Good morning! I am feeling a little under the weather — cold, allergy, sinus, something! YUCK is the best way to describe it! I am bummed because Charles and I are leaving town tomorrow for 6 days and I really do not want to feel sick! Let’s hope it is just allergies! I feel like that commercial where the head grows and grows and grows — are you familiar with that one???
So, I forgot the “recipe” for yesterday’s projects, but the main thing I wanted to point out is that the cards used PLAIN chipboard. Nothing done to it. The box with the flower was also PLAIN chipboard that was lightly sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip Ink. So, both of those were super easy. If you have any other questions about those projects, just e-mail me.
Speaking of recipes……..Today’s project is a recipe holder. There is a clothespin sandwiched between two coasters. You can get these square coasters from several restaurants if you just need a few for personal use. I have ordered them in large quantities from a supplier so that I can order plain white ones suitable for stamping. I have heard from friends that restaurants will gladly give them to you by the handful. These are printed, though, and would only be suitable if you are covering them with paper — like today’s project. I have done several projects using coasters at my Stamper’s Ten Club Class. There are so many things you can do with them! Want more ideas? Go to the Gallery at Split Coast Stampers (see the sidebar) and type “coasters” in on the search engine! You will be up all night looking at cool stuff!
Some helpful hints: Use adhesive or glue sticks to attach cardstock to the coasters and also to the chipboard letter. You will need to trim around the edges fairly close with your scissors. Then use a very coarse fingernail file to file off the excess from around the edges of the chipboard. You will get a beautiful finished edge and the paper will appear as if you cut it the perfect size! It is also quite effective to sponge the edges of the coasters or chipboard with ink for a “finished look”. Try it out! You will need to use tacky glue, rubber cement or another liquid-type adhesive to hold the clothespin in the middle. Crystal Effects also works fabulous as a bonding agent……..I just usually pull out the tacky glue and save my Crystal Effects for things that will actually be seen! By the way……..love that product so, so much! I will use crystal effects and glitter on a future chipboard project. I have all kinds of surprises planned for you guys! Keep coming back……..I will do one more post before I leave and then you might get to see photos of me in Florida! I will do my best to post while I am gone……..I have already heard from some of my friends that they will go through withdrawals if I don’t have anything posted for 6 days……….wow! I will do my best! I’ll tell you more about my trip in the next post………but I am so, so excited!!!!
Supplies: On Board Simon (lower case); Stamps: Rough Edges Mini Alphabets; Ink: Real Red and Basic Black; Cardstock: Real Red and Bashful Blue; Ribbon: Bashful Blue Grosgrain; Designer Series Paper: Summer Picnic; Punches: Small and Large Oval, 1/16″ Circle Punch; Other: Linen Thread, Dimensionals.