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Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop -- Choose Happiness

2016 Retiring Stamps Sets

Hello and Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop!  A number of very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators will be bringing you a bunch of really great projects showcasing some of the stamp sets that are retiring from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I'm sure you're going to find some really fun ideas so grab a soft drink and a snack and get ready to hop!  It really doesn't matter which direction you travel through the hop, because all the stops are linked and eventually you'll end up right where you started--here!  To see the full line up of blog stops on the hop, just click here.

However, if you're traveling through the hop going forward, you've just arrived from Rhonda's blog, The Stampin' Bunny, where she showcased the Zoo Babies stamp set.  I just love her projects!

If you're traveling through the hop in reverse order, then you've arrived from Betty's blog, Kitty Stamp, where she presented projects using the Corner Garden stamp set.  Aren't the projects lovely?

The stamp set I chose to highlight is Choose Happiness.  I have two cards to share with you with two very different emotions tied to them.  Here's the first one--

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I've been wanting to try the drape fold and decided to include it with this card.  Additional items from the Retiring List used on this card include:  English Garden Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Stitched Satin ribbon, Label Bracket punch, Hello Honey Classic ink, and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.  I love the fun and happy feel of this card.

Here's the inside of the card.

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The second card goes to the other end of the emotion spectrum.

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I actually made a version of this card a couple of years ago and wasn't happy with it, so this was a good opportunity to improve on the design.  Additional items from the Retiring List include:  Word Window punch, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, Lost Lagoon Classic Ink, and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.

Here's the inside of the card.  You can see another item from the Retiring List, the Petite Pairs stamp set.  I'm really going to miss this stamp set.  It's one of my go-to sets.

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My third project is a gift box using another retiring item, the Takeout Boxes.

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I wanted to combine some sparkle with some natural fibers and I think I accomplished just that with this box and the belly band.  Additional items from the Retiring List include:  the And Many More and Tag Talk stamp sets, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Ornate Tag Topper and Label Bracket punches, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Bitty Banners Framelits for the Big Shot, Hello Honey Classic Ink, Lost Lagoon Classic Ink, and Tangelo Twist Classic Ink.

I'll be back next week with the how-to's for each of these projects.  Now it's time to travel to the next stop on the hop!

If you are moving FORWARD, then you'll be visiting Betty Traciak where she will be showing you projects featuring the Corner Garden stamp set.  Be prepared to be WOW'd!

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If you are moving BACKWARDs, then you'll be visiting Rhonda Griffin and seeing some very cute ideas for using the Zoo Babies stamp set.  You're going to love it!

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Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for these projects -- 

Friendship Card

Stamps:  Choose Happiness; Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  English Garden; Embellishments:  Whisper White Stitched Satin ribbon, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Label Bracket punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note

Sympathy Card

Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Hardwood, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey. Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Classy Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope 

Gift Box

Stamps:  And Many More, Choose Happiness, Tag Talk; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Typeset Specialty; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 1/16" circle handheld punch, Label Bracket punch, Ornate Tag Topper punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Takeout Boxes


A Birthday Balloon Bouquet

Hello!

Last month I traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the Stampin' Up! On Stage Live event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  I look forward to this event (used to be called Convention) every year and the time I get to spend with demonstrators from all over the US and Canada.  Now that Stampin' Up! has expanded globally, the event has changed a bit, but the focus is still on sharing and building support.  One of the fun aspects of every Stampin' Up! gathering is the opportunity to exchange ideas through swaps.  I signed up for two organized swaps this time.  The first one was a pajama swap organized by Barbara Welch and Laura Fernsler.  Unfortunately, the weather was in the 30s at the time of the swap, so only those that were staying at the Hilton wore their jammies--the rest of us who were coming from other nearby hotels wore our street clothes--as part of the swap was sashaying to show off your ensemble.  Some of the presentations were pretty funny!  

Here's the card I made for the swap.  I think you will find the card design familiar...

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A few weeks ago I shared a birthday card featuring the Balloon Celebration stamp set with the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set [you can see that project here].  This card uses the same design and the Balloon Celebration stamp set but features the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and coordinating Washi Tape (both of these items are on the Retiring List).

This card begins with a card base of Pool Party cardstock.  A strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with Bermuda Bay cardstock and adhered along the left side of the card front.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the balloon string bundle coming from the lower right corner of the cardstock using Tip Top Taupe ink.  Bermuda Bay ink was used to stamp the "Happy Birthday" greeting near the lower left corner of the Whisper White cardstock panel.  The panel was matted with a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock and adhered on the card front so that the top right corner of the piece is 1/2" from the top edge and a smidge more than 1/4" from the right edge.  

The large solid balloon image was stamped over the second string end from the right using Crushed Curry ink.  The small solid balloon image was stamped over the third string from the left using Cucumber Crush ink and the small "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image was stamped at the neck of the balloon using Tip Top Taupe ink.  Now it's time to add some punched balloons.

  • A scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image using Bermuda Bay ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the second string from the left.  Wink of Stella Clear ink was brushed over the punched balloon.  Note that part of the balloon may extend beyond the edge of the Whisper White cardstock
  • A scrap of Pool Party cardstock was stamped with the large "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image using Pool Party ink.  A strip of Bermuda Bay Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape was placed across the Pool Party scrap approximately 1/2" above the top of the stamped image.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the first string from the right
  • A scrap of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the small balloon and adhered over the first string from the left
  • A scrap of Watermelon Wonder cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image using Watermelon Wonder ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the third string from the right with a Stampin' Dimensional.  Wink of Stella Clear ink was brushed over the balloon

To finish off the card front, a small bow of Bermuda Bay/Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered at the "neck" of the Tip Top Taupe balloon strings using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with Whisper White cardstock with a strip of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack adhered across the top edge of the liner.  A scrap of Pool Party cardstock was stamped with the large "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image using Pool Party ink.  A strip of Bermuda Bay Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape was placed across the Pool Party scrap approximately 1/2" above the top of the stamped image.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered near the upper left corner of the liner.

The "let us celebrate" balloon string was stamped from the bottom of the balloon to the right edge of the liner using Bermuda Bay ink.  A small bow of Bermuda Bay/Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered at the neck of the balloon using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

One of the things that makes the presentation of a handmade card special is the envelope.  Decorating the outside of the envelope with stamping or embossing the envelope flap with a Textured Impressions embossing folder lets the recipient know that they'll find something wonderful inside the envelope, but what about the inside of the envelope?  I love receiving Christmas cards with the beautiful foil liners.  It makes the card seem even more special.  So why don't I remember to do the same thing for my envelopes?  I may not have the thin foil for liners, but I certainly have plenty of coordinating Designer Series Paper!  [Please don't EVEN bring the subject of how much Designer Series Paper I own to my husband...]  

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Enter the Envelope Liners Framelits for the Big Shot (unfortunately, it's on the Retiring List so be sure to get a set before they're gone!).  The liner for the Medium Whisper White envelope shown here uses a piece of Pool Party patterned paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  The paper was die cut with the largest of the Envelope Liners Framelits and inserted into the envelope so that the shoulder of the liner lines up with the fold of the envelope flap.  Then I placed a ruler along the fold line for the envelope flap and used the tip of the bone folder to score a line from shoulder to shoulder across the liner [OR you can place the liner on the Stampin' Trimmer with the shoulders of the liner lined up along the cutting mat (the open space where the blade runs up and down the track) and use the SCORING BLADE to make a score line between the two shoulders].  Fold the liner at the score line and place adhesive on the back of the folded down flap.  Then close the envelope flap and press with your fingertips across the envelope flap.  

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The large balloon outline stamp was stamped near the upper left corner of the front of the envelope.  The "let us celebrate" balloon string was stamped from the bottom of the balloon to the bottom left corner of the envelope.  The large solid balloon image was stamped over the balloon outline using Pool Party ink.  

I made this card with a specific person in mind.  You may be aware that many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are participating in a challenge to send (snail mail) birthday cards to our friends, family, and pretty much anyone who asks us for one.  Shannon West, Manager of the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Training staff, came up with this concept as an alternative to the trend toward recognizing birthdays only through social media.  Well next week is Shannon's birthday and she's already receiving stacks of cards every day from all over the world!  How cool is that??!!  This card will be in the mail to Shannon by the time you read this blog post.  

If you'd like to receive a birthday card from me, please contact me by clicking on the Email Mickey button on the right sidebar and provide your name, address, and birth date.  I'll add you to my list!  It's all in support of #imbringingbirthdaysback

I look forward to hearing from you!  And Happy Birthday, Shannon!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Balloon Celebration; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Wink of Stella Clear; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Designer Series Paper:  Cherry on Top Stack; Embellishments:  Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Liners Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


By the Tide in Two Takes

Hello!  Happy Friday!

Last week I had a challenge to complete a card project with instructions for a newsletter.  The theme for this version of the newsletter is Stampin' Up!'s Retiring List.  I was feeling pretty good about the assignment and had a great idea in my head for a card project.  Here's what I came up with.

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This card begins with a Lost Lagoon card base (Retiring In Color); the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A slightly smaller panel of Soft Suede cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink, was adhered at the center of the Lost Lagoon card front.  

A slightly smaller panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the wavy lines image from the Chalk Lines stamp set (Retiring List).  To do this, the stamp was inked with Lost Lagoon ink, stamped off three times and then stamped on the Very Vanilla panel beginning at the bottom of the panel and working toward the top.  The panel was wiped with the Embossing Buddy and the fan coral image from the By the Tide stamp set (Retiring List) was stamped twice at the lower right corner of the panel using Calypso coral ink, immediately covered in Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, and then heat embossed with the Heat Tool.  To create a sandy sea bottom, a sponge with Crumb Cake ink was scrubbed across the bottom 1/2" of the panel.  

The sea shell and fish images from the By the Tide stamp set were stamped on the panel and on scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  The fish stamped on the scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock was colored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, and Calypso Coral inks, cut out with Paper Snips, the edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink, and adhered over the fish stamped on the focal point panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sea shell stamped on the scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock was colored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks, cut out with Paper Snips, the edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink, and adhered over the sea shell stamped on the focal point panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sea horse image was stamped on the focal point panel using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the focal point panel were sponged with Crumb Cake ink extending the ink approximately 1/8" along the edges of the cardstock.  Then the edges were sponged with Soft Suede ink--this time focusing the sponge only on the sharp edges of the cardstock.  The panel was adhered at the center of the Soft Suede panel.

To finish off the card front, the script image was inked with Crumb Cake ink, stamped off and then stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "Best Dad Ever" greeting from the And Many More stamp set (Retiring List) was stamped over the script using Old Olive ink.  The greeting was punched with the Washi Label punch (Retiring List).  A scrap of Soft Suede cardstock was punched with the Washi Label punch and cut in half with Paper Snips.  The edges of the Soft Suede pieces and the Very Vanilla punched greeting were sponged with Crumb Cake ink and Soft Suede ink using the same process used for the focal point panel.  The Soft Suede pieces were adhered at the right and left edges of the Very Vanilla greeting so that approximately 1/16" of the Soft Suede edge extends beyond the right and left edges of the Very Vanilla greeting.  The greeting was adhered at the upper right corner of the focal point panel using Fast Fuse.

Water bubbles were added to the focal point piece above the fish using clear round sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The fan coral image was stamped at the lower right corner of the liner using Calypso Coral ink.  The sandy sea bottom was added by scrubbing Crumb Cake ink across the lower 1/2" of the liner and Lost Lagoon ink was lightly sponged over the right third of the liner using Lost Lagoon ink.  Two seahorses were stamped on the right side using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the liner were sponged with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink using the same process used for the card front.

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You can see that the stamping on the left front side of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope mirrors the stamping on the liner.  Note that only the left edge and the first 1-1/2" of the top and bottom edges of the envelope front were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

So back to my assignment:  I took step-by-step photos while I was making this card, wrote up detailed instructions, and submitted the completed assignment.  Unfortunately, it was an epic fail.  The most significant reason was that I had used an item from the Retiring List that was already sold out!  Boy, was I embarrassed!  There were some other issues, too, but the punch had to be removed from the card.  At this point, it was pretty late in the evening and I was exhausted.  I decided to sleep on it and give it another try in a day or two.  I had to rethink a few things.  So we'll call this first attempt Take One.

I did some pondering and a couple of days later this is what I came up with for a second take on the card.

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You can see that the elements of the Take Two card are essentially the same as the Take One card.  The major differences are that the Washi Label punched greeting was replaced with a banner (the greeting stamped with Basic Gray rather than Old Olive), the focal point piece is smaller (which eliminates the seahorse from the card front), and the card is in Portrait orientation rather than Landscape.  AND I actually like this version better than the first.  I think it's because the focal point has a more substantial frame on the card front in the Portrait orientation.  

Here's the liner for the Take Two version.

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Rather than sponging the Lost Lagoon ink only over the fan coral and seahorse, this liner was completely sponged with the ink.  The Medium Very Vanilla envelope for the Take Two card, however, is exactly the same as the Take One envelope.

One other thing that you may notice is that the photos for the Take Two card have a more intense level of contrast than for the Take One card.  That was one of the other things that needed to be addressed.  I'm not crazy about how it changes the colors, but it does make the stamped images more vivid and easier to see.

So which version do you like?  Take One or Take Two?  

Hope you have a great weekend!  And for those of you who are Moms, step-Moms, Moms-in-waiting, or provide a Mom role as a foster Mom, teacher, or counselor to children at risk I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.  Your giving hearts are truly the foundation of any successful society.  If you're not a Mom, be sure to thank a Mom for all her hard work and loving sacrifice.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for these cards -- 

Stamps:  By the Tide, And Many More, Chalk Lines; Inks:  Basic Gray Archival, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Metallics Sequin Assortment; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Blender Pens, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Washi Label punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Time for Tea?

Hello!

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Today's post features a product suite featured in the Occasions Catalog that will be retiring.  In fact, some of the products in the suite are already gone!  I'm so disappointed!  Unfortunately, that's what happens sometimes when the Retiring List is announced.  The decisions about what will continue to the new Annual Catalog and what will retire were made long before the sales period began for the Occasions Catalog and I'm not sure that Stampin' Up! anticipated how popular this product suite would be.  Therefore, the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack and the Cups & Kettles Framelits dies are sold out.  The A Nice Cuppa stamp set is still available and has some adorable images--you'll see a couple of those in the project below.  There are a few other accessories used for this project that are on the Retiring List and I'll identify those in the narrative for the project.

I designed this card as a Friendship card that could be easily modified to become a Mother's Day card.  Either way, the project has a soft, comfortable feel.

This project begins with a card base of Wisteria Wonder using a tent fold.  A strip of paper from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered along the left side of the card front leaving approximately 1/8" between the left, top, and bottom edges of the card front and the top, left, and bottom edges of the paper.  A 3" x 4" piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the stacked tea cups image from the A Nice Cuppa stamp set using Wisteria Wonder ink.  Once the ink was dry, the entire image was covered with Wink of Stella Clear ink to give the image some subtle shimmer.

The "and you" tea bag tag was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding die from the Cups and Kettle Framelits.  A hole was punched at the top of the tag using the 1/16" circle handheld punch and a piece of Linen Thread was looped through the hole.  Two holes were punched above and below the top of the handle of the bottom tea cup using the 1/16" circle handheld punch.  The Linen Thread was threaded into the hole below the tea cup handle to the back of the cardstock, then up through the hole punched at the top of the tea cup handle, and then down through the hole below the tea cup handle.  The tail end of the Linen Thread was adhered to the back of the cardstock.

The Whisper White cardstock was adhered at the center of a 3-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Melon Mambo cardstock and then at the center of a 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  A Tea Lace Doily (Retiring List) was cut in half and adhered at the back left side of the Basic Gray cardstock before the focal point piece was adhered to the card front with the top edge of the focal point piece approximately 3/8" from the top edge of the card front and the right side of the focal point piece approximately 3/16" from the right side of the card front.  The card front was finished with three small Rhinestone Basic Jewels placed near the lower right corner of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The cut edge of the second half of the Tea Lace Doily was folded over a 3/4" x 4" strip of paper from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack and adhered at the back of the paper.  The paper strip was adhered across the liner.  

Another piece of paper from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack was die cut into a tea cup shape from the Cups & Kettle Framelits.  Then scraps of Silver Foil paper were die cut with the spoon and "steam" dies.  A Mini Glue Dot was adhered to the bowl of the Silver Foil spoon and the spoon adhered at the back of the die cut tea cup.  The tea cup was adhered to the liner with the base of the tea cup resting at the center of the doily.  Two Mini Glue Dots were rolled up and placed at the back of the Silver Foil "steam" with the "steam" adhered over the top of the tea cup.  

The lemon wedge was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Crushed Curry ink.  The lemon wedge was cut out with Paper Snips.  Crushed Curry ink was sponged over the stamped wedge to cover the white areas and then the edges of the lemon wedge were sponged with Crushed Curry ink.  Once the ink was dry, Wink of Stella Clear ink was brushed over the lemon wedge to simulate a wet shine.  A slit was cut into the lemon wedge to perch the lemon wedge over the rim of the tea cup.  A Mini Glue Dot placed behind the lemon wedge holds it in place on the liner.

The "you are Tea-riffic" sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the 1-1/4" scallop circle punch (Retiring List).  The edges of the scallop circle were sponged with Melon Mambo ink and then the sentiment was adhered at the center of the die cut tea cup.

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A mug and the steam were stenciled at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  To do this, die cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the mug and "steam" to create a stencil.

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The stencil was placed over the lower left front corner of the envelope.  Wisteria Wonder ink and a sponge were used to add the color inside the mug part of the stencil.  Basic Gray ink and a sponge were used to color the inside of the "steam" part of the stencil.  Then the stencil was removed.  Once the ink dried, both areas were brushed with Wink of Stella Clear ink.  The "you are Tea-riffic" sentiment was stamped over the mug using Melon Mambo ink.

Supplies I used for this card--

Stamps:  A Nice Cuppa; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Wink of Stella Clear; Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Silver Foil; Designer Series Paper:  Have a Cuppa Stack; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Tea Lace Doily; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 1/16" circle handheld punch, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Cups & Kettle Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Since the Cups & Kettle Framelits and the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack are no longer available, I have redone the card to show how the card can be re-created with only the elements that are still available.

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The Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack was replaced with English Garden Designer Series Paper (Retiring List).  I took the colors for the card from the colors in the paper:  Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive.  The stamping on the stacked tea cups uses Pear Pizzazz ink because it's just a shade lighter than Old Olive and a good contrast.  As with the first project, the tea cups were brushed with Wink of Stella Clear ink.  The tea bag tag was cut out with Paper Snips.

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The liner features a stamped tea cup with a slice of lime instead of lemon.  The "steam" image was stamped with Basic Gray ink stamped off three times.  The slice of lime and the "steam" were brushed with Wink of Stella Clear ink.  The sentiment is stamped and sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.  The ink used to stamp the tea bag tag is Old Olive.  The tea bag tag was adhered to the liner using a Stampin' Dimensional.  The tea cup was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink and cut out with Paper Snips (and an X-Acto Knife for the area inside the handle).

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The tea cup was inked with Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  The "steam" image was inked with Basic Gray ink and stamped off three times before stamping over the rim of the tea cup.  The heart image was stamped at the center of the tea cup using Old Olive ink.  As with the first project, the tea cup and "steam" were brushed with Wink of Stella Clear ink.

Supplies I used for this version -- 

Stamps:  A Nice Cuppa; Inks:  Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wink of Stella Clear; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  English Garden; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Tea Lace Doily; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 1/16" circle handheld punch, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope