Make an Ordinary Soap Dispenser Extraordinary

by Alison Heikkila

See How to Upcycle an Ordinary Soap Dispenser using StazOn Studio Glaze

I love making handmade gifts, and of course, this is the perfect time of year for that. I decided to decorate a plain foaming soap bottle. Truth be told, I didn’t make this as a gift. It was for my house. But I will get a few more of these soap bottles and make them as gifts for people! StazOn Studio Glaze is a perfect craft product for this project because it adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass. To take it a step further, you can easily make your own foaming soap and add it to the bottle before giving it as a gift. Wouldn’t it make the perfect for a housewarming present? See my favorite recipe for soap at the end of the tutorial!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

I bought this foaming soap bottle for about $6, and I knew right away that I wanted to use StazOn Studio Glaze to decorate it. Wash the bottle down and chose colors of StazOn Studio Glaze.


Step 2

Turn the bottle upside down and apply lines of Claret Studio Glaze, allowing it to have a nice big drip at the bottom. Vary the lengths of the lines and keep plenty of room in between them to add the other colors. TIP: I worked on a scrap piece of cardboard so that I could easily turn the bottle around without touching it.


Step 3

Continue to add colors with the same drippy, varying lines all around the bottle’s base. Make sure to not put any of the Studio Glaze directly on the bottom of the bottle so it will still sit flat on a counter. I made sure to not have a pattern. Some lines touch, while others have room in between them.


Step 4

I added four colors total. Keep in mind, the colors will look different (more translucent) once they are dried. Fill in any gaps with Cotton White. This process only took about 15 minutes to complete.


Step 6

After the Studio Glaze has dried, repeat the process along the top of the bottle as well.

As you can see, when dry the colors are deeper and more translucent, but are still quite vibrant. I love the drips going in both directions, and my family thinks it looks great in our bathroom. You can easily do this technique on an inexpensive set of drinking glasses or a mug. They could all make great gifts. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Studio Glaze – Claret, Gothic Purple, Midnight Blue, Emerald City, Cactus Green, Cotton White
Other
  • Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser (you can find these at department or home goods stores)
  • Foaming Soap

Alison’s Favorite Foaming Soap Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s is my go to)
  • 3 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 Drops of fragrant essential oils of your choosing (Bergamot, Peppermint, or Lavender work very well)
  • Enough water to fill bottle. Shake to mix!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Today’s blog features a warm and cool dynamic between two creative projects by Elina Stromberg and Mischelle Smith. Elina creates this cute bear theme card with a felt scarf to respond to the challenge “heartfelt”. While Mischelle creates a cool wintery snowman crafting project the whole family can enjoy!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Cozy Heartfelt Greeting Card by Elina Stromberg

Our friends often get handmade cards from us for Christmas, but a simple card for no special reason will for sure brighten our friend’s grey November day. Making the card will not take too much time nor effort, and I’m sure the heartfelt message will be valued and cherished. “You’re important to me, and I’m thinking of you.”

For this card in a clean-and-simple style, I used a leftover piece of patterned brown paper and a cute bear stamp by Studio Calico. Utilizing patterned papers is a good option when you’re not into coloring or when you want to finish your project quickly. If you want the stamped image to look bit dimensional you can shadow the edges with markers, the same way that you would do on a colored image.

This little bear got a felt scarf around his neck; before gluing down the stamped image on the card front I folded the edges of the scarf on the back and secured them with a drop of glue. I mat the card on a piece of dotted paper and glued the card front on the card base. Ready in no time at all!

This little fellow is already on its way to my friend! I hope he will make her happy!

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Red Polka Dot
  • Studio Calico – Bear stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – background circles stamp
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Two-sided tape

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is ‘crafts for kids’. For this challenge, I wanted to create a project I could use for our family Thanksgiving. Each year the ‘kids of all ages’ participate in a craft suitable for ages 6 – 80 (our youngest to our oldest family members). Some years Grandma likes to give awards… such as …‘most creative’, ‘beautiful coloring’, ‘sparkliest sparkle’…whatever comes to her mind!

This snowman is a perfect project for family gatherings! It combines embossing, stencils, stamping, cutting, spritzing, sparkles … everything a kid loves! Cut three circles from white cardstock in varying sizes to build the 3 parts of the snowman’s body. Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon (nice soft blue-green color) and stencil. Stamp snowflakes with Versacolor ink. Emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder. Stamp snowflakes with VersaMark ink and emboss with Iridescent Emboss Powder. Spritz with Sky Blue Fireworks Craft Spray (which has a shimmer). Spatter with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Spray and Tuxedo Black Fireworks Spray and let dry. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is another layer of shimmer. Adhere three pieces together and add black gemstone eyes and mouth. Cut the snowman’s nose out of orange scrap cardstock and attach. Outline with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker as shown.

Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon

Since this is a family time craft then you can continue crafting your snowman as you please!

Supplies

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Other
  • Scissors
  • Black Gems
  • Cardstock – White, Orange
  • Circle Stencil
  • Close to My Heart – Snowflakes stamp
  • Sequins

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Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!

Supplies

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Other
  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

 


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.

Supplies

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Other
  • Leaves

Watch a Video on How to Make a Creative Paper Chain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to make a creative paper chain. Kids Crafts.

For both kids and kids-at-heart, waiting for a trip, holiday, or other event can be frustrating when it’s so very far away. In my version, the classic paper chain gets an upgrade with color-coded links, embossed event markers, and multiple points along the way to celebrate leading up to my big trip a few months from now. Whether you choose to get the family involved in making it or surprise someone with it, the big fun comes from taking it apart until you’re just down to a single link!

 

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Supplies

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Other
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Studio Calico – “By the Numbers”, “A to Z” stamp sets
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Calendar

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

In November there are days when the rainy weather keeps your kids inside. It’s a good idea to have a few crafty project ideas that you can pull out from your sleeve when the boredom tries to sneak in. The best ideas don’t require too much preparation nor special tools; for this decorated glass jar you will only need a short list of things every paper crafter has in her stash.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

 Stamp on Glass with StazOn Jet Black Ink
Step 1

Remove the paper label and wash the glass jar carefully. Wrap masking tape around the jar for easy alignment of the stamped images.


Step 2

Decorate the jar with stamped images, using StazOn ink. Use a rich amount of ink, but press the stamp gently on the glass for preventing the stamp from sliding on the glass. Should you not be happy with the result wipe away the stamped image with nail polish remover.

Mama Elephant - ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
Step 3

Continue stamping until the decoration is finished. Use different ink colors. In addition to regular stamps, you can use cotton swabs or various tubes for creating patterns on the jar. Once finished, remove the masking tape.

Glass jar with lid stamped with Mama Elephant and StazOn ink
Step 4

Decorate the metal lid with coordinating accents.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today and if you like what you see then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
  • StāzOn – Jet Black, Blazing Red
Other
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Masking tape
  • Mama Elephant – ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
  • Cotton swabs, plastic tubes  for stamping texture elements

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Teach Your Little Ones How to Make a Glittery Reindeer Ornament

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a kid-friendly Christmas Reindeer ornament project. My son Theo and I had so much fun with this project using Tsukineko Memento markers, die cuts and googly eyes. You can create a bunch of fun ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give out as little gifts as well!

Time: 30 minutes
Skill: Beginner

Directions


Step 1

Punch a hole through wood piece using a Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Color wood piece using Memento markers.


Step 3

Die cut a piece of glitter paper using Reindeer die and Big Shot die cutting machine.


Step 4

Adhere reindeer shape onto the wood piece, adhere eyes and add other embellishments onto the wood ornament. What is great about this easy project is that you can create multiple ornaments or just the one!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

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Other
  • Woodpiece
  • Die Cut machine
  • Reindeer die (Kaisercraft has a great option)
  • Glitter Paper
  • Twine
  • Enamel Dots and/or other embellishments
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crop-O-Dile

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