Hello all and welcome, happy August to you all! It's the first Friday of the month and that means the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The lovely Jennie is hosting this month and has chosen the theme A Cup of Tea. This is what she has to say about her challenge:
Pour yourself an extra cup of tea and use it in your project. In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal teas and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup! Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
I had super fun making my project, here it is:
It's is little folder, made out of two tea dyed envelopes. It has pockets inside and will be filled with some home made tags and ephemera to be sent to a pen friend who is also into vintage journaling, like I am.
The two envelopes were simply slotted into each other as you can see below:
You then glue the remaining flap on the other side, - simple...
I then gathered some vintage style papers, mostly digital downloads from various Etsy shops and had fun creating the cover, inside pages and ephemera. I'll let the photos tell the story:
Here for the front cover I created a collage from a piece of tea dyed paper, some stamping, die cuts, washi tape and a wax seal.

I created a closure from a punched tag, attached to the back, folded around and then it closes with a couple of magnets.




                                                  The inside pages were created in a similar way
I printed the pages on lightly tea dyed paper and then deepened the colour still further with a little sponge dipped in a cup of very strong tea. I also did use Distress Inks throughout though to age the edges of my papers.
The lace at the bottom was also dyed in the same cup of tea
Here you can hopefully see some of the tea splatters which I added by dipping a brush into the cup.
Next I created and envelope that will be tucked inside one of the pockets and will be filled with little tags and other ephemera, all using tea dyed paper.
The front of the envelope
And here finally is a closer look at some of the ephemera and tags.
Well, that's it from me for now, I am usually more of a coffee drinker, but had great fun using my tea in this way. Thank you Jennie for this great challenge! And of course, like always, do make sure to check out the fabulous projects my teamies have created, hopefully you will feel inspired to brew a cuppa or two and join us for the challenge!
Thanks for visiting here today. I'll be on holiday in Germany when this post goes live, and I very much hope you will have a good summer as well. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, well then you know that Spring will soon be around the corner...
xxxxx