Friday, June 23, 2017

Spectacular Sparkling Dotties

Hello to all brilliant crafters.....

I am Manisha and today I want to show you some wonderful ways how you can add an extra bling to your projects using Itsy Bitsy's newly launched product Sparkling Dotties.

Itsy Bitsy has come up with 7 awesome shades of these Dotties:

2. Sparkling Silver
3. Cherry
4. Licorice (black)
5. Chocolate Fudge
6. Lime Sorbet
7. Strawberry

The ones I am talking about are round sequins of different sizes. These are very light and have got a fantastic shine which is great for giving that extra bling to your projects. I loved the Vanilla, as it's holographic and the way it emits a multicolour shine. Sparkling Dotties can be used for any projects as they are very easy to stick on paper, glass, metal, wood and other surfaces. You can use them for making cards, scrapbooks, decorative bottles, gel candles, mixed media, shaker cards and the list goes on and on. I like the way they are packaged because it makes them easy to store.

I am sure you all have one concern about adhering these because sequins are not very easy to stick with regular adhesives and can get quite messy. Itsy Bitsy has come out with a solution for this as well. It has also launched a magic adhesive called Texture Tack. 

Texture Tack is a white adhesive and looks almost like any other adhesive. However once you use it you will come to know that Texture Tack  is exceptional! It's got an extra tackiness and is very strong. It can adhere anything from glitters, laces, beads, paper and fabrics. Texture Tack is also ideal for mixed media projects as well. 

 My experience with Texture Tack.
-      Apply a generous amount of Texture Tack on the Material preferably with a brush.
-      Wait for few minutes and it generates that tackiness.
-      Sprinkle with Sparkling Dotties or glitters or Twinkling Melange (another newly launched product).
-      There is no mess at all and the elements adhere beautifully.

Here are a few pictures where I have used these fabulous Sparkling Dotties.

Hope you liked my work ....Happy crafting folks!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 55 - Itsy Bitsy

Thursday is back and so am I with another talented Crafter in the Spotlight! This week Dolly Shah from Bangalore is here to share her story with us.

Dolly was aware of her inclination towards creative fields from childhood. However, she discovered her passion for craft and found time to pursue it quite recently. She thoroughly enjoys the art of decoupage and admires the way it helps up-cycle almost anything!

How did Dolly get into crafting, what inspires her, what are her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to the crafting world if she had magical powers? Read answers to all these questions, discover more about her interesting journey and catch a glimpse of a step by step project by Dolly in this interview. Don't forget to leave your comments for her.

Let’s see how Dolly feels about being featured in the ‘Crafter in the Spot Light”
Firstly, I would like to thank Rashmi, Anita & the entire team of Itsy Bitsy for bringing me into spotlight. I really like your approach…. it doesn’t only encourage us but gives us recognition & a way to appreciate our talents. Kudos to the team Itsy Bitsy!!

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
DS: My name is Dolly Shah. I was born & brought up in Bangalore. I did my schooling from Bishop Cotton Girls High School, Bachelors in science in Fashion & Apparel Designing from Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology & Masters in Science in Apparel Technology & Management. I have worked for 10 years in a private firm as a fashion Designer. I’m married for 7 years & have a son who is 5 yrs old now. Currently I’m a proud home maker bringing up my little one with his choice of food & spending good quality time with him.

RC: How did you get into crafting?
DS: As kids, we never had access to any kind of tutorials or Itsy Bitsy :) Always did projects & models with our own creativity. Hence knew that I was more inclined towards the creative field. Post pregnancy worked as a consultant for 4 years, couldn’t work further as I wanted to be completely committed to my son. Hence from past 1 & half years developed this passion for art of decoupage & mix media & ever since there is no stop to explore my own creativity. 
RC:  What is your favourite type of craft?
DS: I really enjoy art of decoupage. I think it’s a wonderful art if learnt correctly. This is an art where you can up-cycle anything & everything, you can never make a mistake (mistake itself looks like a wonderful art). With this technique you can create what is exactly on your mind.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
DS: I really love the floral embellishments & the home decor section just pulls me closer whenever I visit Itsy Bitsy. Gesso of course, which I really can’t do without & lately a craze for gold alcohol sprays & chalk paints, has dawned upon me.

RC:   If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
DS: If I had magical powers I would have a castle completely done up interior & exterior with art of decoupage & mix media where crafters would go crazy picking up their choice of materials under one roof.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
DS: My prized possession from Itsy Bitsy includes cutting board, flowers, gesso, pattern papers & decoupage papers, brushes & paints. 
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
DS: My style of crafting has a very practical approach. I believe what exclusively you make, you should be able to use in your daily life. All the products that I create have a very niche or quirky look & priced at most affordable range. 
RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
DS: As I said I’m totally committed to my little one, I barely get minimum of 1 hour a day or sometimes not even that :). But whatever time, I try to make the best of it!
RC: Tips for people who want to craft
DS: Crafting is a creative field which you can never master fully, whichever craft you’re into, you would have barely explored 20%, so keep learning & keep exploring, Creative people can never give up… so just keep it going. Thanks to Itsy Bitsy & so many crafting tutorials which has given us a huge platform to let our inner creativity out. Just enjoy what you do. 
RC:  Your all -time favourite quote?
DS: "No one is you & that is your power". Be your own kind of beautiful.💗

Here is a gorgeous project by Dolly & step by step procedure:

As decoupage is my favorite art I would use layers to show the art of decoupage. 

Step 1 : I am using the below embellishments & paints to complete a wooden cup cake stand.

Step 2 : Always sand your base product (wood or glass) & clean it properly before you start any project. 

Step 3: Painted the scalloped trays with pink chalk paint (from Itsy bitsy) . I have given double coat for better enhancement. 

Step 4 : Painted the cake stand with Tattered Lace chalk paint (from Itsy Bitsy).  

Step 5 : I have finished the borders with stick-on pearls. 

 Step 6 : With help of water &  brush took flowers that I thought was appropriate for decoupaging from the 3 ply tissue. Placed them & with help of decoupage glue and pasted them. 

 Step 7 : Distressed the sides of the tissue with same color (pink chalk paint) as the base, so as to blend well. 

Step 8 : I have distressed the cake stand by using the pink chalk paint, golden acrylic paint &  Golden Canary with the help of sponge & finished the bottom of the stand with stick-on pearls.  

Step 9 : Distressed the scalloped tray & flowers with tinge of gold. 

 Step 10 : Sprinkled fairy dust gold on the flowers & glitters around the scalloped sides of the tray (both from Itsy Bitsy)  

Lastly, I sealed it completely with decoupage glue & varnished it. 

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

Many congrats Dolly 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!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Paper Crafting Medley- The perfect way to infuse prettiness

Hello Itsy Bitsy friends!!

I am Pinky Jain from Pune, a passionate paper crafter and mixed media artist. Today I am here to share with you some projects I made with Itsy Bitsy flowers. I have hardly used anything else to decorate my projects as the flowers from Itsy Bitsy are so elegant that they completely give your projects a new and royal look. These are so pocket makes sense to go and grab them now.

Very soon I will be coming up with new ways to use these flowers but at the beginning I am starting with the simplest and the easiest ways to use these versatile flowers.

Have a look at the tutorial and inspirational projects showcasing the Itsy Bitsy handmade flowers.

I took a MDF frame and gessoed it using Mont Marte gesso. Then I used Itsy Bitsy stencils and modelling paste to add some texture on the frame. After this step I again used gesso to cover all the stenciled area.

Next, I made a layout with paper crafting medley 'Adel' and resin frame. You can see I have hardly used any embellishments to complete my project as the flowers are so beautiful and elegant that you actually don't need to use anything much to decorate your project.

With these few simple steps my project is ready.

Go and grab these pretty flowers before they are out of stock and create masterpiece of your own. HAPPY CRAFTING!!! 

Few more creations with Paper Crafting Medley -  Liliana


Do drop in some love to show me how you found my projects. happy crafting to all my Itsy Bitsy friends.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bedazzled with sequins

Hello, Friends... Anila Dikay here...

I am here at the IB blog today doing a guest design post with the newly launched Sequins Medley. Before I begin with my post I would like to thank Rashmi, Anitha and Team IB for entrusting me and giving me this awesome opportunity to do a GD post on the blog. 

Itsy Bitsy recently launched 6 shades of Sequins medley. I was sent all these six colours along with the texture tack glue. The sequins are versatile and come in handy transparent bottles. 


Friends, Please bear with this long and picture heavy post....Once started, I just kept on playing with the sequins and I could not help but include it all in this post. Being a major cardmaker I have used the sequins majorly as the shaker elements. But the sequins are really versatile as I said and can add great elements to mixed media projects too. Soon I would try my hands at another form of using them.

Now over to my projects.

Shaker cards

Here is a set of two shaker cards. 
I have used the Gold Fizz and the Angel wings sequins here respectively.

For both the cards, I began with colour texture papers from my stash and die-cut them with a stitched circle die. Attached the acetate sheet and mounted foam adhesives on this panel. I die-cut a contrast coloured circle ring and adhered it around the circle. On a white cardstock, added the sequins and mounted the coloured panel over it. For the blue card, I stamped a sentiment before adding the shaker elements. Lastly, added some sentiments, critters and few sequins to complete the cards.

(Individual pics of the card follows.)

Thank you tags

A set of two shaker tags using the Pink sherbet and Blue Dazzler sequins.

For the tags, I used stitched circle die-cut rings mounted over die-cut patterned papers with foam adhesive, stuck after adding the sequins. I added a hole-punched strip of paper to hold the ribbons. Tied coloured ribbons. Lastly added a sentiment and white heat embossed butterfly to the tags.

  (Individual pictures follow)

Shaker bookmarks

Made a set of 3 bookmarks using the Purple Pizzazz, Blue Dazzler and Pink Sherbet sequins.

These bookmarks are made using the Scalloped circle dies from the store. I die-cut the circles and the rings with the smaller two dies. Attached acetate sheet to the rings. mounted the rings on the circles with foam adhesive over shaker sequins. Lastly added coloured U-pins from the backside of the circles with Silicon glue.

 Few more pictures ;-)

Handmade book
I used the Purple Pizzazz for this.

A handmade book/diary. I made this using a thick cardstock. Scoring and folding it into the half with a 1/4" thickness in the centre. Attached ribbon and covered this paper with purple paper from Aquarelle paper stack. Die-cut a rectangle from a solid coloured cardstock. Cut a window on the rectangle, attached the acetate sheet. Mounted this rectangle on the book base with foam adhesive over the shaker elements. Added a sentiment. Stuck a bunch of papers in the central 1/4" gap. 

Here's another look of the book.

Shaker tags

For these tags, I used the Chocolate Flakes sequins.

(Clicked the photos twice with different BG so that the effect is much more visible)

I took two ready tags and adhered glitter gold and silver washi tapes at the edges. Covered the tags with textured cardstock. Mounted critters and sentiments on the tag with foam adhesives. For the shaker, I have used the ready seal plastic bags. I inserted the tag in the bag, added sequins and sealed the open side. Lastly punched a hole through the plastic and tied ribbons to the tag. (Sorry for the glare... Couldn't avoid it)

Individual pictures follows

Initial Block
I used the Blue Dazzler sequins for this. 

This is the last part of my post.

I started out with cutting a cardboard initial alphabet. Next stuck the sequins in a linear fashion by alternating the shades of the sequins. This set has various shades of blue. This process was a highly time-consuming. But somehow, after all, was done, I didn't mind the amount of time I spent time over this. I really loved the outcome. Next, I took an empty box of tea sachets. Covered it with blue chalk paint. Stuck a pattern paper on the lower half. Attached ribbons all around the sides of the box. Lastly mounted the sequined Initial with foam adhesive over the box. 

Few more views 

Thank you, friends, for all your patience and sticking to it till the end ;-)

It was real fun and enjoyable making these projects with the sequins Medley collection. 
Hopefully, you too enjoyed and liked my projects equally. 

Would really love to hear feedback from you all. 

Thank you, IB team once again.

Supplies used are as follows 

(All the supplies are also tagged above in the description)

Gold Fizz

Sequins Medley - Gold Fizz 15gm

Angel wings

Sequins Medley - Angel Wings 15gm

Purple Pizzazz

Sequins Medley - Purple Pizzazz 15gm

Pink  sherbet 

Sequins Medley - Pink Sherbet 15gm

Blue Dazzler

Sequins Medley - Blue Dazzler 15gm

Chocolate flakes

Sequins Medley - Chocolate Flakes 15gm