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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

T is for Tissue and Tealights and Top Tip Tuesday

Today over at Top Tip Tuesday we have a FABULOUS challenge for you and some lovely sponsors. Our sponsors this week are:

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Make sure you check them out and see what goodies they can entice you with. I also want to encourage you to play along this week for a chance to wind one of the sponsored prizes.
So, I had to think about our challenge - T is for ? - use the letter T to inspire you - with a technique like the tissue paper technique. Have you tried this one? It is really quite simple - and you know me - I like clean and simple. So, I got out my white tissue paper - though you can really use whatever color you have - even printed tissue paper would work. Stamp your image all over it - like this picture shows. Then take a candle - I used a small medium sized candle - though you can really use any size you like - it just depends on the image that you want to put on it. I bought my candle in a three pack from Hobby Lobby. I had planned to do this technique with a friend around the Christmas Holdays and we just never got the chance to do anything - we will though - Christmas in July is coming - and I will grab her to do something fun during that time. Anyway, after your image on the tissue is as you like it, then you want to place in on your candle and hold it very tight - so that it is smooth - then take your heat gun and heat it until the tissue melts into the candle. If the edges are torn (rather than cut) it makes a smoother looking candle. Can't you just see this candle on a Spring Decorated Table with all the beautiful flowers? I used the Fabulous Florets set that I have been using the last few days and used melon mambo, pacific point, tangerine tango, daffodil delight and wild wasabi for stamping. You could even take a citronella scented candle and decorate it and put it out on your back deck so that you can enjoy the beauty without all the bugs!
As I continued to think about the letter 'T', I thought about a technique that I had learned many years ago - but couldn't quite remember how to do it, so I went in search of it and found another project that I thought was just too cute for words, so I HAD to make one of these adorable Tealight Cakes. I found the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers under their resources tab (I think). I went in search of my tealights - which I had from when I made my luminaries earlier in the year. I couldn't find the box with them, but did find one of the luminaries, so I grabbed the tealight out of it and went to work decorating this little cutie. It is REALLY another simple technique and SO fun to do. I added some mulberry roses (from Wild Orchid Craft) to the top as well as some pearls. You can't see the paper in this picture real well, but I used a retiring DSP called Sunny Garden. It is very similar to a favorite DSP that I have from a couple of years ago - except in a different color scheme. I have hardly used this one though. When I was done with the tealight, I decided tomake a little card to go with it. I just took a strip of the DSP that I used on the side of the tealight and added it to my card and then added some more of the roses and pearls - stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade and the card is done and the little tealight is ready to give to my daughter for her birthday in August, (if I can wait that long!!)
It has been fun making these projects and I am SO happy to be crafting once again on a more regular schedule - though my work schedule continues to be crazy. This week I am getting lots of crafting in.
Thanks for stopping by the spa today - and do make sure you stop by the Top Tip Tuesday blog today and see the tip that I have left and the projects that my teammates have made for this challenge. Then, take the list that you will find there - or think of your own 'T' and go make a project.



Anonymous said...

Ohhhh very clever Paula, great job! wish I had thought of that one! great pressi xx

bettand said...

This was just so cute. Thanks for an inspirational both card and tealightcake. I have to try this one. Definetely is going on my list. Hugs Bettina

Lisa M said...

I was just waiting for you to say that I needed to bring out the glue and when you said heat gun...I'm IN!! That's so cool! :)
And yes, citronella as I'm not a fan of bugs. :(
Completely unique and wonderful projects that you've shared. Absolutely on the "to do" list.
Lisa xx

Leanne said...

This is fantastic! I wouldn't even know how to do a tealight cake! We will have to do that tutorial!!

Leanne xx

Antonella said...

So pretty - your tissue paper really makes your candle so pretty!! That tea light cake is adorable - it is on my someday list! Followed you from the Top Tip Tuesday.
Hugs, antonella :-)

Debs said...

What a beautiful candle Paula and yes it would be lovely with a citronella one, great tip. Take Care Debs xx

Gloria Stengel said...

Great project. Hope all is well with you! Holding on my a thread out here. We'll talk soon! Hugs.

Paula said...

Love the soft colours you've used for this & thanks for the little cake idea - looks super & I'm going to have a look.
Paula (PEP)

Elaine Stark said...

Your candle is beautiful, love the colours. Elaine