Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Challenge 126: Pink, Pink, and more Pink

Hello High Hopes fans!

We loved your Valentine's Day/Love cards from the last challenge!
But there's only one winner...
Congratulations, Lorraine! Please email me at stampandcreate@bellsouth.net with your choice of 1 free High Hopes stamp!!

We are being hosted this week by the fabulous and adorable Anna!! Her challenge is:
Pink, Pink, and more Pink!!

That's right, let's see a lot of PINK on your cards/projects this week.

On lucky participant will win 1 Free High Hopes Stamp.

Just remember that you MUST use a High Hopes stamp to be entered into the challenge.

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

Now let's check out the wonderful Diva's Pink samples for your inspiration...


Now it's your turn!!
The challenge runs through Feb 6th at 7pm EST.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Challenge 125: Valentine's Day?Love

Hello High Hopes Fans!!

We are back this week with a new challenge!!
Please note: this challenge is only open for 1 week this time.

But first, the winner of the Winter Wonderland Challenge is:
Congratulations, Janine B! Please email me with your choice of 3 free High Hopes Stamps.
Here is her gorgeous card using Hope for Peace Snowy...
Tanya is our hostess this week and her challenge is:
Valentine's Day/Love

One lucky participant will win 1 free High Hopes stamp.

Just remember that you MUST use a High Hopes Stamp on your card or project to be entered into the challenge.

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

And let's check out the wonderful Diva projects this week...

Tina using Buggy Stack

(The back of Tina's)

(This stamp is also part of a set that is on sale this month here)

Now it's your turn!
This challenge runs through 7pm EST Monday, January 30th.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Easy Treat Topper Tutorial

Hello High Hopes Fans!!

Click here for our current challenge.

We will be posting the winners of our Facebook Challenge soon on our Facebook Page.
Make sure to look out for it.

We are back this week with a Tutorial Tuesday!
This week it's my (Lacey's) turn to create a tutorial. I have a head cold, so I'm hoping my tutorial makes sense with my stuffed up head!! LOL

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought it would be nice to show a quick and easy Valentine's Day treat idea. I also have some links to other tutorials that would work great for Valentine's Day at the end of this post.

So here is my Easy Treat Topper Tutorial (say that 5 times fast)...

~ Colored image (I cut mine out since it was taller than the circles I wanted to use)
~ Die cut shape for the base of the topper - the width of the treat bags (I had to re-cut my piece since I cut it the wrong way - oops)
~ Treat Bags (you can use any type - I have 3 different ones shown in the photo above - you can even reuse bags that stamps come in, just make sure to use individually wrapped candy since the bag isn't new)
~ Die-Cut Shapes to mount behind the image
~ Glue or adhesive

1. Attach the die-cut pieces together
2. Score the base piece in half (I ended up using a different piece later in the tutorial when I realized this one was too small)...
3. Attach the circle to the base piece. You will attach half of the top piece to the center fold of the base piece...
See how the right half of the circle is attached to the base at the fold?

4. Attach the image to the top piece...
You can see the the new piece I used in the top right corner above. The base piece (the one with the hearts in my photo) needs to be as wide as the treat bag.

5. Add adhesive to the front and back of the filled treat bag and attach to the inside of the topper - aligning it with the scored center...

And here you go!

You can also have your kids color the images!!
Here are some other Treat ideas that would be great for Valentine's Day gifts...

Now it's your turn!! Get stamping!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Challenge 124: Winter Wonderland

Hello High Hopes Fans!!

If you are a fan of ours on Facebook, then you might already know that we have some exciting news! But for those of you who are not, we have some wonderful (and somewhat sad) news to share!!

After a lot of prayer and consideration, High Hopes owner Tina and her daughter Bethany have sold the business to our very own Diva Karen and her husband Guy!!

For years Bethany put her plans and education on the back burner so that she could help work and grow High Hopes with her mother. But the time has come for her to put her focus back to her education and family.

This is what Tina posted on facebook...
Wishing all our friends and family the Happiest of New Years! We are excited to share the news that High Hopes Rubber Stamps has new Owners, Guy and Karen. Many of you know Karen, and know she has been a High Hopes "Diva" for many years now. She has been very dedicated to the line and instrumental in it's success as she has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help promote HH and our artists. Guy brings with him a great sense of humor, a huge heart and understated charm. His knowledge of all things mechanical and his love of woodworking will be great assets to the company as they jump into this new adventure!
Bethany and I will continue on in support of the company as we both pursue other challenges and adventures as well. It's going to be exciting to watch High Hopes grow in the New Year, and to watch Guy and Karen realize all the joy that we had in getting to know our customers (friends), and in releasing the new art...and seeing the inspired creations that you all make using those stamps! May God Bless you all in the New Year!~ and we hope you keep in touch with us as well!!~ XOXOXO~ Tina and Bethany

Although we are sad that Tina and Bethany's High Hope reign has ended, we are thrilled and excited to have Karen as our new "boss"!! And we can't wait to get to work with Guy as well!

We are also happy that Bethany will be able to focus her energy on her school, family, and future!! We will miss working with you so much, Bethany (*sniff, sniff*), but we wish you the best with everything you do!!

Tina hasn't allowed us to say goodbye to her because....
she is now one of the High Hopes Divas!!
Yes, that's right - Tina will now have the time to actually use the stamps that she spent so much time developing!! We are so thrilled to be able to continue to work with Tina and look forward to her wonderful creations! :-)

And last, but definitely not least, we can't think of a better person to take over the reins of High Hopes than Karen and her husband! Karen has been part of the High Hopes family since as long as I can remember and she is a perfect fit to be the new owner!

Karen and Guy, we are so happy for you and will do everything we can to help you make High Hopes the best stamp company ever!!

To celebrate, we are having some candy over at our Facebook page!

If you are on facebook, come on over and join our group!
All of our new FB friends will be entered into a special candy!
And we will have a separate candy for all of our existing friends as well!

Won't you help us spread the word?
If your on facebook, would you mind mentioning our candy?!
We are finally back with a new challenge!! Have you missed us?

We have one more change here as well...
Beginning this week we are going to increase our challenges to 3 times per month.
The 4th week of the month will be a Tutorial Post.
The challenge before the Tutorial will be open for 2 weeks, but the rest of the challenges will only be open for 1 week - so more challenges means more chances to win!

Our new challenge is: Winter Wonderland
Let's see some sort of winter or snow related card or project.

Just remember that you MUST use a High Hopes image to be entered into the challenges.

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

And now let's check out the fabulous Diva's cards...

Tina using Moriah

Now it's your turn!
The challenge runs through Jan 23rd.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January Monthly Sale

Hello High Hopes Fans!!

We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday!

We have decided to push the next challenge back to next week so that the Divas can recover from the Holiday activities!!

But we are back with a new Monthly Special!!
This month, the sale price will be good through the end of January.

There are 2 sets available this month...

First up, we have a set of 11 Valentine unmounted Stamps illustrated by Laurie Furnell
for only $24.95 (CAD)
That's over 50% off!!
You can purchase this set here.

Here are more samples using a few of these stamps...

Next up is the Valenswine set...
This set includes the two main images, two accent stamps, and 3 sentiments
for only $13.95 CAD (unmounted set).
You can purchase the Valenswine Set here.

Here are these stamps on a few projects...

The sale prices are only available through High Hopes directly and are good through Jan 31st.

We'll be back next week with the challenges.