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

📌 I have three items to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names.
📌 The first name gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.
📌 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!

📌 The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Tue 11 Dec (a whole week from today)
📌 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!


32 comments:

  1. Wow! So many cup designs and all are so lovely.

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  2. All the lovely cup designs created, love them all.

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    1. Forget to add my favorite drink : Mocha Latte

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    2. Thanks Vivian! You didn't have to add the drink - just a prompt for anyone not sure what to say. My husband's favourite is a mocha too!

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  3. ALL of your to go cups are beautiful. I love the papers, images and all. I wish they were real cups. I'd want one of each to drink my coffee out of. Funny drying your shirt with a heat gun.. hope it does burn.. they get so hot.

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    1. I would love real cups to be so colourful too! His shirt was almost dry but just needed a few slightly damp bits finished. The heat gun has 2 temp settings and I moved it around a lot. Couldn't be worse than him getting paint that doesn't wash out on TWO of his school shirts!

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  4. Wow Alex! Love all your gorgeous shaped coffee cups!!! The pattern papers used are adorable! my fave is your 3rd one. The combo of colors and the sequins are too cute!!!
    My favourite winter beverages are hot chocolate and tea.
    !. Follow already this blog through Google Followers (Arianna Barbara)
    2. Liked your Facebook page (Arianna Barbara)
    3. Follow you on IG as raggiodiluc3

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    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for entering and for giving me your social deets. I love all sorts of tea as well!

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  5. You've been a busy crafter with all those wonderful shaped coffee cards.
    Cracked me up with the shirt drying with heat gun!

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    1. Haha thanks Amy! you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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  6. Hello, Alex! I'm loving all of these gorgeous cup cards! So many different patterns, making me wish I had a Silhouette! My favourite hot beverage is Chocolatey Chai Herbal Tea - I drink it every day, sometimes 2-3 times, just love it! No calories but tastes like I'm indulging! I've never tried drying clothes with a heat gun but, hey, whatever works!

    Thank you for your giveaway, Alex! I already follow your blog (Fit Kitty), your FB (Karen Garber), and your IG (fitkit2018)! I'm not on FB or IG much, mostly I blog. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hey Kitty!! I LOVE chai as well! Dirty chai is my favourite, though!

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  7. My favorite hot drink is cocoa, with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon...yum! Love all these different coffee cup designs! They would actually make cute tree ornaments for a coffee loving crafter too. I follow on blogger. Liked you on FB as Shannon Hart, follow on IG as shartl83

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    1. Thanks so much and for your entry! I love cinnamon in everything!!

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  8. These are all so fabulous and pretty! I love the pink & grey one; I love a script. And the plaid is perfect for Fall or Winter. My fave hot drink is a Peppermint Mocha, yummy! I am already following your blog, FB & Instagram. :-)
    rebyah1 @ gmail.com

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    1. Hi Becca! Thank you so much! I've never had a peppermint mocha, but you have me intrigued! I must track one down!

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  9. These are the cutest coffee cup cards ever!!!! Love all the pretty patterns and colors...and your sentiments are so fun. You are like me....once you get started you can't stop!! LOL.
    Thanks for the chance to win one of your sweet prizes!! I follow you here (blog). Follow you there (IG). Follow you everywhere (FB). :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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    1. See....I just get so excited about your cards that I forget the question I am supposed to answer!! My fave beverage is a flavored latte....hot, anytime of the year!! <3 <3 <3

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    2. LOL Janis you are adorable! Thanks for the blog love and your entry! You didn't HAVE to do the question - just thought it would be fun! I've had chai latte and caramel lattes but nothing more adventurous. There is usually too little room for coffee shots in a latte!

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  10. Well I already follow you everywhere, and always love seeing your projects. If I had a cut file like this, I would probably keep making coffee cups in different colors and designs all year around. LOVE these! My favorite hot drink is french roast coffee with hot milk...no sugar. That way I can have it with cookies, cake and candy and not feel overwhelmed with sweetness (or so I tell myself)

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    1. Thank you Karen! You get entries for already following. I don't have sugar in my coffee either! I'd much rather have cake too!!

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  11. Oh my goodnes, what a lot of beautiful cups!
    I just cannot imagine Summer and Xmas, but as I see you are in Melbourne.
    Happy Holiday Season.

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    1. Hi Hetty! Thanks for entering! I don't celebrate christmas, but it does always seem to be associated with snow, doesn't it?

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  12. oh wow!
    these are just super adorable!
    love them!

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    1. Thank you so much Fikreta and thanks for your entry!

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  13. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity. I enjoyed this.

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    1. Thank you Karen and thanks for your entry! I appreciate you stopping by

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  14. These are so clever! Love the fun coffee cups and the sentiments!
    My favorite coffee drink is a mocha!

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    1. Thanks Denise! The Silhouette is a gem when it comes to making things in larger numbers! My Hubz's favourite drink is mocha too!

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  15. Very cute cups. White hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream. Following with friends connect. Hugz

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    1. Thanks for your entry! I don't think I have tried white hot chocolate, before!

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