24 March, 2023

Go confidently


A graduation card kept simple and suitable for any gender or age.   It has a hole window (outlined with doodled stitching), with the same patterned paper and mortarboard hat showing through.  The patterned paper is black and white with some random silver dots.

Circle Die: Spellbinders        

Hat die: Impression Obsession

Sentiment: Unknown, is out of my bits box

Also: p.paper, sequins, white and black pen

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21 March, 2023

HM 386 Spppriiing time


House Mouse & Friends are feeling Spprriiingy.   I thought a spring image could also have a sppriing sentiment, so made a paper spring to go under the sentiment circle.  Here in NZ we are going into autumn, so not likely to see spring flowers anytime soon, but something to look forward to.

Check out the challenge and the design Team inspiration here:  housemouse-challenge

Image: House Mouse                

Stencil: Rosie's Studio

Punch: unbranded

Sentiment: Craft Wise

Also: Copics, D.Inks, Stickles, white pen

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18 March, 2023

Quilted Mug Mat


Made for a cardswap with quilted theme; I made a mug mat that can be detached from the card to use.  Underneath the quilt is a stitched panel with a stamped quilt topper, so that when the mugmat is taken off, there is still a card (forgot to photograph it and now it's sent - but see a sample at bottom).

I hope the person who received it thinks of me when she uses it and that way we can have a virtual cuppa together whenever she wants.

Diecut word: Wplus9   

Tea bag tag: Kim Macfarlane

stitched die: unbranded

square patchwork stamp: FunStamps

Also: snippets of fabric, thread, embroidery floss, pellon, D.Inks, paperclip     

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pixiessnippetsplayground-449 snippets of fabric






    Here is an idea of what the underneath looked like, but with the topper coloured in, with a teacup in the middle square and a sentiment under - I can't remember what the sentiment was.

14 March, 2023



A splattered frame die, laid over pretty patterned paper.  I thought it looked like the frames in a beehive.

Bee stamps:   Magazine freebie?         

Die:  unbranded

Sentiment:  Magazine freebie? 

Also: Copics, p.papers, black acrylic paint splatter, WoS on wings

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Stamping Sensation-march-wings&tails





13 March, 2023

Dinosaur Friendly Green


Green.  The technique is torn edge stamping.  Tear paper, lay it out with a gap and stamp the gap.  Inkblended edges and a bit of splatter too.

I made this card for a friend, we are both dinosaurs and I thought she would enjoy the joke.  She did.

Image:  unknown     


Also: Copics, DI's, EP, Kindyglitz   

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inspirationstation-green insp by green scene



Stamping Sensation-march-wingstails lots of tails




07 March, 2023

HM Grapefull


Mousies have such fun together and it seems they like to eat too.  This is a birthday feast.

The House Mouse & Friends challenge #385 is  Anything Goes option of Use a Die.

Check out the design team inspiration and enter here:  housemouse-challenge

Image: House Mouse       

Label dies: mPress

Pocket punch: McGill

Tag die: NCraft

Stencil (on pocket): sequin waste

Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals

Also: Copics, p.paper, buttons, twine, white pen, black pen, WoS, Stickles               

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inspirationstation-47-photoinsp.  green background and with mice to make the scene.

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03 March, 2023

Fly v Cat


This cat will wait forever to catch that fly.   

The black base card is stencilled, then layered with panels.  The cat is stamped and coloured.

Image: snarky cats        

Stitched Die: unknown

Stencil: Ranger

Also: Copics, DOxI's, charm, twine, black pen, white pen

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02 March, 2023

Eye Rolls


Critter Crazy challenges must have animals, check it out here:  crittercrazychallenge

Gotta say, I love these crazy cats.   I made the background by smooshing Distress Inks and making a doodled border. I stamped this cat onto a snippet of patterned paper and cut it out; some stacked layers make a little shadow.  

Cat & Senti: Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous    

Also: p.paper, D.Inks, black pen

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pixiessnippetsplayground-448 cat snippet of p.paper

asyoulikeit-favourite-freestyle background smooshing is such fun, a great time to get inky







21 February, 2023

HM Sunflower Snooze


House Mouses love to snooze when they are not getting up to tricks.  This time the challenge is for more than one fold, so I made a Swing-fold card (see how on Splitcoast Stampers or Beccy's Cards). 

Join the challenge here: housemouse-challenge


Image: House Mouse        

Label die (for the swing): Spellbinders

Stars die: unknown

Sentiment: Bird

Oval die: Spellbinders

P.Paper: Sizzix

Also: Copics, D.Inks, white pen

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welovestamping-february-stamping opt stencil









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 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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19 February, 2023

Hello Sunshine


This is a mini Miura fold card.  I used a decorative paper and added stickles to some areas.  The butterfly is coloured with Copics and misted with perfect pearls.

Sentiment Hello die: Simon Says

18 February, 2023

Fishy Cat


These crazy cats are so funny and so is the birthday sentiment (stamp: Tim Holtz or Katzelcraft? no packaging).  Masked the image and used an Artist Cellar Stencil for the background with DI's, also WoS, Opal Dust for scales on the fish.  Two sons-in-law are fishermen.

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Dark Lady


I love this moody image and decided to highlight it with iridescent turquoise.  The image is digi from Gecko Gals.

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15 February, 2023

Chocolate Heart


A little sweet heart for my sweetheart.

Fine splatter on base card in red, sentiment stamped, and chocolate heart stuck on.  I thought it looks a bit like an apple with the sentiment being the stalk and leaves...  a bit adam & eve-ish?

Stamp: unknown

14 February, 2023



Apparently February 13th is galentines day - a day celebrating girl friends.

This is an image that says it all - me and three friends out doing the girlfriend thing.  I love my girlfriends.

Those of you who know us as the Quilty Girls - can you pick who is who?  Hint: You can tell by the clothes and the colours.

I am sending this to the GIRLFRIEND in green who is a bit cut off at the moment because of the recent rain and flood damage.  She has had a very hard 12 months.

Image: Art Impressions    

Sentiment: made on computer

Pens: silver Sharpie; white, black, gold, silver gel pens.

Also: Copics, DIs, Glossy Accents, pearls, gems

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asyoulikeit-favourite-love-or-friendship-why I love my girlfriends, we have such fun together



girlzrebel-24-colourcombo opt hearts colour combo






Answer: L to R: Get-it-Done Gayle, Cut-it-up Carol, Fabric-Fetish Fiona, Janome Jan.

13 February, 2023

Gilded Heart


I painted this heart freehand using Distress Inks and a coarse worn out stiff brush. Add gilding flakes in random colours, a tiny sentiment (unknown brand), and twine. Voila!

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asyoulikeit-favourite-love-or-friendship-why being told you are loved never gets old



11 February, 2023

mySpy 11 Feb

 mySpy   11 February.  We are bracing for yet more bad weather in the next few days- a tropical cyclone this time, apparently a once-in-a-century event with a lot of emergency preparations being made in advance.  However the temps are still summer hot and we are glad to have it that way.  

I took these photos last week to add to the last mySpy.  These are inside the clubhouse at the village.

the bar on the left, dining area and cafe in the middle back.  Looking through the door is a outdoor patio with tables and BBQ area

the lounge area with fireplace and baby grand

The lounge area looking out onto the bowling green. There is also a giant chess set and petanque court.  In the background behind the black fence is where the Care Centre is being built.  It includes a rest home and dementia unit.

When Ian and I walk down to the clubhouse for the mail, we often stop for a couple of games of pool. It is airconditioned and so nice to have something to do out of the heat.

The library.  The middle aisle shelves also hold games, jigsaws, magazines etc. while at the end are tables and seating to read newspapers and do puzzles ... there is usually one on the go and people might just stop and do a bit for 15 or 30 minutes

Our street (6 houses each side) with the Seven Oaks park area at the end next to the road.  Over the summer sometimes on a Sunday afternoon people will take a chair and some wine and just get together under the trees out of the heat

Now this is a project we did yesterday at our Quilty Girls.  Gayle had got hold of some blocks and a bit of fabric at a suitcase sale, but needed more blocks to make it into a quilt.  The blocks already made had two of each kind except for two designs which only had one. Fiona and I were going to do a block each, so we got it all out to work out what was needed.  We had instructions for one block, but had to work out the dimensions of the other block.  I'm rubbish at maths, so Fiona worked out the dimensions of the existing block (harder than you would think once it's stitched together) and I did the cutting.  We all tried out the fabric selection as they had to go with the rest of the blocks.  Gayle is going to make a larger centre panel of circular flying geese that these blocks will be set around.

halfway through the process; the fabric is cut.
Then we took them home to stitch.

My completed block on the left and the existing block on the right.

It will be exciting to see the progress on this quilt.  I'm sure Gayle will let me show you when it is finished.  It is for someone's special birthday next February.  It is such fun working collaboratively (even in such a small part or a project) as a team.  Gayle made us a super lunch which we had out in her courtyard under the sun umbrella with some bubbles.  Yahoo!

I hope you have a good week,   xx CarolG