Monday, November 4, 2013

HMFMC Challenge #157 - Anything BUT a Card

I've thrilling news to report again! lol ;) I've been invited to be a Guest Designer for November and December at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog! I told you! Thrilling! :) Right? ;) My first project is for Challenge #157 Anything BUT a Card. Grab your HM stamps and join in on the fun!

Here's my first project:

Here's a close up of the image because I think I totally rocked those bows! :) 
I used a tutorial from Scrapbooker's Paradise Blog for the box. When I first reviewed it, I thought it looked pretty straightforward and easy to complete. I didn't read it in depth, instead, choosing to be lazy and kinda just skimmed the tutorial. Halfway through cutting and measuring, I read these dreadful words:

"This next part is a little tricky..."! 

I almost started crying! But I've often said, my momma didn't raise no quitter and I'd already spent so much time on it! Total project, including photographing it, took NINE hours! I don't dare tell my friend, Maria. She doesn't let me live down it ONCE took me THREE hours to make one card! ONCE!

I did love making it though! I think next time, I'm opting for painting the base rather than layering it with paper. It might be a good idea to follow her instructions and decorate each section before gluing it together. *teehee* *blush* I liked this project so much, I'm thinking of making one for each month of the year! I've chosen to use it as a desktop calendar.

These are the items I used:
Copic Markers
House Mouse Wrapped and Ready Stamp
My Mind's Eye O Christmas Tree paper pad
Doilies and red glitter star from Michael's Bakery Department
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint in White
Number and Alphabet Stickers and plastic Christmas tree from my long hoarded stash

I do thank you for stopping by! I hope you'll leave a comment so I'll know you did! :) Be sure to pop on over to the HMFMC blog and join in on the current challenge!


  1. Oh Ema this is fantastic!! Sorry it took 9 hours but it was so well worth it. Your friend maria will be so proud of you! Its so festive and so fun and so adorable. Your coloring of those bows does ROCK!! WOW!! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at House-Mouse & Friends MC. Love your work. :)

  2. Fabulous creation Ema !! I TOTALLY love this and think I will just have to make one too now !! It may have taken you hours to make ,, but well worth it ! It really is brilliant and your colouring does ROCK ! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. This is great love the design and appreciate the time taken to make it, great to be working with you
    Hugs Kate xx

  4. Gorgeous project! I am laughing though. Only crafters would understand the reasoning behind spending nine hours twelve times for a desk calendar! Bwahahaha!! I understand though!!

  5. Geez, Ema, this is spectacular, hun, I sure wish I had some Housemouse, images, hoping to get my hands on some at the NEC this weekend...fingers crossed, hugs hun xxx

  6. Congratulations on the Guest Design spot, and you've knocked it out of the ballpark with this creation!

  7. Wow! I'm glad oi'm not the only one who spends hours on a project! I must look this one up, yours is amazing. Mary GD for HMFMC

  8. Hi Ema, what a fabulous Christmas calender - a gogeous design and such beautifully coloured sweet image!!

    Heather xx

  9. Eeeeeek!! I was just perusing and happened upon your gorgeous project. I cannot tell you how delighted I am that you used my tutorial!! I promise the next ones will go much more quickly :) You completely rocked the colouring and I love the snowy edges you added. Congratulations on your GDT spot with HM and thanks so much for the shout out! Hugs, Dawn

    1. Oh, I am so glad you think I did well by your tutorial! I also think the next ones should fly by as well. I do really want to make one for each month for my desktop. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  10. This is stunning Ema and you certainly got the bows perfect.

    Kim GD for HM&FMC x

  11. Emma, this is wonderful, and it looks like you spent all that time on it. Beautiful coloring. What a creative project. Happy to have you creating along with us.



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