Handmade magnets

I made the two magnets on the left and right for the “Fridge Magnet – No Theme” swap on Swap-bot, and the middle one I gave to a good friend for her birthday.

Here’s a good tip: when you make something, make more than one – you won’t believe how much time and effort it will save you in the long run!
Elmi

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Annual Holiday Ornament swap

Christmas ornaments: sparkling see-through stars!

If you haven’t participated in the annual Holiday Ornament Swap yet… you don’t know what you’re missing!! Here’s a taste of what you’ve missed. This was such a fun project! I have never been covered in this much glitter in my entire life πŸ˜€

I have wanted a good excuse to start a Christmas ornament collection for some time, so I didn’t think twice before joining the swap. But when I started thinking of what I was going to make, it slowly dawned on me that mailing 10 medium weight packages overseas is going to cost me a small fortune. So I decided that a few design limitations will be in order, especially since I’ve learned a long time ago that it’s when we have to stretch beyond what’s easy/comfortable that we do our most creative work.

So I set my restrictions: the cheapest type of mail is a standard letter. That means it has to be flat (there goes my “angels made out of large beads” idea), it can’t be metal (there goes my metal tree idea) and it has to be very light (there goes most of my other ideas). And because I don’t do fabric, it didn’t leave a lot of “light, flat, non-metal” options. Which eventually didn’t matter, since these ornaments turned out perfect!

I used a glue ink pad to stamp winter swirls on the large star, and the word “joy” on the small star, traced the edge with white glue, then covered everything with glitter (and I mean everything, including myself and half the room LOL). Then I added some beads as a final touch πŸ™‚ Now I just have to come up with a new “flat, light, non-metal” ornament before the next round…

Elmi

PS: Thanks for all the amazing ornaments I received, they are a joy to behold!!

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“Special Moments” fridge magnet

"Special Moments" fridge magnet
This is a fridge magnet I made for the “Make a mobile/magnet” class. I really like how it came out, but apologise for the slight blue tinge in the photo… once again it looks much better IRL than on the photo πŸ™‚

I wanted a vintage feel, so I printed the photo with a slight sepia tint, then sponged around the edge with ‘tea dye’ distress ink. I punched a flower from corrugated cardboard which I inked with ‘vintage photo’ and ‘tea dye’ distress inks. I also inked the silver frame with dark brown StazOn.

Elmi

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MM Tag Maker class – “Gal. 5:22-23” mobile

Fruit of the Spirit mobile

I have been working on samples for an upcoming class I will be teaching, “Make a magnet or mobile“. We’ll be using Making Memories’ Tag Maker, punches and die-cuts. Each person will receive 3 tags, ribbon of their choice, matching papers (in a colour scheme of their choice), access to an array of punches and die-cut shapes (like tags, flowers & hearts), brads and a magnetic sheet. Then they can choose what they want to make, and it can be either a mobile or a magnet (or both!). This example is a mobile of Gal. 5:22-23 (“The fruit of the Spirit”). I am busy with many more examples that I’ll post over the next two days.

Elmi

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