Beautiful things

I wanted to share with you some gorgeous things I received in the last couple of days. And Β I wanted to explain how grateful I am for Milliande, and for the new friends, for the swaps and all that lovely art, but tonight is a bit hard to find the right words. It would be easier in Serbian, but then most of you wouldn’t understand me. πŸ™‚ Β So no more trying for me. I’ll just say THANK YOU!

Patty’s gorgeous twinchie box:

“Windows ATC Swap” – Dawna’s and Christine’s lovely cards:

“Halloween in Wonderland ATC Swap” – Marie Austen, Laurie Damer, Mel-made and T.Koorey:

Another great swap is the “Prayer Fl-Inchie swap” hosted by Kalona. I’m waiting for Mary‘s Flinchie to arrive and I know it’s going to be wonderful!! I finished my Flinchie which is going to be mailed tomorrow to Letizia. I hope she will like it. I don’t want to show the whole thing until she receives it, but here is a part of it:

It was made with tea bags, plastic mesh, chains, stamps, liquid pearls, markers, charms, beads, bling, etc.

I also had wonderful time this weekend with my family, it was my mother’s birthday.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day / evening! πŸ™‚

Don’t throw away your plastic bags

Hi friends! I have been asked so many times about the things I make with plastic bags, and finally I managed to photograph the process and show it to you. But be aware, this post is photo heavy!!! πŸ™‚

First thing you’ll need are plastic bags (well, of course), which you will cut like this:

You don’t need the handles and the bottom.

Next, lay your bags flat ( I used three here, but if you want a thicker final product, use more) :

Now we can iron them. Take two pieces of baking (parchment) paper and put your bags in between so that you don’t destroy the iron with melted plastic! πŸ™‚

Keep your iron moving non-stop!

The temperature of your iron must be low. I use the “silk/wool” mark, but I still have to check the whole time to see if it’s ok. If the temp is too high, you’ll end up with shrinkage and “too much” texture, like this:

Although, it might be exactly what you want. I do like it for certain projects. But if your iron is not too warm, then you’ll get smoother texture like this:

Check on your bags while you iron, but be careful, it’s very hot! An also, every few moments you should turn your bags (with the paper) upside down so that you iron both sides.

And when everything is nicely melted and fused, you are done! Then it’s up to you what you’ll do with it. You could leave your plastic as is, especially if you had some nice and colorful bags.

Or you could paint them, which is what I like to do.

Paint gives them different “feel”, like it’s a different material, and it gives so many possibilities for use in all kinds of projects.

Isn’t this texture great?

You could draw on it:

But remember, always apply a protective coat of some kind, to prevent damaging the paint. It is plastic you are painting after all, and it doesn’t soak up the paint. πŸ™‚

And there you have it! So nice and textural, durable, and cheap! You can have fun and help saving the planet at the same time. πŸ™‚ I used it for making bookmarks:

ATCs:

One-inch boxes:

You could make journal pages, or just embellish your journal with it:

You could even use it in your sewing:

The possibilities are endless!

I hope this was helpful and inspiring. Have fun! πŸ™‚

Inchies again and a winner!

Yep! One inch boxes! It is for another swap at Milliande’s! The rules were to make one-inch or two-inch box, make it flat for an easy shipping, but with a way to assemble it once it reaches it’s destination. It was a bit of a challenge to come up with the solution for a closure, and to make something at least a bit different than what other girls were making just to add to the fun. There are already so many great ideas, I must admit I did have to think hard…But I found the way, and we all have something unique to add to the group so that’s what’s important.

I made them with paper, plastic bags, acrylic paint, buttons, threads and a pebble. I just had to use plastic bags, they give an awesome texture! Here, take a closer look:

Here are my two little creations:

I couldn’t stop at one, it would be so lonely! πŸ™‚

We ( I mean Meda, hubby and me) also had some fun last night picking the winner as promised, and here are the photos to show you how it was executed. First I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper.

For the six month old blog, I guess this is a crowd! LOL Thank you so much girls for participating, it means so much to read your comments and to have you here! I really appreciate it!

Next step – Meda comes to the stage to pick a winner! πŸ™‚

In the next photo, if you look very very carefully, you will see a tiny piece of paper coming out of his mouth. That’s why he has that crazy look on his face:

And the winner is….DEB!

Congratulations Deb! And once again, thank you all for participating, this was my first giveaway and it was so much fun, I’m gonna have to do that again! πŸ™‚ Deb please email me your address and I’ll send the bag to you by the end of this week.

Have a great day everyone! πŸ™‚

Miniature boxes

These boxes are so tiny! Only one inch! They contained microscope glass, but I had no use of that, so I decided to alter them. First I painted them with black acrylic paint, then added crackle medium, and then some off-white paint. After that I embellished them with puff paint, a heart, a flower, and a butterfly. And some bling, of course. I also painted them with shimmery finish, but my camera is not that good to show that.

Every box is different on the inside also. Here is the one with the butterfly on top:

And here is the inside:

A tiny scroll has a secret message inside. πŸ™‚

And here is the one with the flower on it:

You can’t see it very well, but the heart is red, a little bit distressed with brown ink. On the inside of the lid there is a piece of vintage paper, blank, perfect for a love note.

The last one is a “Quote box”:

It says: “The highest form of art is the art that inspires the heart.”

I hope you like them. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

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What can I do, it’s my favorite color!

Yes, blue again! What can I say – I was just relaxing, playing, you know – it’s Sunday, and I came up with these bookmarks and a box. These were all made with recycled materials. Bookmarks were made out of plastic bags and some scraps of fabric and lace, and a box was actually some thin beaten ugly cardboard box that I decoupaged with newspapers and then painted, so now I have something more interesting than wrapping paperΒ  to put a present in when needed.

And because my husband asked me if I could give him one bookmark, I made one for him. A simple one, but he likes it! I made it in no time, and I think it’s more masculine that the others. Well, I couldn’t give him one of these with flowers, right? πŸ™‚ Here it is:

I do feel a bit guilty though, this one is maybe too simple, so I’ll have to spend some more time and make something more interesting for my hubby. He is always so nice and supportive, and always says he likes whatever I make. I feel like I’m neglecting him a bit.

The color of love

If you ask me about red, I would tell you that it’s not one of my favorite colors. So, I really don’t know why I wanted one wall in my bedroom to be red. I love how it turned out, it gives a nice feeling. But, when it comes to clothes, I don’t think I have one red item in my wardrobe. Strange.

And, I also started to paint some items for the bedroom to coordinate with that wall. First I painted a lantern, then a jewelry box.The opposite wall is cream, so I think it looks really nice.

But the best thing was this heart I found in my coffee cup last evening:

Isn’t that lovely?