Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tea for Three

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Suzz is our hostess for this one and is calling it March Madness.  Here is how she describes it:

Don't be afraid, the challenge isn't going to require you to use basketball inspired images. Instead I want you to be inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I started from this quote of a conversation between the Mad Hatter and Alice: The Mad Hatter asks Alice: "Have I gone Mad?" and Alice replies "I am afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are." The challenge is to take any idea or concept from this wonderful tale to inspire your project. There are so many wonderful bits or pieces to be inspired by like the Queen of Hearts, the mad hatter, the looking glass, tea party or Alice herself. The possibilities are endless. Anything can be your inspiration but make sure you reference what inspired your art from the story!

I decided that I wouldn't be literal and show images from Alice in Wonderland but rather take my cues from one of the themes in the book - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and TEA.  Then I proceeded to get carried away and go over the top.

I conned convinced my sweet husband to draw a tea cup for me and then cut some out of chipboard on his laser cutter - best retirement toy purchase ever.  Two cups were inked with Victorian Velvet and one with Weathered Wood Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) because they matched the papers I planned to use perfectly.  The cups were decorated with some little punched pieces that were inked with the two Distress Inks and topped with adhesive pearls.

Next I printed a couple of tea-related quotes onto scraps of white card stock and cut them into tag shapes.  Once cut they were inked with a blend of the Distress Inks and then Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) was added on top through a Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz).  A hole was punched in the top and some ribbon (May Arts) and fibres from my stash were added.  A few adhesive pearls finished off the tags.

Patterned paper from the Poetic Rose pad (Prima) was used for this card.  The card is 6"x6" so first I cut a panel slightly smaller and distressed the edges before adhering it to the front.  The next step was to cut three panels 3 1/2"x5 1/4", 2 1/2"x5 1/4" and 1 1/2"x5 1/4".  I distressed the edges of each panel and added a strip of lace from my Funkie Junkie Boutique stash across the top.  I used some scraps of card stock to create pockets on the back of the two narrower panels to accommodate the tags.

To assemble the front, I adhered the background first and then added the three panels.  The tea cups were added to the side and a trio of Rose Quartz flowers (Prima) with some ribbon bits (May Arts) tucked between them was added to the left side.  The flowers and ribbon are also from my Funkie Junkie Boutique stash.

A silver Tea Pot charm was altered with some Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz), sanded a bit to give it an antique look and added to the card with a piece of the pink ribbon.

I decorated the inside with a couple of paper panels on the right side and a large pocket to hold some tea bags on the left side.

I know this card is really shabby but it certainly talks tea to me. I hope you will join us for the March Madness challenge,

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Victorian Velvet TIM27195
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Weathered Wood TIM20257
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Flourish THS032
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Snow Cap Mixative AL31611
Prima Marketing A4 Paper Pad - Poetic Paper
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Translucent WVPASTETRN
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 Yards
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 3/8" x 27 Yards #SP214
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Paper Distresser 370E
Tim Holtz 5 Inch/ 12.3cm Titanium Snip 816E
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Ranger Inkssentials Alcohol Ink Applicator With 10 Blending Felts TIM20745
Venise Lace Trim - 1/2 inch wide


  1. Brilliant tea party! Love your beautiful tea cups and how great your hubby can cut you any shape you can desire! Lovely pretty and romantic card!

  2. Love your take on the challenge! The teacups are perfect and I love how they are "stacked" on the front of the card!

  3. Cec, you know how much I love my tea! So those shabby chic teacups really grabbed me. So many fun little techniques in this lovely card!

  4. What a fantastic take on this challenge Cec! I love the stacked teacups which hint at what is held inside xx

  5. Your card is a wonderful, shabby take on Suzz's challenge theme! I love those delicate layered papers and how well they tie in with the pastel colors on your teacups and your stashed flowers. I love the transparent embossing on the tags, and the little teapot charm is the icing on this beautiful cake! Hats off to your husband for making those adorable teacups for you! Sending hugs!


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