Friday, February 22, 2013

RRR tutorial


            Are you getting Spring fever?   I am hearing birds chirping again and we think our Mama bird has come back to set up house in our (her) birdhouse.   I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning (getting a month head start).  Bringing out some birdies and nests I have had tucked away.  It is so much fun to bring something out and see it again.   Tweaking a bit of décor here and there.   Ahhh love this time of year....the promise of new. 
                                  I popped in to share an itty bitty tutorial for RRR, one which some of you know.  The process of tea staining ribbons and laces.  I love to do it every now and again.  It softens things and it gives it history.   I also do seam binding sometimes and decided to pop a bit of the   baby pink seam binding  in for fun.  It came out a yummy soft peachy pink.   The crochet lace I tried is the Juliet lace and it picked up the tea really well and it smells wonderful.  I generally use 4 packets and boil the water like I am making tea and pop them in to steep.   As you can see it gets pretty dark.  I leave everything in there for several hours and than take it out and dry it on a tea towel. 
                                          As you can see I am starting my Mother's day cards....the first is one made for a customer.  That is her Mama and her as a baby and I simply adore their picture.  I love how the tea staining softens everything and gives it authenticity, especially with lovely old pictures.  The other card I used a Crafty Secrets stamp set.  It is know secret I love silhouettes.  I have a small wall area with a grouping of them.  So fun to use on cards. As always I Hope you enjoy!  hugs, cherry


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Patty O'Malley said...

Pretty cards, Cherry! The first one is so precious. I love your bows, too.

Anya said...

Very nice cards! I was thinking on making some Mother's Day cards too! Thanks for visiting:)

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Your project is OH SO PRETTY! BUT, if I were you, I would keep some CHEAP TEA on hand to do the tea dying! :)Save the GOOD TEA for a sweet cup to relax with! :)

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Lisa Elton said...

Beautiful cards Cherry! The last one with the little one being tossed in the air is my fav, so sweet!

Nancy Guse said...

Hi Cherry, these are all SO lovely!!! Love that key, can I ask where it is from? I have been looking for one.

Corinne said...

How do you make your beautiful seam binding bows? Would love for you to show how you do them. Thank you for your beautiful inspirations. I love your blog the best!!!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Using the photo is such a great idea, it's beautiful! I love these stamps, too, they're so gorgeous!

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Laurie Olivas said...

Such beautiful cards! What stamp sets did you use on the Mother's day cards. I love the vinatage look! So pretty!

Laurie Olivas said...

Love your cards! What stamp sets did you use for these? I love the vintage look. BTW I followed your link to RRR! WOW, what great prices on the lace and ribbon! I ordered and I have already received within days! Yay! Thanks so much!