Thursday, 18 April 2013

Challenge 56 Out of a Hat Creations


Hello to everyone who drops by my blog. I hope you are having a great crafty week and that you are keeping well and happy. A big thank you to everyone for the wonderful encouragement in your comments and the many inspiring ideas when I visit your blogs.

This week at The Hatters we have a circus theme. I still think back to the days when the circus was full of animals but now all the feats and fun are done by humans or robots which isn't quite the same for me. Half of the time I am too scared to watch now but that could be old age !

My favourite thing at the circus has always been the clowns so I have chosen to use one of those for my project


I found an old set old coasters--we seem to have loads of old ones. I painted them with acrylic paints in bright colours. I am amazed at how cheap a set of acrylics are these days I used to pay such a lot of money years ago when was more into painting pictures--every blob was treasured then.

I had a digi stamp of a clown's head so I printed it out 4 times -two are reversed images. I coloured the images then covered them in clear Fablon-cut them out and stuck them onto the coasters with a few clown type words.

Not yet suitable to be used as coasters you will be saying.

Here they are finished with a coat of varnish to make them usable. The finished articles with the varnish don't photograph well because of the shine. I learnt that a long time ago which is why I take a picture before doing the varnishing.


Hope you will have a go and do visit Carol, Janet and Sandra's blogs to see what they have made for this week.

I'd like to also enter this in the Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme this week is anything goes.


Thank you for visiting today.

Love Chrissie xx

23 comments:

  1. Hi Chrissie, your coasters are fabulous, great image and love the colours you have used. Did you use a special varnish or heatproof varnish? I started stripping the surface off some coasters and placemats several weeks ago and haven't got very far - probably side tracked of course with other crafty projects. Great tip about taking photo before any glaze added - thanks. Have a lovely day... Gill x

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  2. I love your fun coasters - I must admit that I'm not too keen on clowns but he's quite jolly.
    xxx Hazel.

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  3. Lovely coasters, although I must confess, I do not like clowns or circuses, they scare me! But yours don't! Hugs, Valerie

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  4. The coasters look full of colour! Didn't look too close as clowns give me the creeps! Trace x

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  5. Great idea for the Circus theme, fabulous & creative work on the clowns! Shirleyx

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  6. Hi Chrissie
    Your coasters are fab, lovely happy clowns
    Janet x

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  7. Fab coasters, great fun and colourful, hope you're putting them to good use!!

    Sam xxx

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  8. Your coasters look fantastic, love the happy clown images.
    Yvonne x

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  9. Your coasters are by far the funniest ones I've ever seen Chrissie! They're so colourful, too! Bet this will leave a huge smile on anyone's face when they see this! Hugs, Ira xox
    irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

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  10. What a great idea, reusing old coasters. Your clowns would make a 'get together' a lot of fun.

    Enjoy,
    Marianne

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  11. Another fun idea Chrissie and the tip about taking a photo before the varnish goes on is one I must remember.
    Lorraine

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  12. These are so cool, and I love the fact you can still use them as coasters. Such a fun project Chrissie. x

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  13. Love these coasters Chrissie. So bright and cheerful. Hugs, Jenny x

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  14. Great project Chrissie! They are so funny and bright and I love them. Congratulations on your Honourable Addict award for the last challenge. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! xx

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  15. whoops, I meant Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM! xx

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  16. Such fun coasters Chrissie :)
    Von♥

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  17. These are fab Chrissie, what a great idea and I'm glad that they're silly clowns and not scary ones! Xx

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  18. Fabulous coasters Chrissie, so bright and cheerful xx

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  19. Hi Chrissie. Love the cheeky smiley faces of your clowns. What a great recycling idea!!!! xxx

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  20. These are fabulous Chrissie. You have made a great job. With my other hat on. Thank you for playing along with the ATS&M challenge.
    Hugs to you and Vic,
    Florence xx

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  21. Such fun coasters, Chrissie! Love your take on the circus theme. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Tracy

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  22. what fun and bright mats...those clowns make me laugh xx

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  23. Thanks for dropping by my blog and your kind comments, but especially thanks for letting me know about the 'followers' box - I have now added it to my layout.

    Bishopsmate

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Thank you for all of your comments. Reading them brings precious moments. Isn't it great to be able to be in touch with so many nice people in this way.