Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Gift Blog Tour -

Hi all, hope you're having fun on the Christmas Gift Blog Tour - if you've come from Deb Speijer's blog - www.stampandscrapwithdeb.com - then you're in the right place :) Here are a couple gift ideas I made this year - hope you enjoy.

The first is a simple little gift I made for my three student workers at the college. I found these great smelling vanilla candles at the Dollar Store, and had to get them. The tops look all crystally - like snow.
So I removed the paper from the store packaging, added snowflakes adorned with our SU gems, and tied it all up in the original package with ribbon. Here's a close up of the snowflake on top. Then I had the negative of the snowflakes I punched out and just couldn't throw it away, so I punched out pictures of my six grandbabies and mounted them in the spots the snowflakes came out of - how cute is that. I then mounted it on a darker piece of cardstock, and it's now hanging on my fridge. Here's a close-up of one of the images - this one features my little grand-daughter Makai!
Next I found these sets of lovely little tealights at the Dollar Store also - you've probably seen tealights with the tissue paper designs melted onto them. But I really loved the little glass containers these came in.
Here you can see the piece of tissue paper that I colored with SU markers and punched out. I also punched a circle in the middle of it for the wick to go through.
Here is the package of five tealights with the tissue still loose on top of each of the candles. The next step is to heat each candle with our heat gun until the wax melts and the tissue paper becomes one with the candle. They turn out so nice - here's a bunch of them done and ready to be wrapped for gift giving. Each of my downline that came to my Holiday Party received a set of these from me. I hope they liked them. You can completely burn them and the image just sinks with the wax. After the candles are burned I'd think you could clean out the containers and use them as little place settings filled with candy mints or nuts - what do you think??
Thanks for stopping by - the next stop on the tour is Karen G's blog at http://cardsbykareng.blogspot.com/ - check out what she has to share and come back soon!! Stampingly, Maureen

16 comments:

Jess said...

those candles are beautiful!

Nicole Derendorf said...

LOVE the candles! Great idea!

Nicole Derendorf said...

LOVE the candles! Great idea!

Christine Blain said...

Oh, wow! I love how you've prettied up those candles from the Dollar Store. Your projects are beautiful, Maureen. Great use of the snowflake 'negatives', too; you're very clever!

Karen G said...

Oh, Maureen, the candle boxes are just perfect. What a lovely idea for the snowflake cut-outs, what a novel idea to showcase your grandchildren. The tea lights are very stunning, and what a neat trick to keep the tops looking lovely.

Karen G.

Charmaine Black said...

Hi There Maureen, what gorgeous candles, they are really sweet and you're right, the containers would make good little treat holders after the candles are burnt. Thanks for sharing these beautiful creations with us, lots of inky hugs from Charmaine ;-)

alittlelessuseless said...

Wow you have been busy. The idea of using the Negatives from the snowflakes was a good one. :)
Gardenia

Marisa said...

Wonderful projects. Well done on using the negative of the snowflakes :) Darling group of grandkids you have there :) Love the tea lights (do have to try that myself!) and they look wonderful all boxed up. Have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate with family and friends!

Tracey said...

wow. thanks for the idea on the candles. i love that! i had no clue you could do that. guess what i will be doing this weekend!!!

Heather Pilz said...

Love the tissue paper tealight! Those are so pretty! I might still have time to make a few!

Heather Pilz
StampPaperScissorsInk.com

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Fantastic ideas ... especially using the "off cuts" for a photo collage! Love it! Hugs xxaxx

Beedubya said...

What a wonderful idea for the negatives of the snowflake strip!! Great job and wonderful projects!

TFS!
Brandi

Lisa Putnam said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE those candles! Great idea!

Lee-Anne said...

Ooh, very clever ideas. Love the idea of changing the packaging for the candle and love how you've prettied up the other candles. Thanks for sharing how you did that.
I love the way you've used the negatives of your snowflakes too, a great way to show off your lovely grandchildren. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

Makeesha Byl said...

Maureen your decorated candles are adorable!!! Thanks for playing in the Blog Tour! Love Keesh x

H2 :) said...

Great snowflake box & clever fridge frame of your grandchildren Maureen! The tealights are such a pretty gift. :)