Monday, September 19, 2011


Hello Peeps!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend - the last official weekend of summer! :( Did anyone even get a summer?  I'm feeling a little cheated by mother nature at the moment...

Before I get on to my latest creation, I want to welcome my new followers - I'm so glad to have you along!

I took a little break from making Christmas cards, so today I have a birthday card to share:

Paper: Bazzill and Stampin' Up card, 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye DP
Stamps: House Mouse - Birthday Cupcake and Stampin' Up - Look Who's Turning
Ink: Stazon - brown and Distress Inks - black soot, tattered rose, pine needles, walnut stain, frayed burlap, old paper
Other: Cream ribbon for flower is recycled from a gift bag, other ribbon and lace from my stash, McGill pine branch punch, Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily, wood and glass beads from my jewelry making stash, circle punch for flower base, Stampin' Up dazzling diamonds for frosting

This card is for the following challenges:

House Mouse and Friends - Birthday with optional flowers (it is their birthday, so they are also having a fun blog hop)
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday time
My tip is a really simple one - while perusing blogland, I came across a blog which recommended making circular cards by cutting two scalloped circles, scoring a straight line across the top three scallops on the back side of the card and adhering the top of the two circles together with strong adhesive.  This being my first ever circular card, I followed these directions without thinking about the physics of it.  However, it would work much better if you scored across an even number of scallops - that way, the score line will sit parallel to the table top when the card is propped open, allowing it to balance better.  Also, larger scallops would work better.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Inspired by a song or movie title- I was inspired by the movie Chocolat.  The little mouse sleeping on the chocolate cupcake reminds me of the scene where the Comte had a little snooze in the shop window after 'sampling'  the display.  To go along with the theme, I used the French Pastry Doily and the MME paper with the loops on it reminds me of the swirls that are often used to decorate chocolates.

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Shaped card
Creatalicious Challenge - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge - alter/recycle (my flower is made from ribbon recycled from a gift bag)

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment - they are very appreciated.  Have a great week!




Curlybear said...

This is one cutie patootie I love the HM critters I'm loving the flower and the colour theme too,
Have a lovely week,
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Kim said...

What an adorable card!! Is the little fella on the cupcake in a sugar comma?!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Dawn!! What a totally gorgeous circular creation!! Love your colors and I love your brilliant ribbon flower!! So very pretty! :) Thanks so much for helping to celebrate our 3rd birthday with us at House Mouse & Friends! Good luck to you!! I hope you will join us again! HUGS - Vicki HM&F designer

Nicola said...

Gorgeous shaped card Dawn with a super cute image and I adore your recycled ribbon flower - it's gorgeous!
Thanks for entering my Alter/Recycle challenge over at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Deb said...

Beautiful card!
Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!
Have a great day, happy crafting, Debxx

Christine said...

Hi Dawn gorgeous sweet cute creation lovely colour combo & your flower is amazing lovely image fab colouring so pleased you could join us on our 3rd celebration HM & Friends blog hop chall.

smiles Christine x

Jill said...

Great recycled ribbon and super take on the theme
Beautiful card with a looovly image
Thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs, Jill

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohh so DARLING!!~

Silke Ledlow said...

Dawn, this is just beautiful! What a sweet image and the ribbon flower is a fable touch! Thank you for playing the FTTC with us...hugs ~S~

Sue said...

Dawn, your card is stunning. The image is adorable and the flower and doily are perfect with it. Thanks for joining us for our 3rd birthday celebration at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and Blog Hop. Nicely done.


Theresa said...

Dawn how totally adorable. Beautiful color combination. Thank you for joining us at FTTC.

Dee said...

Love your card and the flower you made is awesome!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Love your circle meece creation! Such wonderful colors! Thanks for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment

Michele Spera said...

Wonderful Job!
Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!
Michele S

Tracy said...

Thank you for joining House Mouse challenge and hop. This is so cute.
Happy crafting
Tracy x
House Mouse GD for September