Monday, September 8, 2008

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

Stamp Cents - Beauty on a Budget

I thought my blog name was pretty fitting for today's House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge. Well....Cents being money - instead of Scents meaning candles :) hee hee hee

Here's your Monday Morning Kick Start....
Make a card (or whatever you choose to make) for less than £1/$2.
Your stamps and coloring tools are excluded from the budget. You can use any tools you have to create your project. Anything on your project that you got for free/in a swap or a RAK may be used but must have an estimated value/cost. Work out the cost for everything used - papers, cardstock, flowers, brads, ribbons, dimensionals, tapes, glues, etc. Obviously some of these things will be pennies - but you still need to give them an estimated value. Most importantly - use at least one House Mouse or Friends image on your project - that's the best part right! :)

Here's my sample and a cost estimate below

I wanted the main image to be showcased so I used a large House Mouse stamp and layered it on coordinating cardstock. A small piece of sheer ribbon, an altered paper flower and a brad is all this card needed. I stamped on Watercolor paper with Black Stazon. The name of this stamp is Feeling Breezy and features sweet little Monica. Coloring is done with Watercolor Crayons and Aqua painters. I love the look of watercoloring! Look at how many shades I got with only 7 crayons. I used Angel Wings Shimmerz to add touches of sparkle to the flowers. The paper flower is painted with Sugar Plum Shimmerz. It turned out perfect! I'm lovin' these Shimmerz Paints!! "Hang In There" would have be great for the sentiment...but Monica looks to be smiling and having a great "Happy Day" won this time.

Click on this closeup pic to get a better look.

Card Cost Estimate in US dollars & cents: (not including the price of the stamps, watercolor crayons or Aqua painters)

Watercolor paper piece .1488

Very Vanilla Cardstock piece .0938
Orange Cardstock piece .0750
Green Cardstock piece .0750
Ribbon piece .0825
Bazzill Brad .08
Paper Flower .05
Dimensionals .066
Double sided sticky tape .01
Shimmerz paint .01

So how's that for Beauty on a Budget! :) Make sure and check out all the other design team members On A Budget projects HERE.

Stamps - House-Mouse Designs Feeling Breezy (Monica), A Muse Art Stamps Sentiment
Paper - SU Very Vanilla Cardstock,
Bazzill Textured cardstock, Watercolor Paper
Ink -
Tsukineko Stazon Black
Misc. -
SU Watercolor Crayons, Staedtler Karat Aquarell Water Color Crayons, Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Painting Crayons, Shimmering Products Shimmerz Paints Angel Wings & Sugar Plum, CTMH Paper Flower, Bazzill Brad, Misc. Ribbon, SU Dimensionals, Scotch ATG double-sided sticky tape

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge
Blog HERE.
House-Mouse Designs Official Website HERE.
Tips on how you can easily color the House-Mouse Stamp Images HERE.


Rhonda said...

Ok, I am LOVING this Shimmerz stuff!!! Such a cool effect, especially on the prima flowers!!! I NEED to get some!!! Where do I find it???

Pretty card girlie!!

Dawn said...

Wow this is so beautiful..
Gorgeous soft colours and that image is so sweet...

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is so sweet, great coloring!

Christine (Craftling) said...

Superb colouring, Lori! Love this card, and am hugely impressed with your mathematical skill! hehe :o)

Thanks for the visit and kind comments, too! :o)

Chris xx

P.S. Checkout my blog candy! Runs until 15th September HERE

Carolyn Bounds said...

This card is a dazzler! Your incredible coloring just blows me away (corny I know, but I just couldn't resist;o) always does because it's so PERFECT!! Love the Shimmerz and your color selection. Another beautiful creation!!!

Danni said...

Very nice! That shimmerz looks so neat!

Lorie said...

Oh, this is just fantabulous! I love it! The image and colors are so cute!

Janneke said...

Beautiful card ;)

PS I made a template for the giftbag ;)
you find the link to it on my blog :D

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Cindy Haffner said...

Those Mice are so cute, awesome job.

Kim said...

Gorgeous and such a bargain :) Kimx

Rachel said...

This is sooo cute! love the colors and all the shimmer.

Cambria Turnbow said...

Ohhh.... this is totally BEAUTIFUL Lori! Love how you Shimmer'd the flower too! YOU GO GIRL!! :)

JAR said...

Ooh - the shimmer is awesome!!

You might appreciate this - I had a candle explode this a.m. as I picked it up off the warmer to see why there was wax on the warmer edges -- weak glass I guess!! AX everywhere (including my clothes, cell phone and glasses - counter covered in it!). So I have having a fun afternoon in the kitchen (obviously taking a break too!)!

Anonymous said...

VERY pretty the colors, great watercoloring! :)

Els G. said...

Wonderful card! Great HM!

ScrappinGalz said...

The coloring on this card is just stunning. I also love the image. Its adorable. Thank you for sharing this lovely creation with us

Michelle said...

I LOVE that card! That image is just adorable! You definitely did a great job with this one!

Tara said...

Beautiful colouring and a great image xx