Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Notebooks and coasters




Here they are as promised . . .


I made these cute notebooks for my neices. I believe they are 8 and 14 years old. I do hope they like them, as they took a while to get them done. I jokingly told my husband, if they don't want them--I will "take them back!" I think they are so stinkin' cute!


I stamped the ww cs with TAC girlz and boyz stamp set, colored them in with prismacolor pencils and gamsoled them to blend the colors. Then I modge podged the $1 notebooks I got at the Dollar General and placed the paper on them with a little bit hanging over to curl around the front of the cover. I used different shades of purple on the binding and vanilla on the back. I stamped their names and a small accent stamp on the colored piece that covers the binding and wrote on the back--Created for you by Aunt Kelly (Dec 2007). This was then covered with modge podge, and I read somewhere if you spray the modge podge after it dries with clear coat spray they are not tacky, so I did that as well. They were right. I have laid the books on top of one another, and now they are not tacky or sticking at all. Terrific! (I had a little smudge on Elizabeths around the teddy bear, but I hope she still likes it. I tried to make it look like a picture frame around him). I found some terrific pens with stick figures on them to go with these, so I won't be making them, but I did make covers for matching small legal tablets for them to write in as well.


As for the tiles/coasters, they are stamped in StazOn black ink and then colored with markers. One was done with the Frosty SU set, and the reindeer singing coaster was done with a stamp set from Studio G clear stamps $1 Michaels' set. (I purchased mine on Ebay though, as there are no Michael's around me).
For some reason the swirls around Frosty ran a little bit (maybe too much clear coat all at once), but I think he will be okay too. I think the key is to lightly spray the first coat on these marble tiles and then spray another 2-3 coats of clear spray to cover well and protect them from drnk spills and condensation. I have been using one of these all week, and the only problem I seem to have is if a glass is nice and flat on the bottom, it sticks a little bit to the coaster. Other than that, I find them very useful, and I love mine on my desk :) I hope you enjoyed seeing them as well, and if I inspired you to make some coasters or notebooks, please comment and add a link so we may see them too!

20 comments:

~KRISTY~ said...

OMG HOW GORGEOUS ARE THE NOTEBOOKS YOU MADE!IM SURE THE GIRLS WILL LOVE THEM,THE COASTERS LOOK AMAZING AS WELL,WHAT A GREAT IDEA!

Kristine said...

WOW...those ARE adorable!! :) I have the set called "All in the Family" and haven't had time to use it yet :( I hope they LOVE these. Makes you feel soo much better when your work is appreciated, huh?? :) THANKS SO MUCH for leaving me a comment. I wasn't sure if I was "IN" for the Blog Sista's #4 group or not. Hopefully so. ;) Woohoo...glad I got to visit your blog. You're very talented!

trulycanadiangirl said...

Awesome stuff. Im adding my Sisterhood links tonight. have a great day!!

Seleise said...

What great coasters! I just made my first ones last week and gave them as a Christmas gift so hopefully they won't run. Guess I'll find out - hee hee! :) Yours are super cute! Happy to be an SBS4 groupie with you!

~JULES~ said...

What an amazing blog you have! I will be back to check it out for sure.
Your sister
Jules

catt871 said...

Kelly, you never cease to amaze me!! Your notebooks are FAB - your neices will love them!!!!

jlazarski said...

How fun! I'm sure the girls will love them -- I know my similiarly-aged girls would!

dcorder said...

Kelly - your nieces will love this! I love all the things you're doing with the tiles. They are so creative and cute!

Deb said...

Fantastic Kelly, I love these, how fabulous for the girls to get a personalised notebook each. The coasters are so cute too. I wish I had a bit more time now to make some christmas gifts, I will start earlier next year...sure I will!

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog. I see your a PA girl, me too originally from the northeast. Now, in VA at least until next summer. What area are you from? I will need to fins some stamping buddies for when I move back. :)

sparkplug17 said...

Too cute! The notebooks are awesome! I'm one of your SBS4 sisters, so just thought I'd say hi. Great work!

Donelda said...

Wow - I love the note books and the tiles!! Amazing!! (and I don't blame you at all for wanting them back -- but I don't think you are going to get them :-)

Wow, you've been busy!!

Kylie said...

Hi there, what a great gift idea, I am sure that they will be treasured, I think it is even more special when someone gives you a handmade gift, love your work, your new sister, Kylie.

Kelly S said...

The altered notebooks are adorable Kelly!!! Thanks for the info on the sisterhood. I joined, so hopefully there is room for me because it was close to being filled!!! :)

Tammy said...

ADORABLE!!! I'm betting they will love them:). I'm a SBS4 sister and look forward to visiting your blog.

Tammy

Christi said...

Wow! Adorable!!

Tracey said...

Hi Kel Im a SBS4 sister to. I loved looking at your blog and look forward to seeing what you create next.

Donelda said...

Hi Kelly, I had to drop in and let you know that we ended up in the same SBS4 group. I had looked for you but didn't see you and thought you might be in group 3... a nice surprise to see you here :-)

scrappernic said...

What fun! I did coasters as Christmas gifts this year too. I am loving seeing all your fun creations!

My Paper World said...

They are so cute! great projects!