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10+ DIY Crafty Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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Tiffany Windsor is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a fun collection of creative, crafty and tasty projects from her creative friends. Whether you’re looking for a crafty project, gift or St. Paddy’s Day themed edibles, you’ll enjoy this collection! Watch Tiffany’s St. Patrick’s Day YouTube video round-up!

 

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This Shamrock Garland template and tutorial comes from From love the day. com.  Spruce up your mantle or your door – all you need is a glue stick, scissors, hole punch and ribbon.

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How about a St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt – this free printable from SnapCreativity.com  includes 6 pre-printed clues or print off the plain shamrocks to create your own special St. Paddy’s Treasure Hunt.

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From our friend Andrea Currie at Handmake My Day. Com you can add a little crafty fun to your St. Paddy’s Day festivities by creating a photo opportunity that will transform everyone into a cute leprechaun. This is great for the guys or the girls or your favorite furry friends.

 

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Here’s a fun way to wear your green from mayainthemoment and ilovetocreate.com. These 4-leaf clovers are crafted from leather and make a big fashion statement for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Transform a party straw into a fun pinwheel. From lovetheday.com, this printable comes in several colors and patterns. Glue the shamrock hearts on top of the pinwheels and glue the pinwheels onto a party straw. for fun party day decorations.

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Need a special thank you for St. Paddy’s Day? Here’s a little something to give as a thank you gift. Let your special friend know how lucky you are to have them in your life with this colorful mason jar gift and printable tag from uncommondesignsonline.com 

 

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Bystephanielynn.com has a super cool collection of St. Patrick’s day gifts, crafts and edibles. You’ll love her collection of apothecary jars, button shamrocks, Lucky Charm treats and much, much more!

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These cupcake printables from orangekittycrafts.com will add a touch of green and a stroke of luck to your St. Paddy’s Day baking.

 

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We all need a little gold at the end of the rainbow. WarmHotChocolate.com shares some gold rocks perfect for a treasure hunt or tabletop display.

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And…..here’s a fun overnight craft for the kids from housingaforest.com! Make your own shamrock shaped crystals from Borax and water. It’s super cool!

 


 

Celebrate National Craft Month #CRE8TIME Craft Your Passion Photo Contest

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Celebrate National Craft Month by entering the “Craft Your Passion” #cre8time photo contest! To enter, just take a picture of your finished craft project and upload it to the #CRE8TIME Facebook contest app or the Instagram contest app. Be sure to hashtag your picture #CRE8TIME and explain your entry in the photo description area provided.

Watch Tiffany’s video invite!

CRE8TIME is a grass roots movement dedicated to reminding people to take time out from their busy schedules and CRE8TIME for the things they love!


 

11 Last Minute Valentine’s Printables Ideas

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With only a few days left before Valentine’s Day, Tiffany Windsor shares quick and easy ideas featuring Valentine printables that are a perfect way to say I love you!  Watch Tiffany’s YouTube video  featuring 11 Valentine Printable Ideas!

Some of these projects came from LivingLocurto’s 50 Cute Free Printables blog post and others came from SkiptoMyLou.org.  I had SO much fun printing and creating these projects and I’m in L-O-V-E with all these adorable designs! Just click on the image to link to the printable page(s).

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Embroidered Denim Bracelets – Indygo Junction Stitched Style

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Blog Tour 300x258 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched StyleI’m delighted to be participating in Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style Blog Tour! Embellish your world with embroidery designs from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style. You’ll find 20 fashion oriented projects, featuring 65 unique hand-embroidery designs, with over 100 styles and sizes to trace or transfer. The projects feature Crossroads Denim by Amy Barickman, as well as repurposed denim. Bring new life to ready-made jeans, jackets, purses and totes with a needle and thread. Or create your own one-of-a-kind items from scratch! Never Book v2 231x300 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched Styleembroidered before? No worries, the materials guide, detailed trace and transfer instructions and stitch dictionary will tell you all you need to know to add some Stitched Style to your life!

The designs featured in Stitched Style were inspired by Amy Barickman’s SoHo Bandana fabric collection with Red Rooster. A longtime collector of vintage bandanas, Amy took those classic designs and updated them for today. Using contemporary colors and stylized designs, bandana has never looked so fresh and fun!

For those folks who aren’t interested in embroidering by hand, check out the Stitched Style embroidery designs in a machine collection through OESD. The SoHo Bandana collection offers 33 embroidery, applique and reverse applique designs to easily embellish garments, accessories or home decor projects.

AB12303 IndygoJunctionsStitchedStyle HandEmbroidery 3 300x195 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched StyleAmy is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and Amy Barickman LLC. She is a leader in the sewing and needle arts industry, having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books. Named one of Country Living Magazine’s prestigious Creative Women Entrepreneurs, her recent book releases include Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, and Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers. In 2013 Amy released her 15th fabric collection Denim Fabrics 197x300 Embroidered Denim Bracelets   Indygo Junction Stitched Stylewith Red Rooster Fabrics as well as her debut fashion denim line with James Thompson Inc., Crossroads Denim. Through her blogs, websites and e­-newsletters, Amy inspires crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Want to learn more and keep up to date with Amy, visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com.  Also, Amy is offering a special discount during the blog tour — if you order Stitched Style directly from Indygo Junction, you can save 20% by using the code SSBT14 at checkout.

 

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As a young teen, I enjoyed taking embroidery lessons with my mother and when Indygo Junction invited me to participate in this Blog Tour, nostalgic memories of embellishing my wearables rushed back to mind. Once I had my copy of Amy’s new book and my Crossroads Denim in French Vanilla and Periwinkle in hand, I grabbed by embroidery floss and needles and headed to my studio. I love, love love the paisley designs featured in Stitched Style but after looking through the cool collection of patterns, I decided I had better start by first brushing up on my stitching skills. The “Stitches” pages are filled with 16 illustrated patterns so I selected the chain, lazy daisy, french knots and satin stitches. (Now that I have those stitched, I’m feeling a lot more confident to take on the paisley designs!)

Here’s the link to my YouTube video where I share how I created my bracelet collection and check this out!! NOTE: Giveaway winner announced! Congratulations Carmen!  Indygo Junction is offering a special giveaway to Cool2Craft readers & viewers. This giveaway collection includes the Stitched Style book, four 1/2 yard cuts of Crossroads Denim, Sullivan’s embroidery floss, Clover embroidery hoop and Clover embroidery needles. To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite embroidery memory or project! (Please note that giveaway ends January 23, 2014 and is open to US residents only.) P.S. On the last day of the tour, January 24th, hop over to Indygo’s blog to enter for a grand prize giveaway.

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I also encourage you to visit each of the blog stops on this Stitched Style tour.  Here’s where to go:

Participating blogs

1/13 Flamingo Toes: flamingotoes.com

1/14 Today’s Creative Blog: todayscreativeblog.net

1/15 Designs in Machine Embroidery: You’re Here!

1/16 Tip Junkie: tipjunkie.com

1/17 Wild Olive: wildolive.blogspot.com

1/18 Amy Barickman: amybarickman.com/blog

1/20 Cool2Craft: cool2craft.com

1/21 We All Sew: weallsew.com

1/22 Kollabora: kollabora.com

1/23 Sew Mama Sew: sewmamasew.com

1/24 Indygo Junction: indygojunction.com/blog

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Banners of Hope – Craft & Hobby Mega Show

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This Banner of Hope was recently exhibited at the Craft & Hobby Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. Dozens of designers created fabric banners with messages of hope to hang in an exhibit at the Show. This creative collaboration came about after Lorine Mason from It’s Sew Lorine and Elena Etcheverry of Charity Wings brainstormed about a kick-off project for the newly formed Fabric Arts Council.

After the CHA show, the banners will become part of a membership drive for the Charity Wings Art Center featuring a live webcast with 48 designer demos in 24 hours on Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th. I’ll be joining the live event via internet to share this project. Click here for more details on the Charity Wings Facebook event page. Hope you can join in!

After this live webcast event, the the Banners of Hope exhibit will then travel to various charitable events and organizations throughout 2014.

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In creating my banner, I know that I wanted to do a minimum of sewing :) I did machine stitch the base fabric per the directions to create an 8×12 finished banner with a 2″ rod pocket. To create the banner background, I applied Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets to fat quarter fabrics and then cut them into 1/2″ strips. (You can use a Westcott paper cutter to speed up this process!) I then cut the strips into various lengths and working from the top down, I overlapped rows of the fabric strips. Here’s the link to my YouTube video tutorial where I share special hints and tips!

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How to Make Stamped Holiday Gift Wrap Paper

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Create your own custom stamped holiday gift wrap for Christmas or any special occasion or holiday. Tiffany Windsor created a custom stamp with craft foam alphabet letters and foamboard to stamp a cheerful greeting on kraft paper. Click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

Kraft paper (or brown paper bag or plain newsprint paper)
Craft foam alphabet letters
Foamboard
Ruler
Craft knife
Pencil
Aleene’s Fun Craft Foam Glue
Acrylic paint – white or color of your choice
Brayer or cosmetic sponge (to apply paint to letters)
Wax paper

1. Lay out your alphabet letters to determine size of foamboard needed. Cut piece of foam board 1/4″ larger than measurements.

2. Glue alphabet letters to foamboard keeping in mind that you will need to glue the letters face down so they will appear backwards when looking at the stamp. This way they will stamp right side up. Let glue dry.

3. Squeeze paint onto wax paper. Roll brayer into paint and roll onto letters. (Note: if you are using the self-adhesive alphabet letters, you will need to remove the paper backing from the letters at this step. The letters will be sticky until you apply the paint.)

4. To “season” your stamp, roll one thin coat of paint onto the alphabet letters and let dry for about 10 minutes. Then, roll another coat of paint onto letters.

5. Align and stamp onto paper. Reapply paint and continue to stamp until entire paper is covered with words. Let paint dry.

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Dollar Store “Outside the Frame” Artwork

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Is it time to freshen up your home decor accents? How about some easy DIY gifts for the holidays? It’s easy to create coordinating framed artwork with dollar store frames. Thinking “outside the frame”, Tiffany Windsor filled these frames with burlap and fabrics and topped them with Cool2Cast architectural accents. Pretty cool to customize for any home decor style! Click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial for step-by-steps, hints and tips on this project!

Materials

Dollar store frames
Fabric, burlap
Scissors
Large dimensional embellishments of your choice or Cool2Cast pre-poured pieces (if you are purchasing uncolored pieces, you will need alcohol ink and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to color your piece)
e6000 Glue

1. Remove the back from frame. Cut burlap and fabric strip to fit inside frame. Replace back on frame.

2. Glue embellishment to front of glass. Let dry completely.

3. Hang or display on tabletop.

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Cool2Cast Holly Leaves Wreath

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Cool2Cast takes on a festive holiday look with leaves and holly berries. Created by Tiffany Windsor using the Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves silicone mold, this wreath features vivid greens and bright berries on a ribbon wrapped foam board base. A pretty addition to your holiday decor.  For more hints, tips and techniques on this project, click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial! For more ideas, visit the Cool2Cast website.

Materials

Cool2Cast – available in the polymer clay section at Michaels or on-line
Water and measuring cups
Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves Silicone Mold (I used 12 leaves on wreath)
Half-round Cool2Cast shapes (for holly berries and spacers)
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Meadow, Lettuce, Cranberry
Soft bristle brush (I use kids craft brushes to apply alcohol inks)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
e6000 Glue
Ribbon
Scissors
Foamboard
Craft knife
Wire (for hanger)

1. Create leaves and half-rounds from Cool2Cast. (Follow package directions to mix and pour or check out the video tutorials at www.cool2cast.com.) Let dry completely.

2. Apply Meadow and Lettuce alcohol inks to leaves directly from bottle. This will give you a very intense color. Vary the colors for shading and highlights.

3. Mix drops of Lettuce with water and brush on to 6 of the half-round spacers. Apply Cranberry directly from bottle to 6 of the half-rounds to create holly berries. Let ink dry.

4. Apply Crystal Lacquer directly from bottle to flat surface of leaves. You want a nice thick coat. Apply to berries (when working on curved surfaces, just apply with fingertip.) Set aside to dry overnight.

5. Measure, mark and cut approximate 9″ circle from foamboard. Cut approximate 3″ circle from center. (You can vary the size of your wreath depending on the look you want to create. Just lay out your leaves in different patterns to decide on size of finished wreath.)

6. Apply a dab of glue to the end of ribbon and glue to back of foam board. Begin to wrap ribbon around and around the wreath shape pulling tightly as you wrap. Cut off excess ribbon and glue end to back of wreath.

7. Arrange leaves on front of wreath, spacing to create two overlapping layers. (6 leaves on each layer).  Glue first layer to ribbon wreath.

8. Glue half-round spacers between leaves. (These spacers will help to level the second row of leaves.)

9. Apply glue to top of spacers and ends of middle leaves. Press in place to create second layer.

10. Apply glue to back of berries and glue in place. Set aside to dry.

11. To create hanger, cut 3″ strip of ribbon. Twist wire into loop, crossing wires and twisting several times. Spread wire ends perpendicular to loop. Positioning so that loop appears above ribbon edge, glue wire to back of ribbon. Glue ribbon to center top back of wreath. Let dry.

12. Display indoors.

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Looped Scrapbook Paper Trees

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Grab your left-over scrapbook paper card stock to create a bright and cheerful holiday tree. Designed by Tiffany Windsor from mismatched scrapbook paper strips, these trees shine with a glossy coat of red spray paint. Layer glass plates and glassware to feature this collection on your holiday tables. Click here to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial on this project!

Materials

Scrapbook paper – card stock weight
Paper cutter (or scissors)
Paper mache cones – sizes of your choice
Spray paint – gloss red (or color of your choice)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Dots
Tree topper – ribbon, gold star or other embellishment

1. Cut paper into 1″ wide strips. The length of the strips will depend on the size of loops you want for your tree. I used 1″ x 6″ and 1″ x 4″ for my trees.

2. To help shape your strips into loops, run each strip between your thumb and forefinger to bend the paper.

3. Add 2 Tacky Dots to one end of the printed side of each loop. Add several dabs of Tacky Glue around the dots. Using both the glues will allow the Dots to hold instantly and the Tacky glue to hold permanently. I like to use this technique because of the thickness of the card stock — it tends to want to pull away. Let the wet glue dry completely.

4. Add 1 – 2 Tacky Dots on the top back of each loop and apply a line of Tacky Glue around the dots. Let set for about 10 minutes until the Tacky Glue starts to get real tacky.

5. Place your cone on your worksurface. Starting with the bottom row of loops, press each loop in place on the cone. The looped end should just touch the surface of the table. Give each loop a good press onto the cone.

6. Add your next row of loops about 1″ above the prior row until you reach the top of the cone. The smallest loops are then glued to the very top of the cone. Let dry completely.

7. Set up a spray area outside to spray your tree(s). It will take several coats to cover the paper loops and be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat.

8. Add a bow, star or other decorative embellishment to the top of your trees.

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Create a Customized Sugar Scrub Jar at Zazzle.com

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Looking for a great customized holiday or anytime gift? This candy jar was custom printed at Zazzle.com. Fill it with your favorite mixture of sugar, almond oil, and essential oils and add your favorite crafty ribbons and embellishments. Your special girlfriends will love receiving this soothing sugar scrub gift!

Watch my YouTube video tutorial.

I was recently contacted by my friends at Zazzle.com to check out what’s new at their site.  I did a quick search and found this adorable small candy jar with a cork stopper. With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be cute to customize the jar with my recipe for 3-Step Sugar Scrub.  It only took me a few minutes to design the text on my computer and upload to the Zazzle site. After proofing, I placed my order and within a short time, my sugar scrub jars had arrived.

To fill this cutie up with sugar scrub, mix 2 parts sugar (white or brown) and 1 part almond oil (or your favorite body oil). Mix in 15 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and you have a fabulous, customized gift.  I also decorated my jars with picot edged ribbon and a button brad embellishment.

For a custom scoop, I cut a piece of Aleene’s Peel & Stick Sheet to fit the end of large craft stick and applied craft foil. This just adds a touch of shine to the handle end of your scoop stick.

While I was at Zazzle.com, I also customed designed some wrapping paper especially for my sisters.  This paper is thick and extra glossy and is perfect to wrap up my sugar scrub gifts!

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If you are interested in ordering the 3-Step Sugar Scrub Jars or the custom gift wrap paper I designed or if you want to create your own custom designs, just click here!

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DISCLAIMER: Promotional consideration paid by Zazzle.com. Design, customization, excitement and opinions are my own. I do receive compensation for orders placed through the links provided.