Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Hmmmm.......so that's where the goldfish went LOL. This image from High Hopes Stamps just makes me giggle! Meet "Cat-ching Some Rays", who looks like he was up to no good! Love the mouse laughing at him! I thought the sentiment "Won't Hurt" was perfect for this mischievous cat!
I stamped my image on to Copic friendly paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using my Copic markers, I coloured the image in and then cut it out with this fancy square die. I am using paper from the Echo Park "I Love My Cat" 6x6 designer collection. I inked all the edges of the papers with Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs and then popped the die cut image up with foam tape for added dimension. A bit of twine with a paw print wooden embellishment finishes off my card today.
Copics Used:
Cat: E95, E97, E99, W9
Bones: W1, W3
Xray Machine: W1, W5, W7, W9
Mouse: C1, C3, R20
Fish & Bowl: YR04, YR09, B000, B01, B02

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!


Monday, May 23, 2022

Nurse Kitty

Howdy - MichelleO here and this week I went looking for images at High Hopes Stamps that I fell in love with but haven't colored up yet... and Nurse Kitty was one I just adore and it needed to be colored and put on a card. 

 She is such a pretty little kitty! I colored her in this yellow orange color.. after I found my papers I wished I had colored her grey. But still like the bright happy color. Colored with my Copics (colors below) I then used the pattern papers from Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection.  I sewed all the layers together with a zig zag stitch. Now I haven't found my machine part that the kittens stole. I tried to sew with it anyway... it sort of worked.. I have to find that part! Silly kitties! Bad kitties! The sentiment is wonderful I love the mix of fonts. "Wishing you a speedy recovery" is wonderful.  I pulled out some buttons to use as embellishments... then I found some enamel dots that the colors matched up really well. And its been a while since my dots where used. Love them! 

Copic colors used - 


Fun get well card! There are so many wonderful image at High Hopes Stamps... They are my favorite to color up and play with! Pop over to the store HERE and see all the joy!  


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lenny Love

 I am in love with Lenny! We have a history Lenny and I and he is still one of my favourite High Hopes stamps.  I don't remember for sure how I found High Hopes, but I think it may have been at a local craft show back in 2012/13. At that time, they held challenges and as I started my journey in to card making, I started playing along with them. 

At some point, I won a challenge and got to pick a stamp as my prize. That was a challenge given there were a TON to choose from - I mean how do you pick just one?! But I narrowed down my list and chose "Lenny's Love Me Nots". He and his bird friend make me smile and I knew that I could use him for a lot of different card themes and bring a smile to someone else. 

In 2015 I was asked to guest design for High Hopes and guess what stamp I used?? You guessed it! Lenny was the star of one of my card and is actually the first sample card on the website. Now I look at that card and think of the 100 ways I would redo it but ..... it is part of my "history" with Lenny so I think I will leave it alone <wink>. Without further ado, meet Lenny! 

After stamping and colouring Lenny with Copic markers, I cut him out using a pleated circle die. I tried him with a few different patterned paper colours but the greens really made him pop so green it is. I chose patterned paper from three different lines - Photo Play, Lawn Fawn and MFT and cut them to fit my design and 5.5" x 5.5" card base. I added some ribbon, flowers from my stash and a die cut leaf sprig for embellishments and finished off my card with some enamel dots.

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Lenny's Love Me Nots (S110) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Being A Friend (FDG018) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Delightful & Tailored Plaid - Photo Play, Perfectly Plaid Spring - Lawn Fawn, Watercolor Wash Brights - MFT

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, flowers - Recollections, fish tail banner die - Your Next Stamp, pleated lace circle die - Gina Marie Designs, ribbon, enamel dots, leaf sprig die - Gina Marie Designs

 Copic Markers:

Lenny - YG01 YG03 YG17 G28

Toenails/Horns - C1 C4

Bird -Y11 Y15 Y17 B01 B02 B05 

Flower- Y11 Y15 Y17 G05 G07 G20 E01 E93 E95

Grass - YG17 G25 G28

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


It’s Wednesday, and this week, I made a card using High Hopes Rubber Stamps Drive Thru - TLF026 for the image and Nothing Begins - FLL021 for the sentiment. I don't drink coffee, but I know a lot of people who can't start the day without one! Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker like me?

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". To create my background, I started with Creative Memories - Hot Fudge paper cut to the same size as the base card. I adhered this directly to the base. From the same paper, I also made several more cuts. 5.5" x 2-5/8", 5.5" x 1-1/16th" and using my Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine and My Creative Time - Rectangle Frame Layers, I die cut a rectangle the size of 4.75" x 3.5". With multiple papers from Your Next Stamp - The Perfect Blend, I cut them to the sizes of 5.5" x 4-1/8", 5.5" x 2.5" and 5.5" x 7/8". I inked around all of the edges of the patterned papers with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ground Espresso.

Using double-sided tape, I layered the papers and centered them onto the card in the following order. Coffee beans, Fudge cardstock, coffee stains, Fudge cardstock and lastly the coffee cups. Once again, I inked around all of the outside edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ground Espresso ink. I added U-Line double-sided tape to the large Fudge cardstock rectangle with an additional smaller layer on the top and bottom and popped it up in the centre of the card.

Using my Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine and My Creative Time - Rectangle Frame Layers once again, I die cut a rectangle out of Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card to the size of 4.25" x 3". The image and sentiment were both stamped onto Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card and the image was coloured in with Copic Markers. I added in a lot of extra bricks to the image to create a solid brick wall. Using my Empress machine again and My Creative Time - Little Gift Tags, I die cut the sentiment. Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ground Espresso was used to ink around the edges. I added some U-Line double-sided tape to the back of it and popped it up onto the coloured image. Lastly to finish off the card, I added a little pop dot from Gina Marie Designs.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Drive Thru - TLF026 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Sentiment: Nothing Begins - FLL021 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ground Espresso

Paper: Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card, Hammermill - Premium Colour 100 lb., Creative Memories - Hot Fudge (12" x 12"), Your Next Stamp - The Perfect Blend (6" x 6")

Die Cuts: My Creative Time - Rectangle Frame Layers, My Creative Time - Little Gift Tags (Retired)

Tools: MISTI - Most Incredible Stamping Tool, U-Line double-sided tape, Anna Griffin Empress Mini Machine

Image coloured with Copic Markers:

Gnomes: E47, E44, E43, E41, E27, E25, E23, E15, E21, E11, E08, E00, E000, YR18, YR14, B26, B23, B21

Car: R59, R39, R37, R35, C9, C7, C5, C3, C2, C1, B000, Y00, N9, N7, N5

Road: W8, W6, W4

Wall: C2, C1, E97, E19, E08

Window and Signs: T5, T3, T1, T0, Y00, Y000

Hope you like it and have a fantastic week!

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Picket Fence!

I think everyone dreams of having a house with a white picket fence when they are young, I know I did. I never had a white picket fence but I still had the house filled with love. I mean who wants to have to paint that fence anyway LOL (jk). This image is called "Garden Gate Background" and the sentiment matches perfectly called "Picket Fence Saying", both from High Hopes Stamps.
To start my design today, I stamped my image onto Copic Friendly paper using my MISTI. Next I coloured the image using my Copic Sketch Markers. I don't know what possessed me, but I fussy cut out most parts of the image. Whew, that took a bit of time. Using Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass and a MFT cloud stencil, I created a sky background on a separate piece of paper and then glued it to the Designer Paper. I put foam tape on the back of the Garden Gate Background and popped it  up on the clouds. Some Crystal Stickles on the flowers and parts of the birdhouses to finish off my card.
Copics Used:
C0, C2, C9
R32, R83, R85, RV10
B000, B21, B23, B93, B95
YG03, YG05, YG17, G28
E25, E27
BV04, BV08, V20, V22, V25, V28
Y15, Y17, YR23, YR25
BG18, BG52

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!


Monday, May 16, 2022

Birthday Buzzard

Howdy - 

I always need that special birthday card for that someone that needs a giggle to their card. And nothing fits better than Birthday Buzzard from High Hopes Stamps! 

This guy just cracks me up and is perfect! 

 This sweet Birthday Buzzard is colored with my Copics (colors below) and then went on a hunt for some papers. I wanted something more guy like possibly. I found some fun vintage feeling papers from SEI - love the colors. They have 70's feel almost to me. I layered them and went to do my normal sewing... UH OH... One of the kittens decided to run off with a part to my sewing machine. A much needed to work part. I scanned for it didn't find it. Guess I will be totally moving everything from on my desk and under my desk this week to find it. sighhh ok back to my card. Since I couldn't do any sewing which is really making me twitch a bit... I found a grass punch and decided to play with that. I stacked up my papers and card stock and then found a High Hopes Stamps sentiment. "Birthday Wishes" - cut it out and then matted it with an EK Success ticket punch. 

Copic colors used -

Love this image! Makes me grin. Now the no sewing that is really causing me some stress. But I will have to deal with it... at least until I find that little part! LOL 

Now you just must pop on over to the High Hopes Stamps web site and fall in love lots of fun fun fun images! You can get there by clicking HERE


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Good Morning Sunshine!

 I love the mornings I see the sunrise, they make me happy and some of them I look at and try to figure out what Copic colours I would use to colour them ...would that be considered distracted driving? <smile>

 I live in a small rural town so my drive to work every day is on country roads. I am also up very early and in the spring primarily, I am blessed to catch the sunrise. They just seem more stunning in the spring .... maybe that is because the winter is always long, dreary and dark where I live. 

It is catching the sunrise on my drive and seeing the sun come up behind the barns I pass that inspired my card using "Barn" and "Hello Sunshine" sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. Good Morning Sunshine

  After stamping on Copic marker friendly paper, I hand fussy cut the barn leaving a thin white edge. I set it aside and created my sun ray background using a stencil and some ink on watercolor paper. I find inks blend better and I can add more layers of ink on watercolor paper then card stock so that is what I use for ink and ink blending. After inking the background I cut it to fit my 5.5" x 5.5" card base. 

I wanted the stamp to be the centre of attention so I went with a grey gingham background for my other patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a circle die and added it above the sun rays ...it kind of looks like the sun coming up <wink>. Twine and enamel dots finish off my card.                                               

Card Recipe 

Stamp: Barn (TLF039) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Sentiment - Hello Sunshine (FDG031) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper: Gingham Galore Holiday - Honey Bee Stamps

Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill 100lb digital cover stock, sun ray stencil - Whimsy Stamps, Summer Sun ink - Stampin' Up, grass border die - Dress My Craft, twine, enamel dots

 Copic Markers:

Barn - R14 R27 R37 R59

Straw -Y11 Y15 YR23 Y26

Roof -T4 T6 T8 

Grass - YG25 G24 G28

Fence - E34 E35 E29

Weather Vane - C1 C2 C4 C5 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!