Thursday, 29 April 2010

...Say hello to Afternoon Tea

ED - Joan, I use a scalpel, surgical grade. I haven't found a craft knife yet that can compare, BUT be warned folks these things are sharp! Hand on Heart I couldn't recommend it, It's totally your own decision and if you do for goodness sake keep them out of reach of everyone, especially children and gadget minded husbands!!! I hear good things about those wee finger knives, intending to try them. Also I have a wee pair of really sharp embroidery snips, better for corners.

Today I'd like to show you a set that I absolutely love, you'll have guessed by now that I have a bit of a leaning towards vintage and this little old fashioned Afternoon Tea stamp set is now such a favourite! Actually there are two sets, Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Tea Sentiments.

But before we get started I must tell you who else is previewing today! Be sure to visit Julia, Bonnie, Lisa, Belinda, Lynn, Anya and Laurie today for more fabulous samples, these ladies are the bees knees!!

And - just one more thing, scroll down to the previous post to see details of the BIG CONTEST, it's a challenge and there's not a whole lot of time so do it now!! lol

My first card uses a kettle image from the Afternoon Tea set and a sentiment from Afternoon Tea Sentiments. The kettle image comes in two options one for solid stamping and one outline drawing for colouring and paper piecing, as I have done here. I popped on a little bead over the lid handle for extra interest and added a little shading to the kettle with a very pale grey copic marker.

The tablecloth background was made using one of the fat plaid stamps from the pic nic patterns set also releasing on Saturday, how I love plaid!! I used a teeny tiny cup image from Afternoon Tea in between the plaid stripes and also in the sentiment panel. Can you see the tiny steam above the tea cup? lol!!

I made a matching Tea Bag Baggie!! A cute little gift bag which houses some gigantic and fun, (but not pretty, lol) tea bags! The bag itself is in the shape of a tea bag and comes complete with a tiny label on a string. I made it from vellum and it has that nice linen texture, just right for a tea bag. If you think this is something you might like to make, pop back to the old blog here on Saturday, the FREE template will await you!

The template includes the bag and little tiny label, which is just the right size for a couple of the stamps in the Afternoon Tea set. I have used the label stamp "Soothe away the day" for my little label on this bag, there are a couple more options in the stamp set.

The mini kettle shape comes from the Afternoon Tea set and the sentiment is from Afternoon Tea sentiments. I have used both sets together a lot in my post to try to bring you as many sneaks as I can, there is so much to get through, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised at just how many stamps and options are in each set.

Afternoon Tea has 30 stamps, 12 of which are sentiments. Afternoon Tea sentiments contains 25 stamps, many of which are longer sentiments, the focal images of this set are the large tea cup and the separate posy of pansies, which could be set into the tea cup using masking or used alone, I hope to bring you a sample of that if time permits.

Today's final card uses my favourite image from the Afternoon Tea set. I am a sucker for labels of all kinds, especially vintage and the design for label has been floating around in my head for ages!! I absolutely love it! lol. If I had to pick a desert island stamp, this just might be it.

The whole image including the frames and kettle and cups is one stamp so there's no worries about lining things up. I stamped it repeatedly here to make the background, using Rich cocoa, memento. Much sponging and distressing.

the focal image was stamped in Versacolour pinecone and clear embossed so's I could colour some of it with copics. the main part of the label is a very pale lilac, kinda hard to see in the photo but pretty IRL.

I cut it out with a craft knife and popped it up on some dimensionals. The pink band behind is sponged and blinged. Vintage Barbie...?

Hope it tickles!!


  1. Very beautiful works! Compliments!
    xoxo from italy!

  2. Sandy in Epping29 April 2010 at 12:25

    Oh, My goodness, Claire! This is EXACTLY the kind of tea set that I have been craving to own. You've done it! And now if I could only put this one in my cart this very minute to know that it will be on its way to me on release day.
    I am so enthused by the sentiments as well, that they are a natural
    'go with', so there are 2 sets you cna count on for a new home.
    I collect teapots, so how cool is it that you have got this coming around. I can't wait.

  3. Beautiful, Claire! I love the vintage feel to these images!!+

  4. Put the kettle on Claire - I'll be right over to sit and have some tea with you!! I had a cordial invite right!?!?!?! LOL!!!

    I LOVE all of your tea cards and the little pouch - particularly the one where you cut out the shape of the tea kettle and layered the kettle over it - what a terrific set!!!

  5. I'm with Julia! I want to come for tea, too!!!

    These are just amazing - I really love the way you have taken this set and just perfected it. The images are gorgeous and the sentiments are clever and cute. I really can't wait to have my own tea party now!!! :)

  6. Bautiful cards and just love that sentiment and that tea kettle is just the cutest.

  7. Claire these are simply brew-tea-ful! Get it? (LOL as you would say).I don't have to worry about whether or not to choose this one. It's going in the 'pot' for sure - love it! (sorry - couldn't resist the puns :-)

  8. These are all just so perfect Claire - love the picnic "tablecloth" and of course I LOVE the sentiment ;)! I sure hope you have stocked extra's!!! lol!

  9. That little tea kettle is SO sweet! And the sentiments are wonderful. Another couple impossible to resist stamp sets, Claire.

  10. So glad you are coming out with this! I love tea related stamps!

  11. The teases leading into release day are so frustrating because I want to see it all... NOW! I get more frustrated when the set is so wonderful such as today's. The cards and bag are so comfy and welcoming. Love the plaid background from picnic patterns (another set I'm wanting to see) and the ribbon you matched it with is perfect. And vintage Barbie? Yes, I'm feeling it.

  12. What neat sets, Claire! I love the sentiments and the style of the set!

  13. Hi Claire

    I am in love with your tea stamps!
    The first card is so beautiful!
    Love every thing about it...... the colours...
    the lovely tea kettle...the lay out!


  14. Claire this stamp set is gorgeous, I love the little kettle and yor little teabag holder is so cute :)

  15. The tea set is so original... very moreish indeed!!!
    Angela xxx.

  16. Wow, these are stunning. PLEASE share how you cut things out so perfectly!

  17. I managed to get hold of a Mac to access your site Claire - your new release is AMAZING! Your Asian Gardens are really calling my name - I can imagine masculine cards with this set that aren't stereotypical! Your Words of Wisdom also look beautiful. I have seen so many sentimental wishy washy sentiment sets - this looks really different. WOW! Looking forward to the reveal!

  18. These are stunning peeks! I can see the excitement is brewing (heehee). Will you be Mum?
    BTW, I love! that red plaid. It's the perfect picnic shade - is it Memento Rhubarb?
    I just finished/posted my card. Very! different for me-lol but it is a masculine one, afterall :)

  19. Fabulous samples Claire! Okay, this set is going to be mine! I absolutely love it. When I get a project done with this deadly set, I'm going to show you all a photo of my teacup and saucer collection. I might have to have a tea! You all are invited.

  20. Another beautiful set Claire! I love the sentiment on your third picture with the tea bag!!!
    I'm smiling to myself thinking I need this set... with my Liverpudlian DH spending more time at home the kettle's always on in our house!!!

  21. Oh my goodness,
    I am so Excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. WOW - you make such great cards, just love your work

    - had to be an follower :)

    xxx Anja


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