Friday, June 26, 2009

JustRite Sneak Peek - Preserves Set

Today I've got a Sneak Peek at the Preserves Set from JustRite Stampers! This is just one of many new releases due out in July and August and you are going to LOVE them!! This particular set will be available from July 7th!!

I started by choosing which stamp I wanted and went with this cute jam jar and matching border. I stamped it in black and coloured it with a variety of markers and then cut it out with Circle Nestabilties. The label on the jar is blank so I simply wrote in 'JAM'. I chose this cute DCWV Strawberry paper (from the Nana's Nursery - Girl stack) and matched it with the green spot paper. I punched the edges using the Fiskars 'Lazy Days of Summer' border punch and then took another piece of the green paper and cut out a scalloped circle nestie to go under the label. Then I punched another smaller scalloped circle for the lid, a small white straight edged circle and cut out one of the strawberries and put it on top. I glued it all to the jar using some Power Pritt Gel Glue.....fantastic stuff!!

Since I seemed to have a bit of the green punched paper and strawberry paper left I decided to make a little 4 1/2inch square card to go with it. I reached for the decorative border from the same Preserves Set and stamped it in Black and then used the Trompe Script Upper and Lower Case Font Sets to creat the 'For You' sentiment in the centre that was stamped in Rose Red versacolor and cut with Circle Nestabilties and Label 3 Nestabilities. To finish I simply added some silver brads to the corners and cut a small strawberry to embellish the sentiment panel.

If you are wondering what type of jam this is - it's Strawberry and Rosella Jam! Rosella Jam is one of those things that you can't buy in the shops, the sort of thing your Grandmother, Mum, Aunt or neighbour made or you could get it at a local market. I haven't had it for years.....although I'm seriously considering testing my brown thumb at gardening and try to grow a Rosella bush!!
What?? You don't know what Rosella Jam is!?! It's an old Aussie recipe that is made from the fleshy red calyx (kind of a mix of fruit and flower) and bracts that are around the seed of the Wild Rosella bush. There are many differents forms of recipe for making Rosella Jam although the traditional one can be found HERE although I think THIS or THIS looks easier!! When I asked about making Rosella Jam I was simply told -

You Need -

Separate the seedpods and the red calyx. Squash the seedpods a bit and cover with water and boil for 10mins until soft. Strain and discard the pulp, keeping the liquid. Add the red calyx to the liquid until really soft. Measure and add 1 cup of sugar for each cup of Rosella pulp. Stir over a gentle heat until sugar dissolves and then bring to the boil. (Oh, it will bubble REALLY high so make sure you use a BIG saucepan!) Test to see if it's cooked and ready by testing a small amount in the freezer by letting it chill - if you press and it crinkles it's ready or another sign is the frothing settles down, just stir often because this is when it will stick and burn!
There are some great designs being made by the other Design Team girls as well so why don't you check them out for more inspiration.....
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Want the chance to win this set??? Hop on over to the JustRite Blog and leave a comment before Sunday midnight for your chance to win!!! Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek - remember there are going to be a lot more, so don't forget to come back and see what else is new!!!
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!! :)


Jessie said...

Love your work :)

A Consuming Passion said...

This is really cool! I have to take the plunge and get one of these stampers - I love how you've used this too I'm off to check out the JustRite blog - you never know!!!

Michele Kovack said...

This is fabulous Kathy!!! Love that you included a matching card!

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Great creativity Kathy, so bright and cheerful! A thoughtful gift for sure!

Connie M. said...

Oh my, Kathy! These are just so wonderful! Love that DP...just perfect with these images and projects!!

Judy Rozema said...

Kathy, I LOVE LOVE this!! I especially liked reading the recipe for the jam, as I have no idea what that is!

SUPER CUTE design for your gift set - love the scallops!!

Grace said...

Kathy this is fabulous!!! What a cute gift this makes and thanks for including the recipe! I'm always interested in recipes! Love your project!!!

Ann said...

SO cute and yummy!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Super Cute Kathy!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Awesome projects! Cool recipe too, if I only knew what a Rosella was!!! Tee Hee!

Lovely Linda said...

Oh my giddy aunt Kathy - my heart stopped when I saw Rosella Jam - I am glad you clarified that it was the fruit NOT the bird!!! Image all those beaks and feet boiled up and 'mushed' up in that little jar - ewwww - extra crunch...and I am a bird lover!!! Seriously though - love this set and your jam labels....I can see that it could be used in many ways...well done...thanks for sharing...I think!?!?!

LaurieF said...

Super sweet jam and gift card! Too cute!

Edna Morrisedie said...

Nice use of the stamps, but as you know I will pass on the jam.... fruit with bits... ewwww!


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