Friday, August 2, 2013

A Travel Mug for Becca

Happy August everyone!

This month, Saturated Canary and Spectrum Noir announced similar themes for their challenges.  
Saturated Canary's Challenge # 49 is "Set Your Creativity Free" and Spectrum Noir's August Challenge is  to create "Anything But A Card" as long as you use Spectrum Noir to color it. 

You can find details about these challenges here:

I wanted to create something for my niece Becca who is about to leave to study abroad on "Semester at Sea" (for four months--one lucky gal!)  She has been doing a lot of traveling lately and this image from Saturated Canary called "Pack Light" totally reminds me of Becca. 
You can purchase this image here:

I found this "decorate your own travel mug" at Michael's for $2 and decided to create this project. I took the inserts that came with the mug out and used them as a template to figure out the size and placement of the image before printing (this is a digital image) on white card stock.  But then I ended up detail cutting around her and layering her on top of the travel collage. 

I colored up "Pack Light" using Spectrum Noir. Here are most of the colors I used (there were so many I started to forget to write them down on the little items!)
Hair- TN1, TN2, TN5, TN7
Bow- CR4, CR7
Skin- FS9, FS4, HB1, and CR4 for blush
Skirt- PP4, PP5
Sweater- GT1, GT2, GT3
Luggage- TB2, TB3, TB4, CR10, GG3, GG4
Purse- GB8, GB6, GB5

Then I pulled out all my rubber stamps that were travel-themed and filled the background. I originally decided not to color the background images because I wanted the Saturated Canary image to pop.  Then I changed my mind and added color.  The overall background color is Spectrum Noir EB1. 

I wrote a little message for my niece on the lines of the tag. It is a fun way to personalize this gift even more. 

Other stamps I used:
Hero ARts CL146 Travel Set
Hero Arts "Operation Write Home" Stamp Set LP279
Stampers Best- Compass & Statue of Liberty
Sunday International "Aloha" Set 
"Far East Beauty" Stamp Set from Hot of the Press Inc. 
Egypt Stamp from "Stamp Crafter" 

Thank you for stopping by (and reading all the way to the bottom of this long blog post!)


  1. What a fab idea! I need to do some googling and find out if I can get something similar to decorate here in the UK, I can think of a few people who might appreciate one decorated with a theme to suit them. Great project xx

    1. Thank you Linda! After seeing your "Pack Light" card this morning when I was linking mine up on Saturated Canary, it made me question whether or not I wanted to leave my background uncolored. I am going to stare at mine for a couple days and see what happens. I hope you can find some of these mug things in the UK. :)

  2. This is super cute!!!:) I am following you on Bloglovin now:)!! hehe:)
    Please join in the fun at Craftin'Boutique:) !!!

  3. This is so adorable! I love that you completely personalized this cup. Fab coloring too! ... Thanks for playing along at Spectrum Noir. XXX DT Summer

  4. Oh wow this is awesome! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing with us over at SC Challenges! x