Friday, April 1, 2016

April challenge

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

My challenge for the month of April is 


April challenge


Make a card or tag using the theme given. Take a photo of your card or tag along with the masking process. 
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge, including photos of your card or tag and your process.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on your blog.


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 made this card using the 6"x6"  'Its a boy' paper pack from Craftangles by CraftAdda. I just love that, even though, this pack had predominently baby motifs, I was able to create a  card this is fun and adult.
I made this card on request for a friends sons 21st birthday. He is passionate about filmmaking, so I decide to use that as a theme.
I used a strip of film reel washi tape and created a reel using my ek success circle punches. I decided to add a celebratory element so I created the bunting using Mayarts jute twine and some coloured scotch tape.
I fished the card with a gold embossed sentiment from Hero Arts and the 21 die cut using Lawn Fawn's Quinn's 123 dies.
I think it has all come together quite nicely!

To inspire you some more, 
this month I have the fabulous Barb Engler as my guest designer! 
Those of you who follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram and Flickr may know her as the hostess.

I was so happy when she agreed to be my guest designer for the month of April!

Here is what she has to say about herself.

Hi everyone!
I'm so happy to be guest designing this month for Paru and her Challenge!
I live in the upper Midwest of the U.S> in the state of Minnesota. I am now retired from being a floral department manager of a small grocery store.
Retirement means more time to create, which I love!

I started out years ago with scrapbooking, when my two boys were litttle. 
That led to cardmaking, which I started in 2010.
I've always had a love for stamping, especially flowers, and more recently have fallen in love with coloring.
Coloring with Copics is my favourite, but, I love watercolor too. I also really like trying new and ddifferent techniques on my cards.

I must admit I was happy to find out the theme this month was 'Anything Goes'! That meant I could use some flowers for my card...YAY!
I decided to use a beautiful set designed by Wplus9.
It's called, Watercolour Anemones.
Since I love using different techniques on my cards, I decided to try a fun one for these flowers. They are solid stamps, with no space to actually colour, so I used the shadow technique to stamp them.

Using some fog coloured cardstock, I first stamped the flowers with white pigment ink, then used offset stamping with some bright pink ink to create that shadow effect. 
A white embossed sentiment, some dashed, white gel pen lines around the edges and a few white sequins, finish off the card. I love the results!

Paru also asked me to create a tag. 
With tags, my thought always goes to birthday gift tags, so that's what I made.
I thought a shaker tag would be fun!

I used the 'Lots of dots' stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.
It's the perfect set fro creating fun, festive backgrounds!
For the shaker portion, I used the stitched Rectangle die set, also from Simon Says Stamp.
Just pick out some fun, bright colored ink and stamp your design-so easy.
I stamped the sentiment inside the shaker circle and added some sequins.
Stars or hearts stamp sets would work great for this too!

I hope I have inspired you to get out your stamps and try a different technique!



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

We have a Rs.1000/- voucher from Mudra Stamps

And a $25 store credit from Newton's Nook

I hope that we have inspired you to bring out your craft stash!

This challenge will run from the 1st of April till the 25th of April
I will announce the winner on the 28th of April.

You can link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani


  1. Thank you so much Paru, for inviting me to guest design this month! Love your fabulous birthday card! Wonderful combination of elements and such a fun design! Hugs!

  2. I am thrilled that I found out you have a challenge blog, thanks to Barb. I love Barbs card and tag for this challenge!

    1. Thank you Brenda! Looking forward to your creations!

  3. I came by from Barb's blog, I will need to add this to my challenge list. Hope to play this month.

    1. So glad you dropped by Cat! Hope to see your creations here!

  4. So glad to see Barb here. She is such a sweet heart. Knows her from Instagram and Flickr. Love the card and the tag. Stunning creations as always barb!

  5. Barb, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and letting me know of this wonderful challenge, submitted one card already 😊

  6. Bab is so very talented! ADORE her gorgeous card and tag! The soft colors and inking on the card are perfect! Fabulous challenge, Paru!

  7. love Barb's style and love the projects today!

  8. Thank you so much Paru, for inviting me to your challengeblog. Love your fabulous birthday card!
    and both works from Barb are stunning as always !!!
    Hugs from Germany
    CU hellerlittle

    This I will announce the winner on the 28th of March. looks a bit for a correction --- I think *smile

    1. OOps! Thanks so much for letting me know!! And, thank YOU so much for stopping by to play!

  9. dear Paru, don´t know why my first posting is missing here...
    so once a again.
    A big thank you for leaving me a nice comment and the invitation to come over and play with you.
    I´m no member @ twitter or facebook but I´ll now follow you with bloglovin´ -- hope that fits.
    CU hellerlittle

  10. How wonderful to see the talented Barb as your GD! Thanks for the challenge, Paru!! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Yes it is Darnell! Thanks for stopping by are my inspiration! I started this challenge blog after playing yours!
      Many hugs!

  11. First time joining in, like all the creative ideas to come up for the challenges...thanks for the wonderful blog

  12. I m joining for a challenge first time on this blog.....very excited to be here. Thank you

    1. Very excited to have you here Mukta!! Cant wait to see your creations!

  13. Hello! I'm your newest follower with two cards linked here. Hope to link up often.

    1. So glad you stopped by!! Cant wait to see your creations!

  14. Thanks for the invite on Flickr... What a fun challenge!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Diane!! Hope you will stop by regualrly! :-)

  15. Great challenge! Thank you for the invitation Paru. :o)

  16. Hi Paru!! I've never participated in this challenge before so I hope I did it right!! I don't have a blog just yet so I just #'d 2 of my cards on Instagram with the pcmchallenges. Is that all I do? Thank you for inviting me to play along! 😊

    1. Thats great! Thanks so much for stopping by and playing along!

  17. Hi Paru, I've linked 5 of my cards for the contest (Link numbers 78, 79, 80, 81 and 87). Except link number 87(a surprise card), I've shared the rest over FB and Instagram with the tag PCMChallenges. Please consider #87 as well for the contest.


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