Thursday, January 31, 2013

DCVW Baby Papers

If you're working on a baby scrapbook, invitation card set or any kind of new baby project, the beautiful range of papers from DCVW Baby is a great choice. And when you shop with ItsyBitsy, you don't have to pick up the entire pack, just the papers you like which are all at half price. Here's a baby card and envelope set I made using these wonderful designs.

Aren't the lovely pink shades and patterns so very pretty and girly? I just love them. And it's not all pink. There are some lovely muted greens and strawberry reds too, all perfectly designed to coincide and complement each other. 

For the card, I started out with a white base card and added the first overlay of striped pink pattern paper. I also included some awesome ItsyBitsy glitter photo corners for this layer. Then I added four little panels of a complementary green pattern paper sized to contain four glitter alphas, one of my favorite ItsyBitsy embellishments. I finished off the card with a bow and some buttons.

Another great feature of pattern papers is that they are just the right thickness for envelopes. I used a solid pink for my envelope and just added a strip of the green pattern paper with a couple of buttons to tie the whole set together. 

Have you used the DCVW baby girl papers for any project? We'd love to hear about. Leave a comment and tell all!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet Treats - GDT post by Mallika

At ItsyBitsy we are keen to support talented and passionate crafters which is why we have introduced the Professional Crafters Club (PCC), an invitational only scheme for amazing crafters who have been supporting our store for a long time. In 2013, we want to showcase the work of these talented women and will be inviting  PCC members each month to GD for our blog. I am very pleased to welcome the extremely talented Mallika of Aola Handmade Cards to share one of her fantastic creations with all our ItsyBitsy readers. Over to Mallika!

Hello friends, 

This is Mallika from Aola Handmade Cards  here as Guest DT for Itsy Bitsy . I am thrilled to be honored as one . 
For this month's theme , I have created a Sweets Box { Mithai } .
In our tradition , we basically send sweets to all the guests after / before marriage as a sign of goodwill and 
happiness . 

I have used beautiful Itsy Bitsy products .Itsy bitsy has a wide range of products to select from . I simply love their papers and boutique elements . 

This box has been made using beautiful boutique elements flowers .. I simply love the antique look they give . 
On this sides I have used the glitter border strips . You know whats the best part of these strips ? They have adhesive , so no need to apply fevicol / gum / glue.  The work sweet treats has been written using Glitter Alpha Stickers . To compliment the whole project I have added the lock and key chipboard . The chipboard has been misted . 

I hope you all will continue liking my work .
Do visit my page for more inspiration 
 Happy Crafting 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

HALF OFF!!!! on Pattern Papers!!!

It doesn't get better than this folks! ItsyBitsy is offering a FLAT 50% off on all pattern papers! There is no other place where you will get individual sheets so that you can pick up the pattern YOU want at the quantities YOU need. We've got all the big brands from DCVW to Kaisercraft and so much more. Over 700 designs to choose from!!! What's more we're giving away this amazing matstack of 48 sheets worth Rs. 1999 to one lucky crafter. All you have to to do is enter our sweepstakes on Facebook and you stand a chance to take this divine Mariposa pack away.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Magical Powers of ItsyBitsy's Laser Cuts

ItsyBitsy has these amazing laser cuts that can add a wonderful touch to any project - card/ scrapbook/ album/ box etc. Some of you have made magic with them - like Sharada with her Mirror Mirror on the Wall post and Pooja with her bird cage post. I have had a few for a while now and recently saw this cute Lamp Post chipboard in my drawer this morning. Of course I had to immediately sit down and make a card with it and here's the final result!

As you can see I've done little else with the card. The background is embossed with the gorgeous Damask folder from ItsyBitsy. I've added a nice bow with some grosgrain ribbon and a few flutters and flowers finished up the card. 

I literally made this card in 10 minutes - and that's what's great about ItsyBitsy embellishments. You can make magic with them!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Castle Shaped Pop up Slider Card Tutorial by Dr Sonia

At ItsyBitsy we are keen to support talented and passionate crafters which is why we have introduced the Professional Crafters Club (PCC), an invitational only scheme for amazing crafters who have been supporting our store for a long time. In 2013, we want to showcase the work of these talented women and will be inviting a new PCC member each month to GD for our blog. And who better to start off with than the matriarch of Craft Blogging in India - Dr. Sonia of Cards and School Projects. Welcome aboard and over to you Sonia!
Pop up Slider castle card
Hi friends this is Dr Sonia from Card ,Crafts & Kids Projects and I am so thrilled to be Guest DT for ItsyBitsy my favorite Craft Store!! When Sunehra informed me about the theme of Weddings and Celebrations, the only celebration that I felt I could do justice to was Birthdays since at this stage in my life what we celebrate the most is my daughter's birthday.Princesses , Castles ,Pink and Purple are in vogue with my kiddo right now and the new birthday party demand is invitation cards!
Pop up slider card
I made this pop up slider card in the shape of a castle.The central fort of the castle can be pulled up to reveal a space to write the Invitation and party details.
Castle shaped slider card
Sharing how to make a Castle Shaped Pop up Slider Card.[Click on the pictures for an enlarged detailed view]
Materials Required
This is an easy card to make which does not require any fancy tools.
Basic Supplies
Card Stock -Sturdy card stock is a must.Handmade paper will not give as neat an effect in this slider card.
Craft-knife, Scissors,Scale
Cutting mat  [or kitchen cutting board]
Double Sided Foam tape,Glue
If you want to jazz it up a bit..
Big Shot /Other Die cutting Machine
Embossing folders : I used Itsy Bitsy spots folder and Itsy Bitsy swirls.
Dies : to make the castle door [ I used Itsy Bitsy Venetian Panels die] and domes [Scallop circles]
Punches : Square
Materials Required
Measurements are not really important for this type of card but to make things easier giving approximate measurements.
You need card stock for the front, base and slider piece.For the front of the castle card...take half of an A 4 card [or 6 x 8 1/4 ]
Pop Up slider Card
Use a ruler and craft knife to cut 2 vertical lines from either edge leaving at least 1 inch from the top and bottom edge as shown.Join the 2 vertical cuts horizontally at the lower ends as shown in the slider tutorial
Pop Up slider Card
Score horizontally to join the upper ends of the vertical cuts or use a scale to fold up the flap as shown.Fold down this flap in half as shown.
Pop Up slider Card
The front of your slider card will look like this now. Take a slider piece of approx 
 8 1/4  ½ inch and fold up one edge[approx 1/2 to 3/4 inch] 
Pop Up slider Card
This step is optional: I wanted to make my slider a castle fort so chopped off rectangles 1/2 x 2 inches from the top edges as shown
Pop Up slider Card
Attach the lower folded tab of the slider to the back of the vertical cut flap as shown.
Pop Up slider Card
If you plan to emboss your card front do so before attaching the slider pieces.[ I used the Itsy Bitsy spots folder]Keep the lower part of the central vertical flap un-embossed  by keeping it outside your embossing folder as embossing tends to weaken most cardstocks and you want the central flap sturdy!
Pop Up slider Card
For  the Pop up piece can stamp, quill,draw or cut out a castle shape like I did. From a 4 x 5 inch pearl pink card stock I marked 1 inch from either edge and chopped off 1/2 x 2 inch rectangles . Further chopped off a part of the central rectangle to get my castle whatever appeals to you!
Pop Up slider Card
To further decorate your pop up whatever you fancy but dont make it too bulky or your castle wont stand up well! 
Pop up Castle
 I used the Itsy Bitsy Venetian Panels die to cut a door in my castle and then embossed it  using the Itsy Bitsy spots embossing folder.For the domes ,I die cut scallop circles , which were embossed with the Itsy Bitsy swirls.
Pop Up slider Card
The glue dots came in handy sticking the domes to the castle[ you need a bit of  patience if you use regular glue on embossed card stock!]
Pop Up slider Card
Punched out squares on a 1 inch width pearl card stock to make my castle accents which were stuck to the castle with double sided foam!
Pop Up slider Card
Stick on the castle to the front of the lower half of the central flap
Pop Up slider Card
On the back of the castle card stick double sided foam tape on the lower edge and sides as shown.Leave enough gap near the central flap so that your slider can move freely.Stick it to a same size or larger base card.
Castle shaped card
Do not stick too tightly as you need a bit of gap between your base and top card for the slider to move freely.
Castle shaped card 
I used Itsy Bitsy glitter strips generously in this card and my daughter loved the pastel shaded Boutique collection butterflies. 
Castle Shaped Card and Box
We also made Castle shaped party favor boxes to go along with our castle shaped cards.You can make the castle cards as simple or as elaborate as you want...I hope you will find this tutorial helpful.