Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A shaker card for Dad

I have a fun shaker card today, made with patterned papers from the 
Craftangles 'Papa Kehte Hain' paper pack.

I used Queen and Company dies to create the shaker and added little white beads inside.  The medallion is part of the paper pack, which I suspended using some white cord.

It is a simple card which took some time to make as I stacked multiple die cuts to create the shaker.
Hope you will give it a try!

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

February challenge winners

Thank you so very much for playing the February 'LOVE' Challenge 
at Paru's Card Making Challenges!
I am overwhelmed and thrilled with all the love you'll have shown!!

Here are the winners for this month!

For  the LED starter kit from 

I found the happy beaker just adorable and irresistable!! 
Such a fabulous take on the sketch too!

the $50 gift card from 

This card is so wonderfully CAS and says so much with so little!!
Love it!

Many many congratulations to the winners!!


Our March challenge will be live on 1st March 2017 at 12 am IST, 
and as always there are exciting prizes to be won!

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

Paru Mahtani

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shaker with Bells

Today I have a couple of simple shaker cards for you, 

To make this card, I created a simple white shaker window using Queen and Company frame dies. 
I then placed some gold ghungroos (bells) inside,
 and placed it on a background of the dancing girls paper.
A simple gold embossed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp finished this card.

To make the second card, I used two different papers from the same paper pack.
I created the shaker window using Queen and Company oval frame dies, placed the sequins and sealed the window using the India patterned paper. I then placed this sealed shaker on the dancing girl background.
I love how the yellow paper pops and our national colours shine!

I love this paper pad so much, I have bought a second one!

I hope you will try out this paperpack.
You can buy it here.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spotlight card

I have a simple and fun technique called 'Spotlighting' here today,
which can enhance your greeting cards!
It's a simple technique where the image is re-stamped onto a small piece of cardstock and placed above the original image to create the illusion of magnifying the spot or creating a 'spotlight'.
It is such a pretty stamp set, and I decided to add the little bee for interest.

To 'spotlight' the flower and the bee, I first stamped the floral image onto Bielo cardstock 
using the Misti tool.
I then placed a punched circle of the same cardstock over the area that I wanted to 'spotlight' and stamped the image again. 
I now had a perfect image on the circle. 
I then coloured the images using Sakura Koi watercolours.
I then added the bee from the 'Bold Geraniums' stamp set from Stampendous.
I then adhered the circle using double sided foam tape. 
This created the illusion of magnification.

I then mounted the square cut panel onto a kraft panel (which I cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched squares dies) and then finally onto the card using craft foam to add dimension.
I added a bit of green paint splatter and some gold sequins for interest.

I decided not to add a sentiment...the card was so pretty by itself!

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February challenge

Hello everyone! 
The new challenge is up at Paru's Card Making Challenges!
Do stop by and play!

What a great number of submissions we had for the January challenge! We sure started off the year with a bang!
Here is the February challenge!


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 HERE

Now for some inspiration...

I created this card using Impression Obessions dies and stamps from the 'Rinding Pretty' set!
And, then, I used the Chibitronics led light circuit to light up this card!!!

Other stamps and dies used as from Hero Arts, lawn Fawn and Litle B

Isn't this fun?
You can learn how to create your own circuit using the Chibitronics starter kit, HERE.

I also made this tag using the beautiful hollyhocks die from Impression Obsession, and a stencil from My Favourite Things. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the pretty sequins from 
Pretty Pink Posh.

For more inspiration,
I have the Fabulously talented 

as my guest designer today!

I have admired her work for many years, so its a real honour to have her here to inspire us today!

Hi Everyone!
I am Bhavana. Thank You Paru, for inviting me as a  guest designer!
I feel so honoured.
A little about me..
I am from India and currently live in Santa Clara, California. I love card making and I have been making cards for the past 6 years. 
I love anything artsy and craftsy. You can check out my work at my blog 

I am excited and had fun making cards with the LOVE theme.

My first card is very simple; I did an ink smooshing technique for the background using 'Fired Brick' distress ink and water, the love hand sign is from Paper Smooches 'Helping Hand' stamp set.

For my second card, I used Sugar Pea designs, 'Enchanted Garden' stamp set and dies.
I used  Zig real brush pens watercolour markers to colour them. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp 'Favourite flowers' stamp set.
I adhered the image using foam tap and added some clear sequins to finish my card.

For the tag, I used Winnie and Walter's 'You've got mail' stamp set. For the background stamping I used aged mahogany distress ink and did second generation stamping and for the envelopes I used water colours. 
The stamped sentiment is from the same set.

I hope you have been inspired!
Happy Crafting!

This month we have two outstanding sponsors!

We have a starter pack from 


 a $50 gift card 


I hope that you have been inspired
 to create some fun tags and cards for LOVE
 and to join in the challenge!

The winner will be announced on the 28th of February , 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