I became a fan of the Red Cup after I moved to New Jersey in 1998 from the west coast. There, espresso flowed like water, and your favorite barista new what you wanted when you walked in the door. But when I moved to New Jersey, all that changed. Instead of coffee cafes and espresso bars, there were bagel shops and Dunkin’ Donuts. My beloved lattes and cafe cremes were a thing of the past. The only espresso bar to be found was in the local Barnes & Noble. As a single mom making minimum wage working nights as a bookkeeper at the A&P, I scrimped and saved my pennies for those weekly trips to B&N for story hour. I’d treat myself to a single cafe latte while my toddler son played with the Thomas the Tank Engine set. I’d savor each sip of heaven, relaxing into it’s enticing darkness.
That first Christmas in New Jersey was difficult. It was cold; it was dark; it was dismal. I couldn’t afford much, and my beloved coffees fell by the wayside as I scrimped and saved for the holidays. One night, after the Lad was tucked in, my sister told me to put my coat on. She took me to a newly opened Starbucks just two towns (about 3 miles) away, and treated me to a holiday coffee…in a Red Cup!
So…pour yourself a coffee, brew yourself an espresso, or go grab a peppermint mocha – in a RED CUP – and settle in for some holiday treats.
Making Memories November VIP Tutorial
Layer 1: Real Red, 5 1/4″ x 4″embossed with the Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Layer 2: Whisper White, 4″ x 3″
Layer 3 & 4: All is Bright Designer Series Paper, die cut with Coffee Cup Framlits
Layer 5: Whisper White, die cut with Coffee Cup Framlits
- Stamp Sentiment in Real Red.
- Adhere Layers 1 & 2 and wrap with Call me Clover 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and tie a bow. Add to Base.
- Adhere Coffee Cup pieces with Dimensionals.
- Finish with 1 Red Rhinestone.