Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 2018 challenge

Hello!!!
Thanks for all your amazing entries for the COLOUR challenge!!

Here is the challenge for April 2018
As the challenge has started late this month, it will run till the 29th of April.


FLOWERS!!!
The possibilities are endless! 
I'm waiting to see all your creativity!!


HOW TO PLAY

Make a card or tag using the theme given. 
Take a photo of your creation and link it up below.
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge and link it back to our challenge, including photos of your card or tag.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post so that others may be inspired to play.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on the sidebar of your blog so that others may join us.


FOLLOW/JOIN  THIS BLOG
 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE TAG
#PCMCHALLENGES

If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

VERY IMPORTANT
PLEASE Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.

INSPIRATION

Here is some inspiration to start you off this month.
For my first project, I made a gift tag using Hero Arts woodblock and cling stamps and Mft dies.
I started by die cutting the tag using an Mft tag die. 
I then created a background using the hero arts birthday background stamp.  
I then stamped and coloured the flower (also from Hero Arts) using Sakura Koi watercolours. 
I fussy cut the flower and adhered it to the tag using 3D foam tape.
I die cut some leaves using Mft dienamics tropical leaves dies. 
I then used Tim Holtz' mowed lawn distress ink to darken the edges of the leaves, to create some interest.
I finished the tag with a bit of jute twine from Mayarts ribbon.



For my second project, I have combined stamps and dies from my fabulous sponsors this month...Lawn Fawn and Craftangles by HNDMD.

I recently purchased the new Lawn Fawn pivot pop up die and couldn't wait to use it!!

To make this card, I started out with a white card base, which I masked and watercoloured using my Camel watercolours, to create a soft teal wash. Once it was dry, I used a hero arts background stamp to stamp some dots to create some interest. 
I then stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut some cherry blossom flowers from the Craftangles 'Mom you rock' stamp set and adhered them to the card base. 
I then die cut the sentiment (from Winnie and Walter), and, used Memento Angel Pink ink  and Tim Holtz 'bubblegum' distress ink to colour it. 
Once the sentiment was adhered, I added the birthday sentiment (from Hero Arts) and some wooden hearts (Craftangles).



As you open the card, you can now see the mechanism at work.


Once open, You can see the full card.
I stamped and watercoloured the pop up part of the card using stamps from the Craftangles 'Mom you rock' stamp set and Camel watercolours.
I also stamped the inside of the card using Hero Arts small dots background stamp and Memento Angel pink ink. 
I finished the card with a sentiment from Paper Wishes.



Here is a video to show you how this fun card pops up!



I am playing the simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'Happy Birthday' Challenge with this card!




To inspire you some more, I have the amazingly talented 




Hello there!
I am Bharati Nayudu and I am very excited and greatly honoured to play along with Paru's Card Making Challenges as Guest Designer for the month of April. 
The theme is flowers -to welcome spring,
Many thanks, Paru, for having me over!

I live in Visakhapatnam, a coastal city in India with my 10 yr old son (who loves craft as well) and my loving husband-my soulmate. I have a talented little sister who is my best pal and an artist. I am an HR executive by profession and crafter at heart, committed to spreading handmade happiness.
I started blogging and entering online craft challenges from August 2017. 
Although, I am quite new to the blogland, thanks to a very encouraging and supportive crafting community, I feel completely at home. 
It's as if the mothership found me and now I live in the world of crafts!
Besides card making, I also enjoy quilling,decoupage art, art journaling and giving virtual hugs to crafty friends all around the world.
may your spring be filled with colourful flowers and cards.


My first project is a card inspired by my dear friend Sanjeevini, who has a very happy and cheerful personality and who loves flowers and bursts of colours.

To make this card i started with heat embossing, in white, the flowers and leaves from the stamp set 'More spring flowerw' by Simon Says Stamp.
I then added distress in to each image using finger dabbers and fussy cut them.
While adding the ink, mixing two or more colours to get a gradient look always works.
I then took another white card piece and heat embossed the sentiment in white before ink blending the panel. The white heat embossed sentiment goes with the white outline and the dash line on the images. I then die cut a rectangular white card panel and then cut an oval window through it.
I then adhered the leaves and flowers on the white window panel with tape. I also used foam squares in a few places for dimension. I then adhered the window panel with the images using foam tape on to the ink blended card stock with the sentiment, I finished the card by adding a few sequins and adhering the whole card from to a deep green card base.
Apart from the colourful look, I love how a portion of the leaves is inside the window and few leaves pop out of the card from the top and bottom on the card.

I really had a ton of fun making my second project which is a thank you tag.
I started with smooshing distress oxide inks on my craft mat and spraying some water. I then pressed my tag onto the ink. I repeated this process several times till I was happy with the results. Building layers of colour each time by adding ink, splattering water and drying between the layers. I then added interest by stamping some scripty font in black ink and the stamp i used is by Hero Arts and its called ‘Old French writing’. To add more interest i stamped randomly pattern from Bo Bunny’s  rough-it-up stamp set using spiced marmalade distress ink. I also added an image of a swirly ribbon in black ink from Inbetweenies stamp set by  Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions. To add some texture to the tag i applied some embossing paste using a stencil by Tim Holtz. I was gifting a pack of beautiful flowers by Prima that I was hording since long and finally found place this tag. Before adhering the  flowers and the word die cut in black by Mudra Stamps, i did add few splatters of black ink with a thin brush. Then all that was left to do was to tie a white ribbon on the tag.
As you  can see I played with a lot of crafty goodies while making this tag and therefore enjoyed the whole process.

The theme for the month..FLOWERS has many possibilities and I hope my projects inspire you to play along.
Thanks agoin, Paru, for the wonderful opportunity!


THE PRIZES

A $25 gift card from 

Lawn Fawn


and 

A Rs. 1000 hamper from 





The challenge will run till the 29th of April...
I am extending it this month as the challenge started late.
The winners will be announced on the 30th of April.
Don't forget to stop by!

Please link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above and in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.


Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March 2018 challenge winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing my COLOUR challenge!

I am so very happy with your fabulous reponse this month!! 
So much amazing creativity!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the  prize
from 

 Two stamp sets, winners choice..




Look at those paint brushes!!! I just couldn't resist those splashes of colour!



For the Rs. 1000 hamper from 




Can you resist these gorgeous rainbow books against a monochromatic background?!!



Many Many congratulations to the winners!

VERY IMPORTANT

I have a sincere request to the winners..
PLEASE SHARE YOUR PRIZES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
The more you share, the better chance you have at winning awesome prizes 
from more and more sponsors.
If, for any reason  you do not wish to accept the prize, 
(such as not being able to pay for shipping of the prize), 
please contact me ASAP, so that I may pass on the prize to someone else.

Remember...

The April  challenge will go live on 5th April  2018 at 12 am IST. 

Don't forget to come and play!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!!

Paru Mahtani

Saturday, March 3, 2018

February 18 Challenge Winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing my LOVE challenge!

Im so sorry for the delay in announcing the winners. 
Thank you for your patience!

I just love your amazing creativity!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the  prize
from 





The beautiful pink pop of colour and the stencilling are just fabulous!

and 

for the hamper from





I just could not resist that fabulous ink blending and  that gorgeous sentiment!!

Many Many congratulations to the winners!

VERY IMPORTANT

I have a sincere request to the winners..
PLEASE SHARE YOUR PRIZES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
The more you share, the better chance you have at winning awesome prizes 
from more and more sponsors.
If, for any reason  you do not wish to accept the prize, 
(such as not being able to pay for shipping of the prize), 
please contact me ASAP, so that I may pass on the prize to someone else.

Remember...

The March challenge will go live on 1st March 2018 at 12 am IST. 

Don't forget to come and play!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!!

Paru Mahtani

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 2018 Challenge

Hello!!!
Thanks for all your amazing entries for the LOVE challenge!!

Here is the challenge for March 2018
The challenge will now run till the 1st f April.


You can use colour to make an image pop on a neutral background.
You can make a colourful card.
You can use primary colours or rainbow colours...
The possibilities are endless! 
I'm waiting to see all your creativity!!


HOW TO PLAY

Make a card or tag using the theme given. 
Take a photo of your creation and link it up below.
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge and link it back to our challenge, including photos of your card or tag.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post so that others may be inspired to play.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on the sidebar of your blog so that others may join us.


FOLLOW/JOIN  THIS BLOG
 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE TAG
#PCMCHALLENGES

If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.

INSPIRATION

For the first card, I used the 'Stitched Roses' stamp set from Waffle Flower.
I stamped it in two shades of grey to create a background and 
the focal image in three shades of pink ink.
This is the first time I have attempted to make a card using the Eclipse technique.
I die cut the word MOTHER after I finished all the stamping. 
I then die cut the word three more times out of pink cardstock.
I then layered the word to add dimension.
You can see a great video for this technique here.
I finished the card using a stamped sentiment from Simon Says Stamp 'Mother's Day' stamp set.


For the second card, I die cut a bunch of guitars on a piece of white cardstock panel. 
I then die cut the guitars from black cardstock and inlaid them on the white panel. 
I then cut the guitar detail piece from different colours of cardstock 
and then adhered them to the guitars. 
I added a gold embossed sentiment (from Hero Arts) on vellum 
and some gold sequins to finish the card.



 To inspire you some more,
This month my Guest Designer is 

the most popular

Jasleen Kaur


Hello!
I'm Jasleen and I feel so happy to be invited over at Paru's Card Making Challenges blog as a Guest Designer.
I started my crafting and blogging journey about five years ago when I accidentally stumbled upon some beautiful handmade cards while surfing the internet.
Card making and quilling are what I enjoy the most, and I'm more inclined toward the clean and simple, minimalist style of card making.
I mostly draw my inspiration from the simple things I come across in day to day life and when I need to recharge my mind with a creative dose of inspiration, visiting blogs of other card makers and crafters helps a lot.

You can view more of my work on my blog Happily Ever Crafter or my Instagram Account 

Thank you Paru, for this opportunity.

The theme for this month's challenge is "COLOURS".
I made a card and tag keeping the theme in mind.




Making this CAS one layered card involved masking, stamping and sponging. The images are from two different stamp sets by My Favourite things- 'Hog Heaven' and 'Beary Special birthday' and the sentiment is from MFT's 'Hug in a mug' stamp set.
These images were coloured using Zig clean colour real brush pens.
Sponging was done with the help of distress inks.

Here is the tag.

The floral dies are from Sizzix thinlite die set-"Garden Florals". These were partially coloured using various colours of distress inks. I wanted to arrange these against a background that;s subtle and not too over powering, so I decided to paint some free hand watercoloured gray lines. I like how the muted background helps the flowers appear bright.
The 'Hello' is a diefrom Sizzix thinlits die set 'Hello doily'.

I hope this post inspires you to play along with this month's 
COLOURFUL challenge!
I am waiting to see you lovely cards and tags!








Jasleen's creations are just WOW! Aren't they!!
I hope you have been inspired to play along with us this month!
I can't wait to see your creations!

THE PRIZES

As always we have some great prizes to give away!

2 stamp sets (winners choice)
from 

 A fabulous hamper worth Rs.1000/- 
from 


The challenge will run till the 1st of April...
I am extending it this month as I am travelling till the 2nd of April.
The winners will be announced on the 4th of April.
Don't forget to stop by!

Please link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above and in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.


Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani




Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018 challenge

Hello!!!
Thank you all so much for rocking the NEW challenge to celebrate the second anniversary of 
Paru's Card Making Challenges!!!!

Here is the challenge for February 2018




You can make a for Valentine's day, a card of encouragement, a card for a wedding, or just a card to make someone feel special!
The possibilities are endless! 
I'm waiting to see all your creativity!!


HOW TO PLAY

Make a card or tag using the theme given. 
Take a photo of your creation and link it up below.
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge and link it back to our challenge, including photos of your card or tag.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post so that others may be inspired to play.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on the sidebar of your blog so that others may join us.


FOLLOW/JOIN  THIS BLOG
 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE TAG
#PCMCHALLENGES

If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.

INSPIRATION

I made three cards  this month...as magic slider cards, to inspire you!

I have used the Lawn Fawn magic slider card die to make all these cards and all the stamps I've used are from My favourite Things.
You will find plenty of tutorials on how to make your own magic slider cards here.
I have also included videos to show how they work.
Once I assembled the magic slider element, I stamped and decorated the backgrounds, stamped the sentiments and adhered the slider to finish the cards.
I have videos of all the cards to show how much fun they are!



















Im submitting these cards for the  'LawnFanatics' inspiration board challenge and the
MFT colour challenge.


 To inspire you some more,
This month my Guest Designer is 

Deepti Aggarwal


I have been following Deepti for a while now and I just love her creative, simple and oh so fun cards!!

Hello Everyone!
This is Deepti from Vishesh Collections.
I live in Bangalore, India with my husband and two little princesses! (They are 8 and 5 years old).
My girls always keep me busy and their school time is my crafting time..;).
I am a management graduate in Human Resources but I chose to be a stay at home mom. Crafting is a stress buster for me.
I enjoy evry bit of it. I am crafting since 2010 and I love trying my hands on different forms of arts. My style is towards CAS side and mostly bright and colourful. 
I am a big critter lover which you can easily notice in my feeds.
Chek out my work at my blog, Facebook and Instagram.
I am so honoured to be chosen as the guest designer for this month at Paru's Card Making Challenges.
Thank you so much Paru for having me,
The theme for this month's challenge is LOVE. 
Here is my take on the current challenge using critters from Neat and Tangled "My Favourite Nut" stamp set.



To make this card, I took A2 size white card stock and ink smooshed the background. Once satisfied, stamped some hearts and then added the water coloured tree bark die cut outs from Craftin Desert Divas. Meanwhile stamped, coloured and fussy cut my focal image from "My Favourite Nut" stamp set. Adhered the same with foam tape to add some interest. Finally finished it by adding some stamped acorns and hearts here & there. And here is the tag...


To make this tag, I have used "Heart of Gold Die" from Neat & Tangled. First , I cut out the heart using the same die as my stencil and ink smooshed it. Then attached the heart of gold die cut out using pink paper ribbon. Adhered the cute image to complete it.


I hope that you are inspired to join in the challenge this month to celebrate LOVE. Can't wait to see what you create!! Happy Crafting!! Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal


I hope you have been inspired to play along with us this month!
I can't wait to see your creations!

THE PRIZES

As always we have some great prizes to give away!

A prize from Dadarkar Arts



 I am awaiting confirmation for my second prize.
The prize will be announced as soon as I receive the confirmation.



The winners will be announced on the 28th of February,
 so don't forget to stop by!

Please link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above and in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.


Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani



Sunday, January 28, 2018

January '18 Challenge winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing my second anniversary challenge.

I am thrilled to see all your different interpretations of the word

NEW!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For  the 1st $25 gift card from 
Winnie and Walter

I just cant get over the creativity of using a snow globe die  as  a fish tank!!
Just brilliant!!


For the
2nd $25 gift voucher from 

Winnie and Walter



How cute is this box card for a baby!! 
The detail is incredible!



For the 
Fabulous goodie bag from 

HNDMD
 worth Rs. 1500




I just fell in love with her partially die cut numbers and the stunningly blended scene!



For a surprise personal gift from me..


Her colouring and spotlight technique are impeccable!!


and for another personal surprise gift from me...


I was blown away by Mugdha's creativity and imagination in the interpretation of the word NEW!!



VERY IMPORTANT

I have a sincere request to the winners..
PLEASE SHARE YOUR PRIZES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
The more you share, the better chance you have at winning awesome prizes from more and more sponsors.
If, for any reason   you do not wish to accept the prize, (such as not being able to pay for shipping of the prize), please contact me ASAP, so that I may pass on the prize to someone else.

Remember...

The February challenge will go live on 1st February 2018 at 12 am IST. 

Don't forget to come and play!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!!

Paru Mahtani