Monday, 14 January 2013

Lighting up a New Home

Welcome to Monday morning friends and time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Before I get to that I would like to welcome my newest follower Annette. Annette makes some really delicious cards, and currently has a Candy Challenge over at her blog.

Back to the matter in hand and this week's challenge. This week we're playing Bingo (Tic-Tac-Toe) and using the board below, we're going for a row, column or diagonal of 3.

We've got two lovely sponsors for you  again this week who are both offering amazing prizes.

Our first sponsor is Iva Nova Chest who are offering our first lucky winner this beautiful goodie bag featuring flowers, ribbon and bling in shades of purple.

Our second sponsor is our very own Incy Wincy Teamie Nikki, from Limited Runs Digital Stamps. Nikki is offering our second lucky winner a prize of 3 digis from her store, and she has kindly provided the Design Team with some gorgeous images to showcase this week.

So here is my project for you, featuring the middle row of Punch, Metal Pins and Anything but a Card - a Candle Gift for someone moving into a New Home:

My project recipe is as follows:

  • Candle - small unscented block candle in white from Ikea
  • Image - This sweet little bird house is called Birdhouse #2 by Nikki at Limited Runs Digital Stamps. 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, and then used my Spectrum Noir Pens to bring this little nest box to life.
  • Sentiment - computer generated
  • Borders - from the Paintbox Poppets Papercrafting CD-Rom. I cut & pasted the borders from the PDF file, and transferred them into my word processing package so that I could lay them out with the sentiment. I carefully cut around the borders and then used a new Heart Border Punch to decorate the border. You can see this design in the picture
  • Posh Pins - homemade using silver header pins and beads from a selection pot.
  • Twine - from stash and tied into a multi-layered bow using the bow maker on my Ultimate Pro
  •  Putting the image onto the candle - Once the images were dry, I carefully cut around them and then placed each one onto the candle holding it in place with a piece of Greaseproof Paper. Unfortunately, I didn't get my placing quite right, as the ends of the borders are not at the same level! :o(    I then used my hairdryer 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. 

Do check out the Incy Wincy Designs blog and see the other gorgeous Bingo / Tic-Tac-Toe  projects from my talented team-mates and this month's Guest Designer Sandra.  Don't forget to come back and show us your projects, and make sure you tell us which line you're claiming for Bingo! This challenge finishes on Sunday 20th January 2013.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenge:

Hope you have a great and crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x

PS: Not sure what's happening with Blogger this week - just realised that what I thought had posted in English, has actually posted in Arabic or Cyrillic!!!! Have changed it now and apologies to anyone who couldn't read my post!


  1. Its lovely Helen and what a great idea its like a card and a gift in one!! x

  2. Beautiful Helen love all the detail.

    Hugs Julie x

  3. fabulous candle Helen - really brilliant xx

  4. Wonderful project Helen, very creative!

  5. What a super idea as for a new home gift Helen.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  6. Lovely gift helen, thanks for joining us at Allsorts tracyx

  7. Fantastic! Your candle is gorgeous and such a clever idea!

  8. Fabulous gift Helen, I would love to try this but scared stiff.
    Nicola -x-

  9. What a lovely project to gift or to keep for yourself. I love candles. In college, all my girlfriends would come into my room and we'd have "candle parties" where we turned off all the lights and let the candle light fill the room while we feasted on junk food and gossiped about boys. Thanks for bringing back this fun memory. And thanks so much for playing with us at Crafter's Companion!


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Helen x