This week our challenge was to use the colors Riding hood red, Old Olive, and Really rust together. The colors really scream 'FALL' to me, but I wasn't really in the mood to make a fall card. so.....I pulled out some naked coasters and made this little photo project for my mom. She LOVES pictures of her kids and grand kids looking stupid. LOL Probably not actually, but I know she has a great sense of humor and will get a kick out of this. So, mom, if you are reading this....act surprised when I give you this in Salt Lake. :o))
I had some pictures from the Grands visit last spring so I printed them out and cropped them down really small. The coasters are only 4 x 4, so...not a whole lot of room. I covered the coaster with old olive cardstock on one side and two different patterns of DSP from the Holiday Treasure collection(Stampin' Up!) on the other side. The red is the riding hood red so that covered two of the challenge colors. The rust was the hard one to get in there. I decided to use rust to sponge all the edges to give it a bit of rustic-icity.
On the outside, I stamped "memories" using rust and then masked off the middle and sponged heavily around it to give it a border. Not too exciting...but I don't know that this side will be seen much anyway.
To do the brads, I punched holes using the large setting on my cropadile and put the junbo brad in from the inside of the coaster book. I used my hammer and eyelet setter to set the eyelet so it would really flatten down. Then I took another jumbo brad and put it throught the first flatten brads from the outside of the coaster book. I set it the same way. Now it looks finished from both side. I didn't do any brads from the very back of the book because....a. I'm stingy with my brads, or b. I didn't think it was necessary. Take your pick. I added some old olive grosgrain ribbon to tie it together some scallop circles, and mounted my pictures on vanilla, sponed with rust. I think it turned out pretty cute! If you are looking for inexpensive holiday gifts, you just can't go wrong with photo gifts! Using these coasters is WAY cheap! You can use them to make ornaments, boxes, frames...you name it!
One of the things I LOVE about being a crafter is that most times, I can go into my craft room and come out with a gift of some sort, without having to spend any money. Including the card and wrapping paper! Of course....that may also be a sign that I have been buying too much, but I doubt it!
Check out the other BC gals to see their awesome creations! Happy Friday!!