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Monday, March 15, 2010

HOUSE MOUSE MONDAY CHALLENGE #65

Hey All!  Welcome to Daylight Saving Time!  I may change all of our clocks around the house, but it takes several days for my internal clock to get it right.  For example, I'm writing this post at 12:47 A.M. however, I'm thinking to myself, it is really only 11:47 P.M.  LOL  Then I pay for it in the morning!  I will eventually give in and go by the "real" time, but it's hard!

OK, now for the post.  Today, Emma (the owner of House Mouse Monday Challenge blog) has given us a great sketch to work with.  Here is the sketch for this week's challenge:


Emma says she likes to keep them simple so that it makes it easy for everyone to play along.  For my card, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees counter clockwise (see going against the clock again!!!!  LOL).  So here's what I came up with:


Isn't he cute?  I colored him with colored pencils and oms and mounted the image on green card stock.  I then did something I haven't tried before.  I wanted to mount the matted image onto gold, but I didn't have any gold card stock, so I made my own!  I took my Versamark embossing pad and rubbed it on a piece of white card stock then covered it in gold embossing powder.  Heated it up and viola!  Gold card stock!  I like it a lot and plan on using this technique again!  The background paper is from The Paper Studio and I embossed the sentiment in gold too.  This card can be used for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, or to which someone good luck on a new job or new endeavor.

So, there you have it.  Another House Mouse Monday Challenge under the belt!  I really do hope that you will play along this week!  I know a ton of you play sketches every week, so here's your chance to do one with us over at House Mouse Monday Challenge!  If you have no time to play (remember you have two weeks with our challenges) at least run over to see what my very talented teamies have done with it.  They always do such great stuff!

That's it for now.  I hope you join me again for Wednesday's post!  I have fun stuff to share and can't wait to show you!  I wish you the best of weeks ahead.  Stay safe and happy!

Best,

Curt O'Brien

"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

32 comments:

Jessie said...

Really sweet card Curt and I love your gold mount, it's perfect! Have a great St. Patrick's day :)

America said...

WOWZERS!!! What a fabulous St Pattys DAY HM CARD!!! So fun, rich and adorable. Love this!!! Great take on the sketch my friend.

Macpurp said...

oh i love this! its really cheeky and cheerful!
good idea on the gold card you made.
love tina x

Janine said...

Such a cutie that mouse!! Have a fabulous week Curt!!

Guylaine said...

very cute card

mudmaven said...

Love this card Curt and the pix of the boys in their shamrock neckwear - too cute! I like your idea for creating gold cardstock - seems like it would be even better then just plain gold card stock too - more elegant! Gotta give that one a try for sure. All my best to Jay and give those cutie pie boys a big hug too! ~chris

Kimberly S said...

Gorgeous HM card Curt! Love the Gold Cardstock, fabulous idea! I really enjoy follwoing a sketch, but I do tend to stick to the easier ones so I think she's so right in keeping them more simple! Have a happy Monday! :)

Carmen O. said...

Wow what a fabulous card Curt! I just love your gold cardstock and I think I'll give it a go next time I need it. I have this stamp and it always intimidates me with all the green. I guess I'm making it harder than I need to. Spring Break is over and I didn't get any scrappin/card makin in. Oh well hopefully soon! Take Care!! Thanks for always stopping by and leaving love.

Tertia said...

Love the new blog header. The boys look so cute!
The card is awesome too.

Jackie said...

What an adorable little Irish mouse! Your idea for making gold cardstock is a winner - I'm adding that to my have-to-remember-this list. Have a wonderful week!

margie c said...

Oh Curt, this is adorable! How brilliant of you to come up with your own cardstock technique! It's beautiful and so perfect!

Hope all is well with you and all your boys :)
hugs, margie

Deb Neerman said...

Simply fabulous, Curt!!! Love how you made the gold card stock ... what a great idea!

And, of course, I love that darlin' House Mouse image ... it's colored so beautifully, too!

Have a great week!!

berg4 said...

Love the gold paper - you are so inventive! Love this card

Angie said...

Such a sweet card!! I might have to try that gold embossing technique too, great tip!

Danielle said...

Well, Irish eyes be smilin' over this card Curt!! This is adorable - and look at you - Mr Paper Maker extraordinaire! LOVE the gold paper - so creative of you Curt! Beautiful colouring and the paper is fab!
Hugs, Danielle

scrapperjulia said...

Love how you made the gold cardstock! Very cute card and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to you (I am trying to say this in my very best Irish accent!)

Sue from Oregon said...

that gold embossing is so pretty! Nice touch to this classic HM stamp! This was one of the first I ever bought!

Nilla said...

Very cute, indeed! The whole card is cute! Hugs Nilla

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, I own this image and love it! You have made it up into a beautiful card - great idea to make the gold layer! You are always coming up with a clever idea and thank you for sharing them with us!

Hugs, Jean

Wendalyn said...

Your card is great I love it..

Sue W said...

Great card! as always Curt. How clever of you to make your own gold card.......now I have to remember this with Silver!!!!!
That is a great layout and I like how you flipped it for your cute little image.
Hope all's well with you guys. Take care. x

Jane Wetzel said...

Good idea with the gold Curt! Never thought of that- and cute card as usual! :)

Elaine A said...

Hi Curt -

Love the card - that is just the sweetest mouse! What a super job you've done. And pure genius on the gold background! I love the texture it creates also. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Elaine Allen

Diane said...

Wonderful card with the "mousies"....great idea to "flip" it...it turned out awesome.....love your fat ole robbin at the bottom of the blog, too....haven't seen any here, yet...but our pair of ducks are back already!!!

Gina Wrona said...

Wow Curt, you are so talented! I never would have thought to turn the sketch 90 degrees. And, a true genious to come up with your own gold cardstock!

Hugs,
Gina

Anonymous said...

YOU ALWAYS MAKE "THE CHALLENGE" BETTER. I LOVE THAT LITTLE MOUSE. HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY TO YOU AND ALL YOU FANS. LOVE YA, MOM

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh gosh, it's just been way too long since I've gotten my Curt fix!!! Awesome card, my friend! I love that you made your own gold paper! I must try that sometime!! Cute image and fabulous coloring as always! Off to see what other fabulous creations I've missed of yours!
hugs!
Sharon

America said...

Hey-Buddy! I came back here just to see your beautiful ST. Patricks DAY Decor and new pictures of your PUPS all decked out for today's celebration! WOW!!! How exciting you NEVER disappoint. Love this. Happy St. Patrick's Day my friend. Love your BLOG & photography and your exceptional work-of course. Have a great week! :) {HUGS}

lisa808 said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Adorable HM image. Creative idea making your own gold paper.

Rica said...

Hi Curt, fabulous card, love your gold paper (one to remember!!) and that backing paper is stunning. Love how you've flipped the sketch and that is one adorable, beautifully coloured image.
hugs Heather xx

dpkennedy said...

Super cute! And great card as always! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Celeste said...

This Irish girl loves it! Great idea for the gold paper. I'll have to try that some time. Thanks for sharing.