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8/10/2016

A House Mouse Get Well

Good afternoon, and hey, it's mid-week. Even though I've been retired for some years, psychologically I still get the 'made it to the middle of the week' feeling, and on Fridays, YAY. It doesn't really make a great deal of difference to the current way we live, but still...The only feeling that reflects retirement is: I don't get that let-down dread on Sunday night, when I'm thinking of all the things I didn't get accomplished before the new workweek. Now I LIKE that!!!

Still working on cleaning out old colored images, and today's little House Mouse is one of those. The only thing I've changed on this little fella, is to add some glossy accents to the water, and die cut him out.


- the die is a PTI and the frame cuts are backed with Scotch tape to keep the strips in place.

- Lil Inker sun die, cut from 2 pieces of yellow snippets; added this because the front just looked too bland. Don't remember the fish tail banner company.

- Mustard color mat was a snippet and the EF was an old one, chosen because the swirl pattern made me think of water.

It's made me feel better about my early copic efforts to realize I can use some of the practice pieces, with just a bit of adding more depth & contrast. I still have trouble creating contrast, although I do realize it adds dimension to a piece. I have to color first, then go back and look, add in. My eyes just don't see it when I'm coloring.

I'm still putting things away, nearly done with one linen closet. Need some more clear storage boxes to fit the very top shelf. There's loads of space above that top shelf, reaching to the ceiling. Decided if I find the right clear boxes to fit that shelf, can stack seldom used items, but still need to keep around.Of course then we'll need a stool to get to anything piled on top of something!!! (Be best just to toss it, but not ready for that drastic step as yet. I've pitched a lot of stuff, though!). Guess it's good to go through the house occasionally and weed out. Bear in mind, I'm not very good at following my own advice on this kind of cleaning, however.

Ya'll have a lovely day, and thanks for joining me. Hugs.

34 comments:

Shona Erlenborn said...

Total sweetness Mary! This adorable little image with him floating around in the water background, while basking in the sun. A lovely little scene!

Mrs A. said...

Sweet little guy and I rather like the die cut you have used to cut around him. I,m with you on the days thing. We know when it gets to a Wednesday cos that's bin day and then Saturday is go down the road for the newspaper so we know what is on the
TV for the next seven days but ask us what date it is and we don't have a clue. With you on the sorting out job too. Have a rule of if we buy something new then something has to out so that we don't accumulate. Doesn't apply to my craft room though!! Hugs Mrs A.

Donna Hanley said...

That little mouse would make anyone feel better. Your coloring on this one is just fine. Have a good day.

Redanne said...

That really is just the most adorable image, I love your card! The embossed background is beautiful too. I don't really get that midweek, Friday or Monday feeling these days, every day is a holiday to me and I often forget what day it is - lol! Hugs, Anne xx

Di said...

So cute Mary! When you need a break from your own cleaning and sorting out, haul yourself over here and help me with mine please :)

Hugs

Di xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, this card is just adorable!! The cute mouse feels in a true relax and is coloured perfectly!!! You have good skills with copics!! I must improve mine with Graph'it markers.
The water looks great with the glossy accents! Love the sun in the corner and the amazing embossed blue background, it really gives a wonderful touch of interest to the whole card!
Hugs

cheryl said...

This is one super cute image hun great colours xxx

Kathleen said...

Just where I would like to be, on a ship sailing around somewhere nice and warm.
Fabulous image and a great design, really lovely card.

Kath x

pam said...

Adorable image Mary, love the colours and embossing.
Had a bit of a clear out too, after the decorator finished, not had time to put all the stuff back yet.
Hugs Pam x

Lisa said...

This is so adorable, Mary!! The image is so sweet!! I love the embossing!! What a beautiful card my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Liz said...

What an adorable card, Mary. The image is so cute! The watery embossing makes a great frame. xx

Valerija said...

Wow, this is so cute. Love this sweet little relaxing mouse.
Amazing card.
Valerija xx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, I love the card. That image is so cute.

Hope you can get the boxes you need. I have a similar top shelf in a small cupboard. It would hold loads stacked on top of each other, but you just know when you want something it will be the item right at the bottom:)

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Daffodil Cards said...

A delightful card to cheer someone up who isn't well. love the colours and your colouring is wonderful. Great embossing to show it all off too.

If you have a little time this week, could you come over and get me, to get rid of stuff? Glad to hear your on the downward path to the end of clearing up after all the work that has gone on. Take care and don't forget to relax at the weekend LOL.
Faith
x

Stampsnob. said...

Hope he is feeling better soon but he looks pretty relaxed to me Cute image .....Lis

Marilyn said...

Cute card!!

Brenda said...

Awww, I love this card Momma Mary! That little image is so dang cute! I wish I could be doing just what he is doing today, but no time. I love the little sun added, it was the perfect finishing touch. I also love the color combo you have used. And speaking of coloring, your coloring looks fabulous and I love that you are getting some images colored from back when used up! I also love the embossing folder, it really does look like water swirling around. Glad to hear that you are getting things put back together. I will be starting to tear things up around here. I would put some kind of "tubs" on the top shelf too, just to hold things that you don't use often, but still need from time to time. I need a stool to reach everything!!! lol Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

Your coloring on the flower is perfect, Mary! It looks fresh picked! Love that frame and this darling card that will make someone feel much better!

Pat said...

You colour beautifully Mary and what a cute House Mouse image and the die cut layers and the pretty embossing in the background certainly does add to the feeling of water. A really pretty card. Glad you are gradually getting everthing sorted out. We are trying to tidy up the garage as we still have stuff in there from when we moved from our old house a long time ago, and having to be ruthless which isn't always easy, but making ourselves do it as space indoors is at a premium. x

Loll said...

What a sweet little guy ... sure to cheer up anyone that is feeling under the weather. Love the combination of deep yellow and bright blue.

I'm with you about the days of the week. Even though I've been retired for a while now, Friday's still seem to be the best day of the week, looking forward to a weekend of doing what I want. Even though I pretty much do what I want everyday. :) Minds are funny, aren't they??!! Enjoy the rest of this week ... tomorrow is ... Friday! xx

Charlene said...

Sweet little guy!! I'm still practicing my Copics , and its a sad sad situation! I get frustrated them the pens bleed and ruin something I've put a lot of time into!

cuilliesocks said...

Jest too sweet Mary, lovely card and fab colours, your colouring is lovely, Kate x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

He's a sweetie and looks so relaxed. Color me jealous!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a wonderful card.
I love the colour choices, and that image is so sweet.
Great designing as always, and super colouring of that sweet image.
Fab idea the Glossy accents for the water.
Sounds like you have been very busy also.
We ascrafters hate to throw anything away don't we.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

I am definitely looking forward to retirement and not having to punch the clock. My let down on Sunday night is Oh darn I have to go to work tomorrow. LOL! Love your little mouse. The House Mouse stamps are so adorable but when I have to deal with the real mice I am not so thrilled. Love your card and you are inspiring me to go look what's in my old folders now. Take care. Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna said...

Absolutely adorable! This image is so cute and beautifully colored! Great job on the cleaning, keep it up!

Pia S said...

So sweet, I love your choice of blue embossed paper as background, it's like an ocean of water and suits the image perfectly.

crafty-stamper said...

Love the cute chilled out image and embossed background,I have been decluttering too taken loads of stuff to local Dove House Hospice charity shop-wouldn't let hubby see what was taken as he is not the same mind set thinks we should keep everything just because"we have had it years"so??? if it's not used or nice to look at it goes
Carol x

Greta said...

Super cute, Mary! I agree--love not having that big let down on Sunday night!

Aileen Ryan said...

such a cute little stamp. Love the mouse just so relaxed and floating along. Beautiful colouring.

Donna Ellis said...

How beautifully colored! I want to wade into those Caribbean colors, Mary! It's such a cheery, sunshiny card - perfect for get well! All the dry embossing looks great, too! hugs, de

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your signature and watermark, Mary. I know you had this beautiful new blog look before I left, but I don't remember the signature. I haven't heard a lot from you on my England posts, but I know you must have been traveling along with me because you love England, too! I've finally gotten over the jet lag and caught up on thank you cards, so I came by to make sure you are okay. I know you weren't feeling too hot when I left. I'm glad to see you doing well, creating, clearing out both the household schtuff and the stack of colored images! The cards are awesome, as always! I was especially pleased to see you post the photos of the new bathroom and the kitchen tile! What a lot of turmoil and work, but it was all worth it!! Big hugs, Darnell

scrappymo! said...

I bet it feels great to finally be able to get the cupboards sorted and organized...then you can sit back and enjoy the rewards of your remodel!

Your card is very pretty.That EF really gives the suggestion of water and waves and the gold mat was a good idea! Your image is adorable.

Olga Fink said...

Fantastic card Mary! I love it!
xoxo Olga