Sunday, 2 November 2008

High Hopes Challenge 6 - Non-Traditional & Candy!!!

Our new challenge over at the High Hopes blog has just started and this week we are asking you to make a non-traditional Christmas card.. so Red and Green should not be the dominant colours! Some great news too and each week there will now be a candy prize for one randomly picked winner! I have a confession and this is not the first card I made for this challenge as my first did end up a bit too traditional so will save this to show you later in the week ;-)

I've used this little guy a few times but I can't help it.. I love him! He sure does look cute wearing his Crimbo hat too! In the new releases there are two different sized Christmas hats and they are just perfect to add to other stamps.. My hanglar bear will be wearing one very soon! lol. I embossed the background behind stretch and added some clear dewdrops for a snowy effect.

Such a fabulous sketch again this week over at Friday Sketchers which I have used on this card. Thank you Jacqueline - I love it!
Have a great Sunday!
Hugs,


Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes "Stretch", "Small hat" and "Christmas Fishes" sentiment
Ink: Memories
Papers: Various SU Card Stock and Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. Stickles.
Embellishments: Flowers - various Prima, dewdrops, SU Rhinestone brads, Dovecraft Charm brad, Fancypants ribbon (thank you Tina!)
Equipment: Wizard, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder Spots and Dots

69 comments:

Ying Pang, said...

hi dear,
your card is SO CUTE!!! I LOVE it!!!

ink'n'rubba said...

fabulous card and so unusual! love the giraffe with the santa hat. hugs, annie x

Malin said...

This is a super cute card - Love it, and you have coloured it perfect as always.

//Malin

cats whiskers said...

Just adore this Nikki he is such a cute Giraffe and I love his santas hat. Definitely not a traditional christmas card, but one I would love to rceive. Love to you all
Jacqui x

Diane.W. said...

Great card & different!!! :o)x

Camilla said...

Gorgeous and cute card Nikki!! Hugs, Camilla.

Michelle said...

So adorable, Nikki ~~ I was just thinking last night about all the wonderful critters I could have wear that Santa hat ~~ definitely a handy accessory :)

Dawny P said...

I think it's gorgeous Nikkie. I love the giraffe, and are they little dome stickers behind? Cos they are just fabbytastic xxxxx

Niki Estes said...

So adorable, Nikki! I love the colors and Stretch with the Santa hat!

MichelleO said...

Very cute, and very non traditional! Wonderful color on this adorable guy!
HUGS
MichelleO

Anita said...

Cute card! It is great seeing non traditional Christmas cards.

Karen said...

Fab card Nikki, he looks great with his Christmas hat on and what a great idea these Christmas hats are.

Karen x

Cindy Haffner said...

Love your sweet giraffe, awesome job.

Debbie said...

such a cute card Nikki I love stretch with his santa hat on, Hugs Debbie x

ribenaruby said...

Lovely cutie card. Handy that you have two different size hats.Have a nice evening.

mar1ene said...

So cute Nikki and the hat seems to be made for him!!
I so wish there were more hours in the day to join in with all the challenges..

Have a great evening and big hugs,

Marlene x

Line said...

Oh Nikki, I just love your card!!
You don't know this about me, but i just LOVE giraffes!!! This is so cute I wanna squeeze it! lol

Have a great week!
Hugs, Line

Natalie said...

Nikki this is lovely. x

agnes said...

Beautiful card,love the colors.
Hugs Agnesxx

All Pink girl said...

Adorable card Nikki ,gorgeous as always xxDawnxx

angeljakki said...

such a lovely card and he is such a cutie x x x

Kim Piggott said...

Fabulous card!
Can understand why you love this image he is just so cute.
Love yourpapers and addeddetail.
kim x

TaraG said...

Nikki! Your non-traditional Christmas card is just so CUTE!!! What a great challenge idea! I love the colour combo you used and the giraffe is adorable in his Santa hat! Your colouring is really great too!!! Love this card...it's fab!!!
Hugs, TaraG

CraftyC said...

A really cute card Nikki and a fab sketch!
Clairex

Chris said...

Wonderful card Nikki and your stretch did make me laugh, definitely not your traditional Christmas card, perfect for the challenge. Love it! Chris xxx

Cardmaking Galore said...

Lovely card and great embellishment

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

What a fantastic Christmas card - love that giraffe on the cuttle panel. These colors are really lovely together!! Love that flower!
hugs, Jami

Heidi said...

I just love this cute christmas card Nikki. I think it is so fun with a giraffe on it. It is Martines favorite anlmal and she really wanted a real one for her birthday this year. And she could not understand why could not give her one. I will show her this card tomorrow - she will love it.
Great work my dear friend

Hugs from
Heidi

Heidi said...

Hello again

Forgot to say that I really love the new photo of the princesses - they look so cute in their outfits

Hugs from
Heidi

Moni said...

Very beautiful card! Hugs, Moni

dawnmarieg said...

Hi Nikki, stretch is so cute, I love him with his santa hat on, your colouring is fantastic as always. I am really looking forward to getting some 'High Hopes' stamps for Christmas as I'm being a bit cheeky and asking my friends and family to get me some vouchers for silly monkey crafts, there are just so many to choose from. The pic of your lovely girls dressed up is great, how popular was High School Musical this Halloween. Hugs DawnM.x

Catherine said...

another fabulous card, Nikki. Love it! i love giraffe and you just made him irresistible :)

Donalda's Blog said...

This is just the cutest Christmas card dear. I so love what you have done and your coloring dear is beautiful

Janette said...

this is so cute Nikki! I love the Santa hat on your giraffe- great card

leenda said...

cute, cute, cute!!

Ila said...

I love this card Nikki!! the colors, papers, textures and that giraff are just Fabulous together!...and that hat just looks made for him!!

Lilian said...

He is a cutie. :)

Valérie said...

Very beautiful card ! I love the colors and your stamp is so cute ! And your coloring is fantastic again ! I love !!! Very, very great work !
Hugs !
Val.

Gunilla/Nilla said...

This is a stunning card. Such cute image, great details and the colouring once again is perfect. Love the detail with the embossingfolder and drops behind the stamp.

Take care and have a wonderful day.
Hugs to you from me/Gunilla

stardustgemsandribbon said...

Perfect 'non' traditional card Nikki...love the cute giraffe with his santa hat!
Hugs
Carole x

Andrea, said...

Oh this is fab Nikki, he looks so cute in his hat, great idea

christelle said...

Your card is a non-traditional Christmas card but I love it!! I love the color and this image is very cute!! Congrats to you...and Valérie who won your blog candy(she always makes gorgeous cards too)!!
Have a great week,
Hugs,
Christelle.

Stacey said...

Wow, this is adorable! However, as love giraffes, I may be a little biased ;o)

Deb said...

it is gorgeous Nikki, love the layout and colours, definitely non traditional!

Heike said...

Wow, Nikki this is so cute and adorable. Wonderful Colors and Details. The giraff looks so funny :-))))...

Hugs
Heike

debby4000 said...

Oh this is brilliant, love the Giraffe with his santa hat.

Jeanette said...

What a great card! I think Stretch looks so cute in his Santa hat! You have such great ideas Nikki! Hugs Jeanette

Beth said...

I love his little hat and the papers are fab! xx

Lana said...

Nikki, This is such a cute stamp!!
I love this card in a non traditional way.
Don't forget I have blog candy up for grabs
Hugs
Lana x

Bubbles said...

Fab card Nikki, really different for a christmas card and the giraffe looks so cute with his santa hat on!
Great picture of the girls, they look fab in their dress up out-fits!
Hope you had a great halloween,
Joanne x

Mel said...

hehe what a cute image, I love him! Fab card as always ~ Mel x

sandra_w said...

Great card, Nikki! The giraff looks so cute with his santa hat ;)

Hugs, San

Mariska said...

It's gorgeous Nikki! The papers aren't christmassy at all but still the card has a very warm and cosy feel to it and with that cute giraffe on it it's still a real christmas card. Love it!!!

xxx
Mariska

Shelly said...

Great card, love the way you've used this sketch. It's tricky doing a non traditional xmas card!

Crissy Armstrong said...

Just beautifully done, Nikki!! I am loving Stretch in a Santa hat!! What did you call it? A "Crimbo" hat? Never heard that expression before! I love how the Big Pond between our countries gives us each a unique twist on our language, and I love learning what those differences are! I of course love the blues you used (fav. color) and the oranges sets it off great. Of course your coloring as always rocks the house!~

Claudia Rosa said...

oh Nikki.. what a super cute card.
i love your coloring!!
thank you also for using Jaquelines sketch
hugs
claudia

Frances said...

Stretch is so cute with the hat Nikki- I was wondering which size hat would fit the animals but you've just answered that for me :) Have a lovely week xx

Clare said...

Hi Nikki, love the candy and will try to enter the challenge. Most of the challenges I know of are for things I don't usually have so I must widen my crafting supplies a bit. Thanks again for the dragon stamps. I am still a bit lost for backing papers but will carry on the search and when I do find some there will be no stopping me. There's an award on my blog for you, yours cheers me up so much. LOL Clare x

michele said...

gorgeous card nikki, love that giraffe too, so cute. hugs mx

Karin said...

Hi Dear,

this really a card in non traditional colours.
And it's not just the colours, i love the girafe in x-mas mood.
Great job.

Hugs,
xoxo Karin

Scrapmumur said...

WOW....Fantastic card, Nikki!!
Lovely image colouring it perfectly.
Good idea, the girafe for Christmas.
Big hugs, Mumur

Debbie said...

Brilliant card Nikki, He looks adorable in his santa hat! Fab colouring and pretty flower detail. Debbie x

carolann said...

You have been busy brilliant work
well done hun xxxxx

Kathy said...

I can see why you would use him alot ~ he is adorable!! I just love Giraffes!! Also your color combo is awesome and looks fab together!! Beautiful interpretation with the sketch :)Kathy

strawberry fields said...

this is adorable!
Fiona :)

Jacqueline van der Sar said...

I am sorry I am so late with my comments, but couldn;t make it sooner!! Love to see what you created with my sketch! Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketchers. Love from Holland,
Jacqueline

COCO said...

super !!! love your stamp !!!and your coloring !!!

Swaantje said...

Oh, what a lovely card.
The stamp is so sweet.

Hugs
Swaani

thread-bare said...

Awww he is just adorable xx Fantastic card, well done xx