Saturday, September 15, 2012

Handmade Happiness!

Front view
Over the years some of my favorite gifts from friends and family have been handmade.  Those are the gifts that have come from their heart and shaped with love by their hands.  When a friend or loved one takes the time to create something special for me, I'm certainly going to appreciate their efforts!  Nowadays it seems that most people are in a rush to get from point A to point B, there's sports practices and games, dance, orchestra, scouts, church, work, and tons of other reasons we don't have time to get crafty and creative.  Today, I hope you will find some projects that inspire you to take that much needed time-out and create some handmade happiness for yourself or someone you love.  I've created a candle holder that is so simple to re-create, I hope it will inspire you to give it a try yourself.

I took a transparency (acetate) and using my VersaMark ink pad, I stamped the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Dahlia, I covered it with Stampendous Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed the acetate.  Once it cooled I cut the flower out, flipped it over and colored the backside with my Copic markers. I adhered the flower to the glass with Zip Dry. When the candle burns down, the light glows through the flower!  I took the swirl that comes with the stamp and did the same process twice with the VersaMark pad, powder, heating, cutting it out and adhering it to the glass with Zip Dry.  Just no coloring this time!

Other side view

Side view
Back view
I love how this came out and I love the way the light shines through the flower.  I wish you could see it in person!  So, how about some handmade happiness in your day!?  Be sure to hop along with my teammates for more inspiration.  Here's the complete list:

AND don't forget our Saturday Challenge continues - We're sharing embossing techniques all month! Here's what we've been working on (most recent inspiration first):

You can link your creations here until Thursday, October 4th -



  1. Very pretty way to decorate a candle holder--I like how you stamped and embossed on acetate.

  2. Beautiful! Stamping on the acetate is a fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is soooo RAD, Miss Lady!!!! Love!!

  4. Candles are one of my favorite things to give. I've stamped on glass (not easy for me--LOL!) but never thought to use acetate. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Very pretty candle...can't wait for X-mas!

  6. Your candle holder is exquisite. Love the acetate idea. Your coloring on the dahlia is beautiful, bet it's stunning when the candle is lit.

  7. So beautiful and what a terrific idea. Love that Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives! Perfect for this project!!

  8. This is such a pretty candle holder Lea! love how the gold looks!

  9. Gorgeous project! Love the color, looks amazing!

  10. This fabulous. I was wondering how you got the backside of the flower colored. Your a smart cookie. I hope you're well!!! Thinking of you!!<3

  11. This is fantabulous!! I bet it is just gorgeous when the candle light glows through the colored acetate! Such a creative way to dress up a plain old candle holder.

  12. That dahlia is gorgeous in the red with gold embossing! What a great gift from the heart!

  13. Love the way you came up with an idea to make the flower heat proof and resistant to scratches. It came out so pretty! thanks!

  14. Fabulous project, thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B

  15. Gosh, I really love your project!! The Stampendous Dahlia stamp is one of my favorite images but unfortunately, I haven't found it locally.

    1. Have you checked with Michael's? Or, you could order it here:

      It's truly one of my favs!


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