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5/02/2014

House Mouse on Willows

Happy Friday afternoon on another glorious sunny day. Started off rather cool but warmed nicely by mid afternoon. I had to be out early for lab work that I missed yesterday. My veins are difficult to find.  The lab tech who was so expert at doing this for years in our doctor's office, had retired since my last visit. Wasn't sure what to expect this morning, but the youngster replacement did a super job. (I say youngster, she's got 3 kids and prob'ly in her mid 30's or older. But a youngster to me at any rate!). She was very pleasant and it was practically painless.

Warm welcomes extended to Miss Anne of Stamps and Paper who has become my latest follower. We met at the Snippets Playground. There's the nicest & most talented folks who hang out there, so if you've never had the pleasure of a visit there, you really should take time to check it out. Fun place. Lots of inspiration.

In the recent snippet cleanup, I found a bunch of stamped images from ?who knows how long ago? - way back when I was in a Thursday stamping group. Today's card was done from a discovery of stamped images - don't know who owned the stamp. My photography is terrible, because I was really pleased with the willow buds IRL but the colors just don't show up nicely in the photo. This was a pretty fast card to make up too. (and I don't work fast either :) )

 
 
- House Mouse design (guess it could be a snippet? It's found in the stash!). Love these cuties, but never feel that I do justice to coloring the mouse if I use brown family colors. Normally I reach for the copic grays.  I tried again with the earthtones, then blended using the gray. S/Binder die cut, edged with a gold copic - which really looks more like a mustard color to me. I didn't want to mat this die cut, but it needed some definition at the edges.
 
- started with R0000 on the stems & buds. Came back along some areas of the stem with some pale YG and then blended in darker grays. On the buds & 'blossoms' did the same pinks & YG (not blending - just added touches of color), then blended with a C00. In the shadow part I added C02. Used a silver Wink of Stella over the blossoms, and they sparkle like dew. I'm disappointed the photo didn't capture this.
 
- butterflies were from a snippet of vellum, scribbled the same previous pinks & greens. Had to go to darker shades to get something dark enough when punched, that it would show up. Stayed in the pink & green family though. Punched with a multi size MS punch. The lower butterflies are covering up a smudge so just added the top 2 for balance. Pearl bodies.
 
- snippet grass die cut from an Impression Obsession die, top layer mounted on foam tape to create some depth.
 
- S/B curved bracket for the cutout and a lavender snippet taped under this so that the white card base would not show.


- the card front is from a 6x6 Colorbox pack found in Walmart, and it had lots of bright spring colors. I can't resist paper, so it came home. Will add the appropriate die cut sentiment at the bottom edge as needed.

No new papers were harmed in the making of this card, but a few snippets did get used up. So off to the Snippet Playground I will go. Week 122 is still open for 14 more hours. Don't you want to come along for a visit?

Thanks for popping in this afternoon.  Hugs.

26 comments:

Benzi said...

Mary, that is the cutest image and you colored it so pretty. Ooh, do I ever love that ribbon...and the die cut is very pretty.

Hope you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I guess we'll be working in the yard. It is supposed to be pretty.

vic said...

Hi Mary ahhh this card is lovely and such a sweet image too! I'm glad you weren't in too much pain after your visit.
The mouse is so sweet Mary and your photo skills are better than mine :)

Have a lovely weekend

Vic x

jimlynn said...

Beautiful background, precious image, and I want you to come to Texas to teach me how to make a spectacular bow like that! WOW! VERY pretty.
Lynn

scrappymo! said...

This is a fabulous image! Love this house mouse inthe willows!
Your card is lovely and I am drooling over that bow! Bow...eautiful!!!!

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. Hugs Rita xxx

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! That is the sweetest image!! You colored it so beautifully!! I love the design and the beautiful ribbon!! What a fabulous card!! I'm glad the trip to the doctor was relatively painless!! Have a great weekend my friend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol L said...

That little mousie looks like he's holding on for dear life to those pussy willow stems! Beautiful die cut work and I just love those itty bitty butterflies! So glad your trip to the Dr went well! Enjoy your weekend!

Pat (mspfd) said...

very cute card Mary! Great colors and die cut edging.

Hazel said...

Mary this is great card, for one I love house mouse images they are so cute, your die cuts and colours that you have used are wonderful. Hazel xx

crafty-stamper said...

I love this image and gorgeous ribbongood to hear your DR trip went well
carol x

Redanne said...

I love that you say 'no new papers were harmed' - so funny! I think you did a brilliant job with your colouring both of the mouse and the pussy willow and the image is delightful. A really beautiful card! Hugs, Anne xx

Di said...

Totally adorable Mary! Fabulous use of snippets and that bow, WOW! And your colouring is brilliant too.

Hugs, Di xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Great card Mary. Always love the House Meeces. You did a great coloring job on the image. Great choices of colored paper and embellishments. The velum butterflies are a great special touch.

Marilyn said...

Cute card!!

Sheila H said...

I love the way you colored your card, Mary. And those fabulous die cuts and snippets are so complementary. Sweet card!

Brenda said...

Awww, I love this card Momma Mary! That little mouse snuggling up to the pussy willows is just too dear! I so love pussy willows and you just don't see them that often anymore. I love the colors in your card and love the fancy cut outs too! I am so happy that the new lab person did a good job with finding your veins, I know what that is like as I have the same issue. So getting someone who is good and experienced is a good thing! Hugs

jackiescrafts said...

Awwww what a sweet card
Jackie x

Donna Ellis said...

such sweetness and a beautiful card, Mary! those colors are so unique (I love them combined with the HM image!) hugs, de

Shirley said...

Don't know how you escaped my Feedly list, but now you are caught!! And am I ever glad. I would have hated missing this cute little guy on the Pussy Willow branch. I love him and what ou did with the butterflies too! PS, your card is beautiful and the photo looks pretty good from here!!

Bonnie said...

House mice always make me smile and this reminds me of how much we loved to find pussy willows when we were kids. It was a reminder that Spring was coming. You've colored beautifully, as always! Delightful!

Jan Frances said...

I do love House Mouse cards and this one is so spring like. Lovely Mary xx

Pat said...

I love this cute House Mouse image and the colouring is just great. The S/B is a pretty shape and the cut out on the right hand side adds extra interest. The colours in the paper go really well, as does that beautiful sheer blue/green ribbon. This is a really lovely card Mary. Hope you are having a good weekend. x

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh this just made me smile, Mary. What an adorable image.. and so sweetly colored. Love the combination of patterns, too. Such a beautiful and delightful card.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous card Mary, adorable image and great use of the cut out curved bracket, the lavender snippet beneath is very pretty. Love the colouring!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Sandy said...

Such a sweet card - I love House Mouse stamps - have you ever heard of Wee Forest Folk? I collected their mice for a long time. Go look it up on Google and you will see why I love mice so much. I hope you are having a wonderful time today - the weather sure is nice for a gathering.
Sandy xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love this card! I wonder if this mouse image is printed off one of those House Mouse CDs? If it is a stamp, I must have it! I've not seen it around before though (not that that means much). I love the grassy border, it really pops with the pattern and because you pop-dotted it.