Friday, June 24, 2016

Mouse Marathon!

Something slightly different from me today prompted by two cards I saw on other blogs. Marilyn had used a 'High Hopes Stamp' and in my comment to her I said I had a couple of their stamps and never used . Having a rootle around I found 3 in fact and this got me somewhat into craft mode and I decided to ink up 'Sweet Lili Mouse ' L-121 and have a play.  Well this started up a bit of a Marathon as I kept inking up, painting/colouring and discarding my efforts. The first 2 uncharacteristically of me actually ended not only tossed into the bin but torn into shreds too .

 Here is effort  no.3 that very nearly ended up in the same place but got pushed to one side while  I inked up a further two!
Image number 4 was a disaster from the word go and in desperation I changed tactics of trying to paint a brown mouse  and got out my Copic Markers and coloured up a white one instead. Still not happy, but by this time the little mouse above had dried out and having been left for a couple of hours whilst tea called  I decided  didn't look so bad after all!! This is where Tina came into play as she had used the June Cheerful Sketches Challenge to make her card.  Now I don't follow sketches normally but I rather liked the look of this one and the little mouse was looking for a home so  I made the following card. 


Design papers  are all by Hunkdory 'Boutique Chic' free with Paper Crafter Jun 2016 mag. I distressed the edges.
Doily flowers and square pearls from my stash. I used brown pearlised card stock to die cut the Sizzix scallop rectangle frame which I put through a Sizzix EF  Flowers 656978. There is a piece of acetate sandwiched between the frame and the image but as luck would have it I managed to get a photo without the usual glare showing on it.  The mouse was stamped onto a scrap of white card (that was on my desk. I had given up trying to use watercolour paper by this stage) using distress ink vintage photo. I then scribbled some distress marker pens onto a clear stamp block and with a fine paint brush and loads of water mixed into the colours filled in the image.  Of course it buckled and pilled and looked a mess as had the previous 2 now in the bin.

Here is the sketch that I followed. I rather like the finished result! Mouse is not the colour I had in mind but heck she's a Field Mouse!!!!!!!!

Then instead of having just told you about the afore mentioned disasters I thought I would show you
them. I painstakingly fished  the pieces out of the bin and pieced/glued them back together again. Took me 2hrs!
 So here they are Warts and All.
Effort No 1.
 On watercolour card using distress markers.
I coloured the ribbon was pleased with that then did the arm.
Too dark and I went and smudged the eye. Darnation!


Effort No 2.
Brown colour perfect, bow not so good and then I
mucked the nose up. Grr.


I will show you Meeces 4 and  5 next week

Does this give a new meaning to paper piecing I wonder. Lol.
I'm off to lie down in  a very dark room now
but first I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Cheerful Sketches Challenge # Juni   Follow the sketch above and use a stamp.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #234  Use your snippets up.
Love  To Scrap #80 Anything goes.
Tuesday Throwdown #299 Distressing.
Crafty Creations #318 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #91 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #283 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #11 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.
Petal Lu Challenge #16 Anything goes.

30 comments:

  1. A lovely image, colours and creation Valery.

    Hope you have a lovely (and sunny) weekend.

    B x

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  2. Great card and you 'followed' the sketch perfectly Mrs A....and you see: when you keep going....have a great weekend!
    xxx Margreet

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  3. I think that your card has come out so well with the sketch!So sweet!
    And I love very much your Effort No 1...! It has fab shades! I wouldn't have thrown it! Perhaps you could have colour again the eyes with a black marker and a white gel pen for arrange the details. I hate putting works in the trash bin :D

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  4. This is simply adorable! Such a sweet and cute card! Have a wonderful day! Hugs and sunshine

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  5. Super end result after all the angst Mrs A! Love the wee mouse and such a pretty layout. Ha, I did laugh at you piecing the shredded ones together - they didn't ought to have been thrown in the first place!

    Sorry about the duck mess - Parsnip just skidded in some and almost ended up in the duck pond with the little perishers!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  6. Super card, Mrs A. I did crack up at your Marathon tale... one that I am very familiar with too! The pain and effort was worth it - truly lovely card, my friend.
    So glad you joined Tuesday Throwdown challenge.
    x Asha

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  7. And they say crafting is relaxing! Thanks for sharing your efforts, the bow in the first one was stunning, think I would have been chopping that out and layering up the image. Love the card that you came up with though and the mouse looks fab. Cara x

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  8. that mouse sure is sweet, and thanks for sharing all that paper piecing! Just goes like that sometimes but you layered that one really prettily xxx

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  9. Oh, why does she look so sad?
    Lovely card though and a great design.

    Kath x

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  10. First, the final card is wonderful! Love the mouse image, and the browns & shades of color in that, look very nice contrasting against the more delicate background papers. It's a good look I think. And the coloring looks fine to my eyes! I did enjoy seeing the warts though, so thanks for sharing 'em. (again, while I know you're a perfectionist, what you tore up, didn't look as bad as YOU think it did). We all learn from someone else's boo-boos. (what I learn is that I'm not the only one who messes up! You very seldom do!!!) Hugs & TFS

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  11. Your paper piecing save made for one cute card! Mamma said there'd be days like this when you have all great intentions but things just go awry! I hope your rest in the dark room revived you :) This card looks really cute, and I especially like how you followed the sketch with the doily!

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  12. Well done you on persevering....I do this often....I get stuck with an idea and must follow it through at all costs. I look back and think I should have changed tack much earlier on but no I 'have' to see it through. Maybe it's all us crafters? I think the finished final card is really beautiful and although you don't normally follow sketches I think this one is perfect and so glad you got there in the end, it really was worth it x Such a pretty card x

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  13. Great try and I don't mind the result...not all days are successful...hugs. {aNNie}

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  14. nice work! Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches. Good luck!
    Bye,
    Groetjes van Ine (DT)
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

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  15. Oh my goodness Mrs A, sounds like you need a lie down in a darkened room! Well done on your perseverance though, final card looks lovely & it's always good to see the 'out takes' which aren't so bad as you think xx

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  16. Gorgeous card Mrs A, I like the adorable image the doily and the flowers, great take on the sketch
    Kevin xx

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  17. My dear your inner critic is far too harsh on you. Your card turned out beautiful. I love that you fished your beginning mice out of the bin and pieced them back together again. They have their own sweet character. Embracing Creative Bliss...

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  18. Oh wow this is amazing l love the image and the sketch the more you practice the better you becomes and it's showing on this l love it xx

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  19. What a gorgeous image Mrs A, lovely water colouring too. I haven't tried water colour very much but it is something I would love to be able to do well. Your card is adorable.
    Lorraine

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  20. Good for you hanging in there! Not only did your card come out lovely, you kept at it and pieced the other two back together. I think watercolor is suppose to pretty much look like what was in the bin. It's a soft look to it and you did pretty good. I learned some not so good words (not for publication) when learning to watercolor so I'm proud you hung in there.

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  21. Great project Thank-you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore
    Good luck in the challenge x

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  22. Gorgeous this card. Sorry about the first tries.
    Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination Good luck!! Michelle(DT)

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  23. After all the struggles, you have a lovely card afterwards. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

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  24. Well worth all the effort Mrs A, your card is gorgeous. Must admit I have problems colouring animals which is why most of my meecies are printed! xx

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  25. A great card with this fabulous image.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Cheerful Sketches.
    Good luck !

    Carla (DT)

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  26. A great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

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  27. Glad you persevered as this is a lovely card.

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  28. A super cute card. Thank you for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

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  29. Lovely card! Thanks foro joining us at Cheerful Sketches!

    Greetz,
    Marjoleine (DT)

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