Monday, September 30, 2013

Time for a Tribal Necklace

Parachute cord has been popping up all over Pinterest. Bracelets seem to be a popular accessory to make out of this trendy cord. I love the way the bracelets look, but I decided to go a different route. 

I figured I would attempt a simple tribal inspired necklace using the parachute cord. This was pretty easy. Just a little cutting and gluing and you are finished!

Do you love parachute cord? If so, head on over to www.blitsy.com to see our selection of Pepperell Parachute Cord we have on sale!

What do you think of our tribal inspired necklace?


Here's what you'll need:
- Pepperell Parachute Cord
- Gold Plastic Trim
- Necklace End Caps
- Scissors
- Tape
- Super Glue
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Decide on the length of your necklace. Once you have decided, hold one end of your cord and go back and forth until all of your cords are even.

Step 2: Cut the loops at the ends of your necklace.

Step 3: Wrap tape around the ends of your cord. You will want to trim down your cord afterwards so you won't see the tape sticking out of your end cap.

Step 4: Put super glue inside of your end cap.


Step 5: Place your cords inside of your end cap. The number of cords you use will be determined by the size of your end cap opening.

Step 6: Straighten out your cords. Wrap your remaining cord ends with tape and trim them down so the tape will not show once inside of your end cap. Glue your cords inside of your end cap.

Step 7: Cut your gold trim in half.

Step 8: Cut your gold trim long enough so it will fit around your cords. Place hot glue on one side of your trim then wrap it around your cords.  Repeat this step until you have added your desired number of gold trim to your necklace. You are finished!


Enjoy!


Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY Seed Bead Earrings

It's time to decorate your ears with some seeds!

If you feel like your outfit choice for the day is a bit boring, just add these statement seed bead earrings and get noticed! Seed beads come in so many eye-catching colors, shapes, and sizes.  Go ahead, plant your seed and get crafting!

Love these earrings? Head on over to www.blitsy.com to check out the rainbow of Mode Seed Beads we have on sale right now! So many to choose from!

Have you ever worked with seed beads before? If so, what did you make?


Here's what you'll need:

- Tiger Tail Wire
- 2 Ear Wires
- 4 Looped End Cap Crimp Beads
- Ruler
- Scissors
- Jewelry Pliers


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut 6 wires that are 5 inches long. Holding the end of one of your wires, begin stringing your beads. Stop when you are a half inch from the end. Repeat this step with your other 5 wires.

Step 2: Take 3 of your wires and place them inside your crimp bead. 

Step 3: Use your pliers to pinch in the sides of your crimp bead, locking your wires in place.  

Step 4: Hold your crimp bead at an angle so all of your beads are at one end. You want to slowly remove 6 beads from your center wire so it is a little shorter than your bottom wire.  Then, remove 6 beads from your top wire.  This will give your earrings a graduated look.

Step 5: Place your 3 wires inside your other crimp bead. Use your pliers to pinch in the sides of your crimp bead, locking your wires in place.  

Step 6: Using your pliers, open the loop at the bottom of your ear wires. Next, slip the loops of your crimp beads onto your open ear wire. Then, close the loop of your ear wire. Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to complete your other earring. You are finished!


Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Washi Redo

I recently bought a pretty plain organizer to house my pens, markers and all of my other crafty trinkets. Of course, the reason I bought it so plain was so I could give it a little makeover. I have been staring at my organizer for months now and decided it was time to add some punch to it!

It is no secret we love washi tape here at Blitsy. So, it was only fitting that I use this magical tape to add some character to my organizer.  With some paint and washi tape, my organizer is in a much happier state now!

Update your organizer, or any other item with washi tape! Check out our washi tape sale at www.blitsy.com! There are so many colors and patterns to choose from!

Do you love washi tape? If so, how have you used it?


Here's what you'll need:

- Organizer
- Acrylic paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Scissors


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cover your organizer with as many coats of paint as needed. Let your paint dry.

Step 2: Decide how long you want your washi tape. I decided to do a pattern of long and short tape. Take your scissors and round one end of your tape. 

Step 3: Put your tape on your organizer repeating your pattern until you have covered your entire organizer.

Step 4: To make sure your washi tape stays put, go over your entire organizer with a layer of Mod Podge. Let your glue dry. You are finished!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We're giving away over $500!

We are so close to reaching 100,000 likes on Facebook, but we won't make it there without YOU! As a thank you for helping us reach this milestone we will be giving away over $500 in Blitsy credits!



Join the Race to 100k and you could walk away with free money to spend on anything you want from Blitsy! Just make sure to like Blitsy on Facebook and pay close attention to what we post there. Up until we hit our goal, we'll be giving away credits to random fans who participate on our page! When we hit 100k, we will draw a winner to receive $100 in Blitsy credits!

Your first chance to enter is right here! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below and we'll randomly draw some $20 winners! Check our Facebook page often for winner announcements and more ways to win Blitsy $$$!
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-Hover over "Liked" in the upper right hand corner and make sure there is a checkmark next to "Get Notifications" or "Show in News Feed" (see example below).





We'll be posting more ways to enter throughout the week on our Facebook page. See you there!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Add Some Phoomph To Your Lamp Shade!

Do you have a boring lamp shade that could use a little life?  If so, you need Phoomph!

I used Phoomph to add a fall accent to my plain white lamp shade. Phoomph is pretty amazing. It allows you to add dimension to fabric or paper since it is a double sided fabric bonding sheet. Phoomph comes in different colors so you can pick a color that best matches your design.  You could Phoomph a gift bag, a picture frame, a wall, pretty much anything!

Get Phoomph on sale now at www.blitsy.com! Grab yours now and bring your projects to life!

How would you use Phoomph?


Here's what you'll need:
- Phoomph (soft)
- Fabric (or paper)
- Scissors


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut out your flowers, or the design you want from your fabric. You do not need to cut close to your image. You will do this when your fabric is on your Phoomph.




Step 2: Lay your fabric on your Phoomph. Once you get an idea of how much Phoomph you will need, go ahead and cut off the excess. Then, peel off the paper layer on one side of your Phoomph. Lay your fabric on your Phoomph. Take your fingers and smooth out your fabric.


Step 3: Cut around your fabric.


Step 4: To add more dimension to my flower, I cut out the same center from another flower on my fabric. After I cut out the center, I peeled the back film off and stuck it to the center of my flower. Finally, remove the backs of all of your fabric pieces.  Arrange your fabric flowers on your lampshade.  You are finished!

Lamp shade before:


Lamp shade after:



Enjoy!







Friday, September 20, 2013

A Clever Way to Display Your Paper Crafts

Turn your paper projects into displayed works of art! 

With some magnets, the Kraft Klub Magnetic Board, and a chalk marker this project can be completed in minutes! You can change your magnets and your message as the seasons change.   Welcome guests with a friendly message or add your spooky Halloween creations to your board for trick-or-treaters. You can also turn your favorite paper pattern into a magnet to display your pictures, special quotes and more!

Get these Kraft Klub Magnetic Boards and others on sale now at www.blitsy.com

How would you decorate your Kraft Klub Magnetic Board? Let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:

- Kraft Klub Magnetic Board
- Sticky Back Magnet Sheet
- Ribbon
- Scissors
- Chalk Marker/Dry Erase Marker
- You favorite paper project or cardstock pattern


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Take your magnet and peel back the white film.

Step 2: Place the back of your paper craft project on the exposed sticky part of your magnet.

Step 3: Take your scissors and cut around your project.  If your project is larger than your magnet sheet, cut your magnet in strips and space out on the back of your project.

Step 4: Grab you ribbon and run it through the holes along the edge of your board. Cut your ribbon and tie.  Go through your holes one more time with your ribbon so you have two rows of ribbon. Next, cut another piece of ribbon and tie it to the back of your board.

Step 5: Write "Welcome" at the top of your board, arrange your magnets, and hang.  You are finished!



Turn strips of your favorite patterned paper into magnets and use them to display a favorite picture or quote!







Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY: Beaded Bib Necklace

Turn a boring piece of felt into a statement necklace with Crystazzi Beads!  This necklace does not require jewelry making skills; you only need to know basic sewing!

You can get the beads used in this project and others on sale at www.blitsy.comCrystazzi Beads can be used for a bracelet, as added decoration to a lamp shade, or use them for a napkin ring! 

How would you use your Crystazzi Beads?


Here's what you'll need:


- Crystazzi Beads
- 1/8 of Cream Chiffon
- 1 Sheet (or 1/8 of yard) of Cream Felt
- Scissors
- Thread
- Needle
- Hole Punch
- Hot Glue Gun (and Glue)
- Ruler


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Take your felt and cut it so it is 5 inches by 5 inches. Fold it in half and draw a half "boomerang".

Step 2: Cut along the line you just drew. This will make the sides of your bib even. You will need to cut two felt "boomerangs" for your necklace.

Step 3: This is showing you how to sew your beads to your felt. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of your thread. Push your needle up and through your felt. Once your needle is through, run your needle through your bead. Then, push your needle back through your felt, securing your bead. You will use this technique to secure all of your beads to your bib.

Step 4: Sew your black beads to your felt bib in a random pattern.


Step 5: Next, take your gray beads and start randomly sewing them to your felt in the spaces between your black beads.

Step 6: Finally, take your cream beads and sew them in all of the remaining open spaces on your bib.

Step 7: Take your chiffon and cut a slit 1.5 inches from the end. Grab both ends of your fabric and pull, ripping your fabric. Keep ripping until you have created your ribbon. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and cut.  You should now have two ribbons for your necklace.

Step 8: Take the edges of your fabric ribbon and fold them in.  Put hot glue on an inch of your fabric.


Step 9: Glue your ribbon to the back side of your felt. Repeat this with your other ribbon.

Step 10: Next, take the second piece of felt you cut and glue it to the back of your necklace.

Step 11: Take your chiffon and tie a knot above your felt.

Step 12: If the ties of your necklace are too long, trim them down, then tie a knot at the end. You are finished!

Enjoy!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Have Some Fun With Pipe Cleaners!

Time to grab some fuzzy pipe cleaners and start crafting!

With the Sea Star Colors Pipe Cleaners Pack you get 4 different sizes of pipe cleaners. I decided a cute 3-D butterfly would be an awesome way to use these fun pipe cleaners.

Get this pipe cleaner pack and others on sale right now at www.blitsy.com

What would you make with your pipe cleaners? Let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:
- Sea Star Colors Pipe Cleaners Pack
- Scissors
- Ruler


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Take 2 of the largest purple pipe cleaners and cut them 9 inches long. Cut two of the largest pink pipe cleaners 7 inches long.

Step 2: Make a loop with all of your piper cleaners, twisting the ends together.

Step 3: Next, grab two large pink pipe cleaners.  Place the end of your pipe cleaner at one end of your purple pipe cleaner. Hold the end of your pink pipe cleaner and begin to move around the inside of your pipe cleaner. When you get to the end, wrap your pink pipe cleaner around both pipe cleaners.  Repeat this step for your smaller wings using the large purple pipe cleaners.

Step 4: Next, grab two large light pink pipe cleaners.  Place the end of your pipe cleaner at one end of your large wing. Hold the end of your pink pipe cleaner and begin to move around the inside of your pipe cleaner. When you get to the end, wrap your pink pipe cleaner around all three pipe cleaners.  Repeat this step for your smaller wings using the medium light pink pipe cleaners.


Step 5: Next, grab two large dark pink pipe cleaners.  Place the end of your pipe cleaner at one end of your smaller wings. Hold the end of your dark pink pipe cleaner and begin to move around the inside of your pipe cleaner. When you get to the end, wrap your dark pink pipe cleaner around all four pipe cleaners. 

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 for your larger wings using the large purple pipe cleaners.

Step 7: Place one smaller wing on top of the larger wing. Run your small white pipe cleaner under the outside pipe cleaners of each wing. Twist your white pipe cleaner connecting your large and small wings. Repeat this step with your other wings.

Step 8: Take both sides of your wings and place them across from one another. Then, take your small white pipe cleaner and wrap it around the middle, making sure you wrap it around the white pipe cleaner you added in Step 7. 

Step 9: Take your medium purple pipe cleaner and wrap it around the middle of your butterfly to create the body.  Make sure you end at the back of your butterfly where you secured your wings together.

Step 10: Cut your medium purple pipe cleaner so it is 5 inches long. Start coiling your pipe cleaner from the center. This will be the head of your butterfly. You want to make it so the head of your butterfly pops out.

Step 11: Take your head and attach it to the body of your butterfly. Wrap it around and then twist your pipe cleaner to secure it.

Step 12: Cut two pieces of your small light pink pipe cleaner 2.5 inches long. Make a small coil at one end of your pipe cleaner, then wrap around the last pipe cleaner on your butterfly's head.  You are finished!

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

10 Giveaway Winners

We are wrapping up our weekend here at Blitsy with a big reveal of the 10 random winners of our latest giveaway! We let YOU choose the prizes from everything currently on sale at Blitsy! We loved going through all of your posts and seeing which sales you're currently loving.

We also threw a bonus prize in - the full set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers!

All of these prizes are items available discounted on Blitsy.com. Make sure you check it out! If you are a winner please send an email to katy@blitsy.com to claim your prize!


1. Anne (aka Craftyanny) chose the Spellbinders MBossabilities Floral Labels Four!

Mbossabilities offer a realistic embossing, debossing, and letterpress to give the appearance of a sculpted piece of art!


2. Jengd won the Basic Grey Hipster Collection Pack!

Pack includes 12 (12x12") double sided papers, one sheet coordinating alphabet stickets and one sheen coordinating cardstock stickers!


3. Kari V. won the 3M Advanced Tape Glider with 2 rolls of tape!

This ATG applies a thin; strong line of adhesive that bonds instantly and goes on easily while removing and rewinding the liner. Perfect for scrapbooking, card-making, and other projects!


4. Tara Martinez won the Just Rite Holiday Magic Clear Stamps!

Holiday Magic - 6x8 set of 26 clear stamps designed by Samantha Walker!

5. Christi Conley won the Studio 490 by Wendy Vecchi Believe in Art Cling Stamp Set!

Cling means you receive the detail and long lasting quality of rubber with the convenience of clear!

6. Charmane Ingram won the Ranger Ancient Golds Embossing Powder (Antique Gold)

A golden line of powders in both opaque and translucent varieties! 

7. Emma Furness (@LibrarianELF) won the 8.5" Tonic Trimmer!


8. Jeannette (@imJnett) won the Spellbinders Mbossabilities Reindeer Magic!


9. Debbie Esslinger won the Just Rite Vintage Christmas Ornaments Cling Stamps!



10. Mary Wiseman won the Tim Holtz Distress Markers!



Congratulations to all of our winners! If you are a winner please send an email to katy@blitsy.com to claim your prize!