Friday, February 28, 2014

Guest Blogger: Dream Craft Room Reveal!





First off I would like to introduce myself.  I am Ramona Downing from Ohio and winner of the Blitsy Dream Craft Room.  I won this awesome room along with my friend Angel in Louisiana.  Angel called me Christmas morning as I was cooking Christmas dinner and said we won, We Won.  Of course I had no idea what we had won until she told me.  I was so shocked to have won this amazing prize it took me an hour to start back cooking.  LOL!  I still find it hard to believe that we won this on Christmas Day 2013.  This has been an adventure from then on.  Getting exactly what Blitsy has on their set was my dream come true.   They also gave me 2 short Alex from Ikea and 2 tall Alex’s.  Then, separating and organizing my stuff began when I knew what I was getting.  Then came the furniture delivery on January 25.  OMG!!  Then the assembly began.  What a dream that has really come true!!  So, here is my tour of my room.
*Links to craft room furniture that I won can be found at the very end of this post*
Here is from the door looking into my area

What you see here is my dress form with all my lace and ribbons.  Also, the cubes that I stenciled with Prima Marketing Flourish Stencil.  I love this stencil and you can see that I used it all the way though to tie in the pattern throughout my creative space.
Here is a closer look.  I used Stencil Brushes and Acrylic Black paint.
I also used the same stencil on this after painting them the Robin’s Egg Blue left over paint from the walls.
Here is a look across the room showing the Tall shelving that I received from Blitsy. One on this side of the desk and the other one is on the other side.  
Straight on view of all the shelving units together at the end of the room.
Here is where I keep my glitter - in several salt and pepper shakers. Also, my stamps in an old wire basket. These are the stamps I use all the time.
 
In these suitcases I store my wooden stamps and extra embellishments.
  Here is under the island where I store all my big tools, dies and adhesives
Here is the full shelving unit that I also received with all the drawers on the side is the short Alex where I store all my tools.  Cutting Mattes, trimmers, punches and mixed media products.
Last but not least is the lamp shade I made using a doily table cloth.  I used 2 floral wire wreaths.  Then I stitched around to the outside to keep it in place on the top and then tacked it at the bottom.  I put some handmade flowers and trim on the top and there is my lampshade. (I got the 400 watt bulbs to use in this at IKEA.  They do not get hot.)
 
I hope you have enjoyed a tour of my Blitsy Dream Craft Room Makeover. For links to the craft room items I won from Blitsy check down below.  I so love my area now and it is more than I could have ever dreamed of having!!  Thanks so much Blitsy!!!  You Rock!!  Thanks for making my Christmas last year one that I will not ever forget!!
Hugs and keep on Crafting!!
Designs by Ramona
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Dream Craft Room Furniture (all featured in the pictures above)
Ikea Alex Drawer Units (2)

Ikea Liatorp Book Case (short)

Ikea Liatorp Wall/Bridging Shelf (to connect tall book cases)

Ikea Senstorp Kitchen Island


Ikea Liatorp Bookcase tall (2)


Ikea Alex Drawer Unit with 9 shelves (2)

How have you organized your craft space?

 

Spread the Luck With Shamrock Garland!

It's time to grab some paper and start decorating for good ol' St Patrick's Day!

I love St. Patrick's Day! It's a holiday that everyone enjoys celebrating even if you are not Irish. I mean, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right? 

This shamrock garland is a great way to create your very own holiday decor without spending a ton of money. It is also a project you can get your kids involved in. To create this shamrock garland you need strips of paper. Lots of paper strips!  

Good news! We have green paper on sale now at Blitsy! Head on over and snag yours today before they are blitsed out!

Do you love St. Patrick's Day, or do you have another favorite holiday?


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Here's what you'll need:
- Paper Trimer
- Stapler and Staples
- Baker's Twine
- Hole Puncher (1/8 inch)


Let's get Crafty!

Step 1: Cut 3 strips of paper that are 10 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Cut 6 strips of paper that are 5.5 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.

Step 2: Layer 2 5.5 inch strips of paper on each side of your 10 inch strip. Staples these so they are an inch from the top. Bend your strips downward, forming a curve. Staple all 4 strips to your center strip. Repeat Steps 1-3 to create the other two parts of your shamrock.

Step 3: Take two of your shamrock pieces and place them on each side of another shamrock piece. When they are nice and close, staple all of the middle strips together, forming a stem.  Repeat all of the above steps until you make your desired number of shamrocks. 

Step 4: I used my extra smaller strips to create small hearts. I added these in between my shamrocks.

Step 5: Punch a hole at the top of your center strip. Do this to all of your shamrocks. Run your baker's twine through all of the holes in your shamrocks. You are finished! Hang your shamrock garland on a wall, mantle, or entrance!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blitsy Linky Party: #1



We are thrilled to have YOU join us! We are so excited for our first Linky Party and can't wait to see what projects you link. For our first party, we want to so see any craft projects you've created, whether its a card, bracelet, or painted vase!

Please take a minute to read our "A few things to remember" below before linking.
If you are new to Linky Parties, below are three ways to add your project:

Click "Add your link" and 

1. add your project directly from your blog.

2. Submit your project photo to our Inspiration Page
  • Here's how to add your project via our Inspiration Page: Go to our Inspiration Page and log in to (or create) your Blitsy account. Click on "Submit Your Inspiration". Then, click on "Choose File" and add your project picture from your computer. Add a title and tag. Then, click "save changes". After you save your changes, copy the link associated with your picture and use it to add your project to the linky party.
3.. add a link to a picture you posted on Facebook. 
  • Here's how to add your project via Facebook: Upload your project to Facebook. Then, after you upload it, right click on it. You will click on the option that says "copy image URL". You will paste this link into the first box. Add a title and your email address. Then, click on "Image URL". Once again, paste your link into the box (or you can upload the picture directly from your computer). Then, click "Load", "Select", and "Done". That's it! You are ready to party!
Don't forget to grab our button and let everyone know you like to party with Blitsy!
COPY AND PASTE THIS CODE INTO YOUR BLOG:
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.blitsycrafts.com/" title="Blitsy Crafts"><img src="http://blitsy.com/media/banners/button.png" alt="Blitsy Crafts" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What? You want another chance to win?

We've heard you guys, you love the chance to win Blitsy credits! With credits you get to pick your own goodies! If you win, what will your happy mail have in it?

Here are some of the great things we have on sale RIGHT NOW! These are just some of the items that launched today. To see the full selection click here.
*please note: when this giveaway is over some of these items will already be Blitsed out or no longer available. All of our sales are limited quantity/limited time so be sure to grab anything you need before it is gone!



Tim Holtz Color Wash
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Tim Holtz Water Brushes
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American Crafts Knock Outs
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Inkadinkado
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Our Daily Bread
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Indygo Junction Patterns
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Creat-a-Memory Albums
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Spellbinders Media Mixage
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Ok, I am forcing myself to stop posting images of the sales we have going on right now. If these types of products are up your alley then you'll definitely want to check out the rest of the sales here and enter the giveaway below. Good luck, everyone!







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DIY | Perler Bead Trinket Bowl

I wear stud earrings pretty much every single day. By the time I start getting ready to head to bed I am usually pretty tired.  I take out my earrings (not really paying much attention to what I am doing) and place them on the top of my dresser. When the following day comes, I swear I can NEVER find my earrings! It's like some earring monster comes out when I am in bed and moves them or knocks them off of my dresser (this clearly has nothing to do with me). I figured the best way to keep track of my earrings was to place them in a small bowl that would help deter them from rolling off my dresser and hopefully keep the earring monster away. :)

This is not just any old trinket bowl. This trinket bowl is made using Perler Beads

I remember using little pegboards to create shapes and using an iron to melt the beads. I love the grown-up look the Perler beads have for this project. Mix and match your beads and let your imagination run wild! You can also store loose crafting items like brads and buttons. These bowls are the perfect size and addition to your crafting space!

Are you in need of your very trinket bowl? If so, head on over to Blitsy to check out all of the Perler Beads we have on sale!

Have you or your children ever used Perler Beads before?


Here's what you'll need:
- Perler Zebra Beads
- Small Oven Safe Dish
- Cooking Spray
- Cookie Sheet

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a light layer of cooking spray on the inside of our bowl (this will help prevent your beads from sticking).

Step 2: Pour beads into the bottom of your bowl a little less than halfway up. 

Step 3: Push down on the beads in the bottom of your bowl. The beads will begin to move up the side (it's like magic!). Keep pushing on your beads until you have a single layer of beads lining your bowl. 

Step 4: Turn any beads on the bottom of your bowl so they are sideways (you don't want the opening of your beads facing up).

Step 3: Place your bowl on a cookie sheet and back for 15 minutes (make sure all of the beads are melted before you take your bowl out). Let your bowl cool and give it a quick rinse to remove the cooking spray from the outside. That's it! You could create so many other beautiful shaped containers using Perler Beads.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We're Having a Party!

A Linky Party that is!

We know our Blitsy Community is super talented and we want to give each and everyone of you a platform to showcase your talent. So, we figured what better way than a Linky Party!

Some of you may be asking yourselves "What exactly IS a Linky Party?". Well, it is an online party where you can share your projects with our Blitsy Community right here on our blog for everyone to see. You also get to hop around to other blogs by clicking on projects that inspire you. A Linky Party is a great way for you to show off your amazing talents and acknowledge the talents of your fellow crafters.

Below are the details of our first Blitsy Linky Party. Make sure you mark your calendar!


Thursday, February 27th


Right here on our blog, Blitsy Crafts!


When we host our Linky Party you will be able to share your projects with the rest of our crafting community by clicking on our "Add you link" button. After our Linky Party ends, we will go through all of the linked projects and choose 3 featured projects. Those that are chosen will have their project featured on our blog and will receive $5 in Blitsy credits! We figure you will probably need more crafting supplies to continue adding amazing projects for all to see!


Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Mini Pattered Notebook

Do you ever have an amazing crafting idea come to you when you are shopping, waiting at the doctor's office, or right before you go to bed? I can not tell you how many times this has happened to me. I always think "I will totally remember this!", only to completely forget it 10 minutes later.  I really hate when this happens!

It's time to be prepared when your amazing idea strikes! This DIY mini patterned notebook is the perfect size to slip into your purse or keep in a drawer next to your bed. Heck, you could store multiple notebooks all over since these are pint sized! The Duct Tape really reinforces the spine of your notebook. If you want you could cover your entire cover with Duct Tape for super duper protection!

Head on over to Blitsy to snag your Duct Tape now!

Have you ever forgotten an amazing idea that you thought you would remember?


Here's what you'll need:
- 8 1/2x11 White Printer Paper 
- Baker's Twine
- Hole Puncher
- Metal Brad
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut a piece of patterned paper that is 9.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. Cut all of your printer paper 8 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. 

Step 2: Place your printer paper on the inside of your patterned paper. Punch two holes about an inch from each end. Run your baker's twine through the holes from the outside in. Then, tie a knot on the inside.

Step 3: Take your Duct Tape and cover the spine of your notebook and trim the ends.  If you really want to get crazy, add some duct tape to the cover of your notebook!

Step 4: Punch a hole in your front cover and insert your brad. Tie your baker's twine to your brad and wrap it around your book a couple of times. Then, wrap it around your brad to secure it.