Coffee Because Adulting Is Hard!


This statement sums up my life in a nutshell! Not just the adulting is hard, but the having to be awake to adult! If you haven’t already guessed from my numerous coffee themed posts, I don’t sleep well, at all. Ever. So, coffee is not just a big part of my day – it’s the MAIN part of my day! As such, I tend to accumulate a lot of coffee themed stamp sets. What can I say; moth to flame! So for this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge, I pulled out some coffee sets. Because adulting is hard!


Coffee Because Adulting is Hard!

There’s lots of elements to this sketch, but remember you can change up the shapes. For example, the ovals can change to circles or squares; the heart can be something else. Or, you can flip the sketch around, to suit your design. As long as we can recognize the basic sketch, you’re good!


The sentiment I used comes from an Echo Park stamp set called ‘But First, Coffee’. Tres appropriate for me!And I know I have several friends who can relate, as well (no names, Buffy, Susan….)  I combined it with some dies from my stash, and had some fun.

Coffee Because Adulting Is Hard!

I kept the heart shape, because, well – coffee! ♥


On white cardstock, stamp the sentiment 3 times, so that you can cut it apart without damaging any letters. I hand cut around the word coffee, so that it would stand out more. I used SU! Blueberry Bushel ink.

Use a Big Shot and die cut 2 ovals; one from cardstock and a larger one from My Favourite Thing ‘Perfectly Plaid Chill’ paper. Stamp the lid of the cup in Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Use the Big Shot again to die cut the cup, lid and sleeve. The sleeve is cut from the same paper pattern as the large oval. For dies, I used my Coffee Cup Framelits from SU!. The die for the sleeve also adds a corrugated texture to it; pretty neat! Use a blending tool to add some Tea Dye Distress ink to the edges of the cup, and then layer the pieces together.

Die cut a medium heart from the dark blue cardstock, and trim a strip of the same cardstock as the small oval. Cut banner tails on each end of the strip.


On a panel of white cardstock, stamp some coffee beans in a dark brown ink. Next, layer the 2 ovals together, slightly offsetting them. Attach the coffee cup on top of those, towards the left side of the ovals. Now, attach the die cut heart, and then layer the sentiment strips across the heart.

Finish off the card front by adding some small embellishments, and a small twine or linen thread bow under the heart.

Coffee Because Adulting Is Hard!


Now it’s your turn! Whether you choose a theme like coffee, because adulting is hard, or anything else, I’d love to see what you create! For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, on our Paper Craft Crew blog. That’s also where you’ll find the link, to add your card.


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Coffee Because Adulting is Hard

  1. Oh, my gosh! That sentiment is PERFECT! I’m like you – don’t make me do ANYTHING before my coffee. And when I need coffee, don’t keep me away from it (ask Susan!). My dear friend Susan brought me a coffee drink every day at an event we both attended. She just wanted to be ready in case I melted down! Great card!!

    1. I knew you’d relate to this card, Buffy! Life before coffee just doesn’t happen! LOL Susan is a good (and sensible!) friend 🙂

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