Monday, 25 June 2018

My final housemouse and friends guest designer challenge

In the UK school is still several weeks away from breaking for the summer but in the home country of the House mouse and friends they are already thinking of the days they return back to school so that is the challenge this time around but as always there is an anything goes option so everyone can play along.

I love my garden but in the last couple of years mother nature has been my garden designer as we have  been concentrating on sorting my sons garden and then I had a shoulder injury that has meant I haven't been able to compete with mother nature and her love of dandelions in my garden is only too evident, so for me this house mouse stamp represents my garden in summer. 

I decided to use an embossing folder on my card which is simply embossed and tinted with aqua pens and silver guilding wax. My mouse I coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut him out before attaching to the image and adding some small dashed lines as on the stamp for his 'puff'.

I die cut the embossed image and simply added that to an card base that had been coloured with yellows distress inks so I'm dreaming of a warm summers day. The sentiment just sums up my card as ,much as I don't like all the work the dandelions cause me as Eyeore says weeds are flowers too its just that they aren't where you want them and they do add colour and wildlife too so they can't be all bad.

I finished the inside of my card with the original image stamped and coloured with water colour pens but somehow the mouse on the card front looks bigger.

I would like to thank Christine and the team at Housemouse for giving me the opportunity of being guest designer and wish whoever is the next guest designers well and hope they have just as much fun as I have had. Please pop over and join in the fun you never know what might happen it could be you.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Floating in the air

Time for another House mouse and friends challenge and my penultimate guest designer card. I wanted to do something a little bit different and challenging for me anyway so here is what I came up with. 
I used a diesire create a card easel die to create my card but my challenge was to use acetate , well actually clear recycled packaging. I cut out the card pieces so I had a white card base and the bits for the easel were in acetate. I used the matting dies from the set to create a white bric- a -brac edging ti frame my finished image which of course for a house mouse challenge is some super cute mices.

I stamped the image onto the acetate using stazon and let it dry. I then used some water colour pens and mixed the ink with some pva glue on a piece of glass from an old picture frame for my mixing palliate and then painted my image from the back so the colours didn't obscure the printed image. I then left it to one side and crossed my fingers that when it dried it would have the effect I hoped for and thankfully it did.

I used pva glue to stick the acetate together and to the card and I love how it turned out. The sentiment is cut in purple mirri- card and the flowers are stamped and fussy cut before being shaped and stuck into position to hold up the easel.

Now I expect there will be lots of entries for this challenge as who doesn't make cards for birthdays and there is always the anything goes option if you are birthday card making filled so no excuses to pop along and join in.