Saturday, 26 March 2016

Stacked Teacups . . . Spring Coffee Lovers Style

#SpringCLH
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The Blog Hop runs
from 6am Pacific Friday 18th March to 11:55pm Pacific Friday 25th March.

EVERYONE is invited to share a newly created SPRING themed project that includes coffee, tea &/or coffee inspired designs.  The link to where you share your creations is on the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog.  By linking your NEW project you are entered for the chance to win a SUPER Sponsor or FLASH Sponsor prize.  Winners will be announced on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Sunday 27th March.
EVERYONE is also encouraged to comment on all of the projects linked up for the hop too.

I hope you get inspired and join the caffeinated fun with fellow tea & coffee lovers.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make this card.
The file "Sweet Teacups Card" by Sweet Afton is from the Silhouette Design Store.
As soon as I saw the dimension of the stacked teacups with the delicate butterfly and leaves tucked in at the top, I knew I had to make it for my parents.  They both enjoy their hot cups of tea in pretty china teacups and gardening, Mum even collects tiny ornamental cups & teapots.  UPDATE - I've already given this card away as an Easter card to some friends, so I will have to make another one for Mum & Dad :)

I enlarged the file, so the final card is 6" wide by 8 1/4" tall.
I confess that I didn't plan on it being so large, it was supposed to be 5x7".  I had already cut all the cups, saucer, teabag, butterfly and scalloped panel and started to see how they fitted together only to find that the scalloped panel & matting were too small, so I quickly re-sized the scalloped panel to be 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" and used a 12x12 sheet to make the card base.  I cut an extra scalloped panel to mat inside the card, apart from looking pretty, it gives some extra weight to the back to ensure it stands tall and not bow from the weight of all the embellishments on the front.

The patterned papers are from the Kaisercraft "Summer Breeze" 6 1/2" paper pad,
the textured cardstock from the American Crafts 100 sheet value pack,
the leaves are Kaisercraft "Vines" Decorative Dies.
Adhesives were Helmar 450 Quick Dry and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.
I unwound some twine and twisted 2 strands together to make the teabag string.


I wanted to make the cups all the same shape, so I cut a little backing piece for each one in vanilla cardstock, to match the scalloped panel.  It is 2 1/8" tall, 2 3/4" wide at the top, 1 1/2" wide at the base.  I adhered the cup "flaps" around the back of each one, giving them identical curve and it made it so much easier to assemble too.  The handles were attached 1/2" down from the top of the cup.


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I've never made a card like this before and will definitely be making more.
I thought that this would only be able to be given by hand then thought what a lovely surprise it will be to open a box and find this inside.  I'm sure some strategic packing will keep it safe and secure, time will tell :)





PS - while I am still learning about electronic cutting with my Cameo, I have to let you know that this cut file by Sweet Afton cut like a dream, I was really impressed that there was no tearing.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

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Grab Our Badge!
The colours and design of my card remind me of Spring, especially with the butterfly and leaves in the top cup.  I have already given it to some friends for Easter and Norena was thrilled when she opened the gift bag and found it inside.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
Simon Says - Come Rain or Shine
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
My card is the shine after the rains, all the plants are refreshed, butterflies are all-a-flutter and we can enjoy a lovely hot cuppa out (and maybe a cupcake) out in the garden.


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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
The challenge title says it all and my card is ready to make three hot cuppas.


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Simon Says Stamp Blog
Work It Wednesday February - use something floral
Simon Says Stamp Blog
My card has lots of floral papers and die cut leaves.

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The challenge is to share a newly created SPRING themed project that includes coffee, tea &/or coffee inspired designs.
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  My papers are bright and cheery florals and the top cup is filled with leaves and a butterfly that remind me of a warm Spring day.

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32 comments:

  1. Wow - this is just awesome and stunning & fun! Love the pretty papers you used for the cups, too.

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  2. Your dimensional stacked cups are so cool! Great card!

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  3. wow I love the 3D cups, fabulous card!

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  4. This is so beautiful I love those 3 D cups the butterfly and the leaveas gets me ready for spring
    Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
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    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
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  5. Great dimension. Love the little tea tag too! :)

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  6. Oh my, Tracy, this is framable! Love it!

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  7. Beautiful! Love the dimension! And such pretty colors..

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  8. Love your dimensional cup stack Tracy! Happy ending to a wonderful Hop! Enjoyed it a lot!

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  9. This looks fantastic with the 3-d effct

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  10. woohoooo I love your 3D effect too
    coool
    and thanks for the mini tutorial
    but I never send a bulkie card it is expensive maybe we can give it to our neighbour right
    great idea and love the color on your cup of coffee
    see you on my card #175 maybe :)

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  11. This is so pretty! Love how you made your cups!

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  12. um, WOW! This is amazing...I ADORE the dimension and all of your wonderful details!

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  13. Wow! What fantastic dimension! LOVE this!

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  14. Wow, those cups look so real, absolutely awesome card in great colors.
    Happy latte Easter!

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  15. Love the design papers you used on the cut, and the butterfly die-cut is beautiful...stunning card.

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  16. Wow, this is beyond amazing! Love those beautiful, dimensional tea cups and the lovely flora and fauna you've added are perfect for a springtime card!

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  17. Wow! Your dimensional stacked cups look awesome! Also love the pretty papers you've used!

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  18. What beautiful 3d cups! Thanks for showing how you did it!!

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  19. This is one of my favorites. I love the papers for each of the cups. TFS

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  20. Wow- these cups are awesome! Well done. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    Amy-DT

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  21. Oh my, I absolutely love the fabulous dimension in your card, the butterfly and all the greens, it screams Spring!

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  22. Ahhhh...how cute! LOVE that the cups have dimension!

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  23. Hi Tracy, you asked me if you had to use my products to enter my challenge. YOu can use any products you like, however I would love for you to use mine. Stacking is when you enter two projects and they are right next to each other. You can enter as many other challenges along with mine as you wish. I would love it if you became a follower and entered the challenges.

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  24. Gorgeous card Tracy! I love the dimension you've give to the pretty cups it looks wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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