Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hug In A Mug

A Sweet and Simple Cup of Christmas Bundle

So I was scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled on a sweet and simple Christmas mug card and knew I had to make one of my own! Regrettably, I did not save the Pin and cannot direct you to the card that inspired this one.

While I have partially blended focal circles in the past, I have not used my Picket Fence Studio Fine Blender Tools before. They are fantastic and offer even soft blending creating incredibly delicate images. Now I know why they are called Life Changing!   

I thought one set may not be enough due to my plan to share my set in my craft studio during future classes, so I patiently waited until Taylored Expressions received a new supply of their Blender Brushes and Caddies. Well, they arrived today and they are beautiful! I hope to play with them once I upload this post 😁

Daffodil Delight (147094) offered a perfect backdrop to highlight the Pretty Peacock (150880), a new 2019-2020 In Color, steamy mug. 

Using the coordinating die, I not only cut out the flower with my Big Shot, I also cut the image out of the center of the mug and inlaid the painted image. Then I used Shimmery Crystal Effects (150892) over the entire mug. 

The sentiment is a partially stamped image that comes from a retired stamp set called Hug in a Mug. I placed tape over the top half of the sentiment that said "hot chocolate is like a" and tapped the stamp in VersaMark (102283), removed the tape, and heat embossed the image using Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (146956)

The * images above the mug are also from the same retired set. These are heat embossed in Stampin' White Emboss Powder (109132). A small snowflake image was used in the original Pin.

The squiggly steam are die cut images form Vellum (101856) and also are from a retired Holiday set called Pattern Pumpkins. 

One alternative to create the image of steam is to heat emboss or stamp the curly images from current Birthday Backgrounds on page 63, Merry Christmas to All on page 68, Around the Corner Stamp Set on page 157, or an image from For the Love of Felt on page 201 of the Creativity Is Calling 2019-2010 Catalog just to name a few. Images and dies included in the Toile Christmas Bundle (152367) has a perfect image also. Unfortunately, I do not have any of these. 

Another option includes the use of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) to create your own curly images and sprinkle with Stampin' Glitter (133751).    

Each of the retired sets are from the Creativity Delivered 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  

I thought I would share a before and after image of my creative time. I have heard a few thoughts concerning messy craft spaces versus neat and tidy spaces. 

While my craft studio is always organized with all things in there place when not in use, it is a different story when I am in the midst of creating!

How about you? Are you a neat or messy crafter?

Thank you for visiting my crafting world! I hope to see you again here soon!

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💗 Vally

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