Announcing Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Winners!

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

I had so much fun co-hosting our party with Alicia from Alicia’s Findings and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns.  The tutorials were all so cute and creative – gave me some great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Without further ado, I would like to announce the winners of the wonderful goodies from Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty. They’ve all been contacted and will soon be receiving their prizes.

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Crochet Angel donated by Corkycrafts – Hannah Contino

Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts donated by MermaidsHatbox – Dawn Whitehand

Christmas Themed Dog Collar donated by thedoggiehouse – Linda Welcome

Rainbow Tutu Set donated by LilybeanzBowtique – Corky

Red Dagger Earrings donated by ToBeMeJewelry – Kay Loeber

Halloween Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Ellen Thomas

Gingerbread Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Gwen Jones

Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes donated by DesignstheLimit – Jolie Webb

Microfiber Towel donated by SuesAkornshop – Tricia Bertrand

$25 Gift Certificate donated by KraftygirlCreations – Cat

Purple and Teal Fingerless Gloves donated by MedleyOfColors – Sue Koran

Teal and Avocado Earrings donated by Bungalow42 – Claire DeRosa

$20 Gift Certificate donated by DiMaryboutique – Yuliana

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap Set donated by NaturalBodyComfort – Catherine Clifford

Knit Cup Cozy donated by socksandmittens – Alicia

Thank you to everyone that donated, organized and participated in the #EtsyCraftParty2016!

Don’t forget our next big event, Christmas in July 2016  will be held July 1st – July 10th!

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Tutorial: No Scrap of Wood Left Behind – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

“Tutorial:  How to make a Valentine’s Day Primitive Hanger” by Barb from barbsheartstrokes

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“What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.”

“When it is January and grey and 7 degrees outside I start looking for some color in my world! Good thing Valentine’s Day is around the corner. RED is one of my favorite colors and makes me smile!

I started with RED, then thought this color would look good on pink. Since this little hanger has a primitive look I wanted the color to POP out and give a hint of fun.

I have added brighter colors to some of my primitive pieces and I am loving the look! Never be afraid to add/mix and play with colors!”

Introduction

Having been raised by parents who were raised during the end of the Great Depression and then WWII I was taught nothing should go to waste. So no scrap of wood can be left behind after my Dad drops off a truck load of scrap lumber. I have all these different sizes and thickness of wood so I tried to put my frozen brain to work and come up with an idea for these 2 x 3 inch pieces of wood. Here it goes. Sand the wood out in the garage with the temp at 7 degrees at noon one day. (I did not last long out there.) Tack cloth the wood free from frost and saw dust. Paint the wood with Burnt Umber acrylic paint. Let dry.

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Tutorial Directions

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Paint roughly with Decoart Melon color or a pinkish color of your choice leaving the edges paint free giving it a primitive look. You could also paint the wood first and then sand the edges and stain with an oil base stain but that meant going back out to the garage. I did the simpler version avoiding the outside.

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Now with Decoart Country Red stencil some hearts here and there on the wood.

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I just wrote on the wood with a #2 pencil “Be Mine” and a heart to dot the letter I. Now you can paint this black with a 10/0 liner brush or use a Sharpie Marker to do the lettering.

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Inside the house, using the Dremel, I drilled two holes at the top and then added rusty wire for a hanger. I have all these fun keys so I used white organza ribbon to attach the key to the wire on this one.

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Here is one with red organza ribbon with a different key attached. I sprayed these with a clear coat finish and are now ready to give as a small gift. I may even add these to my Etsy shop.

Conclusion

Not sure how creative these are when you are freezing but I needed to paint and start using my brain for some creativity. Hope you enjoy!

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Tutorial: UTENSILO – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty2016

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

“Tutorial: How To Make A DIY  Utensilo” by Barbara from Mermaids HatBox

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What Colour(s) Inspired This Tutorial?

Green and red burlap.

Introduction

UTENSILO – Simple and fast to sew! This is a tutorial for a very simple but nice Utensilo. I sew it from the material of an old Coffee Bean Bag. You can use every other fabrics.

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Materials Used

2 fabrics
4 buttons (I use hearts from birch bark that I have from my autumn decorations)
Thread
**I use 3 fabrics, because the burlap is very unstable. I cut out a piece of cotton and sew it on the back side of the burlap.
*** If you use only lightweight fabrics, stabilize with Bondaweb- Vliseline

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Tutorial Directions

Cut out squares of fabrics. I cut out a 30x30cm square. But you can cut any size as long as they are all the same size.

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Sew: I sew the light cotton on the back side of the burlap. Then lay the burlap and the checkered fabric right side on right side. Sew around, but don’t forget to let a piece of 5 cm open. Cut off a triangle on the four corners. Turn the inside through the opening . Fold the fabric on the open side carefully inwards. Iron the square. Sew around with a distance of ca 0,75 cm.

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Folding: Mark the middle of each side Then from the middle 6 cm on each side. Take the top and add the two 6cm markings on the corner inward together. Sew this point together. Do this on the four corners. Take the corner and pull it outside over the edge. Fasten the corner with a button. Ready!!!!

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This tutorial can also be seen on Barabara’s BLOG HERE

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Tutorial: Colorful Plastic Beads from Plastic Bottles – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A Colorful Bead from Plastic Bottles” by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

I love the colour combination of purple and orange. As well as them being my two favourite colours, I think one of the reasons they work well together is because they are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. So my advise for creating great colour combinations is to use the good old-fashioned colour wheel for inspiration.

Introduction

Although the main medium in my Etsy shop is clay I also love to upcycle and re-purpose materials in both my shop and in my overall life. I do this because I find it a great creative outlet, but also for the ethical reasons of preserving the planet and countering, in my own small way, the effects of climate change. This tutorial uses plastic drink bottles and turns them into beautiful light weight beads suitable for jewellery and any other craft projects you may be creating.

Materials Used

The first step is to gather together the materials you need:

Empty drink bottle

Craft knife

Scissors

Coloured markers

Needle nose pliers

Hair dryer or heat gun

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Tutorial Directions

Using your craft knife cut your drink bottle into three sections. We will be using the middle section which is all the same thickness.

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Next cut the center piece of the bottle down the middle so that you have a flat sheet of plastic.

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Now begin cutting this sheet into strips. The width of your strips will determine the size of your beads.

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Now for the fun bit – adding colour. As you can see I randomly coloured my strips of plastic, but you can also draw a more formal design, add stripes, polka dots, anything you like.

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Colour all your plastic strips so you have a nice collection to work with….

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Now we need the needle nosed pliers. Grip the end of the plastic strip firmly between
the pliers and begin tightly winding the plastic – coloured side facing inward – around
the plier nose.

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When fully wound firmly hold the bead in place and remove from the pliers. Now insert one nose of the pliers inside the bead and place the other nose over the end of the wound bead to prevent it unraveling. Turn on your hair dryer or heat gun and begin applying heat to the bead. Rotate the bead so that heat is distributed evenly. The amount of time this takes depends on the strength of your heat source, but you will see the plastic beginning to shrink. Once it cools it becomes a hard and durable bead.

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Conclusion

Remove the bead from the pliers and allow to cool. Do not burn yourself on the hot pliers! Repeat with all your plastic strips till you have a gorgeous collection of unique colourful handmade beads.

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Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Sponsors

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Today I want to share with you all of the wonderful prizes donated by members of the Etsy Christmas In July team for our #EtsyCraftParty. You can enter to win them via our main Craft Party post.  Here is #EtsyCIJ Rafflecopter Giveaway!

In no particular order:

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Crochet Angel Ornament by Corkycrafts

This crochet angel ornament makes a great 1st baby gift tag, small angel perfect for small angel tree topper too! Makes a great Christening gift and wine bottle tag! Makes a unique one of a kind gift! Made of white cotton thread.  Angel ornament measures 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.

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Gingerbread Men Dog Collar by The Doggie House

Colorful gingerbread men collar handmade with a ribbon sewn on the top of the webbing is adjustable, holds a dog 75lb. The bow is adjustable. Wide: 1″ Size: 16 adjustable 23.

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Ruby Red Dangle Earrings by ToBeMeJewelry

A wonderful design with Czech frosted Sea Glass look beads. The dagger beads have a beautiful matte finish giving the illusion of red sea glass. The color of the beads are Siam Ruby. Earrings are accented with dainty AB red Czech beads and silver metallic beads on sterling silver wire.  Length from ear wire is approximately 3/4 inches.

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Gingerbread Charm Bracelet by timetalentjewels

A festive gingerbread charm beaded Christmas bracelet.

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Halloween Bracelet by timetalentjewels

Just for Halloween a witches brew along with pumpkin beads and silver daisy spacers on a stretch elastic band.  A one of a kind Halloween charm bracelet!

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Rainbow Tutu Set by LilybeanzBowtique

Handmade no sew tutu skirt in a rainbow of colors. Designed to fit infant up to 3 years old. Will come with a matching headband.

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Three pairs of 6 1/2″ Needle Nose Pliers by Evies Tool Emporium

New, imported 6-1/2″ needle nose pliers. They are made of high carbon steel and have a double dipped handle to ensure comfortable grip. The jaws are serrated for gripping and have a wire cutter for convenience.

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Purple and Teal Knit Fingerless Gloves by Medley of Colors

Unisex hand knit fingerless mitten with a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn. These mittens or gloves are sized to fit most preteen to medium adult hands. When stretched, the mittens measure approximately 8 inches long.

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Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes by DesignstheLimit

Perfect for Weddings, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and any other cause for celebration! Toast with a personal touch and make your stemware perfect for your special occasion when you choose a combination of our designs and available fonts.

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A $25 Gift Certificate from KraftyGirlCreations

A$25 gift certificate from KraftyGirlCreations, specializing in handcrafted fabric ornaments, gifts & housewares.

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Wasabi Dark Teal and Avocado Flower Earrings by Bungalow42

Cascading three petal flowers are hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen thread creating these dangle earrings. The Czech pressed glass beads are wasabi, dark teal and avocado creating a mod retro vibe.  These earrings are 2″ long. All findings are sterling silver.

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Green Hanging Microfibre Towel by SuesAkornShop

This microfiber towel is made to hang around a stove handle or dishwasher handle. The towel is covered with green octagons and circles and the topper is as well. This hand towel measures 12 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches long.

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Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts by  MermaidsHatBox

A pair of fingerless mitts hand knitted with dark blue Merino/Polyester yarn.  Every size.

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A $20 Gift Certificate from DiMaryboutique

A $20 gift certificate from DiMaryboutique , home of crochet and knitted things, jewelry, art and vintage.

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap and Matching Eye Pillow from NaturalBodyComfort

This Spa Set will include… One Neck Wrap: Measuring 30 x 5” inches in Length and Width, providing ample coverage for the neck and upper chest area. Along with a matching Eye Pillow to provide you with the perfect relaxation combo.

                                                          Knit Cup Cozy from socksandmittens

Wrap this reusable cup cozy around your cup and help keep your fingers protected from the heat!  It designed to fit 9 to 11oz mug or cup, about 3″ in diameter. It is stretchy and has a loop and a button to fit your mug (if not, just move that button over).

 

Welcome To Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July’s #EtsyCraftParty 2016. This day will be filled with lots of Tutorials, Swag Bags and Prizes!

Color Inspiration is the theme for the #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016!

Tutorials

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

 

9 am – Welcome to Etsy Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party

9:30 am – Prize Introduction

10 am – Peach Echo and Snorkel Blue-Pantone Fashion Colors of Spring 2016

10:30 am – Tutorial: How To Make A DIY Fabric Belt

11 am – Tutorial: How To Make A Paint Chip Scalloped Wall Art

12 pm – Tutorial: How To Make A Colorful Plastic Beads from Plastic Bottles

1 pm – Tutorial: How To Make A Utensilo

2 pm – Tutorial: How To Make A DIY Tassel Cutter

3 pm – Tutorial: How To Make A No Scrap of Wood Left Behind

3:30 – Tutorial: How To Make A Napkin Ring with Wine Cork Stopper

4 pm – Tutorial: How To Make A Photo Block Puzzle

4:30 pm – Christmas in July 2016 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

5 pm – Thank You For Coming To  Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party

Swag Bags

A fun party always has Swag Bags! We are a fun virtual party and we have Swag Bags! This Swag Bag is filled with downloadable printables created by Christmas In July team members!

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Enter This Rafflecopter Giveaway For A Chance To Win Prizes

Last but not the least! It’s the Party Prizes! Toss your name into the hat below for your chance to win a prize offered up by our fabulous sponsors. Contest ends at midnight EST and the winners will be announced on the blog in the next couple of weeks!

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Tell Everyone!

Don’t forget to share the love! While you are crafting with us, be sure to share on social media! The team is on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

The official hashtag is #EtsyCraftParty and our hashtag is #EtsyCIJ

LET THE  PARTY BEGIN!