Saturday 2 January 2010

High Hope Challenge 57 - Sketchy Time

Our first challenge of the year has just started over at the High Hopes blog and this week I have created a sketch for you to follow. Feel free to rotate or add any extra elements if you wish! As always by playing there is a chance to win a great stamp prize! We also welcome our two new guests for the new term Melanie and Alex.!

This is the first card I have made for nearly 3 weeks so do feel a little rusty! I couldn't resist using this sweet High Hopes stamp Group Hug Bears and sentiment Group Hug. I don't actually stock this stamp in my store as it was a recent gift from Bethany at High Hopes . My huggy bears were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with a mixture of copic sketch markers and Prismacolor pencils.

The papers are from the new Basic Grey pad Sugar Rush 6x6" Paper pad. I used a circle nestabilitie to cut around the image and then added a Nellie Frame Die Multi Round behind.These dies are fabulous value so be sure to check them out! I added some lilac flat back pearls around the edge of the die shape. The heart is a new Martha Stewart Punch Lace Scallop Heart. I popped it up on foam pads and also popped up the sentiment which I cut out using an SU Word Window Punch. My sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

All paper edges were aged using VersaMagic Chalk Jumbo Java. To finish I cut up some Dark Pink Raffia Lace and added some co-ordinating buttons from the Sugar Plum Collection .

Be sure to check out the awesome samples from the rest of the team!

Thought I would share some pictures with you today. The first is of poor Danni who cut above her eye quite badly last week while twirling around to Disney Princess music. Poor little love fell and landed on the corner of the cat scratching post... Ouch! We did have a little trip to A&E but luckily she didn't need any stitches.... and is still smiling!

Next are the girls over the park a few days ago on their new bikes.

Zoe has never really been keen on bikes so this is her first bmx without stabilizers. Such a proud Mum and she was riding after 10 minutes practice. As you can see she loves it!

Do you have any under 16's who love to craft? You do.... Well be sure to get them to check out Crafty Monkey's the Challenge blog for kids. Zoe and Hannah's new challenge started Friday and Hannah has created a great sketch. Your under 16's won't want to miss out on the cool prize!

Wow... that was a long post today!

Have a wonderful Sunday!



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Fern said...

Beautiful card Nikki, the bright colours are fab, and i love all the embellishments you've used!! :O)

Fern xx

Mel said...

Happy New year Nikki. I love your card, fab designer paper. Your girls look like they are having lots of fun with their new bikes ~ Mel x

Nannieflash said...

Happy New Year Nikki, what fabulous photos of your daughters, they look so happy on the Xmas pressies. And your card is gorgeous love the image and colouring is beautiful. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Jeanette said...

Oh Nikki, I love your card. The image is so sweet (I don't ever recall seeing this one) and your coloring and dp choice are both wonderful. Glad to see that Danni didn't need stitches and they look like they are having so much fun on their bikes! It is funny to see as we just received another 15cm of snow and are busy digging out from this last snowstorm!
Hugs Jeanette :)

Maria said...

Beautiful card Nikki and a great layout! Love the sweet image and all its possibilities. So glad to see Danni is still smiling after her fall. Looks like you're having great weather and the girls are enjoying their new bikes. We're at -15 here with a howling wind which is making things even frostier. Hugs, Maria

Georgia said...

This is sooo gorgeous Nikki! I love the bright colours and the image is adorable! I also love the sentiment and the cute little heart! Hope Danni's eye is better soon, that looks sore!
Love, Georgia xx

dpkennedy said...

That image is adorable! I love the die you used too...such a pretty card! Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

Hi Nikki! Love your card..what a cute image! That mesh ribbon is great, and I really like that heart punch!

Glad to see you little girl is still smiling after a fall.


Sirpaliina said...

I love your card, so beautiful colour and lovely picture. Happy New Year to you.

Niki Estes said...

Such a cute card, Nikki! I love the colors and sketch! Hope Danni's eye is all healed up soon!

Linda . J said...

Hi Nikki Hope Dannie's eye is on the mend and girls look like they had a wonderful time on their bikes.

What a beautiful card, just love your image and the colours you have used,those papers are so gorgeous.

Hugs Linda

Alex. said...

Hi Nikki!
Your card is wonderful. The color`s are great, the stamp is so sweet and your sketch is great!

Stacey said...

This is gorgeous Nikki! I adore this image!

Hope Danni's eye heals soon ~x~

Kelly Schelske said...

Such a cute image Nikki, great card and fabulous sketch! Love the pict of your girls..funny how Danni has a boo boo but such a beautiful smile on her face!

Hugs, Kelly

Michelle said...

So cute that scalloped die...will have to check those out! Thanks for a great sketch!

6 wacky women said...

Gorgeous card, Nikki
The colours and your colouring are just beautiful, I love this sketch too!!
Danni is too cute, smiling with such a nasty cut, love the pics of them on their bikes.

Karen x

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Oh Nikki, this card is too cute! What an adorable image and I LOVE how you added the great sentiment. Lovely papers and great 'ribbon'.

Your girls look very cool on their bikes :)

Liefs, Renata

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous, do love that image and the papers are fab.
Glad that Danni didn't need stitches.

Mina said...

wow I love the colours of those papers and your stunning image Nikki...oh poor Danni bless her and still smiling what a trooper...the girls look like they were having fun and Zoe is the double of you by the way
Mina xxx

Monique said...

Your card is so lovely Nikki !!! What a cute image :)).

Happy New Year to you :)).

Hugs Monique

Tracey said...

What an adorable image! Love your card!! xx

Marcea said...

Hi there stranger - sorry it has been so long since I last paid a visit. Gorgeous cartd - love all your pretty details and I really NEED that MS punch - just delish or what!!!! Lovely pics of the girls - they are growing up so quickly! One question - where is your snow????

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Nikki.
What a gorgeous card...fabulous colouring! Lovely photographs of the girls...looks like they were having fun!
Carole x

Lana Clarke said...

Hi Zoe,
Gorgeous card! Such sweet pics of the girls. I was thinking of you earlier when Danni was starting school and how much I was dreading the time coming for my youngest to start. Well Harvey starts his 1st day tomorrow (just mornings) and I'm so anxious as he really don't want to go :0( They grow up far too fast!
I just made an order and I have added your blinkie on my blog ;0)
Lana x

Ila said...

Love your Gorgeous card Nikki!!..the coloring is Fantastic!!...Great photos of your Beautiful girls...looks like they are having fun. Glad Danni is okay!..Wishing you only the Best in this New Year!!...Big Hugs, Ila

COCO said...

Happy New Year !!!!
wo your card is very gorgeous I love it !! very nice stamp !!
hugs coco

christelle said...

I wish you and your family a happy new Year and all the best for 2010!!
I'm really happy to see again your new creations!!
I haven't received your two last newsletters.
Your card is gorgeous Nikki!!
Love the stamp and the papers!!
Thank your for the pictures!!
I hope Danni is better now! Congrats to Zoe!!
Love and hugs,