National Coffee Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Guess what day it is! Yes it is National Coffee Day and there is a hop to go along with it. The hop begins at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. The design team has cards for you to check out and there are several giveaways. There is also some great bargains over at a2z.

Here are the links to the a2z Design Team cards for some inspiration and if you comment another chance to win a prize.




Karen – You are here!


Here is the coffee card I made for this fun hop. And me.. yes I love coffee. I have a coffee bean roaster and a grinder. Sometimes I roast my own beans. I only drink one cup a day and I want some good coffee. I think there will be an afternoon decaf going on today!

To create the background I used the Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set. I took all the little leaves and put them on one block and stamped on the kraft paper with Versamark.

The coffee cups are from a couple different digital sets that are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. The digital kits that I used are Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes, Hero Arts Caffeine Fix and Sugartree Stamps Hug In a Mug. I listed these as they go across the card from left to right. I colored the mugs with Copics. The leaf on the one mug is from the background stamp that I colored with a Gelly Roll pen and cut out. The sleeve and the heart on the other mugs were part of the images. I did all of the gold accenting with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen and I love that thing.

The multi color strip is alcohol ink on regular paper. Kind of funny, it is some piece of paper my husband grabbed at a hotel and gave to me. It is thick and has a nice texture. It is hard to see in the photo but there is some gold alcohol ink on there too.

The sentiment is die cut twice for a bit of dimension.

a2z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who commented on the a2z Scrapbooking blog.
Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.
Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be announced on Oct 7th.
 To claim your prize email with subject line: National Coffee Hop a2z Karen

Enjoy the hop!







Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.


Home for the Holidays


When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. You get several different patterns of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 paper. One pack is handmade kind of tissue paper type paper. They are only $1.50 per pack. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I cut out some masks with the dies to that I could stamp the trees to look like they were behind the houses. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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Check out the November challenge at a2z Scrapbooking!

To get this fun set along with the dies use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more over at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store.



Sugartree Farmhouse Thankful Card

Howdy! Today is a new month and I am over at the a2z Scrapbbooking blog with my fall thankful card for the November Challenge. The details for the challenge Give Thanks and more card inspiration are on the blog. I decided some plaid and farm animals were the way to go.

a2z Sugartree Farmhouse digital set

The Sugartree Farmhouse digital kit worked really well for what I had in mind. You can get this digital kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. There are so many things you could use this for from Spring to Fall.


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To start out I brought the 3 animals into the Cameo Silhouette software to create cut files so I could cut them out using one of my favorite papers ever from the Lawn Fawn paper pad Perfectly Plaid Fall. I just saw them in plaid right when I started looking at this digital kit. After I cut them out I inked the edges using Quick Quotes ink. The cool thing about the Quick Quotes ink is they have points on the ink pad to make it much easier to get in the small areas.

Next I used a pierced die to cut out the rectangle from a darker kraft paper. The orange plaid rectangle is cut with a die also called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. And then an A2 size panel out of the same darker kraft paper. All of these were inked around the edges. The top most rectangle is popped up by using a slightly smaller piece of fun foam.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of Neenah cardstock changing the font color to a brown. I cut the sentiment out using a banner die. I used Quick Quotes ink again to ink over the banner.

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Please join us in this month’s “Give Thanks” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.


a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.


a2z Safari Birthday

Howdy I’m over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today with my first post as an a2z Scrapbooking design team member. This is my first time being on a design team and I am excited to be part of the team and share some cards over at a2z Scrapbooking. The theme for this month’s challenge is Birthday Bash. It’s always good to have some birthday cards made up ready to go. Here is the card I made.

For the background of my card I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade.

The grass is stamped many times with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. The grass stamp is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 set along with the safari animals. This set is no longer available but you can get the Safari Huge Thanks clear stamp set in the a2z Scrapbooking Store that has all the animals and the tree that are on my card. The animals, birds and tree are all stamped using Distress Oxide ink Gathered Twigs.

For the frames I used Hero Arts Nested Frame Cuts Ovals to cut them. The inner frame is just some brown paper. The inner frame was actually my husbands idea when I was showing him my card for my post. I liked it! For the top frame I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of yellow paper using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day and heat embossed it with brown embossing powder. I had to go over that at the end with a black Copic marker to make it stand out a little more. Then I stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp Mud Cloth Bold Prints using Distress Oxide ink in Gathered Twigs. It needed a bit of fixing so I ink blended over it with Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink. I liked the look and went with it.


Take a look at the a2z scrapbooking store which carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more before shipping. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in the store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

Entered in the Love! Handmade cards July challenge in Flickr.