December 11, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #8

Posted in 12 Days of Christmas Projects, 3D items, Beyond the Page tagged , at 5:02 pm by bejewelledcreations

Christmas Project #8 Stamping on Candles.

There aren’t too many ocassions when we bring out the candles – anniversaries, birthdays and of course, Christmas. So this year, why not make a feature of your candles?

Stamping on Candles

Stamping on Candles

The name of this technique is not strictly accurate – you don’t actually STAMP directly on the candle which would be quite tricky… there is a simpler method! Read on, dear reader!!!

To decorate your candles, you will need a cheap candle from a cheap shop, ordinary tissue paper, a stamp set of your choice and inks, greaseproof paper (someone else has suggested Wax paper, but as I couldn’t find any I tried greaseproof and had no problems!), and a Heat Tool.

Stamping on candles - supplies

Start by stamping on the tissue paper. It’s a good idea to have some scrap paper underneath the tissue paper as your ink will bleed through onto your work surface. Cut around the images, leaving a small border of tissue paper.

Stamp on tissue paper

Cut around your stamped images

With one piece of tissue paper at a time, place it on your candle in the desired place, and cover with greaseproof paper. You can wrap the greaseproof around the whole candle and use the excess of greaseproof as a sort-of handle. I grasp the greaseproof paper quite tightly around the candle.

Wrap greaseproof paper around candle

Heat the area of the candle where the tissue paper is. You can get quite close with the Heat Tool, but keep a careful eye on the melting wax. If you look closely, you will see the tissue paper melt into the candle and the stamped image will become ‘brighter’. It’s almost like watching embossing powder melt – you can see it happening!! Carefully heat the whole image until it has ‘melted’ into the candle, being careful not to overheat the wax.

You will see tiny beads of wax coming up through the greaseproof paper which is really odd to see… there must be some really interesting scientific explanation (it’s beyond me LOL!)  but it’s really weird to see the wax bleed through the greaseproof paper – don’t be alarmed if this happens for you. When the whole image has been heated, I removed the greaseproof straight away – you can see if any tissue paper needs heating again – and the stamped image is now magically on the candle!!! TaDAAAA!

Finished Candle

Here are some other candles I’ve stamped… (You can see that you can even colour in the tissue paper with a Blender Pen before affixing it to the candle – just be light with your blending and be gentle or you can tear the tissue paper!)

Colouring Tissue paper for candle

Santa Candles

Stamping on candles

Holiday Lineup on a candle

Reindeer on a candle

These candles also make great gifts – we gave one to each of  our children’s teachers and they loved them! (My parents received one this week, too.)  I’ve also kept one for our own dining table!

Stamped Candle as a Gift

I hope you’ve found this interesting and perhaps you may give it a go! Please let me know by leaving a comment if you found this helpful or if you think you’ll  give this a go. Once you get all your supplies ready it really is VERY easy and fun!

Cheers! Thankyou for visiting. Please feel free to drop me a comment – I love comments!!!

X Julia.


March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, dear Friend!

Posted in 3D items, Beyond the Page, Cards, Journals/Notebooks tagged , , , at 4:06 pm by bejewelledcreations

A very BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! to my friend, Maria!!!!

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I love celebrating other people’s birthdays… especially if I know that the Birthday Girl will appreciate a hand-made gift because I can make a gift that “gives twice!”

Here’s the gift I made for Maria: 

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

It’s a Stampin’ Up! 5 X 5 On Board Art Journal that I’ve covered with Bella Rose Designer Series Paper and then decorated with a combination of stamps: Baroque Motifs, Vintage Vogue (Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue, available from 1st April), and Friends 24-7, and cardstock: Chocolate Chip. Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla. The inks that I’ve used are, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Close to Cocoa. I’ve also sponged around the edges to soften the cardstock.

The reason these gifts “Give Twice” is that I get immense joy from making them, and then (hopefully), Maria will get some joy in using them. 🙂  See, it makes two people happy! *smiles*.

It’s also the first time that I’ve attempted to decorate a candle. I wheeled the Jumbo Wheel, Friendly Words in Riding Hood Red ink onto white tissue paper and trimmed it down to wrap around the candle comfortably. I held the stamped tissue paper on the candle and used my Heat Tool to gently melt the surface of the wax. As the wax melts, the tissue paper will blend into the candle and (hopefully) hide all evidence of the tissue paper.  Fun.

I hope you enjoy your special Day, Maria!!! Your friendship has been a blessing in my life and I’m thrilled to have been able to share the laughs and happy moments of the past year with you, and hopefully many more to come. *hugs*

May 10, 2009

You have to see the funny side…

Posted in 3D items, Beyond the Page tagged at 2:51 pm by bejewelledcreations

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mummy friends! I hope you all got spoilt with breakfast in bed and lots of hugs and kisses from your loved ones.

It’s quite ironic that today, Mother’s Day, I’m spending on my own looking after the children who are sick. *laughs* It had to happen! Hubby has gone to the Mother’s Day Lunch with his brothers and their families and his mum, and I’m home tending to sneezes, coughing fits and admistering Ventolin as needed. The children aren’t too bad (in fact I know they’re better than before because they’re arguing!!), but because my Mother-in-Law is undergoing Chemotherapy for breast cancer we just can’t risk her catching anything (she spent Easter in hospital because of a sore throat.)

However, I did have breakfast in bed and receive  some creatively-wrapped presents the children bought from the school Mother’s Day stall for 50c and $1 each. Sooo cute! Hubby told me he loved me and was very sympathetic about me having to stay home – so all is good!!!  The children are watching a DVD at the moment so I have a moment to share the Scrapbooking Beyond The Page album that I made for my Mother-in-Law. It was a lot more fun than I expected and I’m quite pleased with the result. I thought it would be nice to give her something with pictures of the children as we haven’t given her any for quite a while (our bad!!).

I’ve used a combination of Stampin’ Up! and non-Stampin’ Up! products. Some SU products were retired in March but they fitted the theme of the page.

Front page

Front page

Sports Day

Sports Day

Best Friends. Awwwww.

Best Friends. Awwwww.

I Cherish this photo!

I Cherish this photo!

I coloured the white flowers with a Pretty in Pink Marker and the blended it with an Aqua Painter. It creates a lovely soft effect.

Looking for crabs

Looking for crabs

Coobowie Rock Pools

Coobowie Rock Pools

Last page

Last page

I’ll list the Stampin’ Up! products I used for each page although the other items were in my stash and I won’t list them by name if they aren’t SU.

Front Page:Polka Dots & Petals stamp set (retired), Petals and Paisleys DSP (retired), Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White C/S, Taken with Teal ink, 3/4″, 1″, 1&1/4″ 1&3/8″ circle punchs and Scallop Circle punch..

Sports Day page: Nursery Letters Jumbo wheel, Pacific Point ink, Good Morning Sunshine DSP (Pacific Point sheet), Certainly Celery C/S, Certainly Celery 1.6 cm Grosgrain ribbon, Riding Hood Red striped ribbon, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, sponges, sanding blocks, own buttons and paper clip.

Best Friends page: Flower Fancy set, Basic Grey textured C/S, Pretty in Pink C/S, Regal Rose and Wild Wasabi (retired) C/S, Basic Grey and Regal Ink, Pretties Kit, Cherished Memories rub-oons (retired), self-adhesive die-cuts from Crew Kids  Girl Simply Scrappin’ Kit (retired), spiral punch, sanding blocks, various adhesive pearls.

Looking for Crabs Page: Life’s a Breeze stamp set, Something Fishy jumbo wheel, Crab & Co. stamp set (retired), Dashing DSP – River Rock polka dot sheet (retired), Brocade Blue C/S, Ink and 1.6cm Grosgrain ribbon, Night of Navy C/S and ink, River Rock C/S (retired), sponges, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, sanding blocks and various half-back pearls.

Last Page: Heidi Grace Garden Words Paper, 5 petal flower Punch, Regal Rose C/S and So Saffron C/S, half-back adhesive pearls, bashful Blue ink and sponges.

I hope she likes it. Now I need to do another one for us to keep for ourselves!!!

November 1, 2008

Altered Tins

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Thanks to some wonderful inspiration from Christine Rowland in our Stampin’ Up! Team, I have now created two altered tins of my own.

The first used to be a Milo Tin, but I much prefer it now. :o)


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


I’ve wrapped the spotty paper from Jersey Shore Designer Series paper around the tin and adhered it with Snail Adhesive. I’ve stamped images from Wild About You in Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie onto Whisper White cardstock and trimmed carefully around them. Use Dimensionals to adhere randomly on the tin. I’ve tied a strip of Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon around the upper area of the tin. Stamp the saying from Wild About You onto white cardstock and layer over Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


I love the bright colours of this tin and I use it for my pens for my Stampin’ Up! Workshops. My guests are always amazed to see how versatile Stampin’ Up! products are! You could easily use this to tidy up a child’s desk or have a collection of them for various bits and bobs in a child’s room.


This next tin was made from an Instant Gravy tin. LOL!!! Same process but with different colours. :o)


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


I love the sparkly of the Glitter on this tin! So Christmassy and pretty. You can use this for your Christmas goodies on the dining table at Christmas, or like I have done, for your Candy Canes.


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


These altered tins are *SO* easy to make and very, very quick. I have used the 2 way glue pen to draw the swirls and then cover with glitter – it’s the simplest way to add BLING!

Why not have a go yourself and see what you can come up with?