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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas shaker tags with the fuse tool!

Today I have some shaker tags  which I have made using the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool.

It is such a fun tool...once you figure out how to use it!!
Here is a really good video showing you how to use it.

I found its good to let it get really hot before using it. 
It works best of soft plastic the one shown below.
I haven't had any success on acetate.

It comes with a steel ruler which can be used a s a guide to seal the plastic. 
I tried to make  circular tags...but found them very difficult.

So, after many attempts, I decided to make simple rectangular tags.
These were really easy to make. 
I started by placing the embellished tag inside the plastic sleeve and sealing it on three sides. 
I left one side open to fill with the shaker elements...lots of gorgeous sequins from A1 Craft supply!
I then sealed the fourth side, punched a hole and added a rivet and twine to finish the tag.
I also added some embellishments and sentiments on the top of the tags for interest.

I used the We are Memory Keepers 123-punch board to make a little box to hold the tags I made. 
I followed Jennifer McGuires video to make this box.

I hope you are inspired to try out the Fuse Tool and the 123 envelope punch board from 
We are Memory Keepers!
If you have any questions, (or even if you don't) do leave a comment below. 
I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for stopping by..
Have  a great day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Craft Adda official December post no.1

Happy December!
You can feel the nip in the air in Mumbai and its starting to feel like Christmas!!
to make some quick and easy Christmas cards.
The papers that I have used for this card are from the Happy Holidays 6"x6" paper pack.

To make this card I started by trimming the green trees paper to size to fit the front of my card base. 
I then used the Simon Says Stamp 'stitched squares die to die cut the windows patterned paper.
I order to make it stand out a bit, I layered it with white card stock. I then added the white tree which I die cut using the memory box die.
I finished the card with a sentiment from the Hero Arts 'Xmas sentiments' stamp set, a little die cut memory box house as well as some clear sequins.
I just love the cheerful look of the card and though it doesn't snow in Mumbai, it makes me feel all christmassy!! ;-)

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thank you shakers Part 2

As you can see I have been busy making shaker cards all month.
I'm also feeling very thankful for all the blessings in my life, so, 
even though we don't celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in India, 
I thought it would be nice to showcase some thank you cards. 
So here they are...

 For the first card I used two different papers from the "Colours of India" paper pack
I just love the vibrant colours and fun motifs!

To create the shaker element , I stacked up 8 frames cut using ''Peekaboo" rectangle frame dies. 
I then adhered it to a piece of patterned paper cut to size to create a backing. 
I then filled in the multicoloured sequins. 
I cut another frame to which I adhered a piece of acetate, 
and placed it over my stack to seal the shaker.
Once this was ready, I cut a piece of patterned paper to size and adhered it to the white card base. 
I then adhered my shaker to the base and added the sentiment to finish the card.

For my second card, I used patterned paper from the "We are pregnant " paper pack.
The process is the same as above, only here, I did not use a backing for the shaker stack.
I adhered a piece of patterned paper cut to size to the card base and then adhered the shaker stack directly to the card. I filled it with sequins and then sealed it with the acetate topper. I cut the top frame from Patterned paper from the same paper pack.
I finished off the card, as before, with a die cut sentiment.

I am truly enjoying making these shakers..
I hope to have inspired you to make some of your own too!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani

Sunday, November 13, 2016

50th birthday shaker

 Hello !!

I am back with another shaker card...well, I am creating  shaker cards all this month, so you will see more in my next post too.

I made this card for my dearest cousin for her 50th birthday.
I used  a sheet from the Craftangles 'Pyari Ma' paper pack as the base of this card.
To create the shaker, I  stacked a few scalloped circles, 
covered them with acetate and created a well for the shaker elements. 
I then covered the other side too with acetate to create a see through shaker. 
The stack is no visible as it is on the inside of the card...actually this was a mistake I made..
but, doesn't look too bad, does it?

I had some number confetti in my stash which I added along with some rainbow coloured  and assorted sequins.

I finished the card with a die cut sentiment from Winnie and Walter. 
I ran this die cut sentiment through my Xyron sticker machine and adhered it to the acetate. 
The number die cuts are from Lawn Fawn's Quinns 123 die set.
I also stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card, which is visible through the shaker.

My cousin loved her card...hope you like it too.
Thanks for stopping by..
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thank you Shakers

Hello everyone!
Today, I am playing with three fabulous 6"x6" paper packs designed by our very own Khyati Kothari!
I have used two papers from the 'Pyari Maa' paper pack and 

I'm sure over the Diwali holidays we have partied  a lot and have been hosted by family and friends! 
I thought it would be nice to make a thank you card for that 
special someone who has lovingly pampered us.

To make the card, I used my PTI small mason jar die to die cut the window. I then affixed the acetate and double sided foam tape to the back and fill the  window with blue and green seed beads. I then cut a panel of paper from the 'Colours of India' paper pack and adhered it, creating the shaker element.
I layered the papers on a background from the 'Pyari Maaa' paper pack and used Winnie and Walter dies to die cut the sentiment. 
Simon Says Stamp has recently come out with co-ordinating background dies fro their sentiments. I dont have these dies, but I decided to affix the sentiment on a piece of vellum and cut around it to create  a similar effect. The rest of the sentiment is from Winnie and Walter too.

I really enjoyed making this shaker card. Do come back to read about many more fun projects made by our DT using Craftangles products!
We'd love to hear from you..don't forget to leave a comment!

Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cards for children Challenge

Hello everyone! 

Welcome back to all of you who have played my challenges before 
and a big welcome to those who are stopping by for the first time! 
I hope you have great fun playing  along!

November 14th is the birthday of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. 
As he was very fond of children, It is celebrated as Children's Day in India.
Therefore, the challenge for the month is to make a card or tag for CHILDREN.


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...

This month our sponsor MHK designs 
has shared some beautiful digital papers and stamps with us,
which we  have showcased.

I started with the papers from the Autumnal Accents digital paper pack
 and added the digital stamps from the Butterfly wisdom set.
I coloured the butterfly to make it pop, using faber castell colour pencils and then added the sentiment which I printed on vellum.
I finished the card with some MayArts jute ribbon.

For this tag, I used the same papers and stamps as above and
 added a dry embossed panel and some self adhesive gemstones for interest.
I finished the tag with charcoal bakers twine from the Twinery.

For the Instagram inspired shaker card, I have used the papers from the
I created the shaker element by die cutting  and stacking multiple circles using 
Simon Says Stamp Stitched circles die .
I added some silver and gold star confetti and closed the shaker element using the same patterned paper as the background. 
I added a spellbinders nested heart and 
a speech bubble from Simon Says Stamp 'Talk bubble' die set.
The birthday sentiment is from Stampendous.

I really enjoyed using these beautiful bright colours on the cards..I think kids would like them too!

For more inspiration...

We have La Von Hall over as our guest designer this month! 
La Von and I became friends through Flickr, 
where she runs an awesome group and challenge every month. 
Do drop by and leave her some love!

I am so very honored to be chosen as the guest designer this month for Paru's Card Making Challenge. Thank you very much, Paru!  The theme for this card is children because the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is celebrated as Children's Day in India. India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14. Apart from being known for his skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children.

The card I created for Paru's Challenge is a shaker card.  I think children of all ages like shaker cards.  The wonderful sponsor that Paru has chosen for this month is MHK designs. All of the digi images, sentiment and even the patterned papers are found at the MHK designs.  I used the "Hardy Party" digital paper pack and "Eat Your Cake" digital stamp set.

Making a shaker card is simpler that it may look.
  • I colored the image with Copic markers and added a touch of shimmer using a bit Multi Media Matte with clear glitter.    
  • I cut the frame 6 times, 5 times from plain cardstock and one time from the patterned paper.  The five cardstock frames are glued into a stack to create the well for the shaker mix.   
  • Place the stacked frame over the colored image where you like and trim off any excess.  Glue the frame over to the image using the Multi Media Matte. 
  • After the glue is dry you put in the sequin mix.  
  • Next you will cut a piece of plastic or acetate cut to size and adhere this over the window.  I like to use a strong double sided tape like SCOR-tape to adhere the acetate to the frame and the patterned paper.  It seems to work the best. 
  • Then adhere the assembled shaker to your card.  
I was have such a great time with the pretty papers from MHK that created two tags for the challenge.  After making both I couldn't really decide which I liked best so I am sharing both here.   Both of my tags use a die from Hero Arts.  I will list my supplies below.
I was have such a great time with the pretty papers from MHK that created two tags for the challenge.  After making both I couldn't really decide which I liked best so I am sharing both here.   Both of my tags use a die from Hero Arts. 

I hope that you are inspired to join in the challenge this month to celebrate children.   Thank you, for stopping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.


As always, we have  fabulous sponsors lined up for this month.

Up for grabs are...

 3 items of the winners choice from 


a $25 gift card from So Suzy Stamps

We hope you have been inspired to create some beautiful cards for CHILDREN!
Can't wait to see your creations!

I will announce the winner of this challenge on the 28th of November, so don't forget to stop by!

You can 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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Patterned Paper Greeting Cards

Hello again!
for my DT post today at CraftAdda I have used the gorgeous papers from 

To make this card, I started with the gorgeous rose background paper and cut it down to size to fit my card base. 
I then partially debossed it using my Cuttlebug swirls folder, to add some interest. 
I white embossed (Ranger white embossing powder) the beautiful sentiment from Hot of the  Press on vellum 
and added it to the card along with some pearls to finish the card.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diwali cards for our soldiers.

For my DT post for CraftAdda today, I am using the fabulous Diwali stamp sets from Craftangles.
I was encouraged by my dear friend Neha Gala  who is collecting cards to send to our brave soldiers who could not go home for Diwali.
I was pushed out of my comfort zone, but, I am really thrilled with the cards I made.

For this card, I started by creating a background using the large diya in the 
I heat embossed the background with Craftangles clear embossing powder. I then blended the background using Memento  Cottage Ivy and Memento Tangelo inks. Once blended, I flicked some water onto the background and lifted off some colour. 
I then placed a scrap sheet of paper over the panel and ironed off the embossing powder.
I then gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum and attached it to the card panel. I used three star shaped buttons in the tricolours as an embellishment.
I finished the card panel by placing it on a kraft card base.

For this card, I started with stamping the fireworks stamp in the Indian tricolour on a piece of white cardstock cut with Simon Says Stamp's stitched rectangle die.
I added a gold embossed sentiment on a vellum panel and added a watercolured diya. I finished the card by placing the card panel on a kraft card base.

For this card, I started by using TimHoltz sun rays stencil and colouring in with Memento Cottage Ivy and Tangelo inks.
I then added a gold embossed sentiment on vellum and a watercoloured diya. I then finished the card by placing the panel on a kraft card base.

For this card, I created a dark sky background for the very first time!!!! I am so thrilled with the way this card turned out.
I clear embossed the fireworks and then blended the background using memento and Tim Holtz inks.
I then flicked some water onto the background.

I then stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut the small diyas from 
I added the tricolour panel at the bottom of the card to anchor the diyas and stamped the sentiment onto the panel.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will be inspired to create a few diwali cards of your own.
Thank you so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!