Ahh... life is good! It's one of those super-rare Saturdays where we have no big plans, our computer is back up and running, everything is fresh after a huge thunderstorm last night, and there is coffee to be had... Join me for a cuppa this morning and I'll tell you all about these four paper-piecing cards made with the Perfect Blend and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets!
Perfect Blend is a cute and inexpensive coffee-themed set with a travel cup and two sayings. OF COURSE it was on my first order from the new catalog! I only have one cup a day except on rare occasions, but how I do love that one cup! Life may not be better with coffee, but at least my eyes will be open so I can enjoy it!
Paper piecing is a super easy technique, if you've never tried it. You stamp the coffee cup once on your chosen cardstock, then again on vanilla or white for the lid, and then again on your patterned paper for the wrap. Hand-cut out the wrap and the lid and adhere them on the full cup.
Did you spot how I worked in some recycled materials in two of these cards? I used a torn piece of corrugated cardboard box as a background mat on the red card above and on the cream-colored card in the top photo. The corrugated part is quite thick, so if you incorporate pieces of cardboard box into your cards, make sure not to use other dimensionals or any sticky-uppy embellishments if you are planning to mail it.
I paired Perfect Blend with the cutting-edge new stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge--the drips and splatters are a natural for a coffee cup card. I know many of you took one look at this set and shook your heads, wondering what in the world anyone would use THAT for. And there aren't a ton of samples out on the interwebz made with it, because many demonstrators are going to get it for free at our national convention in a couple of weeks (!!) so most did not order it.
But I couldn't wait!! I'll be sharing cards all next week made with it. It's a must-have background stamp--you may not agree with me right now, but stick around and I think I'll have you convinced by the end of the week.