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Technique Tid-Bit Tuesday: Hand Stamped Candles…

Hello Stampers!


Today’s Technique Tid-Bit is how to hand stamp candles. For this project inexpensive candle work well. Decorating a candle, using tissue paper, is a very popular method. Not only do the candles look beautiful, this method is easy to do

Autumn Splendor Wrapped & Stamped Candle

You will need a candle, white tissue paper, stamps and ink pads, waxed paper, glitter brads and heat tool.


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Use a hard, brittle candle, meaning an inexpensive candle, from a dollar store or such. If the candle is made from soft wax  it will melt too fast and too much.


Here’s what to do:


1.    Stamp your desired images on to the tissue paper. For this example I chose the Autumn Splendor Stamp Set. I have stamped several leaf images in Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and More Mustard. The acorn image I stamped in Chocolate Chip.


2.    Cut out each image out, close, but not exact. You won’t see the edge of the tissue paper once you melt it to the candle.


3.    With Dotto, roll a small amount on the back of each image and place the images where you want them on the candle. The dotto isn’t meant to adhere the images permanently, it’s used to give you the opportunity to place your images where you want them.


4.    Cut a piece of Waxed Paper long enough to wrap around the candle and to give you a rolled handle to hold on to. Wrap the waxed paper tightly around the candle, so it secures the stamped images in place.


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When you wrap the waxed paper, make sure the waxed paper’s waxed side is to the image. Think of it as a waxed sandwich; candle, image waxed paper. If you’re not sure whether you can manage to hold the full length of tissue paper around the candle and to heat all at once, then heat your stamped images individually. 


5.    Heat gently with Heat Tool – keep moving the heat around, do not concentrate too long on the one area.  You will see the image change colour, this is when it is ready.


6.    Carefully remove waxed paper. The image will be melted on to your candle with no tissue paper edges showing.

Autumn Splendor Stamped Candle & Tile



Now you can decorate the candle further if you wish.  Here I  used some  of Stampin’ Up!’s Glitter Brads. I just pushed the prongs of the brads into the candle.



I also stamped a tile for the candle to sit on,




To finish off the candle I packaged it in a cellophane bag which was topped off with a Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon Bow and a Gold Embossed cut out leaf.


By the way, my candles sold out in five minutes and I wish I had made more. If you’re doing a craft fair these are a great product to make to

sell or give as a gift.

Autumn Splendor Stamped Candle 1

Click to order Autumn Splendor

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2



Hand-Stamped Silk Scarves…

My very good friend Janet had a jewelry party and asked me if I would make some hand made items to sell. These are some of the scarves I hand-stamped for the party. In the days to come I’ll share with you the stamped candles and coasters I offered as well.


Some of the colors photographed lighter then what they really are.


Hand-Stamped Silk Scarf Pretty Peony, Fabulous Florets Elements of Style

For this scarf  I used Pretty Peony (retired), Fabulous Florets and  the motif from Elements of Style stamp sets.


The colors I used were Perfect Plum, Marina Mist & More Mustard Craft Ink.


To Hand-Stamp A Silk Scarf:


1.    When you receive your Silk Scarf, the first thing you’ll want to do is to iron it. Set the iron to a medium setting and lay the Scarf flat on the ironing board. On top of the Scarf place a piece of muslin fabric or a pillowcase, with no pattern or color. Dampen the piece of muslin fabric and place it on the Scarf and iron it, until sll the wrinkles are out. If you have wrinkles the stamp images won’t stamp completely.


2.    Once your Scarf is ironed, and dry,  you can begin stamping. Take care in lifting the stamp, because sometimes the inked stamp will stick to the Silk. Make sure you use Stazon Ink or Stampin’ Up!’s Craft Ink. I worked from the Ink Spots and had no trouble using them.

3.    After you finish stamping your Silk Scarf, heat set the images by ironing the Scarf, using the muslin piece of fabric again, without dampening it.

Hand-Stamped Silk Scarf Pretty Peony, Fabulos Florets & Elements of Style Detail 1

That’s all there’s to it!


Here are some other samples:

Hand-Stamped Silk Scarf Autumn Splendor

Hand-Stamped Silk Scarf Circle Circus










Hand-Stamped Silk Scarf Fifth Avenue Rose















These Silk Scarves make wonderful Christmas, Holiday & Birthday gifts. They can be personalized to the gift recipient favorite flowers, animals and colors.



Silk Scarves can be bought on the Internet.



Thanks for looking

Siggy 2


Fifth Avenue Floral: Zentangle Card…

Breast Cancer Ribbon ButtonThis technique I’ve wanted to teach in a class for a long time and at my World Card Making Event I introduced the class to one card using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set.


Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repeating patterns. It’s a form of doodling. Who doesn’t like to doodle? Zentangle isn’t only fun, it’s also relaxing and addictive. It increases creativity and use very simple materials, such as pen and paper. I chose the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, because the rose image is a big outlined image with many small areas to doodle in.

Fifth Avenue Zentangle


Stamp Set:    Fifthe Avenue Floral


Ink:    Black Stazon


Card Stock & Sizes:  

Whisper White    5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Basic Black    5″ x 3-3/4″

Regal Rose    4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Whisper White scallop edge    3-1/2″


Other: Three Black Brads, Bird Builder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Black Marker, Black Polka Dot Ribbon

Fifthe Avenue Floral Zentangle Detail

For this card I began by stamping the large rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set in Black Stazon Ink. I then cut the image out and began filling in each area with my Stampin’ Up! Black Marker. I used the small tip to create sm al repeating patterns until the rose was filled in.


I then adhered the rose to a piece of Basic Black card stock and cut the rose out again leaving a small black border so when placed on the Regal Rose it would pop.


Take the Scallop Edged piece of  Whisper White card stock and adhere it to the Regal Rose along the 3-1/2″ side.


Wrap the piece of Black Polka Dot Ribbon around the Regal Rose near the scallop edge.


Layer the Regal Rose on the Basic Black card stock and in the bottom left hand corner place three Black Brads.


Adhere this layer on to the Whisper White card base.


With the Bird Builder Punch, punch out three of the leaves and stems. Adhere the rose with Dimensionals and place the stems underneath the rose in a pleasing manner.


Here are a few samples from the class:


Diane 1
Diane's Card

Nancy's Card


See what other stamp sets you can use with the Zentangle Technique.

Siggy 2


Fabulous Florets Any Occasion Card…

Today’s featured card is another card we made at my World Card Making Day Event. We actually made two cards using the Fabulous Florets stamp set and the other version will be featured tomorrow. I chose to do two cards from the same stamp set to show all of you that with one stamp set you can create many different cards. If you wanted to do a box set of cards, you can simply change the color on each card and you’ll wind up with a great box of cards.

Fabuloous Florets Melon Mambo

Cut the following card stock:

Melon Mambo      5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score at 4-1/4″

Whisper White     5″ x 3-3/4″

4-1/4″ x 3″

Wild Wasabi         4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″


With Melon Mambo Ink stamp the open flower from the Fabulous Florets stamp set on the 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp the flower randomly over-lapping the images slightly.  Once done, the card stock should resemble designer series paper.

Fabulous Florets Melon Mambo Detail


Over the stamped images stamp the leaves, twice, in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder and heat with a Heat Tool.


On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock stamp the solid flower in VersaMark, sprinkle with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder and heat it with a Heat Tool. Carefully cut out each flower.


Assemble the card by adhering the large Whisper White piece on the Melon Mambo base and the stamped Whisper White piece on the Wild Wasabi piece.  When adhering the Wild Wasabi layer askew it and place it on at an angle.


Attach the Embossed Melon Mambo flowers with dimensionals.


Add a Wild Wasabi bow, that will lay flat, by making the bow the following way:


1.    Start by tying a simple knot crossing the left side over the right.


2.    Using the ribbon in your right hand, form a loop; hold the base between your thumb and middle finger


3.    Next, take the length on the left and bring it around the back of the loop in your right hand and around to the front.


4.    Push that piece of ribbon, with your left hand, feeding a loop through the hole.

5.    Grab the “new” loop with your right hand and grab the first loop with your left hand and pull in opposite directions. You can adjust the bow by pulling on the loops or the tails.
Attach your perfect bow with a Glue Dot.


Stop by tomorrow to see another version using this, “Fabulous Florets” stamp set. To order this stamp set, CLICK HERE.


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Siggy 2


Field of Flowers Birthday Card…

Breat Cancer Ribbon Button

Featured is a birthday card I made using the Field of Flowers stamp set for my cousin Linda.  I chose Wisteria Wonder, because Linda loves that Stampin’ Up! in- color. I kept the card a bit earthy and tried to give the card a natural with a sophisticated feel, just like Linda.

Field Flowers Birthday Card

For Linda’s birthday card I decided to make a 5″ x 7″ card. I started by cutting a 10″ x 7″ piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock and scored it at 5″.


I cut a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper and layered it to the Wisteria Wonder card base. I love the way this paper pops off the Wisteria Wonder just enough.


A 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Early Espresso was cut for the next layer. I chose to use the Early Espresso, because it works well as a background color for the field flowers.


From the same package of designer series paper I chose the Early Espresso dot pattern. This I cut at 3-1/4 x 5-1/4″, just big enough to let the Early Espresso peek through.

Field Flowers Birthday Card Detail


On a piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the field flowers in Wisteria Wonder and Early Espresso, using the two step stampin’ method. To line up the stamped image I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Here’s the Two-Step Method:


Technique: Two-Step Stampin’

1]   Stamp the base image.

2]   Position and stamp the overlay or adjoining image.


Use lighter ink for the base image and darker ink for the overlying image.


Once the flowers were stamped, I cut them out. I then stamped stems and leaves in Lucky Limeade Ink and cut them out as well.


For the “Happy Birthday Wishes,” I stamped the message in VersaMark, sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and heat set it with a Heat Tool. The message is from Stampin’ Up! Petite Pairs stamp set which gives you 18 petite paired messages. These are nice, because they aren’t too large and can be tucked in almost anywhere on a card. I punched out the massage with an Oval Punch and layered it on to a Whisper White Scallop Oval.

Field of Flowers Ribbon Detail

Instead of a bow, I did a series of tucks with Ruffled Wisteria Wonder Ribbon. I adhered the tucks with Glue Dots.


So, there you have a Field of Flowers Birthday Card.  


Happy Birthday Linda!




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Thanks for stopping by.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Countryside Masculine Birthday Card…

This is the card I made for my brother John. It’s pretty straightforward and notice I used the new Pewter Embossing Powder once again! I just can’t help myself…

Countryside Masculine Birthday Card

Card Stock Sizes:

Baja Breeze            5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Whisper White    5″ x 3-3/4″

Soft Suede              4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″


On a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamp the truck form the countryside stampe set in VersaMark and emboss the image with the Pewter Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool. Stamp the truck image again on another on a sheet of print paper and cut it out. This is going to be your mask for coloring in the sky. Place some Dotto re-positionable adhesive on the back of the mask and layer it over the embossed card image.

Countryside Truck Image & Mask

With Pastels and a Sp0onge Dauber, color in the sky. When finished remove the mask.

Countryside Coloring Sky

Use a combination of Markers and Watercolor Pencils to color in the Embossed truck. Carefully tear around the truck, tearing the card stock toward you. Use your opposite tearing hand, as a guide, so not to tear into the Embossed image.

Countryside Masculine Birthday Card Detail

On the right hand corner of the Soft Suede, stamp the Birthday Greeting form the Petite Pairs stamp set in VersaMark and White Embossing Powder.


Layer the card as shown in the photo.


Now, you have a completed masculine birthday card to give to that special male in your life! Don’t forget to check out my other masculine cards HERE.


As ever, thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs.

Siggy 2


Happiness Is A Journey: John’s Birthday Card…

Happiness is a journey, for sure! Today our family is filled with happiness as we celebrate my husband John, my brother John and my nephew Cody’s birthdays. In our house we actually have a 9/27 club! This is the card I made for my husband John. When he was young, he had a train set and really and truly loved it. So, this one’s for you John!

Happiness is a Journey Masculine Birthday Card

Here’s what I did for John’s Birthday Card.



Basic Black card stock         10″ x 7″ scored at 5″ (card base)

3-3/4″ x1-3/4″  (layer for greeting)

Basic Gray card stock           4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (card layer)

Whisper White card stock  3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ (greeting)

Glossy White card stock     4″ x 3″


I love this stamp sett, because it works so well with the “Soot Technique,” which is exactly what I used for the image.


To do the Soot Technique, here’s what you need:

Glossy Card Stock

Candle (A tapered candles works faster then a pillar candle)


Rubber Stamp

Matte Spray Sealer


Please do this technique using caution. Over a sink is a good place in case paper catches on fire, although I have never had it happen.


Here’s What to Do:


1.  Light the candle.


2.  Using tweezers hold the 4″ x 3″ piece of Glossy card stock’s edge and touch the flame with the card stock, Happiness is a Journet Detail glossy side to the flame, and keep moving card stock through the flame until soot accumulates on card stock. Experiment how dark you want the card stock to become.


3.   Hold the soot covered card stock  by the edge and place with the glossy soot side up on the counter taking care not to touch the soot.


4.  Use an un-inked rubber stamp and stamp image onto the soot covered card stock. The stamp will pull off the soot and the image will appear. If you’re not happy with the image repeat the process.


5.  Spray lightly with a matte sealer.


When the sealer is dry, tear the edges of the Glossy card stock. If you want the white edge tear the edge toward you. I think it frames out the soot divinely!


For John’s Happy Birthday Greeting I used the Perfectly Penned stamp set, VersaMark Ink and the new Pewter Embossing Powder. I’m hooked on this pewter powder.


The card was layered a shown.


Birthday Hippo A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the 9/27 club, especially my better half. xox




Season of Friendship: Quilling…

This is another technique I’ve dabbled in for years. When I had my shop, quilling was a big hit both with the adults and children.


Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. This technique uses few materials and has delightful and endless results. Out of a 8-1/2″ x 11″  sheet of paper you can get 68 strips from the 8-1/2″ side and 88 strips from the 11″ side , 1/8″ wide. Not too bad. The only thing about this art form is it requires patience.


I wanted to work in quilling with stamping. Since Autumn is in the air, at least in New York,  here’s what I came up with for my class:

Season of Friendship Quilled Card


Chocolate Chip card stock  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Pumpkin Pie card stock 5″ x 3-3/4″

Very Vanilla card stock  4-3/4″ x 3-1/2′

Cajun Craze card stock Cut (3) 1/8″ x 11″ (flowers)

Peach Parfait card stock cut (3)  1/8″ x 11″  (flowers)

Always Artichoke card stock cut (3)  1/8 x 11″ (leaves)

Pear Pizzazz card stock cut (3) 1/8″ x 11″ (leaves)

Paper Piercing Tool

Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue


On the piece of Very Vanilla, stamp the tree from the Season of Friendship stamp set in Chocolate Chip Ink. At this point adhere all your card layers, including the Very Vanilla layer. It would be very hard to add adhesive to the back once the quilling was done.

Season of Friendship Quilling Detail



The strips you cut, you’ll use to create the different shapes by cutting them down and rolling them into coiled circles. To make the circles, take the strip and begin by wrapping it around the Paper Piecing Tool tip and then roll it the tool between your fingers. Gently lift off the coiled circle and allow it to loosen a bit. Glue the end of the strip, by placing a small drop with a toothpick and Tombow Glue to secure the circle.  This is the base for all the shapes you are going to make, because these coiled circles are arranged and shaped to form the flowers and the leaves.


FLOWERS: To vary the size of your flowers just use a longer or shorter strip.


LEAVES:  Pick up your coiled circle and with your thumb and index finger. Pinch one end, leaving the other end rounded. Again to vary sizes of leaves, use longer or shorter strips.


Once your satisfied with your shapes glue them on your tree with Tombow Multi Purpose


Glue. For mine, I let the coiled circles relax a lot and that’s why the spiral is very apparent. Experiment. Play around with lightly coiled circles and tightly coiled circles and see what results you get.


I’m definitely doing more quilling in the future. Won’t you join me. by making a quilling project and attach it in an EMAIL to me?


Stampin’ & Quillin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Paper Quilted Card…

Many of you know that, while I am a teacher of paper-crafting, I’m also a quilter. For a long time now I’ve wanted to combine the two art forms. This is the card I came up with and hopefully it’s only the first of many, “Paper Quilted Cards.” This card was one of the projects  offered at Sunday’s class. It’s a fun technique and the results are truly delightful.

Quilt Birthday Card

The card is pretty straight forward. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Wisteria Wonder (love this color) and scored it at 4-1/4″


Place the front of the card in the  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and ran it through the Big Shot.


Punch two 1-3/8″ Squares each,  out of Calypso Coral and Early Espresso card stock and place the squares in the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder and run them through the Big Shot.


Punch two 1-3/8″ Squares from Stampin’ Up! Berry Blossom Designer Series Paper. Cut all these two squares in half diagonally.


On a 1″ x 3″ piece of Early Espresso stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Perfectly Penned stamp set in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it with White Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.


Layer all the pieces as shown.


Play round with different quilt patterns and Designer Series Papers that resemble printed fabric.


Have fun with this one!



Siggy 2


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