Tuesday 23 September 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 18 - "So Charming"

Thank you to everyone who entered a card into our challenge last week over at "A Spoon Full of Sugar". It has been so lovely to visit your blogs and see all your wonderful creations.

Our challenge this week is for you to make a card using either - a "charming character" or "charms".

We have a fabulous prize this week (see below) of a CC Design "Wintertime Fun" Stamp kit which has been very kindly donated by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts. This cute little set comes in a metal storage tin. Silly Monkey crafts have some great new products in stock including lots of gorgeous CherryArte Papers and CC Design stamps.

For my card this week I have used this cute Penny Black Kitty which was sent to me by Fran - Thank you! You have probably noticed by now that I use lots of images with cats on - cat mad me! Do you like my sentiment which I printed from word? I thought it was so appropriate for this cute character. I would also like to thank Deb for inspiring me and giving me the idea to use the charms as my flower centers. If you like the layout of my card you can find the sketch for it here.

Before I go I would like to thank dear Mumur, Kirsten and Marcea for awarding me with the "One Sweet Blog" award. If you haven't visited these ladies blogs before pop on over.... you will not be disappointed!

I'm taking Danni along to visit the nursery this morning. Some of you may know that she starts on Monday everyday for half a day. Today will be ok as i'm staying with her but I know there will be lots of tears on Monday. My Mum will tell you that at the moment I can't talk about it without blubbing! I really must try and hold my emotions in for Danni's sake.

Have a great week!


Card details:
Image: Penny Black (thank you Fran), sentiment printed from Word.
Paper: Basic Grey - Figgy Pudding, SU Mellow Moss Card stock.
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending and lots of Stickles!
Embellishments: Flowers, Snowflake Charms, SU Circle Rhinestones and PM Adhesive Pearls

All products highlighted in blue can be ordered from Silly Monkey Crafts. The links provided will take you directly to the product.

All SU products can be ordered from me direct to your home. Sorry but I can only ship within the UK.


Dawny P said...

I just love this image Nikkie. Fabulous card and your colouring is awesome hunny. Love it xxcx

I know how you feel re Danni, I really do. When Nikkie (my eldest) went, she walked in and hardly looked back. I was pleased but secretly a bit miffed that she didn't seem to miss me. When the youngest went, she was also fine - not quite as confident as Nikkie but still ok - but me and my next door neighbour, whose dink went at the same time, cried buckets all the way home. It's a milestone that we have to go through and accept but ohh I do feel for ya hunny. And there's nowt wrong with a few tears - it's what we mammas do. Big hugs xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous card!! The image is so cute and I love how you colored it!! It's a good idea to put the charms in the middle of the flowers!! I like your sentiment too!!
I hope Danni will not cry because for the Mums it's very difficult te see her children crying.
I'm sorry sorry but it isn't easy for me to write in english what I want to say in french. I hope you are understandinq!
Have a good day,

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card Nikki I love the cute little cat you have coloured him in beautifully, He goes so well with the fab DP and flowers, Hope danni has a fab first day at nursery and your not stressing to much, Hugs Debbie x

Chris said...

Hi Nikki, your card is fabulous! Such wonderful colouring and I agree with you about cat stamps, I have a few lol! The sentiment is brilliant, great idea and those figgy pudding papers are wonderful too. Hope Danni gets on ok at nursery, I'm sure she will and I hope you manage to keep the emotions in check, but it's very hard I know, she's your baby. Hope it goes well. I'm on a blogging holiday from tmoz, catch up with you when I get back. Chris xxx

debby4000 said...

Adorable cat, lovely colouring and fabulous card.

Agnes van Hensbergen - agnesstampcards said...

Hi Nikki,

This card is beautiful,your coloring is perfect.And the charms are great.
Big hugs from Holland my friend Love Agnesxxx

Heike's Creativeplace said...

Wow, Nikki this is so cute i love this Penny Black Kitty. The colors are so great, love the Flowers with the lovely Charms. Your coloring is gorgeous as always...


Suzanne said...

Oh this is just so cute Nikki and your colouring is fantastic. Sue :o)

Sharon said...

Gorgeous Nikki. Love the way you have decorated the flowers.
Aw good luck with nursery. Sometimes kids surprise you. The one I thought would cry , didn't and loved it. The one i thought would be ok wasn't and cried constantly for a month. Broke my heart!

Anonymous said...

Stunning colouring and the cat is absolutley super cute.


Karin said...

Hi Nikki,

another great christmas card.
I love the DP and flowers with brads.

I know I felt the same way when Ruby and Britt went there for the first time. All in big tears and I was worried all morning. When I came to pick them up they were smiling and had a great time overthere. I hope Danni had a lot of fun this morning.
And as for you: keep smiling :).

Big hugs,
xoxo Karin

Murielle said...

Adorable card of Christmas, Nikki!!
I love image cat!!!
Beautiful colouring.
Hugs, Mumur

Pop's Cards said...

That is so pretty, love Pops x x x

cats whiskers said...

Oh great card Nikki just adore this image, and your flowers, it all pulls together so well, but then you never make a card that isn't stunning.
Hope all goes well with Danni, I can remember my eldest crying every morning for the first term, but as soon as I was out of the door they said he just stopped and carried on as normal, cannot believe it as I was crying all the way home and felt wicked, KIDS!!!!!
Hugs Jacqui xx
PS Cannot remeber if I told you my Punch arrived yesterday, what great service, thanks Hun

Rach said...

gorgeous card Nikki both the charming character cat and your charms....good luck for when Danni goes to Nursery Monday...it is so heart wrenching to let them go...be strong and cry on the way home that's what i did....well with the odd tear escaping here and there...she'll be fine and i'm sure you will be...it's only natural to be emotional..Hugs rachxx

Linanna DESIGNS said...

This is such a lovely card Nikki, I would definately say its charming. I love the cute image by Penny Black, and you always colour your images so well, I need to practice my colouring to get the splendid effect you do. Hugs Linda x

CraftyC said...

Another gorgeous card Niiki and dont wory too much about Danni, to think in a few weeks she'll be settled and you'll have all that xtra time for crafting. All us mums go through it but its only natural and the blubbering will stop!

Camilla said...

Gorgeous card Nikki!! The cat is soo cute, and the text is so funny!:)
Have a lovely day:)
Hugs, Camilla.

Karin said...

Hi Nikki,

you've been tagged!!!!!!

xoxo Karin.

PS: How was it at the nursery?
Did you both have fun?

Kathy said...

Oh Nikki this card is so cute!! I love that BG paper and that image is so cute!! The details on the cat are perfect!! Your coloring again is fabulous!! AND I love that sentiment!! Very Cute!! :)Kathy

craftyb said...

Oh this is one charming character Nikki...cute as a button...love your papers and beautiful charms too!

My heart goes out to you bout Danni! But you'll both soon be over this difficult stage and then you can start to enjoy all her achievements and be the proudest mum in the class!!

Thanks for the info re magnolia kit...I thought I'd remembered that I'd got my summer kit same time as you thats why I asked!! I'm not going to start panicking yet!! Pity you didn't like it though....maybe a lot of people didn't like it this time 'cos I usually see more by now...anyhoo...thanks again!! bx

PS I'd mean't to congratulate you bout Craft Stamper...such an achievement for you!! I've scoured Belfast and haven't managed to get a copy yet...but I'll keep trying! bx

Sanna said...

Wou! Such a amazing card. I like Penny Black's cat a lot. :-)

Deb said...

beautiful card Nikki, love the image and your flowers are so pretty, fab sentiment too!
Hope nursery goes well and if it is any consolation I cried when each one of mine had their 1st day at nursery and at school!

Jeanette said...

Your card is just gorgeous and I love the sentiment. Hope all goes well with little Danni and YOU! I remember when my second one started school he just marched into the school without even looking at me! My best friend and I were the ones crying in the school yard after the kids went in! This time next week you'll be on a more even keel! Hugs Jeanette

Bubbles said...

What a fab image so cute and coloured beautifully, just love how you have decorated your card.

Hope everything goes well at nursery, I know exactly how you are feeling as do many of the other mums who have left comments to. Trust me it DOES get easier!

Joanne x

Cindy Haffner said...

Love your card, great coloring.
all mothers feel like you do the first day, you will be so proud of her when you pick her.

Anonymous said...

Oh Nikki, your card is just so adorable! I love the paper you have used and the little snowflakes! Really stunning work of yours!

Hugs, Tina46 xxx

Donna said...

Beautiful card, love your colouring. Good luck for Monday i'm sure Danni will love it. Donna x

Kelly Schelske said...

Fabulous card Nikki! I hope Danni had a great day with you at the nursery! I'm sure it will be harder on Monday, but know that I'll be thinking of you and that it'll be ok, still hard I know:-) Love ya,Kelly

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and christmassy Nikki :)

Wish I'd known about the challenge yesterday, so I could enter my guardian angel card.. hey ho.. I'll just have to make another charm :)

Hugs, Marlene x
p.s. only 4 more sleeps till D-Day!! soooo excited!

Anonymous said...

Love this card Nikke and the cat is so cute...I've had him in my collection for quite a few years now! Purrfect sentiment! Good Luck on Monday, I'm sure all will be fine.
Carole ;-)

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

what a super cute card nikki.
love how you colored this image.
great card.

Stacey said...

Another great layout and fab dp ~x~

Nicole Bailey said...

OMg-osh! He is so cute!
Love your coloring work...I really want to try the prisma pencils; you do it so beautifully.

Marcea said...

Fab card hun, this is so cute and you have coloured it beautifully. Love that clever sentiment too!! I forget about using word, must try to remember in the future. I like using charms too in my flowers - I also wisj I had known about this challenge a couple of days ago because I have just posted a card a couple of days ago that would have done - hey ho, never mind. Good luck for Monday, kids are amazing and I am sure it will be plain sailing

kes said...

this is stunning, my heart goes out to you. I have done it 4 times and still cried like a baby they just look so cutsie in their little niforms ahhhh got to get a tissue now!!!!!!


Annie said...

love this cute PB cat in his santa hat! and beautiful little charms too. hugs, annie x

angeljakki said...

what a lovely card and that image is so cute x x x

Gill said...

Fabulous card Nikki, love the layout and the papers and the image is oh so cute, fab colouring as always
hope you had a lovely day and Danni was ok at nursery, Cait marched in on her first day and I was ok till I picked her up and then it got me, when she was telling me all about her day, she looked so grown up!!! Hope it wasn't too bad for you
take care hun
lv Gill x

Diane.W. said...

Your card is gorgeous Nikki,great image!!!

I was the same when my 2 went to nursery/school for the 1st time,they didn't even bother,there was too much going on!!!
Don't worry about blubbing,I'm the Queen of Blubbing,lol ;O)xxx

sandra_w said...

Such a lovely christmas card, Nikki! The little cat is so cute...and your colouring is fab as always ;)

Hugs, San

Joanne said...

This cat is so sweet! What a wonderful card! I love all your cards though... Hey, I was tagged on my blog and now I'm passing it on to you! Visit my blog for the details. (hug)

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Fantastic as always Nikki! You are amazing! This little guy (or gal) is perfect for your Charming Challenge!! Big Hugs!!

Catherine said...

super cute image and fabulous card :)

Andrea, said...

Beautiful card, I love the cute image and the blingy brads. I hope Danni is enjoying nursery

Gunilla/Nilla said...


This is a really cute card. Love the stamp and the wonderful details. As usually GREAT colouring.

I hope everything went fine at the nursery.

Take care and have a great day
Hug to you/Gunilla

Cecilia said...

This is so pretty card! I like it very Much!

Hugs, Tiina

Kirsten Aune said...

Oh, this is so cute, Nikki! I love this image! Your colouring is stunning, as always!
I hope I'll get time to join this challenge too... :)
Have a lovely Wednesday, dear friend!
Hugs, Kirsten

Lim said...

Stunning card Nikki. Your coloring is amazing. I love all the details.

Regarding Danni. I know is hard when they start but try to be strong and think that they are going to have fun with other kids. She will love it in a couple of days. I wish luck.
Big Hugs,

Trina said...

I love your card this week! The image is so sweet and I love the dp and those gorgeous flowers!

Good luck with Danni! I know she will be fine, and so will you!!

Renee said...

Nikki this is so cute! I love the cat with the hat...love your coloring as well. Great job :)


jjcreations said...

I thought I had commented on this....I guess I looked at it while in a hurry. This kitten is so sweet. I love all your embellishments too - beautiful....and the texture on the hat - awesome. Hope things are well your way. Joan

Jill said...

aww Nikki this is gorgeous I love the image and sentiment, I hope Danni was ok at nursery, I've had the same thing this week my daughter started on Monday and broke her heart aww, I had to walk away before she saw me crying, hope it went well Jill x

The Country Rose said...

I don't know how I missed this sweet, sweet card! You're right- that is a purrrfect sentiment ;).
Awwww! I know exactly how you feel about your baby going off to nursery school. I wish I could tell you that it gets easier for each 'growing up' step forward :(. (Sigh) they just grow up way too fast.


Sinikka said...

What a great card. I love cats, so I think that the stamp is so cute and what a great text. Your colouring is PERFECT and wow how many reactions on your card!!!!!
Well done.
Hugs Sinikka

Heather Huggins said...

Fabulous!!! I'm going to have to add that stamp to my wish list.

flatis stempelwelt said...

Gorgeous card Nikki, Love the cute image and the wonderful color scheme you have used.

Hugs, Sonja xxx

Heidi said...

What a cute cat Nikki, and wow its a really beautiful card you have made.
I love everything about it.

I am thinking a lot about Danni and hoping she will have a wonderful time-but it is always hard in the beginning. Sending you a big hug and a lot of love


Frances said...

Gorgeous colouring Nikki, and I love all the flowers with the charms - beautiful!

Hope you don't get too stressed Monday, I'm sure Danni will be fine, you just need to hold it in till she's out of view then you can let it all out! Hugs, Fran x

Bev said...

Amazing colouring Nikki - perfection!! Love the layout and the fab papers too

hugs Bev x

carolann said...

Such a sweet image great card hun xxxxx