Thursday, September 22, 2022

First Day Of Fall

  Happy first day of fall! Fall means cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and corn mazes to run through and October and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. To help ring in a new season I have chosen to use "Country Harvest" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps a gorgeous fall stamp and I think perfect for a Thanksgiving card too!


After stamping and colouring the stamp with copic markers, I used a stitched edge die to cut an the bottom of the stamp. The stitches don't show but I wanted a clean curve edge for my design. I wanted to keep the patterned paper for the background and card design simple to keep the focus on the stamp so I chose a simple wood grain paper and put it on a 6x6 card base. After cutting the curve edge I mounted it on matching card stock and cut the edge again. To add a bit of colour I added some pieces of gingham patterned paper. A sentiment, twine and enamel dots finish off the card.

Card Details

Stamps - Country Harvest (T109) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Happy Thanksgiving (F203) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Knock On Wood - Lawn Fawn, Gingham - Simple Stories

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, stitched die - Whimsy Stamps, twine, enamel dots

Copic Markers
 
Pumpkins - YR15 YR16 YR18 E19
Apples - R05 R27 R37 R59 YG01 YG03 YG17 BG99
Straw Bale - Y11 Y15 YR23 Y26
Basket - E23 E27 E29 E34 E35 E29
Sign, Base - E41 E42 E29
Stems, Leaves - YG17 YG67 BG99 B37
Cat - C0 C1 C4 C5 R20 R22
Crow - Y11 Y15 Y25 Y38 T1 T4 T6 T8
Cloth - E50 E53 E42 YG01 YG03 YG17



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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Best Dirt!

It’s Wednesday, and this week, I made a card using High Hopes Rubber Stamps Gordon Groundhog - R123 for the image and The Best Dirt - F221 for the sentiment. My husband loves gardening and this makes me think of him! LOL! We have a few little squirrels that like to raid his garden, eat the tomatoes and dig up the potatoes. Luckily, my husband is good natured and says he can't get mad at them for what comes natural. We call our back yard the Stevenson's oasis for wild animals. We have bunnies, squirrels, racoons, possums and a mole that seem to like our vegetables and sometimes we've even caught them sleeping up on the furniture under the Gazebo. My husband has now installed a backyard web cam so that we can now capture some of what goes on at night while we are sleeping.

To make my card this week, I began with a card base of Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., cut and scored to be 5.5" x 4.25". Echo Park - New Day Beautiful Blooms Paper was cut to be the same size as the base and applied using double-sided tape. Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn and a finger dauber were used to ink around all of the edges of the card. Anna Griffin Empress Mini Cutting Machine and My Favourite Things Die-Namics - Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames were used to die cut Stampin' UP! - Regals Designer Series Paper, Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card and Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb. cardstock.

The clouds in the sky were created using the inner part of the die-cut from the Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb. cardstock and a mid-size Gina K Designs Blender Brush, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean and stencils that I created using Avery Elle - Pierced Clouds Die. Once this was done, I used regular tape to piece the outer die cut from the Stampin' UP! - Regals Designer Series Paper and the clouds piece together from the back side. I stamped the image onto the inner frame of the Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card using Memento - Tuxedo Black ink and my MISTI. Once the image was coloured, it was fussy cut around the top part of the image. I applied U-Line double-sided tape to the image and background pieces that I had joined together and popped them both up onto the card.

The sentiment was also stamped using my MISTI onto the same cardstock and then cut with a small cutting device. I ran this through my Xyron Create a Sticker and adhered it to Recollections - Black cardstock. Once again, I cut around the sentiment, leaving a slim border. U-Line double-sided tape was applied to the back of this and it was popped up onto the card. Lastly, to finish it off, I added some Doodlebug Design Inc. Braddies with Glue Dots - Mini.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Gordon Groundhog - R123 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Sentiment: The Best Dirt - F221 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean

Die Cuts: My Favourite Things Die-Namics - Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames, Avery Elle - Pierced Clouds Die (D-05-01)

Paper: Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card, Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., Stampin' UP! - Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (12" x 12"), Echo Park - New Day Beautiful Blooms (12" x 12"), Recollections - Black

Embellishments: Doodlebug Design Inc. Braddies - Bubble Blue Blossoms and Tangerine Blossoms

Tools: MISTI - Most Incredible Stamping Tool, U-Line double-sided tape, Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine, Glue Dots - Mini, Xyron Create a Sticker, Sakura Glaze - Black

Image coloured with Copic Markers:

Groundhog: E29, E27, E25, E23, (Nose and Eyes - Sakura Glaze - Black)

Jeans: B26, B23, B21, E31

Hard Hat: Y17, Y15, Y08

Dirt, Stones, Stem and Grasses: E37, E35, E33, E31, W7, W5, W3, YG23, YG17, YG11, YG09

Flower: E15, Y38, Y35, Y32, Y17, Y08

Hope you like it and have a fantastic week!

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Welcome Little One!

Hello!!
It seems like there a lot of babies being born lately...... must be Covid (lol). Everyone has had a lot of spare time on their hands lol! I'm re-building my stash of baby cards, seems I can't have enough. This cute little dragon is from High Hopes Stamps and is called "Baby Dragon". He goes nicely with the HH sentiment "Sm. Welcome Little One".
To start my card I stamped my image onto Copic friendly paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I set about colouring him with my Copic Sketch markers to match the papers from Doodlebug's "Special Delivery" 6x6 collection. I cut out my image with a MFT Stitched Oval die and popped him up over the square and banner die cuts with foam tape. I love using foam tape as it just adds more interest to your card with the dimension it gives. I cut the sentiment in half so that I could have words on the left and bottom corners. A few enamel dots finish off my card.
Copics used:
B21, B23, B24
Y32, Y35
YG17, YG23, YG25
W1, W3

I really appreciate you stopping by today!

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Andrea's Kitties

Howdy - Michelle here today with another Adorable High Hopes Stamps Image! I can't believe that I hadn't colored this one yet! I guess when you have so many fabulous images a few slip through - This is Andrea's Kitties.. giggle.... yep a basket of kitties! 

 

Precious! I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then used a die to cut her out. Love the stitching on the die. I found some older Webster's Pages, that I just adored the fence in the pattern. Seemed to work well with Andrea's Kitties! I layered the patterns with a Martha Stewart Border punch mat. Everything is sewn down, and then matched up with the High Hopes Stamps Sentiment - Fancy Basket Saying - Adore how it works with those little kitties! Now I couldn't find any red card stock to mat the sentiment. So I just did a faux mat with a copic marker around the edge. I do that a lot, it is so easy and works! For just an added bit of embellishment I added some Nuvo White Paint dots in the corners. 

Copic markers used -

A fun card to make - and loved coloring up Andrea's Kitties! To see all the joy at High Hopes Stamps click HERE and pop over and fall in love over and over! 



Thursday, September 15, 2022

Feed Your Soul

 Most people have one or more things that feed their soul. These are things that help them take a deep breath and a step back and ground us. For me, it is colouring stamps, horses and water. I could sit and listen to waves crash on the shore for days. For a lot of my friends and family, it is sewing. I have so many talented quilters and people who sew in my life that never cease to amaze me. 

Quilting and sewing isn't my forte - believe me I've tried - but for my friends and family whose soul it feeds "Let's Sew" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps is perfect for a card for one of them. 


 I stamped on to alcohol marker friendly paper and hand fussy cut this adorable gnome leaving a thin white edge. I set him aside and cut out two quilt die pieces using two different paper pads from Craft Consortium and card stock. After putting down a patterned piece of paper down on the card base I set about putting my quilt squares together. This is a time consuming task but I love that I can put them together in different variations and colours. I may not quilt like my friends and family, but I can say I paper quilt <smile>. 
Next, I cut the completed quilt squares in half and centered them around my card base. I cut out a stitched circle using an inside out die, ran some antique linen distress ink around the edge and glued it down to the middle of card after putting ribbon across the middle. I added my stamp with foam to add a bit of dimension to the card. A sentiment in the corner cut out with a stitched fish tail banner, a bow and some heart dots in the corners finish off my card.

Card Details

Stamps - Let's Sew (TLF031) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Needle & Thread (FLL024) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper Bright Blooms, Bloom & Wild - Craft Consortium

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, quilt die - Purple Daisy Designs, heart dots - Hero Arts, ribbon, stitched fish tail banner die, inside out circle die - Gina Marie designs, antique linen distress ink

Copic Markers
 
Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04
Sewing Machine - C0 C1 C2 C3 C5
quilt - R00 F30 R22 Y00 Y11 Y15
Clothing, hat - G21 G24 G28
Beard - W00 W1 W3 
Chair - E43 E55 E47



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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

You're O-Fish-Ally Awesome!

It’s Wednesday, and this week, I made a card using High Hopes Rubber Stamps Finnigan - P117 for the image and O-fish-ally - FLL019 for the sentiment. We have a lot of family and friends that love to fish and when I saw this image and sentiment, I could resist pairing them together.

To make my card this week, I began with a card base of Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., cut and scored to be 5.5" x 4.25". Stampin' UP! - Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper was cut to be the same size as the base and applied using double-sided tape. Using paper from the same pack, I fussy cut around the school of fish and applied it to the base card using a mixture of double-sided tape and glue. The excess was then trimmed off on the bottom and left side of the card. Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough was applied around all of the outer edges of the card using a finger dauber. Using my Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine and PinkFresh Studio Essentials - Blanket Stitched Circle, I die cut Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card cardstock. Then, using my MISTI and Memento - Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the image onto the die-cut piece. The sentiment was also stamped using my MISTI onto the same cardstock and then die cut using Gina K Designs - Sentiment Strips. Lastly, I combined the dies from PinkFresh Studio Essentials - Blanket Stitched Circle and Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies - Nesting Circles to create a frame using the paper from Stampin' UP! - Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper and Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine.

The image was coloured in with Copic markers listed below. I coloured in the fish first, then the water. Some sand was added to the bottom of the bowl using a Ranger - Emboss It Pen Clear and Seth Apter - Dirty Sand Embossing Powder. This was heat set with a Marvy Uchida - Embossing Heat Tool. I wanted the back part of the sand to appear lighter, so I just dabbed the pen in spots to add in the Embossing Powder after I had coloured it. Lastly, I applied Ranger Inkssentials - Glossy Accents to the inside of the bowl and puddles of water. This was set aside to dry.

Once the Glossy Accents was dry the card was ready to assemble.  I applied some glue to the circle frame I had created earlier and applied it over top of the coloured image circle. U-Line double-sided tape was applied to the back of the image and sentiment and they were both popped up onto the background designer papers. I thought these adorable buttons from Buttons Galore & More - Fun in the Sun Collection were perfect for this card. The button backings were removed from the backs of the fish buttons and U-Line double-sided tape was applied to them. I popped up the 3 fish on the card to finish it off.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Finnigan - P117 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Sentiment: O-fish-ally - FLL019 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough

Die Cuts: PinkFresh Studio Essentials - Blanket Stitched Circle, Gina K Designs - Sentiment Strips, Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies - Nesting Circles

Embossing Powder: Seth Apter - Dirty Sand

Paper: Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card, Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., Stampin' UP! - Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper (6" x 6")

Embellishments: Buttons Galore & More - Fun in the Sun Collection

Tools: MISTI - Most Incredible Stamping Tool, U-Line double-sided tape, Ranger - Emboss It Pen Clear, Marvy Uchida - Embossing Heat Tool, Ranger Inkssentials - Glossy Accents, Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine

Image coloured with Copic Markers:

Fish: YR68, YR31, YR18, Y38, R89, R59, R39, R29, R24

Fish Bowl, Water, Sand and Water Droplets: B04, B02, B01, B00, E44, E43, E42, E41, C3, C2, C1, C00, Seth Apter - Dirty Sand

Background: BG72, BG57, BG32, BG11, E37, E35, E33, E31

Hope you like it and have a fantastic week!

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Lots Of Hugs!

Happy Tuesday!
I love this little cutie called "Gonna Getcha" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! He just warms my heart and makes me smile! I'm re-stocking my "friend" cards and I know just the person I'm going to send this too! I haven't seen them all summer so I'm sending lots of hugs to them! Hopefully this cutie will brighten their day and let them know I am missing them!
Today I am using papers from the Honey Bee "Bee Bliss" 6x6 collection. After stamping my image onto Copic friendly paper, I coloured him in to match the designer papers. Next using a Gina Marie Pleated Circle die, I cut him out. I added a Pretty Pink Posh Border die cut to both sides of a flowered strip of paper for some fun! I decided to use the HH sentiment called "Hugs & Hugs" to send that long distance hug I was talking about. Both the sentiment and the main image are popped up with foam tape for some added dimension. A bit of ribbon and a bow finish off my design.
Copics Used:
Mouse: N0, N1, N2, N3, R20
Overalls: BG72, BG75, BG78
T-shirt: YR24, YR27
Grass: YG17

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Don't forget to head on over to the High Hopes website and see all Lora's adorable stamps! You can find more inspiration from the Design Team by visiting the High Hopes Blog and Facebook page too!
Happy Stamping!