Monday, September 9, 2013

Koi Fish - Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 1

Sept. Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Sept 10 - Koi Fish
Featured Sept 11 - Primitive Farm
 Featured Sept 12 - What a Scream
 Featured Sept 13 - Tailgate Party

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on Sept. 14, 2013 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Sept. 13, 2013.

 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Holiday Tag"

 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Nature's Brushstrokes"

Here's the Design Team:
Jane C
Pat G
Thrfity Stamper
Cathy C
Sue W
Kate Z
Shirley Q
Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Since it's almost officially the fall season, I'm officially starting to make my Christmas presents and I have one to share with you using today's featured set.  My husband loves to use his woodworking tools even though he's disabled, so here's a nifty way to get your hubby involved in stamping too plus save some money at the same time.

Taking a candle on clearance at Michael's, or even from the dollar store, my husband hollowed out the center so I could add a battery operated votive to make sure the candle didn't melt when lit.  Then I measured how much vellum I'd need to wrap around the candle, stamped on one side in memento black before coloring the back side using Rose Art colored pencils, then wrapping the vellum around the candle. For the packaging, I pulled out a white take out box from Michael's, stipple Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink around the edges before stamping images onto white scrap card stock then coloring using prismacolor markers.  Once my coloring was finished, I cut out the additional images and adhered them to the take out box using glue dots.  Easy peasy!!  Here's a close up of the finished candle.

I'll be making a tutorial on how to do this at a later date, possibly around October 1st.  Unfortunately, my migraines are not cooperating with me to write one right now.  So watch for it.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the design team blogs to leave some love for a chance to win today's featured set.

Stamps: Koi Fish, Dragonflies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Candle, Take Out Box, Rose Art Colored Pencils, Ice Stickles, Googlie Eyes, Glue Dots
Card Stock: Vellum


  1. Bonnie, what a great idea to hollow out the candle to add the battery creative. then to have matching take out box is a very unique packaging.
    stamping sue

  2. Lovely idea - great result and great to have a practical helper.

  3. super cool work, Bonnie...gotta love getting the hubby involved!

  4. Decorating a take-out box! How clever of you! Now it is a great gift box.

    Thanks for sharing your talents!
    Come and follow me!

  5. I love your candle and the cute takeout box to add the perfect gift!!!
    Great idea...

  6. Beautiful Gift set!!! I love the goggle eyes!!!!

  7. Like the made over Chinese take out box & the decorated candle.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. This is fabulous. Love the idea of using the tea light inside the candle. So sorry for your migraines. I have been fighting one for a week. I have been thinking about you and saying prayers for you.

  9. Gorgeous candle and I love the idea of hollowing out for a battery operated voltive!

  10. Super pretty projects. I love the idea of hollowing out the candle to put in a battery votive.

  11. What a great gift idea. It looks wonderful!

  12. Bonnie,
    Very, very pretty gift set!! And, what a grand idea hollowing out the candle for your battery-operated votive - very cool!

  13. Love your take out box and candle very nice to see something different

  14. Very pretty! I loved the hollowed out candle. It's a perfect gift and easy to personalize!

  15. What a fantastic gift project. What a great idea. Going to have to go and pester my hubby to start up the lathe.

  16. Cute idea with the battery operate votive candle. I would never have thought of that.

  17. This candle and the box make for a perfect gift set! So cool!

  18. Poor you, migraines are so debilitating. I wish you a speedy recovery. Your box and candle are so pretty and serene.

  19. What a great idea to use the stamps for different purposes!

  20. Okay you have truly "RODCKED" this new release. I love all of your creation this week.