Actually, it was a visit from my brother that I am going to blame my lack of posts on since last Wednesday or Thursday. George was on his way from Calgary to Ottawa (where he lives) and stopped by for an over night visit last Thursday. That meant I had to clean up my scrap room and remove the myriad boxes that piled up on the bed, along with a ton of other cardmaking/scrapbooking items too numerous to mention. After all, he needed the bed to sleep in, right? When I was finished cleaning, I was so impressed with it I actually took pictures to remind me what a tidy craft room looks like. Then George arrived and we had a wonderful evening (read too much wine and beer) and Friday was a day of suffering just a lil' bit. It took me a couple of days to want to go in there and start messing it up again, but finally, last night around 10 p.m. the urge to make a card overcame me. This little House Mouse, Muzzie, I think, is the result. I would like to thank Christie from The Stamp Shack for sending so many HM images to me.
I started with Real Red c/s and then layered some textured light blue c/s of unknown origin. It feels very much like Prism paper, but I can't be sure. Then I used my SU scalloped punch which was exactly the right size for this particular image. Out came the Marvy Giga scalloped punch for the DP (also unknown origin). After colouring Muzzie with Prismacolor Pencils and putting it on the larger scalloped circle, I then placed it on some red Mulberry paper, and went around it with a wet paintbursh which makes tearing it apart easy and leaves a beautiful fuzzy edge. It looked a little plain so out came the embellishments and I went a little crazy with them. First I added some gold brads to the photo corners, then the bright idea of "Merry Christmas" hit me so I added the little beaded letters. Then, as I looked at the card I felt the upper right corner looked a little bare and added the beautiful velvet flower from my Maya Road stash. A little bit of Ice Stickles in Artic Blue for sparkle and it was done.
I have a little task for you all if you're interested. I'm going to post the same card below, but it is a "staged" photo. Tell me which you like best, staged or plain. I'm starting a file for staged photos, then if I ever get up enough nerve to submit my cards for DT calls, I'll have some ready to go.