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Be the Light of Hope- High Tide Stamp Set

Be the Light of Hope

The High Tide stamp set was another stamp set I couldn’t live without.

Probably the number one reason I love the High Tide stamp set so much is due to the greetings.  In our culture today, encouraging words are needed and we have the ability to send them.

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Create Hope

The High Tide stamp set not only has encouraging greetings, the scenes that you can create are endless.


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This set has fantastic images.   Can you see why I love these encouraging words?

Instantly when thinking about a lighthouse, I think about being a light to others.  Just like the light from the lighthouse, it helps steer you in the right direction.  I believe these encouraging words can steer someone towards hope.


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Tips & Tricks

The high tide stamp set is a two-step stamp set. There are two lighthouse images. While each could be used alone, the detail of the lighthouse really comes through when using the two-step technique.

  • To help line up the images perfectly, it helped to stamp the more detailed lighthouse image first.  When stamping the bold lighthouse image, I stamped off the ink first and then over the detailed lighthouse.
  • Stamp the images onto Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 4-3/4″). Stamp the scene first which includes the seagrass, birds, and beach sand, then stamp the lighthouse onto a Whisper White scrap piece.  Once you have stamped the lighthouse, fussy cut using your Paper Snips.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a Whisper White cardstock scrap, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These framelits will be back in my Online Store on January 16th.  Mark your calendar.

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Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Stamp it, Send it!

We can create all the beautiful cards in the world, however, if the cards are piling up in your stamp room they are not being utilized to their ability.

I’m encouraging you to send a few cards of hope to those around you that need to see the light.  Let them know you care.

Regardless of being a fan of lighthouses or not, the High Tide stamp set is a ray of sunshine to any stamping collection because of the greetings alone.


Big News!

Also, I have big news.  Are you ready for Valentines Day? I shared a really fun project using the Sealed with Love bundle on the Stampin’ Up! blog and I hope you will check it out.  It’s kinda a secret and hopefully, the Prince doesn’t get wind of it.  Be Inspired, Click HERE.

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Don’t Forget!

Lastly, here are a few important tidbits I don’t want you to forget.

Over the last 6 months, I’ve offered a fun tutorial bundle each month which included 12 tutorials from designers all over the world.  This tutorial has been a huge hit.  The projects are ALWAYS  using Stampin’ Up! current products and different projects such as cards and 3D items.

I’m starting a new 6-month subscription of this tutorial with NEW designers.  They are AMAZING artists.


You can get this tutorial a few different ways, let me explain. 

  • Spend $50 in my Online Store- receive it FREE
  • Subscribe for 6 months (Feb-July) and you will pay for 5 months, getting your 6th month FREE. Subscription is $75.
  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.


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As a result of being a subscriber, you will receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

The Tutorial will automatically download once purchased.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

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Over the Rainbow-Stampin’ Up!

Over the Rainbow

There is Gold at the end of the rainbow, right?

It’s what I’ve always told my kids but now that they are Christians, we talk about the rainbow a little bit different.  We talk more about the rainbow being a sign of hope.

When I lived in Colorado rainbows were seen all the time.  Here in Florida I don’t see them as much.  Of course I haven’t seen much rain for that matter.

Changing Things Up

Like I said in my post the other day I’ve been trying to change things up a bit and trying to grab some of my very neglected stamp sets from the Idea Book & Catalog that have sat dormant for awhile.  My Over the Rainbow set had not been touched at all and it was a set I originally purchased for Alexis because I knew she would love it.  After stamping with it myself, I love it too.

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I did a quick blending of ink to resemble a crayon look throughout the letters of the rainbow.  I used a Blender Pen and inks that you can see below in the supplies.  I fussy cut the word Rainbow which was painless compared to other things I’ve fussy cut.


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I added a strip of rhinestones at the bottom to have a little bling on the card.

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The gold thread behind the Rainbow words was my way of adding a touch of “gold” to the card near the rainbow. How do you like that? Ha Ha.

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Reminder of Hope

Over the Rainbow would be a great set if you want to send a card of hope.  Of course there are great greetings in this set to send wishes such as good luck, sunshine and even tell someone to keep looking up with days seem gloomy.  I’m afraid Alexis will have to share this stamp set as I’ll be using it again.

I hope your weekend is filled with all amazing things as we gear up for the big day of Christmas.  Russ is putting the Christmas lights on the house.  To say I’m a wreck about that would be an understatement.  All I can see his him falling off the ladder.  He’s a man… you can’t tell them anything.  I’ll be there to catch him.

Special Gift for Online Orders

This month for all online orders of $25 or more, you will receive a very special gift from me.  I’m pretty excited about it and I know you will be too.  You might squeal a little bit.  Just a little. Okay… maybe a lot.

Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Don’t forget that some of your favorites might be GONE FOREVER.  Check out the products retiring from the Holiday Catalog HERE.

Don’t forget you get my December Customer Appreciation Tutorial with your order as well. YAY YAY YAY!!!

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