Tim Holtz Mini Fresh Brewed Die Cutting

Howdy! Lately I have been watching the Tim Holtz demo’s on Saturday’s and decided to dig out some stuff to make a quick tag. I was kind of in a hurry (why during these days) to go pick up my coffee from my in-laws house and wanted to make a little thank you for them. They run a coffee business and were nice to leave it out for me so I could get it right away. So sometimes when you are in a hurry there is not overthinking the creating and you end up with something you are very happy about. Here it is!

Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script

I took regular and Oxide Distress ink pads in a couple colors of brown and put some ink down on my mat. I spritzed with water and dipped the tag in the inks. I did two layers of this drying them in between. I added the before assembly photo because I was very happy with my ink smooshing. I can’t remember if Tim calls it that but that is what I call it.

For the coffee cups I die cut them using Movers and Shapers magnetic dies. It took me a bit to remember how to use them and find all the things I needed. I love these cups so I was happy to get it all together. They are the only magnetic ones I have and I probably didn’t get how they worked when I bought them. I ink blended them with a couple blues and a bit of brown so it wasn’t so solid blue. Then I flicked some water on them. In the middle of the cold coffee drink cup I wrote the name of their coffee which is Zolo. It is good coffee. Today I tried their cold brew and it is super good!

For the sentiment I just die cut it out and ink blended over it.

For all the die cuts I used Mixed Media paper.

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards for the May challenge in Flickr.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas May Challenge Make it a Beverage.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Mini Fresh Brewed die set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Distress Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set

Spellbinder Coffee Brewing Die Cut

Here we go with another one of my thank you cards…

The people I made this for have a coffee business and gave me coffee related gifts for Christmas. You might be starting to see where this is going.

Hero Arts August 2018 MMH kit

I recently joined the Tim Holtz Fanatics Facebook group so I was enjoying seeing all the Tim Holtz inspiration. That made me want to do an Oxide Distress Ink background. Not a stretch for me to pull these out though. So I did some smooshing for the background with the Oxide inks. Then I used a stencil to add the coffee rings and bits of pattern here and there.

The french press coffee maker was die cut from gold metallic paper. To make it look like it had coffee in it I took a little piece of brown paper and put Nuvo on it so it would be shiny. Then I glued that to the back side of the french press. There is Nuvo on the little knob on top of the lid also.

The cups were die cut using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They needed a little something so I used a stencil to put a pattern on them using a little bit lighter color of Oxide Distress ink than the paper was. I also went around the edges of the cups with some gold pigment ink.

The beans were die cut and have a little guess what… Oxide ink on them.

The sentiment die cut also with a little Oxide ink on it.


  • Spellbinders Cup and Beans die set – coffee beans
  • Spellbinders Coffee Brewing die set – french press
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Gold Metallic Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

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 a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop a2z Karen

Enjoy the hop!







Heat Embossing with Pink & Main Pumpkin Spice Stamps

Howdy! Today I am having some fun creating a card for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  There is still a few hours to link up a coffee/cocoa/tea card.

I finally got to use the so darn cute Pink & Main set Pumpkin Spice. I just had to have the stamps and dies but did not get to use them until now. Almost to late for fall.

Pumpkin Spice

So for my card I heat embossed all the images on the card using rose gold embossing powder. I colored them in almost a monochromatic way with Copics. It is hard to see but I used a Glaze pen for the green, a white Glaze pen on the rim of the cup on the left and the skull, and clear Nuvo drops on the lid for the cup on the right. I used the matching dies to cut them out.

For the brick background I used a stencil by My Favorite Things and Gathered Twigs Oxide Distress Ink. The grout was to white so I went over the whole thing with Antique Linen Oxide Distress Ink. The brick panel is cut out using a Cottage Cutz die.

The background paper is from a Perfectly Plaid Lawn Fawn paper pad.


  • Pink & Main Pumpkin Spice Stamps and Dies
  • Copic Markers
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Glaze Pens – green and white
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper pad
  • Stampendous Rose Gold embossing powder
  • My Favorite Things Small Brick Wall stencil

Halloween Hug in a Mug

Howdy! We are now into fall which brings thoughts of Halloween, leaves turning colors and Thanksgiving. I love to decorate for Halloween (fun not gory) and I am still thinking about all the fun coffee cards from last weekend so I combine the two. Here is a Halloween coffee card for you.

I started out making the mugs which are digital images by Sugartree stamps. I used the mug outlines for these. There are 11 different cups of coffee in this set, some with sayings, some blank and some with designs on them. I used Paint 3D and sized the mugs. I used words from the Hero Arts Spooky Labels digital kit and the little pumpkin from the Hero Arts Haunted digital kit to decorate the mugs. I printed the images on Neenah paper colored them using Copic pens. I cut them out by hand.

The panel right behind the mugs was fun to create. I used the Hero Arts Wood Floor bold print stamp to create the pattern in orange, purple and green inks. I used my Misti and stamped horizontal with the first color. I turned the paper so that the next stamp ended up vertical with the second color of ink. I turned the paper one more time for the third color for a diagonal. I like the pattern it made and it would work for many different situations by just using different ink colors.

The orange and purple layers are patterned paper from my stash. The green background paper is from my stash. I rounded the corners and cut the shapes using a Bo Bunny die.

The middle coffee cup is glued flat on the pattern panel. The other two mugs are raised with Glue Dots.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards Challenge for October. The theme is Anything Goes.

a2z scrapbooking october 2018 challenge


Please join us in this month’s “Frightfully Fun” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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! Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Coffee

The My Monthly Hero card kit for August 2018 is so much fun with the coffee theme. I don’t have very many people I know to send coffee cards to but I like making them.

Hero Arts Coffee MMH August


I stamped the coffee cups in the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit for August 2018 on Neenah paper. I colored them in using Copic pens. I colored some of the coffee like black coffee and some like coffee with milk since that is how I like mine. The coffee rings are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called Painted Circle (E5784). The sentiment is also from the Hero Arts kit. The panel is watercolor paper that is glued to a kraft card.

I happen to love coffee. I only drink one cup a day but I consider kind of a treat. Once in awhile I will drink an afternoon decaf. I roast green coffee beans for us also.

I entered my card in the Love Handmade Cards challenge in Flickr.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit – August 2018
  • Hero Arts Painted Circle (E5784)
  • Copic pens

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Coffee

I just love coffee and when I started seeing the sneak peeks for the Hero Arts August My Monthly Hero card kit I knew I had to get it. I was lucky enough to get one. So here is the first card I created with the kit.

Hero Arts Coffee Cafe

For the background I was playing around with the new Hero Arts liquid watercolors that I ordered with the monthly kit. I wet some watercolor paper and dropped some of the liquid watercolor on the panel. I created several different panels and picked the one I liked best for this card. Then I used the Cafe Window Scene die to cut out this fun scene from watercolor paper. I mixed a couple of colors to create the sort of teal paint. I put it a little heavier/darker on the coffee pot and cups. The sentiment is from the monthly kit and it is embossed with brown embossing powder.


  • Background watercolor – Hero Arts Cocoa liquid watercolor
  • Cafe Die – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018
  • Cafe Watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Entered in the August Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.

Coffee Thank You Card

My hubs family runs a coffee business. They buy green coffee beans and roast them. They sell at a few Farmers Markets and have some of their coffee at cafes. It is a family affair. My hubs brother-in-law does have a full time job but he loves the coffee business and works at it too. Their coffee is Zolo Coffee Roasters. So what does that have to do with me?? They are very kind to give us green coffee beans. I roast them in a small home roaster. They have a blend they call Farmhouse French which is the best. It is a little side hobby for me just roasting for our use. So.. I made this card for our nephew to thank him for the beans.

Front of Card
Inside of Card

My card was inspired by this card from The Ton.


For the front of my card I stamped the top of the coffee cups and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps for the coffee cup and latte art are from The Ton set Hug in a Mug. I colored in the coffee and handle with Gansai Tambi watercolor paint which I love using. When that was dry I stamped the latte art using Hero Arts white pigment ink. For the center coffee cup I stamped the sentiment using brown embossing powder. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called All Squared Up. I also created a second center cup and popped that up with foam tape. I did some shadowing kind of with watercolor. I have not tried that much at all. It is a bit heavy in the left lower corner but that is where the coffee spilled. Then I splattered a bit after masking off the cups.

For the inside I used a a cup from a The Ton set called Tea Party. I customized the cup by embossing Zolo. Considering I only had one o letter and couldn’t really see the letters I stamped first with Versamark it came out pretty good. The cup is painted with watercolors and the steam coming out is from a Stampin Up set from many years ago.