Saturday 3 August 2013

Well Done - Reading Mouse

Yes, two of a kind - & these are smaller than my usual cards too being only 10.5 cm (just over 4"), across and 9.5 cm high (3 6/8"). I am of course, assuming here that my nephew & God-daughter have done well in their exams as the results will be known in a couple weeks or so but as long as they have done their best, that is 'doing well' & therefore makes Auntie Christine happy.  :)   I am venturing into CAS territory once more for cards using this studious looking mouse from Elizabeth Dulemba (called 'Reading Mouse') with his precarious pile of books.  I can't see these without being reminded of all the weighty tomes I ploughed through for A-level history at school - just taking them home in my leather case built up muscle strength though whether they made a difference to my brain is another! I did, I am sure it must go without saying by now, use Promarkers to colour my 'meeces' & I aimed to give my books that 'well-thumbed' 'serious & intellectual' appearance. (Don't ask much of my markers, do I?   LOL).

For anyone Silhouette savvy, you will notice the image has been welded onto a circle before being turned into a print & cut for the 'out of the box' technique effect. The red card mat behind the image revealed a white core I was finding distracting so I got out a red Promarker & went around the edge till it offended no more. LOL. The sentiment on the front was also created using my Cameo, giving the font the same precarious existence as that pile of books & the narrow horizontal strip of card, embossed using an Embossalicious folder.  I also created my own background paper simply by printing my chosen text from an English Literature book tearing the side edges as if it had been torn from a publication but cutting the top & bottom for a slightly crisper edge. The chosen book? Why Dickens' 'Great Expectations'.....LOL.

I kept the inside very CAS with just a simple printed insert.

I used the font from the front sentiment again on the inside of the card - just on the emphasised words using a hopefully uplifting sentiment to tell the recipients "well done" with the achievements so far but keep up that momentum for the year ahead. Those little cards had to say a lot...LOL.

Thanks for coming by my blog & thanks for leaving me comments so I know you have visited.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter are:
Cuttin' & Stampin' - CAS
Cuttlebug Mania - CAS
Alphabet - M is for Micro/Mini (little cards)
Artistic Stampers - celebrations (well I hope we are all celebrating! - time will tell, LOL)
Natalie & Amy's - celebrate
Scrappers Delights -  inspired by a song (Book of Dreams - Bruce Springsteen)
Cards Galore - bingo (diagonally: embossing/masking, die-cuts, sentiment)
Whimsical Designs - bugs or animals
Southern Girls - animal antics
LEJ Designs - distressing or tearing
SweetPea Stampers - embossing (wet or dry)
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - use a digi
Paper Crafting Journey - punches/die-cuts (Silhouette Cameo)
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes (using uplifting sentiment)
613 Avenue - anything goes (optional twist of friendship)
Eclectic Ellapu - anything goes
Hanna & Friends - anything goes.


  1. What a fabulous card Tine, so cute, love the layout too xxx

  2. TFS with us Eclectics
    Elaine aka Ellapu

    Eclectic Ellapu
    Altered Eclectics

  3. A great pair of cards and a good choice of books for the backing paper. Thanks for joining in at Cuttlebug Mania x

  4. Oh these are just so cute and I am sure your Nephew and God-daughter will treasure them. Thanks so much for joining in at Alphabet Challenge this week.

    Pat xx

  5. Your cards are just the best, Tine. You've chosen the theme all through the construction so that it comes together perfectly, and of course your layers give each item a distinct personality that sets them apart for individual appreciation. I call that art.

  6. Very cute, Tine. Your cards are always very creative and adorable. Thanks so much for sharing in our challenge again this week. I always enjoy seeing what you've created to share with us. Have a great week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  7. Love that mouse! Thanks for joining us at cuttin and stampin. Janet-dt


  8. Super cards as always Tine...!!

  9. Tine, you have made a wonderful card here. Perfect. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “embossing - wet or dry or both” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  10. What a gorgeous card, and so beautifully colored. Thanks for joining us this week for "Use a Digi."
    Karal DT for Tammy's Scrapin Corner
    My Blog: Karals Creative Corner

  11. These are adorable!! Really cute and I am sure that they did great on their exams.

    Thanks for joining our embossing challenge at The Sweet Pea Stampers.


  12. Lovely cards. Thank you for joining the challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers. Hope to see you again next time.

  13. Beautiful creation. Great coloring on the cute image. Thanks for joining our "Use a Digi" challenge this week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  14. Love your gorgeous cards and what a sweet image.

  15. We really appreciate you joining the LEJ Designs Challenge No. 64 - Distressing or Paper Tearing, over on our blog.

    What a really lovely card. It looks a bit clean for a distressed/paper tearing entry, however I can see the tearing on the wording panel. Lovely layout and image.

    We have new challenges weekly, so we hope to see you entering more lovely projects.

    Hugs Lisa xxxxx LEJ DT Member

    1. I promise you, the text I am using as a background paper IS indeed torn at two sides. I used a tearing ruler. I think the torn edge shows up most on the photo of the front card which is catching most of the light.

  16. Thank you for joining this week at Artistic Inspirations

    Thankyou for joining us at TCCCB this week
    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love
    Co-Owner of at Creative Fingers

  17. What a gorgeous sentiment, really lovely and thoughtful!Thank-you for joining us at the Cards Galore Bingo Challenge,Denyse x

  18. Great choice of song and fabulous card, really think it's great!Thank-you for joining us at the Scrappers Delights Challenge Inspired by a Song. Denyse X

  19. Awww these are so cute, I love that super fun image! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

  20. Hi Christine, Thanks so much for going to the extra trouble to get your creation into my gallery this week! I'm going to feature your card in my August 6, 2013 Coloring Page Tuesday newsletter. If you or any of your commenters aren't subscribed, you can do so at .
    Cheers and happy coloring!
    Elizabeth O. Dulemba

  21. Hi Christine, How cute is that mouse. just adore him. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie xx

  22. Fabulous card! Thank you for entering the Cards Galore Challenge...good luck x

  23. Positively adorable. That little mouse looks all ready for school to start this week. Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  24. How awesome! Great card (and love the sentiment too) Thanks for joining in the Digi challenge this week at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner.
    Good Luck!
    Trudy, DT

  25. Love that mouse and the sentiment is inspiring. Thank you for joining in at Cuttlebug Mania this week.

  26. Love your embossing. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for The Sweet Pea Stampers embossing challenge - Hazel, Design Team x

  27. Fab card! Love it thanks for joining in at Whimsical Wednesdays this week :)
    AND for joining in at Sweet Pea Stampers too!

  28. This is just fabulous, so creative, love the everything about it.

  29. Really awesome idea. I love the idea of recognizing the kids when they do well with exams and grades. Thanks for playing along with us at Cuttin' and Stampin.

    Tammy S.

  30. Very cute cards-love the images! Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls Challenge!
    Carolyn, DT

  31. These are simply adorable, Tine!

  32. Brilliant cards love the image and DP. Thanks for joining us at NATALIE & AMY’S this month, hope we see you again soon. Hugs Sheryl xx
    PS Hope they do well in their exams!

  33. Great Tine, I love this cute card.Outstanding.