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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux Ice Cube Bracelet on: June 28, 2009 09:32:00 AM


Visualization is the key with this bold bauble bracelet that looks just like frozen ice cubes.

Supplies: Plastic ice cube tray, two-part resin, blue resin coloring, gold micro stars, paper cup, chopstick for stirring, disposable measuring cup, needle nose pliers, drill, jump rings, bracelet clasp.

Directions: Mix the resin according to package directions (using cup, chopstick and measuring cup) and pour an approximately 1/4-inch layer into dry ice cube tray compartments. Sprinkle in gold stars. Let set for four hours. Mix up a new batch of resin, but this time add one drop of blue resin coloring. Dab on a thin layer on each cube. Keep it thin, because it is just to give it a faint blue tinge from behind. Let cure for 24 hours. Pop the pieces out of the tray. On each side, drill a hole at an angle, coming out the bottom. Using pliers, insert a jump ring and connect the pieces. Attach bracelet clasp.

Note: After you've finished, do not use this ice cube tray to make real ice.

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Painted Suitcase on: June 28, 2009 12:17:26 AM


I painted this suitcase in June 2007 and it is still holding cup strong!

I photo blogged about my suitcase recently and how it stood ot in a sea of bland bags. Seriously, this is a GREAT idea. Recently I had to change flights minutes before departure. The attendant had to call the luggage people to retrieve my bag.

What does it look like? she asked me.

It's purple! And covered with paint and glitter! I replied.

She speaks into the phone receiver to the luggage person: It's purple and has glitter... and then she looks up at me and says They found it!

See? It also is perfect for when you are waiting for your bag to come out of the conveyor contraption. You will be able to spot it right away!

Not only that, but traveling is about letting loose and relaxing, so why not add that bouncy energy to your wheelie wares? It doesn't mean you have to go all funkadelic on your Samsonite, but you at least could take a rubber stamp to it. If you have a red suitcase, imagine how cute shiny white polka dots or swirlies would look all over it? Or maybe the names of your favorite cities around the world.

If you want to give this idea a try, but don't want to touch your pristine designer set, visit a local thrift store and pick up a small carry-on bag for those little excursions. This is also a wonderful project for kids to take on to help burn off pre-trip excitement.

I also added Crafty Chica varnish to the painted areas, and accented everything with a Tulip Crystal Icycle 3D Fashion Paint. To top it ALL off - I sprtized the whole thing with Tulip Glitter Spray.

Here is a crafty chica secret: If you want to add a layer of sparkles to your paint projects - Tulip's "Crystal" line does the trick. I usually use Icicle, which dries clear, but if you use other shades, it will dry with just a hint of color - plus the sparkles, of course. You just squeeze some out and rub it (or brush) it on over the painted surface. Argh, it kills me to give up these little tricks, but oh well, if it works for you and makes you happy - it makes me happy too. Besides, there are lots of other Crystal crafty secrets in my bag of tricks, but I'll share those another time...

Painted Suitcase

Supplies
1 soft suitcase, preferably with a fabric covering
1 roll of blue painter's tape
Assorted brushes
1 bottle of water-based white craft paint to be used as a base coat
Assorted water-based craft paints (Crafty Chica paints!)

Optional: Fabric images and fabric adhesive, foam stamps, stencils, patches

1 bottle of water-based polyurethane varnish

Directions: Tape off the areas that you do not want to get paint on. Using a wide paintbrush, cover the suitcase with a coat of the white paint. If you are going to be painting it red, or another strong color, mix a bit of that color with the white. Let dry.

Brush on the desired paint color all over the suitcase. Let dry. If you want to add fabric images, brush on a layer of fabric adhesive and affix to the surface, let dry.

Otherwise, add painted accents using paintbrushes, stencils, stamps or anything else you might want. Let dry. Brush on a layer of varnish, let dry and repeat. Remove the tape. Let your freshly painted suitcase air out in your garage for a few days before you take it on vacation.

Variations: Before you add the varnish, brush on a layer of water-based glitter varnish for a sparkly sheen.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stamped Tissue Flowers on: June 27, 2009 03:01:24 PM


One of the reasons I started making Latin-inspired crafts was to counteract the goofy Mexican-themed projects out there. Especially around Cinco de Mayo. I swear if I see another clay sombrero guy climbing in a tequila shot glass - I will cry!

I'm not about the Haterade, instead let's think of some nice alternatives! Like the traditional tissue paper flower. They are bright, cheery and super easy to make!

I made these tissue flowers as pins. I love making them, but after I made the first one I thought of the cool, pretty kits that Martha has out.

"OK, I am the Crafty Chica, I HAVE to do make my flowers different than Martha's!" I thought.

After I cut the squares of tissue, I stamped them! High-five, por favor! I wish I had silver or gold ink, but black worked nice as an alternative. I think these are stunning. There are very Carrie Bradshaw-goes-south-of-the-border. A contemporary spin on tradition!

NOTE: These also make excellent Christmas tree decorations - all you have to do is glue an alligator clip or clothes pin on the back of each one and clip it on a branch!


Here is how you make them:

1. Cut 8 pieces of assorted party tissue in squares, about 6". Cut 4 squares that are 3" square. If you want to stamp the tissue, do that now.

2. Stack them, and set the smaller set in the center. Accordion fold the stack.

3. Snip little notches on each side in the center.

4. Use a piece of pipe cleaner to wrap around the notches to secure the flower.

5. Carefully separate the sheets, and fluff them as you go.

6. Dab white craft glue and sprinkle matching (or translucent) micro glitter.

7. Turn over and hot glue pinback.

WITHOUT STAMPED DESIGNS:



4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Canvas Covered Journal on: June 27, 2009 02:50:15 PM




Sometimes after you paint a canvas, you want to take it with you, and not just hang it on a wall. That's what happened here. I made a simple heart canvas using my Crafty Chica paints, Crafty Chica Markers,  and Crafty Chica Glitters and decided to make it more functional.

My original idea was to decorate two canvases, line the backs with paper, make pages, and then use hinges to connect it all into a chunky art book - but I couldn't find any hinges.

I did the next best thing. I took the blank book from a Crafty Chica Collage Journal (you can use any blank hardback journal!), painted it, and then glued the canvas on top. Next, I trimmed it out in sequins!

I do plan to carry out my first idea, this served as a nice warm up!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glittery Virgin of Guadalupe Wrist Cuff! on: June 27, 2009 02:41:26 PM




I made this project from my glitter fabric (posted directions in sewing). I cut a swatch for my wrist, sewed on a fabric image of La Virgen and seamed the edges with a tight zigzag stitch. I added rickrack, and stitched on some matching elastic. That big yellow piece is not a button - it is a vintage clip earring. I glued the clasp down and then stitched through the opening. I added a milagro charm too.

I am 100% smitten with this bracelet. So much that I plan to make more of these with all kinds of different images. The glitter is sealed down, but still so sparkly!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Make your own glittered canvas! on: June 27, 2009 10:00:13 AM

PHOTO: Gift box I made with my very own glittered fabric!

It's no secret that I'm addicted to the sparkly stuff. To me, glitter is a metaphor for life. The more sparkle the better. Especially when it comes to crafts!

Last year while working away at Duncan Enterprises headquarters, my co-workers turned me onto huge rolls of glittered canvas. These colorful backdrops have become regular fixtures in our house. I use them for all kinds of photos, but it's been hard to even consider cutting them for craft projects. I was determined to make my own!

I found a successful method and I'm divulging it here, only if you promise to only use my Crafty Chica glitter (available for purchase on Amazon.com) because it looks the best (IMO!!!). This is a small piece, but you can coat huge pieces as well to make amazing, flexible, sewable, durable, not-very-flaky fabric.












7  COOKING / Dessert / Tie Dye inspired cupcakes! on: June 27, 2009 09:48:16 AM




Life is too short not to use food coloring in cake batter. I'd seen these crazy kaleidoscope cupcake ideas floating around online and wanted to give it a try. It took a bit longer than making normal cupcakes, but it was worth it!

Here are the supplies you need. Make sure to get primary colors AND new the new neons that McCormick Spices has out now.


You'll make the white cake batter and then sort it into bowls. Add the color to the shade you want.


Drizzle the batter in alternating colors.






What made my whole day is when my little nieces, Bella and Sarah (4 & 9), followed me around, nudging and whispering to each other "YOU ask her! No, YOU ask her!!"

Finally Bella says shyly, "Auntie Kathy, can we have another cupcake?" I giggled and said YES, help yourself!! I wish I had a picture of the look on their faces as they ate them, they practically oohed and ahhed in between each bite.

The bottom picture is from the cupcakes my dad ate. He said, "Wow, even the paper looks like tie-dye!"

SCORE!
Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Canvas Jewelry Board on: June 11, 2009 12:16:49 PM

Im sharing a sentimental project that comes from my personal archives. When my husband and I first married in 1990, we vowed to live the artists life and earn a living from our handmade creations. But when it came time to pay the first electricity bill, that idea had yet to pay off. With $20 in our pockets, we went to the craft store, bought a canvas and materials to make earrings. We figured if we could fill the canvas with earrings, maybe we could talk a boutique owner to buy the whole shebang. Our plan not only worked, but it served as the launching pad to our craft business that is now 18 years strong. To this day, I have a canvas in our bedroom - filled with earrings. Its a meaningful reminder of how far one idea go!

TIP: Pick up an old canvas at a thrift store and give it a new coat of paint instead of buying a new one!

This design is great for jewelry artists who want to display their wares, or for earring addicts who want a fun way to hang their goods.

Canvas Jewelry Holder

Supplies:

1 canvas

Assorted acrylic paints, brush

4 or more hook tacks

Small hammer

Dowel rod, cut to fit the canvas horizontally

Nail

Directions: Paint the canvas however you want. You can paint it all a solid color, or make a full-on painting. Let dry. Use the small hanger to attach the hook tacks to each corner in the wood frame. Make sure the hook is facing up, because you will add the dowel rod last. Use the nail to make holes for your earrings. Hang your earrings in the holes. Place the dowel rod on the hooks and use it to hold necklaces or clip on earrings. Hang in place

Variation: Glue the canvas to the back of a frame for a more artful look. You can also add hooks to the sides of the canvas to hang earrings and bracelets. Use hinges to connect several canvases for a standing display.
****
Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mexican Tote Wall Lamp on: June 10, 2009 04:42:31 PM


I came home from Mexico with a bunch of these plastic totes. They are far too cute to  keep in the closet, so I cut them up and made wall lamps!

1 large Mexican grocery tote
1 wood frame, 16 inches x 16 inches
1 piece of white art paper, about 14 inches x14 inches
Scissors
Staple gun
Ribbon
Sequin trim
Liquid Fusion adhesive
Hot-glue gun
1 set of mini-lights (50)
Tulip 3D Glitter Fashion Paint, black (squeeze paint)
Crafty Chica Paint Pack (or any acrylic paint)
Crafty Chica Chunky Glitters (or any glitters!)

1. Cut the handles off the bag, then remove stitches from the sides. Cut along the bottom of the fold. Keep that main piece and set aside the rest of the bag for another project.

Cut up your tote bag so that you preserve the image or design that you want to feature on your wall.

2. Take the cut piece of bag, stretch it over the frame, and staple along the edges. If the piece will not fold over the side, just staple along the front edges. Trim off the excess.

You can center (or not) the bag image as you stretch your cut piece of bag over the frame.

3. Outline the image design with Tulip 3D Glitter Fashion Paint. Let dry.

Have fun highlighting and giving definition to the image with glittery paint!

4. Using Crafty Chica Paint Pack, paint inside the lines, and add Crafty Chica Chunky Glitters over the wet paint. Let dry.

5. Embellish the sides and front edges with trims and sequins, using the Liquid Fusion adhesive.

Paint inside the lines and embellish the sides and front edges with colorful sequins or other sparkly trinkets.

6. Flip the frame over, and slip in the white paper so it sits under the frame and serves as a backing for the image. This will allow maximum glow!

7. To add the lights, keep the frame flipped over right side down. You will want to secure them within the inside of the frame's border so your wall light will rest flush against the wall. Use a staple gun to secure the lights—staple over the cording, making sure not to puncture it! If you do puncture it, you cannot plug in your light; you will need a new strand of lights!

8. Plug in and hang!

Variation: Use a strand of battery-operated lights if you don't want the cord to show.

* Remember always to use caution for any electrical craft project!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
10  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Crafty Chica Spread the Sparkle Tour; ARIZONA on: August 10, 2008 11:41:50 PM
Hi!!

It's Kathy from CraftyChica.com! I've had a crazy, crazy year. After doing Crafty Chica since 2001, I was hired to design and launch my own product line from the company that makes Aleene's Tacky Glue and Tulip Fashion Paints. My line is called "Crafty Chica" and it has everything holographic glitters, to love shrines to Dia de los Muertos iron-ons - all designed by myself and my hubby.

Michaels picked up the line for a test run for 141 stores all over the country. It's going REALLY well. We are doing a "Spread the Sparkle" tour for AZ and CA to get people to come out and see the line.

It starts tomorrow and I'm so nervous! If any  of your are free, I'd LOVE to meet you! There are free CC bobbleheads for the first 18 people (feel free to alter them in any way you want!).

PLEASE TRY TO COME OUT! PASS ALONG TO FRIENDS :-)

Mil gracias, forever yours in glitter and high gloss varnish,
Kathy :-)

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