Back to school DIY gifts

August 1st marks the beginning of back to school sales. Buy some supplies on sale and make your own gifts!

Here’s what I made:

1. Altered clipboard:

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- add a shiny ribbon and a tag. I used a black cardstock, white ink and alphabet stamp set

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2. Altered notebook:

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Here’s another variaton of the same concept.

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3. Personalized post it note pads:

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4. No gift is complete for a teacher or a student without bookmarks.

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Do you make or buy your gifts? Share your DIY back to school ideas below.

Cake stencil on paper Tutorial

I bought a cake stencil from craft souk at kaamilah boutique and the same night I came across a tutorial using a stencil on Darlene Designs website.

I taped the stencil to a paper, so it doesn’t move. And then I used my clear versamark ink pad directly on the stencil. Slowly removing the stencil, sprinkle embossing powder on it. Finally, set it with a heat gun.

(Before you begin, rub your paper with an embossing buddy. It really really helps!)

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DIY phone case

I recently got a new iPhone 5s and decided to make my own case.

To make your own case, you need paper and a clear phone case (I got mine on eBay)

1. Start by tracing your phone on a paper of your choice (I used my DIY marbling kit to create the background effect). Cut close to the traced line.

2. Insert it into your case and mark the camera / flash opening with a pencil.
Remove the insert from your case and carefully snip a hole.

3. Decorate and embellish your case as you wish. I used water color paper, but marbling ink, and then hand stamped it.

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How Valentines Day Card can Make You Rich

If you have nothing in life but a good friend, you’re rich. To become richer, let’s make a valentines day card to our friends :)

One of the best-sellers on my online store is a “Love Bug” Valentines day card. The last time I made it, I decided to take photos of every step so I share it with you.

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You’ll need:

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HafsaCreates Card Making Kit Tutorial

I’ve sold over 30 card making kits in the last couple of months. One of the most frequent questions I get is “Do you have any card ideas for kids to make using the kit?” My answer – yes, of course.

The card making kit includes:
- 7 blank cards
- 7 envelopes
- Cut outs of masjid, crescent, stars
- 3-4 pretty patterned ribbons
- patterned paper and assorted sizes of card stock
- 7 x Islamic Sentiments – including,Jazak Allah, Mabrook, Masha Allah, Happy Eid
- 60+ piece of embellishment (stickers and punch outs include shapes, flowers, etc)

I’ve made the following cards as I was assembling a kit for an order. Do note that kits can be customized for boys/ girl, also by age group. [Click here to view the card making kit on Etsy]

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GIVEAWAY: Set of Six Gift Enclosure cards (CLOSED)

Who doesn’t loves freebies?! How about it’s something that you can use right away? Even better, right?

My co-worker asked me to make her a set of 3×3″ gift enclosure cards. These are perfect size cards to be included with a gift, along with a quick message. I made another set of 6 for this giveaway. Nothing beats the feeling of receiving a handwritten note. Even better, is when it’s a beautiful, hand decorated, one of a kind greeting card.

All six cards are handmade and hand stamped, and not to mention, made with love and super-special attention.

***Giveaway is now closed. Winner has been contacted by email***

HafsaCreates Giveaway

***Giveaway is now closed. Winner has been contacted by email***

Suit and tie card tutorial

It’s always a struggle to make masculine card for me. Last week, one of our managers at work was leaving and I offered to make a card for him. I asked around about him, and found out about his love for pretty ties.

By first step is, research. I searched for a while on Pinterest and bookmarked a card as inspiration. (Will include a link to it at the end)

Here’s the final version: [you can order it from my store: HafsaCreates on Etsy]

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Recent Cards and Crafts

My recent inspiration (again from Pinterest) were Santa / Christmas/ Holiday cards.

Here’s a very simple one to make:

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Santa Card

I used red and black cardstock, and silver (my favorite!) tape for the buckle. So easy to assemble that I made a set of six for my online store. Check it out here: HafsaCreates Store on Etsy