Thursday 6 March 2014

The three minute retro mouse

I loved the retro 'line art on block colour' treatment on this card I showed you on Tuesday, so I carried on with the idea for my three minute card today. Come and have a look:

The block colour background was created by sponging Soft Sky ink into a mask made with a 1" circle punch (a sponge dauber is perfect for this as it gives a nice even finish.)  I added the mouse from Life in the Forest using a stamp-a-majig to make sure he was where I wanted him. By the way, here's what I think of that little mouse: SQUEEEEEE! Sorry about that - hope I didn't hurt your ears! Now, let's take a look at some other versions I rustled up:

Here's a Pistachio Pudding one. The rule here is to choose any colour that formica kitchens were made in back in the 50s, and it will work superbly for this retro look!

I was using the Express Yourself hostess set for the sentiments on these cards and I couldn't resist using 'love you' with an added heart embellishment (from the owl punch). I love you too Mr Mouse!

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Wouldn't it would be wonderful to have a dining set like this:

What a gorgeous splash of colour and those chairs look very comfortable! The only trouble is, I'd have to decorate the whole house to match and...

... aaaargh! Stop it! Please...! It's Formica Hell!

All the day-glo formica will be swept away by tomorrow when I'll have a cute little Easter project to show you - including an easy-to-follow video tutorial. See you then,


  1. You're cards are so cute!! I felt in love with that little mouse too (actually, he was the reason I bought that set hèhè ) xx Erna

  2. Yeah . . . those pictures really are formica hell! But probably thought tres modern at the time!

    Love your retro cuties xxx

  3. Just love the Formica home pictures (not!) - your blog entries are always so entertaining, Vicky! The cards aren't bad, either ...

  4. Love your fun card Vicky and that cute little mouse....yes we had a formica kitchen table when we got married that had two drop down parents had it after us and we threw it out when they passed away...thats when things were built to LAST...


  5. Darling little mouse! Can't beat a bit of colourful 1950s Formica either! xxx

  6. I too am in love with that little mouse - these cards are adorable and the formica dining sets look all too familiar to me! Please stop! LOL Can't wait for tomorrow's post:-)

  7. Loved this post. The card is cute but your old ads were awesome! They bring back scary memories. They were nice and sturdy tables, I'll tell you that!

  8. Your cards are such fun, fab little mouse.

    Those household items, I lived through, ah! such lovely memories. I even had black wallpaper with orange flowers on it, in my kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was in the 70's


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