Friday, December 9, 2016


Have you checked the new paper packs at ITSY BITSY? Currently we have the aquarelle chevron pack (for my post using these hop here), the Christmas pack (hop here for some festive ideas using this pack) & a LIMITED edition HAND PAINTED JARDIN PACK.  The designs in this pack are reproductions of  hand painted drawings by 
talented Itsy Bitsy artists &  printed on beautiful linen papers. Ideal for any creative project. You could even simply frame it & hang it in your wall! :-)
Available size - 12X12 inch.
Priced at ₹ 200 only for a pack of 12 papers.
This is a limited edition pack. Hurry up & grab yours now before they are gone forever!

These papers are simply gorgeous! The designs are so beautiful, best left as is on your creations with minimal embellishments! Wait until you see how a simple cardboard tea box was transformed by me, from this........ this!

Fussy cut some of the florals & butterfly to add dimension to the inside of the box.

I am sure to grab more of these & hoard them! What about you???

Thank you for visiting today! Happy weekend!



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Crafter in The Spotlight 27 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello Crafty Folks, I am delighted to introduce & feature yet another talented Crafter this week! This week’s crafter in the Spotlight for December 2016 is “PIYANKI BISWAS”! A Post graduate in Electronics, this talented crafter’s other passions are photography & travelling!  

Although Embroidery, Crochet, Quilting, Oil Painting have been her earlier interests, journaling her travel was what brought Piyanki closer to Paper Crafting, an interest which she loves & continues to cherish! “Progressive, Shabby Chic & Pastel” she says is her style & I find her work to be colourful, elegant & well balanced! J

What really inspires Piyanki, her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to crafting world if she had magical powers ?? To know all these & to know more about her interesting journey & to see a step by step project of hers, please read the interview & leave your comments for her. 

Here are excerpts of my interview with Piyanki Biswas:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Piyanki Biswas A Big Hello to all! I was born and bred in Calcutta however my work life brings me to Delhi where I live with my Husband and Sister. I am a post graduate in Electronics however it doesn’t much add to my crafting abilityJ. Apart from work, travel and crafting takes a major space in my life. An ardent traveller, photographer by hobby and love for craft is how my life spin today.

RC: How did you get into crafting?
PB: Well, if I am allowed to say I do not recall since the memory is so far from today. I say this because the farthest that I can recall is making crochet flowers for my hair clips with my Aunt. My aunt has been the inspirational figure for my crafting venture. It all started with thread work learning how to do embroidery, crochet or even knitting till when oil painting took a front seat in my crafting world. Love for pattern paper and journaling my travel pulled me to the paper crafting community is when I came across Itsy Bitsy also. Since then it’s been paper crafting J J 

RC: What is your favorite type of craft?
PB: To be candid my paper crafting style has always been inclined to floral designs, swirls and layers. Off late I have been using texture and different mediums onto my projects. I love making cards, home d├ęcor pieces and wall art. Handmade flowers is what I am specializing myself by studying real flower texture and different layouts on the projects. Mixed Media would be my next fav J

RC: What are your favorite products at Itsy Bitsy?
PBI love the wooden chip designs which I have used a lot. Recently when given a chance to use the Color splash I loved it and plan to get more of the colors. The specialty papers is something I always look for in Itsy Bitsy as they have no match to any other manufacturers. Last, the handmade paper flowers are also one of my easy go to in the shop.

RC: If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
PBI wish it all the time! I would wave my magic wand and go back to the old days when handcrafted products were valued. I would love to work and grow the crafting world as its phasing out a lot. I really value the bygone days when an embroidered piece would be an asset versus today where we have lost the magic of handcrafted product.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
PBIf you ask me today, then it’s COLOR SPLASH  J J. Else I love the Wooden Chippies. I hoard them and don’t even use themL. 

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
PBProgressive, shabby Chic and pastel. I love symmetry, structured project, neat and color coordinated.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
PBI have to tell this on national platform that my husband is the chef of the house which allows me to craft all day apart from my office. He is a saviour for which I get to make so many beautiful projects. Almost every day I craft even if it’s for 1 hour cause that’s gives me my daily grin.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft?
PBFew things: Find your own crafting MOJO. Do not push yourself for commercial success. Craft only if you like and craft whatever you like. Find and follow your style and let the world get inspired.
RC: Your all -time favorite quote?
PBHonestly it changes but most of the time it is “When your passion becomes your purpose”

Here is a gorgeous project by Piyanka & step by step description :

Hello Crafty Peeps, today I have a tutorial of how to make a layered card. Most of the products used are from Itsy Bitsy.

First in order for any layered card it is important to decide the theme you would want to pick. It could be shabby chic, vintage, Color Coordinated, elegant, mixed media or a mixed of the style.

For this card I chose shabby chic and took the below products. I like my card to have a color theme hence at first I decide all embellishment and paper I would use.

Now during the course of layering the elements, it could happen that the specific elements are not coordinating which is very common and happened to me here also if you see below.

Products used
  •          Itsy Bitsy Crochet Trim lace
  •          Kaisercraft Pattern Paper (Itsy Bitsy)
  •          DCWV Pattern Paper (Itsy Bitsy)
  •          Magenta Card Stock for the Base (Itsy Bitsy)

Later I distressed the paper and card stock as you see below. I also used some border dies from Spell binder.

Rest all are layering and to be honest it all depends how you start building your project. And mine looks something like this below.

If you notice there are many elements which I have considered in the beginning while conceptualising the project I skipped it as the end since it was not co coordinating. The big flower is handmade along with the crochet green leaves.

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

Product Used
  • Color Splash
  • Leaf Stencil
  • DCWV Paper Stack
  • White Card Stock
  • Silicon Glue

Product Used: Itsy Bitsy Wooden Alpha

Many congrats Piyanki 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, December 7, 2016

Let's TAG along !

Hello Friends ,

Its time for a new challenge at Itsy Bitsy using Colour Splash Sprays. They have some rich vibrant Colour sprays and  I've used them in my projects here. 

Lets have a quick look on how we can play with them. On a white cardstock stick threads randomly as you can see in the picture. Once dry , spray the color splash randomly . Just play along and you can see how it gels with each other. The darker shades are when the colors merged

Now I cut the sheet into size of tags. Stuck it on a black cardstock and embellished it with chipboard from Itsy Bitsy. They have a wide variety of chipboard. 

I got so carried away with these sprays ( You will get carried away !) That I created a note book from Handmade paper from  Itsy Bitsy and play around the cover page.
You can also mix it with texture paste and stencil on required areas - like you see below.

Looking forward to see some of your lovely creations using Colour sprays.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Colour splash spray Inspiration

Good Morning crafty folks,

This is Sharada Dilip here to share a few of my Colour Splash Inspiration as the 

I have been playing with sprays and cant get to do without them these days? 
Have you tried them? aren't they awesome ??
The colours are soo nice soothing and bright and the white card stocks are just in love with it !! 
These work best on paper, card stockwater color paperhandmade paper, fabric, burlap & other porous surfaces.

Here are my Colour splash spray Inspiration 

For my First creation I have played along with the irregular dot stencils and 2 colours -
Lime and Ocean Mist  sprays
I have used white card stocks as the base and layered the stencil and sprayed them unevenly to create my own background .
I let it dry and later added Handmade flowers and my favourite stickers !!

For my Second creation I have played along with Ocean mist spray and periwinkle shade of color splash spray along with Honey comb stencil ! Isn't the effect and blending of these two colors amazing ! 
Once my background was dry and ready to work on I stamped the butterflies in black .
I have hand stamped and heat embossed the sentiments and added them to the card with double sided tape to give it  dimension  .

I totally enjoyed creating these background with sprays and stencils ! 
In addition to these cards I have  made a Christmas ornament , with these sprays to create a bright background on canvas 

For the ornament I began with the Mini canvas and layered it with gesso .

after it died , I have textured it with script stencil and  later  sprayed ocean mist and Lime splash green to give it shading .

Once they are dry to work on I have layered a border and adhered the Christmas theme stickers !!
I am fascinated with the glittery reindeer's and couldn't resit using up all my Christmas stickers 

I hope I have inspired you all enough,  will love to drop in at your blog and  see your creations with Our Color splash sprays  

warm regards
Sharada Dilip

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Friday, December 2, 2016


Hello Crafters!
Good morning & welcome again!
This is Tanvi, here to announce the last challenge of 2016. As always it is ANYTHING GOES using Itsy Bitsy Color Splash Sprays

Here are some guidelines to participate. Simple & easy to follow - 

Theme - Anything Goes using Color Splash Sprays
  1. Submission can be a card, box, tag, scrapbook layout, decoupage, altered art, home decor - anything as long as it is handmade and complies with the theme.
  2. Please follow our blog to be eligible.
  3. Turn off word verification to enable us to leave comments.
  4. Entries can be submitted until 25th of each month
  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.
  6. Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 entries. Please add numbers 1,2,3 while submitting multiple entries.
  7. Please link to your post and not just your blog.
  8. In your blog post, create a link back to this page. 
  9. Only projects posted during the Challenge period are eligible (no backlinking).
  10. Entries are welcome from all over the world however if you are the winner, we can only ship your prize to an Indian address.
  11. If you don't have a blog and want to add your creation on Facebook, please upload it on our FB group page Itsy Bitsy Crafter's Cafe with the hashtag - #itsybitsychallenge316 & add the link here.
  12. TWO winners will be picked through who will each receive a voucher of Rs.500 , redeemable online at Top 3 will be selected by the DT.
  13. You may link up with upto 10 challenges including ours.
In my previous post here I used the Highland Greetings paper pack. My post today too focuses on papers. As crafters we all have different needs wrt the thickness of papers, patterns, colors & so on. A cardmaker may like a print on a decoupage paper & vice versa! Keeping this in mind Itsy Bitsy has introduced the same prints in 3 different qualities to suit the needs of all! Isn't that wonderful???
I will be using all the different Chevron Aquarelle papers in my post today.
 Let me warn you today's post is lengthy & picture heavy with loads of project!


These are 12x12papers  priced at Rs.200 for a pack of 12 sheets This gorgeous paper pack is brought to you by Little Birdie. These fine quality linen papers are exquisite, classy and available in 6 colors. These papers are acid free too, perfect for scrapbooking, card making, banner making, DIY and other creative projects.

We are in the last month of 2016. Each year I make a calendar for my craft studio.  Sharing the 2017 calendar I made using the whitewash alterable photoframe. On the sides of the frame I used the chevron decoupage paper (will talk about this is detail in a while). Splashes & splatters of the berry blast color sprays added some drama to the monochrome colors, Stencils & modelling paste some textures! Embellished the front with pearls, diecuts & flowers.


Some closeups  



Glued a small wooden cloth pin to hold some notes & reminders!


For the calendars months I have used all the 12 papers in the pack! A new look every month!



My next project uses decoupage papers from the Chevron Aquarelle Range. This paper is available in all the 12 prints I have used in the calendar. Sold as individual sheets at Rs.20, this 60 gsm paper is perfect & a must have for decoupage lovers! Wait until I share my decoupage project!

I first prepared my decoupage base by priming it with two coats of gesso, followed by dabbing several shades of acrylic colors to match uneven shades in the paper print.  I was very happy with the outcome! Later I trimmed the paper to size & decoupaged it on the base.

Added some stenciling in a darker shade for some added texture & layers!


Finally I am sharing a few cards I made using the card stock range of Chevron Aquarelle papers. Once again sold as single sheets of 12x12 in all the 12 designs, these are 250gsm papers, so perfect to use as a card base!

What I like about the cheron aquarelle range is the prints are so busy & colors so soothing & subtle creating a faux layered & textured look. 

This set of cards is simple & yet has so many details  die cuts, frame, stencil texture & don't miss the heat embossing on acetate!

This brings us to the end of this post. Remember you have until December 25th, 2016 to link up your entries!
 Do visit us again as we bring you loads of inspiration using Color Splash sprays.


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