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Welcome to 2017!

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Hello stampin friends...are you ready for another project?  Yes, me too!  :)  So this one is so easy and who does not love hot cocoa?!?!?  Let's start with the finished product:

Finished cocoa

Aren't these too cute?!?!  So the magic happens when you pull up with the ribbon on top, to revile a package of hot cocoa!  Let me show you how to construct this pocket of goodness.

Step 1

This example is using one of my favorite Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag 137547.  What I love most about this thinlit is all the pieces that comes with it!  Let me show you:

Mini treat bag

You have every holiday and occasion you will ever need to give a treat for!  Here is what it looks like when I cut out the bag itself:

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Step 2

Assemble the bag.  This is pretty easy to do but you have to love when Stampin Up! creates a short video to show us how.  :)  If you want to take a peek, here it is: 

Step 3

Now you will punch a hole thru the entire bag, as large as needed for your ribbon of choice.  As you see below, I keep my ribbon on the spool as to use the ribbon efficiently since we don't want to waste it.  :) You will thread the ribbon thru the entire bag like so:

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Step 4

Next you will add the cocoa pack.  The cocoa will go between the two layers of ribbon, and then in the pocket as shown below:

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You will keep pushing the cocoa down in the pocket, with the ribbon cradling the cocoa.  This is what it looks like when its just about completely in the pocket:

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Step 5

Cut the ribbon to desired length.  You will need enough to tied a knot directly above the cocoa as seen below:

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I know the first time I saw this, I was hooked!  You don't have a Big Shot or the Treat Bag Thinlits?  No worries...look what you can do with pretty paper and a strategically placed staple:

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Yes, that is a full size chocolate bar made by my good friend Brenda Boeve.  Isn't it cute and just the right treat when you want to let someone know you are thinking about them.  I made some cocoa pockets and candy tubes to hand out to waiters/waitresses/clerks that I encounter over the next few weeks to spread a little joy when least expected.  These are small enough that I can fit them in my purse to give on such occasions.  Here is a view of both projects:

Finished cocoa w tic

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscribers?  If so, those tubes should look familiar right?  Such a perfect way to say Thank you! 

I hope you make some goodies of your own and stay tuned....more projects are in the works.  Have a wonderful rest of your day my friends!

Deseree

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