Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Gift – Personalized Candle


I am working on a little crafting today.  I’ve been meaning to do this project for a little while now, but getting a picture that is okay enough to use, along with finding enough hours in my day is never a challenge!  ha! 


So this is what the picture looked like once I cropped it down.  Thanks, Deanna, for getting this picture of the three of us on Saturday so I can finally do this project!!!


GEDC0798 (2)


What you’ll need for this project:

  • Glass Taper Candle Holder
  • Glass Globe
  • Candle
  • Ribbon
  • E6000 Glue
  • Heat Tool
  • Tissue Paper
  • Photo


I started out with a candlestick that is supposed to hold taper candles, a glass globe and a cheap, white candle…all items that I picked up at The Dollar Tree yesterday. 







I used E6000 glue (available with the rest of the adhesives at your hobby/craft store) and adhered the candlestick (the part where the taper candle is supposed to sit) to the bottom center of the globe.  I allowed it to dry overnight with a little weight on it so it would get a good seal and added a very simple bow!  I added a simple bow from ribbon I bought at Michaels on the after-Halloween clearance.  It doesn’t look Halloween-y to me…but who is going to argue price over cheap ribbon?  Certainly not me!




Now for the fun part…


I took some tissue paper, wrapped it around a piece of white cardstock, and adhered it to the back.  I used a little of my repositionable adhesive, but keep in mind that whatever you use is going to tear your tissue paper IF you are going to try to remove the tissue paper from the cardstock vs cutting it (like I did).  Just make sure you don’t tape/adhere it just right around the edge of your paper or you may tear your picture! 


Now that my tissue paper is adhered to the cardstock, I loaded it in my printer facing down (test your printer to see which way your paper needs to be loaded…some printers need the paper to be facing up!).  I printed it, then rather than trying to remove the tape/adhesive from the pack of the paper, I used scissors and carefully cut around the edge of my picture.  Yes, that means for every print I do, I am wasting a piece of paper…but quite possibly saving my sanity at the same time.  ha!  Also, I haven’t tried to recycle the paper for another picture, but since it does bleed through the tissue paper onto the cardstock a little, it could quite possibly ruin your next set of pictures…?


Once that’s all done, I place my picture onto my candle where I want it.  I wrap a piece of waxed paper around my candle and over the top of my picture (make sure your picture didn’t shift) and grab the waxed paper on the back of your candle in your hand.  You are going to use this as a bit of a handle.  Remember, the heat gun gets hot when you’re heating the candle to adhere the tissue paper, so you’ll want to keep your hands out of the way of that. 


Now that you have your tissue paper in place with your waxed paper over the top of it, grab your heat tool.  Remember that you are working with WAX here and it will melt quickly from the heat of your heat tool!  Keep your heat gun moving so that you don’t overheat your candle!  You’ll see your tissue paper picture start turning glossy.  Keep the heat moving over your entire picture until it’s all turned shiny.  Allow to cool for a couple of seconds (this doesn’t take long at all) and CAREFULLY remove the waxed paper from your candle. 


I kept my candle horizontal with my work surface so that any of the candle wax that melted stayed inside the waxed paper.  Just make sure you are working over a surface that is covered. 


This is what my candle looked like when I was done. 



This is what the candle and holder look like together.



And THAT, ladies & gentlemen, is my grandmother’s Christmas gift.  The only thing that would make it better?  If the other two kiddos would have been there to be in the picture.  Of course I’d have needed a bigger candle, but…….  ;o)


I figure come Christmas, my mom is going to see this and want one too.  *sigh*  j/k, Mom (if you’re reading!)


Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions, shoot me an email or leave a comment.  All comments are emailed to me, so I’ll see it. 



Pin It!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Character Cafe – WINNER


I am a TOTAL slacker this week and didn’t get a project posted.  Ack – SO SORRY!!!  But I do need to announce a winner for TCC 12 Hops of Christmas!  :O)

My winner, chosen by is:


DesertBuni -


Congratulations to you!  Kendra and Kelly will contact you shortly with your prize.  :o)


Thanks for playing along and can’t WAIT to see you back for our release after the holidays!!!


And even though I am a slacker this week, please be sure to check out the other DT members’ blogs to see what they are showcasing for your viewing pleasure!


Mark your calendars for the new release on January 8, 2010!!!  Woohoo!!!


And in case I don’t get another post up before then,




Pin It!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Character Cafe Feature Friday - Santa Easel Card



For today’s Feature Friday card with The Character Cafe, I decided to use this amazing looking Santa with his list!  I added Stickles to his had for a “glitter” effect, so I’m using this for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog! 

Yes, I know his scroll is blank!  As soon as I figure out who I’m sending it to, I’ll write their names on it.  In the meantime, he remains with no confirmed “good” boys & girls on his list!  LOL 

Oh and while we’re on the topic of Santa…I *do* know that Santa’s beard & hair is supposed to be white (MOM!!), but he already had too much other white that his hair & beard would have just gotten lost in the shuffle.  ;o)

The card itself is pretty straight-forward.  It’s an easel card (A2 sized card), cut at 4.25” on the short side of an 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, scored at 5.5” and scored again at 2.75”. 

  • Red & Black Cardstock – Cardstock Online
  • Patterned Paper – DCWV Christmas Stack (an older stack)
  • Button & Ribbon – from my stash
  • Sentiment – Christmas Daily (if someone has a link, please let me know!  I can’t seem to find mine to give credit here!)
  • Bling on Santa’s hat – Star Dust Stickles (loves these!!)
  • Copics – E50, E53, E00, B24, 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, R24 AND R29




Please be sure to check out our other DT members to see what they have to show you this week!  And, as always, leave some love along the way.  We always love to hear from you!  :o)

  1. Angie C
  2. Angie E
  3. Deanne
  4. Diane
  5. Fink
  6. Heather
  7. Lola
  8. Piali
  9. Rachel
  10. Sara

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m in Christmas-card-making-mode, so you’ll see more from me over the next few days! 

Hope you have a GREAT Friday and a FAB weekend!!


Pin It!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches


The Rusty Pickle Design Team was invited to join in on this week’s Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge!  Very exciting!  I just love sketches!!!  And this one is NO different! 


This is the sketch we were sent.     




I wanted to use the OH SO CUTE Lazy Day Snowman, so you’ll notice that I turned the sketch so it looks like this for my project:




I’m also using this project to enter the Copic Creations challenge!  Here is an angled view of my project so you can see that I popped it up a little.  The snowman did have a little bird sitting on it’s “hip” area, so I printed out six images and cut the little birds out to use on the bottom, rather than using buttons or Skittles like I normally do. 



I chose to leave mine without a sentiment since I’m not sure who I’m going to send it to yet.  It’s called leaving the options open!  ha!



Here are the details of what I used for this project:

  • Snowman & Birds – The Rusty Pickle
  • Copics – 0, BG10, E13, E99, RV00, C9, C7, C3, E21, R37, YG63, YR65
  • Bling on Hat – Stardust Stickles
  • Patterned Paper – My Mind’s Eye Signature Christmas Stack
  • Glitter Paper – K & Company (purchased at Target)


Check out what the rest of this week’s team has to offer!

Tuesday Morning Sketches Design Team

The Rusty Pickle Design Team

And on a totally separate note, there is still time to win some COPICS!

  1. Get one entry for every $10 worth of images purchased from the Rusty Pickle
  2. Get THREE entries for posting about this challenge on your blog.
  3. Get ONE entry each week that you post about it again between now and December 25.



Thanks for stopping by and can’t WAIT to see you back again!!  :o)




Pin It!

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Character Cafe – 12 HOPS of Christmas! On the 6th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 6 Blank Cards and Envelopes


DSC03386 (2)

WELCOME to The Character Cafe’s 12 Hops of Christmas Blog Hop!  This is going to be one FABULOUS blog hop with tons of GREAT images and a TO-DIE-FOR giveaway!!  This is certainly one you WILL NOT want to miss!




The details of my project:

  • Image – Cupcake Rosebud by The Character Cafe
  • Copics - V15, V17, RV00, E13, E39, RV34, R37, R29, B12, C3, C1, YG03
  • Patterned Paper – American Crafts “Rain Boots” and “Butterfly”
  • Ribbon & button – from my stash
  • Diamond Glaze
  • Poly Pellets

I did an A2 sized card, scored as usual and then scored again at 2.75” to get the mountain & valley folds.  I colored my images with Copics (see above for list of colors).  I colored the balloons on another image, cut them out and popped them up slightly with thick glue dots.  I glazed over the cherry & the balloons with Diamond Glaze to get the shine. 


The order of the hop, in case you get lost along the way: 

  1. Start - The Character Cafe 
  2. Deanne - Fairy Magik       "On the 1st hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 1 Copic Airbrush System"
  3. Diane - Snowboarder Ryan "On the 2nd hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 2 Copic Sketch Markers"
  4. Angie C. C - The Serenade "On the 3rd hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 3 Jingle Bells"
  5. Kendra & Kelly- Jacob Santa "On the 4th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 4 feet of hemp"
  6. Rachel - Poinsetta "On the 5th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 5 Bits of Bling"
  7. Billie - Cupcake Rosebud "On the 6th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 6 Blank Cards and Envelopes"
  8. Piali - FaLaLaLa Trio "On the 7th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 7 fancy flowers"
  9. Lola - Angel Emmeline "On the 8th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 8 yards of ribbon"
  10. The Character Cafe - Monster Gift "On the 9th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 9 beautiful brads"
  11. Heather - Angel Starr "On the 10th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 10 bright buttons"
  12. Sara - Turtle Love "On the 11th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 11 sheets of DP"
  13. Fink - Miss Priss "On the 12th hop of Christmas T C C gave to me... 12 Cafe Digis"
  14. The Character Cafe Blog


In order for you to qualify to win:

  • you MUST comment on all the blogs along the way
  • let us know your fav image at the end (on TCC blog).
  • Post about our hop/blog candy on another blog/forum and receive an extra 5 ballots!
  • Become a follower and get an extra 2 ballots!
  • If you are already a follower, let us know and you’ll get an additional 2 ballets as well.
  • If you refer someone and tell us, we'll add another ballot for you in the mix (per referral). 
  • Each DT member will pick someone to win the image they worked with.

This gives you 8+ chances for the grand prize and 12 chances for a free digi, plus a free digi for playing along.

If we get more than 50 players, we'll also give someone else 1/2 the new releases, more than 100 players and the other 1/2 of the new releases to someone.  The more players, the more prizes!




GOOD LUCK to everyone!  I hope you all win something FABULOUS!!!



Pin It!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009




For every 10.00 dollars you spend at the Rusty Pickle store, you will be put in for this drawing of 72 Copic markers.


The drawing will be held on Christmas Eve 11:00 PM MST.

No entries will be excepted after 11:00 PM MST

One of you Luckies is going to have a very Copic Christmas!

Pin It!