Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Coffee and tea and the java and me, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup.....boy!

I have to tell you something that you will find hard to believe. The card you see below is made with the ONLY coffee/tea/hot beverage stamp I own. Seriously! How I have lived this long without them, I have no idea. And I think I best get some more soon. Isn't that funny? I have a bazillion flowers, birds, owls, dogs, horses, but no coffee! I do have to say, though, that I'm not a huge coffee fan. I do love hot tea and hot chocolate, but it takes a really special day for me to drink coffee.


Since today's the 20th, it's Celebrate MFT Day! What's that and why the 20th? Well, if you ordered at the My Favorite Things release, you probably have them in your hot little hands and areready to play. It's just a day to play any of your MFT stamps...and not just the newbies!

I picked Hearts Galore to play with tonight. It's the first time I've inked it up, and I had a blast playing!
So as you can see, I still had my Nana's Nursery scraps on my table. *grin* I stamped the mug three times on watercolor paper and then colored them in with my waterbrush & Regal Rose marker. I watercolored the coffee brown and then added some shadows as well. Somehow this took on a shabby chic feel during the process and I ended up sponging all the edges and adding some little twine details. Here's a close-up:

I had to take a detail shot so you could see my little extras. The cups and saucers are covered with Diamond Glaze, and the little steam hearts are painted in with Diamond Stickles. They're colored a pale pink underneath, just to give a hint of color.

When I first started stamping, I was mesmerized by distressed edges, and could NOT figure out for the life of me how people got the edges of their paper to "roll" up like it is above. So for all of you out there that are still scratching your head, I'll share what I figured out! If you take your bone folder (or something else rigid but without a sharp edge) and run it along the edge of your cardstock, it will kind of push the cardstock. Work at an angle to get the look you want. And that's all there is to it!

Yeah, so I won't tell you how long it took me to figure that out, but now you know so you can pass it on!

Ok, my post is long enough, so I'm going to say bye for now! If you decide to play with us, please use the keyword MFTMAY08 when uploading so we can all take a peek at what you did!

And make sure to check out Charmaine's eye candy on the Verve Blog! Have a Happy Tuesday!

Stamps: Hearts Galore (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Papertrey Sweet Blush & White, Close to Cocoa, Watercolor, DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon & Twine, SU Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Sewing Machine, Thread, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Jumbo Sponge Dauber, Diamond Glaze, Diamond Stickles, Dimensionals, Waterbrush, Regal Rose Marker, Chocolate Chip Reinker, Cuttlebug Tiny Tags Die


Michelle said...

Love it! I love the shadow you put under the cups.

Vera said...

I had to laugh when I saw your blog entry title, Shannan! I haven't been able to get this song out of my head ever since I saw my parents perform it earlier this month. I had never heard the Java Jive before!

Debbie Olson said...

Shannan, I love all of the details here! Great paper, layering, accessorizing--everything! (Love that song too--now you have it stuck in my head. :-P)

Anonymous said...

This is darling Shannan! I LOVE the layout and colors!!

SentimentsbyDenise said...

I'm with you on the coffee thing - prefer tea anyday to coffee!
This card is really cute! I saw it first at SCS and had to get a closer look!
Great job with all the details!


Christi said...

I am a new coffee fiend but I love me some tea and hot chocolate too. Pretty much anything in a mug is for me! LOL This card is adorable!!!

shel9999 said...

SUPER cute!!! I love the bit of distressing and the sparkle!

Bethany Paull said...

Holy heck girl! I think your coloring gets better every week!

Jessie/knightrone said...

I love this!! That image is too cute!!

Joan B said...

Wowzers, this is fabulous!! Your coloring is awesome.

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