Hello again! It’s time for a fun tea card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and the results of my experiment in making peppermint spoons:
A couple of weeks ago I saw a post about making your own peppermint spoons and since they ran out at Tuesday Morning, I decided to try it. You can read the instructions in original post on Jennifer’s blog HERE. She made hers in the oven, but I wanted to try them in the microwave. I also wanted just the bowl of the spoon as I usually use these for tea parties (see my post HERE, if you haven’t read about those yet) and the cups are small. So I smashed up a bunch of peppermint candies and filled my Wilton Silicone Candy Spoon Mold, putting some Celebrate It! Popsicle Sticks in some and leaving two 100% candy.
It took less than 20 seconds for the first one to start bubbling, and they each started
bubbling at different times, while the full one on the end never bubbled at all.
I kept adding more crushed candy a few seconds at a time, but the end results weren’t terrific. The one that never bubbled came out the best. The one next to it bubbled so much it lost its color and the bowls of the spoons ran on up the handles and wouldn’t look nice:
Now, my microwave is small, so it may not have the even distribution that a larger, more expensive model has, but I still recommend following the original instructions and making these in the oven! Now it’s time for me to take a break with my Chocolate Macadamia Nut tea and peppermint spoon dipped in chocolate and dunked in sprinkles!
One additional note for lovers of mint chocolate… My aunt told me about making brownies with a layer of Andes Creme de Menthe Chocolates – it sounded wonderful! Target had some brownie bites on sale and Andes chocolates were on sale, too, soooooo… If you put 1/2 a mint on a brownie bite and put it in the microwave 10-15 seconds… YUM!
Well, this IS supposed to be a CARD making post, so I’d best get to it, eh?! That fun wintry sea background was made by dry embossing soft aluminum.
I embossed the reverse side, then flipped it over and lightly sanded the raised areas to bring out the silvery white of the waves in the wintry sea.
I felt they needed a little bit more ‘foam’, so I added some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the crests of the waves and even splashes some onto our intrepid penguins and their vessel. If you click on the picture you should be able to enlarge it and see the splashes.
I love that sentiment that we are all like tea bags: You don’t know how strong you are until you’ve been in a little hot water!
I can almost hear the penguins now:
Kowalski: Sir, How long do we stand here like this?
Skipper: Until we reach maximum coolness.
Skipper: There it is!
Smile and wave, boys!
- AMACO Paragona ArtEmboss Colored Foils Cerulean Blue soft aluminum embossing sheets
- Stampendous/Dreamweaver Waves stencil LJ838
- The Cat’s Pajamas: Ship Happens stamp set
- Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles 2 dies
- Memento Rose Bud dye ink
- Copic Markers: C01; RV05, 04, 17, 34, YR07
- EK Success Writer Metallic Silver
- Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
- Tombow Xtreme and Mono Permanent Adhesives, Adhesive dots
- Core’dinations cardstock red and kraft
I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:
- Coffee Lovers 2015 Winter Blog Hop: http://wp.me/p5K3PQ-4w
- The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop: http://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/blog-2/
- STAMPlorations ARTplorations 2015 Flash Stencil Linky Party: http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2015/12/artplorations-stencil-blog-hop-day-2.html
- And my colors fit Verve’s A Cup of Kindness challenge http://vervestamps.blogspot.com/p/inspiration-challenge.html
I hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon – you’re always welcome here!
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Oh my gosh, this is so cute and so creative! I love love love that embossed wave background and these sea faring penguins are so adorable I can barely stand it! How in the world have I never seen this fun stamp set??!
Very very cool background… love it!! I have some metal tape here that’s embossed and I’m trying to decide what to do with it… thanks for the inspiration!
OMG! Love your embossed wavy panel on aluminium, cute image!
Love it all so much!!!
Beautiful tin work, D.Ann, love the penguins! Happy Holidays!
yum….I’m craving peppermint now.
Awesome card, love the embossed metal.
Bad Kitty’s Craftroom
What a lot of experimenting! And all with such a great result.
Have to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your spoon project. Looks like an interesting project. Love your card’s background. You are very talented
I’m coming back here to see what the peppermint is all about; but have to get on with bloghop…but clever idea. And your card is beautiful.
What a great background to go with the image. Thank you for joining The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop for a second time. Those spoons look really yummy too!
This is so creative! I’ve never seen anything like this – way to go! Wow!
Incredible card. I’ve never seen metal embossed like this before and I’m completely blown away. Really creative and innovative.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Tea?????? With one of your artisan peppermint spoons??????????? Oh, be still my over-caffeinatedly beating heart!!! That sounds absolutely exquisite!!! YUM!!! D.Ann……I can’t decide if the Coffee/Tea/Cocoa Lovers Hop is your true element or the Cat Lovers Hop. Your posts are just fabulous all the time, but you hit it out of the ballpark for these hops!!! I love how you have managed to combine the two themes and put a kitty in some of your projects.
This card with the sweet penguins asail in their HMS TeaCup is so fun. Perfect sentiment and awesome background!!!!
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WOW! i am super impressed with your background – how cool is that!
FUN card with an awesome background!! The peppermint spoons, YUM!!
This card is right up my alley with the adorable penguins! Super cute! Your peppermint spoons look amazing! And yummy!
Love the very interesting background of your card. I’m also wanting to try making some of your peppermint spoons. What a wonderful simple pleasure! Thank you so much for joining us at The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop! Brenda
Such a fun & creative card to have those penguins in the cup. Love it!!!
Another fun card!! And those spoons…yum!