Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Challenge winners

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!!

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!
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 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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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 looking forward to all your great interpretations!
The challenge for September  is..


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...

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.


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'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