Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cocoa goodness!

I have been so busy this month with all the Christmas preparations. And I have been working on this:


I totally lifted this from the Cricut Circle Magazine. But I loved the idea and had to try it out.

This started out as a small project. I only wanted to make 5 for family members but my husband decided he wanted me to make more for his co-workers so I had to add 9 more to the project. That's a total of 14 jars! In case you can't tell from the picture that is a quart size jar. That is A LOT of cocoa to make from scratch and I found a great recipe online. I had already bought enough of each ingredient for the original 5 jars so I had to go to the store to get some more. THEN I didn't have enough jars because as we all know a case of these jars only holds 12. GRRRR! And I had bought the last case the store had. Luckily we found some jars at Michaels. Yay! So finally I had everything I needed to get started. I got down to the last few jars and ran out of cocoa powder. UGH. Another trip to the store.

After all the cocoa was made and in the jars I finally got to decorate! I bought some clear plastic spoons and some of the chocolate that you dip fruit in. I coated the spoons with the chocolate and put some crushed candy canes (peppermint, of course) on top. I put some marshmallows in a snack size ziplock bag and tied it all on the jar with a cute Ho, Ho, Ho ribbon. After this one was made I decided it was just too hard trying to hold everything in place and tying the ribbon at the same time so I went back to the store and bought some small rubber bands to hold everything in place while I put the ribbon on. The one thing I forgot on this jar is a tag tellling how much cocoa to mix with how much water but the other 13 jars got tags.

Now for the cricut cuts: I used Christmas solutions for the reindeer. I cut all of them so there would be a variety of designs. I used Celebrations for the white square background but I can't remember which cartridge I used for the scalloped square. (Sorry) Thanks for taking a look. Have a great New Year!

(Here's a close up (sort of) of the decorations.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snowman gift box

I know, I know, I really need to post more often. Maybe now that finals are over I will have more time to do some more crafting. Well on to today's project. I made this cute little gift box for a present for my daughter. I cut it using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge.

I love this snowman. It is just so cute. It was on the Christmas solutions cartridge. I used glossy accents (for the first time!) to make the snowman a little more sparkly. Then added glitter glue to the arms, hat, and scarf.

I cut a gingerbread man to put on the back of the box. I think I got this one from Potpourri Basket but there are so many cartridges with a gingerbread man on it that you can find the one you like best.

I hung this box on the Christmas tree after placing the gift inside. Hopefully we won't forget that it's there. I think I'm going to make a few more for a few other gifts.

Thank you for looking and if I don't get the chance to post again this month, Merry Christmas!