CIJ Etsy Craft Party – Follow Up

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Etsy invites everyone to arrange a local party and craft the day away. This year the #craftparty (official hashtag of 2014!) was held on Friday, June 6th.


The theme was Recapture Photographs! What can you make when you take photos and alter them in some way? Lots of very crafty ideas apparently!

Team Christmas in July decided to do a virtual party via the CIJ blog and boy was it fun!!

Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts made a few tutorials:

The first was a Patchwork Paper Shadowbox that was  a way of showcasing your photos around other objects.

She then showed us to make handmade coasters that I want to try!

Lastly she made a Altered Photo frame that was very shabby chic!


Jennifer also posted Ida of  HerterCrochetDesigns tutorial:

Decorating your tree with photo ornaments! It is super fun involving photos, glue, jar lids and lots of creativity!


Jessica of CrochetNature did a tutorial on:

How we can crochet an edge on paper. It has a lot to do with slip stitching and concentrating! Looked so lovely and fun!


We had swag bags made of all types of printable goodies! One of our little thank you’s for being there!

We had posts galore on all types of social media ranging from facebook, twitter, pinterest, google + and more!

Some of our members even had a Craft Party sale using the Code CIJPARTY14!

Finally we also had some members donate prizes to some lucky winners who entered our Rafflecopter Giveaway!

I want to thank everyone who participated in this especially CIJ captain Michelle and my co-chair Jennifer!

This was an amazing event and one I want to try again!



CIJ Etsy Craft Party – Altered Photo Frame

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hello again everyone! Are you enjoying our day of classes here at the CIJ #craftparty?? Next up is our Altered Photo Frame class, and this one is fun and easy. Honest.

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Materials Needed:

  • picture frame with the glass removed (found mind at the Dollar Store)
  • burlap (needs to cover frame, so about 14×16 for an 8×10 frame)
  • jute ribbon or twine
  • mini clothespins
  • other embellishments (optional)
  • glue gun & hot glue

Start by taking apart your photo frame and removing the glass. Toss it, break it, use it as a sun catcher; we simply don’t need it for this project. Cover the back of the frame with burlap and hot glue in place. Warning – burlap has holes in it. Hot glue is hot. Just saying.

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When you’re done, the back of the frame should look something like this. Feel free to trim down any extra burlap if you wish, and then glue down your corners. I pulled in the corner piece, glued it down, then folded the side pieces over the top to make the whole thing nice and snug.

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Let the whole thing dry for a bit, then pop it back into the photo frame. Make sure it will fit with the added bulk (it really should), but don’t squeeze everything into place yet; we’re going to add our twine string for hanging our photos in first.

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Feed your twine from the front, between where the photo frame and burlap with meet, to the back of the frame. Once you have it at the height you want, glue the first end down.

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Let it dry for a moment, then feed the other side through as well. Glue it down and you now have a burlap frame that will proudly display your photos. The clothespins make it simple to switch them out.

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I decided to dress mine up further and glued on some fabric flowers, then finished it off by stringing a metal sentiment plate across it using the same technique as the twine. It appropriately reads “capture life’s moments”.

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Thanks for stopping by the class! Be sure to check out the main Craft Party page for the full schedule of events.



CIJ Etsy Craft Party – Decorate Your Tree with Photo Ornaments

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Christmas is a magical time of the year. One of the best gifts you can ever receive is being able to spend it with your family and friends.  Here’s a wonderful Christmas tradition perhaps you’d be interested in having for your family :

“Growing up, we loved going to a tree farm and picking out the perfect Christmas tree. (Or not so perfect. I have fond memories or trudging through the snow with my brothers, cutting down a tree, and dragging it through the field. It’s a good thing I had strong brothers. After the tree thawed, it was time to decorate it. We covered it in decorations that my parents collected through the years. In a way, the Christmas tree became a “scrapbook” of sorts.

My family’s tree (as I was growing up) was filled with ornaments from “baby’s first Christmases”, trips that we took, activities that we did, like music, dance, and sports ornaments. My parent’s liked having photograph ornaments made. They had a wedding one made of themselves, and had photo one’s made for each of the children for our first Christmases. My mother also always made it a point to keep every ornament we ever made. The Christmas tree had beautiful glass ornaments on it, along with a few popsicle stick snowflakes. She still hangs our handmade photo ornaments that we made in grade school. Both of my parents also kept ornaments from when they were kids as well.

Both my family and my husband’s family always got together Christmas morning. Now that we are grown and have kids of our own, we love to visit our families and share breakfast with them, the same we had done when we were kids. I enjoy watching my kids share in the festivities the same way I had when I was a child.”

Learn how to make your very own photo ornaments with your kids this Christmas!

Tutorial for Jar Lid Christmas Ornament” by Ida Herter

Step One: Gather Supplies

  • Washed and dried jar lids
  • Ribbon
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue, or some other strong glue
  • Photos or cards
  • Beads, stickers, any other decorative item you wish to add
  • Nail (or something else to poke a hole through the lid)


Step Two: Poke hole in Lids

Make a hole by hammering a nail through the lid. Do this on a safe surface (I used a craft board) so as not to damage floors or tables. *SAFETY* Do not let children do this step. Keep the little ones away when making the holes in the lids.

Step Three: (optional) Add Paper or Paint to Back

If you wish to add paper to the back of the ornament, this is the best time to do it. Simply trace the lid on the paper you wish to add to the back and glue it to the back of the lid. After the paper is added, poke a hole through the paper in the same spot the hole is on the lid.


Step Four: Add Hanger

You can use a number of materials to make your hanger. I chose to use ribbon for one of my ornaments, and a string of beads for another.

String the hanger through the hole in the lid. Tie a knot, and glue it in place on the inside of the lid.



Step Five: Decorate the Inside of the Lid

Trace the lid on a card, a photo, or colored paper. For my Santa ornament, I first added some dark red scrapbooking paper inside the lid; then I used the Santa card to cut a smaller circle. You can layer paper, or you can cut out just the picture and add it to the lid.


Step Six: Finishing

Now, add any extra embellishments that you wish. I used some tiny star stickers to add to my Santa ornament. I think it gave him a little extra sparkle and charm.

If you were making a paper covered lid, cut a long thin strip of paper and glue it to the outside edge of the lid.

Don’t forget to add dates to the back!


Many thanks to Ida from HerterCrochetDesigns for sharing her family’s Christmas tradition with us and for the wonderful tutorial! Be sure to check out our class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

CIJ Etsy Craft Party – Handmade Coasters

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Last Christmas I surprised my sister and her fiance with two sets of handmade, custom coasters. While I used monograms and printed images for this tutorial, I’ve also done them with scrapbook paper and printed photographs. The trick with using photographs are as follows:

  • use photos printed on matte finish cardstock and printed using a laser printer. That way the ink doesn’t run when you seal it with Modge Podge
  • Prints you send away for via Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc. also work fine
  • If you absolutely must use an inkjet printer, use matte cardstock and let the prints set for about an hour. Then spray the paper with a matte finish sealant (Krylon makes a great one) to lock in the ink. Wait the required drying time, then spray them again. Trust me, your ink is going to run otherwise.

So, how did we make them?

Warning: the photos came out awful! I had no idea until after the holidays, of course…sigh…

  •  4″x4″ ceramic tiles that we found at Lowe’s for $0.16/each
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • spray Mod Podge, matte finish
  • 3/4″ felt furniture circles, 4/tile
  • foam brush
  • 4″x4″ design*

Trim up your paper to 4″x4″ and set aside. Lay out your tiles on a covered surface and get your Mod Podge ready. Lightly coat your first tile with Mod Podge and carefully lay your paper over the top. Smooth it out to remove all the bubbles and set aside to let dry. I typically flip the tile upside-down so that the image is on my table; it helps keep the bubbles out.

Once dry, give them a second coat of Mod Podge. Since using a foam brush will leave slight brush marks, apply this coat in the opposite direction of the first. So, if the first coat went on left to right, turn your tiles 90 degrees before applying the second coat. Once that coat is dry, spray them all with the spray Mod Podge to give it a sealant against spilled liquids…coasters do seem to attract those. (ba-dum-bump) Once everything is dry (we let them sit for a day or so), apply the felt circles on the bottom to give them that non-skid goodness we expect from coasters. Ta da, beautiful handmade coasters that don’t break the bank!

Monogram coasters with the letter ‘L’
Kitty and puppy coasters

If you’re Photoshop-savvy, here’s how you make the custom artwork: open a new file and size it to 4″x4″. Let your creative self go crazy! You can fit four printouts on a standard letter-size sheet for printing ease. I used a lightweight cardstock and I would not recommend going heavier.

Where did I get the idea for making coasters? Pinterest, of course! I am truly loving that site…all crafters should hang out on there. Feel free to follow my boards on there for inspiration of your own! If you do make coasters, please let me know so I can see how they came out.

Thanks for stopping by the Handmade Coasters class today! Be sure to check out our full class schedule on the main Craft Party post.

Etsy CIJ Craft Party – How to Crochet an Edge on Paper

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

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Hi! I’m Jessica from Crochet Nature and I’m happy to be here at the CIJ Blog sharing my tutorial for how to crochet an edge on paper. It’s one of the many ways you can embellish your pictures for the Etsy Craft Party!

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First, you’re going to need some supplies:
Thick Paper – Watercolor, Cardstock, etc.
Crochet Thread – Aunt Lydia’s 100% Viscose from Bamboo 10
Crochet Hook – Steel – size 6 / 1.6mm

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Step 1: Print pictures onto paper. I chose some of my Grandma – the one of he skiing always makes me smile!

Step 2: Cut picture out.
Step 3: Punch holes, evenly spaced, around edge of picture, about 1 inch apart.

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Step 4: Slip Stitch into corner where you would like to begin.
Step 5: Chain 9.

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Step 6: Slip Stitch into the next hole.
Step 7: Repeat step 5 and 6 across edge to corner hole.

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Step 8: Chain 3.
Step 9: Slip Stitch into same corner hole.

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Step 10: Repeat Steps 5 to 9 until you reach the beginning stitch.
Step 11: Slip Stitch to join with beginning stitch.

If you want a very simple border, you can stop here. Or you can continue…

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Step 12: Chain 1.
Step 13: Single Crochet in next 9 stitches.

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Step 14: Skip slip stitch. Single Crochet in each chain across the edge, skipping each slip stitch until you reach the corner.
Step 15: Single Crochet 3 under corner chain.
Continue single crocheting around entire picture with 3 single crochets under each corner.

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Step 16: Slip Stitch to join with first single crochet.

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Step 17: Chain 4.
Step 18: 1 Slip Stitch in 1st chain of 4 chain.

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Step 19: Skip the next single crochet.
Step 20: 1 Single Crochet in next stitch.

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Step 21: Chain 3.
Step 22: 1 Slip Stitch in 1st chain of 3 chain.

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Step 23: Slip Stitch to join with first stitch. Tie off. If you’d like to hang the picture, you can leave a long tail and tie it to the other side of the top edge.

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Happy Etsy Craft Day!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I’d love to see you soon at my shop!

Etsy CIJ Craft Party – Making a Patchwork Paper Shadowbox

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Good morning! Welcome to our first class today, Making a Patchwork Paper Shadowbox. Wall art is a great way to get your photos out where you can see them, and making a shadowbox is a really fun way to do just that.

The patchwork part refers to the patterned papers I used; I cut and sliced many different pieces to make my own background, sort of like piecing a quilt together.

 Materials Used:

– DCWV Rockstar mat stack

– Cotton Bag

– 1/2 sheet of Rhinestones

– Sentiment stamp from Pink by Design

– 2 buttons

-Pink by Design stamp set ‘Happily Ever After’

-Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Tea Stain, and Crushed Olive

-StazOn True Black Ink

-Lawn Fawn Twine in Natural

-13″x13″ shadow box

-random piece of 12″x12″ scrapbooking paper

-crown stamp (dollar bin at Michael’s)

-foam tape

-black stamp marker from LePlume

Paper pads are fabulous as you can find them in any color or theme under the sun and if it’s in the pad, it matches. They make it so easy!

Here are some close-ups of the added elements that really make the shadowbox fun:

The muslin bag got distressed, stamped, and blinged-out with the rhinestones
The buttons got strung through some twine and wrapped around the whole page to make…
…guitar strings!

Yeah, that is one seriously cute, Goldfish-encrusted grin. My little love. That photo happened when he decided to come stick his face in the camera, so I clicked away. Who knew it would turn out so perfect?

Ok, on to the photo montage of how I put this bad boy together!

I started with the photobox frame which, in this case, measures 13″x13″, leaving me a workspace of 12.5″x12.5″. Lots of room! So I grabbed a piece of 12″x12″ paper I had lying around in a color that I really wasn’t crazy about and used that as my backer piece. I decided to make a patchwork quilt out of the different papers in the pack, so I started laying out my design then got cutting.

Figuring out spacing BEFORE cutting. Sometimes I’m so smart!
Paper all sliced up and edges inked
I used the white insert from the frame to line up my paper, then started gluing
My completed background

I really, really like how it came out. That’s the nice thing about paper stacks – all of the papers compliment each other. Thanks to the patterns, I could even work in some of the pink papers despite it being a boy’s layout. It came across as cool, not girly. Rock on.

From here I moved on to the muslin bag. It really didn’t match in its natural form, so I grabbed my Distress Inks and started layering them on. I tucked tissue paper inside the bag to prevent bleed-through and it provided a cool effect while rubbing on the inks. I have to say, that little bag loved the inks! Soooo easy. When I was happy with the colors, I grabbed the crown stamp I had that, gasp!, matched the crowns on the paper perfectly. Using the rhinestones as jewels was a perfect way to bring some bling in. I let the bag dry overnight and did wind up going back over the crown with my marker as it had faded too much. I love how grungy it came out! Since I already had my marker in hand, I added my little prince of a rock star’s name and called it done.

A blend of crushed olive, wild honey, and tea stain resulted in one cool, grungy bag
Close-up of the bag; you can see the crown is already fading
Oh yeah, the bag wasn’t the only thing stained…blech!
Completed bag with the crown drawn back in

While the bag dried and I scrubbed my hands clean (surprisingly easy to do, by the way) I chose and printed out my photos and got to work matting them. I also attached my “guitar strings” and buttons while munching on the hidden stash of candy in my craft room…shhhh! I laid everything out on my background and realized something was missing. In the end, I grabbed one last piece of paper from the stack and fussy-cut the flocked heart design out and added it to the middle. Perfect!

Final layout check before applying the adhesive
My fussy-cut heart embellishment

From here it was simple. Grabbing my ATG gun I glued everything down. I used foam tape to pop up the photo in the corner and the heart embellishment to give it some dimension. Then it was just a matter of lining it up in the frame, adding the bag, and I was done!

Thanks for stopping by my shadowbox class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

Welcome to the CIJ Etsy Craft Party!






Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the CIJ #craftparty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team mates and followers around the globe, so we took this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, get swag bags, and win prizes than from the comfort of your couch?

This year’s theme is Recapture Your Photographs, so that’s what we’re going to do; get them off your camera, hard drive, phone, wherever you have them stashed and out where people can see them!


We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule (all times in Eastern Standard Time) :

9am – Making a Patchwork Paper Shadowbox by Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

11am – Adding Crochet to your Photographs by Jessica from CrochetNature

1pm – Handmade Coasters by Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

3pm – Decorate Your Tree with Photo Ornaments by Ida from HerterCrochetDesigns

5pm – Altered Picture Frame by Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today. Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends!

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #craftparty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to tweet, Instagram, and/or Facebook us your projects. Go on, show off your crafty self!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!  The participating shops are listed below with the discount being offered and the expiration date. To keep it simple, we’re all using the same coupon code – CIJPARTY14

Evie’s Tool Emporium – 20% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/8/14

Alicia’s Findings – 15% off all orders of $5 or more, valid 6/6 – 6/13/14

MyTaylorMade – Get (3) Sewing Patterns for only $14, valid 6/6 – 7/31/14

La Fiaba Russa – 10% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/10/14

DinDon – 10% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/10/14

Crochet Nature – 20% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/10/14

Caffeinated Papercuts – 15% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/9/14

Little Me Bling – 25% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/8/14

Carto Creative – 20% off store-wide, valid 6/6 – 6/8/14

Enter to Win

Still with me? All right, one last piece to this 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!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tomorrow is the Etsy Christmas In July Craft Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The last couple of weeks Jennifer from CaffeinatedPaperCuts and Alicia from AliciasFindings have been working behind the scenes for the Christmas In July version of the Etsy Craft Party! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual Craft Party!

Tomorrow – June 6th, 2014 – you will be able to join them  here on the CIJ blog for classes and giveaways all day long!

To join in the fun register at our Craft Party event page! You can also stop in throughout the day and see what is happening! Only those who have registered will be eligible to win so it will be worth the moment it takes to register!


This year’s theme is Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs so we’ll have virtual classes all day long centered around that theme. Video tutorials, step-by-step tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the giveaways throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek? Jessica from CrochetNature is doing a tutorial!


So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get crafty!

Etsy Craft Party Coming June 6th to the CIJ Blog!

Contributor Post By Jennifer from CaffeinatedPaperCuts

Hi everyone! Every year Etsy holds a Craft Party day around the globe, inviting everyone to arrange a local party and craft the day away. This year the #craftparty (official hashtag of 2014!) will be held on Friday, June 6th and you’re all invited!


What’s that? You can’t fly in that day? No worries, the Christmas In July team will be holding classes and giveaways all day long right here on the blog! To join in, just register at our event page for your ticket to fun.

This year’s theme is Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs so we’ll have virtual classes all day long centered around that theme. Video tutorials, step-by-step tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the giveaways throughout the day.

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to get crafty!