It's a Hop Around the BLOCK

Good evening all!  I know you are as excited as I am, so let’s get started! There is TONS of new stuff being released RIGHT NOW.  Tons?  Hmmm, let’s see what’s Brand Spankin’ New: 9 New Sets (including 4 new ADORABLE Pure Innocence images) 4 New DIGI Stamps 1 New DIGI Paper Pack 3 New Adornments Glittered Garnishes (You have to SEE these to believe them!) 1 New MFT Kit 1 New Adornment Swarovski Princess Pearls Collection 1 Princess Sheer Ribbon Nest 1 Lip Balm Kit 1 Body Butter Kit 1 Tea Light Candle Kit AND a New Triple Scoop Set – Maid for You! Whew!  I’m exhausted just LISTING it all!  You can find them all RIGHT HERE. Since tonight marks our December Release, it also marks our Hop Around the Block!  For my project tonight, I made a little gift set using the new Lip Balm, Body Butter and Candle Kits. Here is the completed gift set I made for my dear friend Linda.  I used the Bath Salts Box Template and the Winter DIGI Paper Pack to make the box and stamped my Pure Innocence Presents for You image on a Cream Paper Panel.  I colored her in with Copics, and added some Winter Baby Braddies to her coat.  I made some bath salts and put them in a small gusset bag finished off with Perfect Plaid ribbon. Here is a close up of the Lip Balm I created using AlphaDOTS to personalize it!  isn’t it CUTE??  Now, you might be thinking how incredibly crafty I must be to make HOMEMADE lip balm, and what drudgery it must’ve been toiling in the kitchen and what a mess it surely must’ve made and how hard it is to make homemade gifts.  BUT I am here to tell you it AIN’T so!  I made candles, lip balm and body butter, and completely decorated 3 full sets of each in under 90 minutes!  SERIOUSLY. Your next thought might be that of course it will “appear” homemade, and not be as nice as the stuff you can purchase in the store.  NOPE!  I am a total snob when it comes to health and beauty type products, so believe me when I say THIS IS THE BEST STUFF EVER.  Period. Here is a picture of the gift set with the Body Butter, garnished with our new Princess Pearls. As many of you know, Emma, our youngest daughter often speaks her mind with such insulting phrases as “Mommy, why do you jiggle when you walk?” or “Why are your boobies so floppy?” (WAY TMI, I know) or even “Mommy, why are your hands so crusty?”.  Yes, children are precious aren’t they.  Sheer joy.  So, now that I’ve been using my Body Butter, Emma is NO LONGER telling me my hands are crusty!  This is seriously rich, emoliient and yummalicious body butter to soothe even the crustiest hands! All the new Perfect Packaging Kits contain the tins, beeswax and wicks (in the candle kit) you will need to make homemade, simple, yet extraordinary gifts at a FRACTION of the cost of store bought, and frankly, even better since there’s no unpronounceable ingredients.  The ONLY things you’ll need to ADD are Coconut Oil (available in ANY health food store and most supermarkets) and the fragrance of your choice.  I chose Peppermint Oil since I love the smell, and it’s safe for your skin.  Both of these ingredients I use for other things as well (Coconut oil is awesome for cooking, and is an amazing superfood and Peppermint oil smells awesome in a potpourri burner and for use in cleaning, and is also an ant repellant!) Here is the complete gift set, packaged in a large gusset bag, ready for Lin! WHEW!  I am now exhausted from all the details in this post!  How about you? Now, when you are ready to HOP along, you’ll hit up the world famous JODY MORROW (aka EEM) to see her delightful work!