Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I was perusing my bookmarked blogs and came across Beate's inspiration challenge. Sometimes you just need someone to do the thinking for you, don't you? Well, I was in one of those moods today, so I decided to participate.

The color scheme was So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, black, and white. I wanted to ink up my newest acquisition, Wonderful You, because of the flowers on the inspiration piece. I also wanted to "divide" the card visually like the dress is. Wonderful You is a 2-step stamping set, meaning that there's a solid image and a line art image that are supposed to be stamped together. I used Versamark to stamp the solid image of the flower and its stem in various places on the Pumpkin Pie card stock. I also stamped the solid leaves that come with the set in the same manner.

Then I stamped the line art image of the flower head in black on Soft Sky and in Soft Sky on white. Here's a closeup of the flowers, since it's hard to tell that the flowers that are white were stamped first in Soft Sky. They're mounted with dimensionals to take advantage of the shadow effect that the solid images underneath create.

Then I was in a quandary about what to put on the inside. I determined that this would make a lovely birthday card for my mom, whose birthday is in a few weeks. I chose the sentiment because it communicates what I want to say, and its style is complementary to what's going on on the front. The addition of the colors over the words was another thing I did to tie this in with the color scheme.

Today's Starbucks news is that we debuted a signature roast of coffee called Pike Place Roast, named after the first Starbucks location in Seattle that opened in 1971. You know I don't like coffee, but this one has been designed to please all palates, and I like it! It's a medium roast that has enough heft for those who like bold, dark flavors, and smooth enough for those who prefer a medium or mild taste experience. It's fresh roasted, which means it will be produced and delivered to stores within a 2-week time frame. We're grinding it fresh daily, and it'll be available all day, every day in all US locations. It's also available in decaf, so that makes Bob happy!

You'll also see a "new" cup design for this promotional period. We're returning to our roots and celebrating our heritage, so the company brought back the original siren logo in the original color--brown. There are many many many of our customers who have no idea that we ever had this logo, or that the company is 37 years old, and I'm going to be watching to see what the reaction is. Most people have said, "Oh, new cups?" and this has given us a chance to explain the history of the company.

I'm heading out of town tomorrow for a few days, so tune in next week to see what's new! Happy Spring--enjoy the dogwoods in bloom!


Jamie Martin said...

Cute cards, love the cut outs :)

Alexandra said...

Jenn, you ROCKED Beate's challenge, I totally love these cards!!! Aren't the colors yummy??

It cracks me up that you don't like coffee and work at Starbucks the ultimate in coffee - LOL! I need to get one of those new mugs - how cool to own the original logo!!

Have fun on your trip! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Nancy Riley said...

Jenn, this is outstanding! I love your interpretation of Beate's inspiration piece! GREAT job!

I don't like coffee either ... I never could acquire a taste for it. Diet Coke is my morning coffee!

Lydia said...

Oh - this is so beautiful!!!! I just love the warmth of this color scheme. You knocked it out of the park!!

I LOVE the new coffee (I did try it!!) and the new cups are GORGEOUS!! I'm glad they brought back the original mermaid! She's so classic and looks so much more artistic than the new, more modest girl. Modest schmodest! Gimme my mermaid back!!

I hope you have a nice little trip and we're well on our way to bluebonnets down here...


Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Jenn! Great take on the challenge!