Sunday, May 8, 2011

Have a Very Mice Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

I sure hope everyone had a day as wonderful as mine.  My oldest daughter actually remembered to call and wish me a Happy Mother’s Day in the midst of performing for two graduations and moving out of her dorm.  Thank you, Trisha!!  My youngest daughter even left her boyfriend’s side for the day to go out to eat with her father and I, cleaned up my bathroom, and baked cookies for me.  She also bought me some peanut M&M’s.  What a sweetheart!!  I have really wonderful daughters.  I was a good daughter, too, and called my mom.  She lives in Nebraska so I do not get to see her very often but I do try to call and check on her.

Not only did I spend time with family, but I also ate – way too much!!  We went to Olive Garden, one of my favorite places to eat, and then stopped at Starbuck’s on the way home to get a Frappuccino.  Quick advertisement here:  Starbuck’s has their fraps on sale ½ price this week between 3 – 5 pm.  Go for it!!  When we got home the caffeine from my Starbuck’s was trying it’s best to counteract my huge meal and I decided I would do my best to stay awake and finish up a few things in my craft room.  Ok, I will get to what you came here for – another card.

This card was a mix of colors and techniques.  House Mouse & Friends had the theme of travel but this really meant showing anything going from one place to another.  I spotted this stamp on my shelf that I hadn’t used forever and knew it was the one.  Simon Says wanted paper piecing and/or piercing so I decided to try both.  I started with a bright yellow card base, then added some turquois decorative cardstock with colored dots on it and I sponged the edges with ink.  Alas, I covered up most of those cute dots with the next layers.  On top of this on the left side I added a rectangle of pink polkadot cardstock.  Then I cut out a label from bright yellow cardstock, embossed it with a birthday themed embossing folder, and added Versamark ink to the embossing and a little pink ink around the edges.  ** A little tip here – It really helps if you cut out any shape before embossing.  If you emboss first, this starts the breakdown of the paper and it can tear easier when cutting it.  I layered this to the right side of the polkadot cardstock.

For the image, I stamped and embossed it on white cardstock and used Midnight Madness embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I cut out the entire image using a scalloped circle die and sponged the edges with ink.  Next I stamped and embossed the balloon from the image on pink polkadot cardstock and the mouse on light brown cardstock.  I added a little light pink coloring in areas on the mouse, using my Tombow markers, and then cut out both images.  I glued the balloon on top of the balloon on the white scalloped circle and then used foam tape to pop up the mouse onto it.  I colored the confetti with Tombows and then added lots of bling to the “air” bursting from the balloon.  I popped the scalloped circle onto the right side of the card.

For final touches I added a birthday candle border along the bottom edge of the card and behind the sentiment at the top.  Then I decided to add some stitching.  Sorry, I do not sew but decided to fake it.  A friend of mine just bought me this new roller that actually pierces little holes when you roll it along the edge.  I did this on several of the edges and then used a white jel pen to add the stitching.  I haven’t done this for a very long time but I thought it was a good touch that wouldn’t take away from all the sparkle and bling of the image.

This card was entered in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad Challenge 120 – Spots and Dots
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Paper Piecing and/or Piercing
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge 15 – Bling, Glitter, and Sparkle!
The Corrosive Challenge #114 – Turquoise and Pink
Ellaphantastic Challenge #26 – Birthday/Party
Paper Romance Challenge #49 – Favorite Die (Scalloped circle is one of my favorites to use)
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #54 – Anything Goes plus a Sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday #32 – Open (plus a tip  **See above)
Totally Stampalicious Challenge – Kicking It Old School (use a stamp that hasn’t seen ink in at least 6 months)


Jill said...

What a cute mouse! Thanks for sharing at Ellephantastic this month. Jill

Sue from Oregon said...

This is so darling! Glad to read you had a dandy day. I so wanted to go to Olive Garden too, but alas, did not make it there! Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge! Sue k

Dawn said...

Very Micely done! lol
Thanks for playing in the spots & dots challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
Good Luck
dawn xxx

Tine said...

Hi. Lovely fun card - especially the blingy rush of air. LOL. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
Tine :)

April said...

This is really cute! Love the bling "air"! It sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! We had a nice time at my mother-in-law's and will do something with my sons this evening.

Hugs, April

Curlybear said...

Aww this is such a fun card and fabulous sentiment, and the poor House Mouse hanging on for dear life,

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz A Challenge Quote/ Sentiment,.

Good Luck,
Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0)x

carol said...

lovely card, perfect for our challenge at Craftycatz,glad you had a nice mothers day, x carol

lindyloo said...

oh that image really made me smile and your card is just perfect for are challenge this week at crafty catz linda x

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous card and thanks so much for the great tip too - I'd never thought about that!!!

Hope to see you again next week over at Top Tip Tuesday :)

(Glad you had a great Mother's Day :)

Carol x

Sharon Keanly said...

Thanks for joining in the fun at Totally Gorjuss, you've captured our sketch beautifully. What a wonderful image that is. See you back on Saturday, hugs Sharon

debby4000 said...

Love your lovely sweet card.
Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

aqualeiga said...

Oh sooooo cute! I'm really pleased that you joined us at THE CRAFTY PAD for our Spots & Dots challenge. Hugs, Ali x

lalkygirl said...

fabulous card and gorgeous image i have never seen it before
thansk for joining us at lexis and good luck
tracey x

Jenni said...

Gorgeous, love that image and all the bling! Thanks so much for joining in with the Creative Inspirations challenge this time.
Jenni x

Netty said...

This made me smile, it's a great image and you've created a fab card with it. Good luck in the draw, Annette xx (One Stop Craft DT)

coldwaters2 said...

Fabulous card love the image and all those gems look super thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations.
Lorraine x

Lisa M. said...

Thank you so much for playing in our Sentimental Sunday challenge!

Your creation is just lovely! I love that HM image and I love the added bling! I hope to see you playing with us again very soon! Good luck!

♥ Lisa SSDT

Thistleblue said...

Lovely birthday card with really pretty papers. Thanks for sharing and taking part in this months Ellephantastic Challenge.
Elle DT

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, This is a great Birthday card, thanks for playing on Ellephantastic this month, Hazelxoxo