Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Anyone For Tea??

Continuing with the Gingersnap theme of getting organised, I thought I would finish my Mum's Christmas present.When I say finish I of course mean get it out of the loft and start it!
The theme this week is ribbon - well they arn't called challenges for nothing are they. I love ribbon, buy it all the time (only joking I'm on a spending ban) but I'm just rubbish with it. I cannot even tie a bow that doesn't look like the cat's slept on it,  and if I put it on a card it just looks like it's hiding a mistake lol. So appologies made in advance here's the inside of the box.
The ribbon is seam binding in blue and white that's been woven together and die cut. The Tanda lady has been stamped on acetate, and the flowers are Tim's trimmings that have been dyed with distress ink. I varnished the inside of the box as it's to go in my Mums kitchen. Posh tea bags to the front lol
I started by gessoing the box, then I painted  it with pale blue acrylic, dry brushed over with teal, then over the top again with a hazelnut paint dauber.  The sides have been stamped with a mixture of TPC and Sir Tims stamps. I was just going to put a little of the 7 Gypsies tissue paper on the top, but I got to the stage where it looked awful so I had to carry on sticking. The ribbon weave and lady were meant to go on the top, but I liked it better with her on the inside. I've varnished the outside as well so hopefully it will be quite hard wearing.
Back to the seam binding for the rosettes with a K&Co brad in the centre.
This is the first time I've actually made something for a present so I hope my Mum likes it (it's her birthday in March so it's not tooooo late) I enjoyed making this, it looks nothing like it did in my head, but I quite like it.
Thanks very much for looking x


  1. This is great, I lve the colours and the ribbon turned out great....just love the boxes colours and details! hugs trace x

  2. This is so beautiful and a wonderful idea-lucky mum to have it in her kitchen.


  3. This has turned out beautifully! Hugs, Valerie

  4. What a lovely gift Sue, your box is decorated beautifully inside and out. Tracy x

  5. This is superb Sue, a box anyone would love to own. I bet you
    Mum adores it. Thanks for sharing you techniques, I love to know how other people create their things.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  6. Wow, Sue! What a fantastic box! Even better with the tea in it! If you like earl grey I can recommend the Whittards afternoon tea too! I really must try and do something with one of the plain wooden things in our house soon!

  7. WOW Sue, fab box, love the idea.

    Great colour combo and love the images.

    Sam xxx

  8. A fantastic idea and a wonderful tea box.

  9. Oh my what a stunning tea box. It is marvelous....Just adore your work!take care, gerri

  10. Beautiful! I love your colors and all your stamping. Bet your Mum will love it.


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