Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Tea

Just finishing up making gift items for a Craft Fair that I will be doing tomorrow at the Plainfield Township Fire Company.  Oh, I wish I had more time, because there are so many more things I wish I could make, but really wanted to add these cute tea bag gift items so I stayed up late last night to complete 24 of them.  I thought that if they don't sell they would make cute gifts to give my relatives as a little favor for my family Christmas Party that I host the week before Christmas. 

Now, I wish I could give credit to all the Stampin' Up! demonstrators who also make these cute items, but most of the inspiration for this one comes from Holly Krautkremer who made here as a get well.  I just changed my design, but used her dimensions.  So thanks Holly for sharing your great idea with all of us.  I also can not take credit for the cute saying, that came from Sandy Risi's blog and I thought it would add a nice touch to complete the gift ensemble.

To start you need a piece of cardstock measuring 7 x 3 1/4.  Score this at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".  Now you have the template and just use your creativity to decorate it as you wish.  I added two layers of Real Red cardstock cut at 2 1/2 x 3 both for the front and inside layers, and the layer that is decorated measures 2 1/4 x 2 3/4, and I used Whisper White cardstock to stamp my images.  Two Old Olive brads were used to embellish the front and dimensionals were used to raise it up so I could slide my ribbon through.  The ribbon is from the Clearance Rack and was placed under the front sentiment, and cut so it was long enough that I could easily tie it closed when finished.  I stamped just a few snowflakes on the inner left panel to leave room if people wanted to add a little note.  The side that holds the tea bag was embellished by punching Real Red cardstock with the Eyelet Border Punch.  Snail adhesive was run along the sides and folded on the score line to hold everything in place.  Tie it up and you have a cute treat.   I didn't want to put these in a bag but needed some way to package them, so I ran two pieces of Real Red cardstock through my Big Shot Machine using the Scallop Envelope Bigx Die and put them together to create this box.  Old Olive Satin Ribbon and a brad also from the Clearance Rack decorated the box, and the holes were punched using my Crop-a-Dile. 

I just checked out the clearance rack again, and the real red ribbon and brad I used are no longer available, that is why I am not listing them under items used below.

To make the tea bag gift set I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Word Play #120308 wood mount, or #120651 clear mount, Snow Swirled #111690
Ink: Old Olive #102277, Metallic Silver (retired)
Ribbon:  Old Olive Satin #117292,
Brads:  Old Olive Brights Assortment #119740
Punch:  Eyelet Border #119853
Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Scallop Envelope Bigz Die #113463, Snail Adhesive #104331, Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430, Crop-a-Dile #108362

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