Friday 24 May 2013

House Mouse Love Wreath Happy Couple

It's time for this fortnight's challenge over at an Oldie But A Goodie Challenge, and the theme choosen by Francesa is Weddings.  We're sponsored by The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop, which is just perfect as I ♥ ♥ ♥ pretty ribbon! There's some fabulous inspiration by the Design Team, so have a good rifle through all your old stash (you need to use at least one element that is over 6months old on this challenge and, if you mention it in your post, you could win a fab prize of embellement gorgeousness from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop) and come and join in!

This is first card using a Digi-Stamp! I realise I’m well behind the curve on this one, but I don’t use on computer a lot in my crafting (spend too long on the PC for work). However, I was so excited about the new House Mouse Triple CD, I just couldn’t wait to start on the digi-stamps included, and chose this so cute Love Wreath image.  Apart from this image, all the other elements on my card are from my existing stash and over 6 months old.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Joanna Sheen
Colouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Flexmarker Pens, Pebble Inc Chalks, Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz
Paper & Card: Chiyogami paper, Stardream Opal, textured pearl card
Tools: Tonic Die, Spellbinder Dies, Dreamweaver Stencil, Silhouette Cameo, Grand Calibur
Embellishments: Präsent Ribbon, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, Pearls, Dome Sticker, hand-made Ruffle Ribbon Flower

I printed the House-Mouse Love Wreath digi-stamp onto Stardream Opal paper and coloured it with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I really love the Antique White Flexmarker, when you’re using it, you think it’s not laying down any colour, but it does make a beautiful, subtle difference so suited to delicate blossoms.

I picked up on the blossom theme with my embellishments. I used a lovely Dreamweaver Cherry Blossom stencil, which I dry embossed using my Grand Calibur onto an offcut of Stardream Opal cardstock. I then chalked through the stencil to colour the branches and flowers, before spritzing the whole panel with Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz. If you want to see how I made the large ribbon flower, take a look at my Ribbon Flower with a Twist Tutorial.

This gorgeous flourish has been die-cut with my new Tonic Studios Bird on a Branch die set and its blossom detail co-ordinates perfectly. I cut two in textured pearlised cardstock, to create a frame accent around my main image. The little charm was made by stamping and colouring a part of the wreath, then encasing it in an acrylic dome sticker and cutting out. Using my Antique White Flexmarker, I coloured the leaf behind my signature hand-made pearl hatpins. I also stitched glass pearls to the blossom centres on my favourite ribbon in the whole-wide world ever (made by Präsent and ridiculously expensive and lovely at the same time).

I cut my card base and layers using my Silhouette Cameo. My top layer is a Chiyogami paper which is beautiful hand silk-screen printed paper from Japan, using an ancient papermaking art. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafts & Me - Lots of Layers
Deep Ocean Challenge - Ribbons or Lace
Divas By Design - Friendship
Dream Valley Challenges - Animals
Fab 'n' Funky - Ribbon or Lace
House-Mouse & Friends - Flower Power
I ♥ Promarkers - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Dies or Punches
Moving Along with the Times - Embossing
Paper Crafting Journey - Photo Inspiration
Passion For ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Crafty Calender Challenge- Blooms & Blossoms

Hope everyone has a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend.  I'm desperate to get into the garden to do some cutting back, so please let the sun shine!  I do love to read your feedback, so please do leave a comment after visiting!

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  1. Really beautiful card Dips. Very cute mice.

  2. WOW!! This is gorgeous. I love the cute image, pretty colours and such gorgeous detailing. I especially like your ribbon flower.
    I hope you have a good weekend
    Sue xx

  3. So cute & so lovely Dips! Thanks so much for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time, in our 2nd birthday & Think Pink tribute challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  4. Stunning card, the image is adorable as are all your details, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  5. Awww, how gorgeous! Those little mice are so cute! I love how you've echoed the wreath with the gorgeous die-cut! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley

    love Mags B x

  6. Thank you so much for hoining in our current challenge over on the LEJ Designs Challenge No 54 - Die Cuts and /or Punches

    What a gorgeous example of a housemouse card. Love the image and the papers used. The textures panel with the inked detail works so well with the layout and the diecut elements.

    I hope you will join us again for our future weekly challenges as there are always excellent prizes up for grabs.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx LEJ Designs DT

  7. Gorgeous. Great lo, beautifull choice of papers and choice an eye for detail.
    Thank you for joining us at Fab'n'Funky


  8. gorgeous card hun, love the pinks and colouring xxx

  9. A great card with my favourite characters - house mouse!

  10. What a fabulous piece of work!!

  11. Beautiful card, Thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge

  12. Wonderful card. You can't beat getting a little soft kiss on the head from someone you love. At least I can't. I love how you colored this precious image and that charm is a fabulous idea, which I will have to CASE soon. Nice job with your sponging also. thank you for sharing with us here at House Mouse & Friends this week.

  13. What a beautiful card...just love the house mouse image..its so sweet...Joolsx

  14. Such a beautiful card and the details on it is gorgeous I love the sweet image and the flower and your layout/design looks fab xx

  15. Fabulous image and colouring love the layout. Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny

  16. love the House mouse image and the dies and gorgeous flower
    Carol x

  17. Beautiful card with such a cute HM image. Love the gorgeous ribbon flower you've made. Great choice for your first digi image. I've yet to purchase a CD but see the wonderful goodies they can hold all the tempting.
    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K x

  18. beautiful so gorgeous, thank you for sharing it with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  19. Beautiful card, love the colours and detail, gorgeous house mouse image

    Lorna xx

  20. Aww so cute! Happy leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  21. Hi Dips, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is fab. The papers and die cuts are so pretty. Thanks for celebrating our birthday with us at PFP this week! Hugs, Denise x

  22. exquisite card, so detailed, fi x

  23. Such beautiful pink goodness. Thanks for joining us at House Mouse and Friends.

  24. Lovely card. I always wonder how well CD cards turn out as still yet to try my hand at it but think its great, may have to look into this! Really like the house mouse range and the colours you've used compliment it so well x

  25. Very pretty, I would never have known that was a digi image if you hadn't said. Maddy x

  26. so stunning dips.really sweet image and your colours and design are beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in our `Special Anniversary` challenge this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  27. This is a fabulous card, such an adorable image.
    Thank you for joining us at House Mouse and Friends.
    Pauline GDT

  28. Such a beautiful card, lovely in pink. Sweet stamped image. Thanks for sharing it with us and joining the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  29. wow amazing card dips ... just love that little image how very cute ... and love how you take the time to explain it all to us ... well done ... hope you are having a great bank holiday ... thank you so much for hopping by my blog ... happy crafting and love sandy xx..

  30. Gorgeous card! I love your embellishments. Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges.
    X - Natalie - X

  31. Dips, your card is absolutely lovely. I really like all the different pinks and techniques on the card ... and your font is really readable ;). I'm very jealous of the colouring too, I have quite a few promarkers, but it never quite turns out how I want! Melanie x

  32. Very pretty card. I am sure this is just a beginning of a love affair with digis. Thanks for joining us at HM and Friends.

  33. Really pretty card Dips that image is so cute!
    While I'm here...
    Thanks for playing at MAWTT in this weeks Embossing challenge and good luck
    Hugs Laurie xx

  34. Lovely card Dips and you are now on that very slippery slope called digi images - before you know it your crafting will be turned on it's head and you'll be using digi's regularly! Love that ruffle flower by the way - very pretty! Jx

  35. Love your card.
    Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley challenges.


  36. gorgeous. love the colours x


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