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  • Soap bottle embellished with Swarovski crystals by Christine Murphy Designs

    How to Use Flat Backs in Interior Design

    Continuing this week’s stream of clever ways our clever customers incorporate the very versatile flat back rhinestones in their everyday and special occasion projects. Today’s topic is: Flat Backs in Interior Design Wednesday’s topic was: Flat Backs in Beauty Tuesday’s topic was: Flat Backs on Accessories Monday’s …

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  • Volcano and Crystal Square flat back Swarovski rhinestones on gold nail polish

    How to Use Flat Backs in Beauty

    Keep up, dear reader.  We’re highlighting some of the creative ways that our customers use flat back rhinestones in their projects this week.  We have four flat back lines for every budget, each with a wide range of sizes and colors to suit your style. …

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  • Christine Murphy Eyeglasses

    How to Use Flat Backs on Accessories

    Oh, the small but mighty flat back rhinestone.  So versatile, so easy to use, so much payoff in visual pleasure.  Get an idea of how and when our customers are using flat back stones in this five-part mini-series; then, get amped up to start your …

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  • Swarovski flat back crystal rhinestone shapes

    How to Use Flat Back Rhinestones on Apparel

    This might sound like a tutorial, but it’s not.  Not really.  Flat back rhinestones don’t need much instruction.  Grab some glue, put a dot down on your project, put your stone on the dot of glue, voila.  There are nuances to every project, of course, but …

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  • Swarovski Crystal Metallic Sunshine and Blush Rose chatons

    Swarovski New Colors for Spring/Summer 2016 Trends

    Swarovski has just announced new flat back crystal colors!  We are taking pre-orders now for Blush Rose, Metallic Sunshine and Light Chrome.  We are expecting the first shipment of these flat backs, in the new Xirius cut, by mid to late February. Created to align …

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  • Crystal Ninja With Katana

    The Crystal Ninja, Sparkling Superpower

    The Crystal Ninja.  Who is this sparkling superpower?  An expert in the art of embellishing, she sneaks around in a Jet Hematite-covered catsuit, moving with the shadows until your back is turned- then, KABLINGY!  Your walkie talkie, still in your hand, is now twinkling so …

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  • Crystalline Pick-Me-Up tool, 3 available colors

    A Quick Pick-Me-Up

    I wouldn’t say I’m complaining, per se, but for me, one of the gravest disappointments of living inside a taller body is that people don’t make a habit of picking me up and flinging me about like they do my petite-statured friends.  I like reaching …

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  • Swarovski crystal rhinestones on Christian Louboutin shoes, worn in Sex In the City 2

    (Non)Word of the Day: Strassing

    Did you know? “Strassing” is a 21st century bungle of a word. “Strass,” its base word, is a type of brilliant leaded glass used to imitate gemstones; basically, an early European synonym for a rhinestone. Strass, sources agree, was named after the inventor of the …

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  • Pantone 2015 Year Marsala Banner

    Marsala, Color of the Year 2015

    And the winner is Marsala. Chosen by Pantone as the Color of the Year 2015, Marsala is a blend of blush and wine, a muted burgundy that has gone soft around the edges.  It has enough pink to be inherently feminine (and flattering to all …

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  • Lion Head Close Up

    How To Sequin a Superfan Sign

    In the Minneapolis metro area, Hopkins High School is known in part for their school spirit.  I’ve attended many events where the students’ coordinated outfits light up the bleachers, and their R-O-W-D-I-E cheers have been delivered so fervently that I’ve literally been bounced into the air.  Add …

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