I have some friends with whom I like to get together occasionally for coffee. As of last month, we finally have a new bakery/coffee shop right nearby where it's a joy to meet. For those of you who live in cities, you cannot possibly imagine what this shop is like. It's been set up in an old metal building that used to be a car repair and tire sales shop. Yes, the floor is concrete, and the furniture is a collection of odd tables and chairs and whatnot. It's a hoot – and the baked goods are to die for! The Tin Shack Bakery in Pahoa, Hawaii, is a fabulous place for a fun time with a friend and some coffee.
I finally broke down and bought the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Perfect Blend when I thought of sending a card to one of my friends suggesting a date for coffee. What a change from phone calls and e-mails! I know it will bring a smile to her face!
The layout for this card is a CASE of a CASE! The magazine that we Stampin' Up! demonstrators get from Stampin' Up! often has articles about how to copy some of the basic features of another card while still making it our own unique creation. This month's magazine showed how someone at Stampin' Up! CASEd another card. And then I CASEd the second card. I changed out the colors, the stamps, the ribbon and embellishments. But there's no doubt that I got the idea from that other card!
My colors for this card are Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. The printed papers are both from the Designer Series Paper Set, Season of Style from the Stamin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog. For the layer with the notched bottom, I sponged Cherry Cobbler Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.
The Coffee Cup Stamp is made up only of the outline. To make this stamped image, I stamped the cup twice – once on some Whisper White Cardstock and once on the small polka dot design from the Season of Style paper set. The first thing I did was stamp the saying onto the center section of the cup, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp aligner. Then I cut out the whole cup from the printed paper, and only the lid and center section from the Whisper White cardstock and glued it to the printed paper copy of the cup. What really makes this an easy job is that there are all those sketch lines along the edges of the cup and its parts. So I could place the two white pieces almost perfectly. Even if I wasn't perfect (and I wasn't!) you'd hardly notice!
The original design had nothing in the way of an embellishment on the bottom part of the card. Sometimes I like uncluttered spaces. But this time I thought something was called for, if only for a subtle accent. I chose one of the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder designs, and it took care of that blank space nicely!
So now to mail off the card and look forward to some fun conversation with my friend some morning soon – at the Tin Shack Bakery, of course!