Sunday, December 16, 2007

Altered Christmas Coasters

These fun tiles are easy to create and make great gifts! They are easily adaptable too, just change out the napkin to a different season or theme and you're good to go!

Supplies needed:
  • Four 4” x 4” tumbled stone tiles (why? because they are more forgiving than smooth tiles)
  • One to two decorative napkins (approximately 5” x 5” folded)
  • Decoupage
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Toothpicks or shot glasses
  • Spray Sealer (like Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear)
  • Felt or Crafters Foam (for bottom of tiles)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Craft mat
  • Bone Folder
  • Wet paper towel

Directions:

1. Cut one decorative napkin into four different sections.

  • In the corner on one of mine, the words “all rights reserved” were printed so I cut another section out of an extra napkin.
  • If you want, you can trim the napkin down so it fits the face of your tile plus ¼” extra on each of the four sides.

2. Coat top of tile and sides with decoupage.

3. Gently lay one of your napkin pieces on top of the tile, centering it as best as you can.

  • Most likely you will not be able to pick up your napkin without ruining it so if you need to move it a bit, gently pull the edges in the direction you want the napkin to go.

4. Once the napkin is where you want it, use your fingers to smooth it out on the top of the tile and around the edges.

5. Carefully pick tile up. Use your wet paper towel to clean up your work surface if you need to.

6. Apply another layer of decoupage to the top and sides of the napkin.

  • You can leave the excess hanging from the tile (if you chose not to trim the napkin) and cut it off later - this is what I did. Or-
  • You can add some decoupage to the underside of the tile and then press the napkin down using more decoupage. If you add the decoupage to the underside, make sure you set the tile something like a shot glass to make sure it doesn’t glue itself to the surface it is drying on.

7. Set tiles on toothpicks (or shot glass) to dry.

  • You might need to go back and press the sides of your napkin down if they’ve flipped up.
  • I like to set projects that need to dry on an old cookie sheet so I can move them to a different location and not take up space on my workstation.

8. Wait about an hour for your project to dry… wait longer if you still see the decoupage.

9. Trim excess napkin away from tile if you need to. Hold the tile on its side and use a craft knife to cut the unwanted portions away.

10. Add a second coat of decoupage to top and sides of tile (and underneath if you went that route). 11. Let dry for about an hour or until no decoupage is visible.

12. Take tiles outside and spray with a sealer. Use one or two coats, follow directions on container. Let dry again.

13. Cut felt pieces (which is what I used) or craft foam to fit on the backside of your tile… you don’t want to scratch up any tables. Glue felt or foam to back of tile using decoupage, use a bone folder to press to the back of the tile. Let dry.

  • I cut my felt a bit bigger and rounded the corners with scissors to cover as much of the surface as possible. You could easily just cut the pieces smaller and skip the rounding part if you wanted to.
  • I use a bone folder to press the felt down because I’ve been known to get carried away in the decoupage department and I’d rather the glue get on the bone folder than my fingers.

14. Ta! Da! You are done! Wait at least 24 hours before you stack them up and wrap them pretty with ribbon!


Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

happy link day

stuff I like and wanted to share! :-)

Maybe I should make everyday link Sunday? naa… as soon as I commit to that, then it wouldn’t happen, lol!

I had a decent week, got a lot done, still a lot more to do… such is the life around the holidays right? I am hoping to be done with all our Christmas shopping (that has to be mailed!) by the end of the week in hopes that everything will arrive at its destination on time. I need to finish up my BPS stuff too, that’s definitely on my list! that’s about it in my world. :-)

Here is to a very productive week! Have a good one!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

gotta love excellent customer service

I had emailed scstamp.com with a question about my order – I realized I had made a small mistake and wanted to see if I could have it fixed if the stamp hadn’t been created yet. A nice woman called me a little while later and said my stamp had been made and sent but they would be happy to send me a new stamp, with the correction, free of charge! About 5 minutes later the phone rang, it was the woman from scstamp.com again. She said she went to put in my new order with the typesetters and they told her they had already caught my mistake and fixed it so the one that was sent to me would be exactly how I wanted it. so awesome! gotta love excellent customer service!

My stamp came today and I *love* it!!! I think I have stamped all over every loose piece of paper in my reach! My kids think I’m dorking out! I am… a bit… but that’s okay because it is really cute!!! :-)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

a fun birthday treat

A fun surprise arrived in the mail yesterday... a great big sweet treat of a chocolate bar from Big Picture for my birthday. how cool is that!

Hope you are having a wonderful Wedneday!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

a few links and everyday babble

the links

the everyday babble
We had a nice Thanksgiving… it was just us but sometimes that isn’t so bad. No running around and no real schedule to keep. It was a wonderful day! The Friday after I was anxious to decorate the house and actually managed to get three huge boxes out of the attic by myself. Please understand this is a huge feet and I obviously was a woman obsessed because me and high places, we aren’t too friendly! I was, however, determined and the man and daughter were working on a project in the garage… and well I got impatient!!! I have already changed something. Drew freaked out because his stocking said “Andrew” and not “Drew” so I made him a new one.

I’m working on our Christmas cards – I totally cheated this year. The majority will be the store bought kind where you put a 4x6 photo in the middle. Last year I planned to make cards… let’s just say that it was a good idea in theory, lol! If my memory is right, I don’t even think I ended up sending out cards.

Starting tomorrow, I will be setting aside some time to work on some things for Big Picture Scrapbooking. I have been having a hard time focusing on scrapbook related things when my mind is in the land of holidays… when the New Year comes around, it will definitely be one of my top priorities. I’ve got two ideas rolling around in my head – just need to get them down on paper.

That’s all I got! I should really start jotting down the links I want to share… I always think I’ll remember them and never do. next time…

Have a great week!