Friday, June 4, 2010

MTME Tea For You Gift Set

Hello! Today is my day to share one of my favorite projects from the June My Time Made Easy © release! I used the Tea For You © template to create a special gift for a tea loving friend! Be sure to visit Lauren today, too.. I know she has a project that you won't want to miss!

When I first saw Lauren's 3-D tea pot, I was both amazed and intimidated! After cutting out all of the pieces for the Tea For You © template, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it all came together. This is the perfect gift for any tea loving friend (or even yourself!), and it combines so well the Tea Tabbed © box, A Spot of Tea © stamp set, cut files and digital papers. I made today's project for a friend of mine, but I was so inspired that I made a complete tea set for myself (I'll share that on our final group post day)! Isn't that the cutest paper crafted tea pot you've ever seen? According to Lauren, you can fit 40 tea bags inside.. wow! But it doesn't stop there.. you can put all kinds of things inside of it -- cookies, candies, packets of sweetener for your tea, just to name a few... I'm not a big hot tea drinker, but I do love iced tea.

For my teapot, I used my Cricut Expression and the SCAL software to cut out my tea pot parts out of Santa's Beard cardstock (from Couture). The designer paper was designed by Sara Williams and is part of the Tea Parlor Fortune Teller's Fallen Leaf collection. I was a bit intimidated by this project when I first saw it, but I took my time, followed the instructions and it went together pretty quickly.

Above is a close-up of the tag. I used A Spot of Tea © stamp set (concepts by Catherine Doucette, designed by Lauren). I used A Spot of Tea © cut file to cut out my tag, then I only had to stamp tag outline on it (no hand cutting!). I colored the flower with Copic markers and stamped "A Spot of Tea".

I made a flower to decorate the teapot lid. I used a couple more of Sara's digi papers. First I printed the elegant swirly paper (part of the same collection as the paper used on the tea pot above), then on the backside I printed the plaid (part of the Vintage Plaid - Red Hues with Sugar collection) to create my own double-sided designer paper. I used this tutorial to create the flower. Here's a close-up of the flower:

Finally, here's a close-up the accompanying card... I stamped the tea cup and the decorative middle, then I paper-pieced it and added some stitching.. easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Stamps: A Spot of Tea © (MTME)
Paper: Santa's Beard (Couture), Digi papers by Sara Williams (MTME), Premium matte presentation paper (Epson)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Tea For You © template, A Spot of Tea © cut file (MTME), Flower punch (Marvy), Markers (Copic), Ivory picot cord, Thread, Sewing machine.