Saturday, September 12, 2009

For the Hostess

In Croatia, chocolate chips are hard to come by. I once packed a small suitcase, the kind that can by taken as hand luggage, full of chocolate chips and peanut butter on our way back to Croatia from the US. The security people got suspicious that something so small could be so heavy (like 60 lbs heavy!). They asked me to open it and were surprised that I had packed so much chocolate chips in such a small space. Our family loves them, so I had to bring enough that will last us for months. :-)

Croats do not typically bake with them. So, chocolate chip cookies are still a novelty. Around Christmas time, we get invited to people's homes many times for coffee or just a lovely chat. I usually think of a small gift to give to each host/hostess.

Thanks to Verve's August Project Parade, I got a jump start in planning what I will be giving and how I will be packaging my little gifts this year. I also make this with a printed Croatian sentiment, "za vas" for my friends who do not speak English.

And here's the close up of the card.



Stamps: Holiday Silhouettes (Inkadinkado), My Cuppa' Joe (GKD), Unity medallion BG
Paper: Green Apple (GinaK), Urban Prairie (Basic Grey)

Ink: Old Olive, Really Red

Other: gold pearls, ribbon and red rhinestone


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9 comments:

  1. Wow! Nina this is one beautiful bundle!! I am positive anyone who gets this will LOVE it!!! BTW, I loved your CC Story!! Funny!!
    HUGS!!

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  2. This looks not only gorgeous but delicious, too, Nina!!! Wonderful gift idea!!!

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  3. Love this fun gift idea Nina. That gingham ribbon really adds the added pop of color. Super fun Reindeer. I am so kicking myself for not yet owning that medallion. Guess I better to add it to my very LAST SU order soon.
    Since we are military, we can shop at the commissary on base and that is where I purchase the frappaccini. Kinda the best of all worlds because they carry American products, and items from all over Europe, Hawaii, just everything you can imagine

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  4. I love how you stacked the cookies into a tube shape. The bling (gold dots) on your card is so spontaneous, it makes the card so fun to look at. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your story about taking chocolate chips home in your suitcase:) I do the same thing with honey butter when I visit my sister in Texas...it comes in jars and always make my suitcase so heavy! This will be a special treat for the lucky person you give it to :) Beautiful card.

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  6. Love the card Nina!! I am sure this gift will be enjoyed by many!! I wonder if I could send cc through the mail?? hmm....
    Blessings and Hugs!!

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  7. Such a pretty card! And I love the way you combined a little subtle strip of the otherwise so "retro" looking Offbeat paper with such a classy Xmas image! Great job! Greetings from Germany!

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  8. Golly, That is something I didn't realize. Whoa . . . . Love chocolate chips and I would have to do the same thing, Maybe even two suitcases.
    The card is a beauty.. Love the gold bling. The ribbon is perfect and the images are beautiful! The packaging with the matching ribbon just tops the whole gift off. yummy!

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