Fancy Coffee & Happy Birthday

This is a doubly special post as it serves as a celebration of both the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop and Lenae’s birthday!  Lenae, if you don’t know her already through her website, Sugar Gem Crafts, is one of the fabulous PNW crafters with whom I gather on a semi-regular basis.  I was finally able to meet her last Saturday in person when we had a large gathering at Amy’s which was full of laughter and great conversation.  I hope to get to know Lenae more, and you should as well by visiting her blog, and wishing her a happy birthday while you are at it!  I am wishing her a birthday as colorful as this card and as sweet as…. a pumpkin spice latte?! (I threw that in there for all you lovers of everything pumpkin, especially lattes!)

Happy Birthday Lenae!  We PNW crafters are having a birthday hop, so make sure to check out the rest of the creations over at Amy, Katie, Kimberly, Tonya, Vicki, Toni and Lisa‘s websites!

unnamedAnd speaking of lattes, pumpkin or not, it’s also time for another Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  I really like participating in these hops as it is fun to look back at where I was creatively a year ago, but more importantly to look forward at all the new creations, participants, and products that have flooded the papercrafting market as a result of this coffee movement!  It’s really quite amazing the traction and influence this Coffee Lovers Bloghop has had on the industry.


There are 42 super sponsors offering give-aways for lucky participants!  We’ll see how lucky I am as far as that goes.  I am never a big winner when it comes to contests, but having the opportunity to create and participate is really all that matters to me.  I have enough materials to last me a lifetime!

ALERT!!  Blog Candy Ahead:

And speaking of materials, if you leave me a comment, I, too, will offer up some blog candy for a few randomly chosen commenters.


I absolutely love this paper from Shimelle; appropriately enough, it is called “Latte” and is part of the True Stories collection.  This particular two-sided paper has journaling cards on one side and that wonderful floral on the other. I layered them on some Tim Holtz watercolor paper.


I was struggling to find a stamp or die cut that would work with the “fancy” sentiment and font, until mostly by accident I looked at one of the other journaling cards and realized the “happy” would make a perfect complement.  And I LOVE how the red angle on the flag works with the angle of the cup!

I cut two flags from different dies, and folded the yellow one over the side, giving some nice dimension and grounding for the other flag.

Is that ampersand brad fabulous or what?  It is adhered to a metal embellishment from Basic Grey’s Market Spice line.


Lovely layers and textures!


I will leave you with a few of my favorite coffee images captured during our recent trips; vacations always include discovering new coffee and roasters, or revisiting old favorites.  Hover over any image to learn more about the location and coffee!

Want to see more of my coffee cards from hops past?  Check out my portfolio page here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!!

28 thoughts on “Fancy Coffee & Happy Birthday

  1. Kate, I’m so glad I finally got to meet you! I absolutely adore your crafty style it’s amazing! This is such a cool card! Thank you so much! I think I’m gonna go check out the note 5 today….. It’s going to be that or the new tab s2 tablet because I’m not sure if I qualify yet for the phone upgrade, but I can’t stop thinking about your beautiful pictures!!

  2. Wow – this card is just incredible! I love the details you added with the “doily,” the metal ampersand, and those gorgeous papers that you mixed. Love it and your other projects are way cool (so much inspiration!!!).

  3. I think this is my favorite card in the hop. The colors, the images, the brad, the fabulous teal embellie… I could gush about this card. The design is well thought out, and well put together. It’s a real stand out in the gallery, and it makes me happy to look at it. LOVE this card. It’s just fabulous. : )

  4. Umm wow. I’ve seen this and somehow not commented. The card is specaffeinetacular ( ok-bad attempt at a new word). The colours are so bright and your card is uniquely you. I LOVE it! love all your coffee places too!

  5. What a bright, vibrant, lovely-layered, beautifully detailed card, Kate … and fabulous photo collage of all those yummy coffee places … and you! Great to hear from you … and thanks so much for popping by … I’m guessing it’s not just me who is in permanent catch up mode these days! Do hope all’s well in your world … look forward to seeing you over at Time Out when you get the chance to get creative and have some … erm … time out! Anita 🙂

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