Thursday, 31 March 2016

House Mouse / Dreamweaver - with Stampendous Week 1

We have a very exciting blog hop for you over the next two weeks we are going around the world with our friends at Stampendous.
For almost 3 years now Stampendous have had the license to distribute the stamps of House-Mouse Designs® there are now over 200 high quality  rubber stamps in the range, not only the mice, but also HappyHoppers and Gruffies. To celebrate this The House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog is happy to be hosting a unique challenge for everyone for the next two weeks. The HMFMCB Design Team is teaming up with the Stampendous Design Team, The Stencil Specialists (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in Australia) plus us Woodware Craft Collection Blog Design Team (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in the UK) for a huge Blog Challenge
To make it extra special we will be using not only the cuddly creatures but combining them with the wonderful Dreamweaver Stencils which are also part of the Stampendous stable. 
We have prizes so would love you to join in with us as we hop around the world for 2 whole weeks, REMEMBER the hosts are House-Mouse and Friends and they are a challenge blog so to play along please add you link on their blog we are really looking forward to seeing your creation there, full instructions and links are at the bottom of this post.

The House Mouse designs are so cute and combining them with the Dreamweaver Stencils is a treat.  All the mice have names and this week Monica is the mouse I have used.  This stamp could be used for all sorts a card for a holiday or as in my project used as umbrella and combined with the raindrop stencil.

So here is my card for this week.

This is what I used:-
12'' x 12'' sheet of Kraft card
Scrap of red card
Small piece of smooth white card
12'' x 12'' piece of patterned paper
Red pen or Red ink pad to edge the different panels and layers
Black Micron pen for Faux Stitching
Water colour pencils
Dreamweaver Raindrop stencil
House Mouse Stamp  -  Umbrella Ride
Dreamweaver Translucent Paste
Low Tack Tape
Palette knife
Versamark ink pad
Black Versafine ink pad
Detail Clear Embossing Powder

This is what I did

1  Take a scrap of white smooth card and using the black Versafine ink pad stamp the House Mouse image.  Allow time for the image to dry. (To speed up give the piece a quick blast with a heat gun.)  Take the colouring medium of your choice, (I used water colour pencils), Colour the image.   Trim piece to size and using either a red pen or red ink pad go around the edge of the stamped piece.  Use the black micron pen to do faux stitching around the edge of the panel.

2 The next step is to attach the raindrop stencil over the top of the image and press the Versamark through the stencil so that the design is on to the panel.  Remove stencil and cover with Detail Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess powder and put the powder in the pot.  Use the heat gun to emboss the raindrops.  Remember to clean the stencil properly and dry.

3  Place the panel on to a small piece of kraft card, leaving a1/8th inch border all around.  Next cut a matt in patterned paper and the border needs to be about 1cm wide.  The final matt is in red card and has a border of 1/8''..  The layers are all  adhered to each other and faux stitching is done on the patterned matt and the patterned paper.

4  Cut a piece of kraft card '' by 12''.  Attach the raindrop stencil at one end of the card, used low tack tape all around the stencil, and using the palette knife cover the stencil with the translucent paste.  Leave this piece to one side to dry.  It will take about 1 hour .  Whilst waiting for the piece to dry clean the stencil.  

5  Once completely dry,' score at 5'' the opposite end from the raindrops and next fold the card.

6  Cut a panel of patterned paper which is 1/8th inch smaller on the top, bottom and front edge..Faux stitch around the edge and then attach to the front of the card so that the three sides have a border.

7 The final step is to apply the stamped image panel at a jaunty angle.

This is the completed card
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We’re celebrating stencils, and using them with our House-Mouse Designs® images. We’re going to bring you tons of inspiration over the next two weeks, and we can’t wait to see what you enter into the challenge! You may use ANY House-Mouse Designs® images or characters on your project, and any stencils and stenciling techniques that you like. There is never any purchase necessary to enter. And, of course, as always on the HMFMCB, “anything goes” is always an entry option.  Link your entry to the linky tool by the end of Friday, April 8, 2016.
There are prizes!! Three entries, chosen at random, will win 1-HMD Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste.  This contest is open to everyone!!
Even though you will be entering to win by linking up a challenge piece, we sure hope that you’ll hop around to each designer’s blog and leave a sweet “eek” of delight at their inspiration! They’ve worked hard to create something you’ll love! Please give them some love right back! Here are the links to the Sponsor’s blogs and our designers playing today: (If a blog isn’t live when you visit, they might still be sleeping! Please, check back in a few hours!)
  1. Create something fun and a little bit wonderful. It’s not a talent show, winners are randomly selected. Use an HMD image plus a stencil on your work (or choose “anything goes”). It doesn’t have to be a card, it can be any kind of project. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
  2. Post your creation online. You can post it anywhere that will give it a unique URL (internet address). Most folks have a blog, but you can post on Flickr, or PhotoBucket, or even on your Google+ account. (ps…creating a blog is free! What are you waiting for?)
  3. Get the URL for the specific post that contains your project – click on the title of your post, copy the URL from your browser’s title bar, click on the inLinkz picture on the HMFMCB post, paste your URL into the tool. Add your name and email address and voila, you’re entered!



  1. So cute! I love that you used the little rain drops.

  2. The perfect image to set at an angle!!! Beautiful background and adorable little HM!
    <3 J

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