Friday, May 30, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Fun With Letters!

This week at Blitsy...

...we fell in love with the Zutter Magnetic Die and Stamp Storage System. If you missed it, you can check it out here. This storage container has magnetic sheets so your dies attach right to it! Also, since the sheet is acrylic, it will hold your stamps. Genius!

...we showed you the new Tim Holtz 9.5 inch scissors. These are larger than the original Tim Holtz scissors. You can see both of these scissors in action here.

...we had our May Crafternoon. This month, we decorated wooden letters. We painted, embellished, sprayed, and wrapped our letters. Check out all of our creations below!

Pop Your Shoes With Some Flowers!

I was staring at my very boring, neutral ballet flats the other day and thought they could use a sprinkle of pizazz. Now, I didn't want to completely change the look of my shoes (sometimes plain is good!), I just wanted to change them temporarily. 

You may be wondering how you could possibly change the look of your shoes without it being permanent. Well, if you have alligator clips and adorable Martha Stewart Flower Embellishments, you can make this change happen! I was able to turn my flower embellishments into shoe clips in about 5 minutes! My shoes went from boring and plain to bright and Springy in a matter of minutes!

Head on over to Blitsy and grab your Martha Stewart embellishments and alligator clips. It's time to really pop your shoes!

Here's what you'll need:
- Alligator Clips
- Felt
- Craft Glue
- Scissors

Let's get crafty! 

Step 1: Peel off the back of your flower embellishments and use it as a template. Place it on your felt and cut around it. Repeat this step with your other flower.

Step 2: Turn your alligator clip over and stick it to the back (sticky side) of your flower embellishment.

Step 3: Put craft clue on one side of your felt. Open your clip and put your felt over the part of the clip attached to your flower. Repeat this step with your other flower. You are all set! Now, go and change up your shoes!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blitsy Project Formula: Photo Artwork

If you are looking to create your own artwork that is unique and affordable, this Blitsy Project Formula is for you!

Today, I combined the Fairfield Foam Design with the Blumenthal Lansing Crafter's Images PhotoFabric and the Jacquard Tee Juice Marker Packs to create one-of-a-kind artwork. To get started, decide on the size of your artwork. Then, using your printer, print your favorite picture onto the PhotoFabric in black and white. You will then cut your Foam Design the same size as your image. Use your markers to add pops of color to a few different areas of your PhotoFabric, like maybe flowers in a flower pot or a necklace your mother is wearing. Then, place your fabric over the front of your Foam Design and glue it to the back! That's it!

Get the full project here, here and here!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Instead of our regularly scheduled Vlog...

Hey guys! So, normally we have a Vlog posted on our YouTube Channel on Wednesdays, but technology wasn't our friend today and the footage went missing from our memory card!! So instead I am going to post our sale shout outs, sneak peeks, and Zig Marker winner here. 

Meghan and I always have the hardest time choosing just a few of our favorite items to call out in the Vlogs! There are so many great sales each day that we never want you to miss a great deal. As hard as it was to narrow it down here are a few of our call outs for today..

Tim Holtz 9.5" Titanium Shears: I did a quick show and tell video with these scissors for today. I have never loved a pair of scissors in my life...until I was introduced to Tim Holtz scissors! I am terrible at cutting. Seriously, it is sort of embarrassing how bad I am with scissors. These have changed that completely! I am not sure if it is the large handle grip or the blades or what, but whatever it is, I LOVE them. Today at Blitsy you can get the smaller 6.5" scissors and the new larger 9.5" shears.

 Tim Holtz Shears
Click to view the Tim Holtz Sale

Faber Castell Gelatos: Faber-Castell Color 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! You can also get the Double Scoop Geltatos which are twice the size of regular Gelatos, which means twice as much creamy pigment! Great for projects on larger surface areas. 

Click here for the Gelato Sale

American Crafts: We have some great staples from American Crafts up on the site today as well. WOW! Glitter, Spark! Tinsel Glitter, and Cardstock are definite must haves for any craft room. I am especially loving the NEON glitter! How cool is that?! 

Click for American Crafts Sale

We also have these adorable Cosmo Cricket Show Toppers in the mint green color. Add instant cuteness to your jars!

Click for Show Toppers Sale

Tim Holtz Ideaology: In addition to the scissors, we also launched some great Tim Holtz Ideaology products! If you love Tim's style you won't want to miss this sale today!

Click here for Tim Holtz Ideaology

We also have some really great deals at Blitsy planned for tomorrow (Thursday, May 29th). To name a few - we will have Teresa Collins Fiskars Clear and Cling Stamps, My Mind's Eye Paper and Accessory Packs, Studio Calico Made in a Snap Albums, NEW Zutter Stamp and Die Storage cases, and more!!

Zutter Storage Sneak Peek....LOVE!

One last thing that you would have seen in the Vlog had we not run into technical difficulties. During our last video we had a set of 48 Zig Scrapbooking Markers to give away. All we asked is that you subscribe to our video and leave some sort of comment. We loved getting all of your comments! So I randomly asked Meghan to pick a number. She had no idea what it was for, but played along and picked a number. I matched her number up on our comments and the random winner turned out to be MEGAN LAFKO! Congrats, Megan!! Thanks for hanging out with us online :) Please shoot me an email katy at blitsy dot com so I can gather your address and get your markers in the mail!

We plan to be back on Friday with another Vlog. If you like to hear more about the items available at Blitsy, giveaways, and sneak peeks make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel! We are gearing up to bring you a ton of videos in the near future. Let us know in a comment below what types of videos you'd be most interested in seeing. 

Happy Crafting!

Add Some "Inka" to Your Earrings

Turn boring brass filigree into shimmery metal earrings with Viva Decor Inka Gold!

I have had two Vintaj filigree drops in my stash for quite some time now. I keep holding on to my filigree drops because the right project has not come along to incorporate them. When I saw we were running Viva Decor Inka Gold again, I got excited! You can use Inka Gold on so many surfaces. When I saw metal was one of the surfaces, I knew I had found the perfect project for my filigree drops!

It was so easy to add color to my metal filigree. I just used my finger tip! Yep, it was seriously that easy! I fell in love with the Steel Blue Inka Gold! We have other colors of Viva Decor Inka Gold on our site right now, so make sure you check them out!

Here's what you'll need:
- Vintaj Filigree Drops (or any metal filigree drop)
- 2 Earwires
- Chain Nose Pliers

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Dip your finger into your Inka Gold and lightly cover it with the colored wax. Rub your finger over your filigree drops in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire surface. Repeat this step with your other filigree drop. 

Step 2: Once your Inka Gold is dry, flip your drop over and cover the other side with Inka Gold. Let it dry.

Step 3: Use your chain nose pliers to open the loop at the end of your earwire. Slide your earwire through the top of your filigree drop. Then, close the bottom loop of your earwire. Repeat this step with your other filigree drop.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This To That: Studio Calico Wood Veneer Abroad Cameras

Wood veneers are SUPER popular right now. How can you resist a cute wood cutout? I know I can't!

We have Studio Calico wood veneer embellishments  in so many creative shapes up on our site. They are great for both paper crafting and mixed media projects. My favorite are the Abroad Camera Veneers. These come with 40 assorted die-cut wood veneer camera shapes. They have stained edges for a wood-burned look. 

Julie, from Julie Chats, took her Studio Calico wood veneer cameras and created a mini camera specimen artwork piece. She colored her wood veneer cameras with Luminarte mists and added them to a shadow box. I just love how this turned out!

Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY Flower Wall Art

Do you remember when I made these little paper flower embellishments? I loved these flowers so much that I decided to make them again, but much bigger this time around. When I say big, I mean huge! I took my Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter to create a large-scale flower that can be used as wall art or even wedding d├ęcor.

To create my large flower, I used the same exact technique I had used with my smaller flowers. To give my large flower more dimension, I put two different sized flowers together. You could hang this large flower on your front door, or you could start a brand new wedding background trend! Just think how gorgeous a wall full of these large flowers would be!

Here's what you'll need:
- Doubled Sided Scrapbook Paper
- Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush

Let's get crafty!

I made my large circles 10 inches in diameter and my small circles 6 ½ inches in diameter.
You can see the full instructions here on how to construct your large paper flowers. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Getting Organized

This week at Blitsy...

...we decided it was time to get organized! Katy and I cleaned out our crafting studio and bought some storage containers (check out our lazy Susan's below!). Since we have so many amazing crafting supplies, we figured it was time to get organized so we can easily find all of them! 

...we announced three more Blitsy Linky Party winners! If you are looking for a great card idea for Father's Day, a unique wreath for your door, or a project to instantly refresh your coffee table, click here to see all of these awesome project and be inspired!

Just a reminder, another winner will be selected for our We Are Memory Keepers Fold Down Craft Table today. Make sure you check out our vlog when it's posted to see if you are our third winner! If you still need to get your entries in, click here!

Spring Tags with Martha Stewart Punches!

So, I might be a little obsessed with the Martha Stewart Butterfly Stamp and Punch. This punch is super cool because it comes with 3 coordinating stamps. You can pick your wing design, stamp your paper, and punch out your butterfly! 

I created a few Spring tags using my Martha Stewart punches. To add more dimension to my tag, I bent the wings up on my butterfly. My butterflies look like they are about to fly off of my tag! 

Make sure you grab your Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page Scalloped Dot Square Punch and Butterfly Stamp & Punch when our sale launches today!

Here's what you'll need:
- Tag
- Ink Pad
- Acrylic Block and Stamp
- Scrapbook Paper (1 Patterned and 2 Solid)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink
- Glue
- Scissors
- Adhesive Foam Square
- Yarn (or string)

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Take your ink pad and run it over your tag, covering the entire surface.

Step 2: Place your tag on your square punch. Line up the bottom corners of your tag with the two circle magnets at the bottom of your punch. 

Step 3: Place the top of the punch on your tag, lining up the notch on the top of the punch with the notch on the bottom of the punch. Next, line the cut out circles on the top of your square with the holes on the bottom of your punch and press down. Cut off the strip of paper in-between your two squares.

Step 4: Put glue on the back of your tag around the opening. Glue your patterned paper to the back of your tag so the pattern is showing through. Cut off the excess paper around your tag.

Step 5: Stamp your butterfly design on a piece of solid paper. Put your butterfly punch over your stamp, making sure your butterfly design is inside your punch before you press down.

Step 6: Stamp your quote on your solid paper, cut around it, put a foam square on the back, and place it on the center of your tag. Put glue on the body of your butterflies and glue them to your tag. Then, pull up on the wings to make your butterfly look 3-D. Tie a colorful piece of yarn or string through the hole of your tag and you are finished!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

3 Ways...Martha Stewart Glass Paintable Clings

Today's 3 ways features the Martha Stewart Glass Paintable Clings

The Martha Stewart Glass Paintables by Plaid allow you to create beautiful projects when paired with Martha Stewart Glass Paints. These clings create colorful temporary designs for glass surfaces. If you change your mind and want to move your cling,  all you need to do is peel it off and reposition it!

Check out these three projects using Martha Stewart Glass Paintable Clings!

1. Martha Stewart Glass Paintable Cling Vase
    From  Meegan Makes

2. Martha Stewart Glass Paintable Cling Artwork
    From Fynes Designs

3. Martha Stewart G;ass Paintable Cling Lamp
    From The Cards We Drew 

Blitsy Linky Party #9 Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who added projects to our Linky Party. I look forward to seeing the creativity and am always so inspired.  All of you rock and so do your projects! 

Here are the Blitsy Linky Party #9 winners:

1. With Father's Day approaching, I thought this "Thank You, Dad" card was just perfect! I am in love with the little metal wrench on the card that May from Mayholic in Crafts added. What a clever idea!

2. This sweet rosette book page wreath was added by Giustina from Domestically Blissful. She used old book pages to create this adorable wreath. The pop of red from the buttons she added is a nice touch!

3. I was instantly drawn to the bright, punchy colors of these ceramic coasters added by Martine from I Make. Add these coasters to your coffee table for an instant Spring makeover!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quick Felt Container

Phoomph is back! 

It's no secret I heart Phoomph. Just the other day, I was trying to think of another project where I could incorporate this amazing product. When I looked at some of our current sale items, I noticed felt was back up on our site. So, I decided to get a little help from Phoomph to create mini containers out of felt!

You can never have too many little containers to hold your loose craft supplies. My mini felt containers are perfect for buttons, sequins, embellishments, and any other small crafting supplies that do not have a home. You could create felt containers in different sizes to accommodate all of your crafting storage needs!

Make sure you check out our great selection of felt and Phoomph!

How do you store your small crafting supplies? 

Here's what you'll need:
- Phoomph (Soft)
- Felt
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Pencil

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cut out a square piece of felt that measures 5 inches by 5 inches.

Step 2: Cut each of your felt corners at an angle. Make your cuts 1 inch long.

Step 3: Cut a triangle of Phoomph that is 1 inch long on the right and left sides. Use this triangle as your template to cut your other 3 triangles. Peel back one side of your triangle and line up one edge with the slit you made. Repeat this with your other 3 Phoomph triangles.

Step 4: Fold the two middle pieces of your felt inward. Peel the back off one side of your Phoomph triangle. Line-up the edge of your Phoomph triangle with the felt triangle shape next to it. 

Step 5: Fold the triangle over and secure it to the other side of your felt. 

Step 6: Repeat this step with all of your triangles. When you are finished, pinch the ends of your triangles together.  You now have a mini felt container!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blitsy Tipsy Tuesday: Chalkboard Paint

Now that you know how to use chalkboard paint, head on over to Blitsy to check out all of our Plaid Chalkboard Paint colors!

Monday, May 19, 2014

DIY Paper Straw Frame

Playful paper straws always make drinks more inviting. How can you resist a drink with a brightly colored straw in it? I know I can't! I love the way paper straws look as pretty party accents, but what about using them for home decor?

I came across this clever frame created by Making Lemonade. She used her paper straws to decorate a plain wooden frame! I love how quick and simple this project is. You could decorate a frame to add a statement to any room in your home, use it as a wedding table number frame, or incorporate it into your next party theme!

We have a great selection of Queen & Co Stylish Stix on sale at Blitsy! These are just what you need to create your own paper straw frame!

Have you ever done a craft project using paper straws? If so, let us know what you made!

Here's what you'll need:
- Frame
- Scissors

For the full tutorial on how to make this adorable paper straw frame, head on over to Making Lemonade!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Inside Blitsy: Quick Weekend Projects!

This week at Blitsy...

...we launched a huge selection of Basic Grey products from brads, buttons, journals, stickers, embellishments, stamps, and so much more! I am loving the Fresh Cut Paper Flower Kit we have! Did you grab anything from this sale? If so, what are you going to make with all of your goodies???

...we also launched Cousin Snap In Style. Did you have a chance to check these out? If not, Snap In Style pieces allow you to pick your accent and snap it into a base. You can choose from bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more! You can design your own jewelry in seconds with a quick snap here and another snap there!

...we started another Linky Party! It has been a couple of weeks since our last party. I know all of you have projects you have completed and now we want you to share them with everyone! Make sure you link-up and let our crafting community see your crafty talents!

Have a crafty weekend!