Last week, I was fortunate enough to have a blog post published on the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog! It is exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. Here it is for you today:
So, it’s mid-November. The leaves are falling, the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. I personally love this time of year, an excuse to get cosy in my home with my family and enjoy those warming comforts we all love. Perhaps a roaring fire, a warm blanket or a mug of hot chocolate? The Danish call this state of warm cosy happiness Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) and it’s all the rage for Autumn 2016.
Typically at this time of year, our thoughts often turn to several of the upcoming holidays too, and I wanted to incorporate this hygge feeling into my gifts this year. Stampin’ Up! have a wide variety of products in their catalogues to help us create warm & happy gifts for our friends and family, and I’d love to share my Hot Chocolate gift creation with you today.
Firstly I created my own ‘gift crate’ to present my selection of hot chocolate goodies in. Created from Basic Gray A4 cardstock (121689) and stamped with the Hardwood background stamp (133035), I assembled a simple rectangular box. I then added strips of Copper Foil Sheets (142020) to the corners to give more of a ‘crate’ feel, whilst reinforcing the corners at the same time.
Onto my contents, and another great range of products Stampin’ Up! offers is the assortment of packaging options they provide. I’ve used several in my project to contain my various hot chocolate ingredients. I’ve used a Petite Café Gift Bag (135826) for my drinking chocolate powder. A Clear Tiny Treat Box (141699) for my chocolate chips. A 2”x8” Cellophane Bag for my chocolate spoons and a 6”x17” Gusseted Cellophane Bag for the marshmallows (you always need lots of marshmallows!).
To serve the hot chocolate in, I’ve also provided some cups. I’ve taken standard hot drinks cups, and remove the brown sleeve from them. I’ve then used the sleeve as template to create my own from Blushing Bride cardstock (131287) which I have then embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143537). I’ve then wrapped the new sleeve around the cup – I mean; you can’t get more warm and cosy than with knitting, can you?
Finally, I’ve finished all my items off with tags created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372) cut from Basic Black cardstock (121633) and tied on with Blushing Bride Solid Baker’s Twine (141683). I’ve added sentiments from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set (142040), heat embossed onto the tags with Stampin’ Emboss Powder in White (109132). The sentiment for my crate is from Wonderful Year (142158) and I created the rectangular tag using the largest square Stitched Shape Framelit Die and the Partial Die Cutting Technique.
Crafty Hugs, Val. XX