Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Holiday Favorites–MFT August Creative Challenge

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Hi, everyone! Today is MFT Creative Challenge day! What’s a Creative Challenge, you ask? Well, since you asked…

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to create a mini-book.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create a mini book for you today!

No picture mini album for me :) Nope, this challenge made me get something done that I’d been wanting to do for a couple of years. I have certain recipes that I only make during the holidays. Mainly because if I made them all year long I’d eat them, KWIM? So I keep these recipes for the holidays only—from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. The only problem--since I only drag them out once a year--is that they’re scattered all about in different cookbooks and on copied and handwritten pieces of paper. I’m all about getting them in one place once and for all!

So, I found this Maya Road chipboard album that’s just perfect and went to work. I used a ton of Die-namics dies and several stamp sets. I really could have embellished it over the top but I wanted it to be as compact as possible so I showed some restraint ;-)

I decorated the front with WTG Lovin’ From the Oven, colored with Copic markers and paper pieced, a Die-namics Triple Scallop Borders die cut, a Die-namics Upsy Daisy poinsettia, and a banner using the large fishtail from Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon and Die-namics By the Letters for the “holiday” part of the title. For “favorites”, I stamped it using my favorite Typewriter Alphabet stamp set. I love the combination of fonts and sizes, don’t you?

Here’s a closer look at the image and flower:

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And one of the title:

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Now I’ll show you each individual divider. First up, Appetizers. Each tab was stamped with the category, also using Typewriter Alphabet on a Die-namics Circle STAX die cut and then I added a Die-namics By the Letters title, as well. This divider also has a Die-namics Photo Corners die cut, and Die-namics Medium Leafy Flourish, a Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon sentiment flag, and a tiny poinsettia from Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only. The sentiment is from à la modes What's Cooking?

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Moving on to beverages. More die cut letters, the teapot and cup from Die-namics Always Time For Tea die only. The sentiment was stamped on a Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX die cut and is from WTG Coffee? Tea? stamp set.

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Next up: breads. The most dangerous recipe that will be in this section is a Cinnabons knock off. Yum! Once a year, I swear! For this divider, I’m using PI – Fresh From the Oven for the image and the sentiment, which was stamped on a Die-namics Triple Scallop Borders die cut. The holly on her chef’s hat is from Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only

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Now we have cakes. I used the ornaments from

Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only, along with a sentiment from WTG Lovin’ From the Oven stamped on a Die-namics Sentiment Strips die cut.

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We’re up to candy now :) I made that cute little tree using a

Die-namics Sentiment Strips die, cutting off some each time as I moved up the tree. The pole is from the Die-namics Mini Pennant set—I cut two to get the required length—and the star is from Die-namics Star STAX. The sentiment, from PI – Lollipop Girl, is stamped on a Die-namics Lead the Way die cut.

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For the cookies divider, I made a row of gingerbread girls using my

Die-namics Paper Doll Border die, The sentiment, from WTG Lovin’ From the Oven, was stamped on a Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX die cut and embellished with more holly from Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only.

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We’re almost done! I like to make up some mixes for gifts on occasion so I included a divider for them. Another Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only embellishment and the sentiment, again from WTG Lovin’ From the Oven, was stamped on a Die-namics Sentiment Strips die cut.

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Last one! I love home made caramel corn, so I’m including it in the category, thus the popcorn container from Die-namics At the Movies die only, and the sentiment from PI – Popping By. The decorated Die-namics Teardrop Tree finishes it off with the obligatory Christmas reference!

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The inside back cover is just patterned paper—the front and back covers didn’t come with the album but I wanted them to be extra so I used some heavy chipboard that I had on hand and made my own.

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The back of each divider (and the front and back covers) were simply covered with red card stock.

Here are the Die-namics dies I used on this project:

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I’ve convinced you that albums are not just for photos and that maybe I’ve inspired you to do a one of your own!

 

 

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~Supplies~
Stamps:
WTG Lovin’ From the Oven, Typewriter Alphabet, WTG Coffee? Tea?, PI – Fresh From the Oven, PI – Popping By, PI – Lollipop Girl, à la modes What's Cooking? (MFT)
Paper:
Natural card stock, Jellybean Green card stock (MFT); Cherry Cobbler, Sage Shadow (SU!); Jingle (Lilybee Design)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU!); Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Triple Scallop Borders, Die-namics Upsy Daisy, Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon, Die-namics By the Letters, Die-namics Photo Corners, Die-namics Medium Leafy Flourish, Die-namics Christmas Ornaments die only, Die-namics Sentiment Strips, Die-namics Always Time For Tea die only, Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX, Die-namics At the Movies die only, Die-namics Teardrop TreeDie-namics Paper Doll Border, Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, Die-namics Star STAX, Die-namics Lead the Way, Die-namics Circle STAX, Natural buttons (MFT). twine, flat back pearls

 

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25 comments:

  1. loving your holiday recipe book Barb, perfect way to keep all your favorite holiday dishes handy,

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  2. Absolutely beautiful album Barbara - what a great idea to make a recipe file x

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  3. This is such a great idea Barbara! Each section is so cute and this would make such a wonderful gift.

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  4. Beautiful book, what. Afun way to organize, I have mine all around too

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  5. OMGosh!!! This is delicious in more ways than one!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration ~

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  6. what a treasure! love the festive colors and all the gorgeous details.

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  7. Awesome i keep saying each year im gonna do this lol

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  8. AMAZING! This is totally spectacular!

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  9. Awesome mini album and a great way to keep all those special recipes in one place. Love how you decorated each divider page. TFS

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  10. What a fab idea Barbara! This would make an amazing gift! Thanks for inspiring!

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  11. Wowzers...this is such a fabulous recipe book!! Love that you showed each section divider as well! Now all we need are the recipes - lol! I'm sure they're all low-calorie. :-)

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  12. Oh man do I ever need one of these...my holiday recipies are a total mish mash in the cupboard! Love how each section was decorated Barb!

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  13. Barb, I completely love this! You are a genius! I am loving this idea because it gives me a chance to use all of my goodies at once!

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  14. What a great idea Barbara!! I LOVE it!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE the idea of a recipe book. You've created an awesome mini album for your favorite holiday recipes Barbara...WOW!

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  16. What an amazing sight!!!
    FABO!

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  17. Outstandingly brilliant!! I especially love the Cookie page with the paper doll die - perfect!

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  18. It is a lovely album, full of details. lots of fun. Thanks for the idea.

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  19. OMGosh how adorable! I love your holiday mini album and I so need to kopykat this one, lol. LOVE IT!

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  20. I love this idea. I too have certain "special" recipes that are made for the holidays. I love how you made each divider special in its own way and the colors you used. Great job!!

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  21. Super cute! I lovew how versitile MFT's stamp sets are!

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  22. Oh this is absolutely stunning and brilliant! What a great way to use up those chipboard books!!

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  23. What a FANTASTIC recipe book, Barbara! WOWZERS!!!! Love all the ways you used the MFT Stamps and Die-namics and such a great idea for the CC this month!!!
    Hugs,t

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous Barbara! What a great idea to keep all those favorites in one place.

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  25. Bar, this is absolutely AWESOME! LOVE the paper-piecing on the front cover, and the detail to each divider page with the perfect additions of Die-Namics! What a fabulous creation!

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Thank you for your kind comment--I appreciate every one!