Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's a Christmas Mouse!

Coffee of the Day - Creme Brulee

There is one week left of the current challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges. we are sponsored by MelJen's and have a fun photo to inspire your projects!

I have used Ornament Mouse on my card and the wreath that is 2nd down on the right for my inspiration. Papers are from the Authentique Festive collection, which I was blessed enough to win from a great contest from The Paper Parade. I encourage you to stop by the store because not only is there a fun sale going on, but there's also a follower's candy contest going on at the blog.

I added shimmerz paint to the ornament hanger and stickles to the mouse's hat & the heart on the ornament. the glitter poinsettia is from Prima, buttons are SU!, and trim is some from my vintage stash. it's hard to see, but I did add a bit of faux stitching with a distress marker.

David and I went to several nurseries yesterday to get herbs for my garden. what was the hot pepper and tomato garden last year will be a large herb garden this year. for the past few years I have kept herbs in large pots. I'll put several types of mint in the pots this year. They are about 2 feet across, so they are pretty big pots! ;)  The peppers and tomatoes will get moved to behind our barn, as we found that the area we had them in last year just didn't give them enough sun. We'll also plant some sunflowers as a backdrop along the back of the barn. I think it will look wonderful, plus we'll have yummy treats! Everyone in our family enjoys gardening, so it's really a family affair. I hope to also plant a few lilac bushes alongside my craft room to go with the one that is already there. 

I discovered a handful of  wood violets growing beside our house when Dave & I were outside looking at everything yesterday. they have long been my absolute very favorite flower forever and ever, so that truly made my day! I'll carefully dig them up and put them into the beds in the next few days so they don't accidentally get mowed over like my peony bush the other day.... or all of my columbine a year ago..... or the day lilies several years ago.... or I could just go on and on. my guys (hubby included) all mean well, but sometimes they just get in a hurry.....

take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

Creative Craft - all about animals
Clear it Out - stash plus 2 or more designer papers (stash - SU! buttons are so very old)
Deep Ocean - let's sparkle (stickles, shimmerz paint, & glitter Prima)
Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
Paper Take Weekly - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - outdoor critters (I don't know about you, but I'd much rather mice stay OUTSIDE!!!)
Digi Haven - digi plus buttons
Sparkles Christmas - fave festive colors
Mel Jen's Designs - what's the point? (ornament hanger, mousie tail, mousie nose!, tip of heart)
Sassy Studios - all about the hats
Stamping Chef - animals
Stamp 'n Doodle - distressed


Sandra van Blaricum said...

Stunning card Jennifer!! The papers are gorgeous and the image is sooo cute!

Carissa said...

Jennifer, your card is adorable. Really love the papers that you have used and the way that you have layered them all up. I will have to try this.

Stef H said...

stunning card! i love all the different papers!!!

i grew up with mint growing all along the side of my house. it always smelled nice and we actually used it alot too. miss that smell.

i'm sure herbs will be way easier to grow than vegetables and i'll bet you'll become a pro as using them too! i may be asking for recipes - LOL.

have a great day!

hugs :)

Sandra van Blaricum said...

PS, Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges! :-D

chrissy xx said...

Awhh!! What a cutie this image is..
LOve your design and colours too.
Thank you sooo much for joining us at Digi Haven.

Dot said...

LOvely Christmas card, Jen, with a sweet little mouse.
It sounds like you have a wonderful hobby- your garden. I can nearly smell the herbs, and yes violets are beautiful. Enjoy dear Jen,
hugs Dorte

Susan Kennedy said...

This is way cute!! I love the design :) I love the colors you used! Just fantastic!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Meljen's Designs!!! Good Luck! I hope I see you again for our next challenge :)

- Susan, DT @ Meljen's Designs
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Sentimental Susan}

Barb said...

Your card is darling! Good for you getting ahead on your Christmas cards! Thanks for joining us this week at MelJen's.

~Barb, DT @ MelJens Designs

Penny said...

Glad you can get going on your gardens, Jennifer! That's always good for some healing energy! :^)
Love the card--great paper selection, love the design, the "fishtails", and that darling image! It is sooo cute! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Scrappin Mama said...

So cute love the little mouse! Thanks for joining us at Stamp N Doodle this week...

Scrapping Girl said...

Love your image! I totally agree-mice should stay outside!!!!! (somehow the mice around my house are not in agreement with this, lol) Your garden sounds yummy and lovely :) Glad you joined us at Pause Dream Enjoy challenges this week!
Michelle PDE DT

i {heart} papers said...

Adorable! Jen, you were on my mind so I wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. I hope everything is going well and that you're healthy. ~Kate

Renee said...

Adorable card Jennifer! I love woodland violets too & have some growing in a special place in my garden. It is still too cold here to plant anything...another few weeks until it's safe...but that hasn't stopped me visiting some greenhouses & buying some things already! I love gardening!
Hugs, Renee

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card, really like those papers & layout!

Thank you for sharing with us at The Stamping Chef & Sparkles Christmas, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

kateri said...

Your card is darling! I'm sure you're going to be reading that a lot :) I really enjoyed reading about your gardening. It sounds like you have more energy and that is just so awesome. I share your posts with my husband because I was on a journey like yours five years ago. I'm one of the lucky ones. Sorry, didn't mean to get maudlin. I'm just so glad you're sounding more energetic. And your card is darling!

Zoe said...

Stunning, but the 'C' word in May arrrrrr lol

Thanks for joining us at SND this week

Zoe x

Crafty and Green said...

What a Great Card!! Thank you so much for having played with us last week at Sassy Studio Designs, Dare to Be Sassy Thursday Challenge!! Hope to see you again this week for our April Showers, Bring May Flowers Challenge!!

Many Blessings,
Tina- SSD DT

Becky said...

This is so cute! I love your card design. :) Thank you for playing at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. Be sure to check out our Facebook Page to see if your project entry was highlighted and linked to your blog!

PDE Challenge Page on Facebook

PDE Challenges DT

Athina said...

Great layout! I really love the background and cute image! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

Sandra said...

What a cute image.
Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges xxx

Shanna Shands said...

Maybe I should get a jump on my Christmas stuff too lol! Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps.

Kimberly Pate | KP Kre8tions said...

This is a great card. Super Cute card!

Thanks for playing along at The Stamping Chef.


Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so adorable, I love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Nicoletta said...

Lovely card! and the mouse is so sweet!
Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean Challenge!

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous card, love the coloring job and all the details on your card! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!