I can finally play with the remainder of my High Hopes set thanks to a wonderful woman on the SCS forum named Amber.  I had mentioned the forum the mistake that was made in my order (received bare rubber instead of foam-backed rubber) and she offered to send me some EZ Mount (foam with one sticky side and one “cling” side) so I could use my stamps.  The sheet of EZ Mount arrived late last week (came all the way from Las Vegas) and now all my stamps are mounted and ready to use.

To thank Amber for her kindness, I made her a card using a High Hopes stamp that I will send along with a little stamp set that I just happen to have two of. 

While clowns have no particular association with thank you cards, I was just dying to colour this big boy so I decided to use it as the starting point for my card. (tip: usually you should do the opposite of what I’ve done with this card.  I coloured the image using the colours that I wanted to use and THEN looked for paper to match.  It’s much better to select an image, chose a piece of patterned paper that you’d like to use and then colour the image drawing from the colours in the paper.)  Here’s the result:

I was rather pleased with the watercolouring but I went a little crazy with the doodlebug glitter afterwards.  I should have shown some restraint and left the overalls glitter-free.  Oh well, he’s certainly a cheerful little guy with all that colour and bling!

You’re probably getting tired of the doodlebug glitter talk but this stuff is addictive.  No wonder they package it in those little vials.  Candy-coloured crack, baby!

I took another shot at using ribbon on a card and originally just had the red ribbon with the knot to one side.  I thought it would look good with a knot on both sides but didn’t have enough of the red left so I tied on some orange and I think the effect is rather cute!  It certainly works for a circus clown!

My sentiment is très simple.  Just a scrap of the saffron cardstock and a couple of red rhinestones to mirror the circles on the pp and the balls that the clown is juggling.  I didn’t want to use a circle-shaped sentiment as I thought it would detract from the cute Nana’s Kids embossed PP I used on this card.

I just have to get this in the mail ASAP – it will require a trip to the post office as the card is too thick to send in a regular envelope and I don’t know how much postage I need.  Let’s hope it brings a smile to Amber’s face – it can be a little nerve-wracking to send a hand made card to a fellow cardmaker!

Supplies used: High Hopes stamps, SU Family Phrases, Nana’s Kids PP by DCWV, So Saffron and Certainly Celery cardstock, dye inks (SU), doodlebug glitter, rhinestones, nestabilities dies, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie ribbon (SU), rhinestones.