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Saturday, 8 January 2011

A New House Mouse Snuggled in Warm Colours

front of card

close-up showing image panel - the paper piercing 
of the black scalloped edging is just visible

close-up showing texture on black corners

close-up showing sparkling outline
of crocus corners

inside of card

close-up of message panel
(click on photos to enlarge)

I erroneously believed that the House Mouse images would be difficult to colour until I saw Joanna Sheen's House Mouse colouring video where she pointed out that the shading is already marked out by the stamp. My stamp sheet arrived yesterday morning & as I'd had a "filling the bin" exercise trying to compile a project for the CR84FN colour scheme I started again with my mouse. Colouring is normally a bit of an ordeal (& I know it will be until I've got my teeth into those colouring classes) but I thoroughly enjoyed colouring this mouse. Restricting myself predominantly to the specified colours of yellow, peach & light pink, the rest of the card wouldn't come together easily either so by the time I was happy with it I had missed the CR84FN9 deadline. The crocus corners, message panel & the mouse image were all stamped onto peach cardstock although it appears yellow in the photos. 

Apart from being a "New Beginning" for me (not only a new stamp but a new style of stamp & coloured using my new Derwent pencils) the card would be suitable for a New Home or, with the symbolical associations of the crocus, a Spring/Easter card. 

Stamps House Mouse Designs Spring Crocus JSHM0009 (image), Elusive Images UDLSP0021 (corners & message panel). 
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Distress Ink (Worn Liptsick) for inking some paper & cardstock edges. 
Colouring Derwent Artists Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor, Sakura Stardust Pen.
Cardstock An assortment of colours in various finishes & textures from "stash".
Paper Nancy Watt Collection from Making Cards August 2008.
Punches Woodware (circle & scalloped circles),  EK Success (black scalloped corners, Swirl Flourish ), Fiskars (ornate corner edger).
The pink pearls & gems are from "stash".

Challenges Entered
House Mouse & Friends Challenge 86 - New Beginnings (see above)
Simon Says.....New Beginnings (see above)


Elaine said...

Beautiful card Paula.
I must be honest with you and say that I also shy away from these mice. I'm not at all confident when it comes to colouring any sort of animal.
Your card is perfect for the 'New Beginnings' challenge, the image and the lovely fresh colours make me think of Spring.
I love that you always carry it through to the inside of your cards too.

Love Elaine xxx

Lorraine said...

oh this is so beautiful huni i love the little mouse i have a hm stamp but not used it yet the colours are gorgeous and your colouring is awesome i just love it and the inside is lush,hope your feeling well huni thinking of you xx

Sue said...

Hi Paula, you did an amazing job coloring this sleepy little guy! Love your papers and all those pearls and rhinestones. The inside is so beautiful too. Thanks for sharing your card with us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and blog hop. Nicely done.

Sue Drees

xxxtglxxx said...

Awww Paula - this is so cute. Gorgeous bright and cheery colours, and an adorable image. I dont have any house mouse designs, but this looks so snuggly and adorable. Fabby details on the inside too, and just altogether full of great little details and embellishments.

take care



Sue from Oregon said...

Sorry you missed one deadline, but so glad you made the deadline for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Hope you have had time to hop to all the blogs as well! Thanks for sharing your wonderful, glittery creation!

Louise said...

This is looking so fab Paula! I totally adore it :) Those warm colors just goes right in to my heart and provides it with wormth :)
Underbart Paula!

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Adorable Paula, glad to see you do a little coloring again. Love your color choices and that image is just so sweet. Beautiful touch with the corners and the flourish.

Rica said...

Hi Paula, gorgeous card, love your little mousie curled up in the crocus bud, such pretty papers and stunning colourway, the sparkly crocii corners are fabulous and I love the black swirls also.
Think I need another email day tomorrow, lol.
Heather xx

Rica said...

Oooops - thanks so much for joining us at both House Mouse and Friends and the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Search me out some more memory will you!!! (LOL)
Heather xx

Barry Percy said...

Hi Paula, I love this your creation. The colors are perfect! It would be great if you wouldn't mind uploading it and any other House-Mouse Designs®, HappyHoppers® and/or Gruffies® cards, you've created, on to our web site. You can click on the link below to check this out.
Click here

Thanks so much.

Barry Percy
House-Mouse Designs, Inc.

Tracy said...

Fab creation, Thank you for joining House Mouse challenge
Happy crafting
Tracy x
House Mouse GD for January

Donalda said...

oh hon this is just gorgeous!!! What a cute image and so beautiful colored. I so love your photo corners dear. This is just gorgeous hon. Hope you are doing okay. Hugs dear

PaulaM said...

OMG Paula - this is absolutely stunning. I LOVE the colors you have selected and that little mouse is adorable. I have a few HM, but haven't colored them in forever! You will have to share your coloring secrets as you have done a fantastic job.

America said...

Oh, fab corners and sparkle and colors and detailing. Great card for a new beginning. Thanks so much for joining us at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge. Good Luck!! :)

Sue said...

Hi Ya
a lovely cheerful card, luv the colours, they really pop,fab colouring,luv all the pretty detail,thanks for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, hope to see you next time,sue.x

Annie said...

Hi Paula, such a bright warm and cheery card! and you reminded me I have that EI crocus stamp set, but haven't used it!!!
hugs, annie x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Paula:-) the image is very cute and the papers and design are fab,, I love the sparkle and crocuses :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp and HM&F Monday Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

TaraG said...

Ahhhh what an adorable image, Paul! Your colouring is so beautiful! Love the pink, yellow and a touch of black. The black just adds that pop of colouring very beautiful. So many fab details! Love it!

debby4000 said...

Adorable cute card.

Natascha (nata1984) Germany said...

This is so great. Thank you so much for joining us at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge and Blog Hop! Good luck! And I hope to see you again.

Hugs, Natascha