Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tea Party Anyone?

And now, for something completely girl-i-fied! :-)

When Verónica at The Paper Shelter asked me if I would like to
play with some of their digital product I was ultra excited to do a little
something with this scrumptious Tea Party in Wonderland image:

1 The Paper Shelter - tea party card - mel stampz
(Don't those wee treats and that tea set give you the Happies?)

Two special little girls I know adore tea parties,
so I thought I'd make them this card.
(Sending mail is something I really need to do much more of.)

How about you?
Do you love to send cards,

or do you find sometimes that you forget to?

(stuff I did to make this girly card)

I used digital papers & textures to
fill parts of the image to make a scene:

2 TPS_Wonderland_Furniture_table FILLED with Little Sylfie paper copy

The table cloth is filled with the pink paisley paper in the Little Sylfie paper pack. (It made me drool when I first saw it, it's so pretty & looks like fabric.)

Want to know more about creating custom patterns
& using them to fill things?
You can find a detailed tutorial here.

3 TPS_Wonderland_Furniture treats & tea set FILLED with Let's make a picnic paper

Sections of the treats and the tea set are filled with
the rose paper from the Little Sylfie paper pack and the grass
is filled with the green textured paper from that pack too.

The sky is filled with a cloud texture, and the whole image is
filled (on a new layer) with Lewis Carroll's handwriting in light grey.
(The clouds & handwriting are linked below as freebies, if you like them).

I printed the image, then coloured parts of it in
with Copic markers and sanded
some areas of the patterns to distress them:

4 distress image sand digital paper

There are little pink seed beads stitched onto the treats:

5 Colour in with copics and add clear lacquer on the tea set - stitch or glue beads on

(And I added a little clear lacquer to the dishes for shine).


And the table cloth has a little
quick hand stitching:

stitched table cloth

(It's easy to add some stitch detail: just pierce some holes;
sew every other stitch with needle & thread & a needle; then fill in the skipped
stitches with a marker in the same colour).


I added a little triangular pennant to a beaded pin to
make a flag for the cake:

6 Add a flag to the cake - cut a little slit with an exacto knife and slip it the pin into it affix on the back of the image & adhere it to the card

To add the flag to the image, I just:

a) Cut a slit in the paper above the cake (using a hobby knife).
b) Slid the pin into the slit.
c) Affixed the bottom of the pin on the back of the image.
d) Glued the flag onto the card to secure it.


The "Tea Party" sticker...

7 Finish with a sentiment -  SRM sticker on book paper with white paint - letters coloured in with pink copic - stitched

...is from an SRM sticker set: Everyday Girl. I put a little white paint on a page from a book
and stuck the sticker over top. Then glued it to some cardstock, cut it into a flag shape, coloured in the outline letters with pink Copic marker and added some random stitches.


Finally... I did this stuff:

a) Adhered a cut lattice (using this Geometric Background cut file from Silhouette) in white to the bottom of a 5.5" panel of white cardstock (stitched the edge).

b) Added some tracing paper up top that I stamped with Tim Holtz's reflections stamp in white
and glued on stamped side down so the lettering was readable.

c) Adhered some pieces of patterned paper (from Crate Paper's Paper Heart 6x6 pack). I painted the paper with white acrylic paint to make it match.

d) Stuck it all on a 5.5" square white card... the image, the sentiment,

...and some Do It Your flowers:

book page flowers

mod podge book page flower with acrylic paint wash & stamping

Here's The Paper Shelter
image I used, Tea Party in Wonderland:


And here's the The Paper Shelter
paper packs I used:

Let's Make a Picnic paper pack
(the green paper to fill the grass and the pretty
little rose paper to fill the treats & tea set):

and the table cloth was filled with that gorgeous
pink paisley from the Little Sylfie paper pack:

To save these files, click the following:
1) the image 2) File 3) Save Page As 4) Save

This cloud snippet is from a castle landscape image that was shared here by
Karen, The Graphics Fairy. Please link her up if you use it:

Cloud snippet from The Graphics Fairy img just over 9x 4 inch 300dpi
It is 300dpi & measures 9.5 x 4.3 inches

Alice in wonderland - Lewis Carroll's handwriting here:

Lewis Carroll handwriting aprx 2 x 5 inches 300dpi
It's 300dpi & measures 2 x 5.3 inches

Thank You so much for checking this out.
Hope you are having a lovely week!

P.S. Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to receive my choice of image &
the papers for free from The Paper Shelter. Thank You, Verónica! :-)


Crafting Aberrigines said...

ain't it simply stunning and warm :)
love the marker plus handstitching touch..you do have a lot of patience to sew all the tiny tid bits and make them look so real and effortless.
Wish I had even 5% of your talent :S

Kim Etherington said...

Love love love love love this tea set and what you did with it all. Fabulously fun! Makes me think of Alice in Wonderland when they have the tea. I bet I know those two little girls. :o)

-Candi said...

Oh my the sewing of the little tiny seed beads on the treats :::swoon::: just love it all!

Suzi said...

Your tiny details always amaze me! You are amazing! And thank you for the Alice in Wonderland text. That will be fun to use!

Dawn said...

oh...I LOVE it!! and, yes, YUM! love all your little Mel touches! just too cute, and wouldn't be complete without your seed beads. and the freebies... woohoo!!!

and, yes, I love to send cards when I have an address... hint

big hugs kiddo!

Felica Tortorici Duryee said...

I just love what you did. I hesitate to really delve into the digital world because it seems so flat to me. You really make it something special and prove that with a little ingenuity and some embellishments in the right place the digital becomes spectacular.
Thank You!

Margie said...

Oh I love this Mel its so clever. The little touches like the beading on the cakes and the stitching and the little flag make it so special. I love sending cards but the postage in the UK is so expensive if you have even the tiniest embellishment on, I tend to save those ones to hand over and make the posted ones quite flat which is a shame. Thanks for your tip on the stiching - I'll try that!

Cindy said...

This is a really sweet card - great details. What software program do you use to manipulate your digis?

Bonnie said...

Mel...this is fabulous! I had a "tea party" on the weekend with a sweet 4 year old and this is perfect for her. Now I just have to figure out how on earth you did it so effortlessly!

katemade designs said...

OMG you are so talented. This is beautiful, so many wonderful details. Love the you got the silhouette going too.

Becky said...

Awesome card. So many wonderful and beautiful details. I always learn so much when I come by here. :)

Mari said...

Is it just me that can't see pics in the emails Feedblitz sends anymore? It's been at least 3 posts now (and you aren't the only one) but it's so nice when I at least get a preview! *sigh*
On the other hand, super duper cute Mel! Wish I had girls that I could/would send something like this to... the boy wouldn't appreciate it AT ALL! ;D

Unknown said...

This is extremely beautiful Mel, love how you used those textures and how you dressed up those sweet cupcakes! Brilliant!

Susan said...

FAB-u-lous! Your work is amazing. Thanks for using SRM's Everyday Girl sticker for your Sentiment. That's one of my favorites! Love your entire tutorial. You are amazing!

Jamie Lane Designs said...

This is so amazing! Such a beautiful piece.

Lisa - papergrace said...

Oh my goodness!! So many sweet, delicious, tiny details. I always love the hand stitching and those gorgeous seed beads. This beautiful card is so lovely and whimsical. It also made me very hungry for a cupcake. :D

Stunning work, my dear friend!! ♥

CarlaKH said...

Just gorgeous...love everything! The flowers are just fabulous!

Tracey said...

Fantastic Mel & soo creative :)