So Shelli Creative Challenge Winner

Yippee!  I was selected as a So Shelli Creative Challenge winner!  I got the email Thursday afternoon.

Good morning, Monika!

Shelli has asked me to notify you that she has selected your Sensational Scrapbook Spreads Challenge submission as a winner this month. Congratulations!

Thank you for sharing your creativity with us! We loved seeing your ideas. . .

And I get to pick a free stamp set!  That’s always a good thing!

Here is a link to Shelli’s blog post –

This is the layout that I submitted –

Here is the original post for this layout – 

Come back later today for the UStamp Blog Hop!

Dasher Tile Coasters

This is the best project!  So much fun to make and they will be awesome gifts for almost anyone.   I have been wanting to make the tile coasters with the tumbled tiles for awhile now.  I made them a couple of years ago using StazOn ink and Stampin’ Pastels but I’ve seen other people making them with craft ink.  I had planned on the tiles being one of the projects for my Stamper’s Club this time since we were working on gift giving ideas.  In the Simply Holidays class that Heather Summers had she showed us a tumbled tile project that included a box to hold the tiles – it was perfect!  I made sure I had Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and I went and bought the tiles and was ready to roll.  I decided to use the Dasher stamp set on the tiles and was very happy with how they turned out.

Stampin’ Up! supplies include:

– Dasher stamp set

– Tree Trimmings stamp set

– Baroque Motifs stamp set

– Warm Words stamp set

– Winter Post stamp set (for the tag)

– Craft ink in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red

– Clear Embossing Powder

– Chocolate Chip card stock for the box

– Kraft card stock for the tag

– Old Olive or Chocolate Chip 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

– Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! Two Tags die

– Red hemp cord (retired SU product)

And non-SU are the Tumbled Tiles and the felt tabs for the bottom of the tiles.

I made up about 4 more sets the weekend after we had our club meeting and I do plan to make some more to have for gifts this Holiday season.

UPDATE: I have been getting some questions on these so here is an explanation of how they were made.

I stamped the images with Craft ink and then covered them with Clear Embossing Powder.  Since I was making a bunch I put them all on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper) and put them in the oven – I think each oven varies so you may need to test the temp and time for yours.  I started at 300 degrees and it was taking a very long time so I increased the temp to 350.  It took about 8 minutes for each batch of tiles – I have large cookie sheets so I think I had at least 8 or 10 tiles on it.  You do want them all to lie flat on the tray – I did one batch where I had one leaning up on the edge and it took much longer to heat the embossing powder.  You can see the powder change from powdery to a shiny finish.  If you leave them too long they start to bubble so you do need to keep an eye on them.  Then I took them out of the oven and I had a large towel doubled on my counter – I used a spatula to take them off the tray and place on the towel to cool – they will be HOT – don’t touch them!  After they cool completely add the little felt pads to the bottom so they don’t scratch the table when you use them.   I bought my tumbled tiles at Home Depot and they were about $5 for a box of 9.

Happy Stampin’!

So Shelli Challenge Winner

What a way to start the day…..  I was up early getting the boys out the door to school and checked my email.   I had an email that said this:

Congratulations! Shelli has chosen you as one of the winners for her Happy Birthday Creative Challenge! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

I had to read it more than once and then see who sent it because I couldn’t believe it.  WOW!  I was excited!  What an honor to have Shelli personally choose one of my projects – I just can’t believe it!  kaleidoscope-card

Click HERE to visit Shelli’s blog for the announcement.

Click HERE to go to my original Royal Blog Tour post where this card was featured.

Click HERE to go to the tutorial on how to make this card.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement I get from everyone!

Several people have asked which stamp set I selected as my free set – I decided to get For All You Do – I saw so many beautiful projects made with the set while I was at convention that I fell in love with it.

Now that I am back from convention I am working on my August Class Kit to Go so it should be ready soon.

I had two orders come yesterday with my ribbon for the ribbon share and DSP for the paper share so I’ll be getting that ready too.

Have a wonderful rest of the day!