Coffee Cafe for CTS225

If you read through my choices for My Favorite Things from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog (you can see those posts here and here), then you already know that Coffee Cafe is one of my choices for “Fan Favorite” – I love this suite (papers, stamps, dies, accessories) and know they are going to be HUGE with other demonstrators and our customers.  I was excited to sit down and create with this suite, and this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch was perfect for my project.  Here’s my card:

Coffee Cafe, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for Jen Mitchell’s challenge that inspired my card:

CTS225Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Coffee Cafe.  We all love a good mug of coffee or a hot cup of tea or sugary frozen drink, right?  The Coffee Cafe suite evokes a feeling – it’s as much about catching up with friends or starting your day right as it is about a paper cup of deliciousness.  The Coffee Cafe bundle (including the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies) is at the center of this suite, while the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper is the star.  The colors and patterns in this paper are all gorgeous!  Here’s a look at the bundle:
    Coffee Cafe Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Coffee Cafe Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    See the tiny, little Framelit in the bottom, left of the bundle picture above?  That shape coordinates with the cups in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  Yay!  And here’s a look at the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper:Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

  • Pattern Pairings.  My card features THREE patterns from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper – the two panels behind the cup and the Soft Sky pattern on the cup.  Pairing patterns can be tricky, and a card can look too “busy” if the patterns collide.  When pairing patterned papers, identify the papers that have bold images and colors and the ones that don’t.  You don’t typically want to pair two bold patterns.  Let’s look at my card as an example – two of these patterns showcase one color with white, while the third features a lot of white space with four different colors in a bold pattern.  I’ve showcased one bold pattern with two subtle designs.
  • Build-a-Cup.  I was so happy with the way this cup turned out.  It’s a bit more layered than I originally thought it would be, and I had a lot of fun playing with the stamps and dies.  Here’s how I built my cup, starting with the bottom layer and working my way up:
    • I cropped the large coffee cup with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and Thick Whisper White cardstock.
    • I stamped the coffee cup from Coffee Cafe on the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and snipped around the edges with my Paper Snips.  I glued it on top of the white cup I had cut out in the first step.
    • I cropped the lid with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and Thick Whisper White cardstock.  While there’s a coffee cup lid in the stamp set, I like the pure white lid.
    • I adorned the lid with a little coffee cup stopper by cropping it from the Coffee Cup Framelits Dies and Garden Green cardstock.  I glued the stopper behind the lid.
    • The coffee cup sleeve was run through the Big Shot with my Precision Base Plate and Crumb Cake cardstock.  Not only does the Thinlits die cut the shape, but it adds a fun corrugated texture.
    • I stamped the sentiment from Coffee Cafe on Thick Whisper White with Garden Green ink and cropped it with a coordinating oval in the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.  I adhered the oval with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
    • I gasped at how sweet this cup turned out.

Stamp Sets:  Coffee Cafe  Papers:  Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Garden Green  Inks:  Garden Green, Archival Basic Black   Accessories:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Coffee Cafe, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. You are always my first stop in the morning. You are so gifted with your use of patterned papers. Masterful. I adore your cards. I knew this set was awesome… but boy did you prove it. THAT should be the catalog sample.

    And “almost” more than the cards, I love reading your quips. It’s usually my first laugh of the day. TYFS!

    “I gasped at how sweet this cup turned out.” — hysterical!

  2. Love, love, love this card! I cannot wait to play with this suite.

  3. Cheers to a darling cup of “joe!” I adore the mix of patterns and how you used the chevron for the cup!

  4. Love this card! You are the master at using multiple DSP on a card. Thanks for the tips.

  5. Great tip on the bold and subtle DSP, I would have used one DSP pattern, boy I would have been missing out. Love your choices.

  6. I love this card, especially the colors that you chose. This bundle is on my wish list.

  7. Gee Brian – your card is so terrific it makes me wish I was a coffee drinker! Needless to say your color choices couldn’t be more perfect so I will sit here and gasp at the perfectness of this design. LOL

  8. Love this card and the colors! One of the first on my wish list. ❤️

  9. MargaretAnn Hammond

    Thank you for sharing another great card and giving us tips that will be helpful with this stamp set.

  10. Love the colors & the way you mixed up those designs! Thanks for another great card (she says as she sips from her morning cup)!

  11. Fabulous take on the sketch!

  12. Well I am up at the lake sitting on the beach…..using my son’s Internet so your blog likes me today! Which is good so I can tell you how adorable this card is!

  13. Have been hemming and hawing on this set. You sold me. 🙂

  14. Jennifer Spiller

    Oh this card makes me want some coffee! Really though, it is adorable!

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