Thursday, July 3, 2008

It's all about High Hopes

That's what this week is about for me, High Hopes!! With the new stamps being released tomorrow, I've been having fun revisiting the cards I made with the last release, the wildly popular jungle stamps. Here are a couple more that I made with that bunch...

I colored the little hula girl with my Copic markers, cut her out & popped her on dimensionals onto some beautiful Bazzill Bling paper. I've been working with Copics for a while now, but it's an ongoing learning process. There are so many little tricks, so many things to learn & so many things you can do. I used a coated paper for this one, so I was able to use my blender pen as an actual blender. When you use non-coated paper, the blender pen acts almost like a bleach pen, taking color away. I do like how this turned out, although this wasn't the original card. On the other one I messed up the coloring behind the girl so that's why she's cut out, dancing on some blue Bazzill :)

Here's another card I did with the jungle stamps, have you ever seen a cuter hippo?? He's colored with Prisma pencils & Gamsol, my go-to way of coloring. I'm trying to branch out, using both my Copic & SU markers more often for a variety of looks. But I've been using pencils & Gamsol since the day I started coloring images, & it will probably always be my favorite.

Someone asked me yesterday how I line my envelopes. I take either a piece of cardstock or a piece of pattern paper ~~ all depends on what I have handy ~ & simply cut it big enough to insert it into the envelope. When I started doing it I was also making sure the flap was covered, but I decided the insert was good ~~ I think it looks nicer, & it adds the security & thickness I was looking for. Someday I would like to make my own envelopes. I'm always searching for just the right size & sometimes when there are too many layers or ribbon knots on my card, the envelope I had originally intended to use no longer fits. I would love to be able to completely customize my envelope to the card, makes it that much more special . Here's a picture of a couple of envelopes I lined ~ one with plain cardstock & one with designer paper to match the card.

Well, I've got a busy day ahead ~ we are going to go see my aunt & uncle's brand new house they just built, then we are stopping at the Humane Society to check out a cat for my mom. She volunteers there, & I knew the day would come when she would want to bring one home!! For now, one last sneak peek at the new stamps from High Hopes being released tomorrow.......

Have a great day!!!!

13 comments:

Lorie said...

Those cards are great and that hippo is adorable but my favorite is the elephant...I love elephants! You are going to have a pirate...fun! :o0

Niki Estes said...

Great cards, Michelle! I love that Hippo! I still need to finish collecting the jungle set and now another round of stamps is already coming out!! lol Can't wait to see the new ones and get my order in. Have a grea weekend!!

Sanna said...

Great cards! I like HH stamps but I have only 2 of them.

Pegg S said...

So happy to see that you are blogging!! I just found your link through Kimmie. This made my day! I love your SCS gallery and am always wondering if you have a blog!! :)

Elisa-Designertots said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I did not know you had one and will be visiting it always. I need to know how to save it to find you! Your items are so beautiful and I am going to learn so much from you. Have a great day!! Elisa

Jeannette said...

Hi Michelle, Welcome to Blog Land! Your cards are all gorgeous! I'll be checking back to see what your up to.

Tammi said...

Cute, love these! And a High Hopes pirate, yes! Looking forward to the newest stamps...although I'm sure my bank account isn't, lol!

Loretta's Blog said...

Michelle,

WHAT adorable cards! I love them! Great job with the coloring as well!

Ila said...

Fabulous cards Michelle....I the dimension of the Hula girl...and that Hippo is the Cutest! Thank you for explaining and showing how you line the envies...Great idea and it looks Fabulous!!

Dot Scrap said...

Hi All your cards are so wonderful.
Wauw you are good.
www.dot-scrap.dk (Denmark)

bensarmom said...

Well how cute are these cards! Love this type of stamp.

kk127g said...

How can you say you are not creative????? You are amazing!!!!
I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
KK

Amy said...

I haven't seen a cuter hippo! I think I am going to need one of each jungle animal stamp now! I just can't get over how great your cards are!

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