Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mixing and matching stamp sets

Today I had a great time playing with stamps from three great stamp sets from Craftangles,
 'By the sea side', 'Beautiful Bloom Border ', and 'Mermaid Kisses'.
I mixed them up to create some fun cards.

I followed  a common theme of the ocean on all three cards.
I started by creating a mask by die cutting a scalloped heart out of some Mudra masking paper and inking up the heart using Tim Holtz distress inks and distress oxides in ocean colours.

For the first card, I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink to create a bubble effect.
I stamped the crab from the Craftangles 'By the sea side' stamp set on a piece of scrap watercolour paper and coloured it with Sakura Koi watercolours.
I then stamped the sentiment from the Craftangles 'Beautiful Bloom Border' stamp set. 
I added a couple of glass bubbles and used fun foam to mount the card on a 5" square card base.
 to finish the card.

For the second card
I used the scalloped heart mask as well as a mask to create the waves.
I stamped the sea shell from the Craftangles 'Mermaid Kisses' stamp set twice 
to create an oyster shell. 
I then used the second generation stamping to stamp the bubble 
from the same set in London Fog ink. 
I then coloured the bubble using a white Signo gel pen.
I mounted the bubble with double sided foam tape on the shell to create a pearl.
I then popped up the two sides of the shell with double sided foam tape to create a 3D shell look.
I added some clear sequins from Craftangles for interest.
I then stamped the sentiment from Craftangles 'Beautiful bloom border' stamp set and mounted the panel with fun foam on a 5" square card base.

For the third card, I pounced colour through the heart mask, to create large circular smudges. 
I then stamped and water coloured the sea horses, from the 
I used the mirror stamping technique to create a mirror image of the sea horse..this was quite a challenge!!!
I then fussy cut the sea horses and overlapped the tails to create an illusion of them being intertwined.
I added some Craftangles clear sequins to add some interest.
I decided not to add a sentiment to this card. I think the image says it all!
I mounted the panel using fun foam onto a 5" card base to finish the card.

For the 4th card, I used the same scalloped heart mask and blended the inks to create an ocean.
I stamped the fish through the mask to create the background. 
I then stamped coloured the mermaid and the fish, from the Craftangles 'Mermaid Kisses' stamp set on watercolour paper and fussy cut them.
I then adhered them using glue and double sided foam tape. 
I stamped the sentiment form the Craftangles 'By the Sea Side' stamp set and embellished the card using glass bubbles and plastic heart sequins.
I then mounted the panel using fun foam onto a 5" card base to finish the card.

Here is a video showing my process.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will be inspired to mix and match your Craftangles stamps to make some unusual cards!

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hiking box card!

I made a really fun box card  today!

It is for a friend who plans to hike in all the 50 states of America to celebrate her 50th birthday!

To start, I printed out a map of the USA on two sheets of A4 size smooth white card stock and used Lawn Fawn's scalloped box card die to cut out the box elements.

I then used the same type of card stock to cut out the interior elements of the box card.
I masked out clouds and blended the sky on three panels using Tim Holtz 'Faded Jeans' distress ink.
On the the 4th panel, I used Tim Holtz 'Brushed Corduroy' distress ink as I did on the inside support panels. I used Impression Obsessions 'Evergreen Trees' die to cut out trees in different shades of green to create a forest. To make the hiker, I used MFT Dienamics 'Boy meets girl' die set. I cut out the boy, and, using an image of a stick figure hiker as a reference, I cut the arms and legs and 
re-attached them to create the hiker. I used some acetate to support the hiker from behind.
I added water coloured and fussy cut images of binoculars and a compass and die cut birds (Recollections) in the background.
I then added a die cut Penny black birthday sentiment. 
I die cut the '50' from scraps that were left over of the map, using Lawn Fawn's 'Quinns 123' die set.

Finally I created a belly band on which I stamped sentiments from Technique Tuesday. I also distressed the belly band using Tim Holtz 'Vintage photo' distress ink.
I had more scraps of the USA map on hand, so, I decided to cut out a simple tag on which to write the greeting to the recipient.

This card has been so very satisfying to make!! I just love how it turned out.
I'd love to hear what you think!!

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

Paru Mahtani

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