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Spring Kids Crafts - Watercolor and Salt Butterflies

Time and time again I kept seeing crafty moms posting the salt and watercolor projects they were making with their children. Tallulah and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I'm sure glad we did.

– Watercolor
– Table salt
– Paint brush
– Tacky Glue
– Pipe cleaners
– Pompoms
– Scissors
– Watercolor paper
First fold your paper in half. The butterflies will be made making a monoprint of a glue pattern.
Apply your Tacky Glue on one side of your paper in a butterfly like pattern.
Fold your paper back in half at the fold. This will make your Tacky Glue monoprint. Coat the pattern with salt shaking off the excess.
Once your glue has dried you can start painting the salt with watercolor.
Adults and kids will enjoy painting the salt with watercolor. What type of paint, salt, how much water you add will give different effects.
Allow your watercolor to dry completely. Afterward cut out a "butterfly" pattern from your watercolor paper.
Punch a hole in your butterfly near the top center.
Run your pipe cleaner through the hole to make antenna.
Using Tacky Glue add pompoms to the tips of your butterfly's antenna.
Once your glue has dried you can display your butterflies. The heavy watercolor paper helps them hold their shape.
Smaller versions could have clothespins glued to the back to be clipped around the house.
I love the way our butterflies turned out. The salt makes the colors sparkle and the butterflies look like they have been flocked. Now I'm thinking of what else I can cover in Tacky Glue, salt and watercolor.

Gold Dipped Glitter Clutch

A black clutch should be a staple in every girls wardrobe, but no one ever said that staples had to be boring, did they? This gold dipped glitter clutch is definitely not boring, but I would still consider it a staple. It is functional and fabulous at the same time; Perfect for everyday use as well as a night out on the town.

Here is what you will need:   
plain black clutch
painter's tape
Step 1: Place a strip of painter's tape across the clutch on the diagonal. If you want your "dip" to straight across, then place the painters tape horizontally. 
Step 2: Using the sponge pouncer, apply an even coat of Fashion Glitter Bond on the section below the tape. The pouncer is great for this!
Step 3: Add Glitter! And lots of it! Sprinkle loads of glitter on the the section with the wet glitter bond. Be sure to save the excess glitter when you shake it off. We don't want any glitter to go to waste here, not even one speck. Remove the tape after this step. 
Step 4: Place a row of Iron-On Studs along the top edge of your clutch near the zipper. Set them in place with the Cordless Heat Setting Tool. This thing works like magic- literally.

Step 5: Following the same process, cover the zipper pull in Iron-On studs as well for even more of a rocker look!
Now that is one sparkly and trendy clutch, if I do say so myself. I hope this post has inspired to you look at basics in a new way and maybe even rummage thew your old accessories and give them a new life with a touch (or boatload) of glitter! 

For more tutorials like this stop by my blog A Little Craft In Your Day.

Kiss Me Onesie Tutorial

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and it's the perfect time to celebrate all things green! I was given the task to create some fun DIY wearabls for kids for the season, and I thought glitter and tie dye was just the ticket for all the little leprechauns out there! Here's how simple it is to get the look!

What you need:
– Tie Dye Onesie (I dyed mine using a kit of lime Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye)
– Paper plate
Remove your stencils from the sheet and apply them centrally on your shirt to say "Kiss Me".
 Squeeze out some of the lime paint onto your paper plate and dip your pouncer brush into it. Tap off the excess, then pouce into your "Kiss Me" stencils.
 Next shake on the Fashion glitter over your phrase, covering up the paint you just applied!
I also added a four-leaf clover to my design and sprinkled the glitter on top of it. After that, I shook it off and onto a sheet of paper to catch my glitter (to pour back into the jar).  i let it try for several hours and it was ready to wear!
I had so much  fun with this one that I decided to make more!  I can't get enough of glitter and tie dye!

Tulle Skirt with Crystals DIY

I have been wanting a Tulle skirt for a long time, 
so finally  decided  that I needed to make myself one.
Did you know that Tulip makes crystals that you can add to almost anything.
Check out how I added them to this tulle skirt.

Things you Need.
10 yards of Tulle
Sewing machine
Parchment paper

 For the lining of your skirt 
Fold your shirt in half
Cut like the picture above

 sew the corners
Trim off the excess.
 Set aside.
* I am not the greatest seamstress I wing 99.9 % of what I do
I am horrible at following directions although I do have basic sewing skills,
lots of what I do is trial by error. 
I have posted some great tutorials on Circle skirts below
by some wonderful women who are much better at sewing than me.
Cut your tulle into 5 lengths.
this will depend on how long your skirt will be.
fold your tulle in half.
then fold it over
This is how you find your measurements the waist of your Circle skirt.
 Measure how long you want your skirt  This will be the length measurement.
Measure that from the waist.
On my skirt there is no zipper or elastic
so I measured at my hips as my Waist measurement,
 that way I could just pull the skirt on.
For an awesome Video on an easy way yo make a circle skirt
Check out Coolirpa on You Tube
For those of you that are visual, like me, this will help you a lot.
Here are some other Circle skirt tutorials

Cut out 5 circles of tulle
line up all of your tulle on top of each other 
and baste together with a loose stitch around the waist.
then cut a straight line about 4 inches from the waist.
Cut your ribbon 72 inches long.
pin the the ribbon to the skirt 
making sure the tails of your ribbon are in the back 
where the slit is in the tulle
now pin in your tee-shirt skirt and  the tulle  together.
Sew the Ribbon, tulle and T-shirt lining together with the sewing machine.
cut another piece of ribbon to go on the outside of the skirt for the waist.
 Sew the two ribbons together
this makes the waistband.
There will be a slight gap in the tulle in the back 
but when you tie it around your waist it should close the gap.
Now for the fun.
Lets add some sparkle to this skirt.

 cut a piece of parchment paper about 4 inches by 4 inches.
This will go under your crystals and tulle so the glue will not stick to the table.
place your Tulip, heat activated crystals randomly around your skirt.
Slide the Parchment paper under your tulle and crystal.
I did one at a time and just moved along the bottom of the first layer of tulle.
Use an Iron (not to hot) or the
to set your crystals follow the instructions on the box
just a touch of sparkle will go a long way.
Now go and have fun with some Tulip Crystals.
Have a Wonderful Day.
Lots of <3,
For more of my DIY head on over to my Blog

T-Shirt into a Skirt with Hearts and Stripes

Almost anywhere you live it’s hard not to have spring fever right now and this DIY tutorial will show you how to turn a T-Shirt into a Skirt with Hearts and Stripes for girls, creating cute spring stripes and patterns using Tulip Fabric Spray Paints and Tulip Neon Heat Transfers. To put an extra spring in your step, I’ll also show you how to easily turn the sleeves into pockets!

1 XL White T-Shirt
Needle & Thread
Sewing Machine
Masking Tape
Paper & pencil or stencil for heart design
Safety Pin

step 1
Layout your t-shirt on a covered flat surface. 

Measure your t-shirt to the length you want your skirt, add 1.5 inches and cut across your t-shirt.

Place a thick sheet of paper or cardboard inside your shirt.

Put your tape across your shirt to make stripes.

step 2
Using your Tulip fabric spray paints, spray your shirt to create stripes.

Let dry.

Turn over and do the other side.
Peel off your tape to reveal your stripes!

step 3
Using your paper and pencil draw a heart and cut it out. If you prefer you can use a heart stencil instead.

Trace your heart onto your Tulip heat transfer sheet and cut it out. I made 3 hearts.

step 4
Heat up your iron, I used the cotton setting with NO STEAM.

Place your hearts onto your t-shirt where you want them.

Lay a cloth over your hearts and press carefully with your iron.

Move your iron back and forth slowly doing one heart at a time. Don’t let your iron just sit on your t-shirt keep it moving slowly until your hearts have transferred to your t-shirt.

step 5
Cut the top neckline off your t-shirt.

Cut straight across from the shoulders.

step 6
Turn your t-shirt inside out and lay flat.

Mark on your sleeves where you want to sew them.

Using your sewing machine sew a seam around your pockets and up an inch or so above the arm hole.

step 7
Fold the neckline (where you just cut) over about 1.5 inches and pin. 

step 8
Using your sewing machine sew all around this hem leaving about 2 inches open to add your elastic.

step 9
Measure the elastic to fit your waist plus 2 inches for sewing.

Attach the safety pin to one end of your elastic and run it through your hem.

Sew your two ends together.

Sew the hole closed.

step 10
Fold your bottom hem and pin all the way around.

Using your sewing machine sew your hem.

Press your hem if necessary and voila! Enjoy!

To see more fashion DIY tutorials please check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom.

How to make a Painted Canvas Tote

Welcome to SPRING crafting 101. Well let me be real with you. I am a bag addict and there is nothing more fulfilling than creating your own bag. It's sorta like you are your own personal designer. I will imagine this bag is going in some high end store like... Walmart. HEHE! 
I am totally in love with all of the neon crafts lately so I thought it was totally necessary to have a neon bag on my shoulder for the spring.
 Let's get started!

You will need:
*Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
* Tulip Neon Puff Paint** Tulip Slick Fabric Paint in Neon Colors
*Tulip Adhesive Stencils 
*Canvas Bag
*Craft Brush
*Masking Tape
If you are not familiar with this fabric paint, I will tell you it's amazing. It goes on very smooth and provides FULL coverage! I also like the hole at the top of the bottle. You can put a long nail in the wall and hang them on it!
Step One: Place a piece of cardboard or thick paper inside of the bag to prevent the paint from bleeding through the bag. We would hate to get paint on the back side of the bag. 
Step Two : Get your masking tape and make a strait line across the middle of the bag. 
Step Three: Start applying your black fabric paint onto the canvas. Make sure you apply a thick amount to completely coat the canvas. 
Step Four: Step back and admire the black paint (hehe). This is what your bag will look like when you are done. Allow it to dry for a few hours. I left mine over night to make sure it was completely dry before I moved onto the next step. 
It's ok if the bottom is not painted. Once you start filling your bag this section will not show. However, if you want you can paint the bottom once the front is dry. 
Step Five: Gently peel the masking tape off of the bag. No worries if you see a little bleeding from the paint. We will be adding puff paint to this section so you will not see it. 
I will be using these flexible stencils to put my initials on the bag. Don't worry they are adhesive meaning they will stick on anything. 
Step Six: Grab your neon puff paint and draw a line across the top of black section. If you want you can add as many colors for this step as you like. I also placed a pink line on top of this one. 
Step Seven: Place your stencils on your bag where you want and fill in the stencil with white puff paint. 

Step Eight: Get your neon puff paint and outline your initials. 
Step Nine: Paint your straps. This just adds a nice finishing touch and takes the bag to a whole NEW level!
Make sure you allow the same amount of drying time for the straps. 
Step Ten: Add some NEON dot's right over your line. Don't worry you will still see some of your pink and yellow line showing between the dots!

I hope you enjoyed this FUN tutorial. Make sure to have fun making your Tie-Dyed Eggs!
 Huge glittery hugs, JADE
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Ceramic Affirmation Plates

I have an awesome project for you this week! Straight from mi corazon! I spent last week at the iLoveToCreate studios and taught a ceramic mug class for an event called Ceramajam. My good friend, Laura, from taught a class too - a mixed media piece. I was lucky enough to take her class and make a cool plate! Even if you don't do fired ceramics, you can do this style on canvas or glass, whatever inspires you! Ok, let's get started...

Here are the supplies I used:
cardboard pieces, sequin waste, stencils, bubble wrap, brushes
Before I get going on this tutorial, check out this plate that Laura made for me. She knows how much I love Frida! Isn't it beautiful? 
Here are some of Laura's affirmation plates. She did one every week for a year!
Close up of the Frida plate Laura made.
I taught a mug class at Ceramajam and here is Laura painting a mug during my session.
Back to the plate project! First you use an old gift card or piece of cardboard and scrap paint down the plate. You can also use things like bubble wrap to add texture as well.
To get this look, I used stencils on top of the background designs I made.
Then I pulled our my favorite paint of all time - French Dimensions! I used it to outline everything and write a saying on the plate.
In order to use the plate for food, you have to glaze it with three coats of Pure Brilliance to make it food safe. Also, when applying the glaze over the French Dimensions, you have to pat in on with a sponger, otherwise it can smear.
Fire at cone 06.
Here is another project I made during Ceramajam - a plate using French Dimensions in different colors on different types of underglazes.
It turned out so fabulous, I'm afraid to put it in with my regular dishes! I don't want it to break!

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.

– 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!