Friday, March 31, 2017

Birthday Swinger

Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing a bright, fun birthday card featuring 'Lil Swinger from High Hopes Stamps.

I colored this adorable girl with Prisma colored pencils and blended with blending stumps and gamsol.

The patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs.
The ribbon is May Arts.

The little flower is recollections from Michael's.
The sentiment is Happy Birthday Script.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration and that you get some time to stamp this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Craft Store Road Trip

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans! 

I don't know about you but March sure has flown by! I can't believe our month of Anything Goes is almost over - I've had way too much fun playing with these stamps this month. 

For my last post of March I would like to introduce you to a fun stamp called "Off To The Craft Store". I made a slider card so she slides back and forth on the card. 
This stamp is so fun! My son's girlfriend has a "Bug" so guess what stamp I will use for her Birthday card this year but it could also be used for travel, someone getting their licence, buying their first car and so much more!

After the stamp was coloured with alcohol markers, I fussy cut it using manicure scissors. I added Silver Wink of Stella to the wheel spokes, bumpers and door handle and some Glossy Accents to the windshield. The background scene was created with a cloud embossing folder and a cute home on a hill die. I used a slider die to create the space for her to slide back and forth on the card.

I wanted to keep my paper and layout simple to keep the focus on this fun image. The sentiment was created on my computer and some of my fav gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Off To The Craft Store (S215 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Calibri font - computer
Patterned Paper:  Sunny Days Ahead - Echo Park
Watercolour Wash Brights - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento,  White Sugar and Sparkle, Silver Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents - Ranger, mini slider die - YNS, Cute House On A Hill die - YNS, Clouds embossing folder - Darice

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 BG5 BG7 BG10 CR7 CR11 DR6 TN1 EB1 EB2 CT1 CT2 GB4 BT3 BT4 BT5 1G1 1G3 1G5

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link:March Challenge

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Howdy - MichelleO here again today and one more favorite older stamp from High Hopes Stamps! I have been having so much fun going through older stamps! "Herbie" is just too cute for words don't you think?

I have always loved all the country/farm images from High Hopes Stamps - and Herbie with his two blue ribbon chickens is just too cute! I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then cut and rounded the corners. My papers are from Paper Studio Mixer and Match collection, with Kraft card stock and cut a mat with an older Spellbinders die. I inked the edges of everything with Rangers Distress Ink. Sewed down the layers with a zig zag stitch and added a piece of lace. For some added embellishment I dug through the old stash and found four red brads and attached along with some jewelry spacers. Added High Hopes Stamps "Large Fancy Happy Birthday" for my sentiment.

And Copic colors used -

Hope you have enjoyed my card and it gave you a smile. Please do make sure to visit the High Hopes Stamps Web Store HERE and see all the fun!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Busy Mama!

Good Morning!
Look at poor "Busy Mama" from High Hopes Stamps! She has her hands full with all her little bunnies! I'm sure there's a few more hiding behind her skirt that we can't see. 
Easter is around the corner and "Busy Mama" makes the perfect Easter Card! Of course the Doodlebug Easter Express 6x6 collection is perfect too, lots of fun patterns! I paper pieced her apron and pockets for a fun element!
From the side you can see that I popped up the image with some from squares for some extra dimension to my card.
I used the HH "Blessed Easter Script" sentiment.
Copics Used:
C1, C2, C3, W0. B0000
YG23, YG25, R01, R02

Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Interactive Birthday Card*

Hello High Hopes Friends,
I'm back with DIY Interactive Birthday Card today!

I stamped "Cherry Chip Chimp" with Black Archival ink and coloured it with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol & a blending stumps. I added Diamond stickles to his delicious cupcake and Glossy Accent to his eyes & cherri. Once the stickles and glossy accent dry, I fussy cut it leaving a small white border.

I hand cut a tag and used a sentiment called 'You Make Me Smile' from High Hopes Stamps. A few 4mm Sparkling sequins from P.P.P and this gorgeous teal ribbon and this birthday card is all done!

For the inside of my card I'm using the sentiment called 'Happy Birthday Blog'.  Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you all will join us for this fun challenge!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017


Happy Sunday!!

I love the smell of just-baked-cake in the morning.. mmmm..
Well it doesn't matter what time it is, cake is always a good thing ;)

So for today I would like to show you this card made with Kovu's Birthday (with cake!!)
And I also added this great sentiment called Eat Cake.

Supplies used:
Paper: Bazzill Kraft 
Dessinpaper: My Minds Eye
Other: Wonkey Oval Die-namics, buttons

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to bake a cake, hahaha!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dashing through the snow -- High Hopes Stamps

Happy Saturday!
I'm back again with a Winter scene to share. I'm actually getting my Christmas cards ready 
for next year!
This little creation was made with the following stamps....
 The image is coloured with Copic Markers, sewing stitches and some 
Wintery trims to finish the card.  I decided on some silver tinsel and a bell for some
added fun! :) 
Don't forget to enter into March's Challenge "Lets Play Anything Goes".
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Birthday Dude

Happy Friday!

Friday is my day to post on the High Hopes Blog and I have a great Masculine birthday card to share with you.

This card measures 5" x  7" because I made it for one of the guys I work with and we need room for the 20+ people in our department to sign it.

The image is Bob Loves his Motorcycle from High Hopes Stamps.

I colored it with Prisma pencils and blended it with gamsol and blending stumps.

The sentiment is Happy Birthday Script.

The paper was from my scrap folder and is a couple of years old but it's from Hobby Lobby.
The dies are Fitted Frames by Stampendous.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration and that you get some time to stamp this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Egg-stra Special

Welcome back High Hopes Fans!

I had some fun playing with a High Hopes Easter stamp this week. How cute are these two?! 

When we were kids we used to put dye and water into a mug and let the egg sit until it was coloured. There was a special wire handle that came in the kit to put the egg in and out of the mug and fun stickers to decorate the eggs with.

Of course, while we were waiting for the dye we would make a huge mess with everything we weren't using <smile>. I had to use the fun paint splatter paper on this one! This stamp sure brought back some fun memories! 

After the stamp was coloured with alcohol markers, I cut it out using a classic circle die and then cut a scalloped die to go in behind it. The patterned paper pieces were cut to the size I wanted and placed on the card. Antique linen distress ink was put on all of the edges. Some fishtail banner tags were added along with some gumdrops and ribbon to finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Easter Fun (Q023 - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Egg-stra Special (G243) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Party Girl - Photoplay
Watercolour Wash Brights - MFT
 Tuxedo Black ink - Memento, Classic circle die - Spellbinders, Lacey circle die - Spellbinders, Fishtail banner dies - YNS, Antique Linen Distress Ink, White Sugar and Sparkle and Magical Pastel Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: PP1 IG1 1G3 1G5  TN1 EB1 EB2 TN3 TN5 TN6 DG1 CG1 LG2 PP3 PP5 DR3 1B1 1B2 LY1 LY2

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link:March Challenge

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Howdy - MichelleO here again and today and for March we have been looking through some of our past favorite stamps... and I couldn't revisit favorites without one of my very first High Hopes Stamps. And of course it is a DONKEY! This is Brayden... adore him!

Love Brayden!!! He has always reminded me of my first baby donkey Diego. :0) I colored with my copics (colors below) and then cut out with an oval Spellbinders Nestie. I then found an older Heartfelt Die to use as a mat. My papers are from Paper Studio's Country Road collection. I sewed all they layers down with a zig zag stitches. Then I used the a large mulberry flower and Martha Stewart leaves punch centered with "Just Because!"

Copic colors used -

There are so many FABULOUS images at High Hope Stamps. Make sure to visit the store website HERE and see it all.

Thanks so much for looking - 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ally Rose!

Hi HH Fans!
Today I am sharing with you the super cute "Ally Rose" from High Hopes Stamps. She is just so adorable and is in a sitting position so you can add her to whatever you want. I've used her on a fence before but today she is sitting the HH "Blossom Tree Branch" stamp.
I started by stamping her on some Copic XPress-It paper. Then I stamped her onto a Post-It note and fussy cute the image out. Then I put the Post-It note over the image and stamped the tree branch. This  makes Ally Rose look like she is sitting on the branch. Then off you go to colour and finish your card.
The Sentiment is also from High Hopes and is called "Smiling".
Copics Used:
Skin: E00. E11, E21, R20
Hair: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Top & Shoes: R81, R83, R85, R89
Overalls: BG11, BG13, BG34
Branch: E41, E43, E44
Flowers: RV21, RV23, RV25, Y38
Outline: B000

Happy Stamping!