Friday, August 30, 2013

Mealtime Fun!

It's time to have some fun with mealtime!

Start someone's day off right with a cute message or drawing on their placemat! Pair Chalk Markers and Chalkcloth together to create so many sweet messages and pictures.  You could also use the Chalkcloth (along with the Chalk Markers) as a welcome sign, a menu board, or for a wine and cheese party!  

You can grab the versatile Chalkcloths AND the Chalk Markers on sale right now at www.blitsy.com!

What would you put on your placemat?  Let us know in the comments below!

 Placemat #1

Here's what you'll need:


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Use your white chalk marker to create the string for your banner.

Step 2: Draw triangles connecting them to your string. Color in your triangles. Add a white loop on the ends of your string to make it look like your banner is tied.

Step 3: Add "Happy Birthday _ _ _ _ _ _!". I took my markers and outlined the edge of my placemat. I also added some circles and then colored them in.

Step 4: Take your two clips and attach them to the top, center of your placemat.

Step 5: Tie your yarn to one clip. Decide on how long you want your yarn to be. Cut your yarn and tie the end to your other clip.


Placemat #2

Here's what you'll need:


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Outline the sides of your placemat (I did this twice).

Step 2: Draw a circle in the center of your placemat with your yellow maker. Draw the rays of your sun.  Color in the rays with your orange marker.

Step 3: Inside your sun write "Place food here" and an arrow down.

Step 4: Draw the outline of a fork. Put "Fork here" inside the fork. Draw the outline of a spoon. Put "Spoon here" inside the spoon.

Step 5: Draw flowers and grass at the bottom of your placemat.

Step 6: Draw a cloud in the upper right hand corner.  Next, add "Good morning sunshine!" in the upper left hand side of your placemat.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Useful "Dog Bowl"

If you love your dog more than anything, why not put his/her image onto a functional bowl?!
Well, now you can with Lazertran Silk!

Make this cute little "trinket"collector with the help of Lazertan Silk and some clay.  Print out a picture of your pet and place the transfer on your clay. Put a little water on it and sit back and watch the magic happen!

Snap a pic of your pet and head on over to www.blitsy.com to get your Lazertran Silk on sale right now!

Have you ever done a craft project that involved your pet?  If so, let us know it the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Lazertan Silk
  • Polymer Clay 
  • Mod Podge
  • Pliers
  • Laser Printer
  • Cup of Water
  • Paint Brush
  • Rolling Pin
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Oven
Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Decide on what image you want to transfer to your clay. Take a piece of printer paper, trace it over your Lazertran Silk, and cut it out (this is so you can run it through your laser printer). Print your image on your printer, making sure it is backwards so it transfers to your clay the correct way. You want the image to print on the shiny side of the Lazertran Silk. Cut out your image.

Step 2: Roll out your clay.

Step 3: Place your sheet of Lazertran Silk on your clay so the image is face down. Use your fingers to lightly rub the image into your clay. Dip your paint brush in your water.  Go over your image with your brush, making sure you cover the entire image with water.  Let the water sit for a minute.

Step 4: Slowly peel your Lazertran from your clay.



Step 6: Use a cookie cutter or a knife to cut your clay into a circle. 

Step 7: Use your fingers to pull up the sides of your bowl. Place your clay into an oven safe bowl and bake in the oven according to the package your clay came in. Let your clay cool.

Step 8: Once your bowl is cool, cover the inside of your bowl with Mod Podge.  This will seal it and give it a nice glossy look.  Let the Mod Podge dry.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's Giveaway Time!

Another week, another chance to WIN!

Do you have a Blitsy wish-list? If so, let us help make your wishes come true with a chance to win $50 to spend on blitsy.com!

First, check out what's new on Blitsy this week then leave a Blog post comment and create an account for up to 70% off craft supplies every day! Plus, we've added some bonus ways to gain entry into the giveaway. The more ways you enter, the better your chances! 

GOOD LUCK!

Enter by Friday, August 30th at 4:00pm CST. We will post the winner here shortly after!

CONGRATULATIONS, Lyn Parker Gill!!
You won the $50 Blitsy Giftcard Giveaway! 


Monday, August 26, 2013

Make Your Own Seal!

If you are looking to add an extra element to your invitations, I have an easy idea for you!

Customize your invites by using the Mason Row Self-inking Monogram Stamper to create a seal that lets everyone know what time it really is! You could add so many other customizations like the first initial of your last name, "Join us", and "Thank You"!

We have the Mason Row Self-inking Monogram Stamper on sale right now at www.blitsy.com!

How would you customize your seal? Let us know in the comments below!


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

Step 1: Grab the letters that came with your  Mason Row Stamper. Cut out the small letters to spell out "Party Time". Push down on your stamper and lock it in place. Arrange your letters on your stamper so they are spelled out backwards (when you stamp, the letters will be the correct way). Push down on your stamp to release it.

Step 2: Take your hole punch and punch out a circle from your cardstock. Then, place your stamper over your circle and press down. Put your invite in your card, fold down the flap of your envelope, place glue on your circle, and glue it to the tip of your envelope flap. 

Enjoy!

Friday, August 23, 2013

3D Butterfly Artwork

I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of artwork that is outside of the norm. Since artwork can be anything, I love creating my own.  Not only does creating your artwork allow you to be the artist, but it is also WAY cheaper than purchasing from a gallery.  It is so satisfying to see your very own artwork hanging in your home.

I was really inspired by the Midwest Design Butterflies when I saw them.  I knew I needed to create some sort of 3-D artwork with the butterflies. I wanted my butterflies to appear as though they were flying off of the canvas. 

We have so many beautifully colored butterflies on sale right now at www.blitsy.com. There are so many projects where you could incorporate these butterflies.  Create a headband, add a special touch to a gift, or add them to a wreath!

Have you ever done a project using butterflies?  If so, let us know in the comments below!


Here's hat you'll need:

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Paint your branch with your white paint. Let the paint dry.

Step 2: Grab your butterflies and decide where you want them on your canvas.  Once you have decided, use the clips on the back of them to attach them to your branch, or glue them directly to your branch.  If you want one of you butterflies on the canvas (like I did) you can attach it using craft glue (or hot glue).

Step 3: Time to attach your branch to your canvas. Position your branch on your canvas. 

Step 4: Use your embroidery thread to sew your branch to your canvas.  I sewed my branch at different areas, not only secure it to my canvas, but to add another design element.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Iron On

Feel like making a statement without saying a word? Let your T-shirt do the talking!

Message T-shirts are very popular right now. Whether you are attending a bachelorette party, part of a bowling team, or just want to say "Hello", adding a message transforms your T-shirt. With Dritz Iron-on letters you can let your imagination run wild! Customize your T-shirt with different colors and effects.  Are you a runner? Grab the glow in the dark letters to make a T-shirt that will allow you to be seen while running at night! You could also add letters to a pillow, placemats, or ribbons!

We are super excited about our recent addition to the Blitsy family! So, I decided to use the Flocked Iron on Letters to customize a onesie (I love custom onesies!). Of course, it was only fitting that our littlest member get an "I heart Blitsy" onesie!

We have so many iron on styles to choose from at www.blitsy.com! Which one is your favorite?

Here"s what you'll need:

Let's get crafty!


Step 1: Decide on your message. Then, cut out your letters.

Step 2: Arrange your letters on your onesie with the glue side down and the plastic film facing up. Make sure your letters are centered. Use a ruler to help with this.

Step 3: Put your iron on the "wool" setting and make sure you have the steam component turned off. Once your iron is at the right temperature, place it over your letters.  Let the iron stay there for about ten seconds while you apply pressure. Keep rubbing your iron over your letters for a few minutes to ensure they have fully adhered to your onesie. Let your letters cool off.

Step 4: Once your letters are cool, remove the plastic film over all of your letters.
Enjoy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Have a Ball With Felt

I recently saw adorable felt ball garland and instantly fell in love with the cute little felt balls that were tied to it. It got me thinking, "What else could these little felt balls adorn?"

How about a graduated necklace? Why, of course! I decided to go for on ombre effect with my felt balls. This worked out perfectly because the Fiber Trends Natural Roving Variety Pack has beautiful natural colors from a soft cream to a rich dark gray. I personally have never worked with roving wool before, but found the felt ball making process extremely easy to accomplish. If I can do it, anyone can!

We currently have roving wool (in multiple colors!) and needle felting accessories on sale at www.blitsy.com!

Have you ever done any felting projects?  If so, let us know what project(s) you did in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut your darkest gray strip of wool 6 inches long.  Cut two strips of the light grey colored wool 4 inches long. Then, cut two strips of cream colored wool 3 inches long.

Step 2: Gently pull apart the fibers of all of your strips of wool like the below photo.

Step 3: Put a little dot of dish soap on your hand and rub it around. Then, lightly pat one side of your darkest wool strip with your hand that has soap on it, covering your wool with soap. Rinse your hands off.

Step 4: Take the corners of your dark gray piece of wool and fold them in.


Step 5: Fill your bowl with water. Begin lightly rolling your wool between your two palms in a circular motion. Rinse your hands in your bowl of water when they become too soapy. Keep rolling your wool between your palms until your felt is nice and round and no longer has any seams. Keep dipping your hands and felt ball into your bowl of water.  Once your seams are gone, apply more pressure to your ball pressing harder as you form your ball.  Once your ball is hard, continue to roll it between your palms while under running water from your sink.  This will help get rid of the remaining dish soap in your ball.

Step 6: Repeat the above steps for your remaining four felt balls. Let all of your felt balls dry.
  
Step 7: Grab your jewelry wire and wire cutters.  Take the end of your wire and push it through the middle of your small cream felt ball.

Step 8: Trim your wire so it is about a quarter of an inch long. Put your needle nose pliers at the end of the wire you just cut. Take your pliers and curl your wire, forming a loop. Then, close the loop. with your pliers.
 
Step 9: Repeat step 8 with your light gray felt ball, except before you close the loop, run the opening of the loop through the closed loop of your cream ball.

Step 10: Repeat step 8 with your darkest gray felt ball, except before you close the loop, run the opening of the loop through the closed loop of your light gray ball. Repeat this until all of your felt balls are connected.

Step 11: Open the loops at both ends of your row of felt balls. Slide your chain onto your open loop. Measure how long you want your chain to be and cut your chain. Repeat this step on the other end of your row of felt balls to attach the other side of your chain.

Step 12: Once your chain is attached to your felt balls, open up one of your jump rings.  Slide your jump ride on to the end of your chain, then slide on one end of your clasp.  Close your jump ring. Repeat this step for the other side of your clasp.

 
Enjoy! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Different Kind of Ring Holder

Have you been looking for a safe resting place for your rings?  How about something other than a dish? What about a bunny? Yes, a bunny. Make this friendly clay rabbit and hook your rings on his ears! 

This is a project where you could really go-to-town with color, details, etc. I decided to keep mine basic. I used Activa Hearty Super Lightweight Modeling Clay, a few supplies, and my hands to mold this cute little bunny ring holder. Since it is an abstract bunny, anything goes!

Head on over to www.blitsy.com and grab the Activa clay before it goes away!

Here's what you'll need:

Step 1: Roll a clay ball that is 1.5 inches in diameter. Use your roller to roll your clay until it is nice and flat.

Step 2: Once your clay is flat, roll it up like a burrito.

Step 3: Next, take your clay and stand it upright.  Use your hand to push down on your clay, forming a base for your bunny.

Step 4: About 1.5 to 2 inches down your base, split your clay in half. This will be the ears for your bunny.

Step 5: Use your fingers to form the ears. I used a little bit of water on my finger to help smooth out the clay. Keep working until you get your ears shaped to your liking.

Step 6: Next, use the end of your pen to make two little eyes. Then, use the end of your pen to make and "X".  This will be your bunny's whiskers. Let your clay dry for 24 hours.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cute Creepy Crawlies

I don't know about you, but bugs are not normally welcome in my home. However, this would change if all bugs were as cute as these Artterro felt bugs!

The Artterro Wool Felt Bug Kit is a super easy and fun project for kids (it's also fun for adults!). Kids get to design their own bugs with felt pieces and numerous beads, trims, threads, and sequins. All of these items come packaged in a lovely kit (psst...you can use the box your kits comes in as a frame!). The only thing you need is glue and scissors!

Head on over to www.blitsy.com to get one of these adorable bug kits before they crawl or fly away!

Here's what you'll need:
- Scissors
- Glue
 Here's what comes in your kit:
Let's get crafty!
Bug #1
Step 1: Sew two beads on one of your medium felt balls. These will be the eyes.

Step 2: Cut one of your round flat pieces of felt in half.  Glue three sequins on each half.  Let the glue dry.

Step 3: Tread your needle and push it through the head of your bug under the eyes.  Push though your bug's head and then push your needle through two of your small oval felt balls.  This will sew your bug's head and body together.

Step 4: Next, sew your wings to the body of your bug. After I was finished sewing , I left my string attached. This will help your bug fly. :)
Bug #2
Step 1: Sew two large sequins followed by two small beads to one of your small oval felt balls. Then, sew on a tube shaped bead below the eyes.

Step 2: Take the purple ribbon and tie a knot in the middle of it. Trim down the ribbon making the wings as large (or as small) as you would like.

Step 3: Thread your needle.  Push your needle through the head of your bug under the mouth/nose of your bug. Then, push your needle through a large oval felt ball, sewing the head of your bug to the body. Next, sew your wings to the back of your bug. I left my string attached so my bug could fly.
Bug #3
Step 1: Sew two beads on to one of your small round felt balls.

Step 2: Thread your needle. Push your needle through the head of your bug under the mouth/nose. Then, push your needle through a large oval felt ball, sewing the head of your bug to the body.

Step 3: Take the light blue and blue wired trim and cut 2 pieces an inch and a half.  Sew each of these to the bottom of your bug's body.

Step 4: Take the small flat oval piece of felt and cut it in half. Sew each of the wings to the back of your bug.
Bug #4
Step 1: Sew a large sequin and small bead to one of your small round felt balls. Repeat this step with another small round felt ball. These will be your eyes.

Step 2: Take one of your large flat round piece of felt and cut out the shape of a triangle. These will be your wings. Glue your wings to a large oval felt ball (this will be your body).

Step 3: Take the mesh strip of trim and cut out to wings in the same shape as the wings you just cut for your bug. Glue these to the top of your felt wings.

Step 4: Sew your two eyes to the body of your bug. Pick a bead and sew it below the eyes.
Bug #5
Step 1: Sew two large sequins and two small beads to one of your small round felt balls. Take one of the tube shaped beads and sew it under your eyes.

Step 2: Thread your needle. Push your needle through the head of your bug under the mouth/nose of your bug. Then, push your needle through a small oval felt ball, a bead, another small oval felt ball, then tie five knots. Next, string a larger bead, then a smaller bead and tie a knot. 

Step 3: Take your feathery gold trim and place it next to the body of your bug.  Fold the trim in half and cut it so it fits under your bug's body.  With the trim folded in half, place glue along the center of the trim and glue it the bottom of your bug's body.
Enjoy all of your cute bugs!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time for a Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER - POSTED BELOW!


Another week, another chance to WIN!

It is hard to believe it's about that time for kids to head back to school.  Get in to the school mood with these cute paper crafts from Little Yellow Bicycle - Making the Grade!


Want to win these adorable items?  First, check out what's new on Blitsy this week then leave a Blog post comment and create an account for up to 70% off craft supplies every day! Plus, we've added some bonus ways to gain entry into the giveaway. The more ways you enter, the better your chances! 
GOOD LUCK!
Enter by Friday, August 16th at 10:00 AM CST. We will post the winner here shortly after!

CONGRATULATIONS,  Deb Duryee!! 
You won the Little Yellow Bicycle - Making the Grade Giveaway! 


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