Tuesday 17 September 2013

Autumnal House Mouse Big Apple-tite

Autumn is my favourite season. I know that the Summer is fab but I just love Autumn, the colours, the leaves, the Harvest!  This time last year, I was lucky enough to be visiting the wonderful Autumn colours in New England, so this is my homage to the arrival of Autumn!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Joanna Sheen House Mouse
Tools: Tonic Studios Elegant Vine Square Die Se, Gothic Border, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser  Grand Calibur
Colouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Paper & Card: My Mind's Eye, Parchment, mulberry paper, Satin Elegance
Embellishments: Raffia, String, Baker's Twine, Sheer Ribbon, Buttons, Skeleton Leaves

Do you recognise the die set that I've used as a mat for the main focal image?   Yes, it's the Tonic Studios Elegant Vine Square Die Set.  Previously I've cut the top die from vellum and laid it over a pattern card, this time, I've cut the filigree layer in patterned card and layered it over a semi-translucent textured mulberry paper.

Plus, you'd never know that there is a tag in the centre of this die set, my focal image hides it completely, those clever, versatile Verso dies!
Do you find it difficult to shabby things up?  I know I do!  However, I've been playing with my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and had a good go at distressing all my edges, before inking them up with Tea Stain Distress Ink.  I think I like the effect, what do you think?

You can also see the edge I've punched with my Simplicity Gothic Border Punch - I think it works great on men's cards.

This card is also my Design Inspiration over an Oldie But A Goodie Challenge of us Dies and Punches.  So, the "Oldies" that are over 6 months old on this card are:
My Mind's Eye Card ● Buttons ● Twine ● Raffia  String  Ink Pads ● Elegance Satin Stamping card  Promarker Pens ● Skeleton Leaves  Mulberry Paper

Here's one last look....

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cards for Men - String It Up

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  1. A super image and card Andrea and a brilliant prize you managed to secure for this challenge. Jx

  2. WOW! This stunning. I love the image, fabulous colouring and such amazing detailing too.
    Sue xx

  3. Lovely card, stunning work thanks for joining us at CC&CC anything goes card challenge, good luck cheers Sue N x

  4. So beautiful!!! I love all of the little mice with the apples. And the whole layout of your card is awesome. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Apples' challenge at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  5. Fab card, as always, teamie and thanks for sharing at The Cutie Pies too!! x

  6. What a beautiful card, love the super cute image. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers and Cutie Pie xx

  7. oh this really is such a sweet card, super cute image!

    thank you for joining in with the cutie pies xx

  8. What a sweet card. Those mice are sure having fun. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  9. Wonderful card and a great prize! I have some Tonic dies bought over 6 months ago and have not used them until now (shame on me).....What a great way to put them to work :)
    Congrats from Romania

  10. Your card is gorgeous, Dips. I love the different layers and cute image.

  11. Beautiful card! Love the adorable image! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  12. This is a beautiful card, such an adorable autumn image and fabulous details.
    Thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.
    Pauline GDT

  13. Super cute image and love all your fun papers and embellishments.
    lovely layers. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge.


  14. fabulous card, love the layers. Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz! Kim x


  15. I enjoyed my visit with you!! I ♥ your projects.

    I just had to "follow" you so not to miss anything! It would make me so happy if you would follow me too. :)

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    Lots of BIG Hugs,


  16. Stunning Autumn card (Autumn is my fave season too)love the House Mouse stamp and all the distressing love the dies and punches
    Carol x

  17. Great card with such yummy looking apples!

  18. Lovely house mouse design, and I like all the interesting textures on this card. Im always unsure when I try and do something like this

  19. Brilliant card, I'm so glad you shared it with us at C4M. Hugs x

  20. Fabulous card, so much to catch the eye, all the layers and textures and those mice are so sweet!
    Anne x

  21. This is gorgeous, can feel the autumn in the air with your card x

  22. Love this card and what a fab giveaway! No wonder you are so excited x

  23. Gorgeous card, I love the mice they look so sweet x

  24. Gorgeous take on the Autumn Leaves chall theme, your skeleton leaves are stunning great design ..

    Thanks for sharing with us at HM & friends chall this wk.

    smiles Christine x

  25. What cute little mice beautifully coloured - great card
    Linda x

  26. Beautiful card, I love the look of those dies too
    Nikki x

  27. A fab card with so many great details. And the House Mouse image is just adorable.
    Heike ss

  28. Adorable design with great coloring, textures, cuts and elements. Thanks so much for joining us at House-Mouse & Friends MC Blog. Good Luck and hope to see you joining the fun again this week for the new challenge. :)

  29. Wow such Amazing work! Looooove your Gorgeous Card! Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean!

  30. what a sweet card - great take on our poppy photo inspiration. thanks for joining us at stamping sensations this month and good luck!

  31. So cute, my favourite little rodents. thanks for playing along with us at Clear it Out Tuesday

  32. A super cute card and image x thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts Challenge, hope to see you next month x trace x

  33. Such a beautiful cute image and you made a wonderful layered card with it. Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts this month.


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