Last year I attended a Christmas gift swap at our church in Louisville, Kentucky. It was such much fun as we mingled, ate goodies, worshiped together, and exchanged gifts. Everyone had made several sets of the same thing (kind of Etsy-style if you know what I’m talking about), and when we came to the gift swap we were given a certain color for which group we would be in. There were six or so different rounds that you got to go in to “THE” room and pick something out. We weren’t allowed to see anything until that first round. Sound like fun? It was! Of the gifts that I received, the ones I liked best were the bottle caps that someone had made into magnets with beautiful designs in them. I LOVE them, and I think that is where the idea of bottle caps for the design of my website even came from. I “crafted” :) ornaments made from cute Christmas cookie cutters and scrapbook paper to give away. The idea for those came from good ole’ Martha Stewart. A link to her page is here. They were pretty easy. Just trace, cut, and glue onto the cookie cutter. I then put the ribbon through the top of the cookie cutter (left that part unglued until I got the ribbon on), strung a bead on, and then tied the end.
The bottle caps I received inspired this year’s Christmas gifts. I had some bottle caps on hand that were saved, and I already had the scrapbook paper. I just had to buy some magnets, a few more bottle caps that came in a pack, and some Ice Resin all from Hobby Lobby, the store from up above. :) I traced the back of the bottle cap onto the paper, cut the circles out, pushed the paper into the bottle cap, used a craft stick to put and spread the Ice Resin into the cap on the paper, and let it dry overnight. Voila!