Wednesday, 20 April 2011

LOTV Mice and Simple... I know- sorry!!lol

Hey there lovely bloggers!! :)

A quick post from me on this gorgeously sunny afternoon with a quick little card I made at the weekend to enter the LOTV challenge... so often I don’t manage to enter these as the challenges only run for a week and my energy levels don’t let me get anything done in time, but I thought if I can manage it when the challenge is as open as ‘Happy Birthday’ when will I!?! So I made this very simple little card with one of the gorgeous stamps I got from their last rubber release... and, to my great shame, have not got around to doing anything with any of them yet- so I’m trying to make myself use at least some before I let myself order any of their new Additions range!!!! :( lol


It’s really a very simple card indeed- one of the residual ideas from the LIM ‘Touch of Red’ week, I think!! :) I coloured in ProMarkers, then used a red PM to colour some white paper for the mat layer and a little bit of white dotty ribbon to match. A few gems added a bit more colour and the greeting is also LOTV :)


I was trying to do so many things at once on Saturday- a card for a friend and my easter cards were top of the list when I got distracted by this image!! :S lol- that I dumped the pens back in their box trying to clear the decks a bit before I wrote down which I’d used but from what I remember I *think* I used Cinnamon and Umber with Pastel Beige and Sandstone for the mice, Poppy and Cardinal for the cherries and Pastel Blue and Sky Blue with Blender for the pot and cake stand. The rest was a mix of light Cool Greys and Beiges with the blender as I wanted to keep it simple with all but the reds and blues fairly light and muted so those colours popped as the focus :) I have to say, I found this trickier to colour than I expected as I’ve seen a lot of people say they are easy but I suspect that’s a mixture of the small size of everything and my utter ineptitude when it comes to blending brown PMs!! :S Don’t think it came out too badly in the end, though :) Don't know what's happening with the angle on this pic or waht I was thinking when I took it- apologies if I've made anyone feel seasick!! ;)


I put a thick layer of Sakura Clear Glaze pen on the cherries and then went back and added another thick layer when the first was dry as I wanted to get real 3D look to them :) I also put a bit on each mouse’s nose... ‘cos I couldn’t resist!!lol I also used some Clear Stardust on the icing :)

So, I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: LOTV – Happy Birthday :) ; Ladybug Crafts Inc TLT – Anything Goes :) ; Papertake Weekly – Spots and Stripes (spots in my ribbon and stripes in the pot in my image :) ) :) ; Tuesday Throwdown – Polka Dots :) ; Crafty Cardmakers – Red, White and Blue and/or a Wedding Creation :) ; Little Claire’s – Animals :) ; Totally Gorjuss – No Patterned Paper :) ; Crafty Catz – Furry Friends :)

Now I’d best get back to my Easer cards- they’re coming on okay at last thankfully but need to get the ones for going in the post finished asap... don’t ask me why I allowed myself this little deviation into birthday cards I don’t even need at the mo’ when I hadn’t started the easter ones (or infact, why I still hadn’t started my easter cards in the first place) ...just had mental block on them, I think, and needed to clear the cobwebs a bit!!lol 

Hope you’re all having a good week- isn’t this weather wonderful!?! :D And thank you so much for all the really lovely comments over this last few days- I really am so happy to have found a way to share my love of craft with people who love it just as much and are so generous with their encouragement- thank you!! :D

 
hugs,

19 comments:

Vicky said...

Totally cute hun...love these images and the touches of red is just perfect for these wee mice!...and it's a perfect CAS card too sweetie..!

have a lovely evening..hugs Vicky xx

Jen said...

I love the simplicity and the colours is perfect too....

Jx

Janette said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous card, so love those little guys, do make me smile...thanks so much for sharing this with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Jules said...

Hi Rachel

Your card is gorgeous.

When an image is this busy I always think that the background and layout has to be simple or you spoil the finished look.

Love what you have done.

Love Jules xx

coops said...

aw this is gorgeous rachel.i love the fab sweet image and great design hun :D

xx coops xx

Rosietoes said...

Love this one. Thank you for joining with us at LOTV this week.

Edna x

Kerry said...

Sometimes LIM is best Rachel...I love your card. Your colouring is flabulous and those cherries look good enough to eat. Thanks for joining in the fun at LCI this week xx

Carole of Brum said...

Hiya Rachel, I think your card shows the difference between crafting cos you 'should' make a card, and simply getting carried away with the enjoyment and inspiration of it. I'm so glad you got distracted by this great image, you made a little beauty! And tons more therapeutic value from a project that you just want to do for the love of it. I love that you couldnt resist glazing the mouse noses, that works really well. I'm in love with those cute lil mice, never seen that image before but I may have to succumb to LOTV soon, hee hee. Don't you think it has that kid's storybook illustration look about it? You did a brill job with the colouring too, don't know what you mean about your browns, they look really good to me. OK, back to those Easter cards now! lol. CoB

Mary J said...

Hello Rachel honey! What can i say? WOW!!! This is uber cute and I love your use of white space!

Thx for sharing with us at Ladybug Crafts Ink and hope to see you again!

Mary J x

Davi said...

What a sweet and fun image you have used!! Love it! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at TT this week. Join us again.

maddy hill said...

Just totally gorgeous ! and so very sweet too !

thanks for joining us this week at papertake weekly x
hugs
maddyx

maddys fairy blog candy - ends 26th April

Katina said...

Hi Rachel,
What a cute and cheerful card; just lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck! ;o)

Whimsey said...

SUPER, SUPER cute card; LOVE the image; all the details are such a great touch! Beautifully done!

Thanks for joining us at LCI this week.

Hugs, Michele

Heaven is a Cupcake said...

Aw that is soooooo sweet. Well done!

Cazro said...

Such a cute card to show red, white and blue, well done. Thanks for taking part in our challenge at CCM. Caz

theCook said...

Beautiful card! That image is so funny... Thanks for playing with us at Totally Gorjuss challenge!

Debs said...

Oh Rachel, this card is gorgeous. Love the stamp and you have coloured it beautifully. Those cherries look good enough to eat, yummy. Hope you are well and enjoying the lovely sunshine. Debs xx

Highland Monkey's said...

What a gorgeous card. Never seen one like this before. Love it.

Melly said...

OMG! I love this!
The simple white with your fab image is amazing! So fab fab fab!!
Thanks for playing along with Crafty Cardmakers
Hugs Melly x x

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