Yep, this month it's YOUR CHOICE! Now before some of you get too excited, let me explain that the same rules still apply...2 cards for 2 different occasions, using the same stamps, stencil, or dies. So whatever choice you decide on, just remember that you must use the same stamp, stencil or die. Since it is March and I have a wee bit o Irish in me, I decided to use a SHAMROCK for my choice, and used a brand new stamp set from Colorado Craft Co. called 4-Leaf Clover and came up with a friendship and birthday card.
I just can't seem to resist these cute little critters designed by Anita Jeram (illustrator of the "Guess How Much I Love You" book), and these little mice in the field of clover and holding up the one lucky clover just melt my heart!!
For my friendship card I stamped and clear embossed the image before coloring with my Copics, and then partially cut around the upper half of the mouse and 4 leaf clover. I attached a piece of Ocean Tides DSP (PTI) to a top folding white card base, and then adhered the mouse image to the bottom half of the card. I did put a pop dot behind the 4 leaf clover to make it stand out a bit more and also added some TH Distress Glitter. The sentiment is also from the 4 - Leaf Clover set, and the inside sentiment says "hard to find and lucky to have".
My birthday card uses the same image, but instead of coloring all the clover green like in my 1st card, I colored them all different colors so that the one 4 leaf clover that the mouse is holding up would stand out like the rarity it is! I also used more tan Copics to color the mouse in this card than the warm grays I used on the 1st card. I die cut the image using a SU! oval die and backed it with a black scalloped oval, before adhering to a white layer that I embossed with a Darice embossing folder. I wrapped some black & white gingham ribbon (Michael's) around my embossed layer and a black layer before completely adhering my oval to the two layers and then finished by adhering it all to a side folding white card base. I also added a tiny tag (PTI) that I stamped Happy Birthday (The Greetery) on and then finished with a few Disco Ball sequins from Gina K. The inside sentiment is from the 4-Leaf Clover set and says "May Your Blessings Outnumber The Shamrocks That Grow" and I thought that was pretty fitting for a birthday card. Two of our daughters have March birthdays, so this card will be going to one of them.
So there you have it...2 different cards for 2 different occasions using the same stamp! We can't wait to see what you choose for your choice...it should be quite a colorful gallery this month! If you need more inspiration and ideas, check out what our DT and Special GD Nancy have come up with right HERE and then play along with us! This challenge is open till the 24th. :0)