Thursday 29 October 2020


A very good friend of ours has asked me to make some Christmas cards for him. He is from South Africa and now lives in Slovakia where he also has family. 

He loves my cards and said there is nothing like them in Slovakia. He said if I could incorporate an African vibe into his cards that would be even better. Immediately thought of this image Merle from Beccy's Place that I had been considering purchasing for some time as I adore giraffes. We actually visited SA with Jean some years ago and went on safari to Krueger National Park. We saw giraffes in the wild and  I cried my eyes out with joy. It was a very special experience and a trip I will never ever forget for so many reasons.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added a silver gel pen for accents to the star and lights. I used a brown pencil to add some shading to the giraffe patches. I then added some iridescent Stickles glitter glue to the lights, baubles, star, stocking and to the twinkle part of the sentiment.


The layout of the card has been inspired by the latest sketch from the Stella Says Sketch challenge. I had to adapt it a little to suit how tall the image is.

I used a sheet of A4 white card for the base and added some dark red spotty paper. The giraffe print paper is from a paper pack I got from Poundland years ago. The patterned red and gold strip has been recycled from an old Christmas card. The plain card stock that has been used for matting and layering are all from my scraps.

Card Details -

Size – A5
Digital Image & Sentiment Merle by Beccy’s Place
Colouring Medium – Promarkers. Silver gel pen, shading with Arteza pencils
Embellishments – Stickles glitter glue


  1. What a super Christmas card, love the non-traditional look of the card. Thank you so much for entering it in Polkadoodles week #43 ATG challenge!😊
    Sybil DT

  2. Sounds like you really ricked the boxes for this order Mandy and what a super name for that fun Giraffe and the sentiment couldn't be more perfect.

    Lovely to see you at Allsorts Celebrations theme this week, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  3. A fun card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  4. What a cute card! Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge.

    DT Stacey

  5. Fabulous image love all the papers and layout
    carol x

  6. This is so cute and definitely fits his request.

    Cheryl (SheStamps)
    Visit my blog - She Stamps

  7. Brilliant card . Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for I ♥promarkers
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  8. Super fun! Thank you for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  9. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    We are so happy that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

  10. This is brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing at both Creative Moments and I Love Promarkers,

    Hugz Tinz

  11. Ooh you have also shared this at Aud Sentiments, but I cannot find a backlink (and the backlink for I Love Prmarkers takes you to A Bit More Time to Craft blog page instead :D)
    Hugz Tinz

    1. Tina thanks very much for letting me know about the wrong link. This has now been amended.

  12. Hi Mandy! I popped over to tell you how much I appreciated your sweet and personalized comment on my blog, even tho you were DT'ing. I just now have realized how many blog hangouts, digi stamp vendors and challenges we have in common, lol. I'll be keeping me eyes open more now! I too own Merle and thank you for a lovely inspiration sample! This is divine and should hit the spot with your friend. Your coloring is enviable as well. XXO

  13. Very nice work thanks for sharing!!!

  14. It's always overwhelming when you experience something you've only ever dreamed about Mandy, I'm so pleased you were able to see giraffes in the wild... it sounds like the trip of a lifetime!
    I love the card you've made for your friend and I'm sure he's going to enjoy sending them out. The colours are bright and happy and work perfectly with Merle! Fabulous!

  15. Oh Mandy, this is so darn cute!!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  16. Super cute!! Great patterns to go along with this adorable giraffe! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  17. Hi Mandy! I bet your friend will be very pleased with this card! The giraffe is adorable, especially with that stocking on his foot, LOL! Thanks for sharing with us at the Colour Crazy challenge! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  18. Stunning card, superbly created and love your Gold added. Many thanks for joining us in our current challenge at The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge.. good luck with your lovely entry.[aNNie design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenges{My Blog}

  19. A great card and your friend will be thrilled. I have often seen the giraffe on Beccy's site and it always brings a smile.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday plus DT

  20. Love your card with that African have used pretty papers.
    Thanks for joining Stella Says Sketch.
    xxx Margreet DT

  21. That makes a change from a Christmas tree. Such a fun image. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  22. A very unusual Christmas card but I love it!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  23. I love this unusual christmas image, a nice change from a christmas tree, I love it
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  24. Fun card.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  25. What a great card, your friend will be thrilled.

    I too love giraffes. I've never been on safari but can imagine it is an amazing experience.

    Thanks for continuing to support our challenges.

    Cd Sunday Plus DT

  26. Such a cute card! I just love your giraffe. Thank you for joining us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you come back soon.

  27. Another awesome card, makes me smile, thanks for playing our challenge at Krafty Chicks

    Leanne DT/KC

  28. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the color crazy challenge and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

  29. Aw I love it! My hubby is from South Africa and we have many giraffes around our home (well not real ones!), even one with spare toilet rolls on in the bathroom! Your card is so fun. Thanks so much for entering the Aud Sentiments Challenge. Keep safe
    Crafty hugs
    Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts)

  30. Wat een prachtige kaart, dank je wel voor het meedoen aan de Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge.
    Groetjes Ilonka DT

  31. Cute twinkly card with giraffe. Loved it. Thank you for joining us at Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge Blog. DT Sirisha

  32. Fabulous card, I am a big fan of Merle and love that you have combined him with matching paper. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope to see you back again.

  33. Beautiful card,thanks for joining ❤️


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