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No Sew Potato Stamped Tooth Fairy Pillow

This has been a really hard week for me. First my son turned 3 on Monday and then my daughter loses her first tooth on Tuesday. Not only was I not mentally prepared for either I was also ill prepared when it came to a tooth fairy pillow. My poor child had to put her tooth in a plastic Ikea container under her pillow for Pete’s sake. Not acceptable in a crafty household. This situation had to be rectified before anymore teeth were lost.

 
SUPPLIES
 
– Craft felt - magenta, orange & aqua
– Tulip Soft Fabric Dye - White
– Paint brush
– Potato
– Tulip Soft Fabric Paint - Black and White
– Batting for pillow
– Carving knife
– Fabric Fusion Glue
– Scissors
– Clothespins
– Ruler
– Scribbles Paint - Teal
– Sponge
– Paper towels
 
Something about St. Patrick’s Day always makes me want to carve a potato stamp. Most people get in the mood to carve say a shamrock I decided to carve a tooth. The first thing you want to do is cut your potato in half. I drew my tooth image onto the potato with a pen. It didn’t leave an ink mark, just an indention. Next I went out and cut out the excess around my tooth. Remember what you want to show up in paint you leave. Blot your stamp with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
Applying your paint with a sponge brush or in this case a sponge filled with paint is the best method. Squirt your paint directly onto the sponge.
Carefully ink your stamp and get busy. You may want to apply two coats so that your tooth is more vibrant. Do this to two sheets of felt and allow to dry completely. Also, stamp a small square of orange felt.
 
After your paint has dried mark one inch in all the way around on the inside (unpainted) side of your felt.
Using Fabric Fusion Glue make a thick line on 3 edges of one side of felt. Place your other sheet of felt (wrong side to wrong side) on top. Allow the glue to dry completely.
When your glue has dried stuff your pillow in the one open hole. Add another thick stream of Fabric Fusion Glue to seal your pillow up. Use clothespins to hold the two sheets of felt together while the glue dries.
In theory I should have done this step before stuffing my pillow, but alas. Glue your small pocket to the one side of your pillow. I added a little face to mine. This is where the tooth will go.
Lastly, go in with scissors and cut strips almost 1” all the way around your pillow. Remember you glued your pillow 1” in so you don’t want to cut through that.
Next time Tallulah decided to pull apart her Lego’s with her teeth and the Tooth Fairy has to come to visit we will be ready!

Neon Watercolor Shirt with Tulip Fabric Markers

 
Since I'm the social media specialist for a craft company, I see lots of projects and gets lots of ideas on DIYs I think would be fun to try! Every now and then, I actually take a break from posting and actually create something.  This is one such time!  Inspired by the cool Tulip Fabric Marker watercolor technique Pattie created last year, and my love of neons and geometrics, I bring to you this fun tee I whipped up in about an hour!



What you need:

Tulip Fabric Markers (I selected my fave neon colors & black from the pack)

– Masking tape

– White cotton t-shirt
– Water bowl

– 1" bristle or foam brush

Rip off masking tape and arrange in pattern as shown. Your pattern could take on a different pattern or geometric angles than mine, and that's totally ok!  Mask off a pattern that fits your personal style!

Use the brush tip of the marker to outline inside each triangle.

 Load your paintbrush with water, and pull in the colors to the center. The marker will start to bleed toward the middle.
 Continue doing this process with the rest of the triangles.  For some of the triangles, I went in and added a pop of another neon color.
This is what my design looked like before I peeled away the tape.
I had gotten a little sloppy and heavy-handed with my paintbrush and water, so as you can see, a few of the colors bled under my taped off areas. I wasn't super jazzed about this look, so I picked up a black fabric marker...
...and outlined around each of the triangles.  Don't add water to these black outlines. Let the shirt dry entirely if you want to keep them sharp and crisp! If you don't you'll get slightly watercolored edges like mine.  I personally think they are cool and artful! I think this gave definition to the triangles and help tie the look together, so it didn't turn into a total craft fail!

Here's some details of my finished project!

I like the bleeding look!

Do you think is a project you'd like to try?

Puffy Paint Faux Embroidery Pillowcases

Right now both neon and geometric shapes are totally in! And embroiderers have taken notice! If you want to jump on this train but don't want to spend the time embroidery takes, why not knock out some Puffy Paint faux embroidery? 
 

For this project you will need:
white pillowcases
 
To protect the other side of your pillowcase from bleeding paint, use a piece of cardboard or something similar inside of the case extending past the edge.
 
If you want to make specifically sized geometric shapes, like on the triangles only case, you can use cardboard an X-acto knife and a ruler to make little guide pieces to trace onto the case. I used the cardboard insert that came inside of my new pillowcases.
Trace the shape onto your cases with either a pencil or a water or air soluble fabric marking pen.
 
Use your neon colors to draw on top of your pencil or marker shapes. I used a pencil which is why you can't see them at all in the pic... You have to be kind of close up and look carefully to notice my marks.
 
Another style that is really common in geometric embroidery right now are the randomly connected triangles. This style is a free-for-all and a lot of fun. If you're worried, feel free to practice doodling these fun shapes up on paper and start with your puffy paint when comfortable.
 
You can use all one color or alternate neons for a fun look! This case was so much fun!
Be sure to allow your paint plenty of time to dry before handling.
 
The connected triangles is definitely  my fave...
 

 

But I have to say, paired together, they're awesome!
 
You can also do this technique on tee shirts, throw pillows or any place you're seeing fun embroidery that you're not of a mind to get out there and embroider!
 
If you dug this tutorial, feel free to stop by Dream a Little Bigger, my craft blog and say hi! 
Until next time!

Some Bunny Loves the Cracked Up Chicken Ceramic Platters

 



Can you believe it's time to start thinking about Easter? Is it just me or does time seem to be flying by even faster than usual this year? Well, you know what they say...time flies when you're having fun. I guess that means my 2014 is off to a good start! I hope yours is too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I was thrilled when the iLoveToCreate® folks asked me to make a ceramic project for Easter to blog about. I knew right away I wanted to make something with the Duncan® Oh Four® egg shaped (technically they are oval but we'll say they are egg shaped this time because it's appropriate for Easter) platters. My style of art is generally very whimsical and silly, so I decided to apply the same style to the platters. I used Duncan Cover Coats® , French Dimensions™ and Pure Brilliance® along with some rubber stamps and stencils to create these. Then, I dug deep into my sense of humor to find my favorite Easter puns and added them to the plates.
These were really fun to make because my favorite subjects for my art pieces are animals. I can't say I've ever painted a rabbit or a chick on ceramics before, so the project really broadened my horizons. Now I can't wait to pile these up with food for Easter and see what people say when the food is gone and they see these crazy characters staring back at them!
 
I hope you enjoyed this project! If you'd like to see more of my ceramic creations, you can visit The Peculiar Palette, my personal blog. 
 
See you next time!
Laura
 

Neon Alphabet Phone Case DIY

Do you have a boring old phone case that needs some new life?  Our new Neon Tulip Slicks will give your phone case the punch of color it's been needing!  This colorful DIY takes about 10 minutes in all (plus drying time).  Everybody's got time for that!  Let me show you just how easy it is to make this fun project!

What you need:
– Plain white phone case (or color of your choice)
 Lay the stencil on top of the phone case and squeeze paint inside letters.  The stencil is naturally spaced  apart, so I just used the letters straight from the stencil sheet. Let that color dry.
 Position the same stencil sheet in between the dried set of letters and squeeze inside!  Let that color dry.
That's all you have to do! A super easy project to complete on a rainy afternoon!  The letters do remain a little bit sticky, so if that bothers you, add a coat of clear nail polish over top to seal the letters and make them stick-free.

DIY Alphabet Block Shoes

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My toddler is VERY into his letters and numbers lately, so when it came time to think up a theme for a spring shoe refashion, his vintage-style alphabet blocks stood out from the pack (that, and I'm not as good at drawing dinosaurs or trains, which would have been the other top contenders!). And sure enough, when I presented them to him the morning after I made them, he picked one up and said, "ABC shoe!" Exactly, my dear. Now we can practice his letters and colors while on the go!
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What You Need:
-White canvas shoes
-Black permanent pen
-Tulip Dual Tip Fabric Markers (Neon)
-Alphabet blacks (optional, for inspiration!)
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Use the black permanent marker to outline your design. I drew the outline of the blocks first and then filled in the letters. I started with his initials on the tabs for some personalization, and then added a good mix of letters as I worked my way around the shoe, from toe to heel. (Note: In your aspirations toward random letter placement, be aware of any words you might spell out inadvertently!)
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Then I used the six colors from the neon fabric marker pack to color in the edges and the letters. With the outlines already drawn, it was just like a coloring book! These particular pens have two tip options--a fuller, "juicier," paintbrush-style marker tip for strong color saturation (shown above), and a thinner, stiffer marker tip for finer details. I alternated between the two, depending on the complexity of the letter I was working on.
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One shoe down, one to go!
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One pair of DIY ABC kicks: Complete. Make them in any size!

Snow and Ice Dyeing

 
 
With all the snow and ice that’s piled up in the Northeast and other parts of the country right now, we thought it was about time we put it to good use! Create unique and amazing colors and patterns with Snow and Ice Dyeing it’s a super easy and fun way to dye fabric. This would be a great project to do with kids. I really love this technique for dyeing. It creates some amazing color mixes and designs and it does all the work for you!  In the summer you can do this with ice cubes! I think this is my new favorite way to dye fabric!  
 



TOOLS & MATERIALS:
T-shirt
Snow or ice
Large plastic tub
There is a lot of dye included in the Tulip Tie Dye kits. I only used about half of what was in the bottles. I didn't need to use any of the dye from the packets.
 
step 1
Prepare your plastic tub. 
 
You don’t want to do this project in your sink since you will be waiting for your snow or ice to melt for the dye to set (and that can take awhile).
 
Place a metal screen or something in the bottom of your tub to keep your shirt from sitting in the dye as it melts. Try to keep it up at least an inch or two.
 
step 2
Get your shirt wet and tie it like you would for tie dye or just scrunch it up, which is what I did.
 
Place your shirt in your tub on your screen.
 
step 3
Cover your t-shirt with snow or ice.
The cat was so fascinated by the fact that I had snow in the house I couldn't get a picture without my little furry assistant!
 
step 4
Sprinkle your dye powder over your snow or ice.
 
Here’s where you can have some fun!
 
You can decide what colors you want where, just remember that as the snow or ice melts your colors will run into each other and mix. 
 
You can use this to your advantage and make greens, purples, oranges, browns… go crazy!
 
Even after the snow melted I left my t-shirt to sit overnight. I was concerned about the dye not setting because of the cold from the snow. But I was really surprised at how well the dye took.
 
Before I let it sit overnight I poured the dye from the bottom of my plastic tub out. I was concerned that the cat would get into it. That’s why you don’t see dye pooled in the bottom of my tub.
 
step 5
When your snow or ice is all melted take your t-shirt out of your tub and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
 
Wash in the washing machine to make sure all the dye is out.
 
Now, you can wear your t-shirt as is or cut it up and make something fabulous!
 
I cut up my t-shirt into a summery halter top. (I’m thinking ahead to summer!) This can be done very easily with or without sewing.
 
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
Your Ice dyed t-shirt
Scissors
Needle & thread (or fabric glue if you don’t want to sew)
Pins
Studs or beads
Ruler
Chalk
 
step 1
Lay your t-shirt out on a flat surface and draw straight lines across from the bottom of the arm holes to the center side of the neckband.
 
Find the center front at the base of the neckband and draw a straight line down about 5 ½ to 6 inches.
 
step 2
Following your lines cut off your sleeves and cut a straight line down the center front.
 
step 3
From where you cut your sleeves off and the center front measure in along the neckband about 1 ½ inches to 2 inches on either side and cut.
 
step 4
Pleat and pin the sides of your fronts under along the neckband.
 
step 5
Using your needle and thread carefully sew your pleats into place and then trim off any excess fabric.
 
You can also do this with fabric glue.
 
step 6
The studs I used had prongs on the back, since the fabric was too thick to push them through I folded the prongs over to make a flat back.
 
step 7
Using your Aleene’s Jewel-it glue add some drops of glue along the neckline where you want to add your studs or beads.
 
If you are using metal studs or metal backed stones you will want to wait about 10 minutes before adding them to your glue. This gives the glue time to set a bit so it will hold the metal better.
Let dry.
 
To see more fashion DIY tutorials, please check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom! Thanks!
xoxo
Cathy

4 Fun Ways to Stamp with your Veggies

To create art these days, you need not look further than to your Tulip Fashion art stash & your refrigerator! Yep, you can create some seriously fun designs using the veggies in your crisper drawer! Let me walk you through some cool ways to use these fun and creative stamps from your kitchen!

You know that pesky bottom of your celery stalk that you usually end up not eating?  Well, it makes for the coolest organic rosette design!  Simply sponge on the Tulip Soft Paint color of your choice to the bottom of the stalk, stamp off any excess on a paper towel, and then stamp your design on your shirt!  Simple and pretty rosette designs in minutes!
 
When your kid doesn't eat all their carrots for lunch, turn them into a stamp too!  Simply slice the tip of the carrot to be a flat surface and load it up with paint.  It becomes a fun organic polka dot ready to pounce on your fabric!
 Don't you hate it when your veggies are a little past their freshness date?  You now are giving them some new life (only unless it old gross lettuce, we don't think that would be fun to stamp with - HA!).  This corn-on-cob makes a cool abstact stripe pattern.  Simply cut off the corn to the design width you are wanting to work with, then stick a dowel or skewer in the end to turn the stamp with!  Use a foam brush to pounce on the colors  (we went for a fun rainbow design here).  Add an instant cool factor to a tote, shirt, or even a canvas to display on the wall!
Root vegetables make great stamps too.  Cut a beet or turnip in half and load them up with paint.  This is a great way to teach the kiddos an art and food learning lesson all in one.  And we could see this one being transformed into a heart shape too!

All these stamped vegetables are perfect for your fabric paint project!  Don't forget to pick up your Tulip Soft paint the next time you're out, so you can stamp up a fun new placemat set, tablerunner, t-shirt, tote, and more!  The ideas are endless. :)

Artful Office Chair Makeover


The look of my art room is constantly changing. I'm on this kick where I want everything to have purpose and meaning. So when it came to upgrading my office chair/workstation chair, I decided that instead of buying a new one, I would paint the one I have.

Think about it - our computer or art table chairs are where we create our magic. Why not, make over your chair so it is artful and bursting with your personality and creativity? Right?

Click below to see how I did this - it was easy, I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paints. Very vibrant with excellent coverage!

 



This is what I started with. Eee gads. It was ugly. But, the good thing is it is made of microfiber, perfect for fabric paint!

 

 
I pulled out my box of Tulip Soft Fabric Paints and brushes.

 

 
I didn't have to prime, I just went for it. Two coats worked perfectly.

 

 
I love bright colors, so I added green with the purple.

 

 
Almost done basecoating!

 

 
You can see how soft the paint is when it dries. It just kind of melts into the fabric.

 

 
Once it was all base coated, I had to add detail!

 

 
I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion to add applique designs. I also painted the arms with Tulip Soft Paint in Gold Glitter!
 
I wrote "have purpose" on the front of my chair to remind that everything I make or write is to have a good purpose to hopefully inspire others! Keep the creativity alive!
 
 
On the back of my chair, after I painted it, I affixed a glorious sequined applique to bring good energy - no more craft fails! Um, we'll have to see about that one!
 
I hope this inspires you to paint your own office chair - make it your own!

TIP: I suggest having a cushion to sit on because once you paint the fabric, it will be soft, but kind of like a light vinyl. I bought a Forever Comfy and made a fabric sleeve for it!

Create Your Own Creepers - A Shoes DIY

Recently I went to a birthday where a friend’s son had a pair of creepers. I was immediately reminded of the shoes of my teen years. If we were not in combat boots or skate shoes we were sporting a pair of creepers. The little wee pair was so cute I was determined Baxter would have a pair. Well I was determined I would make Baxter a pair.

 
SUPPLIES
 
– Black slip on shoes
– Crop-a-Dile
– Paint brush
– Puffy Paint Writer - Blue
– Tulip Soft Fabric Paint - Black and White
– Black Shoe Laces
First paint a white section on the toe of the black slip on shoes. This make take a couple of coats. Allow to dry completely.
Next using black paint add spots that mimic animal print. Allow to dry completely. Of course my daughter Tallulah had to have her own pair of shoes to paint. Bless the thrift store heavens that I found two pairs of the same shoe in two different sizes.
With blue paint outline the toe of the shoe and add faux upper (to give the illusion of a lace up shoe). Allow to dry completely.
 
Using a Crop-a-Dile punch 6 holes in each shoe.
Add black dress laces.
Baxter looks quite dapper in his new creepers!