Monday 30 March 2015

Mousey fun time !!

Well we did have an up and down,  wet and windy weekend with a wee bit of sun in between !!  It didn't seem to know what it wanted to do !!  Anyhoo hope you peeps all enjoyed the weekend and we start yet another week !!

Mousey fun time again at House Mouse and Friends with our "Birthday" challenge for you this fortnight to include a Birthday sentiment !!

This little mouse has such a big grin on its face, it must be be its Birthday !!
Because my fabulous rose trim is a bit OTT and very girly,   I went for it with the fantage aged rose as well which has pinks and gold in it !!  The light isin't cartching it very well round the sides and edges...
I love the "happy" die cut which comes from a Stampin Up set of dies. The paper  is by Dovecraft called "Sweet Paris" and has a lovely vintage feel. Coloured my little guy in with Spectrum Noirs as usual.
We have some super prizes up for grabs again from our lovely sponsors 

We are super happy and very proud to welcome back the wonderful, the One and ONLY, the Official Mousey Family...
Offering one Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to HMD.

 our 2nd generous sponsor is;
Winner will receive a $12 voucher to shop at  Di's DigiStamps 

And we have Christine's Birthday candy prize

So what are you waiting for,  make a Birthday card with a Birthday sentiment using a House Mouse Design, Gruffie or Happy Hopper and join in the fun !!  (you do also have the option of Anything Goes if you wish)


Would love to enter:
2015 World Wide Design Challenge: must be a DT member and any DT project
Scribble and Scrap: always anything goes
Allsorts: creature
Alphabet challenge; C is for cute and cuddly
Simply Papercraft; anything goes

Sunday 29 March 2015

12 Tags of 2015

Just made it with this one !!

Here's my take on Tim's March tag,  really enjoying these monthly tag challenges !!  Managed all the techniques on this one, but didn't have any tissue tape. I've used on my embossing paste swirls silver pearl instead of gold embossing powder which I couldn't find,  hiding somewhere in my craft heap I expect !!

 Here's Tim's inspiration for us all 


It's amazing seeing all the wonderful different takes on this tag. Check them out HERE

Friday 27 March 2015

Friday project + FREE stamp !!

Morning guys,

 It's my turn for a cute Little Claire friday project for you and I'm using
 " Daisy the Sheep" !!

This spring decorated jam jar is ready to be filled with easter goodies !!

 You will need:
Little Claire "Daisy the Sheep" dinkie stamp
White card
 One sheet of Little Claires Gingham 6" x 6"  in blue
One sheet of Little Claires dinkie gingham in blue
3D foam tape
Fine line black pen
Pastel promarkers in blue, pink, yellow, green and flesh colour.
Blue gingham ribbon
Jam jar

1: Cut a piece of white card 2 1/4" x  9 1/2".  Stamp Daisy four times 1" in from right and colour in, then hand write "Just for ewe" over each sheep. Add a row of faux stitching to top and bottom.
2: Cut two strips from the 6" x 6" blue gingham sheet measuring 2 3/4" wide, join together at one end and cut strip to 9 1/2" long. Now matt sheep border onto this.
3: Onto another piece of white card stamp Daisy 5 times and cut out just her body and head and colour. Also cut out the tiny flowers and colour. Mount all sheep onto 3D foam tape and put to one side.
4: Cut a 2 1/8th circle of white card and stamp Daisy and colour, then hand write "Just for ewe" above her. Cut a 2 3/8" circle from the dinkie gingham square and matt Daisy circle onto it adding some faux stitching around edge.
5: Now wrap your Daisy band around the jam jar and glue ends together, then mount the cut out Daisy sheep over the matching colour sheep on band. Next fill jar with easter goodies !!
6: Cut a 5 1/2" circle from the yellow gingham square and mould over top of jam jar and tie ribbon round.
7: Now glue Daisy circle to top and add last mounted Daisy cut out.

8: Finish off by gluing the cut tiny flowers around the main band to cover the gaps between the Dasiy sheep. 

How about making a jar filled with crafting goodies for a friend or chocolates for a teacher !!  We'd love to see what you fill yours with.......

hugs Diane xx

NOW its Steve's 50th Birthday tomorrow Saturday 28th

 and Little Claire have decided to give all you peeps a birthday treat as well !!  Steve says he is only 25 tomorrow (ha,ha,ha) so you can get 25% off ( club stamp members 35% )  all your Little Claire goodies online by adding the code  steve50  at check out and if you take up this offer a  FREE stamp as well !!

This fabulous offer is only for tomorrow Saturday 28th !!

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Riverbank Revels

As you know guys I love loads of colour and cute so I was thrilled to be given one of the Riverbank Revels stamps and matching 6" x 6"paper from my friend Nicki on Sunday !!

 Such a lovely spring image and I also have a bit of spring in my garden !!

Not much I know, but I love seeing my little daffs....

Anyhoo ......stamped and the coloured the little chick using Spectrum Noir pens, matt and layered several of the patten papers and inked all the edges, used my fav bobble trims, buttons, ribbon and made the flower with the scraps of paper left over.

Would love to enter:
Creative Card crew: easter critters
Just Inspirational Challenges: cute
Crafty Cardmakers: spring
Eureka Stamps: spring
Creative Inspirations: feathered friends/animals

Monday 16 March 2015


Hope all you guys had a fabulous weekend be it with your mums or without !!  Sadly I have been without my mum for 16 years now,  but love to remember all the good fun times we had !!

Well time for our mousey challenge for you at House Mouse and Friends and here's my CASE card..

Our mousey team member America has set this challenge for you and this is her card which she wants you to CASE

 Here's what she says....

CASE means; (Copy and Share Exactly), though I'm really only looking for creations keeping the fun layout and main idea of using partial images.  This can be done in any theme.

Or you can do "anything goes" if you wish !!

I've stamped then coloured all my images using Spectrum Noir pens and edged all my purple circle frames with dots using a white gel pen !!

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Would love to enter:
Addicted to Stamps; 100 celebrations
Scribble and Scrap: #40 always anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge;  #220 our animal friends
Polkadoodles: #11 birthdays
Sister Act Card Challenge; #97 anything goes 
Cute Card Thursday: celebrate

Saturday 14 March 2015


always brings happy memories for me as my mum loved to celebrate spring/easter.  More and more of us now love home decor and my mum use to love doing it when we were kids, but Blue Peter style. 

She use to make an easter tree which was a branch from a tree which she then covered with tin foil and decorated with chicks and eggs and bits and pieces she had.

 Now that brings me nicely onto my bit of springtime home decor (not Blue Peter style)  as "Springtime" is our next challenge theme at Little Claires for you.

My little banner is made from squares of chipboard cover with Little Claires Dinkies mini gingham papers which you can find HERE. Then decorated by stamping, colouring and fussy cutting out Tulip Bunny, Butterfly Bunny and Hunny Bunny

Yes I stamped and fussy cut out more tulips from the pot that Tulip Bunny is holding,  mad or what !!

Then finished off with some chipboard letters coloured with pastel promarkers, die cut some white dollies and tied the banner squares together with ribbon.

Can't wait to see what Springtime creations you guys come up with . Pop over now and check out all the wonderful makes by the team !!

Would love to enter:
Wags 'n' Whiskers; ready for spring
Little Red Wagon: cute cute cute
Ruby's Rainbow: anything but a card
Country View Crafts; anything goes

Tuesday 10 March 2015


Daisy the Sheep is one of the 11 new dinkie stamps from Little Claire and is such a sweetie !!
Here I've just made a simple round card with lots of layers and faux stitching. I use dots to colour in a lot , but have just found out from Woodware that the technique is called "Pointillist" as you will see HERE ,  mind you mine is very simple....

A new dinkie - Daisy the Sheep

 Now you don't just have to stop at one Daisy, why not have five !!

A super spring card with jumping pastel coloured woolly Daisy's !!  Shame about the photo, it was one of those dull wet days with no light....
Anyway why not check out Daisy and all the other fab 10 Dinkie stamps at Little Claire !!

hugs Diane xx

Would love to enter;
Scribble and Scrap: always anything goes
Allsorts: spring is in the air
Wags 'n' Whiskers; ready for spring

Friday 6 March 2015

Little Claire and Through The Craftroom Door

 Woohoo Gill is the feature digi artist in the online magazine Through The Craftroom Door March/April with 12 wonderful creations made by the design team with instructions on how to make them all !! 

 Here is the card I made for that feature.

I got to work with the fab digi stamp " Chair Man " and have paper pieced and decoupaged the whole image even the cute little dog !!

 The circle sentiment is also a Little Claire digi.

 You can find all Gill's digi stamps HERE

Would love to enter\;
Whimsy Inspirations: use a sentiment

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Watercolour Bokeh take two

Morning guys !!

Yesterdays laugh of the day, but a sad sign of the times was me setting off Tesco's alarm with a jar of HONEY !! Yes my Manuka honey which is for my dogs had a security label which didn't clear when I paid for it. Did you know that the meat also is security protected ?? Sad but true.....;'s my second attempt at a Bokeh background.

This time using fresh bright oranges and yellows and the sweet Little Claire Silhouette Cats which you can find HERE.  The sentiment is again from a Doo Lally Pip set . 

And here's my card from yesterdays post.   Two different backgrounds and one technique, give it a try and see what you can come up with !!

Hope you all have a fabulous day...

hugs Diane xx

Would love to enter:
Deep Ocean Challenge: our furry friends
Papertake Weekly: anything goes
Through The Craftroom Door; always anything goes

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Watercolour Bokeh

Hope your now going " what on earth is that "  like I did !!

Well its a fab fun, but messy technique you can do to make backgrounds !!  You'll find loads of great tutorials on You Tube if you want to have a go.

So here's my first attempt which I love...

 I've done this one in lovely spring colours.  Sadly the Little Claire Silhouette Dog stamps are not available at the moment, but the cat ones are and I'll show you another card using them tomorrow.  The dogs work so well with the Doo Lally Pip large sentiment stamp !!

What'd you think then .....

Would love to enter:
Craft Your Passion: always anything goes
Counry View Crafts ; anything goes

Monday 2 March 2015

Spring is in the air !!

well it is trying.......hope you guys had a fab weekend whatever the weather !!

Time for another challenge at House Mouse and Friends and the theme is 

So anything spring like or you can still choose to do anything goes !!

Guess what I chose..... 

Just inked up my cloud effect sky and hand drew the grass using Spectrum Noir pens,  stamped and coloured my mice flowers and then fussy cut them out and mounted onto 3d foam tape. Covered chipboard letters with dotty green paper and again mounted them using 3D foam tape. Mounted this panel onto a purple matt and then onto my white card blank.

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*** AND ***
Our awesome MOUSEY Team also has this brand NEW Stamp to give away to 1 Lucky Player, so be sure to play to win!

Stampabilities Stamp, House-Mouse Designs, Inc.  Stamp is called: "Sweet Sensations", #HMIR1094. Featuring Mudpie.
 What Fabulous Prizes!  Be sure to enter for your chance to win!    

The team have made some amazing creations, so please pop over and leave them some love while you check out our fab challenge !!

Would love to enter:
Glitter 'n' Sparkle: anything goes
Scribble and Scrap: anything goes
We Do Doobadoo: spring/greens

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