Sunday, January 2, 2011

ABC Toys & Crafts January Challenge–Baby It’s Cold Outside!!

Hi Kids!

I’m baaaacckkk!!  LOL  Please forgive my absence the last week or so . . . I took a much needed break to transition from WA to AZ again, and once we arrived I promptly came down with a ridiculous cold that has kept me whining and hanging around in my pajamas for a few days now.  Ugh!  But I think I’m finally back on my feet and happy to report that I’m back to my regularly scheduled crafting projects!

Cozy Winter Birthday
STAMPS:  Have a Donut  (Hero Arts ), On Ice (Papertrey Ink)
PAPER:  White CS (Neenah), Blu Raspberry CS (Poptone), Kraft and Raspberry Fizz CS (Papertrey Ink), Dotty Biscotti DP (Papertrey Ink)
Rich Cocoa  (Memento )
Create A Flake 2 Shapeabilities  (Spellbinders ), 3D Dots  (EK Success), Doily (Martha Stewart Crafts), Buttons and Felt (Papertrey Ink), Baker’s Twine (Divine Twine), Glue Dots, Janome Sew Mini, Cuttlebug
Today marks the beginning of the ABC Toys & Crafts January Challenge – Baby It’s Cold Outside.  Isn’t that so fun?!!  When I think of cold weather, I think of my fave-a-lave winter beverage – a Vente Peppermint Mocha.  Now THAT is the epitome of winter to me!  So, I started my project by creating a coffee cup cozy (I picked up this green reusable coffee cup at Home Goods for $2.50!).  I followed the directions that I found on Dawn McVey’s blog HERE - super easy instructions.  I used some white felt and the Create A Flake 2 Shapeabilities to create the snowflake embellishment.  Isn’t it so cute?!!

I wanted to make a coordinating card so that I had a sweet little gift set to share with someone special.  So I inked up the coffee cup from the Have a Donut clear set from Hero Arts.  I stamped the image twice – once on white cardstock, and once on the pink polka dot DP.  I fussy cut the cup, and then paper-pieced the polka dot coffee sleeve.  Fun, right?!  If I had it do over again, I’d probably run the coffee sleeve, as well as the polka dot strip on the card base through my crimper.  I think that would be really cute, don’t you?!!  And I’d probably add a Starbucks Gift Card inside so that my special someone could indulge in the essence of winter, too!!

So, what about you?  How does winter and cold weather inspire you creatively?  We’d love to have you all join us by creating something for this month’s ABC Toys & Crafts DT Challenge.  The theme is Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  Projects that fit the theme are eligible, so get your craft on peeps!  You can find the rules of the challenge, as well as the InLinkz widget to link up your projects by clicking on the blinkie below.


That’s it for me today, peeps.  The sweet ladies of the ABC Toys & Crafts DT will be sharing fun winter themed projects with you all month.  And I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun sample that fits the Baby, It’s Cold Outside theme.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I so appreciate your visit.  Smooches!


Justine said...

I absolutely LOVE your set. I even had Dave come take a look and he was really wowed by how perfect your cup polka dots were aligned with the dots that run across the strip behind it. Great Color combo also!! Happy New Year Friend

Ronda Archangelo said...

I blogged about this several weeks ago and never got around to making mine...your stunning set might make me get busy! This is just so wonderful...I'd be thrilled to get this as a gift!

Erin Smetak said...

Love it Karolyn! Hope you kick that cold to the curb!!!! I need some inspiration!!!!!

You asked what the cold weather inspires me creatively? Not a darn thing! I look forward to the SUNSHINE!!!!

Hugs chickie!