Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home For the Holidays ~ Day 4

Hi there! It's Laurie, and I'm here to share my project for this month's Project Parade - Home For the Holidays!

I have a list of friends and relatives that I will be making gifts for, but have not made very much progress yet. When I saw the theme this month (which can include gifts, cards, or decor) I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to make some headway on that list! :-) Along with sets of handmade cards, calendars, & home baked goodies, I will be giving specialized hot drink mixes (such as cocoas and coffees). It gets COLD here in Montana, and a yummy hot drink is always a good gift! :-)

I have several containers that I have collected this past year, with the intention of re-purposing them for gifts...such as this tin. Originally it held binder clips, but now is a container for some gourmet coffee mix! Using my circle Nestabilites, I created a "topper" of sorts for my gift...to not only decorate my tin, but also hold the instructions for using the mix.



I chose to use this GORGEOUS wreath from the O Christmas Tree set to decorate the front of my card topper. I just loooove how Julee includes the little extras...like the poinsettia and bow that fit perfectly onto the wreath! She thinks of everything! :-)



Because my topper is a circle, I wanted my sentiment to match. To achieve this, I added a small amount of double sided adhesive directly to my acrylic block and then positioned the stamp in an arch (the adhesive keeps it in place).


For the inside, I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment (also from the O Christmas Tree set), a coffee cup (from Delightful & Delicious), and the instructions (I printed them out on my computer).


Want to see what's inside the tin? :-)


The recipe for the mix is called Spanish Mocha Mix. The ingredients are: 7 Tbsp of instant coffee granules, 4 Tbsp sugar, 1/4 cup of Chocolate flavored powdered non dairy creamer (I used Coffeemate's Swiss Mocha flavor), 3 Tbsp of nonfat dry milk powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
I added a few cinnamon sticks as well.

So, now it's your turn! We'd love for you to play along with us and show us your homemade goodies for the upcoming giving season! Verve stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em, why not show 'em a little love? ;)

And, as with all of our project parades, we've got prizes!
To enter, just link up your Home for the Holidays creation to the Mr. Linky widget on THIS post before midnight MST on Thursday, November 26. One lucky stamper will win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve Store. And for another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout out in the comments as they parade their fabulous creations inspired by this month's theme. One lucky commenter during the course of the parade (Nov 11 - 25) will win their choice of any Verve set.

44 comments:

  1. Such a neat idea! The card on top with directions. Lovely project.

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  2. That is such a neat and yummy idea!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  3. This is fantasic! I love making homemade Christmas gifts for my favorite friends.... Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe... I can't wait to try it, sounds delish!
    LOVEE this set!

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  4. So pretty, and I love how simple it is to re-create. Very, very cute!

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  5. love how you added the instructions to the topper!! So beautiful and yummy!! LOL

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  6. Darling project!! Love the blue & red!!

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  7. What a lovely gift tin! The mocha drink sounds yummy, too!

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  8. Very nice! I am digging the tip about using adhesive to hold the curved stamp in place... I'll have to try that out! Thanks!

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  9. Oh my goodness. This is such a fabulous idea. I *love* how the top flips open to reveal the directions. That's just too cool.

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  10. wow, this is gorgeous, fabulous gift!

    enjoy *~*

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  11. OMG, I am in love with this! The colours are so perfect! Great project

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  12. You've decorated this tin wonderfully! Great tip for curving the sentiment too. Thanks for the recipe too - it sounds delicious and calorie free of course LOL!

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  13. Beautiful project! The little poinsettia flowers are so pretty!

    sueot33@yahoo.com

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  14. What a fabulous gift idea, Laurie! It would be such a good thing to give 'a little something' to coworkers!

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  15. Love this Laurie! Thanks for sharing the recipe, your tin is just adorable!

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  16. Giving hot drink mixes is a great idea. I like how the card opens to give the drink directions. Very nice project; thanks for sharing.

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  17. I absolutely love this! What did you 'wrap' the mocha mix in? Is it just a small clear baggie? You are so creative!

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  18. What a cute little project...I love those little tins.

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  19. What a fabulous idea. The card is adorable and the gift is very practical. Lucky recipient!

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  20. Such a cute gift! and yummy, too! You did a great job decorating the tin!

    Melisa Hunter

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  21. This is so nice, great presentation for a sweet gift! Thank you for the curved sentiment tip too.

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  22. This is such a wonderful idea for those coffee drinking friends out there! I love how you rounded the sentiment! I have done this with a different sentiment and was able to achieve the look without the tape.
    I love how you did the topper with the instructions. Super cute!

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  23. this is adorable!! such a great idea :D

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  24. Love it! Fantastic idea! Thanks for including ingredients for the mix-can't wait to try it!

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  25. I LOVE this - I think I will make some, as I love coffee! TFS, Laurie!

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  26. Soooo cute, and I have a few tins! Great idea, thank you :)

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  27. Adorable Laurie! :) Sounds good too!

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  28. What a great idea!!! I love how your topper opens to give the instructions and thanks for sharing the recipe! Sounds yummy!

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  29. This is very cute! Love the paper pieced trees! I need this stamp set!

    Melisa Hunter

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  30. So beautiful! Your projects are always lovely. Such a great idea!

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  31. What a "sweet" gift!! So pretty, I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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  32. love love love it--anytime a tin gets decorated I love it!! Awesome little gift idea!!

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  33. Very nice! I like the dimension of the flowers and bow! Thanks for the tip on how to customize a straight lined sentiment into a curve!

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  34. This is such a beautiful way to give this type of gift! Love the colors and the topper with directions!!

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  35. Oh my goodness! How cute is that! I love the colors you chose, too. The wreath with the flowers in red just pops! Love it.

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  36. Adorable! I love your work, Laurie. My husband almost threw away an empty Altoid tin the other day... I screeched "NO", he rolled his eyes... I still have the tin :). Can't wait to decorate it. Your tin is fabulous!

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  37. Ahhhh, what a lovely way to package coffee cups - LOVE it!!!

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  38. Such a creative concept, I love this

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  39. I love the wreath - the poinsetta details are so nice!! :)

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  40. Thanks for the drink recipe! This is a great gift idea! Love the card on top of the tin.

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  41. what a yummy gift idea. I'm thinking I need to make some of this coffee mix for me!

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