Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Thank You and Giveaway CLOSED!

A big thank you to all the lovely ladies who visited and commented, followed etc!  (If you already follow my socials then obvs you'll get entries for that!)


It's Wednesday today so catching up replying to all your beautiful comments and sorting out entries etc.

My very special helper will hopefully lend me his hand for a video tomorrow (my timezone) as promised.

I appreciate every one of you! 😘😘😘

Love and thankful thoughts,


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Card 5 VERY unofficially for coffee lovers hop and GIVEAWAY

OK with about 10 hours to go I'm going to make this one last chance for one more entry.
(Giveaway deets at the end of post)

Day 1 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 2 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 3 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 4 Post for an extra entry is HERE

Link to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is HERE.  It's closed for new entries, but you can still view all the projects there.

I know - it's not about coffee...but I didn't expect to get a doctor's appointment TODAY, so i had only a couple of hours to come up with something remotely comparable to LAST YEAR'S card for our rather exceptional family doctor.


The shaker bit is SUPPOSED to be a capsule, but it just didn't turn out quite the way I imagined.

THIS has plenty to do with coffee though.  It's ridiculously overpriced here in Au, so it's probably why I hadn't tried the dairy free til today.  Since it was too early for wine, I went with B & J instead.


Giveaway


PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

πŸ“Œ I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
πŸ“Œ The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
πŸ“Œ This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED in any way,

The first item is a stamp and die set by Studio Light (a Dutch company) Really pretty and versatile images


This next guy will definitely be featured on a card in the coming days.  He's by Katzelkraft which is a French company with awesome images.  He's on red, unmounted rubber.


And we are all familiar with Avery Elle, right?



You will receive an entry (or entries) for each of the following.  You absolutely don't have to do everything - just how ever many you like.

❗If you have previously followed my socials then these are already done for you!

πŸ“Œ The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week)
πŸ“Œ The winner will be drawn on Thurs 13 Dec so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE!
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Thursday 20 Dec, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out altogether.
❗Please try to email me at alex@pinkcraftymama.com This really is the easiest way for me to get in touch with you since not all blogger profiles have an email attached and if you JUST leave comments, I have no other place to search for you.

So...what do you have to do to get entries?
🍡 Follow this blog - 3 entries (in the left sidebar)
🍡 Follow me on Facebook - 2 entries
🍡 Follow me on Instagram - 1 entry
🍡 Comment (once per day per person) on a post between now and the close of the giveaway - 1 entry per post

Here's the link to Card 1 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 2 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 3 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 4 if you want to comment there  

I don't yet know how many makes I'll have done between now and then, but it will be at least three.

So today...if you want to leave a comment, do you make thank you cards for any extra special service providers, and if so, who? (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com


Love, and thankful it's over (but I had a blast)!


Monday, 10 December 2018

Card 4 unnofficially for the Coffee Lovers Hop and GIVEAWAY

So the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop officially finished yesterday.  As promised I'm going to try and keep making all the things (or at least some of the things since my Silhouette is on strike πŸ™„).  Giveaway deets at the bottom of the post

Day 1 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 2 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 3 Post for an extra entry is HERE

Link to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is HERE.  It's closed for new entries, but you can still view all the projects there.

So what are we doing today then? 🀷

Well...I have an awesome Picket Fence Studios stamp set with the best.sentiment.ever (or one of the best anyway)

It's pretty big and I had no inspo with it all in one piece.

I thought I could stamp small coffee cups (CHECK ✅),

undies (and you know you're dedicated crafter when you need an underpants stamps and you actually HAVE one (CHECK ✅)).



Oddly no modern looking mobile phone.  Just an old school rotary phone. 

What's a girl to do? 🀷🀷🀷

Not sure how I came up with the idea, but one thought led to another and I started by raiding the fashion themed collections by Carta Bella and Echo Park.  Nothing relevant in EP, but CB had potential and reminded me of some retro Authentique collections.  I cut apart the relevant cards and removed the bits I didn't need.

A bit of sneaky layering to hide the craters and rough hand cutting of the sentiment.  Cutting between those ascenders and descenders was a tad hairy!

Since we were going retro, a takeaway coffee cup wasn't going to cut it so I used one from the Picket Fences set and of course my Lawn Fawn undies which I ended up stamping on pattern since that line of the sentiment couldn't be cut wide enough to accommodate them on the cream cardstock.

The phone sentiment I put near the image of the rotary phone anyway.  No other option, really.

The coffee bean b/g is from the recent EP coffee release!  It's a light cream rather than white and plain enough to work with the images.  Stuck to the card base and finished!..wait...I was going to stitch! πŸ™ˆ

Sure I could still do it, but I hate having anything on the front of a card show through on the card base, so I peeled it off and stitched.

Just a few old school rhinestones to finish. ➡

I can't tell you for certain whether I'll get another card done before the close of the giveaway but I'll do my best.  If I do, it will be up in the next 18-24 hours and giveaway closes approx 12 hours after
that.



Giveaway


PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

πŸ“Œ I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
πŸ“Œ The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
πŸ“Œ This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED in any way,

The first item is a stamp and die set by Studio Light (a Dutch company) Really pretty and versatile images


This next guy will definitely be featured on a card in the coming days.  He's by Katzelkraft which is a French company with awesome images.  He's on red, unmounted rubber.


And we are all familiar with Avery Elle, right?



You will receive an entry (or entries) for each of the following.  You absolutely don't have to do everything - just how ever many you like.

❗If you have previously followed my socials then these are already done for you!

πŸ“Œ The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week)
πŸ“Œ The winner will be drawn on Thurs 13 Dec so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE!
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Thursday 20 Dec, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out altogether.
❗Please try to email me at alex@pinkcraftymama.com This really is the easiest way for me to get in touch with you since not all blogger profiles have an email attached and if you JUST leave comments, I have no other place to search for you.

So...what do you have to do to get entries?
🍡 Follow this blog - 3 entries (in the left sidebar)
🍡 Follow me on Facebook - 2 entries
🍡 Follow me on Instagram - 1 entry
🍡 Comment (once per day per person) on a post between now and the close of the giveaway - 1 entry per post

Here's the link to Card 1 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 2 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 3 if you want to comment there 

I don't yet know how many makes I'll have done between now and then, but it will be at least three.

So today...if you want to leave a comment, how many cups of tea and or coffee do you drink a day? (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com


Love, and more and more macchiatos!


Saturday, 8 December 2018

Card 3 for Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Giveaway

Not the card I planned for today, but don't you love it when technology forces you to have to re-work things?? (Giveaway deets at the bottom)

Day 1 Post for an extra entry is HERE
Day 2 Post for an extra entry is HERE

Link to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is HERE


Even after the official coffee hop is over, please keep checking back since I have a couple more projects I want to make and they will count for extra entries.

Consequently my colouring (which I haven't done in months and months) isn't quite the way I wanted it.  The paper is from the Echo Park Coffee themed paper pad and sentiment is by Ink Road.

Now I said I'd make a card featuring the crazy little chihuahua that's also in the giveaway.  I love Katzelkraft images, but they don't come mounted (at least not the ones I have).

 

This isn't an issue since you can buy sheets of stamp mounting foam from anywhere that sells stamps and tools.  It's sticky on one side which adheres to the rubber, and the other side is the cling foam we use with the usual acrylic block or MISTI.

If you don't have any, I can mount the winner's stamp on cling foam for you before posting.  Just let me know if you win him!


I used a mask and some Colour Burst paste on kraft cardstock for a background and let it dry while I coloured that little doge with Copic Markers.  Kinda sucky, but it was contingency plans all the way!  The shimmery duochrome effect of the paste is gorgeous though!


I just added some pattered paper and mounted the image on pop dots.  Pretty simple!  Once my gold Heidi Shine shows up again, I'll add some ink splatters, perhaps.  It really is a very bare card for me!


 

Giveaway


PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

πŸ“Œ I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
πŸ“Œ The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
πŸ“Œ This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED in any way,

The first item is a stamp and die set by Studio Light (a Dutch company) Really pretty and versatile images


This next guy will definitely be featured on a card in the coming days.  He's by Katzelkraft which is a French company with awesome images.  He's on red, unmounted rubber.


And we are all familiar with Avery Elle, right?



You will receive an entry (or entries) for each of the following.  You absolutely don't have to do everything - just how ever many you like.

❗If you have previously followed my socials then these are already done for you!

πŸ“Œ The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week)
πŸ“Œ The winner will be drawn on Thurs 13 Dec so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE!
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Thursday 20 Dec, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out altogether.
❗Please try to email me at alex@pinkcraftymama.com This really is the easiest way for me to get in touch with you since not all blogger profiles have an email attached and if you JUST leave comments, I have no other place to search for you.

So...what do you have to do to get entries?
🍡 Follow this blog - 3 entries (in the left sidebar)
🍡 Follow me on Facebook - 2 entries
🍡 Follow me on Instagram - 1 entry
🍡 Comment (once per day per person) on a post between now and the close of the giveaway - 1 entry per post

Here's the link to Card 1 if you want to comment there
Here's the link to Card 2 if you want to comment there

I don't yet know how many makes I'll have done between now and then, but it will be at least three.

So today...if you want to leave a comment, do you like coffee (or tea - matcha is all the rage right now) flavoured or inspired desserts?  If you do, what is your favourite?? (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com


Love and craaaazy caffeination! 😝


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Card 2 for Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Giveaway

I meant to get this up yesterday...I really did! Soz! πŸ˜• Giveaway deets are at the end of the post.

➡➡ Day 1 post for an extra entry is HERE ⬅⬅

This is all about the semi annual Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is almost done, but I'm going to keep crafting (hopefully) til the close of the giveaway or just before.


For today's project I really wanted to use a background stamp I had by Picket Fence Studios and then try using the Brusho watercolour powder on top.

I have 4 Brusho colours gifted to me by my dear friend Joy! She knows me so well and chose perfectly!  I definitely need more practice since I hoped to have more white bits, but overall I'm happy enough.

Some of the colours are made up of multiple coloured powders which I found rather intriguing! πŸ€”
Look at this turquoise one! ➡➡➡

And this is how my Brusho-ing turned out:⤋⤋⤋


















So what to do with all this?  Well, it just so happened that a Mojo Monday sketch popped up in my Insta feed.  Say whaaaat?  I know what you're thinking - they stopped doing them, right?

Well Julee Tilman (of now sadly closed Verve Stamps) seems to have taken these over on her blog Poetic Artistry.  Woot woot! πŸ™Œ

A lot of Verve stamps are coffee and tea themed and I probably have most of them so they will appear here too!

The link to Mojo Monday #504 and the sketch itself below.  Perfect for showcasing a background you don't want to cover up.


So where to from here?  Chop up my "background" into squares.  I got one 5.25x5.25 (the background stamp is about 5.5x5.5) and 3 4x4s.  I ended up with three of the smaller ones and used two of them.

I used super strong adhesive to mount the watercolour paper (which warps a fair bit and pulls up standard tape runners) to black cardstock for a frame, silver sparkly ribbon and was about to heat emboss a sentiment when I realized I had all my Perfect Pearls in the same box!

Similar result with less hassle.  I did have to re-touch some of it with a Versamark pen and add more powder, but I got fairly decent coverage I think.  It's hard to catch the shine in the light with a camera. 

I continued the sentiment inside...










...a white card base at 6x6 inches.

I loved the little branches on the sketch.  They add an organic element to the geometric shapes, but I was at a loss as to what to use.  Coffee paraphernalia just isn't shaped like that!!

 

I did revert to a couple of the millions of leaves I cut on the Silhouette when a Forgery on the Fourth for CKC got a bit out of hand!  😳 Coffee cups on top!  I tried to stamp the smaller cup lighter in the centre to mimic the etched effect of the bigger one.

Next!  I kept the two smaller cards simpler.  Silver washi instead of ribbon and no branchy bits.  I did put silver sequins as a bit of an afterthought, though!

I kinda forgot how many good coffee sentiments this Altenew set had.


I picked one and felt these cards would word with a Kelly Purkey stamp set I've had sitting on the shelf for so long.  Godzilla has been guarding it and it was a shame to remove the plasric in case they don't stay in the box like that.

 
 
Godzilla?  Huh?

Well, see we have this Godzilla who moves around doing random stuff and for the past two years has been sitting on my stamp shelf.  Kinda like elf on the shelf for peeps who don't do christmas, but weirder!


I asked him nicely and he grudgingly agreed.  See why that stamp set looks so awesome with him?  Just seems to suit!

Oh and one last thing...I forgot to give a shout out to my main man lady Devon from Pink Pueblo.  She's responsible for designing my logo, the artwork on several of my headers (more to follow) and my personalized stamp so go see her!  Tell her PinkCraftyMama sent you!





 

Giveaway


PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

πŸ“Œ I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
πŸ“Œ The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
πŸ“Œ This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED in any way,

The first item is a stamp and die set by Studio Light (a Dutch company) Really pretty and versatile images


This next guy will definitely be featured on a card in the coming days.  He's by Katzelktaft which is a French company with awesome images.  He's on red, unmounted rubber.


And we are all familar with Avery Elle, right?



You will receive an entry (or entries) for each of the following.  You absolutely don't have to do everything - just how ever many you like.

If you have previously followed my socials then these are already done for you!

πŸ“Œ The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week)
πŸ“Œ The winner will be drawn on Thurs 13 Dec so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE!
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Thursday 20 Dec, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out altogether.
❗Please try to email me at alex@pinkcraftymama.com This really is the easiest way for me to get in touch with you since not all blogger profiles have an email attached and if you JUST leave comments, I have no other place to search for you.

So...what do you have to do to get entries?
🍡 Follow this blog - 3 entries (in the left sidebar)
🍡 Follow me on Facebook - 2 entries
🍡 Follow me on Instagram - 1 entry
🍡 Comment (once per day per person) on a post between now and the close of the giveaway - 1 entry per post

Here's the link to Card 1 if you want to comment there

I don't yet know how many makes I'll have done between now and then, but it will be at least three.

So today...if you want to leave a comment, tell me about your most special or favourite mug (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com


Love and lots of lattes!


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

First Card(s) for Fall/Winter 2018 Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog Hop (and Giveaway)

So this is what's going on right now  (scroll down for GIVEAWAY)

Yep, it's the semi-annual Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop
Click on the link above to see all the projects. win awesome prizes and even play along!




And I know - It's onto Day 4 already (blog hop time not Aussie time) but this week is the last week of school for the SmallCraftyOne!

The school year coincides with the calendar, so it's Summer holidays again!  Chaos reigns this time of year and not much time for making, but nevertheless, I'm determined to get something done.

⬅ (yes that's a school shirt being last-minute dried with a heat gun - see what I mean?!)

I'm going to continue my projects and leave the giveaway open beyond the end of the blog hop, but more about that later.


I know the theme is supposed to be fall/winter, but it's summer here now!  TBH I think the cards I ended up making could work for any and all seasons.  Hope that's OK!

My first make started off as a "Can I make a card ONLY using the Silhouette?"  challenge to myself, and while the answer is a definite yes, there are a few limitations.  I have plans for more Silhouette cards later in the hop so stay tuned if this is something that interests you.

I found a cut file that was actually shaped like a coffee cup!  It's basically a tent folded card and fits in a standard envelope.  These are meant to hold gift cards inside (presumably to a coffee establishment) and if used for this purpose would make a really nice way to present an inexpensive gift.

However...since I didn't want these to have the slits for a gift card, I removed those in the software.  I separated all the parts of the card (base, card front, lid and band) and made a sheet of each part so I could bulk cut and I did in various colours.  I stuck to white or cream for the lid and neutrals (especially shades of kraft) for the base.

There are plenty of cut files with coffee sentiments either free or available for purchase.  Buying a set of dingbat fonts can be useful and I've done this, BUT (and here come the limitations) cutting something detailed (like a script font) in a small size especially through stubborn cardstock can result in plenty of wasted paper so test cut and not just with the little test cut symbol.

★If you click on any of the images, you should get a bigger version



If the cut comes out neatly, you can save the inside bit for another card!  Save the little inner bits in rounded letters for the original card, since it will be much more legible.

 

The other and (in my books) bigger issue is that if you choose to use a sketch pen or any pen in the pen holder, it will only draw the outline of the font (unless you specifically purchase a sketch friendly font).

There is a way to get around it by adding internal offsets, but having done this before I just couldn't be bothered so I filled it in by hand,  Fast and easy.


The combination of pen and paper is another issue.  Trial and error is essential to avoid bleeding.

My absolute favourite pen to use in the Silhouette at the moment is the Tombow Fudenosuke (procured from the UK by my lovely friend Joy!) in the fine point.  The brush tip is firm enough not to be damaged and it doesn't bleed.





Some people swear by gel pens and that's something I plan on trying too.

If the cut comes out neatly, you can save the inside bit for another card!

You can also stamp a sentiment and do the rest with the Silhouette.  Not my original objective, but just a small variation.




Embellishments can be cut from the Silhouette too (like any of the ones featuring paper embellies) or small wood veneer, enamel dots, gems, cabochons, sequins, twine...anything!  I was in a rush and tinkering with prototypes potentially for sale, so I kept things minimal (I know, very unlike me!).

Twine would look lovely and maybe dry embossing on the band?  They really come together super fast once you have all the bits cut out!  I managed to make 10 without trying.  Not much else to say about them really, so let;s get on to the fun bit, shall we?

Giveaway


PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

πŸ“Œ I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
πŸ“Œ The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
πŸ“Œ This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED in any way,


The first item is a stamp and die set by Studio Light (a Dutch company) Really pretty and versatile images


This next guy will definitely be featured on a card in the coming days.  He's by Katzelktaft which is a French company with awesome images.  He's on red, unmounted rubber.


And we are all familar with Avery Elle, right?



You will receive an entry (or entries) for each of the following.  You absolutely don't have to do everything - just how ever many you like. 

If you have previously followed my socials then these are already done for you!

πŸ“Œ The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week from today)
πŸ“Œ The winner will be drawn on Thurs 13 Dec so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE!
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Thursday 20 Dec, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out altogether.
❗Please try to email me at alex@pinkcraftymama.com This really is the easiest way for me to get in touch with you since not all blogger profiles have an email attached and if you JUST leave comments, I have no other place to search for you.

So...what do you have to do to get entries?
🍡 Follow this blog - 3 entries (in the left sidebar)
🍡 Follow me on Facebook - 2 entries
🍡 Follow me on Instagram - 1 entry
🍡 Comment (once per day per person) on a post between now and the close of the giveaway - 1 entry per post

I don't yet know how many makes I'll have done between now and then, but it will be at least three.

So today...if you want to leave a comment, tell me about your very favourite coffee/tea/hot choccy/caffeinated beverage (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com


Love and copious cups of coffee!