It just seemed like whatever stamp I pulled out spoke to me and said "oooo la la" (they were apparently French) "this is exactly what you should do with me". I probably should have stayed and crafted more but my craft studio is still at my old house until the craft studio at my new place gets finished. And it's scary crafting all alone in the dark in a big empty house!
Anywho - you're here for the cards, and not my blabbering - RIGHT?!
My first design is nothing but a study in vintage frillery (it's a word if I say it is). STAMPlorations just released a card for all of you tea lovers out there called Always Tea Time and it's so luscious! I decided to try out a no-line watercoloring technique.
I stamped the image using Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then smudged the Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo DIs onto my craft mat and used them to watercolor. I love how this turned out - all antiquey and gorgeous.
I piled on some of my grandma's vintage lace, along with some Martha Stewart Crafts metal corners.
My card was really inspired by this lovely card from Tracey McNeely over at Muse Challenge:
I know some of you might be scratching your heads thinking - huh? Hers is so Clean and Simple, how could it possibly be inspired by that. The truth is, I rarely do CAS anything... but I was so inspired by the watercoloring and the soft pinks and greens. I saw Tracey's card and just fell in LOVE! <3 And this is what happened when I tried to duplicate something similar haha!! I started with a simple watercolored image, but then I kept adding layers and layers because... my stupid brain.
I'm also sending this one over to play along with Vintage Stamping Challenges - Lots of Layers
And NOW for something completely different. Last Coffee Lover's Blog Hop I won an adorable set called I LOVE Coffee from Uniko Studio.
I also saw this funky cool, bright image from The Challenge this week:
I loved the bright colors mixed with the black and white. Those bold pink blooms just stole my heart.
I stamped the coffee mug and then just decided to start doodling. I used a Micron pen to make a sketchy frame and then started writing coffee over and over again in a scrawling script.
BLAM! This is what happened! I colored the stamp using one of my brightest pink Spectrum Noir Markers (BP5) and did the same for the sentiment. Then I outlined both stamped things using my black pen.
A little bit more doodling, a couple of strips of washi tape and I was set!
I'm also sending this one over to Simon Says Stamp - Food or Drink challenge
Last, but not least, these are both going over to the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
Thanks for popping by, my friends! :) Wishing you the best Tuesday you ever had!
PSsssst - if you like the Always Tea Time set, It's currently on sale up at the STAMPlorations shop for 15% off using code SPRINGCLBH - in fact, EVERYTHING in the store is 15% off with that code.