Rudolph Day

Good afternoon and I hope that none of my blog buddies in the UK have had any damage from the storm I just read about on the MSN home page. I know that several of you wrote that you were preparing for some gale force winds.

For those who don't know, each month over at Stamping for Pleasure that starts each month on the 25th. Rules are simple and it's lots of fun, so today's card will be submitted to October's Rudolph Day. There is a lovely Memory Box corner die for some lucky entrant. Here is my card:

- Image is Santa Mouse CM 714P by Artful Stamps, colored with Copics, die cut with a S/Binder Petite Large Oval. I added some Polar White Flowersoft on the fur & hat pompom. I have a heck of a time with the Flowersoft glue, and this effort was no exception. The glue was clogged at the tip - and yes I store it tip down in a cup as instructed in a class! Using a paper piercer to try to unclog it, I jabbed the needle end into my finger, didn't realize it until I saw a red blob on the little mouse's chest. Wet a towel to get it off ASAP, but still saw a little residue from a stain. Used some more of the copic pinks to try to cover the boo-boo. Grrrr!

- Background is from waste paper (?snippet?)at the airbrush table where I've been spraying Dylusions and other sprays. It is pages torn from a desk calendar and as I tear them off, I use this for scrap paper at the table, and when it gets all grubby, toss it. I thought the colors were pretty, so this one I saved for 'something'. Trimmed off a section, cut to size, embossed with a Darice Henna EF.

- Border is Canson #90 w/c paper sprayed with full strength Dylusions Postbox Red & Cut Grass green, oversprayed with Tattered Angels in a gold color. Let this air dry after tilting the paper to let the wet spots run & marble. This was my intended background for this piece, until I had the idea to use the waste paper. I really liked the colors on this border & used an MS punch to trim.

- Ornament embellishment is from La Petites 3-D stickers, added a hanger from some gold cord. After the photograph, where I saw the little crook at the top, I straightened the hanger.

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment from a snippet left from creating the background here. I had already used my initial stamp & I'm not pleased with how close together the Noel & stamp are. But by the time I realized this, the Noel was adhered. I used the Xyron sticker tool to add adhesive. I'm trying to develop a liking for this it is easier than dabbing glue...but..the jury is still out.

Since I have a few snippets on this one, I think I'll submit it to Pixie's Crafty Workshop week #96, where I just saw some gorgeous cards and a lovely prize on offer. Check it out.

At Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October, it's an Anything Goes theme, as long as it something related to Christmas, so I'm visiting there as well. The sponsor is Bugaboo Digi stamps.

Hope you'll check out these great challenges, see something that inspires you to play along. In the meantime, enjoy your Monday, smile at someone & thanks for joining me today. Many Hugs

*edit: A very sweet blogger suggested this be submitted to another Christmas challenge,
so I have done that. Saw some wonderful entries that I'm going back to enjoy!


  1. What a cutie pie this little mouse is! Looks great Mary and if you didn't tell, the pink on his chest would look liek shading!!! lol
    Off to catch up on your blog posts I may have missed...sore hands at the moment and still trying to finish up cutting back the garden!

  2. Mary, that is a cute, cute image and pretty ornament. Wonderful card!
    I think you've given me a warning. When I have to use glue, it is always stopped up/dried in the top and I grab my paper piercer. I've come close to the same kind of accident as you had. Glad it wasn't worse for you. And, I'm happy I mostly use Scor-Tape. :-)

  3. Oh wie schnuffig, was für eine niedliche Weihnachtsmaus, die Karte macht richtig gute Laune.
    LG Anja

  4. What a cute image Mary. Love this card too. We did have gales last night here in Scotland , but not as bad as England. Terrible destruction. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. Oh my......what a darling little image! Love your card and think the sentiment looks just fine that close to the image. PRECIOUS!!

  6. Super cute image. fabulous colours and embelishments.
    Great Christmas card.

    Kath x

  7. This image is so cute Mary, and I love the backgrounds, great idea to re use your spray catcher paper! I love the look of the flower soft too, Cathy x

  8. I once bought a box of cards for Christmas with an identical image to this, and I've loved it ever since! Adorable card, and I love that unique background too!

  9. Gorgeous card Mary, I like the sweet image and the background.
    Kevin xx

  10. Aw, what a super card Mary - I adore the mouse and clever you to use the 'catcher paper'!

    Right, the Xyron machine! I do tend to only use mine for things where other sticking options might not work. I use DST, tape runner, glues and fine glue pen as a first option. BUT, when I have to use it there are a couple of tricks with the Xyron. First is to 'burnish' the item whilst still in the double film after you run it through the machine - I use a little craft tool for this but the back of a coffee spoon would work fine. That seems to make the sticky strings (good description of yours!) less. But, the best trick of all is once you set the item onto your card and then see those shiny sticky bits leering back at you and wanna cry. To remove those the very best thing of all is a Stampin' Up Adhesive Remover - here's the link -

    I've only had one for a few months but LOVE it, it's a bit like the crepe soles you get on kids sandals. Just dab at the sticky strings and it picks then up, also fab for removing stray bits of adhesive of most types (especially those little bits that sometimes get onto the back of a card), rub ons and loads more sticky stuff.

    Hope this helps!

    Hugs, Di xx

  11. What a sweet, cute card - thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenges. Challenge 6 on Crafting Musketeers is 'Christmas in October - it would be good to see this there as well, Hazel, Design Team Crafting Musketeers x

  12. This 'Mouse' card is adorable!!

  13. What a little cutie Mary. Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day with this sweet card.

    Sarn xxx

  14. What a cute, cute card Momma Mary!! I love that cute mouse in his santa hat. I'm sorry that you poked your finger with the needle-you can use any glue to attach the flower soft. You don't have to use just "their" glue. The flower soft looks amazing on this cuties hat though!! Would have never know that you had gotten blood on this fella's chest, you did a great job covering up that boo boo! Thanks for the beautiful Halloween card too!! Got it yesterday! Hugs!!

  15. Sweet little mousy! I appreciate you becoming a new follower to my blog, and I have come to invade your stomping grounds, as well. I will have a look around, and take in all of the inspiration!

  16. Adorable card my friend!! Love that adorable image.

  17. It will be a special person who gets this card seeing as you have quite literally shed blood for it! Owch! Done that myself with stickles and the like, as well as poking my pokey tool into my leg once whilst pricking paper! That hurt.
    Nonetheless this is a beautiful card. The mouse is so cute.

  18. After all of the pain and did a good job. I'm with you on the Flower soft glue. I use Aleene's tacky glue with FS. I got tired of fighting with FS glue. Very sweet card.

  19. Awwwwwh. How sweet is this card. Love his little cute face. Totally adorable. hugs Mrs A.

  20. Thanks for adding for Crafting Musketeers 'Christmas in October', Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon. x