Monday, August 19, 2013

Mixed Media Monday - Totally Giftable gift bags + Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

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Anything is better when it's hand made! Don't you think?  Today I show you how to make a gift from the heart!

I love working in mixed media, but find it especially rewarding when it’s functional.  My friends know that when I give gifts, it’s generally hand made.  This little gift-able pouch is a work of art in itself.  It’s like getting two gifts in one!!

Hint:  You can make this easily into a no-sew project by using fabric glue.  The little pouches are so easy to create that you can make several in a short time and keep them on hand when you need to give a little gift.

The Gift Bag and Bath Salts

Project Dimensions: Varies depending which size bezel you select

Spellbinders Supplies:
GC1-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® machine
GC-008 Spellbinders® Rasberry Spacer Plate (Adapter Plate)
S5-188 Superellipse Spellbinders® Nestabilities®
E3D-010 Roman Romance Spellbinders® 3D M-bossabilities™
MB6-006 Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Turtles One
2 pieces of 7” x 4 1/2” muslin fabric
Clear embossing powder
Rubber stamp
Alcohol based marker in color of choice
Dye based ink in color of choice
Rubbing alcohol
Tacky glue
Jewelry glue
Needle and thread
Cosmetic sponge
Embossing/Heat Gun

Optional supplies:  scraps of cheese cloth, burlap, broken bits of jewelry, shells, fabric glue, ribbon, beads etc.

Embellishing the blank:

Apply a bit of glue with cosmetic sponge to the front of the turquoise blank.
Sprinkle on embossing powder and heat to melt. (Hint:  if you want an extra thick layer add more embossing powder to the melted powder and re-heat)
Press stamp into melted powder to texture.  Allow to cool before removing stamp to reveal the texture.
Apply color as desired with alcohol based markers
Spritz with rubbing alcohol to blend colors together

Creating the bag:

Using the #6 Superellipse Nestabilities® die template (with #1 being the smallest) cut two panels of muslin fabric using the Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® machine.

Apply ink to one side the Roman Romance 3D M-bossabilities® folder.
Lay fabric over pattern and close the folder.
Sandwich the folder between the embossing plate and the raspberry spacer plate and pass through the Grand Calibur machine to transfer the ink to the fabric.
Remove fabric and repeat the above steps to apply pattern to the remaining panel.

Fold top of panel to back side and glue/stitch into place. 
With right sides together, stitch/glue edges.  (allow glue to dry)
Turn right side out.

Attach embellished turtle blank, fabric scraps and other miscellaneous items with tacky glue and allow to dry. 

Fill bag with desired contents and tie off with ribbon or twine. 

Easy DIY Bath Salt Recipe

Essential oils come in a variety of fragrances and can be found at your local health food store.

2 parts epsom salt
1 part baking soda
5 to 10 drops of essential oil

Add color with a drop or two of gel food coloring.

I prefer a blend of lavenders for relaxing, peppermint for a quick pick me up, eucalyptus for relieving my sinus symptoms

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