Monday, April 13, 2009

Hopeful Ant

I actually made this card for last weeks HH challenge 25, which was the sketch challenge, but I see that I also used piercing on it, so it also counts for yesterday's Pierce It! Challenge, 26! heh-heh.
This was a stretch away from my usual style. I wanted to do something a little different. It did make up faster than my other cards, that's for sure! I enjoyed sewing the sandy hills. Got that idea from Jeanne (one of our Divas) who also gave us the sketch to work with. Thanks Jeanne! (waving!)
I illustrated this ant which is similar to the High Hopes ant Logo that Tina illustrated awhile back. She asked me to do my own version of it because many HH customers spoke up saying they wanted her cute ant logo as a stamp. But a logo is a logo and has to stay that way. So Tina thought that if I did my own version of it, it would be slightly different, but close enough that people would feel satisfied (I hope, anyway!)
If you go to the High Hopes website and look under "About Us", you can read Tina's story and find out why she chose the name "High Hopes" and what the ant with the rubber tree plant has to do with all of this! Its truly worth the jog over to read (I think it will touch your heart)!
I stamped Hopeful Ant on Aquabee's Artist Marker Pad paper using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukeneko. To color, I used Copics (pictured below) and the image is cut out and popped up on foam tape.
I made the button from Sculpey and I found the covered brads at the Dollarama.

Inside view:

Close-up view:

Copics used:

Hope you had a great Easter weekend! God bless you!


  1. An adorable card Crissy! Love that little ant! I hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend! xx

  2. This is just gorgeous dear. I have to say this is my all time favorite stamp from HH. I was one of them that wanted the image and I had read Tina's Story before and it sure touched my heart so when I saw this little ant and the High Hopes saying I knew I had to have it.

  3. What a cute card!! I just received my adorable ant image last week. He is so cute in blue! :o) Your coloring is fabulous! My daughter loves your cows.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  4. Hi Crissy,
    Thanks for sharing your card. It's very sweet! I need to add this little guy to my growing collection.
    Tina's story is really inspiring! I met her a few years ago at a scrapbook expo in my city--long before I ever really got serious about stamping. What really struck me about her was how happy and loving she presented. I also was impressed with the way she communicated with her children who were helping her at her booth. She couldn't say enough about how much she appreciated their help & what good kids they were! That really touched me.
    I bought a few of her stamps and was hooked! You know it's really nice to deal with people who not only have a great product but who sell it with integrity and heart!

  5. Love your colouring! The pot looks so shiny and glossy! Kramis - Anki

  6. So fabulous Crissy! I've always love that little ant!!

  7. Truley fantastic Crissy, a work of art as always. hugs rachxx

  8. AWESOME CARD! The inside totally rocks too!

  9. Gorgeous card! - I love your stitched hills and also how you used your buttons

  10. What an amazing card, Crissy! I love this image (it's on my wish list :)) and I love the card you created with it. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!
    Hugs, Christine

  11. cutest little ant I've ever seen, and I'm not normally an ant lover! hehehe, sweet card!

  12. Crissy this is so cute!!!! I love your circle with the piercing! I am learning so much from you about coloring...that highlight on the flower pot is awesome! TFS your amazing talent! Not to mention I LOVE LOVE LOVE your images! They are truly my faves!!!! {{HUGS}}

  13. Fabulous card Crissy and the sand hills look fantastic, Gorgeous colouring and I love the highlights on your ant, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  14. wow what a great card love it
    the sewing is so nice to and your colours ... soooo pretty
    big hug sylvia

  15. LOVE the colors! And your highlighting is perfect! I just love how you do that! I can kinda do shading but highlighting...forget it!
    Also, thank you so much for including the copic you used...that is just so darn useful!

  16. This is sooo adorable, Crissy! I love Jeanne's style and you really captured it...while keeping your own style, too!!
    Can't wait to see all of the Hullabaloo!!

  17. What a brill card. Tres cute! Love the pics of your lovely family.

  18. Fantastic card Crissy, the ant image is fab...another one on my wishlist! Your colouring is beautiful...that plant pot looks so real! I love the great ant hills you have created. Debbie x

  19. Your ant is just wonderful! I love the stitched hills and the way you colored those leaves are amazing! Adorable card!

  20. I love this little guy. I used him for the first time on your last challenge. Must pop over and read "about us"