30 November, 2021

Bright Spirits


This is such a sweet image, gotta love that striped candy hair.    C'mon, join in the winter fun at House Mouse & Friends

Image: House Mouse/Stampendous

EF: magazine freebie


Die: MFT

Also: Copics, stickles sparkle

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Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!
We have more fabulous inspiration to share with you as  a reminder to join our current 
 #354 'ANYTHING GOES' with the option of  'WINTER FUN'

Hosted by our Talented Teamie Dorte
Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site

Join in the challenge, here: housemouse-challenge

23 November, 2021

HM #354 Winter Fun

 House Mouse & Friends Winter Fun #354

Happy Hoppers love to fly kites ... oops, maybe not this high!  The background is one I made using mousse, glimmer mists and perfect pearls.  The kite and hopper are paper pieced.  I drew the birds.

Image & senti: House Mouse/Stampendous
Border stamp: Tim Holtz
Silver star stamps: magazine freebie
Also: Copics, white pen, gold pen, black pen

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Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We are here with a new challenge for you.

Anything Goes 
with the option theme of  
Winter Fun

Hosted by our Talented Teamie Dorte.

Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
 so join the fun!  Please use  a House-MouseDesigns(R)
  House-Mouse Friends /Happy Hoppers, or, Gruffies image stamped/decoupage or CD rom.
We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping 
at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site!

Join us here:  housemouse-challenge

22 November, 2021

iSpy #46

 iSpy #46   Lysha's photographic challenge

This week the 5 prompts were: House, Brown, Stitch, Architectural, your choice.

Nov. House:  the early summer shot of our house.  The flowering cherry in front is full of birds nesting.  We see them darting in with beaksful of food and coming out empty, but we can't actually spot any nests (even from upstairs), the foliage is so dense.  It keeps things cool in summer though.

Brown:  pinecones that sit in a flower pot outside the potting shed.  They are about 3 years old and have faded to lovely caramel shades.

Stitch:  A little stitchery project called "Gertrude the Gardening Angel".  She will be a panel on a tote bag.

Architectural:  This house is a replica of Katherine Mansfield's house and is part of the Katherine Mansfield Garden at our local Hamilton Gardens (traditional colonial architecture for NZ).  Hamilton Gardens is a collection of gardens that are world famous here.  They are in quite a small space but you can't see one garden from another, they have been so cleverly designed.  There are garden styles from all over the world (eg. Chinese, Indian, Italian, English, Tropical,  Japanese etc., as well as specialist gardens such as medicinal, potager, surrealist, Maori.

Own choice:  Sorry folks, it's more roses.  These are standard Iceberg underplanted with Lavender Grosso with Feijoa hedge in the background.  Of the twenty or so feijoa plants, there are 8 different varieties so we can have fruit over a longer time.  You may know feijoa as pineapple guava.  It is covered with flowers right now (promising a good fruiting); the flowers are red with golden stamens.  Maybe I'll do a photo for this coming week.

Check out the other blogs, here:  ispy-46  

Have a great week.

Happy Hamster


Here's the happy hamster come to sing happy birthday.

Stamp: Colorado Craft Company


1" punch: Sullivans

Also: Copics, gold EP

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20 November, 2021

Inchie Mr Bunbun


Have you ever seen a bunny in a bow tie?  No? well now you have!  And totally CAS.

I had to add a simple scoreline a) for verticality, b) to help me line the points up straight!  😎😎

Stamp: Magazine freebie

1" Punch: Sullivans

Also: Copics, scored vertically, gold embossed edge

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pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-416  a great way to use snippets of stamping that maybe went wrong or didn't stamp completely in some parts.


18 November, 2021

Pengi tags


A set of pengi tags, simple but cute.  Did you know NZ has lots of kinds of penguins?   Out of the 18 species of penguins found in the world, thirteen of them have been sighted in New Zealand.  Nine of those 13 species actually breed in New Zealand.  In fact, just in the past week an Adelie penguin from Antarctica found it's way here - a first - it must've got lost when it turned left at the iceberg.

Images: Bugaboo

Snowflake Die: Impression Obsession

Tag die: NCraft

Also: Copics, ribbon

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16 November, 2021

HM Classified & Tasty


Classified Ads .. mouldy donuts, smelly shoes, old mattress - just the thing for a sharp mousie.

I used the distress inks on the background as watercolour paint, dabbing with a dryish brush.  White card matted with metallic silver.

Image: House Mouse/Stampendous

EF: Darice

Cloud die: Uniquely Creative

Embossed senti: 

ALso: Copics, D.inks, white pen

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Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We have more fabulous inspiration to share with you as
 a reminder to join our current 

 #353 'ANYTHING GOES' with optional theme Christmas "Its all WHITE "

Interpret this how you like.. eg.  (All White/ lots of Snow etc )

Hosted by our Talented Teamie Christine 

Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
 so join the fun!  Please use  a House-MouseDesigns(R)
  House-Mouse Friends /Happy Hoppers, or, Gruffies image stamped/decoupage or CD rom.

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The winner will be given a fabulous set of Mini Clear Stamps!
Assortment may vary.

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For lots more inspiration from Stampendous, be sure to check out their other sites; STAMPENDOUS! Blog,  
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Join us here:  housemouse-challenge

Birthday Boy

At the Crafters Cafe, the challenge is MALE!  Check out the DT inspiration here: crafterscafe

Thanks to Beccy's Place for this image, get it here: beccysplace

Stitch die: Dienamics
Sun die: Dienamics
Sentiment 'tail': Digital Scrapbook
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15 November, 2021

Dragon Adventures


Incy Wincy Challenge this time is your choice: either Traditional Christmas Colours OR Colour on Kraft!

I chose colour on kraft, but you can check out the other DT makes and join us here:

Thanks to Polkadoodles our sponsor who provided this image, get it here:

Image & Sentiment: Polkadoodles
Punch: Martha Stewart
Also: Faber-Castell coloured pencils, white pen, black pen, gold pen, WoS

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14 November, 2021

iSpy #45

 This week it's #45  of Lyshas iSpy challenge.

Every week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday).  It's always wonderful to see how people are inspired.

The prompts were:  Selfie, Starts with H, Paper, Trim, your choice.

Selfie: never a good choice for me.  Especially in lockdown with a selfie haircut.

Starts with H:  Hydrangea.  I love the hydrangeas that are curly petalled (like this one) or lacecaps.  I have a hedge of them in a variety of styles and in blues and whites along one boundary at the back of the wild garden.  They are just coming out with the warmer weather.

Paper:   A little selection of coordinating papers for  Christmas cards.  It was part of a freebie pullout from a magazine.  They are gorgeous and some I will be able to use for other projects too.

Trim:  self explanatory really!

Your Choice:  As promised last week, my lovely compassion rose.  They are highly scented with that lovely old-world scent, and lovely with a few in a vase too.

Check out everyone's interpretation of the prompts here:  ispy-45

Thank You Flowerpots


Thank you cards are always great to make and have on hand.  Letterpress technique used with EF.

Image: Sandra Caldwell

Dies: Spellbinders

EF: Sizzix

Senti Stamp: Little Birdie

Also: Copics, Distress Ink, embroidery floss

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