Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Clucker Club

This week's post gives us a peek into the hen house! I have wanted to try making a shadow box style card for awhile now and I thought these chicken stamps were perfect for my first try. 

There seems to be quite the conversation going on in the hen house today don't you think? 



I started my vision by searching for the perfect shadow box style I pictured in my head. I found a tutorial here and after a few failed attempts with some regular printer paper, I made my frame with some wood patterned paper. Next, I measured the inside space of my square and stamped a chicken wire background to fit. The chickens were added to some red cardstock and popped up with 3D foam dots. Raffia pieces were perfect for some "straw" in my mind so I cut some pieces and "roughly" added them. I think a few feathers were the perfect touch - you know someone is clucking about something that will upset someone! 
Some gingham ribbon and matching sentiments finish off my card. This is a fun card style to make and I definitely see more in my future! 

Card Recipe 
 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Chick Gossip, Ruffled - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Snap Basics - Simple Stories 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  fishtail banner dies - YNS, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, feathers and raffia - stash, Celebrate It Ribbon, 3D foam pop dots - Forever in Time

Spectrum Noir: CR7 CR11 DR6 CT1 CT4 GB5 MB1 MB2 MB4 TN1 EB1 EB2 TN4 TN6 TN7

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

In My Heart

This week's installment of My Favourite Things is......Animals. I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I was a typical child begging my parents to have a dog. When they finally gave in and got us one you can imagine how overjoyed I was! 

Meet Delia Angel - the perfect stamp to share my love for animals and perfect for the animal lover in your life. 




I started by colouring my stamps with alcohol markers and hand fussy cutting her out leaving a thin white edge. After gluing her on matching cardstock I cut her out again leaving a thin edge. It is hard to see in the photo but her wings are coloured with a sparkle pen to add a little bling. The sentiment is from the so much cuteness release and perfect for this stamp. A wood paw print heart, some twine and another favourite of mine - gumdrops - finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Delia Angel - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Furever - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Sweet Celebration - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti3D foam pop dots - Forever In TimeMoonlight Spectrum Sparkle penBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, wood paw print heart - Kaisercraft, Baker's twine, Ocean Mist Glittered gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: RB1 RB2 RB4 AB1 AB2 AB3 CT1 CT2 GB5 CG4 DG3 JG6 AG1 AG3 AG5 PP1 PP3 EB6 EB3 EB5 IG2 IG3 IG5

Copics: E31 E34 E37

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Warm The Heart

Today I am happy to introduce you to Friendly Kitty, another cutie from the new release at High Hopes. I used to have a grey striped cat named Smokey. He was a very friendly guy.....especially when I had strawberry banana yogurt. He would sit on the back of the couch as I ate it and bat my hand every time I took a mouthful. He knew he would get to lick the spoon off when I was done. 
This stamp reminds me of his playfulness!



After colouring this cutie with alcohol markers, I hand fussy cut him leaving a thin white edge. I added him to some fun paper from the Echo Park. I added some dots to the flower just for fun. The sentiment is also from High Hopes (link below). A picket fence, some puffy clouds and my favourite - gumdrops - finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Friendly Kitty - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment:Friendship Warms The Heart - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Happy Summer - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  white gelly roll pen, Quickie glue pen, Love Earth gumdrops, gray marker, classic square die - Spellbinders, fence and lampost die - YNS, Head in the clouds die - Die-sires, 

Spectrum Noir: PP1 PP3 IG2 IG3 IG5 BG5 BG7 FS8 GB4 GB5 GB7 DR3 CG1 DG2 DG4 CG2 
Copics: B00 B06

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Garden Birthday

Welcome back Whimsy fans! Our challenge this month is Anything Goes!

My grandmother is a "master" gardener. I can remember her coming to plant the flowers at our house every Spring. My job was to fertilize each plant as she put it in before she put the dirt back around it. I took this job very seriously and I loved spending time with her and watching her meticulously plant each flower. 
Her 95th birthday is coming up later this month and my mom asked me if I would make a card for her - of course I said yes! I knew it had to be flowers and the Friendship Garden 2 Sentiments set was perfect for my card.



Grandma is bed ridden now but she still loves her flowers! 
I started by printing my digital stamp to the size I wanted for my card and coloured it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I cut it out using a classic circle die and added some stitching marks. the circle and paper edges are all inked with antique linen distress ink. Some cotton lace ribbon, a wooden heart and some enamel dots finish off my card. 
Card Recipe
Stamp: Friendship Garden 2 Sentiments - Whimsy Digital Stamps
It's A Party Enamel Dots - Whimsy Stamps

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Somedays You Just Have To

Happy Thursday and welcome back High Hopes fans! 

My post this week features another of my favourite things - stamping! and colouring of course. I talk to people all day and there is really nothing like coming home and hiding in my craft room - there is something theraputic about colouring and stamping isn't there? 
Ronda Stamping Angel was the perfect stamp to share one more of my favourite things. 



I started by colouring my stamps with alcohol markers and hand fussy cutting her out. Originally I had another plan for this card but it didn't come together like I wanted it to so I had to redirect my creativity...does that ever happen to anyone else? 
I added this cutie to an embossed heart background and stamped my "partial" sentiment directly onto my patterned paper. Some sparkly ribbon and sparkly gumdrops - another of my favourites - finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Ronda Stamping Angel - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Somedays - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Sugar and Spice - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti3D foam pop dots - Forever In Time, clear Spectrum Sparkle penBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Quickie glue pen, swiss hearts embossing folder - Taylored Expressions, curved scallop die - YNS, ribbon - stash, Ice Ice Baby Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: CG4 DG3 JG6 CG1 CG2 IG1 IG2 EB6 EB3 EB5 IG3 IG5 CT1 CT4 GB5 OR1
Copics: B00 B01 BG01 B24 B25 

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Love You More

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 
We all need a hug once and awhile right? Even animals need a hug....so when there isn't a human around to give them one what's a cow to do??? 
Find another cow of course!  
Cow hugs it is with this cutie from the So Much Cuteness release at High Hopes. 



I had some fun colouring these two with alcohol markers and then cut it out using a stitched square die. Patterned paper from Photo Play was perfect to pull things together. The sentiment was stamped using only part of the whole sentiment and cut out using a fishtail banner die. 
A heart banner die with a pop of orange for one heart, matching twine and some sparkly gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Cow Hugs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: I Love You More - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: About A Little Boy - Photo Play 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  twine - stash, Give Thanks For Sparkle gumdrops - YNS, stitched square die, fishtail banner die and heart banner die - YNS

Spectrum Noir: IG2 IG3 IG5 BG5 BG7 BG10 TN1 EB1 EB2 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 YG1 YG2 YG3 CG1 DG2 OR1 OR2 CR8 AB1 AB2 AB3

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Dragon Birthday

This month our challenge theme is "My Favourite Things". I have gone through my High Hopes stamps and the website and have chosen stamps that represent my favourite things and I will share a different my favourite thing each week.

This week my card brings back memories of camping with my family when I was younger. We always had a campfire - love a campfire! - at night and toasted marshmallows, made spider wieners or even the odd time had a hamburger made over the fire...maybe not the best bedtime snack but boy were they good! My nephew loves to build a fire and toast marshmallows too so I thought these stamps were perfect for his birthday card! He is turning 16 so I had to do something teenage and masculine - yikes!





I started by colouring my stamps with alcohol markers and hand fussy cutting them out. I cut my white cardstock piece and placed my circle die where I wanted it cut out. Next I placed my sentiment and with the help of my Misti, it is perfectly positioned. I added some night starry sky patterned paper behind the circle and some glittery gumdrops to finish off my card. The dragon is also popped up with foam pop dots just for fun. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Smore Dragon, Campfire - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Happy Birthday Block - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: The Great Outdoors - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti3D foam pop dots - Forever In Time, sterling sliver Spectrum Sparkle pen, Not Quite Navy ink - Stampin' Up, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, classic circle die - Spellbinders, Ice Ice Baby Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: CG4 DG3 JG6 CG1 CG2 IG1 IG2 EB6 EB3 EB5 IG3 IG5 CT1 CT4 GB5 OR1
Copics: E31 E34 E37 



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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Magic

It's Day 2 of the August new release in the Whimsy Digital Shop!

Anyone who knows or follows me knows how much I love horses. When I saw the Wind Beneath My Wings stamp I knew I had to colour it up! 

I kept my layout CAS (Clean and Simple) to keep the focus on this gorgeous stamp and ink blended my background paper so it was the perfect colours. 




After printing off my stamp I coloured it with alcohol markers and hand fussy cut it using manicure scissors. I added some honey gold Nuvo crystal drops to the wings using a fine tip paint brush. 
I ink blended the background paper and cut them out using the hand stitched nested rectangle dies (link below). 
Some simple, black enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Wind Beneath My Wings - Whimsy Digital 
Sentiment - Christmas Moments



Spectrum Markers: IG1 IG2 IG3 IG5 TN4 TN6 TN8 TN3

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More Than The Cat

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 
I'm back sharing another cutie from the new So Much Cuteness release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

I love dogs and this Prancing Pup is just too cute for me not to ink up. He kind of reminds me of my dog after he gets a hair cut - he prances around with his chest puffed out a bit and his head held high - he knows he is looking fine! Now, if I could just train him to bring me a flower..........




I wanted to try something different with this stamp. After colouring it with alcohol markers, I cut along his foot, tail and ear......but only part way. I have never done this before but I slid my circle die into the cut area and ran it through my Big Kick. This gave me part of this cute pup sticking out of the circle - I added a couple of black marks by his tail so it looks like it is wagging. 

The circle is filled in with an heart splatter stamp - should have used a darker ink here but the close up shows it a little better and gives you the idea. Some ribbon and enamel dots finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Prancing Pup - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: I Love You More - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: It's A Boy - Carta Bella
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, classic circle die - Spellbinders, fishtail banner die - YNS, Mini Heart Splatter - YNS, ocean ink - Martha Stewart, ribbon stash, summer breeze enamel dots - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Noir: EB6 EB3 EB5 BG5 BG7 BG10 CT1 CT2 CT4 GT1 GT2 HB31 LV1 HB2 


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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Beautiful Day

Welcome to the new challenge at High Hopes Rubber Stamps! This month we are featuring "My Favourite Things" It can be a favourite food, High Hopes stamp, colour.....anything that is your favourite - how fun is that!?!

My card today features a number of stamps from High Hopes that show some of my favourite things.  I LOVE being on the farm - for me there is nothing like it especially when the hay is being cut - one of my favourite smells even though I won't admit I'm allergic to it! I used to love sitting on a hay bale listening to my horse munch on his hay - he was in his own little heaven when he got his hay and I found the sound of him doing that very calming.






Although I chose to use a boy sitting on the hay bale it gets the idea of one of my favourite things across  
I started by colouring all of my stamps and then hand fussy cutting a couple of them. I used a die to cut some hills which I wanted to look like plowed fields in front of my farm background. Some wood paper was perfect for my little scene and some Nuvo crystal drops were the perfect finishing touch. For me, the sentiment was perfect - sitting on a hay bale at the farm is a beautiful day! 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Bobby Lee, Farm Background, Bale O' Hay - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Have A Beautiful Day - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Fall Is In The Air - Echo Park
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, 3D Foam Pop Dots - Forever In Time, Midnight Blue Nuvo Crystal Drops,  Stitched rectangle die - YNS, 

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 TB8 BT9 TB9 CR7 CR11 DR6 IG2 IG3 IG5 TN4 TN7 TN8 TN3 TN6 TN7 CT1 CT2 GY1 OR1 OR2 CG1 DG2 DG4 EB6 EB5 CG4 DG3 JG6 lG1 TB2 
                                             Copics: E31 E34 E37
                                          
 I hope you will ink up your favourite High Hopes stamp and come play along in our challenge! Don't have High Hopes Stamps? Click here to get a free digital stamp to play along. 
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Baked With Love

I can't believe it is August 1st already - where has the summer gone!?! 
The first of the month means it is time for a new challenge - whoo hooo!! 

This month is all about "My Favourite Things". I have chosen to use "Mildred" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. 

Sweets are one of my favourite things! For me there is nothing like walking in to a house where there is the smell of something baking in the oven...like fresh apple pie, chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies....... Mildred reminds me of walking in to the house when Grandma or Mom are baking something fresh... I can smell it now. 
Of course, there is always that one special ingredient that only a Mom or Grandma can put into something they are baking......it is that special touch of love.....no one can ever reproduce that taste right?!?  




I started by colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and cutting it out with a stitched rectangle die. I used some new vintage marker colours I recently added to my marker "collection" - it was fun to use some different colours! 
Some fun vintage feel paper from Kaisercraft was perfect for my layout. The sentiment was created on my computer. Some ribbon and a ribbon bow, a fun rolling pin and some of my fav embellishments - gumdrops finish off my card.  

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Mildred - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Cataneo BT font - computer
Patterned Paper: Sage and Grace - Kaisercraft
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti,  Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, White Gelly Roll pen,  stitched rectangle die - YNS, ribbon - stash, rolling pin - stash, Bubblegum gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS1 TN2 TN1 EB1 EB2 IG1 IG2 IG3 IG5 FS8 AP1 MG1 AP3 VB1 VB2 VB3 GT1 GT2
Copics:  E31 E34 E37

                                          
 I hope you will ink up your favourite stamps and come play along in our My Favourite Things challenge! We can't wait to see what you create! Click here for more details and to come play along!



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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Home For Christmas

Welcome back High Hopes fans! 

My post for this week is one more Christmas in July card featuring "Festive Wreath". 
I love driving around and looking at Christmas decorations. This wreath had a country feel to me so I pictured it on a fence. 
Where I live, it is very common for people to hang wreaths on the cedar rail fence they have near their homes. 
It is also common to see a tractor out in the middle of a field covered in Christmas lights...... but I personally love the wreaths. 



I started by colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and hand fussy cutting it with manicure scissors. I added some Stickles to the beads and clear Spectrum Sparkle pen to the bow. 
Some glittery snow on the fence and in the blue sky behind add just the right amount of bling. 
I added a silver brad to the fence so it looked like the nail head used to hand the wreath. 
Some sparkly Stickles in the hearts with the sentiment help tie everything together. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Festive Wreath - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: All Hearts - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Tiny Check - MFT, Watercolour Wishes - Lawn Fawn


Spectrum Markers: EB6 EB3 EB5 CR7 CR11 DR6 CG4 DG3 JG6 TN1 EB1 EB2


Don't forget! The "So Much Cuteness" new release is shipping now. Follow this link to browse and order you High Hopes stamps.  High Hopes Rubber Stamps website


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link and a few details: July Challenge

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Create Your Own

Welcome back OCS fans! 

I hope you have been enjoying the So Much Cuteness release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! 
This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to "Happy Pigs" and the "Somedays" sentiment. The pigs I knew growing up sure weren't this cute - these two just make me smile! They sure are having fun in their mud puddle!! 





After colouring these cuties with alcohol markers, I cut them out using a stitched oval die. I cut a scallop oval die to put behind them. The patterned paper pieces were cut to fit and mounted on matching cardstock. Some fun cotton lace ribbon and flowers with silver bead middles finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Happy Pigs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Somedays - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Hello Baby - Simple Stories
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  white gelly roll pen,  3D foam pop dots - Forever In Time, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, classic oval die - Spellbinders, stitched oval die - YNS, cotton lace - stash, silver beads - stash, flowers - Prima

Spectrum Noir: IG2 IG3 EB5 EB6 EB3 FS6 CR3 CR1 BT4 BT6 DG2 BT2 
Copics: E31 E34 E37

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Purrfect Day

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans! 

Have you had a chance to see all of the cuteness in this release!?! I honestly can't pick a favourite!!
This week my card features "Curious Kitty, Cat and Dog Paw Paws and the Purrfect Day" sentiment from the new So Much Cuteness release. 

I used to have a cat and he was curious but also loved to bat at my hand when I was eating strawberry banana yogurt or popcorn - his two favourite things in the world. 

This curious kitty is making friends with a sweet little butterfly! 



I started by colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and cutting it out with a label die and popping it up using some foam pop dots. 
After choosing some bright fun paper from Doodlebug and water colour wash paper from MFT. 
 I stamped cat paws (link below) on the water colour paper and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder . It is hard to see in the picture but I also added clear sparkle pen to the butterfly - love me some sparkle! 
Some twine and matte sprinkles finish off my card. 
The finished card size is A2 ( 4.25"w x 5.50"h)- love that these stamps are the perfect size for this size of card! 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Curious Kitty, Cat and Dog Paws- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Purrfect Day- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Spring Garden - Doodlebug, Brights Water Color Wash - MFT

 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti,  Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, label die - Spellbinders, versa mark ink, bark ink - Versa Colour, twine -
American Crafts, 3D foam pop dots - Forever In Time, Christmas Assortment matte Sprinkles - Doodlebug

Spectrum Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 EB6 EB3 EB5 PP1 PP3 CG2 CT1 CT4 BG5 OR1 BT3 


I hope you get a chance to pop by the High Hopes Rubber Stamps website and enjoy all the cuteness in this new release. 


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link and a few details: July Challenge

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