I admit it…I love the convenience of Starbucks’ Via coffee packs, especially since Pumpkin Spice is now available. I wanted to design a card that I could slip a packet into, just as a little pick-me-up for one of my friends. Because she has four kids, and of course she needs caffeine.
To make this, I just cut a piece of International Bazaar Designer Series Paper about 2-3/4″ x 4″, then used my paper snips to cut the border along the design. After cutting a label with the Apothecary Accents Framelits and my Big Shot, I stamped the coffee cup and sentiment from the Morning Cup stamp set. I sponged the edges with Early Espresso, then used a paintbrush to flick water droplets with a touch of ink. The water also splashed on my sponged edges, which looks cool, I think.
Here’s the reason why I wanted to create and send this card to my friend. She’s an amazing woman who, two years ago today, learned her husband had been killed in combat in Afghanistan. She’s an example of strength and grace unlike any I have ever known.
I hope she’ll take the time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, since I can’t be there to force her to, but it’ll probably be in her travel mug, as she continues to provide her four young children with as near a normal childhood as she can. Her husband was one of those larger-than-life guys, and I can’t begin to imagine the devastating effects his loss has had on his family.
All I can do is continue to pray for all of them and let her know she’s always in my thoughts. My family and I will remain eternally grateful for and remember their sacrifice, as well as that of far, far too many others like them.