Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY Bold Red Necklace

Do you love a bold, bright statement necklace?  Well, if you do, I have an awesome DIY necklace for you!

The pop of red is sure to impress.  Throw this necklace on over a basic T-shirt and you have an instant outfit - it's that simple!  You can make this necklace (or one like it) with supplies that are on sale right now at www.blitsy.com! Get our bead and charm grab bags by Blue Moon Beads for a steal!  You can make so much from one little bag!

Have you ever made jewelry before?  If so, let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Bead String 7pc Assortment - Red

  • Bead String 7pc Assortment - Silver
  • 2 Crimp Beads
  • Jewelry wire
  • 2 Jump Rings (from Silver Grab Bag)
  • Jewelry Tools (or pliers, Crimp Bead Tool)


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut two strands of your jewelry wire 14 inches long. This should give you enough wire to work with. Grab your crimp bead and run both stands of your jewelry wire through your crimp bead.

Step 2: Take your two strands of wire and run them through your jump ring.  Fold your wire over your jump ring, then put your two strands of wire through your crimp bead. Take your bead crimping tool and close your crimp bead locking your strands of wire in place. Trim any stray wires.

Step 3: String 7 small beads on one strand of wire and 10 small beads on the other strand.

Step 4: String 4 medium beads on one strand of wire and 5 medium beads on the other strand.


Step 5: String you spacer bead onto your strand of wire followed by a large bead. Repeat this pattern, or do one spacer and two large beads. Repeat this step on the other strand making sure that this strand has more beads on it.

Step 6: String 4 medium beads on one strand of wire and 5 medium beads on the other strand.

Step 7: String 7 small beads on one strand of wire and 10 small beads on the other strand.

Step 8: Take your two strands of wire and run them through your jump ring.  Fold your wire over your jump ring, then put your two strands of wire through your crimp bead. Take your bead crimping tool and close your crimp bead locking your strands of wire in place.  Trim any stray wires.


Step 9: Figure out how long you need to make your chain so it will go around your neck (you can use a necklace that has a length you like as a guide).  Grab your needle nose pliers and open one of the links of your chain and slide the chain off. Repeat this step again for the other side of your necklace.

Step 10: Open the ends of both of yours chains and slide on the two pieces of your clasp.

Step 11: Open up your two jump rings using your needle nose pliers.

Step 12: Slide one of your chains through each of your jump rings. Close each with your needle nose pliers.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Updated with Winner!! $50 to spend on Blitsy.com!

We've posted the WINNER! Check out the widget below to see if it was you!!




As crafters we ALWAYS have a wish list a mile long, right? What is currently on yours? We want to help you get what you need - for free! Just enter our giveaway for a chance to win $50 to spend on Blitsy.com! Take a look at some of the items we currently have on sale. What's would you love to get your crafty paws on?

Two Berry Creative – Twine, Ribbon, Washi Tape & Gift Bags


McGill – Paper Blossom Kits and Tools

3M – Assorted 3M Tapes


Sakura of America – Pen Sets
Ranger – Perfect Pearls
The above is just a small sampling of what is currently on sale! Check out the rest on Blitsy.com to pick up your favorites at up to 70% off...and don't forget to enter the giveaway below! 

Winner will be announced on Saturday, 8/3 at 11:00am CST. Good Luck!! 

CONGRATULATIONS,  LAURA G. TURCOTTE!


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Marker Winner and Inspiration Recap

Clearly we have some Tim Holtz fans in the house. You seem just as excited about these new Distress Marker colors as we are!

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined us for Christmas in July here at Blitsy. We still have TONS of holiday products at a-maz-ing prices available. Including a bunch of Tim Holtz products! So make sure you check it out!

Also, in case you missed it, we've been posting Christmas in July inspiration all week. If you're looking for some ideas be sure to check out these posts from the past few days:








Yarn Trees  made with Coats & Clark Red Heart Holiday Yarn in Red/Silver, Green/Silver, and White/Silver





Tag Time! using Metallic Pearl Silver Thread by DMC 


Ok, so now that we have that out of our system, let's announce the WINNER!

Congratulations,Terry Funderburk!

Thanks again to EVERYONE who entered. If you're new to Blitsy make sure you bookmark us because we have fabulous crafty giveaways every single week and up to 70% off craft supplies every day!


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Create Your Own Holiday Cards!

Many people use the holidays to send out cards giving an update on themselves or their families.  This year, have your card stand out! What better way to spread holiday cheer than with a handmade card!

The best part about the cards below, is they actually come in a complete kit. I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of any type of kit! There is nothing better than having everything you need nicely packaged all in one place.

The Aspen Frost Card Kit literally has all of the materials (and envelopes!) that you need to create your very own holiday cards.  I also used the Mason Row Self-Inking Monogram Stamper to customize my envelopes with "Joy".  Get the Aspen Frost Card Kit and Mason Row Self-Inking Monogram Stamper on sale right now at www.blitsy.com!

Do you make your own cards for the holidays?  If so, when do you usually start putting them together? Let us know in the comments section below!


Here's what you'll need:
Let's get crafty!

Card #1


Step 1: Cut out all of the required pieces for Card #1(instructions will be included in the kit). Grab the two borders and place them on the sides of your card so the scalloped edge is lined up with the border already on the card.  Put glue on the backs of the three different sizes of buttons and glue them to the bottom of the "strings" on the front of the card.

Step 2: Place your leaf sticker so it is slightly over your scalloped border.

Step 3: Grab your "falaLa"and glue it to the bottom right hand side of your card.

Step 4: I decided to customize my envelope as well.  I used my Mason Row Self-inking Monogram Stamper to add "Joy" to the front of my envelope.  The stamp makes the envelope look just as cute as the card!

Card #2


Step 1: Cut out all of the required pieces for Card #2. Grab the border and place it on the bottom of your card. 

Step 2: Take your scissors and punch out the two holes on the sides of your card.

Step 3: Grab one of your strings.  Push one end of your string through one of your holes. Repeat this with the other end of the string.  Then, tie a bow with your string to the left side of your card.

Step 4: Take the green polka dot circles and follow the perforations to form your 3D trees.  Once your tree has taken shape, glue down the folds so the tree keeps it shape. After the glue dries, glue your trees to your card going from small, large, to small.


Step 5: Take your star stickers and place the two small stars above the two smaller trees. Place the large star above the large tree.

See Step 4 in Card #1 for customized envelope.

Card #3


Step 1: Cut out all of the required pieces for Card #3. Grab the three notched borders and place them in the center of your card so there is a slight space between each.

Step 2: Take the banners that are medium in size. Dab some glue on the paper and fold it over forming a loop. Repeat this with the other 2 medium banners.

Step 3: Put glue on the inside of your loop and push down. Put slight pressure on the ends of your loop without completely creasing the ends. Glue your loops towards the bottom of your notched banners.

Step 4: Repeats steps 2 and 3 for the smallest banners. 

Step 5: Take your vine and place it under your left ribbon (you will need to lift up your ribbon a bit). Then, take two berries and place them on your vine.

Step 6: Punch out the green banner.  Place your "Peace" stickers in the center of your banner.

Step 7: Glue the banner to the center of your ribbons.

See Step 4 in Card #1 for customized envelope.

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Impress With Less

When it comes to gift wrapping, it can be a bit overwhelming especially if you are a novice. Do you love gifts that have a lot of detail to them, but have no idea where to start? If so, here's a simple project for you!

The secret to this project is a little (or a lot!) of embroidery thread. If you want to add more detail to your gift (but do not want to spend a lot of time doing it) just layer embroidery thread over your gift and you are finished! Your gift looks put together without you spending a lot time on it. It's that simple!

I used Metallic Pearl Silver Thread on my package. I think the color really pops against my red wrapping paper. To add a little more detail, I also made a custom tag with my Mason Row Self-Inking Monogram Stamper. The best part is, we have BOTH the embroidery thread and the Mason Row Self-inking Monogram Stamper on sale right now at www.blitsy.com!

Do you embellish your gifts? If so, let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Wrap your package with your wrapping paper.

Step 2: Grab your thread and cut it to your desired length (for my smaller package, I used a yard and a half).

Step 3: Wrap your thread around your package.  I did mine in an "X" pattern off to the side.  When I got close to the end of my string, I tied a knot.
Step 4: I used my Mason Row Self-Inking Monogram Stamper to spell out "To" and "From" on my tag. Then, I put one of the strings through the hole in my tag and tied a knot.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Three Yarn Trees

Looking for a modern way to display a Christmas tree?  If so, we have the perfect project for you!

With a few supplies and some yarn you can make these adorable yarn trees. The varying sizes of the trees will really give a unique presence to a table, mantle, or any other neglected space in your home. If you already have enough holiday d├ęcor in your home, why not make these as gifts for family and friends?  Just imagine their delight when they receive a cute little yarn tree made by you!

I used Coats & Clark Red Heart Holiday Yarn in Red/Silver, Green/Silver, and White/Silver to get a fun mix of Christmas cheer.  You can get all three colors on sale right now at www.blitsy.com

How many trees do you put up in your home during the holidays?  Let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Grab all of your yarn. Make a yarn ball out of each color. This will make the process easier when you wrap the yarn around your cones. Make sure your yarn ball is big enough so you have enough to go around your cones.  

Step 2: Put a little dab of glue at the bottom of your cone. Take your yarn (whatever color you would like to start with) and glue it to the bottom of your cone.

Step 3: Start wrapping your yarn around and down your cone. Make sure you keep your line of yarn as close to the prior line of yarn as possible.


Step 4: Continue wrapping your yarn until you get to the top of your cone.

Step 5: Once you get to the top of your cone, trim your yarn down a bit (leaving enough to finish off the top).

Step 6: Cover the top of your cone with glue.

Step 7: Take your remaining yarn and start to coil it around the top of your cone. When the top is completely filled in, trim any remaining yarn.

Step 8: Time to make your pom pom.  Wrap your yarn forty times around four of your fingers.  

Step 9: Once you have your yarn wrapped, cut a piece of yarn and wrap it around the center of your yarn and tie a knot.

Step 10: Cut all of the loops you made, opening them up.

Step 11: Run your pom pom between your palms to "fluff" it up.

Step 12: Trim your pom pom down to the size you would like. Once your pom pom is the perfect size  place some glue on the top of your cone and glue your pom pom to it. Repeat all steps for your other two cones.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July Giveaway

We've been feeling festive this week celebrating Christmas in July here at Blitsy and what better way to celebrate than a fabulous giveaway???

So, in addition to our holiday sale going on right now and  project inspiration (see How to Make an Embroidered Tag and Holiday Garland), we've got the 12 NEW Tim Holtz Distress Marker Colors to give away! It will really be like Christmas has come early when you get these bad boys in your mailbox!

These markers were JUST released for the CHA Summer show going on in Vegas right now! They are so bright they just exude holiday cheer. The colors match the Seasonal Distress Ink colors, which we happen to have on sale right now for a crazy low Christmas in July price!



Image Credit: http://timholtz.com/ranger-sneak-peek-2013/

Do you want to add these to your stash? Use the widget below and enter as many ways as you'd like! We will randomly draw and announce the winner on Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am CST. So get your entries in before then!


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Get Your Garland On {Early}


When the holiday season rolls around do you always scramble to decorate your home? If so, we have a project you can complete now and hang later. When Christmas arrives this year (it will be here sooner than you know it!) all you need to do is dig out your garland (just remember where you stored it) and tie it to your mantle, stairwell, or your tree!  

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to get a fun, vintage-y feel to my garland  The inks gave my paper a nice distressed and aged look.  My garland looks like it has been passed down - LOVE THIS!  You can get the Tim Holtz Distressed Inks on sale right now at www.blitsy.com

Do have any holiday decorations that have been passed down to you that you cherish?  If so, let us know in the comments below!



Here's what you'll need:



Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Grab your large scallop craft punch and cardstock. Start punching out the number of scallop circles you will need depending on how long you want your garland.

Step 2: Start punching out your large circles. Make as many as you need for the length of your garland.  I did three circle, one large scallop circle, then three circles for my garland.


Step 3: Grab your Evergreen Bough ink and blending tool. Start blending the ink into your large scallop circle making a twisting motion.  Let the ink dry.

Step 4: Switch the felt on your blending tool and start blending your Festive Berries ink into your smaller circles.  Use the same technique as #3.  Let the ink dry.


Step 5: Once your ink is dry on your scallop circles, take your Iced Spruce ink and blend it into your paper.  Use the same technique as #3.  This will darken the green giving it a more aged look. Let the ink dry.

Step 6Then, use your Iced Spruce ink on your smaller circles.  Use the same technique as #3.  This will darken the red giving it a more aged look.  Let the ink dry.

Step 7: When your circles are dry, start punching two holes towards the top of your circles.  

Step 8: Once all of your circles have holes, grab your thread.  Cut your thread as long as you want your garland to be, making sure to add an additional six to twelve inches to the ends of your thread so you have enough to hang your garland.  Six to twelve inches from the end of your thread, tie a knot. This will keep your paper from sliding off. Next, take the other end of your thread and run it through the hole in your circle going from the front to the back.


Step 9: Once through the front of your circle, run your thread over the back and up through the front of your circle.

Step 10: Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have strung all of your circles.  When you are finished, tie a knot six to twelve inches from the end of your thread.


Enjoy!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Tag Time!

Since we are celebrating Christmas in July at Blitsy, why not start getting ready for the holiday season now? We have a fun way to incorporate embroidery thread into your gift giving this year.  These custom tags will complete your gifts and add a personal touch to your packaging.  This project is very easy.  When it comes to embroidery, I am a beginner.  If I can do it, anyone can!

We currently have the embroidery thread on sale right now at www.blitsy.com! The metallic pearl silver thread by DMC is the perfect color for a wintry snowflake.

Will you be making your own holiday tags this year?  If so, what are your ideas?  Let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Paper Gift Tags
  • Metallic Pearl Silver Thread 
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • A piece of cardboard (you want to make sure it will fit behind your tag)
  • Tape

Let's get crafty!

Step 1:  Grab your tag and pencil.  I made a very simple snowflake on the bottom of my tag.  Start by drawing a straight line, then an "X" with the center of all of your lines intersecting.  Draw dots on the end of each of your lines as well in the center where they all come together (remember: it does not need to be perfect - it's a snowflake!)

Step 2:  Next, draw in "V's" at the end of all of your lines.  Then, draw dots on the ends of your "V's" as well as where your "V's" connect with your lines.

Step 3:  Grab your cardboard.  Place your tag over your cardboard making sure that the area behind your snowflake is completely covered.  

Step 4:  Take your needle and push it through all of the dots you made on your tag.  This will create the holes for your embroidery thread.


Step 5:  Take your eraser and erase the lines and dots you drew.  You should only see the holes on your tag.

Step 6:  Thread your needle with your embroidery thread.  Turn your tag over.  Push your threaded needle through the hole at the top of your snowflake.  Tape your thread to the back of your tag.

Step 7:  Start working your way down your first line to the center.  

Step 8:  Keep working your way around your snowflake using the holes you created.


Step 9:  Grab your thread and scissors.  You will need to cut a piece of thread that will be used to hang your tag.  I doubled my thread and cut it a little less than the length of my tag (you can make your thread as long or as short as you would like).

Step 10:  Take the two ends of your thread and tie them together.  Then, take your scissors and trim the end.

Step 11:  Take the looped part of your thread and put it through the hole at the top of your tag.

Step 12:  Then, take the end of your thread with the knot and put it through the looped part of your thread.  Give it a nice pull.  This will secure your thread to your tag.


Enjoy your custom tags!