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!







2018 National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Ah what fun, a National Coffee Day blog hop. I’m excited to be part of this for the first time! I can’t wait to see all the coffee cards.

I created a coffee card using a Hero Arts digital image from the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. The images are from the digital kit Caffeine Fix DK114.

Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit

To start off my card I used Paint 3D to arrange and alter the images. I changed the shape and color of one mug image to create the two. That is the beauty of working with digital images you can change so many things to make it your own. I printed the coffee “scene” on Neenah paper.

I cut out my coffee “scene” using a Spellbinders die along with the mat. I inked around the edges of each layer using some Quick Quotes ink.

To add a little more interest I went over a couple of the words with Nuvo Crystal Drops. It pulled in a bit of the printed ink which I like. I went over the coffee steam with a Copic pen to make it stand out a bit more. Then I splattered some Hero Arts liquid watercolor over it all.

The two top layers have a piece of fun foam under them to add some dimension.

Check out the cards made by my team mates on their blogs!

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A2z Scrapbooking is giving away one $25 gift card to the store. Leave a comment on the a2z Scrapbooking National Coffee Day blog post, on this post and/or any of my team mate’s blog posts by October 7, 2018 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winner will be announced October 8, 2018 on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog.

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




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Please join us in this month’s “Clean and Simple” 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.



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