Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Merry Mice

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I posted the new Christmas catalogue to all my online customers. I also popped into each envelope one of the special bookmarkers I've been making these last three days! I've also video'd how I made them. Hopefully, my customers will receive their envelopes by the time the video is realeased.☺

Yesterday I had a play with the super new stamp set called Merry Mice. I think this is going to be one of my favourite stamp sets this year, if not the favourite. It's a regular stamp set in as much as there  aren't any dies or punches to go with it! I thoroughly enjoyed sitting here just colouring!

I started my card with a base of Smokey Slate Cardstock, then a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and a top layer from A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack. When I started colouring the mice, I didn't give any thought to what colour cardstock or DSP I wanted to use. It was only after I'd finished my colouring, I thought Ooops! what DSP am I going to use? I chose this design because it looks like snow!
I adhered the Glimmer Paper layer to the card base using Tombow, and then I used Glue Dots to adhere the DSP to the Glimmer Paper. Using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped the image from the Merry Mice Stamp Set onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

I used Marker Pens to do all the colouring, except for the snowflakes and ground - more about that in a minute. I started with Smokey Slate to colour the mice. I chose Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaroon and Real Red for all the outfits - greens for the tops and red for the trousers, cap and hair ribbon. For the lights, the bauble and the present, I used Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky; for the lights I also added Pool Party.

For the ground, I used a Blender Pen and Smokey Slate Ink, and I also used this ink for the snowflakes, which were from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set. I die cut the image using one of the Layering Oval Framelits Dies and layered it on a scalloped Glimmer Paper oval that I'd die cut using the same set of dies. Using my retired Two-way Glue Pen, I applied glue to the hat, the hair bow and the lights and then covered with Dazzling Diamonds. Then I adhered the image to the card front. I punched a Glimmer Paper Bow using the Holly Berry Builder Punch. I adhered it half on, half off the image - part Tombow, part Dimensionals - but I thought it looked a bit lost. Using a scrap of red Glimmer Paper I punched another bow and cut out the centre part, and adhered it to the centre of the white bow. 

I die cut the Glimmer banner frame using the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies. The sentiment I chose is from the Cookie-Cutter Christmas Stamp Set. Using Basic Grey Archival Ink, I stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White that was slightly narrower than the banner. I adhered the banner on to the sentiment and then adhered it to the card front. 

There are just two days left before you can start ordering from the new Christmas Catalogue! If you don't have a demonstrator and you'd like me to send you a catalogue - with one of my special bookmarkers - please email me your details and I'll be delighted to pop one in the post for you. I have English, French and German catalogues and will send you one according to the country you live in. Please let me know if you'd prefer a different one. ☺

Finally, there are also just two days left to order the Limited Edition Thoughtful Branches bundle!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting,



  1. I just have to say, the best colouring job I've seen yet on this stamp set ... I love it too! It's adorable. The mix of Dazzling Diamonds really enhances everything about this card and I am especially fond of how you've "framed" the sentiment with it. Well done, again, Jan! LOVE IT!

  2. Hi, Geraldine. Not many people seem to be using Dazzling Diamonds now we have Wink of Stella, which is a bis shame. Maybe this will change in the run up to Christmas!! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.