Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #39

I am thrilled (excited, ecstatic...you get the point) to be a guest designer today for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog!  The "Wrap it Up" challenge is to create elements used in wrapping a gift using Peachy Keen Stamps. There are no limitations, only that Peachy Keen Stamps are used in one of the main focal points of your project. Ideas for elements are: tags, gift wrap, gift card holders, and note cards.  I decided to make a treat holder to use at Christmas time, but obviously you could just alter the colors and images and use this idea for any time of the year.  (Maybe switch a turkey for the reindeer and leaves for the snowflakes for a cute hostess gift around Thanksgiving.) 

I have been giving away homemade candy around Christmas for 12 years and it is always challenging (and fun) to try and come up with new ways to package it.  The treat holder looks adorable, but it also protects your treats from getting crushed.  One little tip that I figured out the hard way...put your glassine bag in the treat holder first, and then fill it with whatever treat you are giving away.  If you keep reading, I have a recipe for the Cinnamon Spiced Nuts seen in the picture.  They are very very good and super easy to make!

Materials Used:
  • Treat Box cut at 3.12" from Sweet Treats (You can cut 2 on each 12 x 12 piece of cardstock)
  • Accent Paper trimmed to 2 x 10 
  • Reindeer cut at 3.25"
  • Snowflakes cut at 2" from Disney's Pooh and Friends
  • Tag cut at 2" from Winter Frolic
  • "To" sentiment from Scrappy Moms "Everyday Greetings" set
  •  3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gell Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet

Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound almonds and/or pecans (approx. 4 cups)

Preheat oven to 275.  Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with foil.  Beat together the egg white and water until frothy.  Coat nuts in the egg white mixture.  In another bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Pour over the nuts and mix until well coated.  Spread onto the cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes – stirring every 15 minutes.

These are super addictive (and they are so easy to make), so I cannot be held responsible if you eat the entire batch before you package it up to give away.  You've been warned!  

Materials Used:
  • Tag cut at 4.75" from Winter Frolic
  • Mat & recipe trimmed to 2 1/4 x 3 3/4"
  • Reindeer cut at 3.25"
  • Snowflake cut at 2" from Disney's Pooh and Friends
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • EK Success Corner Rounder Punch
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gell Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet

Thank you to everyone at Peachy Keen Stamps for having me today!  I had so much fun!  Make sure to check out the rest of Peachy Keen's super talented designers HERE!  

Hope you are having a wonderful day!


joeygirl86 said...

OMG Lauren congrats on being a guest designer this week! How exciting (I feel like giving you a hug! lol) this is sooooo stinkin' cute! I love the colors, this really gets me in the mood for Christmas! tfs! have a great day! :)

Luv Scrapping Together said...

This is a super cute idea, Lauren. I love your little reindeer. Congratulations on your guest spot. Your creation is awesome and yes, those spiced nuts are addicting!


Glora said...

Congratulations on being guest designer. You project definitely made the cut! I love it. Those spiced nuts sound yummy. I may have to give them a try, thanks for the recipe.

Erica said...

Okay, that does look significantly better than my traditional "plain Ziploc bag" full of candy.

critterbugg365 said...

Great idea and congrats on being a guest designer!

mum of two said...

What a cute idea!! Congrats on being a guest designer :)


Angelica said...

You blow me away, Lauren! I absolutely adore your project - you are so inspiring!! Love the tutorial, may have to try this one out for our family Christmas party!! :) Angelica THANK YOU for Guest Designing today with your crafty self! ;)

bumblebee creations said...

what inspiration!!! I love the treat box and definitely want to try the recipe!

Dawnica said...

These are such an adorable project!!!

Trisha said...

Omg lauren! This is sooo stinkin cute! Congrats on being a special design team memeber for PK!! What an honor and privelage! I'm glad that your back to crafting-self again and I hope your feeling MUCH better!

Jill said...

Hi Lauren! I'm a huge fan of your blog and adore your scrappin' and craftin' style!

When you link to the PK Stamps site for the Critter faces, is the Medium set the size you are using for your Critter faces? I must get a set of those stamps and want to get the right set. Thanks!

Lauren B. said...

Jill - Thank you so much!

I do use the PKS Medium Critter Faces. If you go to http://www.peachykeenstamps.com/pages/page_facesizechart.html, Nikki from Scrappin' Navy Wife has put together an awesome size chart and it will give you a better idea of what set is right for you!

Hope that helps!

scrappy critters said...

Absolutely adorable! Anything crafty with something yummy inside is the best gift you could give... I will try the almonds.. YUM! ♥Tammy

Craft Junkie Too said...

What a wonderful and yummy treat! The box is stinkin' adorable and the way you packaged everything is soooo fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'll have to remember it. YUM! Congrats on your guest designer spot light. :)

liz said...

oh Lauren, who are you foolin' there's no way you were sick, you spent the time creating! you know I'm kidding! this is absolutely adorable! only you would have thought of using snowflakes as "reindeers"!
liz :o)

Janice W. said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer with us at PKS! You do beautiful work, I can see why you were chosen! This gift idea is so cute! Love the red and white with the Kraft cardstock!

Samantha Casey said...

This gift set is so adorable! I love how you used the bright red with the kraft cardstock. You did a great job with the challenge! I can see why you were a guest designer!

Jill said...

Thanks so much Lauren!

Kim. said...

This gift set is adorable, love it.
Kim xXx