We Need a Little Christmouse
I haven’t had a lot of time to play with my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder yet, but what I have used, I LOVE! Today I decided to do a little coloring.
If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely hate mice. I think they’re horrible, dirty little creatures. Real ones are not cute. So you’re probably as surprised as I am that I fell in love with the Merry Mice stamp set. Maybe it’s because the set needs to be watercolored, or because one of the mice is singing, or because they have cute clothes on. Clothed mice are much more adorable than naked field mice. Or maybe it’s because they’re cartoons. (I’m thinking that’s probably it.) Oh – speaking of singing – who else has, “For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute; candles in the window, carols at the spinet…” from Mame going through your head right now? Ha – betcha do now!
I used a sketch from my friend Deborah Smart for the layout, and I used a lot of fun paper. Almost everything is from the Holiday Catalog, and you’ll be able to order it beginning September 1.
The striped paper on the left is one of the designs in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. Two of the designs in this paper set use copper foil. Gorgeous!
The paper on the right is a white-on-white textured design from the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I used a sponge brayer to add Mint Macaron ink to the paper. The raised images are a bit darker than the rest of the paper. My plan was only to ink the raised areas, but apparently I’m a bit heavy handed with the sponge. I do like the way it turned out, though.
The ribbon separating the two papers is also in the Holiday Catalog. The 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack coordinates with the Petals & Paisleys paper. I used Delightful Dijon to match the card base. The other two colors are Rich Razzleberry and Mint Macaron. Maybe it’s just me, but these ribbons seem a little sparkly, and they’re so pretty.
I stamped the mouse in Jet Black Stazon Ink, then colored with Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers. The mouse looks gray, but he’s really Soft Suede. I took all those colors from the paper. The only color not from the Designer Series Paper is the mouse’s nose and ears; those are colored with a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker. To add a little bling to the ornament and star, I covered them with Clear Wink of Stella.
I die-cut the mouse with one of the scalloped ovals from the Layering Ovals Thinlits collection, then “faux layered” it by sponging the edges with Rich Razzleberry. And the sentiment from the Merry Mice Stamp Set is punched with the retired Modern Label Punch. I had plans to do great things with the new banner punch and framelits, but I ran out of time and had to leave for a meeting. So – retired punch to the rescue.
If you need a Holiday Catalog, let me know! There’s something for everyone in this catalog – lots of vintage and watercoloring sets, sets that coordinate with punches or dies, cute sets, elegant sets, sparkly ribbon and even duo packs of individual markers! Leave a comment or email me (buffycooper@hotmail(dot)com) with your name and address if you’d like a catalog.
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