Ornament and Candle Questions

Hi everyone!

I have received quite a few questions about the two gift class projects that I posted the last few days.  So I thought I would try to answer them today (hopefully I’ll get them all).  And I have a few more pictures of the ornament. The original ornament post is here.

This is a better picture of it.  One of the questions was to show the stand – here it is with the ornament in it.  It is just a strip of card stock – I think mine was 7″ long and 3/4″ wide and then I punched it with a border punch.  Here it is without the ornament resting in it.

Some asked if the snowflake was suspended from something – yes – I sandwiched a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine between two snowflakes that I glued back to back.  I tied the end of the twine to the cap of the ornament once I had it all together with the snowflake inside.

Many of you asked how did I get the darn thing in there – well that is the tricky part but it can be done.  Carefully roll up the snowflake until you can fit it through the hole in the top of the ornament.

Poke it inside and then if you need to help it uncurl a bit use a pencil or something thin to carefully put in the hole and kind of flatten it out against the side of the ornament.  Once you add the cap back on then tie the Baker’s Twine around it to keep it suspended in the ornament.

Hopefully that answered the questions about the ornament.

Now the candle.  Here is the candle post. I don’t have any additional pictures for you but the way I make my candles is to use a piece of tissue paper (like you use to put in your gifts and gift bags) – I use plain white just one piece.  Stamp my image on there.  For this candle I colored with my Watercolor Wonder crayons directly on the tissue paper (no water) – just coloring like you did as a kid.  Then what I think is the important part – tear away any extra tissue around the entire image.  Don’t cut it.  When you cut you leave a harsh edge and when you tear you leave a feathered edge which disappears into the candle.  Now place the tissue paper on your candle – wrap a piece of wax paper (from the kitchen) around it and hold in the back like a handle.  use the heat tool to heat the candle – you will see the tissue paper disappear into the candle – don’t stay too long in one spot though because you don’t want to actually melt your candle.  Do that all the way around until you see only the image and not the tissue paper.  Now pull off the wax paper and ta-da you have a pretty candle.

Have a good day – I plan to be back with the UDI Color Challenge next week – I did not participate this week.  Too many thing going.

Beautiful Season Candle

I am really in love with the Beautiful Season stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  Probably because it has the bird on a branch.  I thought it would be perfect for a Holiday candle.  This was one of the projects for my Holiday Gift Making class.  The little tag is tied on the wick and really adds a finishing touch to make this a nice gift for someone.  I hope you like it.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Ink: Black StazOn
  • Stamp sets: Beautiful Season
  • Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Decorative Label punch, Curly Label punch,  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Regals and Neutrals

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Happy Holidays Decor Canvas

I haven’t used any of the Decor Elements pieces in a while and when Wendy sent these to me to create a project for my downline meeting I had to get creative with a quick idea.  I headed to the store to see if I could find a frame or mirror to add the Happy Holidays Decor Elements label from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog to.  I didn’t have any luck finding anything that would fit – the piece is 12-1/2″ wide and 6″ tall.  So I walked around the store trying to come up with other ideas.  First stop was the craft aisle and a stroll through the painting section where I came across some stretched canvas.  At first I only saw large pieces or small ones but then looking on the lower shelves I finally found a rectangle canvas – it measured 7″ x 14″ – yeah!  These were the perfect size.  I put them in the cart, headed to check out and back home to quickly put something together.

I added some ribbon, snowflakes, buttons, stitched felt, bakers twine and jingle bells and look what they become –



The end result was a nice piece of holiday decor to display in your home for the holidays. The Happy Holidays Decor Elements is a two piece vinyl image but I only used the Real Red over lay and not the White oval since my canvas was already white.  Because the canvas is stretched over a frame and has no support in the center I did place some of my Big Shot dies underneath the open space to create a hard surface that I needed to apply the vinyl piece to the canvas.  Then it was just a matter of decorating.

I used the 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Wild Wasabi; I punched a snowflake from Shimmery White card stock with the Snowflake punch; the buttons are from the Holiday Berry Bouquet Designer Button collection – and they are tied on with Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the knot of the ribbon with the snowflake tucked behind it.  On some of them I added Winter Wishes Stitched Felt piece – the little holly leaves and berries.  And on some I tied the Mini Jingle Bells on the ends of the bakers twine.

This would also be a nice gift for the holidays.  Enjoy!


Two more gift projects

I have added two more projects to my Gift Making weekend – if you live near me you should come.  To read all the details of what I have planned and see the rest of the project please go HERE.  I have extended the Registration Deadline to 10/24.

2011 Desktop Calendar

Monogram card set

Tuesday night we went to the high school to see Tyler in the his first Show Choir performance.  He did such a good job.  In middle school he did Drama Club for a short time and was in Chorus for one semester.  So he is not very experienced in Chorus so I was excited to see the performance.  It was great – his group performed the opener – Footloose and then later in the evening they performed a Lion King medley.  Greg video taped it and I took some pictures – I haven’t downloaded them yet – I hope they turned out.

I have heard that we have someone close to Bingo….will this be the day…

Let’s play….

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 5 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 7.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the previous winners.

Here is piece #9  –the flower  from Season of Friendship stamp set (stamped in Poppy Parade).


Holiday Gift Making Class


If you are looking for today’s Blog Bingo – it is a separate post from earlier today.

I will be having a Holiday Gift Making weekend on November 6th and 7th at my home in Woodstock, GA.  The class fee to come at any time over the weekend is $10.  My house will be open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday.  You can drop in at any time to complete your projects, but make sure you allow yourself time depending on how many gifts you plan to make.   I will have snacks and drinks here – if you plan to be here during lunch or dinner you may want to bring something or you can run out to one of the various places near my house.

I will have about a dozen different projects for you to choose from.  Each will have a supply fee and you can sign up to make the ones you want and multiples of any.  I’ve tried to include a variety so that you’ll have gifts for everyone on your list!  These can be gifts for friends, family, teachers or things to keep for yourself!

Registration for the class and your projects needs to be completed by October 22nd at which time I will be ordering all the supplies and creating your project kits.  No refunds can be given after that– sorry.  Everything needs to be prepaid and I am setting up my PAYPAL account so you can do it all through there or you can mail me a check if you prefer.

Handmade gifts are always extra special and you could be done with all of them the first weekend in November – how exciting would that be!

I hope this will be a fun event for everyone!

I will have all of your projects with pre-cut materials and instructions ready for you to create when you get here.

What to bring:

  • Snail Adhesive and Refill
  • paper snips
  • paper cutter with scoring and cutting blades
  • bone folder
  • Multipurpose Adhesive (the one in the green bottle)
  • Your lunch or dinner if you need it

If you need me to order adhesive for you so it will be here for the class please send me an email.

HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING CLASS – $10 class fee to attend – Nov. 6 and Nov. 7


GOLF TEE BOX – $5 each – includes clear box filled with 50 golf tees



MINT BOX – $5 each – includes clear box filled with mints



TILE COASTER SET – $12 per set of 4 tiles with box and ribbon



MEDALLION CARD SET – $12 set of 4 cards and envelopes in a decorated folder



BUTTERFLY MONOGRAM NOTES – $3 each – Choose from the 5 current In-Colors

I will email you for your color choices.




SCRATCH PAD HOLDER w/PEN – $6 each – Choose from 3 Designer Papers

Elegant Soiree, Sunny Garden, or Newsprint(this one is masculine).  I will email you for your choice.



BUILD-A-BEAR Color Match Game – $12 using the new Build-A-Bear Designer paper



FABRIC ORNAMENTS – $6 for set of 3

Choose either Candy Cane Christmas fabric or Deck the Halls fabric – I will email you to get your choice.





2011 DESKTOP CALENDAR – a four sided calendar that sits on your desk – $8



MONOGRAM CARD SET – a set of four cards with envelops in a box – $8



WELCOME FRAME – $10 – limited quantity please email me if you want to make this project



Simply Adorned Charm – $25 – 1” x 1-1/4” Charm with 4 pairs of inserts (front & back) and a decorated gift box.


You can add a chain and baubles – please email and I’ll tell you the additional cost

There is also a bundle special that includes the Charm, Chain and Charming stamp set.


I hope you’ll join me for this fun stamping weekend!

If you have any questions please email me at monikastamp@comcast.net.