Tuesday, 6 February 2018



It's the best time of the week - DIGI CHOOSDAY CHALLENGE DAY - whoooooooo! Which means a new challenge week and a NEW DISCOUNT CODE to get money off your digi purchases - how cool is that!?

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As always our theme for the challenges for you is 'Anything Goes' but the design team have a theme to follow.  This weeks challenge for the design team is to recycle or upcycle.

I'm not going to lie nothing gets to stay in my house long enough for the chance for me to recycle and I didn't know what upcycle meant! So I googled upcycle and the result is this:

'reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.'

Result! I can totally make something better than the original...........can't I?  So about three hours later of rummaging through the house to find something I could 'make better' I found a large basic candle I had found in the back of my electrical appliances cupboard (don't ask).

I then remembered somewhere in the abyss of my craft cupboard, I had tissue paper I bought like four years ago for the sole purpose of making personal candles, so that took another few minutes (hours) to find THAT.  Then I needed to find an image.

Hmmmmmm - you're me, you have the whole Polkadoodles library at your fingertips, what image do you use? Yip, you guessed it, I was all over 'Serenity'. I cannot help it, I LOVE her! You can find the collection here.  I used the precolured image of 'Serenity Joyful' which is a precolured image on the main collection but if you want to colour her yourself, you can find her as an individual stamp here.

My tissue paper is A5 in size. I taped it to the center of simple A4 copy paper, then printed it. My printer smeared a little as I had added a sentiment, so after repeated attempts to make this not happen, I simply cut the sentiment off. Life's too short after all..............lol!

Once you remove the tissue paper from the copy paper, I cut round the image to make it more manageable.

I positioned the image where I wanted it then I wrapped the whole candle in greaseproof paper. I then used my heat gun to merge the image with the candle. Be CAREFUL - this can get very hot and I advise you not to touch the candle immediately because it can burn!

So there you have it. A plain boring candle which is now a pretty candle! Totally nailed upcycling (giggles to myself).

Anyhow, go over to the main blog and see what amazing projects the design team have come up with.

See you soon!


Yvonne x

I am entering the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Always Anything Goes #60
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes


  1. You and you Serenity crush!!! :) This is fabulous, what a great gift! xxx

  2. Beautiful project .. lovely image ..!
    Hugs Rose xxx

  3. This is beautiful! Love the tips; I want to try this .... again. Yes, I've tried before without brilliant results, but your tips might be just the ticket to a better ending! ;)

  4. WOW! WOW! WOW!!! This is incredible Yvonne! I'm blown away at how it turned out! Not sure I'm brave enough. LOVED reading your post!

  5. I just love this candle! It's simple yet so pretty.
    Julie t

  6. Fantastic project. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week.
    We look forward to seeing you again next time.
    Good luck!
    creativEle DT

  7. So beautiful. Love your candle. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  8. Gorgeous candle!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  9. Amazing project!! I love it. Thank you for sharing with us at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog!!