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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Who Loves COFFEE?!!!

not me... he he he
COCOA, on the other hand...
I am quite addicted to!

How stinkin' cute are these
teeny tiny "cocoa cups"?!

SO stinkin' cute, right?!

They are 4oz in size and can be
ordered from the webstaurantstore.com

They are the perfect gift holder
for items such as
candy, jewelry, cash, nail polish...
even a baby onesie!

I've been told the 8oz cups
make great "gift card holders."

And check out this super duper,
crazy fun, easy to make
"Mini Cocoa Cup TOTE!"

Adorbs, right?!
Wanna know how I made it?

First, how about I give you
a great little tip on how to
cover those teeny tiny little
"COCO cups..."

Using a hobby blade,
trim the TOP RIM from the cup.

Then trim away the bottom rim.

Next, simply trim right at the cup seam.

Open the cup and voila! your pattern!!!

Keep it the way it is to cover
the entire cup OR
trim about 1/4" or 1/2" from
the edge to have a "cup sleeve."

(NOTE: I free-handed my 1/2" trim.)

To create the TOTE...

Begin by trimming TWO
circles of scrap card stock
with the Circle Framelits and
the Big Shot Machine.
Use the FIFTH Framelit
Set the circles aside.

Score a piece of card stock or DSP
measuring 6" x 12" at 4-1/2".
Turn the the paper around and repeat.

Next, center the trimmed circles
onto the scored paper.
Layer the Circle Framelit onto
the pre-trimmed, centered circle dies.
Run through the Big Shot Machine. 

I then punched the 6" edges with
the Scallop Edge Punch
and folded at 3/4" on each edge.

Fold and adhere scallop edges.

Score each scallop edge at 2".

Create "handles" by punching with
the Largest Oval Punch.

Decorate and embellish as desired.

Here's a little helpful hint
to getting the most out of your
precious stampin' time...

Using the new "Fall Fest" set
layer all of the leaves at once
onto the H block and ink away.

I like to to first use a light
color like Crushed Curry and then
(without even cleaning the stamps)
move to a darker yet similar
color like Tangelo Tangerine.
Then I will sometimes move
to an even darker color
(without cleaning)
like Blackberry Bliss.

Be sure and stamp TWICE.
(You will find out way later.)

Do you see what I've done there?
By inking and stamping
lighter to darker,
I've eliminated TWO STEPS
of cleaning after inking.
Hey, I'm a busy gal...
every second counts! 

I really enjoy using the Woodgrain stamp
to "KISS" my darker inked leaves.
Instead of an actual
"woodgrain" effect on the images,
they actually looked distressed.
I love that!

Alrighty then...
THIS is why I instructed you
to stamp TWICE!

By using the H block,
all four of the leaf images
line up perfectly.
By stamping TWICE,
the leaf Framelits can be
alternated so that none are touching.

Yesterday was
(or something like that).
Do you LOVE coffee like I
LOVE cocoa?

Visit my Facebook page,
and you will find a link
to hundreds of super fun
"coffee ideas"
for your paper art creativity.

Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings always,

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