05 November, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Project 1

I can't believe it's hopping time again!  If I wasn't prepared for the Cat Lovers Hop, I'm really REALLY unprepared for this one!  And yes I'm doing another giveaway.  I'm trying to grow my YouTube channel and forgot to include it to get entries in the last hop so I have this time.  If you enjoy watching crafty videos, please subscribe to my channel!

Aaaaanyway...I felt I needed to start simple.  I had one of my regular infusions yesterday (and not the caffeinated kind) so I wanted to get something done before (and complete my DT assignments).  This didn't leave an awful lot of time.  

I pulled out my Distress Inks and used the "packaging technique" with the intention of stamping over the hop.  I was inspired by this set of cards by Kimberly from Freshwater Studio.  I wondered what this would look like in rainbow colours.   I'm seriously unconvinced.  I definitely think Kimberly did a much better job using the browns.

I do have the same Altenew stamps, but I was in a snarky mood, so Mug Life by Ink Road Stamps was a better choice.  Despite using a MISTI, I managed to get some smudgy stamping.  😖😖😖

I put some October Afternoon stickers in a lighter cream (to blend in with the watercolour paper) over the top and restamped.  Not ideal, but not totally awful. 

This one is roughly 4.5 inches and I definitely went too far with the rainbow.  It's pretty though.  

If you are familiar with Ink Road stamps you may notice the text has been surgically excised from the frappe cup.  I don't use profanity, so it had to go.  I borrowed the stars from another IR set since the space felt too empty and lastly some gold splatter and black sequins secured by Mini Glue Dots.

I thought I'd try some splatter with shimmery red and pink mist.  Big mistake!  Combined with the sentiment it looked way too Dexter-esque! 🤣🤣🤣 I liberally added plain gold and covered the worst of it with pink iridescent sequins.  I was slightly amused though. 🤷

The next two are quite a bit smaller at around 3 inches so I decided to keep them simpler.  I didn't add sequins to either - just the splatter and I'm happier with the background too.

This last background might have been my favourite in how the colours mixed.  I'm not sure.  There will be another post in about 12 hours time using the same stamps except I watercoloured the background with a brush instead.  I like those much better, so be sure to check back and get another entry! 

OK now to the giveaway part:

📌 I have three items (and a bonus fourth prize) to give away (pictured below) and I'll pull three names for the first three prizes.

📌For the  fourth "bonus" prize: it will go to someone who has entered the main blog hop (please let me know your project numbers if you would like to be considered.  You can wait til the blog hop is over to do this since they change sometimes.)
📌 The first name drawn gets first choice, second name gets second choice and so on.  Bonus prize will be TallCraftyDude's favourite project!
📌 This Giveaway is NOT SPONSORED.  I purchased the prizes especially for this giveaway.  This year I picked stuff other than just stamp sets to mix it up a bit!  In the even the items I purchased are on back order, I'll purchase something similar in their place and update the list below. Thanks for understanding!

The prizes you get to pick from are:

This pair of embossing folders - "On the Go" by Tim Holtz and "Coffee Stains" by Creative Expressions

 Framelits Die & Stamp Set By Crafty Chica for Sizzix called "Mi Cafecito Mi Amor"


Coffeesaurus Stamp Set By Gerda Steiner

Lastly, the bonus prize will be a pack containing a 6x6 "Coffee" paper pad by Echo Park and some coffee themed embellishments.  This prize will be awarded to TallCraftyDude's favourite project so PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT NUMBERS IN THE MAIN HOP YOUR PROJECTS ARE IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PRIZE!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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 counted for you!  (unfollowers will not be counted)
📌 The giveaway will remain open until 11:59PM AEDT on Sunday 10 November.  Please visit THIS SITE to calculate in your own timezone
📌 The winners will be drawn randomly on Tues 12 Nov so PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE
❗If the winner and I can't make contact by Tues 19 Nov, I will have to draw a new winner since I need to get these prizes out all together.
❗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?
🍵Subscribe to my YouTube channel - 3 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.  The more love from you guys the better the chances of me getting crafty which gives you more chances to enter.  I may continue with extra "unofficial" projects after the Hop actually ends, so be sure to keep checking back here since you get an entry for commenting!

Click here for Project 2

So today...if you want to leave a comment, tell me whether you still drink hot coffee/tea in  Summer since that's where we are heading here in Australia (or anything else if this doesn't grab you) and please don't hesitate to  email me with any questions at alex@pinkcraftymama.com

* ⬅⬅⬅ Acronyms and strange terms in left sidebar! 

Love and copious cups of coffee!


  1. I do drink hot tea in summer, just not as much as the winter. I’ve followed your YouTube channel. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Great samples in rainbow colors and you achieved the beautiful results, love the sequins and splatters too!
    I love to drink my everyday morning Masala Tea in summers and Chocolate coffee in winters!
    I already followed you everywhere! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. Fun cards. Perfect for the hop.

  4. Love all your fabulous backgrounds! These are all so great! I linked up #86, #219, #480, and #354 - so far

  5. You have made some wonderful cards for the hop..all rich in colors too.

  6. Oh wow - I love these! Such fun backgrounds for your coffee images!

  7. Wow, Alex! Your colouring is simply stunning! Love these cards and the funny sentiments!!!
    Italian summers are very hot. It's (almost) impossible drink hot beverages but sometimes I like having breakfast with my fave earl grey tea. Thanks for this great chance to win one of these beautiful prize!!!
    1. I'm just subscribed to YT channel as Arianna Barbara.
    2. I already follow your blog (Arianna Barbara)
    3. Follow you on Facebook (Arianna Barbara)
    4. Follow you on Instagram (raggiodiluc3)

  8. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Alex! Love, love, love your backgrounds in those beautiful, vibrant colours. Fun sentiments too! By the way, I'm following your YouTube channel now! Please don't include me in your giveaways since I just won from you at the Cat Lovers Hop. Your generosity is very much appreciated! As to your question, I drink my Chocolatey Chai Herbal Tea all year long, summer, winter, any time! I'm hooked and drink it every day - it's caffeine free, which is good because I've had insomnia for a few weeks now and it's very annoying. But I'm getting lots of cards made haha! Best wishes in the Coffee Lovers Hop!

  9. I know what you mean about being prepared … or not! I wasn't prepared for either hop either! And I'm usually way ahead of myself. Oh well. Life. lol I love all four of these BG's you did. Seems like I love the ones you don't! lol Well, they all look quite delicious so that's a win right there. ;-) (I stalk, I mean follow, you everywhere hehe).

  10. Oh I love your backgrounds on your cards and great sentiments. I drink coffee all year. But I only drink hot tea in the winter and cold tea in the summer. I linked up at the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I'm number #502. It was fun to play along.
    I'm a new follower of your blog and facebook. I am also a new subscriber on your youtube channel.
    Sweet of you to have a giveaway. I don't have very many coffee craft things. So this is exciting. Thanks for the chance.

  11. these are great!
    love how you made them!
    so colorful!
    oh love that Coffeesaurus and coffee papers!
    thank you for chance!
    my total entry its going to be 17.
    oh now I relaezed thats a huge number of coffee cards! LOL! but I do love coffee,my cats name is Coffee ;D
    Hello from Coffee Lovers blog hop!

  12. This group of cards is artsy! Love the color effects!!! (I don't drink any coffee, so some iced tea in the summer. And Dr. Pepper can be drunk all year round.)

  13. I love the backgrounds and the drink images!
    I've not been prepared for the hop either.... even though I knew it was coming! I was hoping to get several cards made, and so far just two are done!

  14. I've finished my entries for the Coffee Lovers Hop. My entry numbers are: 143, 288, 339, 508, 695, 597, 834, 835, 970 and 1054. Thanks again for the chance to win!

    1. I had time to enter one more today, #1176. Thanks!

  15. Fab backgrounds. Love the touch of Dexter. I am glad someone else chops up their stamps when they don't suit. A beautiful bright set of cards. I am following and on fb. Hugz

  16. I so love how you created the fab backgrounds. Thanks as always for your generous giveaway.

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