Monday, 4 November 2013


   I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a guest designer for the House Mouse and Friends challenges during November and December. The challenge this fortnight is ‘Anything but a card’.
   I have three grand-daughters to whom we give a little money at Christmas because they enjoy being able to buy something for themselves. Rather than just putting it in an envelope with a card I thought it would be nice to put it with a little something in a cracker which they could then keep and use again.
   I took one of the backing papers from Joanna Sheen’s House Mouse Designs triple CD ROM and ‘played around with it’ in the My Craft Studio graphic program to create the design for the cracker itself.
   The images used to decorate the crackers were taken from the same CD ROM and resized and reshaped in the graphic program. I mounted them onto pale blue mirri card cut with a floral oval Spellbinders die. Little labels were also attached to the crackers and the ends were tied with ribbon.

   I would also like to enter these into the following challenges:
   CDSunday- stripey
   Allsorts – Christmas cheer
   Crafty Ribbons – anything goes with ribbon
   Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes
   Lisa B. Designs – contemporary Christmas
   Crafting Musketeers – pretty pastels
   Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Extra – anything goes
   Incy Wincy Designs - ribbon, twine or fibres


Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

These are wonderful, love the paper you chose!! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments:)

Beryl said...

What a great idea with the crackers and they are perfect for the theme this week.
Thank you for joining in.
Beryl xx
CD Sunday DT
CD Sunday DT

Cazro said...

A super idea, lovely to make your own crackers. Thanks for sharing with us at CD Sunday challenges. Caz

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous crackers Mary :-) the whole design of these is gorgeous and I am sure your grandaughters will love them ! :-)

Lols x x x

downrightcrafty said...

fabulous idea and love the colour and the sweet image of course, great to be working with you
Hugs Kate x

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

They are fantastic, brilliant idea!! Thanks once again for joining the Lisa B Designs challenge.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering these lovely crackers for my CHNC challenge extra for November - hope to see you again soon. x

Jocelyn said...

What a great idea. They are really sweet and I love the colour you have chosen. Thank you for joining us this week at CD Sunday and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Jocelyn x
CD Sunday DT

sue-b said...

What a lovely gift idea and just right for our challeng this week, thanks for joining us this week at CD Sunday.
sue-b DT xx

Sandy said...

These are gorgeous and are sure to be treasured by your grand-daughters. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge this week.
Sandy GD

Sheena Mckee said...

great idea love the papers thank you for joining in with us at crafting musketeers and good luck

Christine said...

This is a lovely gift idea and much nicer to receive than an envelope. Love the design and it is perfect for our challenge at CD Sunday. Thanks for joining in and hope to see you again soon.
Christine xx
CD Sunday DT

Ema M said...

Wow! What a bunch of cute little boxes! Love it!

GD for HMFMC Nov/Dec

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love these gorgeous crackers, such a lovely idea. Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday this week.

Sue T x
CD Sunday DT

starcyl said...

Good idea for a way to give a gift that looks pretty. Love the colours and I'm sure they will be well received.
Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday htis week.
Jenny x
CD Sunday DT

Gail said...

Great idea, and they look amazing!

Fran said...

Fantastic, thank you for joining us over at The Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog , Fran (DT) xx

Jane Willis said...

What a great idea, your granddaughters will love them

Carol said...

Lovely idea to make some crackers and they look good.Thank you for joining in with us at Cd Sunday.
Carol xx
CD Sunday DT

Kelly Lloyd said...

These are gorgeous, love them
Thank you for joining us at crafty ribbons
Hugs Kelly

Hazel said...

Me again - thanks for sharing your beautiful crackers for Crafting Musketeers 'pretty pastels' challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

Mrs A. said...

What a good idea to present a money gift in one of these delightful crackers. I have that triple Cd rom too and am loving the images/papers on them. Thank you for joining in at crafty Hazelnuts extra this month. Hugs Mrs A. (GDT)

Margarets designer cards said...

Great Idea, fab crackers,

Heather said...

Fabulous crackers Mary, I love the design and such pretty papers, your little mousies are just adorable!!!

Heather xx

Kimbo said...

These are so cute. I'm sure your granddaughters will adore them.

Kim GD for HM&FMC x

Sue said...

What a beautiful job you did with these crackers. And what fun they will be.
Images are so cute. Good to have you designing with us.


I'm a Little Teapot said...

What a clever idea and fun project! I bet they will love it!
Congrats on your guest design spot!
Thanks for sharing at Crafting Musketeers!