Sunday 24 November 2013

Handmade Monday 144

Welcome to another Handmade Monday!  How do these weeks roll round so fast?

It seems only a week or two ago I was making cards, candles and polymer tree decorations for this week's Craftseller.  But it can't be, because here they are, all published and on the shelves in the shops.

It's always a complete pleasure to be asked to make cards - I love taking the time out to kind of relax into paper cutting and layering!  The papers I used are free in this month's issue

and they are gorgeous papers, I have to say.  They include a few sentiments, too, as always.

I was less sure about the candles I was asked to make, as this was a pretty new craft to me!  Also, the idea of making them using cookie cutters seemed a little bit risky - all that leakage of hot wax!  Cookie cutters aren't meant to be candle moulds!  However, it all worked out OK in the end and they do make pretty candles!

The polymer tree decorations were fun to make, but they use up a fair bit of clay (although the candy canes are super-easy to make, and use a lot less clay).

The robins have googly eyes, and the holly leaves were made using cake/biscuit cutters.

And what have I made this week?  Well, there's been a lot of painting of personalised gifts going on, and there's been some making of digital stamps for a bookazine project which will be published in February - I can't say more than that yet!  


Unknown said...

Ohhh I love the candles, but I would agree about the worry of leakage - glad they went ok... might try some for our Christmas table this year :-)

Wendy said...

I used foil, scrunched up around the cookie cutter, if that helps Simmi. And I poured the wax slowly - I think that made a difference x

Free Spirit Designs said...

aww your cards are sooo gorgeous! It is really lovely to take some time out for cutting and sticking isn't it - the crafters meditation :)

your decorations are so cute too, i've used polymer clay to make some before and it worked well although i did find they turned out fairly heavy so best not to make too big!

your candles look fab, i can't wait to find the time to have a go at candle making it looks like so much fun!

Good luck with all your commissions this week x

Anonymous said...

Your cards looked very good in the magazine - I love when it plops on the porch floor! I think you did great turning your hand to new crafts for a magazine!

Unknown said...

Love the candles ... very Christmasy, warm and festive. I'm very much a candle person.

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Ginx Craft said...

I must try to get my hands on this issue of Craftseller. Looks great.

Unknown said...

Your cards look great. I've never tried polymer clay though I have two small pieces that came free with a magazine. Must dig them out!

Lucy Blossom said...

I love seeing your creations in the magazine, I think your cards are fabulous, especially the stocking one.

say it said...

I love spotting your makes when I get my copy of Craftseller. Your cards are gorgeous.

itsamistry said...

I received a candle making kit one year as a present think I've still got it somewhere must dig it out and have a go. Funny the uses the humble cookie cutter gets used for. I wonder if anyone actually uses them for cookies?

Justjennywren said...

well done on this week :) need to go and grab craftseller :P

Tracey said...

Wendy, I love your cards, I need to try and get my hands on this mag! Never thought of making candles with cookie cutters, interested to try it out.