Friday, October 17, 2008

Bloggers challenge #69

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!!

19 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

What a fun project, and such a great gift for any grandma! Fabulous job.

Chrissy D said...

This is lovely! My mom would love something like this too! i will have to see if I can store this in my memory bank! LOL TFS!

Patti Chesky said...

This is a fabulous project for Grandma. I love "stupid" pictures. When the kids were younger we always had them do a stupid picture at the bus stop!!

Robin Merriman said...

So stinkin' cute, love this idea and I'll be casing it for sure! TFS!

Connie said...

Grandma will love it, I'm sure! Great job with the challenge.

Barb Hardeman said...

What a delightful and fun project. You're mom is sure to love this one. A very cute idea. Fabulous job!

Dee Jackson said...

great project! Grandma will be thrilled

Kerry D-C said...

Your mom will LOVE this! It is wonderful!!

StampingSelene said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I just love the idea of little books as gifts. They are coveted in my family!

Kristen said...

So Cute! your mom will love it. TFS.

Nikki Bond said...

How sweet! I absolutely LOVE it! Great job with the challenge! {SMILES}

Lisa Somerville said...

Great project - I'm sure your mom will love it!

Regina Cornelius said...

what a great idea!! she will love it!

MJ said...

Great idea. I have so many of those coaster -- somewhere! I am sure she will love it!

Ida P. Krause said...

OMG this was a FUN project for sure, that photo cracked me up and I bet your mom will love it too!

thestampspot said...

Awesome, it was great to see a different route on the challenge.

:) Marcia

Lori said...

Great gift idea! Your mom will be thrilled to receive it.

Sheryl said...

Very cute! I'm sure your mom is going to love it!

Wendy G. said...

This turned out so cute! I should make a few of those...considering I have hundreds of coasters! :) I'm sure that your mom is going to love it!