Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July & Oh My Cod!!! It's the new releases!!!!!!!

Good morning, & Happy Independence Day to all!!!! Hope you have a fun day ahead of you, ending with some wonderful fireworks!!
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Today is the day ~~~ brand new High Hopes stamps!! Hold on to your hats ~~~ they are AWESOME!!!!! I only got 2 cards done, I'm in the middle of a 3rd but it will have to wait until I'm done celebrating the holiday :) Without further ado...........


HOW CUTE ARE THESE LITTLE SEA CRITTERS?!?!?!?? Oh, how I giggled when I got the images sent via email from Crissy!!! She does such an amazing job! What a task deciding which of these cuties to use first!! The whole thing is colored with Prisma pencils & gamsol, with a bit of shading done with Twinkling H2O's (a little trick I learned from my idol & friend, Ila). I didn't add many extras because of course the critters are the star of this show! I used the Cuttlebug Swirls folder on the pattern paper, some silver brads in the corners & a photo corner in the lower right & it was done! Now on to the next one.....

I've wanted a pirate set for the longest time, because I have 2 boys who attend oodles of birthday parties & always thought it would be perfect for little boy cards. I was so excited when I found out this was one of the themes of the new release!! I stamped the mat onto a thinner white cardstock, colored it, then crumpled it & tore the edges a bit. I used some brown distress ink on the edges & stuck it onto the card with glue dots. The blue background is embossed with my new Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder. After coloring the pirate with pencils & gamsol I cut him out & popped him on dimensionals, added the saying & the twine (can you see the anchor tied onto the twine?) & I added 3 brads to finish it off. I really wanted some kind of antique-y brads ~~ either copper or dark silver ~~ to go with the theme. Of course I have every color, plus gold & silver, but nothing antique-y. So I scraped the heck out of some silver brads on my sanding block, added a bit of Stazon Timber Brown ink & VOILA ~~ antique-y brads!!! Of course, I got this brilliant idea AFTER I had already assembled the card, so I cut off their legs (eek!) & stuck them on with mini glue dots. Which was not fun, because by that time it was near 12:30 am & the later it gets, the smaller those little brads get!!!

There is one more set of stamps that you will absolutely flip over. I haven't finished my card with that set, but check back in a day or two ~~ after the celebrations are over. Meanwhile, head over to High Hopes to check out the new stamps. You can find them all here. Just type "hotp" into the search box (I had trouble linking the actual new release page, so I'm just linking the home page). Thanks for stopping by, & happy shopping!!

23 comments:

agnes said...

Great cards lovley new stamps!

Jeanette said...

These stamps are way too cute. You did a fabulous job with your cards. I love your coloring! Have A Happy 4th of July!

bensarmom said...

Oh my are these cute, cute, cute! I love the new stamps.

Loreen said...

Your work is gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant & the designs are amazing! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Lorie said...

Your card is amazing and I love the new releases! :o)

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Oh Michelle, these are just SO wonderful!!! Such an amazing scene with the octopus, I love him!! And your pirate card is fabulous....I can't wait to play with them!! I knew you would have some fabulous creations today!! Great job!

Kelly Schelske said...

Awesome cards Michelle, they're great!! Love them both!!

Elizabeth >^..^ said...

Oh, Oh, Oh!! I love the stamps!! I adore Octopi and am constantly on the lookout for cute ones. I'm all over this one! Your scenes you created are fabulous!!
Elizabeth Bead Diva

Amy Sheffer said...

First, thanks for your comment on my blog today. I'm so glad to have found your blog!! I adore your style!!!

Sherrie said...

those are very cute! Great job on the coloring and I love how you rumpled up the map! Too cute!

Cris A said...

OMC!! I have to get my hands on those! They're so adorable!

Jennifer Murai said...

Fantastic Card!! TFS You are very talented!!

Beth Norman said...

Good gracious, your work is awesome. Ila sent me over. I'm subscribing.

Anonymous said...

Really great job Michelle. Love these new beauties. Makes it pretty easy when you are the card designer. Love all your detail...TFS this and thanks for your friendship. Happy sparkler day.
Dawn

Jovita said...

Cute, cute and cute. I like the swirly background and of course everything about your cards!

Enjoy your 4th :) Jovi

Louly said...

Oh my word Michelle!Your blog is amazing! You are one super talented lady. I'm off to add you to my favourites.
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. xx

Nicole said...

Love your cards, Michelle, and those HH images are so cute! Thanks for introducing me to a new company! :D

Ila said...

Both of your cards are over the top Gorgeous!! Your coloring is Wonderful and I love the layouts. I love the colors you've used...thank goodness for google!!

Katharina said...

I so love your cards Michelle! Great colouring and fantastic scenes. Welcome to blogland :)
Katharina

Niki Estes said...

Great cards, Michelle! Love all the texture on the Pirate card! So cute!

Paper in the Works! said...

Dang girl! Just look at these sweet cards! Love the fun images and how you put them to good use :P

Kim

Tracy said...

Oh my! So cute!

Amy said...

I just got my jungle animal stamps two days ago and it was the day before that I went to the site and found the sealife stamps! Can you imagine my disapointment when I had already ordered! I just love them and this card is so inspiring! I will have to put in another order... oh dear! :)

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