Saturday, 21 November 2009

12 Blogs of Christmas Tour

Welcome to the 12 Blogs of Christmas. Myself and some other Stampin' Up! demo's are posting two Christmas projects which we hope will give you ideas and inspire you. By clicking on the '12 Blogs of Christmas' Icon above you will be guided to the next blog in the tour, do this on each blog and you will complete the tour and return back to where you started. We hope you enjoy your journey and please do comment along the way. It's so great to hear from people who have stopped by. You may be starting the journey here or have found me by passing through Zoe's blog, whichever, I hope you enjoy browsing all the lovely christmas projects.

How are you getting on with your Christmas presents. Me I haven't even started !! well tell a little lie, I have made one present for my chiropodist, Paula. (I can post this as she doesn't use computers !! so won't see it LOL)

I was doing the weekly food shop when I noticed these scented candles. They had been reduced to 89p, and I could see a crafting potential there, so I grabbed a few. (Am I the only one that does this?)

I was so busy thinking about what I was going to do with these candles, while doing the rest of the shopping, I forgot the eggs! Anyway, this is what I have come up with.

The top of the jar was much bigger than any of the Stampin' Up! punches I own, so I used a die cutter to cut out a scalloped Whisper White circle and Real Red and Whisper White plain circles in various dimensions. The candle was Red, which is why I choose these colours, plus red is my favourite Christmas colour.

On the smallest circle I stamped the snowflake from the Winter Post stampset in versamark ink and covered with Heat and Stick powder. Heated this with the heat gun then sprinkled on the red glitter from the Fine Galaxy range in the Stampin' Glitter. I then just dabbed some real red ink around the edges to highlight the circle before layering all together and sticking onto the lid of the candle.

Next I wanted to make a little box to put the candle in. Its a very simple box, created by just measuring the base and height of the jar. Using the base measurement then adding the height measurement x 2 cut a piece of cardstock that size. In my case the base measured 9cm square and the sides where 6 cm tall. So I cut the cardstock 21cm x 21cm and scored it at 6cm, turned the card once and scored again at 6cm, turned again etc until all four sides where scored at 6cm.
Next I decorated the card with the snowflake in Real Red ink, then snipped one score mark to the next score on each corner and attached the flaps to the sides using double sided tape. You can see the base in this photo below.

Next was the lid. Again work out your measurements, but this time the centre needs to be a fraction larger. So in my case I used 91/4cm x 5cm x2. So my card was cut at 19 1/4 cm x 19 1/4 cm and scored at 5cm all around. (I hope this makes sense to you, I found it difficult to explain sorry).

Next step is to decorate your lid. I placed a square of Real Red card with a strip of the beautiful new Whisper White Satin ribbon attached, and topped it off with a glittered snowflake like I used on the lid of the jar. Before assembling the lid, I used my Scalloped border punch on the sides. (This is why my side measurements where quite large, the punch does take a small section of card away with it when punching)

Add a tag and you have a great little gift that anyone would be happy to receive.

Stamp sets: Winter PostCard: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Accessories: Whisper White Satin ribbon, Stampin' Glitter, Scallop Border Punch,

Second Project

For my second project I have chosen to stay with the same stampset and colours, like I said earlier Red is my favourite Christmas colour. LOL

I have made some name place cards for our Christmas dinner table. These where so quick and simple to make.

I used a font on my computer for the names and printed them onto Whisper White cardstock. (This card runs through printers like a dream). I cut Whisper White card 7.5cm x 7.5 cm and folded in half. Layered a piece of Real Red card onto one side (you can do both if you wish) then added the name. The snowflake from Winter Post stamp set was stamped in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card and then cut out. A rhinestone brad was placed in the middle of the snowflake before attaching to the place card.

These are so quick to make, and will make your Christmas dinner table look fabulous. Why not try something like this yourself this year.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects and will now pass you over to the fab Michelle for more inspiration.

Carole x


Debbie said...

Hi Carole

Love your projects, edpecially the little candle tin and box. An're not the only one who picks up obscure object while shopping, I do it all the time.

Hugs Debbie xx

(ILWS vivaldi)

Bekka said...

Absolutely fantastic porjects Carole - love what you have done with the candle and the place cards are so cute!

Thanks for sharing


Lorraine said...

Carole - your projects are lovely. I'm going to be on the lookout for the scented candles - gorgeous. Great stocking fillers. Thanks for sharing with us.

Zoƫ said...

Fab idea and what a lovely, but not too expensive gift. I love your placecards too! Hugs Zx

debbi taylor said...

the candle is such a simple idea - but very effective

Carolynne H said...

Carole, I love how youve taken the simple candle to the next level, amazing!

Thanks for joining in and making such fab projects.

C xx

Peggie said...

the candle makes a lovely gift & the placecards are cute

Suzie Q said...

Hi Carole,
thanks for the great ideas must get myself to morrisons! lol
Suzie qx

Elizabeth said...

Great projects Carole. Love how you have combined the two punches to make the lovely tag shape for the candles. Just beautiful.

Shaz said...

This an awaesome little project, might have to case this one for my ladies christmas presents.

Shaz xxx

Vannessa said...

I love the idea of decorating the candle and matching a matching box and card for it - another idea for a little christmas gift sorted!

Sam said...

I love what you did with the little candle!! I never think of things like that! It is as much as I can do to make my own cards!! ;-)

~ Ali ~ said...

This is a great idea very pretty too. Thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

Love your projects Carole. Is it wrong to be tempted to buy that set just to get the snowflake? lol! Really like the candle and box project - forgetting the eggs sounds like something I would do because of crafting filling my head!
Fab idea with the circle and round tab to back the stamped image on the box tab.

Jo said...

Gorgeous tin and box! the name cards look really classy too!

I think my favourite thing has to be your tag though! Who would have thought a circle punch and the tab punch could layer up so fabulously with it!!

Brilliant job!

Alex said...

Lovely projects Carole! I do love the traditional colours for Christmas :)

Hope you're well.

Alex x

Vicki said...

Your projects are just fab Carole, great idea with the candle!

Vicki x

Rhonda Langley said...

Presentation is everything! Love the candle you turned into a fabulous gift idea!

Michelle said...

Hi Carole, lovely projects, i just love that winter post stamp set so yummy! tfs....

Milly Moo Cards said...

Simply stunning projects. Love the way you have jazzed up the candle. Such a great idea. Love Terri XX

scrapcomber said...

What a lovely idea, I just love the way Stampin'Up products can make a basic gift extra special.

Sarah-Jane said...

Lovely projects, the candle is so cool and yes, I do things like that all the time :0)
Hugs Sarah-Jane xx

Amanda said...

Carole. I love the candle and name labels... I have just the candle in my stash in mind!! Stunning projects... Thanks for the inspiration

Sara said...

They're both lovely Carole. And I'm another one that picks things up when I'm out shopping. Found a lovely little glass tealight holder the other week that I plan to decorate with rub-ons. Hadn't thought about boxing it though. Might have to do that after seeing your cute little box here.

Sara xx


My lovely Carole I aodre your gorgeous candle how evry pretty is that? Would make a great hostess gift. I also love your place cards and will copy them for sure I love red is my favourite colour and not just for Christmas. Hugs M xxx

Michelle said...

Carole, your projects are stunning. I love the idea of the decorated candle in the gift box and the tag is so inspired...clever!
Hope to see you soon,

Spyder said...

I love the name plates, very clever and easy! (Lyn)
Ps.Love your dog too!

Abi said...

Anyone would be delighted to receive this, wonderful ideas!

Joby said...

Fab little boxes, thanks for the tutorial, amy be making one or two