Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So, what did you do for...

"Mommy's day?"

We went out for "coffee!"

Oh yes, that's a treat for me.

(it doesn't have to be a national holiday!)

Come November and it's my birthday...

you'll see, I opt for coffee any day over cake!

With very current photos, this is my scrapbook layout for

This week's challenge is to create with the theme

of "vintage or distressed" and/or use the following sketch

by our special guest sketch artist:

Suzanne Dean, master of Copics, from Scrapbitz!

I love the sketch and wanted to incorporate a bit of the distressed feel.

Unfortunately the last drop of Tim Holtz

walnut stain distress ink went to my last project.

(think fast!)

What's the next best thing, and readily available

in my personal barista station...puddles of espresso...

(~it might even be slightly aromatic!)

All pieces for the sketch in place, let the purposeful coffee staining begin...

(have you ever done this to an important piece of white paper on accident?)
(this is WAY more Fun!!!)

You can even create espresso drip "brads"

(they dry a little flatter)


At Starbucks I ordered my "usual" an Iced Venti Double Shot non-fat
...and although it is delicious and Brown ,
I wanted to tie my layout in with Mother's Day
and one of the newest additions in The Pixie Cottage Stamp Collection
the sweet Bunny with Roses by Di Carubia.
I needed to hold some roses!

Which I happened to have been blessed with at church that morning
...insert them into a 'recycled' cup and voila,
all I had to do with the aid of a trusty X-acto knife
was cut around my fingers so that I could slide in the trio of blooms.

(the lid worked great to keep them in place)

As noted in the sketch there is a smaller circle-
for the card makers that worked well for the sentiment, or an embellished flower.
I used it as part of my title and the platform for Bunny with Roses .
It just couldn't be plain old paper!
I asked Husband Dear if I could have
the wrap off of his hot mocha...cut it in half,
glued it together, used the Creative Memories circle cutter...

flip it over, add title, colored image and more ink...

add a little cream and sugar, or (non-fat milk and Sweet 'n Low)

Oh wait we're talking scrapbook pages... add adorable photos of children.
(three horizontal stripes worked great for moi!)

I began to feel like a serial artist strategically
cutting out all of the letters from the Java Beans
pattern paper by Flair Designs (-the cooking collection)

Although my photo is cut into a large oval I am centered in a CIRCLE of brads.

I continued to recycle items from Starbucks with

the 3 snip-its of straw wrapper placed so that they read

"hot- not recommended"

:) -I prefer ICED coffee!

I can't wait to see how you interpret the sketch
or how creative you can be distressing or going vintage!
Remember to link back to Challenge #18 at The Pixie Cottage
for your chance to win!

Thank you Husband Dear for taking us out for "Mommy Day Coffee"

Have a great week in California!

love you!

(I'm going to hang my artishtic layout in our blue & brown coffee kitchen)

Here's a glimpse of other ways I've "espressoed" myself in said kitchen... this is JOE...

he is now surrounded with 3 blue glass plattes, and coffee mugs
dripping my favorite 'brown beaded beverage'

Here's a portion of my barista station ,
close by another mosaiced coffee piece...

and the centerpiece for our island...

Always thinking outside the box,


  1. Love your layout! Fab way to recycle too. Loe seeing you and your husband so very happy together.

  2. YES, tanya! HAPPY is a wonderful place to be!!!
    thank you, Artish

  3. Wow! Love the art too! I have to say Coffee is one of my closest friends too.

    You are a woman of many talents Artish, I enjoy your creativity.

  4. Tish, this is so cool, I love the mosaic pieces that you have created. Your layout is very nice and I can see how you followed the sketch. Weather will be beautiful in So.Cal. all week for your Hubby... Kathy

  5. Your LO is beautiful and your other pieces of art are wonderful too!

    Have a wonderful weekend Tish!

    Hugs, Anne

  6. Gorgeous layout and creations!