Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim Pillows+Giveaway

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Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim Pillows 300

DImesional-Denim-CVR-Final-3One of the items on my to do list this year is to get back into sewing. I was an avid sewer in my teenage years but as time went by, my sewing machine seemed to find its way to the back of my studio. So with my new sewing focus in mind, whenever  Indygo Junction contacts me, it’s always a resounding YES!

I’m really excited about this blog tour and their new book, Dimensional Denim by Amy Barickman. This book was inspired by the desire to add depth and texture to their Crossroads Denim Fabric line (or recycled denim, which is featured in three projects). The book includes 10 fabric manipulation techniques and accompanying projects, as well as detailed illustrations, extra inspiration ideas and 5 pages of color photography.

I LOVE Indygo Junction’s Crossroads Denim Fabric and I was excited to see that they have 5 new color selections. For my projects, I teamed up the Wisteria, Ice Blue and Mushroom.

You can find Crossroads Denim at all of these online stores:

Fabric Depot
Nancy’s Notions
Beverly’s Fabrics
Pacific Fabrics


The colors are beautiful on their own, but I decided to use my Ann Butler polka dot stamp and her Color Box Crafter’s Ink to add some patterning to my fabric pillows. I wanted to try out some of the easier fabric manipulation techniques for my first projects so I selected the ruffles and the weaving. My first project was the tiny heart pillow. Then I decided to try a larger version and I finished up with the weaving technique. Since I only used two colors for my weaving, my pattern turned into a stripe effect and I love the tattered edges on these techniques! Watch my YouTube video!

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Check out more of the awesome ways you can use these techniques for home decor, accessories and more!

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Want to win your own copy of Dimensional Denim? Click over to the Indygo Junction blog to see how, or get your own copy now for 30% off using code DDBT14 at checkout! And make sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour schedule below!

8/4 Indygo Junction
8/4 Kollabora 
8/5 Amy Barickman
8/6 FishSticks Designs
8/7 Cool2Craft – you are here!
8/8 The Sewing Loft
8/11 Nancy Zieman
8/12 Skip to My Lou
8/13 Inventive Denim
8/14 Whipstitch
8/15 Coats and Clark

Disclosure: Fabric and book provided by Indygo Junction. Designs and opinions are my own.

Cool2Cast Mini Charmed Frame



I love to create and hang little reminders around the studio that feature positive statements. This Cool2Cast mini charmed frame took an interesting journey through my design process. I first thought that I wanted to place it on a big chunk of wood but as I started working with it, I really loved the charm (pun intended) of its mini size. Blog Hop Banner Cool2Cast Ann Butler Designs 2014 -

This week I’m participating in Ann Butler’s Blog Hop so my color inspiration came from the awesome colors of Ann’s ColorBox Crafter’s Ink and the tiny print charm of her rubber stamps. When you look very closely at the stamped image I used for the background, you will find dozens of tiny hearts – an icon that I use quite often in my crafting. To find out how I created this mini treasure, check out my YouTube video.Giveaway AnnButler Cool2Cast

I also invite you to check out Ann’s Blog Hop which features her Faux Quilting stamps and Cool2Cast. I’m so excited and honored to be participating in this Hop and truly inspired by everyone’s creations!

Please check out all the links below and remember that we all love to hear your comments, so take a few moments and check in with these amazing designers.

As an added bonus, when you leave a comment on this post or any of the participating designer blogs, you’ll be automatically entered to win a great Cool2Cast giveaway including a 1# jar of Cool2Cast, jewelry molds and pre-poured pieces! Giveaway comment deadline is August 8, 2014. Leave a comment at every blog for more chances to win!


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Vlog: Store and Studio Update

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Vlog: Store and Studio Update 5-24-14 Cool2Craft

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!


Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop – Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Tile Heart Box Candace Jedrowicz

Ann Butler has designed a new set of stamps that she calls Faux Quilting (for their patterns) and they are way too much fun!  There are several packs of designs to choose from, so the combinations and uses are fan-zillion-tastic!  Ann set up this blog hop to show many of the ways the stamps could be used.


Be sure to check out all the links in this blog hop! Click icon –>

I had the pleasure of working with the Leaves All Over and Stripes.Dots.Hearts. sets.  I immediately pictured polymer clay tiles textured with Ann’s wonderful designs!  And, oh my heck, WHAT FUN!


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Polymer clay – I used black
Pasta roller
Water Spritzer
Tissue blade
Metallic paste – I used Inka Gold purple and green
Clear dimensional sealer
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage matte
Papier mache box
Decorative paper
Paint brush


Ann's Heart Box 1 .Roll out your clay on the largest setting on the pasta roller – about 1/8″.Spritz the stamp lightly before each imprint
Ann's Heart Box 3 You can make some interesting quilty patterns before cutting your tiles.
Ann's Heart Box 2 Use your tissue blade to cut irregular shapes and sizes.I bent the blade to make curved edges.Bake the clay according to the directions.
Ann's Heart Box 4 After cooling, apply metallic paste with your fingers over the raised areas.Brush each tile to get rid of dried paste bits before the next step.
Ann's Heart Box 6 Apply even coats of dimensional sealer to the tiles.I dropped gems onto the lovely dotted pattern pieces.Allow to dry over night.
Ann's Heart Box 7 Prepare the box by decoupaging with decorative paper and metallic paste.Sand the hard edges of the paper and apply metallic paste wherever you like.
Ann's Heart Box 9 Arrange the tiles on the top of the box and glue in place.Use leftover tiles to add interest on the lower part of the box.

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Ann Butler Designs & Unity Blog Hop !

You can find the Ann Butler Designs Stamps Collection on Unity Stamps Co.

1. Ann Butler
2. Beth Watson
3. Candace Jedrowicz
4. Candice Windham
5. Carol Heppner
6. Cheryl Boglioli
7. Cindi Bisson
8. Debra Quartermain
9. Denise Clason
10. Eileen Hull
11. Fabrizio (Fab) Martellucci
12. Jen Goode
13. Jonathan Fong
14. Kristin Kelly
15. Lisa Fulmer
16. Lorine Mason
17. Madeline Arendt
18. Theresa Cifali


Cool2Craft Angel Collection

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The Cool2Craft design team LOVES angels! Here are a few of our favorites!

Steampunk Angel Door Hanger by Lisa Fulmer

Wire Ribbon Angel by Ann Butler

Reverse Collage Tissue Painting Angels by Tiffany Windsor

Cinnamon Stick Angels Garland by EcoHeidi Borchers

Angel of Light Candle Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

Mosaic Angel Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

Tea Forte Angel by EcoHeidi Borchers

Paper Doily Angel by EcoHeidi Borchers

Tassel Angel by EcoHeidi Borchers

Wire Ribbon Angel by Ann Butler

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Wire Ribbon Angel by Ann Butler

It’s easy to create adorable angels with wire ribbon! Ann Butler shows you how to fold and assemble these heavenly cuties! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Ann’s super cool Wire Ribbon Angel YouTube video tutorial!


1 ½” – 2” wired ribbon – one 10” and two 4” lengths
12 mm pearl bead
18 gauge Wire
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Scissors, Wire Cutter, ½” dowel


  1. Pleat ribbon ¼” – ½” for the entire length (10” section is the body, 4” sections are the wings).
  2. Wrap wire around dowel to create halo, cut leaving 2” stem; put the bead onto stem.
  3. Find the center of the body, add a drop of glue and place stem of halo in place; let dry.
  4. Place wings halfway up on either side of body. Use wire to wrap in place, spread wings and body out.


**This can be done with various widths of ribbon just adjust the bead for head accordingly.

**Try this with paper lace, lace, fabric and other materials.

**Use a wooden bead in place of pearl bead for head.

**If using fabric stiffen it first with Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener

**Use pipe cleaners for the halo

**Add a pin back for a pin

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Cardboard Tube Napkin Rings by Ann Butler

Cardboard Tube Napkin Rings by Ann Butler

Cardboard Tube Napkin Rings by Ann Butler

Ann Butler is blinging up a paper towel roll to help her set a lovely table.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Ann’s awesome Cardboard Tube Napkin Ring YouTube video tutorial!


Cardstock: A Ladies Diary Collection #4500505  (
Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue (
Micro beads (
Paper towel roll
Scissors (
Ruler, pen, paint brush

Paper Towel Roll Floral Napkin Rings by Ann Butler 1 Measure and cut paper towel roll into 1 ¼” pieces.
 Paper Towel Roll Floral Napkin Rings by Ann Butler 3 Cut cardstock into 12” x 1 ¼” strips (one strip for each napkin ring).  Cut these strips in half.
 Paper Towel Roll Floral Napkin Rings by Ann Butler 2 Glue one strip to the outside of ring and one to the inside of the ring. Stripe side showing.
Paper Towel Roll Floral Napkin Rings by Ann Butler 6 Cut three flowers for each napkin ring, layer and glue center of flowers on top of each other.  .
Paper Towel Roll Floral Napkin Rings by Ann Butler 7 Curl up the edges of the flowers, using paint brush place glue onto flower layers and inside and outside of napkin ring to stiffen; let dry.

Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler

Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler

Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler

Easy as pie!  That’s what this super cool Mason Jar Bank is!  Ann Butler shares the the skinny on making your own fun and fabulous glass jar bank!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Ann’s super cool Glass Jar Bank YouTube video tutorial!

Clean jar with lid
Krylon interior/exterior spray paint (
Your choice of fabric
Raffia (optional)
White acrylic paint (optional)
Old toothbrush
Double edge chisel or large flathead screwdriver
Hammer (
Stamping block (
Aleene’s Tacky glue (
Scissors (
File (

Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler 2 Place lid (right side up) on stamping block.  Using chisel and hammer make a 1 ½” opening in center of lid.  Turn lid over and pound opening flat against the inside of lid, file as needed to get rid of any sharp edges.
Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler 4 Spray jar and lid with color of choice, 2 to 3 coats until covered as desired, letting paint dry between coats.
Glass Jar Bank by Ann Butler 5 Cut fabric motif and glue onto jar.Tie raffia around neck of jar.

April 2011 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Ann Butler

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Ann Butler is a mixed media artist, designer and instructor for the creative industries. She works with a variety of mediums and loves to mix mediums within a project. Her designs appear in multi-authored books, magazines, booklets, manufacturer tradeshow booths and websites. When Candace the Muse asked Ann the Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme question “What’s Your Cup of Tea?” she replied “My passion is sharing my creativity with others through teaching as I am here doing Make and Takes at the NAMTA Show”

Ann told me:
“This was my first time attending the NAMTA SHOWand it was a wonderful show filled with inspiration. NAMTA is the International Art Material Trade Show and is the largest trade association dedicated exclusively to the ART Materials Industry.
I was doing demos in the ART Clay World Booth for Makin’s No Bake Polymer Clay.  People who had never tried Makin’s No Bake Polymer Clay were impressed with the results!”
Thanks so much, Ann!  You’ve earned another CooCash Smacker.
Candace the Muse

You can find Ann at:
Ann’s blog
Ann’s Facebook page
Ann on Art of Green Mixed Media (featuring my most favorite project of Ann’s)

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!

Launched 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 to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our 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 for current programming schedule.

Cool2Craft LIVE TV – January 3, 2011

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Cool2Craft Logo - New View show demonstration video clips at the Cool2Craft YouTubeChannel!

Featured Guests:

Ann Butler – Quick & Easy Glitter Votives

Eileen Hull – Quick & Easy Guest Towel Cupcake

Candace Jedrowicz – 5-Minute Drop Earrings

EcoHeidi Borchers – Quick & Easy Gift Wrap Pins

Tiffany Windsor – Quick & Easy Embellishments

Click here to print the Cool2Craft Channel – 2011 Show Schedule

On Cool2Craft LIVE, we have creative experts who join us from all over the world who demonstrate live and then answer your questions LIVE! It’s easy to tune in! Facebook members can log-in at or log in on-line at

For the full creative and cool experience, It’s really great to watch the weekly shows LIVE but if your schedule says otherwise, each show is recorded and archived for several weeks and video demo clips are posted to the Cool2Craft YouTube channel so you can watch at your leisure!

Get Creative! Get Inspired! Be COOL