Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tea Time

Hey Everyone. Well, I had plans to craft all day in my little corner of our house. It's actually a room where we keep the family computer, is my real job home office and is my craft space. So you can imagine the space I have for crafting is very small. There is a closet where I keep most of my crafty stuff. So I am in the closet alot! LOL.

It was going to be a great couple days of crafting since the forecast here in MN is for a big winter storm that could drop 5"-15" of snow on us depending on which weather forecast you listen to. Then 12:30 pm came and everything went dark, I mean the power went out. Seriously! Ok, perhaps a line was down with all this wind, no problem, might be out for an hour or so. Nooooo, it was out for almost 3 hours due to a sub station something or other.
Had to listen to my son declare every 10 minutes how this was not fun for him. Only thing he could really do was his homework, which I think worked out well :)

Finally, things powered back up and the family is back in their comfort zone with the heat on, laptops booted up and the sound of TV in the background. I took a nap during the outage so am well rested to carry on with my craft plans. 

Before the power outage, I was just finishing up this little treat card to enter into the Cricut Cardz Cup of Cheer Challenge.
I learned how to make this about a year ago when I attended a Stampin' Up workshop. It was such a great Idea I had to share it with you~thanks Tonya!
I apologize for the long post, but I think pictures along with directions for this are important. I do hope you give it a try, they are super easy and fun to give. you could even insert candy or gum instead of tea.

Here's how I did it...
supplies I used
Cut main strip of paper 3.5" x 10.5"
Score at 3.5", 4" and 7" from one end.
Paper cut to 10.5" wide x 2.5" tall
I then cut away diagonally, half of the one square which will be come a pocket to hold a tea bag.
Cut away triangle portion of right panel
Fold at all the scorelines and glue only bottom edge of the triangle piece to make a pocket.
Fold in and glue bottom edge only of triangle on left to make pocket for tea
Cut 2 squares for frame on front of card. One measuring 2.75"x2.75" and another 2.5"x2.5". You could do a scallop circle, oval or any shape you like here to fit your design. I also chalked the edges.

I used a 18" piece of ribbon, found the center and placed this at the center of the spine of the card. 
Place center of ribbon on center of spine
Attach the square frame on top of the ribbon on the right panel, which will be the front of your card. This will keep the ribbon securely in place. 
Place frame on front to secure ribbon in place
Card folded up ready to embellish the front
Next I cut my cute little bird for the front, but you could use any image you like. I used the bird on page 48 of 3 Birds on Parade cartridge and cut it at 3" along with all the layers.
But first, I wanted her to be holding a cup for her tea, so I welded a cup from Gypsy Wanderings to the base layer of the bird at 1". 
I also I wanted to the bird to have the little feathers on the top of her head, so I used the top layer from the bird on page 49 also cut at 3"
Once I had her all pieced together, I added her to the front of the card with pop-dots.

I also cut a little bubble for the sentiment from age 39 of 3 Birds on Parade at 2.85". I know it sounds big, but the image is tiny to start with- this yielded the actual cut image to be about 1" wide by .75" tall.

The last step is to add a 2.75" square box r any shape you like on the inside with your favorite sentiment and insert a pack of tea into the pocket. Now your ready to fold it up and tie it closed and ready to give to a friend.

I added some stickles to the steam, a squiggle eye on the bird, some white gel pen doodles and a heart on the mug using a CM heart punch.

Sentiments are from Pink by Design Spring has Spring stamp set.


Faith Abigail Designs said...

That's so cute! What a sweet gift to give someone. Good luck with the storm. I grew up in Florida and I remember how exciting it was to have a few days off from school/work when a hurricane hit...until there was no power or water for the next two weeks. :(

Cathryn said...

Love it, great idea and beautiful outcome!!! TFs Cathryn67 ;)

Jae said...

Very adorable! Love the birdie, very sweet gift idea, TFS :)

Kristin said...

Adorable! I love the birdie:) Tfs!

Adrian said...

so cute!

Jeri said...

This is just a darling project. Love the little flap to hold a tea bag. Thanks for playing along with us at Cricut Cardz.

Linda said...

Great project!!

Debbie said...

What a great idea!!! It turned out perfect!!

Peggy Sue said...

ok, that is the cutest thing ever! What a great idea! I love how detailed the instructions were, thanks for sharing them!!

Anonymous said...

This is so cute!!! I love tea, tfs!!! -Sam :-)