Friday, April 18, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Food, Birthday Celebrating, Crafting, and MORE Food

This week at Blitsy...

 ...we launched our Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Giveaway! Katy used the shimmery glitter to decorate some Easter eggs. They looked AMAZING! Man, glitter really does make everything look better!

...we shot a couple of videos for the giveaways we will be having next week. If you have no idea what I am talking about, make sure you check out our Vlog for more details!

...we celebrated Julie's birthday with some seriously fantastic food. We had home cooked Mexican food and topped it off with some homemade mouse cups with edible chocolate cups! Yummy!!!

...we had another Crafternoon. We decorated frames and canvases. You know it was a successful Crafternoon when the room is a mess and smells of glue and paint!

Have a crafty weekend!

Gilded Lotus

It's time for another "Trash To Treasure"!

Have you seen egg carton art sweeping Pinterest? It's everywhere! I am not sure how this trend started, but it seems as though everyone is crafting with egg cartons these days. I have seen countless flower projects made out of the trusty egg holders. We even had someone upload a succulent to one of our Linky Parties they had made out of an egg carton. Her plant really looked like the real deal!

As I was about to toss out my egg carton the other day, something stopped me. I looked at it and figured if everyone was crafting with this unlikely supply, it was about time I give it a try! I recently saw a metal Lotus candle holder that I added to my list of projects inspirations. For some reason it felt like the perfect time to pull this inspiration out. I transformed my egg carton in to my own version of the Lotus candle holder. With a little Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding, my paper carton now looks like metal!

Make sure you keep your paper egg carton and don't forget to head on over to Blitsy and grab the Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Gilding!

Here's what you'll need:
- Egg Carton
- Scissors
- Paint Brush
- Exacto knife
- Gloves
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Use your exacto knife to cut the "peak" of your carton into 4 sections. You will want each section by itself. 

Step 2: Cut each section so you have just the point and a little bit of the bottom of the carton.  You will also want to cut out one of the round bases (where your eggs once were).

Step 3: Once you have your "leaf" looking pieces, use your scissors to trim the edges so they are smooth.

Step 4: Paint both sides (and edges) of your "leaf". Make sure you have your gloves on and are in a well-ventilated space. Repeat Steps 1 - 4 with all of your "leaves" and your base. Let the paint dry. Once they are dry, take your hand and curve your leaves back.

Step 5: Put glue on the inside base of a leaf so the top of the glue will hit at the top of your round base. Glue your leaf to the outside of your round base. Keep gluing leaves to the base, one right next to the other.

Step 6: Then, go back around filling in the gaps between your leaves with another leaf. Keep going around the base until all of the gaps are filled. That's it! Plop in a candle and put it on a shelf. You could also use it as a jewelry dish, or just an interesting sculpture piece for a mantle or shelf. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Blog Feature!

As I looked through our sale items the other day, I started creating projects in my head just by looking at some of the products we had up on our site. As I continued looking through our line-up, a light bulb went off and a new idea was born.

I have decided to add a new feature to our blog! With this feature, I will show you how to pair current products listed on our site to create a project. I am pretty excited about this new feature. It will give me a reason to document all of my "mental projects" and share them with all of you. I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

Here is the first pairing I came up with...Metal Chalkboard Tags

The Ranger Vintaj Foil Sheets can be used with dies (woohoo!). So, you can grab the Marianne Craftable Die - Tag Die and use it with your foil sheet. Once you cut your metal tag, just paint it with Plaid Folkart Chalkboard Paint to create a cute chalkboard tag! You can whip-up a bunch of these and keep them on hand so you can customize a tag for any occasion!

What do you think? 

Blitsy Linky Party #7: Features Announced

All of this partying is tiring! That being said, there will be no Linky Party today. Don't worry, we are going to have another Linky Party next week! 

Next week's party theme will be general crafts. This means you can link ANY crafty project you have made. So, get crafting! We can't wait to see your projects!

Now, on to the...

1: The Easter card by Created By Kris B. makes me want to go on an Easter egg hunt! I love how she sponged the background to make the sky look real!

2: What a sweet Easter Bunny card by Crea Bea Cards. The heart nose is a nice touch as is the little egg in the bunny's hand! So very fitting for an Easter Bunny.  :)

3: These crocheted eggs by Repeat Crafter Me are amazing! I love how she added our all-time favorite chevron pattern to her eggs!

If you partied with us, thanks! As usual, we LOVE seeing all of your creativity, so thanks for sharing it with us and our crafting community!

Make sure you click here and follow the Blitsy Linky Party Features Pinterest Board. We are collecting all of our favorite projects on this board so everyone can see the talent of our Blitsy community!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Distress Glitter Giveaway + Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

I've been thinking a lot lately about a comment somebody put on our Facebook page. She said that shopping at Blitsy every day is like a treasure hunt. She's right, you never know what you're going to find each day, but you know it will be a great crafty bargain! I guess you could also compare shopping at Blitsy to an Easter Egg hunt.. you want to snatch up all of the good eggs before somebody else does! Each day at 10am it's a new hunt for craft deals. Even the employees here at Blitsy can't wait to see what new deals will pop up each day!

So, with Easter right around the corner (are you done with your crafts yet?), we thought it would be fun to host a real Easter Egg hunt. Only, this hunt will be all online and will last the rest of the week!

Here is how it will work:

-Hop on over to Follow Blitsy on Facebook
-Check our page often for clues about where you can find the hidden eggs on
-Once you find the egg it will tell you what to do next!
-We will randomly be giving away credits all week to those who participate
-Keep an eye out on all of our Social Media accounts because we'll pop some egg hunt tips up there, too! We're on:
YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook

all winners will be listed on the bottom of this blog post as soon as they are chosen.
 $2 Blitsy Credits
 $5 Blitsy Credits
 $10 Blitsy Credits
 $50 Blitsy Credits

In addition to the Egg Hunt you can enter below for a chance to win a full set of Tim Holtz Distress Glitter. Look at all of the beautiful colors!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

p.s. I hid an egg! Here's your first hint: I'm a punch by EK Success. The shapes that are punched link together. I make a flower garland! (find the product and check out the pics...)

Key Charm Necklace

I really love the look of vintage keys. There is something so interesting about a worn key. Where has it been? Who has used it? What did it lock up? Keys have recently made their way into the fashion world, especially when it comes to jewelry.

Have you noticed keys popping up all over necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings? It seems like everywhere I turn I see keys! I figured it was time to join the key trend, so I broke down and hopped on board! 

Instead of just adding a simple key charm to my necklace, I took it one step further. I added a seed bead that just so happened to be the same color as my birthstone (well planned, I know!). I slid my bead onto a jump ring and attached it to my charm. You could add your birthstone color or even your favorite color to your charm

Make sure you check out all of the charms and seed beads we will have on our site today!

Are you loving the key trend? 

Here's what you'll need:
- Chain with a clasp (you can use a plain necklace you already have)
- 2 Jump Rings
- Jewelry Tools (I used chain-nose and curved chain-nose pliers)

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Open one of your  jump rings and put it through the loop of your charm.

Step 2: Put your chain inside of your jump ring and close your jump ring.

Step 3: Hold one end of your jump ring with your curved chain-nose pliers. While doing this, use your other pliers to slowly open the other side of your jump ring. 

Step 4: Keep opening your jump ring until you can slide on your bead. After you slide on your bead, curve your jump ring back up.

Step 5: Next, slide the jump ring through the top loop of your charm. Finally, close your jump ring. Now, go put on your necklace and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This To That: Plaid Iron On Nailheads

Do you have a plain pair of shoes or a boring clutch? You can create a totally new look with some iron on nailheads!

Plaid Iron On Nailheads are a great way to wake-up your wardrobe. You can iron-on these trend-setting designs to jeans, shirts, bags, hoodies and more! You'll love how fun and easy it is to create hot new looks. 

I Spy DIY shows you how to use iron on nailheads to add life back into your fashion accessories. I just love the transformation of the clutch and shoes. It's amazing how the look of these items changes just by adding nailheads!

You can shop our entire selection of Plaid Iron On Nailheads HERE.