Stacks of Tea Cups and Laundry: Mixed Media ATC


Laundry is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of ‘stacks’. Especially after I have just completed washing, drying and folding several loads of laundry. For 10 glorious minutes my laundry basket is empty. And then my daughter leaves a trail of pee through the house, requiring me to dig out all the rags and a fresh change of clothes. My closet also tends to be ‘stacked’ with items I don’t know where to put. We have a huge walk-in closet that I can’t walk in because of all the ‘bags to sell’ or ‘boxes to donate’ cluttering up the floor.  It is amazing how much stuff we accumulate. Yet, I am tempted to buy more.


Going to yard sales is quite the adventure, minus the children. But I am always tempted to buy more than I need because I find something I like and it is usually a good deal. Having only been to a few sales this year, I realize that my home is still comfortably furnished and my children still clothed. We have survived without all the extra ‘wants.’ So, before buying anything new I now try to discard something before bringing it home. At least, I am trying too. 😉

Creating the ATC

I created this ATC for the swap hosted by Elizabeth. Because this swap was part of T Day, I decided to make a Tea themed piece. I covered the background with used tea bags and then stenciled and embossed the Collage, Textures and Patterns and Circles Stencil. I sprayed with Dylusions and embossed in yellow. I then layered some book paper in the background, stamped the Chinese Background and sprayed with PaperArtsy Infusions. The Alice stamp is by Crafty Secrets and the foliage is Cavallini & CO. The tea cups are by Stampers Anonymous.

Tea Tuesday

Here is the lovely ATC and tea themed goodies sent to me by my swap partner Sharon- Foxy Stamping. She sent me some very beautiful stamped images and die cuts along with a gorgeous card! Thank you, Sharon!

Today, I am linking to Elizabeth‘s for Tea Day. And I am sharing my newest ferment- Milk Kefir. My best friend came for a visit this week and she brought me some kefir grains. I am so excited to read up and find some new ways to use the Kefir such as cheese, smoothies and spreads.

Happy Tea Day!


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20 thoughts on “Stacks of Tea Cups and Laundry: Mixed Media ATC”

  • One of the reasons I simply adore your art is because of your stacks. I always am in awe of how well you stack items and I can’t seem to ever get that same effect. no matter how hard I try. Your ATC is fabulous and I was so impressed with everything you added to it. I know Sharon is thrilled with the lovely ATC. I also was glad you shared the ATC Sharon sent you. She also sent you a nice amount of tea related art that you will be able to use in your own work.

    I admit I’ve never heard of Milk Kefir before, so had to read about it. I think it is something you and your family will enjoy and from reading about it. it sound s like it last indefinitely. Thanks for sharing your ATC and your Milk Kefir with us for T this Tuesday.

  • That’s a fantastic ATC you sent, and the one from Sharon is pretty, too. Kids do make a lot of work, that’s true. Good idea to sort things out before buying new. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • we love to go to garage sales-have many many useful items found that way from spinning wheels, a rug loom, and lots of loved kitchen items-and clothes. we stopped going several years ago we are out of spaces ha ha
    Love the atc you have created and your swap partner sent pretty too.
    I like keifer its kinda like yogurt but drinkable-enjoy
    Happy T Day

  • this atc is a hoot!! i already admired it at sharon´s blog. what a fantastic texture!
    oh, the kefir… reminds me of the months we we had one – until nobody couldn´t see it any more. but it is a healthy food, so have a good time with it:)
    happy t-day ♥

  • Your ATC is tremendous, with so much art in the tiny space. and with glorious colouring too. I enjoyed your writing about “Stacks” (maybe not so much about the Pee, haha!). The Kefir sounds interesting, I must look it up.
    Happy Tea Day!

  • Your ATC is so amazing with all its wonderful layers! I love the colours that you used and the Alice theme is perfect too 😀. Wow, you received such a beautiful ATC too, the colours and design are fabulous and there are so many lovely goodies too – how exciting! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  • So glad the ATC made its way safely to your place. Thank you for swapping with me. Yours was amazing! Loved the Alice theme! Milk kefir is new to me. I like that I learn new things visiting the Tea Gang on Tuesday’s! Happy Tea Day, Kare!

  • That’s a great ATC Kate. I like the stacks story and how it all relates together. And II like kefir, but I have never made it. I’ve done yogurt, which is the best, so I bet the kefir tastes really good too. You’ll have to let us know. Happy T day. hugs-Erika

  • Your ATC is simply fantastic Kate! You received a wonderful ATC and great goodies!
    Oh the kefir sounds interesting!
    Doing laundry is just so boring…I wonder what people with 8 or 9 children do?! Their washing machines and dryers must run day and night.
    Yes and I am in awe of people who have their colthes well organized – I tend to save allfirst but after two years not used I donate it. That’s the best – since I have this mantra all looks at least a bit better organized and not so overfilled .
    Happy T-Day my friend!

  • Your daughter still does that, Kate? You must be really tired of it.

    You and Sharon both made fabulous ATCs!

    I’ve never tried kefir. I wouldn’t even know where to buy it. I hope you’ll let us know how your experiments taste 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • “Yet, I am tempted to buy more.” roflol! Ain’t it the truth! I’m trying to do better, but….

    I like the layers -the stacks- in your ATC. That’s one place stacking turned out well 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

  • Both the ATC you made and the one you received look super Kate! I adore all the texture and detail you managed to fit on to yours, so clever to do that on such a small space. I also always love to read your musings about the things going on in your life…

  • Oh my, you Alice ATC is beautiful! I love the colors and all those layers. It’s almost a 3dimensional piece. The ATC that you received is also gorgeous. Happy mail indeed..
    Happy T Day,

  • Sorry about the mishap with your little girl, things like that happen. Love the ATC, it’s really beautiful. Happy T Day, have a good week, hugs, Valerie

  • The ATC you made for the swap looked fantastic and so does the one you received as well.
    I always enjoy reading your posts and today was one of those days.
    Sending you happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Your ATC is gorgeous! I saw it on Sharon’s post. I love it. And the goodies you received certainly are happy mail.
    Curious what ‘kefir’ is. Will have to look that up when I have a moment.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  • I love seeing your stacked art – not so sure about a stack of laundry though! Sharon’s ATC for you loks lovely too! We habe a kefir drink sometimes! Belated Happy T day Chrisx

  • I can so relate to you about getting rid of something in the house before buying new stuff. My wardrobes were overflowing and I had a really good clean out a little while ago. Now I have lots of room for some new goodies!! LOL!!
    Your ATC is gorgeous!! I love the colour mix and all the lovely details and I’m sure your swap partner was thrilled with it. Hers to you is beautiful too! Both are so pretty!! hugs xx

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