Monday, November 21, 2011

Warm and Fuzzy House Mice

     Another Guest Designer card for House Mouse & Friends.  The challenge theme this time is "Warm & Fuzzy."   Nothing could be warmer or fuzzier than these little mice huddled around a candle lamp.  This image is from the House Mouse unmounted stamp set "Winter", and I'm almost ashamed to admit I've never used it before this card.  Well, in my defense, I got it after my Christmas/winter cards were done for last year.  :-D   The sketch is from Bling It On.

    The image is stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with black detail EP, then colored with Copic markers, including the sky, and I used the colorless blender to make the snowflakes, filled in with a white gel pen.  The image is matted with black and dark blue CS, cut with square die cuts.  I used polka dot dp and striped dp from DCWV (I think - they've been in my stash a long time!) for the background papers and used lace ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make the vertical lines of the sketch.   I added Stickles to the snow and the candle flame.  For embellishments, I added more of the lace ribbon, ruffling it along super sticky tape, then added the pearl swirls and the flowers.  The flowers also have Stickles on them for glitz and glimmer.

     I adore this stamp now that I've used it.  It makes me think of staying warm with family all around, and the sad part is that my family is spread all over the country.  Wish we were all closer.   I think this may be my favorite Christmas card so far this year!  It'll be a tough decision which favorite child or grandchild is going to get it when it comes to mailing out cards to family for the holiday.   Maybe one or more of them will try to bribe me for it!  Maybe I could offer it in exchange for more House Mouse stamps in my Christmas stocking - what d' ya think?   Pay attention family -- I'm open to all bribery suggestions!  :-D 

     OK, here's the long list of other challenges for this card:
Pile It On (Load as many challenges as possible on one card) - Anything with a "P" (pearls)
Addicted to Stamps - pearls and lace
Catered Crop - from their list, I used: Winter scene, swirls, lace, ribbon, pearls, & layers
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes/Wish you were here
Southern Girls Challenge- Bingo (Glitter, Ribbon, Embossing) 
Gingerloft - Lace 
Delightful Challenges - Bingo (Add dimension, ribbon/lace, glitter/sparkle)
Let's Ink It Up - Favorite Technique (lots of layers, heat embossing, & coloring)
Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Christmas with pearls (My first time playing here)
Forever Friends (must use an animal) - Christmas is Coming
Stamps R Us - Bling it on
Oldie But a Goodie - Let It Snow
Ooh La La - Bingo (Pearls, Flowers, Lace)
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Cards und More - Blue and Pearls
Just Inspirational - inspiration photo
Shelley's Images - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Four Legged Friends (My first time playing here, too.)
Make It Colorful - Lanterns/Candlelight
Kaboodle Doodles - Baby, It's Cold Outside
Scraptastic - Not an A2 + use ribbon and die cut

     Dig out those wonderful House Mouse stamps you have (or a Gruffies or a Happy Hopper stamp) and play along in the challenge at House Mouse & Friends.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


jimlynn said...

This is so pretty Connie! If no one in the family wants it, just send it to me! LOL!
Wonderful papers and I love the lace on here. Gorgeous card.

CardArTart said...

I am loving those meeces to peeces lol. Gorgeous image!

Sue said...

Aww this is So cute! those mice are adorable. Gorgeous layout and embellishments. The lace looks beautiful. Definitely a Warm and Fuzzy card - really love it!!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the Challenge!
Hugs Sue xx

Sue from Oregon said...

A great addition to your Christmas card stash for sure...I LOVE this image and how you have created your card! Happy to have you join our team for November! ♥ Sue Kment

Dalis said...

what a super duper sweet card! Oh my goodness!!!!!

-- dalis
PIO Owner

SuzanneK said...

Beautiful Chrissy card, I am quite partial to House Mouse. Sorry you missed the deadline too at LIIU. Hugs Suzanne

brenda said...

What a super Christmas card.

Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More, good luck with the prize draws and hope to see you again.

B x

Shannon White said...

OMGoodness Miss Connie! This is so Precious! Love the Sweet House Mouses! They are soo Darned Sweet! And you have colored them up to Perfection! Love he perfect dp's too and I am loving al the lace! so Pretty!


Linda said...

Connie, your card is amazing! I love the image of these little mice huddled up in the candle lamp. The embellishments are fabulous as always.

Linda xxxx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab card love the LO & the ribbon looks great!

Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges & MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Donna Ellis said...

HM images always tell a story, and this image is fabulous in its story! Love what you have done with the coordinating papers, and beautiful coloring, Connie!

Sassy Cheryl said...

Adorable image. . . . .beautiful card! Love the colors and the POP of the red candle. Love it.
Thanks for playing in the Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week.

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Cute image and gorgeous colouring.
Love the way you used the lace.

Thank you sharing this with us at Penny Black and More, good luck;-))m

Pami said...

Wonderful card, love this sweet image! Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck! Pami x

Sue said...

Hi Connie
aww this is adorable,awesome colouring, beautiful embelies & design,sue,x


Hi NanaConnie! Now isn't this lamp top just the most smart way to stay warm. I hope they let that little gaffer in!!!! Your card is SO precious...I love everything about it. You are very artistic and skilled to be able to color something so intricate and detailed. I enjoyed looking at every detail (aside from shivering with the little meesers! lol Best of success in your challenges and of course, ours at FOREVER FRIENDS. Divine Love, Samara

Rica said...

Absolutely adorable Connie, stunning colours, live the little beautiful Mousies all sucked up warm in their lantern (not are are tee-hee!!)
K love your pearls and swaddles in that beautiful lace.
It great to have you with is also!!!
Heather xxx

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

OH WOW ... this is AWESOME!! Your coloring is fabulous and the design is perfect!
Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!

Shelly's Images DT

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card, the mice are so cute, thankyou for joining us at TioT's this week.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Connie ,,, oh I would have a family auction and 'sell' to the highest bidder :-) ,, lol, this is fabulous and I now have this image at the top of my wish list ,,,,

It has been lovely having you long with us Connie :-)

Lols x x x

Diane J said...

Such a beautiful Christmas Card, those little mice are so cute, beautiful layout. Thanks for joining us at FOREVER FRIENDS and good luck in the challenge.
Love Diane (DT) xx

Ildiko said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh such a cute card, I just won 4 House Mouse stamps and still not inked up
Thanks playing along with TioT this week

scrapperjulia said...

Beautiful card! Love the lace and the embossing. It was great being a guest design team member with you too!

Fluffles said...

What a lovely image, beautifully coloured...a lovely card. Thanks for joining in the Oldie But Goodie fun. Hope to see you next time, Jx

Kat said...

Lovely Christmas card Connie. Love that image. I love House Mouse and I'm sure I've got a few that haven't seen ink yet.

Thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More at Allsorts this month.

Kat (GDT) x

Cheryl said...

Awwwww how cute! Thanks for taking this week's challenge at Kaboodle Doodles!

Ann English said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colors!

I'm so very happy you joined us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's challenge.

Dawn said...

Aww, love HM! so cute
Thanks for playing the Sassy Cheryl's challenge

Jan Hennings said...


Carol L said...

I just love this sweet image and the beautiful resulting card you've created! Thanks for joining Stamps R Us for the Bling It On challenge!

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

soooo cute & pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles’ Baby It's Cold Outside Challenge!

Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz at

Sue said...

Connie, this is wonderful! Love that stamp and the little scene it creates. The lace looks so beautiful too. Was so good to have you creating along with us for the month. Thanks for your great cards.


Dawn said...

How cute is that!!!! I love that image, Warm & Fuzzy Indeed!
Good Luck in your challenges!
Dawn xx

DesigNeAl said...

Cute image and great layout
Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us at Ooh La la; we hope to see you again soon x

Doreen said...

Your card is gorgeous.Thanks for sharing this with us at

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and Oldie But A Goodie challenges, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Mina said...

fabulous card Connie, I love how you used this super cute image...thanks for joining in with the Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge
Mina xxx
p.s. I love your cat pictures

skated said...

Lovely card, thankyou for joining our challenge this week at Just Inspirational
kate xxx

Caroline said...

This is so pretty, I love it, thank you for sharing it with us at Just Inspirational this week

Caroline x

DesignerDiva said...

This is too cute Connie! Fab image and gorgeous paper choice

Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT and good luck with the challenge
Hugs Laurie x

Marlies said...

A gorgeous card with a realy cute image!! Thanks for joining us at ATSC, hugs, Marlies

louise said...

Beautiful card love the colours,thanks for joining us at Penny Black and more
Hugs louise xx

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is adorable. Your laced ribbon is a great touch. Just an adorable wram and cozy card all around.

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a gorgeous Christmas Card. Beautifully coloured. Thank you for joining us at Penny Black and More this month.
Clare x

Rachael said...

Beautiful colouring and fab colours! Thanks for joining us at FF Fortnight :)
Rachael xx

Kathy Bradley said...

This image is so cute and is on my HM wish list (with so many others). The colors are lovely, as is your card!

thinker said...

I love the image! It makes me feel all warm and cozy as I imagine the warmth from the light! Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenge

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Connie, super cute image.
Thanks for joining us at Addicted To Stamps for our lace & pearls challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Claire said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for playing along with An Oldie But A Goodie this fortnight. Hugs, Claire x

patty said...

wonderful card, thank you for enjoy us at CARDS und MORE, good wishes, patty

Francesca said...

Great creation,

Thanks for joining us at OLDIE BUT A GOODIE Challenge and good luck!


Kate said...

Your card is Beautiful. I love all the details. Thank you so much for joining us over at Cindy’s Scraptastic Designs . Hope to see you again.


Cindy said...

BEAUTIFUL job with your card!The image is soooo CUTE and LOVE all the sweet details. Thank you so much for playing along at Scraptastic Mondays!:)Please
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Debs said...

a super sweet card :0)..thanks for sharing with us at Bling It On..hugs Debs x

GiGi said...

This is so cute! I love those cute little mice! The lace and flowers are such great accents! Thanks for playing at Scraptastic Mondays!

joni said...

Love this card!!! So dang cute! I love this stamp and you've designed it so beautifully! Thanks for joining the challenge at Scraptastic Mondays!

Karen said...

Oh my, this is exquisite! The image is so beautiful... and you have given it such life with your coloring. I love that you used the colorless blender for snow! The lace and pearls are gorgeous touches. Such a lovely card. :o) Thank you for playing along with us at Scraptastic Mondays! :o)

Hugs and blessings!