Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Cozy, Crazy Tea Cups for Christmas

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 1

Welcome! Today we start a new challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and it's my turn to host. I call it 'Deck the Halls!', and here is my challenge to you:

"For this challenge, we would like to see those vintage or shabby chic Christmas decorations! This is not about Christmas cards this time, but think about tree ornaments, wreathes, vignettes, mantle or table decorations, etc. with a Christmas theme."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details, and while you are there, be sure to check out the wonderful inspiration by my talented teammates.

I made these three table decorations for each of my grown kids and and my husband to sit at their places at the breakfast table on Christmas morning with a little treat in them from our cats, Biskit and Roger. (I'll probably make one for myself as well, so I don't give away who they're really from. LOL) I think the Christmas Snarky Cats look just like my dear fur-babies, so I just had to have the set. 

I adore Eileen Hull's 3DTeacup and Spoon die, and it was on my wish list ever since I saw teammate Jenny use it HERE. I can imagine so many possibilities for it throughout the year, but for Christmas I wanted to make some cozy chunky knit teacups. I'll be sharing my steps on how these were made in this coming Saturday's Showcase, but for now I'll share a closeup of each of the teacups, but save some surprises for Saturday. Be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog this coming Saturday for the details (you'll be surprised how easy they are to make!) and all the links to products used. 

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 2

Sizzix 3D Knitted embossing folder makes for a cozy pattern and texture on the dimensional teacups.

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 3

My inspiration to use the Tim Holtz Christmas Snarky Cats and Milk Caps along with the teacups comes from my Saturday morning tradition of bringing home donuts from Krispy Kreme after doing a little yardsale shopping with my daughter. She likes to drink milk with her donut (yuck!) and always drinks it from one of her many teacups. My cats are all over her for a sip from her teacup like white on rice.

Sara Emily Barker  #eileenhull #3Dteacupandspoon #timholtz #snarkycatchristmas #sizzix #knitted3Dembossing 4

In between all your Christmas decorating, shopping and baking, I hope you'll have time to join my Deck the Halls challenge at The Funkie Junkie blog! I look forward to seeing your Christmas decorations! 
Big hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:


  1. These bring a smile to the face! What a fun Christmas decor! Love how the texture on the cup feels warm and cozy!

  2. What a fabulous piece, I love these grumpy cats! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a crafty weekend, Sue x

  3. What fun decorations! I love the teacup design and those cat stamps, they really made me smile 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  4. They certainly do look cosy with their knitted wraps, so sweet with those snarky cats. They make me chuckle every time I see them. A beautiful idea for these all year long die set. Thank you for the inspiration, wishing you a happy Christmas and & safe & healthy new year to you and the family. Take care.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  5. I absolutely love these precious teacups, Sara Emily! So perfect!

  6. How fun these cats are! Fabulous!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy December, Evelyn xx

  7. Yep, it's me just taking my time to scroll through and admire everything I've missed... I saw these on FB and fell in love. The absolutely most clever use of these critters ever. What a huge smile they bring! <3


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