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Vintage Teacup for Paper Players #375

Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.  It's our first Paper Players challenge of 2018 and the fabulous Sandy has such a fun theme for us.

Really... how much fun is a punny Valentine?  I don't have that many sets that I can use..... but I looked through my stash and found an Altenew set that I had called "Vintage Teacup" and realized it would be perfect.

Lou doesn't drink coffee.... but he has become a real tea aficionado.  Of course, we love very different teas. :-)  I like strooooooong, black, Indian tea.  Lou tends to the green, jasmine, Chinese teas.  I can blame my father for my love of strong black tea.  I didn't realize where his love of strong tea came from until I researched his military career and realized that he had spent a time in India prior to his deployment to Burma.  Now, Dad liked his tea much stronger than is my preference, but I hate weak, milky tea.  Oh!  yeah... I hate green tea, too :-)

Regardless of our preferences, this sentiment was perfect for us - and for the challenge.  I tied the sentiment and the cup together with a piece of my favorite DSP.  This is from the pad called Blush by My Minds Eye.   I LOVE the papers in this stack.  The navy, vanilla, blush and rose gold really appeal to me. I thought this particular piece was perfect as it has masculine colors with my touches of famine (gold foil and a littttttttle touch of blush!)

All I had to do was stamp and die-cut the cup and stamp the sentiment directly onto the DSP.  I mounted the cup on foam squares and called the card done!

Here's my card:

Ppvalentine (1 of 1)

To add a little more dimension to the sentiment, I stamped it with Versafine ink and then heat embossed it with fine black embossing powder.  I really do love this DSP pack and you will notice the cup is stamped and die cut from little pink heart DSP :-)

I hope you will play along with us.  If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team - including our new guest designer Elizabeth Stewart.  Welcome Elizabeth, it is great to have you designing along with us for the next few months and we can't wait to see what you create :-)

On a personal note:

Well, I thought I might get into my craft room to make some cards today, however I spent my crafting time doing some coloring instead :-)  I had such fun coloring some cute little mice on chocolate chip cookies.  Tomorrow I get to finish off the coloring and promise I will share both the Copic and Polychromos colored images.

One of the things that I bought for myself for Christmas was a table top drawing board, you could also call it an easel.  It's a solid work surface and is perfect for coloring and sketching.  I used it for the first time today and it made a huge difference to my coloring as it provides an adjustable top that gives the right angle for coloring.  I can't wait to try it for sketching and watercoloring.

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



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Vintage GTeacup - Altenew
  • DSP:  Blush - My Minds Eye



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Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, loved reading about all your different teas! This cup is perfect for your Honey! Love the little hearts and the fun sentiment! I agree, that paper pack is awesome! Would love to see a picture of your easel. Maybe I need one of those. LOL! I just keep adding more stuff to my room! Have a wonderful week, My Friend! XX

Jan Clothier

Jaydee, I grew up in a home where no meal was complete without a big pot of very strong gumboot tea on the table: the stronger the better. I guess it came from my grandparents' English childhoods. These days, I'm a coffee drinker but do enjoy a cup of Earl Grey, served so you see the bottom of the cup, preferable in a bone china cup. I love the paper you've used - it's as opulent and exotic as oolong itself. This is a stylish, elegant card.

Kelly W.

Your card is just perfection Jaydee! Love this great design and colors used, perfect to give to your special Valentine!

I have a new fondness for tea after traveling to Ireland last year. It's just not the same here however, so I've drifted back to coffee. I really should experiment a little more and try to find some good breakfast tea.


Thanks, Kelly :-) Oh.... and if you fell in love with the stronger brew of the tea you drank in Ireland, I have some good suggestions for you. Also... always use leaves and never teabags. Couple of teas that I particularly love: Irish Breakfast (what I drink everyday) from Adagio Teas. they have just released a Scottish breakfast, which I think I might have to try! They also have an English breakfast (not as strong as the Irish) and a decent Assam. If you send me your address via email - I'll send you along a sample.


Jan, it definitely must have been the English roots.... somehow it sticks with you. One of the things I like about flying British Airways is that the tea is actually drinkable :-)


Claire, thanks! i will take a photo of my easel for you. I used it this weekend for coloring and sketching - what a difference it made for me. I'll send a photo and the details along


Jaydee, what fun it was to read the story about your card. I'm a tea drinker too, and I'm with you - I like black tea. Your card is just fabulous and your tea loving husband will love it!


Hi there! Lovely card - very punny! I never think to stamp on patterned paper but may have been convinced because it is absolutely perfect for what you did.
I used to drink tea all the time but for some reason I have gotten out of the routine-perhaps that should be my new year’s resolution... but I too need to see the bottom of the cup; no strong black for me! I have managed to convert my daughter into an Earl Grey drinker, although we miss teavana.
I read of your new addition to your craft room and love the fact that our age we can justify the purchase of something that improves our colouring!!!!


Thanks, Sandy. :-) Black tea rules :-)


ah.... my father used to call a cup of tea where you could see the bottom of the cup "fornight tea". Meaning it was two weak :-) funny guy! thanks for making me laugh about justifying my latest purchase. :-)

Joanne James

What gorgeous papers for your punny teacup card Jaydee and such an unusual punky sentiment, I love it! I'm with you on the tea front - I do like the tiniest spot of milk, but the stronger the better- so that the spoon can stand up in it, as the saying goes! Your easel sounds like fun - I have long coveted one of those! Hugs, Joanne xx

Nance Leedy

Oh my I adore this sentInvent and card just as much as I love a cup of strong dark tea too! What a fabulous Punny valentine and perfect for the two of you. Irish Breakfast is one of my favorites too but I do like a good cup of earl grey also—that’s about as flavored as I get, LOL. Fabulous card my friend!


What a cute story to go with your card!The only tea I drink is unsweetened iced tea, even in the winter. Your hubby will love this card!

Annie Abrahamson

Hi Jaydee! I'm a coffee drinker and rarely drink tea but still LOVE your card and I can see why you're smitten with that paper pack ~ great colors! Have a wonderful weekend!

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