Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crafter In The Spotlight 16 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello friends!! Itsy Bitsy brings you "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT" – a unique way of encouraging and appreciating the talented crafters. We recognize talented crafters week after week, turn the spotlight on them & feature them in our "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT"! We love what you talented crafters create & are amazed at each of your unique creations every single day! We love the way you use Itsy Bitsy products & give life to those products.

She is a hotel management graduate, a post graduate in Human Resource & that’s not all she is also experienced in Customer service Industry! This very talented Crafter & Blogger took break from Corporate life for the sake of her son & found her true calling in Craft! Seema who comes from a family of creative women thinks creativity is in her genes! Seema who loves card making, mini albums, mixed media, quilling, making gift boxes says Itsy Bitsy was the first store she bought supplies from! :-)

Earthy, vintage and bit grungy is her style, her projects elegant & her paintings absolutely full of life!

What really inspires Seema, 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, please read the interview & leave your comments for her!

Here are excerpts of my interview with Seema:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Seema Mishra : First off, thank you so much for this honour now for my background I am a Hotel management graduate with my PG in Human Resource Management and have 7 years of experience in the Customer service industry. In my family all the ladies have been into embroidery, crocheting, knitting and sewing; so maybe that genes got passed into me too; as a kid though, the idea of sitting and doing something was alien to me but loved to watch my mum make my dresses and home furnishings for the house.

RCHow did you get into crafting?
SM: In the little spare time I got I loved to make small home decor items for gifting out to close friends which was well appreciated but I never got the time to take this any further due to the busy corporate life. When I took a break for my son I realized I wanted to pursue my true passion for creating and crafting.  Started with making home furnishing for myself and later did some custom work for my friends but my love for stationary drew me into paper as my medium and for the last 4 years I have been paper crafting and have never looked back since.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
SM: I love all types of crafts and have tried my hands on various thing but majorly I love, card making, mini albums, mixed media, quilling, love making gift boxes etc.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
SM: Itsy Bitsy was the first Indian store that I bought supplies from and the journey continues and has better getting better and better. I love buying stamps, dies, beads, pattern papers, embossing powders and the list keeps growing.

RC: What products from Itsy Bitsy do you think are must have’s for a crafter?
SM: Itsy bitsy has an awesome collection of beads that are very fairly priced and the big shot machine I would say is a must have for full time paper crafters.

RC: What product would you like to see at Itsy Bitsy?
SM: Would love to see stamp and die combos from Itsy Bitsy.

RC: You draw inspiration from?
SM: My mom is a person with a never-ending thirst for knowledge and is always eager to learn and try new things (she recently learnt quilling and is quite good) and adapts easily to changes around her; this attitude is something that inspires me t never be afraid of change I would emulate this attitude in myself.
For my work I draw inspiration from everywhere, art, nature, other crafters. Here I would like to take the opportunity to thank a few crafters for the amazing work they do.
International - Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Vicky Papaioannou and many more

RC: What are your other interests?
SM: I love to watch the creation process for just about anything. I love visiting all sorts of factories big or small, I love watching all sorts of creative shows whether its about bikes, cars, houses, or other DIYs. My father is retired from the Armed forces, so travelling and exploring new places has become a part of me. The idea of an adventure still gets me excited like a kid. I also love adventure sports, trekking, camping, rafting, parasailing and such.

RC: If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
SM: Creative process challenges us to push our boundaries and think out of box. This is very important for children too so my magical powers would be used to create a world where everyone is creating and children can learn and explore their creative side making the world a beautiful place.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash?
SM: Everything in my craft is a valued possession for me.

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
SM: Earthy, vintage and bit grungy I guess.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
SM: I am a full time crafter and every minute I get after taking care of my responsibilities at home and my kid I like to spend either crafting or watching and reading about crafts and crafters. I also conduct workshops and share tutorials on my blog and you tube channel.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft?
SM: In this day and age where technology has made learning a new craft so easy, I would say that if you really want to learn something, there is nothing stopping you are just a click away so do not be afraid and create.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
SM: Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.

Here are a couple of Seema's awesome creations :




Many congrats Seema 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.
Also, visit our Youtube channel to view & to know more about this crafter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWMQd2-H0vw

Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas

This is Tanvi, welcoming you here today!
In her previous posts - here & here, DT Lekha used the Itsy Bitsy metallic paints & I knew I had to try them! Was so happy to find them in my DT kit this time! 
Mont Marte Impasto & Mont Marte dimensional paints are two other products I am using for the first time & will talk about these in a bit.

For my post today I am working on a mixed media canvas.
After a base coat of gesso on a 8x10 canvas I started working on creating the background. 


I used teal blast metallic paint. These colors are very creamy & rich, give very good coverage & the metallic sheen is simply amazing. Pearlized paints are available in an array of colors - 



Also I have used these on a variety of media in this project as you will see soon -  canvas, paper, MDF, chipboard, fabric, handmade paper, metal. 

To even out the color I used a baby wipe.



Next I wanted to add some silver to the background & this is where I brought in the dimensional paint. Once again with the baby wipe blended it in the background. Mont Marte Dimension acrylic is a high viscosity fine art paint. 


After this I wanted some stencilling to add texture to the background using IMPASTO. 
 Impasto is a technique of using very thick paint, usually thick enough so that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. When dry, impasto provides texture & thats how I experimented with it using a stencil. Mont Marte Impasto is a heavy bodied paint that is colorless. When mixed with the color it does not change color. 
As you can see in the picture I mixed both the colors with impasto & it formed a rich creamy blend. 




Carefully I used the irregular dot stencil, using both pastes randomly.



While it was drying I brought out some embellishments from my Itsy Bitsy stash! 


For some more texture I glued some doillies on the canvas & also some gesso splatters all over the canvas.


Once I decided on the layout I glued all the embellishments using silicon glue


I brushed gesso on all & later painted them with the teal color. The chipboard frames, pearl strings & metal charms I chose to paint silver. At this point I also added some silver stencilled script to the background,



Here is the final look at the canvas & some close ups! Love how the sheen is captured by the camera!
All the embellishments transformed so easily to a teal color!







I had a lot of fun experimenting with the paints & impasto & hope you will try these too!

Thank you for visiting today!

Supplies used - 



Monday, September 19, 2016

Floral Wreath - Ribbon Flowers

Hey Friends,

Let me welcome you all back to yet another tutorial on Ribbon Flowers.

Its festive time all around the world. The time when we beautify our home to welcome our loved ones. So today’s post is related to a home decor project – A floral Wreath.

 



So let’s get started with this beautiful project...

For the flowers, buds & leaves we would require different length ribbons from 1Inch satin ribbon pack – Citrus.


Pollen stems, Calyx & Pearl filler

Before we start with main flowers let us first prepare the various parts of it we would require.


1.       To prepare pollen stems we require Flower making green stem & white glass pollen bunches. Make a small loop on one end of the green wire as shown in the picture above & use only half of the pollen bunch for one stem.
2.       Gather both ends of the pollen on one side and place the looped end of the green wire between then. Now tie them with a thread to make pollen stems.
3.       For the calyx, cut the shape shown in the picture above out of the mint green Ribbon.
4.       Seal the edges of the calyx using a T-light candle.
5.       For pearl fillers we require Flower making silver stem & white plastic pearls 6mm. Add a pearl to the wire and then twist the wire 5-6 times. Then again add a pearl and repeat.
6.       Make 10-12 pearls fillers of different sizes. Make few with 4 pearls, few with 5 and some with 6 pearls.

Flowers
Ribbon length for the flower petals – 5.5 cms.


1.       Take 2 pcs of 5.5 cms ribbon. Cut them diagonally; one of them from bottom left – top right corner & the other one from bottom right – top left corner. Refer the picture above. Out of these 4 cut pcs we can make 2 petals. Use both the ‘A’ parts to make one petal and ‘B’ part for the other. Thus to make 5 petals we will need 6 pcs of ribbon.
2.       Hold both the ‘A’ pcs back to back (wrong side of the ribbon inside) and match the edges. Now using a straight tweezer hold the diagonal edges together and seal them using a T-light candle. Do not run the edge through the flame, just run it near the flame.
3.       By sealing both the diagonal edges together, both the pcs are attached together to form a petal like shown in the picture above.
4.       Seal the bottom edges using a T-light candle.
5.       Now using a needle and thread stitch (Running stitch) the bottom edge as shown in the picture above. Pull the thread to gather the bottom and fix the thread with a knot.
6.       Now holding the correct side to the candle flame, curl the top point of the petal. Hold the petal much above the flame. The ribbon will bend the moment it catches a little heat. At that point shape the petal as desired with your fingers.
7.       Finally the petal will look like this.

Assembling the flower


8.       Once the petals are ready, using a hot glue gun start attaching them.
9.       Attach each petal only at the bottom 1/3 part.
10.   Each flower is of 5 petals.
11.    Glue down the 5th and the 1st petal and pass the pollen stem through the flower. Attach the stem using glue gun.
12.   Add around 5-6 calyx and finally finish the flower by attaching a bead cap. We can also use a flower cap.
Make around 10 – 12 flower in different colour (Light Yellow, Golden Yellow & Orange) from the ribbon pack.

Buds
Ribbon length for the bud petals  – 3.5 cms. Follow steps 1-7 of flower petals to make bud petals. Each bud requires 3 petals.

Assembling the bud

1.       Make the centre of the bud using white plastic pearl 14mm & Flower making green stem. Attach the pearl to the wire as shown in the picture above.
2.       Then using hot glue gun stick each petal to the pearl.
3.       A bud is made using 3 petals.
4.       Add around 6 – 8 calyx and finally finish the bud by attaching a bead cap.

Leaves
Ribbon length for the leaves  – 7 cms. Follow steps 1-7 of flower petals to make each leaf.


Wreath
For the wreath we require an old carton box, burlap cord, Gesso and Golden Ribbon.


1.       To make the base of the wreath, cut an old carton box to a 12” circle and then 10” circle within the bigger one. You can also use a 2mm Chipboard to make this wreath. to add more strength to the base you can double it.
2.       Once the ring is ready paint the base with white gesso.
3.       Now cover the wreath base with burlap cord. I had left some space at regular intervals. The burlap cord is made into a braid and then stuck to the base. This gives the cord a little volume and texture.
4.       To cover up the gaps a 6mm golden tissue ribbon is required.

Lastly arrange the flowers, buds & leaves on the wreath and pearl fillers to cover empty spaces and Taddaaa.....






Hope you all liked this tutorial. Do share your creations on our facebook page Itsy Bitsy Crafters Cafe with #madewithitsybitsy and leave some love below. For some more tutorials on Ribbon flowers you can check my previous post here.




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crafter In The Spotlight 15 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello friends!! Itsy Bitsy brings you "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT" – a unique way of encouraging and appreciating the talented crafters. We recognize talented crafters week after week, turn the spotlight on them & feature them in our "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT"! We love what you talented crafters create & are amazed at each of your unique creations every single day! We love the way you use Itsy Bitsy products & give life to those products.

I am delighted to introduce & feature yet another Crafter this week ! This week’s crafter in the Spotlight for September 2016 is “DHEEPIKA VASUDHEVAN” ! A Fashion Tech graduate, this talented crafter says she’s always lived in a world of fantasy & finally found her calling when she started selling her handmade craft ! :-)

Although she’s tried her hand at different crafts, 3D Quilling dolls is her current favourite! What really inspires Dheepika, 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 journey, please do visit our blog & leave your comments for her:


Here are excerpts of my interview with Dheepika:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy   : Tell us a bit about yourself &  your background?
Dheepika Vasudhevan : Hey team Itsy-bitsy and thousands of fellow fan following (that includes me as well J)- thank you for giving me pat on my back to all my work and it’s been a good long ride- be it shopping, or on the exuberance of our pet projects. And yeah, I’m Dheepika Vasudhevan- a Fashion tech graduate from renowned institution at Coimbatore (TN). I was born, raised and living in an uptown called- Tiruppur. I am into this madness of creating new art-works for about last 5 years. Sounds good for resume? ;) 

RCHow did you get into crafting?
DV: Colors, Crafts, Drawing, Pictures, Painting - I always live in the world of fantasy since my childhood (the kid in Taare Zameen Par-check!). While my mom insists on Mathematics to my sister (who later went on to become an Engineer par Business graduate), mom left things to my choice. I think it was inside in me always, I remember making handmade gifts to my n(d)ear ones- at the age of 12. It was then in 2015 after a warm breathing period post my under graduation, I decided my calling, a creative business of my own! 

RCWhat is your favourite type of craft?
DV: Well, to someone who loves to learn/ experiment new avenues of crafting- there’s no one favorite. But if you ask me what’s cooking on my craft table right now, its 3d quilling dolls and Props. 

RCWhat are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
DV: Every time I hover over Itsy Bitsy in my bookmarks, I set myself up for the goosebumps. Stamps, Stencils, Embossing folders, Dies, Pigment inks- to what not.

RCWhat products from Itsy Bitsy do you think are must have’s for a crafter?
DV: I’d recommend for Big Shot machine, anyday!

RCWhat product would you like to see at Itsy Bitsy?
DV: Hmm, Matching stamp, Die sets.

RC You draw inspiration from?
DV: My family, like for any other Indian crafter, is my inspiration. In my childhood, if not my parents stood for what I liked and passionate about, I wouldn’t have been here. (Agree- long way to go!) And make sure, you’re surrounded with the creative people.

RCWhat are your other interests?
DV: I can just lie on my bed and keep watching Movies and Primetime TV Shows for any given time. (And hey, Netflix at home!).. and these days, when I am not crafting or watching YouTube tutorials, I am into lifting my Canon 700D kit and roam around.

RC If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world ?
DV: Ah, here’s the one I was looking for. If I were so, I’ll get the magic wizard to create the artistic sense in just every human- to make world look more beautiful and relish more joy, every day.

RCYour prized possession in your craft stash?
DV: I treat every single craft item in my stash as a prized possession. That is me. J

RCHow would you describe your style of crafting?
DV: I’m not going to let the cat out of the bag (the USP!). Jokes aside, crafting is a journey. Every time, it’s working with different set of base products and supplies, attempting to make something new, something different and getting better on with time. Adopting new techniques and ideas is the key- and in the era of Internet, it’s even a cakewalk. The style which marries forms and elements together is me.

RCHow do you organize your time for crafting?
DV: I’m a full time artist- although I love to play night-owl- in most cases.

RCTips for people who want to craft?
DV: Keep exploring! .. There are mammoth of supplies available these days that enable us to try and learn. There is nothing right or wrong, as long it is new. Make mistakes often, create new way of doing things and above all, the journey has to be joyful. Period!

RCYour all -time favourite quote?
DV: Eat-sleep-create-repeat.

Here are a couple of Dheepika's awesome creations :







Many congrats Dheepika 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.
Also, visit our Youtube channel to view & to know more about this crafter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT9hglHex7g

Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Damask Album



Hi people, its Lekha here with my new post and today I would be using some bold prints with the new launch from Itsy Bitsy..
Its none other than the chipboard album and metallic paints .
In my last post on these lovely metallic paints and quilling flowers I had mentioned about the lovely sheen these paints have and must have for your collection..
Lets move over to the chipboard album,this can be painted, decorated with papers etc...
Here is my take on this lovely damask design I got in my DT kit. The album comes with 6 pages...a lot of space to create some wonderful albums.
I first painted the album front and back cover in broccoli metallic paint (I love the name).





Next took silicon glue and stuck organza ribbons and satin ribbon at the back of the cover page.






For decorating the cover page I have used hand cut quilled fringe flowers and very pretty pink flowers from Itsy Bitsy's margarida cornation collection and rhinestones.
Also have stamped the pages with bold sentiments from Itsy Bitsy's hope and smile stamp set



There is space to put photos or write or it can be used as personal journal.
Here is the complete look...



















Here is the video showing all the pretty pages from the album.

video

Hope you liked this version and we also have Tanvi's post on creating a shaker chipboard album. Its another great idea as shaker elements are very popular these days..
Let me share some pics from her post too..


Notice loads of sparkle dots inside..



Supplies used:
pink frames

Keep Crafting!!
Thanks for visiting and do leave some love :)