Coffee or tea? What’s your pleasure? No matter what your hot drink of choice is, I think you’re going to love today’s dose of inspiration. I’m super excited to be once again participating in the Holiday Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
If you’ve never heard to the Coffee Lovers blog hop it’s super fun and inspirational to pick up a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and get ready for some crafting, giveaways and good holiday fun. It’s all headed up by Amy Tsuruta on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!
Even more exciting there are a TON of giveaways this time to celebrate the holidays with you. Make sure you take the time to pop by each of the blogs as you never know what you’ll find in inspiration and surprises! You can also play along yourself and create a coffee themed project of your own! Anyone is welcome to link up on Friday, December 11th at 6 am pacific through Friday, December 18th @ 11:59 pm pacific. There are no limits to the number of entries, the more the merrier. Please remember to keep the projects with a Winter/Holiday theme. Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Winter/Holiday Themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project, no back-linking please. Random.org is used to draw for winners. There’s tons of sponsors so play along for a change to win! The entire Inlinkz list of participants can be found on Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog here.
I decided to go out of the box a little for today’s project. For the past two hops I’ve been offering some coffee themed digital cutting files. You can find them here if you wish. This time I was in an old-school mood and decided to take the coffee/tea theme VERY literally. I’ve created a paper crafting project using a tea cup itself. It’s fun and festive and very shabby/vintage in style and I’m calling it Christmas in a Teacup. It’s a fun little holiday accent that makes a great gift. You can even make the top removable so that the tea cup can be used throughout the year. Go even a step further and fill the cup with bags of tea for a sweet gift.
Christmas in a Teacup
So let’s get onto the project. First of all I started with a teacup. I adore pretty teacups and I have a few that my mom gave me that I cherish. This is one of them, but I promise…no teacups were harmed in the making of this project!
First of all, I created an insert that my holiday accents would sit on. I used a circle die set and found a size that would sit just inside the top of my teacup. I then die cut the circle from both patterned paper (I used Juniper from Basic Grey) and Craft-a-board. Craft-a-board is a great chipboard-like product that is easy to die cut or alter. It makes a nice firm base to add in all my extra goodies.
Next up, hot glue some gold trim to the bottom edges of the circle and fold up towards the top. This fills in any gaps and makes a pretty edge. I then adhered some pretty sequin trim around the top edges of the base to add some bling.
Then comes the bottle brush trees. These are from Maya Road and I’m so addicted to them this year. They are classic or trendy depending on how you create with them and the texture is so divine. I adhered them to the base and then trimmed them out with twirls of jute twine.
To finish it all off, there’s some sweet gold jingle bells scattered around the base, along with sparkle ribbon and other pretty embellishments. Oh! And I can’t forget one of my favorite holiday dies ever! Die cut Merry Christmas from gold foil cardstock using the Merry & Bright Essentials by Ellen die set and adhere to the trees.
Now to adhere this sweet piece in a teacup, use Glue Dots! These gooey adhesives will allow you to remove the top and use your cup if desired.
And finally, in case you missed it I have a special coupon for you to use at Ellen Hutson LLC. You can use the discount code thingswelovejulia on any purchase of in stock product at Ellen Hutson LLC from now until December 14th! Enjoy! It’s all part of my Things We Love 2015 post.
If you don’t have your coffee or tea, be sure to grab one and get started on the rest of this amazing blog hop of coffee creations. They’ll be sure to cozy up your holidays with lots of creative inspiration!