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Thursday, September 3, 2009


This week the House Mouse challenge is to create a design to present a gift card. House Mouse challengers and the lovely work of the DT can be found here. I fashioned this card to look like a gift box featuring these three little HM guys/gals who have donned their caps of ribbon -- raised with additional stampings, and brightened with liquid laminate and Art Institute glitter.
I love the papers that I “inherited” but unfortunately, do not know what company to credit. The mice are colored with prismacolors and gamsol – my new latest fav technique and I created the message on the computer which says: “pretty little be-ribboned mice here to bring you something nice” – printed on cardstock, liquid laminate and glitter, and layered. And, what’s a surprise without a pop up?

The pop up inside is where the frolicking begins –

whether these three mice have had their quota of caffeine is anyone’s guess but they are certainly happy to be giving this Starbucks gift card. Aunty Amy’s coffee cup has been stamped twice and glued only on the edges to create a pocket for the card and inserted in the middle of the pop up mechanism. If you look closely, you’ll see that there are mouse tracks all over this platform – so it may be that they really have been into the coffee.

Stuff I used: Prismacolor markers, Gamsol, Liquid Applique, Art Institute Glitter, Marvy Scallop punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sizzix (heart, cup, coffee word, beans, and swirl), DeNami blue ice glitter

Stamps: House Mouse, Inside cup (folder for gift card), Aunty Amy, Decoration for cup: Inkadinkado, “Sending you a Cup of Love” – Darcie

There really is a “need” for all this stuff, I keep telling my DH. He will be surprised on the day that I have inked, cut, punched, glittered, and tied everying into a bow all that I have in my studio.


scrapperjulia said...

This is fantastic Martha! You put in a lot of work and thought into this really cute gift box! Great job!

Suzie Q said...

Wow what a work of art must of taken a lot of patience!
hope you well
Suzie Qx

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Martha,i love the images and colours.

Hugs Riet.x

RosesMarijke said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Sue said...

Martha, how cute is this. That's alot of cutting and pasting girl, but well worth the effort! Mice stamp is so darn cute, and then the inside. What a clever idea to use the cup and the pop up's. Really great!

Carmen O. said...

This is so very clever! I love the coffee cup. Great take on the challenge!!

Rica said...

Oh Martha - this is just so amazing - what a brilliant piece of work!!!
What are you like?? - I thought I was bad enought giving little Monica a blue bow and pretending she was a boy - all your little mousies have bows. And that comment on mine about taping bows to your daughter's head when she was a baby just cracked me up, couldn't pick myself up off the floor for laughing.
Anybody reading this comment will think we've both 'Lost the plot' = perhaps we have (tee-hee).
hugs Heather xx

Sandra1968 said...

This card is amazing, Martha! Really great! I love all the little details :-)

Sue from Oregon said...

this is so darn cute...very creative!

The Mama Monkey said...

This is sooo creative and wonderful!! Love the concept!

I sent you a card today. Sorry it took me so long. I am having issues with the transition from summer at home Mom to kids in school and new job Mom!! LOL

Crafty Chris said...

hi thanks for stopping by earlier I adore those little mice your cards are just gorgeous love your work
Christine x

Marilynn said...

This is very original and clever. I'll bet you were up to the wee hours working on this one.