Monday, August 15, 2011

**Lets get Fruity** for HM&F Monday Challenge #102

Eek! Welcome back to Monday!

It's time for a new challenge at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog!   This week our sweet and super talented Teamie, Lorraine Aquilina, wants you to get *Fruity*! LOL!!!  What this actually means is; creating a card showcasing one of your HM&F stamps that features some type of a *fruit*. :)

Well, these adorable little critters love to eat. There are so many CUTE stamps to choose from.  I chose this fun Apple Delight HM&F stamp for my "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT" card. I also went a little nuts with the curly ribbons!  LOL!! 

STAMPS:  Stampabilities, House-Mouse Designs, called: "Apple Delight"; featuring Maxwell; from 2008. #HMUR1053. The sentiment also by Stampabilities, called "Fruits & Nuts" #DR1096.
Paper: White & RED Heavy CS
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, SU White Signo Gel Pen, Blue Pigment Dye Ink
Accessories: Marianne Design, #LR0112 Die, Spellbinders Circle & Lacey Dies, Word Window Punch, BasicGrey Rhinestones, Red Curled Ribbon, Fabric Red Flower

 Have you noticed curly ribbons popping up everywhere lately? I have, and so I decided to try curling my own ribbons!!! These fun ribbons can be used in a great variety of ways like on gifts, for hairbows, for cheerleaders, home decor..... etc... but I wanted it on my card!!! LOL! Turned out funky, but also added a fun final touch! :)

If you are interested in knowing how-to, there are several ways to curl ribbon, but here are the top 3;

1. You can simply; tightly wrap-it-around a dowel, spray it with extra firm hold hairspray, use a hairdryer to dry it, then leave it place for a while to stiffen.

2. If you are in a hurry, spray ribbon with water to saturate, tightly wrap it around a curling iron and heat curl it until completely dry.

3. This is probably the best method--> in the Oven!! --> Tightly wrap-ribbon-around a dowel, spray it with water, pin ends with clothespins, place on cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, put in oven and heat at 200 degrees for 10 minutes until dry. Let ribbon cool and remove from dowel to reveal beautiful curls! :)

For additional instructions, here are a couple LINKS to sites that show you just how easy it is to curl Fabric Ribbons in an OVEN; (Please pay close attention to the types of ribbons to use and make sure to watch the ribbon while it is drying in the oven to avoid burning it!).

Hope you will give this curly ribbon technique a try! It takes practice, but it's tons of FUN!!

Im also entering this *FRUIT* card into the following challenges:

Totally Paper Crafts Challenge -- Food & Drink
Crafty Calendar -- Hot Colours
Fussy and Fancy -- Use a lot
Craft Us Crazy -- Anything Goes
Challenge up your life: No patterned paper
Our Creative Corner: Fun with fruits
Addicted to Stamps: Anything goes

And DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT the rest of our Mousie Team's amazing *FRUIT* creations.
We hope you will get "FRUITY" with us! heheh. Come and join us HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 


  1. aww :-) this is just sooo cute :-) Gorgeous card America, the image is adorable and the curly ribbons are fab :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. How cute is this?! I love the card shape too. Have a great week!
    Rosey x

  3. What a bright fun card! That curly ribbon really sets it off. Love that mouse stamp, so darn cute, but then aren't they all!!


  4. A super cute card! Did you curl the ribbon yourself? I would love to know how that's done. Thank you for joining us at The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop blog. Sarah x

  5. Hi hun
    aww a fabulous card, fab image & colouring, luv the ribbon detail, great shape, sue,x

  6. so cute round card
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy this week.
    céline F&F DT

  7. Such a cute image! Love the sentiment and that curled ribbon, too. Thanks for joining in this week at Our Creative Corner!

  8. The ribbon is fantastic, it just ties it all together, great work, love it

    Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs this week, I hope that you enjoyed the challenge


  9. A cute card, the idea with the ribbon is wonderful...great effect.

    Thanks for joining us at challenge up your life.


  10. LOL!! This makes me smile!!:) I adore those curly ribbons too!!! Such a fun creation!!

  11. What a gorgeous card! I love the cute image and the curly ribbon!
    thanks for joining us at ATSC.
    hugs, Marlies

  12. Fabulous card! Your HM image really pops and your ribbon looks amazing!
    Thank you for joining in with the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge!

  13. This is just gorgeous. Love that cute image and the shape and curled ribbon look amazing.
    Thanks for joining our 'Food & Drink' challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Caroline xxx

  14. OMG this is so cute! I love the ribbon it really sets it off. Thanks so much for joining us for a challenge over at Frosted Designs.

  15. OH my word, this is just so adorable! Awesome card design and love that ribbon.

  16. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at ATSC.

    Hugs Nadell

  17. a lovely card thank you for joining us on totally papercrafts this challenge

    victoria dt

  18. THis makes me giggle - that little mouse is so adorable! I love that you made a shaped card and the corkscrew ribbon is a fun touch. Thanks for having Fun with Fruit at Our Creative Corner this week!

  19. Hi America :-) you have linked this to the SSS kiddo's challenge by mistake ,, I will delete :-)

    Lols x x x

  20. Love, love, LOVE this card!!!! the image is so adorable and I adore that ribbon! I will definitely give that a try! Thanks so much for the info! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us over at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
    hugs, Sharon

  21. This is absolutely adorable!! Love this particular image and it's so appropriate for this time of year! :)

  22. Hey America, I tried to mail you before but i don't think you got it. I was one of the winners in this challenge and wonder how to claim my prize:)

    Love Mickaela