Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tile Coasters

These hand-stamped tile coasters are a wonderful Christmas gift for just about anyone. There are several ways to make them, but one of the easiest is to stamp an outline image with Staz On ink an let it dry. Then you color the image with Stampin' Up! CRAFT ink using an Aquapainter. If you prefer to use a solid image stamp, you can stamp directly with Craft ink onto the tile. You can even layer darker colors over lighter colors. CRAFT ink is a permanent, pigment based ink and is different from the CLASSIC ink that we use most of the time in my workshops. One of the advantages of this method is that if you don't like the way you colored the image, you can wipe it off while it's still wet.

Then all you do is bake the tiles for about 30 minutes at 250. Let them cool in the oven. The images are now permanent and you don't need to seal them. The tiles will be slightly absorbent, but nothing like those thirsty stone ones.

To protect table surfaces, use can use felt, cork, or those furniture protective thingies (don't know what they're called, but they're on the bottom of all of my chairs and tables to protect my wood floor). On these I used some cork coasters from Ikea. You can get 12 for $1 or something ridiculously cheap. Use Tacky Glue to adhere them.

The tiles that I use are Botticino Tumbled Marble tiles that I get at Lowe's.
'Til next time...Happy Stamping!

Scallop Punch and Peppermint Patties

Look at these adorable little things! These are simply Peppermint Patties (yum!) that are decorated using the Stampin' Up! scallop punch with a festive stamped image. I used the set Punch Pals for the penguin and snowman, and Perennial Favorites for the snowflake. If you need a quick and easy craft for kids or something to dress up a gift card, these are a sure hit. The biggest challenge is not eating all the candy.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Unusual Source of Inspiration

As I was pouring some Mega M&Ms into my hand, I noticed that the colors looked really nice together. And then I realized that these colors closely matched some of Stampin' Up!'s colors and would be wonderful Autumn color combinations. So, here are the color combinations that I came up with with my chocolately inspiration.

This color combination is Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Brocade Blue.

This color combination just changes the blue color. So now it's Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Taken with Teal.

And the final chocolate inspired combination eliminated the blue and left me with Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip and More Mustard.
This just proves another benefit of eating chocolate. Enjoy!