Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Get ready for a new release!!

**Scroll down to see the new Tutorial Tuesday post**

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That's right...it's time for another fun release!!

This release will get you in the mood for the upcoming warmer weather...along with some fantastic Party designs...and more! :-)

The sneak peeks will begin next Tuesday April 5th with our next challenge.
There will be more peeks on Wednesday, April 6th.
Then there will be a Blog Hop and release on Thursday, April 7th.

Do you want some of the new stamps?
Then we would love you to help us spread the news about our blog hop and release on Thursday, April 7th.

To be entered into the draw:

1. Grab our blinkie from the sidebar and place on your blog. You can do this by copying the code into a html/Javascript gadget or by copying the code directly into your blog post.
If you prefer please feel free to pull the stationary badge below.

2. Tell your friends about the news, blog hop and release on April 7th.

3. Become a follower of this 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 this post with a link to your blog post sharing our news.

The contest ends 8pm EST (Midnight GMT - London) on Saturday, April 9th!!

Tutorial - Coloring with Distress Inks by Sirpalina

Hello High Hopes Fans!!
We're back with another Tutorial Tuesday!

Before we get to the tutorial, I wanted to quickly mention that I will be back later with the information about the release next week.

In the mean time, this week the fabulous Sirpa has created a
tutorial on coloring using Distress Inks.
Here she is...

I start by coloring the light areas first, then the darker areas....
1. First I colored all brown colors with Antique linen

2. I colored edges with Tea Dye

3. I colored outer edges (darkest areas) with Vintage Photo

4. I colored nose tip, cheecks and ears with Worn Lipstick

5. I colored nose and ear edges with Fired Brick

6 I colored carrot with Spiced Marmalade and carrot leafs with Shabby Shutters

7 I colored carrot edges with Rusty Hinge and shaded carrot leafs with Peeled Paint

I hope these tips were useful for somebody, thank you for reading.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Challenge 105: Use Fabric

Hello stamping friends.
It's Lacey here and I'm almost climbed out of all of my moving boxes!! Moving is NEVER fun, but I'm so happy to be back in the area where my kids call Home!!

I'm back with the winner of the last "Go Green" Challenge.
Congratulations, Elizabeth!!
Please email me at stampandcreate@bellsouth.net with your choice of 3 free High Hopes stamps.
Here is Elizabeth's card using Lucky's Pot O' Gold...

This week's challenge is hosted by Alie and her challenge is:
Use Fabric - not counting ribbon


The winner of this challenge will win 3 free High Hopes stamps.

If you are need of any High Hopes stamps, check out the Diva's stores...
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Amy Leggate - Paper Romance based out of Canada
Karen Goguen/Cathy Siroski - The Rubber Room based out of Canada
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

The Divas have done a fabulous job with many different creative uses for fabric on their cards...

Alie created this lovely keychain by stamping on fabric!!
Now it's your turn! The challenge is open for 2 weeks.

We're so excited to say that the next challenge will be Day 1 of the Sneak Peeks for the next release!! More information about the release will be posted soon.

And we will be back next week with a wonderful new tutorial.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tutorial - Masking by Alex.

It's Tutorial Tuesday Time!!

This week the wonderful Alex. has a tutorial on Masking!
Alex. always has very creative cards filled with a mix of different images masked so nicely.

1. Grab your supplies:

2. Get an idea of how you want your layout by placing the stamps where you would like them to be on your finished project:

3. Stamp the first image onto your project -
this image will be in the front of your finished layout.
Stamp the same image onto scrap paper - this will be used as your "mask" for that image:

4. Cut out your mask:

5. Add REMOVABLE tape to the back of the mask.
You will repeat this with each of the stamps you use:

6. Place the mask over the stamped image then stamp your next image.
You may need to use a positioning tool to get the correct position:
7. Keep the masks into the place if you are adding many different layers:
Tip for using the positioning tool:
Align the clear sheet that comes with the positioning tool into the corner of the tool.

Align the corner of the stamp block to the corner of the positioning tool
and stamp the image onto the clear sheet....
Position the stamped image in the desired location on the project
then place the tool along the corner of the clear sheet.

Remove the clear sheet without moving the positioning tool.
Align the stamp block in the corner of the positioning tool, then stamp onto your project...

8. Here are even more layers with all of the masks:

9. Add a sentiment if you wish:

9. Remove all of the masks to reveal the final image:

10. Color:

11. Finish your card:
We hope you enjoyed our tutorial this week!!

Don't forget about our current challenge here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Challenge 104: Go Green

Hello High Hopes fans!!

I'm sorry, but I totally forgot to come back with the winner of the Valentine's Challenge (sorry)!!
So, we will start with that...
Congratulations, Lisa using the fun Luigi.

Ok, now it's time for the winner of the last challenge (Female Birthday)...

Congratulations, Lillian using Jolie's Little Friend.
Ladies, please email me at LaceySoLiving@bellsouth.net with your stamp choices (3 rubber stamps) and your mailing address.

And now our new challenge...
The fabulous Anna is hosting this week and her challenge is:
Go Green
(Use the color green, use something recycled, or celebrate St. Patrick's Day)

Just remember that you must use a High Hopes image to be entered into the drawing for the prize: 3 High Hopes stamps.

NOTE: This is the HIGH HOPES CHALLENGE BLOG - we are here to be a place where High Hopes fans can show off their work. THEREFORE, IF YOU DO NOT USE A HIGH HOPES STAMP ON YOUR CARD, YOUR CARD WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LINKS!

If you are in need of some High Hopes stamps, check out our Diva stores...
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Amy Leggate - Paper Romance based out of Canada
Karen Goguen/Cathy Siroski - The Rubber Room based out of Canada
Amy Wegener - Stampin' Stuff based out of Australia

Now check out the awesome Diva cards...

Now it's your turn!!