Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Sneak Peeks - Grab A Cup!

Welcome to our November Sneak Peeks at Flourishes!  We’re really excited to show off this month’s sets to you, because we know they’ll be ones you’ll want to use over and over again.  Each of them convey a real sense of warmth and will be perfect for any occasion you have with friends and family.  Today’s set is one we’ve been anticipating with great excitement because we think it’s fabulous!  Introducing….
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Grab a Cup and enjoy with this sweet-as-can-be coffee and tea inspired set. Use it to send warm thoughts across the miles or to invite a dear friend to share some time over hot drinks. This set, illustrated by Marcella Hawley measures 4" by 6" and offers three main images, four accent images and six mix and match sentiments!  It celebrates everything coffee and tea should be!

To say that I love this set would be an understatement :)  My husband is an avid coffee drinker and though I don’t like the taste of coffee, I do love the atmosphere of a coffee shop and the smell of it brewing.  I also have a mom that has loved coffee her whole life, so today I’ll show you a coffee-themed gift I made for her on her birthday.  A lot of pictures ahead!


The whole set included - a home-made coffee sleeve for her daily coffee’s out with my Dad, a coffee gift card, and a birthday card.  


First up is the Coffee Sleeve and gift card envelope.  I just LOVE how this turned out!  What I love most about this set is how versatile and well planned each element in the set is.  So many little parts to the set that can create a really pulled-together, total package design.  

To create the sleeve I used a cardboard one that had come with the cup of coffee and traced it out on the felt.  Then I sewed the inner seam and then blanket stitched the rest of the design together.  It really didn’t take long at all using embroidery thread.  Did you know you can stamp on felt?  I used one of the little coffee cups and saucers from the set and Brown Stazon ink to stamp the little felt circle.  


For the little mini envelope for the gift card I used Flourishes Classic Kraft cardstock, Emerald Coast Cardstock, and Rich Brown Cardstock, stamping the coffee beans with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, tying the envelope  on with some Emerald Coast Seam Binding.  


Here are a couple more pictures of the coffee sleeve.  


Can you see my one missed stitch where I had to change thread?  Sigh….right front and center.  But it does add to the rustic homemade appeal :)  Next time I hope to do a little bit better on the straightness of my blanket stitches.  My mom loved the coffee sleeve, Tim Hortons, where they go daily, doesn’t double cup and she always feels like she’s going to burn her hands.  Problem solved :)


And here’s the card!  I added the tiniest of the cup and saucer images to the coffee sleeve on the card image to mimic the felt sleeve I had made her.  I did give teh image a bit of Copic colouring to give realism to the cup image.  Then I added lots of ink to the backgrounds to give it that warm cozy feel using Kraft ink and Memento Teal Zeal.  The Birthday part of the sentiment is from another Flourishes set Inside and Out Happy.  You might also notice something on this card that is a sneak peek to another set later in the week.  But I’m not telling what it is!  :)


Some more brown felt for the Victorian Oval shape laying behind the tag to tie into the sleeve design, and a few enamel dots and it’s finished.  A very wonderful gift set for my equally wonderful mom! 

You’ll see some fantastic inspiration along the way today with our design team and this set.  And, while you’re hopping and looking at their creations, don’t forget to try to figure out….

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Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today’s set! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Do you want to win Flourishes’ November Release?

  • If you would like a chance at winning all three of our soon-to-be released November sets…you can play in our Grab A Cup Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY November 15th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All three of our November sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all three sets together in a bundle. This discount will only be available through November 22nd, so you have to act fast!
  • Keep in mind, all of these sets will be live first thing Friday morning in the Flourishes store along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • And, don’t forget to come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday, November 16th for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce all of our winners of this weeks’ challenges!
Be sure to stop on by tomorrow when we share a beautiful set that will have you wanting to “phone a friend"!

37 comments:

stampqueen said...

Such a great gift - I am not a coffee drinker either but my DD is - she loves Starbucks....

wendy2512 said...

What a sweet little gift package for your mom. A super idea so she doesnt burn her hands. adn so many cute details..liek the little coffee cup on the gift card holder...I must remember that you CAn stamp on felt...TY for sharing that and for this cute set...:0)

jonim52 said...

Love your coffee cozy and tag, looks like an awesome set.

loulou said...

What a fantastic gift set. I love the colour combination and how you layered the cup on the card.

Diane said...

Super cute and creative idea!!! What a perfect gift for a Mom (hey kids, are you listening..lol)..love your unique idea and projects!!!

Michele Boyer said...

What great set, Christine! I love the pop of the blue!

Linda Carson said...

How sweet! I know your Mom loved this and will probably want you to make some for her friends! Love the card and its rich colors and details!

KimCreate said...

Christene! Are you kidding me with how cute your felt cup holder is? What a cute gift for Mom! And your card, gorgeous! The layout and colors are dreamy!

Tracy said...

What a fun project- love the colors you used.

Barbara said...

Wow! Wow! what a sweet way to give a gift this Christmas. Thanks for this inspiration.

Connie MacFarlane said...

Chrisitne, what a wonderful gift for your Mom. Love, love, love the colours you used and that coffee sleeve is perfect. I absolutely love everything that I am seeing from this set so far. Great new release!

lisa808 said...

Your cozy is so cute. Great gift idea.

Allison Cope said...

Goodness me... what an amazing gift set Christine! She's going to love it! I think I'm going have to borrow your idea for when my Mom comes out at the end of the month. Totally lovin' your cup cozy - fabulous colours & design!

Marisa said...

Great sleeve! Love the card too :)

Jean Bullock said...

Love, love, love the colors you used for these delightful gifts and card. Everything is so well done. The gift with card ensemble that you created is a gift in itself!

monica said...

Super

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful made and a great card Christine.

gr karin

Rea said...

Your gift set is just adorable. I just love coffee, so this set is right up my alley.

jj said...

Sweet cozy and love your card colors!

Angelica Schmidt said...

What an awesome gift idea love it! Gorgeous card to go with also! Have a Blessed day!

Rosy Newlun said...

Brilliant idea Christine! No, I didn't know we could stamp on felt :) I love your stitching!!!














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TLady said...

WHAT A SUPER GIFT FOR YOUR MOM CHRISTINE!!!!!!!;) I COULDN'T TELL WHERE you changed thread!! NOT EVEN with you telling us WHERE!!!!!!LOL I LIKE this set!! It is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!!!!!! I too LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the smell of coffee MORE than the taste!!! :)It's a COMFORTING SMELL!!!!!!!! AND the ONLY thing I can see on your card that MIGHT go to another set coming this week, would be the dotted lines!!!!!!!! :)AM I RIGHT??? WE WILL SEE!!!!!!:)

Donna Phelan said...

FABULOUS! I love that sleeve! And the fabulous colors and design of your card, super pretty! She's going to love it all!

Michelle Giraud said...

Super cute idea!

Ravengirl said...

A gift set! I love the sweet coffee cozy and the matching card.

frommycraftroom said...

What a lovely cup sleeve and card. Beautiful set.

D- said...

What a wonderfully creative gift set. It will be loved for sure. TFS.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Linda said...

Great coffee cozy.

Becky said...

A perfectly crafted project, Christine. Love the great card too.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Awesome gift set. Your cup sleeve is clever and makes for the perfect touch on this gift.

Sue D said...

Love this--thanks for sharing how you made it.

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous card, love the colouring job! Love this set!

Heather said...

Such a beautiful gift set, and absolutely perfect for the coffee lover. I don't drink coffee either, but I, too, love the smell of a coffee shop. Your whole project is adorable and I love that everything coordinates together.

Theresa said...

Great projects using this versatile stamp set. Love them all. Clever use of felt!

Sue T said...

yum, love the coffee set...its soo me~Love your samples~

Heather Jensen said...

What a beautiful handmade gift set for your mom. I bet she loved this special treat. I LOVE coffee and tea, so this set will get a lot of use in my craft room. :)

Silke Ledlow said...

Awesome gift idea Christine! These would be a great idea for my daughter's teachers :) !!!