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Thursday, June 21, 2018

New Proverb House Mouse {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Hi, Everyone! Wishing you a great day, and hoping you are doing well. Summer is in full force here with highs in the mid 90s (34-35C). Our vegetable garden is done except for some hot-hot peppers, okra (for roasting and barbecuing), and field peas (not green peas).

Time for a Sparkle N Sprinkle card.
Today's card is for a dear friend who recently underwent a very serious surgery. It's been a few weeks now, and she is beginning to feel a little better, but has a long way to go. This sweet card should cheer her!

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House Mouse stamps have been among my bestest favorites for over 25 years. They are cute, reveal our own nature to us, and express love and sweetness in the most darling of scenes.

This card is 6" x 6" but the stamp is great for an A2 size as well. White cardstock was folded in half, with pattern paper placed on top.

Some favorite goodies used on this card:

The Mixed Edge Rectangles die set contains 13 dies alternating straight edge and scallop edge. I like these for the value, and also because they make great frames. I also like the Tim Holtz 9.5" Titanium Shears because it is easier free-cutting straight lines with them through just about any material.

A close-up of the sentiment from the Pansies Set heat embossed with pretty Blue Ribbon Detail EP:

The floral spray was made with Tonic Beautiful BramblesTonic Autumnal Oak, and Tonic Woodland Aster. The pieces were cut up, embossed with Mediterranean Star EP, glittered with Starfire Ultrafine Glitter, and spritzed with Mica Mist in Fresh Pear. The flower layers were spritzed with water, rolled, allowed to dry, before glittering:

 After spritzing the pieces, I looked at the paper under the pieces. What a great background piece it would make:

Loved the sweet "proverb" in this card. It's a great reminder to anyone who has trouble letting their body mend, too:

Such cuteness and lots of fun to make!

Challenges I'm submitting this card to:
  1. Aud Sentiments Challenges #206 Anything Goes + Sentiment 7/3
  2. Crafting With An Attitude #40 Anything Goes 7/5
  3. Crafty Animals #15 Anything Goes with Animals 6/27
  4. Monday House Mouse and Friends Challenge #268 AG or birthday - 6/24 
  5. Creative With Stamps Challenge #15 Cute Animals 7/2 (sep post)
  6. Scrapy Land Challenge #92 AG using die brand from SL 7/1 (several Tonic Studios dies listed below)
  7. Sweet Stampers Challenges #21 Animals 7/8
  8. World Wide Open DT Challenge #06 AG for DT (for Sparkle N Sprinkle) 7/15
  9. Morgan's Art World Challenge (June 15) 7/15

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Stamping Hugs,


crafty-stamper said...

Aawww poor birdie great get well card and love the cute image-although I didn't think that of the live mouse one of our cats brought in and dropped under the table!!!
Carol x
Always good to look at the waste paper too x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, your friend is going to love this! It is gorgeous! I love all the details! You coloured the image so beautifully, and the image itself is simply adorable!


Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

I love love love this project. Gorgeous image and beautifully designed creation here. I am sure your friend will definitely appreciate receiving this stunning beauty. You have done a beautiful job with this Get Well Card.
We are in our Winter here in Australia and I was glad to see the end of our Summer. Not a summer person at all. Best wishes to your dear friend in her recovery.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


Sue said...

Donna, what a fabulous card. The bright green used on your creative process is so pretty, and I love that stamp. This card will surely make your friend feel better, just looking at the little scene. Lots of sparkle and fuss as always makes this one beautiful card.

Thanks for sharing it with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, this is so stunning!! The image is so sweet!! I love all of the amazing details you added and the fabulous sparkle!! The flower looks so beautiful and I love the colors!! What a gorgeous card, my friend!! I love it!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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Billie A said...

Beautiful card. So creative and the images are so cute. I am so glad you shared your card over at Creative with Stamps.

Billie A
Creative With Stamps
Catch The Bug
Aud Sentiments
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Sunny Day Crafting
Pause Dream Enjoy
Craftaholic R US
Always Happy Birthday
Always Fun Challenges
Colour Crazy Challenge GD

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is very beautiful Donna.

gr karin and

Thank you for playing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
Goodluck and hope we see you again.

Gr Karin DT Member

Jackie T said...

Good morning Donna this is a stunning card I just love it. Those little mice are so cute. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sue said...

Donna, That's lovely. Did smile at the Proverb:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Chris said...

Such a lovely card Donna, sure to cheer your poorly friend! Great choice of image, the proverb is perfect too! Beautiful colours and layout, love that gorgeous sparkly flower cluster!
Hope you are keeping well.

Monica said...

Hi Donna,
first of all, thank you for visiting me and leaving kind comments as always.
Your card is the cutest be it the bird or the mouse. The sentiment is very encouraging and I wish I could follow it too.
I hope that your friend recovers most quickly, from her surgery.

Lots of love,

Dreja said...

Super gemacht!
Danke daß du bei den Sweet Stampers mitmachst.
LG Dreja

Donna said...

Such a beautiful card, great design and fabulous coloring! Have a wonderful weekend!

Christine said...

Hi Donna what a super adorable Get well card am sure this will make any recipient feel better soon..stunning colouring , lovely design super creative mousey card love it.

Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & Friends mon chall.

smiles Christine x

Donna Phelan said...

What a beautiful color palette, so fun and fresh! I love your sparkly flower accents and your perfect coloring. We could all learn a bit from that wonderful sentiment! This is an A+ Creation!

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is so sweet Donna. What a touching little image first of all, and you have showcased it beautifully with these gorgeous colors and embellishments. Your coloring is amazing.

Jennifer Scull said...

what a lovely card using this precious HM stamp. :) I think I am going to have to track this stamp down to add to my collection. the saying on it is priceless and so very true.

I will keep your friend in my prayers for her healing.

Monica C. said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! I am a big House Mouse fan too and the proverb is so true. I am sure this will perk your friend up.
Thank you for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.
Monica C. DT CWAA

*Vicki* said...

I am so sure that your friend is going to just LOVE this Donna!! What a sweet image and I adore beautiful colors and wonderful shimmer and sparkle you've added to your design!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS ;)

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a cute and darling image and your coloring is fantastic. I just love all the glittery look on the flowers and flourishes you added too. And the colors are wonderful. You always do such beautiful work.

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

I would love to get together with you and learn all that you know about card making some time, Donna. I love the dimension you've achieved on that flower and your coloring is always so perfect. Cute stamp set!

Valerija said...

A fantastic cute creation.
Valerija xx

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card - love the beautiful flowers and cute image and layout. Another great creation. Have a great weekend my friend!

NanaConnie said...

I love it all, Donna - the sentiment in the image, the coloring & color combo, the sparkle, the die cuts, and the fact that it's House Mouse! I have to go explore the Mixed Edge die set. Shame on you for enabling (enticing?) me. :-D

Kuni said...

Your card ist wonderful, i love the cute image.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers challenge and i hope to see you again.

Conniecrafter said...

So Gorgeous, I just love the way you color, not only the object in the scene but the background is terrific too!, Love the dimension in the flower, you always have such pretty touches of sparkle!! Such a sweet get well card!! That is pretty cool the bit you have on the paper after all your spritzing :)
I went over to Bloglovin when everyone was saying years ago that blogger was stopping or something like that, I am not getting updates from them either, I wonder if I should try and go back to getting updates from them instead, ugghhh :(

aussie aNNie said...

This card is gorgeous, lovely stamp and fab colouring. Nice to see you here and thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme BIRTHDAY current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
{aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

Lorraine A said...

Super cute card!! I have never seen this stamp before and absolutely LOVE it!! the little birdie having flying instruction!! absolutely adorable <3

Thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge 🐰
Lols x x x

Debbie Mageed said...

Oh, Donna, my creative genius friend, this is absolutely STUNNING! I love every loving detail you added to this card. I wish you were closer so I could learn your thought process with your creations. This will, without one doubt, be treasured by your friend. I pray for her as well to have a quick and easy recovery.

Billie A said...

Sweet card. I love the house mouse and bird. Sweet layout and embellishments. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments.
Billie A
Aud Sentiments
Creative With Stamps
Catch The Bug
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Sunny Day Crafting
Pause Dream Enjoy
Craftaholic R US
Always Happy Birthday
Always Fun Challenges
Colour Crazy Challenge

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Oh my, Donna. Your friend will treasure this beauty, Fabulous colors, imagery, design, and dazzling embellishments, simply an awesome card. Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenges. We look forward to seeing you again.
Berni DT

Diane said...

Love, love this card Donna!! You always have such amazing talent with your layers, color and designs!! These are the cutest little critters ever!!

StampendousGraphics said...

This is absolutely adorable, Donna!! Love how you've sparkled everything up so much, it's so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing with Stampendous and House-Mouse Designs!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so pretty & adorable Donna. Such beautiful colouring & layout.

Lori Kobular said...

Oh Donna! This card is gorgeous! I just spotted it on facebook and before I read anything about it I said to myself that it looks like a card Donna would make! And then I read that you did make it! You colored it beautifully! I love the embellishments you used to make it special! I am in love with that Tonic Flora Border die!! Sorry if I have MIA lately! We are in the process of having our kitchen remodeled and computer sits on my desk in the kitchen, so it was gone for awhile. Our cabinets are in, but the counter top and sink are coming this week! Plus one of my dogs was operated on and we had some complications, but hopefully she is on the mend right now. We go to the vets tomorrow to have the stitches taken out and to talk with the oncologists. I read the email about the 2CCC but I never got a request from blogger, so I am not sure if it is fixed or not. I got the request for my personal blog, but not the 2CCC. Hope you are doing well! Life has been a bit crazy lately! I am hoping things calm down soon! Take care my friend!!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ahh this is so sweet, what a pretty card, love the colour scheme you have picked for it, Hazel xx

Jeanne Beam said...

Such a beautiful card.
Thanks for sharing...

Mia said...

Wow, Donna! This is a FABULOUS card!!!!!!!! Great design and I LOVE the sparkling effect! Hugs, my friend.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, yes, you must use that background piece! It reminds me of something we did once in grade school. It left such an impression on me, I was probably born to be a stamper. You've summed up these House Mouse stamps in a nutshell. They capture everyday life like a Norman Rockwell painting, but in a cute, funny, mousy way. This is so sweet and darling, Donna, and such a kind gesture to make it for your friend. Beautiful details and coloring. Love the corner arrangement you made. I'm slowly catching up after vacation. No stamping yet, but getting very inspired by others like you!

APeeling Papercrafts said...

Wow! What a great card! Love all the details. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative with stamps- Pam DT

Christine said...

Hi Donna many congrats on your win @ HMFMC with this super stunning mousey creation looking forward to your email.

mousey hugs Christine x

Margarets designer cards said...

Fabulous house mouse card, love your design

Janice said...

A fabulous House Mouse card Donna. Fabulous layout with such gorgeous colours.
Janice x

Linda Simpson said...

Hello Donna, home safe and sound, love this gorgeous card with all the beautiful details. Thank you for supporting my blog and leaving beautiful comments.
Linda xxx

Dreja said...

Ganz wundervoll gemacht.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
LG Dreja

desperatehousewifecraft said...

Really too cute & I love your layout! Thanks for sharing it with us at Creative with Stamps and we hope to see more of your beautiful creations again soon. Hugs, Gwendolyn

cotnob said...

A super card Donna, such a sweet image and lovely colouring - pretty papers and great design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

MaryH said...

HM are among my fav stamps, but I can never get brown coloring done well, so usuallly do gray. I love the greens in the background, as it looks so fresh and cheery, and great combining the patterns in the papers too. The white framework draws the eye right into the sweet image, and I like the delicate lace trim too. Lovely color on the leaves, and yes, the overspray would make a wonderful background too. I hope your friend continues to recover smoothly and as fast as is possible. The roasted and bbq'd okra sounds yummy. I've only had it cornmeal fried (bacon grease, remember I'm Southern!) or battered and fried. Don't like it just boiled, but good in jambalaya with other veggies. Stay cool. Big hugs. TFS

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Back again, and again, I love love love this project. It is fantastic. Great work here. Fabulous image and colouring, just a stunning design. Lovely work and always a pleasure to drop by your blog and view your amazing talent.
I hope you will continue to join our new challenge each month.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT for<br

Arlene said...

How adorable and I love the "new" proverb.

So glad you joined us at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Arlene DT for

Beebeebabs said...

Happy 4th

Loose Stitches said...

Fabulous creation Donna! Now you have me wanting to get my stamp out and work with it. :) Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Sherry DT for

Desire Fourie said...

Aw Donna, this is just a a super adorable creation. Just love those little critters and your colouring and flower ensemble is just too gorgeous for words, as always. Hope you are well xxx
{ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

SewPaperPaint said...

And never a true proverb! LOLOL! This is truly darling my friend and would certainly brighten anyone's day. You have such a gift at layering! Big hugs, Autumn

Sherrie K. said...

Oh my gosh, how sticken cute is this! I LOVE the images and the layers are amazing!! The sparkle is adorable!
Have a great evening!
Sherrie K

Lena Keultjes said...

They are absolutely adorable, these two :) What a kind, sweet and beautiful card!

Jenny L said...

Hi Donna,
what a gorgeous card and your work is so excellently created.
Love that super cute image and all the wonderful layers.
Thank you so much your visit to me.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pia S said...

The most adorable image for a get well card. Your card is lovely, beautiful little touches a la Donna, a super design.

Judy V said...

Adorable card! Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month.
Thank you.

Judy DT for


Gorgeous card Donna xx
Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
Dianne DT for