Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Chanukah and a Spellbinders DT Call

A couple of posts ago I showed you the cute Dreidels I made as part of Chanukah gifts I was making for the doctors I work for. I finally finished all the treats and thought I'd share them with you. I got these pretty baskets at Christmas Tree Shop for $1.99 and they worked just perfectly to present all my treats! These are the dreidels again - I found the pattern on under crafts/dreidel. I filled them with a bag of sugar spiced nuts that I made using the wonderful recipe that Denise (peanutbee on SCS) published on her blog. I printed labels on my computer to label each item.

I wrapped up some Biscotti in these fun bags that I got from Papertrey Ink and then just tied a pretty red ribbon around it. You can see the recipe for the Biscotti on this post
Next up - I made these delicious Oatmeal raizin cookies from a recipe I found last year in Martha Stewart's magazine. The article also showed how to use window CD envelopes to make each cookie a little present in itself! I decorated mine using the Mazel Tov stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I embossed the image with silver embossing powder and then colored the candles with Copics. The framing scalloped circles were punched using Marvy punches.

I just love this little cake box container that I found while blog hopping - it's made from one 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock. You can see the tutorial for this on Mary Jo's blog here. I used Ballet Blue card stock. The designer paper is Snowy Day from Stampin Up. I punched the lacey edges with a Martha Stewart punch. Inside is a yummy loaf of banana bread that I made using whole wheat flour instead of white. They came out a little more dense and have a subtle nutty flavor. I just attached a ribbon around the bread and a printed label saying what it was.

And the last treat is a yummy rum cake with pecans on the top that you make using a yellow cake mix and instant vanilla pudding (and rum of course!). I wrapped the bundtlette cake in cellophane then placed it in this flat bottom clear bag that I got from I cut a blue piece of card stock to go over the white piece that was already on the bottom of the bag. The top was made using a Labels One die from Spellbinders and my cuttlebug. I stamped the dots from the Polka Dots Basic set using Vintage Cream ink from - both Papertrey. The sentiment is from the PTI Mazel Tov set and punched with the curvy edge frame punch from Stampin Up

Since Chanukah starts this Sunday - I gave the baskets to the doctors today - and they both absolutely loved them and appreciated that I had made all the treats and the packaging as well. One of them said he didn't even want to eat the treats because it would ruin the beautiful presentation - a most satisfactory response for a crafter don't you think??!?!? It's so nice when our efforts are appreciated!

And I appreciate that you stop by here to check out what I'm up to! I'll be by to visit you too!

Oh!! and check this out - Spellbinders is looking for new Design Team Members they have some super perks if you make the cut! (is that a pun?!) I just love all the nestabilities and spell binder dies don't you!? I used the Labels one die on the rum cake packaging just above.


Theresa said...

Wow! Love the basket of goodies. These are all fantastic!

LeAnne said...

Julia, these are wonderful! Thanks for the link to the little bread container--I just made 8 mini pumpkin breads--now I can make some fun packages for them!

Bev said...

What a great presentation and the baked goods look yummy! tfs

Joan Ervin said... are amazing!!! I can't believe all the work you put into the wonderful gifts for your bosses...I know they will appreciate every one!!!

Shirley said...

Wow! Julia, you are something else. I can tell you the doctors were beside themselves with happiness that someone was that thoughtful! How beautiful your gift is. I can believe what the doctor said about not eating it and why.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I'm so amazed at all the projects you create - and they are presented so wonderfully in that basket!! Beautiful!!
hugs, Jami