Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tiny Teacup Tea Bag Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Your Progress Will Become Apparent To You!
I went to the gym yesterday and, as always, I decided to warm up a bit on the recumbent bicycle.  I hadn't been to the gym in waaaaayyyyy too long, so my expectations weren't very high regarding what my body would be able to do.  And yet, when I got on that bike, I found that my usual level of 2 was way too easy, so I pushed it up to level 7 to warm up.  It felt great!  What I realize is that the time I've been spending on my bike has really been helping me make progress both on a muscular and cardiovascular level!  I was pretty surprised since the only exercise I had been doing lately was going on bike rides and taking Buddy for walks.  It's amazing how progress can sneak up on you and show itself when you least expect it!  My weight workout went well too - my stamina was a lot better than I imagined it would be!  I'm actually looking forward to my next trip to the gym...and yes, I'm going to make that happen this week!  So whatever exercise you are doing, keep doing it!  It's making a difference whether you're aware of it or not!
Today's card was inspired by a handmade book by Alisa Golden, shared in her book Making Handmade Books.  I saw her book and thought that it would be fun to make a tea bag shaped card to hold a tea bag gift!  I began with a piece of Confetti card stock and cut it to 4 1/4" x 11".  I then scored it in the center and folded it in half.  I cut off 1" from one of the ends and I scored the other end at 1" to create an inside "pocket" for the tea bag.  Here is what the inside looks like:
You can fit 2 tea bags in the card.  I secured the bottom flap with a bit of glue on the ends.  For the outside I stamped the tiny teacup repeatedly using Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I backed it with a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock before adhered it to the card.  The greeting is from Bring On The Cake, stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and then punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and backed with a 1 1/2" Cherry Cobbler circle.  I adhered the greeting to the card with dimensionals.  Next, I made a small slit in the top of the card and ran a piece of Early Espresso ribbon through the slit.  I secured one end of the ribbon with glue on the inside of the card.  Finally, I created a tea tag with a small piece of Very Vanilla card stock that I scored in half and then made a small slit on top for the ribbon.  I stapled the top of the tea tag and then stamped "tea time" using the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set and Cherry Cobbler ink.  I hope you like it! :)

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