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

 

Challenges, Friendship cards

Friends and flowers.

Dear friends,

First off, I am so so happy to be back and connect with all of you’ll.

I know, I have been neglecting this blog for a couple of months but with good reason, I promise.

Not only the scores of restoration projects in the house but also in the courtyard and garage kept my hands full ~ literally ~ of spray paint and acrylics.  And then ofcourse, November/December are my peak months for craft classes as well as fairs. I have totally enjoyed the 6 fairs I participated it back to back thru out December ~ not to mention the greeting card orders that kept coming my way, until I had to stop being polite and refuse some of the orders. Ok so noooooow, I can hear some of you asking, how did I manage to stuff so many projects at one time ! Well, there you go ! Now you understand why this lovely blog, was being so neglected. Having said that, I now have heaps of projects to share with you’ll.

Well, for one thing, my newest best-est friends are power tools ! Yes, I mean, the electric jigsaw, sander and drill machine. Since almost two months, I have been having a complete blast chopping wood, sanding the pieces and drilling holes in them. I have been making wooden plaques and I just cant begin to tell you just how much fun it has been playing with paints and patterns. I have heaps of projects to show you but thats ofcourse for a later post. Again, I hear you, asking me, how I had the time to get involved in a new hobby !! Well, what can I say ??? Thats Naush for you. When the going gets tough, I get so enthused about trying out so so many creative avenues. To be very honest, I think, its  abnormal raging hormones ! 🙂

This new year brings with it a promise ~ a promise of change. Whether a change is for the good or for the worse is for time to prove and our own attitudes to see the glass half empty or half full.  But I have always felt, change, especially when it is not gradual, is always for the best and its easier to adjust. I look forward to making a few crucial decisions and I look forward to a few crucial decisions made FOR me by the Almighty.  And I totally look forward to making more and more new friends.

For some of you wondering, how come, I dont reply in the comment column. ~ well, I actually do. I write back personal messages to the person concerned on their email address which is supplied while she leaves a message for me.  These comments are very close to me and are food for my creativity.  You guys who visit me so often and leave so much love behind are priceless for me. Honest.

I had to submitt around 80+ new cards for samples and I wished to share some of the surplus designs that I had made in the past 2-3 weeks.

This card here, has such gorgeous colors. Nothing like the green grass and being sourrounded by spring flowers and jewelled butterflies. The cute angel mom/lady tending to her garden is a digital stamp from my dear friend Nikki of Melonheadz. The ribbon is one of my newer additions and so is the Martha stewart border punch. Awesome heart warming sentiment which is digi stamp cut by oval diecut.  I know, this could also be an ideal valentines card, which is just around the corner.  Imagine receiving such a lovely message from a friend.

Here is the card :

                                                                          

Here are the challenges, this card enters :

 
Monday :-
Crafty Bloggers NetworkSIO – Anything BUT Square
Craft Your Passion – Mythical Creatures (Show us your mermaids, dragons, fairies, gnomes, etc)
Cupcake Craft – Something New
Heart Song Inspirations1E, SIO – Border Punches/Turn Paper
Hooked on Crafts2W, SIO – (1st week) Try Something New (ends 21st Jan)
House of Gilli2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes
Karens Doodles1E, SIO – Valentine`s/Love
Lexi’s Creations2W– (1st week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
Magical Mondays 2W, mystical/fantasy image – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 15th Ja
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
MyGrafico2W, SIO – (1st week) Love and Valentines (ends 21st Jan)
Scrappers DelightsM, 2E, SIO – (January) Anything Goes (ends 31st Jan)
Paper Creations Ink 2W – (2nd week) Die Cuts and/or Punches (ends 15th Jan)
There’s Magic in the Air2W, SIO – (1st week) “From the Heart” (ends 23rd Jan)
Truly Madly Crafty ChallengesM, 3E – (January) Anything Goes (ends 4th Feb
Whoopsi Daisy SIO – Colours: Pink and Green
Tuesday
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E– Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week 1
Bearly Mine2W, 2E, SIO – #26 Anything Goes Until 16th Jan
Paper Take Weekly – Die Cute Special (Use a Die Cut & Make it Cute)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge*Now 2W*, 1E, SIO – #51 Anything Goes Using Your New Stash Week 2
Top Tip Tuesday – *NOW 2WK* 3E – #67 Anything Goes Week 2
Crafty Creations – #152 something new
Flutterby Wednesdays1E, must include butterfly, fairy or angel – #185 bright colors
Freshly Brewed5E, SIO, M – #77 something new (all month)
Gingersnap CreationsM – #134 ribbon
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #39 anything goes (2nd wk)
My Mum’s Craft shop3E – #39 girls
Simon Says Stamp – spots/stripes
Meljens DesignsSIO– Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times3E – Spots and/or Stripes
Rainbow Lady’s2E – “The many Faces of Women
Crafty Catz1E – Something New
Fairy Tale2W, 2E – Week 2, Something New
Totally Papercrafts – Spots and Stripes
Stampin With The Dragon 2W, SIO – Week 2, Frames
 
I hope you guys liked this card.  So I’m hoping you will leave some love here with your messages.
 
Have an awesome weekend and thank the Almighty Allah for all the blessings he has showered upon us.
 
With love
 
Naush
Eid Mubarak, Paper Piecing

Eid Greeting 3

And so finally, here we are at the third and final card that I designed for Eid. To know briefly about Eid, follow here.

About the card :-  Lots of elements in this one, included some border punches, two diecuts one of which is presented as a tag with the sentiment on it, brads, ribbons, and twine. The flower stamp is digital. The sentiment is by yours truly. Hope you guys like this one too.

These words below paper pieced words are arabic,  meaning:  Faith, knowledge, practise, prayer, deeds. They are a reminder of what we should hold onto to keep life simple, uncomplicated and a source of inspiration to others.

 I am entering this card in the following card challenges :-

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you will return again. Till then, stay safe and keep having fun with creativity !

Naush

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

Cute Mouse Birthday Wishes

 

It was slightly difficult for me to work on what the two colors and card patterns would be. In the end, it is predominantly orange, purple and green.

The digital mouse is super cute. Just love him carrying all those presents.

The sketch is from : card patterns at :

http://cardpatterns.blogspot.com/2010/12/merry-christmas-sketch-96.html and the sketch is

Here is my card :

http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

 

Baby Arrivals, Challenges

Precious Child

Its been quite some time since I made one of those baby cards that I enjoy making so much so much. Probably the most important period of a woman’s life. And nothing compares to what she feels when she holds those tiny feet in her hands for the very first time. But you all know that already any ways.

So I thought a bright pink and blue in various shades would do some justice to the very cute tiny baby embellishments I have.

The super cute sketch is from : skipping Stones at :

http://skippingstonesdesign.com/ssd-057-happy-tuesday/

The sketch is

My take on this sketch :

http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

 

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Birthday Cards, Birthday Cards Feminine, Birthday cards kids, Challenges

A Pretty Pink Happy Birthday.

Lovely sketch from Mojo Monday at http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2010/12/mojo-monday-171.html and here’s the sketch :

This here is my all pretty pinky card : mostly suitable for the younger girly generation. Enjoy :

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Challenges, Good Luck Cards, Good wishes Card

Everything Wonderful.

Another fantastic sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday at : http://sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/2010/12/sff122410.html

Here’s the sketch :

I loved keeping this card straight and non chaotic. Lots of symmetry was complimented by those little single flowers placed sideways to add a little dimension. The buttons too were only to add alittle color similar to the ribbon colors. And here’s my card :