Bathroom assessories

I like making useful things look pretty (as oppose to just making pretty things – it’s a “me”-thing, don’t ask). This is such a classic example:

Decorated soap and lotion bottlesDecorated soap (‘seep’) and body lotion (‘handeroom’) bottles

We needed refillable soap and lotion bottles at the office, so I bought two pump-action see-through bottles, one for soap (“seep”) and one for body lotion (“handeroom”), then decorated them using seashell images, vinyl alphabet stickers, raffia and a sea star trinket. I used Glossy Accents to stick the alphabet stickers down (after removing the glue first), because that’s the only thing I know of that might last when exposed to moisture and lots of handling. I’ve never made something like this before, so it will be interesting to see how long it is going to last before stuff start to come off 🙂
Elmi

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Night Owl ATC

'Night Owl' ATC on dark backgroundNight Owl ATC

This ATC was made for the “Paperless ATC” swap on Swap-bot, and based on the Sunday Stamper theme “birds” (due to connectivity issues I could not post it last week…) The “Paperless ATC” theme determined that we had to make an ATC without using the standard “go to” supplies (card stock and paper) – the idea was to stretch us a little; to think outside the box. Boy, did my head hurt trying to come up with something nice!

Night Owl ATC on light background I have always been a late night person, and my parents have always affectionately referred to me as their little Night Owl. So naturally once I knew I was making an owl, the rest came together quickly!

I made the base out of some very nice, clear plastic that I cut from packaging, which is why I took 2 photos, one against my favourate dark background, and one against a light background. I sponged the back with black StazOn  (although I’ll probably try black spray paint next time) after masking small stars at the top to represent the night sky, and used a piercing tool to create a border. I cut the owl out of hessian cloth and used embroidery thread for an outline. I decided the owl should sit on something, so I affixed a genuine African twig :p to the background with copper wire that doubles as leaves.

Thanks for looking!
Elmi
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Luxurious 60th birthday card

Luxurious 60th Birthday CardLuxurious 60th Birthday Card

I made this card on special order for a lady at my LSS after she saw some of my cards. I took great pains to make it worthy of a lady who is turning 60. Oh, and the entire image is made up of a serviette!

Close-upI got the idea to use a serviete when I saw some cards in the Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine that used serviettes as very successful focal images. When I saw these beautiful flower serviettes at a small craft store, I knew what I would do with them! I only bought 4 at the time not knowing I’ll use them all at once (I only thought of layering them later), and when I went back for more the shop has closed down :(. So this is truly a “one of a kind” card.

I decoupaged 4 serviettes onto pieces of card stock (for strength), then cut one of them out to serve as the background, letting the flower “hang over the edge” of the border. For the rest I only used the flower part, which I cut into smaller pieces and layered using foam tape to create a 3D effect. I stuck some of the card stock mats on mounting board for a bit of depth and strength. Finally I decorated the inside with beautiful paper and gold ribbon.
Elmi

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Pop it up ATC swap

'Seashell on the beach' ATCSeashell on the beach

This is one of the ATCs I made for the Pop it up Swap on swapbot. We had to make 2 ATCs, using foam squares to layer the image. I just love how this one turned out – one of my all time favourites!

Elmi

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12 Months ATC swap: no. 9-12 (of 12)

Finally, the last 4 ATCs for the 12 Months ATC Swap on swapbot.

'A Father's Love' ATCA Father’s Love

'Mother' ATCMother

Gladiolus (Sword Lily)

Breast Cancer Awareness

These ATCs are for June (Father’s day), May (Mother’s day), August (Gladiolus is the official flower of this month) and October (Breast Cancer Awareness month).

Elmi

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Dreamy silhouette card

Dreamy silhouette card“Dreamy Silhouette” card

I saw this amazing stencil from The Craft Workshop at my LSS a while back, and since then all the beautiful things I could make with it have been haunting me… Dreamy silhouette card CUSo the other day I just had to buy it, and this card represents its official inauguration 🙂 As usual shimmer does not show up well in photos, but I used White Brilliance ink (which has a subtle shimmer) to do those beautiful leaves and butterfly silhouettes. It’s just wow! This is one of those “you have to see it in real life” cards to really appreciate it. I am extremely proud of the end result, although my head is already spinning with an “upgraded” version 2!

Not to mention that it qualifies for TWO challenges! First, I based it on the sketch from OCC (Our Creative Corner). I wanted the paper with silhouettes to be the main focus (thus to be as large as possible) so I made the card square, and the tulle and sentiment looked awkward at the top so I moved everything to the bottom. So I did make slight adjustments to the layout, but I think it was for the better :-).

It also qualifies for the Am I A Scrap Addict Blogoversary Challenge #4 where the challenge was to use the colour brown with any pastel colour(s).

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Sea star and Ocean card

Sea Star and Ocean cardSea Star and Ocean card

This was an ‘out of my comfort zone’ card. I have been reading Faith Hofrichter’s blog, and she is always making these really bold, beautiful cards with beach scenes (even though she hates the beach!), and I have had this My Sentiments Exactly! sea stamp set for ages, but never knew what to do with them. Well, she inspired me to just do it. This is what I’ve come up with, and I’m actually comfortable with the way it turned out 🙂 I masked the verse’s lines and stamped each line on a torn piece of blue vellum which I layered over inked paper to look like waves. I’m especially proud of the sea star’s colouring – I did that with a mask, ColorBox Qeueu inks and a dauber, then I covered it with Glossy Accent (by the way, did you know that sea stars came in every single colour known to man?)

Update: I just realized that I’ve made this card with a bunch of stuff I’ve gotten for free… The frame’s paper was a Christmas present from my mom, the stamp set I got for free when attending an MSE! workshop, and the fibres I got at my scrapbook store for ‘just showing up’ on a lucky draw day. Now how about that…

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