Sunday, 30 January 2011

GC85 – Hot Beverages – Take 2 & *Oh la la* Tag for Bella Creations

Yesterday while I was sitting on the couch, watching TV and drinking coffee, this little verse popped into my head:

Give me coffee, but no tea –
Tea is not the drink for me!
Coffee, frothy, brown and hot -
I can always drink a lot.
Coffee topped with whipped-up cream,
This with joy will make me scream.
Café au lait with chocolate sprinkles,
Makes me happy, stops my wrinkles.
And if the point you have not seen –
A day without coffee makes me mean!

So I wrote it down before it popped out again, and decided that I needed a card to go with it, which I then made. The cup has been drawn on a piece of white card, pasted onto patterned paper, and cut out. The *foam* on the top has been made from a scrap of *snow* left over from Xmas, the chocolate sprinkles have been substituted with stickles in cinnamon. The easel has been made from cream coloured card, distressed with ancient linen and espresso inks, and stamped with coffee cups and quotes from *Justrite*. The verse has been printed in brown onto linen weave paper, distressed with the same inks as before, and matted with the same patterned paper – from LaBlanche - that I used for the cup.
Gingersnaps is a group which always gives lots of inspiration!
Need I say that it was fun to make? This was not a *make and take* but a *drink and think*.

Then, late at night, I decided to join the *Oh la la* Group at *Bella Creations* and join in their tag Challenge with a beautiful, vintage - and so romantic! - photo. I managed half of it last night, and the rest this morning. Used a large manila tag, which I distressed with TH inks in forest moss, wild honey, Victorian velvet and faded jeans, die cut some lace, which was distressed with Victorian velvet, printed the background with a French text, put the photo in a metal frame, added some wings - also coloured with Victorian velvet, some flowers and leaves, and a velvet bow. And then stamped and embossed *Ooh la la*. Voila - finished!

Yesterday was such a nice day. Sunshine & glittery frost outside, crafting & coffee inside. And today it's the same lovely weather, so apart from a little walk through the fields I will keep myself warm with scrapping. What a life!!
Thanks for looking and have a nice day!


  1. Hi Val, love what you have made, and the verse is so typically you! Have a good Sunday, glad you are feeling good! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Beautiful pieces! Love your standing up cup! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Hot Beverage Challenge!

  3. Beautiful work Val.
    I love your card and verse (totally agree with it too! You could have been describing me!lol).
    That tag is so romantic - awesome.
    Sue xx

  4. Thanks Ladies! Sue, one of these days you have to come and see me - coffee and crafting all day!

  5. Love your card (and the verse!) and the tag is just fabulous. xx

  6. What a creative day. That poem fits me as well! As a Design Team Ginger, I'd like to thank you for taking the Gingersnap Creations challenge. Love the idea of using snow for the frothy cup of coffee. As moderator of the Oh La La group and Design Team Bella at Bella Creations, thanks for making this beautiful tag with our group avatar. Helene

  7. Wow what can I say that hasn't already been said. Your craftings are terrific and I love your verse. Annette x

  8. Where does all this creativity spring from?! Love your poem and the matching card is too sweet! ~Diane

  9. Absolutely gorgeous tag i always adore vintage and love the background too
    hugs June

  10. Thanks a lot for all your kind comments, they are very much appreciated!

  11. Great coffee piece and your tag is exquisite, Valerie!

  12. Wonderful creations Val I wish I could fit more challenges in but still working on my little house

  13. Lovely work, as always, Love your funny verse too even if I am on a tea trip just now! Hugs, T

  14. Fantastic "drink and think" lol! And your Bella tag is wonderful, too - nice soft colors on the tag. Thanks for playing along with us at Gingersnap Creations :-)

  15. Thanks again for all your comments!


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