Wednesday, 20 January 2010

High Hopes Blog Hop! - Closed

It's release day!! WOOHOO! The fantastic stamps drawn by Dustin Pike are available at Stampin' Stuff today!

Click here to check them out!

The stamp I used on my card here is called Bedtime Bear and he is just one of the cuties available!

Now to the Blog Hop! There will be four awesome prizes:

1st Prize - Full release package (that's every stamp!)
2nd, 3rd & 4th Prize - An awesome stamp package each with new release rubber!

The 4 winners will be from random chosen Diva blogs. To be eligible you must leave a comment on every Diva blog - CLOSED

So, once you have left a comment here... hop on over to Lacey's Blog and check out what she has made!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

You've Got My Back

Here is another sneak peek! The new release of High Hopes Rubber Stamps will be available TOMORROW!! The stamps used on this card are Sir Dustin, Got My Back and Jolly Roger.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Cheeky Shawn

This is sneak peek number two... just for you! Introducing Cheeky Shawn (or Sean... not sure on that one!) Poor little dude has a litte conflict in his name. Bethany called him Shawn but his packaging says Sean. We will find out soon enough because he will be ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY! Only TWO more sleeps!!

The new release stamps will be listed at Stampin' Stuff on Wednesday but there are limited numbers of each stamp so you wont want to miss out.

There are more sneak peeks at the Diva blogs (you can find links on the left hand side) and also at the High Hopes Challenge Blog. Also, don't forget there will be a great blog hop starting on Wednesday!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

For My Friend

It's challenge time! This week Jeanne would like us to make cards using spacey colours of purple, blue and green. "But what is this stamp" you say? Well, today is the first day of sneak peeks of Dustin's new drawings for High Hopes! How cool is that!!

This stamp is called Dragon's Destiny and it will be available to purchase from Stampin' Stuff late Wednesday 20 January 2010. We Aussie's are a little ahead of the Canadian's timezone-wise so we have to wait until our Wednesday is almost over for theirs to begin.

So, as always, there is some rubber up for grabs for a lucky participant in the challenge who link on the High Hopes Blog to their card or project. What's better is the winner will get two brand new release stamps! If you would like to see some more of the range that is available on Wednesday, run over to the HH blog!

2010 High Hopes Release
Available Wednesday 20 January 2010

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Sir Dustin!

We have been keeping it a secret for what seems like so long now but it's finally official! Dustin Pike is the new artist for High Hopes Rubber Stamps! Dustin's first release will be 20 January 2010 and in the lead up to that there are some great prizes to be won!

How you can win some rubber...

Competition 1.

There will be a blog hop starting on release day so be sure to swing by the High Hopes blog and become a follower so you don't miss out on the announcements!

Competition 2.

Place an order at Stampin' Stuff before 23 January 2010 to go into the draw to win one of two great prizes with some brand new Dustin stamps!

Winners will be drawn 24 January 2010!

Competition 3.

Put the High Hopes blinkie on your blog! I am expecting this prize to be a great one so to go into the draw to win a package bursting with Dustin stamps from Tina, here's what you need to do:

1. Grab our blinkie from the sidebar and place on your blog.
2. Tell your friends about the news, blog hop and release on January 20th.
3. Become a follower of the High Hopes blog if you aren't already ;-) You don't want to miss out on the fun and there will be tons of prizes along the blog hop!!!
4. Leave a comment on the High Hopes blog with a link to your blog post sharing our news.

Competition 3 ends 8pm EST (Midnight GMT) on January 22nd!!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010


This is another tag I made before Christmas. It is another Tim Holtz case from his 12 Tags of Christmas 2008 . I didn't have the Grungeboard Christmas shapes that Tim used so I drew a snowman on Grungeboard and cut it out with scissors. The white on the snowman looks great in real life... it is Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint and gives a really great effect once it dries... I really have to find more uses for it!

The little scarf on Snowy is another of Tim's ideas but it is from the 12 Tags of Christmas 2009. It is two strips of ribbon with double sided tape and some wire in the middle. That gives it the strength to sit in any shape you like! Genius hey!

The tag itself it sponged with an Ink Blending Tool in Dusty Concord, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Ink and then I dripped some water over it to create splotches. The 'SNOW' letters are inked chipboard and then covered in Glossy Accents to make them stand out. Then at the bottom there is some Polar White Flower Soft for snow!

PHEW! Well, that's the lot!

Sunday, 3 January 2010


If I didn't go on holiday just before Christmas I might have actually remembered to post the pictures of the things I made in the last week. I dedicated a whole day on the last weekend I was home to make Tim Holtz tags. I went through his website and found some that I thought I would be able to make (gee it's hard to work out where to start when it's a whole new look... I just fall back on casing). I made the background of this tag using a pearlised spray of Vintage Photo ink and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls in a mini mister. I used a mask to keep spray off some of the areas then I went over with Fired Brick and a Ink Blending Tool to add some red to the edges of the tag and the masked area.

The reindeer is stamped in Embossing Ink and embossed with black embossing powder on Grungeboard. If you haven't seen the Ranger Embossing Ink, it is extremely wet and stays that way for ages giving you heaps of time to put on your powders... I love it! I then cut him out and painted some Green Patina Perfect Pearls over top. 'Believe' is stamped in black ink and then emphasized with a bit of Glossy Accents on top.

MAN I had a great time making this tag and I am SO happy with how it turned out! Here is a link to Tim's Tag that I CASEd. Sadly we are just on mobile internet so I can't get you any closer that page of Tim's blog but waiting for the whole page to load will chew up the downloads!