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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!

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

ABC shoes finish2
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!)
ABC shoes1
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!)
ABC shoes2
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.
ABC shoes3
One shoe down, one to go!
ABC shoes4
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. :)