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Three Awesome Crafty Tips from Crafty Chica

Did you know I have a series on the iLoveToCreate youtube channel? It's called "Quick Tips" and it's where I offer a variety of tips from our design studio to help make your crafty life easier! I thought I'd share three today!
NOTE: If you have a crafty problem you need solved, leave it in the comments and, if feasible, I'll make a Quick Tip video with the solution!

1. Storing paint. This is a biggie for me. Craft design is my full-time job and with weekly deadlines, I need to stay organized. Therefore, I store all my paints upside down by color. When I'm done with a project, I make sure to return them the same way in the box. It saves time and money too, because I know when I need to buy new paints. I'm not buying the same color over and over!
2. Freezer paper! Oh my gosh, I use it for everything! Did you know you can iron it to fabric? It works great as a stabilizer inside a shirt when you are going to paint or color with markers. You can also use it to cut a stencil too. I also use the shiny side to make Puffy Paint designs!
3. Flat back crystals. No matter how you choose to apply them, there is always the same dilemma - getting them right side up! Here is a fool-proof way to do that quick and easy. And all you need is a paper plate!
Well, I hope you liked my three tips! Let me know what crafty problems you need to have solved and I may do a video on them too!

Kiss Me Sweatshirt DIY

I have made so many Heart sweatshirts using glitter, paint, iron on glitter sheets. I wanted something just a little different to wear on Valentine's Day and beyond.  I was traveling though Pinterest and saw a Lip Sweatshirt and I thought it would be a perfect project for 
Valentine's Day.<3

Things you Need
Lip Stencil
X-acto knife
Clear Contact paper.
Cut off your collar.
Trace out a stencil of lips.
Cover the paper with clear contact paper.
Cut it out using your x-acto knife
 Place the stencil on your sweat shirt,
using your Tulip Markers draw around the stencil,
working from the outside edge toward the inside. 
Make the edges a little darker, that will give you a 3D effect.
 Remove your stencil and repeat all over your sweatshirt.

Wait 48 hours and then you can wash in cold water, I would hang dry.
Wear with your favorite jeans and heels.

Have a fantastic Tuesday, 
and a kissable Valentine's Day.

Lots of <3,

For more Sweatshirt and other DIY's

30 Cool Craft Techniques Youll Wanna Try

When's the last time you learned a new craft technique you've been dying to try?  Why not break out of your regular crafting rut and try one of these awesome new ideas for size?  From stamps to stencils to making you own spin art using your salad spinner, here's a helping of super easy techniques that will get your creative juices flowing!  Click the link below each photo to be taken to the blog post featuring the technique!

1. Easy Fabric Printing using stamps
2. DIY Silk Screening using an Embroidery Hoop
3. How to Dip Dye
4. Sparkly Stained Glass Jar Tutorial
13. Faux Embossing with Tissue Paper

14. How to make Bleach Art/Tie Dye Tees
15. How to create Watercolor designs using Fabric Markers
16. How to do a Glittered Iron-on Transfer
17. Make your own Glowing Slime
18. Use a Potato as a Stamp
19. Make a Dish from a Doily 
20. How to make your own stamp from an eraser
21. Create a striped tee using tape and Fabric Spray
22. Make a giant stencil from a portrait photo

23. Do an iKat design using Tie Dye
24. Scrunch Tie Dye Technique
25. Make rolled flowers from t-shirt scraps
26. Create a herringbone pattern with masking tape
27. Use Puffy Paint to make a necklace
28. Create cool t-shirt designs with kids using freezer paper

29. Make your own Rainbow Hair Extensions using dye
30. Make a silhouette from a photo

Which one of these techniques are you thinking about trying?

Neon Geometric Clutch DIY

Create fabulous neon stripes using the Tulip Neon Fabric Markers on a super chic Neon Geometric Clutch with this simple DIY tutorial. I’m using a fuzzy faux shearling fabric for this clutch, I was able to color it really easily and well with the fabric markers and it’s so cozy and cuddly to hold!

My inspiration to make this clutch came from this clutch I saw in a magazine and of course the amazing potential of the Tulip Neon Fabric Markers. These fabric markers have a brush tip on them making it perfect to write or color on a fabric with pile or texture. The color came out really strong and gorgeous!

Faux Shearling fabric
Zipper (I used a 7”)
Sewing machine or needle & thread

step 1
Cut your shearling fabric.

I cut mine 15 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

You want to cut the width twice as long as your zipper plus 1 inch.

step 2
Layout your fabric on a flat surface. Measure and draw stripes across one end of your fabric.

Fill in your stripes with your fabric marker. 

You may need to go back and forth to get all sides of the pile on your shearling fabric.

You want your stripe to be really strong and solid.

Let it dry.

step 3
Fold your fabric right sides together and pin your zipper in place.

Unzip your zipper and sew it to your fabric. It’s much easier to sew with the zipper unzipped.

step 4
Zip your zipper closed and sew your side seam.

step 5
Open your zipper at least a little.

Turn your clutch and fold your end so that your side seam is in the middle of your end seam and sew.

Turn right side out through the zipper.

To see more fashion DIY tutorials click through to my blog Trinkets in Bloom!

Sparkly Stained Glass Jars

When you are a crafter, you see opportunity in every object - especially glass jars! I haven't exactly jumped on the mason jar craze, but I do love jars with different shapes and curves. Not only do they add a sense of beauty to a space, but can also be very functional. I gathered up the empty jars in my house and made a fun collection, yes, even a mason jar too! I used Collage Pauge, leftover Tulip One-Step Dye, and Tulip Fashion Glitter! Click below to see my full tutorial with lots of pictures!

– clean and dry glass jars
This is a great project if you have leftover mixed dye. Store it in a sealed container because you can use it for this project. you can also use the dye powder from the bottle. You want to add a bit of the dye already mixed to a about 1/4 cup of Collage Pauge Glossy. Mix thoroughly.
This is what they will look like. I was worried, I was like, "Pastels! Nooo!" But hang on, the liquid dries clear, creating the stained glass look.
Pour it around the inside top of the jar. This one, I made purple and added translucent glitter to the mix. Once you pour it, then roll the jar around so it it completely covered.
Set up a place where you can set the jars upside down so the liquid can drip out, you want only a thin layer left in the jar. Let dry completely.
Add the Tacky Dots and glitter!
And there you have it! Aren't they pretty? I love the how the sun shines through them. You could also wrap the tops with wire and hang them!

22 DIYS with a lotta heart

Love is in the air! Can you feel it?  Yep, that means that in a week or so, Valentine's will be upon us.  What way to better celebrate, than to make your own crafty DIY!  Here's some seriously sweet ideas that won't break the budget to make for yourself or give to a friend or loved one!

Which one of these heart DIYs was your fave?

How to make Heart Cups

Wahoo! It's almost that time to celebrate "Valentine's Day". I can't say I am a huge fan of this holiday BUT I am a huge fan of HEARTS! There is something whimsical when it comes to hearts don't you agree. Today I will show you how to make fabric heart cups. These can be used for a special occasion, birthday party, holiday gift or just to sip on yourself. The ideas are endless! If you are a heart fan make sure to check out my Glittered Heart Napkins I made a few weeks ago. 

Let's go make some heart cups, y'all! 

What you'll need:
The colors of these fabric marker's make me smile from ear to ear. I am sure it's because they are NEON. I fall in love with everything NEON. 
1. The first thing you will do is get a fabric marker closest to the fabric you are using. Freehand a HEART shape on it.
Next grab a pair of scissors and cut the HEART out. 
3. Hold the heart cutouts in your hand and kiss them, hehe. 
These fabric sheets are pretty amazing to craft with. Peel one of the sheets then stick your fabric on it. Press firm then cut shape out. Last thing you do is peel the thin layer of paper from the back of fabric. Time to stick where you want! I love these because they can go on practically anything. Glass, phone cases, shirts or jeans! Endless! 
The colors of the dimensional paint I used are : Lectric Lime, Bright Teal and Poppin Purple. 
I wanted a small candy dish to put out when I drink from these cups so I wrapped some fabric around a small glass candle holder (I put fabric fusion on the back). I left the fabric a little long on the bottom so I could make fringes. Just cut strips with your scissors. 
Once you place your fabric hearts on the cups add dots around them with your dimensional paint. It's really that simple! Make sure you allow them to dry over night before using. When cleaning I would gently hand wash them. 
How precious are these babies!
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial! See you in the next post!
 Huge glittery hugs, JADE
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Pretty Valentine Jar Luminaries

Valentine's is upon us!  I was tasked with creating some romantic jars to celebrate the season.  They are one of the easiest crafts you can make and the results are so magical!  Also, I've never met a jar craft I did not like, so I was ready for the challenge.  Here's how you can also get the look! :)

What you need:
Aleene's Decoupage Medium in Matte (You can also use Collage Pauge in matte)
– Tissue paper in a variety of colors
– Small mason jars
– Scissors
– Lace ribbon and/or twine
– Newspaper (to cover your work surface)

Cut up small strips of paper from your stack of tissue paper.
Now add a coat of your Aleene's Decopauge to your jar using your paintbrush.

Press the strips of paper in place on the white jar, smoothing any air bubbles out with your finger or brush.
I cut up 1" strips of the red tissue paper and arranged them in a chevron fashion.  Don't worry, any overlapping areas of the tissue paper won't show much when you've collaged them on!

For another jar, I cut out polka dots with the tissue paper.

...and collaged on a photo from my wedding day!
For the final step, adorn your jar using twine or lace!  Such a pretty look for Valentine's Day!

Valentine Polka Dot Oxfords

I love making shoes specifically for an occasion. I, of course, totally wear them other times, too but a pair of shoes sitting in wait for Valentine's Day... I think that's just too much fun! Last year I knocked out some super cute tennies, but this year I decided to go a bit dressier with oxfords!

For this project you will need:
white oxfords (I got mine on Ebay for about $11 from eyesonstyle)
Cotton swaps
Take your paint and brush it on to the middle area that goes around the top of the shoe. But leave the area where the laces go white. 
Now I used dimensional paint but that is only because I thought I had  soft fabric paint and didn't.  I'd definitely recommend the soft fabric paint for better coverage. I used the full bottle of dimensional paint to get good coverage on the shoes.
Keep cotton swaps and water on hand to help with clean up from accidents.
Paint fresh coats on top of dried ones until the color is solid.
Now take a fresh cotton swab and dip it into your white paint and daub a polka dot pattern on one side of one shoe.
Alternatively, you can make one line and then make the lines above and below for a fairly consistent pattern.
Use one shoe as reference for the other, completing the outsides and then the insides alternating shoes for dry time.
Now these shoes were technically laceless with elastic inside to keep them on but I really had my heart set on ribbon laces. So I cut out the elastic and got after it.
Cut 30 inches of ribbon and cover the ends with tape so that they will lace through the eyelets.
Lace your shoes and trim off the tape. Apply tacky glue to the ends and give a moment to dry. Cut a nice, smooth end with your scissors.
Bam! Aren't they super duper cute? I've already done my dance around the house in them and I fell so fancy and lovey dovey in them :)
Because I used both paint and ribbon I already had on hand, these cuties cost me less than $12. That's a steal for my date night shoes, don't you think?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post! If you dig this shoe makeover, I'd love to encourage you to visit my blog Dream a Little Bigger where I have over a ton of shoe makeovers just waiting for you!

Single Ladies Chocolate Boxes

Valentine's Day and all the smooches and gooey lovey-dovey stuff involved can make single people barf. And anti-Valentine's thoughts can get a little bitter. So I thought I'd come up with a happy medium. I call these Single Ladies Chocolate Boxes - celebrating being single and loving it. I've been married for 23 years, but have friends who are still looking for that special someone, so this is dedicated to them!
Treat yourself to your own dang box of chocolates and the best part is you don't have to share! Make a set and pass them out to your single friends and all of you can indulge together! Maybe it will help hold you over until your soulmate finally arrives. 
Click below to read on to see the full tutorial!



Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate
Fun foam
Scissors, pencil
Trace the top of the box onto the fun foam and cut out the heart shape. Write your saying on the foam. NOTE: Practice first for spacing! Let dry for an hour or so.
Do the same for the Tacky Sheet. Peel off the backing and place on the box top. Peel off the top protective sheet and place the foam on top. Make sure to line it up evenly.
Once you are done, trim all the excess off the edges. If you want, you can line the sides of the boxes with pretty scrapbook paper. Or you can just rip into the chocolates...
Pass them out to all the single ladies and gents and enjoy your sweets together! If you want, you can replace the chocolate with trinkets, etc.