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

Speedy Recovery Background U004

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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

“Poppy Fairy” Matted art in Pencil

This one was a  lot of work, but I love how she turned out.  She was printed on a 9×12 piece of Canson Mixed Media Paper and colored with Crayola Color Escapes, the  new “Grown up Crayolas” as I like to call them.   She is part of the New Release collection for March over at Cute As A Button this month.  I added a black photo mat to this and will frame it  and gift it to someone.

Go check out all the fun new images and don’t forget to pop on over and check out the Inspiration Blog & Facebook Group for new challenges 🙂

 

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Cute As A Button over the edge combo card

I have another new Over the edge card cut file from CraftsUPrint today.  I love these files because they are so versatile. .. with a little tweaking you can change the dimensions to make square cards,  crop them for edging acetate panel cards, draw the designs instead of cutting, rotate them, adjust the score lines to make 3/4 folds.. so many options… or of couree, leave them as is  LOL

This one is

FLORAL OVER THE EDGE 37 by Apetroae Stefan

I kept pretty much as it comes in the original file, I just left out the contrasting insert.  I added burgundy pearl cabochons to the flowers and  added  the image  which is a clear stamp from Cute As A Button.  I  colored this one in subdued tones using  Tim Holtz distress pens on Canson Mix Media 9×12icon paper, popped it on a sheet of foam and added contrasting shabby cut layers.

You can find Autumn Fairy in the Cute As A Button store in both clear and digital formats.

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Velvet and Acetate fairy layers birthday card

This is one of my latest  cut file purchases ..isn’t she cute.  I decided to go with a bold contrast look and  chose silver glitter for the card base, an acetate window and black velvet paper over 110lb card stock to create this cute card. The Fairy topper was cut on the Cricut Explore from a CraftsUPrint cut file.   The texture on this card is quite cool…. smooth acetate, fine textured glitter  card and then the lush velvet… makes for a great tactile card.

Details and links to supplies below.


Fairy Background Topper Silhouette by Lyn Simms

Cut on the Cricut Explore

SEI Black Velvet Paper 12×12 sheets in Michaels Specialty paper section

110lb Georgia Pacific Card Stock from Walmart

Adhesives used were Zig Photo Tape & Zig 2 way glue

The Acetate sheet is 9×12 Dura -Lar pad from Grafix Arts

Silver Glitter card is from a 3 pack at a local Dollar store, surprisingly good quality and sturdy enough for  card bases. 🙂

The No.5 is cut on the Cricut Explore

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Humorous 3 Column Stepper card

Oh what fun I had with this one…. another one of the fun cut files I picked up with my CraftsUPrint winnings  🙂

This card design has so many possibilities; I kept this one pretty “PC”  but the potential for sarcastic humor …. limited only by your own imagination.  The base card itself is so versatile for any occasions… cute, sweet, sassy and downright naughty…. and suitable for any occasion.  I can see me using this design in future projects.

The images, as I am sure most of you are already aware of ….Bugaboo Stamps.  How could I not include good ol’ Stella in a card like this.  These were colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon markers and a touch of Marvy detailer & Wink of Stella.  I then scanned and reprinted them with the border at the size I needed for the columns. I left the space below the images blank specifically for  adding in other  less PC humor,  but of course that is entirely optional.

The CraftsUPrint cut file  by Rae Carr was cut on the Cricut Explore, on an 11×17 sheet of Neenah 110lb card stock to create an oversized card.

The title was designed in PSP and printed  then layered on.

The speedometer features a moving needle for that personal touch..with a cute inlaid pearl heart brad .. to soften the blow LOL.

More details and supply links below.
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Card Stock:   Neenah 11×17  bought on Ebay

Card Base:
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“A pair of step cards”  by Rae Carr

 

 

 

 

 

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Colored with: Chameleon  Markers, Zig Kurecolor, Maryv Detailer and Wink of Stella

Miscellaneous: 

Heart shaped Recollections brad with inlaid pearl hear from Michaels
Zig Photo Tape

 

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Challenges:

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Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie ….and deal of the day

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Wee One Fairy Sit on Star is this week’s Friday Freebie over at Bugaboo Stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deal of the Day is Autumn Owl

 

 

 

and of course, don’t forget the half prince  New Releases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Kit & Clowder Facebook Group

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 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles

Who are you?

Nikky Hall, Polkadoodles

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Digi Stamp Store

Polkadoodles Crafting Facebook Group

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Where are you?

UK

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

2006

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

I began designing papers and toppers to use in workshops in my bricks and mortar store back in 2006 because I couldn’t get what I wanted for my classes. My customers loved them so much they wanted to buy them so it went from there, with designing papers and decoupage sheets and then stamps and I’ve never stopped since!

 

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

I’d be a cake baker!

 

How long have you been in business?

Since 2006

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

ODDELLA FAIRY – ICKYINK ART

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

I don’t really have one one thing or person I’m inspired by although I think I am heavily influenced by my childhood favourite author Enid Blyton. I’m like a sponge, I just soak up everything I see every day and my inspiration generally comes when I’m asleep and wakes me in the middle of the night with an idea.

 

How many people work with/for you?

2

 

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

I have always worked within a graphics/print environment but not as a designer, so I have years of managing print, packaging and design for people like Disney, Tesco, Airfix, Cadburys, Nestle, Mars to name a few.

 

What’s your favorite color?

aquamarine

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Erm…Art! Of course!

 

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

Minnie!

 

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

A black fineliner pen

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

NO!

 

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??

If I can come back I’d go and I’d draw while I was there so I guess it would be a drawing of the earth with me sat on the North Pole like a big fat snowball freezing my butt off lol

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Disgracefully of course!

 

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

Not a car, sorry – I’d be a Lambretta SX200 with all the trimmings!

 

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

Eeek! My parents for sure!

 

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

I love how craft appeals to such a diverse range of people from all walks of life and brings them together. Most of all for me, it really warms my heart when I hear that someone the other side of the world is using a piece of my work to create something amazing, I find it a very humbling experience that someone felt my work was worth spending their time and money on.

 

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

Easy! We did a fun thing for our 5th birthday and I drew the Design Team I had the first day I started Polkadoodles, including myself! Nikky  If only I were this thin though LOL

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

Ignore the vision destroyers

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cake and ice cream. Together! LOL

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

I’m not afraid to have an opinion – a good and bad thing!

 

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

Right now – David Beckham!

 

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

Hell yes! How exciting!

 

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

Monkey Man

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Really?????!!! She did?!!!! Haha!

 

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Winnie in Wonderland

 

 


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

I think as an artist you’re only as good as your latest work so it would always need to be the last thing I did but at this moment in time I am mega in love with this whole collection “Winnie in Wonderland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No! I deal with enough sharks in life never mind swimming with them!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

1950s

 

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

Nightmare!

 

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

I don’t get time any more but I love 2 Tone and Ska music so I  used to have an original Italian lambretta and used to go to Scooter rallies on weekends.

 

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Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca – Cute As A Button

Who are you ?

Francesca “Frenchy” Lopez (bet you can’t guess how I got the nickname?)


Digital Stamps Store

Cute As A Button Facebook Group

“Cute As A Button Challenge”

 

 

Cute As A Button Designs….although probably not a good choice of a name for a company as it is very saturated in cyberworld…oh well, but I don’t like using my name for business as it just seems so self centered to me….lol

 

Where are you ?
I live and bred in sunny California….

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I seriously started drawing at age 4 joining many drawing contests and winning. Professionally, at age 12

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
I will have my hubby or daughter drive down to McDonalds or Burger King….explains why I have gained 50lbs…lol

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?
don’t have a view..

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
my very first product for sale was when I was 12. Sold a commissioned image that was used for the promotion of the 1984 Summer Olympics. In my Shop, I had three for sale:

Salt of the Earth
Fishers of Men
Be Strong in The Lord

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Salt of the Earth

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What’s your guilty pleasure ?
chocolate covered strawberries and almonds

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
Pastor and Paralegal/Law Clerk. Still do both

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?
Jesus. Why do you love us when most of us don’t want you

What’s your favorite color?
Red

What was your favorite subject in school…?
Math, still is

What is your best and worst personality trait?
Love to teach others and share my knowledge. Organizer and Perfectionist which are also my worst as I expect the same from others.

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
Hmmm…..last real one, Cuba but not fully a vacation because we ended up ministering to others and providing food, clothing and basic necessities. Hawaii…was one where we just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves back in 2005

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
absolutely! would cast all those devils out….lol

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

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

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. was it fun, or a nightmare?
no

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

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
their kind hearts and such great talent

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Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise
I look to you Lord represents my personality/essence of who I am

 

 

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?
1980s of course

Would you go cave diving with sharks?
definitely…

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Loved much and was loved

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
depending on my pain level…from 1 to 3 days

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
I love my name “Fran-chesca” but like Isabella

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
never.

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Gracefully and hope I am living my life that way

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

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Tooth Fairy

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
I have a few but really like happy with Tooth Fairy especially colored.

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
Critic..food and church

How long have you been in business?
Since December 12, 2013

Who is your inspiration/muse?
life, travels, family, bible, children and granddchildren

How many people work with/for you?
Just me and 8 beautiful and wonderful DT ladies

Name your favorite cartoon?
Mighty Mouse

Favorite quote?
I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13 (i take this literally and can DO all thingsJ because He teaches me)

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing whether regardless of who’s listening….I love to worship so I sing all the time even in my dreams. Oddly, though, I don’t sing in the shower but pray.

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
Steve Reeves. No.

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character wodonuld you want to be?
well, if I went to Disney I wouldn’t be any of the characters…I would be Disney..running the whole thing! lol

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
drawing and playing games on my ipad

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
Create in Me A Clean Heart by Nitro Praise has a 80s beat to it

What’s your favorite horror movie?
there are not scary/horror movies to me….they are all wimpy

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Tooth Fairy

 

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
same as above, Tooth Fairy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scrappers Delights April Facebook Group Challenge Freebie & Friday Freebie

If you aren’t already a group member and you like this image… you really should check out the Scrappers Delights Facebook Group and Store.  Lots of fab images and a monthly challenge where you can win even more of these fab images.

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Facebook Group Challenge Freebie

“Fairy Day Dream Digi”

WINNERS:
“There will be a winner randomly chosen and they will get a $15 Coupon to spend within my store.
We will also have top 3 who will get $5 Coupon.
Everyone else will get a coupon for 20% off a transaction.”

 

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And here is the Friday Freebie

“Funky Ashley”





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