Friday, July 29, 2011

House Mouse #100!

I love House Mouse images, and I have a bunch!  This is the 100th challenge at the House Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog, and they're having a blog hop to celebrate, along with a great theme of Buttons, Bows and Bling!!  This image, called Beading Basics, was the first one I thought about.  I've had it colored for over a week, but just now had time to make the card today.  I followed the sketch at Papertake Weekly

The image was colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. Lots of Stickles and Liquid Pearls added to the beads. A few tiny buttons scattered on the table.  The doily was cut with Cheery Lynn Designs die.  Seam binding was died and scrunched by me.  Background DP from K&Co., embossed with Cuttlebug EF. 

House Mouse - Buttons, Bows and Bling
Papertake Weekly - Sketch.
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
Crafts and Me - Ribbon
Truly Scrumptious - Buttons and Bows.

Stamps:  House Mouse "Beading Basics".
Paper:  K&Co.  Julianne paper pack, Neenah Solar White.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party Doily die, corner rounder, Liquid Pearls, Stickles, buttons, seam binding, CB embossing folder.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pixie Cottage #80 - Emboss it

This week at The Pixie Cottage our theme is one of my favorite techniques - embossing.  Can be wet or dry embossing.  Adrina has also provided this wonderful sketch to follow.  Can emboss, follow the sketch, or do both.  Have fun with it!

I doubled up and followed sketch and theme.  I chose this pretty Pixie Cottage digi image called A Bloom and Her Trio by Artish, available at Michelle's Scrap.   I colored the image with Copics then cut and embossed it with Spellbinders Beaded Ovals die, also coloring the little ovals with Copics.  All DP is from Prima Fairy Floral pack.  The pink panel was embossed with a Sizzix folder and I ran Tattered Rose Distress Ink pad over the elevations.  The image is attached on foam tape.  Sentiment cut/embossed with Spellbinders Labels Six.

Stamps:  Pixie Cottage "A Bloom and Her Trio" digi image by Artish, Flourishes "Many Sentiments".
Paper:  Prima Fairy Flora, Neenah Solar White.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Beaded Ovals and Labels Six dies, foam tape, Sizzix embossing folder, Dew Drops.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Pixie Cottage #79

It's time for another sketch/theme challenge at The Pixie Cottage.  This week's theme is Fun With Food.  As always, there is an optional sketch to follow.  You can choose the theme, the sketch, or combine the two.  I chose the Pumpkin Carvers digital image available from Michelle's Scrapbooking.  The image is colored with Copics then cut out with Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles.  The swirls are from Spellbinders Floral Flourishes dies.   I made this a joy fold card.  The panel on the left was embossed using Spellbinders Paisley Impressabilities.  The glittery DP is from MME Home pack

Crazy 4 Challenges: Joy fold card.
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Embossing.
My Time to Craft:  Citrus colors.
Papertake Weekly:  Getting cute.

Stamps:  Pumpkin Carvers digi stamp.
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Home Glitter Pack, SU! CS.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, Floral Flourishes, Paisley Impressabilities.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pixie Cottage Challenge #78

Happy Wednesday!  That means only two more days till Friday, then it's the weekend.  Woohoo!  That also means it's time for another sketch/theme challenge at The Pixie Cottage.  This week's theme is wrap it with ribbon.  As always, you can follow the sketch, go with the theme, or combine the two.  Have fun with it!  This week I went with one of the new digital images by ArTish, called Feathers. 

This image reminds me of a very good friend who lives in Miami.  One of her  neighbors has lots of plastic flamingos in her yard, and when I was visiting out there, my friend and I snuck over (at night of course)  and hung some Mardi Gras beads around the birds.  Next morning one of the flamingos was in my friend's front yard.  Turns out the neighbor was watching us from her balcony the whole time;  we gave ourselves away because we were giggling too loudly.  Oh, those carefree days from...three years ago.  LOL!   I decided to fancy up this image a bit. I printed the image three times, twice on DP and cut out the body, "bloomers", wings and flower from the DP, and colored the rest of the image with Copics.  Added a bunch of sparkle with Stickles.  Thought the sentiment was perfect.  Double layered some ribbons and added these gorgeous little butterflies cut with dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The doily was also cut from a Cheery Lynn doily die.  The DP is Basic Grey Lemonade pack.  Lemonade and flamingos...couldn't get much more summery!

Come play along with our sketch/theme challenge.  The randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from The Pixie Cottage College collection

Other challenges:
Basic Grey:  Doilies and ribbon.
Crazy4Challenges:  Summer theme.
Gingerloft:  Make it sparkle.
Paper Sundaes:  Paper piecing.

Stamps:  Feathers digi image from The Pixie Cottage; sentiment from Verve.
Paper:  Basic Grey Lemonade.
Ink:  Copics, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterflies and French Pastry Doily die, Spellbinders Circle die, Stickles, ribbon, foam tape.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Make a Splash With House Mouse

So glad it's Friday!  Over at the House Mouse challenge, it's Make a Splash!   I colored this image of the three micies showering with Copcs.  I decided to go with the CAS sketch at Midnight Madness this time around.  The DP is from Bearly Mine Designs Grunge Days digital paper pack, the little peachy squares from my scrap bin.  Easy peasey after the coloring was done.

House Mouse - Make a Splash
Midnight Madness - CAS sketch
Bearly Mine - Anything goes.
My Time to Craft - Food.
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes.

Stamps:  House Mouse Summer Shower.
Paper:  Bearly Mine Designs, Stampin' Up CS.
Ink: Memento ink, colorbox queues.
Accessories:  Paper distresser

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wet and Wild for The Pixie Cottage Challenge #77

This week's theme at The Pixie Cottage is Wet and Wild. Many ways to interpret this...wild animal, beach/lake, a drink, etc. There is also this wonderful sketch to follow. As always, you can follow the theme, the sketch, or both.  Come on in...the water's fine! :)
I went with and sketch, making my card a center step card.  I used the large background image The Dock from The Pixie Cottiage.  Used masking technique to make Willow look like she was sitting on the dock. Entire image was colored with Copics and Prismacolors; clouds were made using Distress Inks.  Flowers are hand-made.  Sentiment from old stamp set, have no idea who made them.  My sewing table has piles of fabric on it and I didn't feel like digging out the machine, so I did some faux stitching. 
There are four super cute new digital images released this week at The Pixie Cottage.  Be sure to check those out and join in the fun!  


Other challenges
CR84FN - Red, pink, neutral
Crazy 4 Challenges - Center step card.
Basic Grey - Stitching.
Craft Your Days Away - Vintage.
Gingerloft - Add those beads.
Paper Sundaes - Stitching.

Stamps:  The Pixie Cottage "The Dock", Whiff of Joy "Sitting Summer Willow".
Paper:  SU! Cardstock. Basic Grey Stella Ruby.
Ink:  Colorbox Queues, Distress Inks.
Accessories:  Spellbinders Scalloped Circles and oval, Sizzix leaves die Stickles, beads

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chillin' With the House Mouse Challenge #98

Now that it's officially summer time on the calendar, we can get ready for the really hot stuff! : )  Temperatures here have been crazy hot already - with several days of 103-104 weather in June.  We usually don't get that until August.  So it was easy to pick this House Mouse image for the summertime theme at the House Mouse and Friends Challenge.  I can definitely relate to chillin' in the sand with a glass of something cold, and my feet planted on an ice cube. LOL    The image was colored with Copics.  Clouds made using Distress Inks.  Birds were drawn in.  The side strips were embossed with a CB folder, and the seashells and sand dollar are CB dies.  Distressed the edges around the image and added the computer printed word.  I followed the sketch at Midnight Madness.  The DP is from Bearly Mine Designs.

House Mouse & Friends - Summer
My Time to Craft - Here comes summer
Bearly Mine Challenges - Summer is here
Midnight Madness #110 - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp & Show - A word

Stamps:  House Mouse  "Keepin' Cool"
Paper:  SU! CS; Bearly Mine Designs Grunge Days Pack.
Ink: Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Cuttlebug dies and embossing folder, paper distresser, wavy edge scissors, flat-back pearls, Stickles, foam tape.