Well, it was lovely to get crafting again yesterday, but things didn't all go according to plan. Fist of all, I opened a bottle of Starlight paint and found that I'd not screwed the cap on tightly enough, so there was a crusted skin over the top of the paint and I had to chip it away before I could use it. I ended up absolutely covered in paint - and doesn't it go a long way?
Then I wanted to make an enamelled embellishment for a card, using ultra thick embossing enamel. I did everything as usual, and finished off the very last of my green UTEE, but used a stamp I'd not used before, and after it had cooled I tried to remove the stamp.... and instead, the enamel came free from the base card, leaving the motif embedded in the stamp. It took me about an hour of careful picking to extract all the bits from the stamp, and none of the bits were usable. I think the stamp is going to be OK but I still don't know what went wrong - could it simply be that I'd used a grey rubber stamp instead of a red rubber one? Is the grey rubber somehow different from the red in the way it behaves? Or had my (admittedly rather old) UTEE gone off?
So all in all I was feeling rather grouchy. Oscar the Grouch-y! Yep, I cheered myself up by rummaging through my snippets box and having a really good play around, and came up with this:
Yes, it's my tribute to Oscar the Grouch, the bad-tempered dustbin dweller from Sesame Street. His head is a die cut scalloped circle, with hand cut eyebrows, googly eyes, and a mouth made by cutting the smallest circle and oval from my Nesties in black and red, sticking them together and cutting in half.
For the bin I cut a rectangle of silver pearl card and put it though the Ribbler, then edged it top and bottom with narrow smooth strips. The lid is a sliver from the edge of a die cut circle, also edged with a narrow strip and with a hand cut handle added. Finally, I stamped a sentiment - I did consider adding one of my snarkier Dylusions sentiment, but I thought this would be a fun card for a child and they might not appreciate the snark!
As this is made entirely from snippets, naturally I'm going to head straight to the Snippets Playground.
I'm also sharing this with Sweet Stampin - Humour : I know the only stamping is the sentiment, but Oscar always makes me laugh!
And with Addicted to CAS - Grunge. I'm sure this isn't the kind of grunge that Jaydee was thinking of when she set the challenge, it was the grunge style, but what could be grungier than a dustbin? So I've taken a sideways look at the challenge prompt!