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Designer Crafts Connection Blog + iLovetoCreate = Super Cool Projects and Giveaway!

Jewelry Pouch featuring Tulip Beads in a Bottle by Tiffany Windsor

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Tulip Designer Crafts Connection Blog + iLovetoCreate = Super Cool Projects and Giveaway!

[Tiffany’s Blog ] The Designer Crafts Connection is featuring a very special blog hop this month with 30+ projects created with Tulip’s Beads in a Bottle. Each designer in the hop has created a fun, unique project using Beads in a Bottle! Here’s my jewelry 7 11 11 Tiffany Jewelry Pouch CU1 300x225 Designer Crafts Connection Blog + iLovetoCreate = Super Cool Projects and Giveaway!pouch project that I’ll be featuring on Cool2Craft TV on Monday July 11th. Stop on by www.cool2craft.com at 9 am Pacific/noon Eastern and watch my craft demo and live craft chat with us during the show!

In the meantime, be sure to head on over to  iLovetoCreate to enter to win this awesome giveaway in celebration of this month’s Beads in a Bottle design theme!

 

 

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If you’re ready to hop along – click here to check out the next super cool project in this month’s blog hop!


C2C Craft TV Channel 2 11 11x300 Designer Crafts Connection Blog + iLovetoCreate = Super Cool Projects and Giveaway!Launched in October 2009, the Cool2Craft TV channel broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule. Sign up for the Cool2Craft newsletter.


Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson

Watermelon Applique Placemat by Linda Peterson

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Upcycle a set of placemats for your outdoor living area.  Learn how to make your own fabric appliques with muslin and fabric paint to create this watermelon themed placemat.  As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Watch Linda’s super cool Summer Watermelon Placemat YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Fabric paints:  red, white, green
Puffy paint:  black and green
4 x 4” piece of muslin
Appliqué glue
Placemats
Paintbrushes
Pencil
Scissors
Palette
Water bucket
Paper towels

LPCL Placemat 1 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Draw a circle of desired size onto square of muslin.  Side load brush with red on one side and white on the other.  Paint circle so that it is red on outside and fades to light pink on inside.
LPCL Placemat  2 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Side load brush with green and white paint.  Paint green rind around circle.  Allow to dry.
LPCL Placemat  3 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Paint in seeds with puffy paint. Allow to dry.
LPCL Placemat  4 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Cut out watermelon and cut in half.

 

Paint leaves with green paint.  Add white highlights to one side. Let dry and cut out.

LPCL Placemat  5 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Arrange watermelon and leaves onto placemat where desired and attach with applique’ glue.
LPCL Placemat  6 300x300 Summertime Watermelon Placemats by Linda Peterson Add vines with green puffy paint.

Allow to dry.

Follow manufacturer’s directions for washing fabric paints.


Garden Glove Napkin and Utensil Holder by Linda Peterson

Glove Utensil Holder by Linda Peterson

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Garden gloves come in a variety of sizes and colors. Why not think outside the box to create these adorable napkin and utensil holders? Gather your supplies and have fun making these holders to add a touch of whimsy to your place setting. As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Watch Linda’s super fun Garden Glove Napkin and Utensil Holder YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Garden gloves in color of choice
Jute string – approximately 12”
Watermelon embellishment or button (or design of choice)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Fabric paint – black, white

LPCL 6 27 11 GLOVE 11 300x300 Garden Glove Napkin and Utensil Holder by Linda Peterson Paint a “5” the desired size onto the front of glove.  Accent with white if desired.
LPCL 6 27 11 GLOVE  21 300x300 Garden Glove Napkin and Utensil Holder by Linda Peterson Paint the “cents” symbol next to the five.

Fold down cuff of glove.  Insert napkin and utensils.

 

LPCL 6 27 11 GLOVE  31 300x300 Garden Glove Napkin and Utensil Holder by Linda Peterson Tie string around cuff and glue on watermelon embellishment.

Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson

Hand-painted Watermelon Glass Goblet by Linda Peterson

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Create your own fun and “boutique” looking goblets with enamel paint and a little imagination!  Great for drinking your favorite summertime beverage. As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Watch Linda’s super cool Watermelon Drinking Goblet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Acrylic enamel paint – red, green, white, black (be sure to use paint specifically designed for glass)
Water goblet with smooth surface
Paintbrushes – flat and liner
Water bucket
Paper towels

LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  11 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Hint: If you mess up, simply wipe away, clean with rubbing alcohol and start over.Side load the flat brush with red on one side and white on the other.
LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  21 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Paint half circles for watermelons and triangles for watermelon slices.  Arrange as desired onto glass.
LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  31 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Side load the brush with green and white.   Paint around the watermelons and slices to create the rind.  Allow to dry.
LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  41 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Paint bottom of goblet green and allow the entire surface to dry completely.

Use a needle tool to remove any unwanted painted areas or to straighten lines after the paint has completely dried.

LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  51 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Paint green teardrops for leaves.

Outline watermelons and leaves with liner brush and black paint.

LPCL 6 27 11 GOBLET  61 300x300 Watermelon Drinking Goblet by Linda Peterson Paint in seeds with black paint on watermelons and base.

If desired, add a line of white paint between green rind and watermelon to give an extra highlight.  Add any vines with green paint.

 

Allow to dry.

 

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for curing the paint.


Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson

Hand-painted Watermelon Napkin by Linda Peterson

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Learn to create your own watermelon fabric with this easy spray on dye technique.  A little muslin, a little imagination and some fabric dye are all you need.  As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life with Linda Peterson.

Watch Linda’s awesome Dyed Fabric Watermelon Applique Napkin YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
16 x 16” piece of muslin
Fabric spray paint – neon green
Fabric paint – dark green, black
Fabric watermelon appliqué or appliqué of choice
Applique glue
Flat paintbrush
Palette
Water bucket
Paper towels
Scissors

LPCL 6 27 11 Napkin 1 300x300 Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson Wash and dry muslin if necessary.
Spritz neon green fabric paint unevenly over entire surface of fabric.  Daub off any excess puddles with paper towel.
LPCL 6 27 11 Napkin  2 300x300 Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson Paint green stripes 1” thick (or desired width) onto fabric leaving approximately 2” in between each.  Paint thin lines on each side of thick line.
LPCL 6 27 11 Napkin  3 300x300 Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson Paint thin black lines just outside of the thin green line and outline the perimeter with a scalloped line.
LPCL 6 27 11 Napkin  4 300x300 Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson Paint teardrops for seeds over entire surface.  Make sure that the seeds go different directions to add interest.
LPCL 6 27 11 Napkin  5 300x300 Dyed Fabric Napkins with Watermelon Appliqué Designed by Linda Peterson Glue on fabric applique.

Cut ½” slits around edges to create fringe.


Cool2Craft TV – The Pamper Episode [Video]

Cool2Craft TV - Pamper Me Episode

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In this episode, Tiffany Windsor and her special guests create pampering themed crafts. EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a glass canister into a Pamper Me Jar, Candace Jedrowicz cooks up lavender shortbread cookies and Pamper Me Tea and Tiffany show how to bottle toppers with a crayon wax resist technique.

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Launched in October 2009, the Cool2Craft TV channel broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule. Sign up for the Cool2Craft newsletter.

 


 

Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SH

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Cool2Craft Creative Play contributor SH tells a wonderful story about a young boy planting the seed of an idea that becomes an actual garden.  Planting Seeds is the Creative Play Theme for June 2011 and Candace the Muse wants to hear your story, too!

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“I don’t actually garden, but I live with some young men who do. It started with a simple question. One young boy was asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” He responded, ” I want to be a teacher, have a dog and a garden.” It was an interesting and atypical from an answer a young boy usually gives to such a question. The desire to have a dog and a garden seemed to persist throughout the years. (I’m not sure if he still wants to be a teacher.) One day, I passed by a store and notice that they had some seeds for sale. I weighed my choices flowers or vegetables. After taking forever to decide what I wanted to get, I came home with cucumber seeds and some others of which I do not remember.

 

SH 6 2011IMG 0069 300x280 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SH He planted the seeds, a little late in the season, but I definitely remember enjoying some delicious cucumbers. I was quite surprised this year, when he decided to plant at the appropriate time this year of his own initiative. I was surprised because I thought it would be one of those one time things, and he would not want to do it again.  He and his brother have planted peas, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce peppers and basil. Gardening is a lot of work. The plot of land was overgrown and filled with weeds and to look at it now, you would never believe it was all done without machinery. It was cleared with simple tools, rakes and shovels, basically  with boy-power. Throughout the year he tended to his garden, when it needed water, early in the morning before going to school he would water and tend to his garden. I asked this boy, “If he enjoys gardening and he responded that in the positive.
SH 6 2011 IMG 0071 300x276 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SH It is amazing to watch a little seedling develop into a fully mature plant. It is also amazing to watch the process and how the leaves will shelter the plant while it’s growing and to know that these plants will eventually feed us and nourish us.
We also have to thank our wonderful neighbors who I remember watching them in their garden, who’ve helped all of us when we desired to plant and taught us the appropriate way to care for and nourish the plants.
The boys are proud of their garden and the organic food they’re growing. They have also started recycling the peels of food for compost.
This persistence and perseverance from a little boy amazes me. A simple  ordinary question asked when he was about 7 led to a dream being fulfilled 4 years later. He may not actually own the plot of land, but the garden is his.” 

 

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SH Thank you so much, SH!  What an awesome dream-come-true story! 

SH earned DOUBLE COOLCASH with the Queens of Green Factor.

You can find SH on her blog:

uniqueheartfun.blogspot.com

Candace the Muse

Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

CoolCash30 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SH Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor SHLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Clay Camp in Maryland

Melissa's Giraffe Mask

Melissas Giraffe Mask Clay Camp in Maryland

Candace the Muse is working hard in Maryland co-teaching a kids clay camp, kickin’ up dust and causin’ trouble.

 

[Candace’s Blog]  My dear friend Lynn and I have been teaching a Summer clay camp for years.  Since I moved to Utah, I’ve traveled back to Maryland to continue the fun and see all my friends.  This year we are teaching five classes, including a middle school age class with many of our former students.  This amazing giraffe mask was made by one of those middle school kids and our old friend, Melissa.  It’s wonderful to track the students with photos of clay camps past.  In a couple of years we’ll have to hold a high school age class, too!

We also added a preschool age group so that our 5 year-old grandson’s and younger siblings of other students could begin their own clay experience.  It was a hoot!

1 e1309094137741 Clay Camp in Maryland We had the little ones stamp and texture an oblong piece of clay, then fold up one end to make a pocket.
2 300x274 Clay Camp in Maryland After firing over night, the kids decorated them with water color crayons. 

Here’s my grandson with his finished pocket.  He’s peeking at you through the hole.

3 300x168 Clay Camp in Maryland The other project was a wind chime.  We cut a cloud shape and put names on them.  Then the kids used cookie cutters to cut three animals. 

This coming week the rest of the classes will be glazing and painting their work.


Cool2Craft34 Clay Camp in MarylandLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Sherry Payne

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The June 2011 Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme is Planting Seeds and Sherry Payne is planting seeds in all kinds of ways!  In this project, Sherry has invoked the Queens of Green Factor and that brings her CoolCash total to FOUR SMACKERS!  Candace the Muse will be sending some homemade swag Sherry’s way!

Sherry Payne 6 2011 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Sherry Payne Sherry told me: 

“I LOVE THIS THEME!!!
I am sowing seeds everywhere in my life! I have a garden growing for food for our family, I am growing in my creative outlets and my little grand daughter is growing like a mischievous weed.

My newest venture in my creativity growth is making things from used magazines, I thought they looked like flowers so your theme has given me inspiration to make a crazy flower frame.

Sherry Payne 6 2011 lil baskets n kitty 002 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Sherry Payne I also make baskets with the same GREEN materials by using magazines that otherwise would be thrown away.” 

You can find Sherry at :

www.turtlemountaingifts.com

http://www.facebook.com/TurtleMountainGifts

Sherry invoked the Queens of Green factor with her earth-friendly, made originally from trees, fabulous flowers and basket projects!

Thanks so much Sherry!  I love your magazine flower frame and baskets!  Hmm…what will I send Sherry?

Candace the Muse

CoolCash30 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Sherry Payne Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Sherry PayneLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Crafting Trailblazers

Michaels Creative Crew

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I was recently invited as the keynote speaker for a fun Michaels gathering in Grapevine, Texas. It was so great to share the history of crafting with a super cool group of creative bloggers. My keynote was Crafting Trailblazers – a look back at the history of today’s craft industry. What a great opportunity for me to tell the story of my mother Aleene and her lifelong friend Hazel Pearson and how they blazed the trail to create today’s craft industry. I decided the best way to translate this history was to show how Aleene used social media to launch her business back in the 1940’s. Yes! They didn’t call it social media back then but the formula is the same!  I look forward to booking more keynotes to share this amazing story and in the meantime, you can read more at this link. I also invite you to stop on by and visit the super cool bloggers I met at this event (that you see pictured in the photo above) and tell them that Tiffany sent you:

Make Grow Gather
Skip to my Lou
Living Locurto
Hostess with the Mostess
Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas
Make it and Love It
How Does She
U-Create
No Biggie
Tatertots and Jello


Cool2Craft18 Crafting TrailblazersLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tvchannel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.