Wednesday 17 July 2013

Just chill!

The other day I had reason to go right through my House Mouse stamps and, shame on me, I found a few I've never ever threatened with an ink pad before :( This particular one I used in the card below always scared me a bit but once I got going it was great fun to colour:
And a closer view to see if the sparkle and glossy accents shows up:
Harrumph, not really :(

I used:

- 6" x 6" (almost) square card stock in primrose pink, I pushed the boat out and used two cards in total to make an easel card plus the backing for the image and the little strips across the card

- image is from the House Mouse 'Chill out' unmounted rubber set, along with the sentiment and the extra lemons - there's another image in the set too, available from Joanna Sheen. Image coloured with Pro Markers and tickled with 'Cotton Candy' (pink on the flower) and 'Crystal Ice' Stickles on the glass. The flesh of the lemons and also parts of the glass were tickled with Glossy Accents. Image was die cut using a Nesties 'Wonky Square' die and, as usual, the primrose pink backing was made by drawing round the outside of the die and hand cutting it

- the lemon patterned paper is by 'Back to Basics'

- yellow sparkly 'domes' have been here for years - I think they came from QVC ages ago

- sentiment was stamped and then coloured over with a 'Lemon' Pro Marker before being die cut using a Spellbinders pennant die, little flower on the pennant was punched from a snippet of primrose pink using one of SU's 'Itty Bitty' punches

- by that point I was so hot and tired my brain was frying and I stuck the sentiment - sadly very firmly - in the wrong place, leaving a big gap above it :( Tried allsorts of ideas but ended up tying a bow using some pretty pink edged lace - which originally came from the local haberdashery store

Then I shouted 'Move over' at the mouse and jumped into the glass as well!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

House Mouse and Friends, Challenge 149 - add some sparkle

Joanna Sheen - Citrus Colours - that would be the lemon then :)

Cuttlebug Mania - Fun in the Sun - I hope this qualifies OK with a bit of poetic licence 'cos it's just how many of us in the UK would love to be right now. Having fun and chilling out in the sun - in something lovely and cool.

And there are celebrations over at Cuttlebug Mania - in fact I counted seven comments already left by your Snippets Playmates congratulating the team on reaching 100 followers :) It's almost like a Playground outing over there!

I think this challenge will grow and grow so why not take a peek? It isn't limited just to Cuttlebugs by the way - you can use any manual die cutting/embossing machine.



  1. So adorable!!! That little mouse really does look like he's submerged in a glass of fun beverage!

  2. Excellent coloring, Di, and I love that you used NBUS for your card! I've never seen that stamp before. BTW, I think the accident with the gap turned out to be a happy one coz I love the pretty bow there!!

  3. Super great coloring on your waterglass. It really did look like crystal-very sparkling (but wha wuz tha' in th' glass? Looked suspiciously like somethin' that mixes wi' sumthi' else???Not water either. Well, you said Fun in the sun!). Loved the card stock & the way you transformed into such a pretty easel card. This is a cutie of a HM and you did it up well too! Didn't see anything wrong with your sentiment placement either, but maybe I got hung up on that glass of '????". Neat card. Will check out your links. TFS

  4. Is there room for me too!! All hot and sticky and can't sleep. I can see all the sparkly bits Miss.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  5. super image choice beautiful card and perfect use of all that sparkle, thank you for sharing them with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  6. Love this Di. Fabulous image, layout and design.
    Caz x

  7. This is totally fabulous . . . move over, I'm jumping in too!

    LOVE this image.

    Air kisses - no hugs til it cools down,
    Sarn xx

  8. I'd love to be in there with him to cool off - he is such a cutie too and fantastically coloured x

  9. Such a fabulous card Di, would love a cool dip just about now myself. Hugs, Amanda x

  10. Hello Di, fabulous card, I don't know what makes me smile more, your card or your notes on how you made it :)) And that glass of cool lemonade looks so inviting. Oh, and you are not the only one that has some House Mouse stamps that have never seen an ink pad yet, no sirree, I just know I have a plate of spring stamps tucked away somewhere, unused though not entirely forgotten. Good luck with the challenges - I'm off to check out Cuttlebug Mania. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  11. Very cute card Di - and coloured so beautifully - I see stamps and imagine how fab they would be and then they just sit and sit - I should take the leap - there is a challenge out there in the cosmos to use every image stamp you own and when you finish you post that you have... cant remember where the blog is but it sounded too hard to me... LOL have a great week Mxx

  12. Fancy not having stamped this before!!! Shame on you Miss!
    Love it! Now can you just change the lemons for limes please? Then they can be mojitos - my latest tipple...Hic!

  13. Beautiful! I don't know why you shy away from colouring Miss Di, this is just perfect. Sounds like a bargainous deal on the card blanks! I have more than a few neglected HM stamps, just not making the time to use them right now, although I look at the HM&F challenge religiously every two weeks, but then never do anything to join in!

    PS. Ever thought of sleeping in the bath!!

  14. OK, Di, you and the mouse move over, cuz I'm jumping in too! Cute card and so refreshing with that icy beverage in this heat wave we're having! Love that wonky shape for the image too!

  15. Love your card Di-the mouse is so sweet in that icy lemonade,
    hugs Tamara

  16. Oh wow Di this is amazing l love the layout and this stamp is lovely your colouring is gorgeous and the cut out lemons look good as does the sentiment another great card Di xx

  17. Gorgeous layout Di, the little mouse is so cute, I love his expression and his little hands hanging on!! That drink looks really cool too I love how you've coloured everything :) Cathy x

  18. Wonderful card, pity it is not limes as my fav non-alcoholic drink is lemonade and lime.
    Going AWOL shortly.

    Kath x

  19. Hello there Di,

    Hmm, that lemonade looks refreshing - minus the mouse! I thought I saw a bit of sparkle in the close up of the card. Your coloring always looks wonderful!

    I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and thought of when we went. So glad my photos of the old cars reminded you of your visit. I think of you and Len all the time.


  20. Gorgeous card Di :-) this is one of my most used meece stamps :-) fabulous colouring, the whole design is brilliant :-)

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

  21. oh my, I really envy that wee mouse right now Di! Your colouring of the liquid and the glass is fab! The sentiment and bow are perfect where they are - so that's where they were meant to be!
    Can we find a larger glass and fill it with ice cubes and we could all sit in it - just a little respite from this heat would be so nice! Karen x

  22. So glad you rescured this little mouse from inklessness! Super fun image to add sparkle to. Love the design and colors you chose too. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and friends Monday Challenge.


  23. Well done Di - this card is gorgeous and you so deserve to be the talent hot spot at JS! So happy for you huni Karen x

  24. Love this card Di, the image is cute and the shape you've cut is fabulous then enhanced by stunning papers. Xx

  25. Not sure whether you will see this one Di but I have just popped by and caught sight of the mouse, well once I had stopped chuckling I was able to 'trype'. This image is so sweet and I am now imagining you in there with him. LMAO. Such a great card, lurvely design.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  26. What a great way to cool off on a hot day! I'm not sure I'd be drinking that after it had a mouse in it no matter how cute he is! Love the lemons and your coloring!

  27. What a fun card, lovely image and colouring. I could do with cooling off like that. Thank you for joining in with our Fun in the Sun challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

  28. Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge-Sparkle!

    I had to laugh...this image goes with the first thing I read on your blog about wearing a flower in your hair LOL! Super fun and lovely embellies!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  29. Hi Di, lovely card you have made for the sparkling challenge, I have this image myself, and yes I do understand what you said about 'scared'!! But you did a great job with it.
    Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.
    Hugs Dorte

  30. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Joanna Sheen challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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