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The Top 10 Posts from iLoveToCreate blog in 2013

We thought it would be fun to present our year-end review of our blog!  Sometimes we know we have a hit blog post on your hands and sometimes there is simply no way to know what will catch on like wildfire!  Here's our fun top 10 list of projects & posts from this last year that our fans loved!  Click on the links below each pic to be taken to each project! Enjoy the show :)

Both Alexa (our Social Media Specialist) and Kathy (the Crafty Chica) thought it would be fun to make a quiz for the blog in honor of those with the biggest craft stash of them all and it was a big hit!  It turned out to be a super humorous quiz and Alexa's visual (her actual living room, complete with her cat Dexter) struck a cord with folks.  Everyone excitedly shared their results in the comments and on Facebook!  

Cheri Heaton of I am Momma Hear Me Roar made these adorable and simple tees for her sons Rex & Baden using our Tulip Soft Paint, sparkly Tulip Shimmer Sheets and Freezer Paper Stencils.  We'd like to think the draw was the Star Wars shirts, but her sons being the adorable models definitely made this project popular!

Jaderbomb's Jade Harrington brought us these super cute DIY cupcakes that looked good enough to eat!  Her great photography and super easy directions really was the icing on the cake for this sweet project!

Margot Potter's simple DIY Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments were eye candy for sure!  The fact that they only took 2 easy things to ornaments and Tulip 3D Fabric Paint, made these a cinch to make and as we know, everyone LOVES and easy and great-looking project for the holidays!

Anne of Wobisobi shared this fabulous DIY with us using Tulip Soft Paints to accent a man's tee into a fashionable top! Fashionistas rejoiced at her amazing hacking skills (seriously...this started as a boxy t-shirt!!!) and this project was an instant Pinterest favorite!
Our tie dye expert Lauri Eaton showed how to make these colorful sock leggings in an easy how-to tutorial using Tulip One-Step Tie Dyes!  Brandi, our Studio Traffic Manager modeled these crazy socks (originally purchased undyed from American Apparel) for our fun photo shoot! We duplicated her legs into the same shot for the photo!
Another project that was a hit from Anne of Wobisobi was th is Striped Strapless No-Sew Shirt painted with our neon Tulip Fabric Sprays.  Who knew you could make a dress from a men's tee?  Obviously Anne did and her fans (and ours) loved the inspiration!

Suzie Shinseki, our resident painting expert, brought her A-game with these hilarious Grumpy Cat shorts!  Suzie was challenged to decorate a pair of plain shorts in any style of her choice and immediately envisioned a Grumpy Cat face when she eyed the back of her shorts. LOL!  These shorts quickly went viral, landing on sites like Buzzfeed, MakeZine, and Outsapop!  Most everyone who saw them laughed hysterically, but we did get a handful of indecency complaints as well.
Trinkets in Bloom blogger Cathy Attix showed us how to add a pretty twist to a vintage rocker shirt with this edgy t-shirt hack!  This further cemented the fact for us that t-shirt hacks aren't going anywhere anytime soon!  This shirt even got picked up by the popular trend site Trendhunter!
And finally, our number one project from the blog is this fabulous dye galaxy shirt from Lauri Eaton! Lauri does a lot of fun dye experimentation in our studio and after making this shirt, she shared and wowed the whole design team with this project. She captured the galaxy art trend and gave it her own signature touch! We knew it immediately had to be a project for our blog and a video for Youtube!  See Lauri make the shirt below!

No-Sew T-Shirt Gift Bags

I'm here at the iLoveToCreate headquarters in the design studio and I came across a huge bin o f tie-dye cast-off shirts. My first thought - gift bags! THe best thing about these is that you don't even need to sew - we're using  Aleene's® Fabric Fusion® Peel & Stick Tape™!

T-shirt (I used tie-dye shirts)

Determine what size you want your bag to be - keeping in mind what size of shirt you have. Cut along the bottom, cut off the sleeves. Turn your shirt right side in. Time to seal the bottom!

We'll need to reinforce the bottom - first you'll add a strip of the tape inside the bottom layer and press the top layer. Smooth out any bumps with your fingers. Next, add another strip along the top layer and fold it over. Press so it is bonded. Turn your shirt inside out so the front is showing.

To give your bag a professional look, make some gussets! This will give your bag a flat bottom so it can hold items in a more balanced fashion. Pull out one corner at the bottom of the bag. Add a strip of tape. DO NOT remove the tape backing yet! Put your hand inside the bag and press the pointed corner inside to create a moth. Line up the ends, then pull off the  backing of the tape and press in place. Repeat for the other side.

Decorate the front of your bag as desired!

Cut notches in your bag around the top, leave room to "poof" the top. Insert a long strand of ribbon - long enough for you tie a big bow.

Kitschy Christmas Diorama Picture Frames

There is nothing like Christmas to bring out the crafty in people. Given - I craft all the time, but something about the holidays kicks my crafting in to overdrive. Recently I encouraged my friends to get involved and hosted a diorama date. Great fun was had by all and best yet I walked away with a custom made seasonal picture frame. It's not too late to make your own (I made 2 in 2 hours) and they make great gifts. Pop over to my blog Naughty Secretary Club to see the ones my girlfriends made and head over to BlogHer to check out the Deer Diorama.
Box with clear front (treat boxes work great)
Decorative paper
Fabric Trim
Mini Christmas trinkets
Gaggle of crafty friends
Almost any box can be converted into a shadowbox. Remember the cereal box one my daughter made? You can also buy a ready made shadow box at most craft stores. I opted for a decorative box from JoAnn's that had a clear cellophane front intended to be used as a gift box for cookies. I made a second shadowbox using a similar style box that housed cupcake picks. My girlfriends used shoeboxes, ornament boxes and even the round container our brie came in.
First I painted the inside of my box white. Using diluted Tacky Glue I adhered a sheet of vintage wrapping paper to the back of my shadowbox.
Using Tacky Dots I adhered an 8X10 photo to a piece of card stock. Next, I cut out my photograph. Using Tacky glue I attached some gold rick rack trim to the backside of the photo. Feel free to embellish your photo how you like. I added some Santa hats and snowflake stickers.
On a side note I got the idea about the picture from current favorite book Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny and Aaron from Everyday is a Holiday. There are tons of cute projects, but their Heirloom Bride and Groom Vintage Photo Assemblage gave me this particular idea. Now go get the book and make fake donuts and cake.
Sky is the limit as to what you put inside your shadowbox. The trick is to make sure that it is not wider than your box. Don't forget there is a lid! I added ornaments and bottle brush trees.
How you decorate the outside of your box is completely up to you. I won't hold it against you if you don't think 2 trims, 4 plastic Santas, Beads in a Bottle and sparkly bows are the route you want to go.
I love Beads in a Bottle for making perfect polka dots.
For good measure I added the date in gold chipboard letters.
I love my shadowbox so much it is centerpiece to my Christmas mantle. It is a pretty special honor to sit under my mother's wreath and in-between my two beloved polka dotted elephants.

4 Ways to Make Your Own Ugly Holiday Sweater

The UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER party season is upon us, so we decided to share with you 4 super cheesy ways to dress up your holiday sweater in kitschy Christmas glory!  We have the best Aleene's glues and Tulip fabric paints and to make a major statement at your sweater party and hopefully take home the big prize!  Special thanks to Chloe, our Content Editor & Brand Specialist for making these ugly sweaters actually look good! Let's take a look at how our designers got these amazingly bad looks that you're gonna wanna steal!  

PattieWack tied one on and made this fantastic Christmas Tree sweater using ties and Fabric Fusion products!  She found all the holiday ties for this project at a local thrift store, cut them to size in the shape of a tree, and applied them using Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape. She then adorned the tie with ornaments a.k.a. buttons using a bottle of Fabric Fusion!

See Pattie's process for making this Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater here.
Next up is Suzie Shinseki's holiday reindeer sweater!  She started with a brown sweater and used felt, Tulip Fabric Markers, and Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape to create Santa's head man in charge.  She applied the falling snow pom poms using Aleene's Fabric Fusion to the front...
...and she also added a touch of reindeer droppings to the back. LOL!
Lauren Moritz got catty with her ugly sweater and made an adorable quotetastic cat in a stocking using Tulip Shimmer Sheets, 3D Paint, and a glue gun!  We think it's absolutely MEOW-velous!
And finally, freelance designer Erika Lindquist of the Sew Doggy Style blog made this sparkly pom pom tree using Tulip Shimmer Sheets, pom poms, and Aleene's Fabric Fusion!  All you friends will be saying OH! when they see this Christmas tree!

See how Erika made this Tacky Christmas Tree Sweater here.

Which one of these looks would you rock to your Ugly Sweater Party? 

UP Inspired Decor

I am constantly getting inspired by the things around me. Whether it's something from the present or 8 years ago. The great thing about being a craft blogger is when you get struck with inspiration a craft tutorial magically appears.  Well, not magically but the process sure feels like magic I tell ya. I am super excited about today's post and I am sure you will be too. I will share with you 3 different ways to use this UP inspired decor.
Let's get started!

For this project you will need:
– Clear Ornaments
– Hot Glue Gun
– Magical Tree Stumps (mini)

The first thing you will do is take the top off of the ornament and place it top down onto a flat surface. 

Grab a tube of the spray paint and start spraying in one spot. Don't spray the entire bulb at one time. These sprays are so easy to use and they spray consistently the same over and over. 

Once you start spraying your ornament with multiple colors it will look a little clumpy but don't worry once it settles and dries it will look like a magical ball floating in the universe! 

How gorgeous are these suckers! I took a stick of wood cut them with a saw to create small pieces of wood for the base of the ornament. I wanted them to look like hot air balloons, or like the house on UP with balloons on top. 

You can also let them dry, put the top back on the ornament, glue the wood to the bottom of the ornament then hang from the ceiling at different heights! You can also hang these on your Christmas tree as hot air balloon ornaments. 

Another thing you can do is put the top back on them and hang then as plain sphere ornaments on your tree. These will look magical with white light beaming around them. 

I hope you enjoyed this fun post! Just stay creative and put them all over you house. I promise you they will make you smile big!

Huge glittery hugs, JADE

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Ugly Tie Christmas Tree Sweater

This month in our design studio, we had an Ugly Sweater design-off!  I had no clue what I was going to do at first, but got inspired after a trip to the thrift store.  I think my sweater turned out so ugly, that it's actually cute and Chloe is adorable modeling it for the photos.  Let me show you how this project came together...

What you need:
– Basic plain sweater or sweatshirt (I used a red sweater turtleneck)
– 5 men's holiday ties
– Buttons
– Scissors
I started off with a plain blank turtleneck sweater from the thrift store. I was walking around the thrift store trying to think of a way to decorate my sweater that would be different!
Then I spotted these holiday ties and right away knew that I needed to make a tree out of them.  I layed my ties down and snipped them to create a tree shape!
Next, I got our my Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Tape. I knew this would be the best tape to position my ties on with...and the best thing is that it's mess-free!
I unrolled the sticky side onto each of the backs of my ties along each tie edge.

Then simply peeled away the backing and applied the ties to my sweater in the tree fashion.
Use the end of the middle tie that you snipped off to make a bow for the top of the tree.  Apply it also using the Fabric Fusion Tape.

I used a dab of the Aleene's Fabric Fusion on small buttons and randomly placed them all over my ties to serve as "ornaments".
Who knew men's neck ties could look so ugly?  Oh wait...

Santa Sacks

 I thought it would be fun this year to have a special way to wrap the presents that are from Santa, so I made these "Santa sacks" to put under the tree for my boys.  You can make these even if you don't sew.  How?  It's a pillowcase.  Easy peasy.

To make these Santa sacks you'll need:

– a pillowcase
– wide ribbon
– Tulip fabric paint
– Tulip glitter transfer sheets
– string/cord
– freezer paper
We have a lot of extra pillowcases lying around so I grabbed a couple to use.
 Next I designed and created a freezer paper stencil.  (If you are new to freezer paper stenciling, you can watch my how-to video HERE.)  I used a cutting machine to cut my stencil, but if you don't have one you can use a craft knife.  You could also freehand the letters instead or could also pick a simpler design.
 After ironing on my stencil I painted it all in.  Be sure to put something inside the pillowcase so the paint doesn't leak through to the back side.
 Removing the freezer paper is always my favorite part.  It's that big "ta-dah" moment!
 For the nose I cut a small circle from my Tulip glitter transfer sheets.  To apply it you simply lay a cloth over the top of it and iron it on.
If you don't sew, I would just tie the bag up with the ribbon.  However, if you want to create a cinch sack you can sew the ribbon around the top of the bag.  You need to leave it open on the side so you can lace your cording through it.
 Then attach a safety pin to your cord to help you pull it all the way around the bag.
 And your Santa sack is finished. 
I'm excited to reuse these each year.

Not Your Typical Putz House


In recent years I have become a lover of Putz houses. You know, those adorable mini paper houses covered in glitter snow you see all Christmas long? Ya those. Ok, now that we have that straight let’s talk about how to make your own.


What you need:
– Scrap cardboard (cereal box works great)
– Glue gun and glue sticks
– Scissors
– Craft knife
– Mini Christmas decorations
– Scrapbook Paper (I used On Trend by Crate Paper)
– Small canvas or board for base
– Sticky back foam
– Silver tree tinsel
– Paper punch
– Scrapbook Brads
There are blueprints online to make Putz houses. My friends made adorable Mid Century Modern A-Frame versions. Lucky for me I had the pre-scored thin cardboard that came in a 12 pack of mason jars. I just folded mine up to make a box, folded another set to make a roof and then cut out two triangles to fill the holes on the front sides. Your basic house can be pretty crude. I used a hot glue gun to hold the pieces together.
Next using scrapbook paper (I used On Trend from Crate Paper) I covered my house. I used a woodgrain for the roof and a floral for the house. I used Tacky Glue to attach. You can see that I used scalloped edge scissors on the roof.
Using a paper punch I made blue windows and attached them to the sides of the house with Tacky Glue.
I wanted the front to have more dimension so the door is foam, the door knob is a scrapbooking brad, there is a wreath and then another brad. It’s not too much is it? I didn’t think so.
Next it was time for snow. I used the hot glue gun trick I used to make my menorah candle trips to create snow. This involved squirting out tons of hot glue so that it drips starting at the peak of your roof and sprinkling with silver Tulip Fashion glitter while it is still wet.
Using another piece of cardboard I cut out a chimney shape and painted it. Actually I had a wee helper paint it. Once it dried I had another helper cut a square hole in the roof of my house. I glued the chimney inside and added tinsel, cotton balls and more hot glue glitter snow.
You could stop here, but why? I went ahead and added a base. Anything could be used, but I happened to have a small canvas that I wrapped in scrapbooking paper. I wrapped it just like a gift.
I had a wee helper paint my tiny reindeer with Tacky Glue and then coat in hot pink Tulip Fashion glitter while it was still wet. We sat this little dude aside to dry.
While the deer was drying I added a tree adorned with scrapbooking brads as ornaments, tinsel was glued on to the base of everything to act as snow, a wee of foliage was stuck here and there and a foam path was laid.
Once the glue dried on my deer I added him to the setting. All that was left to do was glue Santa into the chimmney. Oh and give him a little blue pom pom on his cap.
I’m kinda in love with this little house. In years past I have made Milk Carton Haunted Houses, Easter Bunny Bungalows from Birdhouses and even a Log Cabin House from a giant box. This cute little Putz might be my favorite. Shhh, don’t tell the other houses.

A Very Meowy Ugly Christmas Sweater

Cats and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly.  They just do!  So I had fun for the iLoveToCreate Designer Challenge this month making this fun kitty cat shirt! It just takes a few craft & holiday supplies, so let me show you how you can get this "Purr"fect look!

What you need:
– Plain turtleneck or one with a festive print
– Felt in red, white, light grey, and dark grey
– Scissors
– Templates (click on each of these to download: Kitty & speech bubble & Stocking)
– Silver tinsel
– Fake gold poinsettia
– Hot glue gun
– Iron & ironing surface
– Pen for tracing
 Cut out template and trace onto the appropriate color felt, then cut out.
  With the hot glue gun, glue the stocking onto the lower middle right side of the shirt. Hot glue the tinsel onto the top part of the stocking.
 Next glue the kitty in place.
 Cut another speaking bubble out of the shimmer transfer sheet that's about 1/4"- 1/2" larger than the template all the way around.
 Iron the shimmer transfer sheet speaking bubble next to the kitty's head. Make sure to have a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the shimmer transfer sheet.
 With the black fabric paint, write, "May your days be Meowy & Bright". in the white felt speech bubble. Also add the details to the cat, whiskers, pupils, nose, etc. Allow to dry.

 Hot glue felt speaking bubble in the center of the shimmer transfer sheet.
Cut off fake poinsettia leaves and hot glue them next to the kitty and the speech bubble. Roll up
the sleeves of the shirt and glue some on the sides of the sleeves.
I hop you enjoy you new tacky Yuletide wares!

DIY Snow Globe Necklace

  After you deck your halls, why not deck yourself with a tiny wearable snow globe?  In just a few simple steps with you can turn a mini-tree into an attention grabbing necklace sure to garner compliments throughout the holiday season.  Make a pair of festive matching earrings and you're ready to hit the holiday party scene in style.

 You will need:
2" mini glass jar with cork topper
2 1" mini glass jars with cork toppers
Tinsel trim
Mini tree
Tulip Fashion Glitter in multi ultra fine crystal
Aleene's Jewelry and Metal Glue acrylic adhesive tabs
Aleene's Tacky Glue
3 mini eye screws
2 earring wires
10mm jump ring
Ball chain and connector
Chain nose pliers
 Step one: Cut top off of mini-tree to fit inside of large glass jar.  Place an adhesive tab on bottom.
Step two: Use chain nose pliers to secure tree on bottom of jar.  Step three: Shake glitter into jar.  Step four: Add glue to cork, insert.  Add glue to screw and use chain nose pliers to twist into cork.  Let dry. Step four: Wrap and knot tinsel trim around rim of glass jar.  Step six: Make some matching glitter earrings and attach jewelry findings with chain nose pliers.
Now that's what I call quick and easy!

Ho, ho, hope you enjoy.
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