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Jam Paper Gelli Print Card

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My friends at JAMPaper.com recently sent me a cool collection of metallic foldover cards and envelopes and when I received them I knew exactly what I wanted to create! I had been wanting to try my new Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates and this metallic paper looked like the perfect cardstock to use for this monoprinting technique.

Besides the fact that the metallic shimmer on this cardstock is beautiful, what I love about this cardstock is the weight. When working with paint, some cardstocks can wilt from the moisture of the paint but there was no problem with the JAM Paper metallic card stock.

You will want to check out my YouTube video to see the how-to steps on this project and head on over to JAMPaper.com to order your own collection of metallic card stock.

Once you learn this technique I can promise you that you won’t stop with just one card! But what’s so cool about the Gel Printing Plate is that you don’t need to clean it between each print. Just add more paint and re-print — time and time again.

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I love the idea of keeping the art of hand-written letters alive and these hand-made cards will inspire you to create by the dozen. Tie up a stack of cards with a pretty ribbon, add a sweet sentiment charm and you have the perfect hostess gift!

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Disclosure: JAMPaper.com provided cardstock and envelopes for this project. Design and comments are my own.  Links to Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates are my Amazon Affiliate links.


 

 

Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings

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I have been wanting to create a bracelet on the Jewel Loom for months, so when Emitations.com reached out to me to design a project for their Clip On Creativity campaign, I was really excited! My dear friend Julianna Hudgins designed and patented the Jewel Loom which brings me back 20+ years when we first met and immediately bonded over our love of beading. We even wrote a beading book together back in the day!

Check out my YouTube video to see all the steps in making this stylish bracelet and find out how you can enter to win a Jewel Loom Kit and two pair of Emitations.com clip-on earrings! Also, you will LOVE all the awesome design ideas on the Jewel Loom page on Facebook! 

 Two pair earrings e1402804288790 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings I am delighted to have been invited to participate in the Emitations.com Clip On Creativity challenge and their aqua and blue clip-on earrings and petitie faux pearl button clip-on earrings immediately caught my eye. The Jewel Loom is very easy to use to create an interchangeable looped bracelet! So, these clip-ons double as the focal point for this beaded bracelet and can be easily removed to wear as earrings!
MATERIALS
Emitations.com Clip On Earrings
Jewel Loom Kit by Julianna Hudgins
Beads (6/0 for bracelet base, seed and focal beads for loops)
Wildfire Thread
Scissors
e6000 Glue
Ribbon clasp
Flat nose jewelry pliers
Wooden skewer (or toothpick)
 Emitations 1 e1402803306424 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings The Jewel Loom kit includes the loom, tension rod, beading needle, needle threader and instruction booklet.
 Emitations 2 e1402803330968 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings The first step is to insert the tension rod into the loom.
Emitations 3 e1402803346140 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings Following the package instructions, set up loom with 7 strands of warp threads. This set-up will allow for 6 rows of beads which I decided on based on the width of the clip-on earrings.
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Emitations 6 e1402803395252 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings Continue adding bead rows until you have reached the desired length. Keep in mind that you also need to include the length of the ribbon clasp in your measurement. Watch Julianna’s YouTube video to learn her technique to create the thread selvedges at each end of the bracelet. This selvedge will help to anchor the ribbon clasp.
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Emitations 9 e1402803424523 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings On this bracelet, I used 3 seed beads, one focal bead and 3 seed beads to create each loop. Watch Julianna’s YouTube video to learn how to create the loops.
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Emitations 15 e1402803914801 Interchangeable Beaded Bracelet featuring Clip On Earrings (Note that in her how-to video, Julianna recommends this gluing step before you cut the bracelet from the loom :)  I used a wooden skewer to apply glue over the selvedge threads and to secure the warp threads. I let it dry approximately 1 hour before cutting off the excess warp threads and attaching the ribbon clasp. Enjoy wearing your interchangeable beaded bracelet!

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Disclosure: Clip-On Earrings provided by Emitations.com and Jewel Loom provided by Julianna Hudgins. Design concept, other supplies and opinions are my own. I do receive compensation for Jewel Loom sales procured through post link via Amazon Associates.

 

Vlog: Store and Studio Update

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In this YouTube video tour, Tiffany Windsor shares the progress of setting up her retail store and shares a great line-up of upcoming craft projects. She’s been busy sorting through her supplies, craft hauls and new products and dreaming up new ideas to share with you! Find out what’s in the pipeline at the Cool2Craft design studio!


 

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.

Kids and Families Enjoy Crafting at Curacao Mother’s Day Event at Children’s Hospital LA

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Tiffany Windsor is an active member of the CHA SoCal Chapter and recently participated in the Curacao Mother’s Day Event at Children’s Hospital LA. Chapter member Ruth Garcia-Corrales and the Curacao team plan this annual event to bring crafting to the kids, and massages and manicures to their moms and nurses. Curacao is an active supporter of the Children’s Hospital and presented a $10,000 donation during the event.

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At Curacao’s invitation, the CHA SoCal Chapter steering committee pulled together an awesome line-up of kids’ crafts keeping in mind the limited mobility of some of the patients. It was our goal to bring a ray of creative sunshine to the kids and a few hours of relaxation to the parents and hospital staff.

Julianna Hudgins teamed up with Jesse James Beads to create stretchy cord beaded bracelets with the kids, parents, nurses and therapists. This creative table was non-stop during the event! With hundreds of beads to choose from, each bracelet was easy for the patients to personalize in favorite colors, sizes and textures.

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Melody Nunez from Sizzix/Ellison taught how to use the Sizzix Big Shot to cut card stock and embellishments and the kids and adults made Mother’s Day themed cards from very simple to beautifully artistic.

 

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Shelby Strichard from me & my BIG ideas filled this creative station with scrapbooking papers, embellishments and stickers. The kids were able to have their photos taken and instantly print out a photo to scrapbook on their pages. This was a great mom and me project during the event!

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Jonathan Fong and Craft Attitude provided wood shapes, pre-printed film and bling for the kids to express their creativity. This creative station was also a favorite of the hospital staff!

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CHA SoCal Chapter member Carmen Flores-Tanis crafted cards with supplies provided by Stampendous, Faber Castell, Prima and Aleene’s and glitter provided by chapter member Tracy Alden. The pre-stamped Stampendous PenPattern images were quick and easy to color and the cards were quickly personalized and assembled bringing smiles to many faces!

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Crafting celebrities Jonathan Fong, Tiffany Windsor and Julianna Hudgins enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with fellow chapter members and craft with the kids! Chapter member Ruth Garcia-Corrales and Laurie James, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Foundation Department CHLA loved the crafting projects!

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It takes vision, determination and a whole team to plan and staff these events. Thank you to the manufacturers who donated their supplies and personnel, and the CHA SoCal Chapter members and volunteers for making this happen. We are incredibly honored to bring crafting to Children’s Hospital LA and inspired by the families and staff who shared a few hours of crafting with us.

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(back row left to right: Melody Nunez/Sizzix, Carmen Flores-Tanis, Julianna Hudgins, Shelby Strichard/me & my BIG idea, Ruth Garcia-Corrales/Curacao – front from left to right: Brandi Fletcher, Jonathan Fong, Tiffany Windsor)

 

 

CHA SoCal Chapter Event – Children’s Hospital LA

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Cool2Craft is delighted to announce participation in the upcoming May 8, 2014 event at Children’s Hospital LA. In cooperation with Curacao and the Southern California Chapter of CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) this event brings crafting to the young patients as well as a time to recognize and support the nurses and moms as part of the annual Curacao Mother’s Day Celebration at CHLA.

As co-director of the CHA SoCal Chapter’s Steering Committee and founder of the Cool2Craft community, Tiffany Windsor is actively engaged in bringing crafting awareness to her local Southern California community. “This event meets the goals of our Chapter’s mission statement and my desire to share my love of crafting ” states Windsor. ” We’re here to inspire new generations of crafters plus keep the passion going with those who already enjoy the benefits of crafting and help to keep them connected with their local independent craft stores. There is nothing better than a hand-made gift!”

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Tiffany will be joined by an awesome team of companies and volunteers at this CHLA event including fellow craft celebrities Jonathan Fong and Julianna Hudgins. Product donations have been received from: Sizzix/Ellison, Stampendous, Faber Castell, Prima, Jesse James Beads, Julianna Hudgins, Candie Cooper and Craft Attitude and the list continues to grow!

At this event, the kids will be encouraged to create crafts for themselves along with gifts for their moms and nurses. The super cool and easy projects were designed keeping the patient’s mobility in mind as well as helping the kids to create crafts that their moms and nurses will treasure for years to come. Stretchy cord beaded bracelets, decorated luggage tags, wood shapes and pins plus hand-stamped, hand-colored and glittered cards will be highlighted at this event.

For more information about this event or the Southern California Chapter of CHA, email socal@craftandhobby.org.


 

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.

Some Bunny Loves You Tag 10+ Easter DIY Ideas to get you Hoppin

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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