Monday, March 10, 2014

10 on the 10th...and Tea!

Hello, friends!  Not only is it time for my monthly "Ten on the Tenth" destashing post, but it's also tea time with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.  Happy T Day!  :) 


I'm eager to tell you about the tea bag card in the above picture.  But first, let me walk you the photos of this month's Ten on the Tenth stash items.  If you are new to my "10 on the 10th" posts, this is how it works: on the tenth day of each month, I share three projects (one card, one scrapbook page, and one "use up the scraps" project) that I created in order to use up ten items from my supply stash.  This month I decided to use up newer items, most of which I bought at Archivers in late December, when I realized that the store would soon be going out of business.
 
items 1&2 (bases): green & blue cardstock from Bazzill; items 3&4 (patterned paper): set of 6 prefold patterned cards from Canvas Corp. & set of 6 Project Life-style cards from Fancy Pants; items 5&6 (nonconsumables--these get used, but they don't get used up): penguin stamp from Savvy Stamps & sentiment stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
items 7&8 (embellishments): 12" strip of red canvas trim from Canvas Corp. & partially-used birthday sticker sheet from Bella Blvd; items 9&10 (throwaway items): lid from old coffee jar & clipping from international bubble mailer.

A couple month ago I blogged about a cool Christmas card that I had received.  I liked it because it contained a tea bag, and I was determined to make my own version of a tea bag card.  I finally came up with a design.  It's a birthday card, and very different from the Christmas card that I received.  I am excited to show you how I took the idea of a tea bag card and "made it my own."
 
Additional supplies for card front: spray ink from October Afternoon; pens from Zig; Candi dots from Craftwork; corner punch from Creative Memories.

I used a length of the canvas trim from my supply stash to make a little "belly band" that holds the tea bag in place.  I decorated the belly band with cardstock, a sticker, and Candi dots.  Then, to make this card even fancier, I decided to decorate the inside and back surfaces as well.


This is how the left-hand panel of the inside of the card looks.  I love the saying on that big sticker!  Some of the spray mist that I had used on the front of the card seeped through, but I just worked with it, adding even more spray ink drips around the sticker, to create a bokeh effect.
 

I decorated the right-hand panel of the inside of the card with patterned paper and stamping (alternating first and second generation stamping).  I pulled a string from the red canvas trim and folded it into a heart-shaped embellishment, which I fastened in place using washi tape from We Call Her Happydaks.


Finally, I embellished the back of the card with a cheerful cluster that is made up of the airmail seal, some patterned paper, a sticker, more canvas fibers, and more of the same washi tape.  I really enjoyed decorating all four surfaces of the card.  Now it is almost like a mini book instead of just a card.


And this is how the card will look after the recipient removes the tea bag.  I tried to capture a "party atmosphere" in my design.  :)
 
Additional supplies for layout: border stickers & owl from Doodlebug Design; alphabet stickers from Bella Blvd; Candi dots from Craftwork; pens from Zig.

Moving on, here is the scrapbook page that I created with the same set of supplies.  I pulled some more threads from the canvas and tied them into bows to create little embellishments.  I used the bubble wrap from the mailer to stamp an interesting background on the cardstock.  And, of course, the birthday stickers from the Bella Blvd sheet reinforce the birthday theme of this layout.
 
Additional supplies for accordion album: tape from We Call Her Happydaks Etsy; black gesso from Ranger; stamping ink from Hero Arts; pens from Zig; rhinestones from Dee's Place; household mini stapler.

Last but not least is a work in progress (WIP), which will use up all the leftover scraps from the supplies that I pulled for this month's Ten on the Tenth.  The happy red polka dotted cards made me think of Chinese New Year, so I decided to create a mini accordion album (inspired by this video) with my Year of the Horse celebration photos.  I still needed to use my coffee jar lid, so I dipped the rim of the lid into black gesso to stamp interesting journaling box shapes onto the plain white sides of patterned paper scraps.  These journaling boxes, together with the accordion album and my other remaining scraps, easily slip into a little bag that I can keep on my desk or tote along to a crop.  When ever I have a few extra minutes, I can decorate another page in the album, using the same basic design that I used for the front cover.


Thanks for taking the time to look at my birthday card, scrapbook page, and accordion album WIP.  I really enjoy coming up with creative ways to use up my Ten on the Tenth supplies, and it feels good to do this bit of de-stashing.  I have to head out for a little while now, but I'll be around soon to visit everyone else's blogs and see what is new with you all.  Happy T Day!

24 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I definitely want YOU to share your insight during April, when I reuse, recycle, etc. leading up to the 22nd, which is my bEARTHday. I'm so glad I got to see how well you use up your scraps and stash. Although we come from two totally different areas (and supplies) of paper crafting, you are truly a gal after my own heart. I genuinely LOVE everything you make, so please keep it up.

BTW, that card is truly OVER THE TOP!! The lucky recipient will be overjoyed, I'm sure. Thanks again for sharing this lovely art during T(ea) today.

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Cute projects! Really like your teabag card. Love the colours and your design.:)

IrinaR said...

Дениз, ты так здорово придумала открытку с пакетиком чая!!! и даже после удаления пакетика чая, она остается прекрасной. Понравилась идея с сердечком внутри открытки - возьму себе на заметку)

dawn said...

Hello and Happy T Day! I love the way you use up your scraps. This is what I should have done when doing my big purge in January, so many scraps. I love the card, such a cute and festive idea. Your projects always look great!

Thanks for sharing and have a good day!

Halle said...

Love the 3 projects...esp the card! Super cute and a gift in itself.
Happy Tuesday!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

The teabag card is wonderful with all of its layers and happy colors, Denise. Such a great collection of projects!

~*~Patty S said...

Happy T Day Denise!
Your card creations are so colorful and fun and the scrapbook page is really special too capturing some special moments!
Recipients must be thrilled to get your cards in the mail...
I really want to get back to card making again...
oxo

Divers and Sundry said...

i'm impressed that you can make so much with things you have already on hand, wow! i especially like the tea bag card. that cake quote is perfect for the birthday! more cake is right down my alley lol

Linda said...

fabulous projects!! I especially LOVE that layered tea bag birthday card-those reds are such wonderful touches of happy-which reminds me, happy T day!

Krisha said...

Happy T-day!
All of your projects are truly fantastic! The tea bag card is my favorite.

Ariel said...

Your card looks so cool and colorful. Love your scrapbook layout too. The birthday theme is presented in all cheerful colors.
Happy T day
Susan

Myriam Kozik said...

Happy T-Day!
Wow you did a lot! Love the tea bag card idea. All the layering really added interest and texture. Great work.

Nancy said...

Lovely projects, I love the card to hold a tea bag :) Perfect! Have a great day :)

Rita said...

What a great idea and such lovely projects. I really like the tea bag card! Happy T-Day! :)

Hettie said...

I just love your post today. I think the 10 on 10th is a fabulous idea. That t-bag card is great and of course I love your scrapbook page. Great use of recycled bits.
Happy T Day.
Hugs
xx

Carol L said...

Everything is so creative! I love the tea bag card and especially that great layout! NJ!

Dianne said...

What a spectacular birthday card! all your crafting is lovely, but you are right, that card is more like a beautiful mini book--love the happy colors. blue and red always make a happy combination. happy T day!

Patricia said...

very beautiful cards and layout.. what porductivity !

Vicki Miller said...

What a great idea! You are certainly getting a lot done with those ten items. I hardly ever buy things any more, but I think it would still take me 'till the end of my life to use everything up!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise! WOW! You have been busy, my friend! I am loving all of the amazing cards that you made, and your layout is so much fun! Very cool design!!! Thanks for sharing them with all of us!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Such fun project, I love the teabag card too!

Denise van Deventer said...

You are doing such a great job of using up your stash! I love that card with the tea bag and love all the layers! Also the page for your boys Birthday is fabulous...love all the little details...really special!

Lynette said...

I always love to see how you destash...I took the easy way out the other day....put all the old stuff in a pile and gave it to my daughter in law...upcycled for sure.

Joni nina Andaya said...

This is FABULOUS Denise :) Love this!