Monday, September 13, 2010

Vintage Poppies Candle and Card

Fall is in the air and it is time to shift color palettes and textures.  This is my latest Design Team project for Creative Charms.  The embellished candle would make a nice hostess present for an autumn dinner party and the card coordinates to make a lovely set.  Be sure to check out the Creative Charms Blog to see what my fellow designers have been making - there is a lot of inspiration to be found there!

I started with this plain wax candle.  It is actually battery operated so it is safe to decorate without a risk of fire.  The candle is scented (vanilla) and about three inches in diameter.

I found these candles at Costco last year and I have been waiting for a chance to try some projects using them.  I checked the box and the item number was 272394 if you want to see if they are still available - otherwise you may find something similar in another store.

The candles are real wax(scented vanilla) but there is no flame.  They hold two AA batteries and can be switched on and off.  The box states that the batteries will last for up to 250 hours.

The area that contains the batteries does not glow so I decided to add some embellishments to make the candle suit the fall season.  I used a variety of flowers including  Vintage Poppies in Cinnamon and some Brown Velvet Ric Rac vintage ribbon   I used a vintage sequin flower with pearl center for the center of the velvet poppy. 

I applied 1/8 inch Scor-Tape to the back of the velvet ric rac and wrapped it around the candle.  I wasn't sure what to use on the waxy surface but Scor-Tape is usually a very strong adhesive choice and it seems to be holding just fine.

I cut the ribbon so the two ends would just meet.  If they are a bit short it will not matter since the flower will cover the join.

I used a few pieces of 1/2 inch Scor-Tape on the back of the poppy to adhere it to the ribbon and the candle.

I added two of the vintage layered flowers  on either side of the velvet poppy.  The candle is now "dressed up" and ready to give but it needs a card to go with it.

I made an A2 (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 cardstock folded in half) card base in dark green Bazzill textured cardstock.  Then I cut a mat layer at 5 1/4 x 4 inches from copper metallic DCWV cardstock.  The top layer, cut at 5 x 3 3/4 inches is some cardstock that was printed with the new Cricut Imagine machine.  When I did the make and take at CHA, there was a problem with the machine alignment and this is from the center part of the cut that was not usable.  I inked the edges with brown ink.

 I cut the "Thank You" sentiment from the Lyrical Letters cartridge at 1 3/4 inches (I actually figured out the size on my Gypsy and cut the sentiment directly from the Gypsy).

The "Thank You" is shiny but it blended in with the background paper a bit too much, so...

...Stickles to the rescue!  I used the platinum Stickles to make the sentiment stand out a bit better.

Here is the "stickled" sentiment.  I used a thin coat to let the color show through but add a bit of sparkle.

I also changed the center of the flower by removing the pearl brad (I'll use it on another project) and substituting one of the flowers from the 3D vintage brad - antique flower medley.

Here is the final version of the card with the cluster of three different types of flowers.

Since the cardstock was dark, I added a liner to write a note inside.  I cut a piece of ivory cardstock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and punched the edges with the Martha Stewart arch lattice border punch.  The liner goes from edge to edge but the punching of the border creates some dark areas that set off the edges nicely.

Here is a close view of the embellishments.  These velvet and shiny flowers have an elegant old world feel and add a touch of luxury to the design.

Here is a photo of the candle when it is turned on.  There is a flicker effect to the flame and it is very realistic.

One more photo of the candle and card together.  This was fun to make and a change of pace for me with the only Cricut items the sentiment cut and the piece of printed paper.

Are you going to stay up to watch the Circut Imagine Launch on HSN?  Thinking of buying it?  Be sure to check out the message boards, Facebook and Twitter for some giveaways sponsored by ProvoCraft.  The world launch is at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Eastern time (midnight Monday for all practical purposes) .

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  1. Beautiful projects. Love those flameless wax candles. TFS

  2. This is a very nice project. It would make a nice gift. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This is such a gorgeous set. I love those battery operated candles.

  4. Where did you pick up those battery candles and do you remember how much they were, they would be perfect at Christmas time...particularly with the kids constantly running around!

  5. Diane,
    Thanks for another great job.......Love the candles and the fact they are battery operated.

  6. Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

    Kathy - I found the candles at Costco but it was quite a while ago. I am not sure if they still carry them but I gave the item number from the box (272394) in my post (you can call your local store to see if they have them - the website shows no match). I think it was around $20 for the three candles but I don't have a receipt handy. I have seen similar candles at other stores - maybe the large chain craft stores will have them in for the holidays.

    I hope that helps.

  7. Love this project. Beautiful colors and I love how the card matches. Wonderful gift for anyone.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

  8. How nice! Really great idea of using the flameless candle and I love the detailed instructions. And of course your design is fabulous!!!

    xx Susan

  9. Your candle card combo is so elegant. They would certainly make a beautiful hostess gift.
    Mary Ann

  10. This is GORGEOUS. I love the matching card and candle combo.

  11. QVC has the best selection and some even have timers. This is a great idea.

  12. Dianne, that candle is amazing! I think I'll get the charm deal this month. email me if you are going to have a get together in the Boston Area. I would love to get together and craft with you.

    megdoyon at comcast dot net

  13. This is a beautiful gift and card. I have these candles already and decorated them with strands of beads wrapped around the lower section. However, I think I may use your example and decorate them for autumn/Christmas. Thanks!

  14. This is a beautiful set and I love those candles, candles always worry me especially when lit where children are so these would be perfect. I will be off on a hunt for some now lol.
    Kim xXx

  15. Wow! Love the gorgeous colors and the classic look! Wonderful project Diane:o)


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