Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March challenge

Hello everyone! 

What a fabulous challenge we had in February! 
I can say you made it really really hard for me to pick a winner!! 
Keep it up people!!

March is the month we celebrate the festival of colours Holi, in India.
So why not play with colours right here with our very own challenge !


Here is the March challenge!



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.


Now for some inspiration...

For this months's 3 colour challenge, I have made this fun shaker card! I have used a white card base, black and white twine and the three colours, red, yellow and green, to make this card.
I used Peek-a-boo scalloped circle die to make this shaker.
I used the die to cut seven scalloped circles, which I then stacked using Ranger multi medium matte. I added a piece of acetate before adding on the final layer of circle. I created a background using
Lawn Fawn's  'Sew Lovely' stamp set.
I placed the sentiment from MFT's 'Sew Nifty' stamp and die set across the shaker to finish the card.


For the tag, I started with a cream coloured tag, cut using MFT's 'tag you're it' stamp and die set.
I then stamped the gingham pattern in brown across the bottom of the tag. I added a bright yellow die cut sunflower (spellbinders), some Mayarts twine, a wooden button and some red sequins to finish the tag. The sentiment from Hero Arts, really pops on the checked background, don't you think?


To inspire you further, the fabulous Jasleen Kaur is in the house!!
Here's what she has to say...

Jasleen Kaur



Hello!
I'm Jasleen and i feel so happy to be invited over at Paru's Card Making Challenges 
 as a Guest Designer.
I started my crafting and blogging journey three years ago when I accidently stumbled upon some beautiful handmade cards while surfing the internet.
Card making and quilling are what I enjoy most, and I'm more inclined towards 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 workon my blog Happily Ever Crafter or my Instagram Account.

Thank You paru for this amazing opportunity.

I'm sharing a card and two tags I made keeping this month's challenge theme in mind, which is to use just three colours (other than black, white and kraft) on your card or tag.

Here is the card..



This clean and simple one-layered card 
was made using floral stamps from 
Happy Little Stampers 'Doodled flowers' stamp set. 
I coloured them using Faber Castell watercolour pencils and connector pens.
The sentiment is from MFT's 'Donuts and Sprinkles' stamp set and
from Mudra's 'Mom I Love You' stamp set.
I have also stamped on the inside of the card.




To make the first tag, I die cut the scalloped  circle using the Sizzix framelits die-scalloped circles. That cup was make by hand, cutting and then scoring with the help of MS scoring tool and
bone folder, followed by sponging it with brown ink.
The yellow cake was made using felt and the 'cherry' on the top is a die cut heart.
The base was lightly sponged using distress ink-salty ocean and
the little cupcake was mounted over this base.


 The second simple tag has the sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado 'Kids Quotes', which, is heat embossed in white over a kraft tag.
The umbrella and the cloud are stamps from Janes Doodles -Rain or Shine set.


I hope you feel inspired to play along with this month's colourful challenge!
Love 
Jasleen.


I hope you have been inspired!
Happy Crafting!


THE PRIZES

As always, we have our fabulous sponsors giving away some amazing prizes!

A Rs. 1000.00 voucher 
from 

A1 Craft Supply



and a Rs. 500 voucher from 

Ranganjali




The winner will be announced on the 28th of March  , 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







Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Challenge winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so very much for playing the February 'LOVE' Challenge!
I am overwhelmed and thrilled with all the love you'll have shown!!

Here are the winners for this month!

For  the LED starter kit from 





I found the happy beaker just adorable and irresistable!! 
Such a fabulous take on the sketch too!

and 
for
the $50 gift card from 





This card is so wonderfully CAS and says so much with so little!!
Love it!

Many many congratulations to the winners!!

Remember...

Our March challenge will be live on 1st March 2017 at 12 am IST, 
and as always there are exciting prizes to be won!

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

Paru Mahtani






Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February challenge

Hello everyone! 

What a great number of submissions we had for the January challenge! We sure started off the year with a bang!
Here is the February challenge!


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.


Now for some inspiration...

I created this card using Impression Obessions dies and stamps from the 'Rinding Pretty' set!
And, then, I used the Chibitronics led light circuit to light up this card!!!

Other stamps and dies used as from Hero Arts, lawn Fawn and Litle B




video

Isn't this fun?
You can learn how to create your own circuit using the Chibitronics starter kit, HERE.

I also made this tag using the beautiful hollyhocks die from Impression Obsession, and a stencil from My Favourite Things. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the pretty sequins from 
Pretty Pink Posh.


For more inspiration,
I have the Fabulously talented 


as my guest designer today!

I have admired her work for many years, so its a real honour to have her here to inspire us today!


Hi Everyone!
I am Bhavana. Thank You Paru, for inviting me as a  guest designer!
I feel so honoured.
A little about me..
I am from India and currently live in Santa Clara, California. I love card making and I have been making cards for the past 6 years. 
I love anything artsy and craftsy. You can check out my work at my blog 

I am excited and had fun making cards with the LOVE theme.

My first card is very simple; I did an ink smooshing technique for the background using 'Fired Brick' distress ink and water, the love hand sign is from Paper Smooches 'Helping Hand' stamp set.


For my second card, I used Sugar Pea designs, 'Enchanted Garden' stamp set and dies.
I used  Zig real brush pens watercolour markers to colour them. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp 'Favourite flowers' stamp set.
I adhered the image using foam tap and added some clear sequins to finish my card.



For the tag, I used Winnie and Walter's 'You've got mail' stamp set. For the background stamping I used aged mahogany distress ink and did second generation stamping and for the envelopes I used water colours. 
The stamped sentiment is from the same set.


I hope you have been inspired!
Happy Crafting!


THE PRIZES
This month we have two outstanding sponsors!

We have a starter pack from 



and 

 a $50 gift card 

from 



I hope that you have been inspired
 to create some fun tags and cards for LOVE
 and to join in the challenge!

The winner 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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Challenge Winners!!

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing the Ist anniversary "Anything Goes' Challenge
I am overwhelmed and humbled by all of you who chose to come and play my challenge this month!
THANK YOU  so very much for coming back month after month to play my challenges. 
When I started a year ago, I never imagined it would be such a great success!!!

Here are the winners for this month!

For  the $25 gift certificate from 





The combination of stamps and th gorgeous colour blending took my breath away!



For the  Rs. 500 gift voucher from 






I just love the background embossing!!

For the paper packs from Nakshatra Designs




What fabulous stamping!!

For the two surprise prizes...






and 





I fell in love with the negative die cut  background in Priya's  card,
 and the beautifully irresistable wax resist technique on Deepti's card!


Many many congratulations to the winners!!

Have a wonderful 2017!

Remember...

Our February challenge will be live on 1st February 2017 at 12 am IST, 
and as always there are exciting prizes to be won!

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

Paru Mahtani






Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ist anniversary challenge!

Hello!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Welcome back to all of you who have played my challenges before 
and a big welcome to those who are stopping by for the first time! 
I hope you have great fun playing  along!

Last month saw some fabulous submissions..we ended the year with a resounding bang!!
Thank you all!!
This month is the 1st anniversary of Paru's Card Making Challenges!!
We have some fabulous prizes from our sponsors and,
in addition, I will be personally giving away TWO prizes as a special Thank You!!

The challenge for January 2017 
is



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.


Now for some inspiration...

For the note card, I started out with a 3"x4" piece of card stock
which I embossed using the cuttlebug embossing folder (swirls). I adhered this to a card base.
I then cut a vase (Paper Smooches die) from my favourite patterned paper, added a golden twig (memory box die) and a Simon Says Stamp gold embossed sentiment to finish the card
A simple yet elegant little note card.


For this tag, I used the free die that I received from mftstamps when I placed and order with them!
It is such a beautiful die!
I first cut the tag using simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles die.
Then, I used a Tim Holtz stencil to create the background and simply adhered the die cut to the tag
I finished the tag with a bit of yellow ribbon.


To inspire you further, 
is the guest Designer this month!

Here is what she has made...



Hello Crafters!
I am so glad to be joining Paru's Card Making Challenges as a Guest Designer today.
It is an absolute honour to be invited.
Thank you so much Paru for giving me this opportunity.
I love playing your challenges..they are always so interesting.

Here's wishing your challenge blog a very happy first anniversary:)

About me..

I am Hussena from Kolkata, India and I am a SAHM of two kids.
I like to make a variety of projects and my current love is stamping.
I blog at Quill and Punch Works and you can check out more of my work there :)




I have created a card and two tags for the challenges this month.
I wanted them to look like a set, 
so I have used the same stamp set and colour combinations for all of them.I wanted the sentiments to be generic so it could be given as a gift set.



To create my card, I have used Altenew painted flowers set.
I used Altenew inks for colouring. 
I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves using the co-ordinating dies. 
This made my work so much easier.
then I die cut a panel using a Paper smooches border die to create a frame. 
The sentiment comes from another Altenew set-Lavel Love.
I added a few black paint splatters and silver stars and sequins for the finishing touches.


To create my tags, I have used the Lawn Fawn 'Tag U're It' stamp and coordinating die set.
I gold embossed the outline of one of the tags to add some extra  interest. 
I used the Altenew painted flowers set for the flowers and,
 the sentiment is from the same Lawn Fawn set.
I added a few Nuvo Crystal dots to embellish and tied some silver and gold mesh ribbon along with thin black ribbon to finish them off.


THE PRIZES

As always, we have  fabulous sponsors lined up for this month.

Up for grabs are...

$25 gift certificate from Winnie and Walter


Rs. 500 gift certificate from Lulupulu Craft Lounge




Two 6"x6" paper packs from Nakshatra Designs



Two Surpise gifts 
from me personally



The winners will be announced on the 28th of January, 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





Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Winners of the December "Christmas" challenge

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing the December "Christmas Challenge".
I am overwhelmed by all the submissions!! It was almost impossible to choose a winner!!
THANK YOU  so very much for coming back month after month to play my challenges. 
When I started a year ago, I never imagined it would be such a great success!!!

Next month is the 1st anniversary of Paru's Card Making Challenges!
In addition to the two sponsored prizes (which are just fantastic!!), 
I will be personally giving away two prizes as a special thank you.

So make sure you come back to play on the 1st of January 2017

And now...
Here are the winners!

For  the free digi from 






I just couldn't resist that cute little reindeer!!

and
For the $25 gift voucher from 





I love everything about this card...the fabulous background and,
most of all the fantastic wreath made with the Fresh Cut florals stamp set.


Many many congratulations to the winners!!

Have a wonderfully crafty New Year 2017
and lets together make Paru's Card Making Challenges a huge success once again!!

Remember...

Our 1st anniversary challenge will be live on 1st January 2017 at 12 am IST, 
and,there are loads of fabulous prizes to be won!!

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

Paru Mahtani