Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HM Challenge # 18 "A Friend In Need"

I am always amazed and inspired at the kindness of others and this is one of those times. Our challenge this week was to make a card from a pre-made sketch and give it someone in need. I think this is something everyone should do. When I made this card at first I thought to myself, "I really do not know anyone in need." That is where I was so wrong, after a little thought on the subject I found bunches of my friends and loved ones who could use a little pick me up. I have recently made so many cards they were beginning to collect, so for the new year I am going to be more proactive and start sending these cards to those I know of in need. The card for the challenge is made from Bazzill wash board texture in pink and dotted swiss in light yellow. The printed papers are from last valentines day,"Words Cannot Express" and "So Happy Together" they are made by Imaginisce. I stamped House~Mouse image "Take Time To Smell The Flowers" #HMUR1062 and then used prisma colored pencils and Gamsol with blending stumps to color in the stamped image.The punched boarder is also the same pink Bazzill used for the card. I embellished with some pink plaid ribbon and a stacked flower made from an embossed scallop, 2 Prima flowers and a light blue button. The "For You' stamped on the card is from CTMH "Say It In Style" acrylic stamp set D1283. I apologize for the scan of the card I have been unable to get a picture of it with my camera in good light, so the scan makes the colors look washed out due to the bright light in the scanner.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

HM Challenge #17 "Let It Snow!"

Here is my card for this weeks House ~ Mouse Challenge. I sure have enjoyed creating these cards the past two weeks. This is the Muzzy To/From Stamp# HMER1011. I stamped the image with ranger archival ink in jet black on Cason 100 Aquarella 130# cold press watercolor paper. The image is was then colored in using Prisama colored pencils and Gamsol with blending stumps. I embossed the card with the Cuttlebug snowflake plate to keep in the let it snow theme. I them put red and green rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes. The card was then embellished with a stacked snowflake also keeping in the snow theme. The Snowflake was cut out using the Quickutz revolution and die with the white Doddlebug sugar coated paper. I used various punches for the scallops and Karen Fosters "Christmas Stripes" for the printed paper strip.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A newby to the House ~ Mouse Challenge Group

It's been over a month now since my last post and I have discovered the greatest place. It's the House ~ Mouse Challenge Blog. This is the cutest and most talented site I have been to in a while. I have had a few of these precious little mice hidding in my scrapbook stamp stash for a while and did not really know what to do with them until now. Here is the link
This will be my first time entering in the challenge. This week is Challenge #16 Glitter/Glitz. I have created an acrylic card with glittery snowflakes and then used baby blue stickles around Maxwell the mouse he is "Santa's Little Helper" Stamp #HMD1012 created by Ellen Jareckie if you are interested in obtaining any of her stamps go to House~Mouse Designs.
I colored the image in with prisma color pencils and used gamsol and blending stumps to shade him in. He is one of my favorite stamps, because he reminds me of a story book that my Grandmother used to read to me when I was a child. The book is called "Santa Mouse" and has a sequal book called "Santa Mouse Where are You!" So I just could not resist but to use this little gem of a mouse for my first entry into the House ~ Mouse Monday Challenge. Thanks for letting me participate this has truely been a great way to learn how to use my House ~ Mouse Stamps.