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 🙂

    Challenges, Friendship cards, Inspirational card, Love messages ~ cards, Mother, Teacher Cards

    Truly Amazing !

    Somewhere last year, the owl’s were leading a riot. Everyone “WAS” crazy about them ! Me ? I still am crazy about them ! They are just so adorable. Perched up on a branch looking down sheepishly at the rest of us, having thoughts and opinions about the whole world ! No wonder so many disney productions portray them as the “Wisdom birds”.

    There is another sketch challenge at  krista-kris-challenges: with a similar sketch as my previous sketch from :  Priscilla styles.

    Since I loved this entire triangular division look, so much, I decided to make another one in similar design with different images and embellishments.

    The pattern papers are new from my “guilt trip” shopping spree. The flowers are also from a new buy. The tiny green flower is diecut with a button over it. There are four glittering brads to go with it.

    Imagine, what mom doesnt have her heart all melted up when she receives a card like this ??

    Truly amazing !! I like it 🙂

    www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

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    This card enters the following sketches :

    http://krista-kris-challenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/sketch-challenge-62.html

    Belli Challenge    P for pink.
    Crafty Creations  birds, polka dots green
    http://cookingitupwithkatie.blogspot.com/    cute,green,brads
    Color Throwdown  green, beige pink
    http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/    animal magic
    http://forfunchallenges.blogspot.com/         glitter needed
    Fresh Brewed           love or valentines theme
    My Grafico                   anything goes
    Penny’s Challenges             anything goes
    http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/  with wings
    Southern Girls                     totally loved up
    The Pixie Cottage               sketch or who do you love ?
    http://thelollipopladies.blogspot.com/            inspiration from candy pic !
    Truly Scrumptious     brow, pink, green
    AiFactory                         anything goes
    Cute Card Thursday           1,2,3   (1 button, 2 patterned paper, 3 styrofoam flower centers !)
    Aud Sentiments Challenges    sentiment with love theme
    http://digidoodleshopsbest.blogspot.com/                 anything goes
    Glitterbabes             anything with sparkle and pink.
    Pixie Dust                   buttons
    Simon Says Stamp          bingo post  (Button, flower, glitter)
    AiFactory                         anything goes
    If the shoe fits…             friendship
    Aud Sentiments Challenges    sentiment with love theme
    Paper Cutz                  anything goes
    Stamp Something                     Cute something
    Basic Grey     flower power
    High Hopes challenge        anything goes
    BBTB2                     bird or armadillo
    EAD Color             green, pink, brown
    http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-124-spots-and-dots.html spots / dots
    Friendship cards, Inspirational card, Love messages ~ cards, Mother, Proud of You, Teacher Cards

    No One Like You.

    When I began with the concept of this card, it was really supposed to be something for a friend, perhaps could be used for valentines or just a special reminder to a good friend, neighbour, classmate … but turns out, it could also stand for a mother/daughter card too.

    The elephant image is digital stamp and Ohhhh I just love those two cuties, arent they adorable ??  Ofcourse the pattern papers are from my new “guilt trip” buys. There’s some lace sticker, a cutie tag and a few fabric flowers with buttons over them. Doesnt green and pink, just appeal to the eye ? I found them so attractive but not ideal for the male cards. I made a deliberate effort at placing a black and white ribbon dividing the background papers. Just wanted to experiment the look ! 

    This card enters several challenges which I have mentioned just after the picture slideshow.

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    And here’s the fabulous challenges, this card enters :

    Sketch qualifies for both sketch challenges this week !

     

    Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. & 
     http://krista-kris-challenges.blogspot.com/2011/01/sketch-challenge-62.html
    Belli Challenge   P for pink.
    Color Throwdown  green beige pink
    http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/         animal magic 
    Fresh Brewed                 love or valentines theme.
    My Grafico                           anthing goes
    Penny’s Challenges         anything goes
    Southern Girls              totally loved up
    The Pixie Cottage          sketch or who do you love ?
    http://thelollipopladies.blogspot.com/           candy pictures !
    AiFactory                         anything goes
    Cute Card Thursday           1,2,3 ( 1 tag, 2 patterned paper, 3 flowers )
    Aud Sentiments Challenges    sentiment with love theme
    http://digidoodleshopsbest.blogspot.com/                     anything goes
    Pixie Dust                   buttons
    http://fairytale-challengeblog.blogspot.com/ flowers
    If the shoe fits…             friendship
    Inky Impressions Challenges   ribbon
    Paper Cutz                  anything goes
    Stamp Something                     Cute something
    Basic Grey     flower power
    High Hopes challenge       ~ anything goes
    Secret Crafter      2 peeps in image
    Creatalicious Challenge (15th)                         ribbon and love
    the beary Sweet   celebrate friendship or love
    http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/            ribbon and lace
    Creatalicious challenge          love theme & ribbon
    http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-124-spots-and-dots.html spots/dots