Grab a Cup!! ~ Our November Release Challenge is Here!

November brings crisp, cool days that might find you heading into your favourite coffee shop to grab a cup of warmth, and dwell in that inviting aroma that only a cozy cafe can bring.


This month we’re inviting you to “Grab A Cup” with us on the Flourishes Senior Design Team and be inspired by this fantastic photo as you create something equally warm and inviting.

Next week we’ll be bringing you our November edition of new Flourishes stamps, and we can’t wait! They’re absolutely fabulous!  Because we know you want a chance to win these great sets, “Grab A Cup” and be inspired by this great coffee and treats photo as you create.    Play in the challenge and you could WIN our whole November Release!

Hey stamp lovers! I tell ya, if I could find those exact mugs and plates I'd be all over them!  They would match my kitchen and dining room perfectly!!!  I hope you've grabbed your own cuppa joe this morning because I know you're going to hopping along and gawking at all the amazing creations my fellow designers have created for you today!

For today's card, I used a variety of aspects from the challenge photo... but especially the colour of the dishware.  Here's my creation using our inspirational photo...
I began by die cutting an oval of Classic Ivory cardstock and stamping & masking the three mugs from the fabulous "Mix n'Mugs" stamp set using Memento "Rich Cocoa" ink.  I then coloured them using the following Copic Collections:
I also masked off my 3 mugs and splattered them with some Copic brown tones using my Copic Airbrush to get that spotted, pottery look.  I also added some super fine white paint dots using some watered down white acrylic paint and a toothbrush.

Next I matted my oval with a scalloped oval of "Rain" cardstock from the Emerald Coast Color Made Easy cardstock collection.  If you super closely at my oval, you can see a couple of pies too... they were stamped using Memento's "Desert Sand" ink from the "Fresh Baked" stamp set.

I cut another piece of Classic Ivory cardstock and stamped some subtle snowflakes from the "Handmade Snowflakes" stamp set in a blue ink and Memento's "Desert Sand" ink.  I distressed the edges and inked them up with "Desert Sand"  and Ranger's "Vintage Photo" Distress ink.  I then matted it with a piece of "Calypso" cardstock from the Emerald Coast Color Made Easy cardstock collection.

I decorated the front with a piece of May Arts' Turquoise Striped Twill, a bow of "Argentina" Seam Binding ribbon and a cut snowflake using the Handmade Snowflake Silhouette Cut File with an Emerald Coast Button & some jute.

I finished off the inside of my card using the same subtle snowflakes from the "Handmade Snowflakes" stamp set in a blue ink and Memento's "Desert Sand" ink as on the front of the card.  I also stamped my "Let It Snow" from the "Sentimental Christmas" stamp set using Memento "Rich Cocoa" ink.

I hope you like my little coffee inspired card today!  Come along and join in the fun!  Here are the official rules...


  • Simply create a card or project inspired by the photo above.

  • Entries need to be in by Friday November 15 at 5 PM EST.

  • Those entries using Flourishes Stamps will be counted twice.

  • You must link your creation on our InLinkz Widgit to be counted

  • You must have a link to our challenge in your blog post or gallery post

  • Please DO NOT combine challenges from other sites or locations.  Only those entries that don’t combine will be in the running.  Because this challenge means winning new Flourishes sets we want to see your beautiful creations made specifically for this challenge.

  • If you upload to SCS please use the keyword FLLCNOV13 .

  • We’ll announce the winners on Saturday in our Winner’s Circle Post here on the blog on Saturday November 16th, so check back then to find out if you are a winner!
  • Thanks for stopping by today and we look forward to seeing what you create!  We’ll see you here on Wednesday November 13th when our delicious November Sneak Peeks start!

    Enjoy the inspiration and creating!

    And now for some wonderful Grab a Cup Inspiration, our Design Team has some beauties to show off to you:

  • Allison Cope -- you are here!

  • Happy hopping everyone!

    ~ Ally ~

    Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

    stamps:  Flourishes (Sentimental Christmas, Handmade Snowflakes, Mix n'Mugs, Fresh Baked)
    cardstock:  Flourishes (Classic Ivory, Emerald Coast Collection)
    Silhouette cut files, button, twill, ribbon:  Flourishes
    woodgrain cardstock:  Elle
    patterned papers: My Mind's Eye
    die cut shapes: Spellbinders
    ink: Memento, Copics, Stampin' Up!, Ranger
    tools:  Silhouette Cameo, Copic Airbrush, paper piercer
    white paint:  Delta
    jute:  Darice
    other: thread.


    1. This is fabulous! Your coloring is awesome but the little touches like the paint splatters and airbrushing and sponging just make this card really special. Love it!!!!

    2. Mmmmm.... now I want hot chocolate!! : )

    3. GAH! I seriously love how you used this set! I love just the mugs in a collection like that. LOVE the paint splatters too! And the pies in the background…sheer genius girl! Gorgeous inspiration!

    4. Stunning! The cups are coloured so nicely and so much look like real! Love this card!

    5. I love spattering, I actually stole my Hubby's toothbrush awhile back to use for it! lol Your card is gorgeous, love the coloring, makes me want to wrap my hands around the mug and feel the warmth! mmmm

    6. Ally! You are SOOO GOOD at mixing MANY DIFFERENT STAMPS TOGETHER to create a MASTER PIECE!!!!!!! :) I can SEE how Coffee, inspired this!!!!! AND MAYBE, a piece of PIE TOO!!!!!!!! :) FABULOUS JOB!!!!!!!!!:)

    7. Beautiful!!! And I am with ya - I would love a set of dishes in these colors!!!

    8. Clever idea with the cups, and beautiful coloring. The splattered pottery look is perfect, beautiful card Ally.

    9. Oh Ally your card is GORGEOUS! TFS.
      I LOVE this color combo!!
      Crafty hugs,

    10. Allison, this is absolutely gorgeous! You have captured the feel of the inspiration photo perfectly. Love how you created your focal image and how all of the steps added together give it such depth and interest. Love it!

    11. I surely did enjoy your card, today! Great coloring and color choices and I love how you decorated the inside. Well done.

    12. I love how you were able to combine all three mugs together. The paint splatters look fab on your mugs. :)

    13. Just gorgeous! Love the color combo and your coloring is amazing! Well done! Have a blessed day!

    14. I am so impressed with how well you matched the colors~this is perfect Ally!

    15. Fabulous coloring Ally! Beautiful card inside and out!!! Hugs ~S~


    Thanks for brightening my day. I read each and every comment.