A New Year deserves new scrapbook layouts and we have just the thing: Here are three new layouts for our Croppy Cats line of scrapbooking kits, now more accessible to you with our Cash On Delivery service! Order them to make at home or make them with us at the shop so we can assist you with techniques and materials.

Croppy Cats are our intermediate scrapbooking classes where we scraplift or copy a layout in order to learn the techniques used in each unique layout. Have a look at our original collection here and here.

Scroll down to see our awesome new layouts.


This kit is a masculine layout with a city theme.

Included in the kit are patterned papers, chipboard arrows and other urban elements that you can incorporate with the brick wall chipboard frame.

In-shop project cost: AED225 inclusive of materials


DIY Kit Price: DHS95

Disclaimer: In the case that some materials may not be available, suitable replacements will be provided.




This croppy cats kit contains a stencil set, matching chipboard embellishments, titles papers and instruction so you can try creating your own background pattern with stencil and inks.

In-shop project cost: AED225 inclusive of materials


DIY  Kit Price: DHS135

Disclaimer: In the case that some materials may not be available, suitable replacements will be provided.




Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

This gorgeous Croppy Cats Layout has the look of a mixed media layout without getting too complicated. Dainty chipboard embellishments add to the shabby chic look that the layout was designed with. This kit comes with all the elements you need to create the same look.

*Note: Any elements that are out of stock are replaced with the most suitable materials available.

In-shop project cost: Aed. 250 inclusive of all material

DURATION: 3-4 hours

DIY kit price : Aed 153



Project Life is the quick and easy way to scrap photos that scrappers have been getting into since the first collection was released. Available now in the shop are new Project Life papers and sets sure to get you excited!

Until February 14, all Project Life items are 15% OFF!

Call the shop to place your orders at 04 884 9343. First come first served. Stocks are limited so hurry and order your Project Life now!

*Cash on delivery is available at AED20 within the UAE.

Project life 6×6 paper pads



Project Life Photo Overlays

Project Life Chipboard Stickers

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Project Life 4×4 Cards



Project Life Specialty Cards


Project Life Photo Frames, Rub-ons, Day Stickers



Project Life Core Kits





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HAPPY 2016!!!


We wish all our valued customers a really great year ahead!! Here’s to more crafting and creativity as we take on 2016.

Look forward to more exciting new projects from us this year.

Keep on creating!


The fourth Friday of the month is at the end of this week and we are again making ready for another fun ARTE at Times Square Center. We have been having a great time at ARTE since it started its 10th year in September. We are definitely looking forward to  sharing another fun craft with you all. Here’s our latest Make N Take for this Friday:



We at Creative Hands are very proud to present our exclusive line of Decormaché forms. Bring out your creativity onto these paper mache figures and make wonderful home decor items. Dress up our blanks into beautiful gifts and keepsakes with decoupage, painting, or whatever your crafting style.

Decorating our Decormaché forms is also a perfect activity for birthdays or crafty get-togethers. Contact us for more information on craft parties with Decormache.


The Decormache Dress Forms are available in two styles – the A-line and the Curvy. Both mini dress forms are mounted on solid wooden bases. Use these graceful figures as jewelry holders or simply display them in your home.


Get a Decormaché Horse ready for UAE’s National Day with red, green, white, and black marbled paper. Of course, you can simply use your favorite paints or decoupage materials with these playful horses.


Our Decormaché Owl is a charming little bird that also functions as a coin bank. Our finished owl is covered with tissue decoupage, paint, and a dimensional liner. Make one to give as a birthday present.


The Decormaché Cat can be a handsome feline decoupaged with black and white marbled paper and finished with a top hat, and a smart bow-tie. Make your own version as you please. The possibilities are endless.


The Decormaché Winged Unicorn is one of our favorite pieces in the collection. Bring out the beauty of its form by combining pearlized or metallic paints and patterned napkins. Don’t forget to draw in little details like the eyes to complete your unicorn.


The Decormaché Mask is a piece just perfect for any face you want to create. Grab a few to make for all your Halloween costumes. Jazz one up for that masquerade ball you plan to attend this year.

Our finished mask was created with a steam-punk inspired motif. Handmade flowers, paper hat, and lace give the mask a unique look.


A Decormaché mainstay, the Camel comes in three sizes and is perfect as a memento of the UAE for your guests. Have fun decorating these beautiful camels with any assortment of techniques and materials.

The finished Decormaché Camels above were done in variety of decorative papers. The large one was done with Gelli Arts gelli plate prints. The middle size was covered with marbled papers and the smallest one was decoupaged with a serviette.

Come for a Dress-up Your Decormaché workshop. These sessions are available for adults and children from age 8. Please book at least a day ahead.

Grab some of our Decormaché forms now and get started on those Christmas gifts for this year. You can also ask us about our custom decorated forms created just for you.

Don’t have time to drop by to pick up a Decormaché piece? Call us about our cash on delivery service at 04 884 9343.

Stocks are limited, so get your Decormaché now!

Keep on Creating!


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KOKESHI N’ Friends

The Kokeshi and Friends paper dolls were a lot of fun for young and old alike. Colorful layered papers and a little glue are all it takes to create these charming dolls. The classic Japanese kokeshi and the little Arabic version are both so cute!


The marbling was also a great with people of all ages. Everyone who tried it was dotting and swirling wonderful patterns of color.

We had loads of fun last ARTE and it’s just going to go on and on this Friday, October 9th at Times Square! The market will be open from 12pm up to 7pm.

Have a look at what we have been up to for this Friday. We are just itching to do these with you all at ARTE!




Use the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate to dress up a word! It is so fun and easy. Come down this Friday and take home a colorful word you Gelli plated yourself!

We hope to see you and join in more crafty fun at ARTE this Friday.

Keep on Creating!




Wishing everyone

Have a great Eid!

We’d like to invite you all to celebrate Eid with us at ARTE!FLYER-ARTE2

We’re excited and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 26 and resume regular business hours the next day, Sept. 27.

Keep on creating!


Decoupage has charmed crafters for years with its endless design possibilities. Whether your style is vintage, modern, or shabby chic, you can tailor your projects to your preference easily. It is just wonderful what scissors, paper, glue, and one’s imagination can create.

After a successful few years’ run, we are rehashing our basic decoupage workshops. We are very proud to present these three new basic projects.


Cost: AED300; all materials included; Duration: 3-4 hours

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The Tea Box

The Tea Box is a versatile piece that can be used as an organizer for jewelry or crafty bits and bobs. Learn how to use patterned paper to customize this box.




Use Milk Paint and tissue to create vintage look on this 8×12 inch chest. The tissue collage technique allows you to create something new out of different serviettes. The solid wood of the chest easily absorbs Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. This helps create an extremely smooth sanded finish while still preserving the look of the wood grain.

Duration: 3-4 hours





This project steps the techniques up a bit. It makes use of two-tone distressing with Milk Paint, fussy cutting, and stenciling. That’s quite a few techniques to learn on one solid wooden tray. Make one for your next tea-time get-together at home.

Duration: 3-4 hours




Cost: AED300; all materials included; Duration: 3-4 hours


Decoupaging on metal can make any beginner a little nervous. Set aside your doubts – learn to alter the metal and even how to use crackle on it.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Book your decoupage workshop now and get into this timeless craft!

For more information or to book directly call us at 04 884 9343 or 050 104 7558.

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Experience the magic of marbling

due to high demand, We are proud to bring Paper marbling to our after-school creativities!

Join us for 2 hours of crafty fun a week

Cost: AED 800 for 8 weeks 

(Inclusive of all materials.)

Time: afternoons after school or saturday afternoons

Open to kids from ages 8 and above.

Here’s a preview of the projects in the series:

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Swirl and scatter your colors to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind papers that are great for any paper project you can think of. Learn marbling techniques that will keep you excited for days! Make 20 amazing prints on the first two sessions.



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On the third and fourth sessions, use Marbled papers to decorate a camel in patterns that will make it completely unique. These camels are great as gifts, to bring back memories of the UAE, or just as great decorative pieces in the home.



Marbled binder

DIY Marbled Paper Binder

Marbled papers have long been used to cover books with their attractive patterns. On the fifth and sixth sessions, make yourself a binder with these amazing designs and use it as an art journal or just as a regular A5 binder.


marbled bloom wall art

The last two sessions focus on this cool wall art. Create an art piece with colors that just fly off the canvas. This simple mixed media project will make a statement wherever it’s displayed!

Paper marbling has just so much potential and it’s a great technique to add to anyone’s crafty skills. The best part about all this is that this activity isn’t just great for kids; people of all ages can enjoy paper marbling!

Here are some kids who have already enjoyed and experienced this unique art.

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Sign up your kids for all the fun today!

For more information, please call 04 884 9343.

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Last Friday, we were very happy to be back at ARTE to join its 10th year celebration. It was fun being in the middle of such a lively crowd along with other crafters.

We provided ARTE patrons with free Make and Take activities. They had a chance to try out our Paper Marbling and Gelli Arts Gel Printmaking and take home their patterned creations.

Lots of adults had fun creating their custom patterns.

Kids were even more thrilled to try out the Paper Marbling!

It was a really enjoyable day  for us as well as those who tried their hands at marbling and gel printing. If you weren’t able to come by at ARTE, you can catch us there again this September 25th.

Look forward to more crafty things from us at ARTE! Hope to see you there!

Keep on creating!




Hello, crafters!

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, we are offering free shipping on purchase of our Eid stamps. Contact the shop for more details.

For orders, text or call: 050 104 7558

*To avail of the promo, purchase of the two stamps is required. Get yours now! Limited quantity available.


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Hello, crafters! It has been a very busy season for us and we are sure you have been busy as well. Lots of us have been preoccupied with travel and other summer matters. Hopefully, you’ve been able to devote some time to crafting as well. 😉

With summer nearly over, we have the big Eid to look forward to in September. Have you got your Eid greeting ideas together yet, because we can help you with that.

We are proud to share with you two beautiful Limited Edition Eid Greetings stamps, exclusively available here at Creative Hands Dubai.

Send your Eid al Adha wishes with this calligraphic Arabic coffee pot and cup. We just love the graceful lines on this set of two. Use the stamps together with a damask texture folder and brushed on Perfect Pearls to create a faux metallic look.


Send your Eid sentiments in rose form with this elegant stamp. Surround it with a beautiful Arabic chipboard frame to bring it the attention it deserves. Decorate the frame with the Sospeso Trasparente (3D decoupage) technique using mini serviette roses.

These rubber cling stamps are limited in stock, so get your stamps very soon!

Come visit the shop to check out our other Arabic themed stamps.

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We are very excited to share two gorgeous new mixed media projects that you can do as separate workshops.

The His & Her Book Boxes were inspired by our new cardboard book boxes and decoupage rice paper prints.
Book box mix mediaHis Book Box focuses on the use of textures and metallic color mediums to create a dark and almost faux leather look to this piece.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours                             Cost: AED350; inclusive of all materials


Her Book Box is created with a shabby chic theme in mind and uses flowers, glimmer mediums, and pastel colors to create a romantic feel.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours                             Cost: AED300; inclusive of all materials

 Book for both His and Her Books and get to do the workshops for only AED600. You can schedule a whole day for both or do them on two different days.

Call us now at 04 884 9343 to set your day and time for your workshop.

Keep on creating!



Do you have drab old furniture that you don’t want to throw out, but don’t know how to repaint?

Are you looking for an alternative paint that is non-toxic, smell-free, and organic?

Have you been interested in trying Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint but weren’t quite sure how to go about it?

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Our Milk Painting 101  will get you familiar with how to use the paints and create beautiful distressed effects to give your furniture that cozy  cottage look.

The unique qualities of milk  paint give it a texture quite unlike any other paint on the market. It is simple to use and it is possible to create different distressed and vintage effects using the paints in combination with other materials.

One of the best things about it is that no sanding is required to prepare any pre-painted furniture!

The different skills you will learn in this workshop include:

Proper mixing

Use of the Bonding Agent

Resist techniques

Top coats: Hemp Oil, Wax, and Tough Coat

Making a chalkboard surface

*Choose your colors from the full range of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints.

At the end of the workshop, you will go home with sample boards with the different finishing techniques and a Chalkboard Frame (pictured at the top) that you have made yourself. Place the chalkboard in your kitchen or home office to keep track of things, big and small, that you need to remember.

This beginners’ course for Milk Painting will set you up with what you need to know to get those furniture pieces refreshed!

These basic courses will be held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., starting on April 26, 2015. Book your slot now! Classes will be limited to five (5) participants at a time.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours                 Cost: AED250; inclusive of all materials

Call us at 04 884 9343 to check availability of slots and confirm your attendance.



After the basics, what’s next? Learn more about Milk Painting with these PAINT AND TAKE projects: (Past attendance in Milk Painting 101 is required)

Step Ladder Milk Painting


Who doesn’t need to get up a little higher to reach things from time to time? This stool can be used in more ways at home than just to stand on. A little stenciled detail makes this  project more fun. This also a great project to do a little more milk paint practice on before diving into those big pieces at home.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours;                 Cost: AED 300;  inclusive of all materials


Flourish milk painting


Sometimes our walls need a nice bit of shabby and chic. This meter long flourish can grace a mantel or be hung above a door. You can match the colors to your room interior.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours;                 Cost: AED 350; inclusive of all materials

You can book these Paint and Take projects on Sundays as well.
 Call us to book your space.


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Finishing your Milk Paint projects, especially those that will be seeing a lot of use, will require just the right top coats to protect and enhance their colors. Miss Mustard seed has a number of great finishes that you can choose from.

Hemp Oil

This solvent-free oil finish provides a protective, water-resistant surface.  Use on new wood that is bare, stained Milk-painted or to revive old wood finishes.


Tung Oil

Miss Mustard Seed’s Tung Oil is a 100% pure all natural hardening oil that provides a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant finish. Tung oil has been used for centuries and is created by to pressing the seeds from the fruit of the tung tree. This oil provides a soft lustre with a finish that is unrivalled by many other oils.


Tough Coat

Our premium, non yellowing tough coat provides extra durability against general wear and tear, water damage and food stains. Perfect for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, seating, doors and floors.


Watch the video below to learn how to apply Hemp Oil



Furniture Wax

This fine museum quality wax is based on an old family recipe.  It is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax.  It is ideal for use on wood, marble or as a finish over Milk Paint.  It is easy to apply, provides a durable finish with a beautiful luster and has almost no odor.


White Wax

White Wax is also a fine museum quality wax is based on an old family recipe.  It is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and is then tinted with a creamy white, perfect for creating a faded, washed or limed look on a piece of painted furniture.


Antiquing Wax

Also based on an old family recipe,  it is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and is then lightly tinted to a rich brown, perfect for creating an authentically aged finish on a piece of painted furniture.

The video below demonstrates how to use the Furniture and Antiquing Waxes

Brushes and Brush Soap

Miss Mustard Seed has durable natural bristle brushes for painting, oiling, and waxing. Each brush has particular uses and is very comfortable to hold.

To maintain the brushes, Miss Mustard Seed’s Brush Soap effectively cleans and conditions brushes to help them last longer.


Paint Mixers

The Mini Whisk and Milk Paint Mixer make mixing Milk Paints easier and faster.

Wax Pucks

Wax pucks can be used to created distressing effects with layered paint. These pucks are made of 100% natural beeswax and fit nicely in your hand.

Miss Mustard Seed has quite a complete line of products to help you finish your painting projects. Come by the shop to get more information and get your Miss Mustard Seed paints, tools, and finishes today.


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 Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints come in twenty-four beautiful colors that have a vintage or country feel to them. They can also be mixed to get new shades of color or layered for distressing effects. We’ve been experimenting with the paints and are already getting great reviews from the ladies who have tried it. So far each alteration has been amazing and we are just giddy with excitement every time. Seeing is often better than just reading about it, so scroll down for a look and the colors and beautiful sample projects courtesy of

You’ve just seen the original 18 colors of the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line. Below are the newest additions to the Milk Paint color palette: the European colors.

Don’t these colors just get you excited to start your next DIY project? Read more about mixing the paints in our last post.

All colors in this article are available now at the shop. Come and visit the shop to see samples of the complete range of colors and projects painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

Watch  the next  two videos  to get an idea how to apply the milk paint.




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In our adventures in crafting, the ladies who have already done decoupage or altered items have asked us about a paint that would be good for refurbishing projects on a larger scale.

After a while of searching, we have found a really spectacular paint that can be applied directly on any furniture without preparations such as paint stripping or sanding. How amazing is that?

Now, we are making this great product available in the UAE. Creative Hands, as their certified retailer, proudly brings you Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!


Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc.  Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

Here are a couple of  frequently asked questions about Milk Paint:

Is Milk Paint safe?

Yes! Milk Paint is made from 100% natural ingredients. It’s a powdered, no VOC’s product that can be traced back all the way to ancient carvings and art. It is safe for children’s furniture, painting projects indoors and use during pregnancy. It is made of only five natural ingredients – clay, limestone, chalk, casein (milk protein) and iron oxides for pigments.

What is the difference between Milk Paint and Chalk Paint?

These are two totally different kinds of paint.  Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways.  Here are some of the similarities and differences…

  • Milk Paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water.  Chalk Paint is sold in a tradition liquid quart.
  • Milk Paint has great adhesion on raw wood that will never chip/peel or fade.  Add the bonding agent on previously finished surfaces to improve adhesion.  Chalk Paint has great adhesion on most any surface without the addition of a bonding agent.
  •  Milk Paint will show wood grain in most cases and can be used as a stain.  Chalk Paint is thicker and covers wood grain in most cases.
  • Milk Paint can be distressed and/or crackled and will resist some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look.  Chalk Paint can be distressed and crackled, but will not chip.
  • Milk Paint is a 100% natural, zero VOC paint that is completely biodegradable and non toxic.
So how do get started using this amazing paint? It’s all in the mixing.

Marian, the lady behind Miss Mustard Seed, shares with us how to prepare these paints for use in the video below.

What is the best way to mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?

There are many ways to mix the milk paint, we offer guidelines on how to mix it and what consistency to look for, however we encourage to always test out a small amount to make sure that you are happy with the mixture. Milk Paint can be a stain or a solid opaque paint depending on how much water you add.

For a solid opaque look: Mix one part water to one part Milk Paint powder. Add water to container/jar first, then add powder and mix with a whisk, electric milk frother or blender. For a super smooth finish,use a blender for best results, otherwise mix with a frother or a whisk for an additional 1-2 minutes for a super fine mix. Mixed Milk Paint should have a table cream consistency for opaque  coverage. Once  satisfied with consistency, test out a small sample to see if desired consistency is reached. If the brush drags, the mixture is too thick (opaque) and you need to add more water.  If sample drips and is too thin (transparent), then add more powder. Adjust as required, and start painting!

Note: Mixing Milk Paint can be like baking bread and the amount of water required will vary based on the humidity of the day and location.  It can also vary depending on the amount of pigment in the color being mixed.

With Miss Mustard Seed, you can repaint old furnishings in many vintage styles or create looks with unpainted items that can only be achieved with Milk Paint.

Watch out for more items and workshops of this product line!

Come and visit the shop to see samples of the complete range of colors and projects painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

Keep on creating!


After learning the basics of decoupage, applying it on different surfaces and using other techniques that work well with it would be the next step. Our intermediate-level In-shop Projects for decoupage include such additions as working on glass and metals, layering papers,  working with stencils, and more. Each project features different combinations of techniques. Choose your next project from our samples below.

3D Decoupage Clock – This uses patterned papers and stenciling to create an enchanting timepiece. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                        Cost: AED225; all materials incuded

  Crackle Decoupage Clock – Combines crackling and stencils to create this vintage look. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                        Cost: AED225; all materials incuded

  Decoupage on Glass – These decorative plates are too lovely to use!

 Duration: 3-4 hours                       Cost: AED225; all materials included

    Crackle Decoupage on Glass – This is a project that really catches the eye. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                   Cost: AED225; all materials included

  Stencilled Decoupage Tea Box – use for tea or for little things you want to keep. image

Duration: 3-4 hours               Cost: AED300 ; all materials included



Metal Incense Burner and Container – Alter metal to create a beautiful shabby chic look on this unbreakable burner.

image Duration: 3-4 hours                                  Cost: AED350 ; all materials included  *Materials are subject to change without prior notice depending on availability.

Don’t wait any longer; call to book your workshop today!  04-884-9343


—- We take pride in the fact that our workshops are carefully researched, planned, and tailored over several days. We exert all efforts (including time and money) to give our customers the right kind of knowledge and skill to be able to craft on their own. This includes sourcing and testing products ourselves to ensure that we get the best results possible. Please be sensitive enough not to re-teach our workshops as-is for profit unless you add your own effort and creativity into making the crafting process your own. —-

**If you are a shop-owner or individual outside the UAE who is interested to learn and teach our workshops, contact the management for a special pricing.**