This month’s theme is appreciation and encouragement for Sara Douglas. Sara is the CEO of Stampin’ Up, sharing what she loves, and an inspiration to demonstrators throughout the world. I will be sending this card to Sara, thanking her for all that she does.

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Tea Party for Sara Douglass

Everyone deserves a respite from every day responsibilities, so I thought it would be lovely for Sara to feel she could “come and sit a while with me.”  This whole idea developed from the “Tea Party” challenge over at Paper Players this week:

The Paper Player’s photo could be my collection of antique cups and saucers. It looks like my grandmother’s, which I added to over the years. The cabinet is maxed out now, so the collecting has stopped. I think she’s happy I’ve continued to enjoy them.

I found the paper china cups for my project in the Designer Series Paper, Just Add Ink. Zeroing in on the three, stacked, cups, I die cut a section with a Stitched Shape Square. I used a smaller Stitched Shape Square to die cut the cups on each side. Two sheets of the same images were used. Does this picture make it clear? A picture is worth a thousand words. Right?

The cup on the right has dots that reminded me of a piece of our Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper, and that would be my background. Tea parties must have doilies, so I added one to the upper right corner, and trimmed it to fit the border.

Keeping with the feminine theme, I taped some Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the bottom, and added a bow with a Glue Dot. My layer was ready to glue to the Pink Pirouette card base. This ribbon is just too sweet!

I positioned the three die-cut squares, so they would match up, and glued the two side cups. Next, I had the fun of coloring the cups in Light shades of the Stampin’ Blends. I popped this up on dimensionals, which is “off” when viewing from an angle, but pretty good straight on.

The sentiment, “come and sit a while with me,” is from the Sitting Here Stamp Set. The Petals & More Die Set provided the die for cutting. I love this shape, and it is the right size for so many sentiments.

To complete the sentiment on the inside, I stamped, “We are cut out to be friends,” from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set. I used our new Detailed Trio Punch for the “cut out” corners. The envelope called for some decoration, so I used the same Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP that is in the background of my photos.

Just one more detail to add, the Iridescent Sequins. They have to be the prettiest sequins of all time!

I will write a personal note for Sara, letting her know how much I appreciate her dedication to sharing what she loves. Stampin’ Up! has filled my life with creativity, and a bunch of new friends. I am truly grateful.