50% SALE: Cyber Monday 2013

cyber monday 2013I’m offering a HUGE discount for Cyber Monday (12/2/2013).

50% your total purchase @ The Tiny Bee with coupon code: CyberMonday50

Enter your coupon code during check out. One day only; coupon expires 12/3/2013.

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How To Turn Scrapbook Paper Into Floral Wedding Decorations

How to turn your scrapbook paper into floral wedding decorationsI’m getting married this May, which is exciting for all sorts of reasons, including the whole new world of wedding crafts that has opened up to me. I was looking for an inexpensive way to decorate my wedding and decided to make these scrapbook paper flower balls. I love the way they came out and can’t wait to show them off on my big day!

What you’ll need:

Styrofoam balls-  find these in the craft store’s floral department. I used these 4″ balls from Joanns but Michaels also carries them in a variety of sizes. I needed a lot so I collected them over a few weeks using my 40% off coupons.

Floral or Sewing Pins

Fiskars x-large Poppy lever paper punch (currently on sale for under $10 @ Joanns)

2 or more pieces of scrapbook paper depending on paper and ball size

Ribbon, if you want to hang your ball

Scissors

Spray paint (optional)

What to do:

Start by punching out your flowers using your Fiskars poppy punch. After punching the perimeter of your scrapbook paper, use a pair of scissors to clean up the edges and continue punching the rest of the paper.

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Using your fingers, gently crimp each petal to give your flowers dimension.

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Secure the center of each flower to your Styrofoam ball with a floral or sewing pin. Let the flowers overlap slightly and don’t worry too much about the spacing, they will look amazing when your finished.

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If using a dark color you may want to spray paint the balls first in a complementary shade so that the white doesn’t show.

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Once your flowers are all in place, use a pin to secure a piece of ribbon to the ball for hanging.

Easy right!? I may hang these somewhere in my house after the wedding day, what will you be using your flower balls for?

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How To Turn Your Smart Phone Into a Card Reader: PayPal Here

Have you ever attended a festival or fair and seen something you totally would have bought if it weren’t for the CASH ONLY sign and an empty wallet standing in your way?

In a day where debit card is king, it’s unrealistic to expect your customers to always be carrying cash. Fortunately, PayPal has come up with a solution so you never have to miss out on a sale again.

PayPal Here is an electronic card reader that works with most smart phones to process debit and credit card transactions. You just plug it into your headphone jack, fire up the PayPal here app, and charge away. The card reader itself is free and then PayPal takes at 2.7% processing fee for each swiped transaction.

Check out this video for more information:

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Craft Room Organization: My Polymer Clay Toolbox

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Nothing impedes my creativity like searching for a tool that I need. Currently my  “craft room” constitutes a bedroom closet, so my supplies need to be extra organized in their small space. I also needed something portable because I do my polymer clay crafting in my living room. My solution?  I found these stack-able plastic containers at Target and combined two towers into one really big tower.

I love my toolbox, lemme show you what’s inside:

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On the first tier I store all my clay tools such as; a rolling pin, large cookie cutters, plastic knives, head pins, and a toothbrush for texturing.

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The second level holds all my silicon clay molds and metal cookie cutters. I love all the little shapes.

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In the third box I store my glazes, bake and bond, and baby wipes. I’ve found using baby wipes before working with clay is the best way to keep it dirt and dust free.

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Next is my blocks of clay stored in rainbow order (of course). Whenever there is a sale at the craft stores I stock up on colors for The Tiny Bee Fimo, is the brand I use almost exclusively. #notafanofsculpey

craft room organization polymer clay tool box (9)This is my scrap clay tier. Polymer clay wont harden if left unwrapped, but I store my scraps in small zip lock baggies to prevent color contamination.

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I use a lot of white and black so I buy these in bulk using a 40% off coupon at JoAnn’s or Michaels. You can find the bulk sizes on the shelves below the colorful clay displays.

Do you have any clay storage tips? Share them below in the comments.

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My beauty Spells: Colaboración con The Tiny Bee + International Giveaway!

 

The lovely Ms. Alba over at mybeautyspells.com is giving away a pair of my earrings. Swing by her blog for a chance to enter.

 

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Orange Flower Earrings by TheTinyBee

Orange Flower Earrings by TheTinyBee

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Laughing Vixen Lounge: Night 17 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

 

Today the Laughing Vixen Lounge is featuring an interview with me for the 17th day of their Halloween giveaway. Head on over there for your chance to win a $400 dollar prize pack including these super spooky bat magnets

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