Monday, August 18, 2008

Mousie Monday

School starts for us today. I can not believe the summer is already over. I have really enjoyed my summer. I have been able to spend a lot of time crafting, cardmaking and blogging. It is going to be quite a challenge to find time for everything, with 5 kids in grades K-12, laundry and housework there really isn't much time left for me. I think stamping and blogging is an important part of maintaining my sanity, so I am working on finding a routine that works for all of us. No small feat! Some days leave me feeling like this!
I love this stamp! The first time I saw it, I just knew I had to have it. I thought it would make a great coaster. I inked the stamp using Staz-On, then baked it at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. When it was cool, I colored it with Bic Mark-It markers (I love these!) and prismacolor pencils. It's the perfect coaster for a teacher, don't you think?

I have made many coasters in the past and have always had a difficult time stamping the image clearly. I always keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol next to me when I stamp on tile because I tend to have to clean it off a few times before I get it perfect. Well, I discovered a little tip. I inked my stamp, then turned it upside down and placed the tile on top and pressed down evenly. A perfect impression the first time! I was so happy!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer as much as I have. For those of you who homeschool, have a fantastic school year!

Have a blessed day!

10 comments:

Lynn said...

I can certainly relate to how your feeling and I only have three kids!
Blogging is therapy for me as well!
Adorable House Mouse coaster!!!

SeaStar Creations said...

such a cute teacher gift :) the stamp is adorable and i just love stamping on coasters. i have the same problem you have encountered so thank you for the tip!

Stacey Schafer said...

darling!

Sandy O said...

Oh, I love this stamp and what a wonderful way to use it! I am going to have to stock up on tumble coasters, LOL.

I am with you in finding a way to organize my time to fit everything in. When you discover how to do it, will you post about it? {{{wink}}}
Sandy O

Felicia said...

These coasters are just too cute. You did a fantastic job!

KAT said...

Cute - putting the house mouse in a coaster - really cute!

Amanda Sewell said...

That is such a cute coaster!!! I have so been there *giggles*

Jess said...

LOVE this coaster. Im totally going to have to try that out. I totally relate to how you feel and I only have 1!! But, stamping and sharing is my therapy too. I hope you find some YOU time that fits in to the schedule. {HUGS}

Carmen said...

hahaha I love this coaster and the tips!! I have tried this and like you my image was messed up but now I know the trick to getting it right! I am glad I dropped by.

Edee said...

adorable creation, you are very talented.