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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Fall Fun

  I grew up on a fairly large property with lots of trees. In the fall, one of our jobs was to rake the leaves. It wasn't always our favourite job but there were times where we took a break, raked the leaves into a big pile and had some fun jumping in the pile and throwing them at each other. Of course this left more raking to do to get them back in the pile to be put into bags and it also left leaves in our hair and clothes! We were sure to clean those off before going in the house! 

The "Fall Joy" stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps brings back some of these fun memories! Fall is my favourite time of year so I am happy to celebrate all things fall and Halloween this month.


 After stamping onto alcohol marker friendly paper I coloured this fun stamp with Copic markers and cut it out using a rectangle die. Patterned paper from two different Honey Bee pads gave me a perfect background - since the stamp is "busy" I wanted to use a more neutral back ground. I cut the paper to fit my 5.5" x 5.5" card base, inked the edges and added them to matching card stock. 

The sentiment is a combination of words from two different sentiments. To create my sentiment I masked off each stamp to get the word I wanted, lined them up and stamped them separately. When they were stamped I cut them out using an oval die, put it on matching card stock and hand cut the shape. Next, I added some twine to the patterned paper pieces, glued them down, and added the stamped image with 3D foam tape. Some leaf die cuts and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Fall Joy (T041) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Happy Fall Y'all (G086), Winter Fun! (F109) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Autumn Afternoon, Gingham Galore Fall - Honey Bee 

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, rectangle die, oval die, leaf die - Your Next Stamp, enamel dots, twine, Close To Cocoa ink - Stampin' Up

 Copic Markers:

Raccoons - N4 N6 N8 W1 W3 W6 W7

Sky - B000 B00 B41 B52

           Grass - YG61 YG67 BG99

Leaves - Y11 Y18 Y26  G21 G24 G28 BG99

YG01 YG03 YG17 G28 R05 R17 R39

YG02 YG11 YG18 YR21 YR24 E23

Tree - E23 E25 D27 D29

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Hippo For Christmas

 When I was a child and I heard the hippopotamus for Christmas song all I could do was giggle. All I was hoping for was a puppy or pony ... but a hippo!???!! I mean I did think it through for a bit....how would I explain to Mom that the one tub in the house is now for the hippo, what would I feed it, where would I keep it after it out grew the tub? So many questions with no easy answers so, I stuck with wishing for a puppy or pony! 

As an adult I see the humor behind the song and have way too much fun singing it with the littles in my life and giggling as we try to get through singing it. I know one of them goes where I did in her head trying to figure all the details out and all I can do is just knowingly smile.....because.......really........who doesn't want a hippopotamus for Christmas?


This adorable hippo is stamped on alcohol maker friendly paper, coloured with Copic markers and cut out using a big and little pierced chain die. After cutting a piece of card stock for the back I set it aside. There has been a present die in my die collection for awhile now just waiting for the perfect opportunity to be used, so I cut some presents out of matching card stock and box edges and bows out of some green glitter paper for a bit of sparkle.
After gluing all the pieces together, I cut a piece of patterned paper from Doodlebug for my card base and a piece of water color paper to go in behind the stamped image. I glued everything down and then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a fish tail banner. Some glitter dots finish off my card. 
Card Recipe 

Stamp: Party Hippo (S201) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Hippopotamus For Christmas (H201) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Christmas Town - Doodlebug

Watercolor Wishes - Lawn Fawn

Glitter paper - American Crafts

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, present die - Gina Marie Designs, big and little chain die - Gina Marie Designs, fish tail banner die - Your Next Stamp, glitter dots

 Copic Markers:

Hippo - N1 N2 N4 N5 N8

Confetti - Y02 YR23 E47

            Present - YG03 YG17 YG67 BG99

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Wee Three Kings

  We are continuing with the Christmas in July theme over at High Hopes and this week I have stepped out of my comfort zone when it comes to the shape of my card. Most of the cards I make are 5.5" x 5.5" square and the odd time I slip an A2 in there just for fun but this week I have chosen to do a slim line style card. 

What got me "going there" was... I saw this die on a local company's website and it was a have to have it kind of thing....I'm sure that doesn't happen to anyone else right?!? <wink> I love the "Wee Three Kings" stamp from High Hopes and I knew that it would be a perfect fit for this die set. 


I stamped this adorable stamp on alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured it with Copic markers. I hand fussy cut it leaving a thin edge that was coloured to match the sand as close as I could. This die is quite large so I didn't have patterned paper to fit (most of my paper is 6x6) so what is a gal to do but create her own paper. 

I started by getting a piece of water color paper and my inks. After playing around with the inks for a bit I found a combination that worked for the ideas I had in my head. After inking the background I spritzed it with water, white acrylic paint (watered down) and added a few stars with a white gel pen. I wasn't overly happy with these stars so I added some Nuvo drops to the centre of them for an added touch of bling. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment directly on to the paper and added a sparkly Bethlehem star. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Wee Three Kings (S051) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Oh Holy Night (E070) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: made by me

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, water color paper, inks - Creamy Caramel and Not Quite Navy - Stampin' Up, Danube Blue - Memento, star die - Nativity set - Sizzix, card shape die - Studio Light Essentials 

 Copic Markers:

Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04

Clothing - R37 R39 R59 V09

              G46 G28 BG99 B99

            B37 B39 BV29 BV09

   E40 E41 E42 E44

Gifts - Y02 YR23 E47

Hair - C1 C2 C4 C5 E35 E57 E49

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Frozen Penguin Greeting

 I love Christmas in July! I have a lot of Christmas cards to do every year and doing cards in July gets me started nice and early! I will also be making cards till the last minute because I have added more people to my list but that is a me thing. I have a lot of friends and family who love penguins so I need a lot! of Christmas card featuring them. 

My first penguin Christmas card for this year features "Frozen Fun" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. He just makes me smile and I love that High Hopes has so many penguin stamps to choose from - I think they are now all on my wish list!

After stamping my penguin on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured him with Copic markers and cut him out with a circle die. It is hard to see in the photo, but there is a touch of silver Wink of Stella on the snowflake tips on the bucket. 
Using a Fiskars circle cutter, I cut a piece of card stock to size to go behind him. Next I got my A2 size card base and laid the stamped image on it. 

I didn't want to keep the whole circle for my design so I decided how much I wanted to cut off the edge and cut the card stock piece as well. Patterned paper from an old pad from My Mind's Eye worked well for the background. 

Next I cut a second piece of patterned paper in a strip and trimmed it to the size I wanted for the design. Some silver trimmed matching ribbon was cut to size and added to the strip. I stamped and sized the sentiment, glued it down and added some enamel dots for the finishing touch.                                

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Frozen Fun (S240) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Penguin Greeting (K051) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Comfort & Joy - My Minds Eye

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, circle die, Fiskars circle cutter, ribbon, silver Wink of Stella, ribbon

 Copic Markers:

Body - T4 T6 T8 W1 W2 Y11 Y15 Y17

Sign - E30 E31 E43 E47

Snow - B0000 B000 B21

Bucket - G21 G24 G46 G29

Ear Muffs, Tie - G24 G46 G29

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Christmas Monkey

Welcome to Christmas in July at High Hopes Rubber Stamps. The design team is getting a head start on their Christmas cards and will be providing inspiration all month long! 

Apparently "Ski Bum Monkey" was inspired by the photos he took on his winter vacation last year. He has chosen his favourite photo to send out as his Christmas cards this year! 

After stamping the monkey and mountains on alcohol marker friendly paper I coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them. 
I set them aside and found patterned paper from Recollections and cut them to fit my card 5"x 5" card base. Next I cut a polaroid die, trees and a piece of snow. Before gluing anything down, I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment on the polaroid frame. 
 I cut a piece of matching patterned paper to go across the middle of the card, and glued the mountains, trees and snow down. Next I added the polaroid frame over the mountains and added some sparkly snowflakes (hard to see in the photo) and ribbon. Ski Bum Monkey was added with foam pop dots and enamel dots finish off the card.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Ski Bum Monkey (M142), Mountains (TDG007)  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Sm. Christmas Script (F051) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Northern Lights - Recollections

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, snowflakes - Marvy punch, polaroid die - Your Next Stamp, tree die - Gina Marie Deisgns, ribbon - Galena, 3D foam pop dots - Forever In Time, enamel dots 

 Copic Markers:

Body - E43 E44 E47 E49 E30 E31 E43

Scarf/Mitt - BG11 BG32 BG15 BG49

Ski Poles - BG11 BG32 BG15 BG49 N1 N2 N4

Skiis - E32 E34 E35 E29

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Hello Friend

I am enjoying a long weekend here in Canada and even though it is a gorgeous day out and my to do list is a mile and a half long, I have decided to take some me time. My card to do list is a mile long too but I have chosen to colour up a stamp in my stash that has only seen ink once before and make a card for my Just Because stash. Blossom from Your Next Stamp is adorable and will bring a smile to a friend who needs one. 

I also found a couple challenges to play along with (linked below) which I don't get to do very often either! Happy me time to me! 

After stamping the adorable Blossom on alcohol marker friendly paper I coloured her with copic markers and cut her out using a border edge from Kat Scrappiness. Next I stamped the sentiment and mounted it on matching card stock. The patterned paper is from my stash and I cut it and card stock to fit my A2 size card base. Twine and enamel dots finish off my card. 
I am entering this card in the Your Next Stamp Challenge #187 - Anything Goes

Stamp: Blossom - Your Next Stamp
Sentiment - Waving Hello -Your Next Stamp
Patterned Paper - Stash

Hammermill Digital Cover Stock, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, border - Kat Scrappiness, twine, enamel dots. 

Copic Markers
Dog - E23 E25 E29 E30 E31 E43 B02
Birds - B24 B28 B37 B29 R02 R05 YR18 Y11 Y15 Y17 V01
Leaves - YG01 YG03 YG17 BG96
Flowers - E01 E93 E95 E04
Grass - YG03 YG17 BG96

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, 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!