Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's CHRISTMAS on the Tour de Freaks!

Welcome to the Christmas 2013 edition of the Tour de Freaks! It's the most won-der-ful tiiiime of the year (you sang that in your head, didn't you?), and we're excited to show you some terrific ideas for your holiday.  If you started at the beginning and have been hopping in order, then you just landed here from Mindy Backes' blog, Bada-Bing! Paper-Crafting!  If you're starting here, just click on the links at the bottom of each blog and they will take you full circle back here, so you won't miss a single stamptastic thing!

My first project is a little gift for nectar of the gods coffee lovers.  I've been seeing these tiny hot cups with lids popping up everywhere on the 'Net, and just had to get them to make some quick gifts.  They're filled with Espresso, Coffee, and Latte candies for a quick pick-me-up. Wouldn't these be cute teacher or co-worker gifts? (ETA: These will hold 5 Starbucks Via packets, folded in half.) They're big enough for a tea bag or two, as well. (Don't know about a cocoa packet, though.) The base was covered with Winter Frost DSP, and the lid was topped with a 3D snowflake.

Here's a close-up of the snowflake topper. I was inspired by the Festive Flurry Ornament Kits, making my version small enough to fit on the lid.

For my card projects, I had a hard time choosing which stamp set to feature, but finally decided on Best of Snow.  I just love that little snowman, and the hedgehog is so sweet!  So, let's start with my little snow buddy. He was super easy to color; just a few quick swipes of the markers. And you can't really see it, but the Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter really makes the snow sparkle.

And here's my little hedgie buddy. I acidentally stumbled on this color combination when some Early Espresso and Soft Sky cardstock was laying next to each other on my *ahem* very messy desk. I was struck by how well they complemented each other. For the Deco Labels mat, I first tried Silver Glimmer Paper, but there wasn't enough contrast. The Red Glimmer sets off the red scarves better, anyway, don't you think? The hedgie was colored with a blender pen to get a lighter shade of Soft Suede. I think the marker would have been too dark.

Well, that's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by! Now on to the next stop, Justin Krieger's blog, JK Cards. I'm sure he has something fabulous cooked up!



  1. Oooh; I love your cards! Both of them are gorgeous with awesome layouts and coloring. The way you left the one hedgehog white is too cute!!

  2. Where did you find the mini coffee cups?

    1. Marie, I ordered from the Webstaurant Store online. If I was on my computer I could link it here, but I'm not. I'm sure you can find it if you Google it!

  3. I love all your projects, the cards are adorable but I am swooning for your coffee cup! Soo incredibly cute! Nice to see it in the blues vs. red/greens out there, too! Super cute, LOVE IT! TYFS!!!! :)

  4. Ahh, I also bought from your source, here is the link to the Webstaurant Store for you:

  5. LOVE the little cup! They are everywhere these days- going to have to get these and try creating with them. Thanks for your inspiration!

  6. Your cup is fabulous - what a great gift idea for anyone...!!! Your cards are so delightful!

  7. Killing me with your cuteness! Love it all!

  8. The cup is sooo pretty! what a lovely way to share some love! And the hedgehog card is just too cute. I want that set just for that image! Lol


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