Sheldon: I made tea.
Leonard: I don't want tea.
Sheldon: I didn't make tea for you. This is my tea.
Leonard: Then why are you telling me?
Sheldon: It's a conversation starter.
Leonard: That's a lousy conversation starter.
Sheldon: Oh, is it? We're conversing. Checkmate.
~ Big Bang Theory
Every family member has one, right? That crazy third cousin who prefers tea. While everyone else is drinking coffee, they're sipping their Earl Grey. In my family, it's my adorable twin sister.
Here's to you, sis. You're the honey in my sweet tea.
This à la mode stamp honoring all those crazy tea aficionados is one of the new sets being released this month from My Favorite Things. Paper piecing these à la mode sets is like assembling a puzzle with lots of layers. It's so much fun to watch them come to life as you build each layer. For more giggles and grins:
- You can pop the cup out a little with pop-up adhesives, so you can also . . . .
- Add some embroidery floss to attach the tea bag to the cup.
- Trace the steam rising out of the cup with a Clear Spica Glitter pen.
- Add a little tea charm (cheapy from Oriental Trader).
- Use a clear adhesive to put chunky glitter on a button and make it resemble a sugar for your tea.
Here's the inside of the card featuring the new Open Hexagon Borders Die-Namic. I love how dramatic it looks.
It's been a huge, huge honor for me to get to play along with all the designers and help unveil the new toys coming out this month. My Favorite Things (MFT) knows how to party. Goodness! There's a guest designer contest going on, designer reveals, a release party . . . and darling's there are more prizes being handed out than sugar at a Southern tea party. You can get all the details at the My Favorite Things Blog and their Splitcoast Stampers forum. I'll see you at the release party on Tuesday night! But, not before I get to show you some more goodies.
This has been my favorite release Evah with four new border Die-Namics.
- I showed you all the Looped Border here,
- the Mini Double Dot Border here,
- and today I'm playing with the Bracket Edge Duo and Open Hexagon Borders.
To be completely honest, I wasn't sure how to use the Open Bracket Die until I saw the video, here. Now I'm hopelessly hooked.
If you're going to give someone a card about tea, well, you better be prepared for a tea party.
I made you a couple of tutorials to help you make these paper cups. The written, more detailed instructions can be downloaded as a pdf file. It has more details than the video.This template is not a new one – it's been around for a while. I just added a few tips for you.
- Modify the template using an 8" by 3-1/2" paper to start out with and you'll have the perfect size cup to hold a single Keurig pod.
- If you're going to add borders or other embellishments to the paper, do it before you construct the cup.
- Paint the entire cup with Mod Podge® when you're finished to give it a soft glaze and for durability.
And, finally, a tea party needs some tea! You can stamp some of the sentiments from this stamp set onto some muslin and make your own tea bags for a special gift.
These little tea bags are so easy to make:
- Hemp Cord or Twine
- sewing needle and cotton thread or embroidery floss
- lightweight cotton, unbleached muslin
- Heart-shaped die like the Hearts a Plenty Die-Namics
- loose tea
- Notched Tag or Bon Appétit Die-Namics and Stamp Sets
- Ink pad (I used Memento Tuxedo Black)
- Use heart-shaped dies to cut two hearts from your unbleached muslin. The slightly embossed edge makes a great sewing guide.
- Stamp on the muslin after you cut out your heart shapes but before you assemble them into tea bags.
- Stitch the two muslin hearts together using the needle and cotton thread. Start at the bottom point of the heart and work your way around the edge, making your stitches very close together to prevent leaks. Stop stitching when you have just sewn past the second hump of the top of the heart, and leave the thread and needle hanging.
- A little funnel is handy for getting your loose tea into your heart shaped tea bags as you're sewing them shut. Fill the heart with about 1 tablespoon of loose tea, gently tapping the heart to settle and pack the tea inside. Sew the remainder of the edge to close up the heart pouch. Cut the loose thread.
- Thread the needle with the twine or hemp cord and pull through the center of the top of the heart. Make a knot and/or little bow to secure the twine to the teabag.
- The My Favorite Things Notched Tag and Bon Appétit Die-Namics and stamp sets are great for making the tea tags. Punch the tags out twice and use the adhesive to glue them back to back for a two-sided tag with the twine running through the middle of the two tags. You can also adhere the tags to your twine using a small stapler.
Here are the Copic Markers and the rest of the toys I used for these projects. Thank you for swinging by. I'll see you again tomorrow.