27 October, 2021

Christmas mouse

Just a quick post today to introduce the first Christmas card of the season. 
I've been invited to prepare a GD project for the newest challenge over at Penny's papertake. I said yes, but the thing is: I've had this conversation in the beginning of September, and since the challenge was scheduled a few weeks from then, I completely - and I mean totally - forgot about it. Only a couple of weeks later it occured to me that there might be some unfinished project in the back of my mind, and suddenly it dawned on me... Didn't I take on a GD task ages ago? I anxiously checked my inbox, already convinced that I screwed up, because it really has been a long time since I have been in touch with Geesje. 
Sweaty and shaking I finally realized that the due date was yet to come - what a relief! I could have sworn that I've already embarrased myself, and now it turns out I could play it off as "being late". So, I picked one of the digi's I've been offered almost a month ago, but since the challenge was still a couple of weeks away, I put it aside for a bit - and promptly forgot about the challenge once again! What a mess!

Last week, I remembered that unfinished task again, and while checking my inbox again I was now completely sure that I've missed the challenge - only to realize I had, in fact, a few days left. Off to work before I ultimately forget about my due project! And here it is, my twice forgotten GD task featuring this adorable mouse from Digi Doodles. It's a Christmas themed motif obviously, but I decided to use rather untraditional colours. 
The checked background paper has been on my mind for quite some time. I was thinking about creating a card inspired by the pink ribbon, but I can't help thinking that the whole pink October thing is just a way for people and businesses to look good, to gather attetion and revenue. I'm all for awareness and research, but I can't understand what a discount code for a random store will do just because it's printed in pink? It seems to me that the symbol of breast cancer gets abused a lot this way, and therefore, the whole thing just doesn't resonate with me. 
Anyway, as I had the paper at hand, I thought I might as well use it in my Christmas project. At first, I matched it with a couple of other papers to create the general layout of my card. Then, I painted the little mouse with coloured pencils. I mostly kept the pink and grey colour scheme, except for the holly. 
After that, I made one major change to my card plan: originally, I wanted to place a white ribbon on the grey cardboard, but I opted for a sheet of white embossed paper instead. I used a border punch to create an eye catcher on the left part of my card, and printed a simple Christmas wish which I placed on a piece of pink cardboard.
After I glued everything together, I think it doesn't look too bad alltogether. I'm thinking about adding a bit of glitter to the mouse's cap, but I'm not sure whether I should add shimmer or not. I'll be happy to take your thoughts into consideration whether my card is finished enough, or is it still in need of a little something?

as you like it: critter or people (definitely critter - I think they're easier to incorporate into my projects because I'm better at colouring animals than people, and I find it easier to match papers/embellishments when I feature an animal, even though I can't really explain why this is happening)
C.R.A.F.T.: non-traditional Christmas colours
cardz4guyz: any animal
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "add some layers"
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
creative crafty uncles: males go feminine
creative moments: ATG
love to craft: ATG 


  1. This is so beautiful. Nice work, looks great.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  2. Very sweet in the soft pastel colours, many thanks for sharing with us at the Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  3. Such a cute card Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CRAFT Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  4. Sweet card thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz hugs Sue x

  5. What a sweetie. GORgeous colours too.
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Crafty Catz.
    GDT Chrissyxx

  6. Love this merry little mouse...perfect for our challenge!! Thanks for playing along with our "Any Animal-Actual or Animated" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  7. This is a lovely card, the colours are so pretty and a super cute mouse. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It. Lynne DT

  8. this is such a cute card with a layout for the adorable mouse card for Holidays. Thank you for playing with us at C4G

  9. What a cutie this is I love the image also the lovely soft colours a super card thank you for joining our challenge this week at ALLSORTS
    lolo x

  10. Your card is so sweet. Darling image. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  11. Such a little cutie and love the pastel colours..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT  https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/

  12. Wonderful card and a cute image. Thanks for joining us at Vesela hiška.
    Valerija DT

  13. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at the Allsorts challenge xx

  14. Fabulous and sweet card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Vintage week;-))m

  15. Super cute card. I love the papers you've used and all they layers you've created with them. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. María, Hugs.

  16. Lovely card with a sweet little image, thanks for sharing at Christmas with the Cuties.

    Pat xx

  17. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 565 also for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October challenge - I hope to see you again soon. x

  18. Hello,
    A sweet, cute little Christmas card.
    Thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at CRAFT challenge-theme being Christmas non traditional colours. Https://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com
    I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
    With kind
    regards Sue
    CRAFT DT Blogspot handmadecardsbysb:wordpress.com

  19. Splendid creation! I really like the use of the non-traditional colors! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  20. Such a cute mouse! A very nice card. I like how you echoed the colors used to match your patterned paper. Thank you for joining my challenge choice at Cardz4Guyz this round. Cheers, Jolanda - DT

  21. such a beautiful card!
    thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

  22. Ooo, kako lepa kombinacija barv, ki se krasno ujemajo s sivo! In tudi motiv miška v praznično odetega je luštkan. Hvala za obisk v Veseli hiški in lepo se imej. Veana R.DT

  23. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Greetings Sylvia Hoekman-DT.

  24. A fabulous little critter!! Thank you so much for sharing at AYLI. Sarah DT

  25. This is adorable.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  26. This is such a soft, sweet card for the holidays. Thanks SO much for sharing your wonderful art with us.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  27. What an adorable mouse and cute card! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  28. Super sweet image and great color combination. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Moments.

  29. Was für eine süsse Weihnachtsmaus! Das schöne Karomuster im Hintergrund und die nicht traditionellen Farben finde ich ganz toll dazu! Vielen Dank für Deinen lieben Kommentar zu meiner Pop-up Karte. Falls du sehen willst wie so eine Karte gemacht wird, habe ich ein Viedeo dazu gemacht.
    Geht ganz einfach!! ;)) LG, Rosi

  30. Thank you for playing along with us and being "in the pink", at Christmas with the Cuties.. this is so gorgeous, what a cute image

  31. Such a funny image! Love all the non traditional christmas colors!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Creative Crafting Uncles and good luck. Hope you will join us next challenge again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge
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