Friday, June 29, 2012

Tea Bag Dispencer

Tea Bag dispencer - Today's challenge at Alphabet Challenge blog is K for kitchen. Well, I decided to make something for my Kitchen. I have seen these Tea Bag Dispencers a few times on varies blogs, but I had a devil of a time finding one when I was ready to make one. So I really just kind of made it up as I went along. I will tell about the process at the end of this post for anyone interested in making one.

My kitchen is decorated with birdhouses and this is a shoot of the dispencer in my kitchen.

I am one of the few Americans who really enjoys a cup of hot tea in the morning and I only like the plain old Lipton. I have tried other flavors, but I just don't care for them, so this is a very practical project for me.

Here is a close - up of the front. I used HCSB die to cut the window. The flowers were my mother's. Many of you know that my mother passed away a few weeks ago and she was a hoarder. This were in her things and my stepfather let me take a few. I like the thought of having something that was hers in my kitchen.

My papers are Prima's Nursery Designs. I inked it with Ranger's Forest Moss.

Here is the side. The swirl is MD die cut.

The flowers are Prima's and I misted them with Tattered Angels Gumdrop mist. I used sparkly brads for the centers. The pink rosebuds are Melissa Frances.

To make the body of the dispencer, I used a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock. I just eye-balled ( yes, that is a valid crafting term - LOL) the height that I wanted and cut the rest off.

Now at this point is when I measured my tea bag. I wanted them to lay flat and have a bit of wiggle room so that it would be easy to pull them out, so I rounded my measurement up a little. Now I was ready to score.

My first scoreline was for the back, then the side, front and the other side. I did not cut the extra off. The extra length will be used to glue the back piece with.

Next I cut about an inch and a half of the bottom of the front. This will make the finger grip at the bottom.

I then turned my attention to the containers peak. The cardstock is still flat at this point, so is fairly easy to work with. I cut down the 4 scorelines to where I wanted the roof to stop. I then cut off the sides between the score lines.

The next part was to make the peak on the front and back. I found my center on the front and cut from the center to where my score line was cut down to. Repeat for the back.

This is  roughly what your cardstock will look like at this point.

Now for the floor platform. It is important that you have a bit of a platform to make it easy for your fingers to be able to pull a teabag out without hitting your finger on the counter. It is just a typlical box lid that is put in, in reverse.

 The roof is another box lid that I cut the front and back side from. Just scoring where the side are.

This is the top of the roof. I cut about little circles and inked them all to make my shingles. It was a pain staking process, but I am so pleased with the end result.

This is the side view with the roof.

The roof sitting on the counter by it's self.

Another shoot of it in my kitchen.

The roof on the dispencer.

Another angle of the roof.

So you could see how the roof fits.

Ta da!! In my kitchen!

Pile it on Challenge #26 make your own Embellishments
The Paper Shelter #70 Punches/dies
C Inspirations #169 Anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenges #176 Embellishments
Charisma Cardz #25 Anything Goes
Stampin For the Weekend #12 Your Style
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #139 Metal (brads)
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #66 Fancy Folds
Belli Challenge #146 Anything but a card

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lavender Flowers

Lavender Flowers - Time for another challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy. Whoopsie Daisy is our sponsor this time.

My papers are Prima Nursery Tales. You can't see it in the photo, but the paper is flocked. I love the soft lavender with the deeper purple flocking. It looks almost brown.

Is is a shoot of the sketch. Jenn does such a good job making the sketches for us.

Here is my image. Isn't she a doll. I love that she is not facing us. I colored her with Copic's and added Stickles to her sleeve, the center of the flowers and the ruffle on her socks.

My corner is diecut from a SB with brown cardstock and the Prima paper then layered with pop dots. I like the dimention that it gives it. The roses were from the wedding section. And the leave is another SB.

A very simple card, but I really like it.

Corrosive Challenges by Janet #152 Summer Girls
Ribbon Girls #20 Purple
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges Monochromatic

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Flower - Today starts a new sketch challenge at Sunday Sketch and Stamp. We are sponsored by Sweet Stamps.
We have an easy and fun sketch for you this week.

My Designer Paper is from my scrap drawer. I don't have a clue as to who made it.

My flower was a make and take at the Heartfelt Creations booth from a scrapbooking convention that I went to last summer. We started with white paper that was stamped and cut with a diecut. The color was put on using Viva Decor Inca Gold. It is a pasty supstains that we put on iwth a damp sponce. I used to colors, then we cut and shaped the petal. The center was a coffee smelling little grains. I supect that it has some coffee grounds in it.

My sentiment is Hot Off the Press.

All Sorts Challenge #160 Diecut

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fairy Teddy

 Fairy Teddy - It is time for another challenge at Craft Your Days Away and this time we are challenging everyone to show us your Teddy Bears. No real bears, only Teddy Bears.

Joanne found us the perfect sponsor for this challenge; none other than the fabulous Stamp Fairy. They have the cutest Teddy Bears. You can check them out here.

My DP is Noteworthy Audrey by Making Memories. Everthing was inked with Ranger's Tattered Rose.

I used my new MS Lace Flowers punch for the corner. The pearl was made using Viva Decor's pearl pen in cream.

My bow was tied using a Bow Easy. I also used a stick pin on this card. I get a lot of my stick pin supplies from Judy at Pizzazz Aplenty. She has the most gorgeous supplies and the best prices that I have found.

Here is a close up of my image. I used Linda Fairy 4. She is so sweet. I love the cute little bow on her head. Linda is colored with Copic's and I used yellow Stickles on her wand and Stardust Stickles on her bow and wings. My sentiment is from Hot Off the Press.

 The fringed crepe paper is Melissa Frances, it was one of my buys from the Scrapbooking convention that I recently attended. Here you can see more of the Lace Flowers MS punch. I again used a Viva Decor pearl pen in Salmon, this time.

Here is the sketch that I used for this challenge. This fortnights challenge at Sketch N Stash is to pick a past sketch and I loved this one.

Another shoot of the cute Linda Fairy 4.

Sketch and Stash Challenge #90 Free choice sketch - 76 Sketch
The Ribbon Reel Challenge #30 Strawberries and Cream
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog #28 Summer
The Paper Shelter #69 outdoors
Crafts and Me Challenges #89 Anything Goes
Fab N Funky Challenges # Polka Dots
Dutch Dare-Card Challenges #170 Summer Fun
Cute Card Thursday #222 Summer
Charisma Cardz #24 Summer

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Santa with a Bell

Santa with a Bell - Today is a new challenge at Creative Card Crew. The challenge is a recipe challenge. 1-2-3 of anything. My one is image (Robyn's Fetish,) 2 DP (Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie,) and 3 flowers (also Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie.)

This gorgeous Jolly Old Santa, by our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish, is colored with Copic's.  He is a great image to color. It is easy to add the appearance of dimension with the Copic's. I didn't feel that he didn't need any sparkle, he had enough of his own, so  I didn't add any. This is so out of character for me. 

For those you don't know, I have played the hand bells at various locations that we have been stationed at. I don't know of a hand bell choir around here yet. When we lived here before I was part of one, but they are no longer playing. I am not sure why; as we don't attend the church that had them.

Go on by our sponsor Robyn's Fetish and give them some Creative Card Crew love.

Pink Ink #25 sketch

Friday, June 15, 2012


 J is for Journey - I have made my first Christmas card of the season. It is even a manly one. Yea me!!!! Only another 49 or so more. LOL

The challenge at Alphabet Challenge Blog is J for Journey. I bought this really awesome masculine stamp set by Hot off the Press at the Arlington Scrapbooking convention that I went to a few weeks ago.The set has this awesome truck and the tree that I embossed of the round element of the card. The celebrate was also in the set.
I used lots of my new toys on this card. The gold circles on the truck cardstock is made by dipping a dotted stamp in Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls mist. I used the mist on the stars as well. The stars were cut with a CM punch.

The red is a MS punch and I edged all the papers with my new gold acrylic paint dabber.

My DP is from a paper block that I recieved at a Christmas party with my Scrapbooking group a few years back.

The beaded wire was from the holiday shop at Hobby Lobbly.

The stars recieved some Holly Stickles on the edge.

The Paper Shelter #68 Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up #76 Boys/Men
Cute Card Thursday #221 punch
Charisma Cardz #23 Male

Monday, June 11, 2012


 Window - It is time for a new sketch at Seems a Little Sketchy. Jenn made a really cute one for this fortnight. We are sponsored by Digi Doodles and we each got to choose one to use. Where is my image, you ask? Well, you will have to wait a few minutes before I open the window for you to see.

Here is Jenn's lovely sketch. It is a fun one.

Now you can see through the window. LOL

My papers are Prima's All Occasion. The window it a Heartfelt Creations die. I distressed with TH new lilac distress inks. It is a very slight change in color, but does give it some contrast. I embossed the window shutters to give it a more wood planks look. I framed with window with lilac gemstones.

My flowers were cut stems. The leaves are a SB that I pinched to add some shape. I used some lilac wire that I spiraled around a paintbrush handle.

My image is Digi Doodles Bird Bath. I colored it with Copics. I must admit that I am rather proud of the water. I played with it quite a while before I was satisfied.

Cute Card Thursday #22 Water
Southern Girls Challenge #46 Wings
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #64 Swirls and Flourishes
Stampin Sisters in Christ #143 Action - Window opens
Craft Your Passion Challenges #114 Anything Goes

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gnome Dad

 Gnome Dad - Today I have a card that is my DT project for Sunday Sketch and Stamp. We are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish.

My DP is a new block that I found at Michel's. It is named Habitat. I loved the woodsie designs in it.

Here is our sketch. Isn't it a beaut? Emma did an awesome job designing it. Thanks Emma for giving us such a great sketch!

My image is gnome by Robyn's Fetish. As soon as I seen this paper, I knew it would be perfect for my little gnome friend. I have wanted to color this image for the longest and now I have! I colored him with Copic's and cut it with a SB. I inked all of my papers with Forest Moss distress ink.

I used my SB die to cut this sweet little leave, which were inked with Forest Moss. I strung them on a hemp line and used my Sakura stardust pen to write FOR DAD. I strung a charm between the 2 words. A button was added, to satisfy one of the elements in the sketch.

Come on and join us in this great sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Cards For Men #12 Father's Day
Shopping Our Stash #54 Father's Day
Digital Tuesday Challenge #163 Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly #69 Anything Goes
C Inspirations #166 For a Male
Dutch Dare-card Challenges #168 Just for Dad
Card Makin Mamas #47 Father's Day