Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New in the Craft Fantastic Shop! Image Sheets!

We have several new Art Image Sheets in the Craft Fantastic Shop! Stop by and check them out! Today I'm featuring some quick and easy projects created with our new Vintage Matchbox Art Image Sheet. The colors are vibrant, the images have a retro appeal and they really make for some eye catching designs! Have a look!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Twinkle Pendants

I have a confession to make. Since I was a wee girl I have had a fascination with all things shiny. The high gloss paint job on a swanky new bicycle, the iridescent glass ornaments that dangled precariously from the limbs of our Christmas tree, the pristine coral polish on my mom's perfectly manicured fingernails, all of these things enchanted me. I would stare at them wide-eyed without blinking as if they would instantly lose their shine should I close my eyes for even a second.

Forty some odd years later (don't bother doing the math) and not much has changed. I am still that wide-eyed little girl instantly distracted by anything shiny, glittery, sparkly, twinkly, etc. And based upon my review of the most popular Craft Fantastic blog posts of 2015, you are, too. The nail polish techniques and the glitter tutorials proved to capture your attention, so I thought, why not combine the two to create Twinkle Pendants

Let's get started.        

What You'll Need

Craft Fantastic Assorted Glass Cabochons - whatever size, whatever shape your heart desires.

Craft Fantastic Assorted Trays - to match your glass pieces.

Clear Nail Polish - nothing fancy.

Assorted Colored Nail Polish - whatever is handy. No need to buy new polish.

Ultra Fine Glitter - I have had this jar of glitter for at least 15 years. Check your craft stash and use what you have readily available. I like this Fossil color as it's fairly neutral yet still super sparkly. 

No need for a lot of supplies. That means I can quickly gather my tools and get started without much preparation. My kind of project!

I start with a quick coat of clear nail polish on the back of the glass cabs and then gently sprinkle the glitter on top. Sit these aside to dry.

Next I follow with a coat of nail polish. Most of the polish I used required a minimum of 3 coats to get a nice opaque finish. If the polish was too sheer after 3 coats, I topped it with a coat of white or black polish. If I leave the glass too sheer, the jeweler's dot will be visible behind the glass when I affix it to the tray. Not a good look. 

After my glass cabs have thoroughly dried, I'm left with glittery, twinkly brightly colored glass pieces ready to be added to Craft Fantastic Trays using a Fantastic Jeweler's Dot.

Well, it doesn't get much easier than that! I hope you'll try making your own Twinkle Pendants. If you do, be sure to share pictures on the Craft Fantastic Facebook Page! We love to see what our Crafty Friends are working on! 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Purse Fob!

Welcome to our first project of the New Year! Today we're gearing up for Valentine's Day with a couple of special projects for the lovely Gal Pals in our lives that make our hearts sing. You know who they are...our moms, sisters, cousins, besties; all the beautiful women that make our lives full. They've reared us, shaped us, lent us a shoulder when we needed to cry, told us a joke when we needed to laugh, and we LOVE them for it! So why not tell them with a handmade gift.

    Let's get started...

What You'll Need

Craft Fantastic Assorted Fancy Trays - I used the Heart Key, Medium Fancy Heart, and Small Heart Charm Trays.

Craft Fantastic Assorted Glass Cabochons - Small Glass Rounds, Medium Glass Hearts, Small Glass Hearts (these are available as a kit with the Small Heart Charm Trays).

Assorted Craft Fantastic Charms - Heart, Flower Heart, Bird Connector Charms.

Craft Fantastic Multi Purpose Pliers - 2 pairs make the addition of jump rings quick and easy.


Cotton Swabs

I've rounded up my supplies, now I'm ready to make something fabulous for my gal pals! I started by selecting images and adding them to my glass cabochons. I chose to add their initials to make them even more personal. In this case, these are for my lovely coworkers Jenny and Shay! If you need a refresher on how to add the images to the glass, you can find it HERE

After I made my glass pieces and affixed them into the corresponding trays with jeweler's dots, I laid out my pieces to get an idea of how I wanted to put this fob together. 

I used a 24" rolo chain cut into various lengths to attach my trays. Nothing fancy needed to cut the chain, just a pair of dollar store scissors. 

I attached the chain to the charms and trays using small jump rings, then attached each of these strands to large jump rings. Then I added the large jump rings to the ring of the key clip.

There! All put together and ready to give!

I made Jenny's in the antique brass finish.

I don't know which one I like better! 

Here's Jenny's in action! Attach it to the zipper or to the ring on the strap. 

Here's Shay's! The silver finish looks great against that blue! 

Did you enjoy today's project as much as I did? I cannot tell you how good it feels to make something special for people you care about :) If you decide to make this project or something else for Valentine's Day, please share it with us on our Craft Fantastic Facebook Page  or email it to me at We LOVE to see what you're working on! 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blog in Review: our most popular posts in 2015!

When we introduced the blog in 2015, our goal was to inspire you to use the Craft Fantastic line of products in new and unique ways. Each week we shared a new technique or project using a few modest tools to create pieces with surprising results. The response was overwhelming and we appreciate you making our blog part of your busy week. We've got lots more planned for 2016 so keep coming back!

We've gathered our ten most popular posts from 2015 here in case you missed them or just need a refresher to get the New Year off to a crafty start. Enjoy!  

1. Faux Turquoise Water Marbling Technique - This easy water marbling technique proved to really peak your interest! Just a few simple supplies are all you really need to create unique designs that will have your craftiest friends asking "How did you do that"?  

2. Printing Photos and Images at Home - I answer all of your questions regarding printing images at home, from paper to ink and everything in between. You'll want to bookmark this post and keep it as a handy reference.

3. Nail Polish Technique Using Craft Fantastic Glass - So easy yet the results are stunning! Take your Craft Fantastic projects to the next level with one simple product that's probably gathering dust in your medicine cabinet.

4. Painting Designs on Craft Fantastic Glass Using Nail Polish - Part 2 of the nail polish series! In this post I showed you how to add a few eye-catching details that are certain to turn heads.

5. Craft Fantastic & Glitter, Part 2 - Why are we naturally enchanted with glitter? Because. It's. Awesome! Here I showed you how to easily incorporate a bit of glitz into your projects.

6. Craft Fantastic & Glitter, Part 1 - Glitter is so great, it deserved 2 posts!

7. Dimensional Trays with Fantastic Glaze & Glue - I decided to play with some dimensional elements. Click this link to see how my projects turned out!

8. Bohemian Dangle Necklace - A fun necklace with a bit of gypsy flair! Eclectic and artsy, this piece does not conform to any rules. The key clip dangle gives it a fresh look!

9. Map Pendants - Road maps create the ultimate personalized pendants and let the recipient know how special they are.

10. Back to the Basics: Applying an Image to a Glass Cabochon - Sometimes it's good to get back to the basics. This post covered just that.