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2013 Status Update Drink Coasters

New Year's Eve is right around the corner, which means lots of reflection on the past year and fresh goals for the future. Today I noticed a lot of Instagram and Facebook "yearbooks" - the best of the year. I thought it would be fun to take some of our favorite status updates and turn them into something functional for New Year's parties and gatherings.  

There are several ways to go, you can put the status update on one side and let people guess who said it and then put the picture of the person on the other side to be revealed!

Here's how to make them!

Cardboard coasters (you can cut these yourself, or ask your local waiter or waitress for a few)
Photos printed to fit the coasters
Gold craft paint

Use the glue stick to apply the photo to the coaster. Do this to both sides. Make sure it is really sealed nice and tight!

Print out the quotes, about size 10 works well. Cut out the quotes and use the glue stick to affix them to the coasters. Again, make sure the edges are sealed!

Trim the edges of the coaster in gold craft paint. Let dry. Next, add a healthy drop of glue and use your finger to smooth it evenly all over the surface. Make sure it is nice and smooth and coat all the way to the edges! Let dry. Repeat for the other side. 

Once it's all dry, use the spray varnish and spray. Let dry and add another coat. Repeat for the other sides. The reason its important to seal down the edges with the glue is so the varnish won't seep under the paper. Now your coasters are waterproof, sealed and ready for action! 

Valentines Day Pet Bowls

 I can't believe it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day already! I'm excited, though, because this year I get to combine my love for my two favorite things....ceramics and my fur children.
 I have been known to describe myself as 'aspiring to be the crazy cat lady, but with dogs too'. I'm a sucker for an animal in need, and as a result I am the proud pet parent of three rather large pit bulls and four cats. In my defense, I didn't go looking for any of them. They all somehow found me! 
Although they are a ton of work and their vet bills tend to be a drain on my wallet, I wouldn't trade them for the world. The other day, while I was waiting for an appointment at the vet with Miss Kitty, I was having a text conversation with a friend of mine who keeps trying to convince me that I'm insane for spending so much money on my pets. I happen to think it's money well spent. I told him that I feel more guilty spending $5 at Starbucks than I do spending $500 at the vet. You really can't put a price on unconditional love. Plus, each one of them makes me smile and laugh every single day which is also priceless. They rescued me as much as I rescued them. 
 As if most everything I do doesn't already prove my love for my precious 'fleabags' (a term of endearment I regularly use), I decided that this year I prove it even more by making them all new food bowls for Valentine's Day. I used Duncan® Oh Four® Bisque, Cover Coats® , French Dimensions™ and Pure Brilliance® to create these. I love Cover Coats® because the colors are so vibrant and opaque, and you can paint one color over another similar to how you would use acrylic paint on a canvas. I use them all the time in my work and they are my underglaze of choice.

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you'd like to read more about the fleabags or see more of my ceramic creations, you can visit The Peculiar Palette, my personal blog.

See you next time!

Leopard Print Glitter Heels

Here's a cool sparkly pair of kicks to enjoy for New Year's that I literally whipped up in under 30 minutes!  They are such a cool way to make a statement with that little black dress at your party and what girl doesn't love a little bling to ring in the new year?

Tulip Fashion Glitter in holographic silver 
– Black heels
– Cardstock or newspaper
 Make a zebra-like shape on the shoe, squeezing from the tip of the Tulip Fashion Bond.
 Repeat the pattern all over the shoe!
 Pour the glitter over the glued areas.  It instantly looks amazing!
 Now tap off any excess onto your cardstock.  You can always roll up the cardstock and pour the unused glitter back into the bottle!
Whohoo!  A pair of sparkly kicks to rock out in for New Year's!  They turned out looking half leopard/half houndstooth!  I love them.
You can always spray on a little Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer to help further protect the glitter from flaking off!  

New Years Eve Crown DIY

Christmas is here, which means New Year's Eve is just around the corner!  Feel fabulous in this Sparkling New Year's Eve Crown you can whip up with just a few inexpensive ingredients.  Make this in bright colors if that's more your style, I love the glam chic of this gold and maribou combination.

You will need:
White fabric covered metal headband
Maribou Trim
White Craft Feathers
White Adhesive Backed Craft Felt
White Adhesive Backed Card Stock
Die Cutting Machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo) or Stencil to Trace and Cut
One: I used my Silhoutte cameo and the Genuine font sized at 214.7 pt.  The numbers have to be flipped backwards so the glitter can be placed on the front.  Make two sets of numbers, they'll sandwich the toothpicks.  Two: Cut felt to fit around front and front sides of headband.   Three: I added the Peel and Stick sheets to the felt to make it extra sticky.  These sheets are crazy sticky, so use non-stick scissors and take your time when placing the feathers.  Four: Get your numbers glittered up and ready to roll by dipping one set into a bowl of the gold glitter.
Five: Cut the toothpicks so they have about a 1.5" bottom and fit inside of the numbers without poking out of the tops.  Sandwich the toothpicks between the glittered and non-glittered numbers.  Six: Add more Peel and Stick sheet to the front half of your felt.  Fold felt over head band.  This is tricky, so take your time and work from one side to the other.  Yes, it's messy, but fret not as the feather fluff vacuums right up!  Don't vacuum up your maribou trim like I did though.  Derp.  Seven: Add more peel and stick to the front of the felt. Eight: Press the toothpicks into the adhesive.  Cut the maribou trim into two segments that fit around the front of the felt.  Press these over the adhesive.  That's it!
 Now pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to a FABULOUS new year filled with sparkling possibility!  You gorgeous creature, you!
What are you doing New Year's?  We'd love to know!  Share your New Year's DIY ideas on our Facebook Page.  Visit me at The Impatient Crafter for more fun, fast and fabulous DIY.

Geometric Glitter Heels DIY

I was challenged to glam up a pair of plain black heels for New Year's, 
so I took them to the extreme with some glitter and tape! They turned out so fun, sparkly, and one-of-a-kind!  Here's how you can get the look in just a few minutes!

First gather your supplies:
– Black high heels
– thin masking tape
 First rip off long pieces of tape and criss-cross them all over your shoe, creating lots of fun geometric shapes! Press securely in place.
 Next, use a paintbrush to dab on the Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond, doing one section at a time.
 Now sprinkle the glitter over the glitter fashion bond you just applied. Repeat this process on each section of the shoe, alternating glitter colors from gold to silver as you go.

Rip off the tape when you are finished covering the entire shoe!
Now you have your own sparkly and glam pair of shoes to wear for a fun night out!  No one is going to have as cool a pair of shoes as this at the party...I promise!

DIY Printed Holiday Wrapping Paper

With just one day left until Christmas it’s time to make some Printed Wrapping Paper and get those gifts under the tree! Using the cute letter stencils, paints and glitter from Tulip you can add fun holiday messages and personalize any gift. Add some ribbons and bows and you’re all set!

Kraft paper 

step 1
Layout your kraft paper on a flat surface and measure the package that you want to wrap, make sure that  you leave some extra room just in case.

Mark off the space that you will be painting.

step 2
Lay your stencils on your kraft paper.

Using your pouncer, paint inside your stencil.

step 3
Before your paint is dry, sprinkle your glitter on top of the letters you want to add glitter to.

Let dry and shake off any extra glitter.

Now, it’s time to wrap your packages! 

Have fun and customize your packages with your letters. Add fun and festive messages. 

Happy wrapping and Merry Christmas!

There's still time to make some quick gifts, to see some fun fashion DIY’s check out my blog at Trinkets in Bloom.


The Top 10 Posts from iLoveToCreate blog in 2013

We thought it would be fun to present our year-end review of our blog!  Sometimes we know we have a hit blog post on your hands and sometimes there is simply no way to know what will catch on like wildfire!  Here's our fun top 10 list of projects & posts from this last year that our fans loved!  Click on the links below each pic to be taken to each project! Enjoy the show :)

Both Alexa (our Social Media Specialist) and Kathy (the Crafty Chica) thought it would be fun to make a quiz for the blog in honor of those with the biggest craft stash of them all and it was a big hit!  It turned out to be a super humorous quiz and Alexa's visual (her actual living room, complete with her cat Dexter) struck a cord with folks.  Everyone excitedly shared their results in the comments and on Facebook!  

Cheri Heaton of I am Momma Hear Me Roar made these adorable and simple tees for her sons Rex & Baden using our Tulip Soft Paint, sparkly Tulip Shimmer Sheets and Freezer Paper Stencils.  We'd like to think the draw was the Star Wars shirts, but her sons being the adorable models definitely made this project popular!

Jaderbomb's Jade Harrington brought us these super cute DIY cupcakes that looked good enough to eat!  Her great photography and super easy directions really was the icing on the cake for this sweet project!

Margot Potter's simple DIY Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments were eye candy for sure!  The fact that they only took 2 easy things to ornaments and Tulip 3D Fabric Paint, made these a cinch to make and as we know, everyone LOVES and easy and great-looking project for the holidays!

Anne of Wobisobi shared this fabulous DIY with us using Tulip Soft Paints to accent a man's tee into a fashionable top! Fashionistas rejoiced at her amazing hacking skills (seriously...this started as a boxy t-shirt!!!) and this project was an instant Pinterest favorite!
Our tie dye expert Lauri Eaton showed how to make these colorful sock leggings in an easy how-to tutorial using Tulip One-Step Tie Dyes!  Brandi, our Studio Traffic Manager modeled these crazy socks (originally purchased undyed from American Apparel) for our fun photo shoot! We duplicated her legs into the same shot for the photo!
Another project that was a hit from Anne of Wobisobi was th is Striped Strapless No-Sew Shirt painted with our neon Tulip Fabric Sprays.  Who knew you could make a dress from a men's tee?  Obviously Anne did and her fans (and ours) loved the inspiration!

Suzie Shinseki, our resident painting expert, brought her A-game with these hilarious Grumpy Cat shorts!  Suzie was challenged to decorate a pair of plain shorts in any style of her choice and immediately envisioned a Grumpy Cat face when she eyed the back of her shorts. LOL!  These shorts quickly went viral, landing on sites like Buzzfeed, MakeZine, and Outsapop!  Most everyone who saw them laughed hysterically, but we did get a handful of indecency complaints as well.
Trinkets in Bloom blogger Cathy Attix showed us how to add a pretty twist to a vintage rocker shirt with this edgy t-shirt hack!  This further cemented the fact for us that t-shirt hacks aren't going anywhere anytime soon!  This shirt even got picked up by the popular trend site Trendhunter!
And finally, our number one project from the blog is this fabulous dye galaxy shirt from Lauri Eaton! Lauri does a lot of fun dye experimentation in our studio and after making this shirt, she shared and wowed the whole design team with this project. She captured the galaxy art trend and gave it her own signature touch! We knew it immediately had to be a project for our blog and a video for Youtube!  See Lauri make the shirt below!

No-Sew T-Shirt Gift Bags

I'm here at the iLoveToCreate headquarters in the design studio and I came across a huge bin o f tie-dye cast-off shirts. My first thought - gift bags! THe best thing about these is that you don't even need to sew - we're using  Aleene's® Fabric Fusion® Peel & Stick Tape™!

T-shirt (I used tie-dye shirts)

Determine what size you want your bag to be - keeping in mind what size of shirt you have. Cut along the bottom, cut off the sleeves. Turn your shirt right side in. Time to seal the bottom!

We'll need to reinforce the bottom - first you'll add a strip of the tape inside the bottom layer and press the top layer. Smooth out any bumps with your fingers. Next, add another strip along the top layer and fold it over. Press so it is bonded. Turn your shirt inside out so the front is showing.

To give your bag a professional look, make some gussets! This will give your bag a flat bottom so it can hold items in a more balanced fashion. Pull out one corner at the bottom of the bag. Add a strip of tape. DO NOT remove the tape backing yet! Put your hand inside the bag and press the pointed corner inside to create a moth. Line up the ends, then pull off the  backing of the tape and press in place. Repeat for the other side.

Decorate the front of your bag as desired!

Cut notches in your bag around the top, leave room to "poof" the top. Insert a long strand of ribbon - long enough for you tie a big bow.