Monday, December 23, 2013

Santa Mouse

     A few days ago, I told you I had done my last Christmas card and, at the time, I meant it.  But then, I remembered this darling "Santa Mouse" image, drawn by Kathy at Stamp Art by Kathryn and available through Whimsy Stamps, which I had to buy the first instant I saw it.  I had bought it before Thanksgiving, printed it out and slipped it into my folder of 'Things to Color' which is always nearby, no matter where I am.  I forgot about it until I saw it again yesterday and then just had to color it and turn it into a card.  It's just so cute; I know it's now a favorite of mine and will get used every year.  So, let me share with you my absolutely, very last, Christmas card.  :-D


I followed this week's sketch from The Outlawz
and took my colors from Color My Heart: "ruby and juniper."

  

     I colored Santa Mouse with a combination of ProMarkers and colored pencils.  He was already die cut before coloring but I matted him and all the papers with black CS.   The background dp I used is scrap booking paper from Paper Pizazz, called "Santa Plaid."   The corner dp were just scraps which I cut to size.  I added strips of gold colored gemstones to each corner and then found the bits of ribbon and holly leaves in some dp and cut them out by hand, backed them with CS, and added them to the corners.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas -- Make own embellies
A Creative Romance -- Sparkle at Christmas
As You Like It -- Fav Christmas digi & why (It's too cute to resist!)
Baffies Kreativladen -- Last minute Christmas
Catch the Bug -- Fav Christmas song (Here Comes Santa Claus)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -- Happy holidays
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas -- Last minute Christmas
Digi Haven -- Colors of the season
Di's Digis Designs -- Christmas
DL.ART Thankful Thursday -- Christmas
House That Stamps Built -- Last minute Christmas card
MilkCoffee -- Anything Christmas
Pumpkin Spice -- Anything holiday
QKR Stampede -- Happy holidays
Simon Says Stamp -- Bling
Stampin' w/ the Dragon -- Last minute Christmas
Stempelsonnen -- Anything goes
The Squirrel & the Fox -- Christmas
Whimsy Inspirations -- Party time (Christmas party)

     Well, it's the last Monday before Christmas and I'm totally ready.  No last minute shopping, not even at the grocery store.  My time is my own and I'm enjoying being close to family this year.  Merry Christmas to all my friends and followers.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

24 comments:

Malika said...

What a cute image so lovely

malika

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely precious. Hope he has a gift in there for you.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Donna Hanley said...

He is so darn cute, Connie. Fantastic coloring job and he just makes for that shape die you used. The paper is beautiful. Cute little ribbons are always a sweet addition. I'm so glad to hear you are with your family and have the time to enjoy them this year. I just have a couple to wrap this morning and I'm done also. Enjoy!

jimlynn said...

Eeek!!! This is adorable!!! The first thing I noticed was your fabulous coloring - outstanding!! Love that design you used on your card too. Fabulous all the way around.
If I don't catch you again before Christmas, hope you have a very merry one and enjoy all the time with your family.
Lynn

*Vicki* said...

Now that is such a cute lil fellow!! Love the fun Christmas colors and design here Connie! ;) Glad you are able to spend time with your family this year! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a great New Year my friend! :) HUGS

Linda Simpson said...

Aw this is just gorgeous Connie, I do so love the cute Santa. Have a good holiday hun.

Hugs
Linda xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Connie, Merry Christmas!!
Kevin xx

Cheryl First said...

This is adorable, Connie! What a super cute image! Have a Merry Christmas!

Patricia St Martin said...

Just so adorable, love your coloring and you just brought him alive.What to tell you how much I have enjoyed all your wonderful creation thought out the year and look to another year of your stunning inspiration so Merry Christmas and to a fantastic New Year to you and your family.
Hugs, Patricia


Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 156 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

Sassy Raggedy said...

Cute Cute Cute !!! I adore this wonderful image and what a fantastic card...Just super cute..Hugz, joann

Teresa Arsenault said...

Great design. I love the plaid and the corner pieces. Your colouring is brilliant.
hugs,
Teresa

Deonna Bemish said...

Great Card and design. I love that image. Thank you for sharing with QKR Stampede this week. Merry Christmas!

Samantha K said...

What an adorable little mouse. Love the DP's you have used t back him x Thank you for joining us over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge x
CC&CC
Little Pear Tree

Michelle B. said...

Connie, your mouse is completely adorable! The coloring is fantastic, love the shape too! So glad you joined us for our Red & Green challenge at Digi Haven!

Louise Palser said...

Great work. Thanks for joining in at MilkCoffee, Good luck, Lou DT x

Glenda Atkins said...

The colouring is fabulous on that adorable mouse Santa! Wonderful take on the sketch!
hugs
Glenda

canadian_liner said...

He IS a cute little fella! Great job colouring. Thanks for linking up with Color My Heart for the last dare of the year. Happy new Year!

debby4000 said...

What a wonderful card, do love the cute santa mouse.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

luv

Debby

Karen Howard said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the image and your coloring is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Digi Designs Challenge! Hugs, Karen

sarahstone said...

What a cute Santa Mouse! Thanks for playing at Color My Heart this week!

Sarah

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Soooo sweet! Love this cute image. I'll have to go and check it out. Great take on the sketch. I really love how you use them.

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

So cute!! Thanks so much for participating in our QKR STAMPEDE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
~DEANNE~
A Little Bit O' Paper

Taniaj Scott said...

Great card and super image.
Thanks for entering our Last minute Christmas challenge at Stampin with the dragon
Hugs Tania (DT) xx