Saturday, 31 October 2015

Homemade Tomato Relish - Recipe Inspiration

Homemade Tomato Relish - Recipe Inspiration


Thank you for all the lovely comments you made about yesterday's box. I am so glad you like it.

As promised today I am sharing my recipe for the homemade Tomato Relish/Chutney which inspired the need for a nice box to make them even more giftable. 

The recipe is one we have been making in our family for years and years- my grandfather used to grow a lot of tomatoes and I mean I lot so I think this probably evolved as another way to use them up!

It goes fantastically well will meat and cheeses and I also really like on burgers. 



This recipe is incredibly simple, watch to the video below to see just how easy it is.

Ingredients:
10-12 soft tomatoes.
2 white onions, finely sliced.
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced.
2tbsp sugar.
1tsp of Fennel seeds.
Pinch of chilli flakes.
70ml white wine vinegar.



I also made a hand stamped label - I stamped the word relish in Crushed Curry ink using the huge Larger than Life alphabet stamp set and the the tomato over the top in Real Red using the much smaller back to basic's alphabet set. 

I think it looks really striking and modern. 

Any way - here is the recipe video, I hope you enjoy and that it inspires you to give it a go.



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And if you would like to have a go at making the matching box - that tutorial is HERE

As many people have asked - THIS is a link to the jars I use.


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Friday, 30 October 2015

Star Top Gift Box - Video Tutorial using Festival of Trees by Stampin' Up, Ideal for Jars.of Jam or Chutney


Star Top Gift Box - Video Tutorial using Festival of Trees by Stampin' Up, Ideal for Jars.of Jam or Chutney


Today I am sharing with you another box I came up for the homemade gifts I am making in the kitchen in preparation for Christmas.

This is box is going to house jars of my homemade Tomato Relish - a firm family favourite that goes pretty well with everything, I will share the recipe with your tomorrow.

I love the way the top forms a beautiful star shape and makes the box extra special.


The lovely tress along the bottom are made using the super value Festival of Trees stamp set- a bargain at only £14.00.

I just used one colour of ink, Mossy Meadow, the multi-tone trees are created by stamping more than once before reinking.


The sentiments come from the Jingle All The Way stamp set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

Thee box is held closed using the Garden Green Striped Ribbon.

I hope you enjoy the video and come back tomorrow to learn how to make the relish.
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Dimensions:

Card Stock 7 by 9-1/4 inches

Score on the long side at 1-1/2, 3, 6, 7-1/2 and 9 inches

Score the short side at 1 inch, 2 inches and 5-1/2 inches.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Stampin' Up Colour Swatches - Free Printable Download

Stampin' Up Colour Swatches - Free Printable Download



Thank you to everybody that got in touch to say how much they liked the colour sampler that I made to send out to new members of my Stampin' Up team.

It really is handy to have all the colours to hand as a quick reference and as so many people said to me - the catalogue doesn't always do them justice.

If you would like to make your own version - it is my pleasure to share a printable file with you, just click HERE to be taken to the free downloadable file

I would recommend you print onto some Whisper White card stock and then cut up along the lines shown. 

You can then punch out a butterfly of each colour and stick these down - I used a little TomBow on the back of each.



I rounded the corners of each strip and then held them all together with some satin ribbon.

If you don't fancy making one yourself, you could join my Stampin' Up team and it would be my pleasure to pop one in the post to you as part of you Welcome Pack.

Just click on the join my team link to the right to choose your £130 of goodies for just £99 including shipping.

If your Stampin' Up wish list is more than £99 you really have nothing to loose and so much to gain.


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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Elegant Lined Gift Box with Flush Fitting Lid - Video Tutorial using Flowering Flourishes from Stampin' Up

Elegant Lined Gift Box with Flush Fitting Lid - Video Tutorial using Flowering Flourishes from Stampin' Up

I am really pleased with the way that this box turned out and hope you like it too. 

I bought the candle inside the box as a small gift for a friend I hadn't seen for a while and of course I had to make a special box for it.


I wanted to make a box with a flush fitting lid, I'd never made one before but I'm quite pleased with how it worked out. 

I like the way the pattern on the lid continues when you lift it off. 

I didn't like the way you could see the glues flaps inside the box though so came up with this way to line it so it looks perfectly neat inside. 

I think it looks really elegant and while I used mine for a candle - you can fit so many other things inside.


If you would like to make your own version, you can watch this video, click HERE to view if you're reading this post by email.



I hope you enjoy and give it a go. Remember I always love to see your versions.

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Dimensions:

2 pieces of card stock 6-9/16th inch square
score at 7/8th and 2 inches on all four sides.

1 piece of card stock 6-1/2 inch square
score on all four sides at 2inches

1 piece of card stock 6-7/16th inch square
score on all four sides at 2inches

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Flurry of Wishes Christmas Card Set

Flurry of Wishes Christmas Card Set


Today's project is a reworking of a card set I featured several months ago - do you remember it? That one used Flower Shop - click HERE to see that version.


This is an all together more festive version using Flurry of Wishes - probably my favourite set from the Christmas catalogue. 

The simple wallet opens up to reveal a selection of cards tucked away inside and held in place by the ribbon holding the whole thing closed.


I did think about adding a sentiment but I don't actually think it needs one - it is pretty stunning just as it is. 

Do you agree?

Would you add a sentiment and where would you add it?


If you would like to make your own version, you can view the video I made for the original Flower Shop version HERE.




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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Homemade Apple and Blackberry Gin - Recipe, Handmade Christmas Idea


Homemade Apple and Blackberry Gin - Recipe, Handmade Christmas Idea



Thank you all for all the lovely feedback on the boxes I shared with you yesterday designed to hold bottles of my homemade Apple and Blackberry Gin. I am so pleased you liked the box and that lots of you are looking forward to me sharing the recipe with you today.

If you missed yesterday's post, click HERE to see just how I made the box.

Well, as promised here is the recipe and it really is super simple.



Ingredients:

2 large Bramley Apples
200g/8oz Blackberries
200g/8oz Caster Sugar
70cl Gin

This video shows exactly how to make it


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The gin takes about 4 weeks to develop so you do need to plan ahead a little but it is really worth it. 

So warming, sticky and yummy.

The first time I made this it was because we didn't get many sloes one year and it has now completely replaced the Sloe Gin in my affecion!

I hope you give it a go - let me know what you think.




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Friday, 23 October 2015

Bottle Gift Box for Homemade Blackberry and Apple Gin, Video Tutorial - Handmade Christmas Idea

Bottle Gift Box Tutorial for Homemade Blackberry and Apple Gin



Today is the start of a new series of projects I am going to be sharing in the run up to Christmas - I even make an on camera debut in the video!

Every year I make lots of goodies to give as presents over the Christmas period and over the next few months I am going to be sharing a lot of these with you. 

One of my biggest hits is Apple and Blackberry Gin. It is sweet and warming but the green apple gives it a wonderful freshness. 

It is great sipped neat or lengthened with tonic or lemonade.

It does take about 4 weeks to develop though so you do need to plan a little ahead - I will share the recipe with you all tomorrow. 

I love the way crafting can collide with my other passion of cooking to make these home made gifts extra special. 


I designed these gift boxes with my homemade gin in mind but they work work perfectly for gifting any bottle or anything long and thin for that matter - such as a candle. 


The lovely large snow flake pattern comes from the Holly Jolly Greeting's stamp set. I have started by stamping all over the card stock before scoring. One version is Night of Navy stamped on Smoky Slate, the other is Gold heat embossed on Real Red - that looks amazing in real life, you'll see in the video, the photo really doesn't do it justice

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The box reminds me of a miner's lamp - we did visit an old copper mine while we were on holiday in Italy, so maybe that is where the inspiration some from? What do you think?

Hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to give it a go yourself.

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Dimensions:

Base Card Stock:
8 inches by 8 inches
Score at 1, 2, 3, 3-7/8, 4-7/8, 5-7/8, 6-7/8 and 7-3/4 inches.
rotate 90 degrees and score at 6-3/4 inch.


Lid Card Stock:
8-14 by 8-1/4 inches
Score at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 inches
rotate 90 degrees and score at 6-3/4 inch.



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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Bohemian DSP Gift Set - New Team Member Gift


Bohemian DSP Gift Set - New Team Member Gift


I don't think it is much of a secret that joining Stampin' Up was one of the best decisions I ever made. I initially signed up to take advantage of the 20% minimum discount but I love the way my business has evolved and the wonderful new friends I have made along the way. 

I am always humbled yet thrilled when somebody decides to join my growing team of demonstrators. 

I always send out a little welcome pack to say 'thanks for choosing my team' and this is what I put together for my latest recruit.

The large box is made using the Envelope Punch Board, inside is a selection of Stampin' Up goodies.



I also include a sample of all 50 of the Stampin' Up colours as a handy reference - you may have seen the stack of butterflies all punched out and ready to go on my Facebook Page last week.


 I also made a monogrammed notebook which fastens with a magnet - you can watch a tutorial I shared on how to make notebook HERE



 If you'd like to know more about the benefits of joining Stampin' Up, I'd love to tell you more and soon be putting together a pack like this to welcome you to my team.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Butterfly Lid Gift Box Tutorial Using Stampin' Up Pretty Petals andBold Butterfly Die

Butterfly Lid Gift Box Tutorial Using Stampin' Up Pretty Petals and Bold Butterfly Die


I am really pleased with how these boxes have turned out. 

They are a really good size and just look so pretty and elegant - I have really struggled to get a good picture so be sure to watch the video to see just how lovely they are.

There is a window sheet under the die cut butterfly so you get a lovely little sneak peak of the contents. While we're talking about the butterfly - how pretty are they. They are cut using the Bold Butterfly framelit and using the new Precision Plate on the big show makes popping them out of the die super simple. 


The DSP is from the lovely Pretty Petals stack, I really love these great value stacks, there is such a range of patterns.


Both boxes close with Calypso Coral ribbon, one of the feature colours in the DSP, this one is an Old Olive box while I have used Mint Macaron for the other. 

Can I also let you into a little secret - the little flower accent is actually Watermelon Wonder but I think it is a close enough match to Calypso Coral. 




Quite unusually for me, I didn't make this box with a contents in mind - I normally design my boxes around a gift I have already bought but in this case, I don't yet know what is going to inside, but I'm sure I'll find something - the are such lovely boxes. What would you put inside?

Enjoy the video - click HERE to view if you're watching this in in your email. 






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Dimensions

Box card stock - 7-15/16 by 7-15/16 inches. 

Score on all 4 sides at 1 inch and 2-1/2 inches. 

Flap card stock - 4 inches by 8-1/2 inches

Score on long side at 3-1/2 and 5 inches. 

DSP Matts:

Lid - 3-3/4 by 3-1/4 inches

Side Panels - 1-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches


Friday, 16 October 2015

Chocolate Gift Box and How to Stamp Reason for the Season by Stampin' Up

Chocolate Gift Box and How to Stamp Reason for the Season by Stampin' Up


Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a big fan of using stamps to create DSP style back ground papers so as soon as I saw Reason for the Season, I knew it would be right up my street and I wasn't wrong. 

The beautiful poinsettia pattern on this paper is created using a mult-step stamping process - today's video shows exactly how to build up that lovely pattern. .


The box neatly houses a full sized bar of chocolate, in this case a 114g bar of Galaxy. I have done boxes like before for mini-bars of chocolate but this one is much bigger. 

You pull on the ribbon and out pops the chocolate bar.



The sentiment comes from the same set, I really like the old fashion font, it perfectly fits the Decorative Label punch.

My colour combos - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. 

I hope you enjoy the video, if you are reading this in your email click HERE to view the video.



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Dimensions:

Card Stock: 7 x 8-1/2 inches.

Score long side @
3-1/2; 4; 7-1/2 and 8 inches

Score short side @
1/2 inch

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Stationery Set with Flurry of Wishes, Irene's version.

Stationery Set with Flurry of Wishes by Irene.



Do you remember this stationery set I shared with you many months ago? You can see the original tutorial HERE


Well a few weeks ago, a lovely demonstrator from the US, shared with me some Christmas versions she had made using my favourite Flurry of Wishes stamp set. 

How lovely are these?



You all know that Night of Navy and Silver heat embossing is one of my favourite combination, so this one went straight to my heart. 


But I think this one in Island Indigo is probably my absolute favourite. 

If you would like to check out more of Irene's work, head over to her Facebook page HERE

If you have been inspired to recreate any of my projects, please do share them with me, either by email or on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/craftycarolinehelwigh  It really does make my day. 


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