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 🙂 Now I just have to come up with a new “flat, light, non-metal” ornament before the next round…
PS: Thanks for all the amazing ornaments I received, they are a joy to behold!!
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 🙂
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.
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.