August 12, 2010

DIY FRIENDSHIP CUP ~ A CRAFT, A TRADITION, AND A DELICIOUS RECIPE


With our children heading back to school, this season brings with it the perfect opportunity to seize some "grown-up" time ~  to reconnect with good friends, to reflect, laugh and share, and to establish some new traditions.  Regularly sharing a cup of coffee or tea with a friend or friends can be a wonderful way to ease the hectic pace we often find ourselves caught up in during the school year.  For a simple hour each week, time slows down, and you can talk ~ really talk and be listened to.  You can listen, and really hear without the distractions of home, family, and work.  


The get-together needn't be formal or even strictly scheduled.  It's simply nice to know that there's some special time for just "YOU" each week, and that there's a door that's always open and a friend you can count on.


So, in this spirit, I've put together the "FRIENDSHIP CUP" DIY.  It features a new spin on the Lazertran waterslide decal paper that I've been so enamored with lately.  Using this versatile transfer paper, you can turn nearly any plain object into a customized, professional-looking treasure. Nowhere is this technique simpler or more satisfying than in the creation of custom dishes, cups, and other serving pieces.


Using images purchased from Olive Rue, I created these teacups for my two friends with whom I'll be sharing some special time this Friday.  While practical, the gift also serves another purpose.  The Olive Rue image on the mug reads, "SIT LONG, TALK MUCH" and the custom tag attached to the handle reads, "My door is always open, you'll always have my ear, and I'll gladly put the kettle on, whenever you are here". It's a token of friendship, as well as an invitation to make our teatime/coffeetalk/cocktailhour a regular happening.  To "sweeten" the deal, I'm filling the delicate porcelain mugs with some of my homemade BROWN BUTTER PECAN BISCOTTI.  You'll find the recipe below.

Here is a gift tag download similar to the one seen above, using an image I created in order to be able to share it with my readers.  If you would like to purchase the beautiful "Journal de Paris" image designed by Olive Rue, visit HERE.


Following is a tutorial on how to make your own "Friendship Cup".  You can use the technique to design your own unique "line" of custom ceramics, stoneware or porcelain pieces.

(I made some hors d'oeuvre plates too)

Supplies

--Lazertran  (NOT Lazertran Inkjet...more about that later...)

--A soft sponge, cloth, or small squeegee 

--A bowl of warm water

--Mugs, plates, bowls, etc on which to transfer your image

Step 1:  Select your image.  You can purchase one of the amazing readymade images from Olive Rue, or browse Karen's library of free graphics at The Graphics Fairy. You can scan images from your home or office.  Anything's game!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE OTHER IMAGES I FELL IN LOVE WITH AND PURCHASED FROM OLIVE RUE


Step 2:  Size your image in a PDF or word processing document to fit the piece you'll be applying it to.  Reverse the image(s) (mirror image) prior to printing.

Step 3:  Print.  VERY IMPORTANT ~ regular Lazertran can NOT be used in an inkjet printer.  It must be printed with a Laser printer or copier machine.  For many of us, who do not have a laser printer at home, this adds an extra step, but it is necessary if you desire the effect of a clear background for your image.      If you don' mind an antiqued finish to your image, you can use Inkjet Lazertran, and can try my tutorial using that medium HERE.  There's a definite learning curve when using these specialty papers, and I've found that not all copiers and laser printers will work with Lazertran.  For a full list of printers and copiers know to work with the product, visit HERE.


Step 4:  Once sheet is printed, place in the oven at lowest setting for two minutes to set the toner.  This will help you avoid small air bubbles later.

Step 5:  Cut out your image(s).


Step 6:  Soak image in a bowl of warm water for 30-60 seconds.  Image will begin to loosen from the paper backing.  

Step 7:  Apply image face down and slide off the paper backing.


Step 8:  Gently work out wrinkles and air bubbles.  You can lightly dab with a soft cloth or sponge, or use a small squeegee.

Step 9:  Place in your oven at the lowest setting for 1 hour.

Step 10:  Slowly increase the temperature over the next two hours until your reach between 350 and 400 degrees F.  You will know that the image has set when it becomes shiny like a glaze.

Step 11:  Turn off oven and allow piece(s) to cool.



Note:  Oven temperatures can vary, and there are sometimes differences in outcomes from various models of gas and electric ovens.  Similarly, some dishwashers, like mine (a Jenn-Air Ultimate Quiet) will not damage the finished pieces, while other models will.  Some experimentation with your oven and dishwasher should be expected as part of the fine-tuning process for your Lazertran project.  

I'm so please to share my new recipe for Brown Butter Pecan Biscotti with you.  I created it especially for this occasion!  This is one of those recipes that makes your house smell heavenly from the moment you start browning the butter and toasting the pecans.  The richness and nuttiness of both ingredients are the perfect complement to the dark chocolate dunk!  Enjoy!







Here's a version of the "Friendship Tags" made to tie on to bags of extra biscotti...



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28 comments:

  1. I am soooo excited to create my own designer dishes and cups. How cute.

    Do you know how well this holds up in the dishwasher or should you hand wash?

    Cheri

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  2. oops--I missed the dishwasher comment before the recipe. I need to read slower.
    Cheri

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  3. I can't tell you how happy I am to have found your site! You have really got some creative ideas bouncing around in my head. Great idea! Thank you!

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  4. I love this project as much as I love the Secret Squirrel project. I've got to get some decal transfer paper and try making a few pieces for myself. It looks like so much fun!!

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  5. These are too sweet... I ADORE the typewriter mug. Have you considered selling these? Seriously. These would make wonderful closing gifts for my clients. That biscotti looks delicious... have never made biscotti before, but there's a first time for everything, right?

    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  6. Oh sweet Jesus that sound like the best biscotti EVER!! I NEED that. I'm bookmarking this for Christmas- what an awesome idea!

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  7. Jenn, it looks phenomenal. I love every inch of it. I'm going to snag a laser printer off of Craig's list if I can... I'm such a hermit and it'd save me going to Kinkos. (smile) Adore the idea of the biscotti in the cup too! What a great gift idea! I just posted a biscotti recipe as well... gonna have to try the one from the pastry chef too!

    ~Dawn

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  8. Wow! Who knew? Good thing you did! I had never heard of this stuff before. It's the perfect application for Olive Rue's design. Thanks for linking up and for inspiring me!

    Amy

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  9. You do the coolest, most clever stuff...I'm coming back when it's not so late and study this more! Lezlee

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  10. What a nice idea. I am craft challenged but I love seeing what other people can do.Wanna Check Me Out?

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  11. Thanks for stopping by. Oh! Can I tell you how delicious those biscotti look? I can't wait to be back home and have tea or coffee with my new friends. Ahhhhh I miss home!

    Happy SITS day!

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  12. Hi Jenn, Please forgive me here, if I'm asking a question you have already addressed, but if I copy the image from my inkjet printer onto regular paper, I would have to take that image, to Office Max and have them copy it to the Lazertan? I have an inkjet copier and really want to do this.
    Thanks,
    Desi

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  13. Oops....I just read the lazertan ink jet tute. I will have to give this a try! Love, love, love your blog!!!
    Desi

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  14. So pretty! Great minds DIY alike! I haven't posted mine yet but I did the same thing with decorative plates! However - I didn't know about that cool paper and I used a transparent sticker paper. I'll be posting my project soon but now I'll be re-doing it! lol Thanks for sharing and the tips!

    Roeshel

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  15. I love this! And it's yet another reason for me to find a color laser printer!

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  16. Amazing job! I love each and every project you have made. What a fabulous gift for a special friend! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking to the DIY Club! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  17. Check out the DIY Club post this morning--The Voting Is On...

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  18. Congratulations on your DIY Club finalist nomination! This is a beautiful (and sweet) project...thank you for the tutorial. Great blog!

    Jami

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  19. this is sooo cool! so clever, AND useful, AND thoughful!! love it! if i didn't want to win and hadn't voted for myself, i would vote for you. love this project!

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  20. You're leading with over 100 votes. Yay!

    I haven't tried Lazertran yet. I'm still looking for a dry transfer rub on. Would love to turn some of my art into rub-ons. I know it exists because that's what tatouage is made from. But I have no idea where to get it! One of these days . . .

    I will try the Lazertran to do some plates & mugs tho - too cute!
    Good luck @ DIY!

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  21. Hey Miss Jenn!

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog! You are so sweet. Thanks for the encouraging words! I love your project. It's such a fun idea and super cute. My favorite has to be the typewriter:) LOVE IT!

    So, I totally agree with you. It's been fun being a part of the DIY competition. I love finding other great people who share my passion to create something. If making new bloggy friends is what I get from this, then it is totally worth it. Thanks again for the love. Good Luck to you girlie!
    I'll be following you!=)
    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

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  22. This is really an incredible idea! I'm dying to get my hands on some of that Lazatron. What a great product, and really the possibilities are endless!!! And that biscotti recipe sounds incredible! Truly, I have just settled on a few Christmas presents from this tutorial, so thank you!

    Congrats on making the top 12. I think you have it in the bag, and it couldn't be more well deserved! All the best!

    Erin

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  23. I have been admiring your cups on DIY club! Thanks for stopping by my blog- new follower here. Can't wait to check out all your yummy recipes!

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  24. Stopping by to say congratulations on you DIY win!! How very fun!

    I was so busy with company that I didn't have a chance to view all the contestants so was glad to stop by here and see your great blog! Am your newest follower!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  25. Okay, I'm giving this a whirl today! I picked up a few of the 'very' white mugs at $ tree as opposed to the off white ones I had originally told you about. The store I went to originally only had the off white. The pure white ones are very pretty. Love the shape of the teacup and the soup mug. I'll keep you posted.
    ...LOVE being your favorite for September by the way! =)

    Dawn

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  26. what a great idea, and I love the transfer paper. It makes the dishes look so vintage/antique.

    Stopping by from SITS ;)

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  27. Can I just tell you how in love I am with this project. I can't wait to create my own dinnerware! Thank you thank you thank!

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  28. Oh my word! I love this! I can't wait to get my hands on some of that specialty paper! I pinned this to my Pinterest board to make sure I don't forget this!

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