Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nuts for Christmas

Every year I make home made treats to give to family and friends.  One of the things I have made for several years is this delicious Sugar and Spiced Nuts recipe.
I recycled some Starbucks Mocha drink bottles (put them through the dishwasher) to use for containers.
I die cut some birch wrapping paper that I got this year at Pier 1 Imports (so pretty!) using a die from PTI's Wonderland Make it Market set and placed them on the front and back of the bottles.  It not only looks nice and rustic, but conveniently covers some of the sticky adhesive that was under the bottle labels.  
(not shown:  I also punched circles out of the birch paper to put on top of the covers)
The cute Merry Christmas labels and holly are from die sets by Impression Obsession: Christmas Tags and Patchwork Holly.  I added a red rhinestone for the berry.  The Nuts for You is from My Punny Valentine set from PaperTrey Ink (I think it's retired).
I tied the label around the bottle with a piece of wrinkled seam tape so it would hang over the birch oval.  I got the recipe for the nuts from a long time stamping friend from Splitcoaststampers Denise Marzec who had it on her blog in 2008.   Denise stopped posting on her blog in 2013 but I found her recipe on this post and copied the photo of her recipe to share with you
 The nuts are DELISH!!

I'm linking my label gift bottle to:
Anything Goes Christmas

Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


I was inspired by the rustic look of the paper and idea of a gift
Clean and Simple style

Stamps:  My Punny Valentine - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  white, Dark Chocolate - PTI, birch wrapping paper from Pier 1 Imports
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  bottles from Starbucks drinks, ScorTape, 1 1/2" circle punch, red rhinestones, Oval die from Wonderland Make it Market Kit - PTI, Christmas Tags Dies and Patchwork Holly Dies - Impression Obsession, wrinkled seam tape, foam dots, small oval punch - SU.

20 comments:

Darnell said...

These are fabulous, Sis! Thank you for the recipe!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

Mona Pendleton said...

What fun sweet treats Julia! Thanks for the inspiration!

Astrid Maclean said...

Yor recycled bottles look wonderful and the nuts certainly look yummy!! Thank you for the recipe, I am very temped to give them a try!

I received your absolutely STUNNING card today, thank you so very much! That colourful sky with those deer in front are so effective, I absolutely love it!!!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

These treats look wonderful........and delish!!

Macimbalo said...

They look so yummy! Who wouldn't LOVE receiving these and thanks for including the recipe. I really like your creativeness in packaging these! Gorgeous AND tasty!

Julie Gearinger said...

Julia, what a fabulous gift idea!! Love the containers and how you created the labels as well as those delicious treats inside!! Thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept- hugs and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, such awesome gifts, I love the up-cycled bottles ant the pretty rustic look. Awesome gift :)

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Fantastic idea! I love your packaging and I'm betting that your spiced nuts are delicious!
Excellent!!

Mac Mable said...

Such a unique idea. Love that wood panel paper and the tags are gorgeous. Love the pop of red on the berry's and what a lovely recipe too. Great idea for family and friends x

Agi said...

What a good idea! I like the paper mistletoes!

laurie said...

What an awesome idea! So creative and fun!

Redanne said...

Those nuts do look very yummy Julia and l love how you recycled those bottles, they look beautiful. I am trying my hand at chocolate this year, not sure how I will get on..... Hugs, Anne xx

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful and creative homemade gifts, Julia. I keep looking at the birch paper you slipped into my Christmas card. I thought you may have made it because as we all know...you are very talented my friend:-) It is actually wrapping paper..well it will be part of homemade projects in the future. I love it and my sweet CAS Christmas card. TFS and Happy Holidays. Hugs

butterfly said...

They do look delish! And they are beautiful bottles for all that deliciousness too.
Alison x

Bonnie said...

Nuts are a wonderful holiday gift, Julia! And what a perfect way to give them! Love that paper!

Susan Powell said...

What a great idea!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept and for sharing the recipe too. Merry Christmas!

artful-notions said...

Yum, and gorgeous too! Julia, you're a genius! So glad to find you in lineup at the Card Concept Challenge. Hugs!

Julie B said...

What a great idea for a present, home made pressies show how much you care.
Thanks for joining in at HLS Anything Goes with dies. :)

Loll said...

These gifts of nuts are fantastic Julia!! LOVE that you've used the starbuck bottles ... they are just the perfect size and shape. I will have to try out your spiced nuts for next year. Do you mind sending me the recipe as it's hard to read on the recipe card photo? And I love that birch paper. Thank you so much for sending some to me with your beautiful Christmas card!! I'm looking forward to using it. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Love, Loll

Team Clark said...

What a fabulous idea and beautiful design. I'm sure these were the talk of your festivities! Hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas and will have a great New Year. Hugs, Autumn