Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cocoa Anyone?

I have seen the posts on other blogs with yummy homemade hot cocoa recipes.  I really do love the idea of making my own hot chocolate, but I am taking the easy way out today - Ha!  Especially because the Tall Gable template from Perfect Presentation is the perfect size to hold packets of hot chocolate. 

My DD has a male teacher this year so I am trying for a more masculine look with this box.  Hot Cocoa Slusser from Inktegrity is perfect paired up with hot chocolate mix :>)

Right now, this box is filled with Swiss Miss (it's some special dark chocolate kind) but I will be on the lookout for other brands/varieties to fit in this box over the next month (yikes, Christmas is coming fast).  Swiss Miss should consider changing their packaging though because this box holds all 8 packets and is much more fun than a plain ole rectangle.  This pic also lets you in on a little secret of mine...I use a dark thread for my bobbin.  I think it makes the stitching a little more distinct and it is also easier because I never have to change it to match the top thread ;>).  Here is another little tip, the plaid embossing on my template was too distinguished, so after I embossed, I ran the paper thru my Cuttlebug outside of the folder to smooth out the embossing.  Now the embossing is subtle, yet still gives some texture.
My cocoa box is for the following challenges:
Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration Challenge - Anything Goes! - Now everyone should be able to play along with this one and you may just win a gift certificate to Inktegrity :>)
Paper Players - Sketch Challenge - I always love a good sketch!
Have a wonderful day!
Details:  Image - Hot Cocoa Slusser (Inktegrity), template - Tall Gable (Perfect Presentation), CS - SU, PP - Oliver (Basic Grey), Dies - Rectangles (Nestabilities) and Embossing Folders - Plaid (Sizzix).


  1. I want some cocoa!LOL I would be thrilled to receive a gift like this! Fabulous work, Julie!

  2. super cute! Such a great giftie!

  3. Love it! Those Oliver papers are so cute with that little penguin :o)

  4. it! Your gift box is the big sister to my mini box. :-)

  5. Oh, this is great! I love receiving and giving hot chocolate during the holidays, what a perfect presentation for it.

  6. What an adorable idea! I love the colors and embossing! Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week!

  7. Such an adorable gift box! That little penguin is pretty cute, too! :) All of that stitching is a gorgeous detail. Thanks for playing along with The Paper Players this week!

  8. Julie, your project is adorable - makes me want some cocoa. Such a creative take on the sketch. Love it!
    Thanks for joining the Paper Players again this week.

  9. Wow so cute! Love the fab colours and design. The image is adorable
    love tasha xx