Friday, April 21, 2017

mixed media on burlap canvas

Hello My Dear Sweet Crafters,

                Roshini here today to inspire you with one more project, I am using the new burlap canvas 8x8 inches, which I transformed into a mixed media project using very limited supplies from Itsy Bitsy store.

Have a look at the pics and then I will explain you how to make it in few simple steps.

I have used a reverse side of mini canvas bought from store.

The chipboard feathers hanging below are from the dream catchers chipboard.

    Bubble stencil on the canvas for texture and thin cut doily die, and spiral rose die to make burlap flowers.

I hope you liked it. If so, please have look at the steps below to know how to make it.

1. color the burlap with Little Birdie black chalk paint.
2. Add some texture with bubble stencil on the canvas.
3. make burlap roses using thin cut die from store.
4. stick the mini canvas as shown in the pic above and arrange the flowers, chipboard shapes, butterfly and embellishments.
5. Apply 2 coats of black chalk paint, making sure you cover all the elements glued.
6. Once everything is dry, start spraying color splash sprays - Bubble gum pink and Orange, randomly .... make sure to cover the flowers too.
7. Heat dry the canvas and start dry brushing with feather light strokes using the Monte Marte metallic colors to highlight the elements and texture.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 46 - Itsy Bitsy

Thursday is here again. It’s time to introduce our ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’. This week the focus is on Akanksha Sharma from the Pink city, Jaipur but now she lives in Bangalore.  The relation between Akanksha and craft goes a long way. The colourful handicrafts of Rajasthan were her first attraction towards craft and later in life she chose to pursue craft as a career.

Like most crafters Akanksha likes experimenting with different kinds of craft. Playing around with clay and making new things is one of her favourites.

How did Akanksha 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 Akanksha 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?
Akanksha Sharma: Hi, I am Akanksha. I am born and brought up in Jaipur. Now, I live in Bangalore with my husband. I am an engineer but I have always been interested in art and craft. After finishing my engineering, I started working in an IT firm but my heart remained with art. After trying hard to juggle my time between work and hobby for five years, I decided to pursue craft as a career. I am now running a small venture of making hand crafted goodies.

RC:How did you get into crafting?
AS:Growing up in Rajasthan, I used to find myself attracted to the colorful handicraft that I saw everywhere around me. I think that is where the fascination started. I started sketching and coloring in school and used to love the art class as a kid. In my school days, I participated in many competitions and loved playing with colors and got great satisfaction when people liked my craft. This became a lifelong passion. I started finding it difficult to grab time for this passion when I started working. I finally decided to take up craft as a career in May 2016.

RC:What is your favorite type of craft?
AS:I have fallen in love with clay modeling these days. I like making fridge magnets,name plates, photo frames and décor items with clay. I also love glass painting and decoupage.I always try to combine these elements together to create something unique.

RC:What are your favorite products at Itsy Bitsy?
AS:I love jute twine, burlap, handmade paper, polymer clay, flower embellishments and decoupage napkins that I can find at Itsy Bitsy. I also love the sculpting tools that are so difficult to find elsewhere.

RC:If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
AS:I think every crafter already has magic powers in his/her hands and creativity. We can contribute by learning and sharing our knowledge.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
AS: Handmade jute sheets and sculpting tools.

RC:How would you describe your style of crafting?
AS: I tend to like colorful stuff. My style is experimental. I like to try and learn new things by experimenting.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
AS:I spend most of my time crafting and try to manage all my other responsibilities around it.

RC:Tips for people who want to craft
AS:You should put your heart into it without any inhibitions or fear. It is also important to share this passion with others as the appreciation acts as a huge motivation. Today, we can find lots of videos and blogs that help us learn. It is very important to find time for something you love and to keep doing it.

RC:Your all -time favourite quote?

AS:Be yourself, but your best self.

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

Travel Themed Name Plate

Materials Required:

-         For Base: Wooden plank- MDF( 6 inches X 12 inches), Decoupage Glue (Mod Podge), Decoupage Brush, Decoupage Paper/ napkin, Sand paper

-         For Embellishments- Polymer Clay, Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint


For base:

1. Prepare surface: Make sure the MDF surface and free of dust to get a smooth finish.
2. Select the Decoupage Paper according to the theme.

3. Glue the paper using Mod Podge and sponge brush, smooth out any wrinkles and wipe away any excess glue.

For Embellishments:
Select the embellishments you want to make, based on your theme.

1.  Mix oil paint of different colors with clay balls.
2.   Use clay balls of different colours, sculpting tools and your creative mind to make the embellishments- Figurines, Taj Mahal, Camera, Burger, Chocolates, Books, Wine Glasses, Singapore Lion
3.   Use acrylic paints, dotting and sculpting tools for finish.
4.   Bake the embellishments as per instructions on polymer clay packet.

5.   Stick them on the base using Fevicol as per required design .
6.   Write the names with air dry clay.
7.   Let it dry and paint the letters with acrylic colours.
8.   Varnish the name plate once and dry again. Varnish adds gloss and also enhances life of the creation.

You are done! Happy Crafting!

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

1  Wall decor made with canvas board, air dry clay, polymer clay, oil colours, acrylic colours, clay modelling tools, paint brushes

Photo frame made with MDF base, guitar magnet, handmade flower, polymer clay, colours, jute sheets, twine, glass liner for message and more.

Nameplate made with MDF base, air dry clay, polymer clay, oil colours, acrylic colours, clay modelling tools, paint brushes.

Baby photo frame made with handmade yellow sheet, baby clay embellishments, polymer clay, clay modelling tools, paint brushes.

Many congrats Akanksha 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, April 19, 2017

Easy DIY Upcycled Glass Jars with Fairy Dust

Hello everyone, it is Juhi here with another fun project. Easy upcycled crafts are my second most favorite things to do after making cards. I am very lazy and tend to pick up projects which are quick to do, so today I am sharing how I upcycled glass jars into these gorgeous, shimmery vases.


You will need:
  • Empty glass jars with all labels removed. Jam jars, pasta sause jars, pickle jars, juice bottles, beer bottles anything will do. I used a pasta sause jar, a juice bottle and a mason jar.
  • Double sided tacky tape, I used 2 thicknesses, one would also do
  • Itsy Bitsy Fairy Dust in various colors, I used 4 colors - Magenta, Lilac, Sheer Rose and Plum
  • Create stripe patterns on the glass jars with the double sided tape. For my first jar I made a pattern of one thin and one broad stripe.
  • Peel off the top layer of all the thin strips.
  • Pour one color of Fairy dust onto the peeled of tape. Rotate the jar as you pour while ensuring even coverage.

  • Once all the stripes are covered evenly with fairy dust rub the glitter in with your fingers.
  • Shake off the excess glitter using a soft bristled brush
  • Now remove the topping of the remaining double sided tape and followed the steps listed above with another color, and your jar is ready! Wasn't that quick and easy!

Follow the same process for the other jars, you can experiment and get creative with the patterns. I used the patterns as shown in the picture above, these are pretty simple, there are so many other possibilities!

Here's jar number 2 with Sheer Rose and Lilac Fairy Dust.

Here's jar number 3 with Plum and Lilac Fairy Dust.

Fairy Dust shimmers beautifully! Here's a closer look

And here's how the jars look together....

Itsy Bitsy has a huge variety of fine quality of glitter, they come in the most amazing colors.
Here's another fun project that I did using glitter.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it has inspired you to create something of your own!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

DIY Decoupaged Keyholder with ItsyBitsy Burlap Canvas

Hello ladies!

Welcome back to another crafty session with me - Angela :)

In my last post, I had introduced to you guys these pretty burlap canvas boards which are so versatile for use and best base for shabby/classy chic projects. Today I am back with another simple DIY using the same stretched burlap panels Itsybitsy - DIY decoupaged keyholder.

DIY Decoupaged Keyholder with ItsyBitsy Burlap Canvas

I love making minimalist DIY projects and I hope you love seeing and getting inspired from them. These DIY decoupaged key holders are just perfect addition to your home and not just key-holders, you can use the same procedure to make them as a wall frame or photo-frame as well.

Much and more has already been talked about Itsybitsy's newly launched stretched burlap panels in my previous post so dive right into the tutorial and get yourself inspired for our monthly challenge.

I started off with an 8"x8" stretched burlap panel and painted it with chalkpaint in the shade fortune cookie. The decoupage paper I had planned to use had white background with flowers all over and I wanted the colors of the flowers to be a little vivid. You can choose any light shade of paints for the background and it needn't be like totally white-washed, just a small scratchy layer of paint.

Using decoupage glue from itsybitsy, I pasted my decoupage napkin over the burlap panel. Start from one corner and start applying glue in strip of lines and not all together. Make sure you apply just little glue with brush to form a really thin layer as they tend to pile up between the burlap threads. Once you have placed the napkin on glue, with help of your fingers or a tissue paper roll, dab on them to make sure the napkin is blending and merging well with the burlap texture. If you have excess glue beneath, the napkin will start tearing off as you press them to the surface so remember to wipe off excess glue.

Once the entire panel was complete, I let it dry for a couple of hours before putting a coat of same decoupage glue all over its surface. Decoupage over burlap created an interesting output actually. It has a look of burlap due to the replication of texture over its surface , but at the same time, it is so much more versatile in the sense that you can incorporate anything into burlapy feel as long as you have it in the form of decoupage napkin :)

The rest of it are just simple arrangements of various elements to form the key hanger. I used simple round hook purchased from local hardware store to hang the burlap panel. Interesting thing is the burlap panel screws in your screws so well! Just put an initial small hole like impression and then keep twisting it like a screw and it fits well. I wanted to be extra sure so I put a small drop of silicon glue at the screw point ;)

For the hooks to hand the keys too, I used the same screws- just that I opened the hook part to hold the keys !

The rest of the area had to be used wisely and one idea I had was to put up a mirror with chipboard backgrounds but then I found these tiny chalkboard on Itsybitsy and I couldn't wait to use them here! I used the help of two corner flourish chipboards from Itsybitsy to adjust the space on the panel and the rest of the space, I though I wouldd leave aside to put up messages/notes etc.

Due to the textury nature of burlap panel, sticky notes weren't sticking well so I made these small push pins using paper flower embellishments from Itsybitsy. These flowers have sepals too which I folded on to the push pin after putting a small drop of silicon glue and secured with floral tape. To be just extra sure I tied them around with s thread :)

Pretty huh? Its amazing how you can add your handmade love to everyday things you use. I am sure we all neglect the entry way of our house and often our keys end up in handbags or dining table of showcase shelves. Try these simple keyholders and add that much needed organisation element to your home :)


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