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Latte Love...

Welcome to the first group post of the August 2013 Papertrey Ink Countdown!  Today the team is featuring a fun coffee themed collection of products -- a new stamp set called Latte Love and two collection of dies called Coffee Cozy and Coffee Cozy Details.  These new products will be available for purchase from Papertrey Ink on August 15th, at 10pm Eastern time.  

So let me show you my projects using these new products.  I created a coffee gift ensemble complete with a card, a coffee cozy, and a bag of coffee beans.  


First, let's talk about the coffee cozy.  I used the new Coffee Cozy dies to diecut an old sweater.  We are kind of into upcycling clothes around here.  My daughter and I like to sew doll clothes and we have a stash of clothing that either has stains or small holes and can't be re-sold, to use for this purpose.  I thought  a sweater might be the perfect thing to use for the coffee cozy!  I wasn't sure if the die would cut through it, but it worked very well.  


A few little tips I learned along the way -- first, iron a backing onto the sweater before diecuting it.  I used Ultra Heat n' Bond.  It's a two-sided no-sew interfacing.  This will prevent the sweater from fraying.  I made mine double thickness - I also diecut the Coffee Cozy die from Hibiscus Burst felt.  Before ironing it to the sweater layer (using the Heat n' Bond), diecut the stitching holes through the felt layer as well as the stitching details from the Coffee Cozy Details dies (I used the heart on the front of my cozy).  This will make stitching everything together much easier.  I also included the little heart tag from the Coffee Cozy Details die set - Erin's right...those little tags just put it over the top.  They're just the cutest little detail!


For my coffee bag, I started with a Small Kraft Coffe bag.  I diecut a window in the front of the bag using the Limitless Layers: Heart dies.  To do this, simply put the heart die inside the bag, cutting side against the bag front.  It helps to put the die on a sticky note, making sure it's straight, then insert the sticky note with die attached into the bag.  The straight edges of the sticky note help you make sure the die is straight and centered inside the bag, since it's a little hard to see inside there.  


The bag topper is made with the Get a Handle On It dies cut from Rustic Cream cardstock, then embossed with the Striped Sweater Impression Plate.  I stamped a sentiment from the new Latte Love set in colors that matched my sweater.  I also added a heart which was diecut from the sweater using the new Coffe Cozy Detail dies and topped off with a button. I also incorporated the little heart tag again, which was cut from felt.


And finally, my card.  You could totally just go for the card if you're not into creating gifts and that sort of thing!  I wanted a sort of bistro look for my card, so I put it on a chalkboard-like background.  I stamped the stacked cup image from Latte Love onto Vintage Cream cardstock, then colored it with Copics.  


The sentiment was stamped onto Smokey Shadow cardstock and heat embossed with white and Grapefruit Zing! powders.  I then added some "chalk" borders and coloring with some Faber-Castell Crafter Crayons.  I fussy-cut the stack of cups and layered it over the top.  They are so cute and I wish I had a collection of cute cups like that to display in my kitchen!  


That wraps up my projects for today...I'll be back with more tomorrow.  For now, be sure to hop around to the other Papertrey Ink girls participating in today's group post...


Supplies not linked but available on August 15th, 2013 from Papertrey Ink:  Latte Love stamp set, Coffee Cozy dies, Coffee Cozy Details dies