Thursday, 30 March 2017

Craft Store Road Trip

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans! 


I don't know about you but March sure has flown by! I can't believe our month of Anything Goes is almost over - I've had way too much fun playing with these stamps this month. 

For my last post of March I would like to introduce you to a fun stamp called "Off To The Craft Store". I made a slider card so she slides back and forth on the card. 
This stamp is so fun! My son's girlfriend has a "Bug" so guess what stamp I will use for her Birthday card this year but it could also be used for travel, someone getting their licence, buying their first car and so much more!



After the stamp was coloured with alcohol markers, I fussy cut it using manicure scissors. I added Silver Wink of Stella to the wheel spokes, bumpers and door handle and some Glossy Accents to the windshield. The background scene was created with a cloud embossing folder and a cute home on a hill die. I used a slider die to create the space for her to slide back and forth on the card.

I wanted to keep my paper and layout simple to keep the focus on this fun image. The sentiment was created on my computer and some of my fav gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Off To The Craft Store (S215 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Calibri font - computer
Patterned Paper:  Sunny Days Ahead - Echo Park
Watercolour Wash Brights - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  White Sugar and Sparkle, Silver Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents - Ranger, mini slider die - YNS, Cute House On A Hill die - YNS, Clouds embossing folder - Darice

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 BG5 BG7 BG10 CR7 CR11 DR6 TN1 EB1 EB2 CT1 CT2 GB4 BT3 BT4 BT5 1G1 1G3 1G5

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, 29 March 2017

Umbrella Smile

I can't believe it's the last Wednesday in March already! 


I have one more Anything Goes post to share with you. My card features a fun stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps called Raindrops Ribbit and I paired him up with the Rainy Rainy Day sentiment. 

I think he is adorable and would bring a smile to anyone's face




After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut him out using a stitched rectangle die and mounted him on some navy blue cardstock. I chose my patterned paper from Carta Bella and voila! The sentiment is stamped, trimmed and mounted on matching navy blue cardstock. It is hard to see in the photo but I added some Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen to the flower and Silver Wink of Stella to the zipper pull on his jacket. Some ribbon and gumdrops finish off my card. 


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Raindrops Ribbit (P021) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Rainy Rainy Day (H048) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Rock-A-Bye Baby - Carta Bella
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Silver Wink of Stella, Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen, ribbon - stash, stitched rectangle die - YNS, Ice Ice Baby Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS6 CR3 FS8 CR1 DG2 DG4 BT1 BT3 BT5 CT1 CT2 GB4 DG3 CG4 TB8 BT9 TB9 

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


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!


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

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, 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

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


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!


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

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, 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


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!


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!



Friday, 3 March 2017

Spring Jelly Bean

 Welcome to Day 3 of the March new release in the Whimsy Digital Shop.

The card I have to share with you today features Jelly Bean's Flower. How cute is this elephant watering his flower! I have also used new digital paper from the Vintage Wood and Pink Pop collections. 




I started by printing off my stamp to the size I wanted and  colouring it with alcohol markers. Some white polka dots were added to his hat and a sparkle pen was added to the middle of the flower and the butterfly. 

A banner die gave me the perfect back drop for this cutie. The sentiment is from the Spring Sentiment Mix. I added a new die I purchased recently called Honeycomb pattern die from Whimsy stamps. I love the texture and element of fun it adds to a card. A few sparkly enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Jelly Bean's Flower - Whimsy Digital 
Patterned Paper: Vintage Woods, Pink Pop- Whimsy Digital 
Honeycomb Pattern Die - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 FS8 PP1 PP3 LG2 EB6 EB3 CT2 GB11 CT1 
Copics: B01 B02 7G67

Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Digital shop to see all of the new stamps, sentiments and paper! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Double Scoop Fun

Welcome to Day 2 of the March new release in the Whimsy Digital Shop.

I am an animal lover through and through so when I saw this new "Double Scoop Fun" digital stamp I just knew I had to colour it up! My dog is an ice cream fan but it doesn't agree with his stomach so he doesn't get much - I sneak him banana muffins instead....shhhh........





For this card, I started by going into the digital paper section to choose some paper I could use for these cuties. Next I printed off my stamp to the size I wanted and colouring it with alcohol markers. 
I added some clouds and grass and cut it out with a circle stitching and pierce mark circle die. The sentiment was created on my computer and cut using a fishtail banner die. A heart from the build a banner dies and some enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Double Scoop Fun - Whimsy Digital 
Patterned Paper: Lovely Lavendar Papers 1, Green Envy Papers - Whimsy Digital 

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 TN3 TN6 TN7 FS8 BGR2 BGR4 BGR5 EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2 CG4 DG3 JG6 FS6 
Copics: RV11 RV32 RV34

Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Digital shop to see all of the new stamps, sentiments and paper! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



It's A Jungle!

March is here and as I am typing this post we are experiencing unseasonable double digit temperatures - the snow is almost gone and it feels like Spring! 

These warm temperatures made me feel like colouring an image that feels like nice warm weather! 

Meet "Walk About Wally" who is out on a hike in the jungle. I wonder if he knows he has a monkey friend watching him!?






This card was a marathon to be honest! It was a good idea in my brain but it was hours of colouring and fussy cutting - I can say however, I am very happy with the end result! 

I started by stamping, colouring (with alcohol markers) and fussy cutting all of my images. The jungle background was stamped and coloured 4 times to have enough pieces to put my scene together. I cut my patterned cloud paper and mounted them on cardstock and stamped my sentiment. All the pieces were put together on my sidestep card base and voila! 



Card Recipe 
Stamps: Walk About Wally (Q039) Jungle Background (T050), Lg. Monkey Mike (R083) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Jungle Out There (G203)
Patterned Paper:  In The Country - Whimsy Stamps
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoCopic XpressIt cardstock, Quickie Glue Pen,  Glossy Accents - Ranger, Memento Tuxedo Black marker, silver gel pen, Step and 4 Corners die - Local King 

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 1G1 1G3 1G5 TN1 EB1 EB2 EB6 EB3 EB5 OR1 OR2 CR8 CG4 DG3 JG6 CG3 JG1 CG4 BGR2 BGR4 BGR5

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, 1 March 2017

Bunny Photo Shoot

Am I the only one who can't believe it is March 1 already!? That means Spring is just around the corner! 

This month we are having an Anything Goes challenge (except digital stamps) - how easy and fun is that!? 

I chose to use Posing Bunny for my card. We seem to have caught this cutie in her favourite hat doing a Spring/Easter photo shoot.




Our bunny friend is coloured using alcohol markers and then fussy cut. I added a piece of cotton ball to her tail to make it nice and fluffy! 
A polaroid die was the perfect piece to make a sky background for this cutie! Some tulips and grass were added to the bottom of the die to create my little scene. A film strip die and my fav gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Posing Bunny (R080- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Spring - Echo Park, Watercolour Wash - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoCopic XpressIt cardstock, Spring Grass die, Film Strip die and Instalove Polaroid die - YNS, Garden Flowers die - Whimsy Stamps, Forever In Time pop dots, enamel dots - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 FS8 PP1 PP3 CT1 CT2 CT4 CG1 DG2 DG4


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

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Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!




Spring Is In The Air!

Happy March 1st OCS Fans! A new month means a new challenge and this month it is Anything Goes! so grab your favourite stamp (anything but digital) and come play along! 

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Tink - how cute is he!? I love his name! The stamp name is "Tink Picking Posies" and at the time I was colouring this cutie we were in double digit temperatures and the snow was almost gone! Sure put me in the mood for Spring......minus the mud of course! 




I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers then cut it out using a stitched rectangle die.  I wanted to keep the layout on this one simple so Tink was the main focus so I cut out a flowery border added it to my layout. 

The sentiment was created on my computer and I added some ribbon, a bow, flower and gumdrops to finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Tink Picking Posies (T027) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Computer - Georgia font
Patterned Paper: It's A Boy Dots and Stripes - Carta Bella, Baby - AC
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoCopic XpressIt cardstock, Stitched Rectangle die - YNS, flower and ribbon - stash, Love Earth Gumdrops

Spectrum Noir: BG3 BG5 BG7 CG1 DG2 FS6 FS8 CT2 HB1 LV1 HB2 LV2 CT1 CT4


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!