Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Free to pee, you and me

Although there are so many important issues that we should be addressing, some people have lost their minds and have driven this country into a weird conversation about who should use what bathroom. I think my mom put it best when she said, Why is this such a deal? Transgender people have been using the bathroom for centuries! I've used many a bathroom under many a circumstance; transgender folks have never made me feel uncomfortable, if I even notice, and the worst I've ever gotten from using the "wrong" restroom is a surprised look from behind a urinal. Much of life's little problems can be solved with this one simple rule: Eyes forward!

Anyhoo, this seemed like another perfect opportunity to use Viva Las VegaStamps' "Man & Woman Symbol" rubber stamp. When I decided to make this card, I promised myself I wouldn't use the color brown. But once that promise was broken (I couldn't resist using this yellow//brown, flower/streaked double-sided DP) I just went all-out with the color!



I was inspired by the universal access sign. The circle on the front was die-cut from a lime-green colored box. I made the triangle stamp from foam, and stamped it with Peanut Brittle Memento dye ink. I stamped the gender symbols with watermark ink & heat-embossed the stamp with fluorescent yellow WOW! embossing powder.

For the inside circle, I covered a white cardstock with actual (brand-new) toilet paper. The triangle was stamped in yellow and the pee folk in Peanut Brittle brown.

Although I can easily make my own digital sentiments, I enjoy using my physical stamp collection. The sentiment on the outside is from Verve Stamps, and the speech bubble die cut is from Latina Crafter. The sentiment on the inside is from Graphic 45. The sentiments were stamped in Vintage Photo and Crushed Olive distress inks, respectively.

The edges of the inside sentiment piece & the left-hand panel on the front were embossed in my BigShot; honestly, I chose this embossing folder for its slightly phallic design!

I used a Prima distressing tool to roughen the edges of the patterned papers. I edged all the pieces with Desert Sand Memento dye ink.


Inspiration/Challenges:
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: Fugly (yellow/brown DP + plus this whole situation is pretty fugly)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #353
Viva Las VegaStamps May Challenge: Inspiration Board (distressing, subversive humor, common sense triumphing over fearful reactions)
WordArt Wednesdays: Family Friendly/Anything Goes

Update: Many thanks to everyone for their supportive comments! My mom actually bought this card! I was chosen as a "Princess of Snark" at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting!



12 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

Great card, and I'm with you on the whole bathroom 'debate': why should there even need to be a debate??? Thanks for playing with the Sisterhood, Jo x

Ela Rubira said...

Yes what a discussion! Waist of spending your words on. But you made a lovely card on this subject!

Melissa Craig said...

This is awesome! I love it. Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Nikki W said...

Eyes forward - I like that. Great make, and story of what has motivated you. Thanks for linking up to Viva Las VegaStamps!

Majo said...

Awesome card :) Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the F is for *Fugly* challenge.

Majo - DT ♥

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera said...

What a wonderful post and I love how you touched on such a "touchy" issue with the perfect combination of incredulity and common sense! oh, and GREAT CARD also!! Thanks for joining us over at the Sisterhood for the F is for Fugly Challenge.

Lindsey said...

This is awesome. Great card and great ideas behind it... and a perfect way to use browns and yellows! :P Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Corrie Herriman said...

Great card with a great story ! Thanks for joining us over at VLVS!
Corrie x

Debbie said...

I like your gate fold!
Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
Debbie (TMS DT)
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Fiona Paltridge said...

Looks great! Thank you for joining the challenge over at VLVS xx

MixedMedia Jenn said...

I love this! I love the card, I love your story behind it, I love your viewpoint...everything. lovelovelove!!!

Cindy Groh said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!!! Everything you and your mom said in the first paragraph is my sentiments exactly. LOL!
OK, gain my composure...I love your card. Have a great week.