Friday, November 18, 2011
Denise O'Connor's Goodie Treat Box
Happy Monday eCrafters! Today, we have another awesome goodie project from our lovely design team star Denise O'Connor! We must admit, we are getting spoiled by Denise, as she is posting a recipe in every one of her goodie projects! And today, she also prepared a gift for you! Scroll down, to 'redeem' your free SVG image! Denise designed it herself to go along with today's project! Check it out:
Calling all eCrafters! Today I have 3 BIG goodies for you! The first is my project for this week using the fabulous Pink by Design Stamps! We have all been challenged this week to create a 3-D object for you using our eCrafts and our Pink by Design Stamp
sets. I have been using the Beary Merry Christmas set and it is just
so adorable!! I decided to try to vintage up this stamp set with my
project this week (and of course this is another food gift item as
made these cute little triangle boxes! The ornament on the front is
cut out of Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper and then I stamped my reindeer right
on the patterned paper with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and heat
embossed it. I then used some watered down Distress Inks to color in
the reindeer (with a few Perfect Pearls mixed in for shimmer). I love
how you can see the patterned paper through the transparent color. The
tag is from the Laina Lamb Office Essentials eCraft Design Card. I just
love that SD card, so many things that can add that extra little touch!
I also added some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls to the ornament toppers. I used some coordinating ribbons from Papertrey Ink in
Pinefeather, Spring Moss, and Scarlet Jewel. Oh and that sentiment on
the tag is also from the Beary Merry Christmas stamp set from Pink by
Design Stamps and I heat embossed it in vanilla embossing powder. Even
though it is a small sentiment, it embosses just perfectly! And I love
the font combination too!
for the second goodie for you! This box was designed by yours truly
and made specifically for the eCraft! I have the SVG for the box and
also the ornament overlay available to you FREE! The box SVG even has
the draw lines in it so that the eCraft pen can draw in those score
lines for you. Just make sure when you cut it out, that you cut the
paper upside down so that the pen lines are hidden inside the box. I
made it so that there are two pieces that overlap in the middle so you
have a reinforced bottom.
score the two pieces, adhere them together and then tie it up. Super
simple and quick to do when time is at a minimum during the Christmas
I have one last goodie for you! You may have noticed the treats that
were packaged up in these little boxes…well, these are a family
tradition that goes back many generations. In fact, we don’t even know
for sure how far back it goes. My Grandma Elsie would make these and
always at Christmas. My mom started to make them especially because we
were not always with Grandma Elsie at Christmas time and the recipe
became so requested that now they are made on both sides of my family.
My husband’s family always request these at Christmas, so I usually make
at least one Double Batch a season. I give a few to co-workers and
neighbors and I always get asked for this recipe. I have seen other
recipes similar to this out there, but they are never quite the same.
Could be because of all of my childhood memories of these, but I don’t
think so! My Grandma Elsie passed away in 1990 and I miss her greatly
and whenever I make these, I think of her. So in honor of her, I am
naming this recipe after her, and I hope you enjoy them as much as me
and my family do.
Grandma Elsie’s Buckeye Balls
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter (softened)
16 oz. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TB solid vegetable shortening
a baking sheet with wax paper. In a bowl, mix peanut butter, butter,
powdered sugar and vanilla with hands to form a smooth dough. Mixture
will be very stiff. Shape dough into 2 tsp. for each ball. Place on
wax paper and refrigerate overnight. When cool, melt chocolate and
shortening together in a small bowl or a glass measuring cup. Insert
wooden toothpick into ball and dip in chocolate to cover half the ball.
Refrigerate on wax paper for 30 min or longer until chocolate is firm.
Store in plastic containers with wax paper between the layers. Can
These are truly wonderful! It just so happens that I am snacking on one as I type. :) Have a great week everybody and I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!