Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room Design Team Call and Challenges...

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Well, although it is normally known as the day of rest my Sunday (and Saturday) has been an intensive flurry of scissoring, tongue-biting, inking, and tweaking. Over at the Shabby Tea Room there is a call for new members for the DT. Seeing as I have a rather long love-affair with all things vintage, I decided to dive in at the deep end and have a go. She who dares wins - and all that.
The inspirational photograph was of a pink and black polka dot tea-set (see end of post). A yummy friendship of styles, colours and pattern - but still a challenge to think of something a bit different and not overly sweet. I was coming out of the girIy phase - but have been lured back in. I actually collect vintage porcelain and cannot resist the charm of a fine bone china, armed with tea-cupped thoughts and itchy fingers I decided to go for a canvas hanging and set up ye olde shoppe!

I painted a canvas with a mix of acrylic paints and stamped some background detail with pink archival ink and gesso. I then set about on my tea-cups - all lovingly hand cut by merry old me! I wanted that particular form of cup and you can't just magic a die out of fresh air - so - pencil, scissors and paper it was. I used many different techniques on the cups - stamping, dry and inked embossing, - I think I like the black and white embossed one in the centre best - I used gesso and an old book page!

I looked around for a great quote about tea and found this one. How true...can't beat a cuppa - as we say here! I printed it out on canvas for added texture and layered up the labels (more snip-work!)

 Then it was on to flowers galore, lovely lace and lots of serious fiddly-diddly!

It took a while to get all the elements, composition and spacing is not as simple as it looks! But I got there - with a wee bit of patience and lots of puffing! Knew what I wanted  - but had to find the right road.
Enough chit-chat as I must get this post up in time -  Blogger does like to be the boss when it comes to arranging my photos...know what I mean?

I am also entering enter it into a few challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - anything but a card
Fab 'n' Funky - textures
Paper Sundaes - Lace, pink and distressing
The Three Muses - a quotation
Our Creative Corner - Cut it out 
Pals Paper Arts - Vintage

But for now, I just hope you can enjoy a little silver spoon and a touch of pink ambience!

See you soon,

Inspiration - The Shabby Tea Room


Debbie said...

What sweet tea cups ... thanks for your interest in TSTR DT Call!

Please be sure to complete all 3 steps of the application process by 12 pm EST in order to be considered for the spot!

Caroline Hallett said...

how very sweet are those tea cups - love it !

Lorraine A said...

SARAH !!! I LOVE your blog !!! I have just scrolled back several pages totally in love with your work !! WOW !! I so wish I could do this !!!
what a fabulous project !! I wish you the very best of luck with the DT post !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Gisèle said...

It looks absolutely lovely Sassa...lots of love and work is in the piece...we can feel that...Best of luck. G.

indybev said...

Lovely mixed media piece, and the quote is so true. Thanks for sharing with us at Three Muses this week.

Jona Panesa said...

its so lovely!!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh, Sarah, this is just too fabulous. I really love everything about it. So well-thought-out and perfectly executed. LOVE that spoon on the top. Great work on the Cut it Out challenge. So happy you joined in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

P.S. Did you think about entering it in Simon Says Stamp and Show? This is exactly the sort of project we love to see there. The embossing challenge ends a midnight tonight so there is still time.

And best of luck with The Shabby Tea Room DT call!

Morti said...

Just popped by to say you've been tagged! Pop on over to my blog to take a look and maybe take part!

Taluula said...

Exquisite mixed media piece and a quote I just love so much. Bravo.

Lori Rider said...

This is just beautiful - the cut-out tea cups are fantastic! I love all the different techniques and textures you used. Just a fabulous card - thanks so much for playing along with the OCC!

Kristin said...

All cut by hand - amazing! THis is a really amazing card, super shabby and cute! Thanks for joining us at the OCC this week!

Christine said...

Wow, this is so cool!! I love those tea cups and all of the die cut flowers. This is a stunning piece of work!! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog. I hope to see more of your beautiful creations again soon.
xoxo, Christine

LeroyLime said...

Gorgeous!! Love all the pretty little tea cups and all the detail that went into them, makes for a beautiful piece of artwork! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Very sweet! Love the teacups and the soft colors!

Cards by Gina said...

Beautiful card! Love all of your vintage-y touches. Thanks for playing along with us at PPA this week.

Jennifer Rzasa said... much wonderful cutting! I love the overall look of your card- thanks for playing along this week at OCC!

Diane Gilbert said...

Wow, you were busy cutting! This is beautiful, love the layout and the design. Thanks for playing along with 'Our Creative Corner' this week!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Very pretty and congrats on your recognition at TSTR! Thanks for playing at the OCC this week!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, this is just over-the-top cute! Wow! Gorgeous vintage work. Thanks for sharing your talents with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

Alica said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I love the different tea cups and the spoon handle is the perfect touch!
Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!