Our family is GROWING!

We have some new babies at home!

And this time, they are not from me! ;)

My sweet little son wanted a hamster for Christmas so badly, standing right
next to Santa at the mall telling him "I would like a boy hamster for Christmas. A light brown one so I can name him Sandy.  Sandy Cheeks.  Like from SpongeBob SquarePants ... except that Sandy Cheeks is a squirrel. I don't want a squirrel.... just a hamster."

The look on Santa's face when he panned the crowd and saw me there, each of us sharing that look of bewilderment-amusement on our faces, and me thinking "Wonderful! It's Christmas Eve ... this should be fun!"  

My daughter and I later raced to the pet store where much to our surprise - they had two absolutely adorable hamsters alternatively snuggling and playing.  We couldn't take one without the other, both girls. 
 Christmas morning, my son was so excited ... and then said "wait ... they're girls?"  Poor kid has 3 older sisters ...  imagine his dismay, LOL!

WELL .... much to OUR surprise, one of those little girls was a mama-to-be!
And the other one?
  ::: plot twist!::: 
 A boy!  
He was too young at the time to know he was a boy and it's been a whole lot of fun on "Hamster Watch" :)   Sometime in the wee hours of the night on January 2nd, mama had her wee babes and we're excited to see what they look like, how many and we are spoiling Sandy Cheeks in the meantime. 
My oldest daughter was made it her personal mission to spend hours researching what we should do and how to take care of each of them.
I felt it was only right to make her a card :)

Except I'm fresh out of hamster stamps!
But I do have some absolutely adorable House Mouses
and that's pretty close :)
I colored up this House Mouse called yawn,
and appropriately how we felt staying up for hours that night!
I wanted to play along in the current House Mouse challenge to use
Silver or Gold.
Oh me oh my, a challenge indeed!
But here it is .... a gold baby card, a first for me!

I found some metallic cardstock I had leftover from Thanksgiving
and got to work ~ using scraps of dsp from different mat stacks.
I found this great sketch to get me going from Sketch Saturday
and this card came together pretty quickly after that.
 Here's my card:

Whew, sorry to be so long winded tonight!
If you made it to this far, thank you!  It's been a fun week in our home :)
Here is a quick peek at the new additions ~
Isabelle is the new mommy hamster (left, black)
and Sandy Cheeks is the (now) boy hamster (right, light brown)
I'll be sure to post how many/what we had in the next week or so,
as soon as Isabelle let's us venture closer.

 I'll enter my card into the House Mouse Challenge #160 - Use Silver/Gold
and  Sketch Saturday #291- used the provided sketch

and Cupcake Inspirations - Colors/Palette 
Crazy4Challenges - Inspiration Photo/colors
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

 Card #6/100



  1. Oh Kelly - loved your post and the card was worth the effort - it is fabulous. Nice to see the hamsters too that caused all the uproar!! :-)

  2. Congrats on your new pets ! And your card is lovely - so shiny.

  3. What a fun and exciting week at your house! I can't wait to see the new babies!!

    Super cute card for the House-Mouse challenge!

  4. Your card is adorable and I love all the yellows. What an exciting week with your new hamster family. Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog too.

  5. That is such a precious stamp to go with your adorable new family members.So glad you used up your "leftovers" with us at Opus Gluei!!

  6. Sounds exciting. Love the card.

  7. What an absolutely adorable card - perfect for the occasion!! The image is so sweet!! And the photos of the new additions are so precious!! How fun!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. First off, the story is priceless. One of the teachers at our school just had hamster babies and I am debating on whether to get one or not. I love the card. I love all the layers. Great work. Thanks for playing along with Cupcake Inspirations.

  9. Oh my gosh, what a great story! Congratulations on all the new babies. Your son must be over the moon with excitement.
    Love the sweet card you made your daughter. The image couldn't be cuter.

  10. Oh Kelly, this card is so pretty and the story you told about your DS's visit with Santa is precious. I also love love love the picture of his two new pets!

  11. Congratulations (I think!)on the newest additions to your family!
    Your card is so adorable and I am sure it was appreciated!!

  12. Yikes!!!! Kelly, they're absolutely adorable!!! And yes, the little House Mouse really looks similar too! Big congrats on the birth of some cute furry babies!

  13. Oh my gosh, what a good mom you are, especially on CHRISTMAS EVE! The hamsters are adorable...as is your bunny card! Close enough! Love your sketch too...and how fun that you could use the CQC colors! Thanks for sharing this with us at the ColourQ!

  14. Oh goodness, how cute and adorable! Watch out, before you know it, you will have a whole colony! Wonderful card and I'm sure your daughter appreciates your thoughtfulness!

  15. Such a cute story! Your son must have been so ecstatic on Christmas morning! We have done the hamster, then guinea pig things many times. Now she brought home a rabbit. DD is now 20, you'd think she would have outgrown the small pets by now!

  16. LOL! I had to read this one to my hubby. I just love how, we, as parents will do some many crazy things for our wee little ones! What a fabulous story and lifelong memory! Big congrats on the new babies! As for your card, it's perfect for the occasion, especially with the diaper! So glad you were inspired by this week's colors at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Hugs, Debbie!

  17. Holy smokes...you have a hamster couple! LOL Well actually, a hamster family. I think your hamsters need a 'legal separation' or you will have a hamster city! I don't think you are ready for 'that talk' with DS! LOL

    Super cute card. That image is just perfect and I love how it turned out.

    Can't wait to see the starting line up!

  18. What a cute card and a great story. Thanks for joining the House Mouse and Friends Silver or Gold Challenge. Kim GDT x

  19. Loved reading your story! Gorgeous card, love your layout and sweet image, thanks for joining us at ColourQ, hugs, Sarah x

  20. Hi Kelly, loved reading your Christmas story, and I can well imagine the "Good Grief" moment that Santa must have had (not to mention you!). So glad for your son that it turned out as it did, and your next few months certainly wont be dull. Enjoy!! Oh, and your card is a delight (a mouse is a mouse is a hamster!!) and a great use of little bits and pieces, so its PERFECT for our challenge at Opus Gluei. Thanks for joining in.

  21. love this card, such a cute image.......love your story keep us posted on how they are doing

    thanks for sharing your card at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  22. Kelly wow we got a two-fer u this week. How exciting. A beautiful card with our sleepy little mouse and some nice gold and silver ribbon. The papers and pearls also add to your card. I loved reading the story about your son telling Santa (at the last minute) he wanted a boy hamster. Those are such precious memories you will have forever. I will be looking forward to hear the story progress and see more picture in the future. Thanks for taking the time to play along with us here at House Mouse & Friends this week. Enjoy all the new family members. LOL

  23. I love this hamster story and the adorable card you made for your daughter. So sweet!

  24. Your card is wonderful and I LOVE your story!! Thank you for sharing it!!

  25. congratulations on your new addition! lovely card. Thanks for playing along with Cupcake Inspirations.

  26. Your card is so nice. Love the gold touches. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Glad "Santa" came through and you are enjoying your new additions.......They are like bunnies you know..........


  27. Congratulations on the new additions to your family ! They are super cute , this card is perfect ! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge !

    Mayra DTM

  28. Sooo sweet and adorable; love your card, Kelly. Thank you for playing along with us at Gruffies and Guests Challenge.

  29. What a fun story! And a very cute card. :) I love the colors. Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! -Alycia

  30. What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Gruffies and Guests Challenge this month of “anything goes. What a busy time you have had/will have hamster-wise. Hope it all goes well. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Gruffies and Guests Challenge Design Team Member)

  31. Wonderfully sweet card. And I really really enjoyed your hamster story. I love animals and glad you got a boy hamster in the end. Thanks for joining in with Gruffies and Guests Challenge. Suzy DT xx

  32. I can't wait to see pics of the babies! And what a beautiful request made to Santa. Perfect card for the occasion.

  33. Wonderful baby card! I love the non-traditional colors, and it would work for either a boy or a girl! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sketch Saturday! And congrats on the new additions to your family! :)

  34. I just loved reading your post! Made me giggle- glad your son got Sandy Cheeks indeed. ;o) Your card is stunning, love the layout and the CS you used for that adorable Hopper image. Thank you for joining us at Gruffies & Guests Challenge.Sure hope you join us again.


  35. I love your pet story ;-)

    Kelly your card is gorgeous. I love the papers, the Image and all the details. All fits perfect!
    Thank you for joining us at Gruffies & Guest Challenge. I hope you will join us again.

    Silvia DT xx

  36. Fab creation, thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey Hugs
    Tracy x

  37. A gorgeous card, a fabulous design and lovely use of the gold.......I love the beautifully coloured sweet hopper.
    Good old Santa - enjoy the new additions to the family!!!

    Thanks so much for joining House Mouse & Friends Challenge
    Heather xx

  38. Lovin' the GOLDEN touches and beautiful coloring of this adorable Baby Happy Hoppers stamp. What a fun story of new babies in the house too! Thanks for joining us at the: House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.