Monday, November 4, 2013

Art and Teatime!

   It's gotten pretty cold here and it must have inspired me to create some Christmas themed projects along with a good cup of hot tea to warm me up!

   Simon's Monday challenge theme is "patchwork". I decided to make three Christmas ATCS for this challenge:

    Products: cardstock; patterned papers; images and text (ARTchix Studio); Distress inks in Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo (Ranger); Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Warm Red (Clearsnap); and a variety of dimensional stickers from my stash.

   For Simon Wednesday challenge the theme is "anything goes". For this I made two Christmas thank you cards:

   Products: white cardstock; Christmas washi tapes ( recollections); clear stamp-Think Big Favorites 2 (Papertrey Ink);  Colorbox Fluid chalk Ink-Warm Red (Clearsnap); flower (Prima).

  Products: white cardstock; Christmas washi tape (Recollections); clear stamp- Think Big Favorites 1 (Papertrey Ink); Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink-Warm red (Clearsnap); rhinestones (Recollections).

  I'm also linking my Christmas projects up to Aimee's Glue It Tuesday challenge at artsyville.

  Now for the tea. A little while ago my friend Terri at Artful Affirmations  had a giveaway - one of the giveaways being a collection of Buddha's Herbs teas. And I won the teas!! Terri also hosts "Teacup Tuesday" on her blog and shares a different teacup from her fabulous collection, along with information about the pattern and markings. After all the times of visiting and enjoying her beautiful posts I finally will link up one of my vintage cups along with a photo of the tea collection I received. Thanks SO much to Terri and to Buddha's Herb Teas!!!

  the mark under the cup:

  And my display of teas and cup:

   In all I received 4 varieties of tea- two boxes of each-what a generous gift!! I am enjoying each of the flavors but my favorites are the two green teas with herbs. One has rosemary, oregano and lemon peel in it and the other has chamomile, thyme, and peppermint in it-YUM!!!

  I'm also joining in on Glue It Tuesday and  "T Stands For Tuesday" hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth for the first time. I found it thru Patty's wonderful blog-thank you Patty!  Won't you join me?

  " Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."  Thich Nat Hahn


  1. They're all wonderful projects. I love the ATC's! I'm so pleased that you were inspired by the Patchwork theme. The vintage cards are awesome! Thank you for joining us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

  2. Beautiful collection of projects Linda! Love the vintage patchwork pieces! Thanks so much for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  3. Welcome to T Stands for Tuesday! Your cup and saucer are stunning.

  4. Welcome to T Stands for Tuesday. You won some lovely teas, even though I've never heard of that brand. And your tea cup is beautiful. It's so nice when people take such personal care and learn about their cups.

    I've been a big fan of yours for several years, since we see each other most months for our calendar hook-ups. But I am also a big fan of your art, including the ARTchix ATCs and the beautiful cards. What a lovely way to say thank you.

    And I am thanking you for joining T today. What fun to see so many wonderful projects and tea during your first T visit.

  5. Hello Linda,
    Beautiful festive ATCs! How fun! You make me want to jump in and make holiday art too!
    Your cards are wonderful as well! The tea cup you are sharing is very sweet! Bavarian and German cups are always so lovely. I had not seen that tea quote from Thich Nat Hahn before...thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    I am so glad you like the teas.

  6. Hi Linda. Thank you so much for the very nice comment you left on my blog! It's much appreciated. Your vintage Christmas cards are so lovely! I love the vintage style and your cards will make someone very happy when they receive them! <3 Candy

  7. Fantastic collection of teas. Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner. I love the themed atc's
    Happy T to you,

  8. Lovely cup and saucer and lucky you on the boxes of teas as a prize, it is lovely to see cup and saucers in use and admired for their beauty, I thought they were vanishing but I am glad to be wrong.

  9. very pretty cup and fabulous ATC's Happy T Day!


  10. Your Christmas ATCs are beautiful and so are the cards you made! Just lovely... Your tea cup is also so pretty.

  11. Beautiful ATC's and cards! Love the vintage look of the ATC's!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  12. Such lovely Christmas pieces...I am being drawn into the Christmas spirit in spite of myself! happy T day!

  13. I love patchwork...but I hadn't thought of doing it with cardmaking. Another trick to add to my collection! Thanks!!
    Happy Tuesday....a day late!

  14. Aaah, i love Christmas cards! Well done. Also love that last quote about how to drink tea... and be intentionally slow...

  15. oh dear...naughty me...I missed this past Tuesday T for the first time in a long time
    how lovely that you joined in Linda!
    I immediately thought of Bavarian china when I saw your gorgeous tea cup.
    Terri certainly does have gorgeous tea post again and again...I would join in too but fear I could never visit all of the participants...time keeps slipping away from me

    You are creating some wonderful Christmas is a great time to be busy with that!


  16. Hello Linda, so glad to see you here at T time!! I love your tea cup and your collection of teas. As you saw on my blog I'm a Lipton girl but hoping to start trying new teas thanks to the ladies here at T time. Thanks so much for your visit and comment on my blog.
    I peeked around here and WOW, so many pretty things to see and read. I LOVE your gratitude tree, will be doing one soon in my prayer journal, I LOVE TREES! Your cards are so pretty and creative too.
    I'm signing up to follow you and get your emails, lots of good stuff I don't want to miss.
    So happy you came by and I could find your blog. Sorry I'm a little late for T time.

    Have a great day!

  17. Oooh... Love the grid ATC's so effective and charming! Beautiful set! Lovely cards too! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  18. Beautiful compositions, very nice photos, ... all are delicious!

  19. Beautiful ATC's! They put me right in the Holiday spirit! Lovely teacup too!

  20. I agree, I'm in the holiday spirit too now after seeing your ATCs!!! I love them all but most especially "make merry"! Your teacup is just beautiful... I'm more of a coffee mug girl myself, but I've always loved the delicacy of a cup & saucer!

  21. congrats on winning the tea. Sounds like a lot of neat challenges! {:-Deb


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