Sunday, March 30, 2014


Well hello again!

traced doodling hello card

It's been so long since I shared a card that I almost forgot how to do everything!
Anywho, here's some yadda-yadda about the bits & pieces that went into this one


The birds were made using this teeny little 'Resting birds' die from Memory Box which I cut out of Glossy Photo paper & coloured with a black copic & a white gel pen.

The wire that they are sitting on is thin floral wire coloured with a grey copic marker & stapled on with a Tim Holtz tiny attacher.


The 'hello' speech bubble is a sweet lil'

...made by Christine Newman (Listgirl)
(I can't stop using it on everything!)


The turquoise & beige stamped background is made using Hero Arts & BasicGrey Sweet Threads stamp, white ink & a prismacolor pencil.

The white debossed dot background is made by embossing this Seeing Spots Cuttlebug folder and then tracing inside the dots with a silver prismacolor pencil.

The silver background is made by adding silver-leafing to Silhouette's printable sticker paper then sanding it and adding black ink & doodling to distress.

Traced Doodle Butterfly Card 
(the striped paper is there as a freebie, if you like it)

By the by, Miss Mouse is doing well. We're still not sure what it was that was bothering her. Odd! And though I'm still having computer troubles, I do hope to blog a couple times in April. I'm writing final papers and exams for a University course (and oh how I would rather be here with You!) ;-)

Hope you & yours are doing wonderfully!


Beth Norman said...

Cute card. Love the layering. Good luck with your university courses.

Dawn said...

well! was it ever good to see you in my inbox this morning!!

love the card and once again, clever you on that embossing folder! I have that one, will have to try it!!

so glad Mouse is better!!! hugs to all, sweetie!

Dotty Jo x said...

Totally gorgeous as always Mel, and I'm so happy to hear that little Miss Mouse is feeling better. Good luck with those papers, Jo x

Unknown said...

Cute card. So glad mousy is doing well. You should consider taking her to a non-conventional vet. Please give her lots of XoXo.

:) hc

Brenda Lee said...

I adore your card. Love the die and the layers. Glad to see you crafting again! So happy to hear the Miss Mouse is doing well. It's so frustrating to not know what's actually wrong with her...I know...been there with my furbabies. Hope she continues to do better and that your paper/finals go well.

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your card Mel!
I'm always so happy to see you creating and posting ;)
Thank You!!

Shirley Ross said...

Good luck with your courses and glad Ms Mouse is better!! Love both cards and glad to have you back!

GetSilvered said...

This is a beautiful card Mel, I'd love it if you linked it up at my Card and Giftwrap Link Party Here:

eSeN said...

Hi Mel! I'm glad that Miss Mouse is doing well!

Love your card - clean and simple with lovely layers! The idea of tracing around the stamp with a coloured pencil is so creative. It gives a nice, soft definition to the flowers/paisley shapes.

Good luck with your papers and the exams! For the exams, get a good night's sleep the night before, and take a couple of good, deep breaths just before you start the exam!

Paula Gale said...

Glad to hear Miss mouse is doing well. Good luck with the exams. Love the cards and the colours you chose.

Paula xx

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! And, I'm thrilled to hear that Miss Mouse is doing well!

Denise and Coco

E.T. said...

I am so glad to hear that Mouse is doing better. LOVE that cut file too, though I dont use Silhouette A LOT but it is a veryyyy useful machine :D

Carolina Aspra said...

Beautiful as always. thanks for sharing :)

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Ohhh, fabulous cards, Mel! I love the clean lines on both!

I hope your computer smartens up soon!

Rebecca said...

I LOVE all your work. I have been using your free papers to make my own personal scrapbook pages. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The problem is that I haven't done it for awhile ( a new baby threw a wrench in my scrapbooking time) and now I am unable to download the papers off of Flickr. Did something change? I have tried everything that I can think of to get them into the scrapbooking program that I use and nothing works. If you have a minute, I'd love to hear if you have any answers. Thank you again for all your Free papers. They are awesome!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for liking my papers! Flickr has changed again (why on earth they needed to mess with the old perfection, who knows!) but anyhow... I made a tutorial with images showing how to download now that it's different. Hope it works for you! :-D

Rebecca said...

Oh awesome! Thank you so very much!

paperella said...

Love all the textures and patterns going on on this wonderful card!

linda from arizona said...

Merry Christmas Mel! Sure do miss you and hope you are ok.

rkramadh said...

Oh Please come back to blogging. I love your style of writing and your style of crafting. This fellow Canadian in America misses your blog :)

rkramadh said...

Hope to see new posts soon! I love your style and sense of humor etc. Pls come back to blogging :)

{S} said...

Miss you

jmizelle said...

Sammy (my Siamese) and I are sending the very best get well wishes to Miss Mouse. Please get well soon.