Monday, September 29

Go Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt

Each year our high school dedicates one varsity football game during the season to those battling cancer. It's called the Go Pink game and encourages everyone to wear pink to show their support, and also sells gear (shirts, hoodies, bracelets, etc) with proceeds going to one recipient. This year the Hand Family was our recipient as their 10-year old daughter Hailey is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

I work in the concession stand at every home varsity game. I've had four kids go through this high school and have spent many nights volunteering my time to help the team. My 15-year old, Dominic, is a sophomore JV player and my last one to go through this school. I also have a senior graduating this year. I love the opportunity it gives me to get to know other parents and kids!

So this year I designed my own shirt, donning my son's number 23, in all its glitteriness. I Love to Create was awesome enough to send me several of the Tulip Body Art Glitter Ribbon Tattoos to use at the game.

Many of the moms working the game were thrilled to have their faces tattooed for a good cause!

I created my own stencil using this ribbon I found on the Internet. I'll show you how I did it below.

For this project you will need:

White shirt
Light Pink and Fluorescent Pink Tulip Dimensional fabric paint
Cosmetic sponges (for stenciling)
Glam It Up Hot Fix Glass Crystals
Clear contact paper
Tools: Scissors, paintbrush, iron, paint palette or paper plate, tweezers, cardboard or foam core board

First you will need to create your stencil. it's easy to do, so don't worry!

  1. Insert cardboard inside shirt. Print the pattern and positioning it on your shirt. 
  2. Cut out the pattern. Turn a sheet of contact paper clear side down, so that the backing is facing up. Turn the pattern upside down and place it on top of the contact paper. 
  3. Trace pattern onto contact paper backing with a pencil.
  4. Cut out the stencil starting from inside the ribbon. You want the outline to stay in tact. Cut out the center portion as well, in between the ribbon intersections.
  5. Peel a small section of the backing off the contact paper stencil and stick it to the shirt.  
  6. Continue peeling and sticking until all the backing has been removed and stencil is in place.
  7. Make sure all edges are stuck to the shirt to ensure there is no paint seepage.

  1. Squeeze out some of the Light Pink onto your paint palette. 
  2. Use a cosmetic sponge to pick up some paint, dab off some of the excess and apply to the shirt.
  3. Using a cosmetic sponge, apply Fluorescent Pink around the edges of the ribbon.
  4. Peel the stencil off the shirt.
  5. Using Fluorescent Pink, begin outlining the ribbon.
  6. Finish the outline, making sure all edges are connected. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours.

  1. Use tweezers to position the crystals onto the shirt.
  2. Make sure everything looks good and is where you want it.
  3. Place a sheet of white paper gently over the crystals and press hot iron down directly onto the paper. Do not move the iron back and forth. Hold for 20 seconds.
  4. Remove the iron and admire your glam!

And finally, to finish the ensemble :) I tattooed my face using the Tulip Body Art Glitter Ribbon Tattoos. They are really easy to use. Apply the sticker stencil to your skin, use the glue applicator to add the adhesive, then just dab on the glitter! It was easily removed with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

Overall the game was a great success and we were able to raise some nice funds for the Hand Family. Remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So be sure that you or your loved ones get their mammograms (where appropriate) and wear pink as often as you can!

Project created by Amanda Formaro for I Love to Create. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and author of the  books "Rubber Band Mania" and "Duct Tape Mania", the first two in a series of craft books for kids. She has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.

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Saturday, September 27

Sequin Skull, Distressed Jeans: DIY.

 Want  a pair of fun jeans for fall? 
Why not make some yourself.

Thursday, September 25

How to Make a Pumpkin Planter Hanging Basket

I wanted something a little different for my Halloween porch this year. I knew I wanted it to involve pumpkins and plants, but until I started thinking about black dye I had not formulated a plan. Once I started thinking about giving my jute hanging planters a makeover I knew just what I was going to do.

Wednesday, September 24

DIY Geometric Canvases

Hey Guys! What is going on? Tanner Bell here sharing a really fun decor idea featuring the Tulip Fabric Markers. The possibilities are truly endless. These markers are fun to use on all kind of surfaces and I'm super excited to share that with you. 

Tuesday, September 23

No-Sew Laced Up Tank Top

OuterLace Tank Top finish
Mark your calendars: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you walk, run, or responsibly conduct a breast self exam for the cause (do it once a month!) here's a T-shirt transformation tutorial (plus a bonus throwback!) to honor all of you making a difference and supporting those affected by breast cancer. Just set aside an old baggy T-shirt, a pair of scissors, and in 10 minutes you've got yourself a fitted tank top (inspired by the Outer Lace tank top in Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt). Get the team together and tie-dye and snip your way to its completion, then wear it for yourself, or wear it for a loved one--I know I will be!

Monday, September 22

Geo Multi Finger Ring DIY

Accessories and jewelry for this fall have a lot of geometric influences, this Geo Multi Finger Ring DIY is a fun and simple way to create a cool artistic statement without breaking the bank. Mix up stones, beads, whatever you have to make a truly unique piece of wearable art.

Thursday, September 18

Day of the Dead String Lights

Day of the Dead has gone mainstream. This beautiful holiday from Mexico called Dia de los Muertos has an interesting history and backstory. Today almost everyone is familiar with a sugar skull, this season they seem to be going hand in hand with Halloween decor. I'm blending the two in my own decorating. The vintage wet bar in my formal living room was missing something. Once I saw the new Crafty Chica tattoos, I knew exactly what that something was. Day of the Dead string lights.
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