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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

BFF Heart Matching Phone Cases

I love doing freelance projects for iLoveToCreate, because I always get a challenge to create something totally new and outside-the-box!  This month I was given the task of making BFF glitter phone cases and I'm so excited about how these turned out!  I would make one for my BFF, but unfortunately he doesn't have a's my dog Sebastian (you can see him on my blog here). Anyway, this is perfect for my human BFF instead and is super simple to make! Let me show you  how!

What you need:
– 2 inexpensive phone cases (same size, I ordered mine online)
– 1/2" to 3/4" bristle brush
– Scrapbook paper of your choice
– Scissors
– Sandpaper
– Paper plate
First off, trace phone case on back of scrapbooking paper and draw a half heart shape to desired size.Cut out half heart and trace opposite side on scrapbooking paper – cut out.

Use light sandpaper to buff the phone cases.
Spread the decoupage medium on the back of your half heart and press in the middle and to the edge of your phone case.

Apply a layer of decoupage medium to the top of the entire phone case surface.

Sprinkle the Tulipl Fashion Glitter over the wet decoupage medium. Shake off the excess onto your paper plate.

Seal the glitter using your brush and decoupage medium
 Use the side of your brush to apply a heavy coat of the decoupage medium around the paper heart.

Press your crystals in place on the wet glue around the heart. 
 Do a final coat of decoupage medium over the surface to seal everything and let dry!

Now you and your bestie can talk or text up a storm on your matching phones!

Sparkling Sweatshirt DIY

 A few years back I was working on a new logo with my mother who is an amazing graphic designer.  One of the ideas we were exploring was using my brand name letters around a collar like a necklace. I loved the logo, but ended up going with something else.  Still, that idea of letters forming a collar stuck with me.  Flash forward to this week and a sweatshirt I scored at Target for under six bucks on clearance.  It's so soft and comfy and made of recycled plastic bottles, so it's eco friendly to boot!  I loved this sweatshirt hack from Crafty Chica, so I decided to work a little crafty magic using Tulip and Aleene's products, creating a virtual collar and bracelets.  I love how this turned out!

You will need:
Black sweatshirt
Flat Back Faceted Plastic Gems
Parchment Paper or Old T-Shirt Scrap
Tooth Picks
Tweezers (optional)
 Decide how large you want your letters to be.  I started with an 's.'  Use your first letter to help size the next letters the same height and width.  I also planned out my crystal placement first.
Carefully peel plastic backing from letters.
Start with the R in the center and work out as you go.  Iron the letters on using parchment paper or an old t-shirt between the iron and the letters so they don't overheat and melt.  Check them to be sure the letters are fully attached.  
Add glue to gems and attach to shirt.  You can use a toothpick to apply glue and a second one to press the gem down and secure it.  You can also use tweezers to lift and place the gems.  Add gems around the sleeves to give the look of bracelets! 
That's it!  Fun, fast and fabulous!
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Floating Gem Necklace with buttons

I'm starting the new year by completing a project I've been thinking about all of 2013 - the floating gem necklace! I've seen versions online and wanted to do my own thing. I love all things bright, chunky and sparkly and this project fits that bill. To add a different spin, I incorporated buttons as well.


Assorted gems and crystals
Non-stick mat or freezer paper

1. Cut a piece of tulle and tape it to the mat or freezer paper (shiny side up).

 2. Play around with arrangements of the gems and buttons to find a layout you like. Once you get it, start glueing the pieces, one-by-one.

3. Let it set for about an hour.

4. Flip the entire piece over and let dry for another hour, until the glue dries clear.

5. Cut around the edge of the gems, but leave a couple inches at the top on each end to attach the ribbon.

6. Glue a stand of ribbon to each end. You could also stitch it by hand if you wanted.

7. And here you have it! What I like about this necklace is that if it looks too bulky, you can always trim off a row of gems to make it smaller. After I made this, I decided to make a bracelet too! You could also make a headband!

Thanks for checking out my project!

Making Mixed Media Art With The Munchkins

I like to keep my kids crafty. My daughter is much more into this idea than my son, but I’ll win him over with enough dump truck tire painting. In the meantime I can’t crack open a bottle of Tacky Glue without Tallulah running into the room wanting to craft with me. I try to always foster this urge and let her work on her own version of what I am playing with. Yesterday was all about mixed media.

It all started when I bought a bag of rollers at the thrift store. I was not sure what I was going to do with them, but the colors were calling my name. Baxter enjoyed putting them in his dump truck after I washed them and Tallulah loves to sort things by size and color. I watched as they played and thought deep crafty thoughts.

Rewind to a few weeks ago when I was inspired by the lovely artists Hearts and Needles and Jess Quinn of Small Art. I am trying to do more painting, mixed media and collage - expand my artistic horizons. I started making paper dolls with left over bits of scrapbooking supplies. Tallulah of course wanted to play along so I helped her cut sticky back foam and make her own self portrait.

Back to the curlers. They would look great just sitting on a shelf. I used to keep candy jars full of colorful spent shotgun shells on a shelf and these curlers were destined for the same fate. One night laying in bed I wondered if I could stuff them with foam and adorn them like vintage sequined and beaded ornaments. Even if I could what would I do with beaded curlers? I know, make a picture frame for my dolls.

First I decided to get all Traci Bautista on a small already printed canvas. At this point Tallulah was joining in painting a sheet of bird covered scrapbook paper. Using various stencils, Tulip Puffy Paint Writers, paper punches, and some Sparkly Collage Pauge I adorned my canvas and set it aside to dry. By this time Tallulah had found a piece of cardboard she was also painting to add to her masterpiece.

Next step – bedazzlement. I took a sheet of foam and pressed my curlers in. It took about 3 times to fill the entire curler up with foam. From here it was a slightly tedious process of using beading pins, seed beads, sequins and Tacky Glue to adorn the holes in my rollers. I stacked the designs on the pin and then dipped them in Tacky Glue and inserted into the curlers. As I adorned my 12 curlers Tallulah sat next to me and sprinkled beads and sequins onto the sticky side of some craft foam.

Tallulah taped her collage (using blue painters tape) to her cardboard. I decided to give it a frame of red and white striped paper straws. We also decided to cut circles out of her sheet of beaded foam and using Tacky Glue we added them to the piece. I’m kinda in love with the way it came out. She signed her name across the bottom and if you want to hire her for an art show I’m her agent. In the meantime this piece is happily hanging on our gallery wall.

Time to finish my piece. Using a thin layer of Tacky Glue on the back of my paper doll I added it to my canvas. I used a black pen to outline the doll and make it pop. Next I used a hot glue gun to add my curlers around the edges like a picture frame.

Once the curlers were attached there were a few rough edges to fix. I made yarn pom poms out of some vintage chunky yarn I found at my mothers and some fun pink stuff from Tuesday Morning. Using Tacky Glue I attached these to the 4 corners of the frame.

The final touch was going back in with Tacky Glue and aqua trim to hide the glue gun action on the inside of the canvas. I set my work aside to dry overnight.

This morning I’m feeling like I should pretty much start making phone calls to set up my first solo art show. The piece is so funky and fun, only something I could love. Tallulah equally loves her piece and is already asking to make another. Not only do I love how our pieces came out, I love that I got to show my kids that you can make art with more than paint and paper. If it will sit still long enough it will eventually get transformed into something funky in our house.

I have tons of rollers left. What ever shall I make next?

Easy Arm Candy Stack Jewelry Tutorial

I don't know what it is but an armful (or two) of pretty bracelets makes me feel more glamorous than anything in the world. 

So I decided to make a super easy stack of arm candy with some beads, findings, and of course Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue and got after it.
For this cuff jewelry project you will need:
Ready to embellish cuff 
Fun, blinged out beads or buttons
Nippers and a rasp or jewelry file
I found the perfect beads which just happened to have loops on the back to run string through. That would have been great if I wanted to string them but I wanted to add them flush to a metal cuff.
To correct the tiny problem, trip the loops as closely as possible.
Use your rasp or file to remove as much as possible until the bead or button lays nice and flush on your cuff. Repeat for as many elements as you need for your bracelet.
Apply a small dollop of jewelry and metal glue to the backside of your button or bead, or several dollops if the size or shape requires.
Now this glue means business and I have a tendency to be clumsy or accident prone. And since I've glued myself to one to many things, I use rubber tipped clamps in situations like this. It's just the same as if I held the bead down with my own fingers, but this way I don't have to worry about accidentally securing my hand to my jewelry!
Continue until all pieces are attached as you wish... And your fun cuff is ready to rock!
Next we're going to make a fun beaded bracelet to add to the stack.
For this bracelet you will need:
A variety of metal and rhinestone beads
Plastic or glass spacer beads as needed
Stretch rubber jewelry cord
You may need to experiment when stringing your beads for a proper fit. String as you'd like them and if too large, you may need to work out a pattern with a few less beads or if too small a few more. I find spacer beads come in handy for this and always grab something that will work with my primary beads in the event that things don't work out as first planned.
Be sure to stretch your cording before you begin so that it doesn't become too large with time!
My beads required two cords but that's no big deal. When finished knot the cord 3 times and then apply a healthy dollop of Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue to the knot. Allow to fully dry and then trim the extra string close to the knot.
And this baby is ready to go just like that. I can't stress enough that the choice of glue can make a huge difference in the longevity of your jewelry and while the glue makes a small appearance in the project, the need for it is great!
Lastly we're going to knock out a quick and on trend wrapped rhinestone bangle.
For this project you will need:
Store bought rhinestone bangle
String, cord or embroidery floss
Tie a knot in your string and begin wrapping around each stone. Pay attention to the number of turns you take on each to keep the look consistent.
When you get to the end, apply a small amount of Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue to the string and wrap at the end to finish. Hold the string taut for a minute or two until the glue sets.
Simple, sweet and totally stylish!
These are all so easy to create if you just have the right glue on hand.
And with the wide variety of beads and buttons available, the options are endless!
Pay special attention to the metal and stones in your beads to ensure a nice stack of arm candy when paired together.
But if you choose, each piece is stunning enough to be worn on its own!
For even more simple jewelry projects, visit my blog Dream a Little Bigger. I hope to see you there and thanks so much for checking out easy DIY bling here at iLoveToCreate!

Little Black Heels Designer Challenge

We gave our designers a challenge this month in honor of New Year's!  They were asked to turn a plain pair of black pumps into a glitzy pair using just a few of our favorite Tulip products! We love how each black pump turned out so different!

Each designer was given an assortment of Tulip 3D Paints in gold & silver, a 5-pack of Tulip Fashion Glitter, Tulip Fashion Glitter BondTulip Glam-it-Up Iron-On Crystals in red and crystal,  and a Aleene's Fabric Fusion pen.

 Suzie Shinseki decided to add a dash of New Year's fireworks using the Tulip 3D paint and Tulip Glam-it-up Iron-on crystals!  These turned out so artful and were the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the black pumps!
Erika Lindquist added a geometric touch to her shoes using tape along with the Tulip Fashion Glitter and Glitter Bond!  Super cool and they go right along with the geometric trend we saw in DIY in 2013! See the full tutorial for these shoes here: Geometric Glitter Heels DIY.
Pattie Wilkinson a.k.a. Pattiewack made these cool leopard-inspired pumps using the squeezable Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond and Fashion Glitter!  They turned out so striking and cool! Get the full tutorial here: Leopard Print Glitter Heels

These scalloped heels from Lauren Moritz are understated, but totally cool! Plain in the front, but they definitely make a WOW statement in the back using the Tulip Fashion Glitter.  See the full tutorial here: Glitter Scallop Heels DIY.

Which pair is your favorite?