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Reverse Painted Glass Seashell Artwork+Listia.com

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I am in full studio re-organization and spring cleaning mode and when I was recently contacted by Listia, the timing could not have been more perfect! Did you know that Listia is a great way to give away the things you no longer use and get the things you want for free? This is perfect for finding new items without breaking the bank or when you want to de-clutter. And, the more items you list, the more credits you earn. There’s some cool craft supplies listings at Listia or you can use your credits for Amazon Gift Cards, TVs, cameras and more in the Listia Rewards Store. Listia Logo 300x185 Reverse Painted Glass Seashell Artwork+Listia.com

I headed on over to Listia and signed up and found out that you get 1,000 credits just for signing up and in addition to listing your own items, there’s even more ways to increase your points. You never need money or a credit card and many items on Listia also include free shipping. I had been wanting to paint a new beach-themed reverse painting on glass project, so I’m in frame gathering mode right now!

What I love about this technique is that it is as easy as paint-by-number. You simply trace the design with Tulip Scribbles 3D and then paint inside the lines. To upcycle the frame, I used DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint so it was a snap to transform it into a beachy color.

Watch my video tutorial on this seashell painting to learn all my hints and tips on how to create this design.

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Random winner will be chosen by Listia.com from comments made on my Cool2Craft YouTube video. Winner(s) will be announced on May 29, 2014.


Disclosure: Listia.com is sponsoring this giveaway and has provided monetary compensation for this post but opinions and design are my own.

Vlog: Studio and Retail Store Update

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In this video tour, Tiffany Windsor shares what’s been happening over the last weeks behind-the-scenes in the new space which will soon house the SoulCreative retail store and the Cool2Craft design studio! The painting is underway and the supplies are moving in!


 

Crafty Chat! Mother’s Day Ideas on DailyLounge.com

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Tiffany Windsor had a blast chatting about Mother’s Day craft ideas in a super cool roundtable with CraftyChica Kathy Cano-Murillo and Dave Odegard at DailyLounge.com. We shared a lot of ideas and took questions from the audience. It’s easy to watch the replay of this on-line chat at DailyLounge.com. #craftymomsday #cre8time


 

 

 

10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin’

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The Kids! Candace, Fred, Heidi and Tiffany

Easter always brings back fun childhood memories for me. It was a special time when Momma Aleene dressed up the family in our Sunday best! As you can see, hats and purses were a must and, of course, coat and tie for my brother Fred. Easter was also a time for the extended family to get together for our annual Easter brunch and egg hunt. I’m sure that we crafted up fluffy bunnies and chicks and decorated our Easter baskets but what I remember most was helping to dye the eggs and my sisters and I filled dozens and dozens of plastic bags and eggs with tasty treats and candies. I loved spending that time with family and friends.

With Easter quickly approaching, I wanted to share a round-up of some cool craft ideas and free printables to bring a touch of creativity to your Easter! Watch my YouTube video :)


1. snapcreativity.com – This Easter favor printable tag is perfect for small favors and can be printed out in pink, purple, green, coral and grey. Paint up a clay pot, tuck in some plastic carrots and paper bag shreds.

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2. sewcanshe.com -  A super cute way to use 5″ squares of fabric! These bunny treat bags can be made in any color combinations.

Bunny Treat Bags 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

3. thesewingloft.com -  Check out Heather Valentine’s step-by-step tutorial and create your own adorable sweet floppy bunnies.

Sweet Floppy Bunny 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

4. tatertotsandjello.com – You’ll LOVE adding some spring cheer to your home. These free paper garland printables are available in five different spring colors!

Spring Banners 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

5. happyhooligans.ca – the kids are going to love painting and gluing these toilet roll peeps!

Toilet Roll Peeps 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

6. livinglocurto.com – decorate a place setting or party table with a floral napkin planter. You’ll also love 7 more free printables available through this blog hop!

Happy Easter Tag 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

7. hostesswiththemostess – hwtm.com -  these free printable shabby chic Easter bunnies look adorable strung into a garland or used as a tag.

Shabby Chic Bunny Garland 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

8. livinglocurto.com - print off this free printable Easter Gift Box Template and Tag. Perfect for a teacher’s gift or a dozen party favors. Easy to cut out and assemble with glue dots. Add candy or small trinkets and emellish.

Easter Gift Box with Silk Flower 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

9. simpleasthatblog.com – Another easy idea for the kids to craft!

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10.  simpleasthatblog.com – Have you seen this cool Funny Bunny Easter Hairdo making the rounds via Pinterest! It is SO clever!

Funny Bunny Easter Hairdo 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

11.  howdoesshe.com -  here’s the jackpot! You are going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these 50 creative uses for Easter Eggs!

50 Ways to Use Easter Eggs 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin


 

Indygo Junction Free PDF ePattern & Giveaway

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Did you know that Indygo Junction is now selling PDF downloads?  From aprons to purses and totes, embroidery, quilts, holiday, kids clothing, recycling and fashion accessories you will definitely find the perfect patterns to inspire your creativity! My friends at Indygo Junction said “Hey! Why don’t we give one PDF free to all your Cool2Craft fans!” and my reply was a big “YES!!!”Selvedge Dahlia Indygo Junction Free PDF ePattern & Giveaway

With over 200 PDF downloads to choose from, it wasn’t easy for me to narrow it down but I decided on the Selvedge Dahlia. I love this project because you can utilize your smallest leftover fabric scraps. Even the fabric selvedges are cut and included as petal loops. You can create this flower in pretty subtle, monochromatic colors or create your own look by combining coordinating colors of your favorite scraps like I did. I also love this pattern because the flower is SO versatile. So let’s all join together and give a BIG CHEER of thanks to Indygo Junction for giving us this free download! Ready to get started? Click here for the Indygo Junction Selvedge Dahlia download!

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Update 4/11/14: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER Sara Miller! Giveaway contest is now closed. (Can you tell I am REALLY EXCITED about these new PDF downloads!) We have a gift certificate to give away! Yep! Just leave a comment on this post and tell us about your favorite Indygo Junction PDF designs and you’ll be entered to win this $25 Indygo Junction Gift Certificate. A random winner will be selected from YouTube comments and blog comments. So, double your chances by leaving a comment in both places! Comment deadline April 10, 2014 11:59 pm. 

I also want to invite you to stop by the newly redesigned Indygo Junction website to check out all the PDF downloads and check out their guest designers as well as fun sewing & crafting images & labels!

 

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New Design Studio and Retail Store Underway

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A new Cool2Craft studio and retail store is underway! In this video tour, Tiffany Windsor takes you behind-the-scenes in the new space which will soon house the SoulCreative retail store and the Cool2Craft design studio! There’s a lot of cleaning, painting and set-up to do!


 

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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