The first coaster I made uses a piece of embossed designer paper. On top of that I put some ribbon which has lace on both sides. I stamped a Magnolia stamp, colored her with Copic markers and then cut her out. After that I cut out the three AlphaStamps birds. One bird was placed in the basket on the stamped image. Since the swap is "Birds with Hats", I cut out the three hats and placed them on two of the birds. The third hat I put in the beak of one of the birds so it can be for the third bird. The sentiment was computer generated.
I really like the background on this coaster. I had a piece of designer paper that had circles on it. I was playing around with some stencils and put some red squares on top of the paper by using a stencil. I thought that this really look wild.....like a circus. Thus the idea of the unicycle, an Artist Outpost stamp. I cut it out and put on one side. Since the swap dealt with birds, I decided that the bird could ride the unicycle. Can't you just hear him say "Whee...!"?
I knew I wanted to do one of the coasters with a musical theme. This coaster has a background of music which has been distreesed with tea. On it I used a phonograph (stamp unknown) and a diecut of a music note. The guitar (a Nashville touch) is made of silver glitter. The two AlphaStamps birds and hats complete the coaster. The sentiment was also computer generated.
I was having so much fun that I didn't notice I was making more coasters than I needed. Therefore, I am designating this one for my hostess, Carolyn Hays. It has a page from an old Alice in Wonderland paperback as the background. The two men are from my stash. Again the birds and hats are from AlphaStamps. It seemed that one of the birds was making the man's hat a nest....thus the sentiment. In the corner are some peel-off stickers. As a final touch are some alphabet beads which form the word "Birds".
If you have a chance to make a comment on this post, plesse tell me which coaster you like best.