Everyone Needs Some Down Time: Mixed Media Christmas Card


Down Time


Crafting has been sporadic along with my blogging schedule and I just can’t seem to get on board with planning consistent creative time into life. We have spent a lot of time as a family and I am content to be a little less productive with my time. I am learning that my hobbies are one of those things that get eliminated when life gets busy. Hopefully,  some time will open up soon as I only have a month left to craft for Christmas.




Creating the Card



I started by stamping this tag from PaperArtsy on the front and back of my card. I used PA Infusions for color.




Strips of paper and washi tape were layered before a wash of gesso and more color was added. A few Seth Apter stamps for the background and some gold embossing around the edges finishes off the background before embellishments were added.



All the stamps are by PaperArtsy.


Guest Designer At PaperArtsy



I am over at the PaperArtsy blog this week with a project I created for the theme: Vintage Christmas. You can hop over and have a look HERE. I used a lot of the same stamps I used on today’s card but in a different way. And I even included a tea bag.



Tea Day


Today is tea day hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard and I have been a bit sporadic with my attendance as of late. My tea today is a Tiesta Tea Ginger Sweet Peach, Spicy Peach Herbal Tea. I like to add a little bit of green or white tea to my infusion as the ginger can be a bit overwhelming.



If you are a huge tea fan like me, I strongly suggest you read this book, Infused: Adventures in Tea. It is written by a woman called the Tea Lady. She started the Rare Tea Company and her book documents her travels around world as she visits tea plantations, while finding product for her company. It is full of wonderful stories, humor and tips for anyone interested in drinking tea the right way. If you are a tea bag only individual, be prepared as your eyes will be opened to a whole new way of drinking tea.


Happy Tea Day,


16 thoughts on “Everyone Needs Some Down Time: Mixed Media Christmas Card”

  • I love the cards you’ve made, I’ve a few paperartsy stamps, mainly flowers but I don’t use them very often.
    My Mum hated teabags and always used a teapot and tea strainer, dad had a single mug gadget, it was a metal ball on a chain that the tea leaves went into and you put it in the mug with the water, then when it was mashed as we call it you lifted it out without any mess, at home I always use a teapot, tea tastes so much better.
    Have a great T Day, Jan x

  • A beautiful card! I agree, family time is more important, though.
    Hmmm, mostly tea-bag here. Vanilla right now. The book sounds interesting indeed, though – happy T-Day 🙂

  • Your Christmas card is fantastic. Congratulations on being guest designer at Paper Artsy. We’re two weeks into November and I still haven’t made any Christmas artwork. (On Nov 1, I thought to myself, “I have two months to get artwork done,” and then time flew by, with nothing to show for it.) Happy T-Day!

  • what a funky,fun and festive Christmas card Kate! Love that PA tree:) The tea book sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

  • Hi Kate 😀. Glad to hear all is well with you! It sounds like you’ve been busy, it must be so nice to spend quality time with your family! Your Christmas card looks amazing , I love the layout with the Christmas tree and flowers – beautiful 😁. I love ginger so would be more than happy to join you for a cuppa or two – Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  • Fun card. I really like the non-traditional colors. I like ginger tea. I think I have ginger with lemon and ginger with peach. I don’t like the ginger tea by Yogi because they add pepper to it. I usually just brew tea in bags. Always seems to be more work for loose tea for one even though I have a very convenient loose tea infusing cup. Happy T Day

  • I spent a long time I didn’t really have this morning reading the excerpt from the Tea Lady. She certainly has a wealth of experience in tea and reaffirms how I feel about drinking REAL tea, not the bagged, dry leaves most tea bags contain. I can see why you love this book, Kate! Even though I’m a coffee drinker by choice, I still love good tea, too.

    Both your cards are wonderful. I love the one at Paper Artsy because of the gilded background and the incredible way you fussy cut the tree. For the Down Time card, I love how you used the image for the front and back of the tag. I want that image. If only my craft budget allowed for it. Both are wonderful and fun to see how you made them.

    Your Ginger Sweet Peach tea looks fascinating, but I fear I need some caffeine, my drug of choice. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards (both), your Tea Lady book, and your Ginger Sweet Peach tea with us for T this Tuesday,

  • The mixed media cards look fabulous, so many layers and details,, the fussy cut tree looks amazing.
    I liked the flavour combination of your teas, peach with ginger sounds lovely.
    Happy T day wishes. Kate.
    vonne xx

  • Hope it was a happy T day Kate. I love your art today. It is such a fun take on holiday cards. And I give you kudos for finding time when you have 3 young children to make as much fun art as you do. Enjoy those little ones. Hugs-Erika

  • What a beautiful card! You are so clever!
    Thank you for recommending The Tea Lady. I have read the first three chapters (you can on Amazon for free). Now of course I would like the whole book, but it is rather expensive. I will think about it as it is a rather delightful story.
    Sorry for being so late again. I’m never home on Tuesday and Wednesday is a very busy day, so usually I don’t get to comment until Wednesday evening.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  • Both cards are fabulous and great inspiration! Sorry I am so late arriving – it is taking longer than we thought sorting through years worth of accumulated items at our caravan! Belated (very) Happy T Day! Chrisx

  • Yeah, I know I’m over a month late, but better late than never. I really just popped in to wish you belated Christmas wishes. And also wishing you all the best in 2020! I have been having a time trying to keep up with the blogs, so I kind of just gave up, except for DT obligations. You are one smart cookie to cut back on your hobbies, and focus on that lovely family! Great card; I’m sure it was fun to get your hands dirty again!

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