Saturday, January 26, 2013

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #2 Hot Cocoa

Brrrrrrr!  Well, it did finally decide to turn into winter in the midwest, so I was completely ready to embrace Heart 2 Heart's second Challenge for the month of January, "Hot Cocoa."

I am definitely kicking myself for not picking up the perfectly matched My Acrylix set, A Sip, when it was available, but not having it forced me into some creative thinking.  I am not sure when or how it hit me, but I used one of the new treat tubes from the Whooo's Your Valentine Kit to make a sweet little hot chocolate gift.  I also made an important discovery! 


The tiny, dehydrated marshmallows were the absolute perfect companion for this easy to make set.  Inside the folder-style package is a packet of hot cocoa.  The colors of the Wonderland Paper and Whisper Cardstock I used even chill me to the bone!  The snowflake border is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The sentiment is from the My Acrylix Snowflakes Stamp set.


Our new glitter paper was also clamoring to get in on the action, so I cut a snowflake from the Art Philosophy cartridge to bling up the tube, give it some more depth, and help keep it in place.  A couple of discreetly placed glue dots help too.  I love the shimmer trim as a border around the tube!


Next up is the very first thing I made for the project.  I stamped the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon with our awesome Mini Pigment Inks.   But I didn't do it that way entirely the first try!


Unfortunately, I first attempted to use the Dye ink pad for the Chocolate ink on the ribbon.  When I looked at it the next day, this is what I found:


Houston, we have a problem!  BUT, not a problem, because the snowflakes I had used the pigment ink for had not bled at all.  I redid the ribbon using all pigment inks, and was good to go with a gorgeous ribbon and a lesson to share.  :)    The "hot cocoa" sentiment is found on the retired January Word Puzzle My Acrylix.


Here is the inside of the folder.  I carefully sized a pocket for the cocoa and created a label type cut with the soon to debut Frame Flair My Acrylix set.  I LOVE this set!!!  It coordinates with cuts from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. 


Another snowflake cut from Art Philosophy and adorned with a crystal blue snowflake image and bitty sparkles rounded the project out.


I do have plans to post a video of how to make this easy gift, so keep checking back on my blog or leave a comment so I can let you know when it is ready!  Thanks for stopping in today!

UPDATE!!!!  Here is the tutorial!  :)






 

30 comments:

  1. Love this Amie! You did a fabulous job even without the A Sip stamp set. Thanks for the tip about pigment inks on the color ready ribbon.

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    1. You bet! I would hate for anyone to have to find out the hard way like I did! Thanks, Amy! Hope all is well!

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  2. What an awesome Hot Cocoa card/gift/warmer-upper! So sweet, Amie!

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    1. Hi Jane! YOU, my dear are so sweet, thanks! :)

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  3. Amie, thanks for sharing so openly... I love it when we show our successes and the lessons learned along the way... I am slowly building my stash of the pigment inks and love what you did on the ribbon... it really rocks! Thanks again and looking forward to a vid on this :) Kathi

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    1. I will let you know when I get it finished, Kathi--hope to by next week! I love it as well when people can offer the perspective of experience and say, "don't try this at home!" ;) LOVE the pigment inks, just be sure to let them dry!

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    2. Hey, Kathi! The video is up! :) Have fun!

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  4. What a fun project. That ribbon is so fun and love the total look for this cute treat.

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    1. Thank you so much, L.B.--it was the first part I made! :)

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  5. I agree with everyone else ... that ribbon is spectacular. I thought it was contraband when I first saw it.

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    1. *gasps* Contraband! Lol...thanks, Shelly, it was first attempt at "pretty" ribbon. ;)

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  6. What a fabulously fun and sweet treat! So festive and creative! Thanks for joining us @ H2H!

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    1. Hi Haley! Thanks so much--I love seeing your work on H2H. Keep up the fabulous job inspiring us! :)

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  7. This is super cute! I would love to see a tutorial video!

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    1. I will be getting to it just as soon as possible and let you know when it is ready. Thanks, Stacy! :)

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    2. Stacy, the video tutorial is up! :)

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  8. this would also look cute as a mini album, great job!!

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  9. LOVE IT !!!!! You are amazing!

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    1. Holly, you are super-sweet! I am so glad you like it...video tutorial coming tonight! :)

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  10. Oh Amie, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The details are spectacular. I love the glitter snowflake and the stamped ribbon is brilliant. Thanks for the tip to use pigment ink! I would have tried the dye ink first, too (if I even thought to stamp on it!).

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    1. Well, that makes me feel better! It was a definite wallbash moment for me after wasting two feet of ribbon! Yikes! Thanks so very much, Jayma!

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  11. Fabulous! I love all of your little tips, too. What an adorable gift!

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    1. I am glad they were helpful! Thanks so much, Michelle! :)

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  12. thank you for the video, great job!!!

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    1. Hi Karina! Your are welcome--and thanks! :)

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  13. This is so cute, I love it. Thanks for joining us at H2H

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    1. Hi Shirley! Thank you so much, and absolutely wonderful of you guys to have such amazing inspiration in your challenges! See you over there soon! :)

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    1. Oh, absolutely yummo--thanks so much, Wendy! :)

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