Muffy: What's wrong, Momma? Why are you so sad?
Me: I don't know, Muffy. Maybe it is the fact that trees are losing the last of their beautiful leaves, and I know that winter will soon be here.
Muffy: Are the trees crying, Momma? Are their leaves their tears?
Me: I think they are, Muffy. And in their tears, we can learn many lessons. Beauty does not last forever, but will change in form. After the last leaf falls, we will see that the beauty of the tree lies not in its external glory, but in the strength of its trunk and branches...strong enough to uphold the snow and ice of winter and resilient enough to leaf again in the spring.
Muffy: Is there any way we can capture the leaves and preserve their memories, Momma?
Me: Maybe we can, Twin. Maybe we can capture not only their beauty, but share it with others as well. Thank you, sweet Muffin, for helping me to see how I can turn my sadness into a gift...
And so you have the background as to how today's From Me to You transpired. Today's creation is not a card, but something that you can create in a few minutes to give as a gift from the heart...
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips: Coasters...Step-by-Step InstructionsThe size of this completed coaster is: 4" x 4". The tiles which I used were on clearance at a home improvement store for thirteen cents each, making the cost of this project minimal.
1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Select a tile which is relatively smooth, and make certain it is dust free. If you rinse the tile, it must be completely dry before proceeding.
2. Randomly stamp the leaves from French Foliage with CRAFT inks. I used Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Always Artichoke. The Waterspot image was inked with Soft Suede Craft ink. If you are not confident in your random stamping skills, draw out a 4" x 4" square on scrap paper and practice! I did!
3. Bake for 30 minutes to set the ink. Allow to cool completely. (Some people bake at 300 degrees, but I have not experienced any problems with 250 degrees.)
4. Add felt or cork circles to the bottom of the coaster. I happened to have cork on hand, so I adhered a little square of Sticky Sheet to a small square of Cork, and zipped it through the Big Shot with the Circles #2 die. But if you don't have this die, don't despair. Just cut out a little squares of felt and adhere them with Tombow Adhesive or Sticky Strip.
5. As a final optional step, you can spray your coasters with a matte finish. All that is left now is to bundle them up with a fabulous bow and add a tag. They truly are a gift from the heart.
I hope that you enjoyed this break from a card. Not only are coasters a quick gift to create, they are economical, too. If you do not have a variety of Craft Inks, there are many, many images that would look equally lovely stamped in Jet Black StazOn.
Brody: Are you feeling happier now, Mom?
Me: A little, Brody. I always feel better when I am able to share what I love...like stamping!
Brody: Good, because I had a little accident in the back yard.
Me: What did you do Brody?
Brody: Well, you know that stuffed buffalo you bought me? I killed it while you and Muffy were making coasters!
|All the blurry white you see is "buffalo stuffing"!|