Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Less Is More Challenge 32


Hi Stampers. I had a good weekend...that means I got lots of stamping done. I've decided on the little giftie I will make for my DH's co-workers this Thanksgiving. I'm so tickled as they appreciate the thoughfulness, often emailing me to say so. According to my DH, several have them lined up on their desks for a decorative look. I'm honored. It's a good thing they don't check the blogs out there with amazing work that makes mine look amateurish. Oh well, it is the thought that counts and I think they know that.

So over at LIM, the Divas are rolling along and are back around to the one layer card. I believe this is my most difficult to think up. I have to pour through my stamp sets...not a bad thing to do, but it can be time-consuming.

I thought of the many coffee drinkers in my life and how much I enjoy this year's Mother's Day present of a Tassimo coffee maker. It makes incredibly strong coffee, so I make it in my Starbucks' tumbler and use the "add water" feature. It makes a satisfying brew which I enjoy thouroughly as I catch-up on email and stamp in my room each morning.

My card recipe follows:

Neenah solar white A2 base, folded on the 4 1/4 side
Stamp set...Fiskars Latte Love clear stamps
Button and stripped twine from my stash
Images stamped with Memento tuxdo black
colored with various Copics

A few issues I had with my card were (1) how to color the steam, (2) should I or shouldn't I ground it by coloring underneath the cups. I did, but think I overdid it, and (3) did I achieve balance when placing the images?

My conclusion...a lot of white space requries a lot of practice and regular checking on the pros' blogs. I will return almost daily for the remainder of the week with quite busy cards to share.

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Joan B said...

lovely. I like the grounding on the cups, although I admit I share your confusion. I never know how to do it or whether it is enough. But yours looks great. the entire card is sweet!

Eloise said...

what colorful cups! Lovely card!

Sandra said...

Wow this is a great card for this challenge good luck:) Sandra H

Mandi said...

This is absoltuely terrific Erica
Love the placement, colours

Thank you, good to see you
"Less is More"

massofhair said...

Love your style here, coffee cups are used more and more and am wondering if there is a trend going on...

Very colourful and cheery card:-)

Jenni's Jems said...

Love this and the sentiment is so sweet x

Suze Bain said...

Great coffee cups Erica, and I love the twine & button. xx

Chrissie said...

Super little card Erica... I'm always ready for a coffee!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Mary Jo said...

Love the vivid colors of your coffee cups. They really pop perfectly. Very cute-nicely done!

Jane said...

Sweet card, lovely comment, I wish all my coffees were as hot as yours looks!

Aileen said...

I would say your card is perfect, love the bright colours and I'm always up for a coffee! x