Monday, 13 May 2013

A Top Tea Party

I’ve something a little different to share with you today, a top hat.  It doesn’t look that much from the front, does it?  And why does it have a lid you ask?
Here’s the side view showing the gorgeous Rio N Toots Tea Party stamp from Simply B Stamps. 
I’ve got a thing for tea parties (as does the recipient of this special top hat) and hats (even though I don’t wear them myself) so I just love this image.  It’s modeled on Betty’s own daughter, Rio, and her outfit for a recent school dance.  The pins are ones I made up, there’s a mushroom in the teapot as a nod to my little avatar, Emily Shroom.

I’ve never made a top hat before but that didn’t stop me altering the pattern for this one from Laura de la Rosa on the Graphic 45 blog.  I’ve also never made a mini album before but I’m always up for a challenge so altering the top hat pattern to include a mini album inside was just par for the crafting course with me.  Here’s what’s hiding under the lid.

This piece took a lot of work, all of the weekend just gone to be precise so it deserves a pile it on challenge entry so, to that end, I’m entering it into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes, with an option of two stamps

Skin Rio E000, E00, E01, (E93 cheeks) / Toots YR12, YR14, YR16, 0, YR20, YR21, YR23 Spica Clear
Eyes E23, E25, E27
Lips Rio R24, R46
Hair Rio YR 14, E57, E07, E08
Dress Rio and Hat Y23, Y26, Y28, E84, YR14, YR15, YR68, Spica Clear, Gold Spica
Shoes YR14, YR15, YR68, Spica Peach
Peacock feather, teapot and cups BG23, BG34, BG49
Mushroom R24, R29, R46, R89, E40, E42, E43
Cricut cart
Creative Memories Reminisce
Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Matting Basics
Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Eight
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles
Assorted ribbons from LSS
Assorted beads from stash for pins
Creative Memories Heritage Titles sticker
Dress It Up buttons – Cupcakes and Time for Tea
Gems from stash
Paper flowers from stash
Prima Sunrise Sunset Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets Roses

Papermania Art Deco Alphabet Stickers
Creative Memories Vintage Chic embossed cardstock
Cream cardstock from stash
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Bed of Roses

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment, Id love to hear your thoughts :-)


  1. I didn't know this was a top hat from the thumbnail pic. What a totally gorgeous and unique creation! I'm never seen a top hat altered item before and the opening at the top to hold a mini-album is genius! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog.

  2. Wow, what a fabulous project! I can certainly believe it took you all weekend to create; so much detail! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap!

  3. Very nicely done and it's such a unique creation. Thank you so much for playing with us at Love to Scrap challenge blog.

  4. Such a fabulous and unusual creation. Stunning work. Thank you for joining us at PCJ and sharing your project.
    Laine - DT

  5. What a fabulous creative piece of work - well done you for thinking outside the box!
    Thanks for sharing at Diva's this week for our Anything Goes challenge and good luck
    Hugs Laurie x

  6. Amazing Creation. Great work. Thanks for playing at Love to Scrap.

  7. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  8. Incredible work!! Thanks for playing along with us at Loves to Scrap!!


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