Monday 22 October 2012

Boo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spooky Blog hop and colour challenge with the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
 Hope that the header got your attention :) as today sees the next special challenge at the 

now this was not going to be my turn but I sort of had to borrow it, as I just needed to use some new meecey purchases, so the theme is 

Spooky Sweet!!!!!!!!! Colour Challenge
the colours being
Orange, Purple, Lime Green and Black

with the Addition of a Special Blog hop!!!!!
details of blog hop below :)
and with our fabulous sponsor

One winner will get a $25 gift certificate from House-Mouse Designs

here is my creation, but do hop over  to the main challenge site to see the rest of the amazing inspiration from my sister meeces :) and enter the blog hop as there are some gorgeous pieces along the way for you to win.

Again this is photo heavy so you may want to grab yourselves a drink :)
I made a pumpkin, an idea I had a while ago, well actually when I was having coffee with Lols and Christine in Doncaster.

I will do the close ups first before letting you into the how I did it bit

The images are from a clear stamp pack, so versatile and lots of them

*House Mouse CLEAR Stamps HALLOWEEN CSHM047

from Simon Says Stamp, adorable so many of them

and here is how I created it
 blew up a balloon drew around the middle, then a circle for the front and then used my old newspapers and some PVA and did paper mache.  several layers but on day three when I went up to add more layers the balloon had died :(  it was strong enough to keep going, so told Matt I needed some bumps for the shaping so he squashed some toilet roll inners and cut them and we sellotaped them on and then I carried on covering with paper
I then trimmed it at the bottom and around the front and tidied it before giving it a coat of gesso and then I sprayed the inside a sandy yellow colour and the outer a bright orange. It was too bright so I used my TH vintage photo to tone it down a bit, before adding some poinsettia green flower tops for the stem.
I glued some grassy fronds from the cheapy shop around the outside and on the floor inside so it looked as if it was sat on the grass and then used some lovely ostrich feathers in orange and black to make those horrid stringy bits that are inside the pumpkin. 
The rest was just sticking my little meeces onto sticks etc to dress
Do hop over and join us for the challenge :)  and the HOP!!!!! 

okay so how is that hop working?, 
well here are the requirements
House Mouse Challenge Rules apply to win any of the prizes
Leave a comment on all DT blogs
You must be a follower of this blog
Please post the image in your side bar
You must be a follower of the House Mouse Challenge blog
You also need to add your creation for the theme 
leave your comment on the challenge post to confirm you have completed the Hop!!
you can enter my candy using the linky below :)

Easy so

Don't forget, you too may submit your House-Mouse, Gruffies and Happy Hoppers creations directly to THE Official House-Mouse Designs site found HERE!  
I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
2 Sisters - Cute and Creepy
Allsorts Challenge - Autumn Colours
Challenge Up Your Life - Autumn/Halloween
Crafty Calendar - All things Spooky
Simon Says Stamp - Eerie Inspiration
Crafty Mess - Halloween
Crazy for Challenges - Orange black purple
Di's Digi Designs - Too Cute to Spook
Just Some Lines - Too Cute to Spook
My Sheri Crafts - Halloween
Sweet Stampin - Halloween
ATC's and Cards with Attitude - Halloween
Card Crafters Circle - Halloween
Crafts for Eternity - Pumpkin Spice
Crafty Catz - Halloween
Dilly Beans - Cute and Creepy
Fussy N Fancy - Anything Goes
Our Craft Lounge - Scary and Spooky
Simply Create Too - Pumpkins
Stampin for the Weekend - Something spooky
Heck of a Challenge - Spooktacular


Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Absolutely Brilliant Kate!!
Love, Love, Love it

jacqui x

Carol Willis said...

Spectacular creation Kate. Love the pumpkin and all the little mices inside. Just fabulous.
Caz x

KandA said...

Fabulous creation - your pumpkin is super and the little mice are having a great time xx

Nate said...

OMG Kate, what a cute pumpkin house you made for the sweet little house mice. :-) It's just gorgeous. What a fantastic idea. I so love it.
Wishing you a fantastic day,

Roma said...

What a great idea with the pumpkin Kate !and the little characters look fab in it ,brilliant design x

Misty's said...

This is really SPOOKTACULAR!!! I LOVE it!! Duky is woof woffing with delight too. Loved reading how you made it even tho I don't know what some of the words mean like (fronds and mache) are they even english? (LOL).
The shape of the pumpkin turned out amazingly well. Love all the house mice in it.
Michaela xx

Sandra H said...

Oh wow Kate what a fabulous idea your creation is and l just love how you have dress the house mice you have so much talent another great challenge with great inspiration too! x

Donna Hanley said...

Kate, WOW this is fabulous. I have that same stamp set and plan on using it today but I don't think I'll come up with anything quite as outstanding as you did. Wonderful idea. Each of your little guys is just precious. The effort put into making this pumpkin certainly paid off. It's extraordinary. Thanks for sharing your steps for it.

Catherine said...

This is sooooo adorable Kate ! What a fantastic idea ! I love it ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Sandra H said...

Hi Kate, just checking back to see if my comments have been left and l see it isn't showing here!! Your creation is absolutely amazing l just love the Pumpkin and all the lovely cutouts which have been coloured in these fab colours too! lots of lovely elements and a great blog hop thanks l'm really loving taking part xx

Sue said...

WOW!!! This is amazing Kim. Such a wonderful design and I love all those cute images.

Hugs Sue

Dorte said...

Wow Kate, what an amazing creation!! Never seen anything like it.
I love all the little mice you have placed inside and outside...think they are having a great time!!
Enjoy your day,

Tammy said...

Absolutely adorable and very clever!

Sue said...

WOW, you did it again! Now this is downright crafty!!! Haven't done paper mache since my daughter was little. Wonderful job as always and so very creative. Those little Trick or treaters are so darn cute too! Your amazing, and you still haven't convinced me that you sleep!!!!!! Love it~!


Joey said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! How fun is this decoration! fantastic creativity hun. Joey x

NancyD said...

Such a cute little scene hidden inside your pumpkin! NancyD

Dawn said...

Hi Kate, Your creation is truly fantastic! I LOVE every little bit of it!!

Hugs, Dawn

Whimcees said...


Wonderful Halloween project - great idea! I love all of the little HM trick-or-treaters! Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

KarinsArtScrap said...

stunning creation you have made Kate, it looks fantastic.

greetings karin

Stacy Morgan said...

Holy moly girlie this was a ton of work. How incredibly fun and interactive though. I love it, each one is super cute. Fantastic job and this is a keeper for years to come!

PaperDaisies said...

Wowzers Kate. How do you think of these ideas??? Just love it. You are one talented lady. It is a fab creation. Hugs Nina

Lorraine said...

What a brilliant idea, I love your pumpkin!! The little house mouse images are so cute too.
Lorraine x

Lynn said...

Wow what a cute ornament this is! Everyone of those little mice you have colored & added are just adorable! Love what you have done here.

Céline said...

so funy project! i love it
thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy this week

Heather said...

What an amazing creation Kate, I love all that beautifully coloured little gang having a Halloween party - I really want to join them!!!
Heather xx

Anne-Marie said...

Oh, cute and inventive is this? I feel like giving you a round of applause.....I love it! All the lovely details and those sweet images make this a work of art...thanks so much for joining in with the challenge at Card Crafter's Circle...good luck!

besitos said...

Wow! Fantastic idea, very original. Love what you have done here. Thanks for joining us at ATCs With Attitude :) xx -Paula DT

Unknown said...

Well Kate what can I say this is brilliant,at first when I was looking at the images( before reading your post) I thought the pumpkin was real.What a work of art.I love this.Jacqueline.S

Anonymous said...

what a clever idea thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

PaperDaisies said...

Back again. With DT hat on this time. Perfect creation for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

McCrafty's Cards said...

It is absolutely brilliant Kate I love it!!!!
Kevin xx

Sonia said...

Wowwww my friend, really SPOOKTACULAR creation:))
Fantastic images, wowww Kate, I adore This project:)
Very very very Well done:)
Big hug,

Lisa Jane said...

OH goodness .. this is megamazing.. i just love that pumpkin .. never mind the cute little meeces! Its fabulous! need i say more lol
Thanks for joining us at Heck of a challenge this month
Lisa x

Gail said...

That is just the greatest!
I'm glad you told me how you made it, cause I actually thought it was real!
Love all the little House Mouses!

Sandra Wright. said...

Wow,this is truly a work of art,an absolute delight to look at.Loving all the mice,lol.
Great attention to detail.

Thank you for joining us at Craftymess.

Sandie x

Sandie said...

OMG how precious!!! Love it!

Sue from Oregon said...

What a great little pumpkin cave type scene! Lots of fussy cutting but oh so worth it! Amazing job!

Jenn Borjeson said...

Awwww - this is just adorable! Thanks for joining us at Just Some Lines and at Dilly Beans (FYI - you can only enter up to 10 total challenges in order to have a chance of winning at Dilly Beans). :) Thanks!

Renee B. said...

Kate, this blew me away...what a fabulous creation!! I can't stop looking at it!
Hugs, Renee

Anonymous said...

Kate, your project design is just amazing!! How cute are these little critters!!! Such a fun piece!! HUGS

Nikki said...

Wow that's amazing love all the details you've put in it

Karenladd said...

Oh my goodness...this is amazing! What an adorable diorama...and those are the cutest little mice in costumes I've ever seen! This would be a fabulous table decoration!

Unknown said...

Gorjuss make and a great take on our theme of halloween over at craftymess challenge blog

Judie xx

coops said...

oh my goodness.this is absolutely fantastic how you created your pumpkin and the details and images are stunning, want it ;D

xx coops xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is brilliant Kate and soooooo cute too.

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.



jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

what a crafting wizz you are , this is such a fabulous and oooo so very cute creation. janex

Melissa S. said...

This is so clever. I love the little House Mouses. this is very Cute and Creepy. Maybe not too creepy because it is very cute. Thanks for playing along with us at Dilly Beans thhis week.

America said...

Oh Kate!! I keep coming back to look into this FABULOUSLY brilliant Pumpkin design! SOOOO Love how it resembles a cave-type of a Halloween Party with all those adorable HMD mice inside of it!! You are a genius! Lots of great patience and work and how sweet that your hubby helped! :) GORGEOUS work GF!!

Karen Petitt said...

blooming marvellous! love it Kate, so whimsical and really made me giggle and smile - LOVE IT Karen x

Anni said...

Love all the details you added!
Thanks for playing along with us at CUYL!

Carol L said...

This must have taken you endless time to put together! What a fantastic creation! I love all those mice in costume!! Brilliant!

Unknown said...

Kate this is absolutely stunning, what a lot of work, but so fun, love it xxx

carol said...

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

Tracy said...

Hi Kate
Fabulous spooky and colourful creation. What a brilliant design, I love it. So creative.
Happy crafting
Mousey hugs
Tracy x

mags said...

Absolutely fabulous Kate. You have a lot of patience and talent.


Hi Kate
Wow a fabulous and fantastic creation thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx :)

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome Kate and sounds like you had a lot of stages to create it all. I adore the little mice they look so cute.


Sonia said...

I'm here again dear friend^_^
Thanks for joining in with us this month at Heck of a Challenge and Good Luck.
DT Sonia said...

Unbelievable! Very creative and inspiring, fab project, so much detail. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

Helen said...

That pumpkin is awesome Kate and I just love all those little meeces. My favourite is the one dressed as cheese. Great blog hop. I've got my card ready to enter :)

Hugs Helen xx

Unknown said...

Hi Kate, what a brilliant project - you really are very inventive!!

Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.


Cathy -Mercieschild said...

This is utterly amazing, I am captivated by it, what a great idea and what an awesome creation you have made. I love it Thank you for sharing it , hugs, Cathy K

Debi said...

I am in awe. Wonderful decoration. All the meeces are adorable.

Gunn (Merete) said...

wow, what a fantastic project. Amazing work on this one.
Love this little pumpink mouse home.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

Natali said...

Wow!!!! I am quiet.. I am in fall down... ))) Love this "Spooky Mouses life" project!! )))

ARTfulWings said...

Fantastic pumpkin Kate - very realistic. Just FAB!! Polly x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You have rocked the house (the pumpkin house) with this fantastic HM project! What a treat for the eyes!

xxxtglxxx said...

This is brilliant Kate - fabulous table decoration - so original and CUTE! :)

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



Anonymous said...

Hi Kate! I know I've left you a comment already, but just wanted to let you know that I've submitted a card now and entered my name in your inlinkz! :) Thanks so much for this fun blog hop!! You are so inspiring to me!! HUGS

Lillian A said...

Wow, can certainly see all the love you put into this 3-D creation - GR8 job !!

Nela said...

What a great idea!
Love it!
Hugs Nela

Anonymous said...

This a truly an amazing project! Love all the little details!!

CarlaKH said...

Fang-tastic project! How clever to make a whole pumpkin scene! Love it!

CraftyNatalie said...

WOW! What a great creation! Its beautiful.

susiestacey said...

Hi Kate, love the Halloween 'Cave' it is fantastic, like how you have used so many stamps. Thank you for the chance to win such yummy candy too x Susan x

April said...

This is fantastic! I love all the elements! reminds me of doing a shadow box in grade school. Great job!

Vicky said...

How ambitious to do paper mache , I adore paper mache :) this is such a great halloween decoration :) Truly Fabulous :)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! What am amazing idea to build a little diorama inside a pumkin, absolutely love it
Lindsay xx

susie said...

Wow wow wow - This is amazing Kate - the thought and skill put into it is astouding - I love it. Thanks for the chance to join in this wonderful blog hop. Susie xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love, love, love all your cutely dressed up meeces in their splendid pumpkin house! Hugs, Lesley

CraftyLyn said...

This is beautiful, its so nice to see other things rather than cards to add some intrest. This is amazing.

Barbara Godden said...

Wow this is just spectacular. Beautiful job. love it.

Lizzys Kartenblog said...

It's just wonderful.
Kind regards

shaz earl said...

Amazing as always Kate and fabulous prizes, have entered my card now thanks for the chance to win, have a lovely weekend
Shaz xx

Sazzle said...

Congratulations Kate you've been hand picked as one of our DT picks over at Fussy and Fancy :-)

If you fancy displaying our blinkie (top 5) please pop over to the blog to grab it - thanks for entering and look forward to seeing you in future challenges!

Janelle Stollfus said...

Oh my stars! I'm in love with all those adorable mice in costumes! And their even in their own pumpkin cave! Fabulous job on your project!

Stampendous said...

Kate, what an adorable assortment of darling mice in costume! They must be having a Halloween Ball!! Such a lot of cutting, you're a patient woman! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge this month!

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