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.

#EtsyCIJ #CIJCraftParty

#EtsyCIJ #CIJCraftParty

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!

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.

Step 5a     Step 6

  • 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.

Step 9a       Step 9b

Step 10a        Step 10b

  • 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 – 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 – 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 – Recycled Magazine Paper Phone Stand

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Recycled Magazine Paper Phone Stand” by Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug

This is not only Easy to make but also utilizes almost free materials and on top of that it is a very useful and unisex item.

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  • Old Magazine Paper
  • Cardboard 5″ by 5″ Piece
  • Craft Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors


  • Cut a 3″ by 3″ piece from the cardboard(You can measure the width of your phone and cut the size accordingly, keeping it about 1.5 cm extra).
  • Take Magazine Paper and cut it into 1.5 cm (0.590551 inch) wide strips. you will need about 6-7 strips.
  • Glue the strips randomly to the cardboard piece slightly. overlapping, see the picture, cut off the strips leaving about 1.5″ extra from the edge of the cardboard.
  • Fold the strips on the reverse side and glue.
  • Your base is now ready.


  • Now take the magazine paper sheet and start rolling it tightly (diagonally) to make paper Sticks like this.
  • After rolling a bit keep spreading glue in between so later when you cut the strip it won’t open up,make 5-6 rolls.
  • Let the Sticks dry completely before moving onto the next step.


  • Now cut off the extreme ends of the strips as these are a bit fragile (about 2-2.5″).
  • You will have to follow this with every paper stick you use.
  • Cut four small pieces from this to make the sides of the base, remember two sticks that go in between will be slightly shorter in length. For this you will have to use hot glue.


  • For the back take a long stick,cut the ends and fold it in half making V can also determine the height according to your liking.
  • Trim the ends of the V to make diagonal cuts to glue it more securely, this will also keep the back slightly slant.
  • Using hot glue stick this at one side of your base which you want to be the back of your stand.


  • Now cut three pieces as in the picture to give a bit more style to your stand, glue these to the back.
  • You can add one more V to the back. Don’t forget to diagonally trim the ends for this too.


  • You are now done! To further preserve and make it water-resistant you can coat your Phone Stand with paper varnish.

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Welcome to the CIJ Etsy Craft Party!

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug


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.


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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