Enjoying A Nice Cuppa

Thanks so much for stopping by, my stamping friend!  Did you see yesterday’s post for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  If not, just scroll down to read my post, then click through the other sites and see lots of fabulous ideas for the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-A-Bration products!  After you read this post, of course!!

I am really enjoying using the new A Nice Cuppa stamp set, and the coordinating Cup & Kettle Framelits Dies; they are so many pieces to the sets, and so versatile!  I was just pointing out to a friend that the Framelits set even has a mug – you know, for those guys (like my hubby) who say that tea cups are too small for their big hands (or those of us who just like a BIG cup of tea or coffee!)

I have to admit that when I first did my pre-order, I only ordered the stamp set & framelits bundle; I didn’t order any of the other products that coordinate with them.  After making a couple of cards, though, I immediately saw how I could ‘step them up’  if I had some of the paper and embellishments – and those are the projects that you saw in my post yesterday for the blog  hop!

As I said, I did make a couple of cards without all the extras; I think they look just fine, so I thought I’d share them with you today.  After all, we can’t always buy everything at once, so I didn’t want you to think that it’s an ‘all or nothing’ proposition with this set!

A Nice Cuppa - mary fish

As you know, I find ‘clean and simple’ cards difficult to do, so when I saw a card made by the talented Mary Fish (I think of her as the queen of CAS), I decided to CASE it (which stands for Copy And Share Everything – a credo every stamper stands by!) and made this card, with a couple of small touches of my own.

I stamped the tea cup onto Whisper White cardstock in Wisteria Wonder, then die cut it with the Cups & Kettle Framelits, die cutting the design out of the centre.  I then used the design die cut to cut it from Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and inserted it back into the die cut opening.  I like 2-tone purples in the cup 🙂

The tea bag was stamped with Basic Gray ink and die cut, then I attached some (retired) Wisteria Wonder Baker’s Twine to the tea bag, and attached the other end to the inside of the tea cup.  I wanted a small doily for under my cup, so I used one of the small Metallic Foil Doilies, flipped it over to the back, which is plain white, and sponged it with a Dauber and Wisteria Wonder ink.

I attached these to a panel of Whisper White cardstock, then stamped the sentiment and heart in Real Red ink, and attached a couple of White Perfect Accents and the Red dots (from the Holiday catalogue) onto the front.  I then layered it onto a panel of Wisteria Wonder cardstock, then onto a card base of Crumb Cake.

This is a nice simple card, and it came together quick quickly; you could easily make several of these for thank you, or thinking of you cards.

My next card was when I wished I had some of the designer series paper; so what do you do, when you don’t have what you want?  Make your own, of course, because we are crafters, and we can do it!! 🙂

a nice cuppa stack of cups

My camera doesn’t seem to appreciate the nuance of the colour Melon Mambo, so you’re going to have to take my word for it – that’s what colour I used!  (more likely it’s the lousy lighting in my dining room – plus the foggy days we’ve been having, restricting any natural light!)

On the focal panel of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the large image in Melon Mambo ink.  I love this image; it creates the highlights for you – so you don’t need to think about light direction, and proper placement for drawing in your own highlights!

I had gathered the Melon Mambo card base, and the Blushing Bride panel, but it just seemed to ‘blah’ to me (I told you – clean & simple is not my forte!), but I didn’t have any DSP that I was happy using with this stamp.  Well – stamp set & ink to the rescue – I created my own backgrounds by stamping the lemon wedge image onto the card base in Melon Mambo ink, and one of the heart images in Blushing Bride onto the other panel.  Voila – my own background;  no DSP needed 🙂

I then stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White, and used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut it.   A couple of Rhinestones Basic Jewels later, my card was finished!  Again – another card that is quick & easy to make, with few supplies.

Okay, I’m finished sharing my projects with the A Nice Cuppa set with you for now; I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects, this time featuring the awesome Sale-A-Bration set ‘Sky is the Limit’.

If you’d like to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in these cards, or that I’ve talked about, you can click on the images below to go directly to my online store, or contact me, and I’d be  happy to place your order for you!  debsmart@shaw.ca or 604.298.0472

Until then – happy stamping!

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