Welcome to the CIJ Etsy Craft Party!

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to Team CIJ’s Online #CraftParty 2015. This day will be filled with lots of activities, DIYs, Giveaways and Coupons to grab along with the online Swag Bags and freebies!

This year’s Etsy Craft Party theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape.  Kaleidoscopes represent many individual pieces coming together to create something beautiful — much like the dynamic shops that make up Etsy.

Classes

We will be having Crafty classes all day long! Here’s the schedule (all times in Eastern Standard Time) :

9am – Magazine Paper Phone Stand
10am- DIY Necklace
11am – Fabric YO-YO
12pm- Paper Weaving
1pm – Decorative Pinwheels
2pm – Quick Oil Facial Cleanser
3pm – Manly Cupcake
4pm – Spiral Ear Cuff
5pm –  13 Projects of Etsy

Swag Bags

A party is no fun without the “Goody Bags”, don’t worry we have one for you even in this Virtual Party! This bag is filled with downloadable projects and tutorials for you to print and make!

Click here for the Downloadable  Projects

Click here for the Tutorials

Grab the % Off Coupon and Go Shopping!

The Coupon code is the same for everyone (the % discounts may differ)- cijparty2015

The following shops are participating:

AliciasFindings – 15% off Store-wide, Valid 6/5/15 – 6/8/15

EviesToolEmporium – 20% off Store-wide, Valid  6/5/15 – 6/7/15

Quilterbell – 15% off Store-wide, Valid 6/5/15 – 6/8/15

DeeDeeDeesigns – 10% off Store-wide, Valid 6/5/15 – 6/7/15

KleanKristi – 15% off Store-wide, Valid 6/5/15

CartoCreative – Free standard shipping and 15% off minimum purchase of $20.00USD, Valid 6/5/15 – 6/7/15

byTheArtBug – 10%off Store-wide, Valid 6/5/15 – 6/7/15

Tell Everyone!

Don’t forget to share the love!If you are crafting with us, be sure to tweet, Instagram, and/or Facebook us your projects. Also share the CIJ Craft party DIYs on social media!

The official hashtag is #craftparty

Enter to the Giveaway for a chance to Win

Last but not the least! It’s the Party Prizes! Toss your name into the hat below for your chance to win one of prizes offered up by our fabulous sponsors. Contest ends at midnight EST and the winner will be announced Monday on the blog!

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Now, LET THE  PARTY BEGIN!

CIJ Etsy Craft Party – This Coming Friday On June 5th

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Our party is Online so you can join in from anywhere in the world, how exciting is that!!

Come and join Team CIJ for Etsy’s Annual Craft Party event, a global celebration of meeting and making. This year’s party is even more special as 2015 marks Etsy’s tenth anniversary.

CIJ Craft Party 2015 – June 5th Fri: 9:00am–2:00pm

No. of Guests – Unlimited!

The official tag is : #CraftParty

Register here:

#EtsyCIJ #CraftParty

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Click here to see last year’s fun and activities at CIJ Craft Party–

Christmas In July Craft Party 2014

CIJ’s Online Craft Party 2015 is taking place on Friday June 5th, there would be lots of activities, DIYs, Giveaways, and Coupons to grab along with the online goodies and freebies!

Here is a Sneak Peak…

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This year’s Etsy Craft Party theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape.  Kaleidoscopes represent many individual pieces coming together to create something beautiful — much like the dynamic shops that make up Etsy.

We do need our members help to make this a wonderful event for all, so if you wish to donate a prize (could even be a gift certificate) or submit a tutorial please do so here (Please do so before 3rd June Midnight):

Craft Party 2015: Donate A Prize

Craft Party 2015: Submit A Tutorial

So come join the fun, invite your friends and family!

CIJ Etsy Craft Party – In Just About 2 Weeks!

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Come and join Team CIJ for Etsy’s Annual Craft Party event, a global celebration of meeting and making. This year’s party is even more special as 2015 marks Etsy’s tenth anniversary.

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Since our party is online it doesn’t matter where you are based just sign up here to join the fun!

Christmas In July Craft Party

In 2014, more than 8,500 people took part in Etsy’s Annual Craft Party, including hundreds of party hosts.

See all the fun from last year’s party over the world!

Etsy Craft Party Gallery

Click here for a look at last years event for CIJ –

Christmas In July Craft Party 2014

CIJ’s Online Craft Party 2015 is taking place on June 5th, there would be lots of activities, DIYs, Giveaways, and Coupons to grab along with the online goodies and freebies!

This year’s Etsy Craft Party theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape.  Kaleidoscopes represent many individual pieces coming together to create something beautiful — much like the dynamic shops that make up Etsy.

We do need our members help to make this a wonderful event for all, so if you wish to donate a prize (could even be a gift certificate) or submit a tutorial please do so here:

Craft Party 2015: Donate A Prize

Craft Party 2015: Submit A Tutorial

So come join the fun, invite your friends/family!

The official tag is : #CraftParty

CIJ Craft Party 2015 – June 5th Fri: 9:00am–2:00pm

No. of Guests – Unlimited!

Graduation Gifts

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Here are some wonderful  “Graduation Gift” ideas.

I don’t have anything that is specifically for graduations, but I do have items that can be given for graduations, such as this pen which is based on my shop logo.

The actual logo is an original collage piece, one of the first ones that I did and one of the few early ones I’ve kept lol. The collage is in my favorite colors, and shows a Victorian woman who thinks it’s time for a change. I’ve never listed the actual collage for sale in the shop – maybe I should.

Anyway, I decided to have the pens made as a try-out in the shop and much to my surprise most of those I ordered have sold. I also gave a bunch as Christmas gifts to friends and family.

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Pen – Art Collage – Make Your Writing More Fun

I’ve no specific graduation present, unless you want to give a personalized portrait or a wreath.

But I created graduation favors.

In Italy, on this occasion, we generally use red color and little decors ( a ladybug or an owl ).

We believe they are lucky charms.

Inside my bag I can put confetti or some scented pot-pourri

Burlap bags for many different occasions, wedding, birthday or anniversary favor, baby shower favor, linen sachet, made in Italy rustic bags

Burlap bags for many different occasions

Get your graduates ready for Graduation with these wonderful vintage graduation party supplies! Set the table up with Hallmark’s “caps & scrolls” paper tablecloth and decorate the cake with either the boy or girl graduate or Both!! Celebrate this huge milestone with the ones you love!

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Vintage Graduation Decorations

I received a request for a graduation card for a very special young lady that will be graduating from high school. I created a bold and contemporary card that would make a lovely keepsake with the year of graduation.

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Graduation Card

For the graduate that knows what it takes to get the diploma.!
Something small, soft, and memorable was my inspiration for making this cute little owl.
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Crochet Graduation OWL

A special ring, it can be the perfect gift for a graduation with a feather imprint and a beautiful emerald green color, that can inspire happy, light times ahead.

This ring be worn as a statement piece with long skirts or dresses for a bohemian look at the beach or any other holiday destination.

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Statement emerald green ceramic ring

School is about more than just going to class. Commemorate your home, college town, or spring break memories with customized map art.

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Chapel Hill map print

I had an Aunt who lived in Philadelphia when I was young. Living in Baltimore, we didn’t get to see her much, so her visits were special, like when she came down to see us when I graduated. She gave me a charm bracelet as a graduation gift. I still have it. That inspired me to create this special “Graduation” charm bracelet.

Graduation All Sterling Silver with Amethyst and Aventurine Stone and Charm Bracelet

Graduation All Sterling Silver Bracelet

Beautiful rainbow colors merge into one another in this scented rainbow square chunk pillar candle. This candle is made in a 3 pour process, and has a core candle with the rainbow chunks set around it. This process creates a better quality, longer burning candle. Not sure of the total burning time, but I still have one that I light from time to time and its been with me for 11 yrs! Colors will vary slightly as each candle is hand made. Shown here unwrapped, it will come to you, wrapped in cello and tied with raffia/hemp cord.
This gorgeous rainbow candle would make a wonderful unity candle for a wedding, a great gift for a friend or loved one, a thoughtful graduation gift or a beautiful sentiment for a memorial service.
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven chakras in the body, located in a straight line with your spine; this line runs down the center of your body, from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an energy center and is represented with its unique color. Color meditation involves focusing on each of your chakras and their color vibration in order to bring about balance in your mind and body; promoting healing and peace of mind. (Each of the chakras relates to the elements of Earth, air fire water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle Unity Candle GIGANTIC Unique Handmade Candle 9" Tall 3" Wide 2.68 Lbs. Scented in Your Choice

Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle

I love this quote, and I think it’s the perfect gift for a recent graduate as getting your way through those finally days can feel like a real push!

30% Off Sale It Always Seems Impossible Until Its Done, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Inspiring Art, Graduation Gift, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote Print

Dawn from SimplyMemories says,
These cute little scrapbooks make a perfect gift for the graduate. All of the hard work has been done. You only need to add photos and you’ll have a special keepsake to remember your accomplishment. They’re also a great way to display photos as graduation open houses/parties.
6x6 Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says,

I love giving a vintage gift to grads. Vintage is often unique, special and memorable. These heavy cast iron bookends that were made decades ago would make a wonderful and unusual gift for someone heading off to college. I can almost guarantee that no other student will have these cool gold bronze bookends in their dorm room! You can add a clever note with them e.g. “Best wishes as you sail off on a new adventure.”

Vintage Bookends Cast Iron Ships Marked 1928 Spanish Galleon

Vintage Bookends

Mother’s Day – Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and here are some lovely gift ideas to celebrate this special occasion.

As well drawing my inspiration from the natural environment I also use recycled products to create some of my jewellery (because of my love of the environment and the need to minimize waste)

This necklace has been created using recycled buttons and beads and makes a great statement for those mums who love to care for the environment and make a fashion statement at the same time!

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads Jewellery on Silver Chain Eco-friendly in Handmade Felt Envelope

Bar Necklace Upcycled Buttons and Beads

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says,

When I was little, I loved to play dress up with my Mother’s clothes. She had beautiful high heeled shoes and lots of great hats. This is my favorite card in my shop, because it reminds me of her.

Happy Mother's Day Card, Greeting Card, Little Girl Dress Up, Lavender and Chartreuse

Happy Mother’s Day Card

Generally all necessary little things to sew something are collected, at worst, in a drawer or, in the best case, in an old cakes tin box.
For this reason I thought to create a nice basket specifically dedicated to sewing.

I hope my cheerful decorate basket will be a nice gift for a beloved mom!

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Decorated sewing basket

Arek from ARPELC says,

Mother’s birthstone necklace in 14k gold- the precious gift for wonderful Mothers with heart and birthstone set inside.

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Diamond gold necklace with heart

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says,

I made a Mother & Daughter matching bracelet set. This is something sweet that can connect the two, like a sophisticated friendship bracelet. It would make a great gift for mom from a daughter of any age.

Pink Pearl & Gold - Mother Daughter Bracelet Set - One of a Kind- OOAK Hand Made

Pink Pearl & Gold – Mother Daughter Bracelet Set

Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says,

I knitted this delicate Baby Alpaca cowl scarf thinking of all of the women’s in my life: my mom, grandma and sisters. They all live to far from me. I imagined how they would wear this soft and cozy cowl everyday to work, to store, to beach in a cool day or just to be warm and stylish. This and other cowls in my store would be perfect gift for them!

Knitted Cowl Scarf, Scarves and Wraps, Women's Accessories, Clothing, Light Neck warmer for Women.

Knitted Cowl Scarf

Sharon from SharPharMade says,

For the mom that sews …

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern Supply Misses Proportioned Pants

Butterick 3677 Sewing Craft Pattern

This is a gift for the really offbeat mom who loves zombies!

Ideal for fans of American Horror Story and the Walking Dead, it’s a mini collage on canvas that can be displayed in small niches, on a desk, or a shelf. What’s special about the piece, if only to me, is that the woman on the piece is my mother when she was expecting my oldest brother way back in 1949. So it truly is honoring Mother’s Day.

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead Vintage Style Collage Art  -- She's Got Brains

Zombie Inspired Small Art for Lovers of the Undead

I am so thankful that I can call my Mom my best friend. She is always there for me to love and support, she is the one person I want to share my joys and sorrows, and she stands by me through it all. This beautiful little card says just that with a simple greeting, “My Mother, My Friend” and is also a gift with 4 tea light candles to give a special Mom.

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Pretty for Mom or Mom-To-Be! I love the fact that I can bring my grandma’s garden into my house with a wreath or two… ah, memories..they are the best!
Ivory Burlap Wreath with Peach/Pink Hydrangeas & Rose  Burlap Summer Wreath with Pastel Flowers Mother's Day Burlap Wreath Round Wreath

Ivory Burlap Wreath

My mother had a little girls tea set to play with when she was just a girl, which my sister and I also played with. To this day she loves to collect cups & saucers! This is a gorgeous Lefton set with dainty little Violets! Perfect size for just a spot of tea!

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Vintage Lefton Demitasse Cup and Saucer

 OldBookSmith from OldBookSmith says,

Everyone knows how many roles a mother is called upon to fill, and how many different hats she wears over the years of parenting. We wanted to honor these many responsibilities in a lighthearted way, and created this dictionary print as the perfect gift to show mom her many talents have not gone unnoticed!

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MOTHER Dictionary Print

#CIJArtGallery – LeeArt

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – Catherine Lee from LeeArt

1. What is your work of art?

An acrylic painting on canvas.

LeeArt

LeeArt

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

My inspiration is the fresh meadows of Spring on Sunday morning at Church.

3. What keywords describe your work?

Church, Sunday, valley, landscape.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylics are my favourites to paint, although I will do the odd oil painting.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by art, all art, it’s inspiring, makes me happy and I could look at it all day.

6. What are your social media sites?

FB – Lee Art, TW – LeeArtPaintings, Pinterest – Lee Art, Etsy Lee Art

#CIJArtGallery – Angelshaug

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – Anne Irene Angelshaug from Angelshaug

1. What is your work of art?
My work of art is an acrylic on canvas.

Limited edition Giclee print "The Searching the blue" A4

Angelshaug

 

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

Since I have always enjoyed “drawing stories” it is what I still do. I have fun creating, I like the challenges to my mind, and also the technical challenges it makes me face. But it is also a medium for me to communicate to others my thoughts and feelings around subjects that I find important. One of the subjects that “drives” me and I feel there should be a lot more focus on is the state of the planet and the destructive side of man. Again and again, we make bad choices with horrendous consequences for this beautiful planet and this saddens me more than I can say. There is a lot of this in my work.

3. What keywords describe your work?
Popsurrealism

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylic and oils.

5. What fascinates you?
Since the subject matter that I want to explore and communicate is so dark and melancholic I like to juxtapose this with a beautiful fairytale-like look to the image. I want to “draw” the onlooker in and then let them discover that everything is not as it should be in this “beautiful” place.

6. What are your social media sites?
Website: angelshaug.wordpress.com/
facebok: www.facebook.com/artofangelshaug
instagram: instagram.com/anneangelshaug

#CIJArtGallery – AngsanaSeedsPhoto

Chinese New Year – 2015

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the significant celebrations here in Singapore. The City becomes lively with parades, festivals, decorations, events and activities! Singapore is a multi-cultural community and people from all walks of life enjoy and participate in this holiday.

Chinese New Year is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements.

It begins with first new moon of each calendar year and ends on the full moon. This Year it starts on February 19.

The celebrations continue for the coming 15 days, with each day being significant for a specific celebration/ ceremony.

River Hong Bao Festival Decorations and Displays-

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The Food

Food is a big part of Chinese New Year celebrations, and many meals are eaten with family and friends. Some traditional favorites are steamed rice pudding, dumplings, nian gao cake and long noodles.

Cleaning & Decoration

Homes are thoroughly cleaned before the beginning of the new year, you are should not clean on New Year’s Eve/Day because it’s believed that good fortune will be swept away if cleaning is done on New Year’s.

People decorate their homes with lanterns and tangerines and fresh flowers. Red is the main color as it signifies bright and happy future.

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Family Dinners

Chinese New Year is a family-centered celebration. Families and friends gather up for dinners, tables are set for the deceased relatives as well they  are honored this way.

Hong Bao

Children receive Hong Bao that is Money from elders in Red packets.

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Mythology

According to the legend Chinese New Year began with a battle against a mythical beast called the Nian, he come on the first day of  new year to eat children, livestock and produce. To save and protect themselves, the Villagers would put food in front of their doors believing that the creature would eat that and leave without harming them.

It was believed that the Nian was afraid of the colour red and firecrackers, so people would hang red lanterns outside and set off firecrackers.
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Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Astrology uses one’s Birth Day and Birth Time to predict their fortune. The astrological birth chart is built by the Chinese Astrology Calendar, which is a combination counting system of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The twelve animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

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Year 2015 – Year of the Goat

This year will mark the beginning of the Year of the Goat, people born in this year are considered gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

#CIJArtGallery – SSFDesigns

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – SSFDesigns

1.What is your work of art?

My work that I am sharing is a costume a commission I was contacted to create

SSFDesigns

SSFDesigns

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

I was asked to make a period dress but I needed to make it look old as if the person wearing was not among the living . This was a challenge . I first took some fabric dyed it a pale yellow color something that at one time was bright and beautiful , then I cut the pattern some of the pieces where large and I dyed then in the tub with lots of hot water and tea to make them old looking I then took some of the smaller pieces and rolled then and rubber banded those and left them to sit over night. My fabric looked great or bad you might say . I also took netting , cheese cloth and tea dyed that also .
Finally I sewed the dress then began to add draping and netting , then I began to ripe and tear fabric and netting adding and hand sewing .
I was happy with the effect and was surprised at how much work it was to make somthing new look old and worn.

3. What keywords describe your work?

My keywords would be texture, color, and vintage.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Fabric and creating clothing and costumes is my passion I do not work in other media at this time.

5.What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by a lot of thing of course nature is very facinating to me I get a lot of ideas from nature the creatures and the colores.
I am also facinated by the past and the clothing from the past.

6.What are your social media sites?

Twitter: SSFDesigns