Hello Artsy Craftsy friends!
The ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ day of the week is here and so am I! This week a talented crafter Sudha Kabra is here to share her story with us.
Sudha comes from Chittorgarh, Rajasthan; the land of chivalry, devotion and strength. She has been fond of crafting since her childhood and always got encouragement from her family. Sudha is always keen to learn hew crafting techniques but has a particular liking for creating projects with different types of papers and enjoys experimenting with mixed media.
How did Sudha 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 Sudha in this interview. Don’t forget to leave your comments for her.
Let’s see how Sudha feels about being featured in ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’ this week!
Sudha: I felt so proud and blessed when I came to know that I will be featured in “CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT”!! For this I want to thank Rashmi Madam and Anitha. I am so excited and honoured to get this great opportunity. Other than marvellous products available at the store, one more thing that binds me here is the wonderful gathering of crafters from different nooks and corners of the world. I learnt many things here just by viewing DT inspirations on the Itsy Bitsy blog.
Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy : Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Sudha Kabra: Hi, I am Sudha from Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. I am a full time mother of two kids. I am a graduate and have a diploma in Fashion Designing from Udaipur, my birth place. My family supports me in a big way in my passion for crafting!! My father, whom I lost few months back, was a great inspiration for me. He would always appreciate me for whatever I created.
RC: How did you get into crafting?
SK: Crafting has been my favourite activity since childhood. I can’t claim that crafting is in my genes because my mother did not have a knack for handmade but she never stopped me from learning anything I wanted to and that’s how encouraged me to develop my skills. After marriage, my husband also supported me in this regard.
I am always keen to learn new things and try out new techniques. I am trying out a lot of things in crafting and also feel that it is slowly shaping up from a hobby into a profession.
RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
SK: It is very difficult to answer as I like almost all type of art and craft, whether it is embroidery, crocheting, paper craft, Paper Mache, mixed media or anything else. However, I love to create something with different types of papers and enjoy mixed media projects.
RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
SK: Again a very difficult question to answer J The entire product range at Itsy Bitsy is super tempting!! But, if I have to choose some of my favourite products then it’s going to be Chalk Paints, clear stamps, Versa Ink, Alcohol Splash, patterned papers and also the burlap stacks.
RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
SK: Now this is very interesting question as I always wished to be owner of a big art and craft store just like Itsy Bitsy!! So, if I had magical powers, I suppose it will be easy to fulfil my wish. Other than this, I also have a dream of starting a training centre for women to train them in crafting skills which will help them in earning their livelihood.
RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
SK: OMG!!! The most awaited question but a difficult one to answer because my list is too long!! According to my preferences …the most prized possession would be burlap stacks followed by dies and metallic paints.
RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
SK: I just love to create something unique and eye-catching. For creating anything, I watch so many projects by my fellow crafters and then I try to create something different by adding my original ideas. Altered art and paper crafting are my favourites.
RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
SK: This is the question that most people ask me and my usual answer is “Where there is will, there is the way!!” Early in the morning I start planning how to manage time for crafting. Usually throughout the day I do not get more than an hour for crafting. Enough time or not…but my passion for crafting is increasing day by day.
RC: Tips for people who want to craft.
SK: In my opinion, pursuing a hobby is one of the most fulfilling activities in one’s life and the time we spend doing it is most precious. So friends, don’t give up your hobby especially when you are a crafter because this field has immense possibilities and learning scope. Never give up and carry on with your creations….
RC: Your all-time favourite quote?
SK: “Practice makes a man perfect”.
Here is a gorgeous project by Sudha Kabra along with the step by step procedure:
Step 1: Take one 12”X12” paper from “Pretty in Pink” and the choice is yours which one you want. Then, I assembled maximum things required altogether.
Step 2: After that, fold the paper into half from both angles vertically as well as horizontally. Below are the pics to explain it more clearly.
Step 3: What to do next is just take all the corners of the paper and bring them to the center that came after folding the paper. After bringing all the corners at the center together just flip the paper. Then, fold it from the half and you will get exactly the same as shown below.
Step 4: Almost the base for the envelope is getting ready and now stick the three sides of the folded envelope. I have tried to make it clear from the below pic how to glue it.
Step 5: I decided to add flaps in the envelope. So, I cut the white cardstock of three measurements – one of 4”X 8 ¼” and two flaps of 3 ½” X 4”. I cut their corners (optional). For giving them complete look, I just take other printed paper from the same paper stack of the measurements – one of 3 ¾” X 8” and two of 3 ¼” X 3 ¾”.
Step 6: I have completed the flaps with embellishments and to make it money envelope, I decided to add a burlap lace as shown below.
Step 7: For outer decoration, I add a flower and foam leaf, cut from DREAM CUT machine. After assembling all the embellishments, I glued them with silicone glue or you can also use glue gun. And for tie, I stick pink colored satin ribbon before sticking all other embellishments. Look!! Here it is my ENVELOPE CARD…
Here are a couple of Sudha’s other awesome creations:
Many congrats Sudha 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!