Monday, February 16, 2015

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs! And a squirrel, too!

I finally got to make some cards, and I had a lot of fun with these dinosaurs from The Alley Way Stamps. I love the look on these guy's faces.



I also used up some scraps of paper that I had tested Distress Inks on, for sky behind the cute little squirrel here. He's also from The Alley Way Stamps. The sentiment bubble and treeline are from Lawn Fawn.

Let's hear it for long weekends. Yay!

Friday, January 30, 2015

A tale of 3 sinks, oh so cautionary.

It is a very good thing I'm not super OCD.

I broke one of my bathroom sinks last week with boiling water. Don't believe all of the life hacks you read on the Internet. Boiling water with Dawn dish-washing soap MAY clear a clogged drain, but it could also crack the porcelain  and ruin the pop-up mechanism too.


This is the 2nd bathroom sink I've replaced in this house. The first was because the pop-up mechanism was broken along with some of the china parts too. My former roommates (AKA "the kids") were pretty rough on stuff and it was just one more broken thing to deal with at the time.

But the "matching" sinks don't really match. The original sinks had 3 overflow holes and a fairly sharp drop from the rim. The first replacement has 2 overflow holes and a more softened drop from the rim. My latest sink not only has only one drain hole, but it has a brand emblem tattooed just under the faucet in black.  Yes, my 2 sinks in the same bathroom don't really match.

I know it's time to remodel the bathroom but I just don't want to. This may be a project for the next owner, KWIM?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Welcome baby! (A card for a baby shower)

Yes, I made a paper pieced card for a baby shower. This was seriously a quickie card. The most time consuming part was fussy-cutting the dinosaurs.

The stamps are Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past, and the papers are Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn's Critters Down Under.

Seriously funny, at least for me is that when I heard the paper name was going to be Let's Polka, my heart sped up a little. I dared to hope for accordions! Cute, Lawn Fawn style accordions, to be sure. Nope, we are talking polka dots here, not a polka dance. Oh well.

That ribbon bow is pretty, but lumpy enough that this card would not be a good candidate for the US mail.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cookies on a plate, or, I was not meant to be a tea snob.

I was not meant to be a tea snob. Seriously I finally ordered the Fiesta teapot I've had my eye on for almost a year now. I got it in Paprika, a rich reddish brown. Like the cookie plate above.

But in typical enthusiastic fashion I also ordered some loose tea, because true tea snobs sniff at tea bags.

But the tea balls (infusers?) I got at the local store don't do such a great job at straining finely textured herbal teas. If anyone out there can point me in the direction of a tea ball big enough for an 8 cup tea pot (not as big as you think it is) and doesn't leak leaves, please let me know, please?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh Snap! I forgot their hats!

How embarrassing. I forgot the little dog's Santa hats.

Here are a couple of them correctly dressed:



The top picture uses a little dog from Lawn Fawn, from Critters at the Dog Park, and a hat from Hats Off to You.  The second picture is the same as last week's with the addition of the Santa hat from the same Santa Paws set.

Much better with seasonal hats, don't you think?

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's in the stars, Fleas Navidad to you!


Fleas Navidad!

I have been wanting to use the star chart background stamp from Hero Arts, and here is the perfect opportunity!

The little dog and sentiment are from Paper Smooches. The sky background in the blue card is created with Distress Inks over an embossed star chart background. I love the little dog and the puny sentiment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Flying by to say Merry Christmas -- with glitter!

I don't normally use glitter, since cards for Operation Write Home can't have it, so this was a little bit of fun for me.

The airplane is from Lawn Fawn's Bon Voyage stamp set, and the houses are from Sizzix Townscape die. More of that difficult silver elastic twine forms the tow line for the sentiment, which I believe is from The Alley Way Stamps' All Wrapped Up. I had fun heat embossing the greeting in metalic embossing powder. There is Wink of Stella glitter on the airplane, as well as glossy accents in the windows.  Glitter! Glitz! Wow!