29 May, 2023

Plaid Wishes


House Mouse and Friends are always out and about doing fun things.  Join us with the current challenge which is AG with option of Plaid.  Check it out here:  housemouse-challenge

I think we all used to blow the seeds of dandelion and make a wish didn't we?  I coloured the image, then chose the plaid to coordinate, picking out the colours for the little flags at the end (which I doodled).  Stickles on the seed heads.

Image: House Mouse
Die: unknown
Clouds: Uniquely Creative diecut (used as a stencil)
Sentiment: unknown
Also: snippets of coloured card, Distress Inks, Copics, Stickles, white pen, black pen

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Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We are here with a new challenge for you.

Always Anything Goes with the option theme of Plaid

Hosted by our Talented Teamie April

 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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Many thanks to our generous Sponsor for their continued support.  

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I made this to welcome new neighbours.

Image: Tiddlyinks digi    

Die: Sizzix

Also: Copics, DIs, ribbon, pearls

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25 May, 2023



Nothing like pretty cocktail to make you feel good.  The sentiment is covered with Glossy Accents for shine, and the drink with WinkofStella for fizz & sparkle.  CHEERS!

Image: Scribbles  digi  

Background: Digital Scrapbook

Sentiments: Digital Scrapbook

Also: Copics, Glossy Accents, WoS, white pen

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mirtillamente-20-rainbowgnomefairyturtlebee rainbow drink

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24 May, 2023

Grumpy Old Gent


Now and then I get the urge to make a man-card.  I got this new die & EF last week and just had to use them.  I slightly inked the embossed background with DI, and fussy cut the stamped sentiment.  I love this BOLD stamp sentiment which adds to the masculine feel.  I was going to emboss it but thought the raw look was more fitting.   Even though he looks grumpy, I hope he makes someone smile.

Gent die: Tim Holtz

EF: Tim Holtz

Sentiment: unknown

Also: DI's

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asyoulikeit-favourite-masculine-or-feminine-themed & why  Sometimes I get stuck in a cardmaking rut and making a mancard totally refreshes and allows a re-set.


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18 May, 2023

Butterfly Box


A box I made for a friend filled with a variety of little gift cards.  

I punched the edges and made a matching tag for the top.  The butterfly and leaf spray are diecut.

Label Dies: Spellbinders

Butterfly die: Impression Obsession

Leafy die: Poppy

Also: pearl. 

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asyoulikeit-favourite-masculine-or-feminine I mostly enjoy making feminine projects, but like to do masculine as a refresher


16 May, 2023

Wonderful Pink Birthday


A very pink celebration for a special birthday.  Simply CAS.

I used Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry to make the background by smooshing.  The woman and senti are stamped over top and details watercoloured with DIs, as well as some dotty stamping in Picked Raspberry and silver Versafine ink.  I don't know what brand the stamps are, they are new to me and unlabelled.

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HM Summer Birthday


Here comes Summer!  House mouse and Friends are looking forward to summer (while I, here in NZ, am not looking forward to winter).  

See how the design team have been inspired and join us here:  housemouse-challenge

I decided a scenic card was called for and die cut some layers for the background.  The HM image is coloured and fussy cut, a tag added to cover the writing on the cup, and a spare flower from the top of the stamp to 3D.  WoS added to the flowers for some sparkle (hard to photograph).

Image: House Mouse   

Cloud border die: Unique Creations 

Hill die: unknown

Tag die: NCraft

Sentiment: fundamentals

Also: Copics, WoS, black pen, white pen, gold pen, twine

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asyoulikeit-favourite-season-spring-or-summer & why Summer: those long sunny days wearing pretty floral dresses, cool swims, lots of flowers - so many reasons

craftycatz-637-AG/ribbon, lace, twine twine


pixiessnippetsplayground-454  all the landscape strips and the tag are snippets, woohoo what a fab playground!


Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We are here with a new challenge for you.

Anything Goes with the option theme of  "HERE COMES SUMMER"

Hosted by our Talented Teamie - Sue Drees
Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
We are  Generously Sponsored by
We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
HMD is offering a Lucky player $20 Gift Certificate to a go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site!  House-Mouse Designs(R) 
 Many thanks to our Generous Sponsor  for their continued support.

As Hostess for this challenge, I am
offering the fun stamp, "Curious Kitten"
to one lucky winner! Sue Drees

Join in the fun, click on the link at the top!

13 May, 2023

Hogs the Crown


As it's coronation month, we have a cardswap in our NZ group to use a crown; also perfect idea for mother's day - happy mothers day Suna!

I used Distress Inks as watercolours, painting them on.  Gold flakes on the crown, metallic glitter card, and gems of course!  Also perfect idea for mother's day.

Digi Image & Senti: Vera Lane

Also: metallic flakes (IndigoBlu),  D.inks as watercolours, Stickles, white pen, gems.

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12 May, 2023

Yellow Rose


Flowers are always a good choice, and this layered diecut is so gorgeous.  I used a stencil on the background and inked the edges.  

Die:      Sizzix          

Stencil: Rosie's Studio

Also:  DIs, metallic pearls, white pen

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tripleb-may-birdbutterfliesblooms blooms




11 May, 2023

Friends & Flowers


I stamped this image twice, embossing one in blackon white card and the other in white on black card.  Then cut in half; and get two cards!

There is also stamping (just using the hair part of the stamp) on the mat in shades of pink.

Image: IndigoBlu   

Senti:  Bird

Rectangle die: Dienamics

Also: gems

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aaacards-239-choose-side-hot-cold pink is usually hot but this one is a cool pink!

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10 May, 2023

mySpy - May 2023

 This month I decided to feature sharp and spiky.  Harder than I thought.

A NZ cabbage tree.  Some people think it's a palm tree, it's not.  It's actually a giant lily!

Hedgehogs?   A swarm of them.  What is the collective name for hedgehogs?   a hump?  a spike?  
Yeah,Nah!  They are chestnuts.

And some spiky sticks ... erm  pool cues.

Spiky grasses growing all around the village.

a flax plant

It was quite difficult to find spiky things that weren't plants!

I hope you can look for and find some spiky stuff in your environment.
See you next month.

09 May, 2023

Home Congrats


CAS for someone with a new home.  The house layer is cut from Coredinations card and sanded a bit to show the green underneath.

The die is a magazine freebie, and the sentiment brand is unknown.  Gold pen used for detail.

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06 May, 2023



I like using birds and butterflies for sympathy cards as they seem to symbolise a journey to me.

I chose monochrome for this as the stamp design was very detailed and I wanted the silhouette to stand out.

Background Stamp: Personal Impressions           

Die:  Impression Obsession

Sentiment: unknown

Also: Versafine ink

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simon-says-no-patterned-paper stamp


04 May, 2023

Mini-Moo Tree


Our NZ cardswap group's theme is CAS using a mini-moo (look it up - it is a tiny scrap of certain size).
I used an offcut/snippet of previously smooshed card, and stamped a tree, trimming it to the required size and fussy-cutting the left over bit. Gold leaf is added to the background and some parts of the leaves.  The background card is embossed and inked.   Also, a coordinating envelope.
PS. A mini moo is a card that is 1.125" X 2.75"  (For those who want the measurements of the mini moo converted - 2.86 cm x 7cm) - half of a business card lengthwise. It is such a small canvas that it isn't overwhelming. Also, This size is perfect for those scraps!

EF:  Spellbinders             
Stamp:  Woodware
Senti: MFT
Also: gold leaf, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mists

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03 May, 2023

Butterfly print


 No, I didn't print an actual butterfly (no animals were harmed in the making etc.)  but I did heavily ink the diecut and use it to print the card while it was still wet, then reinked it.  When dry misted with shimmer mist.  The background is also subtly splattered, edges outlined with gold pen as is the senti.  The diecut is double layered to give it depth.

Diecut: Spellbinders 

Also: DIs, Shimmer Mist, gold pen, black pen, gems

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Song Cat


This week I've been having a play with paints, inks etc. what fun!  The middle masked and paint brushed roughly on sides.  Splatter with black mister.  Cat coloured with Copics and fussy cut.

Die: NCraft                

Image and senti: Penny Black

Also: Copics, Dylusions Acrylic paints, DecoArt media spray black, ribbon, staples

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02 May, 2023

HM&F Flowery Wishes


House Mouse & Friends challenge is Anything Goes/Flowers, check it out: housemouse-challenge

This could be good for lots of occasions.

Stamp: House Mouse                        

EF: Kaisercraft

Senti: Hero Arts

Flowers: Flowersome Crafts NZ

Also: Copics, WoS, white pen, silver pen, flowers

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asyoulikeit-favourite-flower-and-why I like most flowers but rosebuds are pretty special, I like them when they are just slightly open.

i-spy-with-my-little-eye-april-showers-may flowers


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Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We are here with a new challenge for you.

ANYTHING GOES with the option of FLOWERS
Hosted by our Talented Teamie Lols

Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image

We are  Generously Sponsored by
Winner will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of Premium Dye Ink Pads

Challenge hostess Lols will also be giving away 
a fabulous $25 Gift Voucher to spend at the Simon Says Stamp store

Many thanks to our generous Sponsor/s for their continued support.