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Beer Mat Album

Didn’t realise how long ago it was that I last made a Beer Mat Album, over 2 years ago.  My last one which you can see here was a Beer Mat Brag book,  coincidentally it was also for another FSC New Year challenge … da da da da – spooky!!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges starts off the New Year with a theme of  “Something New” which was picked by my fabby teamie sister Esther.  This could be new stash, new technique or even a new resolution which you may have made (and already broken lol)!!!!

Still on a roll with my new Gelatos but this time I have used them to cover the beer mats.  Aged the frame with a sprinkling of different distressed embossing powders before adding the image.  The corrugated background was coloured with Gelatos.

Not going to bore you too much about how it was made because time is such a precious thing to us all.

“A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

Hopefully my pics tell a story just as well as a large amount of descriptive text.


One thing which I will tell you is that Gelatos seem to work better with a primed surface, Gesso being my preferred medium of choice.

(Irene told me the tip about the Gesso.)

I have used a mixture of new and old stamps, dies and even some new masks which gives a different feel to each page.


Last page of the ‘Beer Mini’ which uses one of my new Christmas stamps, isn’t she just divine?


I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


16 Responses to “Beer Mat Album”

  1. What a gorgeous little mini book and aren’t beer mats so useful for us crafty people. Julie x

  2. Dot says:

    Hi Shirley…OMG, you are having an absolute ball with those gelatos!!! The colours look fantastic, and I looove the new stampotique stamp…so funny! I wouldn’t be able to make a beer mat album…I would be too busy using them lol.

  3. Craftyfield says:

    Full of beautiful backgrounds and stamps and I love the cover page with its corrugated cardboard and frame. Wonderful!

  4. Irene Chillman says:

    Couldn’t wait to see how your album turned out, knew it would be awesome, love it.
    I xx

  5. Anne R says:

    Wow Shirl, I love how you used the beer mats and I love that Wendy Vecchi set of stamps you used too, haven’t had my set out for ages! Happy New Year just in case I have not already said it… Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Shirley says:

    Gorgeous and fabulous idea ! I wonder how you bind them, you must have a tool to that. Take good care, Shirleyxx

  7. Claire C says:

    Hi Shirl, wow gorgeous little book, I’ve never made one of those so I’ may have to dust my bind it all off and have a go
    Love the backgrounds with your new stencils and I agree your new stamp is a stunner
    Claire xx

  8. Avril says:

    A fabulous mini album Shirley, loving the look of those Gelatos, seems to give a fabulous coverage.
    Gorgeous collection of images and backgrounds and your new stamp’s a beauty.
    Avril xx

  9. Amanda says:

    Fab album shirley, even more fabulous that you use gelatos so well I just can’t seem to master them primed or not primed but you’ve inspired me to have another go.
    Amanda x

  10. Meggymay says:

    Fantastic album Shirley. love the covers and texture. The images are all lovely and your new one looks a real beauty.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Terry says:

    Oh I love your beer mat album! What lovely colors and layers and of course the stamped images are perfect! Really love this and I think I need to play with the blanks I have!!! Happy New Year! Hugs!

  12. Silvia says:

    That’s a great idea and a fantastic album.

  13. Esther says:

    Oh goodness….love love love this, so many beautiful layers, colours and textures ! Never made a Beer mat mini book – will have to give it a try. I’ve just discovered gelatos too and am loving them… I also prefer them on gesso…

  14. butterfly says:

    I love the soft pretty colours and wonderful stamp choices… you’re clearly having lots of fun with the gelatos. Must, must, must get mine out! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Alison xx

  15. coco says:

    A fabulous album, so full of beauty!!!! Very inspiring, love all the stamps and masks you have combined so easily and beautifully! 🙂 xxx

  16. Beer mats never looked so good Shirl! I love the soft colours and the glamour on each page. Jenny x

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