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Vintage Teacup for Paper Players #323

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Sandy's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great sketch for us.


I had so many ideas for this sketch, but in the end decided to focus on a set from Altenew called Vintage Teacup.   I am an avid tea drinker.  Yes, I do drink coffee - but only cappuccino and - horrifyingly for the Italians - only after lunch!  In the morning - tea is MY drink and my day doesn't start without a good pot of tea.   I am also, admittedly, fond of a cup of tea in the afternoon with a good scone, strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream :-)   Tea is such a classic British ceremony - it's more than just a drink.  We drink tea when things are bad and we need to offer support.   We drink tea when things are great and we want to celebrate... weddings, birthday's, christenings, meeting with friends.... pretty much any occasion is a good occasion for tea :-)  So, when I saw this great set from Altenew, I knew it was a must for my crafting supplies.

I needed just a little more inspiration - and saw this wonderful color scheme across at Color Throwdown - and realized it was perfect for this card and worked so well with the team theme.  Polka dots... just seem so perfect for tea time :-)


Isn't that such a pretty color scheme, and a wonderful change for the winter colors that are all around us right now.  It made me look forward to Spring :-)

Here's my card:

Ppsketchstack (1 of 1)

I took some of my old polka dot DSP and stamped the cup image and then die-cut them.  I used my craft knife to cut a slit in the first two cups and "stacked" them up inside of each other.  I added the other elements - including the fabulous sentiment and the little crystal heart and then added some Pico Irresistibles in white to give the polka dots some dimension.

I hope you will join us this week and play along with us.  As always, if you are looking for some inspiration - you have to look no further than our fabulous design team:

I know the fabulous design team across at Color Throwdown would also like you to play along with their challenge :-)

On a personal note:

The snow may have almost melted, but it doesn't stop me being in the throngs of Christmas decorating... still not quite finished - but steadily getting there!

Our nutcrackers are standing proud - and I love them!

Nutcracker (1 of 1)

Our 10' couch is now fully configured with the winter - and Christmas - cushions - and I love them against the fabulous red silk curtains.  I NEVER use this many cushions - except at this time of the year. Generally, I like just a couple of cushions and let the outside shine... but in winter, it's wonderful to have everything warm and cosy.

The Angels stand proud sounding their silent charge - and I love them.  They fit so perfectly in the niches and look beautiful with the curtains - they really are the same color.

I hope to finish the internal decorations on Monday - and Lou will be finishing off the outside.  Then, we will be ready for the snow and the Holiday season.  Except, I still need to finish Christmas cards!

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  •     Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White.  Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate
  •     Stamps:  Vintage Teacup - Altenew
  •     DSP - neutrals - Stampin' Up!


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Wanda Cullen

Totally LOVE your unique take on the throwdown colors! What a fun design and the perfect sentiment to pair with your TEA cups! :-) Thanks so much for joining us at Color Throwdown!

Nance Leedy

Love this, Jaydee! The colors are fabulous and so elegant for the vintage tea cups. Love that sentiment too and I am a tea lover too! Can't get through the day without more than a few cuppa!


This is such a lovely card....I am not sure which I love more, the colors, the polka dots, or the teacups! Beautiful!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is just fabulous! Polka dot tea cups should make the tea taste even better! I love how you describe the deep meaning of tea! I love it, too! Wish we could share a cup! Your nutcracker is certainly taking his position seriously! Would love to see all your decorating! I know it looks amazing! Have a wonderful week, My Friend! XX


So fun! Love how you stacked the tea cups and added a bit of dimension with the Pico Embellisher. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!


Jaydee your first paragraph sounds just like me: tea first thing in the morning, cappuccino in the afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up! Wish we were closer to share a cuppa. Love your stack of cups, and you know you are enticing me to purchase this stamp set with your recent samples. Love your nutcracker too, he's so handsome!


Thanks God there is plenty of space in our hearts . . . like Sandym, I love everything . . . the cups and the idea of stacking them . . . I love tea . . .and as mentioned before, I adore your nutcrackers. Would love to see the inside decorations.

Marina . . . from far Africa

Doris D.

Lovely card. Are the tea cups one stamp or did you stack them? Neat idea. Love your nutcracker standing tall.


Love the polka dot tea cups! What a cute card. I enjoyed reading your post about tea too. And I LOVE your nutcracker!!!

Linda Callahan

This is so classy! Love the colors and love how you stacked the cups! Beautiful and elegant!


I'm not a tea drinker but it's such a cute card. Love the colors of them tea /coffee cups
Love your nutcracker solders watching over your entrance along with all your other holiday d├ęcor. Great job in your decorating skills.

Colleen Begley

I saw this set on the Altenew blog and wanted it. After seeing your card, I want it more now. Love the polka dot cups!

Joanne James

A woman after my own heart Jaydee - I am a committed tea drinker and it is something of a ritual in my house!! Love those spotted tea cups and your creative stacking technique to use all of the colours. Right, I'm off to put the kettle on!!

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