Jun 02 2010

Bridal Collection: Table Decor – Tea Lamp


Good Morning Ladies!  Welcome to day three of the Bridal Collection, a collection of vintage/shabby creations I’ve designed for summer weddings.  Today’s post features a tea lamp that I had so much fun with.  It’s a bit shabby/a bit vintage.  I absolutely love it and wish you could see it in real life!

I created the flowers using Dahlia Nestibilties. A Bridal Collection Product Page has been added on a tab at the top of my blog banner with links to all the products used in the designs and sold at A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique.  All products highlighted in pink are available on the product page with shopping links to the store.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that my 27th wedding anniversary is coming up in June.  In celebration of the occasion, I was inspired to design a vintage bridal collection with a hint of shabbiness to it for summer weddings.  There are several designs in the collection and it’s my greatest desire that you’re inspired by my work and will return each day to see what’s new.  I’ll present a new design each day with several pictures, showing you different angles.  If you missed Tuesday’s post featuring the bridal card, you can see it here, Wednesday’s post featured the bridal candlesticks, which can be seen here.

In the picture above, you can see a young bride with her bridesmaid tying a bow at the back of her wedding dress.  She’s so precious, I was inspired to incorporate silk bows throughout my bridal designs.  The collectible is a Maude Bogart design, mother of Humphrey Bogart.  It was a gift from my Mom many years ago.  The collectible rests on a shelf in a Country French wall cabinet in my guest bedroom.  She’s adorable and I thought so perfect for these designs, which will ultimately end up in the guest bedroom as well.  You’ll be seeing this little bride throughout the collection.


I really love this picture!  It gives a perfect view of the silk ribbon bows, as well as the Dahlia flowers.  The lamp has three bows and three flowers treatments.  The flowers were all created with the Dahlia nestibilities.  The leaves surrounding the flowers were made with a Sizzix leaf branch die.  The leaves on the lower edge of the shade were made with a Cuttlebug leaf die; the smaller leaves at the top edge of the shade were made with a MS leaf punch.


This photo gives you another view of the shade from a different angle.  I placed three small flowers below each bow.


I zoomed in a bit closer in this view, don’t you just love the leaves around the lower edge of the shade.  I embossed the center veins, as well as side veins with the Pergamano fine stylus tool.  I used the Pergamano extra large ball to emboss the inside of the leaves on the Pergamano embossing pad to give them a curve.  I sponged the leaves with Olive ink from Memories.  They were adhered to the lamp with Perga Glue.


I included this photo so that you have a birds eye view of how I wrapped the upper edges of the leaves around the top edge of the shade.  I came down about 4/5mm’s from the top of the leaf and scored the leaf to get an even fold line.  The small leaves were sponged with the Olive ink as well.


I took this photo from below the lamp to give you a view of the inside of the lower leaves.  They’re lighter than the outside, giving the leaves a realistic appearance.  The sponging on the leaves was very subtle, with just a hint of darkness to the edges.  The crystal wine glass is perfect for the lamp shade, so beautiful on the bridal table!


I placed black stamens in the centers of the larger flowers.  I didn’t place pearls in the smaller flowers, but wish I had adhered petite seed pearls, maybe on the next shade.  I plan on making several more of these, they are just so much fun to make.

The shade was pretty easy to make, the time involved was in making the flowers.  I spent a few days at the start of the project doing nothing but cutting, sponging, painting the wash, embossing and shaping the flowers, leaves, tendrils, etc.  Once that was done, I started working on the designs.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  I made a list of design ideas I had in my head that I wanted to try.  A few were scratched, what you’re seeing in the collection is what I decided on.


I love the small leaves tucked around the upper edge of the shade.  The smaller Dahlias give the edge a ruffled appearance, so adorable!


The silk ribbon tails hang so daintily, just breathtaking to see them in real life.  The lampshade has a fairytale quality about it.  It would be adorable on a child’s dresser or tea table.  Can you just imagine making these for a daughter or granddaughter’s birthday tea  .   .   .   sigh  .   .   .  I’m such a “girlie” girl  .   .   .  I just can’t help it!  Do you think I’ll spoil a granddaughter terribly??


Well, I promised there would be a lot of pictures  .   .   .  can you tell how much I love this bridal collection!


I placed the tea lamp on a tea tray and arranged pearls and a Dahlia flower on the tray as well.  This would be stunning on a bridal table. I hope I’m providing you with ideas and inspiration for bridal, tea, Mother’s Day, and birthday tables, etc.  So many occasions will work with these designs. Your guests will be delighted and in awe of your table.

For your shopping convenience, please refer to the Bridal Collection Product Page at the top of my blog banner for links to products used in the designs.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I’ll be back soon with another design.


23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Bridal Collection: Table Decor – Tea Lamp”

  1. Karen W says:

    I can’t even imagine how many hours you have invested in all of this. Absolutely stunning!!!

  2. ValerieC says:


  3. Kittie says:

    How many times did you have to run those dies through upir machine to make all of these flowers? This is so gorgeous, Jerri! I would not have the patience.

  4. Margaret Thompson says:

    Talk about beautiful, this sure is it….
    I wonder how many brides wish you were their mom or how many moms wish you were their sister for just a little while – at least until the planned wedding affair was over with!
    Jerri you do such fantastic and inspiring work as well as show many of us that we can accomplish these things with just a little time and patience while you supply us the know how.
    May you always be blessed with knowledge and the time to continue to teach and support us with your creative ideas.

  5. Truly BEAUTIFUL! This is another breath-taking creation, Jerri! Just lovely!!!

  6. cepet says:

    Wow, what a STUNNING piece! This is truly marvelous.

  7. AWESOME!!! You are absolutely amazing, Jerri :))

  8. Denise Trottier says:

    Jerri, you are absolutetly amazing with your creations…you truly are a master of beauty in all it’s forms…congratulations, this collection is absolutely stunning, and the hours spent incalculable, I’m sure…
    Denise Trottier

  9. Bev J. says:

    What a gorgeous creation. Love it all and my goodness what talent you have!!

  10. Karen Baker says:

    Amazing as always! Your creations are breathtaking. I just love everything you create. Thank you for sharing.

  11. diane mcvey says:

    If you don’t have a granddaughter some day, it will be an absolute CRIME! She will be the luckiest little lady on the planet. I am still waiting for mine, after 5 sons, and 2 grandsons!!! Don’t I deserve one too???!!!
    Your lamp is to die for. All the detail is just stunning. I don’t know how you do it, but you certainly have a huge GIFT of talent!!! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  12. Sheri says:

    oh how elegant. Bet that lamp is an antique to begin with and you just cemented that fact. Great job!

  13. BettyBee says:

    Oh, how I am just immersed in the fairy tale of your wedding ensemble!! I anxiously await the day’s addition to the whole creation! This is just breath taking, and I so appreciate your talent, and the time you have taken to share it. Thank you so much!!

  14. Jill MacMaster says:

    Too beautiful for words. I would love a tutorial on how you make those beautiful flowers. Can’t wait to see the rest of the collection!!!

  15. Honestly, Jerri, my jaw drops whenever I see your stunning creations. This bridal collection is off the charts GORGEOUS!!

  16. sigh… beautiful… seriously, this must have taken weeks to complete! Hugs,

  17. Silke Ledlow says:

    Jerri your bridal collection is amazing!!! I love each and every piece!!!

    Happy Anniversary to the both of you!!! WOW….27 years that’s fabulous!!! I hope you get to make many more wonderful memories!!!

    Big hugs ~S~

  18. Joan Ervin says:

    OMG, Jerri…this is exquisite!!!! The colors are sooo delicate and pretty and I LOVE the gorgeous flowers!!!! Happy Anniversary, too…ours is next weekend!!!

  19. Barbara Riefner says:

    Jerri – you never cease to amaze!!! The lamp is absolutely gorgeous. Your talent is beyond belief!!!

  20. Sue K (Australia) says:

    CRIKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! (wink)
    Another gob smacker!!!!!!!!!!!!! (or jaw dropper – whatever!!!!!!!!)
    This is not just gorgeous – but amazing in the way i cant imagine how you think of these things – its not human – one brilliantly awesome idea after another – but this takes the biscuit i reckon – i would never (if i werent a crafter) ever have thought that this piece could be made totally of paper – its absolutely stunning Jerri – you never cease to amaze me – but …………. please keep going cos i love a good shock in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hehahaaaaaaa God Bless your talent! and you for sharing it. Sue xxx

  21. Pinky says:

    Jerri, I am in VA this week, so I do not have as much time to use my computer w/my little grand daughters running around!

    I love this addition to your bridal collection. You never cease to amaze me, gf!!! This is so fantastic and gorgeous…need I say more?

  22. Velta says:

    I just looked and wondered…where have I been…I just got this post and your lamp is just stunning! Oh you creative creature you Jerri!

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