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In my P.O.Box – 2013!

Hey all!

I would like to share with you, what all I got in my post box, this year.

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All of these books are signed!

1) From Author Frederick Lee Brooke, I received three books as a friendly gesture. It was absolutely sweet of him. I cant thank him enough for sending it. You are an amazing author and friend!. The books are:

  • Doing Max Vinyl – 456 pages – Review coming up in 2014.
  • Zombie Candy – 249 pages – Review coming up in 2014.
  • Collateral Damage – 326 pages – Click here to read the review.

2) From Author Caroline Clemmons, I received her time travel suspense book, as a winner of a book giveaway on her site. Thank you, Caroline!

  • Out of the Blue – 257 pages – Click here to read the review.

3) From Author Marc Kuhn, I received his latest book, as a friendly gesture!. Marc, you are awesome and I love the way you write. He has kindly offered one of my followers a signed copy. The giveaway ends on Jan 1st, 2014. So hurry!.

  • Dead Letter – 204 pages – Click here to read the review.

4) From Author Douglas Dorow, I received his thriller novel, being the winner of a giveaway. The plot looks very intriguing. Cant wait to read it!

  • The Ninth District – 286 pages – Review coming up in 2014.

Last but not the least, I received a New Year card from my best friend, Sini :). It’s so adorable. A card asking for hug and when you open it, the arms stick out!. So cute!

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How adorable is that!

My postal address is Naznin Azeez, P.O.Box 9368, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hope you liked the gifts I got in my post box. I am so thankful to all these wonderful people who sent me all these in 2013!

Love,

Naz 🙂

How to: DIY personalized greeting card..

Hi all,

Let me tell you this guys. I LOVE getting personalized cards rather than an expensive card from Hallmark!. To know that someone actually put in some thought and effort into making a card for me, is a really special feeling. So I try my best to give personalized cards on my family and friends’ bdays.

My mom’s bday is coming up and this time, I thought I will do a post on how I created one for her. First of all, in order to create a card, I don’t usually have the whole idea in my mind. I just have a basic idea and then let it shape itself as I go on with it. You can simply get whatever decorative items you can and put it together to look pretty. I usually save certain things for future simply because I think it would come in handy some day. As you go through the post, you will know how much I am into up-cycling.

Note: This post is loaded with pix because I wanted it to be completely detailed!

Here are things I thought I would need (I didn’t use certain things in the picture. I just had them handy. That’s all):

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The basic idea I have is to cover that card board piece with the A4 sized paper so it becomes a thick card. That card board piece is something I got from inside a new pillow case set. Ironically, that pillow cover set was gifted to me by my mom!. 

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I have placed the card board piece right in the middle of the paper. Then I taped it into place as below :

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In the above pic, I am cutting off the 4 corners (as if I am gift wrapping the card board piece). While doing so, an idea hit me and I decided to save those triangle like pieces. You will see how I used it later 🙂

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Now except for that tiny square in the middle, it’s completely covered. I took the second A4 sheet and cut out a piece (the size of the card not the size of the small square) and stuck it to this side.

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Now both sides are covered.

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Remember those triangle paper pieces I saved? . I decided to color them. I used 5 of the oil pastel sticks from the set I have, in total for this card. Violet, hyacinth violet, yellow green, pink  and red are the colors I used.

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I then stuck the 4 triangles together and then stuck it to the card like this :

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As you see, I hadn’t planned this before. It just hit me and I thought it would look good. Next, I lifted the petal-like parts of the triangles so that it doesn’t lay flat against the card.

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Here is a cute thing I saved from an earring I got from H & M.

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I am guessing it will look good in the middle of the triangle structure.

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Next I tied the ribbon (which was wrapped around a small goodie bag I got some time back from Dove) on the top of the card.

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We will perfect that ribbon in a second!. I then wrote a message on the ribbon.

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Close up!

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I then got a pack of confetti stars. It came along with a gift bag which I once got from some gift shop.

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Then I stuck it to the top. I found a single silver star among the bunch of purple stars!. So I put that in the very middle! I wrote Happy bday. Then I arranged some stars on the bottom part of the card just to see how it looks. Two of the arrangements are shown below. However, those both aren’t the way I finally stuck it.

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Shaded those words:

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Here is how I finally did the stars and wrote a message for her.

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So the front side of the card is done. I kept the theme purple simply because the stars were purple. I brought in the green and pink simply to bring more color rather than the whole thing being monochromatic. Now lets do the other side!

Here I thought of incorporating a teddy which came off my autograph book cover. It’s dress is really soft you know!

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I stuck it to the card

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Another idea hit me and I decided to keep that side of the card in a red theme. So I got this gift wrap which I once received from a friend. I drew a heart on it so I can easily cut it out.

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Below, I stuck it and drew a line to make it look like the teddy had a heart balloon. 

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Now here is a bit of glittery stones I saved from a dress of mine. Where can I incorporate that into the card??…

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Hmm…. Lets make the heart a bit sparkly!

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A message on the ribbon

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Personalized message on the card:

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In the end, childish looking hearts on the top!

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Thus it’s complete. It’s not super creative, however, it’s thoughtful. When making a card, you don’t have to make everything perfect. That is the beauty of it. It’s unique that way.. Let me know below whether you guys liked it and which side you liked more. Do you like DIYs?. Comment below!

Love,

Naznin 🙂