Monday, October 08, 2012

Pink Macarons - Magnolia-licious October Challenge

Hello.  Happy Monday!

We're having our monthly blog hop earlier at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog, so you can take advantage of the extra time--until the end of the month--to play along with us in our challenge.

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our theme is 'Think Pink Treats'.

The Magnolia-licious DT wants to help promote awareness/early detection and share what this Pink Think Month is all about with ALL women! We also want to honor all of those women that have or are currently fighting this disease and show our support in the fight!!! To show our support the DT has planned our own "Think Pink" Celebration and we hope you can all join in. Each DT gal has created some Sweet-PINK treats and PINK packaging to match using those beautiful Magnolia images. You can find some Magnolia stamps that were created specifically for Pink Ribbon Awareness at Magnolia-licious HERE.

For more details on the blog hop/challenge, on how to join us and the prize being offered, please visit the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog HERE.

If you're already taking part in the blog hop, then you've arrived here from Sharon's blog.  Hang in there--you are almost done.  I am the last stop...phew!!  LOL.
If you wish to start at the beginning, here is a list of my DT teammates in blog-hop order: 
Norma (you are here)
  
This is what I've made for our blog hop:  A Gift Box of Pink Macarons 


And yes, I baked those macarons myself! Cool, eh?
I tasted my first macaron when I was vacationing through France a couple of years ago.  Ambrosia!  I didn't think it was something you can home-bake, but as you can see, it is possible!  There were a lot of googling on the internet, sorting through dozens of recipes, watching lots of video tutorials, reading all the tips and tricks in making them and going through numerous batches of failed macarons.  But I think I can make decent ones now!!!  Woo-hoo...


To personalized by gift box, I've made this label.  The writing on the label was computer-generated and the adorable image is of BakingTilda from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009.


The label is glued on top of the wrap-around for the box so that the box won't suddenly pop open and spill out all the macarons...LOL.

 
For the front of the box I am featuring a couple of images from Magnolia's Pink Collection 2008:   Pink Tilda with Heart and Pink Stitched Ribbon

 
 
 
 
A portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to the Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research. 

Check out Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store for a large selection of both the full-size and mini Magnolia stamps.  Have a look also at the variety of cutting dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn Designs. Diana gives excellent service, discounted prices and you get to earn in-store credit for every order.

Challenges for this projects:
Crafts and Me Challenge #104 - My Sentiments Exactly!
Just Magnola hAnglar and sTanglar Challenge Week 177 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Through the Window
Stampalot Challenge for October - Punch Away (used Martha Stewart punch all over the page Heart punch)

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit and encouraging comment are very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week!  


44 comments:

Maris said...

hi Norma, ohhh how lovely this is, love macarons too, nice to see thr picture of love from Norma's oven hihi xx

Maria Therese said...

Fabulous box!!

Tracy Valure said...

Fabulous box! All the little details are just perfect. I too, LOVE macarons. I have made them 3 times...twice they came out great - once was a total FAIL! lol They definitely are tempermental, but so worth it if you get it right. Yours look perfect and have a perfect "foot". Yummy!

Tracy V

Scrappymax said...

Wow Norma another fabulous creation from you. Can I ask how you did the heart window feature, was it a die.
Max x

Vibekke`s Magnolia blog said...

Absolutely beautiful, what a lovely gift. Had I been so happy if I got this :)

Only By His Grace said...

This is so lovely Norma. Being a breast cancer survivor I am finding all these projects so beautiful.My mother also had breast cancer.
your pink macaroons are gorgeous.
Hugs maz

Sharon said...

Oh wow Norma. What an interesting box that is... the contents look yummy... love macaroons. A beautiful work of art here. hugs Sharon x

Rina said...

HONESTLY, this has been the best blog hop ever for absolutely wonderful inspiration... such a talented group of ladies creating for a wonderful cause!

Love this project Norma!!!

Rina

Sue said...

Oh wow Norma,what a fabulous gift.Love the image and sentiment.
Hugs Sue

dolcreations said...

Your amazing Norma....you do such wonderful work. Now you bake perfect cookies too! Wow!

Cordine said...

They are adorable!
Hugs
Cordine

Janiel/ janny said...

OH Norma.....this is adorable!!! It's very creative also dear. Beautifully done.. I would love to know how you did do those cookies..They look YUMMY YUMMY!!!
Have a great week sweetie....
big hugs...

Sharon Caudle said...

Norma, those look soooo scrumptious!! They make my mouth water just looking at them! :) Gorgeous coloring and design!!
hugs, Sharon

Mojca said...

OMG this is so gorgeous! I love the little cookies and the stunning box! Your coloring is always breat taking. Hugs! mojca

Suzan L said...

Hi Norma, I just love the gorgeous box that you have created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Your design is wonderful, especially the heart four leaf clover with the pink ribbon window. And, your pink macarons look delicious!
Hugs,
Suzan

Susy said...

Norma this is stunning! And macarons, delicious!

HUGS SUSY

Angela said...

What a stunning project Norma! Love your box construction with the heart cutouts. Beautiful images and coloring too! I've never seen a more gorgeous cookie. What I would give for a nibble ;) hugs, Angela

pinky said...

Wow what a gift Norma and macaroons look delicious. Would love to bake some but a bit chicken lol. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.
Pinky

Wedgie said...

I'm a sucker for baked goods...especially when wrapped in something so gorgeous! How pretty!

Thank you for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

Paper Tails said...

Norma another awesome project! I love the sentiment.... The macaroons look delicious... just beautiful.

Karen

Kelly Neis said...

I love what you did and the hearts, the slide to keep it shut. Your colors are gorgoeus and softly done. I really want to have the macaroons, please pass them around.
Hugs Kelly

Ivonne said...

Wow, what an amazing project! So beautiful, perfect coloring and details, and the macarons look so yummie!! Hugs, Ivonne

Suzanne J Dean said...

First of all...I LOVE macaroons, omg they are sooo yummy but I've never attempted to make them...looks hard & involved so big kudos on doing that! And the box is so lovely with that fabulously cute belly band & Tildas...so beautifully done!

hugz,
Suzanne

julieprice3 said...

Another wonderful gift box Norma, just perfect for the challenge, those pink macaroons look yummy, a great way to raise awareness
hugs Julie P

Christy Designs said...

Hi Norma.....
What a wonderful work !
All to make it so gorgeous, specially that macarons.. Yummy

alethea said...

OOh wow, how good do those macaroons look!! Love the box you have made to put them in! Hugsxx

Cathy Lee said...

Oh so special, Norma. I love all the gorgeous creativity on this hop and your project is no exception. Sensational sweet box and adorable Tildas. What a creative yummy treat!
Hugz,
Cathy Lee

cabio's craft corner said...

Norma, love your beautiful box and the wrapper. Gorgeous coloring on these Tilda images. Cool clover window on the box and the sweet little ribbon is perfect!!!
Hugs,
Cabio

Patti Jo said...

Yummy and adorable!!! You are so creative!!! Love your personalized gift box with label and your sweet Tildas!!!! I am quite hungry for sweets, especially pink ones after this hop!!!! Gorgeous work Norma!!!!

..Karen said...

Wow! This is gorgeous and looks yummy too! : )

Bea und Doreen said...

fantastic creation. Love it
Many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week
Hugs
Doreen xx

Candy said...

Oh Norma,
I love the style of box you have created.
The paper is really pretty and of course your colouring is superb!
Your macaroons look delicious. You really went to a lot of trouble to make them.
A wonderful gift set!
Big hugs, Candy

Louise (Mamilou) (Ontario) said...

Lovely projects. Looks yummy

mixamatoasties said...

Fab box (and macarons)

Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin this week.

Susan x

Rose said...

Norma, your beautifully colored Tildas look fabulous on this great gift box and card set. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps' digi team's "My Sentiments Exactly!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

Mo said...

OMG Norma..., your gift set looks GORGEOUS and these macarons sooooooo yummy...!!!
Thanks a lot for joining our Just Magnolia Challenge this week.
Big hugs,
Mo

Mary said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Joyce M said...

I think they saved the best for last. This is gorgeous

Christina C. said...

I know they are very popular throughout France and they come in all colors....yours look positively yummy, Norma!
Your presentation box is absolutely spectacular...perfect Tilda selections!

Francy said...

I love this box and the paper and the stamp that you chosen for this work are fantastic.
Francy

Nicki [LittleTed] said...

Fabulous creations - lovely images and your colouring is wonderful.

Nicki, xx

Ruth said...

This looks fantastic- and tasty! Thanks for joining our "Punch Away" challenge at sir Stampalot this month, Ruth :)

Daimar Sanchez said...

very nice work ...

Crafty Chris said...

yum yum beautiful pink treats.,
Chris x

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