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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!
This is the most favourite card that I made this year!!
I was inspired by this card  by Paper Luxe that I saw on Pinterest.

It is the first time I have tried something like this...I created an ink blended sky using Tim Holtz distress inks. Before blending, I used my Versamark pen and Ranger white embossing powder  to heat emboss some snowflakes.
To create the snow banks, I used the Mama Elephant dies, which I distressed as well. 
 I then die cut two bicycles from Memory in black and one in white and adhered them a little off create the look of snow.
I added a couple of punched holly leaves and a red ribbon to the handle to finish the image.
I completed the card with a holiday sentiment from Hero Arts.

I hope you liked the card...I would love to hear from you if you did!!
Thanks so much for stopping by..
Have a great christmas day!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas cards-part 4

Here is my last and final quick and easy Christmas card using ScrapBerry's patterned paper
For this card, I used the cute snowmen patterned paper from the ScrapBerry's Happy Holidays 6"x6" paper pack along with two designs from the ScrapBerry's One Upon a Winter paper pack.
I used a sketch from Retrosketches archives as inspiration 
when I layered the patterned papers on a white card base, 
added adhesive pearls and a stamped sentiment with green Bakers Twine, 
to complete the card.
Sweet, simple and quick, don't you think?

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Indian Craft Room Blog Hop. Christmas Cards

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the ICR Blog Hop!
It has been a wonderful year at ICR and we are ending the year with a blog hop by all the 
team members who were creating for ICR this year!

For this blog hop, we are creating cards with 
any type of EMBOSSING.
It could be heat embossing (wet embossing) or,
 embossing with an embossing folder (dry embossing)

You would have come here from 
Gopi's blog..

I have a set of 5 christmas cards to share today.
I have used both wet and dry embossing techniques on all the cards. 
I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed making them!!

For the first card, I doodled four christmas trees, 
painted them using Sakura Koi watercolours and fussy cut them. 
I then cut the snow bank using Mama Elephants's landscape trio dies and,
 embossed the background with Cuttlebug embossing folders.  
I then placed the background panel on a 5"x5" red card stock base.
I finished the card with a sentiment from Hero Arts and a bit of jute twine from MayArts.

I have seen versions of this card  a lot on Instagram and Pinterest, and, 
I was inspired to try making my own.
I embossed the background panel with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and, 
blended Memento Summer Sky ink onto it.
I stacked three stitched circle die cuts one on top of the other and 
added googly eyes, a shiny gemstone for the nose and a doodles smile.
 I then added twigs, (die cut using Memory box dies)
 for the arms and a doodled and coloured scarf.
I then placed the panel on a red card stock base and
added a sentiment from Hero Arts to finish the card.
I love the feeling of breeze, when I see this card

I particularly love this card! 
I learnt how to colour the Holiday Bow from the Ton stamps, 
The rest of the card is simple..
A Cuttlebug embossed background panel and,
 a gold heat embossed sentiment on vellum finish the card.

I doodled another three Christmas trees, coloured and cut them for this card. Again, I used the Mama Elephant landscape trio dies to create the snowbank and Cuttlebug embossed the background.
I finished the card with sentiments from Hero Arts and jute twine from May Arts.

For this card, I Cuttlebug embossed swirls on the background panel, to begin with.
I then stamped and heat embossed and fussy cut two cups from 
the Paper Smooches 'Cyber Cafe' stamp set. I placed the cups on a vellum panel on which I had heat embossed the heat swirls in white embossing powder. I then hand stitched the panel onto the card base. I added a gold heat embossed sentiment and some green Bakers Twine to finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these cards, and I hope you are inspired to create some of you own this season! 
Do leave a comment..I'd love to hear from you!

Next on the hop is the lovely Pratyusha..head on over and leave her some love!

We have some awesome prizes in store for you...

a bag of goodies  (dies, stamps, etc.)

Don't forget to link up your creations here and leave a comment on all the blogs!

                            Paru<---- You are here
                       Pratyusha<----Next blog

Thanks so much for playing along...
Have a great evening!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards-part 3

Hello! I am back with card three...
I used the Scrapberry's patterned paper to make this  quick and easy Christmas card. I accentuated it by adding two die cut twigs (memory box dies), a sentiment from Winnie and Walter  and 
self adhesive gemstones.
I adhered the patterned paper to a white  card base and voila! My card was ready!

Do check out ScrapBerry's 6"x6" patterned paper pack at CraftAdda. 
They really are of excellent quality and lend themselves perfectly to making Quick and Easy Christmas cards!

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas cards at CraftAdda

welcome back to part 2 of Quick and Easy Christmas cards using patterned paper from 
I can't get enough of this paper has such fun designs and the quality is just fantastic!

To make this card, I used the Christmas tree paptterned paper as the base and,
 overlayed it with the cute houses paper. 
I felt it needed something to make it pop, 
so I added the two strips of red card  stock on either side. 
I stamped two panels with greetings from the Hero Arts 'Xmas sentiments' stamp set and,
 adhered them to the top and bottom of the card.
 I finished the card by adding some self adhesive pearls.

So much fun to make and really quick and easy. 
Hope you are merrily making some Christmas Cards with patterned paper!

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