Saturday, April 13, 2019

Antique Candle Co.

Hello friends,

A while back I had posted about how I decided to switch from paraffin candles to soy and today I would like to share with you why I chose Antique Candle Co.

Antique Candle Co. (previously Antique Candle Works) offers high quality, artisan candles made from natural, domestically grown soy beans without any dyes.  Soy wax is non-toxic, eco-friendly, renewable and water soluble.  Did you know soy candles last longer?  They burn at a slower rate and can last almost 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle - Woo hoo!

I have discovered soy candles burn much cleaner without carcinogens and pollutants.  Antique Candle Co. uses cotton wicks for a clean and even burn.

Another beautiful thing about soy candles is their natural off-white color.  The raw color of this wax blends with any decor.  Antique Candle Co. offers their candles in a wonderful mason jar with a vintage style metal lid.  Can you say farmhouse?

Country Pear by Cotton Stem

Now it's all about the fragrance, right?  Well, Antique Candle Co. has spent countless hours blending each product with their signature fragrance combinations.  Every step of the process is carefully handcrafted in house by their team of candle chemists.  Each unique scent is incredible.  A few of my favorites are Country Pear by Cotton Stem, Wildflowers and Sweet Lemon.


Sweet Lemon

Brittany, owner of Antique Candle Co., is passionate about what she does.  You will be amazed when your candles arrive and how beautiful their packaging is.  Each mason jar will come in its own box, including the wax melts.  You will also receive an adorable muslin bag hand stamped with the Antique Candle Co. logo.

Happy Mail!
Look at all the wonderful smelling scents!

I am totally obsessed with Country Pear by Cotton Stem.  This luscious fragrance is unbelievable!  It truly is a timeless scent perfect for every season.  I loved it so much I bought several jars for my friends.

As part of my gift giving, I created the cute candle tags for each jar.

These candles will have you swooning my friends ...

Thank you for stopping to visit me!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Paris in the Spring Time


Today I am taking you for a journey to Paris.  Doesn't that sound exciting?  There's nothing like the romance of Paris in the springtime.

I've started with a base card in natural white linen then ran a piece of parchment shell paper through the Big Shot using a Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle #4 die.  The image was stamped in StazOn Black on Very Vanilla and mounted to a piece of Early Espresso.  

The flowers were colored using Blushing Bride & Pretty in Pink inks with a blender pen.  The leaves were done with Prismacolor pencils.  A clear Spica pen adds sparkle to each blossom with a pink pearl in the center of each one.

Using the Beautiful Wings embosslits die, I cut two little butterflies and covered them with Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint.  The card was finished with a pretty cherry blossom bow and pink ice brad.

So what do you think?  Does it make you want to go to Paris?

Stamps:  Stampendous I Love Paris
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Specialty Paper Parchment Shell, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Image - Stazon Black; Flowers - Blushing Bride & Pretty in Pink; Leaves - Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories:  3/8" Cherry Blossom Ribbon, Kaisercraft Pink Ice Brad, Basic Grey Opaline Pearls in Blush, Clear Spica Pen, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint, Gamsol, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle #4 Die, Blender Pen, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Blender Pen, Colored Pencils   
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Fleuriste Newsprint


Fleuriste Newsprint by JustRite Stamps is a beautiful background stamp I have had for years and finally inked it up.  Yes my friends, un-inked stamps - guilty as charged!

The image was stamped in StazOn Stone Gray on Shimmery White paper.  I started sponging the background in Distress Shabby Shutters and then added VersaMagic Niagara Mist.  Nothing too fancy - I just went with it.

Butterflies were also stamped in StazOn Stone Gray and sponged in Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.  They were cut out by hand before adding Star Dust Stickles.

I wrapped some pretty orchid seam binding around the front of the card and made a triple loop bow.  A Stampin' Up antique brad accents the center.  These have always been one of my favorite items.

Here's a peek at the inside using the Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight die.  I stamped another coordinating butterfly.

If you ever have any questions about one of my creations, please feel free to email me.

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Stamps:  JustRite Fleuriste Newsprint, Impression Obsession Faith Wings, JustRite Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty
Paper:  Old Lace, Recollections Purple Passion, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White
Ink:  Images & Sentiment - StazOn Stone Gray; Sponging - Distress Shabby Shutters & VersaMagic Niagara Mist; Butterflies - Brilliance Pearlescent Purple; Doily Accent - Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  Bluebird Lane Orchid Seam Binding, SU Antique Brad, Star Dust Stickles, Kaiser Rhinestones in Wine, Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight #3, Edge Distresser, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day En Francais

Hello blogging friends,

I have a Valentine's Day card to share with you today.  Do you remember as a kid making homemade Valentine's Day cards to pass out at school and the nostalgic feeling you had?  This is exactly how I felt creating this one.

When it comes to Valentine's Day I always think of something vintage, old, pink and nostalgic.  

I started with a Natural White Linen card base with a layer of Primrose Petals.  The floral paper is by K & Company.  The pocket heart design I saw on SCS and added the pretty gold metal flourish to the bottom of it.  Before folding the paper, I stamped the script background in Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Sponging was then done in Distress Antique Linen & Soft Suede.  The inner heart was cut from a Spellbinders Classic Heart #5 die and embossed using a Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder.

A piece of vintage seam binding with a heart brad finish it off!

The inside sentiment was also stamped in VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing powder.  Distress Walnut Stain was used to stamp the key.

Sending you sweet wishes ...

Stamps:  SU En Francais, Key to My Heart, PSX Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Primrose Petals, K & Company Designer Paper, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  VersaMark with Gold EP; Sponging - Distress Antique Linen & Soft Suede, Distress Walnut Stain    
Accessories:  Cream Seam Binding, Making Memories Je t'Adore Heart Brad, Gold Metal Flourish (from my stash), Spellbinders Classic Heart #5 Die, SCS Heart Template, Craft Concepts Budding Vine Embossing Folder, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Saturday, January 26, 2019

River Garden Studio

Happy Saturday!

During the cold, gloomy winter months I find myself craving greenery.  Perhaps that is a sign of a true gardener.

So today we headed to the River Garden Studio.  This is a quaint nature inspired shop located in the shopping district.  Would you like to come along for a tour?

As soon as I walked in my mood completely changed.  The aroma of evergreens and fresh cut pines just brought me back to the holiday season.

Pretty tropical plants and palms were everywhere.

Look at this gorgeous Silver Queen plant!  It doesn't even look real.

They had a beautiful display of air plants in hanging glass terrariums.

I love these tree trunk containers - perfect for that farmhouse look.

Barr-Co soaps in different scents.  The Fir & Grapefruit has a citrus smell so fresh and crisp.

I literally wanted one of everything and didn't want to leave.  I'm even more anxious now for spring to arrive.

Have a fabulous weekend my friends!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Antique Candle Works

Hi friends,

Look what arrived today!  I can't tell you how excited I am to try these soy candles by Antique Candle Works.  I made a conscious decision in December to switch from paraffin candles to soy.  I was fortunate enough to pick these up on sale.

They came beautifully packaged and with a cute muslin bag hand stamped with the Antique Candle Works logo.

White pine makes you feel like you are in the middle of a forest - so fresh and clean.  My home is going to smell heavenly!

The peppermint candle is amazing!  It has a refreshing and soothing aroma - sweet and minty.

"Look at how a single candle can both defy
and define the darkness."
~ Anne Frank ~

I can think of so many ideas for the adorable little bag and how to incorporate it into gift giving.  I plan to share with you in the near future more about my decision to switch to soy candles and why I chose Antique Candle Works.

Stay warm & cozy!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Christmas Nuthatch

Hi friends,

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!  Our little Pippin had a stocking filled with toys.  He couldn't decide which one to play with first.

Today I'm sharing one of the Christmas cards I created.  It's always challenging creating with a curious kitty around - he does slow me down some  :-)

I've used a digital image by Fred She Said with some non-traditional colors.  

The background was created using a Stampin' Up Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The focal image is a combination of Spellbinders Classic Circles.  

I stamped the inside sentiment with StazOn Black using the Memory Box Wonderful Time stamp.

I have so much to be grateful for this past year, especially for those who come to visit me.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope you will have many blessings in the year to come.

Stamps:  Fred She Said Nuthatch, Memory Box Wonderful Time  
Paper:  Kraft, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink:  StazOn Black
Accessories:  Kraft 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Kaiser Clear Rhinestones, Spellbinders Victorian Tags, Spellbinders Small Classic Circles #5, Large Classic Circles #5, Small Classic Circles #6, SU Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 
Technique:  Digital Image
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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