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Tres Macs


This post is about trying a new lighting set up. These were shot in the afternoon.

In these photos, I had a dark brown kitchen bar stool sitting next to my living room sliding door, where the warm afternoon sun is coming in at a nice 45 degree angle, coming through from the left. The reason for choosing the bar stool is for its wooden-palette like stripes, which I’ve seen used in lots of food photography shots.
I used a white foam core board as background, and another one to the right at right angles as a bounce.
I tweaked the macarons a bit to show less chocolate ganache. Is it better?
How about having them flat on the plate, to show off their circular symmetry?
Here’s a photo of the boxed up gift for my colleague in exchange for some sour dough starter. See the shadow? I think I need a better bouncer! Will try the white umbrella with my speedlight next time – time is running out today!
Another shot of the gift with the top off.

Scallop envelope window box of delightful macarons


Now that I’ve made enough macarons to last our family for a while, I think it’s time to spread the love around. I don’t think I will do these beautiful little morsels justice by stuffing them in a plain box, so decided to use my Stampin Up! Big Shot to make some transparent scallop envelopes, and make a box out of them.

For this you will need:
Stampin Up! Big Shot Die-cutting machine
Scallop envelope die
1 x window (transparent) sheet
Sticky strip
Stampin’ Dimensionals
DSP (for this one here I used Sweet Always which is retired for the box, SAB Everyday Enchantment for the butterflies)
White card stock for the little sentiment
Chocolate Chip stamp pad
Simply Sent stamp “live love life” (retired)
A small rhinestone brad
Butterfly punch
Decorative Label Punch
Chocolate Chip 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon

This is easier than you imagine.

1. Cut the window sheet to fit over the die.

2. Build the die ‘sandwich’ – from the bottom: standard cutting pad; scallop envelope die; window sheet; standard cutting pad.

3. Put this sandwich through the Big Shot machine, and there you have it, a scallop envelope. Repeat with the other window sheet to get another scallop envelope.

4. Fold along the score lines and put sticky strips on the inside of the flaps. Peel off the protective cover of the sticky strips and stick the two envelopes together.

5. Make two butterfly punch-outs and hold it together with a small clear rhinestone brad. Slightly curl the top butterfly to make it stand out a bit.

6. Stamp the sentiment with Chocolate Chip stamp pad on White card stock. I punched the sentiment out with a Decorative Label punch, and trimmed it down.

7. Adhere both the butterfly and the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

8. Fill box with colourful macarons (they fitted perfectly!!).

9. Tie the box with a piece of Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon.

10. Gift to friend!

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This is making its way to my friend, I hope she and her family will enjoy this =)

If you are interested in this box or the tools I’ve used to create this, email me!