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Everything I love about a good cup of tea, with Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe ....

There is just something about a good cup of tea isn't there? I can almost feel my body say 'ahhhhhh' when I drink it, some precious me time or sitting on my patio. At other times it coincides with being surrounded by friends and family (my favourite times). Then there is the times of utter sadness or disbelief, when offering someone a cup of tea seems all you can do. I remember this moment clearly the minutes after I had just received a call at work to say my father had died suddenly in a road accident over 16 years ago now. I had only just arrived in Melbourne and been at my new job 4 weeks, and a coworker made me a cup of tea which was so comforting.

But this post isn't about sadness, it's about a cup of tea and the lovely stamp set in the Autumn Winter Mini catalogue called Tea Shoppe (watch out below for details of how you can enter to win the clear mount set over the next few days!), which so suited my style and my emotional connection to a good cup of tea. This morning I even got out the best tea china, the Royal Albert Old Country Roses my sister bought us as a wedding present and enjoyed my cup of tea in that.

Royal albert tea cup

I must confess the milk jug was purely for the photo as I poured it straight from the carton. You will also see my trusty Lipton tea bag there, my tea of choice. I love it tells me on the back that tea is a good source of  Theanine (an antioxidant), so I'm not only doing my mental health a favour, but my physical health too. Double whammy.

royal albert tea cup

Now let's get onto the card right? Well given my love for a good cup of tea, as soon as I saw the beautiful Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe in the Autumn Winter Mini, I knew it was for me. Straight away I new I wanted to make an emboss resist card on a beautiful patterned paper, reminiscent of a lovely tea cup. Here's what I came up with.

tea shoppe stampin up

This Designer Series Paper is Stampin' Up! Attic Boutique, one of the paper sets you can get free when you buy 3 DSP packs this month. First I clear embossed the image onto the DSP and then I brayered Soft Suede over the top, polished with a paper towel when dry and cut around the image. For the raised flowers, I just stamped the image in Soft Suede onto some of the Pool Party DSP and cut around them. Here's a close up showing how I have popped them up and added a pearl. 

stampin up tea shoppe

My frames are made with the versatile Framelits, and the greeting and border are also in the Tea Shoppe set.

Would you like to win the Tea Shoppe stamp set?

I have lots more Tea Shoppe projects to show you this week, and also have a clearmount set of this gorgeous stamp set to give away on my Facebook page. Below is a pic of the wood mount set so you can see the images, but I am giving away the clear mount set valued at $49.95 on Sunday night. To enter (Australian residents only, sorry to my overseas readers ), head on over to my Facebook page, and either 'like' the image of another Tea Shoppe card I have just posted or 'like' my page for other samples and competitions. That's all you need to do. I'll announce the winner Sunday night on my Facebook page.

Tea Shoppe stamp set
I'd love for you to be the winner, so head on over to my Facebook page  and 'like'. the new card I have posted over there.

Back soon with lots more Tea Shoppe ideas. I'd love to hear more about your favourite tea stories, your favourite teacup, your favourite brew maybe? Let me know!

Until then,


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This is gorgeous. Love the colours and the beautiful new DSP, not to mention the 3D effect with the flowers and pearls. TFS.

Oh, my goodness Claire - that is by far and away the best card I have seen with that set - the colours are gorgeous!

love the card Claire - but that is one strong cuppa tea!

I love this card Claire! I'm copying it as some of these techniques I haven't tried before. But when it comes to doing the loose flowers I'm getting the opposite effect to you. Did you clear emboss the flowers onto Pool Party, then brayer soft suede over, same as for the cup? Just stamping on pool party with soft suede is giving a very brown effect.

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