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I love tea, especially my homemade ice tea which I add honey, sweet mint leaves and lemon to. We have friends that are beekeepers and each year when they harvest the honey, I purchase extracted honey in bulk from them. Rod actually runs all of his honey through a system that strains and filters out all of the debris. The whole process of making and processing honey is quite interesting to learn. From the purchase of his bees to bottling the honey. He bottles all of his honey in pint and quart mason jars and I usually purchase enough for the whole year.
If you've never made homemade ice tea it is quite simple and mine does not contain any sugars other than the honey (and I know what's in it!). I even grow and dehydrate (for the winter), my own sweet mint leaves to add to my tea! I'll list my recipe at the end of my post.
So this is today's card:
My little chat today led me to my teacup card. The tea cup image is from the "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set:
and I also used the "Have A Cuppa Designer Paper" for one of my layers:
And finally, I cut the cute mini tag using the "Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies":
- A Nice Cuppa stamp set, Item #140683 $17.00
- Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies, Item #140624 $29.00
- Have A Cuppa Designer Paper, Item #140567 $8.00
- Stamp set & Framelits Bundle, Item #141074 $39.00
- Card Base: Mint Macaron Cardstock 4-1/4" x 11". Score in the center at 5-1/2". Emboss the front using the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder and fold on score line.
- Layer #2: Have A Cuppa Designer Paper measuring 2-1/2" x 5-1/4". Glue to the card base about 1/2" from the left.
- Layer #3: Cut (1) Tea Lace Doily in half and glue to the designer paper as shown in the photo.
- Layer #4: Whisper White Cardstock 2-1/2" x 4-3/4". Stamp the tea cup image at the bottom using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle with Cherry Cobber Emblossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Use a Blender Pen and Mint Macaron Ink to trace the outside of the image. Using Sponge Daubers, add Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron Inks to the wording. Stamp the heart image using Bermuda Bay Ink above the tea cups. Stamp the small tag using Bermuda Bay Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock and cut out with the framelits dies. Add a Silver Mini Brad through the tag and the white cardstock. Glue cardstock layer to card front using Stamping Dimensionals.
- Bling: Add a few It's My Party Enamel Dots to the stamped image layer.
- Boil about 2-3 cups of water.
- In a glass container (I use a 4 cup Pampered Chef Batter Bowl), add 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey, 6 black tea bags, 1 tablespoon dried sweet mint.
- Add boiling water and allow to steep for 30 minutes. TIP: Whenever pouring boiled water into a glass dish, insert a metal spoon before you pour. The spoon takes the heat before the glass dish does alleviating cracking the dish. My Mom taught me this when I was little.
- Fill a 2 quart pitcher half-way with ice cubes
- Pour the steeped liquid into the pitcher by straining to remove tea bags and mint leaves.
- Add water to fill the pitcher and mix.
- NOTE: if you want sweeter tea, add more honey. If you want stronger tea, add more tea bags. (I don't like mine too strong)