For this month's focus, we were tasked with using the Merry Cafe Stamp Set and the coordinating Coffee Cups framelits that are actually not found in the Holiday Catalog, but the annual one. I just LOVE how many of our products are made to work together, even across catalogs! Isn't this set just the cutest!? If you want it, jump on it since it's on it's way out with the Holiday Catalog (again, how is that time upon us either????).
Do you remember those little red cups that stirred up all the controversy last year? Ahem...the GASP, solid red ombre cups :-) Personally, I thought they were gorgeous the way they went from a deep, dark red to a merry and lighter shade at the bottom or at the top? I don't really remember, but anyway... So, when we got the assignment, I wanted to make my own ombre cups! Enter the Blends Markers! It was the perfect medium for such a technique.
All I had to do was use the two shades in Cherry Cobbler to make the perfect ombre cup. You don't even need to worry about blending the middle too much since it's covered by the coffee sleeve. You know I'm a lazy crafter so this made me happy, LOL!
For my Christmas card, I added a few "coffee rings" from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. Again, it's wonderful how many things we offer go together!
I also brought in a couple of holly leaves from Holly Berry Happiness for an extra festive touch. For my berry, I VERY carefully colored in one of our White Perfect Accents with my Blends marker. Be very careful when you do this as you don't want to damage your marker. Stampin' Up may have advised against this kind of thing but sometimes I'm a rebel like that ;-) And it just looks so stinking perfect!
And I couldn't just stop with the one card, I had to make a Valentine's Day card as well because I love this set and I love coffee! This one is pretty simple, but the red card is perfect once again. I embossed my whip cream with a mix of Dazzling Diamonds and some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. Did you know you can do that?
I hope you enjoyed my projects today and maybe you'll try to color something with the Blends for an ombre effect! It doesn't come across in the photos near as well as in real life! And I hope you've enjoyed our hops all year long! Please make sure to come back to visit me, ok?
Now it's time to hop on over to Miriam! She's going to amaze you, as usual!
And congratulations to the new team for 2018! I can't wait to see what they create and I'm so happy to see so many talented stampers on the list! Check them out!
Connie Collins (returning)
Cathy Caines (returning)
Sylwia Schreck (returning)
Jessica Winter (returning)
Susan Wong (returning)
Jennifer Frost (returning)