Hot Chocolate Gift with Cricut Imagine & Joys Life Stamps

I had you at “chocolate” didn’t I?

I have 4 nephews and 1 niece (so far). My littlest nephew is only 3, so I gave him some fun 3 yr old things, but these are some gifts I gave to my neice and oldest nephews. Basically, it’s just super easy. You cover the hot chocolate can with some cute paper. Let me give you an important tip. People might want to actually drink this gift so some instructions written down would be super helpful. (Am I right Benjamin?) 😉 He had quite a time taking the paper off of the can to figure out the appropriate scoop vs. water/milk method. I ATG’d that thing half to death.  If you don’t want to be in great crafter pain as you watch your gift get disassembled, write down some instructions.  Just sayin’.

Using the Cricut Imagine More Cards and my Cricut Imagine I cut out those gift card holders.  I used both the Imagine More Cards cartridge and the Cricut Imagine Mr. Frosty Cartridge to make different patterns for each part of the card holders.

I used the Joy’s Life Father & Son and Mother & Daughter stamps both to create the sentiments on each card.  One of the things I like best about these stamp sets is that they are completely interchangeable.  I knew that would come in handy!

Inside of Gift cards.

I did use one of my All Arounds Sentiments stamps in the card on the right.

Outside of Gift Cards

The paper of the card on the left is supposed to look that way.  All stamps are from my Mother & Daughter and Father & Son sets.

Top to Bottom Hot Chocolate Gifts

The paper wrapping the cans is from Stampin’ Up.  I love their paper!

Card Holders all Tied Up and Ready for Giving

I used a whole roll of twine during Christmas!  This week I placed an order for twine from The Twinery.  I haven’t gotten it yet, but you might want to check them out.  I get a lot of questions asking if the Cricut Imagine is worth it and if I like it.  I have to say that it is quite pricey, but I really do like it.  I think it will get even better as new functions are added to it.  Remember, it’s just in it’s starting out phase.

Come back tomorrow for Design Team Thursday!!

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  1. Ok, this is so awesome! Great idea! So, the Imagine prints those patterns onto the gift card holders? Or am I confused? I know it cut the gift card holders….but it also prints patterns, right?
    On a side note: I HAVE to get those stamps of yours! Sooooooo awesome!

  2. I LOVE this idea!! It would make a great “Secret Santa” gift too! I KNOW I won’t remember this for Christmas 2011, so you’re going to have to repost, okay?? I sell Stampin’ Up now, so I know I’ll have some of this beautiful paper to use! And maybe by next Christmas I’ll have an Imagine, too! wouldn’t THAT be nice!

  3. MondosGirl,
    I used a really big pop dot to stick the gift card holders to the top of the cans. They really held well. I was surprised! 🙂

  4. Shanyn,
    The Cricut Imagine does print and cut. It’s pretty cool! So, what I did was use an Imagine cartridge to cut out AND print that gift card holder. I wanted to have some different colors on different parts of it so I had it print patterns on the individual pieces, then I glued them on. It would only print one pattern on the whole gift card, so that’s why I had to do it that way. 😉

  5. This is a really good idea. My daughter and I used the cricut and made our own Christmas cards this year for the first time ever and we had a blast.

  6. I made your cocoa cans as gifts for my daughter’s dance and gym teachers. I typed the directions and printed them. Then cut to fit inside of plastic lid. Hopefully they looked under the lid before trying to remove the decoration!

  7. Ice caps! I like that one. Where do you get all your jokes Joy? But today’s demo is no joke, how great were those gifts. Gotta remember the big cans of cocoa! Thanks for the tip on directions too. TTFN ,be back tomorrow, can’t wait to see the design teams treasures.

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  8. I think I’m going to borrow this idea for valentines. Everyone knows chocolate and valentines goes together so this is perfect! Thanks Joy.

  9. Thanks for the reminder to note directions that crafting will cover up, such as the hot chocolate recipe … it’s just the sort of thing most of us would forget!

    Love the gift card holders! So cute!

  10. that is a really great tip Joy, to write out the directions, I just hate it when my creations are torn apart…….
    love your projects, TFS!!!!

  11. Joy, these are so cool! I love the idea of covering the whole can and writing down the directions! And those gift card holders are so cool! Thanks for showing such awesome things!

  12. Joy, I bet they loved them! Thanks for the tip to write down the directions first before covering the can. That’s just the thing I’d forget to do. The cans and gift card holders look so festive and fantastic.

  13. Could you pls tell me what size you cut the gift card holders? I too have the imagine and I tried to make some like this but I can’t figure out what size to cut. Going to try to remember this for next Christmas love it.

    1. Justina1218,
      I just remembered how I sized them. I added 2 to the electronic mat making them as big as they could big and both fit. Using those same dimensions I cut the 3rd one. I hope that helps! 😀

  14. I love this idea. I do alot of themes during the holidays and this is something that can be re-created with just the same great results. TFS.

  15. Thanks so much Joy! I hope you make some Imagine videos. I absolutely love your other ones.

  16. Love the simplicity of the card holder. Most are so complicated, this is one my student could even use. Thanks for giving such good advice and so many ideas!

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  17. I made hot chocolate tins filled with the extras (marsh mellows etc) for my nieces for Christmas too. They loved the idea.
    Kim xXx

  18. what a great Idea. you should write the directions on a post it and atg them to the bottom of the tin

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