Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Your Favorite Pet or Animal....

Good Morning everyone! Glorious sunshine today and I hear all week! Humidity but let's not get picky...its sun!!!

Since my favorite pet is my Yorkies and High Hopes has yet to get some little Yorkies
(maybe someday - hint, hint LOL), I picked a butterfly. I am not sure if this is a classified as an animal but anyway I find them graceful, peaceful and just a pleasure to watch! I can't wait to see my first one of the year.

This is High Hopes stamp is called 'Bedelia Butterfly'. Predictably I embossed with black and coloured with Tombow markers. I screwed up her wings by adding a colour I picked up by mistake and then I feverishly tried to fix. It was not at all what I had envisioned but I really like what happened. I couldn't likely do it again if I tried.

The sentiment 'This bud's for you' is also from High Hopes. I cut the sentiment with my Nesties die cuts, added a bow and little charm from my stash of 'stuff' and of course Stickles.

That's it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Today's challenge is ANYTHING 3D! I decided to do this little purse box. This is just perfect for a little gift like some yummy chocolatier made chocolates!

The image I used for the tag is HIGH HOPES ANNIE BLOCK by artist Laurie Furnell.

I embossed her with black embossing powder and coloured with Tombow markers. Annie is so cute and I think she adorns this little purse box with some real style.

Sorry for the poor quality pic but my laptop and my office computer are now both acting up and it effecting my camera software.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


This weeks challenge is ANYTHING HIGH HOPES GOES

Brought to you by KAREN

Good Morning everyone! Sorry for the late post but last night when I went to put this post on...my computer died! I have no idea what is wrong but all my pics, notes (actually my whole life is on that laptop) I tried to use my iphone but I just made a mess. For some reason blogspot kept kicking me off as soon as I tried to put a picture on with my iphone and I would lose everything. UGH, so frustrating. I am doing this post from the my office computer (hope DH doesn't mind). The image quality is a bit poor on these pics as the lighting is not the greatest for picture taking here.

Anyway moving on my card today uses these great High Hopes Stamps by Laurie Furnell:

I embossed with black and coloured the images with Tombow Markers. Paper and cardstock are years old and I can't remember but I think they look perfect together (I guess this is a great example of why I save EVERYTHING!)

I used my sewing machine to make a nice zig zag accent to two of the layers and then used an embossing fold with some small flowers I purchased at Ecstasy Crafts a few years ago.

I finished it off with some yellow half pearls and last but not least - Stickles!

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Cathy XX

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This week's challenge is BUNNIES, BEARS, BALLOONS

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Hi Everyone, hope you are well and happy that spring is in the air!! I did not post last week as my grandkids stayed with me for a week while Mom & Dad were on a much needed vacation. As it turns out I need a vacation now!! I guess I'm not as young as I think I am LOL

For this challenge I chose "SITTING PARTY BUDDY"

He is one of High Hope's newest creations by artist Laurie Furnell.

He is so cute and I really enjoyed colouring this sweet little guy.

After embossing with black and colouring with Tombow markers, I used my circle Nesties to cut him out. I decided to put a ribbon ruffle all around the end of the circle.

I cut the corner of the decorative paper with a circle curve and used part of a Nesties scalloped circle just behind it. I finished off with a co-ordinating red ribbon and of course, Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a great day.

Cathy x

Thursday, April 7, 2011

If you have arrived here from DEBBY'S BLOG

you are going in the right direction!

If not you can go back and start at the HIGH HOPES BLOG

My card today is ANDY AND KITE by artist Laurie Furnell.

You can just keep hopping along and be sure to comment on all the DIVA'S BLOGS as there will be prizes awarded on selcted Divas blogs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hope everyone enjoyed Day One!!! Here is my sneak peek for Day Two!!

Surprise - A Party Dragon by artist Dustin Pike. How cute is he....

I embossed him in black and coloured with Tombow markers. Yes stickles (I know how I''m so predictable). I found a great paper in my stash - I think it looks like dragon scales so I used it as one of my layers. I used a star embossing folder (not sure of the company name now) but I got it from Ecstasy Crafts a while back.

Be sure to stop by the High Hopes Blog to see all the fantastic creations from all the High Hopes Divas from Day One and Day Two!!!


Another great High Hopes Challenge


The First Day of the High Hopes New Release


I used the Robot Unicycle (he's wheelie cute)LOL. This was created by artist Laurie Furnell. I embossed him with black and coloured him with Tombow markers. Of course I added glitter. I found some great silver glitter paper in my stash and some real metal mesh to use as layers. I had a couple of screw head brads, and I stole a few bolts from DH tool box.

Be sure to check the High Hopes Blog to see all the other Diva's Sneak Peeks! Everyone has some fantastic creations by artists Dustin Pike and Laurie Furnell.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope stop by tommorrow for DAY TWO - SNEAK PEEKS.

Have a great day!

Cathy x