Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sliding crabs

Hello! I am super thrilled to share these slider cards with you today!!
I played with the Craftangles "Oh Crab!!" ,"By the sea"  and "Mermaid Kisses" stampsets and 
Tim Holtz distress oxides!

I started by colouring the base panel with Tim Holtz 'Broken China' Distress Oxide as well as the 'Evergreen Bough' Distress Ink. 
I then sprinkled some water on it to create the spots. 
I then coloured another panel using Tim Holtz 'Fossilised Amber' Distress Oxide.
I was unhappy with the very smooth look of the paper and sprinkling water did not I put down some ink on my craft mat, spritzed a little water on it and then dabbed the paper on it. 
This created a beautiful splotchy background and gave the illusion of texture.

While the backgrounds were drying, I water coloured the various images with my 
Sakura Koi watercolours.
Using Mama Elephant dies  and mftdienmics I cut the panel and the slider channel.

To create the slider, I used a round wooden bead sandwiched between two 1/2" punched circles.
You can learn how to make one of your own here.

I added a bit of vellum to create some interest on the first card.

I finished the cards, by adding the sequins and stamping the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I enjoyed making them! 
Check out how they move on  
my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 17 'Rainbow' challenge

Hello everyone!1!!! 

Thank you so much for playing along with the 'Anything Goes' in August!
I was thrilled by the response! So many beautiful cards!

Here is the September  challenge!
It's 'Anything Goes' let 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.

Now for some inspiration...
I have used this beautiful stampset deisgned my my talented guest designer
Deepti Malik called Kathryn's Rainbow.

For my card, I stamped and masked the umbrellas to create a floating pattern on a watercoloured sky.
I then painted them with rainbow colours and added the lovely sentiment from the set.
I added the clear sequins from Craftangles to complete the card.

To make the tag, I started with a stitched circle die cut on which I stamped the rainbow and clouds and watercoloured them.
I then cut part of a sentiment from the set and stamped it on the larger cloud which I popped up using 3D tape.
I then die cut some seagulls from the Recollections Nautical die set.
I finished the tag using Craftangles clear sequins and black and white baker's twine.

To inspire you some more, I have as my Guest Designer today 

Thanks for having me over.
 I am sketch artist by default and a card maker by choice. My card making started with making some new year cards back in 2013 and now it has turned into a passion.
I moved a step ahead in 2015 as I started to illustrate my own stamp designs with my line of stamps
under the umbrella of STAMPlorations:)
I am also an instructor at Craftsy where I teach a class on Watercolour Cards made Simple.
I love all things clean and simple, but I also love to experiment. Water colours are my passion when it comes to a specific medium :)
Besides doing all the creative work, I am also, mom to a 19 month old siddharth, who keeps me on my toes 24x7 ;)

Here is a little  about how I made the card and tag-
I had so much fun making these! 
Lately, my love for inking is back and that led me to make the rainbow background for these.
To make these cards, I drew some diagonal lines using a ruler and then masked off and inked the stripes in rainbow colours using distress inks on both the card panel and the tag.
I then splattered some water on the top.
Next, I stamped, fussy cut and coloured the images and put those together on the base. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment and added some clear sequins.

I look forward to seeing what you create with this set!


I just love Deepti's unique work..I hope you have been inspired to play along!

As always we have some awesome sponsors!!

We have the stamp set
Kathryn's Rainbow


Dee's Artsy Impressions

And a 
$20 gift certificate from Pink and Main

The winner will be announced on the 28th of September, 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 and have lots of fun!!

Paru Mahtani

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Diwali cards using Craftangles foils

I have been addicted to foiling ever since Craftangles has released their brilliant foils!
Here are some Diwali cards and tags that I have made using these foils.

To make the shaker tag below, I have heat embossed the Ganesh image with clear embossing powder before using the gold foil.
After many trials, I found that I must ensure that the clear embossing powder is even and not splotchy. Only then does it get covered evenly with the foil, when put through the laminator.

There has been a lot of discussion about the way to apply the foil. I have achieved best results by putting the laser printed image or heat embossed image through a laminator, along with the foil.

I created another Shaker tag using playing card die cuts as shaker elements. For the background, I heat embossed and foiled the fireworks and Diwali sentiment 
from Craftangles Happy diwali stamp set.

For this card, I die cut the beautiful diwali sentiment from Diecuts and more,  from a sheet of black toner paper...which is nothing more than a sheet of black that I printed out on my laser printer.
I then used the Craftangles copper foil which covered this die cut so beautifully.
I diecut the same sentiment from a background panel and then dry embossed the panel with paisleys.
Finally I inlaid the diecut to complete the  simple card.
I finished it off by adding a few Craftangles clear sequins.

This card below, is by far my favourite!
I die cut this beautiful diya from Diecuts and more from toner paper and then used the Craftangles rainbow foil to cover it.
Once done, I diecut a piece of white fun foam with the same die and used it to pop up the diya on the dry embossed background.

Here, I used the negative piece of the rainbow foil that I used above to create another diya.
For this diya, I first clear heat embossed a piece of paper and then run it with the negative foil piece  through the laminator. Once done, I trimmed the diya  and popped it up on the dry embossed Craftangles sapphire blue card background with some foam tape.
I finished both the cards with some Craftangles clear sequins.

I hope I have inspired you to try out some foils  and have some fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani
Paru's Perceptions

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Craftangles stamps and foils

This month's DT pack from Craftangles was filled with amazing goodies!!
Here is what I made using the newly released Craftangles stamp sets ('Mermaid kisses', 'Girl in the rain' and 'Everyday sentiments')and the absolutely amazing Craftangles foil!!!

To make these cards I created a base panel by smooshing some Tim Holtz and Artistry distress ink and embossing some swirls.
I watercolored and fussy cut the mermaid image and popped it up with double sided foam tape.

To make these cards, I used the laser printed panels that were included to use the newly released Craftangles foils.
I then matted the panel using the fabulous Craftangles coloured cardstock and sequins.

For the final card, I used a Winnie and Walter free download to foil the background using Craftangles purple foil. 
I also die cut the word hugs using the Winnie and Walter die, out of a sheet of laser printed black sheet or toner paper.
I then ran this die cut and foil through the laminator to foil the die cut.
I matted the sunflower panel (Craftangles 'Every sentiments' stamp set) on a piece of Craftangles green cardstock which I dry embossed using a Darice embossing folder.
I then popped up the panel using funfoam.

I really enjoyed making these cards for this post!
I hope I have inspired you to try out these fabulous products.
Here is a fabulous video on how you can use foil on your projects!

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Box cards using Craftangles Rakhi stamps

I'm back with some more Rakhi cards today!! 
I just can't get enough of the newly released 'Happy Rakshabandhan' stamps from Craftangles!
I decided to make a couple of box cards using the Lawn Fawn scalloped box die.

I decided to shake things up a bit and make a card for a sister instead of a brother! 
So I took part of the sentiment from the Craftangles 'Happy Rakhi' stamp set and added the sister die cut (from Simon Says Stamp) to complete it. I just love the way it turned out!
The beautiful patterned paper is actually wrapping paper from Mandalay fine stationery..gorgeous 
isn't it?

For the second card, I've repeated the same sentiment and stencilled the white panels using the Craftangles 'Mandala' stencil and Memento inks. I added some self adhesive rhinestones for some bling.

I hope these cards have excited you and inspired you to try out the Craftangles 'Rakhi' stamp sets!
Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani
'Paru's Perceptions'

Friday, July 7, 2017

Craftangles Rakhi stamps

I am having so much fun making cards using the newly released Craftangles 'Happy Rakshabandhan' stamp sets!!!
For the first card I used Queen and Company dies to create the shaker element and added images and sentiments from the  'Happy Rakshabandhan'  stamp set. I also used the 'mandala' stencil with Tim Holtz distress inks to create the background.
The most fun part was adding the newly released, absolutely fabulous sequins mix from Craftangles in the shaker!

For the second card, I created the shaker using 'Lawn Fawn's' Polaroid die.
Here too I added Craftangles sequin mix to the shaker.
Once again I created the background using the Craftangles mandala stencil.

For the cute tags below, I created a vellum  envelope using Simon Says Stamp envelope die and added a ghungroo for some interest. I also doodled some buntings and lights in the background to create some interest.

These are super fun stamp sets. I hope I have inspired you to get them for yourself!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Playing with Craftangles patterned papers.

for my DT post today, I am using the Craftangles 'Enchanted blooms 2' paper pack to make some pretty birthday cards!
I have combined patterned papers from the newly released 'Enchanted blooms 2' paper pack 
with papers from the previously released 'Felicity' paper pack. I have added some of the new Craftangles 'cupcake pink' sequins to add some sparkle.
Today I decided to use outline sentiment stickers (remember them?) on my card instead of stamping or die cutting. The papers are so pretty by themselves that I have kept the embellishments to the minimum.
I hope you like these cards and will be inspired to check out these beautiful paper packs for yourselves!

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