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.