Friday, August 17, 2018

Creations from the winners of the July Challenge


Hello!
Starting this month, 
I will bring you some inspiration during the month, 
in order to keep the creative juices flowing!

We had three honorable mentions for the challenge last month.
I decided to invite them to guest design for the challenge this month so that they can inspire us with their creativity.

My first honorable mention designer is 




Here is what she has to say!

Hello Lovelies!
I am Raga from Perky Hobby!
Im super thrilled to be guesting for Paru's Card Making Challenges 'Family' challenge this month.
Thanks Paru for this opportunity!

I'm originally from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, currently residing in Gurgaon, Haryana, with my husband and two adorable kids (daughter of 6 and son of 3 years). I'm a computer application graduate and I have chosen to be a stay at home mom.
I started crafting a year ago. I love to illustrate and mostly all of my cards consist of my sketches and handwritten sentiments.
I think I enjoy making CAS style cards by incorporating interactive parts at times.
Check out my work at my blog  http://www.perkyhobby.com/, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/perkyhobby/  and on Instagram @perky_hobby.

Here is my take on the current challenge, using my illustration. (photo inspired from Google)




Rakshabandhan (the festival of Rakhi) 
is celebrated to cherish the bond of brothers and sisters.

To make this Rakhi card, I took A2 size white cardstock and created the wall and floor scene using patterned papers.
I sketched my figures, watercoloured them and adhered them on the front panel using foam tape and I gave washi tape to the little girl to mount her little cute brother over the wall for his mischievous behaviour.
I finished the card with a handwritten sentiment.





For the tag, I ink smooshed the background, using the bubble art technique. I fussy cut it and added a handmade flower (from Itsy Bitsy) 

for the rakhi and the sentiment to complete it.





I hope you are inspired to join in and play the challenge!
Happy Crafting!


My second Honorable mention GD is 





Hello everyone!
This is Mugdha Gujarathi from Craftomania. 
I am an MBA turned full time crafter and mother of a cute little boy.
I love card making, quilling and to experiment with limited supplies. 
I started my blog in November last year and Paru's Card Making Challenges is one of the few challenges I participated in for the first time and I won it too!
That was the kickstart to my crafting journey and today I am glad to be here.
Thank you so much Paru for inviting me over!

This month's theme is "Family" and I have made a quilled card. 
I hope it inspires you to play along.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Do leave some love for these beautiful ladies and their amazingly creative work!

Join in and play my FAMILY challenge.
Challenge ends on the 25th of August and the winners will be announced on the 28th.

Have a wonderful day!

Paru Mahtani

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 2018 Challenge

Hello!!!
Thank you all so much for your amazing creativity for 
the July BIRTHDAY Challenge!

In India, we celebrate the wonderful festival of 'Rakshabandhan', in the month of August.
It is a sweet festival where brothers and sisters pledge their love for each other.
The sister ties a thread, usually with a charm on it, around the brothers wrist to signify her love and the brother vows to love and protect her always!

So I thought it would be appropriate to have 'FAMILY' as the theme for the challenge.

Here is the challenge for August 2018.





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 the fabulous 



as my Guest designer this month!!
I've gottten to know Tracey through Instagram and am a huge fan of her work. I'm so thrilled she could guest design for my challenge this month.
Here is what she says about her project!


Hi, I'm so excited to be Guest Designer for the July challenge at Paru's  Card Making Challenges! 
I'm Tracey McNeely and my blog is In My Creative Opinion
I live in the beautiful Muskokas of Ontario, Canada and I have had a life long love of pretty paper.

This month the theme is FAMILY, and I have a lot of girls in mine. 
I am always looking for birthday cards or words of encouragement and the Essentials by Ellen Inner Mermaid stamps and designer dies are perfect for the mermaids in my family.  
I started off by laying some Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and then it was spritzed with water. 
For the card I made a quick pass across the inks with some Bristol Smooth cardstock on an angle so that I didn't transfer the ink on the entire panel and then I set it aside to dry. 
Before the ink dried up I took a second panel cut down to 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" of Bristol Smooth and repeated the process for the tag.

While the panels were drying I stamped and heat embossed my images with gold embossing powder on some Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock. 
I like to use the thicker cardstock when embossing. 
The images were then coloured with Copic markers.

The sentiments were stamped on to both projects with VersaFine Onyx Black 
and then I adhered the images with foam tape for dimension.


To inspire you some more, 
here is what I made.

I just love this first card!! I used the 'Magical Dragon' stamp set from 
My Favourite Things to make this card. 
I intended to show the dragon, but it was so cute, that, I didn't think it appropriate to slay it!! ;-P
So, I decided to show just the flames!
Isn't it super cute!
Other stamps used are from Craftangles and Paper Smooches. 
I used tim Holtz distress inks to colour.


The second card is a card for brother and sister in law..in some communities in India, rakhis are gifted to sisters in law too. So I decided to make this simple card with two rakhis 
for brother and sister in law.
I used Simon says Stamp rectangle dies, Stampin' Up stamps, Flora and Fauna stamps and Die cuts and More dies, to make this card.
Its a fairly simple card. The rakhi is held in place with a piece of washi tape on the inside.


I hope you have been inspired to create a card for a family member! 
I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

As there wasn't much time for last month's winner to design in time for this post, I'll have a winners post up around the 15th of the month..to keep inspiring us.
I will also have a great Guest Designer  creating more brilliant cards to inspire us, 
as well as cards designed by the three honorable mentions, 
during the month of August, 
so stay tuned!

PRIZES

I will choose ONE winner , 

who will then be the GUEST DESIGNER  for the next month's challenge, to be posted around the 15th of the month.

I will also pick THREE other winners for an honorable mention, who will also get an opportunity to design a card each for this challenge blog.


Sounds fun?


The challenge will run till the 25th of August...
The winners will be announced on the 28th of August.
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, July 28, 2018

July 2018 winners

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

What fabulous entries!! Such amazing ceativity!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the Guest Designer position for the month of August



Such an unusual birthday card and so much fun!

Darnell, I will be in touch.

SPECIAL MENTION



This interactive card is just brilliant!!



I just fell in love with this beautiful embossed background and the whole simple feel of the card.



Look at the gorgeously coloured mermaid!!!

Thank you all for playing along this month. 

Winners, I will be in touch with you with your badges for you to flaunt on your blogs!

Many many congratulations to the winners.
Do follow the links and leave them some love!

Thank you all, who play month after month! 
You inspire me to keep this challenge going!

Remember...

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

Don't forget to come and play!!
There are going to be some big changes and new opportunities from next month!!

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

Paru Mahtani

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 2018 challenge

Hello!!!
Thank you all so much for your amazing creativity for 
the June  MASCULINE Challenge!

July is  my birthday month,
so it seems a great time to have a BIRTHDAY challenge!

Here is the challenge for July 2018.

Make a Birthday card or tag!



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

Today I have the fantastic 

of 

as Guest designer



Hello Crafty friends,
I am so excited to be back! 
This month’s theme is Birthday.


I have used supplies from various brands. 
But the idea was to use that word balloon stamp from Mama Elephant. 
It was lying in my stash so I decided to ink it up. 
I paired it with another ME set – Cat’s Meow . 
I have use Copic Markers to colour the images.



The tag die is by L'il Inker Designs and balloons are by Sunny Stamp Studio. (Aren’t they amazing?)
 I used  Altenew inks to stamp these layered balloons. Sentiment is by Jane’s Doodles. 
I tried to use  similar colours in card and tag to make it look like a set,
 even though I have used completely different
 products. 
I Hope you feel inspired to take part this month.

To Inspire you some more,
I have a fun birthday card and tag too.
June-July belong to the zodiac sign of Cancer, 
so I decided to explore the theme of zodiac signs and constellations.
I printed out a definition of the word 'Cancerian' to highlight their traits,
on a piece of textured cardstock.
I then masked off an area on the card and created a galaxy background using 
Tim Holtz distress inks and oxides.
I  drew the constellation 'CANCER' using a white gel pen. I added little stars with the gel pen too.
I added some self adhesive gemstones to add some sparkle to the constellation.
I surrounded this constellation with a birthday die cut circle from MFT dienamics,
and added the stamped sentiment from My Favourite Things stamps' 'Space Explorer' stamp set.



For the gift tag, I started out by stamping the Impression Obsession Rose background with 
Tim Holtz 'Black Soot' Distress ink.
I then cut it out into a tag using  Spellbinders Nestabilities dies.
I then added a die cut rose from Winnie and Walter and a gold embossed sentiment from Hero Arts.
I finished the tag with a piece of black bakers twine.




 I hope Neha and I have inspired you to come over and play!


PRIZES

I am changing it up from this month onwards!

I will choose ONE winner , 

who will then be the GUEST DESIGNER  for the next month's challenge.

I will also pick THREE other winners for an honorable mention.

Sounds fun?
If you would like to be considered as a Guest Designer, 
please add GD to your post.


The challenge will run till the 25th of July...
The winners will be announced on the 28th of July.
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, June 28, 2018

June 2018 challenge winners

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

What amazing entries!!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the  paper pack from 



Her magic slider card with a super dad was just too good!

and 

for the Rs.1500

gift card to an Indian store of your choice...


I just LOVE her elephant slider card!! Just too cute!


Many many congratulations to the winners.
Do follow the links and leave them some love!

Thank you all, who play month after month! 
You bring so much joy to my life!

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 July challenge will go live on 1st July at 12 am IST. 

Don't forget to come and play!!
There are going to be some big changes and new opportunities from next month!!

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

Paru Mahtani

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 2018 Challenge

Hello!!!
Thank you all so much for your amazing creativity for the May Mother's Day Challenge!

Father's Day is on June 17th 2018. 
So here is your chance to make a fun masculine card or tag.

Here is the challenge for June 2018



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 some fun cards for Dad this month!

For the first two cards, I have used the most beautiful floral card stock from 'My Happy Packs'..my wonderful sponsor for the month!
Who says floral is not masculine???

For the first card, 
I started out with a die cut square (Simon Says Stamp stitched squares) of the floral card stock whcih I adhered to a 5"x5" square card base.
To this, I adhered a stamped, coloured and fussy cut image from 
the Craftangles 'Dad you rock' stamp set.
I stamped the sentiment (also from the same set) onto white cardstock and adhered it to the card using 3D foam tape.
I die cut the work Dad using a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered it to the floral panel,
 to finish the card.
I wanted to create a whimsical scene of happiness and fun between a father and daughter.


For the second card, I started off again with another die cut square (Simon Says Stamp Stitched squares) floral panel.which I adhered to a 5"x5"square card base 
To this I added the MFT dienamics Open road die cut.
I then die cut and adhered the Volkswagon bus (from Flora and Fauna clear) using 3 D foam tape, 
to the panel.
I die cut and adhered the word Dad (Simon Says Stamp) and finished the card with this cute sentiment from Technique Tuesday.

In both the cards, I think, the paper does all the work!



For the next card, I started out by stamping the Impression Obsession 'Map' stamp using Versafine Smokey Grey ink onto white card stock.
I then watercoloured the map...something I've never done before!
I just love how it turned out!
I then die cut the map using Simon Says Stamp stitched circle dies.
I then die cut and embossed the compass using the Recollections 'Nautical' die set, 
from white card stock, and adhered it to the centre of the map using 3D foam tape.
I then die cut the word Dad (Simon Says Stamp) and adhered it to the top of the map.
to finish the card, I printed out the sentiment and adhered it to the card using 3D foam tape.


I had a bit of the map scrap left over, so I used my PTI bookmark die to cut it out.
I cut out two panels, so I could use it like a tag.
I stamped a simple sentiment and image from 
Three Room Studio
which just seemed perfect for this bookmark tag.
What do you think?







To inspire you further, I have the amazing




Good Morning!
I'm excited to be the Guest designer for the June challenge at Paru's Card Making Challenges
where the theme is MASCULINE.
I decided to use some Essentials by Ellen product from the latest release (and and older one, too!) and my favourite, Catherine Pooler inks.

Plaids and straight lines are often featured in masculine cards, so I started by using Plaid Maker to create a bold plaid background with Melon Ice.
This may not always be considered a 'masculine' colour, but teaming it up with black and grey definitely gives it a modern masculine look. I ended the plaid on one edge to leave room for my sentiment.
I stamped the biggest stripe with Black Jack ink to create a border between the plaid and my sentiment area.

I added accents with Black Jack and stamped my sentiment (from Totally Random Sayings, volume 2) in midnight ink.
These big bold letters are perfect for masculine cards!
I stamped and die cut a coffee cup from Oh Frappe and created a coffee sleeve with a piece of white card stock I had stamped with the white solid square stamp in Melon Ice ink.
I tied my tag in to the card by using a lot of the same elements. My plaid is smaller, to reflect the smaller size of the tag and I used the same stripe, a sold area of Melon Ice inking and the little heart with stickles in it.


We hope you have been inspired by our creations!! 
I can't wait to see what you make!

THE PRIZES

A paper pack from 



and 

A Rs.1500 gift voucher 
from me from an 
Indian Craft store of your choice!



The challenge will run till the 25th of June...
The winners will be announced on the 28th of June.
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, May 28, 2018

May 2018 Challenge winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing my MOTHER'S DAY challenge!

What creativity!! Mind blowing!

Here are the winners for this month! 

For the  $15 gift card from 





I love how the whole image comes together..with the heart stencil and the round bird!
Well done Deepti!

and 

for the Rs.1500

gift card from 





This has got to be the most unusual and innovative Mother's Day card I have ever seen!
I loved all her cards, but this one blew me away.

Many many congratulations to the winners.
Do follow the links and leave them some love!

Thank you all, who play month after month! 
You bring so much joy to my life!

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 June challenge will go live on 1st June at 12 am IST. 

Don't forget to come and play!!

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

Paru Mahtani