Sunday, October 16, 2011 I might be cheating... a little...

The current challenge at House Mouse and Friends is a color challenge: Orange, Yellow, Green, and Black with the optional theme of Halloween.  Sadly, I do not have any Halloween House Mouse Stamps, so I decided not to use the Halloween theme.  I also decided to cheat, but just a little.  I'm still using a House Mouse Image.  All four colors are in my card.  But I snuck in a tiny bit of pink and blue.  Oh, OK--a lot of blue. Hopefully I don't get in trouble.  :)

So how much do you love that DP?  It's from the Echo Park Country Drive collection--courtesy of the fabulous and talented Lorraine.  I won her candy during the House Mouse Birthday Bash.  I couldn't have been more excited about it, and she couldn't have been sweeter about it. There's glitter on the puddle and on all of the rain drops, but you'll have to take my word for it, since the camera never picks it up.  I paper pieced the umbrella. I love paper piecing, but sometimes it can look a little flat/one dimensional. SO here's a little TIP that helped me.  To make it pop add shadows AND highlights.  I use a white galaxy marker for the highlights, which is just right because it's still transparent allowing you to see the pattern underneath.  Also, be sure to color before cutting your pieces out, since it's much "fiddlier" once you've cut.  Learned that one the hard way.  LOL.

The Sketch is from Sketch N Stash--my new stash, of course, being the DP.

I'm also entering this card in Top Tip Tuesday. The theme this week is DP and handmade flowers.  I love reading all the tips from other bloggers and hope my paper piecing tip will help someone. 

Thanks for looking and reading my extra long post! Have a great day!


Sue from Oregon said...

Oh Erin, I am tickled to have you join the HM&F Monday Challenge...and I am here to tell you there was no cheating involved here, so no need to worry about getting the boot girl! Love you wonderfully sweet image! Thanks so much for joining us! ♥ Sue Kment

downrightcrafty said...

fabulous paper piecing I bet he loves his new brolly, great image (my favourites) and lovely composition too
Hugs Kate xx

Anonymous said...

Oh girl!! Don't be silly!! :) You have all of the color combo presented here and it's absolutely adorable!!! Such a sweet image and beautiful coloring!! I'm glad you decided to join! Thanks so much for playing along with us at House Mouse & Friends! I hope you will join us again! SMILES - Vicki HM&F designer

~@ngie~ said...

fantastic card... love the image & the colours are so vibrant :)

Thanx for joining in with us over at Sketch N Stash... Good Luck :)

hugz Angie xXx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card and a great tip! Thanks 4 joining us this week @ Top Tip Tuesday for our use Designer Papers with the Optional Extra to make your own Flowers, Don't forget you can enter our challenges up to 3 times, and if you make your own Flowers add GD for a chance to win a GD spot! I hope you can come and play again soon, Hugs Samantha

Lorraine A said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Erin :-)the image is adorable and the colours and papers are fab :-) The white shading is fantastic ,, I will definitely be ordering one of those markers ! thanks for the tip :-)

It's nice to see you enjoying your prize too :-)

thanks for joining us on the HM&F Monday Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Caroljenks said...

What a gorgeous card, the image is adorable and your colouring is perfection.
Your Top Tip is fab too - thanks for linking it :)

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our 'Designer Paper' Challenge.

Carol x

LaJanette said...

What a super adorable card! I am in love with your umbrella! WAY WAY cool!

Thanks for sharing your tip and for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday:0)


Sue said...

Erin, nice to see you joining us again. This image is just so sweet and colored beautifully. Great sketch too. Thanks for sharing with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. No House Mouse Police, we are glad to have you playing along and we get to see your prize from the blog on a card......fantastic!


Rica said...

Gorgeous Erin, your colours and image are both stunning and the image is deliverable - now you've just to had to jump to up my wish list!!!

So glad to have you join us at the House Mouse & Frinds Monday challenge,
Heather xx

America said...

WOW! Fab shading and coloring. Awesome use of colours for our challenge. SO happy to see you joining us at House-Mouse & Friends MC. Good Luck on the draw and we do hope to see you again next time!

Mrs.B said...

Great take on the challenge, colours are perfect.
Thanks for sharing at HM&F challenge
Avril - Guest Designer

Christine said...

Aww what a cute HM creation love the paper pieced brolly..

thanks for sharing with us at HM & Friends chall this time..

smiles Christine x

Daniele said...

awww what a cutie so glad you joined us at Sketch n Stash this week
hugs and good luck

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