Plenty o hearts to go around.

Hello friends,

Trust we all have been enjoying our creative projects in our little worlds !  

This post is a continuation of my previous post where I am sharing the outcome of my new Card Kit.  I love various elements in this card, such as :- 

  • The pastel shades
  • Mixing red checks with florals.  
  • The different shapes and sizes of  diecuts for the hearts.
  • The word stickers which are just perfect for the half banner
  • EK edge shaper gave a terrific look on the red check dp.
  • Polka dots will never be out of fashion !

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Sharing this card in the following challenges :-

Thank you for visiting me today. I would love to hear what you feel about my little creative world. Please leave a comment so I could visit you too.

Kind regards,

Naush

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

 

New Year ~ New Home.

Feels so good to get all that feed back from all the lovely design team members of all the card challenges, that I join.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and all your encouragement.

This next card is naturally for a new home. Very simple digital stamp sentiment. Dont you just love that window ?? I do. Those tulips are just adorable. Any color could do justice to them.  The window image is also a digital stamp. I’ve used my new diecut to set the sentiment over. The design paper is also a first time for me. Love the feel of that mustard against a green backdrop.

Here is the card :-

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I know, its whimsical thinking, but I do so hope, I have to give myself this card as, at the rate I am going with hoarding the scores and scores of craft supplies, it wont be long before which, all the rooms in the house are going to have my surplus supplies lying around ! Yeah, thats true, I’m so guilty of having so so many things piled up in the studio these days that its simply impossible to find anything 😦

Thats why, It gives me a great sense of relief and pleasure, that I am not the only crafter who is struggling with excess supplies ! Its such a joy when others are also complaining helplessly about the one to many crafty must-haves they have collected.

Let me stop brooding now and let me bid farewell to you guys for today.

Thank you for visiting me today. While your here, I hope you browse thru some of my previous creative adventures. And if you like something, please leave some love behind in comments.

Rest well this weekend.

Naush

 

 

 

Friends and sunshine.

Love the rich and royal blue about this card. Its such an eye catching color. The digital stamp of the window with the gorgeous flowers is ofcours a digital stamp as is the sentiment diecut. The pink bows are the only 3dimensional element since I felt the colors reached out so I did not feel the need for more 3D elements. The sky blue fabric paper is embossed with golden dots. All in all, I love this card and truly believe in the sentiment. Friends really are the sunshine of life 🙂

Here is the card :

 

This card enters the following card challenges :

Thank you for visiting me today. While your here, I hope you browse thru some of my previous creative adventures. And if you like something, please leave some love behind in comments.

Have an awesome weekend !

Naush

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 Greetings 1

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

 

 

Not for wimps !

Hi friends, How was the week end ? Hope everyone is enjoying the summers. I loved this weekend. After what seems like ages, we went to movies and saw Transformers. I really dig GM cars and I love how the entire transformaion process happens to the cars in the movie but the graphics and stunts in this transformers was simply “OUTSTANDING”

The boys enjoyed a good many hours at the Dubai Ski. They have a new super pass for dhs 200 each child, that entitles them to four of the more adventurous rides in addition to the regular snow park. I loved watching the boys going crazy in the snow when the temperature outside was 45 C ~ Yukh to that.

  • Boys are amazing  ~ they never tire ~ first they talk about whats going to happen in the movie endlessly, BEFORE we see the movie.
  • Then they talk hours together about how the action scenes took place, how the helicopters fell, optimus prime, the kid etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc …… if you were actually counting those etcs then you know how annoying it can be when they go on and on and on …..
  • The weird thing is …. while the movie was on ….. Their 3D glasses were glued to them and their heads in just one direction for the whole 2 hours !!! Not a word out of them !!  ~~~~ While mom kept going,” wow”, “awesome”, “did you see that ???”  “Holy moly, now whos going to save them”, “Oh fish, his arms gone …… ”  Writing this right now, I know, they must feel the same way about me while they were excietedly watching the movie. Ok, I get it, Role reversals right ?? Ok Ok, I got it. I talk when they watch, they talk when I watch them !

Ok so lets get into what I have gotta share with you today ~~~~

This here, is a relatively simple plaque on foam board, with a simple message and two different period Moms. The office going/shopping away, confident mom dressed in bright summery colors while the other happy- at- home, super efficient homemaker, sewing away with all her worldly wisdom. Both with equally difficult and demanding jobs. Cooking, kids, office, deadlines etc. Not an easy task by any measure. Hence I really took to this sentiment.

Buttons for the homemaker and brads for the Career mom. Both the digistamps are from my friend Nikki from Melon Headz. Please remember to drop over at her site to pick some out-of-the-world free digital stamps.  The sentiment on the die cut  is also digital stamp, however, unfortunetly, I dont recall, whom does it belong to.

Love the check base DP ~ love the colors used in this project ~ truly timeless. The ribbon is satin.

 Here is the wall hanging.

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I am linking this plaque to the following challenges and linking parties :

Saturday
My Scrappy Gifts – Scrappy Saturdays
Sunday

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 !

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