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Get Organized Crafty Style in 2014

This time of year a goal on almost everyone’s list is to be more organized. I know it is on mine. As a matter of fact I am trying a 52 weeks of organizing type program. So far so good. Luckily, I have a few cute craft suggestions to make organizing easy.

No kitchen is complete without some sort of message center. Most families always need somewhere to keep a grocery list, permission slips and what not – why not make it cute. Using a sheet of metal, clipboard and some vintage wallpaper I got my tacky glue on and made a message center that I adore. Now if only I would actually start using it.

Since my move I have yet to unpack my jewelry. Shocking I know. Even more shocking is the fact that I have made not one, but two different jewelry displays for I Love to Create through the years. I really have no excuse. An embroidery hoop makes a great earring holder and a vintage thrift store jewelry box is easily transformed into something special. Now to get everything untangled and organized.

As a compulsive picture taker it is important to keep my pictures organized. After my children were born I made a promise to start printing my pictures and putting them albums. In recent years I have been making scrapbooks, but originally a plain old photo album was ok by me. Well maybe not plain. Check out this tutorial on how to cover your own photo album with fabric.

I can never find a pen. I know they exist in my house, but just like socks they get sucked into the abyss. I once had the bright idea to decorate an old tin can and make a cute can corral for my pens. It works great when I buy a brand new pack of pens and put them in there. The problem is I always forget to put said pens back after using them.

Some magazines you read and recycled, others (like crafty ones) you keep forever. Magazines can get unruly quick to wrangle all those periodicals with a cute fabric covered magazine holder. I made these as a Mother’s Day Gift, but giving the gift of organization (even to yourself) is always welcome.

Do you have any crafty ways of getting organized in 2014? I’d love to hear them.

Neon Kicks

I was a kid in the 80's and one of my very favorite pair of shoes were some neon chucks. My grandmother thought they looked like "the ugliest bowling shoes ever" but I remember them fondly! With the resurgence of neon it seemed the perfect time to recreate those fun, neon kicks!

For this project you will need:
White canvas shoes
Because I don't have reason to wear neon every day I decided to downgrade my original chucks with generic brand sneakers. Search on Ebay for a great deal but be warned these bargain shoes often run a size smaller than what you would normally purchase.
Using your fabric paint brush smooth neon green on the inside of your shoe. Use cotton swabs as needed to remove paint from the insides of the eyelets. Apply several thin coats until you achieve the brightness of the neon you're going after. 
Paint the outside of each shoe neon orange and the inside neon pink. Only paint one color at a time and allow to fully dry between coats and to prevent from getting pink on your orange, etc.
After they have had plenty of time to dry lace with a fun pair of neon laces.
Get them on and get after it!
If you like this project, you may want to check out my other tutorials at my craft blog, 
Dream a Little Bigger! Thanks so much for reading!


Tie Dye Glitter Necklace

 This Tie Dye Glitter necklace was inspired by this fabulously over the top Dior runway design below.

I LOVE the layers upon layers of points in the Dior, but I wanted to make something a little more ready to wear.  It started with the shape, then the idea of giving it texture, color and sparkle with layered glitter.  I like to experiment with unconventional materials when creating jewelry.  There isn't much that escapes my creativity!  I'm thrilled with how this design turned out, it's fun and funky and right on trend.  The tie dye glitter technique could be fun for all sorts of creations and iLoveToCreate products make this mostly mess and stress free. Here's how to make one of your own!

You will need:
Green, blue and gold Tulip Fashion Glitter
8x12" Grungeboard or chipboard sheets
Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer matte finish
17 Jump rings
18" Chain
Parchment paper or wax paper
Hole punch
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
 The spikes are 1" wide and 6" long.  Mark every inch on top of an 8x12" sheet of Grungeboard or Chipboard.  Mark each 1/2" interval 6" down from the top as in photo. Cut off excess sheet on bottom.
Pour glitter on a plate in layers.  Use a toothpick or stick to carefully blend glitter into striations as in photo.  This gives the points the tie dye effect.
Place Fabric Fusion sheets on front side of pre-marked board.  Dip into glitter, coating thoroughly.  Repeat on back side of each sheet. 
Use sturdy scissors to cut points using the marks you made earlier as guides.
Punch holes in top center of each point.
Use scissors to round edges and tips of points.
Spray front and back of each point to seal glitter.  Put wet points on wax paper or parchment paper to keep it from sticking while it's wet.  Let dry overnight.
 Attach daggers to chain using chain and bent nose pliers.  Attach a jump ring to each chain end.  Attach clasp to jump ring on one chain end.

That's it!  Fun, fast and fabulous!  Try mixing up different colors of glitter for different effects.  Add more points. change the sizes, we'd love to see what you do with this idea!

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Sequined Embellished Bottle

Being a craft blogger can be a lot of work. With so many trends, techniques, and ideas out there, sometimes my mind goes blank. I just want to make stuff and not think about any of that. Therefore, every now and then I just have to pull down the shade to it all and go back to my roots. 
For me, it's all about loud and shiny. I think it's my Mexican roots. In Mexico, many people just take whatever is at their fingertips and decorate it. Cans, Cigarette boxes, tins, you name it. and of course - beer bottles! Absolutely anything goes. 
That is the case with this week's project. I came across this awesome Corona beer bottle and knew a glittering session was in store. It's heavy, chunky and has a beautiful shape. I love the printed label on the glass. It also gave me a chance to use up some sequins that I purchased all the way from India! I can use my bottle as a vase or candle holder, or just to add a blast of color.

Small sequins
Paint brush (medium and a liner brush)
Wash and dry your bottle. Paint the adhesive around the border, just outside the label. Do this all the way around so it is nice and juicy.
Pour the sequins onto the wet glue and press in place with your fingers. Remove any that are in the way.
Use a thin liner brush to add glue and glitter to the letters on the front of the bottle. I worked one letter at a time so the glue wouldn't dry before I could get the glitter applied.
Use the wider brush to add glue and glitter to the top of the bottle.
I figured since I had glitter and sequins, I may as well as crystals! I used the Tulip PDA: Personal Dazzle Assistance. These were great because they come in strips, so you just peel and stick!



Eye Candy Fun with iLoveToCreate at the 2014 Craft Hobby Show

All of our team at a great time at the 2014 Craft & Hobby Tradeshow and Convention!  Our booth this year was loaded with inspiration and we had a blast sharing the work of our talented team with attendees.  A lot was going on in our booth...from Pattie (above) decoupaging her fabulous magazine mannequin to enthusiastic tie dye action from our favorite reality TV star Rupert Boneham.  Let us take you on a mini tour of all the activity!

There was a Today Show segment filmed in our booth featuring Rupert and Joelle Garguilo.  Rupert shared how to make a spiral t-shirt using our Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. Of course, he brought his awesome charisma and charm to the process.  It was great!
Our friend Lil' Spazz Mac and Rupert became instant friends! Actually, everyone at the show became instant friends with Rupert.  He is such a nice guy!
Here's our Scribbles 3D Paint display!  We painted 60+ beach balls in various sizes with the paint for this colorful and eye-catching display!  Also, our bike, decked out in Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye was also a BIG hit with show goers!
 Here's a closer detail of some of our crazy Scribbles beach balls!  We had a lot of fun with this project! 
 Our talented in-house artist Suzie Shinseki painted these eyes on a canvas using Tulip Soft Paints and accessorized using Tulip 3D Paints.  The eyes definitely DID have it!
We showcased several people in our booth and how "Creativity Changes Everything" for them. One of our featured designers was the mega-talented Mark Montano.  Mark shared his creative story directly on his dip-dyed dress. Absolutely beautiful!
Cosplayer Mel Hoppe's costumes were on display in one of our creative vignettes. She shared her passion for Cosplay and creativity in her video! See more of her work at

 We had these awesome coffee coozies printed with our tradeshow theme logo on it.  A lot of folks were really excited about this one, since it was a chance to chill a bit and just color like a kid using the Tulip Fabric Markers!
 Here's a cool decopauge piece that Pattiewack dreamed up and our whole team helped execute!  During a recent marketing meeting, our team learned how to make the rolled magazine loops for this piece.
 Artist Celery Jones designed and painted this bold-patterned mannequin, on display to show off our new collection of  Body Art paints, glitters, and hair chalks!  So many folks got a fun hand-drawn tattoo or swipe of hair chalk in their 'do while at the show!
This lantern in our booth was made using Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye, Aleene's Tacky Glue, and white tissue paper spread out on clear plastic wrap.  It is not as complicated as it looks. We promise to share a video really soon on how to make this cool craftable texture.
Here's a cool detail of a yoga ball covered in Aleene's Tacky Glue bottles in our booth!  Who knew hundreds of glue bottles could make fine art?
Here's a really cool creation from our friend Crafty Chica!  She made this funky and functional table to display her Crafty Chica product line out!  It was so cool!
And finally, some of our iLoveToCreate bloggers were on hand in the Cre8time booth to demo fun t-shirt crafts. They made so many clever tee creations over the course of 3 days. These gals (Jaderbomb, Cathy Attix, Megan Nicolay, Jennifer Perkins, and Avalon & Margot Potter) truly rocked it and we appreciate all their hard work!

Which inspiration is your favorite?  We can't wait to do all this again next year!

Glittered Heart Napkins

Wahoo! It's almost time to celebrate Valentine's Day and I have to admit something to you. I am not really a fan of the actual holiday BUT I am a fan of the colors involved with this holiday. Who doesn't love loads of pinks, reds and whites! Today I will show you how to make glittered heart napkins. These can be used for a table setting, a gift, a place to put your favorite things on or a dish towel. The ideas are endless! 

Let's go make some glittery napkins, y'all! 

What you'll need:
The color pink is greatly related to hearts and Valentines Day so I figured it would be the best color to use in today's project. 
These Hot-Fix Glass Crystals are amazing! You simply place them on the fabric, lightly put a piece of fabric on top then place the iron on top for about 45 seconds. Voila! It's not fixed to the fabric. 
1. Begin by unfolding your fabric napkin.
2. I googled "heart" and printed out a small outline of one. The size you print will depend on what you plan on putting the heart on.
3. Carefully cut it out.
4. Place the heart cut out on top of your Tulip glitter sheet and outline as many as you need. 
Cut them out with a good pair of scissors. 
Place them where you want on your fabric. 
Cover with another piece of fabric then place the iron on top of hearts. Hold iron in place for about 50 seconds. Every iron is different so you might only put it down for 30 seconds depending on the heat settings. You will know when it's done by looking at it. You can also lightly touch the heart and you will see if it's stuck to the fabric. 
The instructions are also located on the back of the pack. 
Once your hearts are done place the beads where you want, then iron. 
Once I finished my hearts and beads I outlined all of the hearts with my pink dimensional fabric paint. I love this color!
I think orange would also be a great color to use for hearts. I mean "orange you glad I told you that"... 
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial! See you in the next post!
 Huge glittery hugs, JADE
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Jean Panels

I have seen so many leggings and jeggings with different panels added to them. I thought that using  Tulip's holographic, iron on transfer sheets would be a great way to add a little spark to an old pair of jeggings or jeans.
 I really love the way they turned out.
There are a few tricks, so lets get to the DIY.


 Things you Need.
  1. Pair of Jeans, Jeggings, Leggings.
  2. Tulips Holographic Transfer sheets
  3. Scissors
  4. Iron
  5. Pen 
Keeping in mind your jeans are going to stretch,
 so I would try your jeans on
and place the transfer sheet over your leg while you have the jeans on.
Trace from one side to the other,
making a panel the size that fits you.
Everyone will be different.
Cut out your transfer sheet panel and place it on your jeans.
This is the point you can change it if you do not like it,
make it smaller or shape it different.
It will look something  similar to the picture above.
I wrapped a roll of paper towels with a towel,
 and put it in the  leg of my jeans,
this stretches out the material mimicking your leg being in the pants.
lay your cut transfer down on you pants where you want it.
Place a cloth over your transfer and with your iron on a high, dry setting,
 start in the middle and iron on for 40 seconds on each section,
working your way out.
Take your time and smooth out all of the bubbles if you have any.

  Wash in cold water and hang dry.
There is so much you can do with Iron on Transfers from Tulip, 
They are quickly becoming my new Favorite Thing.
For more fashion DIY check out my Blog WobiSobi. 
Lots of <3,

Beaded Heart Beanie DIY

Polar Vortex got you feeling a little chilly? This Heart Beanie will warm your head and spread love with a cute 3 dimensional heart using Tulip’s Beads in a Bottle. Hearts are a huge trend right now (especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner)! Inspired by Moschino’s heart beanie, you can create your own for a lot less. Stay warm and fashionable with this simple and chic hat embellishment.

Knit hat or beanie
Heart stencil and/or chalk

step 1
Layout your beanie folding it flat with one of the sides facing up.

You can use your chalk and freehand your heart or if that doesn’t work for you, you can use a stencil and trace a heart onto your beanie.

step 2
Using your Beads in a Bottle, fill in your heart with different sizes of dots.

To use Beads in a Bottle, it’s best to hold the tube straight up and down over your beanie, squeezing out the amount you want and moving on to the next one.

Don’t try to use it at an angle or you won’t end up with round bead looking drops.

Make the outline of your heart first to give you a clean shape to work with and then fill in the center.

Let dry.

They will spread out a bit losing any pointy tops, but note if your drops are too close together they can blend together. However, after they dry they do shrink up to give them that bead look, as you can see in this photo.

I went back in and added more drops of beads in a bottle to even much some of the ‘beads’ together.

step 3 
Before your Beads in a Bottle dry you can add a crystal into one or two of the drops for extra sparkle.

I added 3 crystals using one large and two of the medium crystals to add some extra sparkle

For more fabulous fashion DIY’s check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom!
Stay warm!

Dyeing Natural Fibers Yarn Collage Scarf

Being an avid crocheter, I am often asked about what kinds of yarns I use. Some people don't like acrylic or polyester yarns and want natural fibers like cotton.

But to find brightly colored natural fiber yarns at the craft store is a challenge, and if you go to a gourmet yarn store, they can be really expensive. I decided to make my own!


What you need is Tulip One-Step Dye in assorted colors.

It comes with gloves and rubberbands, but you'll also need a plastic tablecloth. OK, I know I've had a tutorial before on how to dye your yarn, but I only used the skinny cotton yarn. For this project I used
 - wool
 - rayon
 - silk
 - cotton

They came out gorgeous! Follow my tutorial above to see how I did this. 
To crochet the scarf, I used a "J" hook, I chained 70, then did double stitches on one side and single on another. For every row thereafter, I used a different color of yarn. I alternated between single and double stitched rows. Don't forget to save some extra for the fringe!
See that sparkle in there? That is sparkly eyelash yarn - it's polyester, but I couldn't help but add it in for a little light and shimmer!

Kanzashi Flower Frame Hack

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and this simple frame hack is the perfect gift!  Put a photo inside or print a sentiment like we did.  We've included the printable here.  We found the frame in a three pack at Target for a few dollars, added some ribbon and faux gems and turned some fabric into a fabulous Kanzashi Flower, Aleene's adhesives made quick work of throwing it all together in a flash.  Miss Avalon and I worked on this design together, she picked the quote, helped assemble the frame and took the step by step photos.  Crafting is so much more fun when you do it together!

 You will need:
Inexpensive black plastic 5x7 frame
Decorative grosgrain ribbon
Plastic faux gems
Scrap fabric
Sewing thread
Clover 1.5" Kanzashi Flower Making Tool
(Right click and save, print to fit inside frame!)
(Click on photos to see larger!)
Step one: Measure and cut ribbon to fit around inner edge of frame.  Step two: Place ribbon on tape, carefully, cut tape in half.  Step Three: Press ribbon on frame, smoothing with fingers to be sure it's adhered.  Step four: Use the Kanzashi flower tool to make a 10 petal flower.  Follow instructions on tool.  Fold tool over folded fabric and snap shut.  Step five: Knot thread, begin from bottom at #1, sew fabric following numbers on tool.  Step six: Remove petal from tool.
Step seven: Pull thread to make petal, the flower is formed continuously, don't cut thread!  You just keep making petals and pulling them together.  Step eight: When you reach your tenth petal, sew the thread into the bottom of the first petal through all layers. Step nine: Pull thread to form flower.  Tie a knot and cut the excess thread.  Step ten: We decided to add a second layer of ribbon, find a coordinating and thinner ribbon, cut into four sections to fit around frame, press it on the tape and cut as in step two.  Step eleven: Remove tape backing and press into center of first ribbon.  Step twelve: Attach flower with a square of tape.  Adhere a gem into the center with an adhesive tabs and adhere gems on remaining three corners to conceal ribbon ends.  
What would you put inside of your frame?  Let us know in the comments!  Visit iLoveToCreate on Facebook for more crafty conversation.  You can find me and Avalon at The Impatient Crafter with DIY for the short attention span crowd!
Margot and Avalon