Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ist anniversary challenge!


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 


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.


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.


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


  1. Happy new year :) love anything goes challenges! Look forward to playing along. The cards and tags on display are gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Awesome creations Hussena! I hope I will play along this time!

  3. Love the simplicity of Paru's card and the tag. And Hussena's work is just so beautiful.

  4. Happy 1st Anniversary! Beautiful inspirations for this month challenge.

  5. Congratulations on completing one grand year! Another joyous reason to celebrate along with the new year!! :D

  6. Lovely inspirations.and congrats on completing one year.

  7. Happy 1st anniversary! Great challenge and amazing inspiration. :o) hugs

  8. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary, Paru! I wish you many more years! I'm sorry that Google is refusing to let me follow, even trying my secret double-clicking which has always worked in the past. I will come back tomorrow to try again. I know I had followed you here a year ago, but now it shows the "Follow" button instead of "Unfollow." So frustrating!! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Congrats Paru Ma'm..And A very Happy New Year...Wishing you loads of success ahead..And thanks for changing the rules of the challenge about number of entries..Had a lot of fun...Glad that I was able to play along..


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