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It's like Santa's Workshop in my Too Cool Studio this week as I work on some stocking stuffer orders for some local customers!  Today, I'm sharing some hot cocoa pouches featuring the Hug In a Mug stamp set.   

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Update: Stamparatus Reservation Changes!  During the last reservation window, the allotted Stamparatus quantity sold out in just 15 minutes!  To prevent that, Stampin' Up! has announced some changes to the next reservation window, which opens again December 5 at 2pm MT. 

  • December 5-30 Reservation Window will continue to take reservation throughout the ENTIRE window and allow as many orders as they receive right up until December 30!
  • Beginning March 19, they will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in their warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
  • In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer and one per demonstrator.
  • Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.
  • If you pre-ordered during the previous window, you may order again this time.

How Does The Reservation Process Work?  Starting today at 2pm MT, you'll be able to reserve your Stamparatus at my Online Store.  You will see a reservation link on the Stamparatus product page.  You'll need a customer account and a credit card number for your reservation, but your card will not be charged until the product ships next year.  Once it becomes available, you will be asked to go back into your account to complete your order.  At that time, you'll be able to add other products to your order.  When you finalize your order, you'll also be able to earn Stampin' Rewards, add a Host Code, and/or qualify for Sale-a-Bration promotional items that will be available from Jan 3 through March 31.  See complete details: Stamparatus FAQs PDF.

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Hug In A Mug Hot Cocoa Pouches

I love mass-producing, so I've been having so much fun working on customer orders!  It's especially heart-warming that my little hand-stamped projects will help to spread holiday cheer!  I recently created a batch of these hot cocoa pouches for a local organization for them to give as a little thank you gift to volunteers! 

Need Some Cute Gifts? If you need some unique little gifts for you associates, clients, co-workers, teachers or volunteers, I am still taking a limited amount of orders for this season.  I have lots of unique stocking stuffer projects from which to choose, and some craft fair leftovers are available right away.  If you need the order shipped, actual shipping will apply.

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Hot Cocoa Pouches—I created a variety of hot cocoa pouches using the cute Hug In A Mug stamp set along with some retired designer series papers and ribbons that I had on hand.  I filled the pouches with Land O' Lakes Deluxe Cocoa Mixes and a little candy cane.  Yum!  The pouches fit into Clear Envelopes for a nicely packaged presentation, too!

Hot cocoa pouches - emerald mat & cherry mug

Hot Cocoa Pouch Basics—This Early Espresso pouch is created with just a half-sheet of card stock, 5-1/2" x 4-1/4".  I scored it at the 4-1/4" mark, just like a card, then trimmed off the corner on the diagonal.  The cut is made from 1-3/4" mark along the top, down about 2-3/4" along the side.  I adhered the bottom only of the pouch with Tear & Tape Adhesive, leaving the side loose to accommodate the thickness of the cocoa packet. 

Next, I adhered a 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" strip of retired designer paper along the bottom.  I used my old Crop-o-dile to punch two holes along the edge, but you could use a regular hole punch.  I added some retired Emerald Envy satin ribbon through the holes and tied into a bow for a pretty closure. 

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Mug Label—I started by stamping a Hug In A Mug greeting on a 2" Circle Punch with Soft Suede ink, leaving room for the image on the right side.  I also used the three little decorative borders from from the stamp set to add some stripes in Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz and Emerald Envy.  It's popped up with Dimensionals onto a Dazzling Diamonds scallop circle die-cut with the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I adhered it onto an Emerald Envy Lots of Labels die-cut with Tear & Tape.  I mounted the whole label onto the pouch front with Dimensionals. 

Cocoa Mug—I stamped the Hug In a Mug cup outline in Soft Suede onto Whisper White card stock, then stamped the solid inside color in Cherry Cobbler that was stamped off once. I added some Soft Suede whipped cream and a candy cane, which I colored with a Real Red marker.  I also stamped a snowflake in Soft Suede on the front before hand-cutting it out and attaching it with Glue Dots to the circle.  I finished up with three Rhinestone Jewels.

Hot cocoa pouches - cherry mat & emerald mug
Two Cool—I did a second version using Soft Suede card stock for the pouch and some retired Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon for the closure.

Hot cocoa pouches - cherry mat & emerald mug 2
I also changed the label to Cherry Cobbler and the mug to stamped-off Emerald Envy.  This cut has some marshmallows, instead of whip. 

Hot cocoa pouches - cherry mat & pear mug

Three Cool—Next up, I used some Cherry Cobbler DSP with some old Sweater Trim.  I also stamped with a different mug in Pear Pizzazz.

Hot cocoa pouches - olive mat & cherry mug

Four Cool—This time, I used a different greeting at the bottom and a different mug with a heart on the front in Cherry Cobbler.  I like the Old Olive label with the Early Espresso pouch color combination.

Hot cocoa pouches - red mat & pear mug

Five Cool—Finally, I used some striped DSP along with a Real Red label and some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon.  I sure love how these turned out and I hope my customer and her volunteers do, too!

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