Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Purple Haze" Scraps of Darkness

Well she's walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that's running round
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That's all she ever thinks about.....
Riding with the wind"
                               ~Jimi Hendrix

November Scraps of Darkness kit is called Purple Haze!! This is another absolutely gorgeous kit filled with so many beautiful papers and embellies!!

To get your hands on this kit check out the Scrap of Darkness site.


A photo of my grandparents and aunt. This LO was created using my 061411 LCTM sketch.
This LO was created using my "Purple Haze" sketch.This is a photo of my grandmother and my grand aunt. These two girls were so close and always together. Every time I view this photo my imagination just goes wild. I imagine seeing the two of them playing as children and as young women. I miss them both very much! I used the " Purple Haze" kit by Scraps of Darkness.
I plan to complete a few pages in remembrance of Violet. I can't believe Violet has been gone for a year. I miss her so much! This month's Scraps of Darkness kit, " Purple Haze" is perfect for Violet's remembrance pages. Violet loved peace signs and the color Violet! This month's kit is full of beautiful embellishments and stunning papers.
"Purple Haze Sketch"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop Day 3

 Welcome to the Handmade Holiday
Blog Hop 2011
Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Receive extra entries by doing the following, and then coming back here to leave a comment to let us know what you did:

We're so excited to be giving away this fabulous prize pack:
‎*NEW* Design Adhesives - Fly Away
Design Adhesives by Memory Box Collection - Oh Joy!
Designer Foils - Seaport and Irish Eyes
Smooch Spritz in Green Olive, Ginger Ale, Sea Breeze, and Holly Berries
ColorBox Molding Mat - Plaid
Mix'd Media Inx by Donna Salazar in Denim, Truffle, and Honey
Memory Essentials Handle
Fairy Dust Glitter by Donna Salazar in Pralines & Cream
ColorBox Pigment Stamp Pad in Frost White
Rollagraph Jumbo Wheel - Snow
Sparkle Fibers in Marine
Embossing Powder in Blue
Glitter in Winter Frost

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!
 Nov 6
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs - http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/
Kazan Clark – Spellbinders http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper http://suburbngypsy.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Grace Hester – The Twinery http://gracehester.typepad.com/
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45 http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Nan Paturzo – Zutter http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi - Glue Arts http://happylifecraftywife.com/
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com/
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
Happy Hopping!

Today I am sharing with you how to create  " A Personalized Stamped Candle". This candle is a quick and easy thoughtful handmade gift that will bring a smile to the face of the person who receives this gift. These candles are always a big hit every Christmas.
Clearsnap Products

Other Products
Hampton Art G-Studios Clear Stamps with Gems 
Hampton Arts Kolette Hall Butterfly Stamp
Hero Arts Designer Flourish Stamp
American Greetings Tissue Paper

Directions for the Personalized Stamped Candle
  • If you want to create a distressed look, use an open flame to burn the edges of the photo. If you want a clean look, cut the photo down to fit the candle. 
  • Ink the edges of the photo with Ancient Page Petal Point Option Pad Earthwork Ink Pad
  • Loosely tack the photo to the candle using adhesive.
  • Cut a strip of wax paper and wrap around it directly over the photo, taping the ends of the wax paper to the candle. Wrap the wax paper around the photo so it fits tightly around the candle. 

Move a heat gun back and forth over the photo until the photo appears to fuse to the candle. You will know the image has fused when the edges of the photo are firmly adhered to the surface of the candle.

  • Slowly lift the wax paper off the candle. The photo should rest smooth against the candle, there should be no gaps or lifted edges.

  • Press a rubber stamp onto a Colorbox Dye Ink Pad and then stamp the tissue paper. 
  • Cut the image out of the tissue paper with scissors.
  • Place the tissue paper stamped side up over the candle.
  • Lightly sprinkle the candle with Clearsnap Glitter.

  • Cut a strip of wax paper and wrap around it directly over the tissue paper, taping the ends of the wax paper to the candle. Wrap the wax paper around the tissue paper so it fits tightly in place.

  • Move a heat gun back and forth over the stamped image until the image and tissue paper appear to fuse to the candle. The image is fused when the tissue paper looks faded through the wax paper.
  • Slowly lift the wax paper off the candle.  Continue to add stamped tissue paper images on the candle until you are satisfied with the design.
  • If there are any rough or uneven areas on the candle, use a cotton cloth to buff out the uneven areas.
  • Your candle is complete!
The Front of the Candle
The Side of the Candle
The back of the candle
  • Wrap the candles in cellophane bags and close the bag with ribbon.  Add an embellishment and tag to the candle. 
  • The tag provides directions for burning the candle.  If the candle is burned in relation to the size of the candle's diameter, the stamped image will remain translucent and radiate through the liquid pool of wax. If the candle is three inches in diameter, the candle needs to burn for three hours. Over burning and under burning the candle will not allow the candle to burn evenly.  An even burned candle will have a hollow center. After blowing out the candle flame, gently hug the side of the handle with your hands. Stop burning the candle when one inch of wax remains. 

I am sharing another quick and easy gift " A Vintage Christmas Ornament". Who would not love to receive a handmade sparkling Christmas Ornament to place on their Christmas Tree?

Directions for Vintage Ornament
  • Paint the chipboard snowflake with green acrylic paint. When dry, apply a coat of Clearsnap Glue Gloss to the die cut snowflake.
  • Sprinkle Clearsnap Cotton Candy Glitter into the Glue Gloss. 
  • Carefully lift the snowflake and hold it perpendicular to your work surface. Gently tap the edge of the snowflake to remove any loose glitter.

  • Cut a 3 inch circle. Tap the Stylus Tips blending tool on the ColorBox Graphics 45 Decades Venetian Lace Dye Ink Pad to pick up a small amount of ink. Now using the Stylus Tips blending tool, blend the ink into the paper.

  •  Using the Standard Rollagraph Music Notes Design Wheel, roll the wheel, horizontally over the paper circle. Distress the edges of the circle with ColorBox Mix'd Media Leather Inx.
  • Apply a coat of Glue Gloss to the entire edge of the circle. Sprinkle Clearsnap 24 Carat Sparkle Fibers into the Glue Gloss. Carefully lift the circle and hold it perpendicular to your work surface. Gently tap the edge of the circle to remove any loose Sparkle Fibers.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween Altered Trick or Treat Can

Altered Treat Can
For tutorial  on how to make this Altered Trick or Treat Can click on the link below