Monday, February 22, 2010

Stamping on Candles & JAI Challenge #5

I have always liked the technique of stamping on candles to create a personalised gift and with Mother's Day coming along in May, a market stall to create for, and of course a Just Add Ink challenge that encouraged you to 'Just Add Dimension' - well I just had to make these:


Here is my step by step process:

Step 1 - Gather your supplies: candles, stamps, inks or markers, tissue paper, wax paper, heat gun

Step 2 - Stamp your images, text etc onto the tissue paper and colour with ink or markers as desired. Cut around the stamped images/text as close as possible.


Step 3 - Cut a piece of waxed paper, no taller than your candle but so it can wrap around the candle with some to spare. This is what you hold on to to keep the paper tight and it helps when the heat is applied and the candle gets warm, and hopefully your hand not too hot!


Step 4 - Place the stamped and cut tissue paper piece over the area of the candle where you want it to be. Wrap the waxed paper piece around the candle, with enough overhang for you to hold onto and to keep the tissue and wax paper tight around the candle. Heat the image on to the candle with your heat gun. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper will push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact. Slowly peel the wax paper away from the candle. You can repeat this process with as many images as you want to imprint on your candle.

Step 5 - Decorate your candle as desired. [I forgot to take a photo of the back of this candle which has the text from the same stamp set Echoes of Kindness imprinted on the back.]


I decorated two candles with two different stamp sets and colour combinations.


Candle 1
Stamps: Echoes of Kindness
Inks: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac and Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Candles, Tissue Paper, Wax Paper, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

Candle 2
Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Inks: Riding Hood Red,
Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Candles, Tissue Paper, Wax Paper, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon


Thanks for dropping by my blog and I hope you find inspiration for adding dimension to your stamping creations.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge No. 4

I missed participating in the third challenge from the Just Add Ink blog but have managed to put together a card for their challenge No. 4 - after cleaning my craft desk this morning! I rewarded myself with creating something before continuing on to other areas of my craft space that need tidying and organising - oh well, there is always tomorrow!

The challenge was to use the following four colours, you could also add some neutral colours (eg black, white, vanilla) but I chose not too...


Here is what I came up with, giving myself a challenge also to use a stamp set I have not used as often as I thought I would (bought it for scrapbooking actually) - Frames with a Flourish -...

Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Occasional Greetings (retired), Organic Grace (Hostess Level 1)
Cardstock: Kraft, Rose Red, Sage Shadow
Inks: More Mustard, Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Kraft, Versamark
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear Embossing Powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds, adhesive, paper piercer


I was really pleased how my card turned out and definately needed my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the frames so squarely and to also fit the images in the centre squares so well. This tool is so useful and one that I can't be without in my craft kit. If you live in Australia and would like to purchase a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get more accurate placement when stamping just send me an email to: maecollins3@iprimus.com.au and place an order (cost $22.95 + p&h).

With the dragonflies and flowers I stamped them in Versamark and clear embossed them with a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds. With the Happy Mother's Day greeting I stamped this in Versamark and then on to my Rose Red ink pad before embossing it with the same mixture as I wanted my greeting to have more depth of colour.

Here is a close up of the embossed dragonfly...

If you want to have a go at this challenge or maybe need some inspiration, pop across to Just Add Ink and have a look at what the Design Team and other participants have created.

Come and visit me again sometime!

My Craft Space - Part 1

Well I did it - I started to clean my craft space - my desk at least! Can't rush these things you know and especially when they are as disorganised as mine currently is!

As I clean and sort my craft space I thought I would share it with you here, and a few of my organisational elements that I find work for me and maybe can help others out there who experience the procrastination and disorganisation that I recently have.

Firstly, here is my craft desk - even my husband commented on how clean it was and he could actually see the table!

My Craft Desk (side view)

My space is actually a walk through area from one part of our home to an extension that was put on. It used to be the baby's room and then my son's room when he was little until we made the extension and knocked part of the wall out (which you can just see behind my chair) - the door frame just visible to the right (behind the desk lamp arm) leads in to a bedroom. The white panel you can see on the right-side of the photo is part of our linen cupboard. So you can see my desk fits nicely into this space and holds my most used items within easy reach - well that is the intention anyway!

My Craft Desk (front view)

My desk is wide enough to hold six A4 sized Desk Tidy Drawers (bought from Big W) side by side and still allowing me a comfortable space in front to craft/design etc. I also have three other Desk Tidy Drawers placed on top of the outside ones, the middle ones have my laptop and printer on top. Going around from left to right when I am sitting at my desk you can see my well stocked Color Caddy (sorted by Colour Familes and including several In Color and Neutral ink pads), on the wall is a kitchen tidy rack (bought from Ikea) that holds some punches and some spools of ribbon (other ribbon is stored in a deep drawer of one of the Desk Tidy Drawer units) and on the back wall is another two racks of punches (which I use constantly) which are basic towel rails (bought from a hardware store). My Desk Tidy Drawers are mostly labelled and store my Stampin' Up! A4 cardstock (see photos below), adhesives, cutting tools, embelishments, ribbons, embossing equipment etc as well as two sets of drawers to hold my current business stationery, brochures, orders etc.

As you can also see my laptop sits on top of one set of Desk Tidy Drawers and from this I can easily update my blog, blog surf and get inspiration from others online, check my emails, prepare workshop materials etc. Next to my laptop is my basic printer (frustrating that it won't feed through cardstock other than Whisper White and Very Vanilla!) and on top of this I sit my keyboard so I can take it down on to my desk where I craft to type rather than use the laptop's keyboard which is not in easy reach!

Punch Storage
I need another idea for my smaller punches, although these are generally stored in my craft tote, and which I will share my organisation of in another post about my craft space.

A4 Cardstock

My packs of A4 Cardstock are stored in individual drawers, appropriately labelled - yes I have a labelling problem! I also have individual drawers for the current In Colors, Whisper White, Glossy White, Very Vanilla and one for Neutrals - which includes Basic Black, Kraft, Grey etc. In these drawers I store full A4 sheets, long length off-cuts, and the larger off-cuts. For the small scraps and pieces left over when crafting I store in clear plastic cases again labelled by Colour Familes.

Scrap Pieces of Cardstock (sorted by colour families)


Another organisational element that I really like for items I regularly use - my dauber storage!

Again my labelling issue comes in to play as each dauber is individually labelled by the corresponding ink colour used and is stored in colour families within a divided craft caddy (bought at Chickenfeed). Currently I don't have a full set for Bold Brights (just the main colours I use) but I do have a full set for Rich Regals, Earth Elements and Soft Subtles. I also have one section for Neutrals/In Colors that I regularly use. I made an index to go inside the caddy's cover to indicate where each dauber is stored, but if you look closely you will see that when the caddy is closed the dauber colour from the opposite end actually leaves different ink on the one that I had daubered over its corresponding name eg Chocolate Chip dauber makes a mark over the Garden Green index name and colour and vice versa. I tried storing my daubers up the opposite way and thought this may also help in getting them out but for some reason they do not fit as easily that way around. So I just leave it as is and it works for me anyway!

Dauber Storage


Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing the first part of my Craft Space and organisational tips and as I sort out the rest of my space I will share that with you as well. You haven't yet seen what is under the desk! Or on the other side of this walkway area where I have yet another two cupboards (three if I count the old build-in cupboard space) in which my craft items/stamps/scrapbooking supplies etc are stored. I know I have a lot of stuff but who doesn't when they have an addiction/hobby/business (whatever you call it) and enjoy it as much as I do!

Feel free to leave comments about my craft space, share your personal tips and ideas for keeping your area organised and functional or leave a link to photos of your space if you have them available - I love to hear and see what you have to share and thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Procrastination!!!

I want to craft but I keep procrastinating and doing other things than cleaning up my craft desk so that I can craft - I blog surf, do the dishes (yeah really!), read another chapter of my book, go for a walk - and I still keep avoiding what I need to do! I have some ideas running through my head that I would like to try but that still doesn't seem to be motivating me to tidy up so that I can get them out of my head and into something to share with you! Why is it is so hard to motivate ourselves to do something we know needs to be done so that we can do something we really enjoy - I don't understand myself sometimes!

Does anyone else suffer the same fate that I am suffering at the moment? If so, share with me what motivates you to do what needs to be done. Or do you have some advice on how to maintain a clearer craft space so that it doesn't look like a bomb has gone off on your craft desk and put bits of scrap paper all over, adhesives, tools etc all over the place? I even have some newly purchased items sitting in bags on my desk and not put away - I know I should do this as soon as I bring them into my craft room, but no I just dumped them on to my desk and left them there!

Share your tips with me on how you stay organised and focussed in your crafting area! I look around and can see some good organisational elements eg my towel rail that holds my punches which I can see at a glance, my sponge daubers that are labelled and stored by colour families in a divided storage container within easy reach, labelled drawers that hold my A4 cardstock by Stampin' Up! colour families, Whisper White, Glossy White, Very Vanilla and Neutral colours, my Color Caddy filled with ink pads by colour families and within easy reach, other drawers for watercolour paper/pencils, adhesives, cutting tools, embelishments etc. See I have some things organised. I look around and it just seems to be a bigger task - I know I should break it down in to stages or elements and try to organise those eg ribbons, cardstock scraps, DSP etc - but as I remember with my own children looking to clean their room, I am only seeing the big mess and not the way to break it down into achieveable chunks. See I can even do the self-talk in my head and here sharing with you but putting it into practice now that is another thing at the moment. I even tried to encourage my daughter to come and sort me (and my craft space) out as I seem to be better at organising others than myself.

So I put the challenge out there to those who stop by my blog - share with me your best organisational tips and when I put them into practice and get my crafting space organised I will share the photos here of my functional and tidy craft space!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FREE stamps with Sale-A-Bration - reminder!

Just a reminder of how you can earn FREE stamps by participating in Sale-A-Bration:
  1. Spend $100 and earn one free Sale-A-Bration set of your choice (see images below).

  2. Host a workshop of at least $600 and earn one free Sale-A-Bration set (see images below) in addition to the generous hostess benefits.

  3. Join Stampin' Up!® during Sale-A-Bration and choose a free stamp set (excluding hostess sets) from the current Idea Book & Catalogue (valued up to $79.95).
To see the stamp sets on offer click here to view the SAB catalogue.

Contact me today if you wish to place an order, host a workshop in your home or to simply enquire about the great benefits of becoming a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator (no obligation) - email: maecollins3@iprimus.com.au

I will post again soon to share with you some of the cards and other items I have been making lately from the great products Stampin' Up!® have to offer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Faux Frosting Technique

For those wanting to know how I did the faux frosting technique on my previous Happy Birthday card here is the steps to take to frost your creations:

Step 1 - Mix Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter with your choice of Stampin' Emboss powder. Use a 1:1 ratio, or if you prefer less sparkle, use two parts embossing powder to one part glitter.

Step 2 - Stamp and prepare your project. Then apply Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive to the area you want to frost. Leave some texture as you apply the Tombow so it mimics the look of real frosting.

Step 3 - Sprinkle your mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Embossing Powder over the frosted area.

Step 4 - Tap off excess powder.

Step 5 - Heat set as you would any embossed image. When the frosting starts to bubble, stop and let the bubbles go down. Then heat set again to make sure the adhesive is completely dry.

There you go. Easy as . . . frosting a cupcake!

When you have a go at this technique be sure to leave a comment here, with a link to your design, so I can go have a look at what you frosted!

Mojo Monday on Wednesday

As you know (if you pop in here regularly) I often like to participate in the Mojo Monday sketch challenges as it is a great way to get the creative juices flowing! Recently I wanted to create some girly birthday cards using the Pretty Princess stamp set (that I borrowed off Raewyn - thanks!) - it is now a retired Stampin' Up! set - and ones that were age related.

Having this expectation in my head and seeing the recent Mojo Monday challenge, and wanting to also try out the frosting technique as described in our Stampin' Up! newsletter, I came up with the card below (not a great photo though!) from the sketch provided.


Stamps: Pretty Princess
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, YoYo Yellow
Inks: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Markers, Tombo Multi-purpose Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sizzix and Girls Are Wierd No. 1, Sponge dauber to ink edges with Elegant Eggplant

Thanks for stopping by and if you haven't had a play with the Mojo Monday sketch challenges before I encourage you to have a go - the first one in each month also has prizes available - it is a great way to get your Mojo back if it is low or you need inspiration!

Have a great day!

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