Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Blitsy: We Heart Valentine's Day!

This week at Blitsy...

...we had Valentine's Day on our minds!  All three of our projects this week were devoted to the holiday of "Love"! We did a Mini Pallet Chalkboard Sign, a hand painted "Love" Shirt, and DIY erasers made out of Sculpey Clay for a Valentine's Day gift! Have we inspired you? Which project was your favorite?

...we were feeling the love, so we felt like we should also share the love by doing a Valentine's Day giveaway! Have you entered yet? If not, you only have 3 days left! You can enter and find more details here.

...we featured FunLoom Bands! Have you seen these? They are all the rage with young kids. Remember making friendship bracelets out of embroidery thread? Well, the popularity is just like when we were kids, except these bracelets are made out of tiny rubber bands! Check out our Pinterest Board to see these bands in action! If your kids want to get in on the loom band craze, you can scoop up FunLoom Bands here, here, here, here, AND here!

Will you be working on Valentine's Day crafts this weekend, or have you already started on your St. Patrick's Day crafts?

Have a crafty weekend!

DIY | Eraser Valentine!

My third Valentine's Day project is perfect if you are looking for an alternative to the standard Valentine's Day card!

Did you know Sculpey makes an eraser clay? Well, they do and it is pretty awesome! You can create whatever shape you want from the clay, bake it, and then use it as an eraser. How cool is that?

For my Valentine, I created a saying around the Sculpey erasers. Here's what I came up with: "Make no mistake; Our friendship can not be erased! Happy Valentine's Day!".  Once your erasers are finished, put them in a little baggie and add some paper. You now have an adorable Valentine that has something every kid can use!

Grab your Sculpey Eraser Clay from Blitsy and get started on your Valentine's Day goodies!

What's the best Valentine you ever received (or gave) as a child?


Here's what you'll need:
- White Cardstock
- Heart Shape Mini Cutter
- Scissors
- Mini Clear Bags
- Stapler and Staples
- Glue

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Pinch off some red clay and white clay each about the size of your thumb.

Step 2: Knead your two colors together, creating a swirl. Then, roll it into a ball.

Step 3: Roll out your clay until it is about 6mm thick. Use your mini heart cutter to cut out two hearts. Repeat this with either solid red, white, or pink clay. You can also mix all three colors! Bake your clay according to the directions on the back the packaging.

Step 4: I cut my heart patterned paper 3.5 inches long and cut it the same width as my bag.


Step 5: Fold your heart paper in half. I cut little scallops at the bottom of my paper. Next, fill your bag with your erasers and cover the top of your bag with your heart paper. Then, staple in the middle of your heart paper.

Step 6: Cut strips of chevron paper that are 1/4 inch long and 5 inches wide.

Step 7: Wrap your chevron strip around the center of your heart paper. Glue the two ends together in the back. 

Step 8: Print out "Make no mistake; Our friendship can not be erased! Happy Valentine's Day!". I used my printer to do this. You could write it out if you want. Trim down your paper so it is smaller than your heart paper. Then, stick a foam square at each end of your saying and place in the center of your heart paper. You are finished! 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

3 Ways...Darice Studio 71 Paint Oil Pastel Set

Calling all artists and non-artists! Today's 3 Ways are perfect for everyone!

Today we are featuring Darice Studio 71 Paint Oil Pastel Set.  The oil pastel set brings beautiful color to your projects. These are easy to use for painting and sketching, convenient to transport and great for students and beginners!

Get your Darice Studio 71 Paint Oil Pastel Set HERE!

Which project is your favorite?


1. DIY Scratch Art 

2. Lampshade Makeover
    From  A Beautiful Mess

3. DIY Artichoke Art
    From The Lovely Cupboard


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY | Love Shirt

It's time to have love written all over your shirt, literally! 

If you never know what to wear on Valentine's Day, now you don't have to worry anymore. Create your own custom "Love" shirt! All you need to do is pick your favorite font style and invert it. Then, you become the artist by painting over your design.  Once it's dry, you just iron your design onto your shirt.  How cool is that?

Wear your designed "Love" shirt under a blazer or a cardigan for instant Valentine's Day style!

What do you miss most about being a kid around Valentine's Day? Candy, getting cards, giving cards, or Valentine's Day parties?


Here's what you'll need:
- Cotton T-Shirt
- Ink Effects (Red)
- Ink Effects Basecoat
- Love Template
- Pencil
- Tape
- 3 Sheets of White Printer Paper
- Paint Brush
- Iron
- Ironing Board


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Lay your shirt out and spray the chest area with Ink Effects Basecoat. Let it dry. This will help your Ink Effects better adhere to your fabric.

Step 2: Print off the Love template, then trace over it with a pencil (sometimes printer ink can prevent the paint from adhering properly). You can also use your favorite font and invert it so it is backwards (I used Picmonkey.com), tape a piece of white printer paper to your screen, and trace around the letters.

Step 3: Go over your template with your red Ink Effects Paint. Let the paint dry for at least 45 minutes. Then, go over it with another coat of paint. Let it dry.

Step 4: With your shirt on your ironing board, place a sheet of paper inside in the chest area. Place your painted paper face down on the center of your shirt's chest. Then, place one sheet of paper on top of your design (this will help prevent any color bleeding from getting on your iron). Go over the design with your iron. Do this for about 3 minutes for a richer color (if you go for less time, the color will be a bit more faded). Let your design cool, then slowly peel your paper back. That's it! You now have a festive shirt for Valentine's Day!





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine's Day #loveblitsy Giveaway

Post Updated: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, MANDIE WADE! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 A special thanks to everyone who entered the SMASH giveaway. We randomly picked the winner this morning! Congratulations to.... TERESA MELLING!! We've sent you an email to let you know you won!

We {heart} all of you, which is why we always run giveaways! Each prize is full of the types of crafty products you'll find every day on Blitsy.com.

This week we want to see what you're creating for Valentine's Day! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to submit your entries. We'll be looking for your crafty projects on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to tag them with #loveblitsy.

Prize includes:
-Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder (Brick Red)
-Needleloft Cord (Red)
-Adirondack Color Wash (Red)
-Tim Holtz Alterations (Cupid and Heart)
-Martha Stewart Decorative Heart Boxes





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Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Mini Pallet Sign

Pallets have become one of the most pinned items on Pinterest. There are so many projects you can do with a pallet. I can honestly say I probably have at least 20 pallet projects pinned to my boards!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's time to get in the festive mood with an adorable mini pallet sign! When I saw these mini pallets I instantly fell in love! I figured since I was in love with the mini pallet, it only made sense to use it as a decoration for a holiday all about love! 

Are you obsessed with the pallet trend? If so, have you made anything out of pallets?


Here's what you'll need:
- Walnut Hollow Mini Pallet 
- Pink Chalkboard paint
- Patterned Valentine Paper
- Solid Red Paper
- Mini Pink Clothes Pins
- Cream Twine
- Scissors
- Foam Adhesive Squares
- Paint Brush
- Medium Round Fiskars Punch
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- White Chalk Marker

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Paint your pallet with your chalkboard paint. Let it dry. Then, paint a second coat. Let it cure for 24 hours. 

Step 2: If you have a medium size round punch, you can use it to make your hearts, otherwise, trace a small circle object you have on hand with your pencil. Cut out 6 circles from your plain and patterned paper.

Step 3: Fold your patterned circle in half, and cut out a heart. Use this heart as a template to cut out your other hearts.

Step 4: Put a foam square on the back of your heart. Then, place your heart in the center of your circle. Repeat this with all of your hearts.


Step 5: Glue your twine to the back of your pallet. I glued mine in three different spots.


Step 6: Pin your hearts to your twine. Write your Valentine's Day message and you are finished!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Love Will Soon be in the Air!

This week at Blitsy...

...we finally moved our video studio into it's new home! With our office update, we built an actual room for our studio. Before it was out in the open. Now that the studio is up and running again, we will be bringing you more videos. Woohoo! Get excited!

...I had some serious fun playing with a pom pom maker. I honestly had no idea a product could be so much fun! I just kept making more and more pom poms! If you missed my party pom markers, you can see them here.

...I realized the month of january is quickly on its way out.  This got me thinking that Valentine's Day will be here any day! So, I have decided to devote next weeks projects to the holiday of love. Watch for my posts next week with projects all focusing on hearts, red, and pink!

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? If so, are you decorations store bought or handmade?

Have a crafty weekend!





DIY | Blinged Out Brooches

With all of the cold, snow, and dreary days we've been having, I am starting to get a case of the winter blues. When trying to think of what could help me with my winter blues (besides hopping a plane to Mexico!) I thought something bright and shiny might do the trick. Trust me, bling always makes people feel better!

Lately, I have been feeling like my wardrobe could use a little lift (it's funny how I was excited to transition to fall/winter fashion a couple of months ago, but now I am OVER it!). To bring on the bling I decided to make some crystal brooches. You really can't go wrong with a fancy pants brooch!

There are two awesome things about this sparkly little brooch:

1. You can add it to anything! Pin it to your scarf, a cardigan, shirt, jacket, or pin it to a plain necklace for an instant change-up!

2. You can buy almost all of the supplies to make your very own blinged out brooch on sale now at Blitsy!

How are you fighting the winter blues?


Here's what you'll need:
- Black Felt
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Measure your tulle so it is 6 inches wide and 5 feet long. Starting at one end, fold your tulle over 3 1/2 inches. Continue folding your tulle until all of it is folded.

Step 2: While holding your tulle, cut a circle. I cut mine about 2 1/4 inches (if you can't cut a circle, you can trace a circle onto your tulle). You will have a stack of tulle circles when you are finished.

Step 3: Next, cut 2 circles from your felt that are 1 1/2 inches in wide.

Step 4: Take one of your tulle circles and fold it in half.

Step 5: Then, fold it in half again.

Step 6: Take the "petal" you made and place a little bit of glue on it. Then, glue it to your felt circle about a half inch down. I used the end of a pencil to press my tulle down. I didn't want to burn my finger! 

Step 7: Make another petal and glue it next to your first petal, slightly overlapping them. Continue making your petals and gluing them to your felt circle.

Step 8: Arrange your crystals on your other felt circle and glue them down.

Step 9: Glue your felt to the top center of your tulle.

Step 10: Cut a piece of felt that is wide to enough to cover your pin back and an inch long. Then, while holding your pin back, place your felt piece over the part of your pin with holes. Flip your pin over and put glue on your felt and pin. Then, glue it to the back of your brooch.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

3 Ways...Paper Accents Craft Tags





Today's "3 Ways" features Paper Accents Craft Tags. These tags can be used in many ways. Decorate with rubber stamps or embellishments and use them for scrapbook pages, photo albums or card making. Or use them plain for labeling things at a sale or when storing household or antique items.

Below are 3 ways to use Paper Accents Craft Tags.

Feeling inspired? Grab your Paper Accents Craft Tags hereherehere, AND here!

Have you ever decorated a paper tag before? If so, tell everyone how you decorated it!

1. Triangle Tag
    From Decor8

2. Embellished Tag
    From A Bit East-Coast

3. Embroidered Gift Tag
    From USCHI & Kay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Gift Bag for any Occasion!

Looking for a gift bag for any occasion? If so, look no further!

I always find myself in a rush when it comes time to leave for a party. Why, you ask? Because I always leave wrapping my gift to the last minute! I never seem to have the proper wrapping paper on hand and am always frantically searching for some wrapping paper alternative. Truth be told, I have actually used Christmas paper to wrap a birthday gift. In my defense, the paper was red. I know, this is still not a good excuse, but it worked (sort of).

In an attempt to try and get better at properly wrapping my gifts, I decided to come up with a gift bag that could work for many occasions. I figured the word "Yay" was pretty generic, yet celebratory. All you need to do is create the word "yay" with some jewelry wire and attach it to a gift bag. Of course, you will want to add some pretty paper to finish it off. 

Since "Yay" is so generic, you can whip up a bunch of these bags so you have them on hand for any occasion. If you want to create a gift bag that is tailored to the occasion, you can use the wire to create any word or phrase you want!

Check out the other colors of craft wire and gift bags at Blitsy!

Have you ever been in a gift wrapping bind? If so, what did you use to wrap your gift?


Here's what you'll need:
- Darice Kraft Bag
- Darice Craft Wire
- Pretty Scrapbook Paper
- Black Jewelry Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Glue
- Scissors
- Straight Pin
- Ruler
Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut your wire so it is 23 inches long. Starting at the end of your wire, use your hands to curve your wire up. When you get about an inch up, fold your wire over. Move back to the bottom. When you are about an inch down, curve your wire back up towards the top. You should now have your "y".

Step 2: Curve your wire to the right, forming a circle. Come back around to the top of your circle. Then, bring your wire back down to the bottom. You should now have you "a".

Step 3: Begin curving your wire up. When you get about an inch up, fold your wire over. Move back to the bottom. When you are about an inch down, curve your wire back up towards the top. You should now have your "y". Use your fingers to to shape your "yay" so the letters are the way you want and so it lays flat.

Step 4: Cut your plain piece of paper so it is 3 inches long and 8 inches wide. Cut your patterned paper 3 1/4 inches long and 8 inches wide. Center your pattern paper on your plain paper and glue.


Step 5: Use a straight pin to punch a hole at each end of your wires. Then, push your wires through the holes.

Step 6: Cut a notch at the end of your paper strip. I decided to cut my paper down a bit. I trimmed it about an inch from my first "y". Finally, glue your "yay" to your gift bag. I placed mine towards the lower left hand side.






Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Giveaway Time



Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner, Sharon Bottini! She won the $50 Blitsy gift card. She sent us the sweetest email back when we notified her that she won. It's always nice to see nice people win. That's why we're always giving something away around here ;) Maybe for this next giveaway YOU will be the sweet winner!

In case you missed it on Saturday, our featured brand on sale was K&Company. We put tons of their stickers, papers, Smash products, and embellishments on sale. Some of it is already Blitsed (aka: sold out) but there are still a ton of things left (hurry, sale ends in 2 days)!

Have you ever SMASHED before? It's basically a journal that's ready for you to Smash whatever you want into! Pictures, magazine clippings, quotes, really anything that inspires you - just Smash it in!


I was able to get my hands on a couple of the products to give away to one of you! I've got the SMASH Smart Style Folio and Retro Grab Bag sitting right next to me longing for a new home! If you're not familiar with the Smart Style Folio check out the video



*note - giveaway is for folio and grab bag only. other accessories shown in video sold separately.

We have this Smart style and more for sale for 2 more days on Blitsy.com! You can also try your luck and enter the giveaway. Giveaway closes on Monday, January 27th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be contacted via email.

GOOD LUCK!

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DIY Party Pom Pom Markers

As a kid, I LOVED going to birthday parties. The best part of a party was getting a goody bag at the end of it. After I would get my goody bag I would immediately go through it to see what treasures were inside.

I thought it would be cool to create my own goody bag favor, one that is not the norm. I decided to take plain markers and make them into something so much more appealing! I wrapped my makers in yarn and then topped them off with a large pom pom. Man, if I were a kid and got one of these in my goody bag, I would have been SUPER excited!

Head on over to Blitsy to stock up on your Coats & Clark Red Heart Yarn (Kids). Oh, and don't forget to grab the Clover Pom Pom Maker. It makes the process so much more enjoyable!

What was your favorite part of going to birthday parties as a kid?


Here's what you'll need:
- Clover Pom Pom Maker 2.5 Inches
- Coats & Clark Red Heart Yarn (Crayon)
- Markers
- Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue


Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Open one arm of your pom pom maker. Wrap a piece of yarn along the curve starting on the left side, working your way towards the right side.

Step 2: When you get to the right, fold the arm back in place. Open the other arm of your pom pom maker. Run your working yarn over to the other arm. Wrap yarn around the arm moving to the right. When you get to the right, close the arm and snip your yarn.

Step 3: Cut down the center line of your pom pom maker. Repeat this step on the other side.

Step 4: Cut a piece of yarn and run it under the center of your pom maker. Tie a knot, making sure to pull your yarn tight.

Step 5: Open one arm, then the other.

Step 6: Pull the two sides of the pom maker apart.
Step 7: Trim any loose pieces of yarn. If you need to shape your pom, just give it a haircut. :) Repeat these Steps to make your other pom poms.

Step 8: Take the end of your yarn and run it from the bottom of your marker towards the cap. Begin wrapping your yarn around your marker moving down your marker.

Step 9. When you are at the bottom, tie your two pieces of yarn together and trim the ends.

Step 10: Glue your pom to the bottom of your marker (the end without the cap). That's it! 


Friday, January 17, 2014

Inside Blitsy: CHA Recap

This week, as many of you know, most of our team headed to California to attend the CHA Mega Show. Those of us that went really enjoyed the warm California weather. I mean, you can't beat 84 degrees, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky! Needless to say we are all missing the taste of Summer we had for a few days.

The CHA Mega Show was amazing! We saw some amazing products and projects and can't wait to share them with all of you down the road. I really enjoyed seeing all of the trends popping up in the crafting world. I would have to say the Black, Gold, and Silver combination trend is probably my favorite. I love how these colors pop and look so rich with one another. If you missed my "CHA Trends" post, you can see it here.

There were so many cool new products being featured at the show. It really is hard to say which one is my favorite, but if I have to choose I would say the new DIY Boutique line by Simple Stories. The entire line is simply ADORABLE! I could spend hours playing around with all of the cute paper, embellishments, and stickers. If you missed my post featuring some of my other CHA favorites you can see them here.

We hope you enjoyed all of our Tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pictures we posted throughout our trip. We wanted to include all of you in the fun we were having. :)

Dollar Store Jute Wreath

Here's a budget friendly craft for you! 

There are seriously so many treasures to be found at the good ol' Dollar Store. The best part is, whatever you buy won't break your bank! While at the Dollar Store, I spotted a small round floral form. When I saw the small form I thought it would make a great mini wreath. I grabbed the floral form and decided to wrap it with jute and add three gold painted rosettes. This mini wreath can be placed on a shelf, mantle, or a table because it is the perfect size! The total cost of this wreath is less than $5.00!

Want to make your own jute wreath? If so, head on over to Blitsy to scoop up some jute and get started!

Have you ever made a Dollar Store Craft? If so, what did you make?


Here's what you'll need:
- Dollar Store Small Round Floral Form 
- Jute
- Gold Paint
- Paint Brush
- Scissors
- Ruler
Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Unravel and cut 25 yards of jute. Glue one end to the back of your floral form.

Step 2: Wrap your jute around your floral form.

Step 3: Continue wrapping your jute until you have covered the entire floral form. When you are finished, glue the end to the back of your floral form, securing the jute.

Step 4: Cut three strands of jute measuring 25, 18, and 9.5 inches. Take one of your strands and put glue on one end and fold it over, gluing it to itself. Begin coiling your strand and place a little bit of glue on your jute as you coil it. This will keep it from uncoiling. When you get to the end, glue the end of your strand to the back of your rosette. Repeat this with your other two strands.
Step 5: Put one coat of gold paint on all of your rosettes. Let the paint dry.

Step 6: Glue your largest rosette to your wreath.

Step 7: Glue your medium rosette to your wreath, then your smallest rosette. That's it, you are finished!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

3 Ways...


Today's "3 Ways" features projects using Gelato's, Texture Crackle, and Jacquard Textile Color. I love the awesome affects the Gelato's make. So pretty! The Decoart Texture Crackle gives your crafts such a unique look and the Jacquard Textile Paint makes your projects pop!

Which project is your favorite?

3 Ways To Use Gelato's:


1. Fun With Gelato's
   From Scrappy Scrappy

2. Color Your World
   From Faber Castell: Design.Memory.Craft

3. Heart Card
   From Cocoa Daisy

Get your Gelato's HERE.

3 Ways To Use Decoart Texture Crackle:



1. Altered Book
   From AndySkinner.org

2. Tag Using Crackle
   From Decoart

3. Altered Book Box
   From Decoart  

Get your Decoart Texture Crackle HERE.

3 Ways To Use Jacquard Textile Color:



1. Color Block Clutch
   From Paper & Stitch

2. Flutter Top
   From Eat. Sleep. Make

3. Monogrammed Tote
   From Lil Blue Boo

Get your Jacquard Textile Color HERE.

CHA Roundup: Our CHA Favorites

CHA was definitely product and inspiration overload. There were so many amazing products on display along with a ton of creativity! It was hard to pick our favorites, but here are some of the products that we were pretty much obsessed with and couldn't stop talking about!

Which # is your favorite?


1. Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

2. Tim Holtz 9.5 inch Titanium Shears

3. Imagine Crafts Delicata Silver Metallic Pigment Inkpad

4. Epiphany Crafts Shape Tool with Epoxy Bubble Cap

5. Frog Tape - Shape Tape

6. Simple Stories - DIY Design It Yourself 

7. Elizabeth Crafts Designs - Pop It Ups Pivot and Accordion Card Dies