December 6, 2011

ColourQ #114-Anything but a Card


It's ColourQ Tuesday!  So glad you stopped by for this week's challenge.  This week we have a fun and festive color palette, as always, but we are also challenging you to make something other than a card.  Fun, right?  


This is the time of year when I'm always scouring the web looking for creative ideas for holiday gift-giving, so with that on my brain I decided to makeover a travel mug that's been sitting around on our counter.  Someone gave my hubby one of those decorate-it-yourself mugs from Starbucks, and I can't see him breaking out the craft supplies anytime soon, so I took it upon myself to give this sad little travel mug a new life.

My colors aren't the exact ones from the palette, but I used what I had in my stash that was closest.  I started with some pretty patterned paper by SEI from the Wintersong collection.  I've had this in my stash forever!  I simply removed the template that came with the mug and traced it onto the back of my patterned paper, cut it out, and slid it into place.  What's great is that I can change the paper out with the seasons!


To decorate the outside, I chose to add a felt wrap, just like all of those cute coffee cozies I see on Etsy.  Using one of those corrugated Starbucks wraps as a template, I cut a piece of PTI's Fine Linen felt, pinked the bottom edge, and sewed it together at the back.

To decorate the wrap, I cut snowflakes from Ocean Tides felt using Spellbinders Create-a-Flake dies and stitched them with basic embroidery stitches to a piece of cream felt.  A few button centers add the finishing touch.

Patterned paper:  SEI (Wintersong)
Felt:  Papertrey Ink
Tools:  Spellbinders (Create-a-Flake One & Two), pinking shears
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), thread

I hope you'll join us this week at the ColourQ to make a non-card project using these colors!  And be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the DT gals have cooked up.

Thanks for your visit today!

24 comments:

Stamper for fun said...

WOW!!! What a beauty!!! I LOVE it! Does that express how much I like it? It made me laugh when you said you didn't think your DH would be getting out the ("your") craft supplies anytime soon. It's way too pretty to use.

June K

Lynn said...

Oh Christina, the soft felt on this is so stunning. I feel like I say that with every creation of yours...but truly this is so gorgeous. Question for you: how to you attach it? Is it stitched closed?

Marisa said...

How cute is this - ooops, shouldn't say cute if it is hubby's, right?! Great use of this week's colours!

Lindsay said...

This makes me happy Christina! I LOVE the stitched snowflakes and those lovely buttons! What a fun non-card idea!

Heather Jensen said...

LOVE this Christina. I had intended on making some of these last year for Christmas and just didn't get it done. I love the snowflakes. :)
Hugs~

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love this... I really should try more felt, it's got some great texture.

Jessica Wekenman said...

Oh, that is just the sweetest coffee cup cozy I've ever seen! The colors from the challenge just worked out perfectly and those stitches on the snowflakes are perfect!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

OMG... how cute is that! Look at all detailed sewing work! Just too too cute and what a great gift. Hugs.

Laura B. said...

this is cozy gorgeousness!

Cristina said...

Aren't you clever? And hello? That embroidery is PERFECT. You are amazing with a needle and thread.

Vickie Z said...

This is wonderful!!! Colors are perfect and what an adorable idea....actually I need a small gift for my book club....maybe this would work!!!

Karen B. said...

You could open your own etsy shop for just travel mugs! How amazing is this!?

Diane Jaquay said...

This is AWESOME, Christina!! I'm so impressed with your stitching ability!

The Paper Parade said...

That looks like you bought it at a store! It's perfect! And you know I'm partial to homemade coffee cozies, too ;) But I think yours turned out way cuter than my knitted ones I make!

Andrea M said...

Well isn't this just AMAZING!!! I love those stitched flakes - you always do the most incredible stitching! I love those colors too! This is so inspiring Christina! LOVE!!!

Deb said...

This is really beautiful!!!! Very creative!

Jenny said...

I love this idea, the patterned paper is so subtle and the felt band is just so pretty :)
Jenny x

Tracey McNeely said...

What a great cup wrap Christina. These colours are so easy to live with. Beautiful.

Jinny Newlin said...

This is absolutely fabulous! So warm, cozy, and sweet; and a perfect take on that gorgeous, color story! LOVE!

Marybeth said...

Oh this is such a great idea ,and it looks so pretty. You did a great job on the sewing. I love hand sewing on felt, find it very relaxing.

Jen W. said...

Glad I popped over here before I went to work on the ColourQ colours because somehow I missed the "anything but a card" part! Your mug wrap is gorgeous and I especially love the stitching on the snowflakes!

Marlena M. said...

Beautiful homemade touch! ;)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Thanks for the inspiration.

Michele Gross said...

Oh my! This is outstanding! The colors, the felt, it's all so cozy :)

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