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Chunky Cacao Granola, More Gift Jar Inspiration

Earlier this year, I shared one of our family's favourite breakfast cereal recipes - this delicious 'Muesli Bar Muesli'.  I'm back today to share another personal favourite, Chunky Cacao Granola.

It's seriously my favourite breakfast! Often when I make up a big batch I'll throw some into a jar to gift to a friend.  Hence my sharing today - I've had quite a few requests for the recipe!


Note, 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 beautifully!

Preheat oven to 180c (or 160c) fan forced.

In a large roasting pan, combine:
- 750g rolled oats
- 200g flaked coconut
- 200g raw buckwheat
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- 150g macadamias
- 150g hazelnuts
In a small saucepan, add:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla essense
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
gently warm and stir until combined.

Stir oil mix through granola 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!


I've decorated this card and tag with the sweet Bella & Friends puppy.  The colour scheme was guided by the Naturally Eclectic patterned papers.  The design was a fun class card for getting participants colouring with Stampin' Write Markers.  Follow the process yourself at home with this quick video tutorial *HERE*!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Bella and Friends, Thoughtful Banners
Card: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Naturally Eclectic
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sahara Sand
Tools and Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Emerald Envy), Blender Pen, Ruffle Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Cheerful Tags Thinlets (retired)
Adhesives: SNAIL adhesive (or double sided tape), Tear and Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals

Metallics, Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Metal-look embellishments never fail to catch the eye.  Whether its a ribbon, doily, washi tape, heat embossed image, foil paper or a scatter of sequins - a pop of metallics adds instant shine and glamour to a project!

Today, my Fancy Friday friends and I, are bringing you a heap of sparkly ideas.  Follow along with our hop to see some bright and creative paper projects!

For my project today, I reached for the silver fireworks style pattern from the Year of Cheer speciality paper - perfect for a New Years card.  I added layers of silver foil, some retired pool party metallic ribbon, shiny black sequins and a silver thread bow.

I usually use metallics much more sparingly - what do you think?  Too much or just right for this celebratory theme?

The beautiful big 'celebrate' sentiment comes from the Happy Celebrations stamp set. To achieve the two tone, I first carefully dabbed the bottom of the stamp on the Rich Razzleberry ink pad and then dabbed the top half with Memento black before stamping on whisper white.

I felt like I needed just a little extra razzleberry somewhere to tie it all together, so I daubed a delicate doily in the tone (this seems to be my go-to favourite technique at the moment!)

Now I know you are going to want to see some more sparkle and shine!  Be sure to click the link below to see what the brilliant Cathy Caines from Canada has to share with you.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Happy Celebrations
Inks: Memento Black, Rich Razzleberry
Papers: Whisper White, Year of Cheer, Pool Party, Silver Foil
Accessories/Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pool Party Metallic Ribbon (retired), Mini Sequin Trim (Black), Silver Thread, Delicate Doily, Stampin' Sponge


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4 Artisan award winners
4 weeks
4 live classes

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Something Old, Something New SALE

Hi friends,

This week I'm running very first online "Something Old, Something New" Sale. 

Something Old
I'm offering a bunch of my retired, ex-demo (preloved) Stampin' Up! products. 
Something New
Get them FREE with any order, of equal or greater value, of Stampin' Up! product in my online store.  Conditions apply (see notes below).

Please note:

  • Customers will incur the cost of postage from me to you on retired product (if applicable)
  • Qualifying online orders MUST USE HOST CODE
  • Offer only available in Australia
  • Offer ends 9am Friday 15th December

How to shop
Sale listings are on my facebook page *HERE*
Type "SOLD" in the comments of the individual photo of the product you are selecting. 
If someone has beaten you to it, feel free to comment "NEXT" to go on the waitlist for that item, just in case the sale falls through for some reason.

Send me a message through my facebook page to let me know you have finished your shopping.  Within 48 hours, I will message you with the shipping fee for your retired sale shop.  

You will only need to send me this shipping fee, the rest you can spend on anything your heart desires in my Stampin' Up! store.  These new orders must be placed by close of business Monday 18th December.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch!