Monday 31 December 2012

Mad Tea Party

It's New Year's Eve and we are breaking in 2013 with a crazy week of projects this week with Simon Says Stamp and Show.  Do you love a good tea party? Do you like to break the rules and do your own thing? Use wild colours and a bold design, take the theme literally as I did or break all the rules and send 2012 out with a bang and one Mad Tea Party. There are no rules!

Ring in the new year with a Mad Tea Party, raise your tea cup with me and enjoy the New Year with a refreshing cup of tea.
No Mad Tea Party is ever complete without a quirky tea cup, tea always tastes better in a tea cup. I always associate blue with Alice's dress and so my cup was coloured with broken china Distress Ink and covered with book pages from an Alice in Wonderland book. My Alice In Wonderland characters are courtesy of Crafy Secrets Greetings From Wonderland Stamps, coloured with blue, neutral, red/yellow Pitt Pastel Pencil. There is nothing finer than a refreshing cup of tea!
I began by covering a piece of thick card with book pages from an Alice in Wonderland book, adhering with Glue n' Seal.
I then die cut my 3D tea cup from the card using a Sizzix die and coloured with broken china Distress Ink to coordinate with Alice's dress. Fold as directed on the score lines and add tape to adhere. I used Wonder Tape as it is much stronger and holds everything in place securely.
Once I adhered everything into place it was then time for the fun part of decorating all the sides of my 3D tea cup.  I added Greetings From Wonderland from the Crafty Secrets stamps, stamping with black archival ink and colouring the edges with broken china Distress Ink. I added a tea cup charm for added interest and dimension.
I added the Mad Hatter to a fragment charm, colouring him with Pitt pencils and ageing the edges with vintage photo Distress Ink adding a red heart to each corner and a brass tea cup attached with a jump ring. I also added a brass tea cup and some natural twine to the handle along with a tag stamped with Let's have some FUN.
I added HATTER to memo pins adhered with Glossy Accents to add another little quirky touch to my tea cup.
Alice has been added to the inside of my cup and I also stamped her on to acetate to get a reverse image so that she appeared from both angles when my cup was turned around. She has been given a regal touch with a crown. Alice has also been added to the reverse side of my cup along with the White Rabbit and the sentiment I'm late, I'm Late, I'm Late.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Crafty Secrets Greetings From Wonderland Stamps
Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils - Blue, Neutral, Red/Yellow
Distress Inks - Broken China, Vintage Photo 
Archival Inks - Black
Ranger Glue n' Seal
Wonder Tape
Blue Moon Teapots Meal Charms
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Fragment Charms, Jump Rings, Memo Pins
Neutral Twine
Glossy Accents



Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Tracy! Your Teacup is fabulous! Here's wishing you a fabulous New Year!

Danee said...

Love the tea cup. I too love using book pages- then who doesn't t? - so using them to make the tea cup is adorable. The charms are perfect to add just enough whimsy to make Alice happy.

flutterbycrafter said...

This is such a stunning piece of art, makes me wish I liked tea. Happy New Year to you and yours xx

Paula Whittaker said...

Nice project - love those Crafty Secrets images.

Terry said...

Hey there my sweet friend, love your Tea Cup, it is amazing as allways you have showcased a lot of yummie detaills, fabulous Tracy, I wish you a Happy New Year and hope that for the New Year you will have lots of luck, succes and love and happiness, Love you lots and hopefully we will be friends for a long long time Hugs Terry xxxx

Barb Cady said...

Fabulous project Tracy, nothing like a piece of Alice with a cuppa! May you have a wonderful New Year with lots of happy days making your delightful art. With hugs barb xx

Sandra said...

Tracy, this is amazing! Love your teacup a lot! And you're right tea does taste better in one. Wish you a happy new year, hope it will be at least as creative as last year! Hugs, Sandra

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Hi Tracy
I have just been catching up with your blog. Your talent never ceases to amaze me. I love your style and everything you do just looks amazing. Thank you for so much inspiration in 2012. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.
Siobhan x

Suzanne C said...

This is so clever and wow! Love the teacup on a stand and the letters across the top! Fantastic! Wishing you and your family a blessed and wonderful New Year!

Anonymous said...

Love the sheer quirkiness of this piece and so beautifully constructed and stamped. Oh what a way to say goodbye to 2012 with this amazing post.
Wishing you all the best for 2013.

Gez Butterworth said...

WoW! How fabulous Tracy. Loving your choice of colours too. It's always a real pleasure seeing your creations. I wish you the VERY BEST of everything for the New Year. Happy creating, Gez xxxx

Sue said...

Have a WONDERFUL New Year:)

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Gorgeous project, Tracy! I love how you used the charms to spell out "Hatter" :)

Happy New Year!
Simon Says Stamp!

Candy C said...

Tracy...I so love this teacup! Love the text. Love the color! Love all the little colorized Alice and in Wonderland characters. Love the design! You rocked this, girlfriend! So creative and fun! <3 Candy

Alison said...

Wonderful project Tracy! Happy 2013! xx

Redanne said...

A superb make Tracy, love the Alice theme, the teacup is perfect and really loving the blue too and the the charms at the top are fabulous. Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne x

Chris said...

Absolutely gorgeous easel Tracey, as soon as I saw it I was smiling! Thanks for the great explanation on how you did it too.

Happy New Year!
Chris x

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous, front and back! Love the hidden surprise of Alice and the Rabbit in back, and also the way you spelled out HATTER on top. Happy New Year!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous project Tracy, love the whole idea and concept of this.
May 2013 bring you everything you could wish for yourself and more.
hugs {brenda} x0x

susanne said...

How wonderful .. this is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE it!!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

You do Alice do well! This teacup is fabulous! Love the title as you've done...brilliant work!

eileen hull said...

Tracy, I designed this teacup die for Sizzix and LOVE what you have done with it- all of the inking and book pages- my favorites! Thanks for rocking my die!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Cool! I love your tea cup shaped card. Happy New Year!

butterfly said...

So very cool... quirky, original and a simply delicious cup of tea! Love the turquoise book text (my new colour obsession - possibly thanks to your Christmas pieces?!), and the other Alice elements are just fab... what a great start to the year!
Alison x

Lynn Stevens said...

Raising a cup to toast your tea cup Tracy! Bravo!!!! So very creative!
hugs Lynn

gayle said...

This is brilliant Tracy! Such a gorgeous project, I love Alice in Wonderland :)
A very happy New Year to you! xx