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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hot Chocolate Teapot Display Set

Hello again, it’s Freda from CannCreate Designs.  I posted a little teaser for this project on my blog a couple of weeks ago showing the unembellished teapot and got a really good response from viewers.  This is going to be a really easy posting for me today because SVGcuts does all the work, they produce excellent step by step videos telling you how to assemble the files you purchase from them, the only thing I had to do was decide on the papers and types of embellishing I wanted to use. 

These items were cut on my Expression using MTC, you can also use SCAL if you have that software.  They were not cut using Cricut Cartridges.

Making papers bend looks a little daunting, but if you take it step by step it is really easy.  Each piece is numbered and cut with tabs for gluing and folding so all you have to do is bend and it folds exactly as needed-no having to use a score board, assemble them together in numbered order and you’re done.  Here’s a picture of the base pieces showing the numbering of pieces, tabs and fold lines that are cut.

The Half Naked Truth-Here’s what the pot looks like before the panel pieces are attached.

Now presenting my Hot Chocolate Centerpiece

As you can see all the top panel pieces have had the edges inked with Timber Brown Ink.  The upper layer papers were from GCD Studios Ella Blue Collection by Tina Higgins.   The white base layers were cut from American Crafts White Cardstock.   I decided to use a pearl and Snug Hug Seam binding theme for embellishing.

I used two files I purchased from SVGcuts.com and the MakeTheCut software to make this set.  This should be an easy posting because they do all the work.  (disclaimer-I am not affiliated with these companies, I’m just really satisfied with the results I get when I use their products).

Tea for you and Me:

 Home for the Holidays:  (Pitcher)

There are 3 different types of pearls used on the teapot.  For the spout handle and around the top of the lid I used the small pearl “lines” made by Paper Studio (I should have checked my stash quantity first-ran out and didn’t have enough to do any of the other projects with them).  Around the the rim of the pot and the “dangly” pearls in the bow I used pearls by the yard I bought at JoAnn’s.  Around each tab on the lid and on the small dangly I used the large Queen and Company Pearls.  I’m going to make a cameo charm for this bow, the Round 25 set I used on the pitcher was too large for this spot.

The paper I used had a silver script writing on it, you can see a little of it in this picture.

Next we have the Pitcher from the Home for the Holidays set.  The cameo charm was made using a cut from the Cricut Heritage Cartridge at 1” and Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 25 punch and the coordinating charm and bubble caps.   Pearls by the yard and Queen and Company large pearls were used on the pitcher.

I used the cameo and a white circle which made my cameo 2 layers of paper, when I put the bubble cap on it looked a little “milky” in spots.  I flipped the bubble cap over on a sponge (to avoid scratching the bubble) and used the cricut stylus to push the white back into the bubble cap adhesive.   After burnishing the paper to the cap, I used Glossy Accents to glue to the metal charm. 

 The Burnished Cameo

Doing this step makes the white back attach to the bubble cap and get’s rid of the milky appearance you get when using 2 layers of papers.
For my pearl embellishments on the teacup I used a large, medium and small pearl on each panel.  I chose a coordinating paper to do the panels on the saucer and the inside of the teacup (mostly because I didn’t have enough of the brown patterned paper-having 5 sheets would have been enough but I only had 4).  Then to top it off I threw out the scraps before assembling the spoon so I didn’t have any of the papers for the center piece of the spoon.  I also noticed that the pearl at the base of the handle had come loose and moved in this pic, it has been moved and glued back down.

Last but not least is the hot chocolate holder.  My family LOVES hot chocolate so much that I bought a Keurig for us to use last Christmas when everyone came home.  Little did I know that my son was buying me that Hot Chocolate dispensing machine too…lol

This piece was the only one that gave me problems, if you look close you’ll see that it’s “wavy” in spots.  This piece is a box inside of a box with trim around the top.  The space between the 2 boxes is “hollow.”  When I put the 3M quick dry adhesive on the decorative piece the base got a little distorted.  If I make another one of these I would cut some foam core to attach to the outside pieces to prevent the distorting with wet adhesive.    I used Snug Hug seam binding, a large pear and pearls by the yard for embellishments on this piece also.
I hope you enjoyed my project, it was a wee bit time consuming, but well worth it.  I’ll have a beautiful display for my counter when the kids come home for the holidays.  I just wish the sun would shine on the day I’m photographing my blog submission.  Maybe Santa will bring me a photo box for Christmas…lol
Merry Christmas to one and all, see you next year.  Freda                                                             

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Machine Used:  Cricut Expression

Files Used:  Cricut Heritage Cartridge for Cameo shape.  SVGcuts Home for the holidays (pitcher) and Tea for you and Me.

Paper:  GCD Studios Ella Blue Collection Pack designed by Tina Higgins.  American Crafts White Cardstock

Supplies:  3M Quick dry adhesive, Pearls-Queen & Company, By the Yard from JoAnns, Paper Studio Pearl Lines, Epiphany Crafts-Shape Studio Round 25, Bubble Caps and Charms.  Snug Hug White Seam Binding 


  1. Each and every piece is simply stunning.

  2. Wow! That is wonderful! Doubt I have the patience to create something like this.

  3. I thought that it was beautiful when I first saw it, but now all put together with the pearls all I can saw is WOW!!

  4. Fantastic project! Everything looks perfect.

  5. Really detailed and fabulous project!

  6. Gorgeous! It is really beautiful.


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