When I was little, I used to play tea party with my mother. She'd get out the REAL tea service and we'd eat cookies and sip steeped tea in the beautiful cups. We'd hold up our pinkies and giggle and tell stories. So, Tea sets are always fun to admire. (They evoke the memories of the life of the Four Year Old me.)
I was recently going through boxes of my great, great grandmother's china and tea sets that were hidden away in the bottom of my mother's china cabinet. Wow! This set was designed back in July of last year, and I hadn't seen those sets in YEARS. However, the patterns are eerily similar. So much so that I was taken aback when I unwrapped the first set of cups. No wonder Mother approved this set's first draft. I was shocked then when she smiled after a few moments of thought. Now, of course, after she has passed, I realize why she smiled. She was remembering our time together, when we were alone. Before my sister burst onto the scene with her birth, hospital stays, and near fatal illnesses. We lost our special tea times. Now, every time I use this set, I smile, and know WHY I smile.
I stamped both of the images and colored in with Copics. I sponged in a bit of Adirondack Ginger around the cut out images. (I seem to be on this brown/blue-green kick this week...)
Finished card size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Total time to complete: 34 minutes
Registered: December 18, 2007 Location: Washington Posts: 30829
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 @ 11:25 PM
What a very sweet story Faith. Thinking of ya. I just love love love these colors together. They are so warm and friendly. I too have fond memories of teapots and fancy china cups. I have cups from both of my grandmothers. We used to bring them out for special dinners. For dessert and coffee. I love drinking my herbal tea out of a fancy teacup. I just love this set Faith.
Registered: August 18, 2008 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Posts: 32055
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 @ 11:42 PM
Faith, this is a beautiful stamp set and a most beautiful card - created with loving memories. The colors are rich and lovely, and I really like how you've added the hardware and ribbon - the sponging and embossing are wonderful too.