Every Christmas time I think I should have started earlier on presents. This year I should have started earlier but it is hard to get yourself into that mode of thinking. Especially when it is over 100 degrees and about 40% humidity. We don't have air conditioning so I can't just crank up the AC like some of my friends do. I wanted to make some special gifts for our choir members that work so hard all year long to bring music to our church. So I used the coffee cups from (most of us drink coffee, tea or water) Good Day at the Office SVG Kit.
I cut the coffee cups out at the size they import but on hind site I am thinking making them a little smaller would have been better as they are a tall coffee size. This means I have no idea if the candy pkg I am ordering for these will fill all these cups. I thought 5lbs of Jolly Rancher Fire Candy would be enough but it may not be. We use those to clear our throats and sinus's so we can sing better. Plus we all love them.
Most say the hardest part of making Mary's files is picking the paper. This is true of myself as well. Girls are fairly easy but guys???? That is a horse of a different color! Most of our guys love the outdoors so I had a lot of Imaginisce camping paper which worked well. I also used Echo Parks This & That and some Happy days by Echo Park for the guys. For the girls I used A ton of My Minds Eye I will list all the papers collections I used and the solid card stock at the bottom of this post.
These cups were easy to put together and went together fairly fast. I don't usually get done so quick on something like this. I used the top label to make my note to our choir. Very simply said Merry Christmas Choir. I printed these on two Clear Sticker Sheets from Silhouette and did a print and cut. It was a tiny bit off but maybe that is something I need to adjust. I haven't looked into it much as I typically don't use a lot of print and cut. The only reason for that is I don't have continuous ink system. I would love to but it can be pretty pricey getting the printer and ink system set up. Anyhoo, I adhered those to the a white bottom label and glued those onto the front of the sleeves. Because these will be in a box until the appointed time, I didn't want to put a lot of decorations on the front. I used the butterfly for the girls embossing the top wings with a Sizzix Flourishes emboss folder with enamel dots down the center. I folded flower centers in half and hot glued those to the sleeves, then hot glued the butterflies on top of that. For the guys cups I cut mustaches, adding enamel dots for the buttons on a shirt. The stashes were mostly a silhouette file as I wanted curly stashes but a few are from the New Years Eve SVG Kit. The mustache can be found in the photo props part of that file.
That was pretty much it. I know I will have to make a few more when we start practice for Christmas as we always pick of a few extra people for the program but having most of them done really helps. I am off to do a little sewing, I saw a simple pattern for a cozy for your hot drink I want to try. I am going to use one of Mary's files again to cut the some of the pieces for it. I haven't tired this before using my Silhouette but I am told it works quite well. I will let you know. If you don't see it, know it was a complete fail and it went into the trash. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I really should have a cup of coffee ready for ya and a swing to sit on too! ;) Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn
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SVG Kit's Used:
Good Day at the Office
American Craft Card Stock: Rouge, Peony, Raspberry, Black, Oregano, Coffee
Bazzill Card Stock: Turquoise Mist, Black, Arctic, White
My Minds Eye Card Stock: Market Street Ashbury Heights, The Sweetest Thing Lavender, My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell, Now and Then Milo, Cut & Paste Flair Wow
Echo Park Card Stock: Happy Day's, This & That Vintage Boy, Everyday Eclectic
Imaginisce: Great Outdoors
Sizzix Emboss Folder: Flourishes
Enamel dots: My Minds Eye, Recollections
Flower Centers: Michales
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive