Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stampin' Friends Blog Hop 2017 - Flowers/Sympathy



This month's blog hop features Flowers/Sympathy Cards. I opted for this tea cup "Thinking of You" card and coordinating Tea Bag Box. Be sure to check below for the complete list of bloggers and see all their great cards and projects too!


My card uses Stampin' Up patterned paper from 2015 called Into the Woods as well as an older SU stamp that has been in my collection for years. Maybe some of you recognize it! This card would serve as a sympathy card, get well card, or simply "thinking of you." 

The card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, side folding. I layered the DSP on top of white cardstock and then onto the rich razzleberry cardstock base. I stamped the image onto white cardstock, colored it using coordinating colors and my blender pen, and die cut it using the Stitched Framelits by Stampin' Up. I inked the edges of the circle with rich razzleberry ink for dimension. 

I then punched out some flowers in rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss using the Petite Petals Punch by Stampin' Up and inked around the edges using the same ink colors. I used my hole punch to punch out some crushed curry circles for the flower centers. I then layered the flowers along the lefthand side of the circle and attached them with glue dots. I also added a small thick baker's twine bow in blackberry bliss. 


For my project, I made this cute little tea bag box from a pattern by Pootles (pootles.co.uk - see link below). It holds two foil wrapped tea bags and measures 3 x 4 inches. I stamped only the tea cup image this time, colored in the flowers with coordinating colors using my blender pen, and cut it out with a 1-3/8 inch circle punch. I layered that onto another 1-1/2 inch circle and then again onto a 1-7/8 circle cut out with the Stitched Framelits. The box is pinched shut and held closed by the crushed curry ribbon tied around the top.

The tea bag box starts with a piece of cardstock 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, scored at 3, 3-1/2, 6-1/2 and 7 inches on the long side and 1/2 inch on the short side. Trim on the score lines and fold into a box, securing with a strong adhesive. It's a very simple project. I added the matching DSP and white cardstock as I did on the card. If you would like to see Pootles' tutorial on You Tube, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JATYa8tZfgs

Even though I used a retired paper and stamp, the card and box can easily be adapted to any other stamp and papers you have. These are just some of my favorites and I like going "back in time" occasionally to see what I can create! I recently cleaned out my craft room and I found a lot of forgotten treasures!