Monday, October 22, 2012

House Mouse and Friends Spooky, Sweet and Colourful Blog Hop!

Hello Peeps!

I hope your weekend was wonderful!  Welcome to my blog's newest followers - so glad to have you!!

Today is a fun day for me as I get to take part in my first blog hop ever!  I was over the moon when I was invited to guest design for the month of October at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, but never imagined that I would be invited to be on the roster for one of their fantastic blog hops!  So a huge thank you to all of the gals at HM&FMC and an extra thank you to Christine for taking the time to coordinate everything!!

Onto the challenge - this fortnight we are looking for your Spooky, Sweet and Colourful creations.  Include the colours purple, black, orange and lime green.  Your creation does not have to be for Halloween.  I hope you'll have time to join in and I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations!

For this challenge I decided to create a little Halloween decoration:
So, evidently, I am not big on orange and lime green though technically that little pumpkin stem does count :) I also don't usually make Halloween stuff - I thought I only had one Halloween stamp but the deeper I dug into my stash the more stuff I found.

Supplies:

Stamps - House Mouse Scaredy Cat (I masked the little mouse out of this one, just keeping the cat) and Hay Day (from which I cut out the little mouse wearing the pumpkin)

Paper - Assorted black card, retired Stampin' Up (blue) and gcd studios from the Sweet Surrender collection (purple), 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, white card for the banner (coloured with DI weathered wood and milled lavender, edges inked with black soot)

Punches and dies - Stampin' Up bat punch, TH tattered banners, TH Alphabetical, Cricut - Elegant Edges for the two base shapes, Ribbons & Rosettes for the fence, spider and web, and the tree is an SVG file from My Scrap Chick (Bella and Baxter Trick or Treating)

Ink/colouring - Cat stamped with jet black Archival ink and coloured with DI black soot and faded jeans, background scene painted with DI squeezed lemonade, scattered straw, black soot, weathered wood and milled lavender.  Mouse stamped with rich cocoa Momento ink and coloured with Prismas blended with Sansador because the watercolour paper is quite thick, so this made the fussy cutting less challenging.

Other - black hemp twine, black mini eyelets, skewer stick (painted black with acrylic paint), shiny black fibers glued on the spider.

Blog Hop Details:

If you are taking part in the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the talented Christine's blog.  If this happens to be your first stop, pop over to House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge for the complete blog hop order and to start at the beginning.  

The next stop along the hop is the talented Dorte's blog.

To be in for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes, make sure to follow the blog hop and challenge rules:
- Enter the current challenge by linking up a new project following the theme and using a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies stamp
- Leave a comment at every stop of the blog hop and on the HM&FMC blog
- Be or become a follower of the HM&FMC blog

I would like to enter my decoration into the following fun challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - S for skeletons, spiders and anything spooky
Anything but a Card - fall or Halloween or fall colours
Crafty Catz - Halloween 
Crazy 4 Challenges - orange, black & purple
Divas by Design - something spooky
No Matter Which Challenges - Halloween creations or Halloween colours
Papertake Weekly - fright night!
Simon Says Stamp - Joy's Eerie Inspiration (photo)

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great week!

Hugs, 

Dawn

65 comments:

Sandra H said...

Hi, Oh wow what a fabulous Halloween Decoration l love every thing about it and that cat is pretty scarry!! great blog hop too xx

Donna Hanley said...

Dawn, Congrats on taking part in the Blog Hop. boy for someone who doesn't not usually "do" Halloween you hit this one out of the park. This is just fabulous and what creative thoughts went into this one, with masking, painting, cutting, etc. All ending up with the stunning wall hanging. Thanks for sharing your creation with us.

Sue said...

Dawn, love your card. The poor little mouse in the pumpkin must be scared of that kitty, but the kitty is so cute. The scene you created is so darn cute, love it.

Hugs
Sue

Caroline said...

This is gorgeous I love that house mouse image and the layout is fantastic. Caroline xxx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

This IS scary, sweet and colorful! I love black and purple! Great card! Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

America said...

Oh Dawn!! You have totally outdone yourself on this awesome and striking Halloween creation. WOW! Its gorgeous in color and fabulous details! WOW!!! We are so glad you could take part on the Mousey Halloween HOP as our GDT. Thank you so much!! We love your work!!! :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gasp! Dawn this is outstanding! First your shading and picture scene is fantastic. Love the hanger and shape... this is wonderful and I am not a halloween fan! ha!

Lynn said...

That little kitten is adorable and your coloring is wonderful! Love the decoration that you have created.

PaperDaisies said...

Dawn. Just love your creation. It is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Nina

Rica said...

WOWEE Dawn, this is outstending!!!
I love your design and fabulous colour scheme. Your image and your stamping is stunning and your cat is coloured so brilliantly.

hugs
Heather xx

onecraftymama said...

Adorably cute & spooky! I totally love this image, and all the touches are just perfect! I think my fave might be that scrolled BOO! Such a neat decoration :)

Sarah said...

Hi Dawn, ooh fab hanger! Love the image you have created (and so inventive to to use the different stamps).

Great colours as well.

Thanks for joining in with us this week at Divas by Design.

Sarah

Donna Ellis said...

Dawn, this project took my breath away. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! How you ever colored that, I'll never know - so amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Gail said...

Good job Dawn!
Fantastic Halloween project, and that image is soooo cute!
Oh yeah....Christine rocks!

Margaret said...

This is such a fun piece! The images and background are colored beautifully, and the black bats, trees, fence, and spider complete the scene perfectly! The framing is the perfect 'home' for your super sweet Halloween scene! Thanks so much for joining us at ABAC!

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh Dawn, for not being much for Spooky type cards, you slam dunked this blog hop challenge! Awesome job-I so love that blue sky and all your great embellies! Tickled to have you with us for this month!!! ♥ Sue K

Lori Barnett said...

THUD!!!!! This is AH-MAZE-ING!!!

Renee said...

Dawn, hello from Manitoba! I love your adorable decoration...great idea! I can see why HM invited you to be a guest designer!
Hugs, Renee

misogi said...

What a wonderful decoration it is at Halloween!
A black cat is very lovely.
Hereafter, it will look forward to your work.

Hugs,

Karenladd said...

I just LOVE the way you colored your project! The purple and blue background with that black cat is beautiful!!

Nikki said...

Awe this just makes you smile love it :)

Sarah said...

Wow Dawn! Your project is amazing. Love the image and the colouring is superb. Congratulations on your design team post.

Sarah x

Jingle said...

This is so fabulous! I love that Boo! banner! Thanks so much for playing along with the Eerie Inspiration over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

SuzanneK said...

OMG this is awesome, love the design and image. Thanks for taking part in our Halloween challenge at NMW Challenges, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

Tracey T said...

Your colouring is fantastic! Love the way you've created this image from different stamps. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Christine said...

Awwww Dawn this is a stunning spooky Halloween mousey creation..your B/ground colours are gorgeous 7 the cat has me giggling..wonderful colouring love it all.

Many thanks for your stunning GDT contributions to the mousey chall for Oct...

smiles Christine x

downrightcrafty said...

stunning image love the design and gorgeous colouring with all those silhouettes
Hugs Kate xx

carol said...

wonderful creation, fab colour choice, thanks for playing along with our challenge at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Tracy said...

Hi Dawn
Fabulous spooky and colourful creation. What a brilliant image, I love it. Gorgeous design too. Thanks for being our GDT
Happy crafting
Mousey hugs
Tracy x

Roxx.T Barnes said...

Speechless...You have rendered me speechless!Wow..I mean Wow! Congrats on your DT post you deserve it & raised the bar I'm sure!

Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge blog...make sure to stop by agian .

Roxx.T

Cathy -Mercieschild said...

What an amazing card. I love the colors and the layout and I love how you made it a decoration . it is awesome. Who wouldn't be blessed to receive this hanging decoration. it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it hugs, Cathy K

Joy said...

Cuteness all round on this card, love your colouring... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

marion said...

Wowwwwwww, awesome !!! I love cat cards and this one is soooooo fab !!! Thanks for joining us at NMWC. Love everything on it, also it's shape. Good luck, hugs, Marion

Helen said...

Wow, this is great. I especially like the scroll part. Loving this blog hop

Hugs Helen xx

Bea und Doreen said...

gorgeous !!!
Such a cute image. Love it
Many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week
Hugs
Doreen xx

Christa G A.K.A. Camouse said...

Simply gorgeous!

Christy said...

What a gorgeous job on that image! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!!! :) :)

Debi said...

I love the way you used 2 stamps to create a great image. Also the Boo on the rolled scroll is wonderful.

Julia S-W said...

What a beauty of a halloween decoration! I love the colour combo and that cat is adorable. The pumpkin is so sweet too.
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely halloween hanging at Anything But A Card and I do hope you'll join us again soon.
Juliax

Sheena said...

A wonderful decoration for Halloween! Very spooky!

Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!

Sheena
xxx

Beth M said...

Wow this is gorgeous! I love the image and your colouring is fab :) thanks for joining us at crafty catz this week x

Mickaela Vildljung said...

Wow, this is just amazing! I love the coloring - the cat are just mindblowing! I love the purple and just calm of the card.

Love Mickaela

Patty Sue 2 said...

Dawn, YOUR coloring is fantastic! I have had so much fun looking at your lovely creations! I am so glad I found your blog! You should enter this card at The Paper Shelter DT challenge.....your work is lovely!

Natali said...

Amazing project. I really love everything on it. Great job!!
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Halloween” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.
Hugs
Natali

Julia S-W said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment and for becoming my latest follower. I really did enjoy coming to see your lovely kitty creation. I have now joined you as a follower too.
Juliax

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Your coloring is a knock out, Dawn! This is such a great image and you have showcased it so well.

*Vicki* said...

WOWZER!! This is absolutely incredible!! Gorgeous coloring and what a truly sweet image!! I love everything about this!! Thanks for sharing it on this fun blog hop! HUGS

HelenR said...

Gorgeous card! Great image- thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin'! Helen x

Lillian said...

The purple and black is SO striking together and I just love the cat coloring - always so hard to work with black, but you've done a superb job!

Nela said...

Its so gorgeous, what a lovely image coloured so beautifully!
Great colors!
Hugs Nela

Liselot said...

Wow, what a beautiful creation, especially for someone who doesn't make Halloween creations a lot. The cat is so fun!
Liselot

Carla said...

Amazingly gorgeous card! I love that scared black kitty!

craftynatalie said...

Ahhh, such a cute image! I love your decoration, its lovely.

susiestacey said...

Hi Dawn, this is the first time l have come across your blog - l love your project and the colours are just gorgeous, the cat stamp is fantastic for Halloween.
I have arrived via Christine - thank you for the chance to win yummy candy along the blog hop. x Susan x

April said...

I just love this decoration! It is fantastic. Your coloring is fabulous! Great job!

Vicky said...

OMG , so cute , love the black cat theme and the purple color with the black fence , wow a great card !

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely gorgeous, the image is sooooo cute and the colours and die cuts are beautiful
Lindsay xx

susie said...

Great Halloween decoration - so imaginative - just love it all. Thanks for the blog hop xxx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Wonderful colouring! Wonderful Hanging! Hugs, Lesley

CraftyLyn said...

A lovely decoration, and a great image. Just beautiful

Barbara Godden said...

AWESOME card, just love the cat, and it was so beautifully coloured. fabulous job.

Lizzy said...

It's just wonderful and great,
kind regards
Lizzy

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous decoration, have entered my card now thanks for the chance to win, have a lovely weekend
Shaz xx

Donna Ellis said...

Dawn, this is cute as can be! What magnificent coloring - wow! and I like the drop down banner. Really cute which such vibrant colors!

Silvia said...

This is a amazing project! I love your wonderful coloring!