Thursday, November 30, 2023

Warm Cocoa Wishes

 As I am typing this, we are getting a wet snow and rain mix. Over night and for the next two days they are calling for snow. As kids the first snowfall was always so exciting! When we would get snow days from school when there was a snow storm there was nothing like bundling up in our snow suits and spending the day outside playing. When we were soaked through and cold we would go in the house and have a hot cup of hot chocolate. My card this week features Cocoa Gnome and brings back all of these wonderful memories. And now.......I think I need a cup of hot chocolate.....

After colouring the stamp with Copic markers, I cut it out using a circle die. I cut a piece of card stock to go behind it with a circle cutter because I like a thinner card stock edge then the next larger die gives me. I set that aside and found some paper from Echo Park. 

To create the card base I folded a 5.5" x 5.5" in half and then opened it up and cut one side in half again. Next I cut card stock and patterned paper to fit the "flap" and inside of the card. I have added a piece of white card inside to include a message to the recipient. I stamped the sentiment and tucked it along the edge the piece of patterned paper with the ribbon on it. To finish the card I added the circle to the flap and put some enamel dots in the corners.

Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Cocoa Gnome (TDG005)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Bold Winter Wishes (H098) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps

Patterned Paper - Winter - Echo Park
Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, circle die, ribbon, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Skin - E00 E21 E11
Packages - E30 E31 E43
Gingerbread - E34 E35 E27 R17 R24 R39
Hat - B34 B37 B39 B91 B93 B95 
Bow - B91 B93 B95
Marmallows/Beard - C1 C2 blender
Mug - E40 E41 E42
Candy - E30 E34 R17 R24 R39

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, November 27, 2023

Woodland Stocking

Howdy - MichelleO here today -

Back again with a Christmas Card for High Hopes Stamps - This image is so sweet and great for your cards! This is Woodland Stocking -  love the country feel of this image!


I have also been testing myself to use some non traditional colors lately. So for this one I found some scraps from my stash, and went with the colors of the animals and then loved the blue and lime green the rust color. So off to the coloring to match! 

The pattern papers have a kraft card stock feel to them, so that is what I used for the base of the card. Sewing things down with a zig zag stitch. The sentiment is also from High Hopes Stamps. "Scripty Merry Christmas"  A favorite as it works with so many types of images. To finish it off a few enamel dots

 Copic colors below-

Different - yes, but I think I like it. I know I love the image. Country adorable! 

For LOTS and LOTS of image to have fun with click HERE to pop right over to the High Hopes Stamps Web store. 


Thursday, November 23, 2023

Holiday Cheer

  Back in my happy place this week making Christmas cards. I have a lot of friends and family who love penguins and High Hopes has so many adorable penguin stamps it is hard to choose which one to use. This week I decided Penguin Family is perfect for one of the penguin lovers on my card cute is this family!

I coloured up this adorable family with Copic markers. I cut down the sides of paper and then traced the edge of a die to create the border at the bottom and cut it with a pair of scissors. I did the same for the card stock behind it but decided to off set it for a different look. Next I cut patterned paper from Echo Park to fit my card base and added a small strip at the top to add some interest. The sentiment was masked off from a larger sentiment, stamped, cut and mounted on matching card stock. To finish off my card I added some twine, a snow flake, enamel dots and Star Dust Stickles to the hats and ear muffs. 

Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Penguin Family (TT057)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Holiday All Year (H200) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Jingle All The Way - Echo Park
Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, snowflake die - Memory Box, enamel dots, twine

Copic Markers
Bodies - T5 T7 T8
Hats/Ear Muffs - YG01 YG03 YG17 R17 R24 R27 R39
Beaks/Feet - Y11 Y15 17
Shading - C0 C1 
Igloo - B000 B00 B01

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

All that is dear!

 Happy Tuesday HH fans!

Today's I'm sharing our sweet image called Gingerbread Friends which I have combined with the sentiment All That Is Dear on the inside.

I love making Gingerbread cookies & houses too BUT I can't eat any of it.  Sadly I'm allergic to every spice that goes into making them.  My children & husband too can always enjoy the bounty so that's a good thing.

I tried to keep up with my non-traditional colours for Christmas again with this card.  I have quite a bit of patterned paper in my stash that fits the bill lol.  

This is the inside of the card.  I made sure the image on the front fully overlapped the back so you couldn't see the sentiments right away.

Copic Combos
Red - R46, R37, R24
Brown - E35, E24, E33, E31
Gingerbread Boy & Girl - Dark Blue/Green - BG78, BG75, BG72
Gingerbread Boy & Girl - Light Blue Green - BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01
Shading & Grounding - BG01, BG000, BG0000
Cheeks - R02, R01, R00
Candy Stick - R02, R01
Grey - C4, C2, C0

Misc. Stuff - Patterned Paper Sweet Christmas from Holland, American Craft Hot Cocoa, Cardstock Red & Dark Kraft, Frosted Lace Stickles, Satin Ribbon & Enamel Dots

Thanks for poppin' by today, happy stampin'!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Goliath Christmas Mouse

Howdy - MichelleO here today and I am not ready for it to be time for Christmas. This year has been a blur! But that doesn't mean it isn't coming fast. So time to color up some Christmas cards. And this little image from High Hopes Stamps is just to cute and too perfect for a sweet card for a friend! This is Goliath Christmas Mouse

Colors and patterns are a little non traditional. But I just loved the soft red, and greys. And the circles worked well with me kie cutting out the little mouse! 
Goliath is colored with my Copics (colors below) and then added sparkle with Nuvo glitter pen. And Nuvo white for his tie on beard. He is just so cute! I cut him out with a circle and then matted with a stitch circle. My papers are from Sassafrass and I just adore the scallop edge that is made on the paper. All sewn down with a straight black thread. 
The sentiment is from High Hopes Stamps "Merry Christmas" and punches out perfectly with an EK Success ticket punch. 

Simple but sweet! 

Copic colors used - 

For more fabulous images to play with for your holiday cards click HERE to pop straight over to the High Hopes Stamps Web store!

Thanks so much!  

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Don't Worry Be Happy

  I am taking a break from my what feels like a never ending to do list for Christmas cards to have some fun with Mr. Frog from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. He just makes me smile....looking kind of innocent but happy at the same time, its hard not to smile with him. I was listening to the radio while I crafted and while I was trying to figure out a sentiment to put with him a song came on that I not only could not get out of my head but inspired the sentiment I chose using words from two different sentiments.

After colouring this cutie with Copic markers, I hand fussy cut him and ran a black marker around the edge to get any white I had missed. I decided to get in touch with my CAS (clean and simple) side for this card design. I cut some matching patterned paper with fishtail banner dies and layered them for Mr. Frog to sit on. 
Next, I picked two sentiments that I only wanted a few words from, masked them off and stamped them. This took a couple tries to be honest but I am happy with how it turned out. Some enamel dots finish off my card. 

Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Mr. Frog (SLF037)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Dont Worry (FDG021), Be Happy (GG040) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Water Color Wishes - Rainbow - Lawn Fawn, Water Color Wash - Brights - MFT, Perfectly Plaid - Spring - Lawn Fawn

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, fishtail banner dies, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Body - YG25 G24 G28 
Spots - YG01 YG03 YG17

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Sharing some Candy Cane Wishes

 Happy Tuesday HH Fans!

I'm popping in today to share some Candy Cane Wishes with Snowy's Cup.

This year I seem to be into the browns & non-traditional Christmas colours.  Don't know why but it just seems to be how things are coming together.

I'm a huge fan of Snowmen, are you?

Copic Combos
Brown - E37, E35, E34, E33, E31
Nose & Buttons - T8, T6, T4
Holly - G28, G24, G21
Cheeks - R000, R0000
Red - R59, R39, R37
Shading (Bottom of Cup) - T3, T1, T0
Shading (Snowman) - B000, B0000

Misc. Stuff - American Craft patterned paper, Bazzil Vanilla & Red cardstock, Stickles, Enamel Dots, Satin Ribbon

Hope you enjoy today's post, happy stampin'!

Monday, November 13, 2023

Santa in Chimney

Howdy- MichelleO here today! We are getting really close to Christmas! This year has just flown by! Have you started your Christmas Cards yet? High Hopes Stamps has so many fun fun fun images to play with and make your cards perfect for you family and friends. 

This week I pulled out Santa in Chimney! I just love the magic how Santa pops down that Chimney!


I colored Santa with my Copics (colors below) and then cut him out. While digging for some Christmas papers I found some older Graphic 45 papers that I knew would be great to pop ole' Santa onto! Perfect Winter Background sky! And loved that vintage Santa pattern as well, so I sewed them together with a zig zag stitch, then stuck Santa down leaving a little bit of base at the chimney to add some Nuvo White paint for my snowy roof top! 

Now Santa... he needed a little more magical bling so some Nuvo glitter paint on his fur trim was perfect addition. The sentiment, also from High Hopes Stamps, I one of my favorites! "Celebrate the Magic of Christmas" It is just the sentiment to use with our mystery of magic on how Santa gets down those chimneys! I punched it out with an EK Success punch then did a faux red mat with a Copic marker. 

Love how this one came out. Wasn't sure about the black card stock base, and zig zag thread. But I love how it makes everything else pop once all together!

Copic colors used -


To see all the fun at High Hopes Stamps and get your perfect image for this years cards - click HERE to get there fast! LIKE MAGIC! 

Thanks so much!


Sunday, November 12, 2023

It's Ugly Sweater Time!!!

 Happy Sunday HH fans!!

Well I'm not usually here on the blog on a Sunday BUT I just couldn't wait to share my Ugly Sweater Time card with you.

So I started colouring this cutie and AFTER I finished I realized that again the papers I chose weren't going to work.  So this image has been sitting on my desk since last week.  I went on to colour a couple of other images, all the while thinking about what I was going to do with my Gnome.  Oh by the way...I LOVE gnomes, the cute kind not the creepy kind lol.  Mid colouring of another image I had an idea...just go with a couple of brown patterned paper I said to myself.  This is what I came up with, hope you like it.

I'm a huge fan of ugly sweaters at Christmas....I can't say my husband and kids are fans though.

Copic Combos
Red - R59, R56, R46
Blue - B18, B16, B14
Boots - N6, N4, N2
Brown (Hat & Gnome) - E27, E25, E23
Brown (Reindeer) - E25, E23, E21
Skin - E000, E00, E01, E11
Shading & Beard- N3, N1, N0
Needles - N6

Misc Stuff - Patterned Paper Honey Bee "Farm Fresh Holiday" & "Gingham Galore", Bazzil Brown & Blue, Enamel Dots & Stickles Glitter

Thanks for poppin' by & happy stampin'!

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Merry Wishes

 I am still working away at my Christmas card to do list and this week I decided to do a card featuring Polar Bear Family from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I have not used this stamp in a while so when I saw it I decided it was perfect for one of my cards this year. 

I coloured the stamp using Copic markers and cut it out with a circle die. Patterned paper from Echo Park was the perfect match for this adorable family. I cut the wood paper to fit the 5.5 x 5.5 inch base and cut the matching snowflake paper with a fishtail banner die. Next, I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a circle die, added it to a matching card stock base and set it aside. I cut a snow bank with a stitched edge die and added some die cut trees from Memory Box. Once all of the pieces were glued down I added the stamped image and sentiment. Some sparkly snowflakes from a snowflake border, enamel dots and a bow finish off my card. 

Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Polar Bear Family (TLF005)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - We Wish You (FF045) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Jingle All The Way - Echo Park

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, stitched hills die - Whimsy Stamps, circle die, fishtail banner die, snowflake border die - Whimsy Stamps, ribbon, tree dies - Memory Box, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Hats & Scarves - R24 R27 R37 R59 E30 E31 E35
Feet - RV10 RV11
Cheeks - R20
Shading - C1

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Snomans Cup of Love

 Hey Happy Tuesday HH Fans!

It's starting to get a tad cold out now & it just makes me think of a cup of hot coffee or hot cocoa.  I picked Snowmans Cup of Love for my card this week.

I was thinking a little rustic when I coloured this cutie up.  After colouring him my chosen patterned paper just didn't work with the theme so I changed it up to this plaid from Memory Box.  That Memory Box pad is starting to get low, I will be looking for more of it soon.

I'm not sure if anyone else who colours with Copic's finds it challenging to match the E89, E87 combo with other colours.  I know I do.  After some experimenting I chose the darker YG's & I quite like the look.  What do you think?

That beautiful lace ribbon has been in my stash for years, so happy if worked well with this adorable Snowman.

Copic Combos
Shading Blue - B000, B0000
Shading Gray - W6, W4, W2
Green - YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91
Brown/Green - E89, E87, E84, E81
Cup - W6, W4, W2, R00, R000, E23, E21
Cheeks - R00, R000

Misc. Stuff - Crystal Stickles, Glitter Enamel Dots, YNS Stitched Rectangle Dies, Lace Ribbon, Honey Bee Gingham Galore "Holiday", Memory Box "Woodsy Plaid", Dark Kraft American Craft Cardstock, Ivy Bazzil Cardstock, Copic friendly cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thanks for popping by today!
Happy Stampin'

Monday, November 6, 2023

Angel Bear Scarecrow

Howdy - MichelleO here today and I am excited... Fall is here and I love coloring fall images. Today for High Hopes Stamps I pulled out Angel Bear Scarecrow.   

Love how much is going on in this image. The bear is adorable especially with the angel wings. The fun straw hat with flower, crows on his shoulders, turkey hiding behind him and then the pumpkin sitting out front. Fun to color with my Copics (colors below) and then added Nuvo glitter pen to the wings because wings have to have sparkle. 

Found some older Basic Grey paper in my stash that I layered up on a kraft card stock base. No sewing this time as my machine is really acting up. Why is it I feel like I just didn't finish my card without my sewing?? 

The sentiment is also from High Hopes Stamps "Happy Fall Y'all" I created a faux border in orange with a Copic marker. Then digging around I found just enough orange enamel dots to add to the sides. I really need to stock my stash as my color choices are getting low. LOL 

Copic colors I used -

Fun fall card and fun to create. For you to have some fun pop over to the High Hopes Stamps Web Store HERE and fall for lots of fun! 

Thanks so much! 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Christmas Snooze

  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my craft room. I have a lot of cards to get done. I have quite a few men and young men on my card giving list so this card has more of a masculine feel to it for one of them. This card features Friends Snooze from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.....I am thinking this must be after Christmas dinner - I always feel like I need a snooze afterwards - smile.

After colouring the stamp with Copic markers, I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die. I set it aside, stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a matching stitched die since I had them out. I found some patterned paper from Carta Bella and Photo Play to create my background. 
After gluing down the wood paper, I cut three 1.75 inch x 5 inch strips, mounted them on card stock and added pieces from an icicle border. The finished card size is 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches. I glued them down, added the stamped image after I had put it off set on to card stock and glued the sentiment down in the corner. Enamel dots finish off my card. 

Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Friends Snooze (TDG013)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Merry Christmas (FDG008) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper - Not A Creature Was Stirring - Photo Play, Farmhouse Christmas - Carta Bella

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, stitched rectangle die, icicle border die - Impression Obsession, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Bear - E43 E44 E47 E49 T4 T6 T8 R12 R00
Scarves and Hat - R05 R17 YR18
Bird - Y11 Y17 BG11 BG32 BG13 BG18
Snow - B000 B00
Branches - G85

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!