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11  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


1 canvas

Assorted acrylic paints, brush

4 or more hook tacks

Small hammer

Dowel rod, cut to fit the canvas horizontally


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 :-)
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mexican Tote Wall Lamp on: June 11, 2009 12:14:00 PM
Thanks! You know, I also staple the back side of them to my wall in my art studio. That way I can use them to store rolls of Heat N Bond, or oversized paper, etc. I decide dlife is too short to have them in the closet! so I made it a point to bring them out in a way that I could see and enjoy them.
13  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
Staple gun
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 :-)
14  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Crafty Chica Spread the Sparkle Tour; ARIZONA on: August 10, 2008 11:41:50 PM

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!).


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

Monday, August 11, 6-8 p.m.
2766 W. Peoria Ave, Phoenix AZ 85029-5129
(602) 588-9590

Tuesday, August 12, 11 a.m.-1p.m.
Chandler, 285 N. Federal St., Chandler AZ 85226-3192
(480) 782-0333

Tuesday, August 12, 6-8 p.m.
2060 E Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85204-6965

Wednesday, August 13, 11am-1pm
9470 W. Northern Ave., Glendale AZ 85305-1104
(623) 772-9614

Wednesday, August 13, 6-8 p.m.
1475 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear AZ 85338-1262
(623) 536-3158

Thursday, August 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
55 S. McClintock Dr Ste 125, Tempe AZ 85281-2042
(480) 967-0795
15  California / California: North / Glitter Rally, Tuesday April 8th - Burbank, NBC Studio! on: April 07, 2008 09:58:49 PM
A bunch of us crafters are uniting in the name of GLITTER tomorrow in front of NBC Studios where Ellen DeGeneres tapes her talk show. I still love her, but she has made a public display of how she hates glitter so we are going to tell her about "safe sparkle" alternatives to loose glitter!

We even have signs!

Come join us!

WHAT: Safe Sparkle Glitter Rally
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
TIME: Noon to Huh
WHERE: NBC Studios, 3000 West Alameda Avenue in Burbank, Calif.
WHO: Anyone who wants to help Ellen find her inner glitter! All are welcome!
16  California / California: South / looking for burbank/la area crafters to picket for glitter! on: March 11, 2008 10:19:12 AM
Hola, my crafty sistahfriends!!

I'm writing to you to see if you or any of your posse would be interested in joining me in standing up in the name of sparkle in front of Ellen DeGeneres' Burbank studio this Thursday, March 13th.

Ellen wants all glitter banned!

I LOVE Ellen and was heartbroken when she started dissing glitter on her show because it is messy and gets everywhere. She even went on a jumbotron on Hillary Clinton's press rally and asked if she would ban glitter if Hills became our next Prez. I've blogged about it and sent letters to her explaining all the different kinds of glitters.

I want us crafters to educate Ellen and let her know about the many "safe sparkle" alternatives out there. We could help her choose the right glitter for her, so she will stop judging all glitter the same. It is LOOSE glitter she hates, so her fans need to know to send  her other kinds of sparkle. Ellen is a sparkling chica, she deserves glitter that suits her!

OK...I know glitter won't be banned, but I thought it would be fun if all of us crafters stepped up with "safe sparkle" alternatives.

 have the power of Duncan Enterprises (Duncancrafts.com) behind me, we are all driving down there with signs and samples of non-messy glitter to show the public and ELLEN. We are sending out press releases to all the major news outlets.

I think Ellen would get a kick out of it and maybe even come outside to meet us!

So, basically, I'm in need of more bodies to join me! Interested??

Mucha gracias (holds scissors over heart in respect)!

Kathy :-)
P.S. Please email me at kathyATcraftychicaDOTcom for details if you are seriously  interested in joining us! Please pass this on!

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Resin Blobs :) on: April 14, 2007 07:30:08 PM
i use that mold too and glitter too, they are so yummy looking! i love how you used the flower sequins!

and i've used candy molds, rubber molds, all kinds of molds and they all worked....

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: DIY Bubble Rings on: April 14, 2007 07:24:02 PM
yours are cool. but i only paid 25 cents for mine  Huh the machines outside teh pharmacy.

no way!! the totally clear ones? ok, now i am on a quest ot find machines that carry them!!! thanks for the tip!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / DIY Bubble Rings on: April 12, 2007 03:08:22 PM

Bubble rings are taking over the universe! I can't go into a store without seeing some form of them. most of the time they are at least $10 buck a pop. all that for painting on the under side of plastic?

I went on a quest to make my own, but couldn't find a decent source. Most of the ones I found online were already painted or had things embedded in them. I did find some on eBay, but the blank singles were going for $5 bucks. I found these addictive little jewelry kits from Tulip (I'd put a link but I can't figure out how to do it!!!) that come with FOUR of the rings, plus the paint and crystals. I ended up using my own acrylic paints and then sealed them with varnish underneath. To get fine lines and detail, I  used the end of a head pin. I'm going back to Michaels to get my fourth batch some more because my daughter keeps taking them to make them for her friends!

Link for bubble ring kits:

Another idea is to use fabric underneath like these beautiful Kimono Rings:

Just so you know, i tried decoupaging thin paper images, but they didn't work nice. you really need to stick with paint or something thin like sheer fabric or tissue paper.

Imagine how much it would be to embellish this kind of acrylic ring??
You can even glue crystals on the ring blanks to look something like this:

OK, here are more photos of the ones I made:
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul - and my anxiety attack! on: March 13, 2007 12:36:54 PM
and thank you for all the support, man, you chicas made my day!!!!
kathy :-)
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