Monday, January 3, 2011

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #86-New Beginnings


Happy New Year and Welcome to the first Blog Hop of 2011 at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog. We always have so much fun and have some Super Doooooper prizes to give away this time! You can see all the sponsors and prizes on the challenge blog. There will be lots of winners this time around...each prize will go to a different person AND.........there is hidden blog candy along the hop as well. You must leave a  comment here and then as you hop along, leave each DT member a comment as well as one on the main blog to be considered for the prizes. You have to have a card entered to win the main blog candy and the last I heard, our sponsors were RK Stamps, Simon Says, Di's Digi Downloads, and Joanna Sheen  and the Official House- Mouse Designs!

You could be a winner! (ha that sounds like a TV commercial doesn't it?)

We also would like to introduce our first Guest Designer for January  2011-Tracy and her blog is Country Mouse! (now isn't that just the perfect blog name??) We hope you all play along and get a shot at being one of our guest designers this year!



Okay...a little bit about this card I made for our challenge this week-New Beginnings! This card sort of "morphed"  You know what I mean??? You start out with a specific idea and the next thing you know, things have changed. Well...my "New Beginning" for 2011 was to use all the wonderful DP I own and not hoard my favorites and not go out and buy a ton until I make a dent in what I have...and Guess WHAT???  I took a nice little Michaels and Craft Warehouse gift card to the big city this weekend and promptly bought a bunch of "purty" paper! Oh well, I guess it makes me happy, but it does put my card in a different context now LOL!

Oops, almost forgot to mention that I used the sketch from SFYTT over at I (heart) 2 Stamp. This is a year long challenge. A once a month deal...let's see if I can remember!!!!

I hope you can hop along with all our team below and then hop along to TRACY's blog for the next stop! All our teamies are back and joining in! You have two weeks to link your creation on the main blog!

Follow the blog hop trail here:

Curt-yeah he is joining in!
Sue Kment-you are here
Tracy-Guest Designer for January

Card details:

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Stamps: Bear-ied in Paperwork (Biggly) JR1071, Sentiment is a Heidi Grace Epoxy word sticker
Cardstock: Real Red (SU!), DP is My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup (Twinkle, Twinkle--Little Man and Ledger)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics(sorry, forgot to write them down, but my guess is E31, 33, 34  R  22, 24-27, 29 and can't remember the teal)
Misc: SU! Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Star nestie, dimensionals, and computer generated 2011



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113 comments:

Susie said...

Adorable card - your designs are always for beautiful.

Renkata said...

Adorable card.
Love the layout.
Happy New Year!

theCook said...

cute card, love the star papers!

Anne said...

Great card. Gorgeous image.
Love, Anne x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Sue ,, I love how you coloured this image and ther papers and bow are perfect :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Jenny Gropp said...

Oh Sue, your HM cards always bring a smile!!! It's cute as can be!!! I completely understand... cards morph all the time at my desk!!!!

jules said...

oh! love it! gorgeous and i love the colour combo!

Jovita said...

Sue your cards are always wonderful, I like the designer paper you used, very "purty".

kristyk71 said...

What a cute and clever card -- and your explanation of what inspired it strikes very close to home!

* Shaz * said...

A gorgeous card i love the gruffies need to get me some more Happy New Year to you xx

Jennifer Dove said...

Awesome colors and great coloring....yummy

Sue said...

Sue, you crack me up! I know what you mean about beautiful papers, but it's an addiction! Love the papers you used on this card with the gruffie up to his nose in cardstock!!! The stars are wonderful. Colors are so bright and cheerful, makes me want to get right to my stamp room and do something!!

Hugs
Sue Drees

Meretekj said...

Gorgeous card!
Wonderful colors and paper!

Christine said...

Oh Sue stunning take on our NEW theme chall gorgeous image & colouring super DPs love how you carried the STARS thro the creation..

smiles Christine xx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

I love the color combination! Beautiful card and the image is so great!

Wishing you a Happy New Year and a nice day today!

Barbara Diane

Rica said...

Oh Sue - I love those scrumptious papers and such stunning colours and that bow is awesome!!
Fantastic colouring of poor Gruffie - know just how he feels - up to my neck in 'to do's'

hugs
Heather xx

Curt in Carmel said...

Loved reading your story about your card. And laughed about you buying MORE paper! I've estimated that I have over 4,000 sheets of paper, and I've said "NO MORE"! I have also told myself that I'm going to make more of my background paper myself. It's been fun being back with you guys. Thanks for that little blurb by my name. You always make me feel great! Happy New Year to you and your family! Best, Curt

agapanthus said...

Love how you've adapted this images and the beautiful choice of colours you've used! Just fab! Best wishes Karen x

Tertia said...

Love this card! Beautiful colouring.

Ardilla said...

What a cute and sweet image!!!!!! Lovely card...

Shirley N said...

Hi Sue! Wishing you and your family a very healthy and Happy New Year! Love your cute colorful card!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous and adorable card with a cute bear!! Lovely colors. Happy New Year.

Jo said...

Fantastic card, love your choice of colours. Happy New Year.

Linda aka backroads girl said...

Very clever the way you used this image. That's what creativity is all about!

*Vicki* said...

Hello Sue from Oregon!! :) What a really darling card!! LOVE the image and your coloring is fabulous!! I think I might like to join in on this hop!! Just have to find the beginning and go from there! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! BIG HUGS

Eve said...

lol, this is funny & so cute! I feel like i'm this gruffy... you make me think Gruffy is even cuter than i thought! starting from your christmas card! :-) Maybe i should get him! :-) Luv the layering! Happy New year Sue!

*Vicki* said...

What great inspiration from everyone!! I have really enjoyed this blog hop!! :) SWEET image and coloring!! I've got to pull out my stamps!! HUGS

Paula said...

I've been getting rid of paper over the last few days so this really chimed in with my start to the new year - the shredder has been working hard. Love the way you've got matching colours of those sheets of paper with the patterned paper - the different reds really make an impact & I love the expression on Mousie's face.
Paula (PEP)
http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

Tracy said...

I didn't click at the mouse links in my blog name and House Mouse Lol! I love your creation, the colour combo is fabulous. Nice to work along side you on the hop.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Lynne in NI said...

Fab card and great colouring too! (I feel a bit like that in work!)

Krafty Kows said...

I simply adore this image. I love the image, it reminds me of me in my craft room! Love the colours and them papers. Happy New Year. Jeanette

Marilyn C. said...

Love the image! Great colors!

scrapperjulia said...

I love those colors together! Fabulous card!

Meg said...

Tee-hee, that's exactly how I felt going back to work today! That card is just too adorable!

And that is exactly how I feel about patterned paper...I always say "no, no, no" but then I cannot resist! Aqua and red is one of my favorite combos, so it looks like I'll have to add another one to my wishlist! :)

Lynnor said...

LOL!!! So much for resisting all those wonderful papers!! One of my resolutions is to use what I have, especially those piles of scraps! But my second resolution is to admit that resistance is futile, so I will give in when I know I'm beat by all that fabulous new paper that I haven't even dreamed about yet! Love your card. So cute how you popped up the layer of paper this cutie is piled under!!

Amanda R said...

Great job on the coloring and I love the papers! Very nice!

Our Little Inspirations said...

Totally cute, and I LOVE those papers!

marilynwillauer said...

Great card!!! Loved reading your little history about the card. I'm not the only one out there with lots of paper and then can't resist buying more.
Thanks for sharing, adorable little guy on your card.
Happy New Year!

Mary said...

Love the card, that image is ME this week. back to work after being off for almost 2 weeks. I think I should retire early.lol
I think the setting I used for the vinyl are blade at 5, speed is at the slowest, and pressure med. This gal(http://www.obsessedwithscrapbooking.com/2009/05/cricut-settings-table.html) has a table you can download, I never can find mine when I need it so just cut and hope for the best.

Mary said...

My friend just told me you should try these settings: blade depth = 3
pressure = 2 (so it cuts thru the vinyl but not the backing)
speed = 3

She has been doing more of the thicker vinyl like cricut.

Dawn Frost said...

I feel like I'm under a stack of papers sometimes, lol! Beautiful card and great background papers.

Graphicat said...

heheheee, awesome! I think I look like that most of the time! LOVELY card!
Cheers
Cheri

Anne said...

Hee hee I think that's how most of us start the New Year - all the paperwork that has built up over the holidays!
Gorgeous colours on your card, love it!
Anne
x

Glenda Atkins said...

Adorable card and soooo cute, love all the papers in the background, and that is a pretty nice bow (I have a hard time with bows lol). Great blog hop.

Happy 2011

Ida H said...

Here's little me & want to join the blog-hop.
The first time I do this so it's a bit exciting ...
I love your beautiful card!
A real little teddy bear.
Thank you for inspiring me!
Hugs scrappida

Diane said...

Oh Sue,it's beautiful! That image is just too cute! And love all those dp!!
Wishing all the best in 2011!!!

Handmade by Vivi said...

hihihih very funny image!! great card!!
xxx
Vivi

Sandra1968 said...

Happy New Year!
Your card is gorgeous and I love your new papers :-)

sharman said...

Awh.How sweet is this. I love the image. Great coloring job....

Allison said...

This rocks the planet! Such a fun image (very in keeping with my office!) and I love that paper! Great job!

Sue said...

I love this!!! You make the CUTEST cards Sue! Thanks for the blogaversary greetings. Believe it or not, your blog was one of the blogs that motivated me to start making cards and inspired me to start a blog of my own. Thanks!

Veronika said...

Adorable card, can't help but feel sorry for the little guy drowning in paperwork.

Loving the house-mouse blog hop even if all the "Ah I want that too!" really are adding up...

pinky said...

I love your card, its so bright and cheery! Gorgeous papers, gorgeous image:) Hopping on...

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohhh what SWEETNESS!!!

Sharon said...

Adorable, and loving the colour scheme too.
Sharon x

gila said...

was für eine tolle Karte und lustig
lg gila

Yvonne Hagane said...

Oh, I love this card! What a super cute image. Colored up so beautifully, and I love the color combo as well. Well done!
Happy new year to you, Sue!

Sue said...

Hi hun
aww a stunning card, awesome colouring, luv the colour combo, lovely papers & design, happy new year hun, sue,x

Ida said...

How cute! Love the fun little image and how your card "morphed" as it's just darling. Happy New Year!

Leslie Miller said...

Love your House Mouse cards! This one is super cute! That's how I feel at work sometimes -- buried!

Teija said...

Fabulous card !
Happy New Year!
-Teija

Cathy said...

Fabulous card Sue. Love the colour combo and the cute bear.
Cathy xx

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness! This is SO CUTE! I love the papers and colors you chose. You colored it beautifully!

Heidi Brawley said...

Your card is very adorable! love the coloring and the colors you used!!! Have a very Happy New Year!!!!!!!!
~Heidi Brawley

Inger said...

Such a sweet card!!!
That image is so cute! :))

Inger

Tracy said...

Sometimes I feel like this little guy. :-) You little shopping trip netted you some great DP's. Fun card! Happy New Year!

fabricbutterfly said...

Your card is wonderful, so cheerful, love it!!!

Spyder said...

I'm a rubbish reader and it does take me ages but I love those house mouses and was given a few stamped images over the Christmas, so will try and join in! (if I remember as I'm very forgetful!) You card is just lovely!! So cute. Happy new Year!!
(Lyn)

Jenny said...

Great card! If you pop over to my blog, there is an award waiting for you. hugs Jenny B

Elena said...

So cute! I love the DP you used! What a neat idea to use star die-cuts along with it. Love this bear stamp! :)

Sparkly Engineer said...

Sue, as usual fantastic card. Really love the colors and the coloring.

Smita Srivastava said...

Loved going thru ur wonderful blog ...

- Smita
www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
(fun food ideas for little ones )

Lynn said...

Wow! what a great card and I love the colours, the stars and all the detail!!
Wonderful!!
huggs
Lynn xx

dmbennett said...

Gorgeous card. Love this image/stamp. Love how the bear is covered in papers.... Love the colors you used and all the details you added... Thanks for sharing....

Nela said...

Georgeous creation in beautiful colours and nice details!

butlersabroad said...

Beautiful card Sue, me New Year Resolution was to make a mess in my craft room... at least I'm guaranteed to keep it, lol!! Your card reminds me that tax time is only just around the corner too!! I'm #26 on the HM blog btw. Here's to a Happy and Crafty 2011.

Hugs
Brenda

Olga_art said...

Drowned in the book! Happy New Year!

Annika said...

You seem to have never-ending supply of HM images!!! I'm almost jealous!! Such a cute card - again!!
Sorry I've been out of loop for so long, it's been more a hospital than a house here for almost a month!
Hugsies
Annika

Leonie said...

Love your card Sue! This stamp is so cute!! Nice coloring!

I've made a card with the new beginnings challenge too. You can find my card here!

Leonie xx

Beate said...

What a darling image and card. Love the paper and colors you chose.
Hugs and smiles

Wuzimädi said...

You've made a really georgeous card! Especially I like your colourful design!
All the best for 2011!
Michi

Paddington fan said...

Fantastic card, love the coloours and the new papers! Your post made me laugh too - I keep saying I have to use up the paper in my stash but somehow I always end up buying more when I visit the local craft shop!! How does that happen?? Thanks for a fantastic hop, love Jacky x

Mareikje said...

Hi,
your card is so sweet and gorgeous.
Thanks for the funny bloghop
LG
Mareikje

Debbie Johns said...

Hi Sue, Love your card, the colours match beautifully.Thank you for the chance to win.Enjoying the blog hop.Debbie Johns x

Dorothy said...

Oh, how cute - lovely coloring, and that could be me in that pile of paper - paperwork as well as dp!

Debs said...

Gorgeous card - great image and super colouring!
Thanks for a fab fun blog hop.
Debs xx

America said...

Hi Sue! I adore this image and how youve colored it to perfection to match that awesome DP!!! Its absolutely FABULOUS in every detail GF!!!

Stempelfan said...

What a great card, I love those bright colors.

Hugs from Germany
Sonja

Nelli said...

What a cute bear :-)

Greetings from germany
Nelli

Kendra said...

Love the pretty ribbon! great bg papers too!

Stressed Stamper said...

love this image colouring and layout - basically - love it...off hopping again
Sarah - Stressed Stamper

Lins said...

Hi Sue,

what a cute bear and all the DP's you've used match so well, great layout!

Hoppy hugs,

Lins ;-)

ribenaruby said...

Lovely card, fab colouring! Ruby x

Doris P. said...

This image is sooo cute! A wonderful card!
Hugs Doris

Larissa said...

Very sweet, the dp is really lovely!

Hugs,
Larissa

Spyder said...

I did forget, well no, I just couldn't remember where!?! Thanks for the reminder
(Lyn)

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love it, its so cute. With hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Yvette K said...

What a beautiful card!

Spyder said...

Card finnished and entered!! Fab cards along the hop and this is the first one I saw, days ago!
Lovely!!

(Lyn)) New fan of House Mouse!

Mrs.B said...

Great card, love this bear, he's so cute!
Avril B

Dot said...

I am hopping along, enjoying the blog hop and all the wonderful and funny cards.
hugs Dorte

RachelDonnie said...

My fav yet! I wish I had this to give to my only crafting bud, Pegs. She would love it and it would inspire us to get a move on with our creating for 2011! I'm in love!!!!!!

* Shaz * said...

Love this card! Beautiful colouring.

Victoria said...

gorgeous card and image x
Vicky
http://angeldrummer.blogspot.com/2011/01/house-mouse-new-baby.html

Natalie's Crafts said...

Awwwwwwww, that's so cute!

Kat said...

What a gorgeous card, the image is just adorable.

Kat x

Katie said...

Hi there,

You created a beautiful card! I don't know how you found the perfect papers. Great layout! And cute Bear!

Best wishes!

Katie

Deloris said...

What a cute card! Love it!

Thanks for your wonderful compliments on my blog.

Katarina said...

I just love the papers you've chosen and the way you matched the colouring with them. I just made a card with that exact colourcombo. It's so neat.

Amy Sheffer said...

How CUTE! Love the combo of papers and your amazing coloring! Fantastic take on the SFYTT!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Looks like this little guy is struggling with him post-Christmas thank you notes and he is soooooooo cute! An adorable card! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Ana said...

Hi
Happy new year.
A lovely card.
Kiss from Germany.
Ana

Tracey Brossart said...

So very adorable! And that star matches perfectly with the wonderful and cheery DP you used! Amazing coloring too! :D

♥Tracey♥...ƸӜƷ

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