Monday, March 27, 2023

Play Date Tea for T Tuesday


It's time to share my play date on Thursday.  Ironically, it was also the same morning a breaker blew in my neighborhood.  Thankfully, my electric company had the breaker fixed before it was time to brew the tea.

While the lights were out in my neighborhood, I used my portable OTT (full spectrum) light to set out the contents of this table for a play date I was having with my friend Sharon, who is also a T Tuesday participant.

I drug out all the dies I have been given.

I also found a sheet on the internet about how to use different embossing folders.  I thought that might come in handy. 

The other table is where we will use our die cutters.  Sharon is bringing hers, too.  I had to bring my guillotine cutter to this table to make room for the coffee pot I would turn into a tea pot for Sharon.  The hat sitting on the cutter is a gift for Sharon.  My dear foodie friend Sally gave it to me.  I loved it, but it was too big for my head.  It fit Sharon perfectly, so I am glad I thought of her, since she likes to walk that path each day.  Note the cat condo.  My cats don't climb, so they have never used it.  Just the scratching post at the bottom.

I have just brought out the Staz-on reinkers I will show Sharon how to use.

While I was putting the final touches on everything, the sun peeked over the horizon and it was now light outside.

Too early to start the water, but not too early to set up the tea.  Sharon requested any black tea, so I went through my numerous bags and found a few choices for her.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

 One last look

as daylight appears.

One more check.  I hope the day isn't as dismal as it is in this photo.

The first thing I did after Sharon arrived and chose her first cup of tea was to show her how to use the reinkers and the alcohol.

She used a lot more of the ink than I usually use, which made her page more vibrant.

Because the ink was leaking all over the red rosin paper, I gave Sharon more paper to place underneath to catch the excess ink. These were Sharon's colors.  Mine were different, but I didn't play as much as I supervised Sharon.

Before we left the "wet" room, Sharon brought out her watercolor paper, Distress Oxides, a mat, and water.  I supplied the handmade stencil she used. 

She showed me how to create something like this.  These were her colors.  Mine were different.  BTW, she gifted me with this silicone mat.

The final thing Sharon showed me that I took pictures of, was how to use a Misti.  Most of my red rubber was wood mounted and I didn't want to remove the rubber from the wood.  My other red rubber didn't have a backing, so was too thin to be used in the Misti.  Even some of my acrylic wasn't thick enough.  That convinces me I definitely don't need one of these tools!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we accomplished in the wet room.  I forgot to get any photos when we were die cutting and embossing.  Seems I am MUCH BETTER at embossing than die cutting.

Although you probably already know the drill, please share a drink related post.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, handmade cards, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, a favorite mug, cup and saucer, teapot, coffee pot, or even a wine glass. Regardless, please join us by linking below.  Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants. 

It's also time to dig up your Second on the 2nd post.  any length, any genre, as long as it's been published sometime in the past.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you girls had a fun time playing together. Painting and crafting are more fun in a group! Pity I live so far away! Happy T day, hugs, Valerie

DVArtist said...

I'm with Valerie, it is so much fun when there is a gathering. Looks like a good time with great art. Have a nice evening.

Mae Travels said...

That looks like a lot of fun, playing with ink and all together.

Thanks for creating this fun blog party, too. You are a good host both online and off.

best… mae at

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Elizabeth, what a very fun day for the both of you! Did you make a lunch as well? Nice to share knowledge with friends. Happy T

Elephant's Child said...

That looks like a wonderful day - for you both.

Lisca said...

How wonderful that you guys could get together and have some fun with 'wet' stuff.

Cloudia said...

Together time in the full spectrum light. That actually sounds pretty sweet

My name is Erika. said...

It looks like you had a great day Elizabeth. It's great you live near Sharon and can get together, and it looks like you really got everything out to have some fun. I haven't stopped by Sharon's blog yet but I'm curious to see if she mentioned it too. I'll know very soon. And I hope you can share some of the art you created too. And I noticed the class of 95 mug. Was that the year you received your PhD or one of your other graduations? Have a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

Carola Bartz said...

I get the feeling that you had a wonderful day together. It is so much fun to craft together. I'm glad the two of you were able to do this.

Sharon Madson said...

I just realized I forgot to comment! I was so excited about us posting about our fun day! Boy, we sure made a mess out of your cleaned up space, didn’t we? By the time we got through it looked like a storm had hit! LOL. And you didn’t even mention how we lost a stamp and how we both looked for it and you found it eventually stuck to the stamp platform. When we do the Geli plate, we will just do that. I think that will be enough. Thanks for the great time. Happy t day.

Amila said...

Wow! It seems like you ladies had a great time! Crafting together is so much fun. More than the crafty items, the fun is with working together. Thanks for sharing all these photos. So, I enjoyed such a play date too.
Happy T Tuesday!


P.S. It seems I am having an issue with commenting on blogger. Sorry about that.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a fun activity! I haven't had a friend over in years.

Christine said...

Looks like fun! Happy T!

CJ Kennedy said...

Such a fun, and creative play day! Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day

Rita said...

Looks like you two had a wonderful time! Glad your electricity came back on in time!! :)

Helen said...

looks like you had great fun!

craftytrog said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your play date with Sharon. The inky results look great.
Happy T-Day!

nwilliams6 said...

Oh, I wish I could have come! Looks like you both had fun. Glad you got your lights back on in time. I love crafting play dates and tea so I would have been right at home. Die cuts are not my favorite, but I do have to admit that I bough the TH Modern Floristry set recently and I am addicted to it. Looks like a totally lovely day! Happy T-day and hugz

Rostrose said...

Dear Elizabeth, Luckily you were well prepared for a power outage and got the power back in time! It looks like a nice creative time with your friend Sharon!
I also want to thank you for your tireless attempts to post comments in my blog. Here's what we're doing now: I've tentatively switched my comment field to comment moderation and comment position: pop-up window. Please let me know if the commenting will work better - THANK YOU!
All the best, a happy end of March and a good start into April!
Hugs, Traude 😘

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, the hat-thing sounds too familiar! I can only buy in the kid´s section and even the last one Ingo got me there is too big.
Looks like you had a fab time together!
I mean, the proof is that it looked like as storm had hit :-)
Happy T-Day!

Divers and Sundry said...

So much fun! I'm happy you have the opportunity to play :) Happy T Tuesday

jinxxxygirl said...

How fun is that to have a play date with a friend and fellow crafter!! So nice that you can teach each other new things!!! Thank you for the well wishes! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

Darla said...

What fun to have someone IRL to make art with. Such a wonderful opportunity to learn from one another. I have a group of knitting friends but my only visual art friends are on line. I'm just thankful for those... like YOU

pearshapedcrafting said...

I tried to leave a comment when I posted but I got the read only box pop up again so having completed my packing here I am. I do love a play date and you and Sharon look as though you a good time. As for the Misti - I don't know what it is like but I was given a Tim Holtz platform that has a top plate that reverses for rubber or clear stamps. I only use it for layering stamps on cards, never in my journals. Happy T Day, Chrisx

Jeanie said...

I haven't had a good art playdate in ages and this looks like such fun! It's so much fun doing art with a friend. Or anyone, for that matter! I loved your set up -- lots of room to work.

I tried to comment on your art post (blue one with all the circles); hit the wrong button and when I refreshed the page to comment it just went to your banner. But I really did like that piece!