Happy Sunday. It's our first Paper Players challenge of 2018 and the fabulous Sandy has such a fun theme for us.
Really... how much fun is a punny Valentine? I don't have that many sets that I can use..... but I looked through my stash and found an Altenew set that I had called "Vintage Teacup" and realized it would be perfect.
Lou doesn't drink coffee.... but he has become a real tea aficionado. Of course, we love very different teas. :-) I like strooooooong, black, Indian tea. Lou tends to the green, jasmine, Chinese teas. I can blame my father for my love of strong black tea. I didn't realize where his love of strong tea came from until I researched his military career and realized that he had spent a time in India prior to his deployment to Burma. Now, Dad liked his tea much stronger than is my preference, but I hate weak, milky tea. Oh! yeah... I hate green tea, too :-)
Regardless of our preferences, this sentiment was perfect for us - and for the challenge. I tied the sentiment and the cup together with a piece of my favorite DSP. This is from the pad called Blush by My Minds Eye. I LOVE the papers in this stack. The navy, vanilla, blush and rose gold really appeal to me. I thought this particular piece was perfect as it has masculine colors with my touches of famine (gold foil and a littttttttle touch of blush!)
All I had to do was stamp and die-cut the cup and stamp the sentiment directly onto the DSP. I mounted the cup on foam squares and called the card done!
Here's my card:
To add a little more dimension to the sentiment, I stamped it with Versafine ink and then heat embossed it with fine black embossing powder. I really do love this DSP pack and you will notice the cup is stamped and die cut from little pink heart DSP :-)
I hope you will play along with us. If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team - including our new guest designer Elizabeth Stewart. Welcome Elizabeth, it is great to have you designing along with us for the next few months and we can't wait to see what you create :-)
On a personal note:
Well, I thought I might get into my craft room to make some cards today, however I spent my crafting time doing some coloring instead :-) I had such fun coloring some cute little mice on chocolate chip cookies. Tomorrow I get to finish off the coloring and promise I will share both the Copic and Polychromos colored images.
One of the things that I bought for myself for Christmas was a table top drawing board, you could also call it an easel. It's a solid work surface and is perfect for coloring and sketching. I used it for the first time today and it made a huge difference to my coloring as it provides an adjustable top that gives the right angle for coloring. I can't wait to try it for sketching and watercoloring.
I'll be back tomorrow with both a card and my coloring examples. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight
- Stamps: Vintage GTeacup - Altenew
- DSP: Blush - My Minds Eye