Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hug in a Mug

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #147 evoked numerous ideas for me. I decided to eliminate the floral ideas and go with stamps and dies that I've had for a while but never used. I was slow in getting on the coffee bandwagon in card making because I usually watch trends for a while before purchasing materials.

My plan was to use coffee colors. When I created my own DSP, things changed. Using clip art that I enhanced and printed on cardstock resulted in the encircled coffee beans and the tumbling cups. I was unable to change the colors on the tumbling cups so used them as inspiration for the blocks on the card.

The blocks are perfectly in proportion to the sketch dimensions and decorated in various ways, including the sentiment, and backed with craft foam. The blocks were adhered to a panel of wood grain DSP that had been adhered to a layer of cardstock and the card base. A shaker element about the size of a nickel was added to the cup and embedded into the popped up blocks. The steam and heart were added in keeping with the sketch. Additional sequins were adhered. The inside was decorated with a border of cardstock and the tumbled cups. No stamping was done inside to permit sufficient space for a personal note.

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Techniques: Die cutting, fussy cutting, stamping, coloring, shaker card
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs "Coffee Cozy" and "Coffee Talk"
Inks & Stampin' Write Markers: Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green; misc. blue from stash
DSP: Adventure Bound Collection, DSP stack; border prints created on computer
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs "Coffee Cozy"
Misc.: Craft foam, PPP sequins


  1. Great card Mel, love all the coffee design papers you made, and love the shaker coffee cup. Nice mix of colors. The sketch is right-on.

  2. Mel! Very cool! Maybe you want to join us for the next coffee lovers hop! Love what you did here! Love all the colors and patterns! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  3. Cool card Melanie! Love that you made your own DSP, awesome colors and fantastic design! :)

  4. This card is fantastic! Love it and how awesome that you made your own papers! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC!

  5. So cute and fun, I love the coffee theme! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  6. what a fun, beautiful card! I love the shaker element, the fun greeting, and the wonderful colours. The fact that you decorate your cards inside and out is so awesome. Excellent job!! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts ketch Challenge!~Ali (AHSC DT member)

  7. This is just what I needed! An afternoon pick-me up! Do you deliver? Great take on the sketch this week! Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts!

  8. I like how you turned this sketch into a "Coffee Card". Very Unique.

  9. Love the coffee cup and sentiment! Thanks for playing along!
    Linda (AHSC DT member)