CYS: This isn't merlot in my cup!

Hi friends!

It's raining here today ~ a good day to stay indoors, craft
and enjoy a refreshing beverage of choice!
Or at least that's what Suzy tells us --
 the hostess for July in the Challenge Your Stash card group. 

Her theme for this month's card group is 
"make a card showing off your favorite beverage." 

It's no secret that mine is coffee.
Preferably wrapped in a Starbucks sleeve ;)
But one thing I drink a lot of and is actually a favorite of mine is water!
Yep, water.
Which is technically a major component of coffee ....
so there you go.  

Since making a card with water was a bit confusing for me,
I chose to make a card using my favorite beverage memory
When dh and I were first married - reaching our 1st year anniversary -
he had a great idea to take us camping.



As in .... outside. In a tent.  


 Always up for a good adventure, I was all in.
We actually had a great time,
but some reason, I kept trekking the 3 miles
 (barefoot, in winter, up a hill, carrying 20 pounds of coal to light a fire ...)
Kidding!  Just seeing if you were still here *wink!*
 up to the general store to buy grape soda.
I wasn't even a big fan of grape soda!
 But on our way in, I saw the old coke machine 
and new what the choices were.  
And I couldn't stop thinking about it - during the day, all night.

Grape soda, grape soda, grape soda .... 

And that grape soda may as well as had a neon sign,
buzzing "Pick me, Pick me!"
I was digging in the car seats, under mats, in the ashtray for coins
and plunking them down into the machine, guzzling those purple beauties.

Flash forward a week after we got home .....
at the Dr's office, he joked:
"Been having any cravings lately?
Because you are going to be a mom!"

The funny thing is:
I wanted no part of it after that week 
and my oldest "grape soda" daughter isn't a fan either.
But we sure were back at camp - LOL!

So in honor of my oldest daughter,
this is truly NOT a glass of merlot .... it's grape soda :)

I'll enter my card into the Your Next Stamp challenge #67 -
I used their sketch, and color combo which you can see here!
I used a stamp set that might be retired - Quirky Animals.
These stamps are a riot.
I used a sentiment in the stamp set both inside and outside the card,
but my blog post is so long and busy, I'll skip the inside.
The first sentiment I used is a single line - 
I just masked and stamped, then turned it and remasked, restamped
to create the corner Happy Birthday.

  So cheers to you - 
whatever you have in your glass :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. So adorable!! The image is so sweet!! I love the pretty colors and papers!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Kelly, I giggled so much reading your post. Hilarious!

    And your card... it's just so cute. Love that grape soda!

  3. A great story behind this fantastic card Kelly, Cheers.

    Sue xx

  4. LOL love this story, so fab! Great card I love the lush colours particularly of the grape soda...think I'll pour me a glass! xxx

  5. My grandparents always stocked up on grape soda for our visits when we were children!! What a cute, cute card with lots of fun memories attached, Kelly!!

  6. I love this card--the colors are perfect! And, I love the story on your blog!

  7. Great story and fun, colourful card! Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp!

  8. EEK!! That mouse is just too cute!! Really love your story and your colors look amazing on this! :) HUGS

  9. Cute card and a really cute story to go with the card...

    Camping! Me neither...my favorite time camping is when we were able to go camping with the inlaws one time in their RV (with A/C, and heat TV, and a bathroom...that's my favorite way to camp...but (sadly) They don't have their RV anymore...smile...
    My craving was pancakes...(there's a funny story that goes with that one too.

  10. Oh, cute birthday card, Kelly!!

    Thanks for playing with us at YNS challenge blog.
    See you on the next challenge. God bless.

    Love, Dian Ratna.

  11. Grape works for me! Fun and colorful, plus lucky! Be sure to check out the YNS Blog for the winner's post. Congrats and thanks for playing along!

  12. What a great story! And even cuter card of course. And I bet that trek was uphill both ways right? Yup, I remember going camping before finding out about my 1st - wondering why I kept falling asleep all the way up the hill.