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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Frappuccino Bottle Cocoa Set

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I love cute marshmallows!  I saw these heart shaped ones at The Dollar Tree and picked up a few bags –knowing I wanted to do something with them for Valentines Day.  Marshmallows go perfectly with hot cocoa so I decided to make a cute hot cocoa gift set for each of the boy’s teachers.

I bought  a couple of 4 packs of Kroger brand frappuccino – the ones that come in the little carriers.  (Note for future projects:  start earlier – those frapps (even the light ones) aren’t as good when you have to drink them by a deadline!) - and then removed the labels.  The Kroger brand labels are shrink wrapped so they were really easy to remove.  I traced the shape of the carton on the wrong side of the paper I wanted to use, cut it out and adhered it to the carrier.  I dressed it up with a bit of coordinating paper, paper flowers and clear quote stickers. 

For the bottle lids I cut a thin piece of paper with the CM Rotary Trimmer, then placed that around the edge of the cap.  I used circles punched with the CM Circle Maker and put them on the top of the lid, labeling each with the contents in the jar.

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I kept this really simple because I liked to see the cute stuff in the bottles.  You could decorate the bottles, too if you wanted to dress it up more. 

Besides the heart marshmallows I’ve seen red (really pink) & green trees for Christmas and brown, orange & white ghosts for Halloween.  I just bought some really cute pastel colored bunny marshmallows - all of these were at Target :)

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Marshmallows, Cocoa Mix, Pocky Sticks & candy hearts.

The Pocky sticks I found in the international aisle (asian foods, I think) of my local Kroger.  They are chocolate covered “biscuit” sticks – cookies I think – and the pink ones are strawberry flavored.  I thought they would be cute stirrers for hot cocoa.

The set above features paper from the retired Cherish kit.

This is the other set I did and it uses paper and paper flowers from the Delight Power Palette.

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The teachers loved them!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Paper + Digital = Hybrid!

Being a Creative Memories Consultant I sometimes decorate blank albums with new product to have on display. I try to use products that I will be able to use myself but sometimes I make things with no end project in mind. When the Cherish papers came out I fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to play with them! I just love the richness of the colors and the patterns in this line. CM had a Cherish kit for a 7x7 album – complete with pre-cut pages, stickers, vellum shapes and an idea for each page (I love not having to re-invent the wheel!) I made up the album just like the examples shown in the book that came with the kit. I showed it off & then it sat on my shelf for a loooong time :)

My 10 year wedding anniversary was last September & I knew I wanted to do an album for my husband but wanted to keep it simple. He's not a scrapbooker & barely tolerates having his picture taken ;) I pulled out the Cherish album that was just waiting for photos & decided to fill it with pictures of us throughout the years. I used Memory Manager to sort through the thousands of pictures I have to find favorites of Rich & I together (this is super easy to do if you tag your photos in Memory Manager). I imported those into Storybook Creator Plus and then converted them to sepia. I added some digital elements from the Cherish Digital kit (which is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD here) and others that coordinated (mostly from the Romance digital kit) and a few other embellishments (from the digital freebies on the CM Project Center) and then printed them out 4x6” an put them into my Cherish album.

Here are a few pictures I used in the album:

This one uses a free photo mask from the CM Project Center

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This one I used the magic wand tool to remove all the color from the picture, except for the flowers. 

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A few pictures of the album pages:

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Super easy & quick.

The Cherish 7x7 kit isn’t available anymore but the 12x12ish paper is – you can find it here (while supplies last) in the clearance section of my CM website at a fantastic price!

I love this album & so did Rich! Hope you like it, too!