Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Washi Tape Holiday Photo Shoot with Pure Joy Events

Candy Cane Macarons
I know I've mentioned before that I'm lucky to be able to work with talented local party stylist and my friend, Christine of Pure Joy Events. Well I was impressed anew by her creativity when we got together 2 weeks ago to shoot these fun DIY holiday craft ideas using pretty Japanese washi tape! Not only did Christine provide me with my first paying photo shoot, but she also pushed my dessert-crafting boundaries again by ordering cake balls (more squares hehe) decorated to match the washi tape and candy cane macarons (I used this recipe but added crushed candy canes to the buttercream).

It all turned out quite well, if I do say so myself =p, and I'm delighted to announce that our shoot's been featured today on The Sweetest Occasion! Trust me, you don't want to miss this post as it includes FREE downloadable gift tags from Frog Prince Paperie, plus a fabulous washi tape GIVEAWAY from Cute Tape. Thanks to Christine and all the contributing vendors for making this shoot a success! I've included some of my favorite photos from the shoot below (several of which didn't make it into the feature) -- enjoy!

Concept + styling: Pure Joy Events / Venue: The Pear Tree Cottage / Washi tape + boxes: Cute Tape / Stationery + printables: Frog Prince Paperie / Sweets + photography: me / Hanging wreath design: The Knock-Knock Factory

Holiday Washi Tape Photo Shoot
Holiday Washi Tape Photo Shoot
Holiday Washi Tape Photo Shoot
Holiday Washi Tape Photo Shoot

29 comments:

  1. Beautifully festive clicks!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I'm in love with your pictures. Always. Ciao, Pat

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  3. Can I just eat those pictures? Hm? Please?

    xoxo
    -S

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  4. Love all of these. Such cute ideas!!

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  5. It's all so gorgeous, I can barely stand it! It looks like a winter wonderland that I just want to go jump into. So lovely!

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  6. Wonderful Xiaolu! That washi tape looks so cute. Very pretty styling :)

    HUGS <3

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  7. Thanks, my friends! Always appreciate the support <3

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  8. I feel much more festive just looking at these gorgeous photos! The holiday spirit is in the air!

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  9. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I love the photos and the tape!

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  10. Hi Xialu, I made cupcakes this morning and they came out badly. It was my first attempt at making cupcakes. But I've made cakes before a few times.
    1) The outer layer of the cupcakes was crisp, the cupcakes attained a doomed shape but the inner layer was raw and undercooked.
    2) The outer layer started cracking after 12 minutes. My total baking time was 15 minutes at 190 degrees celcius.
    3)The cupcakes became very hard after cooling.

    Please help me identify what I need to rectify/change to get good cupcakes.

    I used 4 eggs and got 18 cupcakes.

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  11. You deserve to be featured on The Sweetest Occassion. Just beautiful!

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  12. queste immagini sono davvero meravigliose! il tuo blog è sempre più bello! complimenti, un bacio :)

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  13. Your photos are beautiful as always. :) And the little cake squares are too cute!

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  14. Thanks for the support, my friends!

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  15. Wow, that's awesome! So nice to have good friends in the industry...you never know what event might come up for the perfect collaboration. Those little desserts look scrumptious! The perfect bite to not feel guilty after :D Beautiful theme, great pics!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    www.HauteKhuuture.com

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  16. I'm just so thrilled to see the washi being used and it's so pretty!!! I wish to have them all in my house! =) You take great pictures Xiaolu. Looks like photos from a catalog!

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  17. Congrats!! The photos are wonderful :)

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  18. Congrats Xiaolu! Great work as always and i am rocking in holiday mood after seeing these photographs.

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  19. Wow Xiaolu. I haven't had much time to come over here, so I had no idea you'd become a professional photographer. Great job!! Those are some nice pics!

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  20. What lens did you take that 2nd to last photo with? The bokeh and photo itself are gorgeous!

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  21. Thanks! These were all with my 50mm lens.

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  22. Beautiful photos! I love the first one on the macarons! So pretty!

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  23. OMG, these are the cutest tapes! Where can I buy them??? Pls. let me know!

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  24. Cool! I just went to Cute Tape's site! Found it..! LOL!

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