Monday, March 31, 2014

Easy Clipboard Makeover

When you pair adhesive vinyl with the Fiskar's flower punch, magic happens.

I bought a clipboard from The Dollar Store about 3 months ago that has been sitting on my table just collecting dust. I figured it was time to finally use my clipboard for something! In order to get excited about my clipboard I, of course, knew I had to give it a little makeover.

I took some adhesive vinyl and a fun flower punch by Fiskars to transform my boring clipboard. This was seriously the quickest DIY makeover EVER! I just cut out flowers from my adhesive vinyl and stuck them right to my clipboard! Just this little sticker addition made my boring clipboard so much cuter! You could add flower "stickers" to so many other objects. You could add them to a vase, a book, a lamp, and so much more!

Check out the Fiskar flower punch and all of the other Fiskar punches at Blitsy!

What would you add a flower sticker to?

Here's what you'll need:
- Vinyl Adhesive
- Clipboard

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Punch out 15 - 20 flowers with your Fiskar Punch

Step 2: Peel back the paper on your vinyl flowers and arrange them on your clipboard. I placed some of my flowers so they were going off my clipboard.

Step 3: Turn your clipboard over and cut off the vinyl stickers that are hanging over.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Guest Blogger: A Hybrid Approach

Ever since I had a scissors put into my hands, I have loved to “cut and paste.” Then, when I was
about 10, I saw my mom’s wedding album and I was hooked on scrapbooking forever. So, if we
do the math, I have been a scrapper for 55 years and counting.

During this time, there have been many trends, styles, and products. Back in the day, it was
black pages and black corners to attach black and white photos. We thought it was very cool
to write with white ink on those black pages. Now, paper, embellishments, stickers, adhesives,
stamps; page protectors, misting sprays, glitter glue; all have evolved and become better and
better.

My children and grandchildren remind me that I have fallen off the fashion train a long time ago.
However, when it comes to my hobby, I have managed to somehow keep up with the latest and
greatest.

Because of retirement, we really watch our pennies around here so cost is a factor when it
comes to scrapbooking supplies. This is one of the main reasons that I shop blitsy.com. I see
something new that I want to try and I wait until it goes on sale at Blitsy. This is one way that I
can keep the hobby budget under control.

Another way is to do hybrid scrapbooking, combining digital and traditional scrapbooking.

With digital scrapbooking, products can be used over and over again and can be combined in
new and unique ways. Print the 12 by 12 result as an 8 by 8 or a 6 by 6 print and put that on a
traditional paper with a few embellishments, more photos if you like, and voila, a 12 by 12 page
finished in almost no time.

This is a great way to use stash, conserve product, and save money while still creating beautiful
pages. This fulfills my need to “cut and paste,” too. Here are two of my pages that were just
finished recently. Enjoy.

Digital Layout. Digital Credits: The paper and template are from DSE’s Peppermint Kit. The embellishments are from jbarrett: a month of memories. The pictures are of all my Santa Clauses that I display every Christmas.

Finished Hybrid Layout. Here, I placed the 8 by 8 photo on Red Velvet paper by SEI. I had some gold ribbon and tea-bag folded the  embellishment. Looks like a wrapped Christmas present, doesn’t it?

Digital Layout. Digital Credits: Papers from Bella Gypsy and Circular Sentiment from a tutorial from Digital Scrapper by Jen White. The photos are of my daughter and granddaughters.

Finished Hybrid Layout. Here is the 8 by 8 photo placed on a paper by Scrap Your Trip. I made some more of the circular sentiments out of printable vellum and attached a snowflake at the top of the steam coming off the hot chocolate.

Have you ever tried digital scrapbooking or hybrid? Or do you stick to just paper and scissors?

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Share Your Life With Snap Studios

Today's Blitsy Brand Saturday is super special. Today we are featuring Snap Studios by Simple Stories. Say that five times fast!

Simple Stories Snap Studios lets you capture life and display it in a fun and creative way. With their binders, memorabilia pockets, cards, stickers, stamps, and other embellishments you really can let your imagine run wild! 

Did you take a picture of you and your family at Niagara Falls only to find out a seagull photo bombed you? Snap Studios has a stamp, a quote, or a card that will let you document what happened and the emotion you felt when it happened (sorry, there are no profanity stamps to capture what you may have said). :)

I had so much fun playing with the samples we got it. I did not have any pictures on hand when I was designing my pages, but I did have pictures and moments in mind as I created my pages. With so many accessories, you really can find the perfect embellishments and paper to tell your story.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Inside Blitsy: A BIG Move and Two BIG Shots

This week at Blitsy...

...we had a HUGE move! We moved our warehouse down to our Chicago office, which is SUPER exciting! I love that we can wander down to our warehouse to see all of our amazing products. This is basically a crafter's dream. ;)

...we are wrapping up National Craft Month by giving two lucky winners a Big Shot. That's right, TWO! Make sure you check our Vlog when it is posted to see if you are one of the "Big" winners!

...I was really feeling "green" this week by saving a pesto jar I had use to make a tasty dinner and collecting Miles' baby food jars. I turned these jars (that would have ended up in the trash) into real treasures. See both of my projects here and here.

..we got some a-freakin-dorable samples from Simple Stories! Make sure you check out this mini sneak peak into tomorrows Blitsy Brand Saturday. If you are a pocket page scrapbooker, you will LOVE what we will have up on the site tomorrow!

Have a crafty weekend!


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Painted Mini Hanging Lanterns/Vases

Remember when I told you I was hoarding Miles' baby food jars? Well, this is why I collected them; I turned them from trash to treasure!

I always think it's a shame to throw away glass jars. I don't know, maybe I am weird but I always think there HAS to be a project where you could use them! I guess this week I was on a mission to save jars from going to the landfill. So, I turned Miles' baby food jars into bright Springy lanterns/vases!

I used my trusty Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch as a stencil. I then paired my stencil with some vibrant Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paints. To pull my little jars together, I added wire so they can be hung. I then finished the look with some raffia (you can never go wrong with raffia!).

Check out all of the Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paints on sale now at Blitsy!
What do you think? The colors make me think of Easter, which is right around the corner!


Here's what you'll need:
- Old Jars (I used Miles' old baby food jars!)
- Wire
- Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paint
- Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch (or any border punch/stencil you have)
- Goo Gone
- Paper
- Pliers
- Paint Dauber
- Washi Tape

Let's get crafty!


Step 1: Remove the label from your jar. I ran mine under hot water, then removed any remaining glue with Goo Gone.

Step 2: Tape your border to your jar.

Step 3: Pour a little bit of paint out and put your dauber in it (be careful not to over saturate your dauber). Begin pouncing over your stencil.

Step 4: After you have gone all the way around your jar, remove your stencil and let your jar dry.

Step 5: Once your paint is dry, wrap your wire around the top of your jar. Twist the two ends together and trim them down.

Step 5: Cut a piece of wire that is 10 inches long. Put one end of your wire under the wire around your jar and bend it up 3/4 inch. Twist the ends together and trim. Repeat this step on the other side of your jar. Then, to finish it off, wrap a piece of raffia around the top of your jar and tie a knot.  That's it! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blitsy Linky Party #5: Spring Inspired

   
If you need a reminder on how to party with us, click here.  

This weeks Blitsy Linky Party theme is all things Spring! We want to see your Spring layouts, cards, and altered boxes! Did you bust out a new Spring wreath to welcome fresh flowers and sunshine? We want to see it! We want our party to be full of color, cheer, and Spring, Spring, Spring! :) What are you waiting for? 


One: This Little Monster Easter Egg was submitted by One Dog Woof. I think this might be the cutest monster I have ever seen! Oh, and he has a plastic egg inside of him so he can store/keep an eye on all of your goodies!

Two: There is still a bit of a chill in the air, so this Spring Doily Headband by Shirley and Eadie is perfect! You can ditch your dark dreary headgear for something much brighter and oh, so feminine. 

Three: Bonjour Scrap added this delightful lampshade makeover. See, you can even incorporate crochet into your home decor! Just looking at this lamp makes me smile. ;)

Don't forget to grab our buttons here!

Make sure you click here and follow the Blitsy Linky Party Features Pinterest Board. We are collecting all of our favorite projects on this board so everyone can see the talent of our Blitsy community!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY "Pressed Flower" Vase

Just the other day I saw tiny pressed flowers added to a tag. I loved this idea and thought it would make a great addition to any Spring gift. I was so inspired by the pressed flowers that I decided to try and create them myself. As I looked at the flowers, they made me think of tissue paper.  Yes, that is where my mind went!

I grabbed some tissue paper and played around with it for a bit until I came up with three different "pressed flower" looks. I was about to throw away an empty jar of pesto when it dawned on me; "This jar would be perfect for my flowers!". I decided to add my flowers to my jar and use it as a Springy vase! (P.S. I have also been hoarding Miles' baby food jars. Stay tuned for a project with those on Friday!).

We have so many delightful colors of tissue paper launching with today's sale at Blitsy! With so many colors, you could create your very own faux pressed flower garden!


Here's what you'll need:
- Scissors
- Mod Podge
- Glass Jar (recycle one you already have!)
- Paint Brush
- Black Sharpie
- Orange Marker

Let's get crafty!
Step 1: Cut a circle that is about an inch in diameter. Add scallops to the edge. Then cut a circle that is a 1/2 inch in diameter and another circle that is 1/4 inch in diameter.

Step 2: Cut 2 purple circles that are 3/4 inch, 3 light purple circles that 1/2 inch, and 1 yellow circle that is 1/4 inch.

Step 3: Cut 5 yellow teardrop shapes that are 3/4 inch and 1 orange circle that is 1/4 inch.

Step 4: Construct your flowers by adding Mod Podge to the back of your petals and gluing them to the side of your jar. Add a black center and small dots to the center of your pink flower. Add a small black dot and small black lines to the center of your purple flower, and add orange dash marks to the center of your yellow flower. Cover your entire jar (from top to bottom) with Mod Podge.

Step 6: Let your Mod Podge Dry.

Step 7: When you are finished, your flowers will look like they are real pressed flowers! FYI...I also made some flowers out of my tissue paper. See how to make yours here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This To That: Crafter's Workshop Templates

Create gorgeous layouts and tags with the Crafter's Workshop Hourglass Template!

The Crafter's Workshop Templates will help you achieve the look and style you want even if you can't draw a straight line with a ruler. Great for card-making, scrapbooking, and crafts of all kinds that require different applied patterns. Good for doodling, sponging, stippling, spritzing, chalking and so much more!

Grab the Crafter's Workshop Hourglass Template and create tags that are mini masterpieces! You can also use the template for unique layouts. To see how to create your very own tags and layout, head on over to The Crafter's Workshop Blog!

Check out all of the Crafter's Workshop Templates here, here, here, and here!

P.S. Don't be afraid to use these templates on a pillow, wall, or t-shirt!  


Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Gelato Painted Quote Frame

Faber Castell Gelatos are basically "crayons" for adults. I tried my hand at using Faber Castell Gelatos for the first time EVER and got such a beautiful result!

Since it was my first time using this product, I decided to go with a simple project. I colored a wooden frame with my Gelatos and then used a paint brush to blend all of my colors together. The Gelatos blended beautifully on my wood and the colors really popped!

To finish my frame, I used a quote stamp that felt perfect for this project. My colorful frame is anything but ordinary, so my quote "Leave Ordinary Behind" was very fitting! 

Check out all of the lovely Faber Castell Gelatos we will have on sale today at BlitsyFaber Castell Gelatos are luscious acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy vibrant color and blend beautifully with or without water. They will work well on light or dark papers, smooth or textured surfaces, even flocked papers and canvas, and with a variety of stamping techniques from traditional direct to stamp to reverse stamping. You'll find more uses as you experiment with them!

Have you ever used Faber Castell Gelatos? What do you love the most about them?


Here's what you'll need:
- Faber Castell Gelatos (with paint brush)
- Wood Frame
- Quote Stamp
- Ink Pad
- Paper
- Scissors
- Cup of Water

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Use your Gelatos to create random color patterns all over your frame.

Step 2: Dip your paint brush in water and begin going over your colors in a circular motion.

Step 3: Continue swirling your paint brush and blending all of your colors on your frame until your entire frame is blended.

Step 4: Trace the paper that came inside of your frame onto your piece of paper. Stamp your quote onto your paper (my stamp was Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Random Quotes Stamp Set). I took my lightest pink Gelato and went over my words. I then rubbed my wet brush over the color to add extra detail to my quote. Once your paper is dry, place it in your frame! :)



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Guest Blogger: Tim Holtz Distress Marker Technique - Watercolor

I’ve always been a fan of water coloring, just never really good at it. It can be quite the process getting 
the look you’re going for. And let’s be honest, cleaning brushes, jars of water on the table, along with 
everything else, is just an accident waiting to happen. Wait, maybe that’s just me.

There are so many options when it comes to using these markers besides the obvious, that you can color with them. They are double sided so you could even journal with the fine tip nib if you want to.



The best thing about Distress Markers is their ability to blend when the ink comes in contact with water. They maintain their color integrity and offer a great option to traditional water coloring. I made an entire card coloring only with these markers. I chose an underwater theme and kept with blue and green colors for the background.


After scribbling the ink onto an acrylic stamp block, I sprayed the ink with water until the colors beaded up.  I then pressed my paper on the block to soak up all that beautiful color.  


I then stamped images for my card on watercolor paper and used a water brush with my markers to color the images.
After the ink dried I cut out the images and assembled my card.  How cute is this?

So, I hope the next time you feel like water coloring, you try Distress Markers. They’re fun to use and offer so many possibilities when creating. Besides the fact, you won’t have to worry about spilling that jar of water when you’re reaching for them!

Blitsy has Distress Markers on sale right now! Feel free to use my referral link to check them out!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Inside Blitsy: The Puppy Has a Name!

This week at Blitsy...

...we celebrated National Crochet week with a ton of yarn and tools. We also shared crochet project inspirations with you from a headband to a wreath! Oh, and this weeks Linky Party is dedicated to all crafty crochet projects! Don't forget to upload your project for a chance to win $5 Blitsy credits!

...Katy landed on a name for her ADORABLE puppy! This is pretty exciting since her puppy was called "new puppy" all this week. Check out our Vlog to see what Katy named her puppy!

...Did you win our 3rd Bigshot? Make sure you check out our Vlog to see! If you were't today's winner, don't worry, we still have 2 more Big Shots to give away!

...we celebrated Spring by having the windows of our office open. Oh, fresh air how we have ALL missed you!

Have a crafty weekend!


Crochet Week: Inspirations 4, 5, & 6!

We have more crochet projects for you!

Lauren and Laura have been busy all week whipping up these lovely crocheted projects for you. We hope they have inspired you to create a new crochet project, or try your hand at this crafty skill!

First we have Laura's Spring Crocheted Headband.

Laura crocheted three separate strands, and tied them together. You could either tie them in the back, or attach them to elastic for an all day hold!


Here we have Lauren's Crocheted Baby Hat. Thanks, Miles for being the cutest model EVER! :) 

It may technically be spring, but if you live in Chicago, you know there are really only two seasons: 1. Winter 2. Construction. Lauren made our little Blitsy baby this hat to keep him warm, but also bring him some Spring color and joy. This was made entirely from double crochets, then she added a pompom to the top, and some cute bear buttons to the brim. With the whole thing taking less than 5 hours, you have no excuse not to make one for the little cutie in your life!


Finally, we have Laura's Coffee Cozy.

For the coffee cozy, Laura just did a simple stitch and used buttons to secure it around her coffee cup. It's that simple!

Turn Your Favorite Paper Into Jewelry!

Do you have a favorite paper that you are literally OBSESSED with? Well, guess what? You can now turn that paper into wearable art!

Plaid makes Mod Podge Blanks, which allow you to add paper, trinkets, charms, or whatever to pendants and rings! When you pair the Mod Podge Blanks with the Mod Podge Charms, you get one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry!

What are you waiting for? Head over to Blitsy when our sale launches to scoop up your supplies so you can start designing your own jewelry!


Here's what you'll need:
- Paper
- Paint Brush
- Scissors

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut your paper so it fits inside of your metal blank.

Step 2: Put Mod Podge on the back of your paper and glue it to the inside of your blank.

Step 3: Add any words, or other paper designs to your blank. If you add anymore paper elements, glue them to the top of your paper.

Step 4: Place your designer charms where you want them on your blank.

Step 5: Go over the entire surface of your blank with your Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. On my square blank, I did not go over my heart charm, I just went around it. Let your Mod Podge dry. You can now wear your favorite paper! How cool is that?!?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crochet Week: Inspiration #4: Spring Wreath

Here's another fun project that looks intricate, but is perfect for a beginner crocheter! If you can do a chain stitch, you're more than half way there. I started by making the longest chain you've ever seen, simply using the chain stitch over and over again. I then wrapped it around the foam wreath to give it not only color, but some nice texture as well. Any size hook will do, but use what your yarn recommends.

The flowers take 3-5 minutes apiece, and again, are predominantly chain stitches: Chain 6, then slip stitch back into the first chain to join. Chain stitch 3. Yarn over, put the hook through the center circle, yarn over, and pull through the circle. Yarn over, pull through two stitches. Yarn over again, pull through two stitches again. (Just like a double crochet!) Chain three, put the hook back through the center circle, and slip stitch to join. You just made a petal! Repeat 4 more times, for a total of 5 petals. 

I then used a hot glue gun to attach all of the flowers, and added a cute Spring banner and yarn for hanging. Welcome, Spring! We've been anxiously awaiting you.

Don't forget to check out our crochet supplies sale going on right now at Blitsy! 
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