Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Adventures in Candle Stamping

Today I am eternally grateful to my loving husband for his kindness, sense of humor, and patience with his crazy wife.

With Christmas right around the corner, I've been looking for gift ideas that utilize stamping, and saw these delightful tea lights on Tanya Boser's blog, Tinkerin In Ink with Tanya.  Tea light gift ensembles have been popping up all over recently, and they looked so easy, I thought I'd give them a try.

First, I'll let you in on a little hint.  DON'T buy the tea lights that have a little dome-shaped top.  The stamped tissue won't lay flat, and you'll have to heat it so long with the heat tool, that the wax builds up on top of your stamped image, like so:


For the next one, I tried shaving off some of the dome, and not heating the tea light quite as long, and the result was better, but still not up to my obsessive compulsive high standards.


Next, a holiday image was in order, with some holly, which turned out okay, but the image should have been a little larger, for more "wow".


Then inspiration struck!  How about a little snowman?!  I love snowmen!!!  Snowmen are one of my favorite things - right up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!  So, I stamped this little guy from the Tags til Christmas set, without inking up the "To" and "From".  He turned out kinda cute......



....until I realized from where the wick was protruding:


No wonder he has that big smile on his face.  Ummm, I may have to rethink this one.....

23 comments:

  1. LOL! I played with these over the weekend as well... fun!

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  2. LOL -- what a way to start my day!

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  3. LOL..only You Cindi !! love it...can't stop laughing !!

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  4. Ack!!! Cindy, that is hilarious!!! And there are certain members of my family who would ABSOLUTELY love that little snowman ;) I come from a sick family, I know...
    I am still laughing!!!

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  5. Hilarious!!! Thank you so much for the tips and advice!

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  6. My goodness, girl. . . .

    (Seriously, very cute, Cindy!)

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  7. I laughed out loud! Thanks for bringing a smile to my day. Now I know what to make for a white elephant gift exchange!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I really needed the laugh today!

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  9. Oh my gosh, hilarious! I don't think I'll stop giggling all day! Thank you for the laughs and the "what doesn't work".
    ...still laughing...

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  10. That is so, so funny!! I was just reading along and then....laughing so and can't stop. This goes into that "ask me how I know" category when teaching this technique.

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  11. Cindy,
    I am so glad I took a few minutes to check out your blog. You made my day. I have laughed this hard in over a month! I am so glad you posted your (mis) adventures... You really gotta watch out for these snowmen. LOL... Thanks hun...Great idea.

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  12. LOL!!! Come'on Baby, light my fire!! LOL!!! LOVE it!

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  13. Hilarious! Just love that snowman ;)

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  14. Oh my gosh!! That is great! Thanks for posting a funny!

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  15. this should go viral....hey--maybe you should make them for bachelorette party favors...

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  16. This is too funny! Thanks for the laugh. Love the way your candles look.

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  17. Love the snowman. I may intentionally make some!

    I, too found, the flat cheapest ones work the best!

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  18. LOL - I had the same thought as Dawn!! ...try to set the night on FIRE... sometimes mistakes are the best!

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  19. LOL--WAY too funny!!!! Thanks for the roaring laughter! oh yea, and the neat idea ;-)

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  20. Bwah ha ha ha!! How did I miss this before?! Love it!

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