Weekender with Wanda – What’s Brewing?!

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Hey crafty pals! Happy Saturday! Welcome back to this edition of Weekender with Wanda on the Simon Says Stamp blog! SO happy to have you here again with me for a bit of your weekend. Great to see you!  What have you been brewing up in your home studio lately? Are you getting organized? January and February for me always seem to be a time for nesting and cleaning. I like to recover from the holidays, and get ready for the new year… When I’m home and it’s cold outside, I also like to drink lots of coffee! LOL. Today’s card was inspired by my love of coffee, and also inpsired by a fun retro color palette. I used our Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamp set called “What’s Brewing” to create a card that would be perfect for a friend. This set reminds me of a cool, retro kitchen theme and that’s why I chose the aqua and pink color scheme.

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The main image in the stamp set is this big coffee mug! It has lots of smaller items that you can use to customize it. LOVE that! I made a pretty pink stripe on the bottom and then used the hello stamp too. I gently added some Antique Linen Distress Ink to the handle and the coffee part. I also stamped my steam image in the Antique Linen Ink for a soft feeling. I like these pretty colors with the deep black accents.

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I used the same paper pad for all the patterned papers. It’s a favorite of mine – I AM by Simple Stories. I think I bought three packs of it!! I stamped my sentiment on a banner and cut an extra banner to use underneath for another pop of color. The heart/circle stamp is part of the set too. I cut it out and mounted it on my twine to kind of look like a button.

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Here’s a trick I use a lot: Make your own background paper! I love taking the smaller stamps in a stamp set and creating my own repeating pattern. Here I stamped the small mug several times on my top layer. My paper is cream color. Don’t worry about getting it exactly perfect – just have fun! I stood up to stamp this so I could look down on my images. This is the perfect retro mint green ink….

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I used a corner rounder to smooth out all the edges on my layers. Another fun tip: Cut a piece of patterned paper to use as your card base. Here I used a pretty floral on black paper. I cut it to A2 size and adhered it to the front of an A2 card base. Adds a little bit of something to the final card!

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So that’s what’s brewing over here! Thank you, as always, for coming by to check out Weekender with Wanda! I love sharing with you. Have a great weekend! Happy Crafting!

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  1. Mmmmmm, methinks that stamp set has just swan dived onto my “never ever gonna end” wish list!! Somewhere near the top! lol! I love the simple idea of creating the background yourself!! Endless possibilities!! OH DEAR!!

  2. I love the mix of colors! The soft green, gold and cream on the black floral background paper looks fantastic.

  3. Pretty card Wanda!!!
    LOVE your patterned layers and the added interest of the rounded corners => THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION :)

  4. Great idea. Never used my small stamps to make a background. Must try it. Thanks for a clever idea. Loved your pretty card.

  5. I’m always glad to see what you’ve created! Such a lovely card! I love the color combination you used and how you used special fancy details to tie into the colors from the flowered paper. I also love how you created your own patterned paper. How fun!

  6. Great card! I love all the layers, from the dark floral base to your home-made mug background to the pretty pink-striped mug!

  7. My daughter is a “barista” at Peet’s Coffee and Teas while in college. She would love a card like this! It seems like half the teens and young adults I know have been or still are baristas, lol. So this would get a lot of use! I was so impressed with all the things you did to personalize it.

  8. Oh so pretty. This is the perfect stamp set for me now that I have moved away from my tea time friends. Thanks for sharing.

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