Monday 17 September 2012

Shining a Light

This is my second post of the day - please scroll down to see my first post

I'm back again - this time it's with the latest challenge from Lexi's Creations and this time Susan is challenging us to Make a Gift / Anything but a Card.

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is the superbly talented Lexi at Fairy Dust Crafts. The prize that is up for grabs this week is 5 digital images of your choice! With plenty of images in the store, including the quite new releases, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Now I've made a couple of "anything but a card" projects in the last few weeks (a door hanger and a bookmark) so I thought I would really challenge myself this time and make something which I have seen done, looks lovely and surely it really can't be as simple as the tutorials would have me believe? Well it really is that simple and here I've turned a plain candle into a gorgeous gift:

My card recipe is as follows:
· Candle - small unscented block candle in white from Ikea
· Image - This stylised tree is called Bauble Spiral Christmas Tree and it is by Lexi at Fairy Dust Crafts. I printed the image 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 (imagine explaining this one to "Himself" had it all jammed in there!) and then used my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours to bring the tree to life:
oTree - CG4, DG3
oBaubles - TB5, CR11, CT4
oWire - BGR1
· Putting the image onto the candle - Once the image was dry, I carefully cut around it and then placed it 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 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)
For more great and gorgeous Gifts or Anything But A Card ideas, head on over to Lexi's Creations and see the what my very talented team-mates have made. Don't forget to come back and share your creation with us! You've got until Saturday 29th September 2012 to link your projects up.
I would like to enter this project into the following challenge (with some help from the girls at Feline Playful - thanks girls):

Whatever you're doing this week, have fun!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hello Helen. This is so beautiful and the image is just perfect. What a wonderful gift.
    Happy crafting.
    Love Sandra xx

  2. wow Helen - that's great - beautiful outcome and a new technique to try - thankyou! Have a wonderful day! Hugs rachel x

  3. this looks fantastic Helen! not tried this before but may have to give it a go! great gift idea!
    Kim x

  4. Love the candle, looks great with the funky Christmas Tree, will make a great gift for some lucky person! Wonderful colouring of the tree, shaded so well!

  5. Hi Helen, this is fab! Great image and colouring! It's been on my "to do" list for far too long, defo need to get cracking and give it a it really as easy as it sounds?
    Hugs Jo x

  6. Hi Helen what a beautiful candle, the tree is perfect for it. Hugs Susan x

  7. Beautiful Helen, I love this candle and I never thought of using tissue to make the design lay on the candle that way....inspirational gift.
    Thanks for your hard work on the design team at LC's.
    Love and hugs
    Susan xxx

  8. Hi Helen this is fabulous, I love doing candles.

    Hugs Julie x

  9. Decorating candles is great fun. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  10. really fab project and idea!
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

  11. Fantastic take on the 3D Christmas challenge! Love this tree image and such a wonderful small gift idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at AnnaBelle Stamps this week!

  12. Helen, what a pretty candle and a fabulous idea for a gift. Thank goodness you didn't need himself to unjam the printer!

    Lin xx

  13. Helen--you did a fabulous job with this candle! Very cute. Thanks for joining us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge.

  14. Perfect!!! What a great little Christmas gift this would make! Thanks for sharing with us at AnnaBelle Stamps.

  15. Great gift item. Thanks for sharing at Speedy Fox & Friends this week....but what is your fave technique?

    1. Sorry if I misunderstood the challenge but I've only used 2 techniques on this project (colouring a digi and putting the digi on the candle). I thought it was clear from my 'blurb' that it was the candle that was my fave technique. Sorry if not :o)

  16. I love stamping on candles and yours is gorgeous, you have inspired me to make some for Christmas gifts this year!
    Thanks for sharing with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

    Take Care,
    Kylie X

  17. Fabulous gift idea and a wonderful result! I must give this a go. Thanks for sharing it with us as AnnaBelles this week.

  18. Bright cheery and everything you could want in a gift! great job hun xx

  19. this is a great idea...perfect way to decorate a plain candle. Thank you for playing at Stamptacular Sunday♥

  20. Beautiful, I love the fun tree image
    Lindsay xx

  21. Wonderful!! Decorating Candles is so much fun isn't it!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Anything but a :)

  22. Such a beautiful candle! It is a perfect gift, isn't it! So fun and easy to make. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at anything but a card!


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