Thursday, 23 March 2017

Egg-stra Special

Welcome back High Hopes Fans!

I had some fun playing with a High Hopes Easter stamp this week. How cute are these two?! 

When we were kids we used to put dye and water into a mug and let the egg sit until it was coloured. There was a special wire handle that came in the kit to put the egg in and out of the mug and fun stickers to decorate the eggs with.

Of course, while we were waiting for the dye we would make a huge mess with everything we weren't using . I had to use the fun paint splatter paper on this one! This stamp sure brought back some fun memories! 



After the stamp was coloured with alcohol markers, I cut it out using a classic circle die and then cut a scalloped die to go in behind it. The patterned paper pieces were cut to the size I wanted and placed on the card. Antique linen distress ink was put on all of the edges. Some fishtail banner tags were added along with some gumdrops and ribbon to finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Easter Fun (Q023 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Egg-stra Special (G243) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Party Girl - Photoplay
Watercolour Wash Brights - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento, Classic circle die - Spellbinders, Lacey circle die - Spellbinders, Fishtail banner dies - YNS, Antique Linen Distress Ink, White Sugar and Sparkle and Magical Pastel Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: PP1 IG1 1G3 1G5  TN1 EB1 EB2 TN3 TN5 TN6 DG1 CG1 LG2 PP3 PP5 DR3 1B1 1B2 LY1 LY2

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Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Brayden Smiles

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 

My post today features "Brayden" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I like to have a few cards in my stash to be able to send someone who needs a pick me up. 

I think Brayden fits the bill for one of my horsey friends - even though he is a donkey. I added a "bow tie" to him just for fun



After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I fussy cut him and used a Tuxedo Black marker to go around the edges. Some 3D foam pop dots help him stand off the front of the card.  I put together some patterned paper from an older Echo Park collection and voila. His bow tie was stamped, coloured and fussy cut - I added some white dots but it is hard to see in the photo. A flower with some Stickles in the middle for a bit of bling, gumdrops and a vine die cut finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Brayden (Q059) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Small Bow (FF008) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Sending Smiles (GG276) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Hello Sunshine - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Tuxedo Black marker - Memento, Walnut Distress ink, Inkssentials blending tool and foam, Quickie Glue Pen, Flower - Recollections, Crystal Stickles, Nesting Rounded Rectangle die - Whimsy, Vines Die - Whimsy, 3D Pop dots - Forever In Time, Love Me Some Latte gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: 1G1 1G3 1G5 TN1 EB1 EB2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT2 CT4 OR1

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans!

Spring is in the air and as I type this post it has been feeling like Spring.....until today! As I am typing this, Mother Nature has decided to bless us with some snowsqualls and a special weather statement for the coming week for a snow storm.

The perfect time in my mind to head for my craft room and get creative! 
My post today features "Sunday's Best". How daper is this cutie in his dress shirt and pants!
I chose to do a different take on a Mother's Day card - I guess it's kind of masculine and in my mind perfect for a boy to give his mom. Afterall, boys need cards to give to right? 



After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I restamped his shirt on some plaid patterned paper and fussy cut it out, I did the same for his bow tie. 
I used a sketch I love from One Crazy Stamper for my card layout (below). 
It is hard to see in the photo but I added some clear Spectrum Sparkle Pen to the flowers for just a hint of glitter. Some corner dies and gumdrops (my fav) finish off my card. 


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Sunday's Best (R054 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Perfectly Plaid Winter - Lawn Fawn
Hello Winter - Echo Park
Hearts and Stripes - My Favourite Things
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento, Classic circle die - Spellbinders, Corner Die Set - Whimsy Stamps, Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrops - YNS, Clear Spectrum Sparkle Pen

Spectrum Markers: CT1 CT4 EB6 EB3 EB5 1G2 1G3 1G5 OR1 CG4 DG3 FS8 FS5 FS2 TN2 BG5 BG7 BG10

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Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Just A Note

Have you heard the news? Whimsy Stamps is bringing back their monthly challenge! How cool is that!?! 


We have a simple "Anything Goes" with an optional twist challenge each month.
You must use a Whimsy Stamp or Digi stamp or paper. 
You can make anything crafty to join in. We love to see the projects.


When you take part in the challenge there is a chance to win a prize!

This month's challenge is Anything Goes - with an optional twist of Easter. You can choose to play along with the twist or not it's totally up to you and can use and Whimsy stamp that you like to play along.

My inspiration post features "Naughty Puppies" and a sentiment from the "Everyday Mini Sentiments" (links below).





I started by colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and cutting it out with a stitching marks and piercing marks die. I added this cutie to patterned paper from Bo Bunny and Echo Park - all of the edges were inked with Distress ink. The sentiments were stamped and a bone, some twine and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Naughty Puppies Wee Stamps - Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: Everyday Mini Sentiments- Whimsy Stamps 

Twine - A/C, enamel dots - YNS, wood bone - The Stockade, My Creative Time dies, walnut distress ink

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 EB6 EB3 EB5 DG2 BT5 TN1 EB4 FS6 FS8
E53 (Copic)

Have you got your stamps out yet? Here is the link to come play along!


Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Stamps website to see all of the amazing stamps they have to offer

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!




Springtime Joy

I hope you are enjoying our Anything Goes month here at OCS. It has been fun to see all of the different stamps High Hopes has to offer! 

My post today features "Mary Angel" and the "Springtime Joy" sentiment. 

I don't know about you but when I was a kid one of the best parts of Spring was the puddles! There was nothing better then grabbing your favourite pair of rubber boots  - or not - and going out and playing in the puddles. 




After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using a stitching mark and piercing marks die. I also cut out a doily die to place behind it to add a little "frill". 
I cut and double matted my patterned paper from Doodlebug and added some matching cardstock after running it through a cloud embossing folder.

Some Stickles were added to Mary's wings and I added some matching pink polka dot so to the umbrella with a marker. 

I had a fun Spring themed die set I used to cut out my rubber boot and umbrella. Some matching twine and some sparkly gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Mary Angel (Q020) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Springtime Joy (F019) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Hello Sunshine - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento Star Dust Stickles, Pink Staedler marker, Hey Baby Sparkly gumdrops - YNS, Clouds embossing folder - Darice, Cute Kite and Umbrella die set - YNS, Circles with Stitching Marks and Piercing Marks dies - YNS, Doily Trio Set One - YNS, Twine - American Crafts

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB5 1G1 1G3 1G5 PP1 PP3 PP4 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 
Copis: B00 BG01 B02

 Join us for the Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: March Challenge


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

He Lives!

We are having some fun this month on the High Hopes blog. Okay we have fun all the time but it is an Anything Goes month so we get to play with any stamp we want. 

Easter is coming and will be here before we know it! My card this week features "He Lives" and the "He Is Risen" sentiment. 


Inside



I'm not sure why but this image screamed CAS layout to me. I started by colouring my image with alcohol markers and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. I cut matching purple cardstock and another piece of white cardstock - this piece was run through a polka dot embossing folder to give some texture. 

The inside is the same colours of cardstock cut with a stitched rectangle die and then the sentiment was stamped. A flower and some twine finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: He Lives (R057 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: He Is Risen (H137)
Patterned Paper:  In The Country - Whimsy Stamps
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoCopic XpressIt cardstock, Stitched Rectangle dies - YNS, Twine - American Crafts, Flower - stash, Polka Dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug

Spectrum Markers: EB6 EB3 EB5 1G1 1G3 CG1 CG2 HB1 LV1 HB2 LV2

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


Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Having One Of Those

                                      Happy Wednesday OCS fans! 

The OCS design team is having an Anything Goes month! We are going to be playing with High Hopes stamps in our stash that have never seen ink - how fun is that?! 

It will be something new every day so stay tuned! and don't forget to play along with us in our March Challenge - Anything Goes.

My card today features "Ally Rose, Farm Fence" and the "One of Those Days" sentiment. 




I coloured my stamps with alcohol markers and then fussy cut them out with my manicure scissors. Some green grass was added to "ground" my fence. Ally Rose is popped up with pop dots on a sky background with clouds. I paper pieced her shirt and bows. The sentiment was stamped and cut to fit. Some pink flowers with Stickles in the middle and some enamel dots finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Ally Rose (L042)  Farm Fence (M045)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: One Of Those Days (F252) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: It's A Boy Dots and Stripes - Carta Bella, Country Drive - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoCopic XpressIt cardstock, Stitched Square die - YNS, Crystal Stickles, Head In the Clouds die - Die'sires, Spring Grass die - YNS, enamel dots - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Noir: TB8 BT9 TB9 FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 GB8 GB10 EB5 CG1 CG2 PP1 PP2 PP4 1G1 1G3

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for the Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: March Challenge


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!