Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018 challenge

Hello!!!
Thank you all so much for your beautiful  creations for the FLOWERS challenge!!

Here is the challenge for May 2018


Mother's Day is May13th 2018, so go ahead and make your mom happy!

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

I have made a few cards to inspire you today..

For the first card, I have used products I bought from my wonderful sponsor Ranganjali's store.
The Altenew stamp set 'Beautiful lady' and the weave embossing folder from Darice.
I stamped and embossed the floral image in white and coloured it in using Steadler watercolour pencils. I then stamped the sentiment from Craftangles and added some white acrylic paint splatter.


For the next card, I've used these beautiful stamps (Handstitched) from my wonderful sponsor 
'Neat and Tangled'!
These images go perfectly with the theme, don't you think?
I started by stamping the floral,cross stitch  and heart stamps to create a wreath.
 I then cut apart the sentiment stamps in the set to create a custom sentiment.
I coloured the 'Mom' die cut (Simon Says Stamp) using Tim Holtz 'Worn Lipstick' distress oxide, and also the pretty flowers. I then water coloured the leaves and created an ink smooshed background using the same distress oxide.
I then die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies and added it to black card base. The dark card base really makes the panel pop no?


The third card, I think is my favourite!
I was inspired by some cards  I saw on Instagram and Pinterest.
 I started with a red card base. I then took a piece of white square card and stencilled it with Memento 'Dandelion' ink and Craftangles 'rays' stencil.
I then used my EK Success shoe punch to punch out a pair of shoes in red and many in black.
I cut out the black heels from one pair and paper pieced it onto the red shoe. I then layered the black shoes below the red shoe to give them some dimension.
I placed them to look like they were clicking their heels and added the printed out sentiment across the panel.
I added the Grandma die cut (from Simon Says Stamp) to finish the card.


For the next card, I started out with a print out of a free digi of a Chanel perfune bottle.
I then used Heidi Swapp's minc gold foil to foil the image.
I then used the ink smooshing technique with Tim Holtz distress oxide  (Worn Lipstick) to create the background..on the bottle and the background. 
I then fussy cut the bottle and added some fun foam to give it some dimension when adhered to the background.
I added the Grandma die cut from Simon Says Stamp, the printed sentiment and some 'Pink Cupcake' sequins from Craftangles to finish the card.


I am submitting my cards for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (anything goes).




To inspire you some more, 
I have the fabulous 


as guest designer today!

Many of you know her and play her wonderful
which challenges you to incorporate math into card making!
So much fun!




Hello everyone!
My name is Milka, crafter and card maker from Croatia. I work as primary school teacher, teaching Mathematics and Physics. I love my job!!
 I craft since I can remember. Coloring, card making, hand lettering, sketching, origami folding, crocheting, knitting, modeling, photographing, gardening, reading... all the things I enjoy a lot.
Since 2014, most of my crafting is card making. My favorite design is CAS (clean and simple design), my favorite coloring technique watercolor, my favorite coloring medium Distress Inks and favorite technique heat embossing. I’m a part of several design teams and occasionally invited to guest on other blogs. I also run my own challenge. For more details about me, visit my blog Crafty Milka (https://craftymilka.blogspot.hr/).

I was overwhelmed when Paru invited me to join her in this month’s challenge: Mother’s Day.
Wonderful theme!!! I decided to incorporate all my mentioned above favorites in to my projects.
I made both, a card and a tag, for my mom. I’ll send these to her this week, just to get them prior Mother’s  Day.

 With some masking, I stamped lilies on a watercolor paper panel and colored them in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I added some shades onto petals with colored pencils. Then I heat embossed in black word ‘Mama’, which is Croatian for mom. I glued the panel on a card base, added some white dots and highlights with white gel pen and my card was finished.





Next up was the tag. I don’t make tags often, so this was quite a challenge for me. The simplest way to deal with this challenge was to go with same design as on the card. I did everything same as on the  card, just skipped heat embossing. After coloring and drying, I cut the tag shape on my die-cutting machine, punched a hole in a tag, added some ribbon and my tag was finished.





If you would like to find out more about products I used in my projects, please visit my blog.
Thank you so much for having me Paru!!

THE PRIZES

A $15 gift card from 



and 
A Rs. 1500 gift card from 





The challenge will run till the 25th of May...
The winners will be announced on the 28th of May.
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




Monday, April 30, 2018

April '18 winners

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

I am so very happy with all your brilliant entries this month!! 
So much amazing creativity, you made it really hard for me to choose!
So sorry for the delay in announcing the winners...
I've been travelling a bit, so it has been hard to keep up.

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the  $25 gift card from 





I just could not resist this beautifully cross stitched card!! 
So neat and I love how the flowers are coming into the picture.
Just LOVE it!


For the Rs.1000

hamper from 





Ashwini, you have outdone yourself!! 
The flowers are just beautiful, but, the background is even more stunning!!

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 May challenge will go live TOMORROW (1st May 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, 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