Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of my coffee cup inspiration blog and this was my favourite cup of the three designs (scroll down if you missed part 1!).  I began by taking a couple of sponge daubers and sponging the right hand side of my whisper white card stock in pink pirouette and blushing bride ink to create the soft pink background shown behind the flowers in the cup. Then I stamped my flowers and rose buds with stamps from the gorgeous Bloomin’ Love stamp set in rose red and sponged over the flowers in melon mambo.  I stamped the large leaves from Flower Patch in garden green ink ‘stamped off’ and then stamped the tiny leaf accents from Endless Thanks in full strength garden green ink to give some contrast. I then drew in the leaf veins by hand with a garden green Stampin’ write marker.

To replicate the bird in flight, I naturally reached for the beautiful hummingbird stamp from Picture Perfect stamp set and stamped him in so saffron and island indigo ink. I then cut him out and popped him up on dimensionals  on top of some linen thread loops. Finally I gold embossed my ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from Rose Wonder on a vellum banner and finished with a gold basic button. I mounted my card on garden green cardstock and attached that to a crumb cake card base.  Although the colours are more intense in my card verses the coffee cup, I love the vintagey look to this card – a style I rarely adopt in card craft but will definitely consider using again to achieve this pretty look  🌺🌺🌺

Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 1

So anyone who knows me well, knows I cannot survive without my daily morning coffee fix. Ben and I are regular visitors of a certain well known coffee house, and in April they served their coffee in the most beautiful limited edition cups. I just knew these cups would serve as great crafting inspiration and indeed they did. So I thought I’d bring you a 3 part blog to show you my own artistic interpretation of each cup!!

For this card, I stamped two black flourishes from First Sight and stamped some Petite Petals in watermelon wonder. I punched the petite petals out, along with some itty bitty accent flowers in melon mambo and elegant eggplant cardstock and then assembled and adhered all the flower cut outs onto my flourishes. I then took my tiny leaf stamp from Endless Thanks and stamped these in cucumber crush over the leafy parts of the flourishes. I stamped my butterflies from the classic stamp set Papillon Potpourri in black and then sponged them in melon mambo and island indigo (these matched the butterflies on the other side of the coffee cup), and crushed curry to match the yellow butterfly shown in the pic of my cup above, before punching them out with the coordinating elegant butterfly punch and bitty butterfly punch.  I placed my butterflies as if flying between the flourishes and popped then up on dimensionals so that their wings were elevated. Finally I stamped my ‘friend to friend’ from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and finished with some basic rhinestones in the centres of the bitty flowers and on either side of the sentiment before mounting my whisper white top layer on two layers of basic black card stock. I absolutely love this card and it came out better than I imagined it would. Would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment below! I’ll publish parts 2 & 3 of the rest of this blog this week xx