Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Birthday To Us!

Today is a big day here at Blitsy. Why, you ask?  Blitsy turns 2 today! Another year older and so much to celebrate. In this year we have moved into a new office space, our Blitsy family has grown since last year, we have added a ton of new products to our line-up, and we are now launching sales Monday through Friday! See below for a special surprise...


ALSO, any order placed from 10am-11:59pm today (11/30) will automatically earn $2 Blitsy credits to apply towards their next order!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Inside Blitsy: It's Finally Here!

This week At Blitsy...

...we had a celebration that involved yummy chocolate cake. Stay tuned to find out what warranted a little lunch-time cake action!

...we enjoyed a day off to spend time with our families and friends giving thanks for all of the things that are important in our lives.

...we finalized all of our AMAZING #BlitsyBlackFriday sales!  We are so excited about the line-up we have (even the dogs were pumped!). We hope you are enjoying all of the awesome products we curated for this super sale day!

...we also finalized all of our products for Cyber Monday and Black Saturday. Yes, that's right, we have two more deal days coming your way!

Have a crafty weekend!



3 ways...

Have you seen all of the amazing products we have on sale today? Well, I thought I would help get your creative juices flowing with some crafty projects using some of the products. I scoured the internet and picked 3 projects featuring five products.

Which one is your favorite?

3 Ways to Use Baker's Twine

1. Baker's Twine Garland
    From Tip Junkie
 
2. Baker's Twin Heart
    From Domestically Speaking

3. Paper Bag Baskets
    From Lulu the Baker

Get your Baker's Twine here.


3 Ways to Use Feathers


1. Feather Wreath
    From Anthropologie

2. Feather Ornament
    From The Impatient Crafter

3. Feather Earrings
    From Home Heart Craft

Get your Feathers here.

3 Ways to Use Washi Tape


1. Washi Tape Dot Notebook
    From Craft Hunter

2. Washi Clock
    From Washi Tape Crafts

3. Washi clothes pins
    From Breezy Cheetah Pop

Get your Washi Tape here.


3 Ways to use Glitter


1. Glitter Deer Head Art
    From Eleven Magnolia Lane

2. Glitter Ring
    From Buzz Feed via A Splendid Assemblage

3. Glitter iPhone Case
    From Desire and Inspire

Get your Glitter here.


3 Ways to use Tulle



1. Tulle Wrapped Lights
    From A Displaced Floridian

2. Tulle Ponytail Holder
    From Zakka Life

3. Tulle wrapped Letter
    From View Along the Way

Get your Tulle here.

Handmade Holidays With Blitsy!

Handmade holidays are the best! What's better than giving a gift you created? It is great to be able to customize gifts for friends and family. 

I put together a round-up of projects we have had on the blog so far this year. The best part about all of these projects is they feature supplies you can buy on sale now at www.blitsy.com! Not only are you getting a great deal to make your crafty creations, but your gifts will be made from the heart and that's what really counts!

Do you make your own holiday gifts? If so, what's the best gift you have ever made for someone?

Let the crafting begin!

1. Encaustikos
Add a beautiful pattern and texture to a plain wooden trinket box with Encaustikos!
  • Get your Enkausticos here.
  • See the tutorial here.


2. Snow-To-Go
Send snow in a card to those who won't get any this year with Snow-To-Go! The amazing powder that turns to cool snow when water is added!
  • Get your Snow-To-Go here.
  • See the tutorial here.


3. Mason Row Stamper
Create custom monogram treat bags, your own seal to holiday cards, and monogram votive candles with the Mason Row Self-Inking Monogram Stamper!

4. Threadz Kits
Get your kids in on the crafting fun with the Threadz Beanie Kits! They can make their very own beanie perfect for the winter season, or a beanie for the dog!
  • Get your Threadz Kits here.
  • See the Tutorial here.

5. Quilling
Add dimension to your holiday cards and ornaments with quilling papers!
  • Get your quilling papers here and tools here.
  • See the tutorial here.

6. Sequin Ornament
Make your tree sparkle this year with handmade sequin ornaments!
  • Get your sequins here and styrofoam ball here.
  • See the tutorial here.


7. Etched Glass
Create custom glasses, cake stands, and so much more with Armour glass etching cream!
  • Get your Armour Etch here.
  • See the tutorial here.

8. Crazy Tackz
Make your own holiday garland and use Crazy Tackz to hang it from a shelf, mantle, bookcase, or whatever!
  • Get your Crazy Tacks here.

DIY Stamped Vellum Candle Holder

Do you love entertaining when the holidays roll around, but are always stressed about how to decorate your table? If so, I have a super easy (and affordable) way for you to add a sophisticated touch to your holiday tablescape.

All you need to do is grab your favorite stamp, some ink, and a piece of vellum to create a decorative cover for a votive candle! This is such and easy project to do.  Make a few of these babies and place them down the center of your table for beautiful ambience while you are entertaining!

If you love the look of the large stamp used on my candle holder, head on over to www.blitsy.com to see the entire Stampendous sale!

Are you the host of your family's holiday gatherings? If so, what is your go-to holiday tablescape design?


 Here's what you'll need:
- Stampendous Stamp
- Black Ink
- Acrylic Block
- Vellum Paper
- Scissors
- Tape
- Ribbon
- Candle holder
- Candle

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Position your rubber stamp on your acrylic block.

Step 2: Ink your entire stamp.

Step 3: Turn your vellum so it is landscape (short and wide). Find the center. Then, press your stamp down in the middle.

Step 4: Wrap your vellum around your votive candle holder. Overlap your vellum so it is tight. Put tape on the back of your vellum, securing the end.

Step 5: Wrap your ribbon around the bottom of your candle holder. Cut your ribbon so it overlaps a half inch over the other end.

Step 6: Cut your ribbon and use your double sided tape to secure it. Add your candle to your holder and you are finished! 




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Vintage Christmas

Christmas music has been welcomed into my home already this year, even though we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving! Normally this would be a no-no for me. I don't usually get on board with all of the holiday festivities until AFTER Thanksgiving. I think all of the cold weather we are having in Chicago has made me think it is Christmas time!

I have really been loving all of the classic Christmas songs being played on the radio. They never seem to get old to me even though I hear the same songs year-after-year. When I was recently listening to one of my favorite classics by Bing Crosby, I decided my next project would be vintage inspired. I thought a sequin ornament would be a nice throwback! Who doesn't love a little sequin ornament action? I know I do!

You can get styrofoam balls and sequins on sale now at www.blitsy.com. What are you waiting for? Get your supplies before they are gone!

Do you have vintage ornaments that have been in your family for years? If so, what's your favorite?


Here's what you'll need:

- Sequin Pins
- Seed Beads
- Ribbon
- Scissors
- Bow-It-All (psst...this will be on sale during #BlitsyBlackFriday!)

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Place a sequin (cupped upward) at one end of your styrofoam ball. Put a seed bead on a sequin pin. Then, push your pin through the center of your sequin. 

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 and place 5 sequins around your center sequin.

Step 3: Continue adding sequins and seed beads in a circle all the way down and around your styrofoam ball. Stop once you get to the end. You will leave a small space open at the end of your styrofoam ball.


Step 4: Using your Bow-It-All, make a small bow that measures 2 and 1/4 inches from loop to loop. Trim your ends.

Step 5: Cut a piece of ribbon that is 9 inches long.

Step 6: Fold your ribbon in half. Push two sequin pins through the two ends of your ribbon. Then, press the pins into the end of your ball. 

Step 7: Push two pins through the back knot of your bow. Then, push the pins through your ribbon on your ornament. You are finished!



Monday, November 25, 2013

Turn a Zipper Into a Ring!


We have all had that morning where we get up late and are rushing to get out of the house, only to have everything go wrong. One of the worst morning mishaps you can have is when a zipper breaks off! I know this can create panic, especially if it is a pants zipper! To save your morning, you need The Original Zipper Rescue Kit. This little kit helps save your day and your garment!

I was trying to come up with a fun project using the actual zippers that come in the kit. I thought a ring with a steampunk vibe would be cool. So, I turned one of the zippers in my zipper kit into a unique ring! Now, just make sure you don't turn all of your zippers into rings; you need to have a few on hand when your zipper actually breaks and needs to be replaced!

Get your zipper kits on sale now at www.blitsy.com!

What's the worst thing that has happened to you during a morning you were rushing to get out of the house?


Here's what you'll need:
- Pliers
- Ring Blank
- Vintaj Decorative Washers
- Super Glue


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Use your pliers (or ring sizer) to round the ends of your ring blank.

Step 2: Put  glue on the bottom of your zipper tab and glue it to the zipper base.

Step 3: Put glue on the bottom of your zipper base and glue it to the top center of your ring blank.

Step 4: Glue one of your small washers to the side of your ring.


Step 5: Glue another (larger) washers to the side of your ring, slightly overlapping your other washer. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 on the other side of your ring. You are finished!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Giveaways!

Thank you for participating in the Blitsy Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sneak Peeks and Giveaways! This post will provide links to all of our giveaways going on this week. We will update this daily with new giveaways! There are some excellent prizes up for grabs and even bigger announcements coming later this week!

Each giveaway is a sneak peek at items that will be for sale on Blitsy on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday. So take note!

  • Black Friday Sale starts here at 6am CST on Friday, 11/29
  • On Saturday we'll have a special Blitsy Birthday Sale (We R 2!)
  • Cyber Monday Sale starts at 6am CST on Monday, 12/2
  • Each sale will have tons of craft products
  • Every item will be deeply discounted. As always, they will be available in limited quantities for a limited time - so make sure to snatch up what you want quickly!
  • We will increase the your cart time for these sales. The cart timer starts over every time you add an item to your cart, so you should have plenty of time to check out!

 7 Days of Giveaways - Monday

Giveaway 1: Snow - To Go!
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 Giveaway 2: $50 Blitsy Credits a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway 3: $50 Blitsy Credits

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ALSO, All week long we'll be randomly passing out Blitsy credits on all of our social media pages! To win Blitsy credits all you have to do is enter as many giveaways as possible and be social with Blitsy... What does that mean? Interact with our posts!

-Tweet us @blitsycrafts
-Post on our Facebook Page (like, comment, upload a photo, etc)
-Tag us on Instagram @blitsycrafts
-Pin something from Blitsy.com or Repin one of our pins
-Upload a project to the Blitsy Inspiration page
-Create a YouTube video and mention us
-Subscribe to our YouTube
-Comment on our Blog
-#blitsyblackfriday
-#blitsycybermonday
 
CLOSED GIVEAWAYS: for full list of winners click here (updated regularly). If the winners are not listed yet please check back soon.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Inside Blitsy: Kinkajou and a Craft Fail

This week at Blitsy...

...we finished shooting 15 videos for our youtube channel. Stay tuned to see why we have so many videos coming your way!

...we got a new product in that I may or may not be addicted to. If you are a bride to be (or you just love crafting) check out the Kinkajou! Let's just say it can be really fun "gathering" the materials needed to create with your Kinkajou, just don't use your Kinkajou while "gathering" your materials! :)

...we started working on our Blitsy video intro. The concept is SUPER cool. However, it is too bad our chalkboard does not have spellcheck. As I went through and wrote out our Blitsy logo, I forgot the "s". Whoops!


...I thought it would be awesome to use some of the Snow To Go to make a winter snow globe. Well, the ink dyed tree we made turned my snow a yellow green color! Craft. Fail.


Have a crafty weekend!

Wax and Wine

No, this is not about a romantic date, but a tutorial on how to make your own soy wax candles and cut wine bottles to use as your candle holder! Next time you finish a bottle of wine, save it. You can also turn your wine bottle into a wine glass for her and a beer glass for him! This is just too much fun!
 
Wax candle making supplies + Kinkajou Bottle Cutter = A Perfect Pair! Get the Soy Wax Candle Making Kit and Kinkajou on sale now at www.blitsy.com!

What would you make out of your old bottles?


Project #1: Wine Bottle Candle holder

Here's what you'll need:
- Empty Wine Bottle 
- Coffee Pot (or other vessel that can hold hot water)
- Towel


Step 1: Put your Kinkajou around your wine bottle. Make sure the top latch with the blade is up. 

Step 2: Tighten your Kinkajou around your bottle making sure you are able to turn your bottle. If it is too hard to turn, loosen the sides. Once you have gotten the right tightness, push down the blue latches on the side. Then, push down the top latch with the blade.

Step 3: Place your bottle on a table and begin turning your Kinkajou around your bottle. You will hear the blade scoring your bottle.

Step 4: Continue turning your bottle until you have gone around your entire bottle.


Step 5: Push your blade latch up and remove your Kinkajou. Then, place one rubber band below your score line and one above your score line.

Step 6: Heat up a pot of boiling water. Once boiling, put it into a heat safe pitcher. Lay a towel in the bottom of your sink to help prevent the top of the bottle from breaking when it detaches. Hold the bottom of your bottle and slowly pour the hot water in-between your rubber bands for about 10 seconds.

Step 7: Run the score line under cold water.

Step 8: Then pour hot water over the other side of your bottle for 10 seconds. If your bottle hasn't separated yet, put it under cold water and repeat Steps 5-6 until it does.

Step 9: Put your cut bottle under running water and use your sandpaper to smooth out the cut edge.

* See the full cutting process here.

Project #2: Soy Candle Making

Here's what you'll need:
- Stearine Flakes Wax
- Wicks
- Candle Dye Block
- Candle Making Thermometer
- Cut Wine Glass
- Candle Scent Liquids (optional)
- Double Boiler
- Knife
- Chopstick (or another utensil to stir your wax)
- Ribbon, Paper, Etc. (to decorate your candle)
- Chalk Marker


Step 1: Put water in the bottom of your double boiler and began to heat. Pour the soy flakes into the top of your double boiler. Once the water is boiling, reduce to a simmer and place the container with your soy flakes on top of your pot.

Step 2: Stir your flakes until they are melted. Once metled put your thermometer into your wax. Turn off your heat source once you have reached 180 degrees.

Step 3: When them temperature of your wax is between 135 -140 degrees, pour it into your wine candle holder.


Step 4: Center your wick inside of your candle. Put both of your pencils on each side of your wick to hold it in place. Let the wax cool.


Step 5: I used my Mason Row Stamper to add a monogram to my candle. I wrapped my candle in paper and glued it in the back.



Project #3: Holiday Wax Candle

Step 1: Repeat Steps 1and 2 above. Put a shaved piece of red dye block. Stir it in until the color is consistent throughout.

Step 2: Let wax cool until it is about 135 - 140 degrees. Once it reaches these temperatures, pour the wax into your containers.


Step 3: Center your wick inside of your candle. Put both of your pencils on each side of your wick to hold it in place. Let the wax cool. Once cool, take your chalk marker and draw snowflakes all over your candle!


Project #4: Wine and Beer Glass

 Here's what you'll need:
- Kinkajou Bottle Cutting Kit
- Jabiru Bottle Top Stem
- Empty Wine Glass

Step 1: Repeat the steps above for the wine bottle candle, except you are going to put your Kinkajou closer to the top of your bottle to create a wine glass.


Step 2: Place a Jabiru in the end of your wine bottle, flip over, and you have your wine glass! 


You want to make sure you smooth the edges of this so it is safe to drink from.
See how to get the best results here.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Barrettes to the Rescue!

Sometimes our hair needs a little help. There are those days where your stray hairs won't stay put and no amount of hairspray or gel will do the trick. The best is when your hair has a mind of its own and does that weird kinking thing and you are stuck with a kink in your hair the entire day.

It's time to overcome your hair and be triumphant!

Grab ribbons in different colors, patterns, textures, (even ribbons with words on them) to make your own barrettes! Make a whole bag of cute little barrettes to grab during your next hair emergency!

Head on over to www.blitsy.com to get your barrettes and to check out our ribbons!

How do you tame a bad hair day?



Here's what you'll need:
- Darice Barrettes
- Ribbons
- Glitter Ribbon Tape
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Scissors


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Tie a knot in your ribbon.

Step 2: Put glue on the bottom of the knot.

Step 3: Glue your knot to the center of your barrette.

Step 4: Fold your ribbon over the end of your barrette to see how much ribbon you need to cover your end.

Step 5: Trim your ribbon down so it will fit under your barrette.

Step 6: Add glue to your ribbon and fold it over.

I also added a strip of glitter ribbon tape to the top of my barrette. It was so easy!