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!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas critters on text, variations on a theme.

So, no two the same, right?  I ran out of the striped glitter paper for the mat, so I used some wispy branched paper for the mat on the top picture. I decided that the houses from the last post needed more contrast, so I cut them from kraft paper. On the third card, I went with a bundled up bird. Yes, that is a barely visible vellum snowflake near the top of the card.  Even in real life it is hardly visible. Learn from my mistakes, OK?

I did all three of these on kraft colored card bases, just because I like it.

The reindeer are from The Alley Way Stamps set "Fa La La", the bird is from "All Wrapped Up", also from The Alley Way Stamps. The sentiment on the bird card is from Lawn Fawn's "Winter Fox", and the houses are from an old Sizzix die, "Townscape".  

That invisible snowflake? It's from a die set from Paper Smooches. Not that you can tell, LOL.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Flying reindeer, for the win!

Last year my flying reindeer had on sweaters, this year he's naked!

This cutie is from The Alley Way Stamps set "Fa La La", and I stamped him on a page I tore out of a book. I gently colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. Gently because the paper wanted to grab the ink and run with it. His nose and antlers are shiny with Wink of Stella glitter.

The row of houses at the bottom need more contrast, so the next versions will be colored differently. I am pleased with this as a first effort on old book art, and will be playing some more with it later.

I am down to about 8 square inches of actual work space on my table. I have really got to clean up to make myself a little room.

Good news (at least for me)! Home made glue dots actually work when you use sticker paper for the backing. I had been using the slick stuff that came in a bucket of perler beads, and that was a complete disaster. Heatproof it may be, but not nonstick, KWIM?