Friday, 4 October 2013

You Make Me Smile

Morning fellow crafters

Firstly, I'd like to say a massive thank you for all your wonderful comments following my Less is More August win and my challenge win at Addicted to CAS.  To achieve both of these has left me gobsmacked and to receive such lovely comments from so many talented crafters is so overwhelming, so THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH :) xx

So, now on to today's card.  I'm not usually online at this time on a week day but I've had this week off and woke up early this morning so had an idea for a card to fit a few challenges, using a stamp I've had for a long time but never inked up. 

This little mouse is so cute and only involved a small amount of colouring.  I'm still getting to grips with my Promarkers and Flexmarkers and still only have about one third of the colour collection which does sometimes limit me with more complex images.  I definitely need more practice with blending and certainly need more markers within the same colour groups and tones.

The sentiment and the mouse are from the same set by My Favorite Things.

I was going to use brown markers initially but the colours I have don't blend together too well so I decided on greys as I have four from the same colour group.  And using the good tip I've picked up from around blogland, I outlined the image with pale blue to make it stand out, this time I used Aquamarine.  It really does make such a difference.

I popped the circle and the tag up on 3D foam and kept the rest of the card simple, just finishing off with a couple of gems.

Materials used:
  • Stamp: My Favorite Things - Millie the Mouse
  • Ink: Impress - Jet Black
  • Coloured with: Flexmarkers - Blue Grey 1, 2, 3 and 5, Aquamarine; Promarkers - Pastel Green
  • Dies: Xcut - Nested Circles; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Tag Along
  • Cardstock: Kanban - Superior Stamping Card; Stampin' Up - Pool Party; card base from stash
  • Gems: Papermania - Glazed Gems (Iridescent)

The challenges I'm linking up to this time are:

Crafty Cardmakers #101 - Cute and Furry
Passion for Promarkers Week 218 - Theme 'Lot of Legs'
Less is More Week 139 - Sketch

On a separate note, I had a little play the other night and created a new blog header and watermark for my photos.  I'd love to hear what you think.  I've kept the colour scheme the same as before but recreated both of these using PicMonkey.  If, like me, you don't have any photo editing software this is a great free online photo editor.  To access some of the functions you have to sign up but plenty of it is free, as were all the elements I used.  I was unsure of how to achieve some of what I wanted to create but a little Google search solved my problems and there are quite a few blogs out there containing tutorials with step by step instructions.

That's more than likely all from me today, this is the first day of my week off that its not raining (so far anyway!) so I'd like to get out and about a bit and not waste the day.

If I'm not back later today I'd love it if you'd pop back tomorrow when I'll be sharing some exciting news! :)

Have a lovely Friday whatever you're up to and I'll see you soon.


  1. I wanted to pop over to congratulate you ever since I saw you being announce as winner... somehow just didn't happen!
    Well done!
    I just love this awesome CAS, fresh little card. Lovely coloring!

  2. Clean, simple and beautiful. Well done on your win too! x

  3. Just adorable, love the little mouse.

    Hugs Diane

  4. Such a sweet little mouse.

    Thanks for sharing your cute card with us


  5. Gorgeous card Anita, how cute is that mouse?! I love your new header and watermark too xx

  6. Your card made me smile to Neet! What fun!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  7. I love the simplicity of your card. I so wish I could do cards like this. I also know what you mean about feeling limited when you only have a small selection of markers. I too am still trying to get to grips with them too. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time. Cxx

  8. Fab clean and simple card and your image is so sweet :) Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our "Cute and Furry" challenge.
    Fiona x

  9. Hi Neet,
    This looks fabulous. I love the CAS look & your sweet image. Thanks for joining us at Passion For Promarkers this week.
    Andie xx

  10. I really like the CAS look of this card. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time.


  11. Fantastic card! Your card is very sharp and your image is great. Thanks for taking part in our current challenge at Crafty Cardmaker's! I hope you join us again next time.
    Hugs, Tracey (DT)


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