Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lovely Yarn Flowers

Have you ever seen yarn ball flowers on Pinterest? They seem to have become SUPER popular over the last couple of years. These adorable flowers can be made by using the Clover Pom Pom Maker. You can get a perfect pom pom every single time!

I knew I wanted to use my Clover Pom Pom Maker for this project, but I wanted to take it one step further. So, I decided to my yarn pom pom as the center of my flower, INSTEAD of the flower itself!

I surrounded my pom pom with felt flower petals. I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but I love my new take on the 'Pom Pom Flower'! You could match your yarn to your felt, or use two different colors like I did!

Here's what you'll need:
Clover Pom Pom Maker 2.5 Inches
- Yarn

- White Felt
- Green Floral Wire
- Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Let's get crafty!
Step 1: Open one arm of your pom pom maker. Wrap a piece of yarn along the curve starting on the left side, working your way towards the right side.

Step 2: When you get to the right, fold the arm back in place. Open the other arm of your pom pom maker. Run your working yarn over to the other arm. Wrap yarn around the arm moving to the right. When you get to the right, close the arm and snip your yarn.

Step 3: Cut your working yarn.

Step 4: Cut down the center line of your pom pom maker. Repeat this step on the other side.

Step 5: Cut a piece of yarn and run it under the center of your pom maker. Tie a knot, making sure to pull your yarn tight. Open one arm, then the other.

Step 6: Pull the two sides of the pom maker apart. You will be left with a fluffy yarn ball!

Step 7: Trim down your yarn ball until it is about an inch in diameter.

Step 8: Cut your floral wire down to 6 inches. Wrap it around the center of your yarn ball, twist the two ends of wire together, then wrap the wire around your ball so it is at the bottom.

Step 9: Cut 6 flower petals out of your white felt. 

Step 10: Glue your petals together, placing glue at the bottom of each petal and overlap each.

Step 11: Place glue on the bottom part of your yarn ball. 

Step 12: Run your craft wire through the center of your petals. Use your hand to pull your petals up and against your yarn ball.

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Mini Journal

Keep track of all your inspirations with this Mini Journal!

The Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal comes plain, so you can decorate it however you want! I decide to use pretty paper and the Basic Grey High-line Chalkboard Stamp Background to decorate my journal. Instead of just stamping the background onto a piece of paper, I decided to use my gold embossing powder to create a shimmery gold cover. 

Make sure you check out the Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal and all of the other items from the Create It Yourself line  at Blitsy!

Here's what you'll need:
- Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal
- Patterned Scapbook Paper
- White Cardstock
- Clean Embossing Ink
- Gold Embossing Powder
- Ranger Heat It Tool
- Scissors
- Pencil
- Paper Trimmer
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush

Let's get crafty!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Inside Blitsy: What Are These?

This week Inside Blitsy, we decided to actually take you "inside"! 

Our office space is very open and airy. It has so much character throughout. I love the open floor plan and all of the old details!

Speaking of details, there are these long rods with metal hooks that hang down from them all throughout our office space. They wind around the office from the ceiling. Can anyone guess what these special hooks were once used for? 

>>>Here's a little hint...they were used for something related to crafting.<<<

Any guesses???

DIY Recipe Holder

Everyone has recipes that have been handed down from generation-to-generation. Why not display them in style on your kitchen counter? You can turn a plain wooden recipe box into a cute floral kitchen statement!

Grab the Walnut Hollow Wooden Recipe Box at Blitsy! Don't forget your Paper Accents Recipe Cards. You will need them to fill up your recipe box!

Here's what you'll need:
- Walnut Hollow Recipe Box
- Patterned Paper (12x12)
- White Cardstock
- Paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Tag Dies (Die Cutting Machine)
- Metal Sheet
- 2 Enamel Dots

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Trace all sides on your recipe box onto your patterned paper. Make sure you trace the sides of the lid separately. 

Step 2: Cut out all of the paper you traced. 

Step 3: Trim all of the sides down 1/8 inch.

Step 4: Paint the top and edges of your box.

Step 5: Put Mod Podge on the back of all of your papers and glue them to all of the sides of your box.

Step 6: Cover all of your paper with Mod Podge to seal it in.

Step 7: Rug your metal sheet and tag die through your die machine. Then add white paper to the center of your metal tag. Glue your tag to the front center of your recipe box. Then, add your enamel dots to the sides of your metal tag.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This to That: A Card "Just for you"

Try Martha Stewart's Punches for your next paper project, whether it be a card, invitation, scrapbook page or another creation. You get 2 punches, a corner punch and an edge punch. Use them together to punch a seamless pattern all around your paper project, or use them separately. The corner has a double loop design while the edge has a row of double loops. 

See how Lisa from the Crafting Cottage created her amazing card!

Get your Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Large Double Arches and create your own amazing card!

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!