Lawnscaping Challenges Blog Hop – Coffee Edition

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Welcome to my blog! Many of you stopping by today are probably making your way through the coffee-themed blog hop being hosted this weekend by Lawnscaping Challenges. If you are hopping you way through, you likely found your way to my blog from Gray Whiskers Crafts. If you aren’t here via the blog hop and want to check it out, I’ll have the full list of participants at the very end of this blog post after my signature.

As I mentioned above, the theme for this hop is coffee. Anyone who knows me at all will know I love coffee. You’ll find a reference to it in my mini bio over on the right under my photo, and I also have a coffee-themed vanity license plate on my car. So, it’s pretty safe to say I love coffee. LOL

How've You Bean? finished card using Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set

For my card, I decided to use the Love You a Latte stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I started by cutting a 4″ x 5.25″ panel of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I used the small coffee bean stamp from the set to create a random background pattern along the left-hand edge of the panel using some Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Coffee Bean Close-Up

To complete the panel, I cut a piece of the brown plaid paper from the Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather petite paper pack to 3×5.25″ and a small strip of the reddish-orange paper (about 1/8″ wide) and adhered them to the panel using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I then turned my focus to my sentiment panel. I know it’s hard to tell from the finished product, but I actually started with a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I cut a piece out using one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles set from Simon Says Stamp.

How've You Bean? sentiment panel featuring Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set

I started by using a Ranger Mini Blending Tool and a Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink in Tea Dye to create an ink blended background. I decided it looked a bit too red though, so I went back over everything again with a layer of the Walnut Stain Distress Ink. That definitely gave it more of the coffee stain look I wanted. Next, I added an actual coffee stain image using the Prima Coffee Stains stamp set which I second generation stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Since the Love You a Latte didn’t include the actual sentiment I was wanting to use, I created it myself. For this, I used the Milo’s ABCs stamp set, also from Lawn Fawn. I lined up all the letters (super easy thanks to the rectangular block design of Lawn Fawn’s alphabet stamp sets) on an acrylic block then stamped it using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. While it was still wet, I added some Simon Says Stamp fine detail clear embossing powder and then set it using my Milwaukee heat tool. The fine detail powder works great on the super thin letters in this alphabet set.

For the coffee cups, I stamped those on some more of the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. Since I was coloring them using my Copic markers, this step could have been done on a white cardstock just as easily. I opted to go for the Desert Storm because I really wanted my cups to have that recycled cardboard appearance. I added the shading using E33, E35, and E37 then cut out the cups using the coordinating die set.

I also stamped the cups again on the same reddish-orange paper I used for the small stripe on the panel and again on some Neenah Solar White. I added a bit of shadowing to the sleeves on the red paper using R27 and R39 and then stamped on a couple of the cute little faces from the stamp set to make the cups appear to be looking at each other. I colored the lids on the cups I stamped on the white cardstock using C-3, C-1, and C00. I fussy cut out the sleeves and lids, then paper pieced everything together using some Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue. I finished up the sentiment panel by adhering it to the card panel using my Mega Runner and then adhering the cups to it using some foam tape. Of course, no card I make is complete without a little Wink of Stella, so I added some clear to the coffee sleeves and lids.

How've You Bean? close-up of brads

I felt like the panel needed a little “something” still, so I added three bronze finish brads along the lower right-hand corner. I’ve had these brads in my stash for YEARS and have long since thrown away the packaging in which they came. I think they may have been from Making Memories? Are they even still around? LOL

I created my card base using a piece of white Stamper’s Select cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I think it might be my  new favorite white cardstock for card bases. It’s a really nice card and is super heavy which makes it perfect for card bases.

Before adhering my panel to the base, I rounded the corners of each using the 1/2″ side of my Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers. Rather than using foam tape to adhere the panel to the base, I tried Jennifer McGuire’s tip and used a piece of white fun foam instead. I added some 1/2″ Scor-Tape on both sides of the fun foam and then adhered everything together. It worked GREAT! This is definitely a tip I’ll be using again. Once again, here’s my completed card for the hop.

How've You Bean? finished card using Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set

I know my post is really long, but there were just a lot of little steps required along the way to make this card. If you’re still reading, thank you! LOL

Your next stop on the hop will be over at Live, Love, Laugh, Scrap to visit Kristina B. Please stop by and give her some love.

Don’t forget, be sure to leave comments on all the blogs you visit as you make your way along the home. We have LOTS of sponsors (Lawn FawnEllen HutsonThe Ink Road, Crafters CompanionSpectrum NoirThe Alley Way StampsNewtons Nook, and Faber Castell) and LOTS of prizes available. Winners will be chosen from unique comments left on all of the participating blogs. Note the “unique” part — no just copying & pasting the same comment over and over on every blog. We’ve all worked really hard on creating these projects for the hop, so please take a minute to leave a comment about the specific project. You have until 11:59pm Eastern Time in the U.S. to leave your comments. If you are in a different time zone and aren’t sure how to convert it, here’s a free online time converter. Winners will be announced on the Lawnscaping blog next week.


If you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments on any of the participating blogs. Thanks!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I’m also entering this card in the current Wednesday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp blog. This week’s theme is Anything Goes.

Until next time …

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As promised, here’s the FULL hop list of all the participating bloggers. I’m honored to be of this hop and hope you all enjoy it and get lots of inspiration!

Lawnscaping Challenges (hop home)
Niki G.
Gray Whiskers Crafts
Melissa – You are here!
Kristina B.
Yolanda G.
Jennie M.
Julie C.
Michele S.
Michelle L.
Tammy H.
Shannon M.
Kelly S.
Trish K.
Kim H.
Monica M.
Beau Monde Designs
Valerie W.
Maia Ink
Melissa Bowden
Curl E. Cue’s
Dawn E.
Kristina P.


  1. Kelly Flaherty says:

    You’re the second designer to use the coffee bean stamp to create an adorable background – I really like it! I also love the coffee ring stain on the main panel. Very creative. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  2. adinda zevenbergen says:

    I love the distress look with the coffee theme, its so appropriate and makes the card even cuter!

  3. Yolanda Garrido says:

    Good morning from Spain, Melissa!! I am also a coffee lover or maybe I just need it to live jejeje I love your card so much! The coffe background, the patterned paper and the nice sentiment with the shiny stamps! 🙂 So cute!

  4. Diana says:

    I bet there was lots of work with this card, but it definitely was worth it and what we see in the end is just gorgeous. I love your background. Have the same LF paper pack at home but it has never occurred to me to combine these 2 pieces of paper together. As for the sentiment panel, I think it’s great and fits perfectly well to the main panel. Thanks for sharing this beautiful creation, it definitely inspired me to try some new techniques of yours.

  5. Niki G. says:

    Love all the little details that make your card so sweet! How cute are those little coffee cups that look like they’re having a conversation!!

  6. *Vicki* says:

    This is so adorable! Really love how they are facing each other in conversation! LOL!! Coffee tastes so much better with a buddy! 🙂 Love the papers and your strip of coffee bean background!! CUTE!!

  7. Beth says:

    Melissa I love how you melded these colors together!! The pink with the brown looks awesome! And your inking/staining looks great too, the whole card is just fabulous! From one coffee lover to another! 🙂

  8. Kelly S says:

    OH this just made me smile from top to bottom! Your coffee card is one of the BEST I’ve seen – like ever! From the use of the plaid, to the ‘coffee stained’ dsp and the beans off to the side as border – the embossing and the crowning jewel of the sweet lil coffee cups with smiles! I can’t even! I LOVE this!!!
    Wonderful card and fabulous stop on the hop! TFS!

  9. irene grau says:

    Cute card. That panel certainly looks like it’s been through the coffee wash. Cool job! Wonder if simply rubbing card stock with wet grounds would do a similar job? And then maybe even scent the card a bit? Hmmm….might have to try that. lol

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks, Irene! If you haven’t already stopped by Beau Monde’s blog on the hop, she has an AMAZING coffee painted card you might be interested in seeing. 🙂

  10. Carol McGregor says:

    Your card is so cute. Love the coffee stains on the background under the cups. Adorable cups. Love the sentiment. Thanks for sharing you talent.

  11. Mayra says:

    I have to say … this card is so super cute ! I love the coffee bean background , the colors and the design !

  12. Heather Warner-Ferguson says:

    Where to start? Your card is awesome! I love all the details and your tutorial- the little beans down the side and your coffee stained paper and those cups with the faces- so sweet!!!!! Love it all!

  13. Laura Dovalo says:

    Hi Melissa! Your card will probably be my favourite…it is totally unisex and so full of wonderful details! Also, the combination of the colours and patterns is just perfect! Cheers

  14. Ann says:

    Great card, love the layout and plaid paper you used. (Please don’t reply to this comment, I don’t like them filling up my email inbox. Thanks)

  15. Iris Esther López says:

    What a great card. I love coffee too so I can totally relate. Thanks for the detailed explanation.

  16. Rosy Newlun says:

    Hi Mel, my eyes are drawn right to those cute little cups, one with the mustache, then right down to the 3 brown brads!! So really a beautiful design!!! Great background using the bean, then creating the coffee stains 🙂 ♥

  17. Ali T. says:

    I appreciate all of the little details that went into making your card — the coffee ring stains, distress ink blending your focal panel (I would never have guessed you started with white cardstock!), COPIC coloring over Kraft cardstock… Wow, the end result is amazing!!

  18. Jodie Stoddard says:

    Truly inspirational. I am always looking for different ways to create my backgrounds and I would never had thought to use plaid with a coffee bean background. Thank you.

  19. Mary Holshouser says:

    Darling card. Love the layering. Making your own background paper was a great idea. I have to remember that.
    thanks for sharing.

  20. Paula says:

    I love how you used the coffee bean to make the background. And the two little cups facing each other look like they are talking! Great idea.

  21. Celeste Goff says:

    What a gorgeous card! I love everything about it…the pp, the coffee background on the side panel, those adorable mugs, and that sweet sentiment!

  22. Taunya Butler says:

    Fun, fun card!! Love how many special details you added to it to really make it a STAND OUT card!! Love the colors and that pattern paper is so perfect with your other touches!!! Fantastic!!!

  23. Michele Smith says:

    Melissa I love the partial stamped background with the plaid paper. The little strip of red is a perfect compliment to the cups and the brads are just what you needed to complete this super cute card! Can’t believe you started out with white on the main panel. It’s amazing what happens when you start blending inks together. Great job ~ thanks for sharing 🙂 msmith 38652 at gmail dot com

  24. Sandra ltb says:

    very cute – I love the coffee sayings, they are so fun – the die’s really do help make the cards special with dimension.
    Sandra ltb

  25. Maja says:

    I love how everything on your card says coffee…colors, sentiments…thank you for sharing…i really enjoyed reading how you created it 🙂

  26. Linda C says:

    I love your card! The colors are perfect and the coffee rings are a nice touch. I actually thought you put your coffee cup down to get them…until I read further. Great job!!

  27. Lysa says:

    (Making my way through the hop- finally!) There are so many elements I love on your card, that plaid patterned paper with the coffee bean side panel, the coffee rings behind the coffee cups & the sentiment- LOVE!

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