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Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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Launch Day! Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers)

Omgosh! It’s finally here! the very first day, the very first post, the very first project (Tie Dye Sneakers)!! SO EXCITING!

First of all, thank you so much for coming here today, and hopefully, in the next few days as well. This site has been in the works for a while. Tammy and I have been friends for years- like 13+years, we even got together when she was living in Florida, with a mutual friend while my family was on vacation. We’ve been talking off and on, and one day she mentioned that I should just go ahead and create my own site. I was so flattered, and awed that anyone thought my creativity would be worthy of a craft site. But then I thought. Things have been winding down for me in the paper crafts industry. I have been seriously thinking of what I would do when all my design teams dried up. I still work for Northridge Media on the Cricut Magazine team, but my manufacturer jobs have ended. I found myself with a little more time in my week. I still love paper crafting, what can I do to continue on with it? What to do, what to do?

I found Pinterest, and got excited about crafting. Not just paper, but other crafts. stuff I knew I could do if I just found the time. and in my mind, I said YES. I can do this. WE can do this. Tammy is the web genius. I couldn’t do this without her, and how blessed am I to have her. Code, computer lingo, all that stuff just gets stuck in my head. Tammy tho, she’s so good at it. And she’s good at designing too. I came up with a logo, she came up with a logo that blew my logo out of the water. Dead. seriously. So, I give that up to her. She linked us to social media. And when she gets time, she’s also going to jump in with a few posts too! ( she’s really amazing, did I mention that?)

I also want to mention some more people near and dear to me. My hubby, first of all, he puts up with me spending a lot of money on projects, money that he doesn’t know if I’ll be able to return. I do earn my own money, but he’s the bread winner and often I need to borrow from him,  long term. He’s awesome and doesn’t complain. He also has jumped in and not only will saw, cut, hammer when I need a hand, but helps me with photo ideas for tutorials. He puts up with my distraction some evenings when I am stuck neck deep on Pinterest. And you know, he’s pretty great as a hubby too. I also have to thank my two great kids. They jump into projects with both feet, make suggestions AND they model for me with no complaints. They help when I am creating recipes, and they tell me when they enjoy a treat. Of course, that’s not too hard a job, is it? Enjoying a sweet snack. But they are great, and I appreciate them so much. So thank you to my wonderful family.

Today, I am sharing a fun fun FUN project with you. But first. I wanted to mark this momentous occasion with a small giveaway. I have some items that I will put into a little gift package, and will draw a random winner from the comments on this post, anyone commenting before Thursday May 2nd Midnight.  So PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST AND LIKE US ON FACEBOOK to enter to win a fun package of a varitey of scrapbook goodies.

Now. onto the project. Tie Dye Kicks.

Wanna make fun tie dye sneakers? For yourself, your kids, your grandkids? I got an A++ on this project. Both my girls wore these shoes to school. One is in High School, the other in Elementary School- all their friends and even some teachers were just amazed at them, and many wanted to know how they were made. This is an easy project, and the kids themselves can easily do it. Just make sure you are in a well ventilated room, and remember that when you mix colors, in order for them to stay bright, you need to keep complimentary colors away from each other. No orange and purple, no blue and orange, no purple and yellow, no green and orange, no red and green. These colors will mix into tones of brown. You can use them, just not next to each other. Because you will be blending colors and you want them to stay bright.

Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers) - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

You need-

Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers) - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

a white pair of canvas sneakers

rubbing alcohol( Isopropyl )

sharpie markers

a straw

Let’s get started. Basically, you can draw on the sneaker in whatever color Sharpie you want. Keep your design simple, because you will then drop alcohol on it, to blend it out.

So I started at the toes, and drew and colored circles. I tried to color solidly.

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Now you take your straw, and dip it in the rubbing alcohol. You can cut the straw and put the alcohol in a cup for easier use. Then just put your finger over the top of the straw. It acts like a dropper and picks up some of the alcohol in the straw for you.

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Wherever the alcohol goes, the ink will spread out, blending into other colors.

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You can add the alcohol at the top of the shoe, or let it drip down. Be creative. I even colored the laces, the top trim and the tongue of the shoe.

Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers) - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers) - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

thanks for joining us on our very first day. I hope you will continue to join us for new projects!

Kristen

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17 Responses to Launch Day! Just for KICKS (Fun Tie Dye Sneakers)

  1. Joan Hoffman says:

    I think you are so creative. So glad you ae sharing your talents!

  2. Ellen (CardMonkey) says:

    What a terrifically fun project, one that I am sure even kidswould love doing at a party! Thank you for sharing it. Oh, and congratulations on the launch of your website!!!! I am really looking forward to visiting often!!!!!

    Fondly,
    Ellen ~ CardMonkey

  3. Patti says:

    LOVE this fun project, Kristen! The kicks are just adorable! And CONGRATS on your new site!! :)

  4. Karen Pinsonat says:

    Cute shoes! I may have to make some for myself ;)

  5. Jana Eubank says:

    YAY!!! I’ve missed you and your creative mind and am so excited about your new site. AMAZING first project! This is such a FUN project! And I know my kids and I would LOVE doing this together. As always, you are soooo inspiring! Love and miss you!!! HUGS!!!

  6. Shannon Warfield says:

    LOVE these shoes! beautiful website!!

  7. Andrea Amu says:

    Love, love your new space for inspiration!
    You always provide me with amazing inspo, so I am thrilled to see you blogging here .
    I will be a #1 fan… you can’t get rid of me! :)

    PS. Amazing first project. Too cool!

  8. Robin says:

    Hi there!~ Created some super cute converse today using this method! They came out spectacularly! Curious to know if anyone who has made these has experienced any bleeding onto socks from the colors! What about if they get wet? Does the ink set well? Thanks for the fun idea!

    • says:

      Hi Robin! thanks so much for letting us know that your shoes came out great! Try heat setting the ink with a hair dryer on hot. That might help setting the ink better. I know they don’t wash well, a lot of the ink would wash out ( we did shirts and once they were washed the color came out).
      Kris

  9. Torie says:

    Congratulations on your new page!! Your first post is a total success (as far as I’m concerned)!! Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see more!!:)

  10. Kim Gorman says:

    Love, love, LOVE!!!! I cannot wait to do this!!! So amazing!!! Keep it coming, I’m addicted to Crafting, lol!!!

    • says:

      Thank you so much Kim! I am addicted too! I love to create, and I hope you’ve taken some time to browse around the site and see the other crafts I have to share!
      kris

  11. Brenda says:

    I’m anxious to make the colorful sneakers with my 8 yr. old granddaughter. I’m just wondering if the color will come off on socks or carpets? Please let me know your experience in both cases, whether the shoes become wet or even if they are dry. Thanks!

    • says:

      Hi Brenda, I would be very careful if the shoes got wet. They wouldn’t really do well in the wash either. I’d spot clean them. Dry they have given us no stains. I haven’t noticed the color rubbing off on socks either. Both my girls wear those super short shoe socks that don’t stick out over the top of the shoe. Hope that helps!
      kris

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  13. Edie Cheng says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I would love to do this at my daughter’s birthday party but have the same questions about how the shoes will weather. I wonder if you can also spray some kind of weather proofing designed for shoes, such as you can use to treat suede.

    • says:

      Edie, we have done several pair of shoes with various methods of design, including volleyball and song lyrics, they have all worn pretty well, in fact better then some pairs of regular shoes that I’ve purchased. My girls wore the shoes out before the coloring wore down.
      kris

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