The Dutch tradition of Coffee and how I built my business around it

Hello stampers! When I saw this new suite in the catalog, Coffee Break, it stole my heart. The reason I fell in love with this suite is that I have literally built my business on my love for coffee. Of course it isn’t just about coffee. It is about gathering together around coffee and home-baked treats. For someone of Dutch descent, there is just no such thing as a “naked” cup of coffee. When you go to any restaurant or cafe in the Netherlands and order a cup of coffee, you will always get a small treat to go with it, even if you have already ordered a piece of cake or pie. Double decadence!

I have always felt the importance of combining card making and scrapbooking with gathering around food and drink, that is why I called myself The Pampered Stamper. We all need a little pampering and we all need a tribe. People that we want to be with, people we can talk to and people we can share our love of stamping with. Fellowship is taken to a whole new level when you sit down together and share food.

Why I love the Coffee Break Suite

What I love so much about this suite is that there are so many options with different textures, patterns and sayings. I love that the coffee cosy framelit just literally falls out without any fussy poking. I love that you can build all kinds of drinks and cups with the different framelits. I feel like a barista! The patterned paper is very vintage too don’t you think? This set also pairs well with some of our other stamp sets, especially Balloon Celebration and Mixed Drinks, Sneak peek alert….there is another coordinating set coming in the new Holiday Catalog that is just darling. I think it is wonderful when framelits can be used with more than one stamp set. Here are some cards that I have made using this suite:

 

Patterned paper is so addictive, I just love using different patterns on the same cards so you can see how well they coordinate.

For this card, the patterned paper is all cut at 1 3/4″ wide and either 2″ long or 2 3/4″ long. The early espresso layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″. Card base is soft sky 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. I love how some of the patterned paper is such a subtle pattern that you can stamp on it.

 

Sometimes a simple card is best. This card also uses the set Feather Together.

 

I love the simplicity of this masculine card. The score line on the far right was actually a mistake, but I really like it! The words come from the set Feather Together.

 

The striped paper in the Coffee Break paper is perfect for an awning. The "wood" paper from Wood Textures is perfect for the coffee stand.

 

I cased this card from the talented Lorri Heiling. Doesn’t the awning look great in the striped paper from the Coffee Break designer series paper? The coffee cup on the right is cut out from the paper using a framelit but the coffee carafe and the cup need to be fussy cut. Here is the link to the tutorial that Lorri made for this beautiful card. What a blessing she was to me yesterday.

 

Sangria instead of coffee? Or a tequila sunrise? Use Balloon Celebrations or Labeler Alphabet to customize your card.

 

I love this card, totally a “Jackie original”. I created the gingham piece using the Brushstrokes background stamp with calypso coral.The words are from Balloon Celebrations and from Labeler Alphabet. The lime wedge is from a retired set called Apple of my Eye. The garnishes from Mixed Drinks were just the wrong size. Stamping on vellum is great for an overlay. Here I stamped in versamark and embossed in white for the outline and the ice cubes. The “tequila sunrise” or tropical sangria looks like this when the vellum overlay comes off. I just liked the vellum since it not only softens the image, but it also makes it look like frosted glass and gives you a place to put the pretty straw.

 

Glossy white cardstock and three inks and a sponge make for a beautiful tropical drink.

 

Embossing in white on white cardstock and then sponging over with marina mist. Love the words for the background. Also embossed with white on vellum for this card.

 

This card uses the emboss resist technique. You emboss with white on white cardstock and then sponge marina mist over top. The vellum is also embossed with white.  All the images come from the Coffee Cafe stamp set which is $26 Canadian for a set of 16 photopolymer stamps. Use the hostess code on the side to order and I will send you a great card made with this set.For the month of August the code will be  ZBJ972UF.

 

Emboss resist on our new glossy white cardstock.

 

This card above was totally cased from the talented Juanita Ambida. Here is the link

Here is a closeup to the embossed background as well as the gorgeous detail and texture of the coffee cozy framelit.

 

Emboss resist detail

 

I have made a video with some tips and tricks for this suite, but my internet is very slow today and it has not finished loading, so I will add it later. Patience is not my strong suit and I really want to publish this post. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and if not, extra special hugs going your way. Sometimes life does happen and it isn’t always good.

 

It’s up!! So here you go:

 

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