Friday, July 30, 2021

Snowin' & Blowin'

Welcome Everyone;

To wrap up the Christmas in July series for this month, I have used the adorable Snowman Snowball from High Hopes Stamps.  They definitely appear to be having some fun.

After stamping the image on XPress It Blending Cardstock, I used to Copic Markers to colour it.  It was then cut out using an Eylet Elegance Rectangle die.  Some twine,  and Glaceier Jewels finished off the card.   The Snowin & Blowin sentimant was added to the inside of the card.

Supplies used:
  • Stamps:  Snowman Snowball - TT008,  Think Snow (from the Snowman Mini Set), Snowin' & Blowin' -- M020
  • Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper:  XPress It Blending Cardstock, Home for Christmas (Simple Stories), Winter Whimsy (Gina K. Designs)
  • Copic Markers:
    • N0 - Neutral Gray No. 0, N1 - Neutral Gray No. 1, N2 - Neutral Gray No. 2
    • C00 - Cool Gray No. 00, C0 - Cool Gray No. 0, C1 - Cool Gray No. 1
    •  BG000 - Pale Aqua, BG01 - Aqua Blue, BG02 - New Blue
    • G0000 - Crystal Opal, G000 - Pale Green, G00 - Jade green
    • G46 - Mistletoe, G43 - Pistachio, G40 - Dim Green
    • R24 - Prawn, R27 - cadminium Red, R46 - Strong Red
    • YR04 - Chrome Orange, R20 - Blush, Y28 - Lionet Gold
    • BG0000 - Snow Green
  • Die:  Eyelet Elegance Rectangle - Gina Marie Designs
  • Miscellaneous:  Twine, Jewels: Glacier - Pink Fresh Studio

Come for a visit at High Hopes Stamps and check out the "Christmas in July" Release and the many other stamps.  If you are in need of some inspiration, pop on over to the  High Hopes Stamps Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instragram to see the daily posts by the  HH Divas.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Fresh Baked.....

 Hi Everyone,

Today I'm sharing this adorable image called Fresh Baked from our Christmas In July Release.  Boy oh boy does this bring back memories of my Mom making Christmas cookies & the wonderful smell all throughout the house.  Baking is so synonymous with Christmas isn't it?

I paired this image with the sentiment From All of Us...I thought it was perfect for this card.

When my friend went to Holland a couple of years ago she brought me back the most beautiful patterned paper.  The cool thing about this particular pad is that it is 12" x 6" and as thick as cardstock, perfect for a card base.  I can't say that I have ever made a card base out of patterned paper.  Because the patterned paper has gold on it I chose some Brushed Gold cardstock from SU that I have been hording for years.  I rarely use traditional colors for Christmas cards but this all worked out so well & I'm quite pleased.

Copic Combos

Red - R39, R29, R24

Green - G29, G46, G24

Skin Tones - R22, R21, R01, R00, E000, E00, E01, E25, E13, E11

Cookies, Boys Shirt, & Slipper Tops - E33, E31

Black - N6, N5, N3

Mans & Boys Hair - E29, E27, E25

Gals Hair - E27, E25, E23

Glasses - C4, C1

White Areas - C1, C0 & then covered in Stickles for some sparkle

Baking Tray - W3, W2, W1

Ground - W5, W3, W1

Image Shading - B000, B0000

Misc Supplies - SU Cardstock Brushed Gold, Patterned Paper from Holland, Misc. Ribbon & Enamel Dots, Stickles

Stamps - Fresh Baked & From All of Us

Thanks for poppin' in today, happy stampin'!


Holiday Cheer

 I can't believe we are at the end of July already!  I have had so much fun playing with the Christmas in July release I am sad to see the month end! 

For me, one of the best things about making cards is personalizing the stamps I use to the person receiving the card. It is no different at Christmas time and one of the greatest gifts I receive is not only spending time with family and friends, but I to see the smiles when they open the cards I have made just for them. 

As I have mentioned before, I have a lot of people in my life who love penguins so of course I had to play with "Penguin Present" from High Hopes. He is adorable! and I think he would be perfect for a Happy New Year or winter Birthday card too! 

After stamping my image with Memento Tuxedo black ink I coloured him with Copic markers and cut him out using a cross stitch square die. I love a little bit of bling on my cards - especially Christmas cards - so I added some gold glitter Nuvo drops to the tissue paper around him. Patterned paper from the A Cozy Christmas collection from Echo Park was perfect for my design. I used a stitched tag die to cut out the of patterned paper to go behind him to add a bit of interest to the design. 

For the sentiment, I masked off the bottom portion of a larger sentiment and just used the first line. I love when I can make my purchases go further with a bit of masking. A bow, evergreen branch die cuts and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Penguin Present - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment: Holiday All Year - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - A Cozy Christmas - Echo Park

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, cross stitch square die - Gina Marie Designs, stitched tag die - Tutti Designs, evergreen branches - Tim Holtz, enamel dots, Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops, ribbon

 Copic Markers:

Penguin - N4 N5 N8 N10

Beak and Feet -Y11 Y15 Y17

Box, Hat, Ornament - R39 R59 V09

Present - G17 G28 B39 E30 E31 E43

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Snowy Couple love.....

 Hi Everyone,

Today I'm sharing some love with Snowy Couple which is part of our "Christmas In July" release.

I paired these cuties with the sentiment "Christmas Joy" which I thought was perfect for this image.  I chose some pretty bold rich paper from Bo Bunny's older Altitude collection.

Copic Combos

Snowman Jacket, Hat & Scarf - BG09, BG07, BG05

Snowman Hat, Button & Nose - W9, W7, W5

Snowman Trim & Buckle - W4, W2, W0

Snowlady Heart, Trim, Bow, Mitten, Polka Dots & Scarf - V09, V06, V05

Snowlady Jacket, Scarf, Trim on Scarf - BG49, BG45, BG34

Snowlady Nose - C6, C4, C2

Cheeks & Mouth on both - R02, R01, R000

Shading - BG01, BG000, BG0000 with 0 Blender

Misc stuff - Bo Bunny Altitude pad, SU Rich Razzleberry cardstock & ribbon, Bazzil Blue Oasis cardstock & Silver enamel dots

High Hopes Rubber Stamps - Snowy Couple, Christmas Joy

Thanks so much for popping by today!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Think Snow!!!

 It’s Wednesday, and this week, I made a card using Snowman Stumble - TT014 by High Hopes Rubber Stamps for the main image and Think Snow 2 - FF047 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps) for the sentiment. I grew up skating at the outdoor rink directly across the street from my house. We couldn't wait to get home from school and throw on our skates. The rinks were always full of children from the neighbourhood. We would either play rink games or hockey. I think there was a rink every couple of blocks. As soon as we'd finish eating, we were back on the ice again. Our parents were always yelling at us to come inside at the end of the day. How times have changed. LOL!

To make my card this week, I began with a card base made from Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb. cut and scored to be 5.5" x 4.25". My Cuttlebug and My Creative Time - Rectangle Frame Dies were used to die cut Hot Buy Craft Smart - Holiday Glitz Glitter Paper to be the same size as the base card. With a Picket Fence - Blending Brush and a mixture of Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch and Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, I created the background sky. I applied this directly to the glitter background paper. Once this was done, I applied this directly to the base using double-sided tape. Next, Nellie's Choice - Nature Scene Dies - NSD001 - Mountains were used to die cut the tree scenery using Momenta - Cardstock and using a small dauber I added in some darker touches of green using Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peeled Paint. The pond was die cut using Whimsy Stamps - Wavy Nested Frame Dies Set and Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card. I inked the image and sentiment using my MISTI and Memento - Tuxedo Black. Lastly, I die cut the sentiment using Joy Crafts - Labels and Tags and inked around the edges with my Picket Fence - Blending Brush and the ink that was still on it from doing the sky.

I coloured in the image with Copic markers and added in some highlights on the skate blades with Pental Sunburst Metalic Med Gel Pen. I inked the image a second time onto the Hot Buy Craft Smart - Holiday Glitz Glitter Paper for the snowman body and fussy cut around it. Once it was coloured in with Copics, I ran it through my Xyron Create a Sticker and attached it to the base stamped image.

The card was now ready to assemble. Part of the pond was cut off at the top before it was attached it to the sparkly background using glue and double-sided tape. Next, I added some 3M VHB - 2 sided tape to the back of the trees and applied it over top of where the sky ended and the pond met. To create the snow around the pond and in between the trees, pond and snow, I used Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff and added some DecoArt Glamour Dust while it was still wet. Marvy Uchida - Embossing Heat Tool was used to heat the liquid and make it puff up to look like fluffy snow. I added some Stickles - Diamond to the pompom. Using a Gelly Roll Sakura #10 Pen and Sharpie Water Based Paint - White - Extra Fine Point pen, I created the snow in the sky. Lastly, to finish off the card, I added 3M VHB - 2 sided tape to the sentiment and applied it to the card.

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Snowman Stumble - TT014 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Sentiment: Think Snow 2 - FF047 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peeled Paint

Paper: Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card, Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., Momenta - Cardstock, Hot Buy Craft Smart - Holiday Glitz Glitter Paper 12" x 12"

Die Cuts: My Creative Time - Rectangle Frame Dies, Nellie's Choice - Nature Scene Dies - NSD001 - Mountains, Whimsy Stamps - Wavy Nested Frame Dies Set (WSD382), Joy Crafts - Labels and Tags

Stickles: Diamond

Tools: MISTI - Most Incredible Stamping Tool, 3M VHB - 2 sided tape, Gelly Roll Sakura #10 Pen, Sharpie Water Based Paint - White - Extra Fine Point, DecoArt Glamour Dust, Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff, Marvy Uchida - Embossing Heat Tool, Cuttlebug, Picket Fence - Blending Brush, Pental Sunburst Metalic Med Gel Pen, Xyron Create a Sticker

Image coloured with Copic Markers:

Snowman: B60, R30, R20, YR21, YR16, YR15, Colorless Blender

Hat: BG72, BG57, BG32, BG11, Gelly Roll Sakura #10 Pen

Mitts and Skates: C3, C2, C1, C00, BG09, BG05, BG02, BG01

Ice: B00, B000, B000

Hope you like it and have a fantastic week!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Skiing Snowman fun....

 Hi Everyone,

Today I'm popping in to share this adorable Skiing Snowman from our "Christmas In July" release.  This little guy reminds me of myself.  Why you ask?  Well when my brother & I were teenagers we went skiing with some friends.  Now I thought this adventure would be soooo much fun and I thought how hard could it be?  Well how wrong I was!  I spent the day falling from the top of the hill all the way to the bottom.  My brother meanwhile looked like he had been skiing his whole life.  So needless to say it was not something I ever did again.  I know I shouldn't have given up BUT not only was my right leg & hip bruised for weeks so was my ego lol!

I paired this cutie with the Freezin' Season sentiment.  My plan is to send this card off to my brother this year...I'm sure he will get quite the kick out of it.

Copic Combos

Cheeks & Mouth - R02, R01, R000 with 0 Blender

Yellow/Green - YG17, YG25, YG21

Blue/Green - BG09, BG57, BG53

Grey - C5, C3, C1

Shading - BG01, BG000, BG0000

Other stuff - Recollections Christmas pad, Bo Bunny Snow Day pad, ribbon, Bazzill cardstock & enamel dots

Thanks so much for stoppin' by today & don't forget to visit us our Diva's, they post daily!

Happy Stampin'!

Filled With Love!

Happy Tuesday!
Welcome to another card for the "Christmas in July" release over at High Hopes Stamps! If you haven't stopped by the online store, you must, there are so many adorable stamps in this release! I get to play with the adorable "Penguin Love" today! I've said it before, but my Grandma loved penguins! Everytime I see one, it brings back warm and fuzzy feelings! Gosh I miss her so much!
I decided to use non-traditional colours for my card today! I just thought the Photoplay "Kringle & Co" 6x6 collection was perfect for these cuties! I just love the black and red combination! I stamped my image, coloured it with my Copic markers and then cut it out using a die. I decided to use the High Hopes "Sm Script Filled With Love" sentiment a bit different than it comes. I stamped it and then cut it in half so I could place it on the top and bottom of my card. Some Crystal Stickes on the hats and glitter pen on the iceberg finish off my card.
Copics Used:
T0, T1, T6, T7, T9
R24, R27, R29/ R39, R56, R59
Y35, Y38, YG03, YG07
B0000, B000, B00, B01

If you want more "Christmas in July" inspiration head on over to the High Hopes Blog or FaceBook page! The HH Designers are always happy to see you swing by!
Happy Stamping!