I hit upon the idea of coffee cups fairly quickly. My stash of cards for my college-aged sons is totally gone and I like to have a few ready. A card like this is just perfect to send with a small coffee gift card! I fell in love with the sentiment but it's a bit small to fill in the space so I offset it and added some stripes and gems. My original plan was to use a plaid paper in the background and that's where the colors were picked from, but as I worked on it, it just seemed really busy (I don't use a lot of patterned paper and it's hard for me!) So I replaced it with the textured kraft. In retrospect, had I started with the kraft I would have toned down all of the colors, maybe even kept them all neutral.
The next school year starts in about 5 weeks and I want to have lots of cards ready to go. One son is just starting higher-level stressful classes plus he's in a house this year so mail goes directly to him instead of his having to walk across an entire campus to the mail center just for a card from his mom - the horror - so I can send more without getting complaints! The other son is hopefully in his last semester (graduation in December - fingers crossed!!!) He's actually happier and doing better with his super-high end math and physics classes than he did with all of his 101 classes, but he's also having to deal with the final classes while worrying about jobs and real life! I would expect to need a number of encouraging cards for both of them! Now I have 1 card in the stash!!
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.
Stamps: Essential by Ellen Latte Love (sentiment)
Dies: Taylored Expressions Joe To-Go Stamp and Die Combo (retired)
Other: Stampin' Up Subtle Embossing Folder, Little Things Bronze Mix Jewels