Saturday 1 June 2013

Bunting & House Mouse Card for Father's Day

One of the things I love about House Mouse stamps is that they are so versatile, you can use them for cards for men, women and children. As my Dad rather enjoys all my baking, this cupcake house mouse image is perfect for this year’s Father’s Day Card!

Also, I’m really chuffed to report that I amonce again appearing as Guest Designer on this Sunday’s new challenge over on the lovely Joanna Sheen’s Challenge Blog. I the new theme is spots and stripes, and this is the card I’ve designed for my guest slot!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Joanna Sheen House Mouse, LOTV sentiment
Colouring Mediums: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Purple, Memento Cocoa, Promarker Pens
Paper & Card: DCWV, Conqueror, Elegance Satin, Textured Pearlescent
Tools: Tonic Studios Butterfly Beautiful Die Set, Tonic Studios Doily Strip Punch, Grand Calibur, Spellbinders, Sewing Machine
Embellishments: Creative Exprerssions Bakers Twine, Button, Brads

To make the “DAD” Banner, I used the smaller label die in the Tonic Studios Butterfly Beautiful Die Set and cut out three labels in textured pearlescent card and three more in patterned paper. I trimmed down the outer edge on the patterned paper die cuts so that they created a perfectly sized mat for the card labels, and layered them together. I then scored the top of each of these labels and threaded them onto some Baker’s Twine, before securing with a brad, to create a bunting.

I threaded another piece of Baker’s Twine through the border I cut from my Tonic Studios Doily Strip Punch. I love this punch, it’s just perfect to lace through with ribbon or, in this case, Bakers Twine.

My image is from the House Mouse Ice-Cream stamp Plate, stamped with Memento Cocoa Ink, coloured with Pro-Markers and decoupaged. I also used a Promarker to create the Polka Dot pattern on the cup-cake wrapper, to nicely echo one of my patterned papers.

I've also being trying to get to grips with my Sewing Machine.  It was a birthday gift about 6 years ago, but I am very challenged in the sewing dept :( and after a disasterous first go, gave up.  However a lovely crafting friend has inspired me to have another go, so I used the machine to accent this card.  I will get better, but at least I've had a go!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - Open
Cards For Men - Dad
Craft-room Challenge - Use your Scraps
Creative Card Crew - Punches/Dies
CountryViewCrafts - Die Cuts
CutiePie Challenge - 3-2-1 (3 tails, 2 mice, 1 sentiment)
LEJ Designs - Celebrate
Paper Crafting Journey - Masculine Cards
Passion For ProMarkers - Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Pile it On - Stripes and/or Plaid
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Masculine with Ribbon or Trim
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Bingo (O)

Do let me know what you think of this card, I love to read your comments! Pin It Now!


  1. Cute card, lovely colours and design is great x

  2. Very pretty design and card. Have a lovely weekend, Jx

  3. dips, I adore House Mice and lilac is my favourite colour, so this card is just perfect!! lovely to see lilac used for a man's card, not thought of that before but it works so well and also with the lemon, a beautifully embellished card too, love it! Fi x

  4. Beautiful and all my fav colours! hopping by from DC.

  5. Gorgeous card , lovely HM image and colours, fab design and love the bunting

    Lorna xx

  6. congratulations on your GD spot-beautiful card and love house mouse images great layout and dies
    carol x

  7. What a gorgeous House Mouse card...just love the image and the colours...Joolsx

  8. Lovely card in beautiful fresh colours.


  9. A beautiful card - thanks for reminding me I need to make 3 cards from the boys for their Dad

  10. fab card - so much detail and i love the colours

  11. A stunning and so detailed card. I love the colours and the design - and the cute house mouse image not even to mention ;).
    Heike xx

  12. Im loving the house mouse design, and nice idea with the bunting

  13. Stunning card, love the cute image you have used.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew on our punches/dies challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

  14. What a lovely card for any Dad!!

  15. Lovely card! Scrabble letters work really nice. Mouses are just fun :)

  16. Oh what a lovely card, really like the colours and the bunting x

  17. You rock these House Mouse cards!! Love the scrabble letter bunting, and your colour matching is wonderful. Many congratulations on your much-deserved GDT spot :-) Maddy x

  18. Me again! I meant to say thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. It was wonderful working on a box that had been handcrafted by a family member, I was thinking about him the whole time I was working on it. I hadn't thought about what might happen to it in another 50 years though. Thanks again. xxx

  19. What a fab card, love the expression on his little face.

  20. This is wonderful. I love the cute image, gorgeous colours and such fabulous detailing
    Thank you for taking part in the Passion for Promarkers Challenge this week
    Sue xx

  21. hi dips ... what a super little card ... just right for fathers day ... just wanted to pop by and say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely message about my mum ... so very kind of you ... I am afraid I don't have time to do a lot of hopping at the moment coz of hospital visiting ... but will catch up with everybody soon ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  22. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge and our Use Your Scraps challenge XOXO Zoe

  23. this is so sweet...gorgeous use of your dies, thank you for joining in with the cutie pies

  24. Wow, look at everything you have going on! Very creative - FAB! So glad you joined us for our Dad Challenge at Cards for Men!

  25. Adorable card! Such a sweet image and your card design is fabulous!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

    Also, if you have time, please Make a Card for Maddy! And there is a fab Giveaway too!

    Simon Says DT

  26. WOW! The neat way you turned those banner die cuts, as well as the use of a different sort of die cut for the banner totally make for a gorgeous and original card.
    Thanks for playing along with the BINGO challenge at Simply Create Too. Join us again soon.
    Erica (Simply Create Too DT Member)

  27. Hi WOW this is a stunning card

  28. Wow, this is stunning and thanks for explaining the banner which is awesome...have now joined your blog as a new member. Your creations are just awesomely gorgeous...luv annie

  29. Awesome card! That image is too cute and I love the scrabble letters.
    Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew!
    ~ Crystal (DT)

  30. What a great, energetic card. You colourung is awesome. I just love the colours. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Card Crew. Yvonne

  31. Beautiful - love those mice and the bunting is great.

    Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.

    Helen x

  32. What a beautiful card. Backing paper and colouring are just great. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Crafting Journey. Iwona

  33. A lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  34. This looks stunning, thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

  35. A beautiful card Dips. Great composition, very cute. Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Challenges this month. Chris xxx

  36. Awesome card! Love the colors! Thanks for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon this month!

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