Cocoa Between Friends

It’s not quite Fall in Atlanta, but it’s starting to feel like the season change might be just around the corner. Nothing is better on a cool, Autumn evening than a hot bowl of spicy chili, a warm cup of Earl Gray tea or sitting on an ice patch with a winter bunny to share a cup of cocoa. These are the images that immediately pop into my head when I think about the cool nights ahead. 

Here’s a sweet 5″ x 5″ card to celebrate:
As I mentioned yesterday, I am challenging myself to design without Baja Breeze for at least a week.  This is Day 1 of my No Baja Breeze Challenge. I reached for the Baja Breeze seam binding, and I thought about incorporating a Baja Breeze border (but opted for the Pink Pirouette instead). It was difficult, but I made it through Day 1.  Looking forward to Day 2…

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Keep it soft with a blender pen.  To create the softest touch of color, lightly tap a blender pen into the ink (pressed onto the lid of the stamp pad) and then dab it off on a scrap piece of paper or grid paper.  Keep wiping until you have a faint bit of color on the blender pen, and then paint away.
  • Limit the colors if you want to achieve a soft look.  I think the bunny and friend are all the sweeter because the colors used to paint them are limited to pale blue, pale brown and pale pink.  I used faint tracing of Midnight Muse and Soft Suede, combined with (already light) Bashful Blue and Pink Pirouette).
  • Stacking the Window Frames.  These frames were designed to stack.  They’re just too cool to not.  When adding the layers, I lined up the pointed corners that make a square behind the rounded corners.  It was easier for me to line things up while squinting to see the square.  I’m cooky like that.

Stamp sets:  Wonderful Winterland, Tiny Tags  Papers:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack – Subtles  Inks:  StazOn Black, Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede  Accessories:  Window Frames Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Jewelry Tag punch, Blender Pen

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  1. Ha ha ha! Now I”m smiling! Cute little card and you did so good restraining your hand to reach for Baja Breeze! If you get the jitters and need to call some one.. 🙂 I’m here for ya!

    • Thanks, Patti! If I’ve made you smile, then I’ve done my job here. Tomorrow’s card is also Baja Breeze-free. I did hold some BB paper in my hand this evening, though. I miss it so much!

  2. So sweet and such a cozy feeling, Brian. I love that you used the pink pirouette DSP. From a distance, it looked like card stock, but as I moved in closer (checking my mail on my phone), I saw the faint polka dots. Perfect choice! We all have those times when we just can’t help reaching for that one color that has become a favorite! Have a great day!

    • Thanks, Suzie! That layer needed some texture, but it didn’t call for an embossed image. I felt like the DSP stack added a little dimension without overpowering the rest of the card. So happy you noticed that. 🙂

  3. I love this! This is one of my favorite stamps (and stamp set) in the whole holiday mini. So happy to see such a sweet card made with it! 🙂

  4. Oh Brian..this is absolutely adorable!!! Your color choices are fabulous – and you got your blues in there…!!!! Thank you for your tips, as always!!

  5. Love the cuteness!! You so inspire me!! Keep up the work!!

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