House Mouse Monday ~ Jewels

Happy House Mouse Monday my friends! 

It’s time again for a new challenge at the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog!   Our challenge this week, brought to us by THE nicest, sweetest lady in blogland, my friend Miss America is adding JEWELS or jewelry to your card or project.    America not only chose this challenge, she also sent awesome surprise packages to each DT member with LOTS of different jewels, beads, charms … too much to list!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

For this cute little PRIMA Ballerina ~ actually named TWINKLE TOES, I’ve used a string of  silver beads – attached with double-sided super sticky tape, a silver charm for her crown  (we couldn’t have a PRIMA Ballerina without a crown!), some silver metal flowers to which four teeny, tiny silver circle beads were attached to the center.   

Phew … thank goodness for bifocals!    

Free Smiley Courtesy of

Prima Ballerina

I also decided to take a stab at a Diamond Fold card, using Bette’s tutorial over at Splitcoast … after several attempts at this folding technique, I finally decided that you have to be smarter than the paper!   Apparently, I wasn’t for awhile.   But, eventually I got and really love the look of this type of card.

You’ll definitely want to take a peek at all the goregous jewel cards from the Design Team!!   And, hopefully, you can join us for this fun challenge.    All the details can be found HERE.

Hope your week is off to a great start.  



  1. Kendall B says:

    Oh Mary! This is precious. The jewels are delightful. Congratulations to your patience.

  2. Rebekka says:

    OH MY Word…This is just stunning! love the frame for this.

  3. What a sweet little ballerina she is! How cool that America sent y’all the fun jewels to play with. Your card is gorgeous. I’ll have to see what I have so I could play along. Hugs,

  4. Awwww Mary how precious is this sweet cute dancer..stunning take on the jewellery chall.
    lovely DPs awesome creation GF,

    smiles Christine xx

  5. Oh my goodness Mary!! What a perfect image to use for this challenge!! I adore your precious coloring and your gorgeous bling added!! WOW!

  6. Lorraine A says:

    Gorgeous card Mary 🙂 I love this image ,,, why don’t I have this stamp ?? hmmm it is at the top of my wish list ,,,, along with several others from this challenge,,,,, 🙂 the crown is fabulous ,,, I thought it was part of the design on the stamp !! ,, fabulous design ,,,, awesome !! 🙂

    Lols x x x

  7. Oh Mary, YOU HAVE totally BLOWN ME AWAY with your FANTASTIC use of the jewelery findings !! LOVE How perfect and extraordinary this is. SUPER job with framing this beauty with the beaded string. Superb creativity all around!! oh and need I even mention your exceptional coloring skills that I LOVE SO MUCH?? WOW!!

  8. Aaaawwwwhhhh!!! this is one of my all time fave HM images!!! What a fantastic job you have done with it!!!

  9. Beautiful subtle colors. The jewelry challenge was made for this little dancer. She is darling in
    her tiara and jewels. Extraordinary coloring and layout. Glad to know I’m not the only one that had trouble with this card. hee hee. Sounds like you have a lot going on with a new job and house…so glad to have you back…….

    Sue Drees

  10. This is just so darned cute…down to the darling fancy crown! Love how you used all the bling!

  11. How wonderful, Mary!!
    Love the jewels and the crown!
    Such a sweet card – love the fold as well.
    Hugs, Candy

  12. Wow oh wow – this card is a real beauty! From the bling to the colors you used to your fabulous coloring – AMAZING.

  13. Ooooh – yummy scrumptious!!! I love how you’ve used the jewelry and how it brings the eye straight towards the focal point, your amazingly coloured little Prima Donna ballerina. Another stunning creation!!
    love & hugs,
    Heather xx
    Must finish the email I’ve been writing you for over a week now!!!

  14. Stacy aka Twinshappy says:

    Holy cow…. look at that crown, how did you do that. This is awesome… the beads are totally cool. I love this… just awesome.

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