Thursday, 26 April 2012

Rudolph Day - gingerbread house anyone?

Aw, I do love House Mouse images - but sometimes I also wonder if I've lost the plot with some of the 'itsy bitsy' things I tackle. Joanna Sheen does some really lovely HM decoupage sheets and this particular one is just about my favourite, but also probably one of the trickiest to cut and make up. I got a great tip from a friend though - when you have several layers on HM decoupage, where their little tails have to be snipped around - just chop the tails off the intermediate layers (ouch!) but make sure the top mouse still has its tail. That way you don't end up with a little spiral of mouse tails which are almost impossible to layer up properly:
A close-up of what I mean about the 'tail snipping' and also to prove this card has lots of layers (six in at least one part of the detail!) for Hazel's 'lots of layers' Christmas card challenge, and that's only the decoupage never mind the backing card and paper!

Of course, yesterday was the 25th and the start of Sarn's monthly Rudolph Day challenge too so I'm entering this card into:

Sandra's Rudolph Day Challenge - it runs for a week so there's still time folks!

Craft Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - a new one every Saturday

Also, as I spotted the magic word 'image' over at the House Mouse challenge, which currently is 'Anything Goes' - I'm taking the risk and entering this - even though it isn't stamped. I can only be told 'No, you can't come and play' :) 

I used:

- 6" x 6" white 'petal scalloped edge' card stock

- SU backing card from the Subtles Collection

- Christmas backing paper in blues and lilacs - free with a magazine ages ago

- House Mouse decoupage and sentiment from the 'Festive Fun' set

- card candi along the scallops - just like some of the sweeties on the HM image I thought:)

One of those cards that just fell together, helped by the fact that the decoupage was assembled ages ago!

The wedding invitations are all finished - big sigh of relief :) 



Helen said...

That's absolutely gorgeous. The candi was a great finishing touch xx

Annie said...

This card is really special Di. What a labour of love [I've done a bit of decoupage and it's so time consuming isn't it?].
Well done you.
A x

Karen said...

A really gorgeous card Di, I love all the fine detail and a gorgeous decoupage image :)

Karen xx

mamapez5 said...

Well done on finishing the wedding invitations.
I love the House Mouse images and the decoupage. I usually leave one or two layers out because our post lady gives me funny looks when I take a too 'fat' card to post, but it looks great when you add them all. My Rudolf card did get finished but I am out all day so it won't get on my blog until tonight. Kate x

Hazel said...

Delicious card - good tip about the tails. Certainly lots of layers - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 69 - hope to see you again soon. x

Karen said...

Hip hip hooray - I can see you skipping around the playground now the wedding invites are finished!!! Patience is a virtue so said my old Nan. Love the HM, you sent me a stamped image of this one and it is so it! Karen x

Sarn said...

OOOOH totally gorgeous! I love it! Lots of snipping there Missus! Great result though.

YAY . . .the invites are DONE and DUSTED! Woot woot! xxx

Sarn said...

PS: Got so carried away above, I forgot to say THANK YOU for joining in my challenge . . . wishing you good luck in the draw xxx

Twiglet said...

6 layers! You must have lots of patience!! Its so cute and well worth the effort. x Jo

Anonymous said...

Wow Di, adore the card, HM images are so very cute. Never tried decoupage as it hasn't appealed to me but you may of changed my mind with this make.

Well done on finishing the wedding invites, is that down to the rain and staying in lol???

Have a lovely day, Rach xx

Sandra H said...

Hi Di, Oh this is absolutely stunning the decoupage is brilliantly done and what a great tip regarding the tail they used to really annoy me while cutting round them!! l used decoupage on one of my House Mouse Challenges so l'm sure yours would of been accepted why not enter its a fabulous card and you could even win you never know until you try!! l have this Decoupage set and l used to always cut out my designs but my wrist and thumbs are not very good so it can be a little sore although l do still cut out have a great day:)x

Laura said...

Wonderful card Di! That gingerbread house looks good enough to eat. I bet that took you hours to cut out all of those tiny details!
Laura xx

Carol Willis said...

Ahhh, Nuts! Completely forgot about Rudolph Day this month. Your card is lovely, makes me feel a bit peckish (for gingerbread, not mice!!)
Caz x

Amanda said...

Great tip but seems a bit cruel to cut their tails off lol. Love this decoupage though most I have ever managed is four layers. Hugs, Amanda x

DottyA Cards & Things said...

OH MY GOODNESS...!!!! Just look at all the detale work you did here... Just Beautiful Girl!!!

Lyn said...

Looks like a very tasty gingerbread house, great decoupage and layering too. Cutting out layers for decoupage has to be one of my favorite things, just love getting lost in the detail. Take care, Lyn x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, good to read those wedding invitations are done, you can relax a bit now. Great card, the decoupage is impressive - 6 layer! I'd lose the will to live just at the thought of cutting all those bits out :) Love the card candi, fab touch and, of course, the scalloped card is perfect. Elizabeth x

downrightcrafty said...

wow fabulous decoupage and super image and gorgeous presentation too, thank you for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Catherine said...

Fab card, love the cute house mouse image....

Tracy said...

A cute and Pretty creation. Thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends challenge, good luck
Mousey Hugs
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Hettie said...

Wow! Di you must have patience of Job to do that! This is stunning and looking forward to receiving it at the right time! Hee Hee!!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Oh wow....this is so cute. I love the house mouse range and what a fantastic piece of art work you have created. The green and purple go really well together.
Diane xx

Gail said...

WOW! That's all I got to say!
Lots of work, great colors!
Good Luck at House Mouse & Friends!

Sue said...

Lots of tedious cutting going on here! What a cute image, and so many lovely layers. Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sue

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my goodness you have some patience lady! Wowzers, but oh so worth it and very very beautiful and affective! Love this adorable Christmas card!

Heather said...

This is adprable, what a lovely design and details, what beautiful is the beautiful image.

Happy you glad to join us at House Mouse and Friends challenge
Heather xx

Anonymous said...

I think I'd have snipped off three fingers and a couple of fingernails if I tried to do this! I really need to get to the opticians soon!! Love the effect though, but even if my eyes could cope I know I wouldn't have the patience!! Do you stick your tongue out of the side of your mouth when you're really concentrating too, lol!! Have a great meet up with Sarn tomorrow, I've heard all about it!!


Catie Cuddles said...

Beautiful decoupage. Lovely work.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Di :-) such a lovely image and the amount of work that has gone into this was well worth it :-)

I have some decoupage sheets but have never got as far as grabbing my scissors ,,, :-/

thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Sue said...

Hi Di
wow you have done a fantastic job cutting this lot out, im not a good cutter outer! lol, beautiful card, thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, sue,x

Bernie said...

Gorgeous card Di! I've never done decoupage, looks like a TON of work.
Love & Hugs

Anonymous said...

gorgeous! such lovely cutting and layering!