December 27, 2012

BALLERINA MOUSE

One of the {many} good things about Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio (MDS) is the fact that you can keep adding to your stash of goodies digitally, and they are always always there when you need them. And though some of the items may retire from the big (hard) catalog, they never "retire" from MDS. Once you have them stored digitally, they are available to you forever. No need to sell off space-hogging retired stock to make room for more.

I have a retired set, Under the Big Top, in my MDS stash. When it came to making a special birthday card for my granddaughter, Stella, to commemorate her fifth birthday, and I rediscovered the ballerina mouse from that set, I knew immediately that was the image I would base her card on.

You see, Stella is an avid up-and-coming ballerina. Not serious ballet mind you. Just Storybook Ballet classes geared towards preschoolers. But she loves, loves, loves it. So Ballerina Mouse it is.



I printed the her four times in actual size. The first time was simply on white card stock to form the base for my mouse. I then printed her another three times, adding a different Designer Series Paper to fill in the stamp with each printing. I knew I wanted her belly to be a pink print, her mouse body to be in a neutral print, but wasn't sure about the tutu.

When I found the perfect swirly DSP, I decided to make her tutu orange, since I love orange and pink together.  I printed only the first layer on card stock to give it stability. The other three images were printed on copy paper so it wouldn't become too thick.

I then cut out the various pieces I needed. More of my beloved paper piecing. When I placed all the pieces atop my base like a puzzle, it just seemed sort of flat and one-dimensional. Before I glued the pieces in place, I sponged the edges. This added the needed dimensionality and livened it up just right.


I added a little glitter to her tutu and mounted her onto some retired sparkly Specialty Designer Series Paper from last year cut with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear die in my Big Shot. Adding a few Basic Rhinestones and embossed paper with sponged edges was just what it needed.

Being that her birthday is actually tomorrow, Stella was given her gifts this morning before she and her family left from their Christmas visit. So I got to see her when she opened her card. She loved it. And I am thrilled that she did.

Smiles.


20 comments:

  1. this is so cute and whimsical, I love it! Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! It was so much fun to make! :>)

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  2. That's a cute card. I bet Grace is cute in her tutu!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Stella (Grace) IS cute in her tutu! And she has several of them. :>)

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  3. Your card is so adorable Linda! I'm co-hosting with Katherine at Thursday Favorite Things. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

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    1. Thank you,, Donna! I appreciate your comment! :>)

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  4. Such a sweet card! Love the pink and the gems :))

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!
    Happy New Year!!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  5. Just adorable, the details are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I love doing cards like this one. And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

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  6. ADorable! This almost makes me want to have kids so I can do cute things like this. Also I think Stella is about the cutest name ever. You've got great taste! ;) Just found your blog and have enjoyed looking around and getting to know you better. Hope you don't mind if I follow along!

    new follower :)
    Bonnie
    thelifeofbon.com

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    1. Thanks! And, you're right: it DOES remind me of Angelina Ballerina! :>)

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  8. What a gorgeous little mouse!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you are having a fabulous festive week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill! And I always appreciate being able to link up to A Round Tuit! :>)

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  9. I love it! Great job. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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    1. Aw, thank you, Holly! And thanks for letting me share! :>)

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