Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pretty Poinsettias

It is time to post my card for my Christmas Card Club challenge #9.  Our theme, Poinsettias, was chosen by Mary

More computer problems coming my way.  My wonderful husband wants to try to fix it himself so he does have a program working where I can get my mail and post but I have to go around the yard and through the kitchen door to post!  I do hope he gets my original program to work!  There was a day when I would have become quite upset but I have learned to say "whatever" - it's called going with the flow.  Now the keeper of the flame, The Duchess, kindly helped me out once again.  Thank you Margaret!

This is an image from a House Mouse CD.  I saw several people who had previously used colored images and then colored over the image .  As I did not have this stamp I told myself "Sandy just do it!"  To be honest with you, it is the hardest one to color I have done yet.  I used a combination of  Derwent Inktense , Faber Castell and Prismacolor  colored pencils.  So far, my choice of product to use for coloring is colored pencils.  I have a lot to learn using them but for once I can honestly say I really enjoy coloring.
Isn't she sweet - she is only one and a half (4cm) high and one and a half inch (4cm) wide!


Are you getting ready for Christmas -- I am!!!!!  If you want to see some great ideas using Poinsettias then look on the right side of my blog for the members of my Christmas Club and click on their name!

Thanks for your visit and all the love and encouragement you give me!
Sandy

45 comments:

Rita said...

Hi Sandy. What a beautiful card. I think your colouring looks amazing. I have never mastered colouring even Tried all the different pens and pencils. Hope your well. Hugs Rita xxx

sam21ski said...

Another fabulous card and lovely colouring xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Just love your cute little mice card Sandy...beautiful colouring on your poinsettia...NO definately NOT ready for Christmas only just started making a few cards....but well done you for getting ahead of everyone...
Hope all is well with you and your family.

hugs
Anne

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous card, the colouring is really good, and love the little mouse to go with it! My little 'Sandy' mouse is sitting on my desk watching me type, and says 'Hi' to you! Hugs, Valerie

dutchess said...

That is so sweet....I just love it Sandy your house mice are the best!....you posted perfectly! Xxxx

Annie said...

Christmas is always in the back of my mind, but I can't say that I'm getting ready for it. As usual, your card is just adorable. This type of coloring I enjoy...not the adult coloring books though. That tiny figurine is so sweet. I think my mother could rival your mouse collection as she loves them as well and has collected for many years. They really are cute tho.

Marilyn said...

awww, this is so cute. I do love the House Mouse stamps and you've made a grand card with this sweet image.
Your colouring is great. I love the colouring, it is so relaxing for me. I have to get back at using my pencils. Started with them and loved them but they have been neglected since I got my Copics.

Pat said...

Hi Sandy, Great card design and a really cute image. Love your cute little mouse ornament she is soooooooo cute. Hope you are having a lovely weekend and that you can soon get your computer back to normal and post without going for a walk (must be awkward if it's raining!!!)

Pat xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Sandy, I do hope all your computer issues are getting resolved! You are right ...whatever!!! Love this Christmas card...and the pretty gold embossing.

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card! Fabulous colouring too and I love your little ornament xxx

Sue said...

Another beautiful card Sandy. I do love poinsettisa, and have still got last years, though it's looking rather sickly at the moment - yours is a much better colour! Your mouse really is very sweet, and rather an accomplished knitter lol.
Have a fun week, and good luck with your computer.
Sue xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sandy this is one gorgeous card I love the card shape also the lovely papers and adorable image I think you have done a great job with the colouring, I love it
hugs
lorraine x

Redanne said...

I quite like the idea of colouring over a coloured image, it gives even more life to the image - you have done a brilliant job colouring it Sandy! Your little Christmas mouse is just adorable too! Hugs, Anne xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Sandy
This is fabulous ... Love the mouse... Stunning card....
Thanks for your lovely Comments Sandy
Hugs Sylvie xx

cathylynn said...

Amazing once again! You must have a figurine to match every card you make! Love it!!!! Your card is adorable and I'm surprised that you like the colored pencil technique. I like to use them also and I use Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) to blend the colors together with a Tortillion (blending stump) It's only May and I bet you have a stack of Christmas cards made. Good for you and it is a joy to visit! xoxo, Cathy

pam said...

Beautiful Christmas card Sandy, great colouring on this cute image, love the card design.
Hope you get your computer issues sorted..
Hugs Pam x

cotnob said...

A fabulous Christmas card Sandy, such an adorable image and lovely traditional colours.
Pauline
x

Stephanie said...

My dear Sandy, your handmade cards are simply lovely! I love the detail and care you put in each creations.

Happy May Day! Hugs!

MaryH said...

I do have this wonderful stamp and made Mr's Christmas card from it one year! Your pencil coloring is fantastic (I can't do pencils well). I'm also loving that it is a step card too - You did a splendid job with the poinsettia challenge. Love it! Good luck with the pc woes too. Always something. Good thing you have an in-house guru. Happy week coming up. Hugs

Astrid Maclean said...

An adorable card and I love the added colour!! Oh my, you will be so well organised come Christmas..... Hope hubby can get the PC sorted!

Rahmat said...

Fantastic card Sandy!, with the Poinsettias, and you added the mice as well :), great touch. I hope your compute problems will be over soon, it can get frustrating at times.

rachel said...

this is beautiful Sandy - really lovely nd super cute too.! Goodluck with the computer! Hugs Rachel x

Lau W said...

I hope your computer is ok now ! we are so poor without these machines hihi !
Love your card, soft colouring. Try to color with pencils too, il think it's difficult !
Oh your figurine is so cuuuute again !!!
Have a super monday !!
xxx

SARN said...

Brilliant stepper card Sandy. Love the cute House Mouse image and the way you coloured it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Christine Harrop said...

My colouring is useless and so I really admire people who can do it. Yours looks great on this project. Super image and great festive colours. Hugs Christine xx

Mrs.B said...

Another lovely card Sandy, have never tried colouring over an image and this looks really good. You will be so organised this Christmas, just like your little mouse ornament, and I'm sure she will get that stocking finished in time.
Hugs, Avril xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

How sweet this image is Sandy, love the stepper shape and gorgeous colouring.
Lorraine

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Sandy, beautiful card and your colouring is brilliant, love your card design too and the pretty papers.
Now I have to say this little mouse is my favourite so far, well she is knitting!! Gorgeous little ornament, Kate x

Danielle Champagne said...

I just said I love your Mouse, but this one is by far my favorite... I love knitting. She is exquisite! Sandy, your card is awesome, I share with you the love for colored pencils... as much as I love my Copics, my heart goes to wood pencils, Faber castel, are my very very favorite.
Sweet image Sandy. xox

Carol said...

Gorgeous card Sandy...and I love your cute little ornament. Carol x

Lynn Price said...

Oh my, I hope your geographic dimension to posting ends soon!! But in the meantime, this is adorable, and your coloring is perfection!! I am not into it yet myself.... too impatient and have never been one to stay in the lines....but I love what you have done here with this cute image! And again, I adore your little statue!! So cute! xxx Lynn

Sara Barker said...

Sandy, you had me in stitches about your trip to post; Amen, sister--I feel your pain! It took me nearly an hour to comment on two blogs this morning! My son woke up and saw my distress, and came to the rescue--I think! It didn't help any for another hour (he added something to "clean" my computer), (You mean wipe (my computer clean) like with a cloth?) but things are running smoother now.

Your poinsettias are fantastic! You do this coloring thing quite well! Love those mice--they bring a big smile to my face. Hugs!

Bonnie said...

I always have to smile when I see these House Mouse images! I love this one with the poinsettia and you've colored beautifully! And I love Miss Mouse knitting the Christmas stocking!

Inkypinkycraft said...

A really sweet card, coloured really well! hugs x

Carla said...

What a sweet card. I love the little mice.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I have the house mouse CD and have only used one image....I have been so busy but can't wait to use more images. Yes, I find some images so much harder than others to color. No, I'm not ready for Christmas...haha BUT, it would be nice to get started on the cards.

Neet said...

Getting ready for Christmas - you are joking! I dare not think about it or my mind will explode.
Love the card you have made, HouseMouse do some lovely designs and you have done this one proud.
Hugs, Neet 3 xx

Mrs A. said...

Great card Sandy and what an idea to enhance over the top using coloured pencils. The result is perfect. Finally managing to get round everyone to comment. This flu virus is a real nasty and leaves you feeling so weak and tired. Hugs Mrs A.

Sandra said...

Hope your computer problems will soon be over, Sandy! This card is so cute! The mice are so sweet! Love your coloring! Hugs, Sandra

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
What a super card. I'm not a colourist but a great idea to colour with your own palette to enhance the original.
You must be great at dusting with all these lovely little ornaments lol!
Hope you sort the computer glitches soon.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Sandy, thanks for your kind words at my blog and yes I agree the flapper could be painted in the blues/fushias, will give it a go next time. Looks like I've missed your recent beautiful Christmas designs. The colouring on your cute mice is gorgeous, beautiful lay-out as well. Take care, xx

Lori said...

Hi, Sandy! You are seriously making amazing headway with your Christmas cards. This is so cute - love those mice! So sorry for the computer headaches - just have that. Have a lovely week!

butterfly said...

Oh, how sweet those house mice are (hice mice?), and the colouring is so pretty and delicate. Love the layered matting too - the candy stripe is such fun. Sorry to hear you're having computer problems - I know how frustrating that can be, but it sounds as though you've got good tech support in the house!

And another adorable teeny tiny china mouse... she's a good deal more ready for Christmas than I am!
Alison x

~*~Patty S said...

Gosh glad I didn't miss your pretty poinsettia card!
One and a half inches ... squeeeeal ... such an itty bitty treasure ♥
I can honestly say I am not getting ready for Christmas but I congratulate you on adding to your already fine Christmas card array.
You go Sandy
Ho Ho Ho oxo

scrappymo! said...

This is such an adorable card. the fancy fold is so lovely and the mouse image is coloured so nicely and is so very sweet!