Sunday, January 14, 2018

Happy Sankranti!

Happy Sankranti!
Today we celebrate the festival of kites!!
I wanted to celebrate this festival through my cards today.

For m first card, I have used a motif from the Craftangles 'Shubh Labh' stamp set.
I stamped the motif, masked it, stamped over it and repeated the  process till I had a string of kites. I watercoloured them, masked them again and created the sky background by using a cloud mask and distress ink.
I finished the card with a sentiment from Verses Rubber stamps.

I just love the versatility of this stamp that allowed me to create this happy card!

To create my second card, I started with the Lawn Fawn scalloped box die, cut from white cardstock.
I used a cloud mask and coloured the outside of the box using 
Faded Jeans  Distress ink from Tim Holtz.
I then die cut the clouds (Simon Says Stamp) and the kites (sizzix) and, 
fixed them using strips of acetate. 
I then finished the card with a sentiment from Craftangles 'Girl in the rain' stamp set and some
Craftangles 'Bumblebee yellow' sequins.

Again the versatility of the stamp set allowed me to create such a fun and cheerful card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Playing the Twofer challenge.

I made  these cards to play Darnell's brand new Twofer challenge!!

The challenge calls for the use of one stamp in two different ways and for two different ocassions.
After, I made the cards, I went back to read the blog post more carefully, and realised I had to use a feather stamp!!!!!!
Since I have made the cards and written the post, here goes...

 I have used one of the planets from MFT's 'Space Explorer'  for two very different cards.

The first card is a personalised notecard  made for  a little boy who likes planets.
I stamped and water coloured the planets, fussy cut them and popped them up with double sided foam tape on a simple night sky background which I made by splattering some white acrylic paint on blue card stock. I adhered the panel on a 3"x4" note card with the boy's name stamped on it.
I used Stampendous 'Retro' alphabet stamps to stamp the name. 

For the second card, I used Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box card die with the same navy blue cardstock as the the card above.
I stamped the planet multiple times and water coloured and fussy cut them to create lanterns.
I die cut the banners from the Lawn Fawn set and then hung the 'lanterns' from them. 
Hanging the lanterns took a bit of experimentation.
I sewed the string though each 'lantern', knotted the string and then sandwiched and adhered the string between two of the banner die cuts.
This way they hang like real lanterns.
I added some coloured paint splatter to the box and added the shiny gold embossed sentiment and gold sequins to finish the card.
 I just love how it turned out!!

I forgot to take a photo of the cards together, so here is a photoshopped image of the two, for the purpose of the challenge.

Thanks so much for this new challenge Darnell!! It was TWO much fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great evening!
Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Floral Birthday Cards

I have some pretty floral birthday cards for my DT post on the HNDMD blog today!
I used the awesome Craftangles 'Congratulations' and 'Everyday Sentiments' stamp sets!

I created a layered effect by masking the flowers and stamping over them.
I watercoloured the flowers using Camel water colours  and added yellow polka dots to the background to add some interest. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

For this card, I stamped the flower and then water coloured the flower and the background. 
I partially embossed the background and added some sequins to create some interest. 
I adhered both panels using fun foam to add dimension.

I hope you liked the cards and will consider playing with these stamp sets. With the variety of sentiments available on the sets, you can make cards for any occasion!
Thanks so much for stopping  by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Quick and Easy stencilled birthday cards

Happy New Year!!

For my DT post for HNDMD, 
I have some quick and easy birthday cards, which, I made using Craftangles Stencils, tim Holtz distress inks and oxides and Memory Box butterfly die and Simon Says Stamp stitched square dies. 
Sentiments are from Hero Arts and Craftangles stamps.
I added some interest by adding some Craftangles sequins.

The stencils I used are...

Do try out some quick an easy cards using stencils!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani

Monday, January 1, 2018

Paru's Card Making Challenges' 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 here
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 here.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above. 

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

Paru Mahtani

Monday, December 18, 2017

More christmas cards

I have some more Christmas cards for you today, which I have made using
Craftangles christmas stamps in combination with stamps and dies from other companies.

For the first card, I used the Christmas tree die from Stampendous and 
embossing folders from Cuttlebug. 
I saw this peekaboo style card on Instagram and was inspired by it. 
I first cut out the tree and the embossed the card panel. 
I then drew out the tree onto another panel of card stock and stamped the Santa image from the Craftangles 'Santa Claus' stamp set to fit into the tree. 
Once coloured the trimmed the stamped card stock to fit the embossed card stock and 
adhered them together using double sided foam tape.
I then stamped and cut the sentiment to fit at the base of the tree and 
finished the card by adding the red embossed panel and Craftangles metallic green sequins.

For the second card, I wanted to make something super quick and easy. 
I started by using the Impression Obsession door die to create and embossed background panel.
I then cut the lawn fawn mini wreath and bow to 'hang' on the door.
I then stamped the sentiment (from the Craftangles 'Seasons greetings stamp set) on matching white card stock and tore the edges to create some interest.
I finished the card with some self adhesive gemstones for some bling and shine!

The next two cards started out as experiment, which fortunately turned out well!!
For the first card, I stamped the Santa (Craftangles 'Merry Christmas' stamp set), onto kraft cardstock.
I then used Faber Castell colour pencils to colour the Santa and used a Stampin'Up blender pen to blend the colours. I then added the highlights and snow using a Signo white gel pen.
I finished the panel by adding a vellum panel with a white heat embossed sentiment 
from Lawn Fawn. 
I mounted the panel on a black card you may have noticed, my current favourite thing to so this season!!

For the last card, I stamped and masked the Christmas ornament from the Craftangles 'Christmas ornament' stamp set on a piece of white card stock. I then stamped another ornament behind it.
I stamped the sentiments on the ornaments, and then coloured them with watercolours and watercolour pencils.
I then cut out the two panels using Simon Says Stamp stitched dies.
I then added a sentiment from the Craftangles 'seasons greetings' stamp set, 
which, I cut apart in order to stamp the entire sentiment in one line.
I then added some black jute twine to finish the card.
 I am submitting this card the Simon Says Stamp wednesday 'Stitch it' challenge.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and that you will give these stamps a try!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas baubles and more!

I'm back with more projects made with the newly released Craftangles stamps and stencils!!

First off, I have the baubles from the Craftangles 'Christmas Ornaments' stamp set which I coloured using the technique demonstrated by Sandy Allnock.
They are far from perfect, but I like the way they turned out! I used the bauble outline and stamped the Santa's from the Craftangles 'Santa Claus' stamp set inside them. I then watercoloured them and fussy cut them. I then used a sponge dauber and tim Holtz black soot distress ink to darken the edges to give some diemnsion. I then used white acrylic paint to create the highlight. Sandy recommends a white gel pen, but mine wasn't working properly so I had to improvise. I added the snow dots with white acrylic paint too.

Here is how I used them...
First one I used on a black tag..chalkboard effect..
I just love how the colours pop! The sentiment is from 

I am submitting this tag for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'Gift it' challenge.

The other two, I used as hanging baubles on this stencilled card.  I used the 
Craftangles 'Christmas Ornaments' stencil to create a background on white card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Craftangles 'Holly Jolly Christmas' stamp set on balck cardstock to finish the card.

For this next card, I created a background using Tim Holtz distress inks and the 
I stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut the santa from the
I then adhered it to the card using an Action wobble.

I had to trim the Action wobble to fit behind the Santa.
Once I fixed the Santa, I white heat embossed and die cut the sentiment panel
(sentiment is from the Craftangles 'Holly Jolly Christmas" stamp set)
and popped it up with some 3D foam tape.
I added some Craftangles sequins and adhered the panel to a kraft card base.
Check out the video below to see how Santa wobbles!

This next card is a shaker card.
For this, I used an image from the 
I love this rolling bear!! There is so much movement in this image.
So I decided to make him frolic in the snow!
I created a circular shaker panel using Simon Says Stamp stitched dies and filled it with 
Craftangles 'Ivory hearts' and silver sequins.
I tore a few panels of white card stock and layered them to create the effect of snow banks.
I inserted the bear cut out (stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut) and added the sentiment, also from the Craftangles 'Bearing gifts' stamp set.
I finished the card by adding some of the same sequins on the outside and adhering the shaker panel to a white card base.

I am submitting this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday 'Icy Inspiration' challenge.
I'm also adding it to their 'Christmas Card Day' challenge.

For the final card, I used the Craftangles 'plaid' stencil to create the background as well as the circular spinner chanel. I diecut the spinner chanel using the Queen and company circular frame die.
I stamped, coloured (with Steadler watercolour pencil) and fussy cut the toys from Simon Says Stamp 'Christmas Toys' stamp set and added them as cute little spinner elements on the card.
I added the sentiment..also from the same stamp set and some sequins to finish the card.

I have really enjoyed making these interactive cards for you today!
I hope I have inspired you to make some too!
We have an awesome goodie bag to give away as a prize to the winner of the challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani