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Gift Jar Inspiration, Let's Get Hopping Round #2

Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Confession time, I have a hoarding problem!  Specifically glass jars.  Every time I empty one in my kitchen I clean it up and hide it away - saving it for when I can fill it, dress it up and gift it out.
Reused jars make for a thrifty packaging choice, but are also much more environmentally friendly than new or plastic packaging options - a great fit for my growing green mindset. 
The growing jar collection is driving my hubby slightly crazy though, so I asked my "Let's Get Hopping" friends for help. Today the group are sharing some cute DIY gift jar inspiration.
Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Muesli Bar Muesli

This year I've been handing out a lot of muesli.  Yes, you read right, muesli lol... A few years ago I changed my diet to cut out preservatives and quit sugar.  I love a bowl of muesli and coconut milk for breakfast in the morning.  It's also a yummy topper for fruit and greek yoghurt.  Both my kids happily tuck into this for dessert most nights!  
While I'm making the weekly batch, it's easy to pop aside in a jar to gift.  A few friends have since asked for the recipe so I'm adding this too.  See the bottom of the post for details.
Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Matching gift card

I know my food and gift choices might seem a little quirky to some - what better fit for the gift tag than the very cute "Quirky Critters" Quail.  And of course, while you are making a tag, why not make a card to match too! 
There is a lot of hype in the Stampin' Up! world at the moment with the impending release of the brand new Stampin' Blends markers, set to go on sale November 1st.  I have not got these yet, but I do have the gorgeous watercolour pencil collection that is so fun and easy to work with.  I was inspired to pull them out and put them to work here!
Play along!

Click the link below to find out what fun gift inspiration Diana has in store for you!  

What's your fav DIY gift jar idea?

If you have a favourite DIY gift jar idea to share I would love to see it.  Add your pic to Instagram with the hashtag #letsgethopping2 and comment here on the blog so I know to keep an eye out for it!!

Make this card with me!

Watch along as I colour these bright birds over on my YouTube Channel *HERE*  or
register today to make this card and tag project at my upcoming Bendigo class THIS SATURDAY!  Learn more *HERE*

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Quirky Critters
Inks: StayzOn Black, 
Papers: Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White
Accessories/Tools: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Bermuda Bay Striped Ribbon (retired), In Colour Doily (retired)

I've just put together a handy blog post planner, especially for paper-crafters! With this printable bundle, you can make sure that every blog post you write is brought together smoothly and is working hard to serve you and your audience well. Learn more *HERE*


This recipe is my take on a few favourites I've come across over the last few years.  I use the below as loose guidelines when making up a batch - I adjust to what is in my pantry at the time and I kinda guess my measurements but it always works out delicious.
Preheat oven to 150c fan forced.

In a large roasting pan, combine:
- a bag of rolled oats (700 - 900g),
- 1 cup coconut flakes, 
- 1 cup shredded coconut,
- 1 cup raw buckwheat groats,
- 1 cup chopped nuts (we love macadamias but walnuts, almonds and cashews work well too),
- 1 cup of seeds (I use a mix of sunflower and pepitas), and
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon.  
In a small saucepan, add:
- 1 cup of oil (I use half a cup of coconut oil and half a cup of extra virgin olive oil) with
- half a cup of rice malt syrup
gently warm and stir until combined.

Stir oil mix through muesli a little at a time until all the ingredients are evenly coated. 

Put in the oven for 10 minutes.  Toss and cook for a further 10 minutes.  Toss again and cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes until evenly toasted. 

Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container - or glass jar!

Watercolor Christmas, The Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop

The Crafty Carrot Co team know just how busy the holiday season can be!  Quick projects are good projects at this time of year!  That's why we are recommending the Watercolor Christmas Card Kit this month.  With it's pre-printed elements and pre-prepared card bases it's perfect for creating a bunch of handmade Christmas cards in minutes!

But of course, our Crafty Carrot monthly programs are all about variety and inspiring creativity!  So we are all putting this kit to good use in a heap of different ways and we can't wait to share our ideas with you all.

For today's blog hop, I've used the kit elements to do a little memory keeping.  These pictures are from Christmas two years ago.  I'm so grateful they are now printed and in the album! 

I paired the pre-printed patterned card bases and elements with the coordinating Watercolor Christmas stamp set to embellish these pocket pages.

I just love the watercoloured look to these accents!

Be sure to click the link below to follow the hop to catch the fabulous projects all 5 of our Artisan award-winning team members have created for you today!  Next up is the amazing Krista Frattin from Canada who has a project you do not want to miss!

We would love to have you join the fun throughout November!  All you have to do is shop with the Crafty Carrot demonstrator from your region OR subscribe today!

Shopping Suggestion
Watercolor Christmas Card Kit

Recommended extras
Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set
Whisper White Card Stock

3D Holiday Ideas, Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Hi all! It's so great to be back with the Fancy Friday blog hop team to share with you some '3D' inspiration.  Today I'm showing you how to add a simple 3D effect to a card with a little creative die cutting.

In my design here, I've cut the star shape from the very classy silver 'Year of Cheer' pattern and re-attached it through the centre, giving the sides a lift.  It makes for a subtle, yet impressive touch of dimension.  I've decorated with imagery from the Merry Patterns Stamp Set you can pick up absolutely FREE at the moment!  Contact me to book your very own girls night in. Learn more *HERE*.

I went ahead and made a little gift tag to match! Next month I'm going to feature these designs in a huge Paper Craft Party.

P.S.  you're invited!  I hope you can come.  Learn more *HERE*.

I hope that you've enjoyed this project!  Please do click the link below to see the holiday inspiration the amazing Fancy Friday team have to share with you.  Next up is my talented friend Susan Wong.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Merry Patterns
Inks: VersaMark, Garden Green, Real Red
Papers: Whisper White, Year of Cheer
Accessories/Tools: Journalling pen, Paper piercing tool, Stampin' Sponge, Delicate White Doilies.