Monday, October 8, 2007

A Fun Gift Idea

Since I received the C.C. Designs set Reindeer Games from Christine at All That Scraps, I have been trying to think of fun ways to use those adorable reindeer images. I wanted to come up with something that was not strictly for Christmas. I absolutely *love* Cheer Deer, and I thought she'd be great on a hostess or a birthday gift -- after all, she DOES like a party! Sooooo, as the wheels in my head were turning and I spotted my new candle on the table...


THIS is what I decided to do! The Pocket Full of Posies glitter paper from DCWV was a perfect choice for the wrapping --it is sparkly and has some wintery colors (plus a little bit of orange to match my pumpkin candle!). I paired it with SU! Bashful Blue cardstock. The image was stamped on Bazzill Coconut Smoothie cardstock with SU! Close to Cocoa ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits. I added a little sparkle and some bubbles to the drink with a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pen. I punched a couple 1/8" holes and added grosgrain ribbon so I could give Cheer Deer a scarf. I lightly stamped a snowflake from the set around the edge of the panel and sponged with Bashful Blue ink, then matted it on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. White organdy ribbon is threaded through two holes on the sides of the image panel so it (and the sentiment) could be tied to the candle. The sentiment is stamped in Close to Cocoa ink, and Bashful Blue is sponged around the edges.


Here's how I made the candle wrapping. Keep in mind that these measurements were for my candle, but you can adjust for your own needs. I cut a strip of blue cardstock 11 x 3 3/4". Note: you will need to cut the length a little longer than you really need, because it will shorten a bit when crimped (mine shortened to 10 3/4"). I ran the strip through my Fiskars Paper Crimper and set it aside.



I then cut a 10 3/4 x 3" strip of patterned paper. I wanted to be sure the crimped cs would be visible above and below the paper strip. I put Sticky Strip on all edges of the back side and adhered it to the crimped cardstock.












After the two strips were together, I put more sticky strip on the end, then rolled it tightly around the candle and secured it.
















Here's the candle, all wrapped up! I added the image panel, sentiment and ribbon, and the gift was complete! This will be a perfect hostess gift for a holiday party, or it would be a great birthday gift, too! I hope this gives you some good ideas -- thanks for stopping by today! :)

13 comments:

Tracy said...

This is such a great idea. Who doesn't love candles? You can never have too many. Plus, you can change the paper and sentiment to go with the seasons. Love it!

Dawn Easton said...

Christina! That is so cute! What an awesome fun image! I love what you did! I'm going to walk through my house today to see what I can decorate up now ;) Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!

Carol said...

What a great idea! This is such an adorable image too - great job on the coloring!

Tina said...

That´s a wonderful and great idea!

beate said...

That is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous!!! That reindeer is a hoot! Thanks a ton for sharing this very clever idea!!
Debbie J.

Wife2TJ said...

So cute. Thanks for sharing!

Shel9999 said...

Super cute!!! (That's my favorite reindeer in the set!) Love the idea of a candle wrap!

Tricia said...

Your card yesterday inspired me! I used it as a sketch for one of the cards on my 100th post. I hope you'll be able to stop by and look... and sign up for the candy!

http://simplystamping.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-100th-post.html

Tip Junkie said...

LOVE it! What a creative idea.

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

OOOh this is just so adoarable!! You coloring is awesome! Love the colors, love it!!

Betty O said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I see some candles in store for some friends for Christmas. Thanks for the cute idea.

Bethany Paull said...

So totally cute! And I love that you can still burn the candle (I think?) unlike when you wrap regular candles, not in the glass holder.