Monday, 11 July 2011

Tealight Flower Lollipop - Simply Stampin' #15 Challenge

I checked out this weeks Simply Stampin' challenge to find it is anything but a card.  Kirei's decorated tealights leapt out at me, I love them!  I saw a tealight lollipop idea ages ago and made a mental note to make one.  I got some wooden coffee stirrers months ago but still didn't get round to making one.  Kirei's project reminded me of it and I dashed off to my craft room with a tealight, dug out the tissue paper and fired up the heat gun.  I love candles and tealights and I always have loads on hand.  I've recently bought some tealights that are less deep than usual (a tad under 1/2") and they burn for around 3.5 hours. I thought a thinner tealight would be ideal for this project.

I covered the metal tealight case with a strip of patterned paper.  I stamped the flower from the SU! Always set on the tissue paper, punched the central hole for the wick to go through and then punched it out with a 1 1/2" circle punch - making sure to have a piece of CS behind.  I then used my heat gun to melt the tissue circle into the tealight.   I set that aside and punched my large flowers, one from patterned paper and two from Rose Red CS - I glued the paper one to a CS flower for a bit of extra strength.  I trimmed my coffee stirrer a bit at one end and I used PVA glue to stick it to the CS flower.  I then sandwiched the two flower shapes together with foam dimensionals.  I punched a 1 3/4" Rose Red circle and used glue dots to fix the tealight to this circle.  I die cut leaves and glued those behind the stick.  Here's how it looks at this point.

I then put the tealight flower in a cellophane bag, tied it closed with some elastic cord and added a ribbon bow.   I stamped and punched a tag which I tied on with some silver thread.  I stamped a small flower from the Always set and was delighted to find the tiny flower punch from the SU! Itty Bitty Punch Pack punches it out perfectly!  I popped this up over the larger stamped flower.  An ideal "little something for you" gift - or as my friend Jan would say - "just a little bit of nonsense".  A sweet little token nonetheless!

EDITED TO ADD: I wasn't sure how these would burn when lit and I wanted to check it out before I gave one to somebody.  I decorated another tealight with stamped tissue paper and lit it and it was fine so now I know they're safe to give away and use!

Stamps: SU! Always & Vintage Frames sets
CS: SU! Rose Red, Core'dinations Broken China CS, white tissue paper
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye True Blue 'Soar' paper
Ink: SU! Rose Red, Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink
Tools: Large Woodware flower punch, PTI Leaf Prints Collection die, circle punches, SU! large tag punch, tiny flower punch from SU! Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Embellishments & accessories: Bazzill ribbon, 3d foam pads, glue dots, PVA glue, silver cord & thread, tealight, cellophane bag, wooden coffee stirrer




This is gorgeous Ruth and so well presented. M xx

Anonymous said...

What alovely "little something" it is too.
Debbie x

Vicky Hayes said...

It's a lovely piece of nonsense Ruth! Anyone would love to receive it!

Faith A said...

A fab idea, so beautifully made and presented, , lovely "little" gift.

Kirei said...

Love your different take on the tealights, I haven't seen that one before but will have to try it out! Thanks for entering the Simply Stampin' Challenge Ruth!

Caroline said...

Wow, this is so cute! I love the colours and the packaging, you are so clever. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea with us, and of course joining us at the Simply Stampin Challenge this week.x

Sue said...

Wow this is so clever Ruth and such a lovely gift thanks for sharing Luv Sue x

Amanda Burditt said...

Very cute idea! One I am going to have to give a go sometime!! Thanks for joining in the Simply Stampin' Challenge! x

Sarah-Jane said...

Oh, I really like the idea of making it a flower shape, it just adds that little something extra!
Thanks for joining in at Simply Stampin' Challenges
Hugs xx

kelly said...

congrats on your top 3 Ruth!!
very well deserved, this tealight has a gorgeous new lease of life.
Kelly xx