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Monday, September 13, 2010

IT'S A HOUSE MOUSE CELEBRATION OF 2 YEARS OF CHALLENGES

Hey All!


Happy Monday, and welcome to the 2ND Anniversary of the House Mouse Blog!  To celebrate, we are having a blog hop with some really awesome prizes from our very generous sponsors.  There's lots going on, so let's start the party!!!!

The challenge for this blog hop is two-fold.  First, you have to play the challenge, secondly you have to visit each design team member's blog to pick up some cheese.   What mouse party would not have cheese???  LOL  I'll explain in a moment.

First the challenge. . .It is a combination of "celebration" and "sketch".  You can pick really any theme but you must follow the sketch.  Here is the sketch:




This is a great sketch by our super talented Lorraine.  As always, you can flip it, rotate it, etc. as long as you stay with the sketch details.  Here is my take on the sketch:




When I think of the word celebration, I always think of Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  The traditional colors for that celebration are green, purple, and yellow so that's what I went with here.  I love these little mice peeking out from under the party hat trying to avoid all of the confetti.  I colored it with colored pencils and oms as always.  The ribbon I dyed with markers to match, and I used a Marvy balloon punch to create the balloons.  I outlined them in glue and added MS glitter in matching colors.  I also created my own background by stamping directly onto the card base with the color coordinated inks with a little stamp that was part of those little sets you get at Michael's.  I then colored stick on pearls with color coordinating markers.  To add a little more zing to the card, I dyed embroidery floss to also match the colors of the balloons and tied it to the bottom of each balloon.  Put it all together and done.

OK, now for the second part of the blog hop.  You need to go to all of the DT's blogs to pick up pieces of cheese.  Each blog will have a different number of cheese pieces for you to collect.  Once you have visited each blog and have the total number of cheese pieces you need to go back to the main blog and leave a comment as to how many pieces of cheese you collected.  We have turned comment moderation on, so no one can see your answer.   So to recap:


1.  Visit Each DT To Leave A Comment And Collect Your Pieces Of Cheese
2.  Go Back To The Main Blog And Leave A Comment As To How Many Pieces Of Cheese You Have
3.  Play The Sketch Challenge By Uploading Your Card With Mr. Linky On The Main House Mouse Blog
4.   You'll Have Two Weeks To Participate In The Hop


Ok, here are your pieces of cheese from me:




Your next stop on the blog hop cheese gathering is HEATHER!  She has more cheese waiting for you!


Thanks for stopping by and have fun.  You'll see the list of prizes on the main blog.  Enjoy your cheese!


Best,


Curt

84 comments:

Heide said...

How fun! Blog hop with Cheese, adorable card, love how you cut out and sparkled the balloons.

Pammejo said...

This is an adorable card. I hope I am able to participate in the challenge. Would love to try.

Purple Crazy said...

would never have thought of combing those colours, but boy do they work well, fantastic card.

Gerlinde said...

LOVE the color combination! Great card!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Curt :-) This image is just soo cute and the colours you used are fab ,, love the stamped paper and all the details , the balloons and ribbon are lovely :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Jackie said...

That is adorable! I love the Mardi Gras colors and the way you made the balloons with color coordinated string. Too cute!

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
oh gorgeous card, i luv the colour combo, awesome colouring, of these ickle cuties, fab design lovely embelies, hugs to all,sue,xx

Lelia Pierce said...

Love your card, Curt! The traditional NO colors are so cheery! :O)

XXX

Patti J said...

Lol...love the colors of Mardi Gras, but my oh my, I didn't like the crowds! Yikes! Love your card, Curt!!! You always do such a wonderful job with these HM images! Thanks for sharing yet another of your great projects! Sheer perfection, my friend! Have a great week :) A big hello to Jay, mom's and the boys!

Sue said...

Curt, love those colors together so bright and fun! Image is colored up so beautifully too. Great job with the ribbons on the balloons and your ribbon bow!

Hugs
Sue Drees

Heidi said...

Now that's one way cool card! Wonderful coloring, as always, and great detail! Wish I could celebrate with your mice at Mardi Gras!

Christine said...

Hi Curt awesome creation teamie..love this fab colour combo & your cute image +++ those wowzer balloons...

smiles Christine xx

Heidi said...

Hey Curt! Head on over, we'll go apple picking, grab some cider, make a bon fire, and watch your "boys" and my "girls" romp in the leaves!
Wishing you the best Autumn ever!

Heidi said...

Oh!!! And I'll gladly claim you as my Brother! I've always wanted one and you're as good as they come!

Debs said...

Great celebration card such fun Bee and Dee

Debs said...

Great celebration card such fun Bee and Dee

Becky said...

What a fabulous card..love the the colors and love how you did the ribbon and balloons,

Lee said...

Hi Curt.what a fantastic card.Love those colours and that image is sooooo cute.Lee x

Shazza said...

great card x

Nela said...

Beautiful card with fantastic colors!
Nela

Paula said...

Love that ribbon! Very Clever!

Ann said...

That colour scheme is just great. I'm heading along to the next port of call and then going to start working on the sketch.
Happy Birthday to all at House Mouse
Ann xxx

silvia said...

Great card!! LOVE the colors and the baloons!!

Yvette K said...

Cute card! Love the color combo!

Nancy said...

Counted your pieces of cheese - thanks. I LOVE your dogs. Beautiful! Are both dogs in the header photo the same breed?
I love your card and the Mardi Gras colors are perfect for a party!

Renee said...

I love the idea of a madi-gras celebration. Very original and fun!!

Jennifer Moore said...

Great card. Love how you outlined the balloons in glitter.

dini said...

Hi Curt - great card! What a fun HM image too - I don't have that one but I just want to cover that pompom with Flower Soft... new obsession of mine! HA! OK, off to hop and count cheese! Cheers ------

Dina
mamadinis

scrapperjulia said...

Love the Mardi Gras colors! Those mice are having fun celebrating! Great card!

Tracy said...

Love the colors you used. This is my first time at your site, awesome dogs! House mice and great dogs what could be better?

Sharli said...

What a happy party card, Curt! LOVE it! I'm off to see the others -

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

such a fun stamp and card :)

Celeste said...

I love how you thought to use Mardi Gras colors for the celebration! Great card! Happy Second Year House Mouse and Friends!

Rica said...

Hi Curt, stunning card - love it, fabulous colours and great colouring of that gorgeous image. Great work on your background and your self coloured ribbon.
hugs Heather xx

Ida H said...

What a beautiful card you have done!
And thanks for the cheese-I hope that I win the challenge because I love HM stamps.
Hugs from little me in Sweden

Suzi said...

Love this colour combo and those balloons are a fab touch, adorable card.
Suzi x

Lynne in NI said...

Awww, what a cute image and your colour combo is fabulous!

Bonnie Weiss said...

House Mouse ... you just gotta love 'em!! And you sure did this one justice, Curt!

Anonymous said...

Hi Curt, I counted 71 pieces of cheese if I added right.... Your card is great, love the mardi gras theme and sweet image. Beautiful card! It's times like this I knew how to down load a card so I could play along..........Rosy Eckhardt

Cathy -Mercieschild said...

Curt, i love that card. I love the colors, who wouldn't want to receive that card. Thank you for sharing and I love your adorable dogs, I have a Maltese, we are dog lovers huh? Hugs Cathy K

petra,s cards said...

geweldig mooie kleuren gebruikt heb de stempel zelf ook heb dus weer inspiratie gekregen hier door dank je wel!
xx petra

Mrs.B said...

Great card. Love the colours!
Avril B

angelwhispers said...

WOW WOW WOW Curt this is adorable love it and the colours are just perfect!!!

Loving your doggies nearly as adorable as the House Mouse!!!! lol

Love Chanelle xx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Beautiful color combination and love the embroidery thread! Great image!

Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

lisa808 said...

What a bright & fun card! Totally awesome ribbon. Great challenge card.

agapanthus said...

Love the colour combination on your card, Curt and especially the fun way you coloured your ribbon - will have to give that a go!
Best wishes Karen x

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Wow! Stunning card. I love the vibrant colours. That's a neat trick with the ribbon - I never thought of doing that!
Caroline xxx

ilove2write said...

I absolutely love this Mardi Gras card.. what an imaginative idea for that stamp. I hadn't thought of that.. and my grandfather is always telling me about what it was like to be born and raised in NOLA.. he speaks of Mardi Gras time often. A Celebration time it is.. I hope you have enjoyed a Mardi Gras or two . BUT yes.. what a great color theme on that card..I will for sure have to work on a card later today or tomorrow for the HM challenge also.. looks like fun!

Card Crazy said...

Adorable card, Curt. Those mousies are definitely party-ready! I'm going to have to get my party hat on and create something to celebrate with them.
Sue S.

coops said...

aw wow this is stunning curt.i love the image and gorgeous vibrant colours.the balloons are fab :)

xx coops xx

Debbie Schneider said...

Great job on the sketch - love the bright color combination!!

SuzanneK said...

Fab card, great colour combo, just love it. By the way your dogs are gorgeous too. Cheers Suzanne

Sassylassy said...

Hi Curt, Your card is so fun. I just love the festive colours. How wonderful I have been blogging for over a year and your blog is the first male owner that I've come across. That's so awesome. Your dogs are little cuties. Thanks for the cheese. I'm hopping away with it. Hugs Bonnie

pinky said...

Its just brilliant Curt, definitely has a mardi gras feel about it and certainly suits the celebration theme. Hugs
Pinky

Tini said...

Yeah Curt - your card looks sooo fresh! Love your choice of colors!
Hugs Tini

Margreet said...

wow Curt, gorgeous card with stunning colouring!
xxx Margreet

Dawn said...

Awww this is just so fun and what gorgeous colours, lovin' those balloons!

Dawn
x

pat moore said...

i love your card curt, and thanks for the cheese, your dogs are lovely.....patricia xx

Tracy S said...

I totally see Mardi Gras in this! That is the first thing I thought of actually. Great combo and cute card!

Eve said...

Luv the color combination! Different but so much fun! :-) I luv the idea of glitter on the edges of balloons! Very festive! :-)

Cat Spicer a.k.a. Spicey Cat Chick said...

Wahoo! What an awesome card! I love all the extra details you did (dying the floss, coloring the pearls) to tie it all together. AWESOME!

Aussie Loz said...

too cute! I love the colours & the matching ribbon :)

Anne said...

What a fun colour combi card and so much detail to enjoy!

butlersabroad said...

Wonderful card Curt, love the colour combo! Those meeces know how to party!

Hugs
Brenda (card #34)

Tracy said...

A bright, fun and wonderful creation, I love it.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Kendra said...

I lvoe the glitter you have used on the balloons, and the ribbon is wonderful! Great card!

Vanja said...

Beautiful card! I love the image and the balloons.
hugs, Vanja

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ok....too too cute! I love your festive mousies and the fun colors! What a super fun hop!! Off I go to collect cheesies from the mousies! LOL

Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous card Curt! Fun and bright colour combo, the balloons are a perfect touch. Love the way you used the colour combo throughout all the details.

Hugs
Maarit

Basteltiger´s Welt said...

I love the bright colours you used.

Best regards,
Nadine

Debs said...

WOW this is stunning Curt - fab colours! Thanks for a fab blog hop too.
Happy Anniversary.
Debs xx

Esme said...

I love those bright colours!! Very carnival!! Such a cute image too!

Esme xx

Lori said...

These cuties certainly look ready to party...great job.

Dot said...

That's one fantastic card! Beautifully colored and detailed. The sketct is great.Happy Birthday.
hugs, Dorte

Dawn Frost said...

Love the lime green it just pops up the whole cards. The cut out balloons are just too cute! Very nice!

Sue said...

Great card Curt. This is my first time to your blog and I am amazed at your photography. My gosh, how long did you have to wait to get the sunbather? Wow, just speachless.

I love the colors on your card. This is one of my favorite images of the mice.
TFS
Sue

Larisa said...

Nice job!!! Very cute card! Love the bright papers a lot)))

Katarina said...

great colourchoice.

Lagene said...

Such CUTE little party animals! Thanks for the cheese!

Ronnie said...

This is an adorable card! I love the bright, fun colors!

Natalie said...

Love the Mardi Gras colors and the mice peeking out from the hat.

Kat said...

Love this card, Curt. It's so fresh and bright. Lovely image and great colour combo.

Kat x

Jessica G. said...

Such a fun birthday card -- I especially like how you dyed the ribbon to match the happy color combo!!

Deb Riell said...

Great Card. Love the image - it's a new one for me. Nice job.