Sunday, October 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Holiday Hop




I was so excited that the UPS truck delivered my package on time, so I could get this little project ready for the blog hop! I've had this idea in my head since I saw these trees released a month ago. I LOVE to make cookie mixes for family and friends for the holidays. The year that my daughter was born, I hadn't done anything for family and friends and was feeling really down about it. At the last minute, literally an hour or so before my husband was going to the family Christmas dinner, I started whipping out little jars of cookie mix. It went so fast, and I felt happy to have something to send with him to the party (I was keeping the kiddos home...RSV and flu season). It's a bummer that I didn't have this stamp all those years ago. I think that they look really neat all layered in a jar. I always think that if people have reached their cookie-eating limit, they can wait and make these after the holiday bloat goes away! If you are mailing goodies to people instead of hand delivering, you can also put the cookie mix into ziploc-type bags. It doesn't layer well, so it's just a jumbled cookie mix, but it still tastes just as good, and you don't have to worry about fresh cookies going stale before they can be eaten.

A few tips I will share (which I didn't follow here) if you plan on doing your own cookie mixes, or any other mix in a jar:
1) Use wide mouth jars. It makes it easier to load all the ingredients, as well as tapping it down to get everything to fit. Here is the link to the recipe I use for my "canned cookies."
2) Adding a little cut out of material to the top of the jar really gives it a nice finished look. If you don't have material, which I usually don't, I do like to at least use a plain screw on lid. The "bring out the best" on the lid is a little distracting from the overall look of the project.
3) The thing I like about this particular cookie recipe is that even without adding the raisins or chocolate chips that the recipe calls for, the jar is almost full. So if you worry about whether people would prefer raisins or chocolate chips, you can just omit them from the jar, but make sure that you add that ingredient to the recipe card.

Stamps: PTI Tree Trimming Trio
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Plum Pudding, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise
CS: PTI Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel
Accessories: PTI Scarlet Jewel Satin Ribbon, Epoxy Stickers

40 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

Very, very nice!! Thanks for sharing your talent my dear!!

-t

Susan (peebsmama) said...

This is a nice idea for non-bakers because there isn't much left for them to do but add the wet ingredients, mix and bake. Nice recipe card to accompany it too.

Latisha said...

What a great project, thanks for sharing!

Heidi said...

Yummy! Your cookies sound good! The tags are really cute! Now I have to add that set to my wish list ;0)

Kathryn B said...

That's a really cool idea! I like it.

Jen said...

Your recipe cards look fantastic!

Natasha said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a cool gift idea!

laurie said...

Wow these turned out awesome. I love the trees!

Kelly S. said...

Oh fun color schemes on these...cookie recipe looks yummy, too!

Deanna said...

Love love love!

Deb C said...

Such a great gift idea. I love the tree on the directions.

TFS~

Diane Jaquay said...

These look great on your cookie mix jars, what an awesome gift idea!

BethieJ said...

These are WONDERFUL!! Love this stamp set.. and such a GREAT idea! I bet they loved them!

Lori said...

Great project and so pretty!!

Michelle said...

I have gotten one of these before but never thought to make them. I love the pink tree!! - - and you got the epoxy stickers. Great job.
TFS
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bah!!

Cammie said...

Such a thoughtful and yummy gift. The recipe cards are beautiful!

Melissa said...

I love these jars--great job decorating them!!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful idea! Love it!

Dru said...

Cool gift and love how you made the recipe part of the tag - great idea and very cute too!!

kimosabescraps said...

this is such a cute idea... and so great since so many people are allergic to things nowadays I don't like to bake but this is great.. they can substitute items if need be kwim? I may have to do a few of these as gifts for neighbors!!

Marge said...

What a great idea - I know the perfect person for this gift!!! Love how you did the recipes -- so gorgeous!!!

Lizzie Jones said...

I love this idea! These would be great quick presents for neighbors and other smallish gift folks. Thanks for sharing!

Terri said...

Great idea! I love how the you made the recipe cards too.

Sue Pardue said...

Great idea! I love how it turned out.

Susan said...

Love these cards, they are just beautiful!!!

peggysue said...

Sorry you had to miss the party, but what a great idea to make the cookie mixes! This is such a cute project!

Lori said...

What a great holiday gift idea!

resmith said...

Great idea for tags!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh I love these Jar gifts! You did a fantastic job making those beautiful recipe / direction tags! :)

Laura O'Donnell said...

oh wow, what a great project!

Dana said...

Your recipe tag looks so adorable!! Thanks for sharing the link! I like that idea of cookie mixes in a jar but never tried to make one.

Courtney Baker said...

Wow great idea! I just love those jars when I get them!

JazzyH said...

Pretty!

Banu said...

Very nice idea. Interesting and different gift idea :)

Jenni said...

yet another great idea from you! Keep them coming!

Chris said...

What a fantastic gift idea and so beautifully decorated!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Fabulous creation, Rebecca! I do love that tree.

Kerri said...

Oh, you got the trees!!! I love this project and the trees look fabulous : ) Ok, I need to go pull mine out and get them inky!

Chris said...

this is fabulous! i love the tree tags you made, i am a fan of jar-gifts!! >"<

My lifes inky escape and more said...

I love this! What a fun gift and the recipe sounds yummy!