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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Grill Master Birthday

 Food off the BBQ is a summer favourite of mine. I am blessed to have more then a few “grill masters” in my life who can cook all the things on the BBQ like burgers, chicken thighs, steak and bacon wrapped sausage to name a few.......and now I am hungry!  Grillin’ Joseph” from High Hopes Rubber Stamps is a grill master himself and has just finished making some sausage – grill marks and all! I think he is perfect for a birthday card for one of the grill masters in my life. 

                                                                               


                                                                          

I stamped my image on alcohol marker friendly paper, coloured him with Copic markers and hand fussy cut him leaving a thin white edge. I don't have any bbq themed dies or embellishments so I decided I would try making a chef apron with the dies I have. 
I started by cutting a wide stitched tag and trimming it to take off the stitching. Next, I measured the space I wanted it to fill on my card and again cut it down to size. It took a few tries, but using an oval die, I positioned it where I wanted the arm cut out to be on the apron and traced around the outside edge. After cutting it with scissors, I flipped it over to the other side to create the second arm hole and added some ribbon to the top where it would wrap around his neck. The only thing I forgot was to add some ribbon for the strings that would tie around his back.....next time <smile>. 
Next I cut a square piece of card stock to the size I wanted for a pocket, scored the edges and cut off the corners to get a nice, flat fold. I added the "cook and fire" to the pocket by masking off the Flame Broilin' stamp (a bbqing dragon from High Hopes) and stamped it on the pocket, folded the edges down after inking the edges and glued it down. I hung it off the corner of the card base just for fun. 
The large square gingham reminded me of the old picnic table cloths we used to have when I was a kid so I chose one in blue from the Gotta Have Gingham pad from Lawn Fawn and used it for my card base. I inked all of the paper edges with Antique Linen distress ink, stamped and added the sentiment and some twine and enamel dots to finish off the card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Grillin' Joseph (R024), Flame Broilin'(Q104)  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Birthday Wishes (FDG024) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Gotta Have Gingham - Lawn Fawn 


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, twine, enamel dots, stitched nesting tag - Tutti Designs, oval die - Your Next Stamp, Antique Linen Distress ink


 Copic Markers:

Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04

Hair - E23 E25 E27 E29

Hat/Apron - N0 N1 N2

Pants - B91 B93 B95 B99

Plate - C1 C2 C4 

Stars - Y11 Y15 YR23

Sausage - E08 E09 YR18 E19 E29

Shoes, Shirt, Hat - R05 R17 YR18

Handle - E31 E34 E35 E27



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 23 June 2022

Hog Happy Birthday

 I have a few friends who love pigs. They think they are awesome and would love to have a property to keep some on. I have had a few experiences in my life with pigs - mostly feeding them and cleaning out their pens. For the most part they were friendly and kind of comical actually especially the piglets. It was fun to watch them experience new things as they are quite curious and smart. 

I can't say they are one of my favourite animals but for some of my friends they are so when I saw the "Hog Happy" stamp in the "Let's Celebrate" re-release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps, I knew this cute hog with her balloon and party hat would be perfect for one of their birthday cards. 

                                                                               

                                                                                     

After stamping my image on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured it with Copic markers and cut it out using a stitched scalloped nesting tag. I set it aside and cut patterned paper from Craft Consortium and Echo Park to fit my design and 5.5" x 5.5" card base. Next, I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and added it to some matching card stock. I glued down the tag and sentiment and added flowers from Poppies & Paperie, enamel dots and a bow to finish off the card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Hog Happy (TDG039), Spring Pond (TLF034)  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Happy Birthday (FDG038) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Bright Blooms - Craft Consortium, Coffee & Friends - Echo Park


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, twine, enamel dots


 Copic Markers:

Body - E01 E93 E95

Balloon - G21 G24 G28

Hat - R81 R83 R85 RV11 RV32 RV34


Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 16 June 2022

Best Fishes Fred

 It’s all about celebrating birthdays on the High Hopes blog and this week I have a card featuring “Fisherman Fred”. His expression just makes me laugh! I feel like he is thinking ...all that work for this tiny fish?! I am sure he has a story about the big one that got away..........all the fishermen always do!



I broke my own rules with this stamp. After stamping and colouring Fred with Copic markers, I fussy cut him and cut the tackle box away from his foot. I like to leave the stamps in one piece but this scene called for a little thinking outside the box because I wanted to use the pond with him. I set him aside and cut patterned paper from the Gone Camping collection from Carta Bella to fit my card base. Next I cut a piece of matching card stock slightly larger then my coloured image, added some water color paper for the sky and wrapped a some twine around the bottom. I stamped the sentiment from two different sentiments - this tested my patience to be honest! - and double mounted it on matching card stock. Some enamel dots finish off my card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Fisherman Fred (T086), Spring Pond (TLF034)  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Christmas Fishies (G235), Swinging Birthday (H191) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Gone Camping - Carta Bella, Water Color Wishes - Lawn Fawn


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, twine, enamel dots


 Copic Markers:

Skin - E04 E00 E21 E11

Hat/Shorts - E40 E41 E42 E57

Shirt - YG91 YG93 YG95 YG99

Grass - YG03 YG17 G28

Tackle Box - R02 R05 YR18

Worm Can - C1 C2 C4 C5 

Fishing Pole - C1 C2 C4 C5 E31 E34 E35 E29

Shoes - E31 E34 E35 E29

Fish B24 B28 B37 R02 R05 YR18

Water - B00 B01 B02 

Sand - E31 E34 E35 E29

Grass - YG03 YG17 

Lily Pad - YG91 YG93 YG95 



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 9 June 2022

Cow Party

It's easy to have fun and be the life of your birthday party when you've got the moooo-ves like "Party Cow" from the "Let's Celebrate" re release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I have a few friends and family who have dairy farms so this card will be perfect for one of their birthdays. I grew up spending my summers on dairy farms but I don't think I ever saw a cow with moooo-ves quite like this! 


I stamped my dancing cow, coloured her with Copic markers and cut her out with a circle die. At the same time I cut a card stock circle to put behind her. Next, I cut the card stock and confetti background paper to fit the 5.5"x 5.5" card base and then cut the blue pieces to size. A fish tail banner was perfect to add behind the image and used up a smaller piece of confetti paper I had used for an earlier project. It's hard to see in the photo but I added Star Dust Stickles to the trim and pom pom on the hat for a bit of party sparkle! Some enamel dots finish off my card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Party Cow (TDG040) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Herd Birthday (G079) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Gingham Pastels - Sunny Studios, Birthday Salutations - Echo Park


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, fish tail banner die - Your Next Stamp, Star Dust Stickles - Ranger, circle die, enamel dots


 Copic Markers:

Hooves - C1 C2 C4 C5 

Balloons - Y11 Y18 B12 B93

Spots - T4 T6 T8

Hat - R05 R24 R37 Y11 Y15 Y18 B12 B93




Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 2 June 2022

Birthday Girl

Growing up I always had to share my birthday. My older brother and I are born on the same day, a year apart. We didn't get too many birthday parties but we celebrated with my family and each year we each got to choose either the kind of ice cream or cake........we had some pretty gross combinations some years but we always had fun! 

My little neighbour gets to have birthday parties now and then and when she does she loves to come across the street and show me her dress. "Party Girl" from the "Let's Celebrate" re release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps reminds me of my little neighbour and how excited she is to show me her new dress and for her birthday party.


After stamping on alcohol marker friendly paper and colouring her with Copic markers, I cut her out using a fancy frames die from Craftin' Desert Divas. Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen was added to the balloons and confetti to give it a bit of sparkle.
 I set her aside and cut patterned paper from Craft Consortium to fit my 5.5" x 5.5" card base. I added some ribbon to one piece of the paper and glued it down. 
Next, I stamped the sentiment and cut it out along with a matching piece of card stock using a sentiment strip die from Whimsy stamps, glued it down and added a matching ribbon bow on top of the tip. Some enamel dots finish off my card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Party Girl (TDG034) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Happy Birthday Script (FDG028) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Bright Blooms - Craft Consortium


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, sentiment strip - Whimsy Stamps, Fancy Frames die - Craftin' Desert Divas, ribbon, enamel dots, clear Spectrum Sparkle pen 


 Copic Markers:

Skin - E00 E21 E11

Dress - Y13 Y15 YR23 Y26

Mouth/Cheeks - R20 R21

Hair - E43 E44 E47

Balloons - B63 B66    

Stars - Y11 Y15

Confetti - B63



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Sunday, 29 May 2022

Tulip Thank You

I don't often get thank you cards sent out. I think about it and then life gets in the way and by the time I get the chance to sit down and play in my craft space the reason for sending the card in the first place is too far gone. 

Today, I had some time to just sit and play and so I decided I needed to add to my thank you card stash so I can just grab a card and get it in the mail in a timely manner. I totally stepped out of my comfort zone with this one as it is clean and simple with just a few pops of colour. I have had this now retired stamp set in my stash for a long time and it has never seen ink but I think it is perfect for a thank you card. 





This stamp set has 6 different framed flower types to choose from but I chose to work with the tulips since it is spring. Using my Misti, I stamped it three times - not quite perfectly but close - and cut it out using a stitched rectangle die. I added a few pops of colour with Copic alcohol makers and a heart cut out of glitter paper. To finish my card I stamped the sentiment and glued it on to a white A2 card base. 

Stamp: Framed Flowers (retired) - Your Next Stamp
Sentiment - Waddles Summer Fun -Your Next Stamp

Hammermill Digital Cover Stock, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, glitter paper, stitched rectangle die - Your Next Stamp

Copic Markers
Leaves -YG23 YG17 BG99
Tulips - Y11 Y15 Y35 YR04

I will be adding this card to the March and April challenge on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook group

Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome day!


Thursday, 26 May 2022

Nothing Begins

 I am a coffee lover and for me there is nothing like that first cup of coffee of the day. It is the best tasting coffee of the day for some reason and I have heard my tea drinking friends say the same thing. There is something to be said for the few minutes of quiet time I try to get in the morning, where my brain hasn't gone in to over drive and the to do list for the day is still blank in my head. 

"Sleepy Bear" reminds me of me in the morning....eyes half open and on auto pilot <giggle> although I don't sleep in a night cap! In my world....nothing - including the to do list for the day - begins before coffee. 






I stamped my Sleepy Bear on alcohol marker friendly paper, coloured him with Copic markers and hand fussy cut him with my cuticle scissors and an exacto knife. After running a black marker around the edge to get any white I had missed, I set him aside and went about finding some patterned paper to go with him. Paper from the Sky Mini Collection from 49 & Market was perfect to go with him. The paper that he is on looks like a plain "list" and fits perfectly with my card theme. 

           I cut the paper to fit the A2 size base, inked all the edges with Umber Versa Mark ink and glued the layers down. Before I glued down the main layer he is on I added the die cut word Today to the top......I wanted the blank space around him to look like an empty list. The sentiment was stamped directly on to this piece of patterned paper.  Some enamel dots finish off my card. 
          
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Sleepy Bear (Q107) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Nothing Begins (FLL021) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Sky Mini Collection - 49 & Market


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, today die (retired) - Your Next Stamp, Umber Versa Mark ink, enamel dots


 Copic Markers:

Nose - E23 E25 E27 E29

Body - E33 E35 E57 E29 E30 E31 E43

Clothing - BG72 BG75 N5

Flower- Y11 Y15 Y17 G05 G07 G20 E01 E93 E95

Mug/Slippers - E41 E42 E55    



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!