Vintage Verses with A Floral Twist

Hi there! This month at stamp club we had a play and created this card with a few new things from the Seasonal Catalogue and of course some sale-a-bration freebies too!  This great “wishing you” stamp is from the SAB … Continue reading

Birthday Candle With a Twist

Hey there,

I have been dying to share this project with you but had to wait for my friend Jo’s birthday today so that I wouldn’t spoil the surprise of the gift I created for her. Of course it has to begin with a birthday card doesn’t it? I’d seen this sketch over at and although I didn’t submit this project, I happily used the challenge as inspiration for my card.

 Here is the card I came up with:

Yeah Yeah I know another medallion card! I just love this stamp and it lends itself SO well to a square card.  I stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using the rock and toll technique first stamping onto Pear Pizazz and then rolling Early Espresso around the edges of the stamp.  Once I’d stamped onto the Very Vanilla square, I cut evenly into squares and then placed the whole image onto an Early Espresso Mat. My card is actually Textured cardstock in Certainly Celery which tones really well with Pear Pizazz.  I created my Tag using the Lots of Tag Die and my bigshot.  This delicious polkadot DSP is from the In Colour 6×6 pattern pack which is a Level 1 Hostess Set.  My happy birthday perfect punches sentiment is punched using the wide oval and popped up on dimensionals.

And here is the candle I created as my gift for Jo:

How did I get my stamp so sparkly on my candle? First I stamped in versamark, then rock and rolled with Pear Pizazz and Early Espresso, then added heat and stick powder, heated that with my heat tool and finally sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on top.  You need really high quality tissue paper to do all of this and be able to heat prior to applying to your candle.  Thinner tissue will start to melt the first time you heat your heat and stick powder so beware! 

Now that I had created the gift – how to package it? My Dad showed me a beautiful bottle of whisky he brought back from Chile duty-free and commented that he didn’t know what he was going to do with the box – oh I knew EXACTLY what to do with the gorgeous dark chocolate brown box…

I started by decorating it with coordinating DSP and added the same label to match the card.  this box has a fantastic flip-top:

How well does this candle fit into this box?

Can’t tell you how satisfying it was to create a really unique gift for my friend – something that will never be found in a store.  Being able to recycle and utilise a gift box this way was so much fun!  If you are interested in learning more about stamping on candles or creating a special card like the one above, why not host a workshop at your place with a few friends and I can show you this and other techniques using Stampin Up products.

Thanks for stopping by girls!

A Birthday Tote For Ellie

Over at Just Add Ink this week we have a great challenge for you:

Just Add Birthdays!

I have been saving this project to share with you for just this challenge! A few weeks ago our neighbour Ellie turned 7 – and Ellie loves stamping and craft, so I created this tote for her and filled it with a stamp set and a few stampin’ write markers to play with!

I was sure to strengthen the tote with Brads on all the joins and even on my sweet treat flower so that it will last for a while!  Now I must confess this DSP is retired (so sad – it’s so cute!) but of course this would work with any of our DSP’s in the current catalogue and in actual fact the standard weight DSP  is a little easier to work with when making this tote! I am going to share the link ->here<- where I originally saw this Tote – and as you will see Andrea Walford’s tutorial is excellent – so easy to follow!

I filled my sweet treat cup with a scallop flower and a sprinkling of dazzling diamonds to glitz it up a wee bit. I’ve tied the matching birthday card to the side of the tote through a small heart punched out of the corner of the card.

Ellie’s name has been created using my Junior Timeless Alphabet Dies and my bigshot.  I don’t think a week goes by without using these alphas or the numbers and shapes that come with them!

I was so thrilled that she loved this Tote and gift inside! Made the few hours it took to make ALL WORTH IT!

No head on over to JAI and check out the other Birthday gift and card ideas offered up for your DT inspiration this week!

Thanks for stopping by and catch up with you soon!

Jan x

Design Team Debut – Just Add Ink #25

It’s time! Finally my Debut Project as Design Team member over at Just Add Ink this week! Its a colour challenge this week:

  • Rose Red
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Soft as Suede
  • Very Vanilla

I thought I’d kick things off with a Candle Wrap – and after seeing “frock cards” around the blogs for some time, I had a wee go at creating my own fashion design.. Whatdya think?

Here is another look at the bodice, which I have created by punching a Very Vanilla Full Heart, embossing it with my Big Shot and Polkadot folder, snipping it through the middle and then lacing it up with linen thread.  I’ve used a generous amount of hodgepodge hardware for this one haven’t I? Sometimes one piece just isn’t enough!

I’ve pleated a semi circle of Soft as Suede DSP from the Autumn Traditions Pack and added a belt with Soft as Suede Polkadot Grosgrain Ribbon.  My Rose Red band of ribbon is actually whisper white rubbd in versa mark ink and sponged with Rose Red Stampin’ pastels – cool huh?

If you feel inspired to have a go at your own candle wrap, be sure not to adhere the first layer to the candle as you want to be able to slip it off when burning.  If you just pull it tight and use sticky strip to join it together at the back you’ll have no problems sliding it off 🙂

Now run on over to Just Add Ink and check out the other AMAZING projects from our larger than life DT ok? And have fun creating!