January 7, 2010

sweet & a little hot...

Edit: The jelly in my jar is Cranberry Jalapeno Jelly. If you do a google search you'll get tons of recipes. I keep my jelly recipes under cover so that they remain a well sought after gift around here. :)

Today I have another sample project that uses doo dads and a tag from my Mish-Matched Valentine Kit that I recently had for sale in my Etsy shop. To get started with my project, I did a little prep work first. Have you ever noticed Melissa Phillips' signature tea stained twill that she uses on so many of her projects? It's so sweet and vintage looking. A really simple way to achieve that look is to stain Papertrey twill with the Vintage Tea Dye inks. Simply choose the white or cream twill...I'm using cream today.......and run the ink cube down the length of the twill. Voila, that's it. Instant vintage twill. You can even stamp words on the twill if you like, I love that look. Note: the ink cubes that I used are pretty dry so be sure to test out a little snippet of the twill with your ink cubes first. Next up, I used a $1 alphabet that I purchased at my local scrapbook store to spell out some words on my tag. When using the individual letter stamps, I like to spell out my words as much as possible, leaving blank spaces where the letters repeat. Using these types of stamps takes just a little bit more time but the results are so homemade and sweet looking.
Next up, I wanted a wax paper looking wrapping for my project. I reached for a Papertrey large glassine sack, wadded it all up so it was crinkly looking and then cut a square piece for my project using pinking shears.
I tied this square of glassine paper to my jelly jar that I'm using for a Valentine gift this year. Doesn't it look all crafty kitchen-y and cool? I'll be using that idea lots more for foodie gifts. I then tied my newly vintage twill around the jar, tying in a little sprig of glittery goodness that was leftover from some Christmas projects. Next up, I wanted to tie on my completed tag using red and white striped baker's twine from Martha Stewart (from Michael's). An easy way to attach tags using baker's twine is to thread the twine through a large needle...then work the needle under the layer of twill. It makes easy work of it.
And here's my darling little jelly jar, complete with embellished tag.
The tag and heart doo dad pieces were part of the kit. You can really fancy up plain white shipping tags with stamping, glitter and embellishments. For my tag, I stamped it using the Vintage Tea Dye inks and hearts from Background Basics: Hearts. I love using the little cubes for actual stamped images, not just distressing the edges of projects. To the edges of my tag, I used a glue pen and added some Martha Stewart vintage gold glitter. Yummo! The stamped words on my tag tie in with my jelly....sweet & a little hot.....perfect sentiment for Valentine's Day, don't you think? I used two doo dads from the kit contents to make a layered heart that I distressed with the Vintage Tea Dye ink cubes.
Such a sweet little gift. It reminds me of something you'd pick up in a quaint little boutique on the corner. And there's no reason at all that you can't create the same look for your projects. It just takes a little creativity and some great crafting supplies.......and maybe a few hours in the kitchen. I think I need to make some more of these little sweetie pie gifts.......jelly jars, a block of cream cheese and a favorite box of crackers. Ohhhhh yes!

17 comments:

JeanFB said...

Wow, Mish - this is fabulous! I never tried directly inking the whole twill ribbon to "stain" it - very cool. Love your project, as always! :)

Patty M said...

Okay, this is seriously sweet. I can see using this idea for all sorts of foody gifts. Thanks again for the inspiration to give a little more!

Eveline said...

This looks so good.
Eveline.

Melissa said...

You're adorable Mishie...an adorable genius.
*Heart* you.
Melis

dolcreations said...

wow Mish...you inspire me everytime I visit! What a wonderful idea this is! I make homemade jams and this will definetly be on my list to do!
Thank-you so much for this!
Christine

Chelle said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!
i love every little detail! and, it sounds deeeelicious!
chelle

Nancy said...

Another great gift idea, Mish. You continue to inspire and entertain.

I've nominated you for the 2010 Weblog Awards in several categories. Your love for your craft along with your talent and personality come through on each post that I've read. (Eight more months to go and then I'll be caught up with all.) I really appreciate the time and talent you share and thought this was one way to acknowledge that. I hope that other readers will go to the site (http://2010.bloggies.com/) and nominate you, too. Hey, this is how PW started! ;-)

Princess Danell said...

OOhhhh! Anything that involves doo dahs can only be made better with yummy food! Brilliant! I have a recipe for raspberry jam that will be delish with this idea. Thanks again ♥

Danisha said...

I have to say that I look foward to looking at you blog every day!! I usually look in the morning and if I see nothing new, I make sure to come back later to see if you have updated it with something beautiful and inspirational!

You hardly ever disapoint!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Karen said...

What a sweet gift. I do like the way the crinkled bag looks. The tag is perfect.

Susan S. said...

what a great blog....glad I stumbled in. Happy New Year from Houston,TX~

Lianne Carper said...

This is truly adorable...as usual. So what's in the jar anyway? Some type of pepper jelly? I'm sure it's gonna be a hit to the lucky recipient.

Lianne Carper

Antje said...

I follow your blog for some time now, rather silent, but I really want to tell you, I admire your creativity - love your projects - keep going! It is a pleasure to visit your blog!

Judy H. said...

Hey Mish, love (again) what you've done here. Question, though, do you know if they still sell that Martha Stewart baker's twine? I've been looking in my Mike's store and haven't been able to find it. I thought they might come out with the red/white again for V-day but no such luck, at least in my neck of the woods! And yes, what is in that jar? Red pepper jelly? or ???

Kay said...

Mish - this is too caaaute! Can you give us the jelly recipe?! Hmmmm? You had me at hello ...

Anonymous said...

So cute! I'd love to have the recipe for your jelly if you can share. I've been looking for a good one like that but haven't been successful yet.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

SWEET! I love the vintage feel to this gift. What a fun treat for Valentine's Day or any time.

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