It's Caffeine I Can't Live Without!

Come join us for a great combo challenge!. Double Trouble #59 is a 3-2-1 recipe challenge in which "Thing 1" requires the use of at least 3 colors, 2 embellishments, and 1 sentiment; plus use a stamp that was at least 1 year old; "Thing 3" requires that you incorporate a triangle sketch, and "Thing 2" requires that you also submit your card to our partner this week Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #137 that has a sketch and the requirement to use a stamp older than one year. 
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Everytime I looked at the sketch, I kept seeing a Christmas tree! I knew I didn't want to do a holiday card, so turned the sketch 90 degrees to make a landscape layout. Then I saw a retro card that would be perfect to use with a REALLY old stamp set that I bought in a bargain bin more than 10 years ago! It's a really nice set, but when I went to stamp the sentiment, I realized it was in the bin for a reason. Apparently there was a problem with the stamp mold, and the sentiment was shmushed on the right side so the stamped image was awful! I liked the sentiment a lot, so got out my trusty computer and using Word, replicated the saying, then printed it out in as close a color as I could come to Stampin' Up! (SU) Cajun Craze color. I thought it was such a cute saying, that I HAD to use it!

The teacup is stamped using black ink, then scanned and digitally cut out on my ScanNCut. I wanted it to stand out, so cut it three more times, then glued all 4 layers together. I colored the flower using a retired SU Really Rust Stampin' Write Marker.

The triangle was created by first cutting a 3" square out of SU Cajun Craze cardstock, then cutting from the center of one side to the corners on the opposite side. The vellum mat behind it was cut using a 3.25" square.

The teabag is a stamp from the same set as the teacup, but I stamped it using dark brown ink, then cut it and 3 copies out of SU Crumb Cake cardstock.  These were all glued together as a stack as well.

The sentiment is on white printer paper, and matted with dark brown cardstock. The cardbase is SU Cajun Craze, and the background is Crumb Cake.

I am rating the difficulty as a "2" out of a possible "5". Except for my faulty sentiment stamp, everything was very straight forward and easy to do. Having a ScanNCut made it particularly easy to cut out. I added a 0.04" border around the teacup and tea bag before cutting them out using the "Direct Cut" method on my SnC.

Paper: SU Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Vellum
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Really Rust, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Brother ScanNCut CM350, Paper Trimmer, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips
Techniques: Digital Cutting


  1. The 3-2-1 Recipe made for coffee... great interpretation of the sketch and like that you flipped it for your project. Like the colors you chose.

  2. Donna I love what you did with the sketch! And that sentiment is so funny :) I love it when someone thinks out of the box like this and you card turned out great with all the elements of the new challenge!

  3. I like how you flipped the sketch as the sentiment fits perfectly. I am not a coffee drinker but I know many who are depend on that to start their day! So cute :)

  4. Love your card, and the saying. I need to copy it (or replicate it on Word!) except my card will have a Diet Coke instead of a coffee cup!

    1. I used to drink Diet Cokes for morning "coffee break", but switch to tea after visiting China and fell in love with it. I do still have my Coke with lunch, though. There are just some things you can't live without Melanie!!!

  5. As a coffee drinker I totally identify with this card, especially that sentiment, LOL!!
    Love how you interpreted the RETRO RUBBER sketch , turning it on the horizontal.
    Thank you for sharing with us, I hope you come back and play along again soon.
    Maria/Retro Rubber DT.

  6. I love coffee and tea-themed cards! This is fabulous with the kraft, and I like how you rotated the sketch, never would have thought of that! I'm having fun as your Crazy Cousin!

  7. LOL, good save on the's perfect, especially for someone like me who needs her morning caffeine! Great little cuppa, too! Love your choice of colors as well as the fact that you turned the sketch! I never even thought of a Christmas tree fitting in there, and make lots of Christmas cards, LOL! Thanks for playing along with our Retro Rubber challenge this week!

  8. Great save on the sentiment, Donna! I love the simplicity of your card and the Cajun Craze is a perfect color to use with the other browns. I like that you flipped the sketch, too.

  9. Love that sentiment! Great take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


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