Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 54 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello arty-crafty folks,

Thursday is here again and it’s time for me to introduce you to yet another talented crafter to our wonderful crafting group. This week the lime light is on Sindhu Manokaran from Tamil Nadu, who has made Bangalore her current home town.

Sindhu has been fond of crafting from her very childhood. Her interest in crafting field is quite extensive as she enjoys multiple creative approaches starting from painting, thread work, clay art, rangoli, paper crafting, to many others.

How did Sindhu 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 Sindhu 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?
Sindhu Manokaran: I am so happy to be featured in “Crafter in the Spotlight”.  I extend my heartfelt thanks to Rashmi, Anitha and the entire Itsy Bitsy team. I am Sindhu from Tamil Nadu, currently living in Bangalore. I hold a master degree in Information Technology and am a stay at home mother for two lovely kids. My family supports my crafting passion.

RC:   How did you get into crafting?
SM: I love crafting from my childhood. I enjoy making flowers, painting, crochet, embroidery, clay art, rangoli and sewing. I always want to learn crafts which fascinate me. Five years back when I was doing my son's school project, I came to know about paper punches and I got interested in paper crafting.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
SM: Flower making, recycling and interactive cards are my current favourite crafts.

RC:   What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
SM: Two years back, when we shifted to Bangalore, the first place we visited was new BEL road, Itsy Bitsy. Handmade papers, foam sheets, stamps, dies, embossing folders, chalk paints and embellishments are my favourite products at Itsy Bitsy.

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the crafting world?
SM: If I have magical powers, I will open craft library in all places, so that everyone can access all the craft tutorials and supplies to their hearts content.

RC:   Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
SM: More than 70% of my craft supplies are from Itsy Bitsy only!! I love their handmade papers, dies and embossing folders.

RC:   How would you describe your style of crafting?
SM: For me, there is no specific style. I just do what comes to my mind at that time.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
SM: There is no specific time for me for crafting. As my kids too love crafting, I can craft whenever I feel.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft.
SM: Please don't hesitate to start crafting because of limited supplies. Just start doing. Once you start, the ideas will flow and with the limited supplies you can create wonders.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote? 

SM: "Do what you Love. Love what you do" That’s what I am doing …. ‘Crafting’!!

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

Materials required for this altered cup are stencil,chalk paints,Silicon glue, few embellishments and a cup.

Step 1: I took a clean ceramic cup and applied Lemon Chiffon chalk paint to it.

 Step 2:I gently dabbed the Lemon Chiffon chalk paint with a brush.

Step 3 :Thereafter I used the brick stencil for stenciling and used Sailing Sky chalk paint this time to get that pretty yellow and blue look!

Step 4: I stenciled it at equal intervals to maintain uniformity.

Step 5: The base is ready. Now it's time to embellish. This is the best part...and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I put a few strands of ribbon around the cup and stuck them with silicon glue.

Step 6 :I distressed the die cut with peacock feather distress ink.To match the back ground I painted white flower with matching chalk paint. I added the sentiment from Live Laugh Love stamp set and finished it with some pearls.

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

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

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


  1. gorgeous project love the altered cup !! great going gal

  2. Very intresting work! The cup looks awesome.. loved how the flower stems were placed in the bead.. nice idea!

  3. congratulations Sindhu , love all your beautiful projects !!

  4. Congrats Sindhu! I love the beautiful cards too..