Friday, December 31

Crafty Chica's NYE Celebratory Hair Comb

I have this thing about New Year's Eve.If i'm going to go out, I'm going to go out with some major sparkle. Ringing in the New Year is one of those over-the-top opportunities to scootch out of your comfort zone. So go big!


Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
Crafty Chica® Chunky Glitters™

 (SciFi Silver)
Chipboard numbers
Glittered ribbon, about 12-15" long
Plastic haircombs (medium)
Any other desired embellishments

Directions: Coat the letters with the Tacky Glue and then coat with glitter, set aside to dry. Fold the ribbon three times and glue the edges so it has a tapered bottom. Add glue to affix the ribbon to the front of the comb. Add the numbers, and then the embellishments. Use the clothespins to hold everything in place until the glue dries.

I know this is big and gaudy, but it is much classier than a huge pair of plastic 2011 fake eyeglasses, don't you think? You can actually carry on a serious conversation while wearing this!

Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 30

Cupcake Lined New Years Wreath

I have been on a bit of wreath making kit as of late and don't think for one minute I am going to let New Years Eve slip by without it's own wreath.  Time to bust out the cupcake wrappers, glitter and Homecoming Mum supplies - just trust me.

Foil Cupcake Liners
Faux Flowers
Hot Glue Gun
Plastic Baby New Years Dolls
Wooden Numbers
Cardboard Cake Board
Craft Knife

Recently I had a wreath making party with my friends Vickie and Noelle.  We had trouble locating blank wreath bases like we wanted so that clever Vickie scored us some cake boards to cut into wreath shapes instead.  I decided to steal this idea for my New Years wreath.  Cake Boards come in various sizes, choose which size you like best.  I went with a 16" diameter.  Use a bowl or small or mug to trace the inner circle of the wreath and a craft knife to cut out the circle.

Foil cupcake liners are the sparkly secret weapon of this wreath.  Foil cupcake liners are white on the inside so you will need to turn several inside out.

Using a combination of hot glue gun and Liquid Fusion Glue my mother and I attached the cupcake liners to our new cake board base.  At first we just covered the cardboard in flat liners and then went back and added more folded and tweaked cupcake liners.

Along with cupcake liners we embellished the wreath with mirrored wall paper flowers, vintage doll rattles with top hats like Baby New Year, various Home Coming mum tid bits and whatever sparkly silver goodness we could find.

Once the wreath was totally filled in with silver ruffles a strip of cardboard left over from the cake board was added across the center of the wreath.

Tulip Fabric Paint says it is for fabric, but between you and me it works on wood too!  We painted the numbers 2011 silver and allowed to dry.

Once the paint was dry we coated the numbers with a thin coat of Liquid Fusion Glue and sprinkled with Tulip Fashion Glitter in Silver.

All that was left to do was add the silver glittery numbers to the center of the wreath.  Next year I will just pop off the 1 and a 2!

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New Year's Eve Champagne Glasses

Toast theNew Year in style with these easy-to-make flutes!

Liquid Fusion® Clear Urethane Glue 
Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Fashion Art Tweezers™ 
Tulip® Glam-It Up!™ PDA: Personal Dazzle Assistance™ 
Glass champagne flutes

Paper plate


1. Squeeze some glue on to the foil. Use the toothpick to pick up "dots" of the glue and apply to the glass in a random fashion. Only do one segment at a time. NOTE: We are using Liquid Fusion to permanently glue the PDA crystals on the glasses. If you want them to be temporary, simply skip the gluing step.

2. Use the tweezers to pick up the gems, one at a time and apply on the dot of wet glue.

3. Continue until glass is covered - you can add as little or as much as you want. Let dry.

Wash gently by hand.

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Wednesday, December 29

Happy New Years Place Setting

Start the New Year off right with this festive place setting.

Materials List

  • Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint™

    65408 Gold Metallics
  • Tulip® Fabric Spray Paint™

    Glistening Gold
  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™

    BI15806 Platinum
    BI15808 Gold
  • Miscellaneous

    •   Foam plates
    •   Tracing paper
    •   Thin silver wired ribbon
    •   Crafter’s knife or X-acto knife
    •   Foam stamps, star designs
    •   White canvas napkins and placemats
    •   Card stock
    •   Paint pen, Silver and Gold 


    1. Name Card
    Cut card stock to 4-1/2” x 5” and fold in half.
    2. Tap Paint sponge into Gold Soft Paint and tap excess off on paper towel. Tap on large star of star group stamp. Repeat process using Platinum Soft Paint on small stars.
    3. Unfold card and stamp in upper left corner. The large star should be on the back part of card. Use crafter’s knife or X-acto knife to cut around top of large star to the fold.
    4. Use Silver Glitter pen to outline silver stars and Gold Glitter pen to outline gold star. For the border, use Gold Glitter pen to make a dot-dash design around card. Let dry. Write name on card.
    5. Placemat
    Iron to remove any wrinkles.
    6. Tap Platinum Soft Paint on mini swirl stamp and tap randomly around outer edge of placemat.
    7. Use Gold paint pen to draw a scalloped border about 1-1/2” around placemat.
    8. Squeeze drops of Gold and Platinum Soft Paint onto foam plate. Tap Gold on large star and Platinum on small star. Stamp in center of placemat. Repeat 5 times, forming a spray of stars. Let dry. Clean stamp between applications.
    9. Outline the gold stars with Gold Metallics dimensional paint. Let dry.
    10. For extra sparkle, spray gold Glitter Spray on placemat. Let dry.
    11. Napkin
    Iron to remove any wrinkles.

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Tuesday, December 28

No-tug DIY Headband!

Last month, in preparation for the holiday party circuit, I shared the tutorial for the Softie Spiral Headband. This month, it's about headgear for the younger generation. I made these headbands, adapted from a project in one of my favorite books, Crafty Mama, for my four-year-old niece (though I'm not a Crafty Mama, the Crafty Auntie title is one I take very seriously). She's growing out her bangs and has a classic Goldilocks situation on her hands: The available solutions to bangs-in-the-face poke, prod, or pull, are too tight or too loose. But these stretchy soft headbands are just right.


-package knee-high stockings (1 stocking makes 1 headband)


-needle and thread (color to match the stockings)

-Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive

-colorful felt pieces

-buttons (optional, for embellishment)

-clothespins (optional, for clipping in place while gluing/drying)

Make it:

1. Remove the stockings from the packaging and stretch them out. Cut about 1" off the top of one stocking and set it aside. Thread the needle, knot the end, and make a running stitch about 1/4" from the cut end of the stocking.

2. Sew a running stitch along the toe end of the stocking and gently pull the thread to gather the two ends of the stocking together, forming a loop. Make a few more stitches to secure the ends, and knot.

3. Set the loop (the headband) aside, and cut decorative shapes from the felt pieces. Cut several felt strips about 1/2" by 3".

4. Wrap one felt strip around the gather on the headband (to hid the stitching and provide a base for the embellishment). Apply glue liberally to the ends of the strip and fold them over each other. Let dry, and reapply glue as needed. (Felt is very porous, so the glue gets absorbed easily.) While the glue dries on the headband, mix and match felt shapes and glue them together to make embellishments. Optional: Add buttons, glitter, ribbon, T-shirt flowers, even fabric scrapbook decals to personalize the headband.

5. Glue the felt embellishment over the felt seam and let dry. (Again, apply that glue liberally!)

6. You're done! Now get to the wearing part -- with no complaints of pulled hair, and no shaggy bangs covering up her sweet little face! Tea party, anyone?

Bonus: If you buy your stockings at the pharmacy or the dollar store, they often come in little round plastic containers that can easily be converted into a simple cat toy -- drop a button inside, snap it tightly closed, and roll it across the floor.

Double bonus: Remember the 1" bit of fabric you cut off the top of the stocking in step 1? Follow steps 4 and 5 to make No-tug Hair Ties! Perfect for taming pigtails, ponies, and braids.

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DIY New Year's Eve Party Dresses

 Get out your palette knife or iron to create fabulous dresses for that special occasion. Tulip® Soft Fabric Paints™ add beautiful color in this easy to apply technique. If glitz is what you want, iron on Tulip® Glam-It-Up! Iron-On Fashion Designs™ and Crystals™ for sparkling effects.

Materials List

  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™

    BI15789 Azalea
    BI15793 Grape
    BI15804 Azure Blue
    BI15806 Platinum
    BI15826 Turquoise
    BI15828 Purple
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Fashion Designs™

    Design 13
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™

    25619 Pink
    26592 AB Crystal
  • Miscellaneous

    •   Palette knife
    •   Tweezers or crayon
    •   Dress, black
    •   Brushes: 2 different handle sizes small and large
    •   Craft heat tool
    •   Sparkle Dress:
    •   Iron
    •   Dress, black
    •   Foil
    •   Palette Knife Dress:
    •   Foil 


    Palette Knife Dress
  • Prewash dress to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener. NOTE: Check garment care instructions.
  • Squeeze some of each paint color on foil.
  • Place edge of palette knife in one color and scoop up paint.
  • With a scraping motion, move knife back and forth down right side of dress and up to top of dress. Apply remaining colors, referring to photo. Let dry.
  • Apply Crystals randomly, following package instructions. Tip: Use tweezers or crayon to pick up and place Crystals.
  • Wait 72 hours to wash. Follow garment care instructions. To iron, turn garment inside out. Do not dry-clean.
Sparkling Party Dress
  1. Prewash dress to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener. NOTE: Check garment care instructions.
  2. Iron Fashion Designs on left side of dress, referring to photo for placement and following package instructions.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of each paint color on foil.
  4. Dip nonbristle end of larger paintbrush into paint. Press on points of each star, dipping into paint after each application. Scatter random paint dots. Let dry.
  5. Wait 72 hours to wash. Follow garment care instructions. To iron, turn garment inside out. Do not dry-clean.

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Black Rim Silhouette Bowl

  Decorated by Maria Espinoza
Elegance is defined in this dramatic bowl with deep black rim and beautifully simple form painted inside. A gorgeous use of elemental color used for maximum impact. Perfect for a New Year's Eve soiree!

Materials List

  • Duncan® Concepts® Underglazes for Bisque and Majolica

    CN 073 Dark Scarlet
    CN 221 Light Blush
    CN 253 Dark Black
  • Signature Brushes

    SB 806 No. 6 Round
    SB 807 No. 6 Fan Glaze
    SB 808 No. 4 Round
  • French Dimensions™

    FD 254 Black Licorice
  • Miscellaneous

    •   Clay carbon paper
    •   Pencil
    •   Large Rectangle Platter
    •   Sponge,dampened
  • Patterns


    1. Clean greenware. Fire to shelf cone 04.
    2. Remove dust and condition ware, using dampened sponge.
    3. Trace design with clay carbon paper and pencil on platter.
    4. Apply 3 coats of CN 221 Light Blush to all skin areas, using SB 808 No. Round. Let dry between coats.
    5. Apply 3 coats of CN 073 Dark Scarlet to one part of lady’s dress, using SB 806 No. 6 Round. Let dry between coats.
    6. Apply 3 coats of CN 253 Black to the other part of dress and hair, using SB 806 No. 6 Round. Let dry between coats.
    7. Add dots to red side of dress and outline arms neck and face with FD 254 Black. Let dry.
    8. Apply 3 coats of CN 253 Black to rim of platter, using SB 807 No. 6 Fan Glaze. Let dry between coats.
    9. Apply 2 coats of IN 1001 Clear to entire platter, using SB 806 No. 6 Fan Glaze.
    10. Let dry. Stilt and fire cone 06.

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