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Merry Cafe and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #481

I have to admit I didn't purchase the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup framelits when they first appeared in the Stampin' Up Annual catalog.  I thought they were adorable and put them on the "list".  When  I saw the Merry Cafe stamp set in the Holiday catalog I was a goner and ordered them all.  Now I seem to reach for those three items all the time.  

This week's Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a color challenge. 

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I enjoy making little gift items and one of my favorite little gift items to give is tea.  Why?  Well, they have little to no calories, most people like a cup of tea or at least knows someone who does, and a lot of times you can color coordinate the tea to the project.   The cute little "par-tea" stamp in the Merry Cafe stamp set is perfect for this kind of little gift.  This just might be the reason I could no longer resist getting the  stamp sets and die.

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I recently did a small re-organization and de-stashing of my craft room.  When I do these, I find all kinds of things.  One of the things I found was my Envelope Punch Board.  I realized I haven't used this handy tool in a while.  The Envelope Punch Board was the perfect thing to create my little tea gift.   I started to Google tea bag holders and then stopped myself and realized that all I needed to know was on the Envelope Punch Board.  The 3" x 3" size is the perfect one for the teabag I am using.  I used the Fresh Florals DSP stack and followed the directions on the punch board to create the holder.

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Originally I cut the coffee lid out of Cajun Craze card stock but decided it wasn't quite right.  Instead I stamped the lid with Cajun Craze ink and used a blender pen to lightly pull some of the ink (from the stamped lines) and lightly color the lid.   Are you wondering how I colored the leaves?  I used the small leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I inked the stamp in Crushed Curry ink and then sponged on the other inks and then stamped.  You need to clean the stamp after each impression.  I like this method because it creates soft coloring and blending of the inks.  

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I attached the cup and ribbon to the holder so it can be opened without destroying the envelope.  Do you see the almost Crushed Curry tea bag?  I may or may not have bought it for that reason.  

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team created for this color challenge.   I hope you will create along with us!

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