Christmas Priori*tea

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 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord ~ Luke 2:11

Several years ago, a friend gave me a baby food jar with a spiced tea mix and a sentiment about making Jesus my Priority. The idea was that we would make time for Him in our busy daily lives. I kept the empty jar, label facing out on my spice shelf long after the tea was gone. I was thinking about all of the special gifts that I need around Christmas, and thought this tea would be perfect for a few. Isn’t this the time of year that we get most lost in the shuffle and bustle and forget a few of our priorities?

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I used the recipe that Sharon shared last year HERE, but if you google ‘spiced orange tea recipe’ – you’re sure to find a recipe that suits your fancy. There are many. I put my tea mix in cello bags and then inside new kraft coffee bags. The coffee bags were stamped with the Fiery Floral Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used a Cranberry Pigment Ink Pad from Ranger. It gave such a rich, deep look.

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Next, I stamped the sentiment with my JustRite Stampers, C41 Stamper and mini alphabet. Pssst, they are having a ‘buy one, get one free’ sale thru 11/30/08. Check it out HERE. The ‘Believe’ is a Rummage Bin sentiment that I love, created by the beautiful Lesley Langdon for Cornish Heritage Farms. It took a few minutes, so stamp several when you get it all set up! 😉 Don’t forget your Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I used Cranberry and Pesto Adirondack Dye Ink on the labels. It’s great that Ranger offers the colors in both dye and pigment ink. Make coordination a breeze with the proper ink for different mediums. Speaking of coordinating, the brads were colored with Copic Marker R59, it matches perfectly.

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I cut the labels and the matted frames with Nestabilities. The tags are MayaRoad chipboard covered with Basic Grey Wassail patterned paper. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper and dimensional dots to pop up the die-cut labels. Various ribbons from Webster’s Pages, Beaux Regards and May Arts (all available from the fabulous Cindy Lyles at StarLitStudio) finish it off.
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This is the label on the back with a few suggested Christmas readings for a few stolen moments of quiet time. By the time I got here, I was getting lazy, so these are just printed on a clear label from the ole computer. 🙂

I’ve had a wonderful weekend full of crafting and getting ready for Christmas. More tea packaging, gift and Christmas ideas to follow this week. What’s up tomorrow? A challenge issued by Jami. She’s the bossy one! <wink> So, I wouldn’t dream of not following orders. See you in the morning.

26 responses to “Christmas Priori*tea

  1. This is STUNNING!!!! What a Wonderfulidea!

    I Love Spice Tea!

  2. Isn’t just the most thoughtful, wonderful, heartfelt idea? I love! Just gorgeous!

  3. These are so gorgeous, and such a thoughtful gift!! I love them, Lori!!

  4. Lori, I LOVE this! I’m so glad you showed us this idea—I have things for this year, but I will definitely remember this next year! I love the word believe with Luke 2:11—it’s fabulous~

  5. What a gorgeous project Lori! Such a sweet, fragrant gentle reminder…and so beautiful too!

  6. What a wonderful idea….great for sister in Christ who is a die hard tea drinker. Thank you for sharing

  7. This is fantastic, you took me over the edge, I have to get the JustRite stamper now. I had been teetering on the edge, but I love how you did scripture, and mixed it with a completely unrelated stamp. It’s stunning! I also love the Priori-tea idea for Christmas!!! Awesome!

  8. Wow, this is so lovely. I think it would be a wonderful gift for special friends .Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us.

  9. These are beautiful! Lori:)
    Laura

  10. This is a very neat idea. Beautiful packaging. You have a great eye for blending patterns. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Like your tea packages with the suggested scriptures. Neat project-tfs.

  12. Lori, these are just wonderful…a little bit of something packaged “real nice” with the best message of all! Thank you for sharing all the deets…I WILL be using this idea!

    Amy

  13. Very pretty! and what a great idea…I love the suggested readings!

  14. I love these Lori! What a wonderful, thought-provoking gift! 🙂

  15. Lori this project ROCKS on so many levels! It’s gorgeous…it’s yummy…it’s wonderfully meaningful….WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Lori that is awesome! I absolutely love it! I’m waiting for my Just Rite order to come! You’re making me impatient!!! Have a wonderful week!

  17. oh my gosh – this is just so amazing! I LOVE It! the message is wonderful and of course your stamping just rocks!!! now I know what I am going to give to my special friends for the holidays! thanks SO MUCH for sharing this delightful, yet so important, gift with all of us!

  18. Love your tea bags! My jar will be so plain in comparison. 🙂

  19. Oh my gosh — I about flipped when I just saw this on SCS — this sentimetn is soooooooooo perfect — I LOVE it and love the creativity behind it!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! This is FABULOUS!!!

  20. Oh my gosh — I about flipped when I just saw this on SCS — this sentimetn is soooooooooo perfect — I LOVE it and love the creativity behind it!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! This is FABULOUS!!!

  21. this is absolutely beautiful. I love your idea. And the “extra” stamp on the back with the verses. Very nice!

  22. Oh Lori, I just love these! Such a perfect gift!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  23. I love this idea! I needed something inexpensive to make for the 19 ladies in my “life group” and I think this is it! Thank you so much for sharing with me.

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  25. Wonderful tag and gift idea!
    Hugs and smiles

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  27. Stellar work there evoyerne. I’ll keep on reading.

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