Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Card and Gift Blog Hop

Hello Charming Blog Hoppers!

Thank you for participating in Jaime's fun Christmas Card and Gift Bloghop.

You likely arrived here from Meighen's scrappin3rdeeschik blogspot. If you'd rather start at the very beginning, jump to Jaime's site at

I'll be showing you a box gift and poem I created, just perfect for those little gifts you like to give teachers' aides, card partners, cookie swappers, etc. They're easy to make and not too expensive to do.

First, I cut the "crayon box" using Cricut's "Tags, Bags, Boxes and More" cartridge. Press the "black-out" feature otherwise you'll get holes in the upper part of each side of the box. Score and assemble the box.

I adapted and wrote a portion of the poem I used ... feel free to "lift" it without attribution. I created a layout for the poem and a bit of free Click Art (Santa) on cardstock and fussy-cut the Santa around the corner. I embellished Santa's snowflakes using Stickles, and adorned the whole lot with ribbon.

Inside, I stocked the "Santa Zest" with a package of hot chocolate mix, a little baggie with marshmallows and large chocolate chips, and a peppermint candy stick for stirring.

Here is the inside of the box:

Here's how the poem goes:

Did you ever wonder,

has it crossed your mind:

"How does Santa do his work

without falling far behind?"

He needs some special energy

with magic mixed in a pot.

A little snow, a lot of love

and chocolate hits the spot.

So here's a taste of Santa Zest

to sip when you're feeling tired.

Heat it up, put up your feet

and know you are admired!

BLOG CANDY for followers:

Win a custom-created cover for your Cricut Expression, like this one I created for Tracy, winner of my last blog candy prize:

You pick the color of the lettering and background fabric color, and specify whether you need a Cricut Expression or Baby Bug cover.

To be eligible to win:

1. Be (or become) a follower of this blog, at

2. Leave a comment to this post.

3. For an additional chance, add a comment to any of the "older posts" shown on this blog.

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday!

So now hop on over to Jennifer at

Crafty Card Gallery
by clicking this link just above.


ModernaDesignsArt said...

This looks yummy, and I love the poem!
Your candy seems very special, hand-made and comes from the heart.
I'm a follower, TFS
Dorly Weitzen, Israel

Scrappin_3rdeeschik said...

What an adorable idea. Already a follower.Super dooper cute.

Karen said...

This is a great project. Would love to win the cover.

Ashley Nicole said...

This is such a cute idea. I'm already a follower.
glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

ScrappyGoodness said...

Great project! I'm a follower.

Auntie Em said...

The hot chocolate care package is such a sweet idea. Even the toppings. Enough to make anyone feel special.
Thank you for sharing! :o)

I am a follower.

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

What a cute and clever project! Adorable! I'm a follower.


Ellen Jarvis said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm done hopping for today .. going to go get a bagel and hot chocolate!

Jenni said...

Love it! So cute! The poem is adorable too! TFS!

Unknown said...

I love your project, just adorable. TFS

Heather said...

This is so cute! I love the cricut cover!!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Trisha said...

This is a very sweet idea. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a wonderful cricut dust cover (although I never get it closed up long enough to cover). I am a follower.

scrapperbecka said...

Cute idea. You did a great job

scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

Krista said...

This is nice for a teacher--the get so much "stuff." Now here is a little treat that they can keep around just for the season.
Krista from
Dee invited me to the blog hop.

stefeni said...

What a cute project and beautiful bug cover. Thanks for sharing.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Brenda said...

I liked the poem and the gift box - very cute gift. I also became a follower of your blog.

terriennz said...

This is such a neat idea. I've always wanted to cut out the "crayon box" in TBBM.. just never had a reason to. lol (now I do) I'm a new follower. Thanks for a chance to win! Happy Holidays!

Terrie Barroso

Brittni said...

What a cute, nifty little idea!!! I will have to keep it in mind for school gifts and such!

Unknown said...

Very cute.. Thanks for sharing.. im a new follower.. I would love to win a cover for my cricut..

Nicolle Kramer said...

Love the card and poem...and yummy to hot chocolate...thanx for the inspiration..i became a follower....:)

Anna said...

Such a sweet and creative project!!! Love the poem and thanks for the lift of it. I am an old follower. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Tanya said...

Great project, love the poem!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Darlene said...

too cute! haven't seen this one before. TFS

oh my! I would love to win a cover fr my expression!

desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Cheryl Gaffney said...

I love the gift box and the poem is too cute!

TFS, Cheryl @

Unknown said...

I love the crayon box and the poem too. I am now a follower and will visit often. I also commented on your partridge. It's pretty.


Unknown said...

Such a *sweet* idea! I'm sure Santa appreciates it! I'm now a glad we were hopping together today!

BlueCrayons said...

love , love, love this. thanks for sharing.

GiGi said...

This is so great! That poem is did a fantastic job! TFS!
booger1 at

ohwhatsername said...

Super cute! What a great idea I love it!

Melissa said...

So cute and thanks for the poem!

How nice of you to offer up another Cricut cover! Crossing my fingers and toes again!


kathlee said...

Awesome project and that cover is great!! dear Santa...TFS!!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

BearyAnn said...

What a great idea. The poem is perfect. I can think of several people to make on of these for.

Sandy Hentzel said...

This would be great teacher gifts!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Lynlee said...

How cute! Love the poem!

Tabitha said...

adorable little box

jennyplace2 said...

Wow, such a great poem, I am for sure going to lift this one. I will make it for my grandkids to leave for Santa this year. TFS such a great ideal!

Jamie said...

How cute is this?! I love the poem and the whole package! :) Great job!

You are awesome!

Btw-I love your covers and would be honored to win one!

Thanks for sharing and for joining in the blog hop! as you know I'm a big fan! :)


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Kris in Alaska said...

LOL I've seen the snowman poop and reindeer food but not Santa zest! Too cute! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Jodie R said...

Oh my gosh! This is absolutely too cute for words. This is the perfect teacher gift! Thank you!

jvilla95ar at

Scrappers' Ranch said...

Hi Ellen

I love this! and the poem is too cute!
I am already a follower of your blog.
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C

tsx4mom said...

I am a follower and love your project. It is super cute. Thanks for sharing!!!
Lori T

Unknown said...

I love your project - great poem! I am now a follower!!! msstoenatrunestonedotnet

Pamela Lash said...

Your project was lovely and I enjoyed the poem! TFS!

pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Amee said...

Amazing adorable!!! I will have to lift it and use it!!! :)

Kathryn said...

This is such a fantastic idea to give to friends and as stocking stuffers. The are so darn cute and the poem is the best I have seen. TFS

I am also in a hop and if you like come hop on by.

wamfamily at surewest dot net

aud1inok said...

What a sweet poem. Thanks for the great idea.

Unknown said...

Cute!!! Good idea! Already a follower! Just couldn't hit all the blogs this weekend!