CIJ Etsy Craft Party Winners!

Contributor blog post by Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hey everyone – still recovering from all the partying we’ve been doing here on the blog? I know I am! So much creativity and information – I love it!

I’m here today to announce the winners of all the wonderful goodies from our Craft Party 2015. They’ve all been contacted and have probably even received their prizes by now.

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Small Leather Rose Pendant from MiracoliSpB – Heather Morgan

$25 Mystery Box Prize Pack from Rhodyart – Jessica Luiz-Brazil

Coffee Printable from bytheartbug – Carter Hamilton

Set of (2) Cinnamon Treats Wool Felted Hot Pads from timetalentjewels – Magdalena

Set of (4) Fox Note Cards from StinsonPaperCrafts – Diana M.

Ferris Wheel Photography Print from SummerStarsMasonJars – Dawn Whitehead

New York City Map Print from CartoCreative – Jennifer Loftfield

Crooked Houses Blank Art Card from LeeArt – Kristi Alflen

Altered 1920s Style Straw Hat from SSFDesigns – Connie Lee

Quilted Christmas Stocking from Quilterbell – Dawn Whitehead

Tan and Brown Nassa Shell Earrings from Bungalow42 – Ana Quilterbell

Thank you to all who came, read, created, donated, organized and participated in the #craftparty2015. We cannot wait for next year!

Thank you for coming to the CIJ Craft Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CraftParty here on the CIJ blog! It was a really fun day!

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts, Alicia from Alicia’s Findings, and Megha from byTheArtBug who hosted this years #CraftParty.Untitled


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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Spiral Ear Cuff

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Spiral Ear Cuff” by Rhonda Tol of SimplyBeadifulDesign

Step 11- finished


  • 20 gauge craft wire
  • Cup burr (optional)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • Round pen or pencil crayon


  • Cut craft wire to a length of just over 3 inches.
  • Using the round nose pliers, bend the wire around one side of the pliers at the 1 inch mark.

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  • Do the same with the other end of the wire so that you end up with an elongated “S” shape.
  • Trim any long ends so that you don’t have any ends sticking out past the bent part of the wire.

Step 3Step 4

  • Notice that the ends of your wire aren’t smooth and rounded. If you have a Cupp burr, use it on both ends of the wire. This is not necessary, but it does add a smoother more finished look to your wire.
  • Using your round nose pliers, grip one of the ends and roll once for the base of your spiral.

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  • Keep rolling your wire until you end up with a spiral as pictured.
  • Do the same with the other wire end so you have one spiral on each side.

Step 7       Step 8

  • Bend your wire with your fingers around your pen or pencil crayon.
  • Using your round nose pliers, bend one end of your cuff further to the inside; the bent in side tucks underneath the skin at the top of your ear and will help the cuff stay on your ear better.

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  • To wear the cuff, slide it on the bottom of your ear and slide up to where you want to wear it. It may need to be adjusted by slightly widening it with your fingers or slightly squeezing it closer together once it is on your ear. When it is adjusted properly, you should not feel it at all!

Step 11- finished

** This tutorial is for personal instructional purposes only. You may not reprint and/or sell it as your own tutorial. You may sell the finished product, however mass production in a factory by any hands other than your own is forbidden. ©Rhonda Tol, Simply Beadiful Designs, 2015**

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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Manly Cupcake CardMount

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Manly Cupcake Card by Jennifer Loftfield of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hi everyone – Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts with a manly cupcake card. Yes, I just used ‘manly’ and ‘cupcake’ in the same sentence. I don’t know about you, but I’m outnumbered and surrounded by guys around here, making it hard to reach for the glitter and sequins all the time. Heat embossing, on the other hand, is a great way to add some pizzazz without the glitter cooties!

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See – manly! It actually turned out pretty CAS  but still so much fun. The steps are simple ready?


Medium Cupcake Swirl stamp

Ice Cream Sprinkles stamp

Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls

Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die

Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die

Simon Says Stamp Navy Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate Cardstock

Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink

Hero Arts Cop O Joe ink

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Ranger Distress Stain – Walnut

Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder

Spellbinders – S4-124 Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles,Large


  • Simon Says Stamp Chocolate Brown card-stock for the base,scored to make a standard A2 top folding card. I then stamped it with their Wide Striped background stamp and VersaMark ink to add a bit of geometric interest.
  • Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy card-stock for the front panel,die cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die.
  • Stamp the Medium Cupcake Swirl and the Ice Cream Sprinkles sentiment stamp in VersaMark ink,then carefully apply your embossing powder. I used the Ranger Liquid Platinum for the cupcake and the Hero Arts White for the sentiment. Heat Away!
  • Mount your front panel to the card base with foam tape and admire your handiwork!

So fun and easy, right?? You could easily make it more feminine just by changing up the colors as well. While I was at it, I decided to make a little gift bag to go with it:

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Isn’t it cute? Erm,in a manly way of course…I made the bag using the Lawn Fawn Treat Bag die and some fun cardstock. I then used the same Medium Cupcake Swirl Stamp but this time carefully inked the frosting in HA Cornflower Blue and the wrapper in HA Cup O Joe, then stamped it on some white card-stock. A quick cut with a scalloped circle die,some Ranger Walnut Stain around the edges, and onto the bag it went with more foam tape. I then added some sprinkles with the Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls. All done!!

Ta-da – a fantastic, manly gift set:

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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Quick Oil Facial Cleanse

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Quick Oil Facial Cleanse by Kristi Alflen of KleanKreations

I will be giving a little instruction on how to make a quick oil facial cleanse. Yes, oil can cleanse your face (and your hair for that matter)!



  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Lemon essential oil (found at local health food store)

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  • Combine all ingredients together until smooth
  • Massage into face in a circular motion

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  • Wipe off immediately with a warm,wet wash cloth (no soap)
  • That’s it!! You are cleansed! The oil and yogurt have moisturized you and the lemon essential oil works as a cleanser and skin brightener. You also probably smell really good right now?!


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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Decorative Pinwheels

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings


Tutorial for Decorative Pinwheels” by Jessica Luiz-Brazil of SummerStarsMasonJars

Hello! I am Jessica from Summer Stars & Mason Jars and this is a easy tutorial on how to make decorative pinwheels!



  • Square paper(she used 5×5 scrapbook paper)
  • Scissors
  • Brads


  • Take the square paper and fold it corner to corner to score an x in the paper
  • Cut along the folded line a little more than half way up.Do not cut all the way up the middle!


  • Cut all 4 of the folded lines the same way.
  • Fold the corner of the paper to the middle.

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  • Do this with all 4 corners. I held it with my fingers,these corners could also be taped down.
  • Push the brad through the center of all the corners in the middle. I bought fancy flower brads,but here you could add a decorative sticker or flower to jazz it up a bit!

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  • Here is the back with the brad pushed through.

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Here it is! I used bright summer colors to have as a centerpiece at a cookout but they can be used as baby shower decorations,cupcake toppers or even on the wall for decorations in a room!


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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Colorful Paper Weaving

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

“Tutorial for Colorful Paper Weaving” by Clare of Etsy


If you’re looking for an approachable way to make visually striking and totally frame-worthy original artwork, paper weaving — a fun update on the textile-weaving trend — just might be for you. Combine your favorite images with embellishments like ribbon, yarn, colored paper, magazine pages, or even your child’s artwork, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind statement piece to display in your home. It’s so easy even a kid could do it (just grab the safety scissors first!).



  • 2 photos of your choice,blown up and printed on 81/2″ x 11″ paper
  • Template
  • Scissors
  • 4 small binder clips
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue stick(not pictured
  • Optional: ribbon, yarn, colored paper or fabric


Download and print the paper weaving templates. You will also need to print two images of your choice on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper; I used some of my Instagram photos for this project, but you could also purchase and download digital images from sellers right here on Etsy. Make sure to size the images so that they fill the entire page.


Place the diagonal-line template on top of one of your photos and the vertical-line template on the other. Note: The white template borders should be on the top and left sides. Secure the templates to the photos using binder clips.


Following the lines of the diagonal template, cut through both the template and the image, making sure to stop cutting where the lines of the template end.


When you’ve finished cutting, remove the binder clips and set the image aside.



Next, cut along the lines of your vertical template and photo.



Tip: Keep the vertical strips in their original order as you cut through this second photo. (You should still be able to make out the image when you’re done.)



Now you’re ready to combine the two images. Starting from the left, grab one strip from the vertically cut image and guide it through the diagonally cut image using an “over-under” pattern.


Push the woven strip all the way to the left and make sure its top and bottom edges line up with those of the diagonally cut image. Then grab a second strip and weave it through using the opposite of the pattern you just used (so go “under-over” this time).


Continue weaving more paper strips, alternating between the over-under and under-over patterns. Feel free to add in other embellishments like fabric strips or colored paper, and keep going until your weaving is complete.


Once you’ve finished weaving, secure the layers with binder clips.


Next, flip the whole thing over and apply Scotch tape along the edges.


Trim excess paper with scissors, if needed.


Tip: For a more secure fit and cleaner edges, use glue stick to secure any loose ends.


Last but not least, add a frame to your new paper weaving and hang it in your home or office.


CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Fabric Yo – Yo

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Fabric Yo-Yo by NauticoCreations

How to make a Fabric Yo-Yo

Fabric yo-yo’s are small circles that can be used to add texture to a quilt. They can be sewn on as the center of a flower or you can even make an entire quilt just out of them. Pictured is an example using them as centers. You can see they give the quilt some added dimension.



  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Something round to trace (she used a 5.5 “diameter bowl, since the size will end up smaller than original circle)
  • Pen or Fabric marker



  • Place your fabric face down and trace around the fabric with your bowl or other round object.
  • Once traced, but out your circle. If you’re planning on making several yo-yo’s at a time, it might be easier to trace and cut multiple circle before stitching them.


  • Next comes the sewing part. Turn in 1/4″ of fabric and start loosely stitching around the fabric in semi-wide stitches in order to make it easy to pull the thread through. Continue folding in the fabric and stitching until you have sewn all of the way around.

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  • This is the stage where your flower starts to take shape. Start pulling the thread tight. Pictured is what your flower looks like mid-stage as you are pulling the thread through.

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  • Here is a close up of the finished yo-yo which is 2.5″ diameter. When you are done pulling the thread through,stitch the thread through the center to secure the bottom side of the yo-yo. You can then either knot and cut the thread or leave the thread long on the other side and use it to sew the yo-yo to the quilt, depending on your preference.
  • Finally here is your finished quilt with yo-yo’s. As you can see, this extra touch on the quilt really adds texture and finishes it off nicely. If you quilt or are just getting started and haven’t used this technique. Give it a try.


CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – DIY Statement Necklace

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for DIY Statement Necklace” by Clare of Etsy



  • Corrugated paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Cord
  • Optional -markers or spray paint

Before you get started: When it comes to paper beads, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether you choose to create simple, straightforward tube beads or more complex shapes, the bead width will be determined by the base width of the shape; the thickness will depend on the length of the shape.

Create simple tube beads using a rectangle shape:


Or make more complex shapes using different-sized triangles:

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You can also experiment with added color and design using spray paint or markers. Tip: Focus your designs on the edges of the shapes you create, as only the outermost edges of the paper will be visible once rolled into a bead.


Once you’ve decided on the types of beads you’d like to make, use a ruler to draw the bead’s shape (triangle or rectangle) on the flat side of your corrugated paper. For this demo, I am using a triangle shape that has a 3-inch base and is 12 inches long.

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Use a paintbrush to apply glue to the back (flat side) of your cutout. Be sure to leave about an inch of space unglued at the base of your shape so it doesn’t stick to your pencil in the next step.


Starting at the unglued base of your shape, roll the paper around a pencil. Go slowly to make sure that the glue binds the paper as you roll.


Optional: Once you finish rolling the paper around the pencil, apply a light coat of glue to the outside of your finished bead. (This will help protect it from the elements and make it stronger.) Leave the bead on the pencil to dry.


String your finished bead onto the cord of your choice; use colored or patterned cording to add a little something extra. Continue experimenting with shapes and bead-making until you have a full necklace (or three!).