Monday 23 September 2013


Good morning to you all in the land of blog

Today sees the next challenge at the 

with the theme of chosen by little old me which is


take a look at this amazing sponsorship line-up
 ($10 Gift Voucher)


(Free Class)

a fab $25 Electronic Gift Certificate
good for shopping at HMD's online store

 The Official Site of House-Mouse and Friends!!
wow so many wonderful sponsors :)

We are super excited to announce that STAMPENDOUS is the next company producing our beloved House-Mouse & Friends! Stop by their Challenge Blog to get inspired and enter your very own projects into their challenges. The link can be found HERE. 
The Official Blog of STAMPENDOUS Rubber Stamp Company can be found HERE.
House-Mouse Designs® stamps can be purchased at the STAMPENDOUS site HERE. 

here is my inspirational piece, but do hop over  to the main challenge site to see the rest of the amazing inspiration from my sister meeces :) I do have to warn you this may be slightly photo heavy

I was asked to create several of my altered tins for my MIL who wants to add them to her new hobby of selling on craft stalls, best of both worlds, I enjoy creating and she sells them and I get some money back - bonus :)

So here is one of those tins, this one started life as a dog tin full of biscuits.

This is the front view
On this view you can see the lace around the top lip, the image our adorable House Mouse with an appropriate sentiment, the gorgeous Hobby House flourishes, please see the link in my sidebar and one angle of the flowers all paper and hand made with the addition of Hobby House pearls and brads.

This is one of the side views, here you can see the handmade flowers a little better, I used a range of dies, I am sure you will spot all of your favourites.

Here is the other side again with those flowers :)

This is the back with the sentiment on it, the die is a nestie by the way - this is the one I could not use until I got my new wax papers, genius whoever created that

This is the top, the bobble is made of black honeycomb paper (love this stuff) and the edging is plaited black ribbon from the Hobby House.

The image close up coloured in warm, cool, neutral and toner greys.

and I thoroughly enjoyed creating this although it lasted a few days and maybe a little over indulgent in the pearls department but I think very worth it.

Do hop over and join us for the challenge :)
 Don't forget, you too may submit your House-Mouse, Gruffies and Happy Hoppers creations directly to THE Official House-Mouse Designs site found HERE!  
I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Divas by Design - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Dies or punches
Chocolate Coffee Cards - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon (woven ribbon on the lid)
2 Sisters - Recycle
CMC - Anything Goes in Any Colour
Sweet Stampin - Glamour and Glitz
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Celebrate September - HM image from SSS




Unknown said...

Over the top with the pearls Kate? You????? Never......hehe Another gorgeous candle; love the image and sentiment, it's perfect. Seeing the honeycomb paper reminded me I've had some of this for years and never used it - might have to go and look it out!


Karen xxx

Tammy said...

Fabulous altered tin Kate! Love the polkadots and cute image!

cuilliesocks said...

These are just gorgeous Kate, love the design and the mono shades, and I'm sure they will sell so well, hugs Kate x

rachel said...

this is just gorgeous Kate - love it!!! Hugs Rachel x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fabulous, love the mono and great embellshing

KraftyKoolKat said...

Great House Mouse creation, these little meeces look great even in black and white. Your detail is fantastic.


Sue said...

WOW!! This is stunning Kate, a really beautiful design with such gorgeous detailing.
hugs Sue xx

Sue said...

Kate what beautiful work you did on this tin. I would not want to sell it after all that work. So many beautiful touches and those adorable little love-mice. Stunning in black and white too.


Wendy said...

Oh Kate what a stunning project, it's so cute and such gorgeous details, love it!
Wendy xx

susiestacey said...

Stunning creation Kate so beautifully decorated x Susan x

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Kate, fabulous design - so many gorgeous details, I especially love your plaited ribbon and of course the adorable image.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous creation Kate :-) the whole design is stunning ! :-)I am sure this will have gone to a good home and will be appreciated :-)

Lols x x x

*Vicki* said...

Just LOVE your gorgeous tin design Kate!! Love the romantic look of it with the image, flowers and the black and white colors!! HUGS :)

Dorte said...

This is stunning and adorable, it look gorgeous in black and white- elegant, Kate, I love all you pretty details,
enjoy your evening,
Dorte xx

Sue Nicholson said...

Lovely work, thanks for joining us at CC&CC anything goes cards challenge good luck cheers Sue x

Debs said...

Simply stunning - so many beautiful details.
Debs xx

Lorraine said...

What a gorgeous project. The image and all the embellies look fabulous.
Lorraine x

McCrafty's Cards said...

So beautiful Kate, I like everything about it!!
Kevin xx

Chris said...

Wow! This looks so gorgeous! Such attention to detail! Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sweet Stampin this week,

scrappymo! said...

You did such a fabulous job on this wonderful project.
Love the images you chose!

debby4000 said...

Wonderful creation and love the monochrome and brilliant colouring.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


coops said...

so stunning kate.really fabulous details and i love the black and white and sweet image :D

xx coops xx

Sandra H said...

Morning Kate.....Still not active in my craft room but able to do a little blogging as we still haven't moved in yet.....Truly beautiful another of your amazing and adorable creations xx

Catherine said...

Totally gorgeous Kate ! Your attention to details is always second to none ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Heather said...

A beautiful altered creation Kate,
your image is just so sweet and such stunning embellishments!!!

Heather xxx

Tracy said...

Hi Kate
Fabulous creation, adorable image and design.What a wonderful gift!
Happy crafting
Mousey hugs
Tracy x

KandA said...

Super altered tin. Love the little mice and fabulous details xx

Whisper said...

I'm loving the monochrome look and what a gorgeous and classy candle too, Luv Sam x

mags said...

A gorgeous altered tin Kate. Love it.

catherine said...

This is really lovely kate and thanks for joining us at sweet stampin this week
x catherine

Teresa said...

Fabulous creation Kate, thank you for joining us at A Creative Romance for our Dies & Punches challenge.
Hugs, Teresa

Mel said...

Fabulous altered project. Thanks for joining us at CMC challenges.

Gail said...

This is gorgeous!

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