Tea Together Not So Great Attempt

Every once in awhile I purchase a stamp set and then forget to use it.  It sits lonely on my stamp shelf hoping it will be the next one chosen to shine.  It’s very sad and I try not to do that to my stamps, they have feelings too you know.  However, every once in awhile, one will slip through.  That is the case with the Tea Together stamp set and Tea Time dies I used today.

I’m not a huge tea drinker, coffee is my go-to.  So maybe that was why I didn’t reach for this set before.  In looking at it the day after I made it, I could have done better.  Sometimes that happens with a new stamp set.  There are some elements of the card I really like, but some others I realize need more.  Let’s explore.

The Good (in my opinion)

The background paper is from the Golden Honey Designer Series paper (it is free with a $50 product purchase).  I cut it to size then colored in the little flowers randomly with Pretty Peacock Stampin Blends.

The doily is a retired item (I think).  It was originally white so I used a sponge brayer to color it with Pretty Peacock ink.

I like the stitched nested die cut underneath everything.  It was a last min addition to the card and I think it pulls it together nicely.

The overall placement of the teapot and the cup flow well with one behind the other.

The Could Be Better (in my opinion)

The Tea Pot and Cup.  I stamped them both with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder on a piece of Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper before die cutting them out.  The white didn’t stand out as much as I thought it would – this is because the line drawing for the images is very dainty.  To make it stand out more I used Pool Party  Stampin Blends.  Honestly, I could have done that much better.

I still thought it needed more so I used Wink of Stella on the cup and pot.  Usually, Wink of Stella is a miracle product but here it just made it look messy.

I really think I should have cut out another teacup and raised it over the first one with dimensionals so it looked more like a cup in a saucer.  With all the stupid coloring and stella’ing I did, it just looks flat.

To summarize

Just because I have a blog, and have classes and stuff doesn’t mean I don’t mess up.  Sometimes its nice to share the ‘not so perfect’ cards so all you stampers out there won’t think you have to be perfect too.  I may attempt to make this card again and I’ll share my results….or it could be the sad little stamp set that sits on my shelf, never used again.  Time will tell.

Thank you for visiting today.  I always appreciate your comments and answer all questions as soon as possible.  Until next time…

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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. It’s nice to hear that others’ projects don’t turn out perfectly. It happens to all of us. Your card is pretty and the recipient will be happy to receive it. Enjoy your day!

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