ILoveToCreate™ Blog Hop Challenge

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ILoveToCreate® Tulip® Beads in a Bottle™ Paint Challenge

The T-Shirt Cover Up and No-Sew Bag in my Beach Dreams project was inspired by sunny beach days and the summer-time candy dots that come on a strip of paper. 

Our special Blog Hop Challenge was to use Tulip® Beads in a Bottle™ Paint, a special paint that forms a rounded bead on surfaces, in a project.  

One lucky person will win the items seen in this photo.  
Keep reading to find out HOW!

For this challenge, I used the pretty yellow, green, blue, and clear w/sparkle paints (Gemstone #28795).  The beads give a glass-like appearance when dried and it immediately made me think of the beach and the dot-candy that we had has kids.  

Did you know that Tulip®, ILoveToCreate®, has a Tulip® Fashion Form™ that is perfect for kids’ shirts?  The smooth side is coated so paints can be wiped from the surface.  That means you can use it over and over again.   It also provided me with the firm surface I needed to draw the image of my fish onto the shirt. 

I used the Tulip® Fabric Markers™ to draw my fish onto a pre-washed white T-shirt.  These markers are a great way for kids of all ages to alter their T-shirts. 

Then, I used Tulip® Fabric Spray Paint™  to paint the areas of the fish.  
Yes, it's a spray paint and but you can also
spray some onto a piece of waxed paper 
and then use a paint brush to apply the paint to the fabric.

I also use this paint to alter sneakers. 
Click here to learn more about my tutorial to learn the techniques 
to transform white sneakers into playful delights.

As you can see on the photograph the fish design
 extends to the back of the shirt. 

If you would like to learn more 
about working with easy One-Step Dyes™ dyes 
on silk or other fabric, 
make sure to pick up my 

It shows you how to work with wax and Tulip's non-wax resist.  
There is also a fish pattern that you can use on different surfaces. 

Once the paint dried, I used the Tulip® Beads in a Bottle™ Paint on the fish.  

While it is hard to see in the photograph, there are countless tiny beads placed on the shirt. They are in the green, orange and in some white areas of the fish.  I used the clear, sparkle Tulip® Beads in a Bottle™ on areas of the fish, which is hard to see in the photograph, but they give a nice soft sparkle to the design.  They are also used to create a dot-candy slanted strip on the front of the shirt adds an additional touch of whimsy to the feel of the design.

As you can see, the bead paint produces a nice element to the cotton fabric.   These beads are a hot new trend that you'll love using. 

HOT TIP:  Use the bead paint on the designs of shirts and dresses you currently own.  

After creating the shirt, I wanted to make a coordinating bag for gathering little beach treasure like sea shells, rocks, and sea glass.   This time, I decided that I would use a 12-inch silk handkerchief on which to draw my design, but you can use a cotton handkerchief or a 12 by 12-inch white fabric. 

Once the paint was dried on the silk,, I applied the bead paint and let the tiny beads dry.  Once dried, the beads give a wonderful weight and feel to the surface. 

I also cut a piece of white ribbon to use as the bag's strap
and applied the bead paint to that as well.  

The painted-silk handkerchief was used as a template to cut out two 12-inch squares from a heavier fabric. 

I applied Aleene's® Fabric Fusion® Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive around all four edges on the back of the silk square and then attached the silk to the first heavier fabric square. 

The glue was then applied to the side and bottom edges on the back of the first heavier fabric square and then attached to the second square.

I glued ends of the embellished ribbon to the inside of the bag.  One was glued to the back of the inside front square and one was glued to the inside of the back square.  Waiting for glue to dry isn’t always easy, but it’s important.

Once the glue was dry, I clipped any strings from the outside of the bag.  Then, I used the bead paint around the edges of the bag to seal the edges (as seen in the photograph above).  

My niece joined me at the beach when I shot the photographs for this challenge.  She loved the items in this project and couldn’t wait to use the bag. 
ILOVETOCREATE™ CONTEST: Keep reading to learn how to win! 

4th of July Party Necklace

 The 4th of July is only a few days away so make this necklace to celebrate!  The free digital download contains the patterned paper you will need to create the necklace.  The project is a great for a party project or party favor.  Download your free pdf copy today.  And, while on that site, make sure to check out my entire line of tutorials. 


Just pick up your favorite Beads in a Bottle™ at your local store and create your own bead project.  

Then, on Friday, July 29th, visit the ILoveToCreate™ blog they will have a “link party” set up for you to post your picture and link to your completed project from your blog. They will draw one name from the entries to win a Tulip Prize Pack.

Make sure to visit all our Designer Craft Connections Blogs and the ILoveToCreate™ Blog for inspiration in using Beads in a Bottle™.   You can also check out the great video ILoveToCreate™ created. 

Don’t have a blog? 
 Blogger is a free and easy blog service you can use to create your own blog.  

Easy-to-Create Summer Ankle Bracelet
The ankle bracelet takes minutes to assemble, but looks expensive.
It’s a very romantic look, but is equally suitable for beach wear.  

If you join me on Facebook, 
you will be the first to know when the project can be found on my blog.  
Look for my Facebook link on the side column of this page.

Summer-Time Crafting

The Jersey Shore

It was a beautiful Monday morning and I needed to photograph a project for an upcoming blog challenge.  Living close to the New Jersey shore, there was only one decision to be made – “What time do we leave?”  

We grabbed the sandals and the beach towels and then made the 45 minute drive east to the Atlantic shore.  My family was visiting and they like going to Seaside Heights, NJ, so that was the destination.  It’s the same beach as seen on MTV.  It’s been our favorite long before it made it big on TV. 

Arriving early enough to have the beach to ourselves, I set out to photograph my work.  This time, I decided to use my Canon Power Shot A2200 HD over my normal camera because I was concerned about the salty mist from the ocean and the sand of the beach.  The Power Shot did a great job getting the “money” shots I wanted, and the ocean and beach were the perfect backdrop.

You’ll see those photos in an upcoming blog post and on the website of™.  The challenge was to use their new Beads in a Bottle™ product.  I love this product and so did my little niece.  I noticed her playing with the “beaded” project I photographed.  She was not a happy beachgoer when I told her she couldn’t take the project home with her because I still needed to take it home with me.  I explained that I had to make sure my photos turned out before she could take ownership of the item.  

What was it I made?  It’s a secret at the moment, but if you sign up to my twitter account or Facebook artist page, you’ll be the first to find out.  It’s a no-sew item that will make a great summer project -- filled with creativity.

4th of July

The 4th of July is only a few weeks away so make this necklace to celebrate! 

The digital download contains the patterned paper you will need to create the necklace.  If you want, you can also make a matching bracelet.   You can also order a copy mailed to you. 

This necklace was designed for the entry-level crafter so it can be made by all ages and would make a fun outdoor-party project.  

Pretty in Pink Shoes

My niece loves purple and pink.  When I found these inexpensive shoes at my local Walmart, I knew I had to get them and embellish them.  They are easy and quick to alter!  Check out the free instructions on how you can embellish the shoes seen above. Also find out how to transform white sneakers for the little girls in your life.

Make sure to check how to make a great summer-beach necklace 
for your summer vacation.

Check out my entire line of tutorials

Summer Craft Project

In This Post:
Crafting Summer Fun
Free Digital Download
Brienne Higgins - My Cousin, The Writer
Blog Hop Reminder - Giveaways

Crafting Summer Fun
June Designer Connections Blog Hop: Patriotic Necklace
 Summer is the best time for crafting outdoors.  Your craft projects should be manageable so you are not using a suitcase to haul your craft supplies from your craft space to your patio.  Look for projects that are portable, can be easily created, and still maintain the high-quality results that you desire.

This patriotic jewelry necklace is perfect for that alfresco-crafting experience because it meets all of the above criteria.  There are a few supplies needed, it’s fast and easy to make, and the results are chic.  

There are times when crafters will use double-stick tape to create rosettes like the ones in this necklace.  I use Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®, from ILoveToCreate because it gives the rosette strength and provides a strong bond.  Yes, the people from I Love To Create™ do provide me with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® for my projects, but I do purchase this glue for my personal projects and for my Mom’s house.  This is my “go-to” glue for paper crafting.

 Digital Download

The digital version is a four-page PDF that can be read on computers and mobile devices.  To view these PDFs, you will need a PDF reader, which can be downloaded.  

Your digital issue is just for you, and has been customized with your name. Please respect my copyright. Do not upload them to any other website or forward them to others.   Instead, share my blog link with others and let them download their own customized issue.

The printed version can also be purchased for a small price from Magcloud.  

Brienne Higgins
My Cousin, The Writer
Everyday life can be quite interesting, even when it’s routine.  My cousin, Brienne Higgins, is a very talented new writer whose column on will captivate you.

Her unique way of thinking about being a wife and mother, whether or not you agree with it, is very entertaining.  She has a fresh point of few that will make you want to read more of her work.  Make sure to bookmark her column and visit it regularly because you will want to read every word.  

This is the description from her column:
“Brienne Higgins is a new wife and mother with very unique and honest insights on the good, bad, and real aspects of family life. She has one 5 month old little boy and another child on the way. She knows the real concerns and situations of the modern wife and mother.” -

Check her column out now at:

Looking for a unique gift for someone, or need something new for an upcoming event?   Check out my new tutorials at  Each tutorial has a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and detailed photographs to help you create a special piece of wearable art.

The tutorials can be found on Magcloud and can be purchased in two ways: in print or digital pdf.

The printed version is a high quality magazine format that uses 100# matte text stock.  

The tutorial is purchased and mailed directly to you by Magcloud. 

The printed version comes with a free digital copy of that same tutorial.  The digital version is a pdf that can be read on computers and mobile devices.  The file can be downloaded up to five times to view on different devices. 

Other Projects
I've been working on other projects this month

 --  A Journal and Bracelet   

The first photo is an inexpensive tablet that I've altered.  The second is a bracelet that I made for myself for a formal event that I attended.

Blog Hop Reminder - Giveaways
Make sure to visit all the other members of the Designer Connections Blog Hop to see their posts and projects.   You just may find giveaways or free downloads, you just never know what these talented designers are doing.   You will find many great ideas to inspire your summer crafting.  

And, when you visit their page, please make sure to leave a comment to let them know you were there and that you enjoy their work.  Like myself, these designers hope to inspire you to be creative through our projects and blog posts. 

New Designer Connection Blog Hop projects are posted the first Monday of every month.  Mark your calendars and make sure you visit every month for great projects.  You'll be happy you did!

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