Pumpkin Pie Spice – Too Soon?

I adore the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves (aka pumpkin pie spice) simmering on the stove, and I love these spices baked into a pumpkin pie.  Pumpkin pie spice flavors and aromas take me right to Fall – mmm.  I have to admit, though, that I’m not a fan of the pumpkin pie spice craze – I don’t want it in my coffee or in my chewing gum or in my hamburger (or in whatever they are putting it in this year).  And it shouldn’t be hitting shelves just yet.  Too soon?  Well, I don’t think it’s too soon to showcase the Merry Cafe stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog – we need to be ready for the PPS season.  Here’s a sweet-and-simple card I made with this new set and some great items from our Annual Catalog:

Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, pumpkin pie spice cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Merry Cafe.  If you are in love with the Coffee Break Suite on pages 30-31 in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog (and I know you are), then you are going to be thrilled to bits over page 46 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog.  That’s where the new Merry Cafe stamp set is in showcased – with tons of new, seasonal outfits for the coffee cup you already love.  This is such a well-coordinated set with tons of great images and sentiments.  Here’s a look at Merry Cafe:

    Merry Cafe, Stampin' Up!

    Merry Cafe, Stampin’ Up!

  • Did You See It?  While I was making this card, I was finishing up a card I shared last week and incorporated an image from that stamp set in this card.  It’s not what the image was intended to be, but it worked perfectly here.  Did you see it?  Look again.  It’s the wisp of steam coming out of the opening in the cup.  Know where it’s from?  You’re right!  It’s the “spout” of moisture that coordinates with the whale image in Message in a Bottle.  How perfect!?
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Season.  I love when one small change can make a big difference.  When playing with this amazing Coffee Break Designer Series Paper earlier this Summer, I likely would have never paired the paper with an orange.  With pumpkin pie spice season just around the corner, though, Tangerine Tango was a perfect accent.  If you like this combination of Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Message in a Bottle  Papers:  Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, pumpkin pie spice card

If you have the Coffee Cafe Bundle, then you’ll want this set for some additional coordination.  If you don’t have the bundle yet, you’ll want to get it today so can start playing on September 1.  🙂

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  1. Hi Brian,
    I really like your card and I can already taste the pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie and now I am craving it. Fall is my favorite time of the year.
    Thanks for sharing the card idea and have a wonderful day.

  2. I love this Brian! I may have to CASE this from you. I am TOTALLY with you on the PPS in “everything” craze! It’s supposed to be a nice cup of coffee with your pie, not your pie in your coffee!
    Really, some people!!!

  3. So cute! I love this set…..it’s on a truck somewhere headed to me!

  4. Love, love , love this stamp set! Im glad I have coffee cafe!I’m not in love with the pumpkin in everything craze. I think I’m going to need the coffee DSP as well.
    Love your card. I think I need a cup of coffee!

  5. Well, I thought I didn’t “need” the Merry Cafe set but apparently I’ve been proved wrong. Thanks Brian! Great card and super color combination!

  6. Combining the coffee image with the whale spray is genius!

  7. O.K. Brian – so do you memorize every stamp in every set you have and then compartmentalize each piece of each set and then your amazing brain manages to pull out exactly what can go together for the perfect card? My gosh, you amaze me more and more every day. You actually remembered you had that little stamp of “steam” when you made the whale card! I am so in awe of you!

    • Thanks, Grace! When a new catalog comes out, I study it really hard. I read all the sentiments and study all of the shapes and images. I always appreciate your kind words! Thanks.

  8. Jennifer Spiller

    This is why your tge best! Because, you used that little stamp from Message in a Bottle so perfectly!!! Brilliant?
    This card is sooo pretty and sings fall.

  9. I think the season is upon us! I was at SAMS club last night and they have the pumpkin spice coffee creamer out already. I love you card!

  10. When I ordered Coffee Cafe I wished it had a stamp about tea, so when I saw Merry Cafe It made me smile. Brian your card is very festive and I love it.

  11. Great card Brian, I love the dsp. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of actual pumpkin pie. I like the aroma, the flavor not so much. However on this card the color of a pumpkin pie is perfect.

    • Thanks for your comments on this card. I can see how someone wouldn’t like the texture of pumpkin pie, but I love the flavor (with pie). 🙂 Thanks!

  12. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Oh, the minute I saw that card, I knew I needed to add the holiday coffee stamp set!

  13. Yummy! Love the aroma of pumpkin spice too but not so much in my coffee. Lovely card Brian!

  14. Not too soon! I’m in the mood for fall (too bad it’s so hot in Tucson right now)! I adore how you made the background paper work . . . it’s magic with orange for fall!

    • Thanks, Mary! I loved how the Soft Suede paper popped with the orange – glad you like it, too. I’m ready for Autumn weather – bring it on!

  15. Never too early for Pumpkin Spice Lattes – the card is darling of course – and the timing is great – but Starbucks will probably wait till October to let us have them.

    • Ha! Thanks for your comment, Roxanne! I’m so glad you like this card. Starbucks has released them as early as August, so I suspect you’ll see them before October. 🙂

  16. Mr. Brian,
    I love your design! I keep looking at that print in the coordinating coffee paper and have been trying to decide how to use it without it being too much. If you don’t mind, I’d love to share your design by ‘doing’ with my stampers. Thanks again for sharing, Hi to your mom.

    • Hi Kelley! Share away! The Coffee Break paper is BRILLIANT – you don’t have to be making a “coffee card” to use it well. Thanks for your kind words and the greeting to Mom. 🙂

  17. Oh yummy, I love pumpkin coffee,and your card made me want some , but I can’t fine them yet ,
    Tfs my friend
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️
    Ps dis I say I love your card ,

  18. Toni Leidenfrost

    Never to early for me! I wait impatiently for Starbucks pumpkin spice latte in the fall!!!

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