Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2018 Challenge


I cannot believe we are celebrating
2 years 
of Paru's Card Making Challenges!!!!
Thank you all so much for coming back to play my challenges month after month!!!
I am truly humbled by your love!

Here is the challenge for January 2018

You can make a New Year card, a card for a new baby, new house, a wedding (new journey), a card for someone starting a new job, new studies, or, even use new craft material!!!
The possibilities are endless! 
Let see your creative juices flow!!


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.


I've made a lot of cards  to inspire you this month!
The first card is a super simple shaker card using my sponsor Winnie and Walter's 'Cheers' die.
I think it makes a great NEW Years card, hence following the theme of NEW!
The sequins in the shaker are from my sponsor Hndmd.
I cut out a shaker window using Simon Says Stamp stitched square die at an angle to create some interest. I placed the die cut Cheers sentiment across the window to finish the card.

The cute tag below is made using stamps from the Craftangles (by HNDMD) 'Indian Wedding' stamp set, watercolours and concentric stitched dies from Simon Says Stamp. 
I decided to leave the focal image black and white and use watercolours around it. 
I also added a silver and gold bell for fun. I wish I could make you hear how festive it sounds!

The next card is also made using my sponsor Hndmd's Craftangles 'Indian wedding' stamp set. I stamped, watercoloured and die cut the image and matted it with  a larger die cut of the same shape.
I used patterned paper from Craftangles to create a background for my image. I finished the card with some jute twine from MayArts and some silver and gold bells and sequins.
The sentiment from the same stamp set is typed inside the card.
Weddings are NEW beginnings, so here too I follow the theme of the challenge.

For more inspiration, I made some cards using NEW supplies that I recently purchased!

The first card features the VW Beetle die from Flora & Fauna stamps. The background is white embossed and ink blended and the sentiment is handwritten. 
I created the yellow striped using Craftangles 'Stripes' stencil.

I made the card below using my awesome NEW dies from My Favourite Things.
I have been dreaming about making this card!!!
The box die is from Lawn Fawn, the bottles are from MFT and the wood grain stamp is from 
Bo Bunny!

For the next card, I used my brand NEW stamps from 
Flora and Fauna stamps.
I created the background with Impression Obsession Map stamp and Memento London Fog ink.
I masked, watercoloured and die cut the focal image. 
Upon my son's suggestion, I extended the stripes from the focal image onto the background.
I think it creates great interest.

I made the tag/bookmark below using brand NEW stamps from 
Three Room Studio, designed by the awesome Sandy Boon!
I used my white Signo gel pen to create interest on the kraft background.

This month my Guest Designer is 

She has an amazingly clean style and she has some fun cards to inspire you!

Hello Friends,
I'm Anila.

To begin with, wish you all a very Happy New Year!
May this year bring you lots of creativity and innovations!

I am super happy to be Guest Designing at 
Paru's card Making Challenges.

I am a Mumbai based crafter. I was working as an Art and Craft teacher in a reputed school, in Mumbai. I got into blogging and crafting since last year. CAS card making is something I enjoy the most. I am greatly inspired by many crafters around.

You can see more of my work at my blog "Novel Ideas" or my Instagram handle "aniladk"

I am extremely grateful to Paru for giving me this opportunity.

I am sharing a card and tag today which I made based on the current theme of the month

I am using a new stamp set here for both my projects.
Also, the sentiments used here are some quotations which I found online and printed out.
The sentiments reflect the new beginnings and the new opportunities brought in by the New Year.

Here is a look at them...

My card is made using MFT(My Favourite Things) Happy Hedgehogs stamp set.
I stamped the images, coloured them with Zig markers and fussy cut them.
I printed the sentiments on white cardstock.
I die cut the sentiment panel using a stitched rectangular die.
On a card base, I adhered the pattern paper from MFT.
I then mounted the rectangular die cut on the base using foam adhesive.
I adhered the images on the card and created the grass effect using pencil colours.

To make this tag, I used the same MFT Hedgehog stamp set. I stamped the image, coloured with Zig and fussy cut the image. On a white tag, I stamped the flower image from the same stamp set using green dye ink. Adhere the MFT pattern paper on the tag.  
I printed out the sentiment and die cut the same using the stitiched rectangle die.
I mounted this on the patterned paper using foam adhesive.

I adhered the image on the tag. 
Lastly, I added a few sequins and tied the ribbons to the tag.

I hope I was able to inspire you today!
Happy Crafting!!


$25 gift cards from 

A goodie bag worth 
from HNDMD

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. 😯😯 what an array of gorgeous cards paru mam. I simply adore all of your cards here. I love how you add I interests to your Kraft tag😍😊

  2. I'm so happy for you Anila on your GD post. Congratulations and many more to come😍😊. This is such an adorable card. I love your CAS style.😍🤗

  3. Fabulous cards for inspiration! Great to see Anila's awesome CAS cards here :)

  4. Beautiful work, Paru and all. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  5. So many amazing array of creations, congrats to GDT Anila , beautiful set!

  6. Its so spectacular that you've completed 2 years already! You are running a wonderful challenge, and I've loved to play since I've come to know of it last year! Wish you lots of success in this new year!! :)
    hugs, Ashwini

  7. The InLinkz is not working. I am unable to upload my card.

  8. Congratulations on your two-year anniversary, Paru! The inspiration cards are fabulous!! Thank you! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thanks so much!! Comgrats on your new challenge too!

  9. Meilleurs Voeux pour 2018.
    Que de belles cartes à admirer !
    Merci pour ce beau défi auquel je participe avec plaisir.
    A bientôt.

    Best wishes for 2018.
    What beautiful cards to admire!
    Thank you for this beautiful challenge which I participate with pleasure.
    See you soon.

  10. Congratulations for completing 2 years! :) These are some fabulous inspirations, specially the one with LF bottles. Gos, it has such organic look! :)


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