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Puppy Love Pet Bed

"I am Bianca, Queen Chihuahua of this house!"


I wanted to decorate a bed for one of my dogs, and the first dog (out of our 5) to jump in was Bianca!


"I like this bed. Please embellish it for me. Swirls are my favorite."

I bought this bed at a discount store, and found it was a perfect fit for a Chihuahua!

 Using Puffy Paint, I made as many doodles and swirls to fill up the sides of the bed.



 Smooth and skinny lines usually do the trick. Try to avoid big globs of the paint, since it takes much longer to dry. Make sure you leave it to dry for a couple of hours, or over night is best.

"He seems so distant, why can't he turn around to see my starry eyes?"


As you can see, Bianca and Boostie loved it!


Tie Dye Dream Pillow


April is supposedly the rainy and cloudy month, but it has been pretty nice so far in my neck of the woods and I am no going to complain. The cloud on the pillow I have created and am sharing with you today is not worth complaining over either. Actually it is quite cute and super soft!

Here is what you will need: 
Tulip One Step Tie Dye in 2 shades of blue 
Rubber Bands (included in the Tulip One Step Kit)
Paint Brush 
White Plush Fabric
Hand-drawn cloud template   
a Marker
and of course the pillow (not pictured)
Step 1: Tie! I chose a shibori technique to create the sky background for my pillow. I did this by folding the pillow case case in an accordion fashion and tying it off at about every inch and a half. You could definitely do a different technique like a spiral if you would prefer. 
Step 2: Dye! Using the two shades of blue dye, squirt dye over the entire pillow case. The more dye you add, the less white you will see; I added lots of dye because I didn't want any white to show. TIP: Place the item you are dyeing over a cookie rack to prevent the mixing of colors. 
Doesn't it look cool just like this? I still wanted to add the cloud though! 
Step 3: Trace your template onto the back of the white plush fabric with a marker. Then cut it out. 
Step 4: Adhere the cloud that you just cut out near the top of the dyed pillow case with Fabric Fusion. Leave approximately 6 inches from the bottom. This will create a permeant bond, so you won't ever have to worry about the it coming loose. Make sure to get the fabric Fusion as close to the edges as you can.  
Step 5: Arrange the letter stencils to spell out the word dream below the cloud. I find it easier to cut apart the letters that come on 3 sheets. Then paint in the letters with white fabric paint. 
And would ya looky there! Now you have an awesome new decorative pillow that will serve as the perfect reminder to always dream, because you never know what could happen if you do! 
Until next time, keep on crafting and dreaming! 
For more tutorials like this stop by my blog A Little Craft In Your Day.


Tie Dyed Fringe Dress DIY

Fringe seems to be  all the rage right now,
 so I thought I could DIY a fringe dress out of two T-shirts
 and add a little color with Tulip One step Tie Dye.
Things You Need.
Two t-shirts (these are XL mens)
Sewing Machine
Studs (Optional)
Take your first shirt and cut around your collar
 leaving about 3 inches on the front and back.
Then trim the corners off the shirt so it sits better on your shoulders.
Take your second shirt and cut it just below the sleeves.
take the top part of your shirt fold in half and cut off the sleeves.
Trim the corner
Open the top up and cut your fringe.
This will be the fringe for the top part of your dress.
Pin the fringe you just made to the collar of the first shirt
Now take the bottom part of your second shirt shirt and pin the hem side,
to the hem side of the first shirt. 
 Sew the two collars together.
Sew the two bottom pieces together.
Cut the bottom piece into about one inch strips.
 Pick the color you want to use.
Fill it with water to the line on the bottle.
wet your fringe place it into a bowl.
Let it sit for at least 6 to 8 hours.
Then rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
* This is optional*
I gathered my sleeves and used studs to hold them. 
This is more decorative,
but it does take up some of the length of the sleeve.
I trimmed my top fringe into a V shape.
I left the back fringe straight.

This could be a beach cover up or just a cute summer dress.
 I hope all of you have a fantastic Tuesday.
For more DIY head on over to my Blog,
Lots of <3,

Modern Home Decor Projects

If you've ever thought about adding a few little stylish touches to a room or, heaven forbid, decide to overhaul the design completely, you know how expensive those little details can be. Rugs can cost you nearly a thousand dollars! Napkins ten bucks apiece! It's just crazy how much can be saved by going the route of DIY! And if you think handmade always equals handmade ugly, I've got a couple of projects that just might change your mind!


Some amazing photographs become amazing wall decor with a little bit of Aleene's Tacky Spray. It's no doubt that the choice images make the project super successful so keep your eye out for some pics you adore that have high impact! See how to make your own canvas mounted posters at Young House Love.
Even if your home is mostly white on white, a pop of color will definitely do your surroundings good. Why not go the route altering some driftwood into colorful and unique accent pieces? Mounted on the wall, this could be some amazing and artistic decor befitting an art gallery wall! Bust out the original Tacky Glue and see how to make your own Altered Driftwood with Alisa Burke!
So many people, like myself, tend to forget about the impact a modern and clean place setting can have on the ambiance of their home. Spending hundreds of dollars on the perfect tablescape is unreasonable for most and completely unnecessary. Head on over to Freutcake to see how to rock this simple and modern look and make your own DIY Polka Dot Napkins with just a bit of Tulip Fabric Paint!
One of my very favorite types of DIY projects are ones inspired by something seen in a magazine or a store that is either outrageously overpriced, isjust a bit too rich for the maker's budget or is an unnecessary purchase when something similar is already at home. Follow along with Jennifer Perkins as she makes a Home Goods inspired upcycled ottoman with a big ol' jug of Original Tacky Glue!
Though I honestly don't know how long it's been since I've seen a working Polaroid camera that spits out pics ready for the shaking, the shape of them is definitely iconic and big in modern design right now. Sugar and Cloth takes that iconic shape and some Original Tacky Glue to make some very personalized and special Polaroid inspired refrigerator magnets.
I bet you anything when you first saw these lovelies you just KNEW they had to be store bought, right? Well, guess again because these AMAZING Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) from The Felted Fox are 100% DIY with a little bit of fabric and a little bit of Scribbles 3D fabric paint! And while these aren't technically home decor, I don't see why they couldn't be killer napkins or absolutely ah-mazing throw pillows.
Um, what's cooler than a giant arrow marquee hanging on your wall? I honestly don't know and if I had stairs I'd be all over this amazing project with Hands Occupied. All you need is one ginormous piece of foam core board and some Original Tacky Glue and you, too can show people the way in your home!
With spring upon us now is the perfect time to get those plain old terra cotta pots whipped into shape with your Tacky Glue Pens and a whole lot of swirling. Whether you leave the pot its natural color or bust out the paint, these DIY gardening cuties from Melmaria Designs are sure to add a little pop to your window sills and porches!
I think that interesting little artistic pieces can really make a home. A stack of these Embellished Harajuku Cards from Jennifer Perkins can totally set off your coffee table, nevermind give guests something interesting to look at. Whether left loose for the sifting or hanging in frames for impact on a gallery wall, these cards are inexpensive and winning little pieces. Bust out the Tulip Fabric Paint and learn how to make your own.
As I have recently learned, throw pillows can be ridiculously expensive. Sometimes they just sell you the cover and then you also have to buy an insert making them even higher! But why buy when you can DIY something up totally modern, totally gorgeous and for way less money? And good news, you can learn just how to make one of these fab Sequin Hello Cushions over at Sugar & Cloth. Tacky glue, meet sequins.
Lamps are definitely one thing that can really, really go out of style. What was hot just a few years ago can be a fashion don't for your home today. And there are SO many of these atrocities of lighting at local thrift stores you can snag for a steal and makeover into something less ugh and more ooh. And even if you're not totally into the crafting thing, anyone can after their own Yarn Wrapped Lamp with some Clear Tacky Glue and great directions from Stow and Tell U.
If I can't have an original piece of artwork for my space, I'll always DIY up my own creation. There is something so impersonal about store bought prints that has me backing quickly away. So whenever I find a DIY piece of art that is simple to accomplish and totally looks gallery wall worthy I have to check it out. You better believe that I'm desperate to grab my Tulip Puffy Paint and make my own similar piece of art like this Hands Made Modern piece by Vickie Howell.
Sometimes little touches that aren't often seen can have such a huge difference in the ambiance of your home. Though nine times out of ten your dresser drawers are going to be pushed in, when they're out they can be their own little decorative addition to your space. I especially love how with the many choices in fabric, this project is totally customization to any design scheme. Follow along and get inspired as A Beautiful Mess busts out the Original Tacky Glue and DIYs up some Fabric Lined Dresser Drawers.
An Ikea hack is a proven way to dress up your nest on the cheap. And this Tiger Tray is an amazing way to add your own custom touch and taste to your space. This is another DIY that rocks fabric meaning you have so many choices for implementing this into your own home. So grab your Tacky Sheets and get after it!
I know that no everybody is down with sewing and I totally get it. Either you love it, or you hate it making no sew projects totally popular right now. Add in the fact that animals are flat out hot in design right now and I've got just the project for you... Grab your Fabric Fusion and Tulip Fabric Paints and prepare to ride along with Alisa Burke for the awesomeness that is this No Sew Whale Pillow.
And last, but not least, my favorite project of this entire roundup. As someone who has been scouting out new area rugs for not one, but two rooms I find myself desperate to make something and save some super big bucks. But I still want my flooring to be stylish which is why I am grabbing my Tacky Spray to get all over this DIY dropcloth rug from Luxe Per Diem. If I hadn't told you would you have known this is DIY? I didn't think so!

Yarn Wrapped Boho Succulent Planters

Air plants and succulents are hot. White hot. A quick glance through Pinterest and you are sure to spot a cluster of hanging glass globes with a wee little plant inside. I too love the trend. So much so that I decided to customize my planters. Bust out the yarn and Tacky Glue and let's get started.

– Tacky Glue
– Yarn
– Air plant globe
– Hanging candle holder
– Aquarium gravel
– Small succulent or air plant
– Scissors
– Pattie Wack Pompom Maker
First you want to select your vessel. This little orb is from Target and has a fake succulent attached inside. Typically if you were going to use a real plant you would adorn your vessel first and then do your planting after. However, since this plastic plant is not going anywhere it is safe to start wrapping. Spread some Tacky Glue where you would like your yarn to go.
Feel free to wrap as much or as little of your planter as you want. I like to be able to see a little the plant and some of the colorful aquarium gravel.
Everything is better with yarn pompoms. Succulent planters are no exception to this hard and fast rule. Attach your pompoms with Tacky Glue.
Display your plants somewhere sunny and water like you would any other plant (or not at all if it is plastic).
Be sure to check out my blog for more crafty fun!

How to make a Leather Tribal Phone Case

It's almost summertime and we all love sporting fashionable patterns, right! I know I do! Lately I have been searching for the "perfect" phone case which can be difficult at times. My phone is a part of me 24-7 and when it doesn't feel like it goes with me I freak! Well not really but you get my point. I decided to create my own leather phone case and put all of my energy into the design. So now when my phone is in my hands or on my ear it will look just as cute at the shirt and shoes I am wearing!
Let's get started...

You will need:
*Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
* Scribbles 3-D Paint
*Aleene's Fabric Fusion Peel n Stick Sheets
*Phone Case
*Craft Brush (I used Tulip brushes)
Are you in love yet? 
My favorite paint to work with is Tulips soft matte fabric paint. The pigment is so rich and you rarely need two coats! 
By FAR my favorite color. 
Step One: Get a piece of leather that you want to work with. Pay attention to the side you want facing the top because this is the side you will be painting. I am putting the rough side down and painting the smooth side. 
Step Two: Place the phone case face down and trace the case with a marker of your choice. I like a fine tip so it get's really close to the phone case. When you are done with this carefully cut it out. Don't forget to cut out the section where your camera is!
Step Three: Grab a fabric fusion sheet and peel one side of it off. Place the leather you just cut out "wrong side" down on the sticky side of fusion sheet. 
Step Four: Now that your leather cut out is secure on the sticky side of the fusion sheet gently peel the back side of sheet off. It might be tricky to get it started but then it peels off perfectly. Now you are ready to place the leather cutout on your phone case. 
Grab the colors you want to paint with and put a few drops on a sheet of paper. It's easy to access this way!
Step Five: Start painting!!!!! Get creative because there will only be ONE phone case like yours!
When you are finished painting your leather let it dry for a few hours. Mine actually dried in under and hour! Time to sport your new DESIGN! 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Make sure to share it on your social media sites so the WORLD can have their own phone cases!
  Huge glittery hugs, JADERBOMB
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How to Make Cornstarch Dough Clay using Tacky Glue

Did you know you can make a great crafting clay using Aleene's Tacky Glue and cornstarch from your kitchen cabinet?  Yep!  Two ingredients are all you need to make an easy-to-make air-dry clay that will save you time and money!  And who doesn't like that? Watch my video below or simply follow the easy steps!  I've included some beautiful eye candy examples at the end too! There are so many possibilities with this clay!!

What you need:
– Cornstarch
– Gallon-sized plastic zipper bag
– Measuring cups

Measure out two parts cornstarch to one part Tacky Glue and place inside the plastic bag.
Knead the mixture in a plastic bag until it's smooth and pliable. It will take 5-10 minutes.
If the mixture is too sticky, add more glue. If it's too stiff, add more cornstarch.

Once you are finished mixing, roll part of the dough into a ball...
...then use a roller to roll out the dough and flatten it.
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
You can also form shapes with your fingers like I did with this rose.
Add color to the dough by kneading the dough and acrylic paint inside a plastic bag - or - by applying the paint directly to the piece with a paintbrush.
You can use household objects like this plastic doily to emboss your design.
Rubber stamps also work great as you can see.
If you plan to hang the piece, be sure to use a sharp-pointed object to poke a hole in the clay before it is air dry.

Let the finished piece sit for 24-48 hours to dry. Spray it with Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer to finish off the look and seal your project!
Add the charms to pretty jewelry projects.
They are a perfect addition to tassels or hang charms to give a finished look to décor or fashion accessories.
Here's a couple more examples of how pretty they look with rubber stamps.  We rubbed on some gold leaf and embedded some charms for a mixed-media effect.
The finished designs can also be glued on ring blanks or earring backs for custom accessories that make great gifts!

This clay is so easy & fun!  I'd love to know what you'd make using it!

The Cat and the Canary No Sew Applique Pillow Tutorial

My sister and I are both undergoing some big changes in our home decor. We have enlisted the help of our father who is going to be building headboards and installing cabinets and a whole shebang of big time DIY. And since I can't just sit on the sidelines holding the tool bucket, I'm making pillows!
In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make the no sew appliques that can be applied to pre-made pillow covers. If you're of the frame of mind to bust out the sewing machine, though, I can show you how to make your own for tiny bucks. Either way you slice it, you'll have some super cute and one of a kind pillows.

For this project you will need:
Felt sheets
Throw pillow covers (tutorial to make your own at the end)
First of all let's talk about felt. I purchase acrylic felt because it's super cheap at around a quarter a piece. Also, I haven't found wool felt around my neck of the woods to purchase and I rarely have the patience to wait for a mail order. Either way you choose to go is up to your preference.
BUT, if you choose the acrylic felt route be warned. Not all felt sheets are made the same. See how the two above are exactly the same color but different quality? The one on the left is substantially thicker than the one on the right, causing less of our pattern to show through. So keep an eye out for felt that has a nice, solid appearance when placed on top of your pillow cover because it will make a huge difference in the end!
Print your pattern (if cats and canaries aren't your thing, you can find an image online with a Google search OR draw up your own silhouette). Spray the backside of the paper lightly with repositionable tacky spray and attach to the back side of the felt (the one with the price tag)
Cut your shape out and attach to the front of your pillow cover with Fabric Fusion. Apply lightly and smudge across the shape to prevent visible glue lines from appearing.
Next take your puffy paint and practice making "stitches" all in a row. Going around the scrap from the shape you cut out is good practice!
When you're confident with the paint, go around your shape.


And this one is finished! Repeat the process for as many pillows as you are creating. 
Need to know how to sew your own pillow covers? The fact of the matter is if you go to the craft or fabric store there are so many amazing patterns. Plus when you compare the price of purchasing premade or making your own, you just might be surprised at how much you can save!
To make your own 18 x 18 inch square pillow covers you will need:
5/8 yard of fabric per pillow
matching thread
pillow stuffing
matching fabric marker
ruler or yard stick
Take your fabric and measure and mark an 18 x 18 inch square. If you are working with a pattern (like chevron) take and match up the fabric ends so that the pattern meets up.
Next, follow that line you drew out with your sewing machine, leaving a gap in the middle of one side of about 4-5 inches wide.
Since I like super sharp corners, I backstitch on every angle (see how the thread looks darker?) Trim all but 1/4 inch away from the seam you have created but not where you have left your opening. Next take and cut the corners off so that they are angled.
Turn right side out and use a chopstick or the stuffing tool you get in your pillow stuffing (PS it's just a chopstick) to get your corners pushed out well so they're nice and sharp. Fill the pillow to your taste.
Oh, and in my opinion if you take a big clump and tear it apart in a shredding motion from one hand to the other, you'll have a divinely soft pillow when done!
Hand stitch your pillow closed with matching thread and you're done!
Our cat...
and our canary!
I hope you loved this tutorial, and if you did, stop by and give me a shout over at my craft blog Dream a Little Bigger. 

Ikea Hack - Tiger Tray Tutorial

When my friend Erin recently brought this fabric to craft night I swooped it up before anyone could say RAAWWWRRR. Me and tigers, we are besties. It is also a little known fact that tigers make everything better. Whether it be terrariums, hoodies or serving trays.


– Ikea Serving Tray
– Fabric Fusion Glue
– Fabric
– Aleene's Tacky Sheets
– Piping
– Scissors
– Cut glass
– Chalk pencil
I took my tray to a glass store and had a piece cut to fit inside. This way whatever I decided to put on the bottom of my tray would not get wet. Using that glass trace it onto your fabric with a chalk pencil.
Next I covered the bottom of my tray with Tacky Sticker Sheets.
Cut out your fabric and place on top of the sticker sheets. Make sure there are not bubbles.

Using Fabric Fusion apply piping to the edge of your fabric.
All that was left to do was let the glue dry and put the glass on top.
Breakfast is served!
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Marbled Flower Window Clings

Editors Note:  Today we welcome the very talented Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda as a guest blogger to the iLoveToCreate blog!  Amanda is wildly talented and her knack for kid's crafts will blow your mind!  She also brings her talents to baking, painting, and décor, and is a social media maven!  Read more about Amanda at the end of this post! 

Making your own window clings is a fun project for kids and a great way to celebrate the colors of spring. Don't be surprised if your kids want to make more window clings once they see how cool they turn out!

I decided to use the Scribbles Shiny 3D fabric paints. You can use any of the
Scribbles 3D paints if you happen to have them on hand. My favorite? The iridescent, so shiny!
- Scribbles Fabric Paint in colors of your shoice
- Black pen or marker
- White paper
- Parchment paper
- Toothpick
- Foam core board (optional)
- Pushpins
Use black marker to draw simple flower shapes onto a piece of white paper.
Place the drawing onto a piece of foam core board (a cork board works great too) and lay the parchment paper over the top. Use pushpins to secure everything in place.
Use the different color Scribbles to color in your flowers.
Add a dot of a contrasting color to the base color.
Use a toothpick to swirl the colors, being careful not work it too much or they will just blend together.

Set everything aside to dry for 6-8 hours, though overnight is best.
When completely dry, remove the pushpins and lift the parchment off the foam board. Carefully lift the edge of a flower from the parchment and peel the flower off the parchment. Press onto a window or mirror to display.
Note: If your windows are cold, it will be harder for your window clings to grab and they may not stick at all. In that case, use your window clings on a mirror or picture frame glass until the weather warms up.

This is a fun project for all ages and a great rainy day craft for the little ones to enjoy!

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four. She has been working online and from home since 1997. A former webmaster turned blogger, she is a crafting expert and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. Her passion for crafting resonates from her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.

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