Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Christmas is a-coming!

Good morning friends and I hope you are well. The weather has definitely turned autumnal here ... damp and drizzly.

We're a little later than usual with this post, but it's New Release time at The Crafty Pad Designs! This time our lovely boss Debbie is giving us the chance to get set for Christmas with these two lovely images which are just perfect for those who like more traditional images for their Christmas crafting.  available from the New Releases part of the store.

As well as asking the Design Team to showcase these 2 new image, Debbie has very kindly let us also showcase the three new-ish coloured bauble sets, and here is an altered candle I have made to show off the sumptous colours from the Teal and Purple set.

My Candle recipe is as follows:
  • Candle - small unscented block candle in white from Ikea
  • Images - all from the Christmas Baubles Set - Teal and Purple by Debbie at The Crafty Pad Designs. I have used Trio of Baubles, Snowflake Border and a Merry Christmas Sentiment. I printed the images first onto some thin card before then carefully taping a piece of white tissue paper over the top of the printed image. I then put this through the printer, keeping my fingers crossed (As this is only the second time I've practiced this technique, I'm still not convinced that my printer won't gobble my "sandwich" up)
  • Putting the images onto the candle - Once the images were dry, I carefully cut around them and then placed my large image of the trio of baubles onto the candle holding it in place with a piece of Greaseproof Paper. I then used my hairdryer (another example of my frugal crafting!) to heat this 'sandwich' up and make the image melt into the candle … just be very careful that you don’t burn yourself at the same time. There is a great tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers with a video showing you how to do this! I repeated this process for the snowflake border and the Merry Christmas sentiment too.
I think that small candles like these would make great gifts for Teachers or Classroom Helpers, or even as a quick Hostess Gift if you're invited to a party at short notice. This was such a quick and enjoyable 'make' I can see that I'll be doing more of these in the run up to Christmas :o)

Debbie is giving one lucky Crafty Pad-der the chance to win the new line drawn images Christmas Pine Cones and Holly and Christmas Tree Trio. For your chance to add these gorgeous images to your stash, all you have to do is head over to The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog and check out the gorgeous creations from my ever so talented DT-mates. Don't forget to leave us a comment on the New Release Post letting us know what you think of these two new images, and your name will go into the draw! For a second chance in the draw either be or become a follower of The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog, and then leave us a further comment letting us know that you're a follower! It really is that easy!!! Commenting will close at 12 noon (BST) on Monday 15th October, and we'll announce the lucky winner on Thursday 18th October. Good Luck!
I would like to enter this candle into the following challenge, with a little help from the girls at Feline Playful

Happy Crafting!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. This is gorgeous Helen just perfect for Christmas x

  2. fantastic candle, looks so effective
    Kim x

  3. GORGEOUS!!!!
    LOve these so much.xx

  4. oooh, how stunning! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper... yep, Digi's are accepted :O)) Used to be a stamp snob til I saw how many gorgeous digi's are out there! x

  5. Wow this is a really super design.Thanks for sharing it with us at Panpastel uk.

    Kerry DT LEADER

  6. stunning work Helen - really gorgeous - must try doing some of these! Hugs rachel xx

  7. Lovely creation Helen. Thanks for joining us at LMM for our Simplicity challenge! x Deb

  8. What a gorgeous candle! Love the colour you used. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

  9. I love stamped candles, and yours is very nice. Thanks for joining the Simplicity challenge at LMM.

  10. The candle is so cool! I love how you used the images in such an unconventional way. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at The Play Date Cafe!

  11. What a neat technique! Looks great! Would make lovely gifties! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

  12. Beautiful candle & this would make a fabulous gift :)
    Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck!

  13. This is such a super idea. I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART BCA/ANYTHING GOES Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  14. This is stunning Helen, love the rich purple! Feeling very festive now :)

    Hope you are well,

    Hugs, Estelle xx

  15. Hi Mamma Mia-
    Thank you for the birthday wishes.
    Your candle is fabulous!!! I love the look of this technique and how cost efficient it can be as gifts for any occasion. Beautifully done!!!
    Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week.


  16. Love your altered candle, a perfect Christmas gift.
    Thanks for linking to PanPastel UK this week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  17. Very origiinal idea. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. Good luck and hope to see you again next week.


  18. What a beautiful candle and a great idea! Thanks so much for joining us at Little Miss Muffet!


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Helen x