Friday, April 12, 2024

Some birthday wishes from the ocean

 Happy Friday HH Fans!

So I've had this little idea running around in my head for a long while.  I wanted to make a couple of birthday cards for my stash designed around the ocean.  Something bright, cute & fun....these are what I came up with.

The main stamp is our Sea Floor Background & I chose the Sea Turtle and Oliva the Octopus for my two card additional images.  High Hopes has so many different images you can use for an ocean themed card.  Check out the links below for more.

The black frame around the main image is cut using 2 different size rectangle dies.





Copic Combos
Coral (used some of each of these on each card)- RV19, RV17, RV14, YR09, YR07, YR04, V06, V05, V04, BG18, BG15, BG13, V17, V15, V12, RV29, RV25, RV13, BG57, BG07, BG05
Sand (Bottom Card) - E25, E23, E21
Sand (Top Card) - E44, E42, E41
Rocks (Bottom Card) - C5, C3, C1
Shell (Top Card) - V17, V15, V12
Shell (Bottom Card) - Y28, Y26, Y23
Sea Turtle - BG07, BG05, BG02, YR18, YR16, YR15
Octopus - RV04, RV02, RV00
Seaweed - YG09, YG07, YG06


Thanks for poppin' in today & happy stampin'!


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Puppy Birthday

  I have a lot of dog lovers on my birthday card giving list and a lot of them have birthdays coming up over the next few months so I was super excited when "Mr. Moe" was released from the High Hopes Retirement vault! He is one of my favourite stamps - maybe because he reminds me of my dog <wink> - and perfect for a dog lovers birthday card. 





After stamping on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured with Copic markers and hand fussy cut leaving a thin white edge. Honey Bee stamps had the perfect patterned paper for this cutie so I cut the papers to fit my A2 card base and added a grass die cut to complete my scene. I masked the sentiment off a longer sentiment, stamped it, mounted it on matching card stock and added it to the top of the card. Some colored clear dots finish off my card. 


Stamp Recipe
Stamps -  Mr. Moe (SDG015- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment -  Pirates Birthday (F147)
Patterned Paper - Summer Stems, Modern Spring - Honey Bee Stamps

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, grass die - YNS, color clear dots - Gina Marie Designs

Copic Markers

Body - E41 E42 E55 E57
Nose - E23 E25 E27
Flower - Y11 Y15 Y26 G24 G46 G99 R20 R21 R22
Butterfly - E3 E27 YR31 YR35 YR38
Grass - YG03 YG17


Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, April 8, 2024

Lil' Swinger

 Happy Monday HH Fans!

Here in Southern Ontario we have been wondering if Spring is every going to arrive.  We have had a mix of snow, hail & rain over the last week.  The weekend was super nice but you never know what tomorrow will be like lol.

This week I'm bringing another image out of retirement.  This cutie is called Lil' Swinger, isn't she adorable?!

For something a little different than your standard square or A2 size card I decided to cut off a 2" strip on the front of the card.  I was then able to place my matted image in the centre of the card so the side of the image lined up with the edge of the back base.

Copic Combos
Skin - E000, E00, E01
Cheeks - R02, R01
Hair - E30, E33, E35, YR31
Blue/Green - BG09, BG57, BG53
Purple - V06, V05, V04
Rope - E27, E25, E23
Swing Seat - E29, E27, E25
Background - B000, B0000


Thanks for poppin' by today, happy stampin'!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Good Times

 The Dancing Divas have been brought out of the High Hopes retirement vault and are enjoying a night out on the town at a dance hall with a heart shaped disco ball!?!  I have a few friends that when we go out, even when we have planned our evening we always end up somewhere else doing something spontaneous and fun just like the Divas. 

I created a special background for them using inks stencils, water splats and Stickles.



After stamping on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured with Copic markers and hand fussy cut the stamps. I set them aside and chose the ink colours and stencil for the background.

The background was inspired by an image I saw online and when I saw it I decided to put my spin on it with the products I had in my craft room. I started by cutting a white piece of card stock to fit the card base (5.5"w x 5.5"h) - it is cut a bit smaller then the black card stock base and added some die cut circles to mimic the lights. 

I took each ink colour and added it to the paper over top of the circle die cuts (they were removed when I was done) and used some of the darker colours through the stencil to add the dots around the edges. The outside edge is blended with black ink to add to the depth of the card. Next, I sprayed some water on my fingers and spritzed it onto the background. When that was dry I used a different stencil to add the Stickles dots for some added sparkle. 

At this point I was happy with the background......but something was missing! So I found a free silhouette image of people dancing and printed it off. I cut out the inside of the images - this is opposite to normal fussy cutting when you cut the outside - and when that was done, I laid it on my card and using it as a stencil, added them lightly in the background with black ink. 

I added a piece of grey wood patterned paper for the dance floor, inking the edges in black first. I couldn't find a circle "disco ball" in my stash so I ended up using a sparkly heart. After gluing down the Divas, some enamel dots and a sentiment finish off my card. 

Stamp Recipe
Stamps -  Dancing Diva 1 (SDG013), Dancing Diva 2 (SDG014)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment -  Good Times (FDG014)
Patterned Paper - handmade by me

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, heart - stash, wood paper - Simple Stories, white gel pen, silver Wink of Stella, Inks - Rosebud - Memento, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Black Soot Distress inks, Night of Navy Stampin' Up, enamel dots 

Copic Markers

Dancing Diva 1
Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04
Hair - E23 E57 E79
Top - Y11 Y15 Y17 Y35
Pants - B12 B14 B16 B97

Dancing Diva 2 
Skin - E00 E21 E11 E04
Hair - E08 E09 E18
Top - YG01 YG03 YG17
Pants - B95 B97 B99


Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Welcome Little One

 Happy Monday HH Fans!

When I started to working on this image I planned for it to be an Easter card, well it didn't quite work out that way.  This adorable image is called Garden Lamb.  Somewhere between colouring the grass & the little bird I decided to change the theme to a baby card.  I pleased with how it turned out, now I have one in my stash.

Copic Combos
Lamb - T3, T1, T0, T9, T7, T4
Cheeks - R02, R01
Grass - G46, G43, G40
Fence - E47, E44, E43
Bird - B16, B14, B12
Beak & Flower Centres - YR15
Flowers - RV69, RV66, RV63
Leaves - YG03, YG06
Butterfly's - YR15, YR14, YR12, E23
Background - B000, B0000

SuppliesCopic friendly cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping, misc. satin ribbon, Patterned paper Pebbles Lullaby, Bazzil cardstock for matting & base


It's the LAST DAY for our 40% OFF EASTER SALE

Thanks for poppin' in today & happy stampin'!

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Just Married

 Happy Saturday HH Fans,

So yesterday I posted thinking it was Saturday, lol.  It messes me all up when we have a Friday off.  But today really is Saturday or at least I think it is.

Today we are bringing Just Married out of retirement, just in time for Wedding season.  Just love this adorable couple.

I didn't take a picture but on the inside of this card I used the sentiment Hoping Your Day.

I wanted a very simple & clean card but didn't want it all to be white.  I used a stipple brush & Memento Lulu Lavender around the edge of my card to give it some texture.

Copic Combos
Car - N5, N3, N1
Bumper, Grill & Side Light Bracket - C4, C2, C0
Skin - E000, E00, E01
Cheeks - R02, R01
Lights - Y15, Y13, Y11
Man's Hair - E27, E25, E23
Lady's Hair - E37, E25, E33
Black - T9, T7, T6
Purple - BV08, V17, V15
Green - G46, G43, G40
Grounding Under Tires - W6, W4, W2

Supplies - Copic friendly cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping, misc. satin ribbon, mini little stars, Stardust Stickles, YNS & Honey Bee patterned paper, Bazzil cardstock, card base 6 1/4" x 4 1/4", Memento Lulu Lavender ink, stipple brush


Hey don't forget about our HUGE SALE going on now!  Hurry it ENDS MONDAY!!

Thanks for poppin' in today, happy stampin'!

Friday, March 29, 2024

Coffee Divas & BIG SALE!

 Happy Saturday HH fans!

I'm super excited to share one of my favourite images that just coming out of retirement today.  This is Coffee Divas, love these 2 ladies.  I paired this image with a sentiment from our Gnome release call Perfect Blend.

Last year a sweet friend of mine gave me some patterned paper from YNS all coffee themed...I love it.  So happy I had the chance to use it on today's card.


Hey did you see we have a HUGE 40% OFF SALE going on for Easter?!  You don't want to miss this!!
Enter Coupon Code SHOP40 at checkout!

Copic Combos
Left Girl Hair - E35, E33, E31
Right Girl Hair - E39, E37, E35
Right Girl Pink - R85, R83, R81
Chair Seats - E43, E42, E41
Table Top - E44, E43. E42
Left Girl Scarf & Shoes - BG49, BG45, BG15
Left Girl Blouse - BG15, BG13, BG11
Skin - E000, E00, E01
Cheeks & Lips - R02. R01
Table & Chair Legs - W6, W4, W2
Left Girl Glasses - E43, E42
Left Girl Skirt & Coffee in Cups - E29, E27, E25
Grounding, Flower Pot & Coffee Cups - E42, E41, E40

Supplies - Copic friendly cardstock for stamping, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Bazzil cardstock, YNS patterned paper, misc ribbon, Gina Marie enamel dots, white card base 6 1/4" x 4 1/4"


Thanks for poppin' in today & Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

My Favorite

 How adorable are these two!?! My son's fiance loves sloths so when I saw the Sloth Love stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps I knew I had to make a card for her with them. My son may even want this card to give her........but if he doesn't, I will put some birthday wishes inside for her. 


After stamping on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured with Copic markers and hand fussy cut the stamp. I went around the edges with a black marker to get any white I may have missed. An old paper pad from Bo Bunny was perfect for my card design so I cut everything to fit my A2 card base. I used some watercolor paper for the circle background behind them.

All the paper edges were inked with Tea Dye Distress ink before I glued down the layers. The sentiment is one long sentiment but I cut it after stamping it and put it on matching card stock. A cute ribbon bow, some flowers with diamond painting drills in the centre and some enamel dots finish off my card.

The stamp names and links are below but be sure to check out the 40% off Easter Sale going on now! Don't forget the coupon code! Happy Easter.

 
Stamp Recipe
Stamps -  Sloth Love (TDG106)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - My Favorite (FDG047)
Patterned Paper - Watercolor Washes - MFT, Only You - Bo Bunny

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, ribbon, diamond painting drills, Tea Dye Distress ink, flowers, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Bodies -W1 W3 W5 W6 E33 E34 E35 E29 E40 E41 E42
Noses - T2 T4 T6 
Mouths - R20 R21
Claws - E41 E42
Branch - YG61 YG63 YG17



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, March 25, 2024

Puppy Birthday Time

 Happy Monday HH Fans!

We are opening the Retirement Vault again today to bring back Puppy Love.  Now who doesn't love an adorable puppy?!

I wanted to create something a little brighter for this card, it snowed here on Friday and it made me kinda grumpy.  So to brighten my spirits I picked Puppy Love to colour up & share with all of you.  It's hard to believe that it's Spring & we have snow here....gosh what is Mother Nature thinking?

I love that you can't see this puppy's eyes it makes me wonder when the fun chase is going to start with that cute little bird.  Or is he thinking let's be bad together?


Copic Combos
Flower Centres - YR24, YR23, YR21
Flowers - Y19, Y17, Y15
Green - YG17, YG25, YG23, YG21
Bird - Y08, Y06, Y04
Beak - YR15
Dog - E35, E34, E33, E31, E30
Lips - R02, R01
Dog Nose - W5, W3, W1
Shading - B000, B0000

Supplies - Copic friendly cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Polkadoodles Scalloped Swag Die (cut twice - once in brown & once in yellow then layered), Gina Marie In/Out Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, Altnew Enamel dots, Honeybee Gingham Galore Fall patterned paper, White 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base, Bazzil Brown & Yellow cardstock


Thanks for poppin' in today, happy stampin'!




Saturday, March 23, 2024

Turtle Love Birthday

 Happy Saturday HH Fans!

We are opening the Retirement Vault again today to bring back Turtle Love.  These turtles are just too cute for words, don't you think?

I'm just such a huge fan of turtles so this image was just perfect for me to colour up.  I thought this image would make the cutest birthday card...so here I have it all done.

Copic Combos
Girl Turtle - R14, R12, R11, E44, E43, E42, E41
Boy Turtle - B95, B93, B91, W5, W3, W1, W0
Cheeks - R02, R01
Grass - G46, G43, G40
Shading - B000, B0000

Supplies - Copic friendly cardstock for stamping, Memento Tuxedo black ink, Taffeta ribbon, Enamel dots, Spellbinder dies, Bazzil cardstock, Lawn Fawn "Gotta Have Gingham" patterned paper

Stamps - Turtle Love (TDG105) & Happy Birthday Script (FDG028)

Thanks for poppin' in today, happy stampin'!

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Falling For You

 I love when the High Hopes Retirement vault is opened and some of the cutest stamps come back. This week the vault has been opened and the adorable Floating Hedgie is back in the High Hopes line up. It is hard not to smile with him....he is having so much fun! 

We had an old shed in our back yard growing up and my brothers and I had a discussion a few times about using a towel or a blanket to jump off the roof to see if we could fly.......some how I think my Mom is very happy we didn't go through with testing that out! We will leave the cuteness and flying with a blanket to Floating Hedgie I think <wink>


I stamped on alcohol marker friendly paper, coloured with Copic markers and hand fussy cut the stamp. Patterned paper from Mintay, Echo Park and MFT were a perfect combination to create my scene. After cutting the papers to fit the 5.5"x 5.5" base, I added a strip of grass and some flowers to give him a place to land. I added some clouds to the sky and the stamp was added with foam pop dots. The sentiment was stamped, cut and mounted to matching card stock. Enamel dots finish off my card. 

 
Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Floating Hedgie (TDG102)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Falling For You (FDG048)
Patterned Paper - Dots & Stripes - Echo Park, Watercolor Washes - MFT, Background - Wood - Mintay

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, foam dots, grass die - Dress My Craft, flower die - Wildflowers Tim Holtz, cloud die - YNS, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Body -E50 E51 E53 E55 W1 W3 W5 W6
Nose - W1 W3 W5 W6 
Mouth - R20
Blanket - YR21 Y35 Y38 YR14



Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Crazy For You

 The High Hopes retirement vault has opened and these adorable piglets decided they want to come out and be part of the fun. I have a girlfriend who loves pigs and I think this is perfect for her and her significant other. They are perfect for an Anniversary, Valentine's Day or I love you card don't you think?



 After stamping these cuties on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured them with Copic markers and hand fussy cut them. I set them aside and found a patterned paper combination from an Echo Park paper pad meant for babies but they worked perfectly for this pair. I cut them to fit my A2 size card base, cut card stock to fit and glued them down. I added some ribbon before gluing down the centre pieces and did a simple knot instead of a bow. Next I stamped the sentiment, put it on matching card stock and added it to the design. The piglets are added with foam dots. Some die cut hearts and enamel dots finish off my card.

 
Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Kissing Piglets (TDG103)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Crazy For You (FDG049)
Patterned Paper - Baby Girl - Echo Park

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, foam dots, heart die - Elizabeth Craft Designs, ribbon, enamel dots

Copic Markers
Bodies - E01 E02 E95 E04 W0 W1 W3 W5
Grass - YG01 YG03 YG17 G28
Bow - BG72 BG75 B97


Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, March 18, 2024

Monday Makes - Let's Do Easter Week 5

 Happy Monday HH fans!

Welcome to my final post of Monday Makes Let's Do Easter, so happy you could join me this week!

Who out there is a gnome freak?  My hand is high up in the air....I LOVE gnomes, especially the cute ones.  Not fussy on the ones with the pointed ears that look mean lol.

This week I chose Easter Gnome...love that big carrot he is holding.  I have paired this image with a simple but bolder Happy Easter sentiment.

I kept the card design pretty simple...and...oh gosh NO RIBBON, that's a wozzers for me.

Copic Combos
Blue - B16, B14, B12, B000
Gnome Beard/Face & Bunny - W2, W1, W0
Grounding - W3, W2, W0
Shading - B000, B0000
Green - G46, G43, G40
Nose - E000, E00, E01
Brown - E34, E33, E31
Ears & Mouth - R02, R01, R00
Carrot - YR24, YR23, YR14, YR12

Supplies - Patterned Paper Whimsy Stamps "Eggstra Bunnies", Lawn Fawn "Gotta Have Gingham", Gina Marie Enamel Dots, Gina Marie In/Out Square Dies, Stickles "Start Dust", Copic Friendly Cardstock for stamping, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Bazzil Cream & Beige cardsock, Card base 5 /12" x 5 /12"


Thank you so much for poppin' in & I hope today's post has given you a little inspiration to create your own adorable card.

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Love is in the air!

Happy Friday HH Fans!

Today I'm opening the Retirement Vault to re-release an image I miss so much.  This cutie is called Love Birds & is designed by Dina Gerner.  It's perfect for an anniversary, wedding or just to say I love you.  For my card today I have paired Love Birds with our sentiment called My Favorite.

Have you every thought about why you make cards?  In today's fast-paced world, where digital communication dominates, there's something truly special about receiving a handmade card.  Each card is crafted with love and care, these tangible tokens carry not just a message, but a piece of my heart.  That's why I do what I do.  Leave me a comment & let me know why you make cards.

For this card I decided to dust off my Distress Inks, I haven't used them in such a long time.  I created the background on the card base with my ink blending tool using Mustard Seed & Broken China.  I love how blending the yellow & blue created a almost perfect match to the green in the leaves.


Copic Combos
Branch - E39, E37, E35
Leaves - YG09, YG07, YG06
Bird on the left - Y08, Y06, Y04
Bird on the right - B24, B23, B21
Background - B000, B0000

Misc supplies - Memento Tuxedo black in for stamping, Copic friendly cardstock, A2 size card base, Distress Inks Mustard Seed & Broken China, Ink Blending Tool, yellow satin ribbon, Bazzil Parakeet cardstock, YNS Stitched Rectangle dies


Thanks for poppin' by today & don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know why you make cards.

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Lazy Daisy Gift Set

 We have had a lot of spring type weather where I live. Normally we are covered in a ton of snow at this time of year, but this year we have had a lot of sun and double digit temperatures. It feels like spring and spring to me means flowers!! 

I planted some daffodil bulbs in the summer and they have started to come up already! I am hoping the little bit of snow and freezing temperatures we had on the weekend don't kill them but somehow I think they will be alright. The new daffodils and a tulip coming up inspired my cards for this week. I decided to do a card gift set featuring the Lazy Daisy Lady Bug stamp and a number of sentiments from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. Am I the only one ready to see some spring flower beauty in the flower beds? 



After stamping the image 5 times on alcohol marker friendly paper, I coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out using a square die. Next, I grabbed my Misti and some of my favourite High Hopes sentiment and stamped each daisy with it's own sentiment. Truth be told, the two smaller Just A Note cards are the result of a sentiment I masked off that I didn't stamp straight, so I trimmed them down to create two smaller cards. I wanted to keep the design clean and simple for this set and added them to a piece of black card stock. There are three 4.5" x 4.5" cards and two approximately 4" x 3.25" cards in this set and I am hoping someone in my life will be able to use them. 

 
Stamp Recipe
Stamps - Lazy Daisy Lady Bugs (J111)- High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - You Make Me Smile (FDG015), Sending Smiles (G276), Just A Note (DLL003) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps


Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hammermill Digital Cover Card Stock, black card stock, square die

Copic Markers
Stem - YG01 YG03 YG17
Centres - Y11 Y15 YR23
Petals - C0 C1 C2
Lady Bugs - T2 T4 T6 R05 R17 R39
Outline - B000


Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!

Monday, March 11, 2024

Monday Makes - Let's Do Easter Week 4

 Happy Monday HH Fans!

Welcome to Monday Makes Let's Do Easter Week 4, we are so happy you could join us!

This week I have chosen Bunny Masterpiece because it reminds me of when my children were young & we had a ball colouring Easter eggs.  Oh and this little mishap below....

One year my daughter decided she was going to do her eggs all on her own.  I happened to be out that day & she was with Daddy.  So Daddy thinks she's having fun in her toy room playing.  He doesn't think...hmmm seems pretty quite in the house...nope!  I come home to find my daughter covered in paint, thankfully water based, from head to toe.  I can't even tell you how bad the toy room looked.  My girl was so proud of her creations and I have to say they looked a lot better than her or the room.  The problem wasn't the mess I had to clean up, it was that she used fresh eggs.  Easter was a month away, I didn't think they would keep that long.  Well we gave it a go & they made it for Easter...but as soon as Easter was over they were gone to the compost bin.  I wish I had the pictures of the mess & the eggs it would have been great to share with this little story.  Needless to say we went with hard boiled after that & made them a few days before Easter lol.


Copic Combos
Grass - YG63, YG25, YG23
Bunnies Grey - C2. C1. C0
Paint Brushes (hardware part) - C4, C3
Ears & Noses - R02, R01, R00
Yellow - Y38, Y35, Y32
Blue - B16, B14, B12
Pink - R85, R83, R81
Purple - V25, V22, V20
Egg - YR01, YR00, YR000
Shading - B000, B0000

Supplies - Patterned Paper Whimsy Stamps "Eggstra Bunnies", Bazzil White Cardstock, Purple Satin Ribbon, Sizzix Dotted Square Dies, Altenew Enamel Dots "Warm & Cozy", Stickles "Star Dust", Copic friends cardstock for stamping, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Card base 5 /12" x 5 1/2"


Hope to see you next Monday for my final Monday Makes Let's Do Easter!

Happy Stampin'!