Saturday, May 8, 2010

teacher week project 2

if you're looking for my magic card post it can be found here!

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hello again! i'm back with another teacher appreciation week/Mother's Day gift that i created this week and it's one of my favorite gifts to give- bath salts! who doesn't enjoy a long, hot, relaxing soak in a tub when they get the chance? (...and for us Mom's with young kids, those baths are few and far between!) i love to mix my own bath salts- it brings out my inner medicine girl and helps to soothe the body & mind. LOVE that! i shop for my bulk salt making supplies at the San Francisco bath salt company. my empty jars come from all over- ball jars from Michaels (but hot glue the small inner lid to the ring so it can't separate anymore & get lost), but i also have a few of these awesome 16oz squared jars from MFT- i especially love these because MFT's label stamps fit them perfectly, there's no lumpy printing on them, and if my kiddo drops one it's plastic so no worries!

for this gift, i used MFT's Time for the Bubbly label set- it's perfect for when i make my own gifts, but it's also great for any pre-packaged purchased items or gift cards too- remember almost anything can be dressed up with stamps & pretty papers!)

i stamped my label image twice on MFT perfect paper panels, and again on some gorgeous Basic Grey patterned paper (from the Lemonade collection- one of my all time favorite paper lines- this particular paper is called Dandelion.)
i carefully cut out the background 'wall paper' area from the patterned paper stamped image (including the top bubbly border).
From one of the thick paper panels, i cut out only the tub/WTG's legs/the rug- and colored it with copic markers. because the paper panels are so nice & thick they add instant dimension when glued on top of the patterned paper. that left one more plain stamped image on a paper panel to use as the 'base' to piece all the other cut outs on -the floor of this piece was colored with copics to look like wood. the words 'bath' and 'salts' were stamped on scraps of the paper panels, trimmed and inked with quick swipe from a pink petunia dew drop! the bubbles were made using white opal liquid pearls. the finished label was then cut out & mounted onto some pink cardstock. the little scoop is held on with a pink rubber band under the lid.

i added a heart border with a Martha Stewart punch to another cute paper from the Lemonade collection to go around the sides of the jar. i used red line tape to adhere it. then i put the label on the front. a nestie cut shape of the Dandelion paper, a ribbon and button bow finish off the lid:

The bath salts inside are geranium and honeysuckle.
here's my mix:
1 cup of Dead Sea salt (from Israel)
1 cup of Utah Red Sea Salt (from the Great Salt Lake)
1 cup of Epsom Salts
10 drops each of 2 essential oils.
Mix all thoroughly.
Add 1 or 2 generous handfuls to very warm/hot water right under the tap and allow to dissolve. soak & enjoy!
makes appox 25oz of salts (enough for a large jar and a couple of 5oz bags)


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