As I type this the thermometer is struggling to climb above the single digits and a light snow is blanketing the earth. Naturally my thoughts turned to a steamy cup o' joe when I sat down to create a card for this week's challenge at CASology :
I pulled out a really old stamp from DRS Designs (dated 2003!) and a fun sentiment from a My Favorite Things clear set called Hot Stuff:
While this is a simple image it is a bit on the larger side so I decided to follow the advice of one of the CASology DT members Rosemary and spotlight only part of it. Pulling out some colors from the fun pp on the base card I used some distress markers to color in the coffee can and cups. I decided to add the bright yellow "rug" so the table and chairs wouldn't look like they were floating- after die cutting an oval using Cricut George and Basic Shapes cart I used the negative space as a mask and sponged on some squeezed lemonade distress ink. Hard to see in the pic but I also added some glossy accents to the inside of the coffee cups to give more of an appearance of liquid:)
Other Supplies Used: Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up chocolate chip ink, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neopolitan pp, W R Memory Keepers corner rounder, baker's twine
I got a little nostalgic while putting ink to paper. All of the elements that went into making this card represent glorious day trips spent with my stampin' sis Denise. The older DRS Designs image came from a trip made to an independent stamping store in Horseheads, NY which sadly had to close its doors not soon after the economic downturn of 2008. And the pp is from a recent trip to another independent store in Bridgeport, NY whose owner just had to make the painful decision to close its doors for good at the end of next month. And the baker's twine? From yet another trip to a wonderful independent store in Buffalo, NY called Buffalo Stamps & Stuff that so far remains open.
Now don't get me wrong - I loooooove my internet shopping sites! It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet and brick and mortar stores just don't have the space or resources to carry all the "stuff" you can find at these sites. But there's nothing that can replace a day spent with a friend who gets as gaga as you do over ink and stamps and paper and who likes to start that day over a cup of coffee:)
Thanks for stopping by and for letting me "venti" :)