Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Good Morning Our Challenge this week at The Pixie Cottage is Party/ Celebrations....lots of possibilities for this one. Michelle has another great new stamp set here. It has two sentiments and 3 images found here. It was perfect for the gift I needed. Christmas Eve is my BIL's Birthday. He like others who have a birthday so close to Christmas seems to get overlooked. Soooo about 30 years ago we had a Mexican Potluck on Christmas Eve and then went caroling to celebrate his birthday. Every year for 30 years we have done it so I guess you would say it is one of our family traditions :) So all that to say this is part of my gift to him this year. So it doesn't look like a Christmas gift I used Kraft, creme and royal blue and just a dot of red. I used all the images in the stamp set.

No the basket is not turned sideways. I made it in a diamond shape sewing together and distressing all four sides then attaching to a reinforced base I made. The handle was torn on both sides. The watercolored images were cut out and mounted on a embossed base on all four sides. I used dimensional paint for all the dots around the circles and down all the sides. Since he likes coffee and hot chocolate I made him some syrups and put in pretty bottles that my sis will be able to use when they are emptied. I made a caramel syrup and a cinnamon vanilla syrup. Can you believe I found the perfect canned whip cream with a blue lid that totally matches my paper. Is that cool?? I will tuck in a few snack goodies that I will make Thurday night.

I made a small card and tags for the syrups and marshmallows to go along with the basket. Have you ever made cinnamon vanilla syrup? You mustTry this yummy can use it for coffee, tea, ice cream or???

Recipe: 2 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1 c. water 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 3 cinnamon sticks 1/2 tsp. pure cinnamon extract Heat the water and sugar on vanilla bean and scrape it in the sugar mix ( be sure to save the pod to flavor some sugar) add the sticks and bring to a quick boil. Remove and let steep for about 30 min. Then put back on heat and simmer for about 6 or 7 mins. Remove sticks add the cin extract cool a little and strain. Easy Peasy

The simple little card uses three of the mini versions of the large cup of latte. The large tag uses one of the images in the set that I cut out and attached to the tag.
Have a Merry Christmas!

For Challenges:
Creative Card Crew:
Christmas Birthdays
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes
Allsorts: Free & Easy Anything goes
Bee Crafty: Rough around the edges
Paper Sundaes: Cut it Out
Aly's Sunday: Anything goes
Stamps R Us: Anything Goes


uksharon said...

Great idea.
Thanks for joining us at CCC this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

artish said...

super sweet! he will love it a latte! way cool the lid is blue! happy carolling! Merry Christmas!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

How cute! The projects are just lovely!

Martha said...


This is a very "sweet" BD gift. I know he will enjoy all the items you included. That recipe sounds delish and I will try it some time. I made me a little card for it.

Thanks for sharing these masculine ideas. Great project.

Love and blessings, Martha

Angie said...

love the basket fab idea thanks for joining us at papertake weekly

Tammy said...

Wonderful gift set Davi!! I love the little tags and colors! That syrup sounds yummy!! Thanks for the recipe! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Tammy

Denise @ kc242 said...

Davi, what a wonderful project. It looks like you spent a lot of time on it. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh dear Davi! What a wonderful gift ensemble! Such darling tags! Hope you have a Merry Christmas :)

Benzi said...

Davi, what an awesome project. It is sure to be appreciated. Thanks for that recipe. It sounds yummy. I love cinnamon..hmmmmm.
Hope you and your family have wonderful Christmas filled with many blessings and happy moments.

jimlynn said...

Wonderful project - looks so tasty too! Great.
Thanks for playing along at Stamps R Us Challenges.

CarlaKH said...

Fabulous! Love the colors you used. Happy Holidays!

Adrina said...

What a lovely gift Davi!!
Wish you a Merry Christmas.
Adrina XX

Alica said...

Wonderful idea! You are right, people with B-days around Christmas are often overlooked - their celebrations just blending in with Christmas. The basket turned our wonderful, perfect sewing and cutting out job and the contents look delicious too!
Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes during our 2-week long holiday challenge :) said...

Oh wow!! Such crafty projects - the perfect gift!!!! Thanks so much for playing at Bee Crafty.

Deanne :)

Christine said...

Wonderful gift set! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes. Happy New Year!

kelly said...

Happy New Year, Davi. I like the present you have made. Mmmmm, the recipe sounds nice. The royal blue is a good colour for a male.


Faye said...

Happy New Year Davi! This project is amazing! xxx

Monique said...

Happy New Year Davi...I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season...LOve this project you have made I am sure your BIL loved it...Perfect Masculine gift....:)