Sunday, November 13, 2011
Denise O'Connor's Starry Chirstmas
Hello eCrafters! each week we get closer and closer to the holidays, and our design team keeps giving us inspiration for Christmas! Today, Denise O'Connor has created a little goodie container to surprise her closest family and friends! And the best part?! Denise will share, where she got her recipe for this yummy Zucchini Bread!
am back with some eCrafty goodness today! This week the Design Team was
challenged to make another Christmas project using our wonderful Pink by Design Stamps
and incorporate a sky element into the project, such as stars, clouds,
sun, moon, planets, etc. Continuing on with my personal challenge to
make every project this month a food gift, I am incorporating one of my
favorite ways to give food gifts. This is so quick and easy to do and
really makes a simple food gift special!
this project, I started with a simple aluminum pan that you can find at
any grocery store. The ones that I got came 3 in a package, so while
my Zucchini Bread was baking in 2 of the pans I used the third one to
create my wrap. These pans came with clear lids, so I attached the lid
and took some measurements. I used a flexible sewing tape measure to
get my measurements.
the way around, my measurement came in at 14 1/4” so I knew that I
would have to paper piece the wrap. I then proceeded to take some
measurements of the sides and where I would need to score to get a nice
clean fit. Then I started to create the wrap. I knew that I needed a
panel on the top that measured 3 1/2” wide and then added 1/2” so that I
would have something to attach to the rest of my wrap on each side. I
decided to use my computer to print my sentiment directly on this
panel. To do this I used Microsoft Publisher and set up a 8 1/2”x11”
page document and used the Layout Guides to see the finish area. This
will also be where I want to cut this paper after it is done printing.
I printed my sentiment onto Papertrey Ink Soft Stone cardstock and used Lettering Delights
Deck the Halls font for the sentiment. Once I had it printed out I was
ready to add my elements onto it. The first thing that I did was use
my eCraft to cut a large 7” circle out of Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist
cardstock and then used my Xacto knife to cut a sliver off of it to
create the ground on which my Polar Bears will stand. These Polar Bears
from the Pink by Design stamp set Beary Merry Christmas are just so cute that I had to use them again!
The next thing that I did was create the mat for my Polar Bears. I actually did a video on how to do this that you can find HERE.
You will need Make the Cut and a scanner to do this. Once I had my mat
cut out, I used my Stamp a Ma Jig to line it up the stamp onto the
mat. Sometimes I skip this step and just eyeball it, but I made a small
shadow on this mat and did not want to chance it.
Stamp a ma jig really makes this easy to do. To make sure that my mat
did not move around on me, I used a little removable adhesive from 3L
Adhesives to adhere it to my craft mat. I then went to coloring in my
bears with some Copics.
too fancy here, since I just needed a little color on the scarves and
the sign. The Copic colors that I used are RV34, BG11, BG13, BG18, T1
Next step was to create my sky element. Wouldn’t you know that the very day that I was figuring out what to do, eCraftCentral.com came out with THIS
star? It was just perfect for my project, and so I cut it out of
American Crafts white glitter paper. To add a little more pizazz to the
star, I used my white Signo gel pen to add some lines to reflect the
shining star. Since my cardstock is a very light gray color, the white
shows up very nicely.
used some Foam Squares from 3L Adhesives to adhere my star and the
Polar Bears and then created the rest of my wrap. I used Papertrey Ink
Smokey Shadow for the rest of the wrap and Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose for
the side accent pieces which were punched with a Martha Stewart border
also added some Crafty Power Tape from 3L Adhesives onto the accent
pieces and added some Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter to add a
little more shimmer. As you can see in the picture above, my entire
wrap was created before my bread was done! I let my bread cool
overnight and the next morning, I simply put the rest of it together.
Oh and in case you are wondering, the Zucchini Bread recipe that I used was from Paula Deen! Can you tell that I love her recipes?
you following us on the eCraft by Craftwell blog? If not, you really
should be!! Debi, Lisa and Raven have some more amazing projects this
week and let’s not forget about our Friday video tutorials! I’ll be
back next Monday with another project for you and this is definitely a
project you will not want to miss!
How adorable are those polar bears?! Thank you Denise and Pink by Design Stamps! Now, go check out the recipe, and start cookin'!