My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

Monday, November 27, 2017

House Mouse Challenge Anything Goes with BIRTHDAY IN DECEMBER theme

Greetings friends!
I'm continuing the Guest Design gig with House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge today!

Challenge #255 Anything Goes OR Theme Option "Birthday in December"
November 27 - December 9th

So much fun coloring this over-partied mousie setting with Copic Markers in the cool colors of December, yet livening it up a bit with K and Company's Elegant Christmas Papers (from how many Christmas's ago? 10 at least!)

But some papers age gracefully, and never lose their timeless quality.

These colorful snowflake flowers were in the designer paper, and made the perfect accent for a BIRTHDAY IN DECEMBER!

A bit of tulle was added for texture.

A shiny button tied with jute twine finishes it all off!

Please link up with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and show us your pretties. Remember, it can be Anything Goes House Mouse or the optional theme!

Products Used:

  • Images: Stampendous Birthday Cupcake (Friend, Mudpie), Hero Arts Peg Greetings
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Deep Lagoon, Mermaid Lagoon & Old Paper Distress Inks
  • Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-three, Shapeabilities Foliage
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White, KandCompany old, old Christmas Paper, SU Sage
  • MISC: Copic Markers, MS double heart punch, Tulle, Button, Jute Twine

Challenges I'd like to Support:

  1. A Bit More Time to Craft #56 Anything Goes 12/15 sep post
  2. Always Fun Challenges #34 Anything Goes 12/4
  3. Artistic Inspirations #191 Anything Goes 12/11
  4. Come and Get It Challenge (Nov 26) Animals 12/3
  5. Crafting from the Heart #185 Anything Goes 12/3
  6. Crafty Cardmakers #201 Animal Magic 12/11  C14
  7. Crafty Catz Challenge #394 Anything Goes with Twist of Winter Colors 11/30
  8. Creative Fingers Challenge #141 Anything Goes (on #143 post) 12/7
  9. My Time to Craft Challenge Winter Birthday #359 Winter Birthday 12/1
  10. World Wide Open DT Challenge #28 Anything DT Goes 12/15 sep post
Little House Mouse Hugs,


aussie aNNie said...

Utterly adorable. Gorgeous colours De, am loving your show pieces of the lovely sweet House Mouse stamps with your fabulous designer paper and colouring. Thanks for being our wonderful GD hugs,xxx[aNNie]��
{aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends

Jackie T said...

Wow Donna this is a stunning card I love it. Those mice are adorable and the card just so pretty. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Barbara Godden said...

Adorable image, awesome card, fabulous design. just a gorgeous card anyone would be lucky to receive.

Bunny said...

Super cute, Donna. They are over partied. I love this card. Blues, browns, greens and gold colors are fabulous. Love the heart frame die that you used and the pretty tulle. [Bunny]

KarinsArtScrap said...

stunning, love the colours, papers and design Donna
Gr Karin

Chris said...

Aww, just look at these greedy little mousies! Too full of cake to move...the one on the left looks as if his 'eyes are bigger than his belly'!!I think he's really overdone it! :)) Beautiful colouring and colour choice, the DP is gorgeous (no matter it's age!) and the floral embellishment is lovely.

brenda said...

This is just so pretty Donna and really like your choice of colours, they have a lovely organic feel to them and compliment the HM image so well.

B x

KraftyKoolKat said...

So cute and pretty Donna, really beautifully laid out & coloured.

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is stunning Donna, the papers are fabulous and I love the tulle. The Mice are so cute.
Linda xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful festive card Donna I love the image also those lush papers and that flower it looks so ornate this is truly wonderful
lorraine x

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Fab card. I did chuckle at the mouse on top of the cupcake:) LOL

Hope you've had a good start to the week. Sue

SD pooja said...

It's adorable card !! I secially loved the colors , different a bit vintage ,old world charm those papers have :)

Donna Phelan said...

So cute, so sweet! I'd love to be that mouse on top of that yummy cupcake lol Beautiful die cut and coloring, you know I adore your sweet images! I also love how that perfect little tag looks like a clay pot topped with that beautiful die cut....planned or a happy coincidence? LOVE!

Christine said...

Awwww Donna hoq super cute are these guys sharing the cake..Love the colors & your M/Stewart punch around the page border is stunning..(must use mine again all lined up on a shelve) sigh! awesome coloring & yes I keep design papers a longggg time great take on the option theme Birthday..
Many thanks for another super Guest Design card.

smiles Christine xx

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I absolutely love, love this, Donna!! The image is so sweet -- it makes me smile!! You brought those cute little mice to life in color!! I love the papers and the details you added!! So, so stunning, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Adorable, Donna! Love the color scheme and the fact that you use your Martha punches....I have my MS snowflake punches on my desk right now. Awesome coloring too!

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Donna, such an adorable image and beautiful papers - I love the slightly vintage feel - such an original and fabulous design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely stunning Donna fabulous image and colouring-great papers and love the rich colours
Carol X

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, Donna! This House Mouse image is so cute and adorable. And the beautiful way you colored them is outstanding with those gorgeous colors. I love the fact you die cut the panel with the mice on it and framed it again with more patterned papers and dies. The lovely flower and leaves along the side make the card even more lovely.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

An absolute jaw dropper here. Great image and beautifully coloured.I just love the colours chosen for this image and design. Love the gorgeous designed project, just perfect with this image. Lovely work and a real pleasure to pop over and view your blog.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Debbie Mageed said...

Love, love, love! These little mice stamps are the cutest and your coloring skills are exquisite as always!! The details are incredible! Can I come and watch you work please??

Lori Kobular said...

Such an adorable card! I love those overeater mice!! They sure look like they had themselves a fun time! You colored them beautifully and I love the heart frame!

Lorraine A said...

Oh WOW!! this is absolutely gorgeous! the image is adorable and your colouring is fabulous! I love the background and have spent ages admiring it. All the details are so pretty too :-)

Lols x x x
p.s we would love to see this entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Food and Drink Challenge ;-)

Becky said...

How sweet! A delightful card, for sure.

Leslie Miller said...

So much cuteness! Gosh, that Christmas paper works perfectly for a winter birthday and, of course, the image is adorable any time of the year. All my paper is old, some older than others, but I'm still loving it. Beautiful touch of tulle there. I need to make a December birthday card and I've been thinking about it now and then as I make my Christmas cards. You're sure giving me ideas!

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Donna, you know how much I love House Mousies and your card is simply wonderful! Fabulous paper choice for the background and I love the texture in the tulle and the die cuts. Such a beautiful flower and the heart frame is perfect. OMGoodness, I think I'm running out of adjectives, my friend!

Ina G said...

Oh those 'mece' partied hard didn't they! Lovely selection of DP and dies. Lovely coloring. Nice finish with the tulle and teeny bow.

Kim x said...

Fabulous card Donna, I love your cute little mice and all the layers and texture that you have created.
Thank you for joining in with my Animal Magic challenge at CCM.
Hugs Kimx

Glenda Atkins said...

Gorgeous card, what a fabulous background and the papers are a delight. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers for our 'Animal Magic' challenge. Happy Crafting

Sue said...

Donna, another beauty for sure! These two have sure had their fill of that delicious cupcake. I LOVE the addition of the Tulle too. Awesome flowers and such a pretty design. Great addition to our lineup this challenge.


Janice said...

A beautiful card Donna, such a cute image and fabulous design!
Janice x

Pamellia said...

Oh my gosh Donna, you have captured my heart once again with your sweet little mouse image! I really want to reach into your card and gently pet their little bellies!! lol. What a beautiful card. I love the deep rich colour palette and the pops of white here and there. The tulle is a lovely addition and I adore that little tag! sending hugs :)

Diane said...

I just love, love these little 'mousers'!! Such a cute, cute stamps and you have made a gorgeous card here!! I have some House Mouse, I need to let them 'see ink'...maybe after the holidays I can find time...sigh..anywho, another beautiful card!

sarascloset said...

Donna, you did a fantastic job of coloring that sweet mouse image! This card is gorgeous! Love the colors and that heart punching! Very fun touch! Hugs!

Loose Stitches said...

WOW Donna, I totally love the colors you used! Such a gorgeous card and fabulous design!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Donna, so adorable, first I want to say I love your Christmas theme to your blog header, so pretty! This card is just way too cute, the coloring is just fantastic, love the design in the flower and the pattern paper used for the leaves! The heart frame is a sweet touch too and I agree if the paper still does the trick after 10 years, use it :)


Gorgeous and beautiful card Donna xx
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Dianne DT for the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Oh You Made Me Ink said...

What a darling card! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at Always Fun Challenges! Cyndi, DT

Judy McKay said...

Beautiful colouring Donna. Love the design and images. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

Pia S said...

The papers might be old but they haven't lost any of their charm, on the contrary, they've aged gracefully and with style. Your card is a beauty!

Shirley said...

Your colouring is awesome Donna and those little critters look cheeky but happy. Another stunning make sweets.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

sarascloset said...

Congratulations on your Top Pick at CCM! So well deserved! Hugs!

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again next time.