Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Smeared and Smudged Card Sketch Challenge

Hello my lovley friends!  I am excited to show you this card project today.  It is a card sketch challenge, and i know we all love those, that has been issued over on Smeared and Smudged!..Come on over and check out all the great things we have going on over there!  There is also a layout challenge for this month and the prize is the Retro Cowgirl set from Bombshell Stamps.  You can have an entry for the card sketch and the layout sketch!  The designer of the sketches!  LOL  I have to give props to the designer so I did!!!! 

I hope you enjoy this card I have made and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!  So come on over to Smeared and Smudged and get your Sketch on!!!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Over the Top Award

I received a message  from Monica today over at Giddy Greetings. She gave me an over the top blogger award! I am so happy. Thank you Monica, it is much appreciated! Don't forget to visit her blog and see her great works!

Here are the rules I have to follow to accept this award:
(No laughing as I thought this was great!)

Answer the following questions using single word answers. Then pass the award to 5 other people. (I'll try my best with the 1 word thing, but that is hard!)

Your cell phone? Awesome

Your hair? Thinning

Your mother? Heaven

Your father? Unique

Favorite food? Mexican

Your dream last night? None

Your favorite drink? Coke

Your dream/goal? UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...

What room are you in? Craft

Your hobby? Painting

Your fear? Not Living ( sorry for the two words!)

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive

Where were you last night? Kitchen

Something you aren't? FILTERED

Muffins? Yummmmmmmmmmmm

Wish list item? Copics

Where did you grow up? Louisiana

Last thing you did? Sleep

What are you wearing? PJ's

Your TV? Huge

Your pets? Dog

Friends? Lots

Your mood? Wicked

Missing someone? HUBBY

Vehicle? RAM

Something you're not wearing? Socks

Your favorite store? Micheal's

Your favorite color? Black

When was the last time you laughed? lastnight

Last time you cried? weekly

Your best friend? SWEET

One place that you go to over and over? Kitchen

Face book? casual

Favorite place to eat? where the food is ( sorry again)

The five wonderful bloggers whom I have chosen to pass this on to:





If you have visited my blog and made it all the way down to reading this sentence, then this blogger award is for you too! Grab it for you and pass it on!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rock n Rolla

Hello, my lovely ladies.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shannon from Brombshell Stamps for featuring me in her newsletter this month.  Love ya girl!  If for some reason you don't know what Bombshell Stamps are, I can't imagine that :), check them out here.  They are awesome!!!  You can also find the newsletter  here.  Thank you Shannon and all the lovely Bombshell DT ladies!!!  Yall Rock.  Don't forget to check out the Bombshell Hump Day hop every Wednesday also!!!!

Have you ever had a song in your head that you just couldn't get rid of? I have and it can be so annoying sometimes and then other times you can put that song to use and come up with some pretty amazing things. This time I was  purposefully trying to come up with a song so that I could make a card for the Rock N Rolla group over on Smeared and Smudged.  I heard the song that I ended up using one day on the radio and it was stuck in my head but I was still trying to find another song. I don't know why.  Anyway I was sitting at the craft table in my craft room trying to come up with something for this project, I closed my eyes and boom there was the card.  It just sat there, I saw everything!  Does that happen to any of you?  Anyway, I pulled out my Bombshells and went to work.  Well actually the first thing I did was go to the computer and make the patterned paper that I used for the card with my digital scrapbooking kit.  Man's Ruin is one of my favorite sets so of course I used her!!!  So this is what I came up with! 

Song Used: Sex on Fire
Group: Kings of Leon
Lay where you're laying. Don't make a sound
I know they're watching. They're watching.

All the commotion. The kiddie like play.
Has people talking. Talking.

You.  Your sex is on fire.

The dark of the alley.  The break of the day.
The head while I'm driving. I'm driving.

Soft lip are open.  Them knuckles are pale.
Feels like you're dying.  You're dying.

You.  Your sex is on fire.
Consumed, were the words to transpire.

Hot as a fever, Rattling bones.
I can just taste it.  Taste it

If it's not forever, If it's just tonight.
Oh, it's still the greatest.  The greatest, the greatest.

You, Your sex is on fire.
You, Your sex is on fire.

Consumed, were the words to transpire.

And You, Your sex is on fire
Consumed, Were the words to transpire.

Here is my card that I made to go along with the song. 

Not sure if you can see the words or not in the pictures but on the front of the card is the title of the song and on the inside are the lyrics.  All printed out on vellum!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ace in the Hole Idea Book

Here is an altered notebook I did for the Design Team on Smeared and Smudged!  This book has two totally different covers.  The "front cover" is light and airy with sass and the "back" is dark and gothic!  I made this book to write down my crreating ideas and wanted the two sides to match whatever catagory I thought the ideas belonged in at the time!  Going from the front would be normal ideas and going from the back would be my not so normal ideas....although I am not sure if I have normal ideas!!!  My daughter seems to think I will always write from the back of the book!  The images on the front are from a ACE energy drink can that I found at Biglots...I am not an energy drink drinker so I made my hubby drink them.  He loved it..I just bought it for the images! LOL  The stamped image on the back is from Third Coast  Rubber Stamps and her wings are made from the same energy drink can!

Come on over to Smeared and Smudged and check us out!  If you enjoy Alternative, Vintage, and Gothic Art Rubber Stamping, then this is the place for you!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

25 Days of December book

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted my lovelies!  I have been busy working on a 25 Days of  December book.  For those who do not know what this is, it is a book that you put together by decorating pages and then starting December 1st you add pictures or journaling to show off what you did the days leading up to Christmas Day!  You can use anything you want, a book that is already put together or you can make your own pages, it is up to you it is your book.  I have chosen to use different pages, made from chipboard, envelopes, cardstock, patterned paper, you name it I have it in there.  You can make it as elaborate as you want or as simple as you want.  I have made mine "simple" for now as I have decided to add the major embellishments when I add my pictures or journaling.  There are lots of pictures so I am only going to show a few today as you will see the rest when I post them as they are being finished starting December 1st. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chipboard Fat Book Pages!!!!!

Hello my lovlies, I hope everyone is having a lovely day! I am sure you are all getting ready for Thanksgiving and then Christmas...Can you believe it is so close!!! I am by no means prepared at all! I haven't even started making my Christmas cards yet and I am usually done with them by now! There is just so much going on...

Today I am showing 2 Holiday shaped chipboard pieces that I made for a fatbook swap on Pennywisearts yahoo group! I love that place! If you like using microbeads that is the place for you!

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For the ornament I used grout, acrylic paint, microbeads, soft holly wheel and Holiday Tag team from SU, my bottle cap is filled with 2 part acrylic.
The Santa Hat has grout, gesso, acrylic paint, holly, and microbeads! I love that it has a shaker hat band!

Friday, November 13, 2009

What was I thinking!!!!! Challenge

This is a challenge I issued over on JADS, come on over and check it out! While your there have a look around and join us on our forum!!!

Have you ever bought or kept something only to come back to it later and say OMG what was I thinking. That is what this challenge is based on!!! There is always something to keep wether it be from the recycle bin or the packing materials from a box you received to something in the $ bin that you just know you can do something with!

Your challenge now is to take something from the recycle bin or some packing material that you have received in a package and make a Holiday decoration out of it!

We have been remodeling our kitchen and there were these pyramid shaped spacers in the cabinet boxes. Well of course I said don't throw those away I can do something with them. Well I took some of them and made a mantel hanging for Christmas. I don't have pictures of it hanging on the mantel because it is done for Thanksgiving but hopefully you will be able to tell what it is from the pics I do have!

I took this...

and made this...

Smeared and Smudged Desogn Team Call

Do you have a different way of looking at things when it comes to rubber stamping? Smeared and Smudged is looking for 6 "dark" Design Team Members. Smeared and Smudged is a growing Ning group that focuses on alternative, vintage, gothic, and out-of-the-norm rubber stamp art.

To see the type of art styling that I am looking for, please visit the ning group at ,or visit the Smeared and Smudged Blog at .

Requirements for Smeared and Smudged Design Team:

*You must have an active blog.
*You must be or become a member of the Smeared and Smudged Ning Group.
*DTrequirements will be to design three cards and one altered item per month, and post those designs on both your blog and the Smeared and Smudged Ning Group. Every project must use a rubber stamp image somewhere.
*Each DT member will be assigned a group from Smeared and Smudged. One of your monthly cards must follow the requirements of that group and be posted in that group. The groups will rotate. To view some of the groups available, please visit Smeared and Smudged on Ning.
* You must actively participate in The Vent group on Smeared and Smudged. A minimum requirement is three posts a week.

Benefits of Smeared and Smudged Design Team:

• Your blog will be featured on both the S&S Ning Group and blog.
• You will receive one goodie package from me each month that you can use on your projects. It is not required that you use these items, and the items will vary.
• You can use any supplies you like on your projects.
• You get to network with other wicked awesome stampers who share the same love for out-of-the-norm stamping.
• You get to sport a really cool S&S Button on your blog.

To Apply, please email the following information to

Blog URL
Pictures of three cards and one altered item that best represent your style of stamping.
Why you would like to be a DT Member for Smeared and Smudged.

Deadline for Submissions is Friday, November 27, 2009
Winners will be contacted by Monday, November 30.
DT term will run for four months starting December 1, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Grand opening Digiscraps3!!!! Blog Hop

Hello all and welcome today! I am excited because today is having it's grand opening!!!! To kick this off we the DT and CT members are having a blog hop! There are games, challenges, and prizes to be had so come on over and check everything out!

The CT has made some very awesome layouts and cards to display for you all using the kits that the DT members have made. Come on over and check out these awesome items that are available!

My projects are today are 2 digital layouts made using a kit by Jeanne Marie's Scraps called Autumn Dreams! These layouts use pictures from last Thanksgiving. It was the first Thanksgiving we had at my house because it was the first house we bought. My dad, sister, brother-in-law and nephews came to visit!!!! It was a great time. We went ice skating at the local rink here and everyone had a great time. I also made a card using elements and papers that I printed out from this kit! These kits are so very versital!

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So now go and start the blog hop!!!!!
Brandi B.
Jeanne Marie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Twisted OZ

Hello all.  I'm finally  It was a busy month last month and again I want to thank everyone who participated in our 31 Days of Halloween!  I am posting today in honor of the Bombshell Hump Day Hop.  Although I am not participating in the hop, I wanted to show my support for those ladies who are with my own project.  The monthly challenge on Bombshell this month is to use song lyrics for your project!  So I chose to put my own little twist on The Wizard of OZ!  Go check it out!

As most of you know my mind can twist anything around so that it fits into my little world!  So I figured why not The Wizard of Oz.  This is one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite songs from the movie is We're Off to see the Wizard.  So I took that song and Bombshelled it out.  The "wizard" is an image I received in a very lovely RAK, thank you Nicole, and the "Tin man, Scarecrow,Lion, and Dorothy" are some of my Bombshell Pin-ups.  I colored the "Wizard" with prismacolor pencils then covered the whole thing with a green distress ink.  I stamped the pin-ups on shrink paper and then colored them with paint pens and sharpies before shrinking them.  The background is all either hand painted or colored, even the yellow brick road with some of it's bricks made from clay!  I am really having fun with this challenge and hope that some of you are inspired to join!  Can't wait to see what you create. 

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Now that you have looked at my project for the day you can start your Bombshell hop over on Smeared and Smudged with Terra

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog Candy winner is...........

Char-The mad Shopper!!!! Congratulations! I want to thank everyone who participated. We had 561 entries and using a random number generator from that chose # Char!

I had so much fun doing this 31 Days of Halloween. Thank you all so very much for your comments..they mean so much to me!

Please email me and Terra so that we can get your blog candy out to you!!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you believe it, HALLOWEEN is here! I am so excited. I can't believe this is my last's exciting and sad at the same time, :) :(.
I hope you all have enjoyed this Halloween showcase that Terra and I have put on for you this month. We have had so much fun doing it! I also want to thank all of the DT members and Shannon for letting me participate in there weekly blog hop Wednesday! I had so much fun!

Today I am continuing and concluding my projects made from RAKs and Swaps from Terra, Kas, and Rosie. I made a decoration to put on my table outside, while I am handing out candy, that I could surround with candles and lights! I have had this wooden cube for several years so when I got the swap from Terra and Kas and saw all the lovely images and embellishments, I knew right away what I was going to do. I saw the paper napkins that were in there and immediatly thought, I am covering something with that!!!! So that is what I did. I used a mod podge like substance to attatch it to the cube and then covered the whole thing with it so that it would be a little shiny and stiff. Then I took the images and instead of coloring each one I used Slate alcohol ink, Fired Brick and Weathered Wood Distress inks from Ranger products on each one. I love the image on the top as it looks like he is crawling out of the box, and the shiny skulls just add a little sumptin, sumptin... I didn't add anything to the bottom as it would be sitting on the table the whole time but there is something for every other side! The ribbon is attached to around the edge using teeny tiny nails that I found in the garage...Hope the Hubby didn't need them for anything! Oh Well! It's plain and simple but the depth of the napkin and the distressed look of the images make it look like I spent days on it ( I think) when really it only took a couple of hours! I hope you enjoy!

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Remember to go see what Terra has made for you today, I hear it is quite awesome!!!!! Also today is your last day to add comments or post links to your answers to our challenges or let us know you added one of our blinkies!!!! We will be drawing a winner by random number generator on the 1st!!!

Thank you all again for going along on our 31 Days of Halloween ride! We so enjoyed each and every one you, and all of your lovely comments!!!!


Friday, October 30, 2009

Fantastic Friendly Friday

Hello all! Can you believe that tomorrow is Halloween! It went by so fast! Does anyone have any special palns? I am staying home to give out candy, the daughter is going to a party, and hubby and son are going trick or treating! Thats it for us! This month has been awesome and I want to thank each and everyone of you for participating in the challenges and for all the lovely comments you have left! I greatly appreciate them!

This month I also received some very lovely RAKs and participated in some awesome swaps. So my project for today is to use the items I received from these lovely people who sent me things. THANK YOU TERRA, KAS, AND ROSIE! Today I am showing a card that I made for the Bombshell October Sketch challenge. I am saying now that I only know the names of some of the companies that my materials are from as they are all from RAKs. So the papers I used on this card are very lovely and from the RAK, the stamp is from Bombshell stamps, the ribbon is from a RAK and the cardstock is from Stampin Up! Oh yeah the microbeads are from Pennywise Arts!

I love the sketch that was put out for us! It is awesome!
Here is my card!

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Remember leave a comment, participate in past challenges, be sure to leave a link though! You still have a couple of days to get more entries!!!!!! That blog candy is HUGE. Now that you have seen my project hop on over to Smeared and Smudged and see what Terra has for you today!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursdays Microbeads Challenge!!!

Hello all and welcome to the last challenge of the month!!!!! I reallyhope that you have all enjoyed these challenges that Terra and I have brought to you and I greatly appreciate everyone who has participated in them! Today Terra and I have coordinated our projects and offer you a themed challenge. Our projects today are based around Microbeads, and your challenge is to share your own project using Microbeads by linking it to a comment at the end of this post!
Easy peasy...

I have created a couple of ATCs for you today. I love microbeads and use them whenever possible. I also coordinate a swap over on the Pennywise Art Group for ATCs everymonth. Check us out!

The first one I used a backgroud from Itkupilli then added the black microbeads to the ground and a skeleton from Bombshell clawing his way up!! For the moon I didn't want just clear microbeads and although they come in many colors I decided to make my own. I took clear microbeads and mixed them with Slate colored Alcohol Ink. Then baked them at the lowest setting of my oven until they were dried out. You can leave them out in the open to dry, usually overnight, but we all know that I do not have the will to wait for anything when it comes to crafting! The second is a witch, also from Itkupilli with black microbeads in the sky and the same self colored microbeads for the words at the bottom.

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Now that you have seen my challenge project for the day, leave me a comment and let me know if you participated, even if you don't want to participate leave a comment. Comments equal entries!!!! Then hop on over to Terra's to see what she has for you today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mans Ruin Coffin

Welcome everyone to the last Wednesday of our 31 Days of Halloween extravaganza. Today is Bombshell Blog hop day and I am supe excited to be participating with them today!

The challenge for today was to use the coffin template that was provided to create your own Coffin and do it up Bombshell Style! That is exactly what I did... I had this little skeleton and thought that he would be perfect for this. I used several Bombshell sets, Mans Ruin, Bombshell Angel, Butterfly Queen, and Retro Cowgirls.

You know when you see something and you make up a little story in your mind about what happened...well thats what I did. I saw the coffin template and the skull and thought, why not use these Bombshell Pin-up on the coffin to show the reason this "man" found his way into "skeletonville". Well it made sense in my head!!! This is what I came up with. I painted the coffin black and then added my beloved grout to the inside so that it had that "fluffy" look, like the inside of a coffin. Then stamped the pin-ups in clay along with the skulls and the words Man's Ruin. I added little dots on the coffin lid with a paint pen and some bling here and there!!!

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Miss Magoo

Sarah K

Glittery Katie




Remember to leave a comment to be entered into the blog candy give away for the 31 Days of Halloween. See sidebar for more information!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Twisted Tuesday Altered Book

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I hope that you are all enjoying our 31 days of Halloween! I can't believe its almost over. I have had so much fun making all of my projects this month.

Today I decided to make an altered book. I used the skull from Bombshell Stamps. I also wanted to do more non=traditional colors so I used blues and greens. I love how it turned out! I got the little "matchbook" notebook from the $ spot at Michael's. The paper started out as Stampin Up cardstock in River Rock, an older in color that I loved so bought lots of!!! Then I used slate and meadow colored alcohol ink to color it, then distressed it with weathered wood distress ink from Ranger products. I also used these same colors on all of the ribbon accents. They all started out as white! The mini paperclips and mini safty pins are also from ranger prodcuts. That is part of what I picked up at the scrapbooking convention this weekend! That was so much fun. The phrase says "creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. art is knowing which ones to keep" I LOVE THAT!

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Now that you have seen my project for the day be sure to head on over to Smeared and Smudged to see what Terra has made for you today! Remember the more comments and participation on your part the more entries you get for blog candy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wicked Bat....Patterned Paper Challenge

Hello fellow Halloween lovers and stamping friends! I am so glad that you dropped by today. I am very excited to be sharing this project with you today. Today is Monday and Terra and I have coordinated our projects and offer you a themed challenge. Our projects today are based around Patterned Paper, and your challenge is to share your own project using Patterned Paper by linking it to a comment at the end of this post!
Easy peasy...

My cards today are made using a fairly new technique to me. It is called Iris Folding, and I am sure that many have heard of it before, just not me. I found the pattern and instructions on Circle of Crafters. There are several free patterns to work with for all occasions, so go and check them out! Today I have made a bat and a cat! The patterned paper I used for the bat came from Stampin' Up. I believe it was last years Halloween papers, it could be older. The papers for the cat came from Michaels, and I am sorry to say that I cut the little name tab on the bottom off a while ago and forgot to write it down so I am not sure of the company! Sorry.
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Now that you have seen my project for the day hop on over to Smeared and Smudged to see what Terra has for you! I am sure it is awesome! Remember the more you comment or participate in our challenges the more chances you have for winning the blog candy!!! PLEASE SEE SIDEBAR FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Full Front Tri-Fold Card

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend. I know I am, I got some really great things at the convention yesterday!!! I'll be using some of those items in the next few days! Thank you all so very much for your lovely comments, I greatly appreciate them. Today I am showing you a card I made about a month or so ago because...well I was at the convention all day!!! :))

This is a full front tri-fold card, and I am going to include a mini tutorial for this project! These are only the directions for cutting, scoring, and folding your card. It is up to you to decorate it any way you like.

Step 1: Cut your card stock to 5 1/2 x 11.
Step 2: Score your cardstock. I know it is hard to see the numbers in the picture so the measurements, from left to right, are as follows; 3 3/4, 1 13/16, 1 13/16, 1 13/16, 1 13/16.

Step 3: Fold along your score lines. On long side measure 1" in between the last two 1 13/16 score lines as indicated in picture above. Do this from top and bottom. Cut that line from score line to score line. ( I hope this makes sense.)
Here is one way that your card can be folded.
Here is my finished card.

Hope you enjoy this and I would love to see what you come up with. Now that you have seen my project for the day, and left a comment for your daily entry into the drawing. Hop on over to Smeared and Smudged and see wwhat Terra has made for you today!!! For more information on how to earn eentries for the blog candy drawing please read the sidebar!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Creepy Cooking, Oh My!

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful day! I am so excited for today, there is a scrapping, stamping, paper art show in town and I am so going...I can't wait!!! I wanted to thank you all for your lovely comments, and to those who have asked how to do something, don't think I have forgotten. I will get the instructions to you as soon as possible. It makes me happy that you all like my projects and cards!

Today I decided to make another page for my Halloween Art Journal. I found this digi image and at first look it's just a little ole' Gypsy lady cooking, but you know me...I had to make her into something she really isn't. I decided to make her creepy and goopy and have her cooking something that looks entirely inedible, with her little demon dog waiting for a taste. The floor was made with grout that I stamped a checkered background into then painted. The wall is painted and sprayed with Walnut ink. The body parts all over are from a skeleton I got at Target for like 50 cents because one of his legs was put on backwards. I thought so what it’s a skeleton who cares if he has a backwards leg, that just makes it all the creepier so I took it!!! I knew I could use it for something! I colored the image with prismacolor pencils and then adhered it to the chipboard page with Omni Gel. I love that stuff!

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Now that you have seen my project for the day and left me a comment, hop on over to Smeared and Smudged to see what Terra has for you!!! Remember comments equal blog candy entries. Thanks so much to all who have participated in our challenges and I am looking forward to seeing more wonderful works of art from everyone!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Freaky Coasters

Welcome back everyone and let me start off by saying Thank you all so very much for all of your lovely comments. It makes me very happy to know that you are enjoying the 31 Days of Halloween that Terra and I are putting on for you. As you know the more you comment and participate in our challenges the more entries you get for the HUGH blog candy!!! Also if you add one of our blinkies from the sidebar to your blog and let us know about it you will get even more entries!

On to todays project... At least twice a month the Hubby and I go out to thrift stores and flea markets, we would go more if he got his way. Anyway one such day we ended up at the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store and I gound these cute litte octagon shaped tiles. I thought, there has got to be something I can do with those and hey they were only 25 cents each so I picked up a few dollars worth. Well I figured out what I was going to do with them a couple of days ago and you get to see the results. I decided that I was going to make coasters with them so I called everyone into the craft room and told them to pick out their favorite Halloween stamps so that each of us could have our own coaster!

Of course my Daughter picked out the Skull and my son the cat. For the skull I used alcohol inks, slate, currant, and meadow to dotted them all over. Then stamped the image with SU white craft ink and then embossed with white embossing powder! The cat was stamped with black stazon and then colored in with paint pens. The pumpkin patch is for me and the hubby, I only took a picture of one though. It was also stamped in stazon and colored with paint pens. I then sprayed them all with a matte sealer so that they wouldn't peel, or chip when used.

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Now I am imagining all of the things I can do with coasters for every holiday or season!!

You know the that you have seen my project and commented hop on over to Terras at Smeared and Smudged to see what freakishly awesome project she has for you today!