Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blitsy Craft Challenge: Mixed Media

Time for another craft challenge! You have until July 30th at 5:00pm CST to create and upload your mixed media project. One winner will be chosen and will receive a $20 Blitsy Credit! 

To add your project just click on 'Add your link'. Good luck everyone and we can't wait to see all of your projects!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Embossed Metal Earrings

You can turn a sheet of metal into a gorgeous pair of earrings!

To create my earrings, I used a sheet of metal that I placed inside of an embossing folder and then ran through my Big Shot. My embossing folder had flowers and swirls on it. The pattern looked so pretty on my metal! After I embossed my metal, I used my round punch to make two little circles. I added green colored alcohol ink to my metal (love this!). After the ink dried, I added my jewelry findings. This was so much fun to make! Oh, and these earrings are super light weight, so they won't weigh your ears down!

You can make your own metal embossed earrings with K&S Punch Metal at Blitsy!

Here's what you'll need:
- K&S Punch Metal
- Patterned Embossing Folder (along with a Die Cutting Machine)
- Circle Punch
- Alcohol Ink
- Small Hole Puncher
- 2 Ear Wires
- 2 Jump Rings

Let's get crafty:

Step 1: Cut a piece of metal that is 2 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long.  Place it inside of your embossing folder. Then, run it through your die cutting machine.

Step 2: Slide your metal inside your circle punch and turn it over (so you can see what pattern you will be getting). Punch out 4 circles.

Step 3: Grab your alcohol ink and lightly cover all 4 of your metal pieces with ink.

Step 4: Once your ink is dry, punch a small hole at the top and bottom of two of your circles. You will only punch one hole in your other two circles.

Step 5: Open your jump rings. Connect a piece of metal with 2 holes to a piece of metal with one hole. Then, slide your ear wire through the top hole of your circle that has 2 holes. Repeat this step with your other two circles. That's it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blitsy 3 Ways...Plaid Extreme Glitter

Sometimes you just need to add a little (or a lot!) of sparkle to a project. You can get your desired sparkle coverage with Plaid Extreme Glitter paint!

Extreme Glitter paint allows you to get that ‘glitz‘ without the mess! All you need to do is apply FolkArt Extreme Glitter with a brush — repeat until desired shimmer is achieved. Or, apply over a similar FolkArt color and you've got that bright shimmer of fine “sugar” glitter. You can use Extreme Glitter on wood, paper mache, terra cotta and most porous surfaces!

Below are 3 Ways you can use Plaid Extreme Glitter:
1. Name Wall Hooks from Plaid Online.
2. Classic Patterned Nesting Box from Plaid Online.
3. Silver and White Wedding Set from Plaid Online.

Check out all of the Plaid Extreme Glitter HERE!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Scream, You Scream...

...We all scream for ICE CREAM!

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Yeah, neither did I until I saw someone post about this month dedicated to all things ice cream!

In honor of this amazing month long celebration, I thought it only made sense to dedicate a project to my favorite sweet of ice cream! I created a small ice cream cone that I framed in blue and pink papers. I added my cone to a large Paper Accents Craft Tag and stamped "Life is good" below it.

You can snag the Paper Accents Tags at Blitsy!

How will you be celebrating National Ice Cream Month? Will you be eating tons of ice cream, or by crafting with ice cream as your theme???

Here's what you'll need:
Paper Accents 3.125x6.25 Tag
- Cardstock (4 Different Colors)
- Banner Die
- Watercolor Paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pink Raspberry)
- Enamel Dots (Yellow)
- Glue
- Water Brush
- Baker's Twine
- Stamp
- Frame Dies (in 3 Different Sizes)
- Water Bottle
- Craft Mat
- Foam Square

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: I ran my three dies through my Big Shot. I used the smallest dies I had to create a frame.

Step 2: I sprayed water onto my craft mat. Then, I dipped my water brush into my ink and then into my water. Next, I painted my watercolor paper, creating a light to dark pink pattern. I let my ink dry and then cut out the top of my ice cream cone. I cut a small triangle out of my heart paper to create my cone.

Step 3: I layered my solid frame under my cut out frame. Then, I put a foam square behind my ice cream cone after I glued my ice cream to my cone. I placed my cone in the center of my frames.

Step 4: I cut out a banner from my polka dot paper. I added a white circle to the center and stamped it with "Life is good". I glued my banner to the bottom of my tag and finished it off by adding two yellow enamel dots.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Inside Blitsy: A Little Green

DIY Heart Name Tags

I have an idea for all of you crafty brides out there who are doing assigned seating!

I am always looking for ideas that are a little different than the norm. When I saw the adorable Paper Accents Chip Shape Hearts, I knew I wanted to use them for some sort of crafty project. As I stared at the little brown heart, it came to me; Why not make the heart gold and use it as a name card?! I loved this idea as an alternative to the standard table tent wedding name card.

To get my chipboard heart to look like gold metal, I used Gold Ranger Basics Embossing Powder. I have to admit, this is the first I have ever used embossing powder. Wow, this stuff is AMAZING! I am now obsessed with it! Watch out, I see a lot of embossing projects in the near future. To finish my name tags, I used some adhesive vinyl and twine. Just think how cute your wedding table will look with these cute gold hearts!

Here's what you will need:
- Chalkboard Paint
- Hole Punch
- Twine

Let's Get Crafty!

Step 1: Rub embossing ink all over the front of your heart.

Step 2: Pour a generous amount of embossing powder over your heart, covering it completely.

Step 3: Turn your heart to the side to remove excess powder.

Step 4: Begin heating your embossing powder with your heat tool. Continue heating it until is has nice smooth, shiny sheen to it.

Step 5: Punch a hole in the corner of your heart.

Step 6: Cut a piece of twine that is 6 inches long, tie the two ends together, and slide the loop through the hole in your heart.

Step 7: Time to add your guest's name! I took a piece of adhesive chalkboard vinyl and ran it through my Big Shot with a banner die. Then, I used a chalk marker to add my name.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blitsy Project Formula: Patina Earrings

You can create your very own vintage looking earrings with Vintaj!

It is so simple to create your own earrings that look vintage, but are not! All you need to do is pour the Vintaj Patina over the Vintaj Damascus Filigree Drops and let them dry. Once they are dry, open the end of the Vintaj Arched Ear Wire, slide it through the top of your Vintaj Damascus Filigree Drop, and close the end. Enjoy your beautiful pair of vintage earrings!

Get the full Blitsy Formula HERE, HERE and HERE!