Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Itsy Bitsy 'For the Kids' Challenge

It's time for another challenge here at Itsy Bitsy and judging from the post title, you can guess what the theme is. We want you to make something for a child, something that a child would like and appreciate. For most of us our first tryst with craft began when we were kids at school or at home so we wanted to dedicate the month of August to making something for the kids in our life. Once again we have 2 categories - Jewellery Making and Everything Else. Everything else includes paper crafting, embroidery, crochet, 3D crafts and so on. Whatever you make, it must be for a child.

So here's what I made for the Paper Crafting inspiration. My son loves it when I tell him stories, so I thought I would make a little puppet theatre for him, packed with puppets so that I can make story time even more enjoyable.

The theatre is made out of an old carton. I covered it entirely with a really happy pattern paper - the DCWV Grade School Stack. I cut out a window in the front and a similar size panel for the base. The idea was that I could slip my hand under the base of puppet theatre and hold up the puppets on the 'stage' such that they could be viewed by the audience. I used the rotary cutter to create that scallop trim on the top and sides. And how do you like my title phrase, I used the fantastic Itsy Bitsy glitter alphas for that!

The puppets themselves were pretty straight forward. I picked up the Craft Stick Puppet DIY kit and made the spooky puppets you see above. For the rest, I just glued a 3D sticker on a craft stick! Voila, my puppets were ready. 

Now on to the Jewellery Making Inspiration and what do you think of this absolutely adorable necklace the Itsy Bitsy Creative Team put together for this post! Don't you just LOVE the colours and the delightful shell beads! I know any little girl would love to add this to her jewellery collection. My 2 year old certainly would!!

Challenge Rules:

  1. For the Paper/ General crafting project, your submission can be a card, box, tag, scrapbook layout, dress, embroidery, crochet work etc - anything as long as it is handmade and intended for a child. 
  2. For the jewellery making project, your submission must be some form of jewellery and once again must be for a child. You are not required to include a Sizzix element in the jewellery making submissions
  3. Quilled jewellery or jewellery made out of paper beads will fall under the Jewellery making category.
  4. The contest closes at midnight on 31st Augut 2013
  5. In order to submit your entry, click on the inlinkz button provided at the end of this post, add your image and link to your blog post containing the submission. There is a separate button for each category.
  6. If you do not have a blog, please create an album on any online photo gallery, ensure the settings are public and link it up as detailed in point 6. Ensure the tutorial photos are included in your album.
  7. If you are unable to create an online gallery or blog,  please write in to itsybitsycraftcontests@gmail.com with your submission.
  8. Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 entries within each category
  9. Submitting old projects is not permitted. All submissions have to be created after 8th August 2013
  10. In your blog post, create a link back to this page - The ItsyBitsy 'For the Kids' Challenge.
  11. Entries are welcome from all over the world however if you are the winner, we can only ship your prize to an Indian address.
  12. 2 winners will be selected, one for jewellery making and one for paper/general crafting who will each receive a voucher of Rs. 1000 each, redeemable online at www.itsybitsy.in.
  13. In addition 3 to 6 finalists in each category will be selected all of whom will receive a badge to display on their blog. 
  14. We would love it if you display our new badge on your blog, you can find it on the sidebar.
We are super excited to see what you come up with and judging by the talent displayed in previous challenges we are 100% certain that it's going to be a gala hit! So hurry up and start linking! Looking forward to your creations! 

Submissions for Paper Crafting

Submissions for Jewellery Making

Supplies Used:


  1. Sunehra my daughter said a big wow seeing the necklace.Its yummylicious indeed!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts School Projects

  2. nice theme once again, the puppet show and necklace are pretty works sunehra.


  3. Nice inspiration Sunehra. One question - do brooches or hair accessories like hair bands and hair clips qualify for the jewellery category. Also, are handmade bags ok?

    1. Brooches in jewellery making, hair accessories in general and paper crafting. Handmade bags are great too! Thanks!

  4. Do the paper crafting be in sizzix

    1. No sizzix required this time Anushree! All the best!

  5. Lovely challenge and the puppet idea is superb

  6. Ooh.. this is a toughie.. ummm.. gotta think!

    Where are all the images? Is it just me who can't see any of them??

    1. It seems others can see the images, perhaps wait a bit and then refresh?

  7. Both the inspirations are very colourful and attractive!

  8. Loved the necklace like anything :)Also added my link to the paper crafting section :)