Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hey, Cupcake!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on the blogaversary post. I read every one and from what I can determine, you want to see more gift type things. I ADORE making gift sets..not sure what it is but one thing seems to lead to another and gets my creative juices running.

Today's creation started life looking like the picture to the left. I picked up several of these sets right after Christmas last year when Target had them for 75% off...that made each one about $5. Inside is a mug, a container of tea bags, a package of flavored coffee (enough for a full pot) and a package of hot cocoa mix. A very nice gift....unless you're a paper crafter!!

Simon Says Stamp has an "Anything but a Card Challenge" here along with some awesome inspiration from their designers. My anything buts...a basket, altered box, tag, and recipe card!

My first thought was to recover the container but it had too many odd angles so.....
I decided to make my own container! I printed out Lauren Meader's Pack a Picnic in the large size on SU blush cardstock. I had just two pieces of my favorite DP from Basic Grey's Two Scoops Collection left and knew they would be perfect for a basket.

The border is SU white cut with the Martha Stewart lace edge border punch. See my tag? I got some Bass shorts at the outlet mall this summer and they had a really nice, heavy chipboard tag on I covered it in the same DP. The coffee cup is stamped with Papertrey's Everyday Classics, covered with Crystal Effects and a tiny strip of the DP was added at the rim, then attached with a dimensional.

(You can download a template for a recipe card for Word here.)

Now for what's on the mug's not empty! It has the dry ingredients for a microwave mug cupcake! I printed the recipe using the template above then set my printer to print on 4x6 cardstock. The cupcake on my recipe card is also from PTI's Everyday Classics. The base is stamped in Leaf, the icing in Berry Sorbet then covered in Crystal Effects. The green half pearl was in a pack that was a 50% off K & Co. find at Michael's.

Do you recognize the box the coffee came in? No? That's Good!!

I took it apart, traced it, then scored it on my Scor-Pal following the same lines. I changed the closure to fit my paper (you can see what I did in the second photo...basically just cut it straight across. I added Scor-Tape to the ends and the bottom flap. Before assembling, I added my DP and then sewed my box on the front and back.
I used a Magnetic Snap for the closure because I thought the recipient might want to re-use or the box. :-)

Just so you know the recipe actually works....I had to try it out, right??
A nice big cupcake! Not gourmet, but very good and when it's warm, who needs frosting?! Best of all....I got to eat it all by myself. Do not breathe a word to my DH. Promise?

Love to know what you think!


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Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I love gift ideas like this! I've taken apart boxes too to get a pattern.
My g'ma gave us all mugs and the ingredients one year for Christmas to make these cake mugs. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Ü

Sue from Oregon said...

Hey,you are one talented chick! Great project!

Sabrina Jackson said...

How cool is that!!!! I love the way you think outside of the box. Girl you make me want to get on the intrnet and find a recipe for a cupcape in a cup recipe that I can mass produce and make stunning gifts for the ladies at church when we meet for our Women's Day. Can you see the faces of those ladies getting one of these fun giifts? Thanks so much, Charlene, you are just the BEST!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Chris (catt871) said...

Wow, ALL of those projects are stunning!! That cupcake still looks yummy!!!! GREAT JOB!!! Thank you for joining in on the Simon Says Stamp challenge! We hope to see you next week too!!!
Chris & the rest of the DT

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous, brilliant creations.Of course you had to try out the recipe.
Thanks for joining the Simon Says Challenge

Steph Zerbe said...

How fun! I have got to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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Oh wow!! Such creative gift giving! I love the colors and design!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!


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