Do you like tea? I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan until a friend shared some Cardamom Cinnamon tea from The Republic of Tea with me…yum! I’m a certified tea lover now, so the Tea Shoppe stamp set was a ‘love at first sight’ set, especially since Stampin’ Up! gave it to us for free at the 2011 Founder’s Circle Retreat!
I’ve had this project ready to share for months, and finally get to pull it out to show! I’m a big fan of looseleaf tea, and these cool “make your own teabag” tea filters by T-Sac. So here’s a little gift to share with a friend — a 1×8″ Cello Bag filled with loose tea, and a 1×8″ Cello Bag with several tea filters, tied off with a sweet sentiment by Louisa May Alcott from the Tea Shoppe stamp set.
The two pieces are wrapped with a doily cut using the Paper Doily Sizzlit for the Big Shot. Gotta love these fun new toys from the Occasions Mini Catalog!
A couple of tips on the Paper Doily:
- Use a card stock shim (or two) between the bottom of the Sizzlit and the bottom cutting plate. These can help the die cut more cleanly — it varies from Big Shot to Big Shot (we’re talking a hair thickness here) so it may take a little trial and error to find what works best with your machine.
- To get most of the paper pieces out (they stick in the doily a bit after you cut it), roll the cut doily around a Stampin’ Around Marker or other small cylinder. After rolling it a few times, most of the doily pieces will pop out on their own.
- If you don’t like poking the center pieces out, skip it 🙂 Use the doily as a bottom layer on your projects, since the outside pieces will pop out using the rolling technique, and you can add a Scallop Circle punched piece in the middle to cover the ones that might take a little more poking.
- Finally, just take your time and use a Pokey Tool (aka Paper Piercing Tool) to get them all out. This is a gorgeous piece of die cut card stock — it’s worth the extra effort!