Tuesday, 3 February 2009

House mouse challenge DT call

The house mouse challenge blog are looking for two design team members. This is such a dreamgig for me, so I have to try out.
As some of you know my new year resolution is to get on a DT and to get published in a magazine. I think it's important to mention that I don't want to get on a DT just for the sake of it, but to join a team where I feel like I can inspire others. I don't apply to companies where I'm not fond of the stamps...

The house mouse stamps have been in my heart since the beginning of my stamping"career", lol. The first yahoogroup I joined was a house mouse, so they have a special place in my heart. It feels like revisiting old friends and I get so much joy out of colouring them, especially now since I found the alcoholmarkers to colour with.

I like doing things differently than everyone else and trying new things. Sometimes it ends up being harder than it has to, lol. I think I have a different way of making my cards sometimes and hopefully it would inspire others that are stuck in a rut.
Here are my favourite three house mouse cards. I have uploaded some "unofficial" ones because I had a hard time deciding. I'm very proud of the idea for the bottom card, so I wanted to show it to you.

Click on the images to get a bigger view.

The background of this card is brayered with a brilliance peacock pad. It's then stamped with a rose background stamp and silverembossed. The mouse is coloured with waterpencils (aquarelle). Text is written on the computer with a fancy alphabet I found on dafont. This is one of my absolute favourite cards ever and I'm still very proud of it, although I made it two or three years ago.

The second card is made for a polkadot challenge. I've used my pantone and promarkers to colour the image. I used different polkadot papers and embellishments to really go for it! I think the text works beautifully with this card. It's a stamp from Impression obsession (C6136 Rest...Relax)

This third card I love because I'm very happy with the colouring and it's one of the first cards where I splurged with different flowers. My "problem" has been that I don't embellish enough, so here I went with both texture and ribbon and flowers AND the bright yellow daffodil. Feels like a milestone, lol.

These cards didn't make my top three, but I still like them for different reasons, mostly because they made me try something new. Here I have made the flower be outside of the oval shape. And it points down to the corner, where I've been thinking if I should have a text. It would draw in the eye more to the text even though the image is in focus. And I'm really proud of the colouring too.

I wanted to add something when the card was done and I think the decorative edge is the icing on the cake. I also added gold glitterglue on the flower to make the card extra festive. My stepdad that got the card thought it was amazing. I was very happy that I decided to send it to him.

Here I have used a technique I came up with (I haven't seen it anywhere else, so I'm taking the credit ;) It's a whiteembossed background, coloured with chalks. I also like the sketch that I came up with and the piece of ribbon with the flower.

Maybe the execution isn't the best, but I love the idea.


Judi said...

Thanks for coming over to my blog, I am glad you liked it. I wish I knew how to make fabric boxes, but I am afraid I don't. Sorry. Your blog is so cute, I have always been amazed with people who can make cards and scrapbooks, I do not have the talent or patience for it. I wish I did because it looks so cute.

Jennifer said...

Your cards are all perfectly lovely. I especially like the first card with the brayered background. LOVELY!!

Best wishes for the DT spot!


Karen L said...

Oh my, your House Mouse cards are so darling! I love the way you colored the images and the first one, with the brayered background is absolutely gorgeous! I have a couple of House Mouse stamps but my coloring is just dismal.....sigh.