Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Tag Challenge: Winner


A special thanks to those who participated in our first every Blitsy Craft Challenge! Our team had fun voting on the entries! It's not easy to choose just one and it was a tight race, but we did have one entry that had one extra vote to take the win!

You can see all of the entries and find more crafty ideas on our Inspiration page!

Peg Hewitt (pjhewitt) is our winner with her "Quoth of the Raven" Halloween Tag! 


Congratulations, Peg! Check out the prize you won! We'll be shooting you an email to get your information. 



Would you like to win a cool prize from Blitsy? We'll be holding more challenges in the near future. What challenge themes would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!



Make a Bow With the Zutter Bow-It-All


The Zutter Bow-It-All is an all-in-one bow making system. It includes everything you need to easily make a perfect bow every time. Bows can be made as small as a 1/2 inch wide all the way up to 9 inches wide. This is perfect for embellishing cards, paper crafting, weddings, gift wrapping, and so much more!


Step 1: Set-up your peg board. Screw in your peg (that does not have a bolt on the end) into the peg on the upper right hand side of your board. Place the white spool holder over your peg. Then, put your ribbon on your holder. Next, grab your two pegs (with bolts on them) and screw them into the pegs so they are 4 inches apart. Then, take two more pegs and screw them into the pegs below and to the right and to the left of your top pegs. (they will be an inch apart). Use your wrench to tighten all of your bolts.


Step 2: Pull your ribbon so it is behind both of your top pegs. You can make your ribbon tail as long as you would like. Mine is about 4 inches long.


Step 3: Hold your cut ribbon with your left hand and your working ribbon (the ribbon attached to your spool) in your right hand. Take the ribbon in your right hand and wrap it behind your top two pegs. Then, wrap it behind your top right peg and then your left peg.

Step 4: Making a figure 8, take your ribbon and wrap it around your front right peg, then around your front left peg.


Step 5: Take your working ribbon and wrap it over the top center of your bow. Take your cut ribbon and cross it over your working ribbon in the back of your bow.


Step 6: Pull your cut ribbon up, over, and under the middle of your bow.


Step 7: Take your working ribbon in your left hand and your cut ribbon in your right hand.

Step 8: Make a loop with your working ribbon.

Step 9: Take your cut ribbon over and under the loop of your working ribbon.

Step 10: Then, with your cut ribbon in your left hand and your working ribbon in right, pull tight straight across. This will create a knot, locking your bow in place.


You now have a perfect double loop bow!


Now, just add it to a gift or use it to make a hair bow!


Here are some of the other materials I used with the Bow-It-All:
- Silk Ribbon
- Yarn
- Raffia
- Floral Wire
- Baker's Twine
- Pipe Cleaner


Leather and Beads, Please

If you are someone who crafts on a regular basis, you may have experienced the "Not all projects can be as simple and easy as you think" phenomenon. There are times when I have a vision in my head of how I think a project will turn out, but when the project is actually completed it looks nothing like my vision. When this happens, FAIL. 

Well, I have good news! This bracelet by Primitive Earth Beads is a no-fail kit that includes everything you need to make a trendy beaded leather bracelet. Did I mention it is also super quick and easy? When I say quick, I mean like a 10 minute project.  You can literally make this bracelet before you head off to work or class!

With this kit you get the leather cord, beads, claps, and glue to make your very own bracelet. The best part is, what you visualize in your head as the final product, will actually be what you get when you are finished! I love when this happens!

Check out all of the fun bead kits we have on sale now at www.blitsy.com and get beading!

P.S. Looking to make a gift for a friend, co-worker, or family member? This would be an awesome way to give a gorgeous handmade gift that looks like you spent some serious dough!


Here's what you'll need:


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Check the clasp fit and direction of magnets before gluing. Put 2-3 drops of glue in the clasp, then insert one end of your leather. 

Step 2: Add your beads to your leather, starting with one of your metal beads, then your turquoise bead.  

Step 3: Keep alternating these two until they are all on your leather.

Step 4: Check the position of your clap again before gluing. Put 2-3 drops of glue in the clasp, then insert one end of leather. Let your glue dry. You are finished!

Enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Felt Ball Fall Makeover

I love when Fall rolls around each year.  It means cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, and deep, rich colors. I was completely on board with all of the bright neon colors Summer brought, but it is a nice change to see deep purples, reds, and oranges popping up again.

I was really inspired when I saw we were running a deep purple embroidery floss. Do you remember when I made this felt ball necklace? Well, I thought the color of my felt balls would look amazing wrapped in the deep purple embroidery floss. By adding floss to my felt balls, I completely changed the look of the original necklace I made.  It is now a long necklace and has a pop of color. I have to say, I am pretty happy with this little felt ball makeover. Not to mention, it is super light weight!

Head on over to www.blitsy.com to check out our lovely selection of DMC embroidery floss and Fiber Trends wool roving on sale now!

What do you love most about Fall? Let us know in the comments below!


Here's what you'll need:
- Roving wool
- DMC Embroidery Floss
- Felt Ball Making Supplies
- Scissors
- Needle


Let's get crafty!

First, make your felt balls. See the entire process here. Let your felt balls dry.

Step 1: Cut 60 inches of floss. Tie a knot 16 inches from the end of your string. Thread your needle. Then, push your needle through the center of your smallest felt ball. Pull your thread until your felt ball is all of the way to your knot.

Step 2: Wrap your floss under your felt ball, then go back through the center of your ball with your needle. Pull your thread all of the way through. This will put your first string around the bottom of your felt ball.

Step 3: Repeat Step 4 to add string to the top of your felt ball.

Step 4: Measure 3 inches from your first ball and tie a knot. Add your second largest felt ball. Repeat Step 2.

Step 5: Measure 3 inches from your second felt ball and tie a knot. Add your largest felt ball. Then, repeat Step 2. Keep adding your felt balls until all of them have been added to your string.

Step 6: Tie a knot at the end of your smallest felt ball.  Tie the two ends of your string together.  You are finished!
 
Enjoy!




Friday, October 25, 2013

Make It a Combo

I am SUPER excited about this little charm necklace/bracelet combo!  Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons...

First off, it is a project anyone can do! If you love embroidery, sewing, jewelry making, or just general crafting, this project is perfect for you. You only need to know how to thread a needle and tie a knot. It really is that easy!

The second reason I am excited about this project is...

The necklace can be turned into a bracelet! So, you get two jewelry pieces in one. Just twist the necklace around your wrist and viola! A beautiful statement bracelet.

Okay, on to the final reason I am so pumped about this project...

You can get all of the materials used to make this necklace/bracelet on sale now at www.blitsy.com and it is completely customizable! Choose from our different sizes and colors of Dakota Stones Candy Jade Beads, pick your favorite color of DMC Embroidery Floss, and get the Vintaj charm that speaks to you the most. 

Are you excited yet?  I hope so! Make one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. If you make this necklace/bracelet combo, we would love to see it! Upload it to our Inspiration Page for our Blitsy Crafting Community to see!


Here's what you will need:
- 2 Strands of Dakota Stones Candy Jade Beads (I used the 10mm Jade Aqua)
- DMC Embroidery Floss (I used Very Dark Violet)
- Vintaj Charm
- Jump Rings
- Jewelry Wire
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Pliers
- Jewelry Needle
- Small Piece of Cardboard


Let's get crafty!


Step 1: Cut your two strands of beads and dump them into a small bowl or cup. Cut your floss 48 inches long. Separate your embroidery thread so you only have three strands. Put the other three stands to the side (you will use these later). Thread your needle.

Step 2: About 5 inches from the end of your string tie two knots, one on top of the other (you want to make sure your knot is larger than your bead hole). Start stringing your beads.

Step 3: Keep stringing your beads until all of them have been strung.

Step 4: Tie a knot with your two ends. Leave 1 centimeter from your knot and beads. Trim your ends, or leave them a bit longer for added detail.


Step 5: Use your pliers to open your jump ring. Slide your jump ring through the hole at the top of your charm.

Step 6: Find the center of your necklace. Hook your jump ring onto your necklace and close it with your pliers.

Step 7: Cut your cardboard so it is an inch long. Grab the other 3 strands of thread you cut. Wrap your thread behind and over your cardboard. You want the top string to be a little more than a inch long. Tie a knot at the top of your cardboard.

Step 8: Start wrapping your thread around your cardboard. When you get close to an inch of string left, tie a knot with your other string at the top of your cardboard.


Step 9: Use your pliers to open your other jump ring. Slide your jump ring under all of your strings at the top of your cardboard. Close your jump ring.

Step 10: Cut four inches of wire. Lay your wire on your table. Put your tassel two centimeters from the end of your wire. Make sure you fold the two strings at the top of your cardboard down to the bottom of your tassel  Begin tightly wrapping your wire underneath your jump ring.  When you have about two centimeters of wire left, twist your two wires together, securing your wire. Trim any excess wire you have.

Step 11: Use your scissors to cut the loops at the bottom of your tassel. Make sure all of your strings are even.

Step 12: Open the jump ring on your tassel and put it on your necklace next to your charm, leaving a bead in-between. Close your jump ring.





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blitsy Craft Challenge: Halloween Tag

Welcome to the first ever Blitsy Craft Challenge! This is going to be a crazy fun way to get involved and show off your creativity! Not to mention, we'll be giving away a prize at the end! Keep reading to see how it will work...


CHALLENGE THEME
 Halloween Tags
Create a Halloween themed tag! Check out our Pinterest Board for some great ideas!
Examples below courtesy of Michelle Reaves!


ENTRY PERIOD
10/23/13-10/29/13
Enter by 12:00 noon CST on Tuesday, October 29th.
The Blitsy Team will vote and post the winner here on our Blog on Wednesday, October 30th.


CHALLENGE KEYWORD/HASHTAG
BlitsyChallenge1


HOW TO ENTER
1. Create your project following the challenge theme
2. Upload your entry to the Inspiration section on the Blitsy website
3. Tag your entry with the challenge keyword (see above for keyword. no spaces)
If you post your project on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, FB, etc. be sure to use the hashtag above

PRIZE
-Craft Grab Bag valued at over $50 with items from popular brands featured on our site! Items may include Martha Stewart, K&Co, Ranger, and other great brand names! *items may vary from pictured above
-Recognition on our Blog, Facebook, and more!

Are you ready to play along? We can't wait to see what you create! We know there is an insane amount of craft talent out there. Let's see it!




UPCOMING CHALLENGE:


Want a head start on one of our upcoming challenges? We'll be hosting an Altered Wood Challenge very soon! Our inspiration came from the wooden calendars on Blitsy right now! Grab one while you can to use for it! We'll post the challenge after all of the calendars have shipped. 
*Note: you will not need to purchase this  calendar for the upcoming challenge, it is just a suggested product for the altered wood theme!










Wax Is Where It's At!

Have you heard of Encaustic Paints?  Well, if you haven't, let me tell you ALL about it! 

Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.  The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. This is such an awesome way to create artwork with vibrant colors and textures!

When painting with encaustic paints, it is best to work with untreated wood surfaces. When I was deciding what to paint, I thought long and hard about the project I was going to do. As I looked around and saw random buttons, beads, and needles shoved in different corners of our studio, I knew I needed a home to contain all of my supplies.  

I found a little wooden box that was PERFECT to organize my supplies and would work great with my encaustic paints. I painted a couple of flowers with a light blue and yellow background. I love how vibrant the yellow is.  It looks like the sun is shining bright behind my flowers. My supplies are now organized in a box that looks like artwork! Who said storage had to be boring?

If you are new to encaustics paints, you can get one of the Enkaustikos Hot Cakes Encaustic Wax Paint Sets. They come in so many rich colors! Head on over to www.blitsy.com to check out our sale!


Here's what you'll need:

- Small Untreated Wooden Box
- Paint Brush (make sure it is not synthetic)
- Hot Palette (or a pancake griddle)
- Heat gun (or embossing gun)
- Scraping Tool
- Paper Towels

*Before you get started, check out this video on how to get started in encaustic painting. You will learn how to use encaustic paints, clean your brushes, as well the basic supplies and tools that are essential for your encaustic studio.



Let's get crafty!


Step 1: Place your paint tins on your hot palette.  Wait for your paints to melt completely. Once they are completely melted, dip your brush in your wax medium. Put a layer of wax medium over the top of your box.  This will act as a primer.

Step 2: Dip your brush into your blue paint. Put the paint in the center of your hot palette. Clean your brush and dip it into your white paint. Mix your paints together until you have your desired shade of blue. Dip your brush into your mixed paint and paint the lid of your box. Cover it as much (or as little) as you would like. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush.

Step 3: Paint a layer of yellow paint over the blue layer. Once again, cover as much or as little of your lid as you would like. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush. 

Step 4: Dip your paint brush into your red paint. Paint a small flower on the lower right hand side of your lid. I added a few layers of paint to my flower to really give it texture. 



Step 5: Paint another flower on the upper left hand side of your lid. Add multiple layers of paint for texture. Clean your brush

Step 6: Dip your brush into your blue paint. Put the paint in the center of your hot palette  Clean your brush and dip it into your yellow paint. Mix your paints together until you have your desired shade of green. Dip your brush into your mixed paint and paint stems on both of your flowers. Once again, add as many layers are you would like to give your stem texture. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush.


Step 7: Take your sharp tool and run it down your two stems, giving it more texture. You are finished! Put your buttons and beads inside of your box and marvel at your functional piece of artwork! You finished!





CALLING ALL CARD MAKERS!
I decided to do the same technique above, but on a card. You can also use this amazing paint to create your very own artistic greeting cards! Make sure you have good sturdy paper to absorb the encaustic paint. Instead of painting on a stem, I used my scraping tool to expose the blue layer below my yellow layer.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Calendar For All Seasons

For those of you who display a calendar in your home or office, I have a calendar you can customize for all seasons! You can change the look of your calendar each month with Kim's Calendars! These calendars are natural wood, so they are basically a blank slate allowing your imagination to run wild. 

If there is a craft that I can make versatile, I am going to do it. Instead of decorating my calendar with one color and theme, I decided to paint the entire calendar with chalkboard paint. With chalkboard paint you can change the look,feel, and color of your calendar every single month! 

Remember Phoomph? Well, I thought this would be the perfect addition to my chalkboard paint.  I used Phoomph to make felt pumpkins for November and a felt Christmas Tree for December. The addition of Phoomph will let you take your craftiness to the next level and add extra detail to your calendar. When one month ends, remove your Phoomph accents, erase your chalk marker, and decorate your calendar for the next month!

There are so many ways to decorate this cute calendar. You can decoupage your favorite paper onto it, add stickers and embellishments, or glue some cork to the top to hold your important receipts and notes! Get Kim's Calendar's on sale now at www.blitsy.com!


Here's what you'll need:
- Kim's Calendar
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint Brush
- Felt (Orange, Green, and Brown)
- Plaid Ribbon (1/2 yard)
- Phoomph
- Chalk Markers
- Scissors
- Fashion Glitter
- Glitter Bond


Let's Get Crafty!

Step 1: Untie and remove the leather cord and paper from your calendar.  Paint both pieces of wood with your chalkboard paint. Paint two coats of paint.  Let your paint cure for 24 hours.

Step 2: Peel the paper from your Phoomph and place your orange felt on the sticky side.  Cut out 3 pumpkins.

Step 3: Then, cut out 3 brown stems from your Phoomph.  Cut 4 thin strips of green felt, measuring 3/4 of an inch long. Twist your green felt to create tendrils. 

Step 4: Peel the paper from the back of your stems. Put your green tendrils behind your stems. Stick your stems to your pumpkins.



Step 5: Draw a Christmas tree on a piece of paper that has three sections. Trace your Christmas tree on your green felt. Put your felt on your Phoomph and cut out. Cut out your tree trunk from your brown felt.

Step 6: Cut out the second section of your tree and trace it onto your felt. Put your felt on your Phoomph and cut.  This will give your tree dimension. Peel the paper off the back of your center tree piece and stick it to the center of your tree.

Step 7: Add glitter bond to your tree.

Step 8: Then, add a generous amount of glitter over your glue. When your glue is dry, shake your excess glitter onto a piece of paper. Peel the paper off the back of your tree and your tree trunk. Stick your tree truck to the back of your tree.


Step 9: To display your Thanksgiving themed calendar, add your paper and leather cord back to your calendar.  Peel the paper off the back of your pumpkins and place them on your calendar. Decorate your calendar using your chalk markers. I added fall leaves to bottom of my calendar. You are finished!


Step 10: To display your Christmas themed calendar, remove the leather cord and add your plaid ribbon. Push your ribbon through the hole and tie a knot at the end. Repeat this on the other side. Remove the paper from the back of your tree and place it on your calendar.  Use your Chalk markers to decorate your calendar.  I added snow flakes and holly to mine. You are finished!