Art & Craft Ideas, Art Classes Students, D I Y, Decoupage, Dubai, Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai, Mixed Media, Technique, WOODEN Projects, Workshops and Classes

Creative Craft Mornings

Over the past several years, my skills have evolved.  I feel a sense of satisfaction after every completed project. Sometimes, even a little disappointed after a failed completed project – never the less, just the sheer joy of being able to create something with my own hands is exhilarating.

Till the period we were living at Arabian Ranches, I held craft workshop for ladies and art classes for children. That was, till 5 years back.  And then we moved to Al Warqa.

I missed my routine friendly creative exchanges with ladies and the young ones too.

There is such immense joy, when you have been instrumental in helping someone discover a latent talent.

Hence, moving to The Villa – Dubailand, gave me the opportunity to restart my workshops.

It was one of the best things about 2017, for me – CCM (creative craft mornings).

I was conducting craft workshops for women at my villa.

After a hiatus of nearly 5 years, I restarted this initiative and I was overwhelmed by the response.

In Dubai, we have sewing/quilt/crochet clubs, and we have quilling/papercrafting classes, however, I feel, there are far too many crafts that cannot be categorized and thats exactly, what I was offering.

There were ladies from the age group of 22 right upto 72 years !!  These were ladies, who had the zest to learn, inspite of busy schedules and running a hectic lifestyle, between career and family.   Ladies, who had to pick children from school, prepare a meal, manage their homes, attend meetings and yet they believed in giving the workshop, a chance.

I prefer to address all of them as my friends, rather than my students becoz, in essence, I learnt more from them than I taught them.  If we are really passionate about something, we will find a way to pursue it.  One of my dear friend came from Arabian Ranches and another friend from Mamzar while yet another from Jumeirah Beach Residence !!!

Finding a haven where you won’t be judged or laughed at, is precious. We learn better, we explore deeper, we grow further and we develop faster.

We did a project, where my friends had to hammer nails into a block of wood. I was really surprised to observe how quickly they learnt, steadied their hands and hit the hammer with firmness and not only that, its quite tiring having to hit the hammer 25 – 30 times.

Every project they attempted was remarkable, considering no one had attempted such projects before.

Every one learnt something new, a skill, a technique, a design,  especially me.

I learnt that, making friends with like minded creative people is A GIFT !!  And I cherish these friendships.

I was truly overwhelmed.

Enthusiasm, patience and perseverance are the only ingredients needed to brew any success story.

Needless to say, the results were amazing.

Here are some photos :-

I am determined to restart these workshops again this year as well.

I truly hope to be able to carry on with newer projects here in Mirdif too.

Do you enjoy a particular hobby ?  Are there any workshops close to where you live ? Would you like to join CCM in Dubai ?

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Tuesday
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
Tuesday at Our Home – Our Home Away From Home
From Dream to Reality – The DIY Dreamer
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Just a Girl and Her Blog
Fluster’s Creative Muster – Fluster Buster
Inspire Me Tuesday – A Stroll Thru Life
Awesome Things Tuesday – My Craftily Ever After
Tasty Tuesday – Creative Kids
Moonlight Mason Jars link Party – The newly wed Pilgrimage
Talk town
Wined wednesday
Wow me wednesday
Tag blog hop
Link Wednesday
Blogging week  36 for the love of blog
Break thru link up
Homemaking link up
Wise woman link 
Your whims wednesday
Wow us wednesdays
Funky Polka dot giraffe

21 Rosemary Lane

21 Rosemary Lane

My love to create

Artsy-Fartsy Mama (diy, crafts, recipes)

Apron strings and other things

Classical homemaking

The Squishable Baby

Katherine’s Corner

Life as we know it by Paula

Pearl  Street design

Healthy and Happy link party

Creatively Crafty link party

http://www.twinmummyanddaddy.com/

Friday Frivolity 

Sweet Inspiration Link party

Friday Feature Link party

Friendship Friday Blog Hop @Create With Joy
Friendship Friday Blog Hop @Create With Joy
Inspiration Party @The Boondocks
At The Fire House Linkup @ A Fireman’s Wife
Funtastic Friday @Olive-n-Okra
Home Matters  @Life With Lorelai
Brag About It Link Party @ Across The Blvd.
Best Of The Weekend @Little Miss Celebration
Sweet Inspiration Link Party @The Boondocks Blog
No Rules Weekend Blog Party @Sincerely Paula’s
Friday Favorites @Simply Sweet Home

https://creativekkids.com/

http://www.vikalpah.com/

Friday

BFF Open House

Bloggers LinkUp – anything goes

Family Fun Favorite

Fit and Fashionable Friday – fitness and fashion

Flaunt It Friday

Foodie Friday

Funtastic Friday Link Party

High Five Friday

Home Matters Linky Party

Live Life Well Link Up; Encouragement for the Journey

NO RULES Weekend Blog Party

Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share (every other Friday) – mental health themed

Photo Friday (Thurs 8p)

Pretty Pintastic Party

The Weekly Postcard – travel related posts

Ultimate Pinterest Party (12p CST)

Weekly Wrap-Up (6a EST) – Homeschooling families can share the highlights of their school week

Fabulous Friday / Friday at the Fire Station / Friday Favorites / Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop / Friday Frivolity / Friday Favorites / Flaunt it Friday / Creativity Unleashed / Feathered Nest Friday / Sweet Inspiration / Foodie Friday / Create, Bake, Grow, & GatherFiesta Friday / A Morning Cup of Joe / Weekend Potluck / SITS Girls Sharefest / Five on Friday / Friday Favorites / Friday Favorites / High Five for Friday / Friday Faves / Pretty Pintastic Link Party / Domestic Dayz / Blogger’s Pit Stop / Home Matters

Bloggers LinkUp – anything goes

Saturday

Snickerdoodle Make-Bake-Create /

Best of the Weekend (Fridays at 8 PM EST) /

Dare to Share

Financially Savvy Saturdays

Make My Saturday Sweet (Thursday eve)

Our Mini Linky Party

Saturday Sparks Link Party

Saturday Sharefest

Sunday Link Up Party List

Happiness is Homemade

Sunday Features

Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up

Weekly Wrap – fitness

 

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Art Classes Students, Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai, My Favorite Stores in Dubai

Have you visited Al Serkal Avenue ?

The Quoz Art Fest was a an absolute treat !!

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The colors, the energy and the vibe – phenomenal !!  For those of you, wondering where the fest took place, it was at the Al Serkal Avenue, in Al Quoz.

Although Al Quoz does not exactly hold the usual Dubai glamour, with cement factories, labour camps and extreme dust, it is here where the local Dubai art scene took hold.

As in other big world cities it is not unusual for artists to flourish in cutting edge spaces and Dubai is no different. In fact, the warehouses in this area provide the ideal wide empty spaces that make for perfect exhibition venues.

Contemporary art by budding artists from the region can be found here. Gallery names such as Art Sawa, Ayyam Gallery,  Flying House and The Third Line are worth looking out for.

Let me take you on a virtual tour.

Lets begin with the trendy food hot spots.

Wasn’t that yummy ???

And now for some awesome art work –

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Phew !! This post has been a visual feast, isn’t it ??

For someone who loves most things, quirky, modern, trendy and fun,  this exhibition was an spectacular visual treat. I loved it but had one regret – regret not having had more time to sit back and take in the experience at a leisure pace.

Ofcourse, this is just a a tiny glimpse of the entire experience. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for visiting me today.

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Craft Room, Dubai, House Moving / New Home, Makeovers

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.

I’m sharing this post at the following parties here.

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Monday
Inspiration Monday – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
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
The Creative Corner – Curly Crafty Mom
Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop – A Blossoming Life
Block Party – Rae Gun Ramblings
Create and Crave – Pink Heels Pink Truck
Melt in Your Mouth Monday – Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
Best of the Blogosphere – It’s Me DebMCb
A Round Tuit – Creating My Way to Success
Something To Talk About – 2 Bees in a Pod
Inspire Me Monday – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
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  

Tuesday
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
Fluster’s Creative Muster – Fluster Buster
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  

Moonlight Mason Jars link Party – The newly wed Pilgrimage

Friday
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
Foodie Fridays and DIY – A Dish of Daily Life
Weekend Bites – Homemaid Simple
Friday Feature – Oh My Heartsie Girl
What To Do Weekends – Crafts a la Mode
Friday Favorites – Diary of a Real Housewife
Pretty Pintastic Party – Coffee With Us 3
Weekend Potluck – Sunflower Supper Club
Pinworthy Projects – Just Us Four
Inspiration Spotlight – Dear Creatives
Weekend Recipe Link Up – Gator Mommy Reviews
Pin Me – Diana Rambles
The Creative Collection – Lolly Jane
Link Party Palooza – Tater Tots and Jello
Weekend Wind Down – Snippets of Information
Linky Party DIY Inspired – The Girl Creative
Dare to Share – Pam’s Party and Practical Tips
Simple & Sweet Fridays – Rooted in Thyme  

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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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No sentiment card, Something inbetween

The elegant card.

This is the third card in the card making kit series. Since I had to use the sketch, there was little scope for adding any dimension apart from what was provided. Hence it has plenty of pretty flowers and an intricate polka dotted butterfly.

I know, its very unlike me to keep a plain background but I prefered to keep a plain backdrop and fill color and design with the DP provided rather than keep a designed background and plain colored flowers and swirls.  All said and done, I think, this card is the highlight of the series.

Hope to read your thoughts on this card. 

I wish to enter this card in the following card challenges :-

Crafts and Me – #94 Anything goes

Inky ImpressionsSIO – dies/punches

Simon Says Stamp – anything goes

A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge 2W, 3E, SIO – #29 Flourishes/Swirls

Crazy Amigo Challenge – Free Theme (Week 2)

Creative Craft Challenges2W, 3E – Summertime (Week 1)

Jackson’s Digital Expressions – 3E SIO – Anything Goes

Sassy Cheryl’s – 1E, SIO – #125 Polka Dot’s Everywhere

The Stamping Boutique – Paper Piecing

Top Tip Tuesday2W, 3E – #81 It’s All About Circles (Week 2

Crafty Bloggers NetworkM, SIO – (July) Anything Goes (ends 29th July)

Love to Create 3E Spots and Dots

Make it Mondayalways Anything Goes

The Pink ElephantSummer

Platypus Creek Digitals2W, SIO (freebie available) – (2nd week) Things with Wings

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again.

Naush

 

Challenges, Different Card Folds, Easel Card, Eid Mubarak

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Hello friends, today I am sharing something you probably have not heard of. For those of you who are wondering what “Eid Mubarak” is, here’s a tiny explanation :-

Muslims follow the lunar calender and fast in the holy month of Ramadhan. The month could last for 29 or 30 days depending on the siting of the moon. When the new moon is seen, the following day is celebrated as Eid, which is the celebration for having been blessed with the holiest of all months, Ramadhan. As in all cultures and traditions, lots of sweet dishes are prepared and its a totally family oriented affair. Here in the middle east, exchanging of sweets amongst friends and collegues is practised, however for those over seas, cards are sent. This year, I was requested to design 3 Eid cards by Noor the coordinator for paperie designs which they wished to feature in their blog.

 Here is the first card that I made.

It is an easel card and I am completely in love with the DP. It has the gorgeous vintage touch to it. And dont we already know, how crazy I am, about any shades of pink. The window is a digistamp and so is the oval sentiment. Plenty of diecuts used here.

 

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This card enters the following challenges :

 

Well folks, thats it for now. Thank you for visiting me. I hope you return again.

Till then, stay safe and keep being creative.

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
Alter Art, Altered Box, Altered Pizza Box, Challenges, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

Teacher’s Gift Box

Hello Everybody.

Thank you all very much for the lovely comments you guys left for my previous project. I’m so glad you guys liked the “Bake, Eat, love” placard.

Last Thursday, when I was returning from the hospital, I picked up some Mini Pizza’s from one of the pizza shops, close to the hospital. That I managed to eat one entire pizza all by myself is not what this post is all about 🙂 !!!!  But about the destiny of that pizza box. Becoz it was in such a good condition, I just could’nt let it go to waste, now could I ?

So any ways, I needed an appealing box to carry the 2 cards, and the  table calender gift that Buddy has made for his teacher, Mrs Barker.  This box is an ideal container for to serve that purpose. I have covered it in pieces and decorated it, in and out. Love the rich swirly red with gold dp. Here are some of the elements used :

  • Embossed
  • Die cut nestabilities
  • 4 blue brads
  • layered with a check background dp.
  • Die cut alphabets
  • Large Felt flowers.(3flowers) and a diecut flower too.
  • Distressing especially the edges of the box.

Altering this box took just a couple of hours, becoz I did not have all the colors figured out initially, but I really had fun putting it all together.

Hope you like it too. Taddaa, here it is .. . …. … … .. …

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And Here are the many challenges, this pizza box is entering :

And these are the linking parties, the pizza box turned teacher’s gift box enters :

Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays~Coastal Charm
Today’s Creative Blog
House of Grace~ Twice Owned Tuesdays
Hope Studio
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Wednesday
Thats it for now. Thank you so much for popping over to visit me. So glad you came.  Until my next post ~ Adios Amigos !
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

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

My Pot of Gold.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is My Pot of Gold Card.

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

Sketch :

Get Sketchy

 

  

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

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great day 🙂

    Challenges, Easel Card, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards, Shaped Cards

    Sweetie & Style.

    Hi there peeps ! How have you’ll been ?

    So anyways, I am back from my temporary hibernation. And what a lovely weekend so far ! So constructive and creative. Last night, I felt like a factory !! I churned out a good “FIVE” cards. Nearly four out of them are basically female themed. Lots of pinks, reds and blues … plenty of glitter and glamour too.

    The first card in this glamour series is “Your a real sweetie” Ideal for girls or guys to pop this over  to one of their friends !! I feel I have given this card a very flirty feel, with the image, sentiment and the loud dash of colors !

    Again, this is my second attempt at the easel card. And I think, I am getting the hang of it. I tried a few variations like using the border punch and letting the two large flowers on either side of the sentiment act as a back up to the actual “stopper”.

    One thing I learnt from this card is if you use thick embossed paper for any of the nesties, then you can actually get a embossed inner circle/oval shape in addition to the oval cut as well. Notice the gorgeous red oval embossed paper in close up, that texture is just awesome. Both pattern papers used in this card are handmade papers.

    Lots of glamour, glitter and color here. Hope you like it.

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    This card enters several challenges.

         

  • Sukkersott
  • Wild Orchid Challenge
  • catch the bug challenge
  • Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Girlie
  • little Claires ~ Anything goes
  • Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge – (3E) – photo inspiration (see above)
  • Alphabet Challenge – (1E, JFF) – “O” is for orange
  • 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
  • Paper Cutz – ladybugs, bees or butterflies
  • Mami Doodles – (2W, SIO, JFF) – flower card
  • Off the Wall Craftiness – (3E, SIO) – picture inspiration (see below)
  • Stamp Something – something for your Valentine
  • Stampin For The Weekend – (2W, 1E) – Valentine’s Day
  • Stampin With The Dragon – (2W) – anything goes
  • Winter Wonderland – (1E/craft type) – to the one I love
  • AiFactory – (1E, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/Love
  • C.R.A.F.T. – Valentine’s
  • Crafty Purple Frog – (2W, SIO) – Valentine’s Day/romance
  • Crafty Sentiments – (1E, SIO) – Valentine’s/Love
  • Delightful Challenges – (SIO) – get punchy/use punches or die cuts
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) – ribbon
  • Dutch Dare Card Challenge – (2E) – love is in the air / red, white, pink
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – clean & simple Valentine card
  • Pixie Dust Studio – (SIO) – be my Valentine
  • Rainbow Lady’s – it’s all about love
  • Sassy Studio Designs – (SIO) – pink, red, white
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) – scallops galore
  • Stamp-N-Doodle – (SIO) – red and/or pink, white plus 1 other colour
  • Creative Card Crew – for a loved one
  • Fab ‘n’ Funky – tempting texture/use texture
  • Paper Pretties – inspired by Valentine’s Day colours but doesn’t have to be V-Day card
  • Scrapbook Sisters – my Valentine
  • Tiffany Doodles – (2W) – Valentine’s
  • Claudia & Co – (1E) – COLOUR (pink, blue, brown)
  • Tiddly Inks – (SIR) – love is in the air
  • Digital Tuesday – (must use digi) – from the heart/Valentines
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – Valentine
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Love is in the air
  • Craft Your Passion – Anything Goes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Lots of Love
  • Critter Sketch – Critters
  • Cupcake Craft – Seeing red
  • Incy Wincy Designs – Love
  • Kaboodle Doodles (1E) – Ribbon
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W) – For someone special
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – be my valentine
  • Simon Says Stamp and Show… – Some Embossing
  • Stamp with Fun – Love
  • Stamping Scrapping Central (2W) – Valentines
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – Love/Valentines
  • Crafty Hos’ – Love
  • Crafty Pad (SIO) – Love is in the air
  • Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) – Love is in the air
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon – (2W) RIBBON and Pink, Red & White
  • Paper Play – Stamp It Out
  • Paper Playtime– Anything Goes
  • Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes + Flowers
  • Craft us Crazy – Anything Goes
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Anything Goes
  • Anything Goes Challenge – Butterflies
  • Digi Stamps4Joy – Flowers
  • Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Spring Flowers
  • Sisterhood of Crafters – In love with valentines
  • A Spoonful Of Sugar –  show some love
  • Now that I am done with linking these super fantastic challenges.  I guess I realize this list has really gone a whole lot looooong !! I think, I was lucky enough to make a card with a romantic feel to it  and coincidently, alot of challenges are asking for valentines or love based cards !! Wooopie  for me 🙂

    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 🙂