Guest Blogging: Lisa Spangler

Meet today’s Guest Blogger, Lisa Spangler who blogs over at sideoats and scribbles! You may know her as one of the talented designers for Hero Arts. Lisa is my all-time favorite crafter! She’s talented, down-to-earth, and just a well-spring of knowledge. It is quite the honor to have her creating on iheartart today.


Hi everyone, Lisa here! I am so honored that Tiff asked me to be a guest blogger — yay! I just love her happy, fun style — just like Tiff herself!

I wanted to share something that would be fun to make for the holidays, but didn’t take much time or supplies — because we all run out of time during the holidays, right? Right! AND, I wanted the project to use something that Tiff and I both LOVE: washi tape! (Also known as Japanese masking tape.)

I thought and thought (and thought some more!) — and then it hit me! One of the things I just love about washi tape is how it’s transparent and lets light shine through — making it perfect for a candle holder! Yeah!

This project is easy as 1-2-3! Just gather up some tape and a recycled glass jar…

Then add the tape to the jar in whatever pattern you like. I decided to go with stripes for this one. Here’s a little tip if you want to do the stripe thing: use a piece of twine to go around the jar and measure it. Then tear your tape to that length — much easier than trying to put it around the jar while it’s still on the roll!

Finally, add a votive candle, light it, and watch the magic!

Supplies: I don’t know where that jar came from — I save lotsa jars and use them for crafty projects or just to hold flowers from the garden. The red tapes are from Itoya in Tokyo. The other tapes are a score from Anthropologie. And! You can also find washi tape over at Torendi where Tiff is on the DT! Woo hoo!

Thanks for having me today, Tiff! Sure hope the move is going great. Mega hugs!

Huge hugs to all,

80 responses to “Guest Blogging: Lisa Spangler

  1. Marie / Legojenta November 30, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Oh – great projects, Lisa! TFS =)

  2. Annie Ling November 30, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Awesome project Lisa. Such a great simple idea 🙂

  3. donna calamari November 30, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I too am a big Lisa fan. I’m running over to Anthropologie today for some tapes. I would love to have a beautiful candle burning in my house, and, what a wonderful gift.

  4. Kristen M. November 30, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Great idea! I never thought of doing that and I saved jars knowing there had to be something I could do with them. Thanks!

  5. Laurel November 30, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Love all that washi tape. Can you believe I don’t own a single set of washi tape? Ahhh. That is a must have on my wish list now.

  6. Lin November 30, 2010 at 4:45 am

    What a fun project! This could be adapted for any occasion!

  7. Cindy (aka Scrapcollectr) November 30, 2010 at 4:48 am

    This is literally a “heartwarming” idea! Thanks so much for sharing….it’s lovely!

  8. Brenda V. November 30, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Great project. Cute and easy!

  9. Barb :) November 30, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Love the way this turned out, Lisa! So pretty with the candle lit!

  10. ~amy~ November 30, 2010 at 5:39 am

    yahooo for lisa:)

    What a SWEET little upcycle project…soooo fun!

  11. kryssi ng November 30, 2010 at 5:44 am

    brilliant!!! lisa is one of my stamping heroes too (no pun intended), i just love her to pieces cus she creates the funnest and happiest cards, ever. and you’re right, she is BEYOND nice and sweet! period!!! lots of love to you, lisa!!! and tiff, hope your move is going smoothly!!!

  12. ScrappinA November 30, 2010 at 6:05 am

    see! these are the ideas that make me so happy. i love this. great gift too!

  13. Judy November 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I love idea of Washi tape to decorate a candle holder, Lisa — great project!

  14. Shauna {SK Studios} November 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

    ooooh what a beautiful idea!!! i save jars too 😉 hehe

  15. sandra m. November 30, 2010 at 6:50 am

    great idea lisa! Although my stripes would probably be crooked…the string measuring is a good tip.

  16. de November 30, 2010 at 6:52 am

    How clever! And cute and easy.. will have to give this a try!

  17. Janet L. November 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Wow! What a great candle. You’re so right, that tape allows the light to shine!! I love it. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  18. Becky Voth November 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

    What a great project! I haven’t played with any of the Washi yet, but may have to add some to my own stocking this year!! LOL!!

  19. Kerry A November 30, 2010 at 7:31 am

    What a fun and easy gift idea! Love it! Now, I just need to get some of that great tape! 🙂

  20. Kelley November 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Excellent project! I love how the flame lights up the tape.

  21. Tanis November 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    SO pretty and so easy! Gotta love the tape 🙂

  22. Catherine Oakley November 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Love this project…such a pretty accent

  23. {vicki} November 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    OH, SOOOOOOOOOO excited to see Lisa!!!!!!!!
    Love the candle!

  24. Debbie Piercey November 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

    These homemade candles are fantastic. tfs!

  25. barbara lassiter November 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Really cute gift idea! Love the use of the tape! not only is it easy but it’s so pretty!

  26. Sarah Jay November 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

    What a cute idea for a votive cup!

  27. Jenn C. November 30, 2010 at 9:35 am


  28. Maeghan November 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I think you just might have me wanting to buy some more washi tape! Thanks for sharing this cute little project! It would be a cute little gift!

  29. Heather I. November 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

    WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA!!!!! Thanks for sharing – great job!!!

  30. Toni K November 30, 2010 at 10:06 am

    What a clever idea! How cute!

  31. Wanda Contreras November 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

    thank you for the wonderful idea!!!
    best regards,

  32. Gwen November 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Love this idea! What a cute and easy way to repurpose a jar and make it into something classy!

  33. Dotty Jo November 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Such fun, and so simple too! Jo x

  34. jengd November 30, 2010 at 11:47 am

    That’s gorgeous! I haven’t seen any of the washi tapes in person but assumed they were opaque. They really are beautiful with the light coming through.

  35. Whitney Dewell November 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    what a great idea!!!! I love that stuff too 🙂

  36. Carol B November 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Super cute, fun and easy idea! Thanks for sharing it.

    Carol B

  37. Kristy Smith November 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for the great inspiration! =)

  38. Sue D November 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Fabulous use of the washi tape!

  39. Kelly November 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    SUper cute idea! That tape is perfect for its transparency!

  40. angie November 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    very neat!! what a great idea.

  41. Cherisse November 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I am also a collector of jars. I saw an idea like this for floral vases on a tv show. I can’t figure out where to get the tape.

  42. charlene November 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    too cool! never used the tape, but this looks like a great project!

  43. Karen B. November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    AMAZING!!!! Thanks for the idea!

  44. Froggietalks (Karen G) November 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    that is a cute jar. I have not found Washi tape where I am in Canada yet, so I am still looking for it. That would make a great hostess gift 🙂

  45. Tracey Kuzniak November 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    LOVE this Lisa!!! Just ordered a bunch of tape on line…..sitting on my desk asking me to use it 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!!

  46. Becky K November 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    what an awesome project 🙂

  47. syeda November 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Love this project!! Thank you Lisa for sharing. Perfect project for the holidays.

  48. Cassie K November 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    what a fun use of the tape.

  49. Christiana November 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Yay! It’s nice to see you here, Lisa! You always come up with the BEST ideas! This is no exception. Absolutely beautiful! I will definitely try this as soon as I get a hold of some washi tape. I’ve been meaning to for a while, anyway. Btw, I made my variation of your winking reindeer/acrylic block stamping technique and posted it on my blog yesterday: I love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. Melissa November 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Awesome idea. I’m always saving jars and using them as glasses. Now to find some of this nifty tape.

  51. Mandy Cheshire November 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Wow??? All with just tapes?? Amazing, Lisa!

  52. Su C. November 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This is so pretty! I have never used this tape either, but I’d like to try this project!

  53. Tiffany Heilman November 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Great Project. I see a few of these in my future!

  54. Karen Kuschel November 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    This would make a great gift for all those people you want to give a little something to brighten their day to 🙂

  55. catnap November 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I’m just learning about washi tape. It’s pretty cool looking. Love the votive.

  56. Nicole maki November 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    What an absolutely brilliant idea. I make my own washi tape so I could make something that matches the occasion.

    Again, so clever. Love it!

  57. Alice W. November 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    super fun idea, Lisa! thanks for the inspiration!

  58. Ola Jaggers November 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    This is gorgeous….. I really need to get some washi tape, I’ve been wanting to try it out!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  59. Ginette November 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Hey Lisa!! This is such a fabulous idea!!!

  60. KarenB December 1, 2010 at 2:25 am

    This looks amazing!! And how cool that you got the tape at Ito-ya 🙂 It’s my favourite store in the world 🙂

  61. iheartart December 1, 2010 at 4:51 am

    This is exactly why you’re my crafting idol 😉 Ideas like these are genius! Thanks again for helping a girl out!

  62. Amy Coose December 1, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Ok, I am so trying this! TFS, Lisa!

  63. Vera Yates December 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

    What a great way to use the washi tape. I have bunch of them and haven’t use them as much. Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa!

  64. Sheila Hnilicka December 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!!! I also save jars and this is a terrific way to recycle them as gifts.

  65. Aparna December 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

    That is a GORGEOUS jar–i would have never thought of that–thank you for the idea!

  66. Cheryl December 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Great idea! And the names of three new companies for me to check out! Thanks!

  67. Amanda December 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    wow what an amazing idea!! i love how it look beautiful just on its own in the daytime and then at night looks totally different but still stunning!! thanks for the great idea!

  68. Sophie December 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Simple, elegant and heart warming!
    A lovely idea for the winter season, especially on cold snowy days like we have at the moment!!! Thanks for sharing!

  69. Rhonda Miller December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Wow, this looks great. I didn’t know they had so many kinds of decorative tape.

  70. ivy December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    wonderful use of washi tape and for recycling the jar!

  71. Haylie December 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    1st of all, great idea! what an easy way to decorate!

    and i looove your hero arts videos! i saw your name and i was like ” i know her!”

  72. amy tangerine December 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    can never get enough washi tape. love!

  73. Jessica reyes December 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    A cute way to spice up a little jar…great use of the tape!

  74. Cassi December 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    great washi tape project — i just got some new rolls from torendi! i can’t wait to try this, i think i’ll use a pre-made votive candle since i don’t have any little jars around.

  75. Donna December 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Cute project!!

    Thanks for sharing,

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