Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas in July!



Welcome to my first ever Memories in Tyme Christmas in July Blog Hop!! We are hoping to inspire you to create your Christmas gifts this year and save in this tough economy. If you start spending a bit of time new-it won't sneak up on you in the end. We hope you enjoy all of the fun ideas we're sharing with you today! If you are starting at my blog, please click HERE to be taken to Linda's blog to begin! A special thank you to Linda for putting this all together for us today and allowing me to participate! As you're hopping through, you should be arriving here from Jenny's Blog.

Today I am sharing with you a fairly simple, yet completely elegant and enjoyable Christmas gifts-perfect for neighbors, the bus driver and special others that you don't want to leave out but may not spend quite as much money on-ya know?! We enjoyed handing these out to the office ladies at my children's Elementary School too-PERFECT! The key is the packaging and creating a beautiful tag to accompany your cocoa cone-remember, presentation is everything!

The hot cocoa is packaged first and in it's own individual clear packaging so it stays nice and neat. Do you recognize the 'clear cone packaging'?! Buy a set of the individual piping bags made for cake decorating using your 40% OFF coupon at Michaels! Add mini-chocolate chips and top it with mini-marshmallows. Seal the bag tightly (we used small, clear hair ties), then tie on your tag with a pretty bow. They start having great deals on Christmas ribbon soon, you could use your stash of those 'not quite long enough to do anything else with' pieces of stray ribbon or pick some up at a thrift shop. Use your scraps to make tags and then stamp them.






I used K and Company's Christmas line here and a package of embellishment brads to add something special. CTMH's stamps are PERFECT if you ask me. Make the assembly process quick by cutting the tags in the 'fill' feature on your Cricut. Everything looks better matted, so splurge on that extra sheet of paper and stamp To: and From: on the back if you'd like too.



























Thank you for being here with us today! I sure hope you are a Fabulous Friend of mine (Follower). I'd like to give away a Christmas Craft surprise package for my blog candy, valued at $20. I'd prefer you are a 'follower of mine to win, but you don't have to be. Please leave a comment on this post and be sure to check back here on the 26th to see if you've won! I'll have many more giveaways coming up and more Christmas in July inspiration too! When you're ready, click HERE to hop on to Jennifer's blog and finish our Blog Hop. Then, turn on your Christmas music, crank up the AC and start on your projects early! You'll be glad you did!















43 comments:

  1. I love these! Such a simple but fantastic gift idea. TFS

    CraftyRktSci.blogspot.com
    CraftyRktSci [at] gmail [dot] com

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  2. What a fantastic Idea! I love it!! I may have to
    "borrow" it!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Already a follower!

    Blessings,
    Tina

    www.craftyandgreen.blogspot.com
    tinakeller.gogreen@gmail.com

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  3. Holy COW batman!!! This is AWESOME!!! Love the tags!!!

    Hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  4. Brynn, these are WONDERFUL!! The tags are beautiful, and this is such a neat gift!! I'd LOVE to receive one of these -- homemade gifts are ALWAYS best!! :) TFS...

    Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. Just a perfect, special handmade gift! I am definitely going to 'borrow' this idea. I am already a follower and can't wait to see what is next...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

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  6. What a great idea. I am gonna have to try this one!!
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

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  7. these are adorable. great idea. tfs. i'm a follower.
    littlen44atgmaildotcom

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  8. OK Girl! This is beyond cool! What a super great ideal! So pretty...yet very elegant. Great gift ideal, and you can bet your sweet a@@ I will be lifting this ideal. LOL! TFS!
    jennyplace26@gmail.com

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  9. These are so cute AND yummy!!! Love your rosete on the tag!!

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  10. Lovely, can I have one Please they look yummy :)

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  11. I have tons of these decorating bags and never thought of using them this way! TFS!
    Jill
    http://craftwithanangel.blogspot.com/

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  12. These came out so cute. You do really neat and clean work. I'm already a follower.
    stuff@gt.rr.com
    http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

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  13. Terrific fun gift idea! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

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  14. Thank you for the idea!! I tried something similar last Christmas but didn't get the time to give it to friends, lol!!! TFS!

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  15. Already a follower. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing

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  16. Wow, what a fantatic project and GREAT idea! TFS!
    Love it!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
    jskoning at msn dot com

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  17. Awesome project! Thanks for the tip on the icing bags! :D

    I became a follower. :)

    cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

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  18. LOVE your "hot chocolate cones"!!!

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  19. Love this idea and the presentation is soooo pretty.
    nana5604 at gmail dot com

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  20. Super project! Already a Follower!
    abusybee24atcoxdotnet


    Carri~Abusybee
    www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

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  21. I was referred by mom Jolyn. I am new to the blog world. Love your site and the Christmas in July idea is brilliant.

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  22. I'm already a follower!! I have the bags, already to make, they are so cute!!
    Thanks for the chance to win your amazing giveaway!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  23. AWESOME IDEA! Especially with this economy, time and money saving tips are awesomely appreciated! Thanks for sharing :) I am a follower and I would be honored if you would check out my blog and become a follower as well at http://acreativejourneywithmelissa.blogspot.com/

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  24. Ingenious idea! I love that you included mini choco chips as well as the umbrella. Nice touch! I'm already a follower. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win your awesome blog candy.

    Anniebee
    anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com

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  25. They look so yummy! This is a great idea. I know what we will be making in October. Thanks for the idea. Already a follower. http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com

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  26. Came by to do the Christmas in July Blog Hop with Nicolette from Beyond Scrappin' but didn't see the post, but let me tell you this is awesome, definitely going to make some to put in my grandkids cups for Christmas morning. What a treat for them. TFS such a fabulous idea. pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  27. Great idea for bus drivers and aides, the mailman, newspaper carriers!! Super Idea! Can't wait to make some..:)

    transport7800@aol.com
    http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com/
    I am a new follower!

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  28. Brynn these are great and they make the perfect little gift for that person you want to give just alittle something too...
    Fabulous idea!!!!
    Michelle
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com

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  29. I've never made one of these.. but need to. thanks for sharing an awesome idea.
    parkernana5@cox.net

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  30. Hopping by to say "hello" on day 2! Be back tomorrow!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

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  31. One of my favorite gifts and an adorable tag! Wonderful job!

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  32. what a great gift idea and I love the tag.

    Dana
    Danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

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  33. Very cute idea. I love it and thanks for sharing.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  34. I've been wanting to make these like forever. GREAT job and sweet tags!

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  35. wonderful...I have bought these before but never thought to make them myself...great idea...TFS
    Eva :0)
    evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

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  36. I was just stopping back by today to see if you happened to have posted yet another great gift idea because these cocoa cones are sooo gosh darn cute. I am going to be making these for someone...
    thanks for this great idea. I'm a long time follower of your blog.
    Michelle
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com

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  37. These will make wonderful gifts :) TFS

    tiffanymarierice@yahoo.com
    http://sparkledmemories.blogspot.com/

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  38. Great ideas,love the tags,I am already one of your followers,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Love your cocoa cones nad will be making these, your tags are fantastic.
    Kathy
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

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  40. These are absolutely awesome! I love all your fabby ideas and the tags look soooooo gorgeous! I love to mat everything too. It really does make everything look so much better. Great job my lovely friend! Thanks for the chance to win too! :0)


    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!


    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

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  41. Hi, Brynn! Just wanted to invite you to the Creative Memories Party that Linda and I are hosting this Sunday, July 31st at 2:00. It will be at Linda's house: 4 Cholla Court, Edgewood, NM. There will be a couple of make and takes, snacks and crafty fun! Hope you can make it! If you want to ride out there with my sister and me let me know. My phone number is 831-9283.

    Hope you can make it!

    Margaret






    Margaret

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  42. Hello my friend! I *love* this soft, delicate creation! SO gorgeous!

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  43. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm just glad I was been able to visit your site. Keep it up.

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I am honored to hear your words. Thank you friend!