Friday, 25 July 2008

August Kit Update

The shipping date for August's kit is being brought forward to Monday the 4th August. Payment is due by the 3rd.

Kerry and Kris, please send me your postal addresses :)

Monday, 21 July 2008

Oh the Places You'll - SOLD OUT

Dr Seuss-isms, bicycle travel and the sky's the limit - or Jack thinks so, as he climbs his beanstalk!

This kit was sold out on the sneak peek, but I am making a waiting list, so feel free to email me if you'd like to be added. Click on image to enlarge.


1 x 7"x10" piece Jack and the Beanstalk canvas fabric
1 x sheet vintage atlas (will vary)
1 x sheet vintage Dr Seuss Readers book paper (will vary)
1 x monopoly card - chance or community chest (will vary)
2 x monopoly money notes (will vary)
1/2 yard dark blue lattice trim
1/2 metre green grosgrain ribbon
1 x plastic bird peg from The Laundry
2 x vintage-style airmail stickers from One Good Bumblebee
2 x mathematical flash cards - one orange, one blue
1 x 'pow' tag from Shabby Chic Crafts
1 x 'Go' noteblock from Living Room Floor
1 x 2.5" airplane tag from Every Jot and Tittle
1 x 1.5" bicycle tag from Every Jot and Tittle
1 x 1.5" train tag from Every Jot and Tittle
1 x sheet 'Vroom' notepaper from ChickenGirl

Shipping Date: 7th August 2008

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Moulin Rouge

Bohemians, Poets, Courtesans and Artists... the richly textured, gilt-edged musical world of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (set in the Moulin Rouge near Montmartre, Paris, in 1899) is the inspiration for our Winter kit. A little bit French, a little bit burlesque, a touch of romance and - of course - it's all about the music.

Kit Contents:

1 sheet vintage sheet music
1 sheet vintage book paper - music theme
1 piece flocked vintage wallpaper
1 sheet Mozi mousepad notepaper
1 piece red fishnet fabric, approx 8"x10"
1 full-colour sheet Toulouse-Lautrec book paper - will vary
1 Marie Antoinette 'Bonjour' note card by Mulberry Muse
1 Purple Onion Designs mini music unmounted rubber stamp set
2 vintage cigarette cards - film star themes - will vary
2 vintage pharmacy labels - will vary
1 metre red heart trim
12" oriental satin corset trim
1 metre pearl trim
2 aqua blue sequin flowers
1 owl button - this will be either turquoise or white
1 red heart cupcake pick

Price: AU$20 plus shipping (see sidebar, right)

Shipping Date: 18th July 2008

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Ooh, an interview...

One of Q Tea's regular customers, Marie Hoimark from Denmark, interviewed me for an online scrapbooking magazine - check it out here... of course, it's in Danish so I've also pasted my answers in English below :)

1. Why did you start Qtea kits ?

I actually started Q Tea for Australian scrapbookers, it seemed that the most fun kits with interesting bits and pieces (Zing Boom, Red Velvet etc) were usually from the United States, and adding the cost of shipping meant few Australians could afford it. This was almost a year ago now. So I wanted to provide kits of all the interesting bits and pieces, without including the standard scrapbooking papers and so on, as there are plenty of kit clubs here that provide that sort of thing already. I also wanted to make it cheap to post, which meant the stuff I include has to be small - no 12"x12" papers allowed!

It seems funny to me now that I started it to cater to Australians, as almost half the monthly kits are sent overseas, but it actually makes sense as the smaller size means shipping anywhere in the world is quite affordable.

2. Whats your main idea with monthly kit ?

Honestly, it just seemed logical to go monthly. It is often enough that you get new things to play with on a regular basis, but without it costing too much. Every season - four times a year - I also release an add-on kit, in smaller quantities. And I have a lot of fun coming up with themes for each kit.

3. What is your goal for Qtea ? What do you want to do with it in the future ?

Actually, Q Tea has already surpassed my original intentions. I now make 60 kits a month, which usually sell out, as well as the quarterly add-on kits. Initially I had only planned on make 25 or 30 a month, but popularity grew really quickly. Because of the nature of the items, it is difficult to increase the quantity by much more than I already have, so I guess my future plans are just to keep making fun kits and seeing how it goes.

4. Where do you get all the bits and pieces?

All over the place! I get things through etsy, ebay and other online stores, I occasionally have things custom made and I also search through all sorts of local shops, markets, op-shops, newsagents - I always have an eye out for something interesting to use in a kit. Having themes helps, as I get ideas of the sort of items I want and then I just go looking for them.

5. Do you scrap ?

Yes, absolutely! I am a kind of 'arty' scrapper and I do regular work for an Australian scrapbooking magazine, as well as a lot just for fun. Though I don't get to play with kit items as often as I'd like, my 4-year-old daughter adores scrapbooking and often grabs kit leftovers for herself - if I let her :)

6. What inspires you ?

For the kits? Children's toys, books, films, fashion, op-shops, handmade things, the garden, pop culture, music, fabric stores. For my personal scrapbooking, a lot of the same things actually! Art, books, fashion, music, words and quotes. Normal everyday things, and also vintage styles and items. Fellow artists and scrapbookers - and their work - and photography. Home decorating magazines are also a top source of inspiration for both the kits and personally.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Winter Add-on Sneak Peek

Remember, subscribers don't automatically receive the add-ons - if you want one, you'll have to email me to order it! Full kit reveal as soon as the last pieces arrive :)

As usual, click on the image to get a clearer, slightly larger picture.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Q Tea Sponsors

In June we sponsored Category Stories - providing the DT there with QT Phone Gnome kits to create with, and a Cookin' Mama kit for the winner - and also Scrap the Girls with a Cookin' Mama kit.

This month I am super excited to be sponsoring Got Mojo? as this challenge has the fabulous Elsie Flannigan as guest designer. I put together a one-off Elsie inspired kit as the challenge prize, check it out at Got Mojo?!

Mid-July we will also be sponsoring NZ Dares for their 50th dare and 2nd anniversary. That dare will also have a one-off kit I created for the prize, so check it out. I have been invited to guest design for the dare, and I had a lot fun with it, I'm sure you all will too!