I’d be happier if you could leave a note to tell me how you found my baby shower.
 
Have a fantastic day !!
 
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