Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Coffee & Friends - Donna's Coffee Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!
What's better than a coffee themed card? A card that SMELLS of coffee!! 
Mmmmm Donna! I can almost smell it from here!!

Hi all,
Today I have a card or two to show you which smells divine..

 I made a wash from coffee and water and painted it on the front of the cards from the kit.
I let it sit in puddles for a minute then heat dried it because I became impatient..

I traced 2 cup designs from the shaker cups on patterned paper and cut them out..

Placing shaker sequins and other bits and bobs on the cups, I then peeled the adhesive off the shaker cups and placed on the cut out paper coffee cups as shown.

Using the Splash stencil and coloured Dimensional Effects, I embossed a splash on top of the shaker cup and over the side. Then using a brown marker I drew around the splashes to give some colour as it was too bland..I washed it out a little with a little water.. 

Using a black pen I doodled around the card and then cut words from the paper in the kit and adhered on the front of the card using 3D foam tape.. 

These cards smell wonderful and I like them even if they are a bit 'different' lol.. 

I have a journal next to me as I work and use this to put all the 'left overs' onto.. I will then one day when I get time use these pages..

I hope I have inspired you to create Glorious things..
Thank you for stopping by..


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Coffee & Friends: Lolly's PocketBook Embellishments and Inserts

Hello Crafty Friends!
Wasn't Lolly's elastic-free PocketBook just brilliant?! Now it's time to fill it with inserts, paperclips and other goodies.....

The last time, I created the PocketBook structure -- remember that "traveler's notebook" without elastics?  Well, now it's time to embellish it and to create the inserts for it!  Let's get going!

When I made my jumbo tag, I had stamped, colored, and cut out several of these cute coffee cups ahead of time.  Coloring is a nice project to take along when away from home!

I used a strip of ecru lace, one of the cups, one of the kit flowers, and another image from my dictionary to decorate the cover of the PocketBook.

I had also pre-stamped and colored some of the one inch circles from the stamp set, so I glued one of those onto a flattened bottle cap for a paper clip.

And that washi!  Oh, how fun.  I wanted to use it as a banner clip, but washi is floppy, so I stuck the washi to paper and cut it out.  Then I folded it in half and attached it to the paper clip, along with a strip of teal card stock.  I trimmed the ends and added the "latte" quote from the stamp set.  A few teensy flat back pearls added detail.

While the paper clips were drying, I worked on the two inserts for the PocketBook.  I cut the paper from the collection into 6 X 8 inch pieces and scored the long side at 4 inches.  Then I collected my junk journal papers -- things like wallpaper, ledger paper, coffee stained paper, music sheets, etc.  I cut these various sizes, but most were 1/8" smaller than the 6 X 8 size.

I also used some old crinkly envelopes to make pockets for the inserts.  

When all done,  I pamphlet stiched the papers into the inserts with waxed linen thread, 

and I covered the thread ends with the adorably tiny coffee cup stamped images.

Now we have a notebook with two completed inserts and two paper clips inside!

One last thing -- I decided to laminate one of the stickers in the paper collection, and tuck it into the front pocket, just for fun!

To see the entire process, watch HERE.
and to see part one, constructing the PocketBook, watch HERE.

This kit is so popular!  Get yours HERE.

Now, time for coffee, right?  Thank you for playing along with me!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Coffee & Friends - Sarah's Toilet Roll Mini Album

Hello Crafty Friends!
I love all the mini album / book type projects that our facebook group friends have been coming up with this month! Today Sarah creates a coffee themed mini album... with a touch of recycling. I love it!

Hi friends! It's been a lovely month of crafting with a few different album/folio/journal shares. I couldn't resist making my own little album with the June Kit, so I decided to make my first ever toilet paper roll mini album!

Making a memory book using toilet rolls might seem like a strange idea but it's a great way to recycle something that would normally be thrown out. To start with take as many toilet rolls as you would like to use. Make sure you use the same brand so that they're the same size. These books can get a little chunky so I recommend using 3-4 rolls. Flatten them out as much as possible - I've found running them through a die cutting machine helps, or otherwise you can put them under a heavy book or clip them flat with bull dog clips overnight. 

Next, it's time to bind your toilet paper pocket pages together. There's a few different ways you can bind your book, but I find a hinge system works well because it looks quite polished and lies flat when opened. To do this you'll need to cut a 1"strip of card stock. You can use whatever length you have on hand as we'll be cutting it down later - I find 12" or A4 card stock works well. Score at 3/8" on both sides, so that you have a 1/4" piece left in the middle with 2 flaps either side. Then use double sided tape on the two flaps, on both sides. 

Measure the width of your toilet roll and cut your strip to size so that you have one strip for each roll you're using (mine were about 2 1/2" each). If you don't have enough, just make another 1" strip, scor, and cut extra. Once you have your strips you can then start binding your book. Stick your first flap inside your toilet roll, adhering only one side down. Then, carefully slide in your next strip alongside the first. This will give you one toilet roll wth a strip hanging out either side of one end. Adhere the second tab on your strip to another roll and then continue on until you have the base of your book complete. This can be a bit tricky, so if you'd like a video tutorial please let me know. 

Once the base of your mini album is assembled it's time to get decorating. I used the Coffee and Tea collection to decorate my pages, which you can see here. 

I then cut some tags out of craft card stock to fit inside my toilet roll pockets and added some twine from my stash. I left my tags blank to journal on as the papers on the pages were quite busy, but you could decorate your tags if you wished.

For the album covers, I used two pieces of Bo Bunny Double Dot card stock and glued them together around the left over tabs front and back. I cut them the same width as the toilet rolls, but a little longer so that they covered the tags. I then used a piece of vanilla double dot card stock to cover the spine and added some twine to pretty things up a bit.

I tore the edges of the spine to make it a bit grungy and added some washi from my stash to the front, which matches another embellishment you'll see in a moment.

To create a fun front cover I used a Coffee Cup Shaker with some Neat & Tangled sequins and a sentiment from the Sizzix coffee stamp set to create this lovely mug shaker. 

I then added the Echo Park Coffee Cup pin to the corner, which is heavy enough to keep the album sitting flat and also adds another touch of gold to the cover. 

And that's the toilet paper mini album finished!

I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create your own mini album. If you need any tips or tricks, feel free to leave your questions down below.

Until next time,

Sarah xx


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coffee & Friends - Donna's Box of Invites for Coffee & Cake

Hello Crafty Friends!
With a kit called Coffee and Friends you must be thinking about get-togethers with friends..... chatting and drinking coffee (or tea or hot choccie). Donna has a gorgeous way of inviting your friends to a coffee/tea party...... a little box full of coffee themed invites!

Hi all,
Don't you love this month's kit Coffee & Friends, I do..
Today I have a box of small invites for you to send to friends for Coffee/ Tea and cake yummm..
 Box - Cut 9 1/2 inches x 5 1/4 inches
Score at 1in, 4 1/4in, 5 1/4in, 8 1/2in
Turn and score at 1in, 4 1/4in

Cut as shown in photo, take a little wedge out of each tab in the centre to make it easier to fold.

Place adhesive as shown.

I usually place all my mats on except the inside sides before I fold.
Mats measure 3in x 3in -cut 3 ..(1 for cover and 2 for inside)
3in x 3/4in - Cut 11 (6 inside and 5 outside)
Ink all the edges including the box.

Inside of box 

Adhere the tabs to the sides of the box including the middle tabs..

I forgot to adhere the middle tabs, so I had to lift the paper up to do so.
This is not the way to do it lol..

This is the way to do it, both the front tab and the middle tab are adhered down on the sides then the panel is placed on the top to cover it.. See neat!!

Cut six note cards at 3in x 6in.
Score at 3in.

Cut 18 mats at 2 3/4in x 2 3/4in
I stamped a lot of my own mats using the stamps from the kit
using Clearly Kelly stamp pad from an earlier kit HERE

Inside the cards..

Mats on the top and sides of box..

Box opened with mats inside.. I placed mats on all 4 bottom sides and only on the 2 sides on the top of the box due to the snug fit of the box..

I placed a little scrap cardboard on the backs of the coffee cups die cuts (say that fast lol). This simply gives the cups a little height and saves me lots of foam tape..

The front of the cards with the gorgeous washie tape from the kit..

I cut the little coffee cups from the washie tape to add to the stamped images inside the cards..

I haven't decorated too much here as I wanted to write my invitations by hand to my friends for a get together with Tea and Cake in my case lol.. 

Front of the cards.. I think they look wonderful.. The cups look light here but are in fact a caramel colour.. 

All the cards in the box..

A close up of the top of the box.. I used a sticker from the sticker sheet included in the kit and fussy cut words from a piece of the paper. I also painted Scattered Straw Distress Ink on the cups to give a little colour.. It looks light in these photos but is a lovely caramel in real life ..  

I love how this little set turned out..

I hope I have inspired you 
to create glorious things.

Donna xx

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