Discover High Hopes Rubber Stamps

I apologize ENABLER ALERT !!!! haha

This is a company that is totally new to me, I discovered them on Twitter and they have some adorable stamps…. they also have a challenge..and we all know how much we love challenges AND new goodies.  More info  on the challenge and how to get the free digital stamp  so you can join in at the bottom of this post  If you are new to this company too, this is a fab way to  join in and maybe win some of these rubber stamps if you are interested in trying them out.


I was having a quick browse around and thought I would share some of the ones that caught my eye.  As most of you regulars know by now, I have a son who is 5 tomorrow ( Where did time go) and we plan to homeschool.  Creativity is a huge part of our learning process and the lil guy LOVES to craft.  That being said I am always on the lookout for  things for him to use and also things that can be used in “school” projects…. hey no one said education had to be boring… lol.

One of the first things that caught my eye were the backgrounds; these are perfect for both of us, both for card making and  adding visuals to  stories and essays etc  later on as he learns to write his own stories.

I love backgrounds, but I am pretty picky  and most of the ones I have are  digital .. but I love these..

Forest Background T057

Treasure Map T054

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and then of course we have fairies ..  sorry Merrie haha.. There are so many cool stamps at this store.. they come in foam mounted and unmounted.  Categories galore… oh dear this could get me in trouble if the little guy sees these…No crafty budget right now.. but if he sees Dragons…. oh my !

 
I will be adding this one into  the  tab above for stamps.. it is currently called DIGIS.. but I think I need to update it to STAMPS, since I  am finding more and more cute stamp companies who do physical stamps…  So expect to see that updated soon.

 


ok I promised you  details on the High Hopes March challenge..so here they are.

For your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  

You can enter this challenge to win rubber stamps using  the free digital stamp provided, if you do not currently own any High Hopes stamps. There is a link to the freebies, you have two to choose from.  You must use a High Hopes Image.   Check the High Hopes Challenge post for more details and links to the free images.

I hope some of you join in, I think I will have a go at this one.. maybe see if my little guy wants to enter too…. he is a crafting machine lately  LOL

LDRS Happy Mail – $1 Clearance Rubber Stamp deals

Now lets me just say.. not ALL of these LDRS Creative stamps were $1 clearance stamps before anyone goes to look for one and finds it is full price.  I did pick up a few full prices ones using the 25% Kit & Clowder Group discount which was running last weekend… but most all of these were $1 clearance stamps.  There are some still left.. so if you love a great deal.. you should definitely check out what they still have before it’s all gone. I originally ordered two of the London stamps with the intention of gifting one of them to someone, but alas they were out of stock so only sent one and a refund was issued..sorry .. I’m keeping that one lol.

I’m one of those who really likes to see stamps physically before buying, but these were such a great deal..it was worth a shot.  I loved these so much when they arrived..I ordered 11 more lol. They are mostly unmounted, but  the two Dove Art Studio stamps are mounted and what I thought was really cool… the mount has the image on it too so you can see it through the Acrylic blocks  🙂

The unmounted ones I just popped some Zig 2 way glue on.

My Treasure Chest Freebies arrived…. impressed !

Last month I picked up some extra freebies when I got my latest batch of CraftsUPrint cut files. They have an offer that allows you to choose 15….yes FIFTEEN freebies from the Treasure Chest when you spend £15 or more. Well actually.. guess what?  I just saw they made it even better, it’s now available if you spend £10 or more.  I am  not sure how long that extra offer is available…. so check it  out.

Now to be fair; not only were they offering these freebies, but since it was a phsyical product.. they also offered FREE SHIPPING. Shipping is a huge roadblock for a lot of International buyers… so WOOT for Free Shipping.

Well they arrived this past week, but I confess… I hadn’t checked my mail for a few day..* cough a week lol.

I had two packs in the mail, from two separate orders….so 30 sheets in total. Now I will be honest, I wasn’t really expecting it to be anything great….  It’s a freebie …. right!   Well I was pleasantly surprised; not only were the sheets all full A4 sheets, the quality is not half bad.  I just grabbed them thinking my 4 year old might have fun with them… but I might have to snag a few of these for myself lol.

You get to choose the 15 sheets you want to, it’s not just a random pick they send you. There was a mix of  no cut Decoupage sheets and sticker sheets, so I grabbed a bit of both.
The designs are pretty cute, so if you make “cute” cards… you will like these.  

Cute critters; bears, badgers and hedgehogs and some of them come with various gold foiled sentiments too.  I picked up a few humorous  sheets too and kids decoupage designs..like elephants, dragons and knights..  then I grabbed some sticker sheets.  A really nice mix of designs to add to the stash for me and the lil guy.

For a bonus Freebie… I am suitably impressed and would definitely grab more if the  offer is still on when I grab more cut files.  You can check out the current Treasure Chest offerings here Treasure Chest

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Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

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Kit & Clowder Blog

 

 

Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

Interior Architect

 

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What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs

Who are you?

Andrea Norris – SheepSki Designs


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SheepSki Designs

SheepSki Designs Digital Stamps Facebook Group

Sheepski Designs Blog

 

 

 

Where are you? 

Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I’ve always drawn, I remember sitting outside the local library when I was a kid with my sketch book.  I managed to tackle digital drawing properly in December 2015 when my dad told me to try an iPad app (everything else digital was so weird and disconnected) I produced my first “real” digital drawings in January 16 when my fellow DT at Outlawz didn’t have any images to work with for the month so I did some.  I opened my shop in February 2016

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Hmmm… well I sold a few watercolour paintings when I was in my 20’s but I haven’t any pictures of those.  On my Etsy store it was Annabell

 

 

 

 

 

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I still have my job I’m an accountant Zzzzzz….

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My hubby, family and close friends – how do you put up with me being like Tigger!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Jack Skellington

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

ProMarkers, and craft knife – definitely essential

 

How long have you been in business?

Since February 2016 – I’m an infant compared to most.  I’m probably one of the few that uses a lot of other artists materials and still work on other artists design teams

 

What’s your favorite color?

PINK!! Have you not seen my blog – LOL!

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

Now that’s a difficult one.  I think I’ll have to pick one of my newest creations – little Morpheus is just so cute

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Life and nature around me around me we live on an incredible planet full of wonders

 

How many people work with/for you?

No one directly, I have no design team yet I may be looking for DT soon 😉

 

Name your favourite cartoon?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I had two geography (although it was the geology side I wasn interested in) and maths.  Funny that much later in life I did a degree in geology and ended up an accountant

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I have four already and thought i’d better stop there 😀
My last one was a mouse on my ankle

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My drive, determination and loyalty are my best – worst not telling 😉

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

April 2016 I went to the Lake District with my hubby hiking

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

God yes when do we go

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

Er… never played but I know the game so I’d probably be Mrs PINK in the dining room…..

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

Dracula

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Nope but I sing in the car – no one can here me there – ha ha!

 

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What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

So far Becca but there are a few close runners

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I still have my day job and unfortunately and I can’t see me ever giving that up.  I would have loved to have been a marine biologist though

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Oooo my hubby / or my mum / or my friend Diane.

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween – I love all the spookyness (is that a word)

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Yes definitely but I’d have to learn to do the under water bit first

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes, I met a guy who signed for the deaf – incredibly interesting guy but definitely NOT my type

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading a good book, I hardly ever get to read these days

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Restless soul beware of haunting – LOL!!

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If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

Yes definitely, chance in a lifetime.  I think I’d leave Rudolf up there to see if I can see his grin

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

What does gracefully mean?

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

To sketch out the idea usually about half an hour, it’s the tidying up that takes hours after.  I’m such a messy drawer

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

I have various views because I sit at home, work and in my car, none of them are very exotic.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Children Robert Miles

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

Definitely my parents

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

There creativity and talent, there are so many amazingly talented people out there

 

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Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

That’s got to be Flamenco – I’m a dancer and this one is the closest one or Lilly I love the serene peace of this image and crave it

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If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Jaguar E-Type

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Hmmmm not sure I’d change it – I just wouldn’t be me!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

Love the 80’s and 90’s

 

Favorite quote?

I’ll sleep when I’m dead

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bread and olives – I could so live off that, and Lindt Chilli Chocolate and ginger covered with chocolate 😀

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

That’ll be Strawberry Season, but mostly because of how I coloured it, the strawberries just look amazing 😀

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Strawberry Season

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Strawberry Season – colored

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Quick Birthday Card – Scrapper’s Delights Draco

Sometimes you just need a super quick, but fun card. Scrapper’s Delights Draco is one of those images that you can use for a variety of fun messages. He has this expression that just lends itself to sarcastic retorts…. or maybe that is just my warped mind. What I love about this collection is the pre-shading make him a super quick color …IF you want him to be.

This one is a super quick, 4 color pencil card… and my home made alcohol blender pen. No need to be delicate with this.. so if your coloring isn’t fabulous.. or you haven’t even started yet. This is something you can easily do and get results with, it doesn’t call for perfection at all with this technique.

Color in roughly and blend it to death.. there are no lines that have to be stayed in.. you can blend right out of them if you want to… yeah fab project for kids lol.

I just added the sentiment and borders… printed him and slapped some color on…. blended …. inked edges …. foam mounted him onto a card with some Zig Photo Tape. VOILA !!!

Picking out a font probably took longer than coloring and assembling this card LOL.
So here he is .. this is Draco 1 from Scrappers Delights …scrappers_fossil_spotlight_wmd

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Store: www.scrappersdelights.com

Facebook Group: Scrappers Delights*

Challenge Blog : Scrappers Delights Challenge Blog

 

 

Challenges  entered:

Alcohol, pencils and a cute dino = bad humor :)

I was playing around with the pencils again on this cute new release from Scrapper’s Delights.  His name is “Gus” …. the inside of the card, reads “I figured if anyone would know.. it would be YOU!”

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Gus comes in two forms, you can use him as a dragon..or a dinosaur which is a fabulous deal.   He’s a fab image for an older person…. or  kids… heck everyone loves dino’s and dragons.. right?

Love this little character, only thing is I think I should have left the shading off from around the sentiment… I changed track part way through and I don’t think that worked out so well..  maybe a redo in the future to see.  But I love playing with the pencils and alcohol…and I can definitely see more Gus in my future.. and definitely have to try him as a dragon too.

It’s another one of those cards that really looks better in person…he’s really rather cute:)

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Challenges: TBD

 

BRAND NEW TODAY Scrapper’s Delight New Releases

Lookie what just hit the Scrapper’s Delights Store… NEW RELEASES  2 sets of brand new image themes…and the cutest lil guy ever!!  He is so coming home with me 🙂

First off there are these fab Eskimo inspired images…. see store for complete collection

 

…..then they have these fun jungle images too, see store for complete collection

 
and let’s not forget this adorable guy..I soooo have to get Gus.. he is too piggin cute

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February Kit & Clowder Create & Learn Class available now

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Kit and Clowder – February Create & Learn Class



WOW…..  all the hints in the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group about this months class had me super excited….BUT it didn’t prepare me for the real thing.   I am so excited to have a go at this months classes.  I see a few late nights in my future LOL.



Featuring images from the fabulous Molly Harrison at The Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison.  Her Etsy store is filled with fantastic images of fairies and dragons and …Witches.  I know I’ll be grabbing a bunch of Witches for my  witchy pals.





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And let’s not forget this months bonus..Free background classes when you purchase this months Create and Learn Class. 





Doodle Dragon Studios – Awesome Deal on 2011 digi set

If you are new to this Artist like I am…. you  will kick yourself if you don’t check this out.  I found this site last week when I was doing my usual Freebie Friday Post and poking around looking for new artists…and I was impressed, so I  grabbed the cute little Freebie Giraffe and set that as our Creative Coloring Challenge Image for November.  This challenge is to introduce new artists to the members on the message board who they may not have run across before.

So…. I went back again tonight to look at a couple of super cute dragon digis I spotted last week…and found this deal.  Hell yeah I hooked myself up…. do you even need to ask.  I’m not the only one…. One of our girls came to get the freebie for the challenge and ended up buying more digis too.  The art is cute….what can I say.  I’ll be honest it’s the dragons for me….I have been looking for cool dragons for ages to use with my son who is 3 and a half and loves to craft with mommy.

Blog Deal #2, Access to all 2011 monthly membership for a VERY limited price. Once you order you will receive a download containing a text file with the user ID and password, IF you don’t receive the download in an email all of your orders are kept in your order history by logging in on my site…

All 480 images included in this deal are located here:
http://www.doodledragonstudios.com/2011MonthSam.html

That is a crazy good deal for digis…if I had had the spare money I woulda hooked myself up with the 3 year/3000 images for  $100 offer on there.

I have a feeling we will be seeing more of this artist in our message board challenges and on the blog projects.  Too cute, great, great prices.  Digis start at $1 .. so  go check it out 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These panels are just a handful of the really great digis in this set.  It’s a limited time offer..so if you wan’t it.. grab it while you can.

If you would be so kind as to mention Crafting Circle in your comments if you make a purchase… that would be awesome.

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