Saturday, February 17, 2018

Like a Tea Bag

      My husband told me a month ago that he needed a retirement card for his boss. I have pained over this. I couldn't think of anything that I liked until he brought me this quote:    
A woman is like a tea bag: you never know her strength until you drop her in hot water. - Nancy Reagan
I had suggested a Z card, but when we were talking in my craft room my husband pointed to a Shutter Card and said, "That card has a lot going on." Final decision: tea theme on a shutter card. 
     I have had this Gorguss stamp for quite some time, but have never used it. There is a tag on the cup that says "Drink Me". I can't think of any occasion for which this sentiment is appropriate. I decided to use it, but cover the words with flowers.

     With Copics markers, I practiced the skin and hair before coloring on the stamped image. The hair on the stamped image looks darker, because there are more details in the image. As you can see, I gave absolutely NO attention to the "Drink Me" tag.

     I added some tea elements from a Die-namics die set and some trim from an old Ionic edge punch.

     I printed the quote on heavy card stock and die cut it with a Spellbinders die. I used the die again with Gray Stone paper to frame the quote.

     I also cut mats for the back of the card base using patterned paper. Colleagues will sign those with a handwritten message. I will add those later.


Card Laying Flat

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Kaiser Kraft - Wildflower Collection (Spring, Vines, In Bloom, Fleur)
                              Dear Lizzy - Christmas Winter Wishes
     Card Stock: Gina K - White
                       Bazzill - Gray Stone
                       Silver Metallic
     Ink: Stampin' Up - Bermuda Bay 
            Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Distress - Hickory Smoke
     Stamps: Santoro - Sweet Tea
     Dies: Karen Burniston - Flowers & Bee
             Die-namics - Always Time for Tea
             Spellbinders - Fancy Tags 
     Punch: Ionic
     Embellies: Black/White Twine
                    Gray Enamel Glitter Dot
     Copics: Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
                 Hair - E21, 23, 25, 27
                 Cup - C0, 1, 3, 5
                        - RV91, 93, 95
                 Dress/Bow - BG10, 11, 13
                 Bunny - C00, 0, 1, 2, R00

Cards 4 Galz Challenge - Stamping - #24 - Winner !!!
Color Inspiration Monthly - Colored Image - #30 - March 6
Crafting with Butterflies - Special Folds - #3 - Winner!!!
Fashionable Stamping - One for the Girls - #18 - *
Gem of a Challenge - Spring Flowers - #8 - *
House That Stamps Built - TicTacToe (Twine, Patterned Paper, Flowers) - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #1 -  *
Star in My Pocket - Make it GIRLY - #18 - *


  1. Gorgeous card love the design and the image. Thanks for joining us at PG, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxx

  2. Wow! That is a beautiful card and sure to be a hit with his boss.

  3. Amazingly beautiful card! Love the fancy fold and tea theme! So pretty! Thanks for linking this sweet card up to The House That Stamps Built!

  4. Wow! What a great card! Your husband is right, it DOES have a lot going on. The coloring of the hair and skin is really great. I have a feeling this card will be treasured.

  5. This is so gorgeous!!! Your husband has good taste, I think. : ) And you turned his idea into a stunning creation! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  6. Such a lot of work and so beautiful. It will be appreciated I am sure. Thanks too for playing along with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Hope to see you back soon!

  7. ooooooooh my gosh, how cute!hank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz x

  8. Beautiful fun fold card. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz.

  9. Love this - and your coloring is amazing. What a nice retirement card. I love fun folds!!! Thanks for joining us over at The House that Stamps Built.

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  11. Wonderful card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Hope to see you again next time.

  12. Your skill in creating this card is amazing! Very impressive. Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenge!