Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Tea Party Table Favors

Hello Friends! Today, I'm sharing the tea bag holders I was commissioned to create. I made THESE last year for my mom to give to her Bible study group. One of the members really liked them and asked if I could make some for a Spring tea party she was having. She wanted them to match/coordinate with her china pattern, which is the very recognizable, Old Country Roses by Royal Albert.


Well, finding the stamp set, card stock and inks was easy. Locating patterned paper that would work with the pattern without clashing, was not. I knew I was going to have to make my own, but I didn’t have any rose stamps that would work. So, I looked to the World Wide Web.  I found a site that sold paper goods that matched the pattern, but that was much too expensive for what I had to do. And then, I was browsing and came across THIS site and they had a rose motif that was perfect. I ended up making my own patterned paper with Photoshop and printing it on specialty paper. I just LOVE the way it turned out! 

I also ended up coloring my own seam binding…

What a mess! I have done this many times, but this time I added too many drops of re-inker and I had to fish the ribbon out of the bag before it got too dark! I like coloring my own ribbon, because I can buy neutral seam binding in bulk and make it whatever color I need.

I like how it turned out. It’s usually not such a messy endeavor. Next time I need to pay closer attention to what I’m doing.

Once I had all the components gathered, I was finally able to sit down and make these...

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These table favors are easy to make. I put them together assembly line style, and they came together fairly quickly. Creating the concept and prototype were the most time-consuming parts of the project.  Each holder received a blast of shimmer spray and three bitty pearls. And there you can see a close up of the hand dyed ribbon, too.

I slipped a rose petal infused teabag into each pocket and tied on a seam binding bow and the holders were finished. I really like the color combo and I was so pleased to be able to pull everything together to complete the project. My mom's friend was very happy with them and she would like for me to make some for a Mother's Day tea party she has planned. Ummmm...

That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by!

*I am entering this into the Easter/Spring Challenge at Simon Says Stamp*


stamp sets: Tea for Two, Everyday Blessings, Fancy Flourishes(Papertrey Ink)  "water spots" from French Foliage(Stampin' Up!)
card stock: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White(Stampin' Up!)  Fresh Asparagus(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: Ramblin' Roses(Blessed Designs by B.)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper MATTE(Epson)
ink: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive(Stampin' Up!)  Bamboo(Close to My Heart)
dies: Tea for Two(Papertrey Ink)  Lacy Circles Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: pearls(Stampin' Up!)  hand dyed seam binding, gold shimmer spray(Blessed Designs by B.)


Jeanne said...

I'm glad you shared, Barb for the favor is beautiful and I would have been disappointed to miss seeing it. I know how it is to be on the hunt for something and what a feeling of joy one gets when successful. Your project is absolutely lovely! Hopefully the next one won't be as hard to fulfill. *Ü*

Sheila H said...

Barb, you already know how much I love these. I'm so happy that you got this post up :)

Lin said...

Beautifully done, Barb! Your client will be thrilled with these! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!