Life Begins After Coffee

By | 09/11/2018

That’s right…I said it.  Life begins AFTER coffee.

Other people who are near me in the morning don’t seem to get it.  Never interact with me before coffee.

I pulled out one of several coffee and tea stamp and die sets that I have.  You really only need one coffee and tea set unless there is an image or sentiment that you can’t resist in other sets.  I don’t know why I have more than one of these.

I probably ordered them before I had coffee for the day.

For this card, I’m using the set from the My Monthly Hero stamp kit from August 2018.  I rarely make cards with coffee themes unless it is fall or winter, so I have not yet used this.  This set has a lot of delightful sentiments.

Stamping Imperfection Life Begins After Coffee




My inspiration for the card theme came from this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge.  This week’s challenge is an inspiration challenge.  I was inspired!

Stamping Imperfection Life Begins After Coffee

Ahh…life blood of mornings for me.



My card layout was inspired by this week’s Fab Friday sketch:


I honestly can’t remember the last card that I used a banner on, so it was fun to revisit that detail.

I pulled out some of the specialty papers that I’ve gotten from previous Hero Arts monthly card kits.

The card base is a really nice wood grain textured card stock.  I have an embossing folder that I use to create a wood grain embossed image instead of purchasing the specialty paper, but this paper came with a kit and it is really nice.  It is a heavier weight paper that I usually use so this is a very sturdy card.

The paper that I used for the banner came in the MMH coffee kit.  This is specialty paper that is tea dyed and embossed.  It is not at all heavy paper.  Until I looked at the list of kit contents, I actually thought this was just paper put in to ship the kit!  It is actually quite pretty!

The orange card stock strips on the side of the white panel are strips that I colored with my Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide ink to create card stock that coordinated with my mug color.  I just dragged the ink pad along the card stock and attached a small strip to the back of each side of the center panel.

My final touch was to add some pretty fall mix sequins which had no label, but I believe they came in a previous card kit as well.  Can you tell that I love kits?!

My coffee cup is stamped on watercolor paper so that I could do a tad bit of watercoloring using Distress Oxide inks.  I used Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo to color my mug.  And yes…it has to be a mug of coffee.

Since all of my cups have crazy decorations on them, I had to add the Java Junkie sentiment to the mug.  I would buy that mug.  I have the requisite college Mom mugs from Princeton, Marist College and University of Michigan along with the travel version of each as well.  I also have mugs with family photos on them and of course my Wonder Woman mug.  My daughter gave me that and I really love it.  I also have physics mugs from students that I use in school.  Although I am currently using a mug that says, “Born to Sparkle”, just so everyone knows my purpose in life.

It’s hard to tell until I’ve had that cup of coffee!


Thank you so much for stopping by.  I’m off to get some school work done.  Have a great day!!

3 thoughts on “Life Begins After Coffee

  1. Amanda Mertz

    I think it’s fitting that I’m sitting here drinking my morning coffee while doing comments! I like the fall colors, the wood texture and the cute sequins. Perfect for a nice warm cup of joe! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  2. Amy Koenders

    Perfect sentiment! Love your design and the sequins embellish it perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!

  3. Heather H

    Totally cute – that set looks like it has the perfect caffeinated sentiments, lol. Love your colors and sequins! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!


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