Sunday, August 8, 2010

Up for a Challenge?

I was browsing through blogs the other day when I came upon TreeHouse Stamps blog. I noticed there was a contest for August, and TreeHouse was providing a digital image for downloading which was to be used in the contest. I like a challenge so I downloaded the cute little mouse and went to work. The August 2010 card contest can be found here.

I printed him on Papertrey Ink white cardstock and colored him with cool grey Copics markers. I used the same markers for the clouds and Copic R 20, 22, 24 for the flower. The browns and greens were a mixture since I have several of each that need refilling. I added Glossy Accents to several items in the image and a Dew Drop for his nose. The ribbon is seam binding I colored with Glimmer Mist. I added a button, floss, a couple Dew Drops, and a small Stampin' Up tag/stamp. The cardstock I used was 2 shades of Bazzill grey. The designer paper from Autumn Leaves was from my 'pink stash'. I photographed him and sent him to the designated person.

He is a cute character so I thought I would print another one and make a card to send to a teacher friend who just started back to school. I decided to play around a bit with the image. I removed the big flower and added a few small flowers, a shirt and an apple (for the teacher). I colored the image with warm grey Copic markers. The designer paper was from a DCWV school stack. I used red and black mats. The tag was a Quickutz die that I printed on before cutting. I added Glossy Accents to the image and tag. The ribbon and button are from my stash. I used Martha Stewart baking twine on the tag.

I've never been known to 'leave well-enough alone'. I printed the image once more, but before printing I removed everything except the mouse. I added the word 'school' to the image to make a sign. I thought if a mouse went to school, he would attend in a wall and take cheese to his teacher instead of an apple. And he would definitely need clothes, although I don't think his too-short shirt would meet the dress code. ha
I colored him with warm Copic greys. The designer papers were Core-dination (embossed) and DCVW. I added tickets, a frog sticker, 7 Gypsies strip sticker, a flash card I printed, and a rub-on from American Crafts. The circles were cut with Nestabilities. I added Glossy Accents for dimension.

I have another idea for this mouse. What do you think he will be doing next?

Visit the TreeHouse Stamps blog to download the image. Are you up for the challenge?


Anonymous said...

You sure woke up creative! How fun all the altering you're doing w/this M____! too cute to be a real M____! Just adorable Linda! What setting do you use when you print your images? Do you put them in a Word doc?
Pam Going Postal

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Super cute card, Linda!! What darling images!!