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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



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


Laura & Chris’ Wedding Invitation…

Hi, Lakeside Stamper Readers!


This is an invitation I designed for my niece Laura and her now husband Chris. Laura and Chris had a “Leaf Mask” theme for their wedding. Of course the color they chose was Sage Shadow, now retired, but, I bought lots of packs ahead of time because I knew it was their color. Here are some pictures of the invitation:



For the masks I made a template out of a manila file folder (only the best) and cut it out. I DSC_0271 used the template to trace around onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and hand cut, yes hand-cut, every mask out. Then each mask was stamped in VersaMark with the Stampin’ Up! Leaf Lines Stamp Set and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I colored each mask with Stampin’ Write Markers. After stamping and coloring I cut out the eye holes. I then made another stencil template for the lips. I used the stencil with a Dauber and Cherry Cobbler Ink to make the lips. Behind each eye I layered a piece of Basic Black Card Stock. On each cheek of the mask I punched two slits to tie the Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon through. These were a lot of work but they are truly one of a kind and have received many compliments on them.




DSC_0272 The main part of the card was a tri-fold card. On Sage Shadow I stamped the leaves, once again from the Leaf Lines Stamp Set in VersaMark and sprinkled the leaves with Gold Embossing Powder.


For the inside I computer generated the text, and printed it out on Very Vanilla Card STock. Then I stamped more leaves randomly in Cajun Craze Ink and hand-colored them. I adhered the Very Vanilla text onto Cajun Craze Card Stock as shown.




This is the “Save the Date” card.



Wedding invitations are a very personal choice and this is exactly what Laura and Chris wanted. I gave them choices of style, colors and themes. Right down to the ribbon the choice was theirs. If you are in need of invitations for any occasion, email me at for details and pricing.


Thanks for looking!


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2






Pumpkin Place Cards…

Hi, Lakeside Stampers!



Because there is so little time to do workshops for all I would like to do, some projects I’ll be posting I won’t be doing in class. Hopefully the directions will be clear enough for you to follow. And, you can always email me with any questions you have. I’m getting ready to make these this year for my Thanksgiving Day Table. These are Stampin’ Up!’s design. They’re just so stinkin’ cute and super easy to make. You can create them without the name tag and place them around your home, piled in baskets for decorations. You can add the name tag later to dress up your Thanksgiving table like I’m doing.


Stamps: Sentiment & Leaf Stamp of your choice
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Linen Thread, Metallic Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon & Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon


  • Cut two sheets of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock or Designer Series Paper into 1″ wide strips. Wheel or stamp images of your choice in Pumpkin Pie Ink on the strips.
  • Punch hole through top and bottom of strips using the Crop-A-Dile.
  • Knot bottom of a 4″ piece of Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon and thread through holes; knot top of ribbon and spread strips of card stock to create pumpkin shape.
  • Tie a piece of Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in a bow; adhere bow to top of pumpkin.
  • Stamp leaf image twice in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock; cut out. Adhere one leaf to top of pumpkin.
  • Stamp sentiment or write name in Old Olive Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock (4″ x 1-1/2″).
  • Punch left corners using Tag Corner punch.
  • Attach Silver eyelet to tag using Crop-A-Dile. Adhere second leaf to tag; adhere tag to pumpkin using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Thread linen thread through eyelet and tie to bow.

If you have any questions you can email me at 


Have a Great Day!


Stampin’ Hugs,







Autumnal Quilt…

I am back from vacation. While it was truly wonderful it’s nice being back home even with my “Beach-Head!” Today I am trying to post things I meant to do before I left but just ran out of time.

This is the Autumnal quilt we did last Autumn for the seasonal quilt series. This is the third in the series even though we did it first. Look in a few weeks for the last quilt in the series-Winter.


The recipe is as follows:

STAMP SETS:          Voila to go

                                        Give Thanks (retired)

                                        Happy Blessings

                                        Season of Friendship

                                        Seasonal Icons

PAPER:                       Elegant Eggplant Card Stock   (8-1/2″ x 10-1/2″)


 Old Olive Card Stock  (5-1/2″ x 4-1/2″)

 Whisper White Card Stock  (5″ x 4″)

The tree was stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and the leaves were stamped  in Cranberry Crisp, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun and Old Olive.  Fine Cosmo Stampin’ Glitter and Brads were added to some of the leave.s.

APPLES & PAIL:                                                                        


 Old Olive Card Stock   (3″ x 2 3/4″)

 Whisper White Card Stock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/4″)

The apples and pail were stamped in Basic Black on the Whisper White Card Stock. With Stampin’ Up Markers I colored in the apples in Green Galore and Real Red. For the pail I used the Basic Grey marker.  I mounted the Whisper Whites Card Stock onto the Old Olive Card Stock and added four Real Red Brads to each corner.


Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
 (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″)

Whisper White Card Stock ( 1″ x 1″)

The pumpkin was stamped in Basic Black and colored with Watercolor Pencils. I hand cut four corners out of Old Olive Card Stock, added an eyelet and knotted a piece of Black Gingham Ribbon through it. Around the pumpkin I added dashes to resemble stitching.


 Creamy Caramel Card Stock (1-1/2″ x 2″)

 Whisper White Card Stock (1″ x 1-1/2″)

The turkey was stamped in Basic Black Ink and colored using the Watercolor Pencils.


Summer Sun Card Stock (3-14″ x 2-1/4″)

Whisper White Card Stock (2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″)

The scarecrow was stamped in Basic Black Ink and colored with Watercolor Pencils. A small square to create a patch for his pants was cut from Real Red Gingham Ribbon. Once adhered I added four Brads to each corner.


Really Rust Card Stock (1-1/2″ x 2″)

Whisper White Card Stock (1″x 1-1/2″)

The leaves were stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink and colored in using Watercolor Pencils. 


Cranberry Crisp Card Stock (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″)

Whisper White Card Stock (1″ x 1″)

This leaf was stamped in Cranberry Crisp Ink (retired). I adhered the image in the upper left hand corner to offset it so that there was room for the Real Red Gingham Ribbon going across the bottom and up the right hand side. In the corner I placed a Real Red Brad.



Really Rust Card Stock (2-1/2 x 1-1/2″)

Whisper White (2″ x 1″)

I stamped the greeting in Really Rust Ink. What could be easier????

Thanks for stopping by.



Siggy 2




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