A Day without Coffee…
I have no idea what a day without coffee is like. I have lots of friends who don’t drink coffee, and, honestly, I did take a minute to question our friendship. Ok, not really! All of them are amazing, albeit misguided, people. My dear friend Susan may be questioning her coffee drinking friend, though. Of course, there’s a story; but first – the card for today.
This is my first card using the Nothing’s Better Than Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Although I posted a card using that bundle on Monday, it was designed and created by my friend Sandy. So this is my first.
I thought this was a very fitting first card with this fun bundle, because I cannot remember a day in my life that began without coffee. I’m sure when I was quite small my parents didn’t give me coffee in the morning, but I can’t remember that.
This set also worked really well with the sketch for our area demonstrator challenge for July. Each month, area demos – most who are on my team, but several who are not – gather for a “meeting.” Meeting is in quotes, because it’s more of a fellowship time. We do discuss some business topics, but we also chat, eat snacks (well, not since the pandemic with Zoom meetings, but one day we’ll have snacks again), catch up on each others’ lives, and encourage one another. We also have a challenge and a make & take. This sketch challenge was from Rose. We were also supposed to use any of the 10 current In Colors, but I forgot to add that when I emailed the group, so that’s an optional add-on.
For my challenge entry, I used Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, and Cinnamon Cider for my In Colors. First, I stamped the sentiment in Magenta Madness on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then die-cut coffee from Cinnamon Cider. The coffee cup detail is stamped in Misty Moonlight; I stamped the “filler color” in Misty Moonlight stamped off one time.
I added a long strip of the 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP) to a Misty Moonlight card base. Then I embossed the Cinnamon Cider rectangle (die-cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies) with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. And finally, I added the sentiment layer, the coffee cup, and some 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots in Marvelous Magenta.
I love the whimsy and happiness of the Magenta Madness with the seriousness of the Cinnamon Cider die-cuts. Because coffee is serious and it makes me happy.
One thing that didn’t make me happy was the coffee machines at a Stampin’ Up!® Leadership Conference when I first met Susan. We had been communicating via social media and email for awhile, but this was our first meeting in person.
Everything was going really well until…On the first day, about mid-afternoon, I felt my energies flagging. There were no coffee stands in the meeting area, which I found weird. Oddly enough, every conference since, there has always been a coffee stand. Maybe Susan had something to do with this.
Anyway, there was a vending machine with Starbucks Frappuccino drinks in the gathering area, so I decided that would suffice. I inserted the coins necessary for my overpriced caffeinated and highly sugared beverage and pushed the button. Nothing came out. I pressed again. Nothing. I hit the coin return. Nothing. I melted down. I shook the machine. I kicked it. I may have shaken it a few more times, but still nothing. Susan stood by with wide eyes and maybe a slight fear for her life. Because, really, she did not know me at all.
After I took a few deep breaths, I calmed down somewhat, but I was still slightly miffed that I had wasted my money. Every morning after that, Susan greeted me with a coffee beverage. And since that first morning, she has been one of my besties ever. It takes so little to earn my undying devotion.
A year or so later, Susan had a meltdown of her own, but we won’t talk about that. (Of course, I will talk about this one day, but not today!)
So go have your cup of coffee (or tea, or a coke, or juice, or whatever gets you moving in the morning) and have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.