Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Challenge winners

 Hello!!
Thank you so much for playing the September 'Words' Challenge.

Here are the winners!

For  the $20 gift voucher from Serendipity Stamps



I just love how the words just pop against the dimension balloons!!


and 
For the Rs.600 voucher from Rainbow Craftykari




I just love the innovative use of positive and negative space using diecuts!


Many many congratulations!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Remember...
a new challenge will go live on Saturday October 1st at 12 am IST.
Don't forget to drop by and play!




Thursday, September 15, 2016

GD Gayatri Murali, take a bow!

Hello and welcome back!! As promised, here is some more inspiration for you from the simply fabulous Gayatri Murali! I am honoured that she took time in her extremely busy schedule to write this post for Paru's Card Making Challenges!
Here is what she has to say!

Our Guest Designer

Gayatri Murali


Hello everyone,
My name is Gayatri Murali also known as scrapawayg3 at various galleries.  I am a therapist by profession but chose to be a stay at home mom to my children.  I live in Perth, Australia with my husband, two teen children and my dog.  I have been papercrafting for past 10 years. I started with being a scrapbooker but now I am a full time card maker. My style is clean simple, bold and bright with a technique or two. Trends inspire me a lot. You can see a lot of trendy stuff on my cards. 
I design for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog, Taylored Expressions, Winnie & Walter and Dirty Dozens at Splitcoaststampers.com. My Blog is called Handmade by G3.   My inspirations come from visiting blogs, going through magazine and Aha! Pinterest. I love Pinterest. I spend hours pinning and a great source of inspiration for colours. I am also active in social media links to which are there on my blog right side bar:)  I am a big fan challenges and I cannot wait to share my project for this month's challenge. 

I am so happy to share that I am Guest Designing for Paru's Card Making Challenge Blog this month.


This month's challenge focuses on words.


And this is my take on the challenge. And I made both the card and coordinating tag.

Merry Christmas

I have made Christmas card and tag with focus on the sentiment. My card base is white and I stamped Christmas image from Winnie & Walter's In Bloom: Elsa's Flora stamp set using Fog ink from Simon Says Stamp only on the top of the card front. Then I die cut the In a Word: Merry from Winnie & Walter on Fog cardstock panel. I saved the Merry die cut for the tag. On the negative of the panel, I trimmed the panel from half of the negative Merry to the top. Then I inlaid the die cut Merry die cut using red cardstock. I wrapped red twine around this panel and tied a bow. I adhered this panel on the card front using foam adhesives. 

Merry Christmas closeup

The secondary sentiment are from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set. I white heat embossed the sentiment on green card stock strip and adhered as shown in the picture. Rose gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh completes the card.

Merry Christmas flat

I used the saved up fog coloured Merry die cut to make coordinating tag for the card.

Focus on words tag

The tag is die cut using fog and red cardstocks. The tag die is from Winnie & Walter's Essentials: Katharine Cutaway. I stamped the same image I stamped on the card on the fog tag using Lipstick Red ink from Simon Says Stamp. I layered the red tag over the fog tag and used a green twine to tie them together. I adhered the fog coloured Merry die cut saved from the making of the card on the red tag at an angle. The secondary sentiments are again from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set. I simply stamped them on fog cardstock strips in black ink and adhered as shown in the picture. Finally, the Sparkly Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh completes the tag. Here is both the card and tag together.

Focus on words challenge

So this is my take on the challenge: Focus on Words!  The words and colours make this card a Perfect Christmas card in spite of not have a Christmas themed focal image on the card.

Hope you are inspired by my card. Now its your turn to play along. For more details on how to play the challenge, please visit Paru's Card Making Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Our additional sponsor for this challenge is

RainbowCraftikari

Rs.600 voucher from


Looking forward to seeing all your awesome creations!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September challenge

Hello everyone! 

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!

This month we have an interesting challenge..am looking forward to all your great interpretations!
The challenge for September  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...

To make this card, I used the burlap background stamp 
from Impression Obsession on ivory card stock. 
I stamped over it with Winnie and Walter stripes stamps, 
using distress inks, spritzed with water. 
Once the panel dried, 
I added sentiments from MFT stamps "Celebrate Big" stamp set.

I added some burlap twine from MayArts ribbon 
and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.



To make the tag (cut with the mft tag die),
 I used the honeycomb stencil from 'CraftAdda' and Fired Brick distress ink from Tim Holtz.  
I then filled in some of the spaces with Sakura Koi watercolours in primary colours. 
The 'hugs' die is from Winnie and Walter. 
To make it pop, I added a bit of vellum under the die cut. 
I finished the tag with some black cord.






THE PRIZES

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

 A $20 gift voucher from Serendipity Stamps



I will have the Guest Designer post and information about the second prize, up on the blog
 in a couple of days!
Don't forget to check in...it's going to be exciting!!!

We hope you have been inspired to create some beautiful cards with a focus on WORDS!
Can't wait to see your creations!

I will announce the winner of this challenge on the 28th of September, so don't forget to stop by!

You can 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, August 27, 2016

August challenge winners!

 Hello!!
Thank you ever so much for playing the August 'Family' Challenge.

Here are the winners!

For this stamp set from Dee's Artsy impressions



I was blown away by her interpretaion of the theme!!! 
Thanks for playing along Gloria!


and 
For the Rs.1000/- voucher from Peek-a-Boo designs






I just love that whimsical background and the whimsical image and sentiment!! Im sure her sister was thrilled to receive this card!
Thanks for playing our challenge!




Thanks so much for stopping by!
Our new challenge will be up on the 1st of September. 
Hope you will stop by and play!

Have a good night!




Monday, August 1, 2016

August Challenge

Hello everyone! 

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

It's Rakshabandhan month!!! 
Time to celebrate the love for brothers and sisters and extended family!

The challenge for August 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...

Raksha Bandhan is around the corner and I thought this card would be most appropriate to send out to a dear brother with a rakhi! 
The sentiment is sure to make him smile!



the sentiment is combination of stamps from MFT stamps and Papersmooches stamps which a put together on a MISTI tool in order to get precise stamping on the card. I handwrote the words I didnt have and used individual alphabet stamps to create the word 'WORLD'.
The focal image is a die from MFT. I watercoloured a piece of cardstock and then die cut the little boys and girls!
I created the background using Craftangles stencils and mama elephant yellow ink.


Do you have a cousin who is your best friend?
To make this tag, I first cut out a circle using Simon Says Stamp stitched circles. I then punched out circles with my circle punches in different sizes from scrap patterned paper.
I then stamped the sentiment (combination of Simon Says Stamp and Papersmooches stamps) and added the circles and  Pretty Pink Posh sequins randomly.
I love the sentiment as all my cousins and my cousins-in-law are my best friends! We may all be different but we are one in the family circle!
I love the way the colours pop against the kraft bag!




Now for some more inspiration!!

AUGUST GUEST DESIGNER


This month Deepti Mallik as our guest designer!!! 
If you follow her work, you can imagine why I am so thrilled that she agree to guest design for my challenge!! I just adore the card and tag she has made for this challenge...the blue watercolouring really looks like the swirling ocean!!!
truly inspirational!

Here is what she has to say about herself and her creations!!



About Me

I am a sketch artist by default and a card maker by choice.
My card making started with making some new year cards back in 2013 and now it has turned into a passion.
I moved a step ahead last year as I started to illustrate my own designs with my line of stamps "Dees Artsy Impressions" under the umbrella of STAMPlorations :)
I am also an instructor at Craftsy where I teach a class on Watercolour  Cards made Simple.
Besides doing all the creative work, I am also a new mom to my son Siddharth. Life has transformed after his arrival but I am loving the learning here too ;)
I want to thank Paru for having me here:)

About the card...

I made a card with my favourite watercolouring. 
I embossed the images and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolours.

About the Tag...

I did some traditional stamping, die-cutting, patterned paper mix and another of my recent favourite 
Prisma colour pencil colouring :)







THE PRIZES

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

Deepti has very generously giving away one of her own stampsets as a prize this month! 
How cool is that!!!



And 

Rs.1000 gift voucher from Peek-a-boo designs



We hope you have been inspired to create some beautiful cards for your family!
Can't wait to see your creations!

I will announce the winner of this challenge on the 28th of August, so don't forget to stop by!

You can 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, July 28, 2016

July challenge winners

Hello!
Thanks ever so much to everyone who played the July 'Birthday' challenge!!
It was exciting to see so many birthday cards! What an awesome response!

Here are the winners for the July 'Birthday' Challenge!


I just LOVE those watercoloured balloons!!! They make the who atmosphere so festive!!



She wins the $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations


and 


Her card is such a celebration in itself!!! So much joy!!



She wins a Stampoholic Nano from Diecuts and more!

Congratulations to the winners!!!

Please email me at 
parusperceptions@gmail.com 
so that I can share the winners badges with you as well as the prizes.

The August challenge will be up on the 1st...
we have an awesome gust designer with some fantastic inspiration!!
Don't forget to stop by!



Monday, July 4, 2016

June Challenge winner!

Hello!
Thanks ever so much to everyone who played the June "Father's Day" challenge!!
Thanks also for your patience in waiting for me to announce a winner!

Here are the winners for the June "Father's Day" Challenge!



She wins the $25 gift certificate from Neat and Tangled.




And 
first time challenge player



She wins a beautiful paper pack from Papericious!


Congratulations to the winners!!!

Please email me at 
parusperceptions@gmail.com 
so that I can share the winners badges with you as well as the prizes.

The July challenge is up on the blog...you can join in