Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy 100th, Sharon!

No, she's not 100 but it's Sharon Johnson's 100th Challenge Birthday Bash and we're all invited!

Sharon and her talented group of designers, past and present, have whipped up some gorgeous creations and blog candy too. Hop on over and join in the celebration!

Paper: Fabriano notecard, Papertrey Ink Melon Berry, Ripe Avocado
Stamps: Papertrey Faux Ribbon, Simple Little Things, Button Bits
Ink: Versafine Chalk ink Tea Leaves
Accessories: The Paper Garden, punches, flower tools, ribbon (Target)

We have a Blogaversary winner!! Congratulations to Sue from Oregon!!! Be sure to give her a shout out and check out her adorable cards...this girl can color!

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School Days Winner Re-Draw

The winner of the drawing here on my school days post did not respond soooo.....

I drew another number

Here are your random numbers : 6

Timestamp-08-16-2009 036:16 0UTC

This is such a cute card and perfect for grandchildren going back to school or for their teacher.
August 7, 2009 2:20 PM

Congratulations, Vicki!! Please send me your email address.

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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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