Friday, August 6, 2010

DO YOU COLLECT?

I have a terrific habit of collecting!  ANYTHING! But especially things I can alter, use to embellish, or just dress up and give away.  JUST ADD INK have set another colour challenge this week and I decided to use some of the Hotel bottles of bathroom accessories I have collected in my travels!  They make an awesome wee travel gift!  I have given packs like this one today, to friends traveling away, but have also used them for friends going into hosiptal.  Such a handy little size, that doesn't take up much room.

I love the colour challenge the JAI girls have set this week, lovely earthy tones, which are my favourite:

 I also set myself a challenge to make a 3D item, rather than my usual card and I am really pleased with how it turned out!  I have seen these totes around on the net and don't know who originally created them, but THANK YOU, if it was you.  The size of the bottles dictated the size of the tote, so I had to get a little creative myself to come up with the right size design!  Thank goodness for a mountain of scrap cardstock!  Always good to tinker with, without using my Stampin' Up! stash.  Invariably, I have to make two or three before I get it right!

Notice the window in the tote?  I had left over punched circles in just the right colour-fancy that, so rather than putting them away to use on another project, I used them to create the roses on the front.  Not bad for a first attempt, eh?  The leaves were punched from the Two-step Bird Punch.  Here is a side view so you can see how everything looks once packaged:

I have threaded twine between the layers of the sentiment and threaded through two holes I punched in the top of the tote, so when you undo the bow at the back, you can pull it apart and open the tote completely.
Leave me a comment and tell me what YOU collect!
 

11 comments:

  1. Morning Paula, I love your Tote and I lOOOOOve those roses- another thing to show your team ;)
    I collect ....stamps and old books and other vintage bits and bobs for my layoutsx

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  2. I collect.... great ideas! I love those roses; you are such a clever cookie. Way to go, gorgeous - you've created another winner! (Thank goodness you're on the DT, so others have a chance!)

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  3. Hi Paula, what a lovely gift & those roses look fantastic!
    I collect ball chains & interesting fibres etc. from clothing swing tags & the "spare" buttons you get with new clothes. :)

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  4. Good job with the roses Paula, they look great!

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  5. I need to know how to do those awesome roses - what a great tote! And I agree with Bron - we might have a chance now! lol
    I collect all things crafting (another thing Bron can testify too LOL) but I also collect metal signs which I have up on the wall of my kitchen

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  6. Love the roses Paula. All I seem to collect is clutter. Time for another clean out. If you haven't given your tote away be then can I see it in person on rhw 17th?

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  7. This is such a great project! I collect Rubber Stamps!!

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  8. Hi Paula! I came home from our anniv weekend in Melbourne with some more of these little bottles! What a great idea for a gift! Can't wait to try it out! Hugs xxaxx

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  9. This is GORGEOUS Paula! I too have had a collection of little soaps and shower gels from hotels. In fact, mine was just handed over the other day as a donation to a fundraiser! I also collect coffee mugs from places I visit - the perfect, practical souvenir.

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  10. Amazing what different things we all like to collect! Bron, I think we are all guilty of the rubber stamp collection, hardyhahaha!

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  11. Paula what a great idea! Thanks for sharing. As to what I collect ... I think the list of what I don't collect is shorter! I never throw things away because one day they will have a use! Apparently Hobbits from Lord of the Rings have a name for it - Mathom. When we moved house we had a number of boxes just labeled "Mathom" - some are still unpacked in the shed, but you never know when they will come in handy!!!

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