Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge if to create our own background. Inspired by inspired by All the Little Things challenge #47, I I pulled out the Musical Background stamp from Taylored Expressions that I had been meaning to use and I decided to pair it with my Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor Paints. I stamped the image in VersaMark, embossed it with clear powder and then tested out my watercolors on a scrap piece of black cardstock to see what I liked best. I mixed a few shades of violet, red and blue to get the following result. As is often the case with shimmery mediums, the result is more striking in person than a picture can capture.
To keep going on the card, I looked at older ColourQ challenges to find something that included purple. Challenge #259 included Blackberry Bliss, so I decided to go with that one. At that point, I realized I was pretty stumped at what to pair with the music background. I didn't necessarily want to make a Christmas so I pulled out a few options and when I spotted the sentiment "I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie," I knew I had found my winner. I wanted the sentiment to take center stage, and add a penguin with a cup underneath it. I kept seeing the image of a fancy frame for the sentiment. The Flirty Frames from Lawn Fawn were not big enough, but then I remembered the Designer Frames embossing folders from Stampin' Up! so I pulled them out to test them and what do you know - the exact, perfect size I needed! Some nights, designing just comes more easily than other. Tonight, I was on the good end of things.
My design is based off of Stamp Ink Paper challenge #89. After I had assembled my card, it still felt a little bare to me and then I remembered the little cup trinkets that Stampin' Up! carried a few years ago. I pulled the pack out and found this adorable silver cup, which I tied to my ribbon with a piece of matching twine. It added that little ommph that I was looking for, and made me happy with the result.
Because the trinked is a little bulky, I made a matching envelope and used a bigger size to make room for it. Because I had played around with two frame colours before choosing Calypso Coral for the card, I had a leftover frame, which I used on the envelope. I also used a scrap from my watercolored background on the side of the envelope as well.
My choice of stamp is also perfect for the Cat's Pajamas challenge #333, which is water. Tea and coffee require water, so that works, right?
Colour Combo: Blackerry Bliss + Summer Starfruit + Calypso Coral + Blushing Bride
Stamps: I Like Big Cups (The Cat's Pajamas), Musical Background (Taylored Expressions)
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: 2012-2014 In Color Stack
Ink: Calypso Coral, Tuxedo Black Memento, VersaMark
Accessories: Stampin' Emboss Powders (Clear, Calypso Coral), Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor Paints,
Envelope Punch Board, Aqua Painter Brush, Designer Frames Embossing Folders, Tea Time Trinkets,
Halloween Night Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Markers, Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon, Baker's Twine