Monday, 27 June 2016

Dragons and Mice

Hi everyone and a big thank you for your continued visits and well wishes. I'm just popping by today with a couple of cards I made using stuff I got out of the crafty cupboard when I was having a mini sort out the other day.

The first is from the snippets box - paper, card and ribbon are all snippets with just the adddition of some card candi and a peel-off sentiment. The image is Bugaboo 'Clyde birthday' which I coloured with my usual Promarkers. When I started colouring I started singing 'Puff the magic dragon' and days later I still can't get the tune out of my head !!

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'inspired by a song title' Puff the Magic Dragon
The Ribbon Girl challenge ' use any image'

The second card is using a decoupage House Mouse image that I'd made up some time ago. Thank goodness I've got quite a few of these already cut out and made up ready to use as I love decoupaged images. All I needed to do was mount it onto some gold mirri-card and then onto a card base with just a touch of Stickles on the holly berries and (recycled from an old christmas card) a bow and sentiment.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Rudolph Day June challenge 'anything christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'use a sentiment'
ABC Christmas challenge 'M is for mice'
House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'a day spent with friends / anything goes'
Gruffies & Guests challenge 'add a number / anything goes'

Thanks to those of you who left me comments about electric die-cutting machines. I am now the owner of a Crafters Companion Gemini which has been sitting on the kitchen work top for the past fortnight unused (apart from checking that it works of course). I bought it from Hobbycraft and got 15% off my first online order so only cost a few pence under £144 with free postage

First impressions out of the box...
Looks nice and not that noisy
Just switch on and pop the plates in

Definitely NOT lightweight (heavier than my Grand Calibur) and no way can I pick it up.
Handholds on the side are a bit awkward especially if you have long fingers (Grand Calibur much easier to hold with the handle)

As for how good it actually is.... I'll try and get my fingers working and make a card this week to let you know, but the fact I won't have to turn the handle will be a big plus.


Donna Hanley said...

The dragon card is just precious. I love the coloring and the two rounded corners. This will bring a smile to anyone's face. Your HM card is just as darling as can be. Hope you are doing well. Enjoy the week.

brenda said...

Two super creations Andrea and especially loving the second. Not come across that machine before, I've used an e.bosser for a few years and love it, may be they are similar.

B x

Jenny L said...

Hi Andrea,
what a very cute image Rudolf card.
I love it as it's sooooooooooo! cute.
I do hope your health probs are resolved, and it wasn't anything nasty.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Liz said...

Two super cards. I love the bright colours and the adorable image on the first one. Lovely traditional colours on the Christmas card - and the image is so cute.

Thank you for joining in the Rudolph Days challenge this month. Good luck!
Liz - DT member xx

Kath said...

Two great cards - love the cute image and all your snippets in the first one. The House Mouse Christmas card is perfect for our Rudolph Day challenge, so thanks for joining us.
Kath x

cotnob said...

Two super cards Andrea, I love that House-Mouse image, it's one of my favourites.
I hope you get your fingers working and have a play with your Gemini, I've heard lots of positive things about it, just remember to rotate your plates.

Lorraine said...

Two gorgeous cards Andrea, love the decoupaged mice and cute dragon
Hope you get to play with your gemini.
Lorraine x

Dot said...

Thanks for joining us at House Mouse & Friends and ABC Christmas challenge with your sweet HM card, Andrea. Hope to see you again and good luck!
Dorte x

Kathleen said...

Two very different style of cards Andrea but both fabulous, great images and designs.

Kath x

Di said...

Love both cards Andrea! The snippets one is terrific, little Livi would adore it so I just bought the download :) Wonderful bright and happy colours you used too,

And I've made that same HM Christmas card and know how tricky the cutting is - but it's gorgeous!

I do hope all settles down for you on the pain front, am thinking about a TENS machine here to see if that helps at all.


Di xx

Andie's Space said...

Hi Andrea,
These are both wonderful cards. Fab images, they look great. Thanks for joining us at Passion For Promarkers this week.
Andie xx

scrappymo! said...

Hope you have lots of fun and no problems with your new machine. I have often wished for an electric one as my hands are sometimes too sore to work my Big Shot...but to save money I ask DH to cut a bunch of stuff for me! tee

Your cards are great.

I so love house mouse and your decoupaged mice are so adorable. I like your mirri card glimmer and the sweet decoupaged image.

Thanks for taking part in the June Rudolph Days Challenge.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Both your cards are sooo lovely ..the first one stylish and cute and the 2nd one soooo sweet
Dr Sonia

Valerija said...

Wonderful cards. Love the cute image on Christmas card.
Thank you for joining us at Rudolph Days Challnege. Good Luck.
Valerija - DT member.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two super card especially the house mouse Christmas card, decoupaged my favourite.

Sue xx

Mrs A. said...

Have fun with your new machine. You got a good discount. Love both of these cards. Looks like you mouse was a lot easier than mine was! Hugs Mrs A.

Donna said...

Fantastic card Andrea, such a cute dragon and sweet layout. Fab song choice too, will keep singing it now! Thanks for entering at Passion for Promarkers last week :) Donna ♥ x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

What a lovely Christmas card. Such a beautiful image and the holly wreath around the main focal image is gorgeous and gives your card great depth and dimension. I love it :) X

Joan said...

Two lovely cards , love the house mouse Christmas card

Sue said...

Both cards are great. Love the decoupaged layers of the House Mouse Christmas card, so pretty. Thanks Kanda for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


aussie aNNie said...

Great cards so cute is the wreath one.xx {aNNie}

Shaz Earl said...

Gorgeous card thank you for joining us at Gruffies & Guests
good luck in the draw
Shaz DT

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 287 - hope to see you again soon x

Snoopy von said...

Love your adorable mousie Christmas card! Thanks so much for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

Snoopy ​♥