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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!

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!

ABC shoes materials
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!  

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.
Your Ice dyed t-shirt
Needle & thread (or fabric glue if you don’t want to sew)
Studs or beads
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!

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.

– 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!

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

Welcome to SPRING. Well, not really. In Louisiana one day it's 80 degrees and the next day it's freezing rain. What's going on mother nature! I figured everyone was tired of seeing winter crafts so I am bringing a little bit-o-spring strait to your beautiful eyes! I have been playing around with tie-dye and eggs lately and I wanted to show you this fun tie-dye technique. This craft is great for a group of adults to do or for your little kiddos. Let's get started!

You will need:
*Tulip 3 Color Tie-Dye Kit :  (Yellow,Turquoise, Fuchsia)
*Paper Towel
*Drying Rack
I simply love these colors. You know if you mix pink and yellow you get orange, blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple. So you can get great colors with JUST these three!
Everything needed for this project are likely to already be in your cabinet. Besides the dye. 
If you are not familiar with the one step tie-dye, this is everything that comes in the packet. Super easy and convenient. 
When you get your bottles fill them with water to the black line. Shake till everything is dissolved and voila. 
The first step is to add a little vinegar to a paper towel. Just enough to wet the paper towel a little. We don't want it drenched. This will allow the color to stick to the egg better. 
Wrap your egg int he napkin and allow the left overs to hang from egg. There is NO real trick to this. You just want it to be crinkled. The more the paper towel is crinkled the better. 
Start applying the color to the paper towel. You don't have to drench it but you want a decent amount on the towel. 
Let the dye sit for about 2 hours then take the paper towel off. 
Are you flipping out at how pretty they are? BTW: I boiled my eggs before I did this so we can put them in our BELLYYYYY! Yummy salads!
If you are going somewhere for Easter, you can put them back in the box they came in. How fun. Can you imagine opening a box and getting these. I would be so excited. 
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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Easy Glittered Flower Bouquet

I've got to be honest. I feel kind of like a cheat for sharing this as a big tutorial. And the thing is, I totally wasn't going to. This is something I did for myself. But I had so many people say "how did you do that?" that I figured it would make a great tutorial :) So today I'm sharing one of my favorite ways to fancy up my home and centerpieces when I have guests coming over.

For this project you will need:
Fresh flowers (but faux will last forever!)
Since neon is such a big thing right now I new that I needed the neon bunch I spied at my grocery store. Be warned if using a glass jar, however, that the color will leech back out of the stems and into the water, which can be ugly in a clear vase. See how my water is turning pink? And this was within minutes of adding the stems to my mason jar.
First things first, go through your Tulip fashion glitter and pick out the glitters that go best with your colors of flowers. I didn't have an orange that was light enough, so I mixed gold and orange and I was quite happy with that.
Add the glitter to some decoupage one a piece of scrap paper. Mix it well. The heavier the glitter in the mixture, the heavier it will appear on the petals BUT if it gets too chunky then it just looks like, well, chunks of glitter on your petals and it ain't pretty.
Use a soft,small bristled brush to paint the glitter on. I like to go all around the petals all around the center and then paint random petals out from there.
As the decoupage dries all that will be left is the glitter!
I've found that the some glues are just too heavy and that decoupage is perfect!
And with how fine Tulip Fashion glitter is, it's the perfect amount of sparkle!
From a distance, the difference isn't smack you in the face obvious. But everyone always goes over to inspect when they get a hint that these flowers are different.
I hope that this incredibly simple tutorial will help to make your home sparkly and ready for any guests you might want to impress!
And a big thanks for checking out my post here at iLoveToCreate! If you like what I'm putting down, head on over to my blog Dream a Little Bigger to see some more DIY projects!

Polkadots and Neon - A Fun Jewelry DIY

My first crafty love is jewelry. It has been a long time since I have made in. Sometimes when you love something you have to set it free and then see if it comes back to you, blah blah blah. Whatever the reason I just had jewelry burnout. Lately I have been getting the itch to whip up some wearable magic. Enter wooden beads and my new favorite craft supply - Puffy Paint Writers.

– Puffy Paint Writers
– Wooden Beads
– Skewers, paint brushes or pens
– Jewelry-making supplies
What design you paint on your beads is totally up to you. I love neons and neutrals so I decided to go that route. You can never go wrong with polka dots as a design.
Paint your beads on a skewer or stick of some sort. Stick the pen or paintbrush into foam to allow the paint to dry.
Using your new beads layout some possible design options and get busy.
I love the way the jewelry came out. I feel inspired to polkadot more beads and make even more jewelry!
Feeling inspired? What are you going to add polka dots too?