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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Tea Time for International Highlights

Have you ever known someone who has always encouraged you... or has always been there for you?Most of us have and today's card is for that specific person in my life - my mom!  For as long as I can remember, my mom has been my number one cheerleader, my confidant AND my coach to get me back in line whenever I needed it.  

What better way than to thank my mom than to make her a card with the words that she has said to me infinitely over the past fifty plus years?  And then to make it even more special to highlight it with a teapot that resembled hers that we used to make so many pots of Constant Comment tea with during those long ago days?

Having recently emptied my childhood home of so many years after moving my parents up to live within two miles of us, the teapot was a MUST HAVE that got packed away and is waiting patiently to be unpackaged and used again for lovely pot of tea.  It is a beautiful little squatty teapot with a lovely yellow rose on both sides... and the glazed is randomly crackled and stained of tea from countless hours of steeping. 

When I saw the Tea Time stamp set in Orlando I squealed with excitement knowing it would make the perfect Mother/Daughter cards.  I when the coordinating framelits appeared - oh my, I was beyond thrilled - I was tickled with delight!!!  Almost as much as when I learned about the incredible Stitches Rectangle Framelits Dies! **wink**

I picked the Lace DTIEF as the background as another memory for my mom... her mom loved lace tablecloths.  So I am sure that these same words were uttered to my mom by her mom countless times, too, over the years.

Creating the teapot for this card was rather time consuming, but definitely worth the process.  The Cracked Glass technique was used.  I off-stamped the teapot in Soft Suede onto Whisper White cardstock along with the rose.  After running the stamped image with its coordinating framelit die through the Big Shot, the rose was lightly watercolored with an Aqua Painter.  Next the teapot was pressed onto the VersaMark ink pad until it was completely covered and then it was covered with clear embossing powder.  Then it was heat set.  While it was still hot, I recovered it with embossing powder.  This process was repeated five times.  And then one last time without the second embossing.  Next it was placed in the freezer for 3-5 minutes.  It curled up, but that is ok, as it just makes it easier to enjoy the cracking that you do get the effect you want.

This teapot was actually the third attempt for me.  The first teapot was cracked all over and then I remembered that our teapot was only crackled along the bottom.  So I repeated the process until I was happy with the results. 

Next the teapot was sponged with a sponge dauber inked in Soft Suede all over it paying extra attention to the cracks to get the desired coverage.  Last but not least I wiped the ink off with a soft cloth.  To preserve the precious (to me) teapot, I adhered an additional teapot diecut to the back with liquid glue.

Since I had the embossing tools out, I embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder after the Stitched Rectangle framelit was used for the diecutting.  The Whisper White cardstock was sponged with Garden Green and the sentiment was wiped clean with a soft cloth.

The inside is just as important as the front so the stitching detail and the lace was repeated with scraps.

I would love to know what you think about today's card for the ENCOURAGEMENT theme this month on Kylie Bertucci's International Stampin' Up!® Blog Highlights!  Please feel free to leave your comments below.

If you like my card, you can vote for me HERE on Kylie's International Blog Highlights where you will see that I am #3.  I hope that while you're there, you will enjoy some additional inspiration from the other entries.  The Top Ten (10) Winners will be announced in one week and will get to participate in a blog hop together later this month (and you know that I LOVE blog hops!).
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  1. What a very special and personal card you created for your mother Angie. She will love it! Thanks for being part of my international highlights this month! All the best with voting.

  2. This card is stunning Angie! That embossing folder makes it.x


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