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 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 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.