Monday, December 7, 2009

Dashing Luminaries

You might remember I was creating some goodies for a swap a little while back and showed some of them here . . . well, today I want to show you one of the amazing projects I received from the super-talented friend, Marlene Caravello, who was swapping with me! 

In the most recent box, Marlene sent me a gorgeous luminary that she created out of card stock, with a battery operated tea light to add a safe and gentle glow!   Here are some photos:

The cardstock for the luminary is Pretty in Pink, and was embossed using the Finial Press Big Shot folder.  Ribbons are Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain, Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain, and Whisper White Taffeta.  Marlene stamped a heart from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set on vellum using Melon Mambo Classic Ink.  This stamp set is from the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog, available starting January 5th!  This stamp set is very cool because it coordinates with Stampin' Up!'s heart punches!  The top of the luminary is punched using the Eyelet Border Punch, and Marlene sponged Melon Mambo Classic Ink around the top.  I love all the wonderful details!!! 

In fact, I loved Marlene's Valentine's luminary so much, it inspired me to create a Christmas luminary -- using the Dasher stamp again (can you tell I am really enjoying this stamp right now?)  I decided to try taking a short cut and use the Fancy Favor Big Shot die to create the box for the luminary.   Here's how my creation turned out:

The box was cut from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper, and to give it some extra holiday glow, I sponged on some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I think the ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta.  We'll be making more of these at the Christmas Stamp Camp on Sunday -- hope you can come! 

Such a fun project -- have some more of Marlene's amazing projects to share with you soon, too!  Thank you, Marlene, for the wonderful ideas and inspiration!!! 

- Michelle


Kelly said...

Congratulations! I just wanted you to know that your project will appear on the Yahoo Group Late Night Stamper’s blog finds of the day for December 9. Want to receive your own copy of the blog finds of the day? Join us at

Jana Weaver said...

gorgeous...even more so in person!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...thank you so much, Michelle. I feel so honored! I have to tell you that I did get my inspiration from Jan Tink's website. Although I made mine by hand, she made her Luminary using the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die with a Christmas theme (very cool!). I love what you did on your Luminary! I just want everyone to know how much you have inspired me with projects you have sent to me with previous swaps. I am so glad I could return the favor! Cheers!!!
Marlene Caravello

Laura Pinto-Nguyen said...

Michelle these are gorgeous!!! Congratulations on making it to the LNS Yahoo group blog finds!!!

P.S. We have 8" of snow here in MA today!!!