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Thursday, 24 November 2022

Christmas Joy

  I can say it is officially winter is here where I live. I am writing this post on Sunday evening after spending the day in what felt like a snow globe. We were "blessed" enough to be in a snowsquall band that blanketed the area from Saturday night until around noon today with a good 20+ cms of snow and blizzard like conditions most of the day. 

I hunkered down in my craft room because really....what else is there to do <smile> and worked on some Christmas cards. I wasn't going to go outside to build a snowman in that weather so I decided to build one on a Christmas card with "Christmas Joy Snowy" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. 


                                                                                                                                   
 I stamped this adorable snowman on alcohol marker friendly paper, coloured him with Copic markers and cut him out using a stitched tag. A combination of patterned paper from Echo Park and Memory Box were perfect for this cutie so I cut them to fit my A2 size card base and rounded the bottom corners. I cut a second tag from matching cardstock to place behind the stamped tag. The tag doesn't have a hole in it so I punched one and put some ribbon through the hole and down the back of tag. 
I glued down my layers and added a branch, and a bow on top of the hole. Some clear sparkle pen added to the branches and star buttons and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Details
Stamps - Christmas Joy Snowy (S228) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Woodsy Plaid - Memory Box, I Love Christmas - Echo Park

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, ribbon - Close To My Heart, stitched tag die - Tutti Designs, branch die - Sizzix, enamel dots, clear Spectrum Sparkle pen

Copic Markers
Hat - E34 E35 E29 E49
Holly/Berries - G82 G94 G99 BG99 R05 R14 YR18 R56
Nose - Y21 Y38 YR18
Coat - E41 E42 E57 
Shading - B0000 B000


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Thursday, 17 November 2022

From Our Gnome

 I have the shakes this week! As in I made what I am calling a full front shaker card. It is the first time I have tried this style and it was a ton of fun! Of course I  would change a few things next time but over all I think my card featuring "Snowy Gnome" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps will make one of the young people or adults on my card giving list smile!




                                                                                                                                     
 I started my card by stamping Snowy Gnome on alcohol friendly paper, colouring him with Copic markers and hand fussy cutting him leaving a thin white edge. I set him aside and found a snowy background paper from Whimsy Stamps and cut it to fit my 5" x 5" base. I die cut some houses and added a bit of white acrylic paint to the roofs and some glitter so it looked like snow. While that was drying I cut some stitched snowy hills and added paint and glitter to the edges as well. I glued down the snow hills and houses on the base and set it aside.

To create my full front shaker, I cut a page protector in a square half an inch larger all the way around then my base. I glued down three sides and added some seed beads, sequins and a glitter mix and then glued the last side closed. All of this glued down to the card base. 

I glued my gnome down in the middle of the card and added two sentiments, a silver snowflake charm and a bow to the corner. I added some black stitch lines around the sentiments to help them stand out a bit. Glitter dots finish of my card.

Card Details
Stamps - Snowy Gnome (TLF024) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Scripty Merry Christmas (FLL007), From Our Gnome (FDG009)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Blurry Flurries - Whimsy Stamps

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, stitched hill die - Whimsy Stamps, house die - Gina Marie Designs, ribbon, glitter - Hero Arts, page protector, white acrylic paint, glitter dots, sequins - stash, seed beads - Your Next Stamp, sequin mix - Lucy's Cards

Copic Markers
Skin - EOO E21 E11 E04    
Birds - Y11 Y35 Y38 R05 R17 YR18 R59
Clothing -BG45 BG15 BG72 BG75 C1 C2 C4 C7 
Beard - W1 W2 W3
Boots - T2 T4 T6 T7 
Holly and Berries - YG01 YG03 YG17 BG99 RO5 R17 YR18 R59
Snow - BG000 BG01 blender


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Thursday, 10 November 2022

Penguin Christmas Wishes

 I am working furiously to get my Christmas cards done. I am not sure it will happen but I have hope! <smile> Last week I shared that I have a lot of people on my card giving list that love snowmen.......well, I have just as many that like penguins so I am really glad that High Hopes Rubber Stamps has some many penguins perfect for the job!

My card features "Waving Penguin" floating down the river on a hand drawn piece of ice with the "Mountains" in the background which I have coloured to look like icebergs. 




                                                                                                                                       
 After stamping the mountains and adorable penguin on alcohol marker friendly paper I coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them. The piece of ice he is floating on is hand drawn, coloured and fussy cut. I used some patterned paper from Echo Park for the card base and some Lawn Fawn paper to create the river. The snow banks for the river edge were cut with a curved die and I added some Prismacolor pencils to the edges to give them some depth. An icicle border and some sparkly snowflakes add the the wintery feel of the card.
 
I stamped the sentiment and added it to some matching cardstock and added a bow and some holly leaves to the corner. The penguin has Star Dust Stickles added to the polka dots on his scarf and the stripes on his hat and is added to the card with foam pop dots. Some enamel dots finish off the card.


Card Details
Stamps - Waving Penguin (RLF007), Mountains (TDG007) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Penguin Greeting (K051)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Winter - Echo Park, Water Colour Wishes - Lawn Fawn

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, snowflake die - Memory Box, ribbon, foam pop dots, holly die - Your Next Stamp, enamel dots, Star Dust Stickles 

Copic Markers
Penguin - T4 T6 T8 T9 Y11 Y15 YR23 Y26 C1 C2
Hat - C1 C2 C4 C7 R05 R56 R59 G14 G07 G28 BG99 G46 G28 BG99
Icebergs - B21 B93 B95
Prismacolor Pencils - Light Cerulean Blue, Powder Blue


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Thursday, 3 November 2022

Snow Sweet Christmas

 My Mom loves snowmen. She had a large collection of them but had to downsize it last year when they moved in to a smaller home. It was hard on her but I have decided that I will start a new snowman collection for her.......in the form of cards! They don't take up much room - I know she keeps my cards <wink> and if I make her a snowman card each Christmas, she will be adding to her collection. Shhhh, don't tell her - this will be our little secret okay?

This year I decided to use "Snow Sweet Snowlady" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps for Mom's card. I think she is adorable! and I know Mom too and she loves turquoise so hopefully she will love this card. 


                                                                                                                                         
 I stamped this adorable snow lady on to alcohol marker friendly paper, coloured her with Copic markers and hand fussy cut her. I added some dots to her cheeks with a white gel pen, some clear sparkle pen to her poinsettia and some silver Wink of Stella to her hat band, the centre of the poinsettia and the centre of her candy buttons. I added the silver to bring out the silver in the patterned paper I used from Stampin' Up - what looks grey on the paper is actually shiny silver.
 
After cutting the snowflake paper to fit the A2 size card base, I laid a snowflake border die on the left edge of the card and cut it out. Next, I die cut the same snowflake border out of silver glitter paper and in laid it on the card. Then came the challenging part........putting all the tiny stripe pieces on to the left side of the card - a puzzle for sure! I haven't mastered photographing a card with glitter paper on it but it is very sparkly in real life. 

I used a simple wavy border die to cut a few snow banks to put behind the stamp to ground her, stamped the sentiment and added a few matching enamel dots to finish off the card. 

Card Details
Stamps - Snow Sweet Snowlady (S081) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Magic of Christmas (H258)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Winter Frost - Stampin' Up

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, Spectrum Clear Sparkle pen, wavy border die - Your Next Stamp, Snowflake border die - Whimsy Stamps, Silver Wink Of Stella, white gel pen, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Hat/Scarf - BG32 BG13 BG49 BG75 BG99 
Bird - Y11 Y15 Y17 B000 B01 B02 B05
Poinsettia/Candy Cane/Buttons - R05 R27 R37 R59
Snowlady Shadow - B00 
Nose - T2 T4 T6 T8
Cheeks - R20


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Thursday, 27 October 2022

O-fish-ally Awesome

  If you have read some of my past blog posts, you will know that I struggle with masculine cards and I don't fish. I mean I did do a little fishing when I was a kid but as an adult it isn't my thing. My hubby doesn't fish either but we have a few friends in our lives who love it, so when we need a birthday card for one of these friends ..... I need to get creating. 

Last year, High Hopes did a Gnome Mania release and at that time I took notice of the fishing themed stamps in the release. I wanted to challenge myself to find a way to use the "Just Fishin' and Fishing Shack" stamps together on a card. This stamp pairing has been perculating in my brain for awhile now so I am glad it has finally come together! 



                                                                                                                                            
 This stamp combo was a lot of colouring but I think they work well together. They also needed to be put on a 6x6 card base - a larger size then I normally do. I stamped them on to alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured them with Copic markers. After the colouring was done, I cut the sky line a little lower then the top of the shack roof so the stack and roof stuck out the top to add a little fun to the card. 
Fishing themed patterned paper from Carta Bella was my choice and I die cut fish net to tuck in behind the stamps. I used two different sentiments for this card - the Happy Birthday is masked out of a larger stamp. I added one sentiment with what my hubby thinks is a lure spinner he found when we were walking the dog. Since he found it the week I was working on getting the colouring done, I took it as a sign lol - I needed to use it on the card. I put it on to look like it was caught in the fish net and we will deliver this card in person so I don't have to worry about things laying totally flat to be mailed. Enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Details
Stamps - Just Fishin' (TLF029), Fishing Shack (TLF038) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - O-fish-ally (FLL019), Dropping A Line (TLL013) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Gone Camping - Carta Bella

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, fish net die - Tutti Designs, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Gnome - E00 E21 E11 E04 W0 W1 W2 B34 B37 B39 B97 R05 R17 YR18 R56 R59 E34 E35 E29
Stump, Poles, Shack - E23 E25 E27 E29
Shack Roof - C1 C2 C4 C7 E08 E09 blender
Sky - B000 B00 B41 B52
Grass, Fish - YG61 YG63 YG67 BG99
Plants - G46 G28 G29 BG99
Pond - B00 B12 B14 B16 
Rocks W1 W3 W5 W7



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Monday, 24 October 2022

Floral Bridal Shower

 I did something this weekend that I haven't done in a very, very long time. I went to a bridal shower! Even pre-pandemic, I can't remember the last time I went to a bridal shower but I knew I needed a card. 

The bride to be is a beautiful young lady who has her own floral business so I knew I wanted flowers on the card but I don't really have a lot of flower stamps. Her work is modern and incredible so the pressure was on.  Stepping completely! out of my comfort zone I set about making a card using dies. 

I have quite a few flower, vine and leaf dies so I was hoping something would come together. Round 1 went to the card - definitely NOT happy with that one! Round 2 was a  tie - it was a little better (after I found out the bride's colours) but it still wasn't right so the card was put in to a time out for about a week while I thought about how to save it. Thankfully, I came up with a few additions that I think turned out alright. Of course seeing the card I would change a few things but thankfully, she LOVED the card! 


The colours I had to work with were burgundy, champagne and rose so I started this card by cutting the card base out of a close match to the champagne colour. I cut out the background using a Tim Holtz mixed media die and added some matching ink to it to help it stand out a bit. I cut a second piece, inked it and set it aside. 

Next I cut flowers out using more dies (listed below) and played around with the arrangement of them. I am not good at collaging things so this was even more out my comfort zone then doing a card without a coloured image! 

Once I figured out the layout I added some skeleton leaves and added ink to the edges of each flower and leaf. The flower centres of the burgundy flowers and the champagne coloured flowers have Spectrum sparkle pen added to them as well. To finish off the card I cut the centre out of the second mixed media piece I had cut and added it to the top corner and popped up two of the burgundy flowers with 3D foam pop dots.

Card Recipe

Sentiment - Teeny Tiny Wishes - Stampin' Up

Bazzill cardstock 

Tim Holtz dies - 

Skeleton Leaves, Funky Foliage, 

Wildflowers #2, Mixed Media #1

Inks - Blush Blossom, Rich Razzleberry - Stampin' Up, Colorblox

Spectrum Sparkle Pen

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Thursday, 20 October 2022

Pumpkin Thank You

 Sometimes someone does something so kind that just saying thank you isn't enough so I like to send a card. I love the "Pumpkin Border" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps so I decided to use it for a seasonal thank you card for just such a person.

I had a "plan" for this stamp and card design but when I started putting my plan together thing went sideways real quick. In the process of trying to make my original plan work I ended up coming up with a mini slim line design that actually works a lot better then what I had planned - can you say happy accident?


                                                                             

                                                                     
 After stamping on alcohol marker friendly paper I coloured it with Copic markers and hand fussy cut it leaving a thin white edge. Patterned paper from Echo Park and Lawn Fawn helped my create the background for my card. I cut the sky using a circle die and cut some off the bottom to give my the half circle shape. Next I added the fence and grass dies and added the pumpkin border on top. The sentiment is masked out of a larger sentiment - I love stretching my supplies by doing this! A gingham ribbon bow, some falling leaf die cuts with inked edges and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Details
Stamps - Pumpkin Border (J105) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Being A Friend (FDG018) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Fall - Echo Park, Water Color Washes - Lawn Fawn

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, grass die -  Dress My Craft, circle die, fence die - Gina Marie Designs, bark ink - Versa Color, enamel dots, mini leaf die - Your Next Stamp, gingham ribbon

Copic Markers
Sunflowers - Y11 Y19 YR24 E17 E23 E25 E27 E29  YG01 YG17 YG67 BG99
Pumpkins - YR15 YR16 YR18 E19 YG01 YG17 YG67 BG99
Leaves - YR21 YR23 YR24 E23


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