Thursday, March 24, 2016

Teacup Bookmarks

A while back, a fellow blogger shared her lovely idea for making teacup bookmarks.  I was intrigued with the simple technique she used, and saved the link to her tutorial.  Recently, after participating in Stephanie's teacup/mug exchange, I was excited to finally make some of these cute little bookmarks, one of which was to send to my new friend in the teacup/mug exchange.

You will want to visit Trish who blogs here and who shared this lovely template for teacups here. Trish used her template to cut the teacups out of gift bags, which is a wonderful idea, especially since there are so many pretty bags to choose from at the dollar store and no doubt in your collection... but I chose to make these cute bookmarks from paper, since paper is something I have a LOT of!    Trish shares an excellent tutorial for making these bookmarks, so be sure and visit her site to see her creativeness at work!


I had printed out the template first on plain white paper, and was going to trace and cut out the designs, but then decided it would be even better to print it right on the paper I was going to use for the bookmark.  Just make sure you print on the *wrong* side of the paper.  I used heavyweight textured cardstock for these bookmarks.


Cut out the teacup so that the black lines do not show.



Now the fun begins!  Assemble materials that you would like to decorate your bookmark with.  I tried to keep the layers as flat as possible, even though I was tempted to add bulky embellishments like buttons!  These are for books after all, and a flat bookmark is best.


I used some gorgeous lace that was gifted to me and was begging to be used on this particular teacup.


I used a circle punch to punch out the "tea bag tag".


Linen thread was used as the string for the tea tag, and while I really intended to keep this tea cup flat... well, I couldn't resist using these pretty flowers to dress up the lace.  So much for a flat bookmark, lol!


The cardstock I used is actually a very pretty primrose pink, but in some pictures it was showing up as red, or bright neon pink.  This picture actually shows the best color of the cardstock I used, although still not exact.  Light is funny that way... some colors are just hard to get right with the camera!


This little teacup turned out to be my favorite, although I really liked how the others turned out as well.


I used a white  "Smooch" dauber to add the white dots.



This was actually my second attempt at making these teacup bookmarks.  My first attempt was not documented as I made them, but you can see the finished bookmarks below.


I printed these bookmarks out on pretty scrapbook paper, instead of cardstock, and ended up having to cut them out twice and glue together to make them more sturdy.

 
The back of the bookmarks.


"Life is like a cup of tea... it's all in how you make it." 



"A cup of tea is an excuse to share great thoughts with great minds." Christina Re


"Sometimes all you need is a cup of tea". 


"Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book."  Bill Watterson


One of these sweet little bookmarks is making its way across the country to a dear blogger friend of mine who was paired with me in Stephanie's teacup/mug exchange... thus the inspiration for these little teacup bookmarks... oh the joys that tea and friendship bring us!  :)

41 comments:

  1. I love them! Trade you a birdie pin for one:)

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    1. Awesome... you've got a deal! :)

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    2. Great! My email is littlegraycottage@gmail.com...so excited to exchange! Just email and we can get one another's address:)

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  2. These are so special, and super cute. Love the embellishments. xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy, they were so much fun to make! I love quick little projects like this :) Hope you are doing well my friend, and pray you have a blessed Easter!

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    1. They are so easy to make! Glad you liked them! Appreciate your visit, and pray you have a blessed Easter!

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  4. Thank you, thank you!!!! What a perfect gift idea to slip into a birthday card and make some woman feel loved. I'm going to do this. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for those prayers. Means the world to us at this time. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Love,
    Mary

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    1. I will certainly continue praying for you, believing that the Lord will provide! Happy Easter to you and your family, He is RISEN!

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  5. What lovely bookmarks :-)

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    1. Thank you Mari, I was so happy with how they turned out, and hope to make more :)

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    1. Thank you Angela, they were a lot of fun to make! :)

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  7. Oh my goodness, these are so sweet! I love them! I'll have to check out your friend's blog.
    You did a wonderful job creating some one of a kind bookmarks!
    xo
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda, they were so much fun to make, and send out :) I love all things tea, and these were so fun. I was thinking of perhaps making some with fabric.... hmm! Have a blessed day my friend :)

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  8. Marilyn, those are just adorable!! I'm anxious to receive my love gift from you. I will check your friends blog out, and I do believe I will give these a try. They would be wonderful to have on hand to share with others.
    Your teacup recipient will be delighted with your gift of these.

    Have a blessed Easter.
    Much love, Debbie

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    1. They were such a delight to make, and to share! :) Praying you have a blessed Easter weekend!

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  9. Your bookmarks are truly stunning, what a wonderful idea you had, my lovely friend !
    Thank you once again for sharing all this cheerfulness and beauty, my sweetest friend,
    may your Easter be Happy as ever, I wish it to you with all my heart !

    With sincere gratitude and love

    Dany

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    1. Thank you Dany, there were such fun and a joy to make! I hope to make some more... always changing things up of course... that is the fun of creating! Have a blessed Easter my friend!

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  10. I'm going to make these for Mother's Day and keep one for myself!
    I'm always looking around for something to mark my books with.
    Love these!!!!

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    1. Yes, me too... many times a scrap of paper or a Kleenex finds its home inside a book... hopefully that will change :) Have fun making them... it is fun to see how each one created is unique!

      Have a blessed Easter my friend!

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  11. Oh my, these are just the cutest! Sweet friend, I must make some of these {{smiles}} How I would love to spend a day crafting with you :)

    Thank you for sharing this darling idea and please know that you have inspired me. Have a blessed Easter, dear one. Love and hugs!

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    1. Wouldn't that be a joy to craft together some day... such joy indeed! I do hope you can make some of these... they are just too fun... and your sweet talented hands could create some wonderful little bookmarks for sure! Anything tea related is always delightful!

      Praying you have a blessed and very special Easter my friend!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your adorable tea cup bookmarks. I have an idea of something slightly different based on your seeing your pattern, hopefully I will get around to making it then I'll show the photos. Hmmm...the wheels are spinning lol!! Very cute!

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    1. Awesome! That is what I love about creativity, it knows no bounds... I look forward to seeing what you create! I hope to make some more, and have thoughts about trying to use fabric on them... always fun to create isn't it! Hope you are having a blessed Saturday, and may the Lord bless you richly on this Easter celebration!

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  13. Oh how beautiful...she is going to be one lucky girl, smiles. I received my Tea Cup package yesterday....and the one I sent out got there last week. Thank you for the smiles....Blessings

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    1. How awesome to have received your package already! I am watching the mail today, hoping today is the day :) Look forward to seeing your reveal, this is so much fun! May you have a blessed Easter my friend!

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  14. Each and every one of these pretties are so sweet. Love all the gorgeous embellishments. These are perfect to slip into a gift....one couldn't help but smile when they gaze upon these pretties!

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    1. They were so fun to make! I have some ideas for adding fabric to them... all kinds of fun things you could do to make these fun and easy little bookmarks, and I agree... something so nice to have on hand to slip into a card, no extra weight or bulk, but something pretty and useful too :) Have a blessed Easter weekend my friend!

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  15. Happy Easter,
    I love this idea. I am pinning it. :-)
    Thank you for sharing.
    Carla

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    1. Awesome! They are so fun to make, and come together very quickly... hope you are having a wonderful day, and praying the Lord blesses your Easter!

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  16. These are so pretty! Thanks for pointing us towards the tutorials. And a Happy Easter!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia... they are quite fun to make... I love quick and simple projects! Hope you are having a blessed Easter!

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  17. These are just beautiful! So precious! I know your friend's day will be oh, so brightened when she opens this up. :) This is the first time I have participated in the mug exchange, and oh, my, it has just been such a dear blessing!!!! So thankful for this wonderful blogging community, and for the privilege of meeting you, dear friend. Have a blessed Easter!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl, they were such fun to craft, and I hope this week to make some more of them! Oh I agree that the tea exchange is such a special thing to do, and I'm glad that you have taken part in it too! Hope you have had a blessed Easter today, and sending much love and hugs to you!!!

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  18. Oh Marilyn! I LOVE my little teacup bookmark!!! I'm sending you an email in a few minutes, but I just had to leave a comment. Thank you so much!!! {{hugs}}

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  19. Marilyn, your teacup bookmarks are adorable! The embellishments make them super cute. Anyone would be happy to have one. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  20. Love them! I'm sure your partner will be delighted to receive your cute bookmarks.

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  21. Very cute! I am curious to see how your fabric ones turn out. Enjoyed your quotes- they were perfect.

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  22. I have been really out of the loop for many reasons, but I saw this post on your sidebar and I am so glad I checked it out!! I did Pin it to my Pinterest board of craft, I really want to try it! I will be trying these really soon, I need to go back and read over the steps once more! I appreciate you sharing this sweet idea!
    Love, Roxy

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