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Jan 2, 2022

Colorado Craft Mouse with a Die for Stamping Sensations and December Card Chain Challenge Reveal Day

Hello and welcome! 

Today's post is a two-in-one, hopefully I'll manage to keep the post from getting too long as I am sharing two cards I made, and a third I received.

It's the first Sunday of a new month and that means a new challenge starts at Stamping Sensations, and since it's the second of the month it also means time for Reveal Day for the December Card Cain Challenge which I had joined in again last month!

So first up is my card for Stamping Sensations where we're starting the year off with an easy theme of "Stamping with Option to Include a Die". Our prize this month is a £25 prize package from Oakwood Archer. Hope you will join us for your chance to win!

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So last year I discovered a line of stamps by Anita Jeram from Colorado Craft Company. 

I did wait for quite some time before I purchased any, but then found them at a really great price and free shipping through this Amazon seller and it was hard to resist that free shipping!!

This stamp set is called Big Love (also available at and direct from Colorado Craft). It comes with this gorgeous - super cute - image and several sentiments, including the one I used on this card. There is also a matching die available but I rarely get matching dies for sets and instead fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors.

Colored with Distress inks and a Zig Detailer watercolor brush before fussy cutting.
I also finally got the Avery Elle Star Frame die I've had on my wish list for some time and used it on today's card. 

The stencil is by TCW Circle Explosion

As mentioned, today is also reveal day for the December Card Chain Challenge - a world wide card exchange where we send one card and receive one card. By the way, if you are a card maker and would like to join in the January card exchange, you can read all the details HERE and sign up there as well. 

My December card went to Tina in Slovenia. I do so hope that my card arrived on time as I haven't heard anything from Tina. It was mailed in the first week of December.

At Card Chain Challenge we are always given a choice of "challenges". For December we had a fun "Tic Tac Toe" type grid and I selected the last row.

Gold, Glitter, Bird, Stamp and Red. I did use some other colors in addition to just gold and red for coloring. 

The image is from Penny Black - Birdhouse Blessings, heat embossed using Versafine Onyx ink and detail clear embossing powder. Coloring was done with Distress inks and Stampin Up re-inkers.

The script border I used on the bottom portion is from Whimsy Stamps (retired) and the mini sentiment is from Penny Black's set Holiday Snippets. The tag die is fromWhimsy (also retired) but there are lot of similar tag sets available, like this set

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Patterned paper is from my stash and I tied some gold cord around the card to finish it off. Oh, and some stickles glitter was applied to the star and snow on the bird house. 

Below is a photo of the cute and beautiful card I received from my sender, Pia from Norway
I LOVE these colors for Christmas and how cute are the Santas? A really fun mini slimline card!! Thank you, Pia!

PS: I know I just mentioned this in yesterday's post, but there is still time to join our mini hop and/or share your own "2021 Year in Review" post so I am writing another reminder for those of you who didn't see yesterday's post. Some of the hop co-hosts are giving a prize away too, from my blog you can win a code for 2 digis from Rachelle Anne Miller. You can hop along/ join in here or simply click the logo below.

As always, thanks so much for visiting!

I'm linking up here:
Mouse card:
Critter Crazy Challenges - Critters // Crafty Animals - Animals // Creatalicious Challenges - Something New (New Stamp) // Happy Little Stampers - AG Watercolor // A Gem of a Challenge - AG // Sweet Stampin - Something New (New Stamp Set) // Cut It Up - Birthdays // Krafty Chicks - AG // Simon Says Stamp - Time to Party // Crafty Sentiment Designs - AG // Ike's World - Fur or Feathers // 613 Avenue Create - AG /

Bird Winter Card:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -AG w. Patterned Paper // 


brenda said...

A real bumper post of creativity Ellie and I agree it's nice when you discover a new stamp company and I can certainly see the appeal as I love that Mouse

B x

Vee Cassidy said...

These are both great - CCC have some lovely images. Vee xx

Pauline C said...

2 gorgeous cards Ellie .. love the mouse and the star circle die on card 1, and the beautiful Penny Black image on the other. Glad you found my FB Messenger msg about acetate hill masks😀
Pauline xx

Tracy said...

You know I love a mouse Ellie, and I love this one, it's fabulous. And I certainly adore your birds with the birdhouse creation.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful cards and love the stamps-love the card you received from Pia too
Carol x

Marilyn said...

Adorable cards Ellie!
Have a great day!

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful cards Ellie, love the little mouse, so cute. Love the sweet Christmas bird house and what a great card from Pia.
Best Wishes for the New Year. Avril xx

HilaryJane said...

Two really special cards, I love your colouring on both of them. It really brings the images to life and your card from Pia is very special too xx

Jayne said...

Such beautiful designs, very creative.
I just love the little mouse! How cute. x

Pia S said...

I’ve got a couple of Anita Jeram sets too, those mice and rabbits are too cute. Nice job coloring this one, the circle with stars is a great decorative item, as is the striped border.
As for your Christmas card I find it utterly beautiful, beautiful coloring and it’s very traditional Christmasy. I’m glad you liked my card made up of bits and bobs:)

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful cards! Love them both. I've loved Anita Jeram's illustrations for ages as she illustrated a book that I used to read to the children when I was a school librarian. Happy New Year and thanks for being a lovely link in our chain again, Jo x

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Sweet projects. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

Aimeslee Winans said...

Delightful cards made and received! xoxo

kiwimeskreations said...

All three are beautiful cards Ellie - love that first one, and the two Christmas cards are exquisite
Stay safe

papierelle said...

Yoiur first card is so lovely and on the card for Tina you created a wonderfully peaceful scene.

Doris Klein said...

Cool design and awesome colours!

Thanks for playing along with our Challenge at Critter Crazy and good luck!

Happy new year and please come back soon!
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Joanne said...

Beautiful cards! I specially love your sparkly birdhouse. I hadn't heard of Colorado Craft before but they have some really cute stamp sets and I LOVE matching dies as I am just awful with fussy cutting.

Crafting Queen said...

Really like your cards. Happy New Year. Anesha x

Lori Turner said...

Wow! These are all awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge and Happy New Year to you xoxoxo

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

So beautiful. Nice work.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Sarn said...

Hi Ellie

Sorry I’m late to the party- but I really love your Anita Jeram mouse card. The star circle is a lovely embellishment too.

Your birdhouse card is stunning - no wonder Pia loved it. Your return card is also very pretty

Happy New Year xxxx

Linby said...

Your colouring is perfect for the mouse stamp and your additions look great with it too, a wonderful design. Your card to Pia is just so very sweet and pretty.

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog. Happy new year 🎉

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Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

That star frame is perfect behind this image because it gives the illusion of movement. Hopefully none of those presents will fall! This is a really cute card.

Thanks for sharing your Birthday Cards project with us at Cut it Up!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your cards are very pretty! I will have to check out the Colorado Craft Company--thanks!

Chana Malkah said...

Your mouse card is awesome! Those images really are cute!
Thanks so much for dropping this wonderful project into our mailbox at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah,
A Place To Start, Owner
613 Avenue Create, Owner
Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
Shopping Our Stash, DT

Chrissy said...

Lots of gorgeous cards with great colouring and detail..and I love the little mouse carrying his cute..
Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Chrissy DT

Tone K. said...

So cute and pretty card! :)
Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

Tina Z. said...

amazing cards, I can't wait for my card to arrive, it is such a beautiful winter design. I love CCC too!
crafty hugs xx said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for taking the time to join us over at Gem of a Craft Challenge. We hope to see you again soon. Alison DT

Fiona said...

gorgeous cards Ellie, I do love that little mouse, it's so cute. I have a few of these stamps which I have not used yet but this has given me some inspiration.

Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin.


Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Lovely card Ellie. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Wendy DT Member for

Ilonka said...

I love your card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Creative Crafters Challenge Blog.
Hugs Ilonka DT

Judy V said...

Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at Gem of a Challenge!

LOU said...

Gorgeous cards Ellibelle. Love the stamps that you have used.
Thanks so much for joining us for our Little Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #173 sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps.
We hope to see you again soon,
Lou DT xo
JemLou Productions

flossbite said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterened Paper Challenge.

Dagmara Gorczyńska said...

They all are great but my heart was stolen by a mouse. She's gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
~ DT Dagmara