Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let's TAG along !

Hello Friends ,

Its time for a new challenge at Itsy Bitsy using Colour Splash Sprays. They have some rich vibrant Colour sprays and  I've used them in my projects here. 


Lets have a quick look on how we can play with them. On a white cardstock stick threads randomly as you can see in the picture. Once dry , spray the color splash randomly . Just play along and you can see how it gels with each other. The darker shades are when the colors merged


Now I cut the sheet into size of tags. Stuck it on a black cardstock and embellished it with chipboard from Itsy Bitsy. They have a wide variety of chipboard. 




I got so carried away with these sprays ( You will get carried away !) That I created a note book from Handmade paper from  Itsy Bitsy and play around the cover page.
You can also mix it with texture paste and stencil on required areas - like you see below.






Looking forward to see some of your lovely creations using Colour sprays.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Colour splash spray Inspiration

Good Morning crafty folks,

This is Sharada Dilip here to share a few of my Colour Splash Inspiration as the 



I have been playing with sprays and cant get to do without them these days? 
Have you tried them? aren't they awesome ??
The colours are soo nice soothing and bright and the white card stocks are just in love with it !! 
These work best on paper, card stockwater color paperhandmade paper, fabric, burlap & other porous surfaces.

Here are my Colour splash spray Inspiration 


For my First creation I have played along with the irregular dot stencils and 2 colours -
Lime and Ocean Mist  sprays
I have used white card stocks as the base and layered the stencil and sprayed them unevenly to create my own background .
I let it dry and later added Handmade flowers and my favourite stickers !!


For my Second creation I have played along with Ocean mist spray and periwinkle shade of color splash spray along with Honey comb stencil ! Isn't the effect and blending of these two colors amazing ! 
Once my background was dry and ready to work on I stamped the butterflies in black .
I have hand stamped and heat embossed the sentiments and added them to the card with double sided tape to give it  dimension  .

I totally enjoyed creating these background with sprays and stencils ! 
In addition to these cards I have  made a Christmas ornament , with these sprays to create a bright background on canvas 

For the ornament I began with the Mini canvas and layered it with gesso .


after it died , I have textured it with script stencil and  later  sprayed ocean mist and Lime splash green to give it shading .


Once they are dry to work on I have layered a border and adhered the Christmas theme stickers !!
I am fascinated with the glittery reindeer's and couldn't resit using up all my Christmas stickers 

I hope I have inspired you all enough,  will love to drop in at your blog and  see your creations with Our Color splash sprays  

warm regards
Sharada Dilip



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Friday, December 2, 2016

ITSY BITSY CHALLENGE#3-2016

Hello Crafters!
Good morning & welcome again!
This is Tanvi, here to announce the last challenge of 2016. As always it is ANYTHING GOES using Itsy Bitsy Color Splash Sprays

Here are some guidelines to participate. Simple & easy to follow - 

ITSY BITSY CHALLENGE#3-2016
Theme - Anything Goes using Color Splash Sprays
  1. Submission can be a card, box, tag, scrapbook layout, decoupage, altered art, home decor - anything as long as it is handmade and complies with the theme.
  2. Please follow our blog to be eligible.
  3. Turn off word verification to enable us to leave comments.
  4. Entries can be submitted until 25th of each month
  5. In order to submit your entry, click on the inlinkz button provided at the end of this post, add your image and link to your blog post containing the submission.
  6. Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 entries. Please add numbers 1,2,3 while submitting multiple entries.
  7. Please link to your post and not just your blog.
  8. In your blog post, create a link back to this page. 
  9. Only projects posted during the Challenge period are eligible (no backlinking).
  10. Entries are welcome from all over the world however if you are the winner, we can only ship your prize to an Indian address.
  11. If you don't have a blog and want to add your creation on Facebook, please upload it on our FB group page Itsy Bitsy Crafter's Cafe with the hashtag - #itsybitsychallenge316 & add the link here.
  12. TWO winners will be picked through random.org who will each receive a voucher of Rs.500 , redeemable online at www.itsybitsy.in. Top 3 will be selected by the DT.
  13. You may link up with upto 10 challenges including ours.
In my previous post here I used the Highland Greetings paper pack. My post today too focuses on papers. As crafters we all have different needs wrt the thickness of papers, patterns, colors & so on. A cardmaker may like a print on a decoupage paper & vice versa! Keeping this in mind Itsy Bitsy has introduced the same prints in 3 different qualities to suit the needs of all! Isn't that wonderful???
I will be using all the different Chevron Aquarelle papers in my post today.
 Let me warn you today's post is lengthy & picture heavy with loads of project!

CHEVRON AQUARELLE PAPER PACK (linen papers)

These are 12x12papers  priced at Rs.200 for a pack of 12 sheets This gorgeous paper pack is brought to you by Little Birdie. These fine quality linen papers are exquisite, classy and available in 6 colors. These papers are acid free too, perfect for scrapbooking, card making, banner making, DIY and other creative projects.

We are in the last month of 2016. Each year I make a calendar for my craft studio.  Sharing the 2017 calendar I made using the whitewash alterable photoframe. On the sides of the frame I used the chevron decoupage paper (will talk about this is detail in a while). Splashes & splatters of the berry blast color sprays added some drama to the monochrome colors, Stencils & modelling paste some textures! Embellished the front with pearls, diecuts & flowers.

          

Some closeups  

                                      

                                              

Glued a small wooden cloth pin to hold some notes & reminders!

                               

For the calendars months I have used all the 12 papers in the pack! A new look every month!


                               

DECOUPAGE PAPERS 

My next project uses decoupage papers from the Chevron Aquarelle Range. This paper is available in all the 12 prints I have used in the calendar. Sold as individual sheets at Rs.20, this 60 gsm paper is perfect & a must have for decoupage lovers! Wait until I share my decoupage project!

I first prepared my decoupage base by priming it with two coats of gesso, followed by dabbing several shades of acrylic colors to match uneven shades in the paper print.  I was very happy with the outcome! Later I trimmed the paper to size & decoupaged it on the base.


Added some stenciling in a darker shade for some added texture & layers!




CARD STOCK  CHEVRON AQUARELLE

Finally I am sharing a few cards I made using the card stock range of Chevron Aquarelle papers. Once again sold as single sheets of 12x12 in all the 12 designs, these are 250gsm papers, so perfect to use as a card base!

What I like about the cheron aquarelle range is the prints are so busy & colors so soothing & subtle creating a faux layered & textured look. 



This set of cards is simple & yet has so many details  die cuts, frame, stencil texture & don't miss the heat embossing on acetate!





This brings us to the end of this post. Remember you have until December 25th, 2016 to link up your entries!
 Do visit us again as we bring you loads of inspiration using Color Splash sprays.

Hugs,
Tanvi

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winners - Itsy Bitsy Challenge#2-2016

Hello Friends!!!
This is Tanvi here to announce the winners of the - ITSY BITSY CHALLENGE#2-2016
Theme - Anything Goes using the Itsy Bitsy LITTLE BIRDIE CHIPBOARD SHAPES

A big thank you to all the 27 joined! We had some excellent entries & it was a pleasure to visit each blog!

The two WINNERS selected randomly, winning vouchers worth Rs.500 are -

Rashmi Tater


Riddhi Shah 




The TOP 3 selected by the DT & in no particular order are - 







Well done girls! You can all write in to info@itsybitsy.in to claim your badges (Winners & Top 3) and the voucher (only WINNERS)! 


Crafter in The Spotlight 26 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello Crafter friends, I am delighted to introduce & feature yet another talented Crafter this week ! This week’s crafter in the Spotlight for December 2016 is “KHUSHBOO GANDHI”!

A commerce graduate, Khusboo has done a lot of interesting & varied things in life from being part of cabin crew in Kingfisher Airlines to working in an ad agency, getting a diploma in jewellery designing & a whole lot more but crafting is what she loves & enjoys the most!!J BTW, Mixed Media is her new found passion in life right now!J

Experimental, Elegant & vibrant she says is her style & i find her works to be very creative, vibrant & cheerful!

What really inspires Khushboo, her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to crafting world if she had magical powers? To know all these & to know more about her interesting journey & also to see a step by step project of hers, please read the interview & leave your comments for her.

Here are excerpts of my interview with Khushboo:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Khushboo Gandhi : Heylo :D! First of all, I’m so happy and excited to be here :D (as can be seen from my smileys lol!). I’m extremely thankful to Rashmi Harish and the Itsy Bitsy India team for giving me this honour. Yayy!!!
I’m Khushboo R. Gandhi, and I’m from Mumbai, India. I’m a Commerce graduate (and well, that sums up my academic qualifications lol). If there ever was a first love in hobbies, I think ‘writing’ was it. I love words, and I love writing (I have a blog I used to post a lot of fictional stories, poems and book reviews on). Apart from that, I enjoy painting, photography, reading (especially classic books – Jane Austen has been my childhood favourite), listening to music, travelling <3, watching English movies (a lot of them lol!), shopping for crafty items :P, and playing with my niece and nephew whenever we’re in the same country J.

RC: How did you get into crafting?
KG: It was pure happenstance…
I was always good at studies, but somehow I was never inclined to pursue an MBA further. Ever since my childhood, I’ve had a creative bend. I was good at painting, writing, and ‘tinkering’ with stuff at home. Somehow, I did not pursue painting either. Over the years – I’ve worked as a cabin crew with Kingfisher Airlines, held a diploma in jewellery designing from IGI, travelled quite a few countries, worked in an Ad agency, and yet I kept searching for something that I’d really love to do for the rest of my life. Then last year, I came across a mixed media video that almost completely changed my life. I had finally found my passion :D! I had always loved making cards as a kid, dresses for my barbies :p, pouches, etc, but I never knew that crafting was elevated to such a sophisticated level. It’s a world of its own within our world. And so a little less than a year ago I launched my brand for handmade products.

RC: What is your favorite type of craft?
KG: Oh wow. This is really difficult lol. I started off with decoupage; and at the time I thought there’s nothing more beautiful than that art. Then I found scrapbooking and card-making, and I was in awe. And now I’m into mixed media, and I’m speechless at the endless possibilities of it. I don’t think I have a favourite, because I like to juggle between all these different craft forms (since I can get bored very easily :P).

RC: What are your favorite products at Itsy Bitsy?
KG: Itsy Bitsy was one of the very first few websites that I made my first purchases from. All my mdf products for decoupage are bought from IB. However, my most favourite products from IB are handmade flowers, chipboard embellishments, stamps, and colour splash sprays – completely love them!

RC: If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
KGIf I had magic powers, I’d give an endless supply of craft materials to every crafter – the moment they’d use something from their stash, it would get refilled/replenished magically :P.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
KGMy IB ‘handmade flowers’ –infinite styles, colours, sizes, types, materials – I just can’t stop buying these; and IB stamps – they’re so delicate in their designs and absolutely beautiful!

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
KGMy style of crafting is essentially elegant; experimental and vibrant. I love colours and I love creating complex things. I experiment a lot – try to mix and match – be it different mediums, or products, or techniques. I literally have to try hard to turn down the complex-o-meter a notch and try creating simple styles at times lol.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
KGI wish I could organize it! But I don’t believe in it (at the moment anyway). I work on my projects whenever inspiration strikes –even if it’s late at night.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft?

KGExperiment. Experiment. Experiment. There are no cast-in-iron rules for crafting. Try out different techniques. Find out what you enjoy creating the most. And always use your products in a way that minimizes wastage. Even the tiniest bit of scrap paper, or the paint held in your thick brush can be utilised in effective ways.

RC: Your all -time favorite quote?
KGNon-crafting related: ‘Smile… it confuses people.’

Here is a gorgeous project by Khushboo & step by step description :
Project: Making a card classy card.

Materials used:
·        Itsy Bitsy black cardstock
·        Itsy Bitsy stickers
·        Itsy Bitsy silicon glue
·        Digital image
·        Ribbons
·        Perfect Pearls
·        Watercolour pencils
·        Sentiment stamps

Method:

1.   Take a black cardstock, score and fold to make the base of your card.
2.   Take a smaller piece of black cardstock and distress its edges with a distress tool.
3.   Now take an image of your choice – I’ve used a digital image and coloured it with watercolour pencils. You can use either stamps, or digital image and colour it the way you want.
4.   Take two pieces of ribbons – I’ve taken a golden 1 inch ribbon; and a ½ inch sea green ribbon (these co-ordinate perfectly with the colours of my image). Stick the golden ribbon first onto the smaller distressed cardstock. Then place the sea-green ribbon on top of the golden one as shown in the picture.
5.   Now stick your image on the ribbons.
6.   For the sentiments, versa-mark your stamp and powder it with perfect pearls. Cut every word separately and position them as shown in the picture.
7.   Finish the look off with Itsy Bitsy’s co-ordinating stickers (I’ve used the fishes and weed).
8.   Now stick this cardstock onto the scored and folded cardstock that you made in Step 1. Add foam dots beneath for a 3D effect.
9.   Voila! Your beautiful classy card is ready to be written in and gifted J.

Here are a couple of Khushboo's other awesome creations:








Many congrats Khushboo for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY

You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher :-) :-) & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!