Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Friends & Fellow crafters,

 We thank you all for your continued support to Itsy Bitsy. We are opening 6 more Itsy Bitsy stores in the coming months & are also bringing in a lot of new & exciting craft supplies.

To keep  up with the dynamics, we are now looking for a full time social media co-ordinator for Itsy Bitsy.

We regret to inform that Sunehra will no longer be working for Itsy Bitsy blog or Facebook. We thank her for all her contribution & wish her well in her future endeavours.

As for the DT team, we regret to inform that we will be putting it on hold during the interim & would like to resume once we appoint our social media co-ordinator. Dear DT aspirants, please bear with us during this change over, we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rashmi & Harish

Friday, July 18, 2014

TGIF with Pooja - Card tutorial

Hi everyone! 
Welcome back to another Friday special with me Pooja.
Today I have step by step tutorial on how I made this card.

So let’s get started!

 ·         Cut a white cardstock for card size – 4.6” X 6.6”

 ·         I love to recycle and that’s why I decided to use the packaging insert of the Itsy Bitsy Boutique Elements flowers.
·         These insets are quite thick and make such a lovely background.

·         Now stamp and colour your chosen stamped image and using an oval or circle die cut around the image.
·         Distress your diecut piece with distress inks. 

·         Turn your stamped and die cut image upside down.
·         Add wet glue to the corners of the shape as shown above.
·         Also cut out some crepe paper strip that’s about 1” wide. 

·         Now while making gathers just stick the crepe paper on the back of your oval piece.
·         Go a full circle with the gathers. 

·         Once done you should have a pretty looking gathered frame for your card!
·         Cut out any extra crepe paper that’s sticking out, so your frame looks even.

·         Apply glue on the sides of the gathered lace.
·         Now sprinkle some glitter over it, I am using silver since it looks great with pink.

·         Here is your frame all full of sparkle! 

·         Next step is to align and adhere the background paper. Alternatively you can use some pattern paper. 

·         Now just tear up the side of the background paper we just adhered. Be random.

·         Now add a rectangular die cut frame.
·         I have distressed the frame here. I have used spellbinders die to cut out this frame.

·         Now add some stamped and die cut clocks.

·         Now layer some white mesh cloth (Surgical gauze) in the centre.

·         Then add your frilled frame in the centre. 

·         Next add your embellishments. I am using Itsy bitsy – Antique fusion Party flowers and Antique fusion soft touch flowers.
·         With some sizzix die cut flourish and stamped butterflies. 

·         Finally finish off the card by applying Gesso on the flowers.
·         And then add a sentiment of your choice.

Here are some more pictures of the card.

I really adore these flowers ! They are made in India and are sturdy too. 

That’s about it for today!
Hope you liked the tute! See u next month!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Winners of the ItsyBitsy Anything But a Card Challenge

Folks it's time to announce the winners for the ItsyBitsy Anything But a Card Challenge. We had some excellent submissions this time around and it was literally a pleasure to browse through our gallery. Well Done Folks!! 

The top 3 entries all of which will receive a voucher of Rs. 500 from ItsyBitsy, in no particular order are Riti for her bright and happy sunflower box, Somdeepa for her stunning stained glass box creation and Dhiyana for this adorable Pringles Pencil Box!! Well done girls! You can all write in to to claim your winners badge and the voucher! 

Now on to the finalists. Again in no particular order, here they are:

Jaya for this mesmerising mixed media canvas creation! How magical and ethereal!

Shilpa for her mixed media canvas creation  Aren't those flowers just adorable!

Smita for this fabulous shaped mini album - Love the vintage elements!

And that wraps up this list of winners and finalists. Congratulations to everyone! Finalists, please write in to to claim your badges.

We're putting our monthly blog challenges on hold for bit. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements  very soon!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

TGIF with Pooja - gift cones tutorial

Hi everyone ! 
It's Pooja back with another TGIF post ! 
I hope u had a good week and are gearing up for the weekend ahead ! 

Today I have a tutorial for you ! 
I made something CAS (Clean And Simple) this time. 
Some gift cones ! 
Let's check it out 
I just made some Gift cones for my friends with some tasty Indian toffies inside.
People here really love those sweet and sour Indian Imli toffies. {Me included!}

So I decided to pack them in some cute cones! 

As you can see they are  Clean and Simple (CAS) this time.
I have stamped and coloured the image for the flowers on two of the cones.
And I have used some itsy bitsy butterflies on the other two!
I really love how they turned out!

So lets see how I made them. 

·         Take a 12 x 12 pattern paper and cut it into 4 equal squares. Each square gives you 1 cone.

·         Keep the paper as shown above (Right side down) and fold over the left side. 

·         Glue on the right side of the paper as shown. You can use a tape runner too but I am using a wet glue . 

·         Now glue over the right side of the paper over the left and form your cone. 

·         Think about how u want to embellish your cones. I decided to use the Sizzix Framlits Die & Stamp Set – Garden flowers . This is a wonderful die set which contains lovely cling rubber stamps with coordinating dies.
·         After I stamped my flower image I coloured it using alcohol markers , Itsy bitsy has a good variety of alcohol markers if you want to check them out.

·         Once coloured just die cut your stamped image! J

·         My next step was to fill the cone with my Imli candies.

·         Once done flip the cones over and stick the die cut images on the top corner with glue. 

·         Again flip the cone over again and close the flap over to see how it looks.

·         Now add a glue dot underneath the die cut and secure the flap.

·         After that add the sentiment banner. Here I have used left over banners from a Pattern paper I had.

·         Meanwhile with the same technique I made 2 more cones but with the lovely butterflies from the Gardenia Party .

Here are some more pictures

Isn’t that a wonderful way to share some love?
I always enjoy packing my gifts however small they are with innovative tricks.
Which is always fun to receive!
Hope that I have inspired you enough to try your hands on this simple technique.
See u on another Friday!

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