Hot Mess Success ~ Put the coffee on!


Hi friends!

It's a new week and a new blog post 

for the Hot Mess Success card group :)

It's also Monday - you know what that means?  

It's a 3 cups of coffee morning!

It's no secret - I LOVE my coffee!

Especially when it's wrapped around a Starbucks :)

And I wish we had smell-a-vision!

These cards smell HEAVENLY!

And can I just say ... these 'messy cards' are getting more crazy

each time I do a card in this series, LOL!

And they give me HUGE anxiety!

But we crafters gonna craft .. amiright?! :)

So, let me tell you about my mess this month!

I decided to create a couple of coffee themed cards

BUT I didn't want to do the traditional 'dip them in coffee water' ...

which is great as I've done that before and it is fun.

This time, I decided to use a distress ink from Ranger

in Vintage Photo and splooshed it down on my glass craft mat.

The water-colory mess off to the right?  That's distress ink - not coffee!

I pounced the #110 hw cardstock into the watery, distressy mess,

heat gun dried it, then splooshed again until I was happy with colors.

Once they were all dry, I stamped the coffee images from Altenew.

I used the same Vintage Photo to stamp the images

but needed something lighter for the coffee stains - that's also a stamp!

For that, I used Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up.

Now here's where the idea - AND the fun - came in!

I wanted to use actual coffee grounds - like the sea salt technique.

I thought if I spritzed the paper again and got it damp

and then added the coffee grounds, it would give the paper some UMPF.

It mostly did!

I didn't give it the pizazz that I thought it would

and more took off the ink from the now damp paper so it still 

gave it that speckled, distressed, splotchy look I was going for.

SO there you go!  


And here's what I crafted with this YUMMY smelling backgrounds ...

Was this month a success:  YES!

Would I do this technique again?  Yes, only differently :)

This was super fun and I did love the technique,

I'm just not super thrilled with the overall design of my cards.

That's my fault though - not the technique

 and the point was to enjoy it! 

I did - so a success indeed :)

Be sure to stop in and see the rest of the team's messy cards - 

which may be up now or later on their blogs so check back!

Barb, Carol, Darlene, Jeanette!

Here's one final look - and then I'm off to find some water ~

 without coffee in it, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Kelly, I loved reading how you did that fabulous background... and seeing your gorgeous cards, too! Definitely a success!!!

  2. Very impressive! I admire your cards and your determination to get the results you wanted!! Sounds too complicated for me though, but certainly messy enough for our challenge. Nice job, as usual!

  3. Black coffee is my tipple Kelly!! Two great cards and love the coffee background. Big hugs and blessings, for my sister that has just a stroke. Carol S.xxxx

  4. Another fabulous technique, Kelly! Always love reading about your Hot mess success creations! And I LOVE coffee! too :D Such fabulous backgrounds, just perfect for the themed-coffee cards!!! I have4 to try!

  5. Great cards Kelly, Very appropriate for you. Your technique looks like it was fun to do and it really did turn out wonderful. Awesome.

  6. Love the depth of colour and texture in your backgrounds Kelly - and the finished cards are well designed - and I love the sentiments :)
    Stay safe

  7. WOW Kelly--you sure are the creative lady and this Hot Mess challenge is sure right up your alley! Love the challenge you gave yourself and the result is so cute. I love your card!