June 6, 2010

Cocktails, My Time Made Easy Style...

I hope you all have been enjoying all of the AMAZING goodies that everyone has been cooking up for the June My Time Made Easy Release :).

Lauren has done it again this month.  The new Well Preserved set is SO versatile, and tons of fun.  Fruit is timeless - lol.  What are NOT timeless, are "Hot Drinks".  Not temperature hot, but trendy hot.  Let me show you how I used the Jam Packed Template along with the Well Preserved digi and regular sets to make some "Hot Drinks" into a gift for a good friend.

A friend of mine has been feeling awful for a while, and recently found out she has Lyme's Disease.  She was definitely relieved to know she wasn't going crazy, as she had a doc or two tell her that it must 'just be stress'...nice right?  ugh.  Anyway - I joked that she should celebrate with some cocktails (as long as it didn't interfere with her medication, lol).  So that explains the sentiment on the outside of my packaging, for those who were wondering...

I started out making my label with the Well Preserved digital images.  The label and the cherries were colored on my computer, and then I placed the word "Cherry" image and inserted my own "Cosmopolitans" to follow for customization.

I printed the label on brochure paper, and ran it through my xyron machine to adhere it to the jar.  I also used the cherries for the recipe I printed and put on the inside of the lid of the template (I used re-positionable adhesive, so she can take it out of the box to keep), as seen here:

Now, the top of the jar - I picked up some of those adorable medallion tags by Martha Stewart from Michaels the other day, and wouldn't you know, the circle label image from Well Preserved fits perfectly.  I used my copic airbrush system to color the outer part of the medallion red...I'm still new at it, but I think it came out alright :).  
You'll see there's a bit of green in the background, I just cut a green circle and fit it under the rim, and adhered the medallion on to the green CS with a dimensional, so it's like a sandwich.  

Now, for the outside of the template...the picture at the top of the post you can see the border around the lid of the box.  I stamped the cherries in green ink, and colored them in with my Copics.  I trimmed the strip of cherries with a piece of red cardstock that was punched on the edges using an SU! border punch, and the closure is finished off with some stacked buttons tied with twine.

The top of the lid uses both of the die cut elements included in the Killer Curves Cut files, resized to stack on the lid.  One of the Killer Curves Frames is framing the circle label and cherries.  Each layer is on dimensionals to give it a little more presence.  And there you have it -- a great way to share cocktails as a gift!

Oh - and for those of you who would like a close-up of the recipe, here's a closer look:

If you didn't come here from Lauren's blog, be sure to stop by there, and Catherine's as well!  They BOTH have some amazing goodies to share today!!

Stamps: Well Preserved (digital AND photopolymer), Killer Curves, So Sentimental, Fanciful Flourishes
Ink: New Leaf, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: One Sheet Wonder, Candied Apple, Meadow (Couture Cardstock), Brouchure Paper (Staples)
Accessories: Killer Curves die cuts, Martha Stewart medallion tags, dimensionals, buttons, red pearls


Catherine Doucette said...

WOW! Can I be a little sick and you make me one of these :0) Love it!

Judy McMullen said...

Awesome! What a terrific friend you are!! I would love to receive this yummy gift in it's yummy packaging!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Yum-o to both your project AND the cosmo! This is sure to bring a smile to your friend's face, Tracey! Great project!

Silke Ledlow said...

Holy Smokes...I like your idea...you are my kinda girl...LOL!!! Fabulous & super delicious project Tracy!!! If your friend can't have it send it my way...*wink*!!! Hugs ~S~

bumblesnbees said...

How fun! Love the recipe; I have a cold today, how can I feel better?
;0p Love how you decorated the box! I just bought and made this template and was feeling kinda stumped as to what I wnated to do w/ it, now I know! TFS!

Diane Jaquay said...

Fabulous, out of the box project you've come up with today, I really LOVE it!!!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

This is such a cute fun gift set, love it!

Sarah said...

You did such a great job on this; what a wonderful and thoughtful gift. And I have to wonder... has Sharon seen this? ;-)