Practising Creativity

Mice & Cheese Birthday Card With Free Digital Stamp Mice

I'm challenging myself to incorporate unused craft supplies (i.e. new/forgot I had/hadn't got around to it yet) in my projects . The cheese die on this birthday card going to my aunt is one such. Purchased last year on Amazon with a Christmas gift certificate, it would fall in the 'new' category.  

Other unused digital material on this card is of the 'forgot-I-had' variety; mice courtesy of  the 2018 #157 issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine's digital download freebie and sentiment sheet from the February 2020 issue #202. You do have to create an account with SC&P to download, but their wonderful freebies are definitely worth it.

When I fussy cut the flower bearing mouse, I was obliged to cut off her tail. A tail prosthesis was created with elastic beading cord (this also works for bunny whiskers).

To adhere the cheese die-cut, I tried this add depth without foam tape upcycle idea from Beccy's Place Hot Tip Tuesday, cutting a 'backing' die-cut with packaging material (destined for the recycle bin) and gluing the yellow cardstock die-cut on top...works perfectly! 

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, digital patterned paper
Digital stamps – Simply Cards & Papercraft freebies
Dies – no-brand cheese die
Embellishments – elastic beading cord
Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol ink markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #600 – Hers, Aud-Sentiments #274 – Flowers + a sentiment, Creative Knockouts #400 – ATG, Cute Card Thursday #685 – ATG, Krafty Chicks #558 – Stamp Act, Seize the Birthday #213 – Furry Friends,  and WWC315 – All Things Feminine.

14 comments

  1. This card is outstanding! I can't get over your coloring and I laughed at your prosthetic tail! Brilliant idea! However,I am so bummed as this card doesn't follow our guidelines at Seize the Birthday! I sure hope this won't deter you from joining us again. You do lovely work! Take care!

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    1. Oops...I had to go over and check Seize the Birthday guidelines. I'm guessing it's because I linked up with more than 4 challenges? Thanks for such a nice comment though and I've duly noted for next time.

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  2. What a beautiful card you have made, and a great tip with the backing die for depth Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts

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  3. What a fun card design! Those little mice are so cute! Thankyou for playing along at Seize the Birthday, and also Watercooler Wednesday, Cathy x

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  4. Wow! Love this card. The colours, the checkered background, the Swiss cheese, the mice (including the tail), beautifully put together. Genius idea to add depth to your card by recycling at the same time. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - DT

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  5. A tail prosthesis, hahahah! Completely adorable and love the technique of adding dimension. What do you think of using an embossing folder on the "cheese" for some extra, extra dimension :)

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    1. I think the idea of using an embossing folder to add texture to the cheese diecut is an excellent idea, Michelle!!! Hmmm...a looksee at my embossing folders is required.

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  6. Love the swiss cheese background paper and how they're peeking out! Fantastic!

    Thank you so very much for playing along in our 400th challenge over at Creative Knockouts! Good Luck and I hope to see you again next challenge!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE this! The mice, the design, the tail, the colours...all completely fantastic!!

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  8. Wow, I just love this design and how you have made the cheese. A really cute card. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx
    craftycard-designs.co.uk

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  9. Love this fun card. The Swiss cheese and tail are so fun.

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  10. Love it! The replacement tail idea really made me smile and I love that die cut too.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

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  11. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

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  12. It's so cute. I love how you used the die to make the cheese :) and the mices are adorable. Bonne journée

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