Monday, November 16, 2009

A Heartwarming Gift Idea


Hello and welcome to my blog. Today i try to keep my posting short and sweet and rather give you some poems and a recipe you could copy out of my posting and use it on your own project.
I don’t think i need to say much about the card anyways :-) eventually you want to know how i have stamped the snowman onto the porcelain cup? That was a bit of try and error stamping. I inked the stamp with Stazon and held it in the palm of my hand. So i was able to push the entire stamp onto the round cup. It did not work with a acryl block due to the slippery surface. The image smeared. After i had a decent image – i used a thin permanent marker and carefully drew the missing lines. Then i colored with Copic markers onto the cup – being very careful not to get too close to the outlines – because the tip will be stained with Stazon. To deepen the colors – i used several colors of Stickles (Candy Cane Red, Lime Green and Stardust)  I don’t think this cup will stand a wash in the dishwasher :-) its more something decorative.. eventually to store some utensils in. I have several cups on my desk here with brushes, glue sticks ect.
This is a great mix to have in the cupboard for cold wintry days!


  • 2-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups white or pastel miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup instant chocolate or strawberry drink mix
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk blend powder
  • 1/3 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT (for each batch):
  • 3/4 cup boiling water


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 15 batches (5 cups total).
  • To prepare hot drink: Dissolve 1/3 cup mix in boiling water; stir well. 
    1 serving.

  • Cup3
I hear you've been naughty,
So listen, here's the scoop...
I'm running short on coal this year,
So you get "Snowman Poop"
Love, Santa
You've been bad,
And Santa's got the scoop;
So all you get for Christmas
Is snowman poop!
Hope this gives you some ideas to make your own quick and handmade present for somebody you care about.
I have sent this set to the lovely Nancy Schultz. :-)


Danielle said...

What a fabulous gift set Claudia! I love this snowman and how you stamped him on the mug - just super! Your card is as gorgeous as always - love all the bling!!
Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas with us!!
Hugs, Danielle

Anne said...

Wow Claudia!!!
Such a great little gift and great inspiration too.
Anne x

Valérie Goldenschue said...

ohh que c'est beau !!!!!!!

Jane Wetzel said...

OMG..This is so cute! I love everything about it! thanks for sharing all! :)

Jeanette said...

Wow Claudia! This is fantastic and your poem is just too funny! I dare not let my boys see this....they will never stop laughing at the snowman poop!
Hugs Jeanette

jude said...

Wow this is amazing great inspiration and love the mug and image.thanks for the ideas!
hugs judex

Nancy said...

Oh Claudia this card and cup is beautiful in the picture but I can tell you it is even more beautiful in person!!! This gift was one of the most memorable birthday gifts that I have ever received and it means so much to me! Thank you so much for telling how you stamped the cup! The hot coco recipe sounds very good and I will be trying it. Thank you!
Biggest of hugs,

Tricia said...

What a sweet gift!!! I love the cup - what genius!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us everyday!!

mary45 said...

Fabulous gift!!
Love the card,love the mug very cute indeed well done!
Also thank you for the recipe....

Jacque said...

What an absolutely darling gift set, Claudia!! I know Nancy was thrilled to receive a Claudia Original...It is absolutely delightful...Hope you are feeling better...Hugs...Jacque

Helena said...

I love your card!
The colours and the image is so beautiful.

Hugs, Helena

Vibeke said...

WOW this was a beautiful gift:)

Debby said...

fabulous idea and such a great job!The card is lovely too.

Jodie from Oz said...

Claudia, this is amazing, love the idea a wonderful gift for a Maggie lover. Hugs Jodie from Oz

Tonje said...

That is such a lovely cup, gift and card. With such a warm Christmasfeeling to it!
Can I ask you; The snowflake on the card, which die/punch is that from, its lovely!

Sharon Caudle said...

ooooo...this looks so fabulous! I love the idea! You're amazing! hugs!!!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic project, Claudia! Thanks for sharing this wonderful gift idea. It came out so beautiful!!

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Fabulous idea and worked out realy nice!

Liefs, Renata

Elizabeth S. said...

Such a wonderful gift set!!

Tracey said...

What an adorable gift idea Claudia! I love this!! xx

Bribrie said...

Excellente idée cette tasse ! Faut que j'essaie ça moi ! Quelle source d'inspiration... Bravooo

HazelQ said...

Beautiful projects Claudia, I love the blings on the card, it looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this nice idea :)

Shirley N said...

What an outstanding project,Claudia! Gorgeous card!

Christina C. said...

Claudia. . . Du bist halt so eine Kuenstlerin!!! Ganz tolle Sachen hast Du hier schon wieder gebastelt.
XXX Crissy

Victoria said...

This is a stunning gift set Claudia! Such a cute snowman!
Hugs, vicky ~x~

Leann said...

This is gorgeous Claudia!!!
Hugs x

Michele Spera said...

Hi Claudia
Another great idea:-) I don't know i think I would mess that image up, hehe it all looks so cute!!
Thanks for the recipe:-)
Michele said...

Wow,this is lovely.Love the cup.x

Sandie said...

What a beautiful gift set Claudia!! Love how you did the snowman on the mug. Nancy is very lucky to be getting this in the mail :)

Lisa said...

The snowman is to cute!!

BA said...

cara claudia come stai?
your card and cup are absolutely adorable
ciao a presto
xoxo BA

pinky said...

Brilliant lol, what more can I say!

gina g said...

Wow This is gorgeous. luv gina xx

Deebi27 said...

Great Ideas for a "Whatnot" holder. I wonder if I could take s stamp to a paint your own pottery place and use it on an unfired cup.I don't think the slipping promlem would be an issue...if you blow 1st time out...OUCH! I love this idea!

Kelly Schelske said...

What a fabulous gift Claudia, such a beautiful set!

cabio's craft corner said...

You are too clever Claudia. I would love to try stamping and coloring on some Porcelain cup. You now really made me wanting to check out the cupboard to see if there are any spare cup for me to play, lol!

Barb Hardeman said...

Claudia, you are one amazing lady. Where you find the time to do all you do, come up with these original wonderful ideas and still have time for your sweet family is just a wonder. This is a beautiful set and I believe Nancy will be in love with lucky for her...hugs...Barb

doris said...

OMG Claudia, die Karte ist ein Gedicht!!

Ganz liebe Grüße

Norma said...

Claudia, this is such a great idea. What a wonderful gift this is. The card is fabulous. I love the colours you've chosen. The DP's are gorgeous. the snowman is beautifully coloured. Fantastic job you did with the cup. I chuckled over your poem.


Anonymous said...

Claudia, your talents are endless...what a fabulous card and matching mug/gift...Nancy is one lucky lady!
Carole x

Agnes van Hensbergen - agnesstampcards said...

This fabulous claudia,what a great idea.

Hugs Agnesxx

scrappinpeg said...

Holy cow that is a CUTE CUP! GREAT JOB. I love the cute gift set idea...... Great coloring. It would look GREAT on a desk on shelf for display! Love it!

Jane Wetzel said...

Hi Claudia! Where can I get this awesome snowman image? I have been searching EVERYWHERE and cant find it! I LOVE it!

Moni said...

Fab project, love it! Hugs,moni

sandra said...

This is amazing idea for Christmas gift!
Thank you for shearing!

Carolen said...

What a great gift!
Thanks for sharing how you treated the mug!

Candy said...

Oh Claudia!
I absolutely LOVE it. What a great gift!
THANK YOU so much for telling us how you stamped on the cup :o)
xoxoxox Candy

Kim said...

Love this Claudia! And I absolutely LOVE stamping on cups! I know what you mean about it being tricky! :) Amazing gift set!
Hugs~ Kim

Babsi said...

Ohhh, both ist soooo beautiful! I love them!

Greeteings from germany

Unknown said...

A beautiful set Claudia, the snowman is so sweet. LG Andy

Shelly Schmidt said...

Very cool project- love the instructions too- Thanks!

Sharon Wheet said...

I think you did a wonderful job. thank you for the tips and techniques on how you stamped on the mug. i'm use who ever receives such a beautiful holiday treat, will cherish it.

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Promosyon said...

Fabulous gift set Claudia. Well, this snowman is beautiful with winter dress and how you stamped him on the mug, just super! Your card is as gorgeous as always.