Thursday, May 21, 2009

House Mouse Love Mice

I always get stressed out when I make cards for people on request. I put so much pressure on myself to really try and make it ‘wow’ worthy. I do much better just creating for fun and if someone wants to buy it, I’m happy. A co-worker’s wife has seen some of my cards (another co-worker purchase them from me) and hinted to her hubby. He showed up at my desk on Monday and asked if I’d make an anniversary card for him to give this weekend. I’ve been brainstorming what I should do (he gave me no direction). I fished for colors, images….anything; but he said anything was fine. My hubby works with the wife and was able to give me better direction than her husband. LOL. Turns out they have 2 pet mice. OOOOHHHHH, I get to play with House Mouse!!! I tried a few different things and took the great advice of my DH during the process. I’m really pleased with the card and hope you like it too! (Please see the Ins and Outs for links to the challenge websites and feel free to join in the fun).
The Sketch
The Colors
Inspiration Valentine/Love Theme
My Card
Hardware Detail I’ve been hoarding my Hodgepodge Hardware and finally broke it out for this card.
Image Detail
I tried to make sure my girl mouse looked ‘girly’. I used a clear spica to outline the lines and sparkle up her ears, nose, and even added a bit of sparkley blue eye makeup. The hearts formed by their tails are spica-ed as well. This is totally a dorky Cat thing, but I even used the spica to dot the end of each of her fingers and toes to imitate polish.
Inside of Card
I have a box of embossed cards from DCWV. I'm trying to use them and came up with the idea of 'folding it inside out' so the 'actual' card front becomes the inside. The hearts card has the perfect spot for a sentiment. I chalked the hearts to match the card.
INS AND OUTS ~ House Mouse Love Mice Challenges: Cupcake Challenge #40 ~ Sketch
Color Throwdown #43 House Mouse #23 ~ Valentine Stamps: House Mouse – Tails of True Love (Stampendous), Sweet Little Sentiments (Stampin Up), Everyday Classics (PaperTrey Ink) Paper: DCWV Embossed Card Base, Designer Paper (Lavendar Lace and Old Olive from SU), PTI White Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics (R81, E00, E11, E31, E32, BV00), Spicas (Black, Blue, Clear, and Pink), Stampin Up Pastels
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Hodgepodge Hardware – Styled Silver (SU)


  1. Ohhh, this is so adorable!! ;D

  2. Oh you did wonderful on this!! Love it!! So fun especially on the little girl mousie!

  3. Super cute take on the sketch . . . I love house mouse!!

  4. I would hoard that gorgeous hardware too, but I'm glad you used it today! It looks fabulous, and your House Mouse image is adorable! Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

  5. Wow this is gorgeous i love everyhting about it, thanks for joining in this week at ccc hugs pops x

  6. Fantastic card, I love what you have done with the sketch and the papers, image and colours are all perfect. Thanks for playing along with us this week at CCC :) Donna x

  7. Gorgeous card, I love the image and the perfect sentiment. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  8. How very pretty!!! Very well done! Thanks for playing the Throwdown! Hope to see you again next time!

  9. Well your card turned out absolutely beautiful! I agree with you about making cards for fun and then selling them rather than to do custom. I have 2 custom orders I have gotten in the last 2 days for 20 cards and I was up with my mind racing all night..LOL! I am sure she loved the card! Thanks for playing along at CCC this week.

  10. What a great card. I love the house mouse image, so adorable, love the spica'd nails lol! Thanks for joining the CCC this week. Hugs, Denise x

  11. A beautiful card, love the stamp,thanks for taking part in this weeks CCC!

  12. Gorgeous anniversary card, I'm loving the colors you have used! Thanks for playing with us at CCC this week! :)

    Hugs Ida

  13. Awwww! This is so sweet! I love the hardware and the purple shading too!! Thanks for playing!!


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