Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Celebrating Craft Month with Shrink & Link Jewelry

Today's post is brought to you by: Emily Feliberty - Klutz Marketing Manager

 
March is National Craft month and as you can imagine it is a serious celebration in the Klutz office. It’s a time when we shake off the winter blues and set aside some time for crafting, or what we like to call “working.” ;) While I’m not exactly known for being the craftiest one in our group, I vowed to honor the festivities and try out our newest product, Shrink & Link Jewelry.


If you’ve never played with shrink plastic, here’s the deal: It’s a sheet of magic plastic on which you draw and color designs. Cut out your designs with ordinary scissors, bake them for mere minutes on a cookie sheet and, through the miracle of quantum plasto-physics, your creations shrink to approximately 44% of their original size! Yes, I know—amazing. But wait, it gets better. Now, with the help of a handy-dandy hole punch and a custom shaping tool, kids can finally layer their creations and curve their teeny tiny plastic art like never before. With more than 50 traceable designs and 55 brads, they’ll be shrinking and linking, over and over again.

Need a visual? Watch me Shrink & Link here:



 
I kept mixing and matching, and before I knew it I had a limitless wardrobe of “did-you-really-make-that?!” jewelry. Check out my designs!




 


Who knows, maybe I’ll be dubbed the Ultimate Klutz Crafter sometime soon. Maybe not. In either case, happy National Craft Month!



Thursday, 12 March 2015

Fairy Tale Dress-Up with Fashion Forms

We're welcoming Klutz Marketing Assistant Devin MacDonald to the blog today to share her experience with a Klutz classic. 


While I’ve graduated from the baggy hoodies, baseball caps, and cargo pants of my middle school tomboy-hood, I’m still pretty much the antithesis of a girly-girl. I can’t apply makeup to save my life, I wear the same pair of scuffed boots every day, and I harbour the not-so-secret hope that I will live to see the day when it is socially acceptable to wear nothing but monochrome jumpsuits (think construction worker, not chic and catwalk-ready). But, despite my tendency to shy away from the frilly, blingy, and otherwise fabulous, I will always have a soft spot for pretty princesses.

With a shiny new take on Cinderella hitting the silver screen this week, I found myself with a familiar urge to indulge in a little bit of fairy tale dress-up. So, I grabbed one of the Fashion Forms kits that have been staring at me from our conference room for weeks, and I decided to get my design on. 

What I find so neat about Fashion Forms is that it’s all about combining basic shapes in creative ways. So, with patterns for six tops and three skirts, you can pretty much make any no-pants look that crosses your mind. It got me thinking about which classic princess costumes I could recreate with those shapes, and—after inspiration struck—how I could transform those outfits into modern-day ensembles.






I mean, can’t you totally picture the Little Mermaid roaming the beach in romantic, flowy ruffles and a sweetheart halter on her land-dwelling days?


Can’t you see Snow White rocking a Peter Pan collar and a cute-but-classy pencil skirt while holding court with her woodland friends in a cozy little home?


What about a fit-and-flare number for everybody’s favourite Frozen queen?


It’s amazing how scraps of paper can transform into miniature outfits for a princess with a dab of glue, some imagination, and a few sparkly embellishments. It’s also amazing how time flies when you let your inner little girl out to play; I was surprised to find that I’d been at it for a couple of hours when I finally shook the sequins from my fingertips to check the time, but I enjoyed every second of it. My craving to experiment with adorable attire: satisfied. I feel like I just played the ultimate game of dress-up.

Now, to find a fashion-forward little friend so I have an excuse to crack my kit open again . . .

Friday, 13 February 2015

We Love You, Lynn (a Valentine's Day Roundup)


Happy Valentine's Day! 

It's with a heavy (but very full) heart that we announce that our arty-angel Lynn, who has been contributing to this blog for ALMOST FOUR YEARS, has decided to move on to greener pastures. 

Thank you, Lynn, for putting your artsy-crafty gifts to good use and sharing your talents with all of Klutz-land! 

To our readers, rest assured that this isn't the end of 100 Percent Klutz! Stay tuned for more exciting posts (and activity books) to inspire your creativity and crafts. 

While you're waiting, let's look down memory lane at Lynn's creations from Valentine's Days past...

Lynn celebrates her BFF with Friendship Bracelets











Lynn gives herself a Valentine's Day treat with Nail Art











Lynn creates her own Valentines with Stamp Art 











Lynn makes a Valentine's Day bouquet with Fabulous Flowers












Lynn makes furry Valentines with Pom-Pom Puppies and Pom Pom Monster Salon

Monday, 2 February 2015

Build Your Own Mouse Trap (with LEGO Chain Reactions from Klutz)

LEGO Chain Reactions will blow the mind of anyone who enjoyed playing Mouse Trap or setting off a row of dominoes. To turn bricks from kids’ own LEGO collection into ball-moving machines, all they need is this book — along with the cardstock ramps and other punch-out parts, plastic LEGO balls, and 33 essential, hard-to-find LEGO pieces packed inside.






Watch and learn! 



And now for a closer look... 

See the Quintopple in action!



See the Dominoes in action!



See the Seesaw & Ramp in action!



See the Pop-Up Flag & Falling Hammer in action!



See the Board Bouncer in action!



See the Slow Spin in action!



See the Elevator Ramps in action!




See the Pulley & Bucket in action!



See the Funnel Ramp in action!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Drawing Lessons (with Draw Star Wars Rebels from Klutz)

Every January, I sit down and make my resolutions for the new year. Some are small challenges (only use one sheet of paper towel to dry my hands) and others are a bit more ambitious. It’s been a lifelong goal to develop my drawing skills and finally achieve full-service crafter status, so I decided this was going to be my big project for 2015!


No sooner had a I put my resolution to paper, then the magical Klutz fairies made a special delivery to help me achieve my goal. Draw Star Wars Rebels is a one-stop guide to learning to draw, packed with step-by-step how-tos, tracing paper and cool pics of favourite characters to develop your drawing skills.

So, if you’re like me, and would mostly likely turn this into this…



...then stay tuned because my Klutz’s Star Wars arts education is about to begin. History shows that I probably won’t come out of this successful, but maybe my quest for new year's improvement will inspire you to give it a try!

First, the basics...


and



 And the most important lessons: stick figures



and shapes.


 And, the key to success, lots of opportunities to practice!


I traced, erased and free-handed my way through the entire book and am already starting to feeling the lessons start to take hold. If I can accomplish all this in one day, I’ll be able to check this resolution off my list in no time!

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Last Gifts on My List (with String Art from Klutz)


http://scholastic.ca/kids/klutz/crafts/stringart.htm

I like food and fashion as much as the next person, but my favourite thing to create is home d├ęcor. My apartment is an ever-rotating collage of prints, pictures, plants and knick-knacks. I switch them to match the year, the season, and sometimes even my mood. It's not terribly practical, but it sure is fun! 

When deciding what to gift to the last few people on my Christmas list, I turned to Klutz's coolest new kit, String Art, to make some new art pieces they can add to their collections.

You might recognize the idea for this fun craft from those old math class activities, but Klutz has turned that on its head to make DIY art instead! With more than 20 trendy designs, six colours of strings and 14 colourful sheets of paper to choose from, you can customize your pieces for each person on your gift list. And, I know what you're thinking, it looks totally complex... But with Klutz’s exclusive pin-pushing tool, you'll have the perfectly-placed pins you need to go wild and scribble, fan and loop some seriously cool string doodles. Make a series to hang together or print some text to make your piece complete; the possibilities are endless! I modeled one after my very favourite mug, and it's so darn cute that I just might make another to gift to myself.

 
And so, with the wrap of this last gift, my Christmas crafting is complete. Now it's time to eat, drink, be merry and share the spoils of my Klutz gift-making with my friends and family.

Merry Christmas to all!

See you in the new year!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

What Makes Christmas Great (with Clay Charms from Klutz)


Christmas is full of wonderful things, like food, family, and lots of holiday cheer! But in the lead up to this amazing time of year, trying to find gifts for everyone on your list can be a bit stressful...

Crafting and shopping for my top people is no problem, but I’m always struggling for a way to cover the people in between: friends I don’t see often; distant family members; and any last minute people who may pop up. This year, I decided to break out one of my perennial Klutz faves, Make Clay Charms, to create some quick, handmade gifts for occasions such as these.

I baked up some super-sized Clay Charms in all sorts of Christmas shapes, and then twisted on wire hooks. Then I popped my homemade ornaments onto some simple sketched backgrounds to make cute, handmade cards that can be stockpiled and handed out on demand. Now I can spread holiday cheer to everyone I encounter! And when it all comes down to it, isn't that what makes Christmas so great?