Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shubh Laabh!

Today I am playing with two of the Craftangles September release stamps sets, 

For my first card, I decided to create a background using the mandala in the 'Diwali wishes' stamp set. First, I used my Misti to stamp the goddess Lakshmi image from the 'Shubh Laabh' onto smooth white card stock. I then created a mask using 'Mudra' masking paper and masked out the image.  I then used Tim Holtz 'spiced marmalade' distress oxide to stamp the mandala background. 
I then used my Sakura Koi watercolours to colour in the background so that the mandalas would pop further.
I intended to keep the Lakshmi image black and white, but, decided to add a bit of colour. so I decided to leave the lotuses white.
I finished the card by adhering some self adhesive gemstones and and a sentiment from the set.
I just love how this card turned out!

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