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HI Everyone.

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Anne-Marie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a sketch for us:

You all know how layers scare me these days, BUT... I must say, AM was very constrained as there are only four - and I can handle that :-)

I purchased this fabulous Penny Black set from Ellen Hutson when they were having a 20% off sale.  Tea is my drink of choice - other than Chardonnay :-)  Some of you have already heard this story.... but I have to start every morning with my Irish Breakfast tea.  A whole pot of it!   Tea for me has to be strong, brewed in a china pot and served in a china cup with cold milk.  Here's an interesting piece of trivia - did you know that you could separate the classes in England by how they poured their tea?  Yep, whether you put milk in first - or afterwards - really was a class thing!

Now.. .where was I?  Oh, yes!  Tea.  I can blame my father for my love of strong, black teas.  None of this white and green stuff for me.  Dad adopted the habit of strong dark teas after he was stationed in Assam prior to shipment out to Burma in 1940.  I didn't realize until long after my father had died that I was addicted to the same strong teas.

This card is for my bestie, Pammie - who shares a love of tea and the whole process of "high-tea" in the afternoon.  Little finger sandwiches - no crusts, warm scones, rich strawberry jam and gorgeously, rich, decadent and ooey-gooey Devonshire Clotted Cream.  So, when I saw this Penny Black set about tea and friendship - how could I resist it?  This card is in the post winging its way to England.

For my card, I found some very old - long-ago retired - Stampin' Up! DSP.  The soft peach roses were perfect for the layers of my card and matched with the spotted paper that came in the same set.  There was something about the dots and the roses that reminded me of vintage tea cups.

For the layer across the top - I used the same DSP.  That way I kept to the layout, but didn't detract from the patterns.

Here's my card:

PPSketch (1 of 1)

The sentiment on the inside is just as fabulous - sorry that it isn't in focus!

Ppsketchinside (1 of 1)

I hope you will join us and play along this week.  The design team have the usual assortment of fabulous cards as inspiration:

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



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Penny Black - Cup of Tea
  • DSP:  Stampin Up
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White