Thursday 25 July 2013

Tea Party - Teacups

I have used the sketch over at Sketch Saturday this week for my teacup themed card, made especially for my sister-in-law's birthday as she collects cups & saucers. I have used an image from Nutcrafters called 'Tea Party' which I did of course, colour with Promarkers. Did the teapot pour itself in Alice in Wonderland? Couldn't recall but thought that perhaps it had - years & years since I read it, but a conclusion I came to as I couldn't see this gal's fingers on the handle.  I decided to go with the' magical teapot pouring itself' option  - even though it looks as if she is raising her arm up to me! LOL. I chose my papers carefully to go with the inspirational image from the Ribbon Girl challenge & which was just so perfect for my chosen theme. I created the main, striped design paper myself to give myself the exact background I wanted.   I did this using the Silhouette Studio software making stripes of different widths & dashed stitch-like lines too (all added with cut-lines turned off of course) to the blue rectangle beneath.  Reminded me of ticking fabric given the colour-way. I kept the layering simple & uncomplicated to go with the less complex design sketch which I rotated & the sentiment is from Bird's Cards. Silhouette users will have probably noticed that the image was cut using my Cameo to protrude slightly from the otherwise rectangular mat.

The inside of my card is just a little more complex. Still in keeping with my chosen teacup theme, the Mad Hatter's pile of cups in the image is echoed in the cut-file pop-up design (from the Silhouette Store). More matching paper following the Wedgwood china colour scheme, this time actually printed onto the reverse of my card base itself. This then peeks through the cut-work design to give my 'China cups' some colour. Below this I created a layered pocket (reminded me of stacked crockery in itself as I had used pure white card on the inside, but that is probably my own mad imagination coming to the fore, LOL), again using a sentiment  from Bird's Cards.  These mats were then attached at the requisite 3 edges using thin foam. I needed this bit of dimension so I could easily slot in my 'tea-bag' message tags.

The layered 'teabag' tags.
The 'tea' "letting the flavour flood out", LOL, comprises of little cut-outs from my tea-bag shape with a layer of card underneath coloured brown using a Promarker. This was sandwiched between the blue outer tea-bag & the front. Another tea-bag shape including a sentiment from Scrapalicious (print & cut) was then attached to the reverse before my baker's twine was knotted onto the top. I then made a second tea-bag tag this time incorporating my SIL's name on the front & chose a font to do this which 'sort of' matched the fonts used on the sentiments.

Thanks for visiting my blog & thank you in advance for your comments too.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Sketch Saturday - design sketch
Ribbon Girl - photo inspiration (spooled item - baker's twine)
One Stop Craft - make your own background (main striped background)
Silhouette Blog - interactive element
Silhouette Challenges - faux stitching using Silhouette (dashed lines on the design paper I created)
Digi Sketch - layer it up &/or sketch
Creative Card - blue/pink or/& baby
My Craft Creations - use a die (digital die cutter)
Deep Ocean - blue
Ribbon Girls
Inky Impressions - birthday
Craft Your Passion - happy birthday
Little Red Wagon - tags
Scrapper's Delights - inspired by a song (Tea for Two - Doris Day)
Creative Craft2 - blue & brown
Paper Shelter - anything goes
Crafts & Me - anything goes
Colour Me Creative - use markers (Promarkers ) - anything goes
Divas By Design - anything goes.


  1. Beautiful card,inside and out. Thank you for joining in the my craft creations challenge. Good luck x

  2. What a delightful card. The image on the front is adorable, and I am especially impressed with you pop-up tea cups inside. Thank you for entering this week's birthday challenge at Inky Impressions.

  3. I'm sure that the compliments are pouring out, and that's as it should be; please add mine to the others, because I am of course a big fan of all your work, Tine. Your card is marvelous! I love tea parties!

  4. Fantastic card, love all the little details and makes think of Alice in Wonderland too! Thank-you for joining us at the Scrappers Delights Challenge Inspired by a Song.

  5. Love your take on the sketch this week. Thanks for playing and sharing your cute card with us this week at Sketch Saturday.
    Cathy xx

  6. Too cute, thanks for playing along with us at Silhouette Challenges!!

  7. Such a beautiful project. Love the song inspiration too.

    Thank-you for joining us at the Scrappers Delights Challenge Inspired by a Song.

  8. What a cool card great inside & outside. Lovely colour combo & great pop up card.

    Thanks for joining us at scrappers delight

    Tracey dt

  9. This is fantastic! I loved the outside of the card & your great design & fab image, then realised you'd decorated the inside beautifully too! Love it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Diva's, Jx

  10. This card makes me happy. The papers are beautiful, the image is adorable, and the detail inside is awesome. Love the tea bag tags and the sweet cups. Thanks for joining our Happy Birthday challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. I hope we see you again soon. I'm so glad I stopped by to see this lovely creation.

  11. Great card Christine - I love the inside too - Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge, Mary x

  12. Don't mind if I do, Trina, just milk for me, please, this is fabulous hun, just love everything about it...this would be great in our Creative Craft Challenges2, this week, (Brown and Blue) would be great to see you there xxx

  13. Your sister will love this! It's beautiful as always. :)

  14. This is just so creative and adorable!! Thank you for playing along with the Inky Impressions Challenge!
    Danni-Inky Impressions DT

  15. Very cute. Outstanding.

  16. WOW! What a wonderful card inside and out! :o) Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Silhouette Challenges!

    Theresa (Silhouette Challenge DT)

  17. Oh this is way fun. Love the tea party design and the pop up on the inside too. Thanks for playing at Inky Impressions and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Inky Impressions xx

  18. Love how you do everything - even down to designing the perfect paper! No wonder your cards are so exquisite with such attention to detail :)

  19. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Challenges.
    It's superb.Love the teabags.