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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? 

New Years Eve Time Capsule Hats

Looking for a quick and easy way to celebrate New Year's Eve? Send 2013 off with a crafty bang!  Nothing says NYE like a fun party hat, but what about a party hat that is really a time capsule? That's right these decorations are not for wearing, they are for stashing away memories to be saved for NYE 2014.

Large craft cone
Decorative paper
Decorative trims
Time capsule sheet from Thirty Handmade Days
Instant camera
Craft foam
The first thing I did was take pictures of my kids using the new instant camera Santa brought me. I wanted to capture them today on New Year's Eve. Funny glasses are optional. You could also brush your kids hair if you wanted.
Next, I interviewed my kids. You can make up your own questions about 2013. Baxter is a wee it young to start setting goals. We discussed favorite engines on Sodor, riding bikes without training wheels and debated between pink and green as favorite colors.
Decorating the hats/time capsules is the fun part. There is no right or wrong way to do it. I used vintage wallpaper, leftover Christmas tinsel, burlap and the tops of some party favor sunglasses I cut up. I do suggest sparkle being involved. It is NYE after all. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue to decorate my cone.
Once the glue was dry I inserted my interviews and pictures in the hat. I used craft foam and Tacky Glue to seal it up.
One year from today we are going to open our time capsules and giggle about all the answers. In the meantime these hats look pretty spiffy as decorations.

Glitter Scallop Heels DIY

New Year's is upon us and it's the perfect time to get dressed up in sequins and sparkles!  I was given the challenge of dressing up a plain pair of black pumps for the occasion and I decided to go business in the front, and party in the back! LOL!  I love a good scallop motif, so I decided to add it to my design!  These turned out so fun, here's how you can make your own!
What you need:
– Black high heel shoes
– White colored pencils
– Narrow paintbrush
–  Cookie sheet lined with foil
With the white pencil, draw a line from the base of where the heel attached to the shoe to the top of the shoe. Do this on both sides of the shoe.
Now draw 3 evenly-spaced scallops along the white line you drew, do this on both sides of the shoes.
 With the narrow paintbrush, fill in the area drawn at the back of the heel with fashion glitter bond. 
Working over your lined cookie sheet, sprinkle on a mix of fine silver and larger-fleck glitter. Cover the entire back of the shoe to the scallop edge you've drawn.
Now add the Glitter Bond to the heel of the shoe and again, sprinkle on the mixed silver glitter. Repeat this process on the other shoe!

Finally tap to to remove any excess glitter.  Look how amazing the glitter looks on these shoes!
Here's a look at my finished shoew. I love them!
These are the perfect shoes to step into for New Year's!

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!