Monday, May 25, 2020

Tea Together

Hello, friends!  How was your weekend?  Yesterday I suggested an activity that is not the norm for me - hiking.  Hiking = bugs swarming my head, sticky heat, and itchy plants.  Nothing about that is fun.  But I didn't want to be boring, so asked my family if they wanted to go for a hike.  Emma and Brian said yes; Alaina and Caitlin think like me and, therefore, said no.  So it was just Emma, Brian, and I that trekked through the woods.  

Surprise!  I enjoyed it!  It was hot but the trees kept it shaded and bearable.  The bugs were almost non-existent.  And it was nice to have exclusive time with our oldest.  It was like the first 22 months of her life, when it was just the 3 of us before the sisters began arriving.  Only now she's 19 and has a much more expanded vocabulary.  And I didn't have to carry her.  Instead, she had to carry me!  

Tea Together Stampin' Up! Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper Tea Time dies watercoloring Stampin' Write Markers

Life is full of sweet, simple moments, isn't it?  A cup of tea is a sweet, simple moment, just like a hike with the husband and oldest girl.  This Tea Together stamp set and Tea Time Dies are two retiring items I've adored!  The images are classics and, when paired with the gingham pattern in the 6"x6" DSP packs, remind me of my grandma's kitchen.

Tea Together Stampin' Up! Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper Tea Time dies watercoloring Stampin' Write Markers

I have the card recipe at the end of this post (plus there's another Mystery Stamping Hour this Friday!).  But notice the watercolored rose.  I stamped both the tea pot and flower on Shimmery White Cardstock, which is great for watercoloring.  I used Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the red rubber of the rose stamp, huffed on it to re-wet the ink, then stamped it on the paper.  Because the marker ink is water-based, I was able to use an Aqua Painter to blend out the ink.  Going over the stamped image with the wet brush caused the ink to bleed just enough to create a watercolor look.  It's a very simple technique so give it a try!

Card Recipe to make this:

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