Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #12 - Take Time to Smell the Coffee

ETA: Susana has very kindly asked me to stay on as a Guest Designer for her store through April, and I've VERY HAPPILY ACCEPTED! Thanks, Susana, and SCACD DT for putting up with me for another month!! I look forward to more fun and laughs!!

Sadly, this is my last post as a Guest Designer for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design. It's been a fun ride, for sure!! The ladies on the DT are amazingly talented women - hopefully I've absorbed some of their incredible talent while hanging out with them. Thank you Susana, Suzanne, and the rest of the DT for all your patience, kind words, and laughs over the last month!! I've enjoyed every minute of my time with you.

My final Try It Out Tuesday challenge was to create a card with two coordinating gifts. Fun, huh?!! Well, I love trolling the aisles at JoAnn Fabrics. They always have the most fun crap, man!! I ran across this darling little travel coffee tumbler in the Value Bins ($2.50!!) and knew just what I was going to make for my gift set.

I pried open the tumbler and created an insert from some Nana's Kitchen DP that I had picked up at Mike's a while back. I loved the colors and the bling that was already built in. And it had those cute little coffee cups on it - PERFECT!! Here's the fun thing about it though - see that cute little coffee scoop hanging from the ribbon? That image is a stamp I picked up at a little Stamp Convention a few weeks back. I stamped it onto Shrinky Dink with Timber Brown Staz-On. Then I cut it out with my scissors, punched a hole in the handle, and took my heat set gun to it. It shriveled up into a little ball, and then finally laid flat. Have you ever used that stuff?!! It is a HOOT!! I attached it to the ribbon with Karen Foster Scrapper’s Floss. Next I added some of the same DP to a coffee bag that I had picked up at JoAnn's when I found the tumbler. I used my Oval Classic & Scalloped Nesties to reveal the window. I used my Rectangle Classic & Scalloped Nesties to create a cute little coordinating topper. I stamped some coffee beans on the pink CS, and then stamped and cut out my all time favorite Lockhart Itty Bitty Hot Chocolate. I colored it with my Copics, added some Liquid Applique and some Dazzling Diamonds, then heated up the Liquid Applique with my Heat Gun to make it look like foam on my Cappucino. I added some little Prima Sprites that I had in my stash, blinging the pink one up with some Shimmerz Blingz Pixie Dust, adding a button, and tying that with my favorite Karen Foster Scrapper’s Floss. I filled it up with some Starbuck's coffee beans - BONUS!! I didn't want it to fall apart, so I used Scor-Tape to adhere all the pieces together. Love that stuff!!

The last piece of my little set was the gift card holder. I made a Fold-over Flap Card that I found the tutorial for on Cammie's blog. But I altered it a little bit on the inside to add a pocket for a Starbuck's Gift Card. Same DP, same Itty Bitty; I used my Circle Classic & Scalloped Nesties and my Square Classic & Scalloped Nesties to create the fold-over flap, same ribbon, and VOILA!! I'm not sure who I'll give this little set to, but it's ready and rarin' to go!!

Stamps: Lockhart Itty Bitty Hot Chocolate, Coffee Break (Amuse)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pink Toille (Palette), Timber Brown Staz-On
Paper: Nana's Kitchen Stack DP (DCWV), Summer Sunshine CS (PTI), Sweet Blush CS (PTI), Dark Chocolate CS (PTI), White CS (Neenah)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Square Classic & Scalloped Nesties, Circle Classic & Scalloped Nesties, Rectangle Classic & Scalloped Nesties, Oval Classic & Scalloped Nesties, Cuttlebug, Stampin Dimensionals, Liquid Applique, Karen Foster Scrapper’s Floss, Button, Shimmerz Blingz Pixie Dust, Prima Sprites, Shrinky Dink, Heat Set Gun, Scalloped Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Polka Dot Summer Sunshine Ribbon (PTI), Copics, Glue Dots, Coffee Tumbler (JoAnn's), Coffee Bag (JoAnn's)

Thanks for stopping by!


Maria Matter said...

Karolyn, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a great gift set! You do beautiful work lady!!!!
Blessings, Maria

Anki said...

It's amazing - send some coffe over now please ;-))
Love it and your work is wonderful. I will be checking in on you my friend and you are forever now on my bloglist. Kramisar - Anki

Terri said...

SUPER cute, girl! Aren't you just lovin' that Nana's Kitchen paper...too stinkin' cute! Great little gift set!

Susan said...

I'd gladly take this set off your hands! Beautiful job and what a great assortment. Love the scoop and the inside of the gift card is great! Love all the details you added. Glad you're staying with us for another month!

Hugs to you,


sarahw said...

Karolyn, what a wonderful gift set. You are one talented chickie!

I can't tell you how much you made me smile yesterday when I recieved your card. Thank you so much for the baskets! You rock! Hugs, Sarah

peggysue said...

That is a darling set! And I troll more often in Mike's JUST because its closer to my house, Joann's has fab stuff too, but it takes an artist like yourself to really make it special.

Danni said...

What a wonderful set!! You are just so creative! Love it!

Aud said...

Your coffee set is amazing!♥ So beautiful!
I'm thrilled that we'll be team mates in April as well!

Have a nice time away with your daughter!


Justine said...

LOve it..... I love all of the attention to details that you put into your projects. Great job

Christine Riley said...

This is so cute! Love the colors you used and what a clever way to use that Lockhart image. Too cute :)
Hugs, Christine :)

Suzanne J Dean said...

Such a great set Karolyn! I love the coffee theme and altering the travel cup was an awesome idea! Great gift card holder too--love them all! Wonderful job on the challeng & glad you're staying on for another month :o)


Susana M said...

Hi Karolyn I am so happy you are staying on another month with the team :o) You did an amazing job with this challenge and I think you used about every item I carry in the store - LOL
Thanks for ROCKING the challenge!!!
Hearts and Hugs

Scrapping Julie said...

totally love it. i am a coffee girl and i would flip if i recieved this. coffee and cuteness!!!!!

{Sarah Coyle} said...

wow super cute! congrats!

Maria (Inky Stamper) said...

wow...that is clever! i love the gift card idea and the fancy folds - just fab!

LaToya said...

Karolyn your gift set came out wonderful. I never thought to decorate a coffee mug. And I always see these in the dollar or bargain bins. Thanks for the idea.

Wendy said...

What a great little set! I have a mug that's similar at home (picked it up at the local $ store for $1.25!), but haven't yet come up with an awesome idea for it. Thanks for the inspiration!