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Thursday, 16 September 2021

Ho Ho Ho

 Christmas always has a way of sneaking up on my and I am often making cards on Christmas Eve so I am glad to working on Christmas cards and adding to my stash.

Apparently Santa's sleigh is in the shop and the reindeer are getting a day off while it gets fixed so Santa has hopped in his plane to spread some Christmas cheer! I am glad he has a back up plan just in case his sleigh isn't fixed on time!



                                                                                      
     I stamped my stamps on alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured them with Copic markers. Twinkle and Star Dust Stickles were added to Santa's suit and the flourishes on the plane and wings (hard to see on the photo). I set them aside to dry and once dry, I hand fussy cut the stamp. The sentiment was cut out with a fish tail banner die and I bent it a little to create a "wave" so it looks like it is blowing in wind. The background papers are both from older Bo Bunny pads and perfect for this scene.
 I added a row of die cut houses along the bottom of the "sky" and added some "snow" to the roofs with white ink. After adding some foam dots to the stamps I added them to my card. Some die cut snow flakes and glitter dots finish off my card.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Flyin' High Santa - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Ho Ho Ho- High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Sleigh Ride, White Out collections - Bo Bunny


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, Twinkle and Star Dust Stickles, snowflake punch - Marvy, house die - Gina Marie Designs, fishtail banner die - YNS, Unicorn ink - Hero Arts, glitter dots, 3D foam squares


 Copic Markers:

Skin  - E00 E21 E11 

Suit - R14 R24 R27 R59

Plane - C1 C2 C4 C5 

Tree and Holly -G21 G82 G94

Cloud - W1

Star - Y11 Y15 Y17

Gift - B34 B37 B39


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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Waiting For Santa

  The Christmas Cheer release is now live and full of adorable images to help you get your Christmas card started! 

When I saw the "Santa Boy & Reindeer Dog" stamp in this release I pictured them sitting under the tree waiting for Santa. I had made some cascade front or double angle card bases a couple weeks ago and decided to try to bring my idea to life on one of these bases. This fold is easier to make than it looks and folds flat for mailing. Perfect for a Christmas card!



                                                                                      
      After stamping this adorable pair on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them. I set them aside and stamped my sentiment. This is cut in half as it stuck out the side too far to leave it in the original shape. 
Using some templates I had cut, I added some wood patterned paper to the base. Next, I cut more pine branches than I can count - I was seeing them when I closed my eyes - and formed my Christmas tree on the base. I added some hand fussy cut light strings cut from a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper I had in my stash.  To finish my card, I glued down the sentiment (after adding it to matching card stock) and image and added a die cut star to the top of the tree. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Santa Boy & Reindeer Dog - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Sm. Christmas Script - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Whitewash Wood - Recollections, Christmas Lights paper - Pizazz

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, star die - Swirling Stars - Tim Holtz


 Copic Markers:

Skin  - E00 E21 E11 

Hair - E23 E25 E27

Buckle - Y11 Y15 Y26 Y28

Antlers -E50 E51 E53 E55 G17 G28 B39

Basket - E34 E35 E29

Dog - E34 E35 E29

Ornaments - G17 G29 B39 Y11 Y15 Y17 R14 R27 R37

White Shadow - C2, blender


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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Holy Night

  Over the next few days, the High Hopes design team will be sharing a sneak peek from the Christmas Cheer release. The stamp featured will be available the day it is posted and the full release will be available September 7th - fun right?! 

For today's sneak peek I decided to challenge myself to do a CAS (clean and simple) style card featuring 3 Wisemen. I find this style very challenging because I usually like to include a few patterned papers and maybe some die cuts on my cards. This style forces me to sit on my hands and not keep adding to the design. 




                                                                                      
       These adorable wisemen were stamped, coloured with Copic markers and hand fussy cut. Originally I had made an ink blended background but I ended up changing design direction and had already cut the background .....the wrong size for the direction I ended up going. Thankfully, I had some patterned paper from a Recollections pad that mimicked a subtle starry sky as back up. 

My next challenge was that I didn't have a star that was the look I wanted. So, what is a gal to do?! I grabbed a star dangle stencil I have in my stash and got to work. I turned my white glitter paper over, chose the star size I wanted and traced it out. Next, I found a slightly smaller star to go over top that gave me the smaller peeks, hand drew the tail and cut it out with scissors. To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment directly on to the base and glued everything down. 


Card Recipe 

Stamp: 3 Wisemen - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Oh Holy Night - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Northern Lights - Recollections 


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, star dangle stencil - Whimsy Stamps, white glitter paper


 Copic Markers:

Skin  - E00 E21 E11 

Hair - E53 E55 E57 E47 E49 C9

Clothing - G17 G29 B39  R39 R59 V09  E30 E31 E43  B34 B37 B39  B00 B01 B02 B04

Crowns -Y11 Y15 YR23 Y26

Gifts, Shoes - C1 C2 C4 C5

Jewels - C2


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Thursday, 26 August 2021

Haunted Boo-tiful Day

 I usually don't make a lot of Halloween cards but when I saw the Haunted House and Frankie & Bride stamps in the Happy Halloween/Fall release at High Hopes I had a few card designs pop in to my head right away. 

Frankie and his bride love to travel and today we find them on a haunted house tour! He is the first to admit he isn't great at taking selfies which his new bride finds hilarious but he tries hard. Shifting a little to the right would have helped this photo but they are a boo-tiful day and that is all that matters.







                                                                                       
            After stamping Frankie & Bride, and the Haunted House I coloured them with Copic markers. Frankie & Bride is hand fussy cut leaving a thin white edge and the haunted house was cut in a square. I added some stones to the path on the haunted house stamp just for fun - thank you to my crafty peep for the idea <wink>
Next I cut some patterned paper from an old We R Memory Keepers pad to fit my 5.5 x 5.5 card base. I added a black card stock back the the house and glued it down. I had a blue dot by the ghost that was driving me crazy. It wasn't ink from my Copics, it was something in the paper, so after I coloured the sky I added some stars (to match the patterned paper) to cover it up. 

To make the frame around Frankie, I cut a polaroid die and trimmed the edges and bottom to fit my space. To keep the polaroid die full size covered up too much of the house so I chose to trim it. 
I stamped and cut the sentiment to size, added a die cut spider web and some matte dots to finish off the card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Haunted House, Frankie & Bride  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Boo-tiful Day - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Spookville - We R Memory Keepers


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, spider web and polaroid die - YNS, black matte dots, stars - Twinkle Scribble die - Whimsy Stamps


 Copic Markers:

Tombstone, Fence  - C1 C2 C4 C5

Bats, Roofs - N4 N5 N8 N10

House - BG72 BG75 C2

Moon - E50 E51 E40

Tree, Door, Sign - E25 E27 E29

Windows - E50 E51

Ghost - BG70

Grass - YG61 YG03

Sky - BV000 BV00 BV11 


Frankie - YG01 YG05 YG09 YG17

Hair, Coat - N4 N5 N8 N10 

Bride's Hair - N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 N8 N10

Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04

Top, Eyes, Earrings - BV00 BV11 BV17 N1



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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Chillin' Tommy Thanksgiving

Am I the only one who looks like Chillin' Tommy Turkey after a Thanksgiving dinner?!? Okay I WANT to be like him but I host my family for Thanksgiving and I think it may be frowned upon if the hostess would curl up and have a nap...no? I am blessed to do the dinner and I love having my family over. There is always lots of good food and some friendly banter with my brother and nephew just to keep things spicy. 

"Chillin' Tommy Turkey" from the Happy Halloween/Fall release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps is perfect for my Thanksgiving cards for family and friends. He actually reminds me of my brother who is the one who does! take a nap after dinner.....



                                                                                         

                 I stamped Tommy on some Hammermill card stock and coloured him with Copic markers. Next I hand fussy cut him leaving a thin white edge. I cut a circle out using a pleated lace die and a circle die to put him on. Patterned paper from the Hello Fall pad by Carta Bella was the perfect backdrop for my design. A fish tail banner was used to cut out the banner in patterened paper and I traced the outside edge of the die and cut it for the card stock behind it. 

After gluing down the paper layers I added Tommy using foam pop dots. I added some falling leaves around him and rolled them with a pen to add a bit of curl and movement to my design. Some ribbon and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Chillin' Tommy Turkey  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Hello Fall - Carta Bella 


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, fish tail banner die - YNS, ribbon - Stampin' Up, pleated lace circle die - Gina Marie Designs, foam pop dots, circle die - Spellbinders, enamel dots, leaf die - YNS


 Copic Markers:

Beak and Feet - Y11 Y15 Y17 YR04

Body - E15 E17 E19 E18 R14 R24 R27 R39

Hat - N4 N5 N8 N10 Y221 Y35 Y38 

Sign - W0 W1 W2 E23 E25 E27

Pumpkins - Y39 YR16 YR18 YG01 YG03 YG17



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Thursday, 12 August 2021

Fright Night

Halloween will be here before we know it and this adorable witch and her friends are in the early stages of planning their scary night. We went trick or treating when we were kids and for me it was always fun to raid my dad's closet to see what I could put together for a costume. 

My dad was a mechanic so that one was easy - I just grabbed a pair of his dirty coveralls, put a bit of black face paint smears on my face and I was done. 

Meet "Witchy & Friends" from the Happy Halloween/Fall release at High Hopes Rubber Stamps. Personally, I think this group is too cute to be scary!


After stamping this cute group with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them leaving a thin white edge. I set them aside and cut my card base (4.5"w x 5.5"h finished size). Next I found some patterned paper from an old We R Memory Keepers pad and cut the pieces to size. 
I stamped the sentiment, cut it with a fishtail banner and added it to some black card stock. I don't have the correct size of banner die for the card stock piece so I traced the outside of the banner die and cut it out. 
Some die cut bats were added just for fun, and when I went to add black enamel dots I didn't have any in the size I wanted so I added some black eyelets instead. Boy it has been awhile since I used eyelets! 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Witchy & Friends  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment: Take Flight - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Spookville - We R Memory Keepers


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, fish tail banner die - YNS, bat die - YNS, eyelets


 Copic Markers:

Cat, Spider, Bat - N4 N5 N8 N10 

Skin- E00 E21 E11 E04

Pumpkin - Y38 YR16 YR18

Hat, Boots, Cape -V22 V25 V17 N5

Outfit - Y21 Y35 Y38 YG11 YG13 YG17 BV00 BV11 V17

Broom - Y11 Y15 Y26 E35 E35 E29

Ghost - N1

Hair - YG05 YG07 YG17




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Thursday, 5 August 2021

Welcome Fall

Fall is my favourite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures and less humidity, being able to wear a cozy sweater and the colours - love! fall colours. 

The August Happy Halloween/Fall release is full of fall and Halloween images and perfect to inspire your fall themed cards. I have combined the Old Pick Up and Fall Tree from the release with an older stamp called Pumpkin Trio to create my fall scene. 



After colouring the fall tree, truck and pumpkins with Copic markers I hand fussy cut the truck and pumpkins and set them aside. I had some fun playing around with adding the rust to my truck - it was a colouring adventure that is for sure! 

Next I got the fall tree and after cutting a puffy cloud border die, I added some clouds around the tree with stormy sky distress ink. 
I had stamped two of the pumpkin trios so I cut one lone pumpkin out and cut and glued two of them into the back of truck. Once the stamps were all ready I found some paper from Simple Stories and created the card base. I started by gluing down the fall tree, and lone pumpkin and then added the truck with pop dots to add some dimension. 
To finish off my card, I stamped, coloured and hand fussy cut my sentiment and added it with a piece of twine and added some enamel dots.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Old Pick Up, Fall Tree, Pumpkin Trio - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment: Welcome Fall - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Wood and Notebook, Bloom and Grow - Simple Stories


Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, enamel dots, foam pop dots, twine, stormy sky distress ink, puffy clouds die - YNS


 Copic Markers:

Truck - N4 N5 N8 N10 B12 B14 B16 E08 E09 E30 D32 E43 C1 C2 C4 C5 Y11 Y15

Tree - YG01 YG03 Y08 Y35 E23 YR12 E33 E35 E57 E29

Grass - YG03

Sign - E33 E35 E57 E29




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