Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teapot Tuesday 56 - Tour De France Snails

Don't think your eyes are deceiving you, yes, it is a snail teapot! I think it's cute. Just look at that happy face! I'm reminded of that snail from Dr. Doolittle. Do you remember that one?

This snail teapot comes along with a story - of course. And to get the real scoop you have to visit Cindy Motherway's glob to read all about it. She got her inspiration from a suggestion that another stamper made about possibly attending a tea party during the Tour de France. Where does the snail fit in? Well, apparently while watching TV coverage of the race, someone noticed that there were some snails trying to cross the street during the race. You have to see the awesome card that Cindy made. She is such a paper genius!

So we're off to the Tour De France, snails and all.

I haven't watched any of the coverage this year, but I remembered from the past that there is a special significance to the color of the jersey's that the bikers wear. So I did some homework at school. (There's a name for that kind of sentence - someone tell me.)

The yellow jersey is worn by the race leader.
The green jersey represents the best sprinter.
The polka dot jersey (yes it really is polka dotted!) is worn by the best climber, or the racer who does best in the mountains.
The white jersey is worn by the highest-ranked rider in the competion age 25 or younger.
I added the blue jersey because if I had to choose team colors I would choose blue.

These snails wanted to get into the race so they jumped on a spare bike tire and are spinning their little hearts out. Can you tell by the color of their shells who's winning?

Now for the deets:
Stamps: Snails come from Unfroggetable (retired), Sentiment from All Year Cheer II (also retired).
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gable Green Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Black brads, silver eyelet, silver embroidery floss, Scallop punch, 1 3/4 and 1 1/2 circle punches, googlie eyes, word window punch

Are you wondering how I made the tire? I punched a scallop circle and then put a notch in each scallop. Then I took a single strand of floss and started wrapping so that there would be a small open center where I could put the eyelet and then brad. I trimmed the scallops so that the black tire could be glued right onto the spokes without showing the white edges. And yes, with some assistance, the tire does spin.

I was thinking I would send this to our nephew for his birthday, then I realized that I used pink as the background. What do you think about that?

Check out the Teapot 56 gallery here.


  1. Such a cute card!!! He may be fine with the pink, it is hot pink after all, not pastel! Great inspiration from you as always!

  2. If he can't handle bright/dark pink then he isn't a "new modern man". The in-color for men now is pink. Remember quiche from the early 80's? Like that.

    Love the card. I'm thinking of borrowing the wheel idea—it's just so darn clever.

  3. Hi Lorraine! Whew finally made it here! Our internet was down but it wasn't down! I know, I know...one of those days! Snort!

    Like I told you before, you are the creative one! I love this card and I am so impressed by your little wheel and free spinning snails! I had a wonderful time with you at the tea party although I don't know about you, but I am bushed!!

    I think I will let Lance and the boys go for it in todays Stage #17!

    Hugs to you....love that you were able to come once again!

  4. Great card and I think your nephew will love it.

  5. How clever and oh so cute!


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