Sunday 28 September 2008

High Hopes Challenge 1

Get ready.. this is going to be a long post! I don't normally post up more than one card in a day but with the launch of the High Hopes Challenge blog TODAY and also the release of the new stamps I was just so excited!

We have a nice easy challenge for you this week. Just make a Birthday creation and include brads in your design!!!

You'll really want to join in this week.....and here's why!!! To celebrate the kickoff of our special blog and the new HH release, Tina is giving away a HUGE prize!! One VERY lucky stamper will randomly be chosen to receive over a DOZEN of the new release stamps!!!! YES!! You read that right!! Isn't Tina generous?? Someone will receive ALL of the new Dragon stamps and coordinating sentiments!! So get out your HH stamps and get inky, girls!!!

Right.. I know you are all going to be desperate to get your hands on the new stamps so rush on over to Silly Monkey Crafts as they have all the new designs in stock NOW!

Here is my creation for the High Hopes Challenge 1. I made a birthday gift folder using the High Hopes stamp "Tink Pickin' Posies". I added some Prima flowers to give the image dimension and used brads for the flower centers. I would like to thank my friend Jakki for this great gift idea.

The stickles have only just dried and I thought you would like to see my first card with two of the stamps from the High Hopes new release today - "Fishing Santa and Christmas Fishes" sentiment. The jolly Santa was just perfect for my FIL's Christmas card as he is fishing mad! The fab papers are from one of my favourite brands Basic Grey and are from the range Figgy Pudding. The base of my card has been made using bazzill. You know my favourite colouring medium is Prismacolor pencils and Silly Monkey Crafts now stock sansodor which is perfect for blending harsh lines.

Have a great Sunday and hope you get chance to play!


Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Wow!! You've been busy!! I'm always in awe of your colouring skills, Nikki!! Totally fabulous!!

You're going to have to share with me what paper you use when you use your prismacolor pencils, because mine never looks like that and I think it might be the paper!!

Great work as usual, my friend!! Hugs!!

Annie said...

oo Nikki, what fabby cards, and DH says I must get that fishing santa - well I hope he's paying - and then I have to make him cards to send his fishing mates! hugs, annie x

Marcea said...

OMG I love them!!!!! That's it, you have convinced me that I need these stamps. Love the choccy wallet. Beautiful colouring and embellishments. Two fabulous cards

Michelle said...

Great cards, Nikki!! I can't wait to play with the Xmas images ~~ that Santa is so cute!! And I love that gift folder ~~ what a great idea!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh both are so darn cute, great coloring.

It All Begins With A Tree said...

Awwww...your skunk card is so "stinking" cute! What a fabulous idea!

Santa, fishing, has to be my favorite stamp in the new release!
It's adorable, love the way you created using him.

Awesome coloring and wonderful layouts! I LOVE THEM!


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous creations Nikki :)
Was so fabulous to meet you and Zoe yesterday, am still buzzing from the whole experience!
You must be so excited with all those new releases!! That will sure keep you

Fabulous challenge too.. hope to have a go soon :)

Marlene xx

angeljakki said...

What lovely projects. I love that father xmas he is so cute.

Debbie said...

Wow Nikki
These creations are beautiful your colouring is gorgeous and i love the little fish charm,Hugs debbie x

Niki Estes said...

These are so adorable, Nikki!! I love your coloring. The Santa is so cute and that skunk has been on my list for awhile now. Have a great day!

cats whiskers said...

Nikke they are both fab, Love that little Skunk he is sooooo cute and you know what a fan I am of your folders, but that fishing father christmas really is a must or mens cards. I love the Bp and the little charm and of course your wonderful colouring. I wasn't going to buy any of these stamps, but I had to have the little knight and the dragon.
Hugs Jacqui x

Diane.W. said...

Gorgeous creations! :o)x

Natalie said...

What gorgeous cards, love them both. x

Murielle said...

Great composition, love the papers and colours you have used. All the details are great too. Love also your colouring.
Good evening, Nikki.
Hugs, Mumur

Anonymous said...

Great work Nikki. just came at the right time for the season. thanks for mentioning the stamps

Agnes van Hensbergen - agnesstampcards said...

OOh nikki,what a great cards,and the new stamps are fabulous.Your coloring is beautiful.
Big hugs Agnesxxx

Heike's Creativeplace said...

Wow, Nikki another Stunning Creation's from you. Wonderful colors and papers, love the Image and you coloring is brilliant as always......


Maria said...

FABULOUS! Love your awesome colouring and the layouts as well. Hugs, Maria

Lim said...

Gorgeous card Nikki. Both of them, spectacular!
The new stamps from HH are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love your cards!! The images are so cute and I love your colouring!! The papers are very nice!! You have made very beautiful work!!
Hugs, Christelle.

Justine said...

I love these new stamps and that folder is so sweet!! Missed not blog hopping these last 3 weeks! chat to you soon Nikki.
Hugs Justine x x

Heidi said...

WOW and WOW again - this is just so beautiful my friend-love your work.How do you make the gift folder?

Hugs from

Anonymous said...

Hi dear Nikki,
your two cards are so pretty!!!!
I love both of them!!!
you 've really made a good work!!!

CraftyC said...

These are both super duper Nikki, I spent a small fortune today at Ally paly and when I got home, went and ordered the stamps, how could I resist???

Frances said...

These are gorgeous Nikki & I love the new releases. Think I'm gonna have to get this santa one as my FIL is fishing mad too. Love the fish charm you added. xx

Crissy Armstrong said...

Just beautiful Santa card and wow, that fish looks cool! I do so love your coloring and layout and papers and everything! Love both cards. Love YOU! xx

Anonymous said...

Two cards looks so nice.I liked it.Pretty good work.

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Stacey said...

Love th little image folder - great colour combo and a gorgeous iage. Your Christmas card is SO cute! Think I need to get me some of these gorgeous new stamps, I LOVE the cute little dragons! ~X~

debby4000 said...

Fantastic, love the chocolate folder with the cute skunk and the fabulous Santa. Had to come back to read your post, just had to use the silly monkey link first.

Dawny P said...

Awwww these are just gorgeous!! I love them Nikkie and as always, your colouring is spot on. Fab work darlin xxxx

Gill said...

wow Nikki, both your creations are fabulous, I love the gift folder with that cute little skunk and your fishing santa is awesome, the charm is perfect, your colouring is amazing as always
lv Gill x

Kelly Schelske said...

Fabulous Nikki, they are both awesome!! Love the fish charm and of course the skunk is too cute!! beautiful papers:-) Hugs, Kelly

MichelleO said...

Nikki - first the girls are just adorable! How proud you must be with two beautiful girls!

Now to the cards... OH my I love them both! The skunk is one of my favorite HH stamps, and that Santa with the fish is fantastic!

Ok must run now... gotta go and look at this new HH challenge!

Karin said...

What a beautifull cards.
I love the colours and stamp of the giftholder.
And your santa card is so sweet.
I love the new High Hopes Stamps, and you've done a great job with them.

xoxo Karin

Anonymous said...

Loce the wallet Nikki and such a cute image! Fab Santa too! Glad to hear all is ok with nursery!
Carole ;-)

Katharina Frei said...

A stunning colouration Nikki!!! And a great layout and project.

Renee said...

Oh how cute! I love the are so creative! The santa is very cute also :)

Bev said...

Utterly gorgeous cards Nikki, your colouring is just amazing. Love the layouts of both of them too and all the extra little details. Two perfect cards.

hugs Bev x

Jeanette said...

Bothe your cards are just gorgeous. You are amazing!
Hugs Jeanette

carolann said...

Wow you have been busy the colouring on your card is awesome well done hunxxxx

Nixe-Moni said...

Wow, Nikki the gift folder is just so gorgeous, love it and the card looks great and sooo cute. Great papers and colours you´ve used and your colouring is perfekt!

Monique said...

Oh wow Nikki. This is GORGIOUS. I love it !!!

Hugs Monique

Michelle Weerts said...

hiya nikki! i really love this idea!

Can you tell me where you got your handmade by stamp? I NEED one! :D:D: