Friday, 18 December 2015

2015 Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello and welcome! Today I am taking part in the current Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. You can find all the details and loads of inspiring projects Here . This time the theme for the hop is Winter/Christmas holiday and we were invited to include projects featuring hot chocolate as well as tea and coffee.

This year I decided to make some of my Christmas gifts, so I started by cutting several tags using the stitched tag die set  from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Then I used My Favourite Things "Hot Cocoa Cups" dies to cut lots of mugs from red card, the cocoa insert from brown card and the whipped cream from ivory card. Then I took the MFT "hug in a mug" stamps and added the chocolate sprinkles to the cream. The white wooden snowflakes were a find from Sainsburys supermarket and gives the mugs just the right Christmassy feel!

The sentiments and snowflakes on the white tags were from the same "hug in a mug" stamp set and I added coloured reinforcement rings to match the top tags. I found some lovely red spotty ribbon in my stash that was just the job for tying the tags onto my gift bags.

I bought the gift bags from Amazon, cut a rectangle of sturdy card to fit into the bottom of the bag, then filled each bag with a "Beprovad" glass mug from Ikea (a bargain at 85p each), a sachet of Cadbury's hot chocolate drink, a candy cane, a bag of tiny marshmallows and a bag of mini gingerbread men - yum!

I had two different sorts of bags, so I used blue tags on the snowman ones and grey tags on the red tree ones. I think they look quite festive! I made a total of 30 of these gifts, so many of my friends and family will be getting a hot chocolate kit next week to keep them warm!

Thank you for reading this far and I hope that I have inspired you to try making your own gifts too.