Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peace on Earth

Hi Stampers!

I know I've blogged before about poppystamps dies.  LOVE THEM!  No, they're not a Stampin' Up! product, but they are just so gorgeous that I am ADDICTED.  I only have a few, but if I had unlimited $$$, my collection would be ginormous!  You can look at them here.

I also enjoy Kittie Caracciolo's blog - she does so many things using these fabulous dies.

Last year, I saw a card or something on Kittie's page that inspired me to create something similar.  I had made it at one of the twice yearly crops I attend, two falls ago, actually.  One of the girls who goes on the crop saw it and absolutely LOVED it.  When I saw her the following spring, I gave it to her, and just a short time ago she posted it on Facebook - she had framed it!  Now she brings it out and uses it as one of her Christmas decorations.  Let me tell you, I was so very honored!

One of my old high school friends asked if she could BUY one after seeing it posted.  Well, you know me - first of all, I have a terrible time putting a price tag on my work.  I mean, I know what the supplies cost, but I just have no idea what to charge for my time.  I know it sounds foolish, but honestly - if somebody admires something I've done, I get more joy out of gifting it to them.  Anyway, I made one of these for my friend and mailed it off Monday.  She posted a photo of it to FB so I could see where she placed it - amongst some of her other treasured Christmas decorations.  Now THAT makes me happy :)

Here's what I made:

This project uses a frame purchased from Big Lots, Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock, a retired Winter Frost embellishment, a stamp from the retired set Calm Christmas, and Silver Glimmer Paper, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, and the poppystamps dies Small Madison Window, Small Madison Window Shutter, and Small Flower Box.

I hope this inspires you!  I do believe I'll make a few more for gifts this year . . .

Happy stampin'!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Stamping on . . . Candles??

Hi Stampers!

Long time, no see . . . it's been CRAZY at my house.

The big news is that I got final word from my oncologist that all the specimens sent to Mayo Clinic show NO signs of cancer of ANY kind.  YAY!!!  Next doctor on the list is endocrinologist to rule out any thyroid issues that could be causing my blood disorder.  Very relieved, although I guess I'm a natural optimist - because I totally was NOT scared at any point that something was really bad or wrong with me :)

Daughter the rugby player had a concussion in September (I may have mentioned that??), hubby had another hip replacement in November, and son is just driving me nuts poking along getting papers together to enroll in IUP police academy to get his clearances.  Most days, I just want to sleep through everything and hope I wake up and it's all been resolved :)

SO . . . back to our favorite thing - stamping!

Did you know that you can created "stamped" candles?  I guess this is an old trick, but it's new to this crafter!  My gosh, it only takes a few minutes, and you've got an impressive little gift!

You will need:

white tissue paper
pigment ink (like Stazon or Memento)
plain colored candle (white or vanilla seems to work best, but I experimented with a couple colors)
heat gun (a hair dryer will NOT get hot enough)
stamp of your choice
wax paper

I won't reinvent the wheel here, because there are TONS of videos and tutorials out on the web.  Here are a couple I reviewed before doing my project:

Three Minutes to Stamped Candles - Lyssa from Song of My Heart Stampers

Splitcoast Stampers:  Stamping on Candles video (below):

......and without further ado, here's a photo of the candles I did:
Unfortunately, this is a stamp from last year that's no longer available - but I have to confess it's one of my favorites.
Hope you make some candles of your own!
Happy stampin'!

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