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Friday, March 13, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge #25: Spring Animals...


I don't have many animal stamps, so I had to search to find an image that would qualify for the latest Twofer Card Challenge.  I decided to use a little mouse image from a very, very old stamp set. It's so old that it has lots its packaging and I have no idea of the brand name.

The stamp set had a few different animals, but I chose the little mouse. Mice have babies in the spring, don't they? They probably have babies all year 'round, but I'm going to stick to "mouse babies in the spring" in order to qualify them as spring animals.

My little mice were stamped and then colored with Promarkers and colored pencils. The embossing folder that I used on the birthday card is by Cuttlebug. For the Christmas card, I heat-embossed the pine branches and used a die set to cut out the string of lights. The bulbs were cut from some colored  foil, so IRL they're very shiny.

After I took this picture, I decided to add some Glossy Accents to the mouse noses, which added a nice little bit of dimension.

This is the inside of my birthday card with its very simple, stamped sentiment.

 This part of the card measures 4 1/4" X 4 1/4".  The circle on the front extends above this part of the card to make the total height 5 1/2". That means that it will fit nicely into an A2 envelope.

My stamped Christmas sentiment is on a panel that has a double mat--one in green CS and one in red glitter paper (identical to the card front). As we all know, glitter paper is crazy expensive so before I mounted my panel to it, I cut out the center of it with a rectangular die. I also did this with the glitter paper on the front of the card, so now I have two pieces I can use on other cards.

I hope you are all staying well and keeping clear of any viruses that are lurking around. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

Your little mouse worked out perfectly on both cards! I like both but the Christmas one is my favorite.

Anita in France said...

Your little spring mouse is so cute, Cheryl ... with the stitched edging he puts me in mind of a plushy! He's so fun with his celebratory balloons against all that touchable texture ... and what a brilliant idea to have him decorating the Christmas tree with those shiny lights ... what a sweetie! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

Glittered Paws said...

What a cute little mouse - and what a great job you did to make it a twofer. Love the birthday mouse with the balloons - and again ahead on your Christmas cards.

Darnell said...

Baby mice are just fine for spring animals, Cheryl, and it IS the year of the rat, after all, so you are very much on trend!! Both designs are really adorable! I'm keen about how you did your shorter birthday card with the topped up circle image! And c'mon, how cute is your Christmas card rebus?! I love it and can just imagine the schparkle in real life! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #25! Take care!! 😷 Hugs, Darnell

Lynette said...

Oh so cute, Cheryl! We are staying put, for sure!! Don't want to catch anything, and we surely don't want to unknowingly spread something!!

Lynne in NI said...

Lol how different we are, I'd say about 3/4 of my stamps have critters on them ;). Your little mouse is adorable!

Kara Lynne said...

Two very sweet cards, Cheryl! I love how you created a focal point with your layered circles that is off the edge! Your Christmas pine and lights perfect with that little mouse, and I love the sentiment! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!