Saturday 22 August 2020

It's Tea Time


Over at The Outlawz there is a Progressive Freebie challenge where if you use the previous month's image you get the next months to play with. This time we got an amazing full kit from The Paper Shelter called It's Tea Time!  It comes with the uncoloured image, the coloured one, a background paper and a complete digital card.

I have to be honest when I saw it I was a bit stumped as I don't really do Steampunk so wasn't entirely sure what to do with it. I did however know that I wanted to use the sentiment that I have which was a freebie from Tlc Creations.

There are challenges for every day of the week at The Outlawz and this card actually almost made itself from those. The Colour challenge is to use Kraft plus 2 colours and make up your own twist. I love using blue and brown as a colour scheme and my twist was to use a previously un-inked rubber stamp.

The image was coloured with Promarkers in different shades of blue & brown only adding a fleshtone as an extra colour. I distressed the edges with a inkpad, added a few gems and a heart gem 'tattoo' on her shoulder.

I used the Wednesday sketch for the layout. The base of the card is a sheet of A4 brown card. I then added a layer of plain blue. 

The next layer is Kraft card and on this I have used a rubber stamp I have had for at least 8 years and never used. It came in a craft back from Papermania and is about 4" square. I have never been all that great at stamping but I invested in a Tim Holtz stamping platform and by golly that is a game changer. I can get really good results now. Some of the best money I have spent on crafty stuff. I used the Tea Dye Distress Ink to stamp the image and then used Walnut Stain to darken the edges and grunge it up a bit. I used a messy mat for this that came with some red sticky tape I bought a while ago. I have never used it before and have to say it made it so easy to do the blending as I could put the colour on the mat and use a lighter touch with the blending brush. 

The sentiment has been distressed with the Tea Dye inkpad and matted onto blue card. I added a pre-printed die cut pocket watch from my stash and a rub-on which was added onto brown card and then fussy cut. These are both mounted onto thin 3d foam pads.

As I said it is very different from my usual style of card but that is the great beauty of progressive freebie challenges. You use the image you are given and often it pulls you out of your comfort zone and encourages you to be more creative.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Image - It's Tea Time! by The Paper Shelter

Sentiment - Previous freebie from Tlc Creations

Rubber Stamp - Beautiful Time Pieces by Papermania

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Distress Ink Pads

Embellishments - Self Adhesive gems, Rub-on from Royal Langnickel


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)




  1. Beautiful card! I just love the embellies! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  2. Wow....this is so beautiful. Love the colors you choose! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Cupcake Inspirations!

  3. Great card and I love the sentiment! Thank you for sharing over at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog, we hope you will join us next time again! Bye Deezy DT

  4. I really enjoyed reading how you put this card together - so much so I read it twice! I love the addition of a 'tattoo' and all your 'firsts'. Thanks for taking us through it step by step.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  5. great written tutorial wonderful card Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx Please join us again.

  6. Fun steampunk card - love the embellishments. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Dragonfly Dreams challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  7. Awesome card. I get so confused the one or two times I've had to do steampunk. I LOVE your card. Awesome image and love the clocks and colors. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments (and Colour Crazy, Crafty Sentiments)

  8. Fabulous card, love steampunk...following you.x

  9. Lovely card. Thank you for joining The Paper Shelter challenge. A Bit More Time to Craft, A Bit More Time to Craft extra challenge, Colour Crazy, Creative Fingers, Jan's Digis, and Not Just Cards. Hope to see you again next time

  10. Love the steam punk vibe going on! Fabulous colours and design choices. Thanks for playing at Polkadoodles, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  11. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams.
    Hugs Ilonka DT x

  12. Great card, your blog is lovely,

    What a fabulous card.
    Thank you for entering our Challenge at
    AUD Sentiments
    this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Crafty hugs
    Debbie Maddock – DT AUD Sentiments
    My blog

  13. One of my favourite images and loving your card!

    Thank you for entering the challenge at The Paper Shelter - good luck! Hugs Susan x

  14. Superb! I love the background stamping - I thought the paper had come like that! Fantastic work. Love the sentiment; it works perfectly with the image. Wonderful work!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  15. Mandy, Stunning piece! Time pieces everywhere and there are days I feel like I fell into the rabbit hole. Lovely coloring. Thank you for sharing your Tea-rific greeting card with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  16. Sounds like it was a lot of fun making this card. Fab colouring and I love the sentiment.

    Thanks for joining us again.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  17. Very beautiful card with lovely coloring! Thanks for joining us at Creative Fingers.
    DT Mari, my blog Ittetehty

  18. Cool image and use of embellishments. Love that clock background as well. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

  19. It was good to come out of your comfort zone because you have created a wonderful card. Love everything about it. Thank you for sharing it with us at CD Sunday Plus Wynn DT

  20. A great card. I love the colour combination. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  21. Super take on our photo challenge. You certainly took a lot of elements from it here. Thanks for sharing at JUGS this week.

  22. That is gorgeous. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  23. Lovely card, and beautifully coloured
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  24. Beautiful card and those colours works so well together. Thank you for sharing at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Merja DT

  25. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

  26. This is so beautiful.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge and the best of luck with your entry.
    Margo DT

  27. Wonderful image, and a great design. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  28. I am very glad you joined us this week at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I hope you had a fantastic time!!! See you back very soon to play in another amazing challenge. :)


    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team Member

  29. Beautifully coloured and great embellishments.

    Thanks for joining us at the Creatalicious Challenge.

    Helen x

  30. Don't you just love when a card comes together so easy? This is wonderful. Thank you for joining us over at Penny's Challenge. DT~Jana Forrest

  31. Fabulous card Mandy. Gorgeous image!
    Thanks so much for joining in and sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  32. Great card! For not knowing what to do with the image, you rocked the card!!! That Papermania background was the perfect yet subtle touch! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge. I wish you the best of luck in the draw and hope you'll play along again soon!!!
    ~Karen Page, DT Member for Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge
    Blog: IG: @misplacedmojo

  33. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at EAC.

  34. Awesome steampunk design! Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  35. Lovely card Mandy! Love the sentiment. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for

  36. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Creative Crafters Challenge this time and good luck :)


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