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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Scenic Route

When hubby and I are going somewhere and it is a long drive, we always try to find "the scenic" route. This usually ends up being the no highways way to go and we have seen some beautiful scenery and found some hidden gems over the years. 

It is always fun to find a hidden gem and then go back to it when we have time to spend there ..... on a different road trip of course <wink> It is these road trips that were the inspiration for this card featuring "Choo Choo" from High Hopes. 


After stamping this cutie and colouring it with Copic markers I hand fussy cut it and ran a black marker around the edge to get any white I had missed. I wanted to include a railroad track on my card but I didn't have a die for that so I used a curved edge die to cut the rails and then decided the width of the cross pieces and cut them to fit. I added some trees and clouds to help create my scene. I added my stamped image last and popped him up with some foam pop dots. 

After stamping the sentiment I cut it to size and mounted it on matching card stock. Some enamel dots finish off my card. 


Card Recipe 

Stamp: Choo Choo  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: Scenic Route - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Cartopia - Carta Bella, sky - Piggy Tails 


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, tree and cloud dies YNS, curved edge die - My Creative Time Dies, foam pop dots, enamel dots


 Copic Markers:

Train  - C1 C2 C4 C5 B12 B14 B16 B97

Eyes - N4 N5 N8 N10 B00 B01 B02 B04

Smoke -W1 W2

Hair - E34 E35 E29




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Thursday, 10 June 2021

Fairy Wishes

It's all about the magic of fairies with "Flying Fairy" from the Mix It Up Release at High Hopes. 
Honestly, I wasn't told a lot about fairies when I was growing up but as I got older and could choose the books I wanted to read I found a few fantasy type books that exposed me to the magic of fairies. I used to watch for fire flies and when I saw them imagined they were fairies. 
I chose to add this gorgeous stamp to an inked background I created hoping to give my card a magical feel. 



I stamped this fun fairy and coloured her using Copic markers. I added some clear sparkle pen to her wings and wand but it is hard to see in the photo. Next I hand fussy cut her leaving a thin white edge.
To make my background, I used some inks, water, Silver Stickles and white acrylic paint on watercolour paper. To create the background I used a similar process to creating a galaxy background and added some of my own "touches".

After creating my very sparkly background I used a swirling star die to cut some of it out. Some white glitter paper was added behind the stars for some extra sparkle. It is really hard to get a good picture of all the sparkle on this card - it is very sparkly in person but creating the background was so fun. After stamping the sentiment, I cut it to size and added it to some matching card stock.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Flying Fairy  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: Make A Wish - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Inked Background


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, Not Quite Navy and Summer Sun Stampin' Up ink, Rosebud Memento ink, Seedless Preserves Distress ink, white glitter paper, swirling stars die - Tim Holtz, Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen, silver Stickles


 Copic Markers:

Skin  - E00 E21 E11

Dress - R81 R83 R85

Flowers -V22 V25 V17 YG01 YG03 YG17

Hair - E34 E35 E29

Wand - Y11 Y08 Y38 C2 C4 V22 V25

Wings - C1 C2 blender




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Thursday, 3 June 2021

A New Adventure

 I have a little man in my life who makes me smile and keeps me young! I met him a couple days after he was born and this adorable, strong little man is growing fast. He is a typical boy - loves anything with wheels, biking and jumping on the trampoline. I do have to admit he is a little hard to keep up with <wink>

Fire Truck from the vault opening and the "Mix It Up" release at High Hopes reminds me of this little guy because ... well.....it has wheels! The New Adventure sentiment reminds me of him because I don't know how, but in September he is old enough to start school! Not sure how the little's in our lives always grow so fast. This card was made for him for his first day of school as his new adventure begins....



After stamping the fire truck I coloured it with Copic Markers, hand fussy cut it and ran a black marker around the edge to get any white I had missed. After setting him aside I chose some patterned paper from a Christmas Photo Play pad and matching card stock. Next I found some lighter grey card stock in my scrap pieces bin and cut it to fit my card base. 
I created the "fire station" by inking up a brick stencil with London Fog Memento ink and cut the doors out using a square die. To add some texture to the doors, I used my score board to add some lines to them. I printed the Fire Station #2 from my computer, stamped the sentiment and cut it to size. 
The fire station sign, sentiment and fire truck are added with 3D foam pop dots to add some dimension. Twine and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Fire Truck - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: New Adventure - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Kringle and Co - Photo Play 


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, 3D foam pop dots, square die, brick stencil - Whimsy Stamps, twine, enamel dots, London Fog Memento ink, computer 


 Copic Markers:

Tires  - N4 N5 N8 N10 

Hose, Reel, Ladder, Hub Caps, Grill  - C2 C3 C4 C5

Hose -E30 E31 E43

Fire Truck - R24 R27 R37 R59 Y11 Y15




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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Welcome Spring

Spring finally feels like it is here although last week felt more like summer with hot weather and humidity. I like spring because we usually get April showers and if we're lucky a rainbow and once May hits, I can plant some flowers that attract butterflies and bees. 
I decided to do a card celebrating a few of the things I love about spring and "Sting" and "Rainbow In Clouds" from High Hopes were perfect for me to create a scene with. I used a design originally shared by my fellow dt member and dear friend Cheri called a front stepper card (link below). It is a perfect design for this after a rain shower scene.





I stamped my stamps, coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them. I left a thin white edge around Sting and coloured and cut an extra cloud to go with the rainbow. Now to be honest here, I had a little mishap when I was cutting Sting out.....I cut off one of the raindrops by accident - yikes. I fixed it by taking a small piece of acetate, gluing it to the back of the flower and then gluing the raindrop on the other end. It is kind of a cool effect since the rain drop now looks like it is floating in mid air. I also added some sparkle pen to Sting's wings and the rainbow. 

 I set the coloured images aside and using Cheri's tutorial found here (front stepper card) I cut and scored my base pieces. 
Some gorgeous rainbow paper from Lawn Fawn was perfect for my theme so I cut the pieces to fit my design. I added some grass tufts to ground Sting so he didn't look like he was floating in mid air. 
Next some blue sky paper from Craft Consortium was cut to size and I added the rainbow in the clouds stamp and the extra cloud. I stamped and cut the sentiment to fit and added some glitter dots to finish off the card. 


Card Recipe 

Stamp: Sting, Rainbow In Clouds - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: After The Rain - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Really Rainbow - Lawn Fawn, Grunge Light Tones - Craft Consortium


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, clear Spectrum Sparkle pen, grass tufts die - YNS, glitter dots - Gina Marie Designs 


 Copic Markers:

Bee - N4 N5 N8 N10 Y13 Y08 Y26

Flower - Y11 Y15 Y17 Y28 BV000 BV00 BV01

Boots - E34 E35 E29 C1 C2 C4

Rainbow - BV01 B01 G12 Y15 Y17 R14

Waterdrops - B01 B02 B04

Stem - G12 G21 G46

Clouds - B01 B02



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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Purrfect Day

I can never have enough Thinking of You, Just Because, pick me up type cards in my stash. It is fun to "shop" my stash to find a card that is perfect to send to a friend or family member when they are going through a tough time or just because. 

The "Kitty Love" stamp from High Hopes and the "Purrfect Day" sentiment are perfect to send a special cat loving friend of mine who has lost her smile. This versatile stamp would also perfect for an Anniversary, Birthday or Valentine's card for the cat lover in your life.




After stamping and colouring these cuties with Copic markers I cut them out using a circle die. I also stamped and coloured the bow from the Cow Hugs stamp and added some white dots to it with a gel pen although they are kinda hard to see.
 
Next I got a stitched tag die and cut out two tags. I used a floral border embossing folder to add some fun flowers to the edges to add some interest. Patterned paper from Your Next Stamp's Hugs and Kisses pad werea fun choice for these two. A ribbon bow and matching enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Kitty Love Cow Hugs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: Purrfect Day - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Hugs and Kisses - YNS


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, ribbon, floral border embossing folder - Darice, white gel pen, circle die, stitched tag die - Tutti Designs


 Copic Markers:

Cats - E30 E31 E43 E23 E25 E27 RV00 RV02

Bow - G12 Jade Green Prismacolor pencil



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Monday, 17 May 2021

Dog Thank You

A couple weeks ago I received a special card request. The question was whether I had a stamp with a dog and girl on it to give to a person's dog care giver. The only other information I had was the care giver had black hair and the dog she took care of was black as well. 

I dug through my High Hopes Stamps stash because I knew Heidi & Mattie would be perfect for this request.




 I coloured my stamp using Copic markers, hand fussy cut it and ran a black marker around the edge to get any white I had missed. I used a white gel pen to add some shine to the dog's nose and popped them up with foam tape. I chose patterned paper from A Dog's Tail paper pad by Echo Park and cut it to fit my design and layers. 

Next I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using a fish tail banner die. I added some Stampin' Up ribbon and a paw charm I had in my stash. Some enamel dots finish off my card.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Heidi & Mattie - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: Lg. Script Thank You - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - A Dog's Tail - Echo Park


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, ribbon - Stampin' Up, fish tail banner die - YNS, enamel dots, 3D foam pop dots


 Copic Markers:

Skin -E11 E21 E11 R20 

Hair, Dog - N4 N5 N8 N10

Collar, Hearts - R24 R27 R37 R59

Shoes - E42 E44 E47

Shirt, Tag -Y11 Y15 Y26




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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Sweet Dreams

 We have had a few warm sunny days lately and it has made me think about afternoon naps in the warm sun. 

I personally have not gotten along well with hammocks in the past. I am not co-ordinated enough apparently to be able to get my body in them and keep it there. My attempts often end up with me landing on my butt on the ground - it is a sight to see and worthy of a comedy show should someone catch it on video.

If I could keep myself in one, I am sure I would look like this adorable ant on the "Sweet Dreams" stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, snoozing and dreaming a little dream in the sun and hoping my dreams come true.



 
After stamping and colouring this cutie with alcohol markers, I cut him out using a slash stitched round corner die. Since I didn't have a die one larger then the one I used, I traced the outside of the die and hand cut it for a card stock piece to back it with. I combined three different lines of paper to create my design, stamped and cut the sentiment to size and mounted it on matching card stock. A simple bow and some enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Sweet Dreams - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiments: All Dreams Come True - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Fall Perfectly Plaid - Lawn Fawn, Stampin' Up, Sweet Celebrations - MFT


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, slash stitched round corner square die - Gina Marie Designs, ribbon, enamel dots 


 Copic Markers:

Ant -E15 E17 E18 E29

Hooves - C1 C2 C4 C5

Plants - G21 G82 G24 G94

Flower, Hearts, Sandal - Y11 Y15 Y17 YR16

Ground -E34 E35




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