Friday, June 13, 2014

paper smooches: go to your happy place




Where is your happy place?

I have many but one of my more consistent one is in the early morning hours...when the rest of the household is asleep and I'm in front of the computer or is that the computer is in front of me?  It's how I start my morning...with, of course, a cup of coffee:


I fussed with this card, a lot.  Not so much with the colors but the shape and placement of the 'steam'.


After much thought I fussy cut the top panel.

Can you believe that I used a total of 8 distress stains?

faded jeans
broken china
tumbled glass
scattered straw
mustard seed
wild honey
spiced marmalade
rusty hinge

I used the Huey triangles mask.

My coffee cup, from the Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe set, has been stamped with StazOn using upcycled/recycled letterpress paper {thanks Erin!}.   The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, Get Outta Town.

I was inspired by the Paper Smooches



LOVE the inspiration photo!




Since I used a stencil, I'm also linking up to the Simon Wednesday Challenge!




...Thanks to Lisa for reminding me about Paper Issues' current challenge, 





33 comments:

Sherry Eckblad said...

Love it! You are so clever and I can totally see that you used all those distress inks. (well not really)

Lynn said...

Oh I am a morning girl too. This is my happy time right now. Love your clever take on the inspiration Amy. So happy you could play with us at PaperSmooches!

Joni Andaya said...

Love <3. Awesome creation Amy :)

dstandard said...

What a fabulous card Amy! Love this!

Shelly said...

Awesome card, Amy! Your mornings sound a bit like mine. ;) Love how you did the steam...very cool!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome... stencil challenge, cool, thanks for that head's up-- I used one on my latest card too :)

wendipooh13 said...

your inking turned out amazing!!!! LOVE this!!!

Diane Jaquay said...

Ahhh, this is so unique, love the stenciled steam coming out of the coffee cup! We recently bought a counter height kitchen table, I've wanted one for ages, and I love sitting there in the morning while the house is quiet, with my computer reading blogs and emails, and of course sipping my cup of coffee!!

VanessaB said...

that's awesome. i want to try a similar idea/design. love this!! :)

Miriam Prantner said...

So clever! Love how the stenciled piece is coming out of the cup!

Tracey McNeely said...

Good for you being a get up and go girl. I am a night owl, not a morning person at all! LOL I love your use of the distress stain Amy, and of course the coffee theme!

Annette Allen said...

A cup of coffee is a great way to start the morning.. this card is way too cool.. great design

Celeste Goff said...

What a great card Amy!!!

Lalo said...

Ooh so cool and I love that little reminder...need to go to my happy place :)

Deepti said...

This is so very clever, love how u were inspired :)

DIANA L. said...

What a fun card I am happy right here looking at your card!! super idea. Have a Blessed day, DIANA L.
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Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, this is one of the coolest card designs ever, Amy! Love, love, love the cut front panel that looks like the steam from the coffee cup. That is just genius! And how fun is the stenciling, too! I could stare at this all day!

Rose said...

awesome inking girl :)
hope you have a fantastic Friday the 13th!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Mine is def. IKEA!! ;) I love love love this ... those colors are GORGEOUS!!!!

Helen F. said...

LOVE the Fun card, Amy! All of your fussing really paid off here.
PS: I'm with you~love to get an early start to my day, problem is, can't go to sleep until very late...

Vanessa said...

This is so beautiful, Amy!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Love this, EVERYTHING about it! Tickled you stenciled, more tickled you joined the paper Crafting Challenge!!!!

Keren Baker said...

This is fantastic- such a clever idea! Love the cut out portion- really cool! x

Lin said...

Wonderful use of stencils, Amy, love the colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Awesome card design, Amy! I'm so glad you linked this up to Paper Issues. :) Feel free to add some more. The link up has one more week to go.

Jess said...

Cool card! Love the 'steam' and the way the yellow-orange pops with the blue cup!

Rose said...

Love your fussy cutting! How cute is this card!!!

Lindsay said...

Gah, so awesome Amy!

Lori said...

Great design! Love how you fussy cut the steam coming from the cup. Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Smooches SPARKS!

Ashley Horton said...

Really cool design, Amy!! Love it!!

Katie Gehring said...

Amy, this is fabulous! I can just see you in the wee hours of the morning in front of your computer with your beloved coffee! Mimicking the paint cards with the shape of your steam cloud is just brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!

tonyamaries said...

This is awesome Amy! Very creative! btw every time I see a coffee stamp I think of you! :)

Cris G. said...

This is hot... I was going to say cool, but then I realized that it isn't the right word here :). I absolutely love the shape and coloring on this card!