There were so many elements to inspire in this Inspiration photo from the current Fusion Challenge!
Firstly the wooden floor - I had a few stamped distressed wood backgrounds left over from previous projects so I used one of these. Next the woollen sweater - I knew immediately, I would use this mittens die (bought in January and still unused) and I thought a doily might also soften the look. Can't think why I placed the doily off the page, I couldn't centre the cup on the doily because the handle was way off the page (and wouldn't fit in an envelope). I couldn't really get the look I was trying to achieve with the cup either. My aim was to have the grey card stock (yes I cut it from dark grey card stock) show through the white embossing powder this embossing powder (WOW!) is so good it covered the grey completely and wouldn't oblige me. So I abandoned the grey/white colour scheme in favour of a brown/cream one and just cut the die cut the top of the cup again using brown card stock and stamped this with some hearts in white VersaMagic and placed this in the gap (gave it a coat of glossy accents too).
Just Us Girls is challenging us to use Word Dies this week. I love Word Dies - so much easier to add to a card than stamping! I almost used a "Winter" sizzlet die (which I have had forever) but instead opted for this SWEET one and added a little tag to the handle of the cup with "birthday wishes" stamped on it. It was a toss up whether to use it as a birthday card or use the sentiment "Holiday Hugs" and make it a more seasonal card, but being Australian, I'm not really a "Holidays" sort of person.
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #432 has the prompt "Warm Drinks for Cold Nights" which fit in rather nicely with my card and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has an Anything Goes this week.
The Cup and the Mittens are both Never Before Used Stuff so I'll also be entering this card into November's NBUS challenge as well.
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