Easy Gift wrapping

Over the past 2 months, not only becoz two of the boys celebrated their birthdays, but also becoz it was an opportunity to give a few yummy gifts to some of their favorite friends and teachers, I managed to capture a few pictures of some of the gifts that were wrapped elegantly and quiet literally “sweetly” !

These are really all too easy ~ infact all you need are :-

  • some scraps of design paper or any gift wrapping paper to make tags from,
  • some cellophane sleeves,
  • some diecuts to shape tags 
  • some edge punches (you could also use craft shears for this ),
  •  some rubberstamps (of handwrite the tags)
  •  A few chocolates or candy. 
  • Stapler

Ofcourse you can add as many embellishments as possible ~ but  if you know me, then you know, I always prefer simplicity and elegance. 

Here are the first of them in this series :-

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Simple Ideas with crisp ribbons and cute round tags are also options which you could try out.

 

I am linking these cutiesy little gifts to the following link parties :

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri 
Making the World Cuter
Craft-O-Maniac
Motivate Me Monday
Polly Want a Crafter
Making Monday Marvelous
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds
Tuesday

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

Valentine Gift 2

Hello friends and welcome back again to another idea of giving simple and easy gifts to friends and family.

There are a growing number of people who believe that its the effort and the thought behind giving a gift that counts the most. Hence people appreciate handmade or also homemade gifts more. (not that I would’nt be flying high if I received one of my favorite perfumes, or a camera or a car or a …. or a …….!!  yeah I know you get the point !! Thats little ol’greedy me 🙂 ~ nothing wrong with a little bit of daydreaming ~ what say ??

Ok, lets come back from my dreamy world ~ truth is, I feel one large gift once a year or tiny pieces of gifts every now and then are both heart warming and thoughtful.  My previous post Valentines Gift 1 and this post are not neccessarily about valentines gifts only, they are about gifts and the charm of making a simple homemade gift.

I have used a very easy idea here. Not only is it ecofriendly but for a cat owner, its a huge relief, knowing one buy is fullfilling two purposes ! Heres what I mean : ~ yes, you got it. A can. Turn a can into a gift container.

  • Be it as an Easter basket or
  • Baby shower favors, sweet baskets or tiny socks & mittens
  • Return-gift container for birthday parties.

These are so simple to fit in anywhere for any uses.

Personally with two cats in the house, I have heaps of them and I use them alot.

  • As containers for my craft embellishments to sort out the buttons, beads, crystals, pearls etc ,
  • for my little lunch bag joke notes to the boys,
  • to keep all my design paper “tiny” cut outs for “THAT” particular square or rectangular need that often pops up,
  • to stuff the ketch up sachets that we get so often in our takeaway meals from Macdonalds and BK,

I have heaps stacked up for different uses and the above is not even scratching the surface of uses !  These here are, just to name a very few.

Ofcourse the most important thing is to wash these cans with a strong detergent to get rid of the smell ~ Since we are in the sunny Gulf, I also like to give any and all the projects, that I recycle, alot of natural sunlight. Helps.

There are a little over a thousand ways of decorating these little cans. I am sharing here a very simple one. I have used ModgePodge to cover the entire can with some design paper. Added a little lace ribbon around it to perk it up. Poked two holes with my punch and tied a paper/satin ribbon as a handle. A simple die cut tag with a message does the trick.  What you wish to fill in them is your choice ofcourse, but If I prefer to place open jelly bellies or candies, I would line the inside of the can with a pretty dolly.

Ofcourse, you can add flowers and ribbons and bows and the works to decorate these cans, but because, I have 3 boys with 25 students in each class and generally, I would make for EVERY student, (I dont like the look on a childs face when the others are getting candy gift bags and he isnt )  I keep the decoration bit simple and not too fancy.

I do hope, some of my tips have inspired you enough, to get ahold of some cans and paint the town red !

Heres what all the fuss is about :

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Here are some of the challenges and links, this can enters :

Thursday

. Tatertots & Jello
3. I {heart} Nap Time
7. Funky Junk InteriorsThe DIY Show Off
Think Pink Sundays
The House in the Roses
Boogieboard Cottage
Today’s Creative Blog
Momma Hen’s Coop

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty
 
Am so glad you’re visiting me today ~ would be happier if you would leave some love in your comment behind for me.
 
Have an awesome weekend.
 
Naush

Valentines Gifts 1

Hello friends,

Remember, I told you’ll that the last couple of months were so full of creativity and color for me …..   well, I’ll get back to the cards in a couple of posts……. First I want to share with you something that I find immense pleasure in organizing. Actually, I think, the title gave it away, isnt it ?

Every so often I get requested for party favors/baby showers and valentines gifts for school friends, best buds, university bbfs, office collegues or kitty friends etc. Generally these are made in dozens so that maximum kids/ladies  are gifted. I have decided to share some of the designs and presentations with you’ll.  Most of the tags have digital stamps. I like to play with bright cheerful colors with less complicated to almost no embellishments for children below 7 years however for girls, (no matter what age) almost always they like the all-frilly, fussy and glamourous look. 

With a little effort and alittle creativity, you’ll be surprised how easily these can be designed. Once you give it a go, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

With valentines around the corner, maybe you’d like to take some inspiration from these little treat bags for your childrens’ friends or schoolmates.

Hope you guys like these.

 

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These gift packs are entering the following challenges and linking parties :

Crafty Creations – #153 Valentine
Creative Belli2W – #135 fancy frames
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #40 any shape but a square
Scrapbook Sisters – #68 Sweet Valentine
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom3E, P1 Anything Goes
Just Tracys Crafts ChallengeM, P1, 1ELove is in the Air
Really Reasonable RibbonP1/15, Must use ribbon – Valentine’s Day
Through the Craftroom Door P1/15 , 3EAnything but a card and make your own embellishments
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week2
Celebrate the Occasion1E – #46 Any Occasion (Must use Polka Dots)
Crafty Sentiments 1E, SIO – Anything Goes
Flourishes #152 Anything But a Card To Hold Valentines Chocolate or Candy!
Paperminutes – #200 Party time- Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s -3E- SIO #98 Bright & Cheery To Chase Away the Winter Grey
The Stamping Boutique 2W – #24 Die Cuts Week1
Craft Your Passion – “In the Bag/Box” (handmade only)
Gingerloft2W – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
PanPastel UK Challenge2E – Anything Goes
Pile It On – Fuzzy Friends
Robyn`s Fetish – Animals
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Ribbon
Crafty Purple Frog2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 25th Jan)
Craft Us Crazy3E, 2W – (1st week) Valentine/Love and/or Animals (ends 1st Feb)
Paper Play2E – “Ribbon Every Which Way”
Pixie Dust StudioSIO – “We’re going Dotty”
Shelly’s ImagesSIO – Anything Goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

 

Teacher Treat Bags

Hello friends and thank you ever so much for all the lovely comments on my previous post about the chocolate wrapper. So glad you guys appreciated it.

I made these last week for an order of just 2o treat bags.  I think, it was for a parent/teacher meeting for two primary school girls.

These were one of the simplest bags I made, they did not want any thing fancy like ribbons or twines !! I was so tempted to try out atleast “SOMETHING” but had to resist it for another assisgnment and I think, the whole project was nearly done in just under two hours !!

Here are the pics.

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Entering these treat bags in the following link parties :-

My Mum’s Craft shop3E – #28 Food and Drink
Pixie CottageSIO – Sketch* and/or sweet as candy
Wednesday
  
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Till then,
Keep creating happily,
Naush

 

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

Altered Owl Frame

Hello ladies. I am delighted to have had received such huge appreciation for both the door hanger as well as the shoebox. So glad you guys liked it. This is the third and last one in the Altered series. It is a lovely frame that I picked up in one of the garage sales and it had been resting in between that heap of cardboards and “To be worked on projects” So finally it was selected and boy, did I enjoy dressing it up ! The frame, itself, is sturdy wood and the linings on it are priceless. I did not want to paint it, lest it looses its country charm. So I just embellished it really. Whats even great, is that If I get fed up of the look, I just have to put in another picture inside leaving the ribbon, tag and the flowers as it is, or I could just have it removed becoz I have not hot glued it !! Easy beeezy 🙂

I hav’nt decided whom, I’m going to give this frame to, maybe mom, sister, one of my cousin sisters, a she collegue, one of my girl friends, not decided but its gotta be someone special ofcourse !!

A few pointers about the frame creation.

  • All the images are digi stamps which are the sentiment, the owl, and the heart.
  • The tree shows as a silhouette image  so that it does not reflect as continuity with the frame color.
  • A few metal brads like the 3 stars and the “LOVE” charms on the dry embossed tag.
  •  A cord, a cream ribbon and a large shiffon ribbon tied in a bow.
  • One of the flowers is handmade while the other one is punched. Both adorned with buttons.

I do hope you guys like this one too.

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Following are some of the challenges this frame will enter :

 

  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Girly
  • Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge (2W) – Silhouettes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Here comes spring
  • Critter Sketch – use a sentiment
  • Cupcake Craft – anything but square 
  • Die Cut Dreams (2W) – Spring garden scene
  • Incy Wincy Designs – spring is in the air
  • House of Gilli (2W, SIO) – Green
  • KB Cute monday – anything goes using a Digi
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Paper Playtime – Anything goes with a Digi
  • Pollycraft – Three circles
  • Scrap it with a Song – Lucky Star
  • Stamp Fairy – Anything but a card
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls
  • Woodware USA (1E) – Anything goes
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • Corrosive Challenges  (2E) – Distressing
  • Gingerloft (2W) – Furry friends
  • I Did It Creations – Punches or Dies
  • One Stitch At A Time – Card for Mom
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –  How charming
  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love 
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) – create something for a friend
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – anything to do with cleaning
  • Fairy Knoll – (2E) – feeing a little green (use green)
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Fabulous Friday – use metal on your card, project, layout
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Paper Cutz – Spring
  • Patties Creations – (2E, SIO) – make your own embellishment
  • Sew Many Cards – (SIO) – stars
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Pals Paper Arts – CAS and scallops
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) – anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Southern Girls – (2W, 1E) – Brads, gems or dewdrops
  • Stampin’ B’s – Use a flower
  •  4 Crafty Chicks -Inspirational Photo
  • Create with Connie & Mary – (2E) – Inspiration
  • Crafts and Me – (2W) – anything with wings, especially fairies & angels
  • Creative Cottage – (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps – (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Freshly Brewed – (5E, SIO) – ribbons and bows
  • Little Red Wagon – animals
  • Pixie Cottage –  cute
  • Phew !!! Now that thats done, I better get on with the linking part !! Cherio ladies. Thanks for visiting me today. And hope to see you again soon.

    shoebox makeover !

    Hello Ladies, how have you been ? Hope your having a good weekend … me, well, we’ve already got into our week.

    This weekend, I was again bitten hard by the recyle bug, pulled out a couple of items from that large container, piled up with scores of items, waiting for a new look or a new dress, if you may.   I went back to trying out some altered art. A photo frame, a door hanger and a shoebox were dressed up with a fancy look.  It is such a joy when something, generally would find its place in the trash is actually given a new look and a new home. Such a gratifying feeling.

    This box will be container for a Mothers day gift with some accessories for her makeup dresser. I think “Mom” is going to be pleased. 

    Just a quick somethings about the recipe :

    • The flowers are first time tried out and made using punches.
    • The paper in the tags are handmade.
    • The butterflies are all paper pieced.
    • The lace is cut out by border punch.
    • The second base of the tags is a label tag from one of my son’s jeans !
    • The sky blue paper around the box on the width is fabric paper.

    Trust you will appreciate it.  🙂 !! Oh I have still not completly posted everything from the last “techniques and folds series” still 3 more to post 😦  ~~~ TIME !!! When do I get enough time ??? But thats the story of every mother these days, isnt it ?

    Alright so here’s the shoe box that I altered.

     

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  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Emma – Flowers and Flutterbys
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons,  bows.
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – I wish I was with my mum right now.
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Res-Q-Challenge – boxes – use squares &/or rectangles
  • Simply Create – (2W) – bold & bright
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Totally Papercrafts – paper piecing
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Delightful Challenges -Use Your Scraps
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) -anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Your Next Stamp Challenge – (2W, 1E, SIO) – paper piecing
  • Crafty Creations –  in the bottom of my garden lives butterflies.
  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: USE 3 ITEms: Buttons, border punch, sparkle.
  • Oldie But Goodie Challenge (2W, no digis) – Spring is in the Air
  • Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes
  • Try It On Tuesday  – Alter A Shoe Box
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – Buttons, lace and ribbon
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
  • I’m so glad you stopped by.  Your comments give me alot of encouragement so please do leave a line. And to all those lovely DT members  of the challenges, I enter, who so sweetly hop over and leave some love behind for me,  I so appreciate each one of your comments. I am so glad, I am getting to know some of you, personally.

    Goody bags for the School.

    This is one of the larger efforts that I put in every year around this time.  Gift packs for teachers and students in my boys’ classes.

    So a large part of last week was spent making dozens of tags and wrapping the gifts. What was really special this year round,  was that I let the boys help me out with it and you know, as “ms perfecty” as I am, I really enjoyed letting them have fun in the process !  My boys chiped in happily and had a blast while at it 🙂  It was purely a team effort. 

    This year we made alittle over 70 bags for students and 30 chocolate bars for teachers. .  I think the pictures explain everything 🙂

    The gift tags are digi stamps except for just one of them which is handstamped. The small bags, I got in one of my trips to Malaysia. They are so cute. Wish I had got scores more ~ They are so handy.

    Well from what I hear, there was a riot in their class, with kids actually wanting to trade in stuff,  to get their hands on those goody bags !!  Wow ~ The boys are so excieted and having a blast. Makes all that effort worth it all 🙂

     

     

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  • Gingerloft (2W) – The colour Red
  • Stamptacular Sunday– Lovin from the Oven (food related)
  • Stacey’s Stamping Stage – Colour (
  • Baby Bud (M, SIR) – Friends (ends 23/2)
  • One Stitch At A Time – make it Pretty
  • Allsorts – It’s all about the sentiment 
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • Less Is More -( C5) One layer
  • Sweet Stampin (2E, Must Stamp) – Love bugs
  • Card Makin’ Mamas – (2W, 2E) – valentine
  • Fun with Shapes & More – (JFF, must include die cut/punch) – love/heart
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – use something edible on, or to go with, your project
  • Paper Cutz – ladybugs, bees or butterflies
  • Stamp Something – something for your Valentine
  • C.R.A.F.T. – Valentine’s
  • Delightful Challenges – (SIO) – get punchy/use punches or die cuts
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) – ribbon
  • Pixie Dust Studio – (SIO) – be my Valentine
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) – scallops galore
  • Southern Girls – (2W, 1E) – blue & chocolate
  • Paper Pretties – inspired by Valentine’s Day colours but doesn’t have to be V-Day card
  • Simon Says Stamp – anything but a card
  • Tiffany Doodles – (2W) – Valentine’s