Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Cuttlebug Mania - Winter Wonderland

Gosh I really had to race to make this card ready for the new Cuttlebug Mania Challenge, where the theme is 'Winter Wonderland' - that can be Winter nature, snow, ice, Winter sports and so on.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- then found I had an already stamped image using a House Mouse stamp called, appropriately enough, Joyous Noel. What tickled me when I bought this stamp ages ago are his little skates - paper clips! 

- then coloured the image using Whispers markers, mostly for speed and the very fine point they have at one end

- the backing paper is a snippet, in real life it's a delicate ice blue with silvery edging- from my Christmas papers box

- then I used Spellbinders Labels 8 dies to cut the image and a Core'dinations magenta coloured card backing/frame then just added some Anita's Christmas Dimensions stickers (peel offs, shame on me!), and Glossy Accents to the bell that the mouse is gaily waving :)

Normally I would make a thinner frame by drawing round the edge of the die I used for cutting the image, but this card just called for a little more of the cheerful magenta colour! Still giggling about those paper clips :)

Thank you so much for the input and lovely comments about the Playground. I have almost decided on the way forward - it will be a bit different and hopefully easier for me to keep on running it almost alone (with Parsnip!) but we'll still have our lovely Playground, yay! Tune in on Sunday for my thoughts.


Jane said...

Aww what a cutie he is Di...those paperclips are fab....I think I'd need rather more on my feet to skate! Such a sweet card, the magenta is a gorgeous colour and the peel offs look like die cuts.I have sooo many peel offs from years ago...we could do with a peel off revival to use them up! I'm glad to hear that you have decided on a way forward with the playground....ring the bell and I'll be there on Sunday. Keep warm it's going to turn very cold...brrrr.Hugs xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
what a wonderful card, and that image is so sweet.
You have coloured it perfectly too.
Now I didn't notice the paper clips for the skates till you mentioned it, and am smiling too.
Love your holly die cuts around the edges also.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

Well, my love... I've just read through your last batch of comments and it's obvious that a lot of people are very fond of you - with good reason.
Glad to read that you are going to make some changes to make life better for you. X
Re your cute card... I agree. That extra think frame is just perfect.
Enjoy your time away. :)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous card Di, I love the image that you've used (those paper clip skates are something else). The lovely magenta frame looks great too.

Sue xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Wonderful card Di, love that little mouse.

Lia said...

A great card Di, I love the mouse image.
Lia xx

SARN said...

Such a cute image and a lovely card altogether.

YAY so pleased you've worked out a way forward for the Playground. Good on ya. Can't wait to hear about it. Meantime, enjoy teacher training!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarah said...

That is the cutest card Di - I almost feel festive again! So glad you have found a way to keep going with the Playground, I'm hoping to join in on a regular basis this year xx

Preety said...

super cute card!!

Aquarius said...

Certainly a card to make you smile - especially the paperclips! House Mouse designs are so cute and clever too.

Barb said...

A very sweet card. He's the dearest little House Mouse and the paper clip skates are so funny. I'm glad that you have come up with way to make things easier for yourself and keep the Playground open too. Barbxx

Janice said...

Ha....what a cute card Di and I love the paperclips - great idea!
So pleased to read you have reached a decision regarding the playground which will suit you so much better.
Take care,
Janice x

Sue - said...

Love those little skates. So glad you've found a way to keep the Playground open, what would we do without it? Can't have us all running wild in the streets!

Mrs A. said...

I 'm with Sue above and where would the ducks go? My ponds not big enough!! Super card and even though I have this image I hadn't noticed the paper clips either. It's a bit cold ere Miss. Hugs Mrs A.

Kath said...

Such a cute image - lovely card and design.
Kath x

scrappymo! said...

This is an adorable stamp and I love the way you ooloured it! The paper clip skates are darling!
Those peel offs are so pretty. I have not seen any like this...will keep my eyes peeled...
Looking forward to your announcements re the weekly challenge. I have a couple of changes for Rudolph Days too!

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely design, this mouse is so cute, and his paper clips skates are very fun!!:D

Liz said...

The paperclip skates made me smile - SO cute! Lovely card, Di.

Pleased you've worked out a way forward for the Playground making things easier for you, as well as keeping the gates open for all the Playmates. xx

Liz said...

I meant to say - thanks for tip you left on Jane's blog re 'gutting'. Really useful. xx

Pat said...

A really cute house mouse image Di and I love the paperclip skates, such fun! I think the pink mat looks so pretty and the dimensional holly stickers are just perfect with it. Whatever you need to do to keep the playground going and easier to look after will be fine with us. x

Fiki said...

so sweet card!
hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous colour of the banner and frame, super cute image and they do look like paperclips. Love the subtle background too.

Kath x

Carol L said...

EEK! I love this skating mousie - I've never seen him before, but what a cute and fun card! Adorbs!

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful card! I have a card made in my head (but not yet actually physically made IYSWIM) that would fir the Cuttlebugmania theme perfectly this time, I must get on and do it.
Thanks for the tip about filling in the guttering.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Such a cute card, Di.
Em xxx

Sandra H said...

Wow Di l just love your card and the cute image too! can't wait to read your thoughts on Sunday xx

AlisonC said...

So cute, I love the paperclips. What's wrong with peel offs? Fashions go round in circles. I think they add a lovely frame. I forgot to reply about the playground. I'm glad you have found a way forward. Don't struggle on alone - if we can help, just let us know. We can be very big and grown up if we try. x

Eemeli said...

Cutie one. The paperclip-ice-skates are hilarious (not sure if I have seen this stamp before...).


Craftychris said...

Aw what a super cute card! The paperclip skates are so cool! xxx