30 June 2012

Creative Life Week 26 –Coffee Can recycled into gift-can with leather strap handle

Still into cans and tins, this is one of the tins I recycled last year as a sample for mother’s day tins. I decided to recycle it again this time as a carry-all can with a leather strap handle. You can use it for packaging your gifts for mum for any occasion. With the tin cover, your secret is safe to carry around. 
Or you can use it as a vase to store flowers you bought for your mum and carry it easily using the handle. The flowers I have on the tin are made of japanese papers. The leather strap handle I recycled from a pack of bitsy pieces of leather that I bought from Spotlight about four years ago. I wasn’t sure what to do with the bag full but it was on sale at that time for less than $5.00 I purchased a pack. Now am putting it to good use. On both sides of the tin I made two very small holes big enough for the strong brads to fit in to attach the leather to the tin.
These tin cans make good packaging for any gifts and the labels can be customized to reflect the occasion or event being celebrated. They come in round tins too. All tins are limited in quantity available for purchased in my on-line shop. 

For custom orders, click on 'Contact Me' on the left navigation bar.

25 June 2012

ClipArts and Digital Images for Sale

This article is a repost from another blog that I write - 

About six years ago I was really into papercrafting and did a lot of cardmaking, I used to buy cliparts and digital images from the original designs of Cheryl Seslar Designs to use in my cards and other projects. It was quite addicting. One day she came up with an offer to allow some of her customers to resell her images on the condition that you buy the license to resell. Being able to resell what I purchased was such a good idea that I saved up some money to afford the professional license.
Anyway, that's how I started my cliparts and digital image business. I ended up buying more images for six resellers only and sometimes would buy images that was sold only to one person and that meant I was the only one who had it and can resell at my own price. And I think I was the only reseller from Australia then.This kept me busy promoting new images to sell and by this time I had almost given up on my cardmaking and also decided it was time to go back to the workforce, get myself another full-time job. After about three years the website I created needed a big change as processing was still done manually but I could not find the time to sit down and make the necessary changes so I decided to temporarily stop selling.
Three weeks ago(after almost two years of doing nothing with it) while cleaning up my hard drive I saw all the files again and an idea hit me. Why dont I try to revive my cliparts business and this time whatever sales I make I save it for Dress A Girl Australia. Selling these images is not that much but earning a few dollars a month is better than nothing. Besides these images were meant to be sold.
After some research I found the right site and software needed and my cliparts business is back in action....and I have pledged that all proceeds from the sale of these images will be donated to Dress A Girl Australia's postage fund.
Here is the link to my new digicraft shop. Check out the shop - 
If you know of anyone who might be looking for cliparts and digital images for their personal and commercial use, please share them the link to the shop. They may find something they like and make a purchase. I am slowly uploading all the files I have so more choices are available.

22 June 2012

Creative Life Week 25 - Create Cans for any occasion

Since I am into bottles and cans for my creative life the past two weeks, I decided to take out my leftover cans from my old can crafting days and make new cans. I printed can labels for different occasions, run them through my xyron to make them into stickers so I dont have to apply glue to the can and the back of the label. It was nice to use my xyron tool again.

This particular can was a bestseller for me before. The Christmas froggy can. I used to make them in different sizes - gallon, half-a-gallon, pints and milk tins. Now I made a gallon size and a pint size of Christmas froggy. I know it is too early to make cans for Christmas but the mood is there to make them.

By the way, the labels I am using in these cans are actually made of fabric. The label I used in the fabric pouch in a can was printed on a cardstock and I run it through my xyron for lamination.
All you have to do is fill it up with your Christmas goodies and seal it with the cover.
Since I still have lots of cans left, I created a birthday pint can, a love pint can which is great for packaging something special for a love one or to use it for Valentines Day.

What's nice about my cans is that the cover also has a label. I sell the gallon size for 19.95 only and the same price whether it is made of fabric or laminated cardstock. The pint size are $6.95. For milk cans, I sell them for $12.95 each.

If you are interested in any of these cans for packaging, please send me an email. I can customize them for you depending on the occasion you are celebrating. But this is only for a limited time while stocks for the cans last.

Lavender Potpourris

Are you looking for something special to give? Something uniquely packaged? Try my Lavender Potpourris. My lavender satchels are uniquely packaged in fabric with printed images that expresses the occasion you are celebrating. Great for birthdays, Christmas, Weddings, anniversaries or any special occasions.

Available in large and small satchels, lavender angels or as handmade fabric picture greeting cards. All come with envelopes for easy gift giving.
A click on the image above will take you to my on-line shop. Or you can click here.

21 June 2012

Creative Life Week 24 - Fabric Pouch in a Can

Yehey! The momentum is still there and this time for cans. Well I think they belong to the same category except for the fact that one is breakable and the other is scratchable.

This type of can have no cover and wasnt really sure what to do with it. I was thinking what if I had to fill the can with something to eat like cookies and give it as a gift to someone. Without a cover the cookies will probably become hard as a rock because it is exposed unless they put a foil over the can to cover it. Then the idea came still with cookies in mind. Why dont I make a fabric pouch and adhere the fabric pouch to the bottom of the can. And if they dont want to eat cookies they can just tighten the pouch to preserve its freshness. So here is what I came up with. A fabric pouch in a can. And the reason why I had to attach the fabric pouch to the can is because I wanted the can to be used with the pouch and not just take away the pouch and throw away the can for the beauty of it was on the can with a fabric pouch. It didnt take long to create the fabric pouch.  

I used to create small cans for birthdays and Christmas so I thought I should also embellish the can for this particular creation. And then I stucked a felt heart for a 3D effect and added some bells at the end of the ribbon on both sides. 
I know I enjoyed creating cans before but am not really sure if it became popular here in Australia. I used it to package some of my small quilts. You will see one later on.

So I think I am back to creating cans again. I still have some leftover from my can crafting days. It is time to take them out from the box. 

20 June 2012

i-create week 23 - Friendship in a Bottle

I have been very busy with work and my extra-curricular activities I cant seem to find time to blog about the things I have created the past few weeks. I am off for the next few days so now I have the time in the world to write about it. 

I decided since I am into bottles trying to create something useful (I have lots of bottles in my garage) I decided to create this friendship tag made of fabric and placed it inside the bottle. I call it 'Friendship in a bottle'.

The tag is made of fabric and I grouped together some threads and braided it to embellish the tag. The message on the tag "Friendship warms the heart' is printed on a silk fabric which I printed myself using my very old and reliable inkjet printer. 
At the back of the tag and also printed on a silk fabric is a recipe I found for friendship which you can find below :
* 2 cups of loyalty
* 2 tablespoons of honesty and a dash of patience
* 2 heaping cups of laughter
* 1 tsp of kindness
* 1/2 cups of companionship
1. Mix well
2. Bake in a warm heart
3. Serve generously
4. Thanks for your friendship!
I just thought for a change I would put my fabric tag inside a bottle especially that I have collected lots of bottles. If you want to order my friendship fabric tag please click here to send me an email or click on the 'contact me' section which you can find in the left sidebar. This is the only fabric tag I have at the moment but am thinking of making a few more to sell.

03 June 2012

i-create Week 22 - Decorated Heart-shaped Bottles

I think am running late now with my weekly project and this could only be explained with either am starting to become lazy or I can't think of anything to create anymore or too busy with other things I have no more time to spare for my creative journey. I think it is more of the later as there are hundreds of things one can do and I dont think I have been lazy because I have accomplished a lot in my other tasks. So just busy!

I am doing a lot of sorting and cleaning-up in my garage so I can start selling some of the unwanted stuff. Actually they are not garbaged items as some of them I am still able to use from time to time and for my creative journey but the reason why I want to sell them is so I can raise enough money to pay for sending parcels to other locations for my community work. While doing some cleaning I found I still had several heart-shaped bottles available and I thought this would be good materials to use for this week.

What I did was I took a small piece of red felt, the thick kind (about 3cms thick) and cut it in a shape of a heart. I then printed the words "you hold the key to my heart" to a piece of fabric embellished with small hearts on the edges and then cut the fabric in a shape of a heart again but this time a little smaller than the size of the felt. I then attached this heart to the felt using a non-acidic double-adhesive tape. Then at the back of the felt heart I attached a garden key (this is what they call them) which looks rusted tied with a ribbon. The key size is about 8cms long. Then I inserted the heart I created with the key at the back inside the heart-shaped bottle. This fitted perfectly inside because I made it a point that the size of the heart is only a bit smaller than the actual heart-shaped bottle. I then created a tag with a red heart in the middle and this I connected to the other end of the ribbon. The opening of the bottle is small so there is no chance of either heart or tag going out or going inside the bottle. Once this was done I then put back the cork that was use to close the opening. The ribbon you see at the neck of the bottle came with the bottle so there was no need to put more decorations outside. I would have put a ribbon if there was none.

For the other heart-shaped bottle with a longer neck, I just tied another garden key with a ribbon, placed it inside the bottle and at the end of the ribbon I tied another tag similar to the tag in the smaller heart-shaped bottle. Instead of putting the heart inside the bottle with the garden key I attached the heart-shaped fabric with the message using a non-acidic double-adhesive tape outside the bottle as you can see from the picture. I did this for variation between the small and the large bottles

So here is my 22nd project of the year - and I hope you like it.

SIze of the long-neck heart-shaped bottle is 11cms x 7cms x 15cms. Size of the normal heart-shaped bottle is 8cms x 19cms x 5cms. If you are into heart-shaped bottles I have them for sale in my gallery here. There is a limited number of quantities available so if you are looking for one, grab any of them at the earliest opportunity you have. I call them alterable goodies.