Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring Follows

Welcome back High Hopes Fans!


I can't believe it is Thursday already and my turn to post some inspiration for you. I also can't believe it is my last post for April already - Yikes! where is the year going?! 

I had some fun playing with "Country Outhouse" this week. Honestly, coming up with a sentiment was probably the hardest part. It was definitely a challenge to keep my cheeky, dry sense of humour at bay.....I will save those sentiment ideas for my brother's cards I think.......




After colouring up my stamp with alcohol markers, I fussy cut it using my faithful cuticle scissors. It was then added to an ink blended background I had on hand from a "play" session awhile back. 
The paper from the It's A Girl Dots & Stripes collection gave me the perfect country feel back drop was looking for. 
A matching fence cut out with my Cricut and some flowers added a spring feel. Some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter drops were added to the flower centres as well as the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped and cut out with a fishtail banner die.
I just realized there is a flower missing from the roof that I accidentally cut off and forgot to add back on.......shhhh ...don't tell the boss! 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Country Outhouse (R109- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Spring Follows (LL009) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  It's A Girl Dots and Stripes - Carta Bella
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Out West Cricut Cartridge, Fishtail Banner dies - YNS, Prima flowers, 3D Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Summer Sun ink - Stampin' Up

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 EB6 EB3 EB5 TN3 TN5 TN7 CT4 GB5 OR1 CG4 DG3 JG6 CG1 DG2 DG4 PP1 PP3 PP5


A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Spring challenge. Here's the link and a few details: April Challenge

Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 

Want to DOUBLE your chances to win?  Leave a comment on this card's Facebook post & you double your chances of winning this month.  

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If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Live Life

Welcome Back OCS Fans! 

I have one last card to share with you from the new Think Spring release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

My card for today features the oh so pretty "Adrianna" and the "Life In Bloom" sentiment. Adrianna looks like she is ready for a prom, wedding or even a birthday party don't you think? The possibilities with this beauty are endless.

This image is also the perfect to practice colouring hair and folds in fabric.....something I need to practice more! but I'm ok with the results on this one. 



 After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out with a stitched rectangle square and popped it up using some foam dots. Some Bo Bunny paper was the perfect colour palette for this beauty. I had another paper combo picked but well.....let's just say the colours weren't quite right when I was done colouring.

Some Crystal Stickles added to the flower centre and the underskirt for a little bling. Some lacey corner dies, cotton lace ribbon and glittered gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Adrianna (TT113) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Life In Bloom (GG021) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Bella Rosa Collection - Bo Bunny
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Stitched Rectangle die - YNS, Corner die set - Whimsy Stamps, Crystal Stickles, White Gelly Roll pen, cotton lace ribbon - stash, Candy Land Glittered gumdrops - YNS, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, 3D foam dots - Forever In Time

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 FS8 EB6 EB3 EB5 BT3 BT4 BT5 DR5 DR7

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Spring challenge. Here's the link: April Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Without Change

I am beyond honoured and excited to be a guest designer at Miss Daisy Stamps today! 
When I received the stamp that I was to use I couldn't have been more excited! Butterflies have a very special meaning to me especially yellow butterflies. details. 

Allow me to introduce you to "Becca's Butterfly" from Miss Daisy Stamps. How adorable is she with her butterfly friend and so super cute outfit! 




After printing my stamp to the size I wanted I coloured it with alcohol markers and cut it out using a classic circle die. The sentiment (comes with this stamp when you purchase it) was printed and cut out. I added some Diamond Stickles to the butterfly wings - I like a little bit of bling on my cards . It is hard to see in the photo but I added some white polka dots to her hair bows and cheeks just for fun.
A cloud die, some baby blue ink and a dauber helped me create my clouds. Some corner dies, sparky gumdrops (enamel dots), and some crochet lace ribbon finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Becca's Butterfly - Miss Daisy Stamps
Sentiment: Becca's Butterfly Bonus File (included)
Patterned Paper: Bloom and Grow - Simple Stories
White Gelly Roll Pen, Diamond Stickles, Baby Blue Memories ink, Corner die set - Whimsy Stamps, Crochet Lace Ribbon - stash, Forever In Time Pop Dots, Ice Ice Baby Sparkly gumdrops - YNS, Classic Circle die - Spellbinders, Fiskars circle cutter.

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 FS8 EB6 EB3 EB5 FS6 CR3 CR1 TB8 BT9 TB9 CG1 DG2 DG4 1G1 CR7 CR11 DR6

An extra special thank you to Kathryn Elizabeth and Miss Daisy Stamps for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer today. 

Thank you so much for popping by today! Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.




Thursday, 20 April 2017

Bubble Your Troubles

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans! 

I don't know about you but after "one of those days" at work or after doing a trade show there is nothing like going home to a hot bubble bath! 
My favourite bubble bath of all time was called Chocolate Fudge Sundae- the whole top floor of my house smelled like chocolate! Unfortunately they don't make it anymore - had I known that I would have bought a case or two! 

Our challenge theme this month is Anything Spring - so I think Burt having a bubble bath in a bird bath after a spring rain is fitting don't you? 




My layout is based on this month's challenge sketch (below) but sized for an A2 (4.25"w x 5.5"h) sized card - just to challenge myself a little. 

Burt was coloured with alcohol markers and then using my corner rounder punch - yes I had to dust that one off! the corners were rounded and added to cardstock. He is popped up using some pop dots to add some dimension. 

The sentiment was created on my computer. Some sparkly Stickles were added to all the bubbles (kinda hard to see in the photo). Some ribbon and sparkly gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Burt's Bath (R103- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: computer - Lucida Sans font
Patterned Paper:  Lullaby - Pebbles
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Star Dust Stickles, corner rounder punch, Galena ribbon, Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 CT1 CT2 GB5 OR1 EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2 PP1 PP3

Copics: B23 B24 B28 B00


A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Spring challenge. Here's the link and a few details: April Challenge

Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 

Want to DOUBLE your chances to win?  Leave a comment on this card's Facebook post & you double your chances of winning this month.  

Want to TRIPLE your chance to win?  Add your card to the gallery in the linky & you triple your chances of winning this month.  You MUST use a High Hopes Stamp to enter the challenge but if you don't currently own a High Hopes image yet please use our free digi to enter.

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Spring Loaded

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 

I have had a ton of fun playing with all of the images in the High Hopes Think Spring release! 

This week I chose to use the "Hedgies Spring Loaded" stamp and the "Spring Is In The Air" sentiment.  These two just make me smile! We all need a little help from our friends once and awhile don't we? I added some freckles and belly buttons to them just for fun. 



 My card layout is done based on this month's challenge sketch - have you played along yet? I changed a few things to "make it my own" as they say - I added my sentiment to the top corner instead of a banner and the third piece of paper behind the stamp was switched out for a fun die shape. 

The stamp was using my Misti and coloured with alcohol markers, cut out using a stitched rectangle die and mounted on patterned paper from Bo Bunny. All of the edges were inked with a matching brown ink. Some matte enamel dots and ribbon finish off my card.  

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Hedgies Spring Loaded (TT120) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Spring Is In The Air (HH059) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:Aryia's Garden - Bo Bunny
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Stitched Square die - YNS, Honeycomb Pattern die - Whimsy Stamps, Classic Circle die - Spellbinders, Bark ink - Versa Mark, Ribbon - stash, Milk and Cookies Matte gumdrops - YNS, Fall Assortment Matte Sprinkles - Doodlebug

Spectrum Noir: TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 CT2 CT4 GB5 OR1  JG2 JG6 PP1 PP3 
Copics: E31 E34 E37

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Spring challenge. Here's the link: April Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tire Swing Fun

We are finally enjoying some Spring temperatures! After a brief blast of winter by mother nature last week, this week is temperatures in the teens and pretty sunny for the most part. It just makes me want to be outside! 

My card this week features "Swinging Shannon (front and back), Blossom Tree Branch, Sign Post and the Get Your Happy On" sentiment. Shannon is attached with some thread so when the card is open she swings a little from side to side. She could also be wound up before closing the card and she was spin when the card is opened - fun right?




The Back Side


The Inside 

All stamps are coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut. Her bows, shirt and patch on her knee are paper pieced with patterned paper from Carta Bella. A puffy cloud die gave me some fun clouds to add. Two different sentiments and some glittery enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Swinging Shannon Front (S124), Swinging Shannon Back (S125), Blossom Tree Branch (UU003) - High Hopes 
Sentiments: Sign Post (T204), Get Your Happy On (HH018) - High Hopes 
Patterned Paper:  It's A Girl - Carta Bella
Cloud Paper - stash
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Classic Circles die - Spellbinders, Puffy Cloud border die - YNS, Tuxedo Black marker - Memento, Ice Ice Baby gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 TB8 BT9 TB9 BG4 BG7 BG10 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 FS8 EB6 EB3 EB5 PP1 PP3 PP5 
Copics: E31 E34 E37 B00 C0

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link and a few details: April Challenge

Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 

Want to DOUBLE your chances to win?  Leave a comment on this card's Facebook post & you double your chances of winning this month.  

Want to TRIPLE your chance to win?  Add your card to the gallery in the linky & you triple your chances of winning this month.  You MUST use a High Hopes Stamp to enter the challenge but if you don't currently own a High Hopes image yet please use our free digi to enter.

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hello Sunshine

Thanks for popping by! This week my card features "Willow" and the "Hello Sunshine" sentiment from the Think Spring new release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps. 
To be honest, I have stepped out of my colour comfort zone with this one. This is the first time I am using black for hair colour and black in my card layout. It was fun to push myself out of my creative box with a little help from a super talented crafter and friend Cheri - thank you for the push!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Willow.



 I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers  and cut it out with a stitched oval die. Stickles on the dots in her hair, the flower stem and the bottom of her dress gave me the little bit of sparkle I love to include on my cards. A black frame cut with a floral oval was the perfect touch, along with a butterfly banner in matching colours. The sentiment is stamped directly on my patterned paper - love my Misti for this! Some enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Willow (TT122) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Hello Sunshine (HH057) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:Petal Lane - Bo Bunny
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiWhite Gelly Roll pen, Diamond Stickles - Ranger, Cupid gumdrops - YNS, Stitched Oval die - YNS, Floral Oval die - Spellbinders, Build A Banner die - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Noir: BG4 BG7 BG10 FS8 FS5 FS2 TN2 CG1 DG2 IG3 IG5 CT1 CT2 GB5 
Copics: RV11 RV32 RV34 

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Spring challenge. Here's the link: April Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!