Monday, July 6

Coffee or Tea?

Welcome to Monday, always a good day for coffee, and your newest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! With the popularity of coffee and tea themed stamps, die cuts, and more it was only a matter of time before we took this on as a challenge! You’re welcome to tea stain your paper, leave a coffee mark on your page, use Tim Holtz new coffee or tea stamps or dies, or be inspired by your own favorite beverage!

I do love to go out for tea with friends, but my true beverage love is coffee! It starts my day, and often ends it too, it fuels my creativity; hot or cold, coffee is my friend. Coffee with humor, what could be better? What would a little bird be crazy for on a hot summer day? Iced coffee, of course!



I have to share with you that where I ended up is not where I began with this card. How often does that happen to you?

Love my black Ranger archival ink to get a crisp image of my Tim Holtz coffee cup, perfect to use with Peerless watercolors. Now that is all fine and good, but I did discover that the colors I originally chose were so bright, I felt they detracted from the coffee cup design, so back to the coloring board I went. 




I colored the bird image and really liked those colors, so went back in and redid the coffee. Ah, yes...I like this much better. I stamped and colored several parts of the image so I could do some layering.



Layered up the background, edged the papers with Twisted Citron, cut out my images, and made a "tree branch" with some ribbon I had dyed a while back. At first, I had the word, coffee, in the white space below the branch, but to me, there was too much white space, so I mounted it and added another layer. 

I often find when I am creating, that my work is always "in progress" and I change things up as I go, and often end up in a different place from what I first saw in my mind. This process can often lead to some wonderful little discoveries, such as the new colors I went with in this card.



So go get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy all the wonderful takes on the theme that the design team created! Get inspired, and come back and share your creation with us.
Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!

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16 comments:

  1. Love the crazy bird drinking his coffee! Although I think they are goofy enough without the caffeine!

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  2. This is such a great take on the challenge! I love how you arranged the elements to create such a fun little scene. The bird looks like it is ready to get the party started now that it's had a coffee buzz, so thanks for such a whimsically wonderful creation!

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  3. Nice choice of colors you ended up with,Maura! I love the Peerless Watercolors, too, and do find some colors are very intense.

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  4. Ha! So cute.....love those crazy birds......a coffee drinker no less!

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  5. Oh my goodness did this card ever make me smile, Maura! I think the eyeballs on the bird match mine when I indulge in a frappucino... I try to not do it TOO often :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  6. Maura!!! You made discover me Peerless WAtercolor! I want them!!!! I love your card, your crazy bird is so gorgeous !!!! BArbarayaya

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  7. What a FUN card! I'm a Coca-Cola drinker myself, but still love an ice-cold class of real Southern tea (sugar with a little tea thrown in LOL).

    Thanks for stopping by my blog from the Camp Scrap class!! :)

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  8. Such a fun and cute card! Maura. Love the beautiful colors :)

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  9. Fabulous and fun card, Maura! Love the yellow with blue color combo! The crazy bird is enjoying it's coffee for sure! Hugs, Sandra

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  10. Oh Maura, this is such a fun project and I love that crazy bird!! Wonderful colour palette too...it works so well and is the perfect card for summer! :)

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  11. So funny, but he's enjoying it. Nice color combo too.

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  12. Thanks for the smile this brings--and a chance to see your process! It's always fun to see how others put their own stamp on the same challenge!

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  13. Such a fun card Maura!! What a great idea to use one of the crazy birds! Love the colours too.

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  14. It happens to me almost every time! I always end on a different path from where I started. It's become part of my process. :)
    Speaking of process...I really enjoyed seeing yours. I love the teal you used. Very pretty!

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  15. Looking through your blog,Maura and noticed this card, LOVE it!
    Fun and cheerful.
    Creative greetings,
    Hetty

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