Sunday, September 7, 2008

House Mouse on a Budget!


Today's challenge over at House Mouse & Friends was to make a card using one of our House Mouse images and have the total expense (minus intial ink cost and the cost of the stamp, or other non-consumable items - like the scallop punch) be under $2.00. I "squeaked" in (little pun there....) just under the wire at $1.85. We had to just estimate the cost of cardstock, trims and embellishments and that is what I came up with!

This little guy looks as happy and satisfied as can be after enjoying the luscious Lovely Lilac and Elegant Eggplant colored grapes. I received this darling image from Stacy (twinshappy) awhile back, and finally got to make something using it! I colored the mouse and leaf using Stampin' Up! markers, and I watercolored the grapes with ink pads and an aqua brush. The lavender trim was from another stamping friend, Sara (deipara). The patterned paper is all from a collection that I got at Hobby Lobby a long time ago. I don't yet have the photo corner punch, but I do have a few that Stacy punched for me a really long time ago, and I used one of those as a pattern to cut out my own. The little dew drops are from The Robin's Nest (available at Our Daily Bread Designs). I used Sketch 185 from SCS for my layout:

Check out the challenge today at the House Mouse & Friends blog and play along!

On a totally different subject -- I am so excited that pro football season has started! I know that a lot of you don't have any interest in football, so you are free to skip this part! :)

I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was in 7th grade (and that is a really really long time ago!), and we had a great start to the season yesterday with a 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns - in Cleveland. And our QBack, Tony Romo, had 320 yards!! What an awesome game! If it hadn't been for that one interception........ perfect game!

Tomorrow I will have a new challenge card and another one of my favorite fall recipes!

Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!

23 comments:

Monica said...

We have friends from Richmond who drove to that game - 2 (father & son) were fans of Cleveland, and 2 (father & son) were Cowboys fans. Just now I was planning to look up the score on the computer, to see who had the happier drive back home -- but you saved me that! LOL

Great card too! It certainly LOOKS like it's worth more than $1.85! :)

Els G. said...

What a wonderful card! Love the colours you used. Incredible to make such an amazing card with such a low budget.
Els
x

Carin said...

The little mouse is so cute & I do like how you colored it in... I like to do that too, but lately I just don't take the time to make cards that need to be colored in on my cards... I need to do more of that!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Super cute! I love this mouse and you coloring is fabulous! You just HAD to out the football in didn't you.... hee hee So did I, but not with such happy thought. lol Have a great day. Hugs..

Kelley said...

Hey, dont' be dissing the Browns!!!

Even after making fun of the Browns I will still tell you that this card is so, so ,so darling!! Cute!!!

Kelley said...

Hey, dont' be dissing the Browns!!!

Even after making fun of the Browns I will still tell you that this card is so, so ,so darling!! Cute!!!

mycardz said...

I LOVE your card (I'm very partial to purple!) It totally doesn't look like a "budgeted" card! Great job, as always :)

Carolyn Bounds said...

What a "grape" card...I just couldn't resist saying that:o) Your card is fantabulous! I love all the shades of purple and your flawless coloring. Beautifully fun card!

Connie (cmc2stamp) said...

Judy!! This is just too cute! Love this little guy and all the purples! By the way...hop on over to my blog...I left an award on there for you! Check it out and pass it on! :)

Shelly said...

Looks like a million dollar card to me! Gorgeous Judy!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

This is not only darling, but it's absolutely gorgeous Judy!! I love the purples, your sketch, and your fabulous coloring!! And for $1.85? Get out!! YOU ROCK!!

Lori Barnett said...

Are you sure that was under $2 hee hee hee. It's the cutest!!! Love the purple colors :) You always amaze me with your talent!

Lorraine said...

OH MY, this is beautiful. I just love this image and what you have done with it. I think that I have this image, now I'm going to have to get it out and ink it I gasped when i saw this! did you hear my jaw hitting the counter? gorgeous! I love HM!

Anonymous said...

What a visual delight to have found your blog. It’s brimming with creativity. Such beautiful cards. Especially love the purple House Mouse. Purple is my passion. :- ) Elizabeth BeadsOnTheBrain

~ j said...

cute mouse! his belly sure looks full!

MacKenzie said...

Adorable! I just love House Mouse.

I tagged ya on my blog :-)

Stacey Schafer said...

This purple beauty has the coolest layout! TFS:)

Janneke said...

Great card ;)

I love that stamp!

MaryJo said...

What a sweet card, very beautiful!!

The Country Rose said...

Lol! Awww! That little mouse is too, too cute! Love your card!

~Barb

Pat (mspfd) said...

Super fun take on the sketch! Wonderful coloring.

Tara said...

Probably one of my fave HM images and your layout and colours are fab! xx

J's Place said...

"Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you" I love the colors on this card. Purple is my favorite and that house mouse is just too darn cute.

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Jaunice Minor
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