Friday, October 24, 2014

Inside Blitsy: We Are Stuck on Stick-it!


Tim Holtz Distress Marker Giveaway!

Who is ready for another crafty giveaway? This time we have a set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers up for grabs! Woohoo! These markers are A-MAZ-ING! We have them at Blitsy right now, but that deal ends tonight. If you want your chance to win them be sure to enter below! If you just can't wait, check out the deal here.

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Last week we were giving away $50 to spend on anything you want at Blitsy. Congratulations to our friend, Berina Febin, whose name was randomly drawn! Berina, we have sent you an email to claim your prize.


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Ten Minute DIY Necklace

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Okay, I may have gotten carried away with this DIY project. We received a ton of Craft Fantastic samples. As I went through all of the jewelry findings and elements, I could not stop making jewelry! I was sitting at my desk making one piece after another since it took no time at all to create my jewelry. I couldn't stop!

I love when you can create your own customized jewelry in less than 10 minutes. Now, this doesn't happen all of the time so when it does, I am all over it! All of the jewelry elements and findings from Craft Fantastic are, well, FANTASTIC! They really make it super easy to create your own jewelry. They have different shapes and sizes of their pendant trays. Their jewelry also comes in different finishes. You can add different charms, papers, and even a photo if you wanted. There are so many option to customizing these jewelry elements!

You will be able to buy all of the Craft Fantastic items when our sale launches today. Woohoo!

Here's what you'll need:
- Jewelry Pliers
- Scissors
- Tissue or Q-tip

Let's get crafty!



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Look at all of the fantastic jewelry pieces I made! I made a couple of necklaces, a pair of earrings and a bracelet!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

3 Ways: We R Flower Punch Board

It's no secret that we are totally in love with ALL of the We R Punch Boards. These punch boards make it super easy to create flowers, boxes, gift bags, and more! One punch board I fell in love with was the Flower Punch Board. You can make an entire stash of blooms with this board, and trust me you will. The good new is, there are so many fun uses for all of the fantastic flowers you make! 

You can pick-up your We R Flower Punch Board here.

For inspiration, I headed over to We R Memory Keepers Blog. They have so many projects showcasing all of their awesome products. I found three easy projects that will get you started with your Flower Board Punch.  Make a wreath, banner, or a gift topper! If you end up making all three, I won't tell anyone. ;)

1. Flower Punch Board Wreath

2. Flower Punch Board Garland

3. Flower Punch Board Party Favors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Mini Infinity Scarf

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Remember when I said our intern, Maya, was leaving us but we would see her again? Well, she's BACK!

Maya is our guest blogger today! When she interned for us over the Summer, we asked her what we ask all of our interns/employees: "Do you craft?". We knew Maya was one of us when she said she has a love of knitting! I was so excited about her knitting skills because this is one area I have zero expertise. Maya and I had talked about her doing a knitting project for us over the Summer, but time flew by and her internship was over. 

I am super excited we were able to get her on our blogging calendar. The timing of her projects is! Maya shows us how to knit a Mini Infinity Scarf. I love the slight twist she added to it. Enjoy!
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In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a Mini Infinity Scarf! This scarf is a bit smaller than a normal infinity scarf, which makes it ideal for wearing indoors as an accessory or for tucking under the collar of your coat to keep you warm as winter approaches. I really like this project because it’s stylish, comfy, and super easy to make, even for beginners. It’s knit flat and sewn together at the end, so if you can knit a rectangle, you’re good to go.

I made my scarf with Lion Brand Heartland, which is a worsted weight yarn with a little bit of a heathered or tweedy flair. I picked the Hot Springs Colorway for a rich eggplant purple. I was excited about the color, but the best part turned out to be how soft this yarn is! It’s 100% acrylic, but it feels super smooth and has a little bit of a spring to it, so it’s very easy to knit with and makes for a really cozy scarf. I had about half a skein left when I finished my scarf, so you will probably have enough left to start on your next project—maybe a matching pair of fingerless mittens?

For this project, you’ll need 100-150 yards of a worsted weight yarn, a pair of size 10 knitting needles (I like Clover Takumi bamboo needles), a tapestry needle, and a pair of scissors. You might also want a ruler or a measuring tape, or you can use the one printed on the inside of your yarn wrapper. Let’s get started!

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Step 1: Cast on 21 stitches, leaving about a 6-inch tail to weave in at the end. You can vary the number of stitches if you want your scarf to be a little bit wider or narrower.

Step 2: Get knitting! You’ll be doing garter stitch (knit front and back) until your scarf is long enough to wrap comfortably around your neck with a little bit of wiggle room. Note that the ends will be sewn together when you’re finished, so this will be a lot shorter than a traditional scarf. I went to about 20 inches, but I would suggest going a tiny bit smaller if you want a snug fit.

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Step 3: Bind off, leaving a long tail. You’ll use this tail to sew your scarf together in a later step, so I’d suggest leaving yourself around 18 inches—you can always trim it at the end if you don’t end up needing all of it. Using your tapestry needle, weave in the 6-inch tail from the cast-on. When that’s finished, thread the needle with the long tail from the bind-off.

Step 4: This is the only part that’s a little bit tricky. Lay your scarf flat, then fold the ends so they are lying on top of the scarf itself. Take one end and turn it so that there’s a half twist in the fabric. You only want a half twist, not a full twist. 

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Looking at the picture, this means you want to join the underside of the blue edge from the left to the top side of the red edge on the right.

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Step 5: Sew the ends together using a mattress stitch, being careful not to accidentally sew through the rest of the scarf. Tie off the end, then weave in the leftover yarn. If you still have a very long tail (more than 6 inches) after tying off, you can weave in part of it and then cut off what’s left. If you’re like me, and your seam is a little bit messy, you can turn the whole scarf inside out to make it look neater. Now, give yourself a pat on the back. You just made a Möbius strip, which is basically like doing math without realizing it. And you have a really spiffy scarf!

Step 6: Put on your scarf and rock it! The seam should rest at the back of your neck, and you should be able to adjust it so that the half twist makes a stylish crossover cowl at the front.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This To That: Wooden Ball Wreath

When I stumbled upon this Ah-Mae-Zing Candle Holder/Wreath I knew I had to click on the image. Um, this wreath is made from different wooden balls! What an easy project with a HUGE impact! All you need to do is glue your wooden balls to your wreath, mixing up different sizes.

You can get wooden balls on sale at Blitsy! The Lara's Value Pack Wood pieces are unfinished, solid wood. They are great for painting and staining, and you can make endless projects by using several different individual parts to make unique and fun new creations! 

Check out all of the Lara Value Pack Wood Pieces here!
Check out Julia's blog bildschoenes.blogspot.com for her full tutorial.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Feather Pen

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What happens when you pair a pen, feather, and glitter ribbon tape together? You get a whimsical feather pen! Because sometimes just a plain old pen won't do! 

When you see feathers, you probably think of Halloween costumes and kids crafts. Well, think again! You can take Indian feathers and turn them into fancy pens to use at a wedding, any special event that has a guestbook, or you can use it everyday! You can whip these lovely pens up in less than 10 minutes! Since I used purple glitter ribbon tape on my pens, they would be a great Halloween party favor!

Check out all of the Midwest Designs Feathers we have on sale! All of these would be perfect for your pen! 

Here's what you'll need:

- Midwest Designs Indian Feathers (I used the Black Indian Feathers)
- Pen
- Glitter Ribbon Tape
- Washi Tape
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut the bottom of your feather in half.

Step 2: Trim the bottom of your feathers down a 1/4 inch.

Step 3: Start wrapping your washi tape around the area where you cut your feathers.

Step 4: Continue wrapping your washi tape down your pen until the end of your feather is completely tapped to your pen.

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Step 5: Wrap your ribbon tape around the top part of your pen, over your washi tape.

Step 6: Continue wrapping your ribbon tape down your pen, all the way to the bottom.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Pumpkin Crafternoon!

DIY Stenciled Dish Towel

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I have really been feeling stencils this week. I. Mean. Really! It's hard to pass up a good stencil when you see it, you know what I mean? When I saw the Handmade Charlotte Ikat stencil, I KNEW I had to use it!

I rummaged through our craftroom to see what I could stencil. I came across some white dish towels I had picked up for another project (but never ended up using). I knew these would be perfect for my stencil. I have to say, the secret to getting a perfect image with this stencil is using spray adhesive. With so many intricate cuts, the adhesive really helps adhere your stencil to your fabric so your paint won't bleed. This stenciled dish towel is the perfect addition to your Fall decor. The gold paint gives it a look of real elegance!

You can grab your Plaid Folkart Ikat Handmade Charlotte Stencil here.

Here's what you'll need:
- Plaid Folkart Ikat Handmade Charlotte Stencil
- Plain White Dish Towel
Decoart Americana Metallic Gold Paint
Loew Cornell Spong-it Value Set
- Spray Adhesive
- Paper Towel

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Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Lay your stencil face down on your paper towel and spray it with adhesive.

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Step 2: Iron your dish towel. Then, place your stencil on the bottom left hand side of your towel about an inch and a half up. Place your paper towel on the other side of your towel.

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Step 3: Dip your dauber in paint and begin painting over your stencil.

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Step 4: When you are finished, remove your stencil. Place your stencil next to your prior design. Make sure both are lined up. 

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Step 5: Use an extra paint brush to press down on your stencil, making sure it is attached to your towel. Add paint to your stencil. Continue stenciling the bottom of your towel until you get to the end.

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Step 6: Once your bottom row has dried, flip your stencil so the smaller design is on the bottom. Then, center it between the two design on the first row. Begin painting.

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Step 7:  Keep filling in the second row with your stencil design. Don't forget to fill in your the edges of your towel with your stencil!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Project Formula: Fluffy Gold Ornament

Today's Project Formula channels the Holidays. Get out your hot glue gun and get going! All you need to do is glue the fluffy Accent Designs Pom Poms to your Plasteel foam ball. Top it off with the Pane De Velours ribbon! Start now so you can just pull these puppies out when Christmas rolls around! Just think, you will already have one item checked off of your list!

Get the full Project Formula here:

Plasteel Smoothfoam Ball

Accent Design White with Gold Gillter Pom Poms 

Panne De Velours Crushed Velvet Ribbon







Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Home Sweet Home

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Typically when I use a stencil I use paint. This time around I wanted to think outside of the box. So, I used Decoupage glue as my medium! 

As I thought longer about using glue over my "Home Sweet Home" stencil, I knew I had to use glitter. I was a little nervous about this technique, but it turned out great! The only issue I had was getting glitter all over me! If you watch our Vlog later on today, you will see I am quite sparkly.  Oh, the life of a crafter. ;)

This glittery "Home Sweet Home" sign is the perfect addition to any room in your house! You could also add a hook to the back and hang it on the wall! Head on over to Blitsy to grab your Multicraft Wall Stencil Home Sweet HomeDecoart Decoupage Glue, and Wow Gold Glitter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

3 Ways: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric

Did you know Tim Holtz makes fabric? Uh, his fabric is just as FABULOUS as his paper! 

These wonderfully designed and unique fabric pieces are great to use on quilts, wall hangings and other projects! I even saw someone added Tim Holtz Fabric over the top of their sneakers! So cool! Check out these 3 Ways to bring the Tim Holtz Fabric to life! 

1. Store your pencils/pens in style with this Trio of Pencil Cups via Sew 4 Home.

2. Make your memories even sweeter with this Fabric Joy Journal via Tutorials for Crafty Hands.

3. When a large purse is not needed, opt for this Mini Fabric Coin Purse via One Lucky Lady.

How will you use your Tim Holtz Eclectic Fabric?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Win $50 to Spend on Craft Supplies!

It's time for another $50 Giveaway. What Blitsy craft supplies would you spend an extra $50 on? Let us know in the comments below!
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A DIY Mini Quote Album


Whenever I am on Pinterest, I always find myself pinning different quotes. I think it's nice to have simple reminders about living your best life. Instead of just printing out quotes and placing them in a frame, I decided to create a mini album of fun quotes!

The Maya Road Mini Square Tab Album is the perfect size to put on a table, throw in your purse, or keep in a drawer at work. I kept my design pretty basic for my quote book. I used lovely papers, a doily die, and different stamps and embellishments to decorate my album. Since the Maya Road album is chipboard, you can design your quote album however you want!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Busy, Busy, Busy!


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DIY Breast Cancer Awareness Month Charm Bracelet

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The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The entire month is devoted to increasing awareness of the disease. It's a reminder that early detection is key. You can show your support this month (and all year round!) with this DIY Breast Cancer Awareness Charm Bracelet! Grab this along with other Breast Cancer Awareness items at Blitsy!

All you need for this project is the Jesse James Uptown Hope Bracelet Kit for this gorgeous bracelet that supports an amazing cause!

Check out the below video tutorial to see how incredibly easy it is to make your own Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet!



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