Monday, January 21, 2013

House Mouse and Joan's Gardens Challenges

     This morning I have had lots of time to stamp and play.  The Inauguration is on the TV, and I am proud to live in the land of the free.

     My first card is for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #136.  I have not gotten to play lately, and I sure missed my mousies!  This time, the challenge is to create with "New Beginnings" in mind.  I used the HM stamp called Amanda Writes.  Since I will slip this card into my OWH box, I thought about a soldier writing home with something exciting, like being discharged, a promotion, or transfer.

Here is what was used:
Beige card stock, Latte designer paper from DCWV, Bazzill embossed dots in purple
Inks are Copic Markers, and Memento Rich Cocoa
My script stamp is from Stamp Camp
The embellishments are stitched ribbon from Gina K., a Fanciful Flourish from Cheery Lynn
SU! punches were used for my sentiment, as were purple gems to balance out the piece.

     Card #2 is for this weeks challenge at Joan's Gardens.

We are asked to use a tent fold
Use the colors aqua, purple, and light green
Use something from nature

      Well, flowers were my inspiration, and I wanted to use a new Blossom punch I received from Santa.  I punched it from Bo Bunny Double Dot Designs, and lined it with Basic Grey Plumeria. The center is an MS and SU! punch layered and secured with an eyelet.  I used scraps from my first card to add my purple.  My sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps, and my small flowers were with an A Muse stamp.  My embellishments are green eyelets, aqua twine, and green pearls.

     Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope your Monday is going well!


Carol L said...

You know I'm loving all the purple on these great cards :) It's perfect how you added script to the HM card - what a genius idea! Love 'em both! Stay warm, ya hear?!

Glenda said...

This is just beautiful! I love how you threaded the fiber through the top! Well done!

Olga said...

I love em both, I haven't watch TV today but I love my Country, Tickle says if ya love your country ya gotta love moonshine, LOL, I love that show.........

Dianne Beans said...

Beautiful card.

downrightcrafty said...

great use of the image and love the sentiment, a beautiful card with lovely colouring, thank you for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Joan Fricker said...

Very pretty! I love the colors and the details you added.
Thanks for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

Colleen said...

Mary Anne,
WOW you are really getting back to it GF. These are wonderful great design and colors.

Rica said...

A gorgeous card Mary Anne, your colours are fabulous and I love that stunning papers.
Your image is so adorable and fantastic colouring.
Thanks so much to joining us with House Mouse and Friends challenge,
Heather xx

Betty Benton said...

Two more beautiful cards, Mary Anne! From one lakeside to another, I always enjoy stopping by your place!

Tracy said...

I love your choice of image, beautiful details, and the design too, thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Mousey Hugs
Tracy x

Tom said...

Oh so cute!!
Thank you for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

Payne Holler Cards said...

Looks like inaugaration inspired ya (-:
Both are wonderful....lovin the purple too!

Becky said...

Both are lovely, but I have to say I sure do love house mouse the best :).

Selma said...

Beautiful what a pretty card for our challenge at Joan's Gardens. I love thar you used eyelets. I have tons of them and need to start using them. Thanks for joining us this week.

Janice M said...

Great cards Mary Anne! Love the colors you used for the,

JD said...

Both are great cards, I like your creative idea for the Challenge for the House Mouse Challenge...Well done!

Sue said...

Love your take on the challenge, and that stamp is wonderful. Great extra details too. Your purple and turquois creation is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Glad you found time, Mary Anne! Nicely done too.

Hugs, Sue

Sue said...

ywo gorgeous cards, beautiful colouring, pretty papers & design, thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, hope to see you again, sue,x

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very pretty, I like the flourishes along with this HM. Thanks for playing in House Mouse and Friends Blog Challenge this week!

Gail said...

Great cards!

Sue from Oregon said...

Mary Ann-love this card, this meece stamp is so versatile! Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment