Friday, November 16, 2012

2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!


 


Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!


To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day: http://cleasnap.blogspot.com


Hampton Art is giving away 3 different prizes! Be sure to leave comments and "like" us on Facebook for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes!

Prize 1
 
Prize 2
 
Prize 3
 
 


Now for my project! I found a yummy recipe for Cinnamon Almonds and thought it would be really fun to use the Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Nutcracker stamp to make a gift box.


I stamped my image and colored him with Copics and Smooch Ink (Gold) , and then fussy cut him.  I love this bubble frame from Globecraft Memories! and decided to use it for my box front.



 I covered the chipboard pieces of the frame set using Authentique's Festive Collection. The edges of all of the papers were inked with Clearsnap/ Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inkz ( Mossy).

 
I added a decorative edge using the new Fiskars Interchangable Border Punches.  My almonds are in a clear celophane bag tied up with a pretty bow and baker's twine from the Twinery.  The tag was punched with the Fiskars Tag punch and decorated with the Fiskars Snowflake punch.
 
So here's the recipe for my project:
WorldWin Cardstock
May Arts Ribbon
 
 
 
And here's the recipe for the
 Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds
 
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Egg White
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Cups Almonds
1/4 C. Water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s a little frothy. Add almonds. Make sure the almonds are thoroughly coated in the egg white mixture. Add cinnamon mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.
Thoroughly spray with Pam, or whatever, the stoneware of your large crock pot (mine is a 4 quart). Add the divine mixture of almonds and sugars to the crock pot and turn it to low.
Cook ( with the lid on) 3-4 hours stirring every 20 minutes (I only did 3 hours). In the last hour, add the 1/4 C. of water and stir well. This ensures a crunchy yummy coating. (*make sure after you’ve added the water that you continue to cook the nuts for another 45min to an hour.)
You have to stir really well, especially as it gets later in the cooking process.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the almonds flat to cool (if you can wait that long!). The almonds will be sticky at this point, so make sure you separate them a little and have no large mounds.
 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop! Your next stop is Sabrina Alery from Clearsnap.


Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!




Nov 16




Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/




Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/


Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 - http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/

Jennie Garcia - Tombow - earthyscrap.blogspot.com

Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE

Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap – http://Sabrinaalery.blogspot.com

DeeDee Catron - Globecraft Memories - http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/

Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs - http://michellejbg.blogspot.com

Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -http://www.createserendipity.net

Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers - http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com

Natalie Clause – The Twinery - http://www.southernbellescharm.com/

Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45 http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/

Vivian Keh - Hampton Art - http://contadinak.wordpress.com

Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap – http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com

Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper - http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/



 
 

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!


Happy Hopping!

107 comments:

Hydrangea Hippo - Jennifer Priest said...

Very cool project--WOW!! Thanks for the recipe too!!

Bea said...

great project and love the look of the almond recipe

Miriam Prantner said...

Great box! Love that nutcracker image...he looks great!

Olga said...

absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Tracey said...

Love your gift box! Gorgeous!!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous gift box! I love the Nutcracker!

Gisy Angel said...

Gorgeous!!! What a cool idea!

Donna said...

Cute project - such a neat little window. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this stunning project and the recipe. I love the rich colors of your gift box.

LauraB said...

awesome gift packaging. love the nutcracker stamp. Recipe sounds yummy too.

Sandy said...

Love the project and a recipe to boot!!!

linda-neff.com said...

Love the coloring on the Nutcracker in that globe! And, I love Cinnamon Almonds so thanks for the recipe!

PamSpradlin said...

I have printed out the recipe and will be trying it. This is such a cute idea for those people you just want to remember at Christmas. I love that you used the globe over the nutcracker to protect him. I have some of those globes and this gives me an idea on how to use them.

Brenda said...

Great inspiration

Pam said...

LOVE The idea of the Nutcracker papers for a nutty gift ! Very lovely ! And thanks for the recipe !

Amy Jones #8546 said...

Wonderful gift bag. I had no idea when I saw the sneak pic. lol. Really great idea. I love it.

Kim said...

cute cute project and a yummy recipe too!! Thank you!!! I think I might try to make a couple for gifts- awesome work :)

Queen B said...

I love the way you used the globecraft product! So cute and Christmas-y!

Megan Aaron said...

this is so cute!! great job!

Mare said...

Love the nutcracker!

Beth Hillier said...

Your gift box is so cute!!!! Thank for the recipe it's awesome!

Sarah Biswabic said...

This is beautiful! Thank you for the recipe! YUM!

nicemouse said...

A special box with your cinnamon almonds inside. Who wouldn't love getting this thoughtful gift.

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

Wonderful hop, beautiful project.

Nancy Keslin aka Homesclscrapper said...

great project. thanks for the recipe.

Jessica Strider said...

Cool gift box. Love the nutcracker 'window'. :)

remonstrance said...

lovely gift box...

<3 <3 <3

Gloria Stengel said...

Outstanding project. I really love how you used all the products!!!

Jennie Garcia said...

Wow!! This is genius!! I LOVED LOVED the recipe too!! I definitely have to try that!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Gina said...

So cute!!!! Thank for the recipe

Lisa Torres said...

Love the packaging for the homemade gift. So appropriate too!

Cait said...

I love your idea, and thanks for the recipe!

Nina Yang said...

Love, love, love! This is so beautiful, Gini! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Scrap2day said...

Thanks for the recipe! I have this stamp set and I'm going to do this! Great project!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is gorgeous.

Mulberry Mindy said...

What a great gift box! And YUMMY nuts to boot! Thanks for sharing.
mindy@http://mulberrymindy.blogspot.com

Barbara Pitts said...

The almonds sound yummy, and the bag is adorable!

JPScraps said...

Great idea! And thanks for the recipe. :)

silvia said...

Great project!! LOVE the nutcracker!!

Liz said...

Beautiful as always.

C.Good said...

Love the project and the almonds are the prize also.

Katie Marie said...

I so am trying that almond recipe!!! they sound DIVINE!!!!! perfect snack for thanksgiving morning pre-turkey!! OMG! thanks for the chance to win, i love your little nutcracker guy too:)

Tona said...

What an amazing project & thanks for the recipe!

Leslie said...

Cute project and yummy almonds!! Love the HOP!

Sue Lui said...

Love your project and your recipe sounds yum!

Kim H said...

wonderful project and thank you fo rthe recipe, sounds yummy.

Katie R. said...

Very cool. I will have to try the recipe soon.

Teresa said...

wonderful project, love the nutcracker!

Dana said...

Gorgeous box!! I love the stamp and the paper and the ribbon... well really the whole thing!!!

Sue D said...

Perfect way to package nuts and thanks for the recipe.

Camerageek said...

love the colors on this bag

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

Fabulous sounding recipe and such a cute gift box. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

{Jennie} said...

Beautiful packaging! I can't wait to make something similar for those yummy almonds :)

Nat Laney said...

Great gift box. Cannot wait to try the almonds recipe

CathyinMN said...

Love your gift box. That nutcracker is so cute! Thanks for the recipe for the Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds -- I need to try that, it sounds so good. TFS!

Susan Bullock said...

Oh my such a cute idea! Thanks for the idea and now I think I smell cinnamon! :)

Drifty Wright said...

All I can say is, "YUMMY"! Sweet box and wonderful recipe--I Love Almonds!! Thank You for the Recipe!! Merry Christmas

Beatrice Lawson said...

Thank you for the recipe!!! Love the box and the contents!

Pam said...

Great project! I am definitely trying that recipe. Thanks!

LMKENNEDY said...

I love this little box, and the recipe for the nuts is just an added bonus! Thanks for sharing

jordanbev5 said...

Your nutcracker gift box is gorgeous! Love all your details and the dome is such an a special touch!

Judith said...

Wow really neat idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

Mandy said...

really lovely!

Kathy W said...

Very cute. Thanks for sharing.

mitz said...

...the new edging looks great.. gotta see if i can find one of them now.. wtg

Lanna said...

Such a great idea. Happy Holidays. Lanna

Joan Shanks said...

cute box.joanshanks@eastlink.ca
Joan

Divinity said...

love the dimension effect on the nutcracker. :) great project. thanks for sharing :)

jenscreationstation said...

Love your project - thanks for sharing!

Barbara F said...

Great project and I love the recipe....thanks for sharing!!

Regina Hamilton said...

I know you would come up with something stunning, and you did. Thanks for recipe....

Phyllis M. said...

Wonderful gift box and great idea and thanks for the recipe too. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous box!! I love all the beautiful layers!! Thanks for the recipe and for the inspiration :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Icekat said...

WOnderful! I absolutely must try that almond recipe!

Jean Bullock said...

My goodness. The gift bag is so cool it is a gift itself. Thanks for the tutorial

Fiskateer Jean#8889 AKA giveawayjean

Katina said...

What a cute gift box for what looks like a delicious snack! Love the bubble frame you used on the front to showcase the nutcracker. Perfect!

JLJ Designs said...

Beautiful box!

Jen

artjunkie2 said...

Fabulous gift box!I love the bubble for over the nutcracker! Thanks for the great recipe also!

BethW said...

This is stunning-you do such beautiful work!

Jenn Zeeb said...

great project and thanks for the recipe!

TracyM #6773 said...

Mmmm, what a tasty gift and beautiful gift box!!!

selena said...

c'est un tres beau projet!

Dawn Cox said...

must try that recipe! thanks for sharing it with us! thanks for the chance to win!

Holly said...

Love that little bubble window! Such a cute project idea!

Cindy Lou said...

The box is fantastic, just love the nutcracker :) Great job, thanks for the inspiration!

contadinak said...

mmm mmm mmm vintage splendour!

Rebecca said...

Going to make those almonds now--thanks for sharing!

Jerzey Girl said...

Awesome gift box...LOVE your work!!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Pretty gorgeous! TFS your recipe :)
Hugs,
Asmah

Christina Edmondson said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Deborah Johnson said...

OMG. So excited and inspired. Great job.

Suzi said...

Paper and glue, now candied almonds, too? Yum!

Carol said...

Beautiful project! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Nikki said...

What a yummy recipe and your project is amazing :)

WandaH said...

What a nice gift box. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

CrizzyJ said...

Lovely project and yummy treat too!

Renee said...

Wow!!!!!!! So gorgeous! That little nutcracker is colored so beautifully, and the Globecraft piece makes this super special! TFS

Becky Dunham said...

Love this little box and tag Gini! And thanks for the recipe - these look divine!!!!

Diana said...

I am loving all the different uses of the Plastic Domes. Awesome. and THANKS for the RECIPE!!!! TFS

Suzanne said...

Always love box ideas.

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I love your nutcracker. He is colored perfectly, and is a great foil for the lovely papers.

Ruth said...

Very yummy almond recipe.

Michele from MS said...

Beautiful colors, the layers are perfect for added dimension and I love the bubble frame! Oh...and I can't wait to try this recipe!!
New follower #684!! TFS

HelenM said...

beautiful gift box. thanks

Debbie said...

this is a gorgeous gift box makes a wonderful gift
upnurse at aol dot com

lynda said...

This is so cute! Your nutcracker is so impressive that at 1st I thought you fancy cut it from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet line!

Villa Erikson said...

Thanks for the recipe, sounds yummy!