Friday, December 30, 2016

Crafter in The Spotlight 30 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello Crafty Folks, I am delighted to introduce & feature yet another talented Crafter this week! Ever since the inception of “ CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT”, we have been featuring & introducing talented crafters week after week every Thursday. For the first time, due to reasons beyond control, we were unable to bring it to you as usual on Thursday! J Sorry, if we have disappointed you! But, don’t worry, here we are with our final edition of the year where we bring you the final crafter for the fabulous 2016!

This week’s crafter in the Spotlight  for DECEMBER 2016 is none other than the very talented “KARTHIKHA BALASUBRAMANIAN!” For, Karthikha, a software developer who works as a technical lead in a MNC, juggling between work, family & craft seems to be a everyday lesson time management ! J

Karthikha seems to have got her creative genes from her mom & this self – confessed OCD crafter wants everything perfectly finished to the inches! J

Card Making, Stamping, making Fancy Folds & Quilling Jhumkas is what she is passionate about & CAS cards with a neat & co-ordinated finish is her style! Making & Gifting handmade cards is something that gives her immense happiness & i can proudly say that i have been one of the lucky recipients of Karthikha’s cards & i can certainly vouch for the happiness it gave me when i opened the envelope & saw the lovely handmade card!J Thank you Karthikha, loved it! 

What really inspires Karthikha, 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 & to see a tutorial on a creative, please read the interview & leave your comments for her.


Here are excerpts of my interview with Karthikha Balasubramanian:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background? 
Karthikha Balasubramanian : Hello EveryoneJ It’s a great honour to be recognized by one of the leading craft stores in India! Thanks to Itsy Bitsy and Rashmi mam for this opportunity!
I’m Karthikha, from Erode district in Tamilnadu. I’ve settled in Hyderabad, with my loving husband and darling daughter. I work for an MNC as a software development technical lead, and crafting is my hobby. Juggling between home, office and craft is now my hectic schedule, guess I’m learning time management slowlyJ

RC: How did you get into crafting?
KB: I’ve been into crafting since my childhood, making simple greeting cards and trying out DIY stuff during school crafts periodJ. I’ve always loved doing something creative and I got it from my mom, who has tried various art forms! However I’m now stuck to Paper crafts – Cards and Quilling. I entered the blog land of crafting a couple of years back and got to know a loooot of tools, techniques, crafters, blogs, types of crafts and more!! And I’m still learning! I made some really good friends too!J

RC: What is your favorite type of craft?
KB: Card making is my favourite! The happiness you see on the receiver’s eyes on being gifted a handmade card is priceless! And I feel cards make any occasion special! I love stamping, making fancy folds, reusing scraps and trying out different techniques that I learn. I also hoard wedding invitation cards and reuse them for punch outs on cardsJ. Quilling is my next favourite craft and I love to make and wear matching jhumkas!

RC: What are your favorite products at Itsy Bitsy?
KB: Who wouldn’t think of those lovely beautiful flowers? They are my most favourite of all! And the list goes on with Color splash, Brads, lovely Chipboard elements, Silicon glue, Stencils, Laces, Charms, Sprinkles and moreJ. The sprinkles and shaker set are just perfect to make quick cards! I also love those wonderful Embellishments that were recently launched.

RC: If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
KB: When it comes to crafting, I’m greedy!! I would hoard a lot of craft supplies, clone myself and craft all the time, gifting friends and familyJ. I’ll also gift every crafter a magic wand that organizes all craft supplies at the right place after finishing a projectJ. That’s one time consuming work which I hate doing, but have to, so that I don’t hunt for supplies the next timeJ

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
KB: I would choose 2 items – Flowers and Color splash! I’m so awed by them that I don’t feel like using them! Precious stuff is to be preserved right? ;)

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
KB: I don’t have any specific style of crafting, but I love making CAS cards, less embellishments, color coordinated with neat finish. My OCD mind wouldn’t accept something that goes off by even 1/8th of an inch!

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
KB: Here comes the tough question! I craft over the weekend mostly, and sometimes during the weekdays nights. Holidays are well planned to take some time out for crafting. My husband helps me out often by babysitting and making sure my daughter doesn’t come to the room where I craftJ

RC: Tips for people who want to craft?
KB: Try out whatever your heart desires! Manage your time and priorities, relax and enjoy craftingJ. Take a break if you want to, but don’t force crafting. A relaxed mind can be more creative! And I love to see my craft supplies organised. I hate the time taken in cleaning the mess, yet, I force myself so that my next project becomes easy when I find the supplies quickly. This small tip goes a long way in keeping your mind calm.
Want another simple tip?J I don’t have a dedicated craft space, I use the extra bed in another room. It is filled with my craft supplies and projects 90% of the days in a month and I clear it only when guests arrive!J I cover it with a bed sheet to hide them from my daughter :D This will surely help young moms I guess! LOLJ

RC: Your all -time favorite quote?
KB: Keep SmilingJ Focus on your strengths, than whine on your weakness!

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

After having Mixed Media in my to-do list for a long time, here I am, finally with my first try! An MM canvasJ Mixed media crafting experts, please ignore if I’ve made silly mistakes, appreciate your feedbackJ


Here are the steps on how I made this mini canvas.

Step 1:
I took a 4x4 Canvas Panel, placed stencil so that it covers the entire canvas and applied Texture White using Hobby Brush.


Step 2:
I then sprayed 3 colors of Color Splash – Gold Rush, Hot Pink and Lime Splash randomly.


Step 3:
I dried the panel using heat gun, to set the colors as they were.


Step 4:
I applied direct ink on the edges using Picked Raspberry Distress ink.


Step 5:
I then took a lattice chipboard and trimmed it to the height of the panel.


Step 6:
The chipboard is first given a coating of white acrylic paint, and then a mist of Lime splash. It is attached to the panel using Silicon glue.


Step 7:
For the right side corners, I wanted to add some more texture and added Doilies with the help of Mod Podge.


Step 8:
Now comes the embellishments part. I’ve used one big blue flower, mini flower brad (I removed the brad and attached a pearl to the center), leaf charm, cage charm and 3d butterflies. I also had some decorative metallic pollens recycled from wedding braid flowers. Attached all these embellishments using Silicon glue. I’ve also given a splash of Gold Rush on the doilies.


Step 9:
Finally, I’ve added a sentiment ‘Believe’ – stamped on white card stock using onyx black ink, distressed using Picked Raspberry and fussy cut with a pair of pattern scissors. 


Here are some close up pics!




Hope you like my creationJ

Here are a couple of Karthikha’s other awesome creations:


















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


You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher πŸ˜Š πŸ˜Š & 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!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Flip album with with Lamour paper pack


Hello Friends ,

Today I am here to share a creation  with Lamour paper pack  from Itsy Bitsy 

This gorgeous paper pack is great for scrap-booking, card making, banner making, DIY and other creative projects .



I have created a Flip album with Lamour paper pack, 


You can call this a one sheet wonder mini album as I have used only one single 12x12 cardstock as base of the album


This is a quick and easy project sized 6"x 6"



Here it is open


Steps to create Flip album with with Lamour paper pack

  1. Score the 12x 12 sheet at 6" in the centers then just cut one side to 6" 
  2.  Fold the scored lines and your flip album is ready to be decorated 
  3. I have used all the different sheets of the pack to decorate each sides of the album 

The paper pack comes with a sheet of sentiments and borders which I have used to decorate the cover and inside pages  


Here I have created an pocket using the wrmk envelope punch board


Isnt this something you all would love to try :)
 wish to see more of my creations for inspirations  then please click here 

warm regards 
Sharada Dilip

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Crafter in The Spotlight 29 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello Crafty Folks, I am back again to introduce & feature yet another talented Crafter this week! 😊 This week’s crafter in the Spotlight for December 2016 is “Gouri Babshet”😊 ! Formerly an IT professional, this techie now prefers crafting to computers, a love that started when she was barely 10!😊

Gauri fondly remembers the store she first bought her craft supplies from (any guesses, yes Itsy Bitsy)😊! Cards, Flip Books, Mini Albums, Doodling are on the top of her long list of favourite crafts. Cute, Clean & simple seems to be her style!

What really inspires Gouri, 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 & to see a tutorial on a creative, please read the interview & leave your comments for her. 


Here are excerpts of my interview with Gouri Babshet:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background? 
Gouri Babshet : Thank you so much Rashmi and team Itsy Bitsy for this recognition and a wonderful opportunity to showcase my projects. I was so overwhelmed when i got a call from you as this is the first store I bought my craft supplies from and always when I walk into this store i am lost just looking at the amazing products and end up buying more than my budget just because they are so pretty and cannot resist that feeling of hoarding all that pretty crafty stuffπŸ˜†.
I was an IT professional for four years and now a full time homemaker and a mother to a four year old daughter. As a child i always loved drawing and doodled behind all my notebooks during those boring lectures. I remember when i was 10, saving every penny to buy a set of sparkle tubes that i loved to outline my drawings. I love gifting handmade cards and gifts with a little hand written notes as they are the best way to convey my feelings to my loved ones.

RC: How did you get into crafting?
GB: It was only after I quit my job and had all the time in this world to think what I could love doing if not working and staring into the computer all day. I stumbled upon on quilled flower on my friends blog and I fell in love with how a simple paper strip could be turned into an intricate design and then got introduced to this whole new world of crafting and blogging. Since then its been two years of happy crafting and sharing. And if it wasn't my hubby who always believed, supported and encouraged me, helped fill my stashπŸ˜† just because it made me happy, i wouldn't be crafting at all!

RCWhat is your favorite type of craft?
GBI love paper crafting, making cards, Flip books, Mini albums, Wooden name plaques, Altering art, Doodling and the list goes on. There is so much out there to learn that this lifetime is not enough. And Itsy Bitsy is one of the wonderful platforms where budding crafters like me could get the inspiration from. 

RC: What are your favorite products at Itsy Bitsy?
GBI love Itsy Bitsy flowers, 3d embellishments, Chipboard elements, Stamps and the list is endless as there are wide range of other hobby related stuff also and one can easily pick up any hobby at Itsy Bitsy. 

RC: If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
GBWhoa!! How i wish i could wave my magic wand and acquire almost any skill to make new crafts and teach all those craft enthusiasts and help them take that plunge into crafting and experience this beautiful world of creating.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
GBI fill up my embellishments stash from Itsy Bitsy. 3d embellies and Silicon glue is my new found love, you won't believe I repaired my hubbys headphones and cars side view mirror with it. Its amazing, i recently bought my third bottle. 

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
GBI don't have a particular style but i like giving vintage look to my projects. None of my projects are complete without flowers I am obsessed with them. I like layers and textures on my projects.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
GBHahaha.. don't have a particular time to craft. In between all my chores I manage to get a little time to craft that too along with my little one and that comes with sacrificing few papers, colours and tiny stamps.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft?
GBFor newbies I would like to say that listen to your heart and do what you love. Just start doing it and then practice practice and practice eventually you will get better and better. There is nothing like the feeling when you plan a project and it actually turns out more beautiful than you planned.

RC: Your all -time favorite quote?
GBMy all time favourite quote being "The expert in anything was once a beginner". That's what i keep reminding myselfπŸ˜ƒ

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

The process of making this beautiful decor wooden plaque. 
Started with a raw MDF plaque 12*5inches. Gessoed the entire plaque. And coloured with yellow and flesh tint acrylic paints. Fussy cut flowers from paper pack and used Itsy Bitsy Decoupage glue to adhere the Pattern papers on the plaques, covered it with a coat of Decoupage glue. Used Itsy Bitsy Texture stamps to give another layer on the plaque.


Next prepared the Itsy Bitsy Chipboard elements, Flower twigs and Cage with Distress inks and Clear embossed with Clear Embossing powder to give some dimension. Ahh I love those chippies. Adhered those at places i wanted using Silicon glue!!! How Perfect.. Added Chipboard letters and finished with another layer of Decoupage glue.. And there it is a simple MDF plaque turned into a home decor using Itsy Bitsy products i love. 




Here are a couple of Gouri’s other awesome creations:






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


You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher πŸ˜Š πŸ˜Š & 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, December 21, 2016

Christmas Easel Card

Hello Crafty Friends!
Its that time of the year  so festive & so fun! Sharing a Christmas Easel Card made using the adorable Christmas Pack.


Absolutely loving the coordination between the different patterns in this stack. The focal point in this card is the doily front embellished with the new Christmas chipboard embellishments & glitter stickers! The amazing Christmas range of embellishments, washis & papers made this card so much fun to make. 


Here are some more pictures




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