Thursday, 18 May 2017

Little Missy's Smile

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans!

For this week's post, I would like to introduce you to an older High Hopes stamp called "Little Missy". I think she is totally adorable and would be perfect for a card for sooo many different occasions.

My card layout is based on this month's challenge sketch (below). I love using sketches when my creative brain is in hibernation - it definitely gives it a kick start! 



I started by cutting a tag out  and cardstock background with my Cricut and stamping my image. After colouring her with alcohol markers I used a white gel pen to add some fun polka dots to her dress and bow. The sentiment was cut out and a crystal was added to the dot on the "i". Some twine, a flower and glittery gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Little Missy  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Journal Card and Bracket Insert die set - YNS
Patterned Paper:  Hello Baby - Simple Stories
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, White Gelly Roll pen, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Ocean Mist Glittered Gumdrops, flower - Prima, fishtail banner die - YNS, Cyrstazzi crystal, George and Basic shapes - Cricut

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 FS8 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 1G2 1G3 1G5 1G1 BT4 BT6 BT7 CG1 DG2 DG4 FS6 CR3 CR1


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

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



Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CAS Smiles

Welcome Back OCS Fans! 

This week I decided to challenge myself just to shake things up a little in my crafty world. I have alot of patterned paper - yes it's an addiction - but I also have alot of little pieces -you know the ones that are trimmed off an edge of a sheet and you just can't bear to throw it out - gasp! 

My challenge was to use some of these smaller pieces as well as create a CAS (clean and simple) card. Double whammy and challenge accepted! I decided that "Blossom" from the new Darling Diva's release at High Hopes would be perfect for my card. 



To start this card I cut out my white background using a stitched square die. The stitched scallop border edge was cut next using a die. I used my Misti to place the stamp and sentiment in the perfect spot and inked away - LOVE my Misti! After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I added the patterned paper edge.  I used a brown marker to add some freckles to puppy's cheeks and some sparkly Stickles on the heart and dress collar give me a touch of bling. 
All of this was mounted on some cardstock and voila - double challenge met...I think...

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Blossom  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Sending Smiles - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Spring - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Crystal Stickles, white gelly roll pen, My Creative Time die, Stitched Rectangle die - YNS, brown marker to add puppy freckles

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT1 CT2 CT4 FS8 CG2 PP1 PP3 BT3 1B2
Copics: E31 E34 E37 C0

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

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dropping By Kitty

Welcome back Whimsy Fans! It is the 15th of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Whimsy Stamps.

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

My inspiration post features "Kitty Balloon" along with some digital paper and enamel dots. All the links are provided below.




My bestie is a cat lover and her Birthday is coming up soon so this is the perfect stamp for her don't you think?
After colouring my stamp twice with alcohol markers, I fussy cut them using my trusty cuticle scissors. The digital paper was printed and I stamped and paper pieced the balloon and bow for both images. 
The main stamp image is popped up with foam dots to add some dimension and a few enamel dots (my fav) finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Kitty Balloon - Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: April Showers, Mint Green Dark - Whimsy Digital Papers
Sentiment: Calibri font - computer
Summer Breeze Enamel Dots, stitched rectangle die, classic circle die.

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 PP1 PP3

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!




Sunday, 14 May 2017

There's Something Beautiful

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there! 

I have had this digital Stamp called "Beautiful Day" for quite awhile and I have been just waiting to colour her up. This adorable young lady is from Miss Daisy digital stamps and is one of my favourite stamps! I have used digital paper on this one too - so fun!



I started by printing off my stamp and colouring her with alcohol markers,and cut her out using a stitched rectangle die. Next I printed off the digital paper I wanted to use, cut it to the sizes I needed and mounted it on cardstock. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day sayings set and was printed and cut out using a stitched oval die. I added some clouds with baby blue ink and a dauber. Some crochet lace and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Beautiful Day - Miss Daisy Stamps
Sentiment: Beautiful Day Sayings - Miss Daisy Stamps
Patterned Paper: We Are 3 Miss Daisy Collection digital paper
White gelly roll pen, Crystal Stickles, crochet lace ribbon - stash, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, stitched rectangle and oval dies - YNS, Cupid and Love Earth gumdrops - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS3 TN2 CG1 DG2 CT1 CT2 CT4 BG11 
Copics: B24 B23 B28 RV11 RV32 RV34 E31 E34 E37

I am entering this card in the Miss Daisy Create and Share group Anything Goes challenge on Facebook 

I hope you have enjoyed my post - your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, 11 May 2017

You Got This!

I can't believe it's Thursday again already and my turn to post some inspiration for you! 

This week I am having a hard time keeping a straight face while I was colouring and fussy cutting "Are We There Yet?". These two just make me giggle! 

Add to that, my sister in law has decided she wants a tandem bike so trying to figure out which one she would be and which one would be my brother just adds to the humour for me. 

I also chose to use the "Don't Worry" sentiment with this.......I mean, we all need a little encouragement from our friends once and awhile don't we?



I coloured these two up with alcohol markers and then started fussy cutting them. It was honestly one of those ..uh oh, what was I thinking moments but I grabbed my xacto knife and cuticle scissors and kept going - you can't take back the first cut after all! These two buddies are popped up with pop dots too. 

I had some cloud background paper made from another project so I cut it out using a stitched square die and added some cement for a sidewalk, grass and a fence to create a little scene. 
The sentiment was stamped, cut and mounted on matching cardstock. All of this fun was put on some bright, fun paper from Doodlebug and finished off with my favourite - gumdrops. 


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Are We There Yet?  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Don't Worry - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Sunkissed - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Stitched Square Die - YNS, Fence and Lampost die - YNS, Chunky Grass die - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories, Best Glue Ever - ScaPerfect, 3d Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Sugar & Sparkle gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 TN3 TN6 TN7 PP1 PP3 1G1 1G3 CR7 CR11 DR6 BG4 BG7 BG10 CT4 GB5 OR1
Copic: B02 B04

 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

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



Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Create!

I am still having way too much fun playing with the new Darling Diva's release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! This week "Gemma" our little artist was the focus of my creativity. 

I don't know about anyone else, but after a long day there is nothing like heading for my craft room, turning on the music and pulling out the markers. I usually have to ignore the stink eye from my dog laying in the door way staring me down, but it is a relaxing way to end the day. I feel like Gemma might feel the same way...




 I coloured sweet Gemma with alcohol markers and cut her out using a banner die. There is some clear sparkle pen on the big heart and flower but it's hard to see. 
The card layout is fun to do. The middle is plastic! You form your card base and cut the middle out, glue in some plastic (today I used a page refill) and glue it on. I used the Best Glue Ever (link below) - it dries super fast, works on plastic and you don't need much of it. The sentiment on the front was created on my computer, and some ribbon and sparkly gumdrops finish off the front. 

The inside is simply some white cardstock trimmed with matching light blue cardstock, stamped with a mini heart stamp using matching ink and a sentiment.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Gemma  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Get Your Happy On - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
and computer
Patterned Paper: Party Girl - Photo Play 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrops - YNS, Banners 3 die - Sizzix, Spectrum Sparkle Pen, Mini Heart Splatter - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories, Galena Ribbon

Spectrum Noir:FS5 FS2 TN2 TN4 TN6 TN7 CG1 DG2 FS8 BT3 IB3 BT8 TN1 EB1 EB2 BP1 BP3 BP6 
Copics: E31 E34 E37 C0

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

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dream

Happy Sunday Whimsy fans! I hope you are having a nice, relaxing day.

I have been playing with the "Butterfly Friends" digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong, one of my favourites. 
I have had this one half coloured since it was released in March but I was "stuck" on the colours and layout so I left it ...until now. 
This morning (way too early I might add) the creative train came rushing into the building and things just kind of fell into place. Anyone else ever had that happen? 



After completing my colouring with alcohol markers, I cut out my stamp using a stitched square die. I went in afterwards and used some baby blue ink and a cloud die cut to add some clouds in the background. 
Some corner dies, lace ribbon and enamel dots finish off my card

Card Recipe
Stamp: Butterfly Friends - Whimsy Digital 
It A Party Enamel Dots

Patterned Paper: Hello Fall and Pumpkin Spice - Simple Stories
Sentiment: Cataneo BT font - computer
Stitched Square and Rectangle dies - YNS, 3D Foam Pop Dots - Forever In Time, Crochet Lace ribbon - stash

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT3 CT4 OR1 BGR2 BGR4 BGR5 CR3 FS6 FS8 CG1 DG2 L71 LY2


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

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 4 May 2017

Birthday Wishes

Happy Thursday!


I'm back with a fun birthday card I made for a very special young lady in my life. I don't want to say who because she will see it when I post it on Facebook. 

This young lady is a tom boy at heart - kinda like me when I was younger. Not afraid to get rough and tumble if she has to and will only wear a dress when she has to.  She loves hedgehogs and chocolate so I think the image I chose for her is perfect. 




After colouring up my stamp with alcohol markers, I cut it out with a stitched square die. The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a stitched oval die - I like the texture these dies add to an image. 

Some patterned paper from Photo Play was perfect for my layout and colour pallette. I love a little bling on my cards so this time I added some Stickles to the cupcake icing and some glossy accents to the cherry. Some twine and sparkly gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Kovu's Birthday  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Birthday Wishes - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Party Boy - Photo Play 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Crystal Stickles, Glossy Accents - Ranger
Twine - American Crafts, Magical Pastel Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 PP1 PP3 EB6 EB3 EB5 CR7 CR11 DR6 CT4 GB5 OR1 BT3 1G1

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link and a few details: May 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, 3 May 2017

Love and Hugs

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 


I hope you are enjoying the "Darling Divas" new release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

This week I had some fun playing with "GiGi". She is really fun to colour with her big heart and big poofie hair! And of course girl's gotta have bling so there is some of that added as well!





 After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using a classic circle die. I stamped part of the sentiment I wanted to use and cut it out using a stitched rectangle die. 
The flower patterned paper shape was cut out using my Cricut - it's nice to have a machine do the cutting for you! Some Diamond stickles were added to her bow, her shoe straps and the heart and sleeve patches (kinda hard to see). Ribbon from my stash and my fav - gumdrops finish off my card

Card Recipe 
Stamps: GiGi  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Love and Hugs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Lullaby - Pebbles
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  White Gelly Roll   Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Diamond Stickles, Elegant Edges cartridge - Cricut, classic circle die - Spellbinders, stitched rectangle die - YNS, ribbon - stash, Cupid gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 DR3 DR1 1G1 1G3 1G5 GT1 GT2 GT3
Copics: RV11 RV32 RV34 

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

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Your Umbrella

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


We have had an extra wet Spring so far where I live. It seems to rain the most during the middle of the week thankfully - so far the weekends have been beautiful! 

The rain sure made it easy for me to want to play with "Penguin's Rainy Day" from the new release! I also wanted to make a fun card to send to my best friend who is having a rough time and needs a pick me up. 




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 the umbrella and his boots. I also added some to the stripe on the ducks hat just for fun. The umbrella handle is coloured with a silver gel pen, it's kinda hard to see.

The sentiment was set to the perfect size for my layout and printed on matching patterned paper. 
Some pieces of Honeycomb pattern added some texture to my card. Ribbon and enamel dots finish it off

Card Recipe
Stamp: Penguin's Rainy Day - Whimsy Digital 
Patterned Paper: Pretty Pastels, Over The Rainbow- Whimsy Digital 
Sentiment: Fish Sentiments
Honeycomb Pattern Die - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Markers: BG4 BG7 BG10 CT2 GB8 OR1 1G1 CT1 CT4 TN1 EB1 EB2 
Copics: B00 B01 BG01 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!



Monday, 1 May 2017

Special Tweet

Hooray Hooray it's the first of May! 
Not only is Spring even closer but it also means it's time for a new release here at High Hopes! 

If you like the Diva's and all the fun things they do, then this release is for you! There are 10 new images - everything from an artist to sipping a hot cup of coffee! Be sure to head to the High Hopes website to see the full release.

For my new release post I got to play with "LeiLani". How fun is she with her pretty flowers and cute bird friend! I thought this sentiment was perfect to pair with it and now I have a card for my stash when a friend needs a pick me up.





I started by cutting out my tag with my Cricut and then stamped my image and coloured it with alcohol markers. I added some gold Wink of Stella to the beads around the flowers in her hair and Clear Spectrum Sparkle to the heart on her dress. 
I followed this month's challenge sketch but "tweaked"a few things to make it my own. That is the fun part of a sketch - you can adjust things to make it fit your needs. The sentiment was stamped and cut out with a stitched oval die. A ribbon bow and some gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: LeiLani - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Special Tweet - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Bloom and Grow - Simple Stories
Fall Is In The Air - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  Misti, Tag - Cricut, Gold Wink of Stella, Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Celebrate It Ribbon, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Cupid gumdrops - YNS, Stitched oval die - YNS

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 CR7 CR11 CR1 FS6 TB1 TB3 TB4 DG2 GB1 
Copics: E31 E34 E37

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

We also have an optional sketch for you to use to play along!
We can't wait to see what you create!



Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!



Best Friends Forever

Hello OCS Fans! 
Welcome to the new "Darling Divas" release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! 

This release is 10 fun Diva images from walking the dog to having a bubble bath with a glass of wine - be sure to pop by the OCS website to see them all. 

My new release card features "Girlfriends". My bestie has red hair, and all though it isn't this dark red in real life I coloured this image with my bestie and I in mind. We have been friends since grade school and always! have way too much fun together. 



After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die and then a curved scallop edge just for fun. The layout is based on this month's challenge sketch (below). 
White Blizzard Nuvo glitter drops were added to the flower and hearts, sorry, it's kind of hard to see in the photo. The sentiment was stamped and cut out with a stitched oval die. Some ribbon and glittery gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Girlfriends  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Best Friends Forever - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Felicity Collection - Bo Bunny
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, White Gelly Roll pen, Be Creative Sookwang Tape, White Sugar and Sparkle Gumdrops - YNS,  White Blizzard Nuvo, Curved Glitter Drops, Curved Scallop Edge - YNS, Ribbon - stash, Stitched rectangle die -YNS, Stitched oval die - YNS

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 TN5 TN9 EB4 EB6 EB3 EB5 CG4 DG3 JG6 FS8 1G1 FS6 CR3 CR1 
                                          Copics: E31 E34 E37

A new month also means a new challenge. This month is Anything Goes so grab your stamps and show us your creations. Here's the link. We also have an optional sketch for you to use if you like. 



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



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.  

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!