Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sick Puppy

Howdy - MichelleO here today and I am so excited ...There is a new release at High Hopes Stamps! And this collection is a "Get Well Soon" collection, perfect for all those in your life with a bit of a cold, flu or boo boo!

My card is with "Sick Puppy" poor little guy!

I think he needs a hug besides the meds, tissues and hot tea! I colored with the Copics (colors below), then I found some papers from Authentique Baby boy Cuddle collection. Matched up with some dark brown card stock for matting I love the patterns in this collection. The patterns are sewn down and then two Spellbinders corner dies for some pops. The new sentiment "Heard It's Been Ruff" is just perfect! OH then three dark brown enamel dots. Love those things!

My copic colors used -

A great image to cheer up a friend feeling under the weather!

To see all the Get Well Soon collection click HERE - Get well cards are much needed and these images are fabulous to cheer up that someone!

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Gnoming You Better

Hello friends! I'm back on the High Hopes blog today with a card featuring stamps from their newest release Get Well Soon - these are perfect for those cards that we don't like giving out (because it means someone isn't feeling well), but hopefully the cute characters and sentiments in this release will help brighten their day.

You can watch the card process video below or in full HD on my YouTube channel:

I used Copic markers to color the Gnoming You Better stamp. Here are the colors I used:

White Coats: BG 70 & Colorless Blender
Hair: YR 20, YR 21, YR 23, & YR 27
Beard: N 0, N 2, & N 4
Clipboard: E 11, E 13, & E 15
Pants: BG 09
Red cross: R27 & R 29
Lips: R24
Faces: E 0000, E 00, & E 11
Stethoscope: N 2, N 4, & N 6
Needle: YR 30 & Colorless Blender
Shoes: N 0, N 2, N 4, & N 6

It really didn't take me very long to color these gnomes because they're wearing white scrubs! I just added a little bit of shading with BG 70 and blended that out with the Colorless Blender.

The sentiment I used for this card is the We Gnome Best stamp that I heat embossed on vellum. I've been really into sentiment strips on vellum. I love how that although it goes over part of the card design, it doesn't completely cover it up.

Thank you all so very much for stopping by! I hope you'll check out the Get Well Soon release over in the High Hopes shop. And if you create a project with a High Hopes stamp, then we'd love to see it! Tag High Hopes on social media and join us in our Facebook group. Have a great day!

Speedy Recovery!

Hello HH Fans!
Today I'm sharing another card using a stamp from the new "Get Well" Collection over at High Hopes Rubber Stamps! Meet the adorable "Injured Bear". I'm not sure what kind of accident She was in but boy is she stylin' in that flowered hospital gown and hot pink cast LOL!
I was trying to look at my dies differently and see how I could use them in a different way. I decided to make the die into the card base rather than adding the cut piece to an already designed base. I made a 4.25 x 5.5 card in pink and then cut it out with the die. I just put the one edge of the die just off the paper so I would still have my fold. It turned into a cute stitched and scalloped card base. Then I added layers using paper from the Doodlebug French Kiss 6x6 collection. I fussy cut my image with my Brother Cut N Scan and then created a back piece for the image as well to give it a bit of definition.
I popped up my layered image with foam tape for added dimension to my card. I also added Glitter Pen to the metal parts on the wheel chair although it's hard to see in the picture.
I used the new HH "Speedy Recovery" sentiment and some of the leftover papers on the inside.
Copics Used:
Bear: E55, E57, E59, R22
Wheelchair: T1, T3, T5, T7, T8, T9/ Y32, Y34
Cast: RV04, RV06, RV09
Head Bandage: W1, W3, W5

Today's card was more of a simple design with the stamp as the focal point. I hope you liked it!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sick Bird!

Good morning all, 
It's finally hew High Hopes Stamps NEW "Get Well Soon" release!

I'm in LOVE with this release 11 images and 12 sentiments, Just perfect!!!
So today I'm showcasing "Sick Bird" and for sentiment  "Get Well Soon2" from

Stamped image with Memento Tuxedo black ink and used a large oval die to die cut it. My pattern paper are "Memo" from Pebbles & "Raindrops" from American Crafts. Also used white and yellow cardstock. I distress the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. Paper flowers from my stash. It's hard to see but I used polka dot yellow ribbon and some white lace ribbon. I finish my card using gelly roll white pen.

Copic Lists; umbrella YG13 YG17 E70 R20 R21
bird Y11 Y13 YR04 100 for the tear B000
branch E25 leaves YG95 YG97

Here is a close up!
I stamped the sentiment with "Gumball Green" ink and added lots of Diamond stickles to my image & flowers. Don't forget to check Facebook and Instagram for more amazing inspirations!

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Have a BLESS day!
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Under The Weather

I am looking forward to Spring - the sun, blue sky and longer walks with my dog. Spring for me does have a downside though..... 
Past the mud my dog brings back in to the house - he's cute, he can be forgiven.. I suffer from allergies so Spring means allergies and spring colds. 
Anyone else with me? For me it is sniffles, sneezes and runny eyes. 

I can definitely relate to "Sick Bird" from the new Get Well Soon release. 
This will be me soon lol! 

After colouring this cutie up with alcohol markers I added some shading with Prismacolor pencils not only on the stamp but around the edge of it.  Silver gel pen was perfect for the umbrella handle. I cut him out using an oval die and set him aside. Next I chose some fun, bright paper from Lawn Fawn and cut it to size. I went around all my edges lightly with blue ink to give my edges some definition. I stamped the sentiment and went around the edge of it as well. Some ribbon and stitched clouds finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Sick Bird - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Under The Weather - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Really Rainbow and Spiffy Speckles - Lawn Fawn

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, silver gel pen, ribbon - stash, clouds - YNS, Bashful Blue ink - Stampin Up, enamel dots - Gina Marie Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers: CR7 CR11 DT6 CT1 CT4 GB5 CG1 DG2 YG3 BG5 BG7 
Copics: C00 B00 E32 E34 B02 B04
Prismacolor Premier Pencils: Deep Purple, Poppy Red, Yellowed Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Light Cerulean Blue, Cloud Blue

Did you know the High Hopes Design team posts daily inspiration on the Facebook page and blog?! Inspiration can also be found on Instagram and Pinterest! 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hope you feel souper soon

Happy Sunday!

Time for another Get Well Soon card from the new release! For today I've made a tag card with Chicken Soup and the Feel Souper sentiment.
The tag can be pulled out. Therefore you need to create a tunnel, so I placed foam tape behind the image at the top and bottom, so the tag can slide out..  

To make this card, I've used:
*High Hopes Rubber Stamps: Chicken Soup
*High Hopes Rubber Stamps: Feel souper sentiment
*Bazzill Basics: Purple and green cardstock
*Copic paper
*Echo Park dessinpaper (really old one from my stash)
*Studio Light card base dies
*MFT square die
*orange buttons
*foam tape and Pergaglue
*Copics used:

Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to check out this blog, Facebook and/or Instagram for more new release projects!! 
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

You Can Steer Yourself in Any Direction You Choose

Hello High Hopes fans! Happy Saturday! I'm sharing another scene card, but today what I'm sharing uses something I've never tried before - a watercolor and colored pencil scene. I combined the MountainsForestRon's Royce, and Any Direction You Choose stamps to create this card. I always feel a little nervous when I try something new, but I just keep reminding myself that with anything everyone starts at the beginning, and as for creating watercolor scene cards, today's card is just the beginning for me!

So last week I shared a masking technique that I used to create a scene card, and that's what I did with this one as well. But I'm also going to share another technique you can use to achieve the same look. First, I stamped Ron's Royce and masked the front part of the card. Then, I stamped the Forest. Lastly, I stamped the Mountains. How do know what to stamp first to get the look you're going for? Always stamp "front to back," meaning that whatever you stamp first will appear in front of whatever you stamp next. So, because I wanted Ron's Royce to be in the foreground, I stamped it first and masked it off so I could then stamp the Forest.

Now as you can see, the Forest is in front of the Mountains, but I actually didn't do any masking for the trees. I didn't because it has some pretty small nooks and crannies, so I didn't want to take the time to cut out a mask. So, when I inked up the Mountains stamp I actually just took my finger and wiped away the ink off the stamp on the part that would overlap the trees. This "wiping" trick worked out so well for this card because I was stamping in a very light color of ink, and because the Mountains stamp isn't a very intricate shape, so I would be able to recreate mountains behind the trees very easily without any guidelines from the stamp. If I were stamping in a dark color of ink and overlapping two very intricate stamps, then I might consider using the masking technique over the "wiping" trick. The former will definitely give you more control over the finished design, but the latter is quick and easy, doesn't require any special products, and in a lot of cases works just as well.

After the stamping, I took out my watercolor palette and #2 round watercolor brush. I'm still very new to watercolors, but what I've discovered so far is that you just don't have as much control over the color as you do with markers or pencils. But that's kinda the desired effect I wanted with this card - more of a looser interpretation of the nature scene in this scene. Watercolor lends itself very well to a nature scene. Nature is imperfect so watercolor's looseness is a good match for creating more of the feeling of nature, rather than photo-realism.

However, once I was done with the watercolors, I just had this itching feeling that this project needed a little more definition than what I could achieve with my current watercolor skills. So, I completely dried the project with my heat tool, and then went over specific areas to make them pop out more and define the lines a little more. I also took a white gel pen and added some snow details to the mountains in the back. I really contemplated adding in some flowers into the meadow in this scene, but I feel this card emotes a more masculine feeling so I decided to leave them out of this project.

I stamped the Any Direction You Choose sentiment in black archival ink and added a faux stitched edge with a metal die and my die cutting machine. Then, I mounted the whole thing onto a kraft card stock card base with strong adhesive tape.

And that's all she wrote! I'm really proud of myself for taking a chance on something new, so I'm really proud of this project. I definitely will be pulling out my watercolors more often! Are you asking yourself, "But Lindsay, on what occasion would you give out this card?" Well - thanks for asking - I turn cards like this (ones with quotes or other inspirational messages) into a card for just about any occasion! So for this card, I plan on giving it out for a birthday, and I'll just write "Happy Birthday" on the inside. And I'm good with that!

Well, thank you all so very much for stopping by the High Hopes blog today. And remember the "Get Well Soon" release is now available in the High Hopes shop! The adorable critters in this release are sure to put a smile on anyone's face! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you next week!!!

Friday, March 15, 2019

It"s time for our new release "Get Well"

Happy Friday High Hopes fans!!

Guess what today is?  It's Release Day for our Newest Release called "Get Well Soon".  We are super excited to share these new images with you today.  There are some really cute images.  We hope you love them as much as we do!

Our Diva's have created some fun inspirational cards to get your creativity going.

Cheri Using: Chicken Soup

Donna Using - Take A Tissue


Sue Using Get Well Chick

Find all our new releases HERE

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Laid Up

Poor Cole seems to be in quite the predicament! If Cole lives where I do, then this injury may have happened by slipping on ice, or tobogganing! 
I have used this adorable "Cole's Laid Up" stamp to make a Get Well card for my stash. 

After colouring the adorable Cole with alcohol markers, I cut it out using a fun die from Gina Marie Designs. I set it aside and chose some patterned paper from Carta Bella. I cut my pieces to fit my finished 51/2 x 5/12 card base and cut a stitched tag to put my image on. Some ribbon and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Cole's Laid Up - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Back On Your Feet - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: It's A Girl - Carta Bella

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, pleated circle die - Gina Marie Designs, stitched nesting tag die - Tutti Designs, ribbon - stash, enamel dots - C.C. Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers: RB1 RB2 RB3 YG1 YG2 YG3 FS6 CR3 FS8 CR7 CR11 DR6 IGI 
Copics: C00 B00

Did you know the High Hopes team posts daily inspiration on the Facebook page and blog?! Inspiration can also be found on Instagram and Pinterest! 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

High Hopes Stamps - Chick Gossip

Howdy - MichelleO here today and for my High Hopes Stamps card today I pulled out one I used a little while back. I had a need and this was just too perfect for what I needed, so another card was a must with this Great Stamp! It just makes me giggle and that is what I wanted to send out a little giggle to a girl friend. This is Clucker Club

Is it my love for my little chickens, or just that I know how when ever a group a gals get together we ahem... they love a little Chick Gossip. I colored with my Copics (colors below). I then found a piece of pattern paper from Paper Studio that I matched up with a light yellow and black card stock. A bit of sewing to put it all together.

Three leaf punches and some mulberry roses in the corner. Then dots of Nuvo Black Drops. And for a Fabulous sentiment the High Hopes "Chick Gossip" - not that we girls ever do that.. ahem.

Copic colors used -

Fun card for that special friend who I wanted to give a smile.

You know you have that friend that could use a little middle of the week smile... this image is the one!

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Shadow Box Card!

Welcome HH Fans!
It's Tuesday again so that means it's my turn to post some inspiration for you! Today's card is called a "Shadow Box" card and it was easy and so fun to make! I followed along with Jennifer McGuire's Video and in no time I had this adorable card made! On the front of my card I am using the High Hopes "Teacup Pup".
Of course I had to use papers from the Doodlebug "Puppy Love" 6x6 collection! I mean it was a no brainer as they match my dog theme perfectly! I added a bit of Stickles to the dog bone for a fun element. The sentiment is also from HH and is called "Smiling". A nice brown bow finishes everything off.
Here you can see when you open up the card, a shadow box pops up on the inside. I created a cute little scene on the inside using High Hope's "Prancing Pup", "Puppy Pals" and the "Blossom Tree Branch". I added some inked clouds, Stitched Vally, Grassy Edge and a fence to help create my little scene. Of course the inside had to have sparkle too, so I added Stickles to the flower centres.
Here is a better view of the "shadow box" construction.
I love that the shadow box lays flat for mailing! I added some cute HH  paw prints using the "Cat and Dog Paws" stamp across my envelope flap.
Copics Used:
E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59
C00, C1, C3, C4, C5, C7, C9
R32, R35, R37, Y18, W1, W3

I think this is the most images I have ever used on one card LOL! 
Happy Stamping!