I had to get my new toys out again. I can’t have new stuff sitting here and not use it. My deadline for the secret stamping is still far off. I can squeeze some fun stuff in in between.


I started with two 4″ coasters. I think those are medium weight. I adhered Crate paper from the Girly girl selection to both sides of the coaster with Mod Podge. I clipped the corners of the paper with scissors and sanded all around the edges with a Sanding block from Stampin’ Up!. Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to seal the paper.

For the main image I started with a Whisper White circle and brushed Barely Banana craft ink refill over it with the big watercolor brush. I am very much into using craft ink and craft refill right now. I guess the Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dauber inspired me to reach for my craft ink more again.

Next I used white craft ink refill and a small watercolor brush to add a white line on each side of the circle. Then I used my gorgeous Fancy Pants Brush Bloom stamps with Tea Leaves Versamagic Dew Drop ink to add swirls to the sides and Pink Petunia for the flowers. Once the flowers and swirls were stamped, I added a thin line of Jumbo Java Dew Drop ink next to my white lines.

Blog Friends is stamped with Stampin’ Up!s Typeset Alpha Upper and Rough Edge Alpha in Java Dew Drop ink.

During my shopping spree in San Antonio with Jenn I picked up some Bling Brads. I added a small one in my big flower, and Amuse Creative Candy in the center of my two small flowers. After my flowers were dressed up, my words looked to flat. So I added a layer of Crystal Effect over them.

The ribbon is May Arts Ribbon (what else).

I then punched my covers with my new Bind-it-All. And wouldn’ t you know it, I goofed. My first cover was punched crooked. So I had to make a second. Then I punched my back cover….and punched it the wrong way. I tell you….my stamping would go a lot faster, if I wouldn’t make all those silly mistakes. When I finally had my front and back cover finished, it was time to create some pages.


I have a bunch of Confetti white cardstock, so I used that. I cut my cardstock in 4″x4″ squares and used my corner rounder on each corner. Then I used the swirl stamped that I had already used on the front page for each page.

I really like the way it turned out. Now I have to clean off the big mess on my table and maybe get one more “have to do” project done!


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

20 Responses to “Today’s project”

  1. This is gorgeous!!!

  2. Beate, this is GORGEOUS, as usual. I have yet to play with my BIA, but you have inspired me! This is just way too cute!!!!

  3. I just saw I was the lucky 100,000 person to visit your blog. This is BEAUTIFUL. I love seeing fun projects with the bind-it-all.

  4. Beate – another gorgeous project! I would love to do this, but don’t have the tools….aaahhh, maybe someday! Love it though! Congrats again on the 100,000 – that is AWESOME!

  5. This is so gorgeous!! I just love your techniques Beate. I’ve got to get me some coasters. :0) Ok…dumb question, but what would you put in this “blog friends” album? Their pictures? or a TAC that they’ve done?? I’m kinda new to all this :0) but whatever it’s for, it’s cute!

  6. I just love this. Those stamps from Fancy Pants look great- I might have to get some too. Might have to get that Bind-it-all too. Ahhh, if only money grew on trees!!!
    And I love the idea of a blog friend book.

  7. Love this! What are you planning on doing on the inside? Writing names and stuff?

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I soooo need a Bind it All!


  9. this looks like it would be so much fun to get a few friends together and work on a coaster book.

  10. OH great..now I need a bind it all! I also need to get some Medium coasters! I love how it looks! You are so awesome. I love your new toys! I am going to have to live through you for awhile!

  11. That is just awesome. I lov ethe details on the pages. THe more I see you use them, the more I want that stamp set! UGH!

  12. I love your gorgeous little book! Soooo pretty!!

  13. Thanks Beate! I was waiting for you to use your BIA. Now I can use mine. hehe. I started to make a 6×6 album but stopped after I covered the front and back covers with cardstock. I think I’m afraid to actually bind the project.

  14. I love this, it is fab-u-lous! Everything is so elegant. Wonderful, as always!

  15. I love the mini books and have to get my hands on some coasters. I think the flourish on the corners of the inside pages is just awesome. I need to case that idea!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and everything!

  17. This is a BEAUTIFUL book! I love your paper choice and the stamps a marvy!, TFS.

  18. Love this little book! I know what you mean about punching the holes on the wrong side. I hope to master this some day and feel your pain when you have to do another cover. Still, the BIA is fantastic – and your artwork is just absolutely gorgeous! TFS! maybe we need a tutorial for lining up the costers the right way. 😀 Happy Easter, Happy Belated Birthday!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous Beate! I really love how you stamped the doodly image on the inside pages! Really adds that extra special element to the whole book.


  20. Hi — I love this little book, and yes, I am curious about how you would use it… also — I think the bind-it-all can punch a whole bunch at a time, so why do one cover at a time? It is much easier to do a bunch at once, since there is more to hold on to… and if you are careful, then there is actually less of a chance of getting things “off”, I think. Am I nuts here? Just checking, cause I know I am a bit crazy…

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