Many of you know that my brother had renal failure last year and that my hubby turned out to be a match and donated one of his kidneys. I am thankful every day for these two men in my life, and am so grateful for my hubby who I consider to be a hero. Anyway, we are coming up on the one year anniversary of the transplant surgeries, and I wanted to make a card to send to my brother since he cannot travel to be with the rest of the family this year for Thanksgiving (all the immunosuppressant medications make him susceptible to germs that seem to be so prevalent in the fall and winter with colds and flues).
I did some simple no line coloring (stamped with Momento Desert Sand) with the Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice stamp set and the following Copic colors:
Dark Grey Mouse: N3, 5, 7 with a little R30 for inside the ears
Light Grey Mouse: W1, 3, 5 with a little R30 for inside the ears
Pilgrim Hat: N7 and 9 with R37 and YG17 for shading on the hat band
Pilgrim Bonnet: R35, 37, 39 with YG17 for shading
Shadows under the mice: N0 and 2
I stamped the accompanying sentiment, “give thanks,” just underneath. I used a burgundy shimmerz scrap of card stock and ran it through the wood grain embossing folder from The Paper Studio and die cut it with an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangles STAX Die. Although at first I fretted about the shim I added causing a lot of cracking, ultimately I liked that rustic look even more than I think I would have if it hadn’t cracked so much.
Then for the background, I used a shimmery silver/grey Core’Dinations card base that I picked up on clearance at Walmart ($2 for a box of 40 cards and envelopes!). I used the large stitched rectangle from the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die Set and embossed and cut a panel from one half of the card base. Then I did some faux embossing (no cracks with this method) by die cutting out several leaves with the Diemond Dies Skeleton Leaf Die from the other half of the card base and gluing them all helter skelter on the panel. For a little extra interest, I die cut a few more skeleton leaves and hand cut some to be a bit smaller and attached them to the image panel with the ends left loose to add to the dimension. Lastly, I added some burgundy sequins in different sizes and dots of Cranberry Stickles to add sparkle and shine.
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge
MarkerPOP Give Thanks Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More CAS Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Use a Sentiment Challenge
Just Keep on Creating Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Card Sketch #306 Challenge
Adorable thank you card, love those pilgrim mice
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Thank you so much Debby! I hope this little card brings a smile to my brother and sister-in-law’s faces. 🙂
I love the card. Your hubby is a hero. Imagine being able to give someone the gift of life. What a man you have sweet friend. Thanks for adding all of the copic colors ao I can re-create your card. Big pugs and love, de
Yes, I agree. Mr. CraftyPaws is certainly a hero in my eyes. 😀 A friend really eloquently put it that when God picked him out for me, He was also picking him for my whole family.
BTW, I have just posted the card I made for hubby and listed all those colors I used too. This card was in more cool tones and the latest card is in warm tones. 🙂 xoxo, Kristina
Adorable card 🙂 Love those little guys!
Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
♥ Lena, DT
Thanks so much Lena! I enjoyed coloring up these little mice. 🙂
oh so many copic to coloring your cuuuute mause
love all the element on your card
cuuutee Mause card I love this
many thanks for joining with us at ATSM this time
sorry for late comment
awww you’re so sweet. TFStopping by! Big hugs, Kristina
adorable card and what a heartwarming story…your hubby sure is a hero…hoping your brother keeps well…thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge…hugs kath xxx
Thank you so much Kath! We are all so grateful for this past year. There have been many bumps and lumps but we are stronger and closer than ever. 🙂
How sweet! Your coloring on these mice are incredible! thanks for joining us at MarkerPOP Challenges!
Thanks so very much Lisa! I really appreciate your kind comment! Big hugs, Kristina
This is adorable.. I love your no line coloring. Thanks for joining us at markerPop!
Awww thanks so much Holly! TFStopping by! Hugs, Kristina