Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Cup of Christmas Tea (10 on the 10th)

Hey, y'all!  Today is August 10, so it's time for the next installment of my "10 on the 10th" destashing series.  This month I'll be showing you ten projects that I made with my file of "winter" products.  Why winter projects in the middle of summer?  New winter-themed scrapbook products are about to hit store shelves, so I thought I'd clear out my old stash before I consider buying more.  :)

I'll be leaving this post at the top of my blog at least through Tuesday, August 13, because I also intend to link it to Elizabeth and Bleubeard's T Tuesday post.  Above you can see my tea cup, filled with red hibiscus tea, served with no-bake cookies (Yum!), and surrounded by some of the winter-themed cards that I'll be showing you in this post.  You might want to grab a cup of tea too, because, like all of my "10 on the 10th" posts, this is going to be a long one.  Here we go!

Project 1 (outside) supplies: card base paper & "Fa la la la la" strip from Cosmo Cricket; fussy-cut ornament paper from Crate; remaining papers from Bo Bunny; doilies from Royal; thread from DMC; ink from Tsukineko; upcycled slide frame.

I am still really into using my old slide frames.  I love the retro feel that they embody.

Project 1 (inside) additional supplies: dotted paper by October Afternoon; journaling card by Crate; ink by Hero Arts.

Speaking of retro, check out that groovy ornament print on the inside of the card!  It would be hard to write on, so I added a block of lined paper. 

Project 2: cardstock from Neenah Paper; brown patterned paper from Bo Bunny; vintage images from Graphic 45; sentiment sticker from Simple Stories; pom-pom trim & gold cord from Scrapbook Fantasies; paints by Ranger; confetti from Pipoos (thanks to my Dutch friend Tamara!); all wet media from Ranger; upcycled slide frames; ribbon from an old bouquet.

I used even more of those slide frames on my second card, this time painting them for an ombre effect.  This card has a plain kraft interior.

Project 3: alphabet stickers from October Afternoon; paper & all other stickers from Reminisce; ribbon from Berwick-Offray.

Next I had some cute "Frosted" products from Reminisce to use.  I cut a sheet of argyle/striped paper into three sections and made three cards.  The flat/mailable card above has an interior with horizontal stripes, a perfect writing surface.

Project 4 (outside): music score paper & alphabet stickers from October Afternoon; blue dotted/snowflake paper & negative curlicue sticker from Bo Bunny; all other paper & stickers from Reminisce; Stickles from Ranger.

My snowman card is also of the flat/mailable variety.  For a sparkly border, I used a sticker negative as a stencil and applied icy-blue Stickles (see detail shot below).

I added a journaling spot inside this card.

Project 4 (inside): tone-on-tone chevron paper from Crate.

My final Reminisce card breaks the mold, for it is not flat at all!

Project 5 (outside): word stickers & word paper from Crate; candy cane sticker from Basic Grey; all other stickers from Bella Blvd; ruler paper from Authentique; striped & argyle paper from Reminisce; all other paper from Bo Bunny; bow from Berwick-Offray.

This card also had a journaling/writing spot on the inside.

Project 5 (inside) additional supply: journaling card from Crate.

I had a few leftover supplies from the cards I had made so far, and they came together perfectly to make this mini card (about the size of an ATC).  I had fun using a white pen to create free-hand doodles around the polar bear.  This card has a plain kraft interior.

Project 6: kraft cardstock from Neenah Paper; patterned paper from Bo Bunny; sentiment sticker from Crate; polar bear sticker from Reminisce; Picket Fence pen from Ranger.

Next, I wanted to make a flat/mailable card with an artsy vibe.  With that idea in mind, I created the card below, which is my attempt to give the impression of snow, ice, and holiday joy.
Project 7: card base paper from Magnolia; tape from 3M/Scotch; sticker negatives from Reminisce; ink from Clearsnap; all other wet media from Ranger; corner punch from Creative Memories.

I did more stenciling with Stickles on this card.  The negative snowflake stickers may appear familiar, because they are left over from making Project 4!  Here is a detail shot.

This card has a plain white cardstock interior.

Moving on, I also needed to make some birthday cards this month.  For my next two cards, I used some "ancient" Bo Bunny calendar square stickers. 
Project 8: cardstock from American Crafts; sticker from Bo Bunny; paint from Ranger; chalks from Stampin' Up; corner punch from Creative Memories; ribbon upcycled from an old bouquet.

I made "male" and "female" versions, using the same card design.  Both cards have plain white interiors.
Project 9: cardstock from American Crafts; sticker from Bo Bunny; paint from Ranger; chalks from Stampin' Up; corner punch from Creative Memories; tulle ribbon from Wyla.

These male/female cards remind me of birthday cupcakes; the string printing looks like mounds of frosting, and the chalk dots look like sprinkles.
Project 10: previously posted here.

My tenth and last project is one that has already appeared on my blog.  It uses Crate Christmas alphabet stickers, Bo Bunny Christmas bracket/photo corner stickers, and Basic Grey & Bella Blvd Christmas sticker negatives...even though it is not a Christmas layout.  It's fun getting creative with old supplies and using them in new ways.  I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my ten projects.  Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!  :)


Denise said...

What fun Your having and with very nice results too.Our kind of fun :)Thanks for coming by for a visit with Me,so good to hear from You-Denise

IrinaR said...

Просто Аххх! так много... красиво! Триптих особенно очарователен!!!

Bente Fagerberg said...

My fave mug has a Christmas motive on it but I use it all year because I love drinking from it. Great idea to use this opportunity to destash. Loved seeing your X-mas type projects and take away some inspiration to make some of my own.-I could do with some de-stashing ,too. LOL! TFS!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise! I love this post and you are so right - the new winter themed products are about to hit the shelves and it is pure genius to use up your old stash now! All of your projects are wonderful!

Sam said...

Loving all your 10 projects here, Denise! you rock the christmasinaugust lol! wish i am that determine to clear my stuff before getting new CHA items!

Aline Fonseca said...

Beautiful Xmas inspirations here, Denise!
Love them!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I feel like it's my birthday getting TEN projects to inspire me with this post! Well done, Denise!! And good for you for using up your NBUS and your stash before getting more!!

Lynette said...

I love your cards...what a great way of destashing. You are really an inspiration.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

You are making such great progress with your de-stashing, Denise. I always love seeing your wonderful and inspiring creations. :)

Patricia said...

what beautifuls cards...


#4 and #8 are my faves! Absolutely YUMMY projects :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm a big fan of slide mounts, so those were possibly my favorites. But I also loved the string printing, too. I was glad you explained how you made the card, because I would NEVER have guessed.

I don't make cards, per se, but I love what you have done, and now look at the few things I purchased last year to make cards with renewed interest. Thanks for the inspiration. I know others will be inspired by these cards, too.

And THANK YOU for joining Tuesday T again this week. This was a really, really fun post, that put me in the perfect mood for T.

Cazzy said...

I have hibiscus tea for breakfast often. Lovely cards.

Happy T for Tuesday.

Cazzy x

Bridget Larsen said...

Love the cards and the sound of that tea and're making me hungry so I'll just go and eat my almond croissant lol
Bridget #4

Silvia said...

Love Hibiscus Tea! I have also been thinking about Winter/Christmas. But I am not quiet as ahead of the Game as you are :)
Happy Tueasday

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh my word, these weren't 10 just quick and get them done projects wither - seriously in awe of your resolve to use up stash like this! And thanks - I just stole one of your cookies. Love that you found a winter cup and saucer for your tea today!

Marianne said...

No Bakes !
and the parade of cards was wonderful ! I need to get moving on my holiday cards too. Thanks for the inspiration.
I am visiting from T/Tuesday.

voodoo vixen said...

Hibiscus tea is about the only of the non milk type teas that I actually like, and such a pretty colour too! Love the idea of using old stash... I have plenty of that!

dawn said...

Hello and Happy Tuesday,

ooohh how fun this is, a little peek at Christmas cards. These are all wonderful and fun. I think the polar bear and the one with a bow on it our my favorite. How nice it is to make and send a homemade card for the holidays. I did my first ones last year and hope to again this year.
Such a pretty cup you have and that tea sounds yummy.
Thanks for sharing and have a good week.

Halle said...

Really great post. Smart to get a jump on Christmas cards. I always say I will...and then don't. :)
Happy Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

These are great, I love the blue and green color scheme for Christmas. Never really thought of that before.
Happy T Day to you!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow A very impressive collection of card! I'm trying to get a jump on some Christmas projects and use up some supplies, too! Happy T Tuesday!

~*~Patty S said...

Fa la laa
and ho ho ho
You have been busy making lots of wonderful things!
I bet your hibiscus tea would make a great dye for lace and fabric...OH did I say that out loud ;)
Wishing you a Happy T Day

Krisha said...

Wonderful, fun and beautiful winter cards!! NO bake cookies??? share please!!

Spyder said...

never tried that Tea before, but I bet it's nice! great pictures of you 10 of the 10th! Happy T day

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Hi Denise - busy bee you are - happy T for Tuesday - Mxx #20

Rita said...

Wow! You make me want to get thinking about Christmas cards for this year!
Happy T Tuesday! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a lot of amazing projects!! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello! : )

Patricia Roebuck said...

You have been busy!! Love that you are doing this. Beautiful work!