Friday, March 24, 2017

Little Birdie Matt Chalk Acrylic Paints on Mixed Media Cards


Hello friends 
 As you know I experimented with the Little Birdie Chalk paints on various surfaces such as Glass, Bamboo and Cardboard in my earlier posts see here and here. For today's post I decided to try the chalk paints on card stock. 



I took a 6" x 12" piece of card stock for both the cards. For the first card, I used the FROZEN ICE , RAINY DAY  and SNOW and with a stiff brush randomly covered the top half of the card stock.....stenciled with Irregular Dots stencil from the store and BUTTERNUT SQUASH chalk paint .......

For the second card, I used BUTTERNUT SQUASH, RAINY DAY and SNOW as base and with a stiff brush randomly covered the card stock.....stenciled with Irregular Dots  stencil from the store and a flourish die cut and FROZEN ICE chalk paint .......Die cuts cut from Floressa Sizzix die....


I cut thick card stock with Sizzix Mariposa Bigz die which I bought in the recent sale ..........



The leaves were cut with Garden Greens Die......


All the die cuts were colored with water soluble crayons .....The cards are top folding 41/2"x 6" . The panel was stamped with a texture stamp and splatters added with Charcoal and Driftwood shades....


Butterflies were randomly stamped with a text stamp and edged with Archival black ink , did some doodling with a white Uni-ball pen to add some more detail and mounted on a blue and white Bakers twine.......


The flowers and leaves were stamped with archival ink and text stamp. Then added printed sentiment on a strip of paper with twine which I added to create a window box for the flowers........



I do hope this inspires you to give chalk paints a try on different surfaces , they work beautifully on wood, paper, glass, cardboard, burlap , fabric and canvas.......

you still have time to send in your creations for the Anything Goes using Little Birdie Matt Chalk Acrylic paints contest .... Keep playing!!!
It's easy to participate even if you not have your own blog.
Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 entries. Please add numbers 1, 2, 3 while submitting multiple entries.
For more information visit: http://itsybitsyindia.blogspot.in/…/itsy-bitsy-blog-challen…

Thank you so much for your visit today, I appreciate and look forward to your comments and feedback. 


Supply List

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 42 - Itsy Bitsy


Weeks roll over so quickly, it’s Thursday once again and time to take a peek into another crafter’s story and her creations. Today I will introduce you to our weekly ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’. This week our talented crafter in the limelight is Rutuja Paranjape.

Now a full time mom, Rutuja is an MBA in Finance and has also worked as a graphic designer for a while. Even as a school girl, Rutuja always had a passion for art and craft.

She simply loves shopping from Itsy Bitsy and still remembers her first shopping experience from the store. Itsy Bitsy handmade flowers are among her favourites but she admires all kind of merchandise available at Itsy Bitsy.


How did Rutuja 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 Rutuja in this interview. Don't forget to leave your comments for her.


Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

RP: I would really like to thank Rashmi Ma’am, Anitha Ma’am and team Itsy-Bitsy for selecting me as ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ for this week. I am Rutuja Paranjape. I have completed my graduation in Commerce and pursued MBA in Finance. Speaking about my career, I was into the finance sector for a few years and I also got an opportunity to work as a graphic designer for a brief period. I left my job when my daughter was born and have been a full time mom and a crafter since then.

 RC: How did you get into crafting?

RP: Art and craft was something I have always liked. Back in the school days it was drawing, sketching, painting, knitting that I always enjoyed. I used to make cards for family and friends. But I will have to be thankful to my daughter, because of whom I had to take a break from my career and was introduced to this wonderful world of paper crafting. I am also thankful to my husband, who has played a very important role in motivating me to get into crafting.

My first ever craft shopping was from Itsy Bitsy, and I still remember how excited I was to get the stuff which was so quickly delivered to me!

 RC:   What is your favourite type of craft?

 RP: Scrapbooking and card making top my list of favourites in paper crafting. However, I am very keen to try my hands at mix media.

 RC:   What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

 RP: I love all the products at Itsy Bitsy......Stamps, Embellishments, Laces, Ribbons, Sprays, Stencils, Dies, variety of Pattern Papers and the list goes on. But my top favourite has to be the beautiful and gorgeous collection of handmade flowers. I just can't resist buying them whenever I visit the online store. I love all the products, they are so reasonably priced!

RC:   If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the crafting world?

 RP:  If I had magical powers, I would definitely want to open more Itsy-Bitsy outlets and make the awesome crafty stuff easily available to all.

 RC:   Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

RP:    It definitely has to be my huge collection of handmade flowers! I always make sure to keep refilling and never run out of stock.

 RC:   How would you describe your style of crafting?

 RP:    I would say creative and simple would be my style. I try to make every project different from the other and I like to keep it simple.

RC:   How do you organize your time for crafting?

 RP:   I get time to craft when my little one is off to playschool. Sometimes, I also love crafting late at night. 

 RC:   Tips for people who want to craft.

 RP:   To all the people who want to craft, never doubt yourself, always be open to learning and trying out new stuff. Remember, unless you make it, you wouldn't get better at it, so keep crafting!

RC:   Your all -time favourite quote?

 RP:   My all time favourite quote is, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” So always dream and work hard to pursue your dream. This is what I firmly believe in. 


 Here is a gorgeous project by Rutuja  & step by step description:

Here is a step by step tutorial for a Tag using supplies from Itsybitsy

First I coloured the tag with distress ink. Used a stencil to create a pattern over it, with another colour.
 



Then I stamped the sentiment and embellished the tag with a chipboard frame, flowers, lace and rhinestones



Finally, I punched a hole and fixed an eyelet for tying the ribbons and laces to the tag.




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





Many congrats Rutuja  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, March 22, 2017

Altered photo frame step-by-step feat. Little Birdie Chalk Paints and Color Splash sprays


Hello, dear craft-y people!

Summer's approaching at a menacing speed here in Hyderabad and days are sunny !! So today I thought of bringing some breezy summer colors for you. :D

Ever since I set my eyes on Little Birdie matte chalk paints, I've been on a rampage (almost!) altering items at home! The latest to fall prey was a photo frame which had started to show signs of weathering and was waiting to be given a face-lift.

Well, I'd like to think it has been a face-lift. I'll leave that to you to decide. I'll go through the steps of altering this photo frame in my post below :)


Here is what I started with...a canvas photo frame which I painted white with gesso. Once the gesso was dry, I layered bits of lace, trim, doilies, chipboard shapes, and gauze on the frame (all from the store). I added further texture using modelling paste and the honeycomb stencil.



Next, I primed the frame with gesso for a second time (this time covering the textures) followed by Chalk Paint in Sailing Sky (applied this only on the textured areas.) 



I left this coat of paint to dry thoroughly and then went over the entire frame with Chalk Paint in Snow (White). Using a slightly damp baby wipe, I wiped the white paint off the textured areas. (I painted a small area at a time because chalk paint dries very fast.)

I felt the palette could use a little warmth so I dabbed Little Birdie Lime Splash over parts of the frame. (I used a rolled up baby wipe as a paint dauber.)



Where the color looked too intense or a harsh line was visible, I dry-brushed gesso to tone down the lines.
The altered frame was nearly ready! All that was needed to be done was adding a sentiment, flowers, and some chipboard. I prepped my chipboard using gesso and Lime Splash.



Here is the final altered photo frame--I did random script stamping and doodling to make the colors and textures pop. I also lightly inked the flowers with Lime Splash and gesso.





Thank you for stopping by! Please do leave your thoughts below--I'd love to hear from you.

Happy crafting :)

Suchi

Supplies: 



MARGARITA OCEAN MIST 11PCS IB


BLANCHE OCEAN MIST 11PCS IB
http://itsybitsy.in/blanche-ocean-mist-11pcs-ib





HOME DECOR CHALK PAINT SAILING SKY 60ML BOTTLE
HOME DECOR CHALK PAINT SNOW 60ML BOTTLE
http://itsybitsy.in/home-decor-chalk-paint-snow-60ml-bottle


SILICON LIQUID GLUE 100ML IB
http://itsybitsy.in/silicon-liquid-glue-100ml-ib 



COLOR SPLASH LIME SPLASH 50ML BOTTLE IB




CHIPBOARD SHAPES IVY FLOURISH 1PC IB

CHIPBOARD SHAPES HONEY COMB 1PC IB



EMBOSSED PEARL BLOOMS LEMON CHIFFON 8PCS PBHC IB


PAPER FLOWERS WHITE 18PCS IB

STENCIL HONEY COMB 18.5 X 24.5CM 1PC
http://itsybitsy.in/stencil-honey-comb-18-5-x-24-5cm-1pc


FABRIC GLUE 30ML SQUEEZE
http://itsybitsy.in/fabric-glue-30ml-squeeze 

CRAFT GLUE MATT 250G HDPE JAR




PALETTE KNIFE NO.15 MCG0063 1PC PBCI MM