Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

If Elvis and Starbucks were around at the same time, I think his lyrics would actually be -- "I'll have a brew, brew Christmas without you..."

Welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this fun, fun event and I want to thank Amy Tsuruta for orchestrating it. Who better to be Queen of the Coffee Lovers, right?!


I have a multipurpose coffee themed project to share. I've used the Bo Bunny Christmas line called Candy Cane Lane for several projects this season, so I thought why not keep that going? I love the colors and the retro feel to it, but I wanted a card that was a little feminine for a girlfriend's gift.

I used Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte stamp set and embossed the cup and swirly, steamy "happy holidays" onto vellum card stock to create an overlay for the patterned paper notched banner. A bit of soft pink chevron ribbon from May Arts completes the banner. But wait...here's a surprise!





This little banner is really a bookmark! I used Basic Grey's small magnetic snaps, slit the fold on the top of the card, and slipped the bookmark into it. The bookmark keeps safe the pretty vignette going on beneath it -- a vellum card stock embossed panel below a paper doily, and then a San Diego destination-themed Starbucks gift card inside a small glassine bag.



It's the gift that clearly keeps on giving! It's not a fancy-schmancy over-the-top card, but I know someone who's going to love it!

Now I have a little gift for YOU, my coffee loving friends. I enjoyed this treat at The Making Place's birthday party last week and LOVED it! Cheryl, the lovely owner, shared the recipe, which she got from Serena Thompson's book The Farm Chicks Christmas

Coffee Latte Punch

1/3 cup instant coffee powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 gallon 2% milk (8 cups)
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Heat 1 cup of water to boiling in a medium saucepan; add the instant coffee powder and sugar, then stir until dissolved. Set aside until cool. Pour the coffee mixture into a large container and stir in the milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Thirty minutes before serving, pour the coffee mixture into a large punch bowl. Stir in the half-and-half. Using a scoop, add the ice cream to the punch bowl and let sit until most of the ice cream has melted - approximately 25 minutes. Gently whisk the ice cream into the coffee mixture until incorporated and serve.

And if you've been patient enough to get to this point, I've got a bit o' blog candy for you - (if your comment doesn't link to you, leave contact info). THREE random, lucky folks will enjoy a cuppa' joe on me -- I've got three Starbucks gift cards to give away! Be sure to leave your comment before midnight on Sunday, December 14.

Thank you for stopping by and may all your holiday wishes come true...be safe, be happy, be caffeinated!



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53 comments:

  1. Shannon! You crack me up and I could totally hear Elvis singing "brew" Christmas...I think you're on to something...hehehe. Loooove your sweet card and best of all adding a GC makes it perfection!!

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  2. Wow such a sweet card and great recipe, thank you for sharing.

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  3. ohhh lovely card and great recipe!!!!

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  4. Love your card!!! The vellum layers are beautiful! And that recipe sounds delicious!! And thanks for the fun blog candy offer! rbkhandcoatgmaildotcom

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  5. What a sweet card with a bookmark! The heat embossed cup looks so cute.

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  6. What a cute gift!
    So glad you hopped along! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Very cute gift!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  8. how cute is this.. love all the details
    thank you for the recipe

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  9. Awesome creation! Love the colors that you used and the softness of everything.

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  10. wow totally love this.. great designing..

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  11. Woohoo! Love the embossing on the vellum.

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  12. That is the sweetest card/gift combo. Wonderfully feminine, especially with the vellum TFS the recipe too. Sounds decadent.

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  13. ooh. i'm in the san diego area :) hi!! love gift card card. it's so very pretty!! :) thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Love this gift card holder card with the vellum bookmark! So cute!

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  15. This is a great project. Love the little envelope, the paper doily and the bookmark. Your friend is going to love this.

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  16. You stole my line - the gift that keeps on giving! I love your design. It's like one secret compartment of surprises after another! Great color choices, too. :)
    bexcruger at gmail dot com

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  17. omg that's clever!!!! love the colors and patterns.

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  18. Shannon, you know that I ALWAYS love it when you post projects! I'm thrilled that you're joining in the fun...how sweet is your card?! Multi-purpose and multi-tasking...super LOVE.

    Can I say that punch sounds divine?! seriously.

    yay for Starbucks!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop♡

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  19. I love your whole card but the embossing of the cup and happy holidays steaming out of the cup strike my fancy~Rock on Elvis!!

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  20. Wow your project is beautiful. Love the embossing. TFS mghowell8@msn.com

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  21. Beautiful card! Thank you for the recipe too!

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  22. Cool card and recipe! Crossing my fingers on the candy! momtojeb at gmail dot com

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  23. Nice card- love the ribbon. The drink recipe looks delish too.

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  24. That vellum bookmark banner looks awesome with the polka dot background - great design!

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  25. Love love love love these!! Sooooooooo fun!!!!!!

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  26. Woa, sweet projects, Love them!! I have some blog candy on my blog too!!

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  27. I love your idea of a pink holiday coffee card! So cute!

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  28. Love your sweet gift card holder card! I lol at your Elvis joke. Haha!
    Blessings~ Birgit

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  29. How fantastic is this! Great gift card holder, AND JOKE! LOL

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  30. Love how this awesome gift card holder is a gift that keeps giving with that great banner bookmark!

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  31. I LOVE the colors and feel of your card! So cute!

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  32. Beautiful card - love the colors and the embossing.
    isoscia@aol.com

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  33. Shannon, this is totally gorgeous! Love it!

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  34. I love this gift that keeps on giving! The soft colors and different textures are wonderful!
    Happy Holidays!
    Hugs, Debbie!

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  35. What an adorable card! Love the vellum gift card holder.

    Java happy day and Merry Christmas.
    Heather Dennis

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  36. Wow, awesome idea! LOVE the inspiration, especially the bookmark!. TFS, thanks for the opportunity to win such wonderful blog candy...nance459 at yahoo.com

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  37. What a fun and clever gift card, coffee card, Shannon, I love your use of the vellum! Happy Holidays!

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  38. Lovely card, I really like the vellum banner! Yummy recipe too :-p

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  39. Your card is amazing! the beautiful banner which is also a bookmark - AMAZING!! and, a great gift card holder too - awesome! thanks for the latte recipe - can't wait to try this!

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  40. Loving your bookmark & cardholder Shannon - many thanks for the recipe too!
    I'd love if you stopped by my blog for a chance of some blog candy too http://lyndalhiggins.blogspot.com.au

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  41. Hi Shannon! Great job!!! I like this tones!! Thanks for sharing. New follower here!!

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  42. I love the embossing done on the vellum, I haven't tried that yet, but I think I will now because I just love the way it looks on your card!

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  43. Cleaver idea for a gift card. TFS

    resatwo at sbcglobal dot net

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  44. Thanks for sharing your BEAUTIFUL card.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot
    dmcardmaker{at}{AOL}{dot}{COM}

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  45. swoon - such a gorgeous card!! i love all of the vellum, and textures!! and it holds a gift card - so cool!!!! that heat embossed image on the vellum banner is AWESOME!!

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  46. Beautiful girlie coffee card! Love it! And, I'm loving all the coffee gift card blog candy being offered! Thanks for offering some and the chance to win it.

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  47. Wow! Fabulous way of giving gift card for sure!

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