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Simple Scrapbooking: 5 Top Tips

If you’ve got a little spare time on your hands, scrapbooking is a fantastic hobby to take up. Whether you want to put your treasured memories on show or create a handmade gift for a special friend, scrapbooking is a great way to indulge your imagination and creativity.

How to Decoupage

The latest hot trend to sweep the crafting world off of its feet is decoupage. The tricky tongue twister is really not all that complicated and is set to give crafters a new lease of life as they get to grips with the ultra unique traditional art that has received an innovative modern day makeover. Decoupage is the art of decorating various objects with artful paper cut-outs. Highly similar to papier-mâché, but a little more glam, ‘decouper’ in French translates to ‘cut out.’ Simply put, crafters cut out photographs or paper, glue them to items and secure them with a varnish or finish to create a slick, professional painted-on look.

Find Out More About Our Exciting Current Projects

Here at Crystal Parade we have been incredibly busy over the past few months, providing our high quality Swarovski and Preciosa crystals to a number of prestigious projects. Our crystals have been seen on celebrity dresses, featured in pieces of art, used for high end interior design and will soon be seen in high street window dressings! Read on for more information on the exciting projects we are currently involved in.

Get to know more about our dazzling range of PRECIOSA crystals

The latest bedazzling stones to ensnare the hearts of creative and crafty individuals are PRECIOSA crystals, which are an affordable alternative to other brands. These gorgeous Czech crystals are wildly popular worldwide and are sweeping the UK handicraft market up into a storm.

Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids with Craft Activities

It’s that time of year hundreds of parents often dread – the long and tiresome school summer holidays. Mums, Dads, grandparents, aunties, uncles and siblings across the nation have six long weeks of entertaining to do, and can understandably find themselves at wit’s end by the end of week one!

Cool Kids in Converse

Since its establishment in 1908, Converse has been shaping the face of contemporary fashion footwear. Loved by iconic rock stars such as Kurt Cobain, a pair of Chuck Taylor’s is a wardrobe essential for famous young celebrities that want to stay at the forefront of fashion.

Top Beauty Trends for Summer 2014

This season, the one beauty accessory that fashionistas mustn't be without is show-stopping nail art. Whether you need to jazz up nails for a holiday or a festival, or you’re looking for that extra-special edge to be crowned Best Dressed Wedding Guest, a dazzling manicure is definitely the way to get noticed. And when it comes to special occasions and events this year, look no further than Swarovski and Preciosa crystals to create truly beautiful, on-trend designs.

Crystal Parade launches into Retail

Crystal Parade are delighted to announce the launch of their Retail Campaign in the Craft Hobby sector.

Crystal Parade's 'Inspiration for Creation' range of products, which include Crystals, Crafts and Embellishments, can now be found up & down the country in more than 25 independent Craft & Hobby stores.

Wendy C. Miller, Managing Director, said: “Naturally we are over the moon and excited to be working directly with the retail trade.  Launching this campaign shows how far we have come over the last couple of years and we truly believe that the independent craft hobby stores we are working with are a perfect fit for our products.”

Crystal Parade Supply Leona Lewis with over 20,000 Crystals

Crystal Parade are delighted to have supplied over 20,000 crystals for Leona Lewis’s recent XFactor appearance. The former X Factor winner took to the stage initially dressed as a fairy for an extremely festive rendition of her latest single, ‘One More Sleep’. Then after a few minutes into the song, she removed the enormous lace tulle to reveal a stunning short blue crystallised shift style dress, which she wore with over-the-knee sexy black boots. Twenty eight year old Leona was definitely rocking her look in this seasons ‘must have’ party dress and with so many Christmas celebrations on the horizon

65,000 Swarovski Crystal Marilyn Monroe Portrait

Artist Claire Milner has been commisson to create a giant head portrait of Marrilyn Monroe by R&B superstar Rihanna. The 5-feet by 5-feet sparkling work of art which took four months to complete was created for Rihanna’s new Los Angeles home and is made from 65,000 hand set Swarovski crystals. Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II SWAROVSKI Crystal work of art.

Crystal Parade are proud to have supplied the talented artist Claire Milner with SWAROVSKI Crystals for her most recent creation – Queen Elizabeth ll. This original work of art is timeless yet dynamic and is as a result of using SWAROVSKI special effects Crystal AB and Rose AB crystals. Continue reading

Paris Hilton in a Swarovski Sari.

Hollywood socialite/business woman Paris Hilton has been well and truly blinging it up recently, first by donning an impressive Swarovski studded wedding gown for the October bridal issue of Marie Claire, Continue reading

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