Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paper Crafting Medley- A Crafter's Delight

Hello Crafty folks,

 I received the Paper Medley- Olivia from Itsy Bitsy. I was pleasantly surprised, thank you team IB for the same. This is my first Guest DT post ever. I would like to thank Rashmi  and Anitha for the opportunity.  

My creations with Paper Crafting Medley - Olivia

I have seen a lot of posts using chalk paint, but wondered  how it would work as a wash. Took a small amount of Sailing Sky and watered it down. As you can see, the background which is a Monte Marte canvas has been given a color wash.

Made a tentative layout before actually gluing things down. I didn't want to use all the elements for a single project. I cut down the burlap doily and used a quarter.

Next,I changed the color of  few leaves in the set. I dabbed some Tattered Lace chalk paint with an ink blending foam and voila! the leaves looked so different. Sorry I have no pictures of the leaves. I used the same technique to dab a stamp and stamped randomly. The brick stencil was used to stencil one corner.The chipboard was altered with the same color.

Now time to assemble. Used IB silicon glue to glue everything. Hope you like the final outcome.

Now coming  to the rest of the elements . These are a couple of ideas just to show how versatile the collection is and different ways in which it can be used. You can make a small canvas magnet and add a quote to personalize it. Decorate a mason jar and fill it with homemade preserve and gift it to your new neighbor.  Notice I used the half piece of burlap  Doily and tied it using Naturals . I die cut a piece from the burlap sheets set from my stash to add to the lid.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave your feedback it would make me happy :) . 

Supplies used 

Paper Crafting Medley - Olivia 24pcs

Home Decor Chalk Paint - Sailing Sky


              Stencil - Brick


Monday, July 24, 2017

Layouts with itsy bitsy handmade flowers

Hello! Crafty friends,

Today I am posting two layouts as a GDT post for Itsy Bitsy....but before that, first I want to say 'Thank You' to Rashmi and Anitha of Itsy Bitsy for sending me beautiful flower kits. When I saw those flower kits.. I immediately thought of using them in here I am.. I have made two layouts keeping in for my daughter and one for my son.

Layout for my daughter:

Closeup view of the flowers.

Clear crackle texture effect 

Closer view

#1. For the base of the layout I have used 12"x12"thick MDF.

#2. Then I have covered the MDF with scrapbooking paper.

#3. I have used clear crackle texture paste and stencil to add texture on three corners.

#4. For my main layout base, I have used MS punch boarder, cream cardstock in 6.75" x 8.50". I again layered that with pattern papers in different styles with distress edges and distressed with vintage photo distress ink. Used doily cut in half and used them on side and top with distressed edges.

#5. In the centre I have used square chipboard frame which I have covered with cosmic glitter shimmers. I have used vintage photo of a little girl in the middle of the frame.

#6 . To decorate my layout I have used Little Birdie's Paper Crafting Medley, linen paper, handmade roses from Itsy Bitsy. I love these flower kits as they come as a complete pack for embellishing projects. Each one includes different combination of flowers, doilies, chipboard shapes, leaves, wire pollen and more.

#7. Finally decorated using laces, pearls, glass charms, metal charms, resin Angels, stamped butterflies and stamped sentiments from my stash.

#8. For 'Smile' I have used 4 layers of  black diecuts which I have stuck together to give a thick MDF look.

Layout for my son:

Closer view

#1. I have used 12"x12" thick chipboard for my base. Then covered that with a retro series pattern paper.

#2. I have used two layers of pattern papers one light at the base and dark one on top...did little distressing in few places.

#3. Then I have used texture paste with stencil to give texture looks on three sides.

#4. In the left-hand side, I have used lace and pattern paper from top to bottom.

#5. For the centre layout I have used pattern paper with distress edges and distressed with vintage photo distress ink. Used chipboard shape included in the flower kit after heat embossing with white glitter embossing powder and used a vintage photo of a boy.

#6. To decorate my layout I have used doily diecuts, flowers from Little Birdie's Paper Crafting Medley, stamped and glittered butterflies, pearls, metal charms, chipboard shapes, stamped and layered sentiments.

#7. For all the chipboards used in this layout I have heat embossed using white glitter embossing powder.

Hope you liked the project..I really enjoyed doing these. Thank you.

Love n hugs


Supplies used: flowers from Itsy bitsy

Paper Crafting Medley - Bryony 7pcs

Angel Rose - Coral Blend 8pcs


Curly Rose - Pink 30mm, 12pcs

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 59 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello arty-crafty folks,

Thursday’s back and so am I, with this week’s Crafter in the Spotlight. It’s Aparna Suresh who is going to share her story with us this week.

Aparna has always been passionate about art and calls ‘craft’ her new found love. She holds a Masters degree in Fine arts, which reflects her fervour for creative endeavours. Indian Vintage is Aparna’s favourite and she loves paper cutting and creating designs for her own charms.

How did Aparna 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 Aparna 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?  Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Aparna Suresh: My name is Aparna Suresh; an artist by passion and a mother of two beautiful children. I hold a master's degree in Fine Arts and it has helped me get creative in making bags and boxes. Crafting is my new found love and canvas painting is my all-time love. I am a Bharatnatyam dancer and have a keen interest in waste management.

RC: How did you get into crafting?
AS: While painting I saw myself slowly enjoying crafting too. I started to dabble on paper, wood, glass etc. Itsy Bitsy in Phoenix Mall, Bangalore is paradise for me as I started to buy my craft supplies from there. I started buying pattern papers, modpodge (even without knowing what it is used for) and other craft materials.

RC:  What is your favourite type of craft?
AS: I slowly saw myself up-cycling papers to journals, pieces of wood to frames or key holders, boxes to wall hangings, waste glasses to name plates etc.

RC:  What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
AS: Undoubtedly silicon glue is my favourite Itsy Bitsy product. Others are clear stamps, pattern papers, paper flowers, chalk paints and colour splashes.

 RC:   If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the crafting world?
AS: I love to do paper cutting. Most of the charms I create are from my own designs of papercuts. If I had magical powers I would mass produce my own papercuts designs.

RC:  Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy
AS: Rubber stamps from the store are my prized possessions.

RC:  How would you describe your style of crafting?
AS: My style of crafting is Indian Vintage.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
AS: Afternoons are my craft times.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft
AS: My tips to crafters will be; Experiment, Create artworks that can be used and UPCYCLE.

RC:  Your all -time favourite quote?
AS: My favourite quote "Live your passion."

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

This is a Kitchen cabinet door, that is being converted into a frame. Ensure usage of masking tape to avoid bleeding of the paint.

After first layer of Gesso is applied to the frame, allow it to dry. The frame was painted with acrylic cadmium yellow and to add more dimension to the monotonous yellow; shade of yellow ochre was added.

A vintage distressed look was created using Vermilion archival ink.

Impasto was mixed with acrylic blue to get a coloured texture paste

The cake stencil from Itsy Bitsy was placed for creating pattern on the frame and the impasto paste created in the aforementioned step was used to get the desired 3-D lace effect.

The final frame with a hand painted Lord Ganesha is ready!!

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

Many congrats Aparna 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, July 19, 2017

Mixed Media Canvas ...Try, Try, Try again ......

Hi friends, Suman here,

Today I am sharing a mixed media canvas with you using the Color Splash and Gold Alcohol Splash sprays.

I really struggled with this one and tried many a times to work on this canvas. I will show you some picturess of my trials and failures with this one......
First time I created some texture on the background and added some random found objects like a plastic spoon, electronic parts, a plastic lid, dried paint brush and a broken plug with silicon glue and some metallic acrylic paint.......I even tore something out from the center of the composition (don't even remember what it was :) and it lied neglected for want of ideas ......

Then after few weeks I picked it again and tried some Alcohol Splash colors and Itsy Bitsy flowers and a bird bought from Itsy Bitsy long time ago.........I succeeded in creating MUD on the background :(

Can this be salvaged??? Very unhappy with it went back in the corner teasing me time and again ...........well........after few days I tried dry brushing with white Gesso on all the flowers, playing with a sentiment ......but.....even more unhappy with the results....and this time I seriously thought of throwing it in the bin......... cut a long story short, am glad I did not give up :) while doing another canvas, I added Gesso randomly to the background and sprayed with Color Splash inks in Yellow, Blue, Pink and Green all over the canvas.......changed the composition ( if you see, the bird now sits in a different place perched on an ice cream stick and the canvas is turned so that the  flowers are in a horizontal arrangement)........let the inks dry completely and then added four to five layers of dry brushing with white gesso with drying in between to bring out the textures ......

Am sure happy that I did not give up, the outcome is even more beautiful than anything I had thought when I started it! So today no step -by-step cause it did not happen that way but a simple tale of  'Never to give up' God has more in store for you than you can ever Imagine...

Thank you so much my dear friends for your love and support always, it was such an honour to work with team Itsy Bitsy and my amazingly supportive team members. I have had a great time being a part of Itsy Bitsy family, many thanks to Rashmi Harish for everything !!

thank you for stopping by and have a great day


Suman Pandit

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