Sunday, November 20, 2016

Chai Latte Inspired CAS: PP322

I was picking up my favorite fall drink at Starbucks the other day and I saw this gorgeous sign that stopped my in my tracks.  I'm sure the people behind me didn't appreciate me stopping to snap a pic but I was totally inspired:

 The white on black, the cut border, the winter foliage....I was smitten. Our dear, sweet friend Claire is hosting a Clean-and-Simple Christmas challenge this week at The Paper Players and I knew instantly how I would turn this inspiration into a card.

 How did I do?!  I used a retired stamp set called Watercolor Winter for the beautiful holly sprigs.  They were heat embossed in white on basic black cardstock.  I simply trimmed around the edges of the images and layered a piece of silver foil paper behind.  The sentiment, from Holly Berry Happiness, is embossed in silver to match and die cut with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits. 
I stamped the holly leaves and berries from the same Holly Berry Happiness set and punched them out with the coordinating Holly Berry Builder punch--yeah for a coodination punch!  I stamped the holly leaves in [retired] Mossy Meadow on Old Olive cardstock and the berries are in Cherry Cobbler on Real Red cardstock.  I love the way the green/red pops off the black.  You may see some bits that look like stray embossing powder but that's actually Wink of Stella that I brushed around the holly for some added sparkle!
The Holly Berry Happiness set has some gorgeous sentiments and I love that they can be used on the inside of my cards.  This one is particularly nice and reminds me what the holiday season is all about!

I hope you've enjoyed my Starbucks inspired CAS card...I hope it inspires you to look around you everyday.  You never know where you will find YOUR inpspiration!  You might find it among the lovely projects created by the rest of the design team so be sure to check them out.  Maybe you'll even be inspired enough to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, November 25th at Noon (PST).  For all my US friends....happy, happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  I'm truly grateful that you stop by my little corner of blogland.  ((hugs))


 

16 comments:

Joanne James said...

Nance your card is gorgeous, so dramatic with the white on black and the silver add a real touch of elegance. I love how we can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places - I hope your coffee was good!

laurie said...

That black with the silver is just so rich and elegant Nance! I love how the holly just pops. Have a fun Sunday!

Nancy said...

Beautiful card Nance, love all the little details, the silver paper behind your fussy cutting of the pines, the white embossing as well as the lovely inside.

Vicki Finger said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I happen to have that stamp set and while I am not going to use that particular one, you have completely inspired my card for this challenge.

kat said...

OMG! What a striking card you've created!!!!! LOVE IT!

FreeToBeMe..LisaJ said...

Nance
You did an amazing job I love your card what a way to find inspiration.... just love the black background and embossing. Beautiful!

Linda Callahan said...

This is fabulous......sooo elegant! I love it!

LeAnne said...

This is beautiful! I was just thinking yesterday that I need to use some of the chalkboard paper I have to create something like this...although I think mine will never be as pretty as yours! This is just wonderful!

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, this is GORGEOUS! I love the way you were inspired by the sign at Starbucks! That black is so elegant and the embossed holly is so pretty! You rocked my challenge this week, My Friend! XX

Dawn Tidd said...

What a stunning cad, Nance! Love the black with white embossing. The touches of red & green look amazing with it. I love how you trimmed out the edge. Your captured your inspiration perfectly!!

Doris said...

This is just outstanding! The black and silver are truly elegant.

Georgiana said...

Looks fabulous! I sure do like the white embossing on the black. The pop of red is a perfect touch.

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, you channeled that Starbucks sign perfectly, Nance! Absolutely stunning card. Love the white embossing on black and the shaped cuts. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jaydee said...

Nance, your card perfectly captured the sign you saw at Starbucks and I love how the dark background really makes the white, red and green pop. Gorgeous card
hugs
jayvee

Colleen Begley said...

Awesome, Nance! Love how inspiration can pop up at any time. You certainly used it well.

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Love love love this card! You did a great job on the fussy cutting too! hugs.