Thursday, July 31, 2014

This To That: Elastic Hair Ties

Make your own adorbale elastic ruffle hair ties with Dritz Ruffle Elastic!

Dritz Ruffle Elastic is soft elastic that has shiny narrow ruffles on each side. It is great for making headbands, decorative bows and bracelets, or add to garments for a decorative touch! 

Check out Dritz for other projects using elastic ruffles!

You can snag your own Dritz Ruffle Elastic HERE. We have so many bright colors!

WINNER ANNOUNCED:Blitsy Craft Challenge: Mix Media

We have a Craft Challenge winner!

Momma Hobbit Creations is the winner of our Mixed Media Challenge! She submitted a mixed media Smash journal page. Her page contains liquid pearls, metal flowers, bling, and a little mist action! All of the materials she used come together in her mixed media project to create an amazing layout!

Thank you to everyone else that participated in our Mixed Media challenge! All of you ROCK and have so much talent!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lovely Yarn Flowers


Have you ever seen yarn ball flowers on Pinterest? They seem to have become SUPER popular over the last couple of years. These adorable flowers can be made by using the Clover Pom Pom Maker. You can get a perfect pom pom every single time!

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Mini Journal



Keep track of all your inspirations with this Mini Journal!

The Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal comes plain, so you can decorate it however you want! I decide to use pretty paper and the Basic Grey High-line Chalkboard Stamp Background to decorate my journal. Instead of just stamping the background onto a piece of paper, I decided to use my gold embossing powder to create a shimmery gold cover. 

Make sure you check out the Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal and all of the other items from the Create It Yourself line  at Blitsy!

Here's what you'll need:
- Paper Accents Create Your Own Journal
- Patterned Scapbook Paper
- White Cardstock
- Clean Embossing Ink
- Gold Embossing Powder
- Ranger Heat It Tool
- Scissors
- Pencil
- Paper Trimmer
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush

Let's get crafty!

    

Friday, July 25, 2014

Inside Blitsy: What Are These?

This week Inside Blitsy, we decided to actually take you "inside"! 

Our office space is very open and airy. It has so much character throughout. I love the open floor plan and all of the old details!

Speaking of details, there are these long rods with metal hooks that hang down from them all throughout our office space. They wind around the office from the ceiling. Can anyone guess what these special hooks were once used for? 

>>>Here's a little hint...they were used for something related to crafting.<<<

Any guesses???

DIY Recipe Holder


Everyone has recipes that have been handed down from generation-to-generation. Why not display them in style on your kitchen counter? You can turn a plain wooden recipe box into a cute floral kitchen statement!

Grab the Walnut Hollow Wooden Recipe Box at Blitsy! Don't forget your Paper Accents Recipe Cards. You will need them to fill up your recipe box!

Here's what you'll need:
- Walnut Hollow Recipe Box
- Patterned Paper (12x12)
- White Cardstock
- Paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Tag Dies (Die Cutting Machine)
- Metal Sheet
- 2 Enamel Dots

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Trace all sides on your recipe box onto your patterned paper. Make sure you trace the sides of the lid separately. 

Step 2: Cut out all of the paper you traced. 


Step 3: Trim all of the sides down 1/8 inch.

Step 4: Paint the top and edges of your box.

Step 5: Put Mod Podge on the back of all of your papers and glue them to all of the sides of your box.

Step 6: Cover all of your paper with Mod Podge to seal it in.

Step 7: Rug your metal sheet and tag die through your die machine. Then add white paper to the center of your metal tag. Glue your tag to the front center of your recipe box. Then, add your enamel dots to the sides of your metal tag.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

This to That: A Card "Just for you"

Try Martha Stewart's Punches for your next paper project, whether it be a card, invitation, scrapbook page or another creation. You get 2 punches, a corner punch and an edge punch. Use them together to punch a seamless pattern all around your paper project, or use them separately. The corner has a double loop design while the edge has a row of double loops. 

See how Lisa from the Crafting Cottage created her amazing card!

Get your Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Large Double Arches and create your own amazing card!


Blitsy Craft Challenge: Mixed Media


Time for another craft challenge! You have until July 30th at 5:00pm CST to create and upload your mixed media project. One winner will be chosen and will receive a $20 Blitsy Credit! 

To add your project just click on 'Add your link'. Good luck everyone and we can't wait to see all of your projects!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Embossed Metal Earrings


You can turn a sheet of metal into a gorgeous pair of earrings!

To create my earrings, I used a sheet of metal that I placed inside of an embossing folder and then ran through my Big Shot. My embossing folder had flowers and swirls on it. The pattern looked so pretty on my metal! After I embossed my metal, I used my round punch to make two little circles. I added green colored alcohol ink to my metal (love this!). After the ink dried, I added my jewelry findings. This was so much fun to make! Oh, and these earrings are super light weight, so they won't weigh your ears down!

You can make your own metal embossed earrings with K&S Punch Metal at Blitsy!

Here's what you'll need:
- K&S Punch Metal
- Patterned Embossing Folder (along with a Die Cutting Machine)
- Circle Punch
- Alcohol Ink
- Small Hole Puncher
- 2 Ear Wires
- 2 Jump Rings

Let's get crafty:

Step 1: Cut a piece of metal that is 2 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long.  Place it inside of your embossing folder. Then, run it through your die cutting machine.

Step 2: Slide your metal inside your circle punch and turn it over (so you can see what pattern you will be getting). Punch out 4 circles.

Step 3: Grab your alcohol ink and lightly cover all 4 of your metal pieces with ink.

Step 4: Once your ink is dry, punch a small hole at the top and bottom of two of your circles. You will only punch one hole in your other two circles.

Step 5: Open your jump rings. Connect a piece of metal with 2 holes to a piece of metal with one hole. Then, slide your ear wire through the top hole of your circle that has 2 holes. Repeat this step with your other two circles. That's it!




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blitsy 3 Ways...Plaid Extreme Glitter

Sometimes you just need to add a little (or a lot!) of sparkle to a project. You can get your desired sparkle coverage with Plaid Extreme Glitter paint!

Extreme Glitter paint allows you to get that ‘glitz‘ without the mess! All you need to do is apply FolkArt Extreme Glitter with a brush — repeat until desired shimmer is achieved. Or, apply over a similar FolkArt color and you've got that bright shimmer of fine “sugar” glitter. You can use Extreme Glitter on wood, paper mache, terra cotta and most porous surfaces!

Below are 3 Ways you can use Plaid Extreme Glitter:
1. Name Wall Hooks from Plaid Online.
2. Classic Patterned Nesting Box from Plaid Online.
3. Silver and White Wedding Set from Plaid Online.

Check out all of the Plaid Extreme Glitter HERE!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Scream, You Scream...

...We all scream for ICE CREAM!

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Yeah, neither did I until I saw someone post about this month dedicated to all things ice cream!

In honor of this amazing month long celebration, I thought it only made sense to dedicate a project to my favorite sweet of ice cream! I created a small ice cream cone that I framed in blue and pink papers. I added my cone to a large Paper Accents Craft Tag and stamped "Life is good" below it.

You can snag the Paper Accents Tags at Blitsy!

How will you be celebrating National Ice Cream Month? Will you be eating tons of ice cream, or by crafting with ice cream as your theme???


Here's what you'll need:
Paper Accents 3.125x6.25 Tag
- Cardstock (4 Different Colors)
- Banner Die
- Watercolor Paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pink Raspberry)
- Enamel Dots (Yellow)
- Glue
- Water Brush
- Baker's Twine
- Stamp
- Frame Dies (in 3 Different Sizes)
- Water Bottle
- Craft Mat
- Foam Square

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: I ran my three dies through my Big Shot. I used the smallest dies I had to create a frame.

Step 2: I sprayed water onto my craft mat. Then, I dipped my water brush into my ink and then into my water. Next, I painted my watercolor paper, creating a light to dark pink pattern. I let my ink dry and then cut out the top of my ice cream cone. I cut a small triangle out of my heart paper to create my cone.

Step 3: I layered my solid frame under my cut out frame. Then, I put a foam square behind my ice cream cone after I glued my ice cream to my cone. I placed my cone in the center of my frames.

Step 4: I cut out a banner from my polka dot paper. I added a white circle to the center and stamped it with "Life is good". I glued my banner to the bottom of my tag and finished it off by adding two yellow enamel dots.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Inside Blitsy: A Little Green

DIY Heart Name Tags


I have an idea for all of you crafty brides out there who are doing assigned seating!

I am always looking for ideas that are a little different than the norm. When I saw the adorable Paper Accents Chip Shape Hearts, I knew I wanted to use them for some sort of crafty project. As I stared at the little brown heart, it came to me; Why not make the heart gold and use it as a name card?! I loved this idea as an alternative to the standard table tent wedding name card.

To get my chipboard heart to look like gold metal, I used Gold Ranger Basics Embossing Powder. I have to admit, this is the first I have ever used embossing powder. Wow, this stuff is AMAZING! I am now obsessed with it! Watch out, I see a lot of embossing projects in the near future. To finish my name tags, I used some adhesive vinyl and twine. Just think how cute your wedding table will look with these cute gold hearts!

Here's what you will need:
- Chalkboard Paint
- Hole Punch
- Twine

Let's Get Crafty!

Step 1: Rub embossing ink all over the front of your heart.

Step 2: Pour a generous amount of embossing powder over your heart, covering it completely.

Step 3: Turn your heart to the side to remove excess powder.

Step 4: Begin heating your embossing powder with your heat tool. Continue heating it until is has nice smooth, shiny sheen to it.

Step 5: Punch a hole in the corner of your heart.

Step 6: Cut a piece of twine that is 6 inches long, tie the two ends together, and slide the loop through the hole in your heart.

Step 7: Time to add your guest's name! I took a piece of adhesive chalkboard vinyl and ran it through my Big Shot with a banner die. Then, I used a chalk marker to add my name.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blitsy Project Formula: Patina Earrings

You can create your very own vintage looking earrings with Vintaj!

It is so simple to create your own earrings that look vintage, but are not! All you need to do is pour the Vintaj Patina over the Vintaj Damascus Filigree Drops and let them dry. Once they are dry, open the end of the Vintaj Arched Ear Wire, slide it through the top of your Vintaj Damascus Filigree Drop, and close the end. Enjoy your beautiful pair of vintage earrings!

Get the full Blitsy Formula HERE, HERE and HERE!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Striped Summer Tote


With Summer comes parties, weddings, and barbecues. Be stylish at all of your events with a Striped Summer Tote!

You can never really go wrong with stripes, especially bright, punchy ones! This striped tote can be your go-to accessory for all of your gatherings. The Mark Richard's Tote is the perfect size to house all of your summer essentials (even your flips flops for all of the weddings you will attend!). You can choose from so many DecoArt SoSoft Fabric paint to completely customize your summer tote. If you already have an outfit in mind, pick colors that will match!

You can pick-up the Mark Richard's Tote (and other canvas items) at Blitsy. Don't forget to check out all of the DecoArt SoSoft paint we will have when our sale launches!

Here's what you'll need:
- DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint (Bright Yellow, Cadmium Orange, and Yellow Green)
- Paint Brush
- Painter's Palette (or Paper Cup)
- Washi Tape (or Painter's Tape)
- Paper
- Cup of Water

Let's get crafty!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dylusions Stencils & Sprays




You'll never guess where Myrna's inspiration came from for this mixed media page! Hint: she was at a Japanese restaurant! Check out her full blog post here. Links to the products used are below.
source: hikers3.wordpress.com

source: hikers3.wordpress.com
                            



Blitsy Tipsy Tuesday: Resize Your Belt!


Need to resize your belt? Grab your Tandy Leather Factory Rotary Hole Punch HERE!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Blitsy Baby is Turning One!

In honor of Miles' first birthday (how in the world is he almost one?!),  I decided to create a pinwheel pendant banner for his party. His party is nautical theme, which is super popular right now!

I used Paper Accents Chevron Chipboard Pendants for my birthday banner. These were the perfect size to create a mini banner to attach to Miles' highchair for his big birthday cake tasting (and smashing!). To add detail and dimension to the banner, I added pinwheels. I kept with the nautical theme by incorporating nautical themed paper and die cut anchors. 

Check out the full video tutorial below and stock-up on your Paper Accents Pendants!


Friday, July 11, 2014

We're Hiring!





Hey Blitsy Crafters!

We've got a cool position open here at our office in Chicago and thought it might be something one of YOU are interested in! Just take a few seconds to answer these questions in your head to see if it might be a good fit.

-Do you live in the Chicago area (if you don't but have a crafty friend who does please share this with them!)

-Do you love crafts and Blitsy sales?

-Do you look forward to seeing what will be offered each day?

-Do you think YOU could pick out a good mix of products for our daily sales?

-Would you like working with dogs each day?

-Are you a go-getter?

-Are you computer proficient?

If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above then we want to hear from you! Please send us an email telling us a little bit about yourself and why you think you'd be a good fit for picking products at Blitsy.  We would also like to see a current resume.

This is a full time, hourly position at the Blitsy HQ in Chicago.
This is not a "crafting job", but you will be in a very crafty environment
Interested candidates should send a detailed email to HR@blitsy.com with the subject line: Blitsy Merch Job Application

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from crafty people in the Chicago area!

Inside Blitsy: Simple Stories Explosion!

This week at Blitsy...

...we hit 3000 YouTube Subscribers! Thank you to all of you who have already subscribed to our channel. If you haven't subscribed yet, make sure you do so you can stay in the know with all things Blitsy from Show & Tells to Project Tutorials and our weekly Vlogs!

...we had some technical difficulties while filming this week. Some of our shots were cut off and others did not have any audio! I blame the full moon. ;) Here's to a better week of filming next week! 

..we got a TON of samples in from Simple Stories. When our samples arrived, they were very organized and neatly packed. After we dug through all of the samples, adding cards and pages to binders, we had a Simple Stories explosion on our hands, people! If you don't believe me, see below for photo proof! We clearly had WAY too much fun with all of our Simple Stories goodies. The good new is, this is a sneak peak into our sale this Saturday! Check out our Simple Stories Vlog sneak peak video on YouTube for all of the amazing items you can snag tomorrow!

A Pretty Way to Tell Time


Have you ever seen the Walnut Hollow clock parts? We run Walnut Hollow items on Blisty all of the time. I finally decided to grab a clock form and mechanical parts so I could make my own clock!

My plan was to post a video tutorial showing how I created my stenciled clock. However, technology was not in my corner the other day. I filmed my tutorial, but with no audio! So, instead of doing a video, I am doing a regular old post. Since I did not get a shot of all my raw materials, I went ahead and pulled some of the images from our site. I apologize for the lack of pictures, but luckily, this tutorial is pretty easy!

Here's what you'll need:
- Walnut Hollow 14 inch Clock Form
Walnut Hollow Clock Movement w/Hands 1/4"
- Crafter's Workshop 12" Byzantine Stencil (we run these often!)
- 2 Different Colors of Paint
- Paint Brush
- Paint Dauber

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Cover your clock form with 2 coats of paint. Let your paint dry.

Step 2: Lay your stencil on top of your clock form. Make sure the center of your stencil is in the center of your clock form. Begin using your paint dauber to go over your stencil. I only stenciled until the last ring of the stencil. After I lifted my stencil up, I used my paint brush to fill in the gaps left behind from not painting in the entire stencil.

Step 3: Follow the instructions on the back of your clock movement kit. After you have installed your clock hands, throw in a battery, set the time, and you have a cute new DIY clock!

What colors would you use to decorate your clock?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

3 Ways: Loom Bands

Loom Bands are all the rage right now. If you have been on Pinterest, you have probably seen different bracelet designs using these tiny rubber bands. Midwest Design Loom Bands allow you to get creative with these super stretchy rubber bands! Create friendship bracelets and other fun projects. Makes a great rainy day or every day activity!

There are other ways to use Loom Bands (outside of just bracelet making). So, today's 3 Ways shows you how to create an anchor key chain, purse, and a pencil grip! All of these are so creative!

Have you ever used Loom Bands? If so, what did you make with yours?

1. Anchor Charm from Loom Love 
2. Loom Band Bag from Meatloaf and Melodrama 
3. Pencil Grip from Loom Love 

Check out all of the Midwest Loom Bands HERE!


WINNER ANNOUNCED: Blitsy Craft Challenge: Mason Jar

Erin K. is the winner of our 'Mason Jar' themed Blitsy Craft Challenge! 

She submitted a "Happy 4th of July!" notebook she created. She added flowers and feathers to a paper mason jar. It is so perfect for the 4th of July! 

Congrats, Erin and thank you to everyone that entered our Mason Jar Challenge!

What challenge theme would you like to see next???

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY Stitched Leather Bracelet

Here's what you'll need:

- Leather Hole Punch
- Embroidery Thread
- Needle
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Marker
- Scissors
- Clasp
- 2 Jump Rings (8mm)
- Ruler

Let's Get Crafty!

Step 1: Cut your bracelet blank in half. Then, cut it in half again. Wrap your leather blank around your wrist so it is snug. Then, add an 1/8 inch and cut. If you want, you could also measure a bracelet you already have that fits you nicely.

Step 2: Flip your leather over so the back side is facing up. Leave about 1/4 inch from the end of your leather. Begin adding dots every 1/4 inch. You with place one dot close to the edge of your leather (just make sure it is not too close!) and another dot below it. Every 1/8 inch, add a dot in the center of your leather (See below).

Step 3: Put your leather hole punch on the smallest circle. Begin punching where you placed all of your dots.

Step 4: Cut a piece of floss that is a yard long and tie a knot at the end (make sure the knot is large enough so it won't slide through your hole). Start stitching your bracelet by going up through the last bottom hole on your leather blank. Then, go back down through the center hole to the right. Go up through the top hole and then down through the center hole again. This will create a sideways 'V'. Repeat this step until all of your 'Vs' are stitched.

Step 5: When you get to the end, tie a large knot. Then, take a dab of glue and rub it over both of your knot ends to keep them in place.  Let your glue dry.

Step 6: Punch a hole in the center of your leather about an 1/8 inch from the end. Repeat this step on the other end. Next, open one of your jump rings, slide your clasp on, slide the jump ring through the hole you made at the end of your bracelet, and close the jump ring. Add your other jump ring to your leather bracelet. That's it!