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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Ramadan in a box




In the spirit of Ramadan, I have decided to integrate the concept of an Advent Calendar and make a Ramadan Calendar. And wouldn't you know it, Stampin' up has a suite of products just perfect for these types of occasions. Its called the 'Eastern Beauty' bundle. For this project I have also used the window box framelit dies. For the cardstock, I have used all of the new in colours and as well as Emerald Envy.
For those who doesn't know much about Ramadan, here is crash course:
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar, when all Muslim people from all around the world, from different walks of life, fasts for 30 days. Fasting for Muslims means no eating or drinking anything at all from Sunrise to Sunset. Once sun sets for us during Ramadan, it is a time we spend with family, together we break our fast for the day, its time of sharing and giving thanks. Ramadan teaches us humility, as abstaining from food and water during daylight, we get to experience a little bit of what people with very little means have to endure everyday. Ramadan teaches us to be generous and kind to one another, and most importantly, it teaches us to be grateful for what we have. It puts our level of resilience, will power to test, pushes us to be better people. The end of Ramadan is marked by a grand celebrations, which lasts up to three days, this is known as Eid-Ul-Fitr or most people know it as 'Eid'. But don't expect it to be on again at the same time next year as the Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, so it means that the month of Ramadan starts at different times each year. Which is great I think because it keeps it exciting and interesting.




When I saw the 'Eastern Palace' suite of products, my mind went straightaway to thoughts of Ramadan, and I would love to share some of those ideas with you. I am planning to make all my Eid cards with these products, and I have also used these to make some Ramadan decorations. Here I would like to showcase a Ramadan Calendar I have made for my three boys. I usually make one for Christmas as well, this is the first time I am making one for Ramadan. I want them to be just as excited about Ramadan and Eid, just as much as they are about Christmas. To achieve that, I knew that I have to make it fun for them, and adding  a little treat doesn't hurt either. 



I have cut out 30 window boxes using the window box framelit dies, then put it through the big shot again with the Eastern Medallion framelit dies to cut out the patterns on top and sides. This was the hardest bit as it took quite a bit of time to cut out and assemble all these boxes. For the numbers, I have used the large numbers framelit dies, and a gold foil sheet.


For the inside I've an Eastern Meddalion with some information about Ramdan, a led tealight candle and some sweet treats for the boys to enjoy. The condition for getting a sweet treat is that they have to learn about Ramadan. Its working well so far.


I have placed all of the boxes on a round table I have in my family room, decorated it with a Sari I had in my collection and placed some lights around it. I also made a banner using the new in-colours card stock and the large letters framelit dies. 








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10 comments:

  1. this is beautiful! I love the color combo and the use of the Eastern Palace dies in combination with the window box. And thank you for sharing!

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  2. This is quite a beautiful display! I love how perfectly the Eastern Palace dies match up with this window box. That's A LOT of die cutting and assembly for a wonderful project.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, and thanks for visiting. I really appreciate it.

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  3. Love the project and the celebration. I look forward to seeing your Eid cards - I'd love to make some to send my Muslim friends!

    Linda

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  4. Beautiful! I appreciate the education as well.

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  5. Very beautiful display, thank your for explaining it too.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this lovely project. And thank you also for the beautiful explanation and education to this Ramadan illiterate. I love learning new things and seeing new crafting projects. I am glad to hear it is working to help educate your children too.

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  7. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your stunning project but also for sharing the story of Ramadan. I too, enjoyed the learning side of this post xx

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  8. Thank you for sharing this beautiful project. I recently made a friend that was telling me some about Ramadan & now I understand it better with your help. I will share this with her & perhaps help her make this for her family to enjoy.

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    1. That's great Dianne, I am glad I was able to help a little. Ramadan Mubarak to you and to your friend.

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