Damask Designs...and a new friend!?!

Greetings friends! I love this week's Mojo Monday Challenge (#82) so I had to participate. I'm loving my new Damask Designs stamp set from Papertreyink; I've only played with it twice, but the stamps are so 'in style' right now - you can find all sorts of DP with the same type designs. Love that!

For this card, I used Kraft paper also by Papertreyink. I see so many people use this card stock and I love what I see...but I've had a tough time producing something I liked with it...until this card! Sorry, the first image is a bit dark, but it allows you to see the embossing & Shimmerz a bit better I thought.

The DP is from Stampin' Up, Parisian Breeze...oh I think I'm in love! It's card stock weight paper and it has such great, great texture. Not sure if you can see it in the pictures or not, but it's truly fabulous! I used the DP as my inspiration for the remainder of the card.

The 2 main panels are both Papertreyink Ivory layered onto Kraft card stock. I stamped the Damask Designs image in SU! Craft White and embossed with white detailed embossing powder. Then I sponged the entire square with VersaMagic Dew Drop in Sea Breeze. I used a dried baby wipe to remove some of the ink from the embossed image, then I painted just the embossed image with Butter Cream Shimmerz.

The bottom square was also sponged in Sea Breeze and both were edge with SU! Close to Cocoa. I glued the two main panels together and then adhered them to the main card with pop dots. The strip of polka dot paper is the same paper, reverse side. **SWEET**

I added the button on the left and decided due to the textured card stock not to stamp a sentiment on the lower right-hand side as the sketch offered. I LOVE the inside of the card; I used the large beautiful "Mother" stamp, also from Papertreyink and added the sentiment, "Everything I am today, I owe to you because your love showed me the way." Isn't that PERFECT? I'm telling you, this "Mother" set has so many great sentiments! I used SU! Chocolate Chip for the inside sentiments.

I hope you like the card as much as I do.

Now for anyone still with me? Bet you were wondering about that "new friend" comment in the title eh? Well...not sure where to begin. I love animals, I really do although I'm allergic to both cats and dogs - but hey, I still love them. What I don't love? Well....you can see in these pictures what I don't love. BUT I thought I was a good mommy and remained semi-calm... I insisted it CANNOT come into our house, but the love our little 13 y/o has shown this critter is just amazing!!! You know...she's got that teen attitude, but let me tell you, animals bring out a passion in her that is UNREAL!

K, hold on to your hats...and if you're not sure about this...go ahead and exit out!! DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU!!

Our two youngest children were off playing at some dear friends' house so they missed all the fun. BUT when I went to pick them up, I took my camera and showed them these two pictures...and then b/c I love kids so much and these are some of my favorite little people that our children play with, I said "want to go see it" - MUCH to their mother's dismay! :D

Yeah, it was getting late, almost bedtime, but come on - how cool is this? So, here's our 3 children and our friend's 3 children all looking at the little critter.

Then, here they are still gathered around but all looking up at me.

Great looking bunch of kids huh?

And then last is our friend's 4 y/o daughter inspecting the critter.
I so love this little girl; she is just the most adorable little chick!!

I guess I should quit calling 'it' a critter as our oldest named it Thumbalina b/c she's smaller than her thumb. Now how she knows it's a girl, I don't know. I think I went along with everything tonight because most likely, this little one won't survive the night. You see, it's only 1 MAYBE 2 weeks old, its eyes aren't open yet and it needs it's mommy for milk and care! Our oldest held Thumbalina for at least 2 hours tonight, trying to feed it the milk we drink (skim milk), water, etc. Then she got online and instructed me in all the things I need to buy tomorrow so she can feed it and take care of it.

When I returned the other 3 kids to their home and arrived back home, I found she had placed the heating pad in the garage under the box to keep the little one warm. Seriously....is that not the sweetest thing? The real heartbreak will come if Thumbalina passes on. Our DD will be in tears although I tried really hard to explain how much babies need their mommy's when they're brand new in this world. She only wants to keep it until its eyes are open, but even she told me tonight they have to be fed every hour...not sure how that can happen while she's at school and we're at work. ??

Ah...the innocence and love of children can be so strong!

I hope you've enjoyed my critter post; I hope you're not dancing and screaming as I did when I first discovered she was carrying it around. :D

Thanks for popping in; great to see you! Hugs, ~M.


  1. hi there your little mouse friend is adorable! I on the other hand have termites YIKES! Not so adorable, but we are taking care of the matter! I love the loveliness of your card. So beautiful! Tfs Hugs~Donna

  2. First of all.....I'm really behind on checking in on your blog, because there are cards posted that I haven't seen. Of course, I LOVE them all (no surprise)! Secondly.....EEEEEK!!!!! It is tiny and cute, but like you said, it needs its mommy. I agree with you, A. should be a Vet when she grows up. Love ya, BFF.

  3. Not only are you crafty but you're a fantastic Mommy if you let that little mouse in the house. I would've screamed, those little boogers scare me. Best of luck with Thumbelina!


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