Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hello and Spooky High Hopes Luminaries!!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!!!

I can hardly believe myself how long I have been away from blogging...I have to wonder who ever said life slows down on Retirement?? It seems like we have been busier than ever!!

We just got back from a very long trip a few weeks ago. We travelled in our old RV through the US to Niagara Falls ON. Then back again slowly travelling through the US again.... New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We had a Fabulous time.

There were many high lights of our trip...and I have to share a few of the very special ones....
While we were in Petrolia Ontario (on route to Niagara Falls)..I stopped in at a Fabulous little store called The Towne Scrapper and met Phebe ...who I have known for In fact she sold me my very first Magnolia stamps! What a lovely gal! Not only did we have a nice visit I got some great deals...and she sent me off with warm hug and a pkg of gorgeous flowers. Thank you so much Phebe!!

While visiting Phebe also told me Tina from High Hopes lived close by...kindly gave me a phone # and said that I shouldn't leave without giving Tina a call. I couldn't resist a chance to meet Tina and Bethany so I gave Tina a call...and she insisted we drop in for a visit. Oh Wow...what a Wonderful visit!! My husband and I both enjoyed it! Not only is Tina a kind and lovely person...she has a fabulous family as well. In fact her hubby works at the same railroad my hubby just retired from. I don't think there was ever even a lull in conversation. It was truly a highlight of our trip. And..oh my Gosh...I was sent off with more warm hugs....and a bag of the most fabulous new High Hopes stamps!! We would so love to visit with them again...and are hoping they will grace us with a visit if they ever come holidaying this way.

Now on to show you a few projects I've made using a few of these new High Hopes Stamps. The talented artist that created these Cute and Fabulous stamps is Laurie Furnell. I used a Splitcoast tutorial to make these luminaries. You can find the tutorial right here. Battery operated tea lights are used inside for lights. Please be careful...regular candles would not be safe to use in these boxes.
The images I've used on the above box are "Boo Family in Frame" and "Batty Boo"
For the sides and back I just glued on little bats. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the bats and the web trim.
This little box is triangular..using only 3 coaster to create it instead of 4. The stamps I used are "Silly Spider" and "Angel Bear Ghost Costume"
The stars punched out of glitter paper. The candy corn just cut out of designer paper.
All the images are colored with copic markers as a base only..prismacolor pencils and h20's. Please remember not to use copics over prismacolor pencils as the copic tips will be ruined.
I'm hoping to be back soon. Thank you all so much for still stopping by and the wonderful and concerned comments I've recieved.
Take Care Everyone...and Have a Great Weekend!!


Ranita said...

Woooowwww...these luminaries are so beautiful...i love it..and its so spooky. just a beautiful and perfect project.

Lia said...

wonderful!!! Ila glad to see you're back again
hugs Lia

Cheryl said...

OMG these are BRILLIANT,you colouring is spectacular!!! I have missed seeing your creations,but I am so glad you and hubby had a wonderful vacation!! I hope Elisabeth is doing well!!
Hugs xx

Sandy said...

Hi my dera Ila,

Welcome back in the blogger world. I´ve missed you and your wonderful and darling art. Good to see you here.

Your newest work is unbelievable. So wonderful luminaries. Amazing and lovely spooky. Fantastic work.

Have a lovely weekend my dear friend.

Kreatives haus said...

Hi Ila,
welcome back!!! I've missed you. The luminaries are beautiful and spooky.
Petra from Germany

ribenaruby said...

Wonderful creations Ila, so good to hear from you!

debby4000 said...

Oh these are wonderful Ila. Sound like you've had a fabulous time.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Ila!!!!! I missed you. And oh what a hunny of a project you have to share. I totally love it!

Rach said...

it's wonderful to see your work again Ila, you rock hun.. these are so sweet and beautifully created.. glad to hear that you have had such a fabulous

Dot Scrap said...

Hi Ila.

Oh I´m so happy to se you online again on your blog.
I will send you an email.
Fantastic and wonderful creations.
Scrap hugs
Dorte aka dot-scrap

joey said...

Ila Hello Hunny :O) Nice to see you blogging, these are gorgeous fabulous details!. Your holidays sounds like it was amazing!!! Joey.x

Tammi said...

Ila!! I've missed happy to see you back AND with some of your gorgeous creations, always a delight to see! Sounds like a wonderful time away. :) Have a great weekend. ~hugs

6 wacky women said...

Hi Ila
So happy to see you back on your blog. Your luminarias are absolutely gorgeous, such wonderful creations!!

Karen x

Curt in Carmel said...

I was elated to see you back posting! Isn't Tina so awesome?!? I'm so glad you got to meet her. I don't know if you know, but I'm a guest designer there at High Hopes. Aren't the Laurie Furnell stamps great. You did a wonderful job with them! You came through my state through your travels. I hope you enjoyed Indiana! Best, Curt

Maylee said...

So good to see you blogging again Ila! Your trip sounds fabulous. Love these luminaries! Looking forward to more posts from you.

Riet said...

This is so beautiful Ila.

Hugs Riet.x

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

What a wonderful creations Ila, super cute! Welcome back!
Hugs Jacqueline

Beth Norman said...

What a darling set. You always blow me over with your talent.

Gee, I wish Phebe called me--I'm only 20 min. from here (I'm in Sarnia). Your trip sounds like fun.

Michelle said...

Oh how I've missed you!! Sounds like you are having a fab time in retirement!! I can't believe you got to meet Tina & Bethany, how fun!! And to go to an actual store that has actual Magnolia ---oh I would be in heaven LOL!! Your creations are as beautiful as ever! Hope you & your family (how's that little one??) are doing well!

Sue from Oregon said...

Did a double take when I saw your name come up in my google reader! So wonderful to see your great creations and to read of your fun travels! so glad you are enjoying life!!!

Niki Estes said...

Oh, Ila, they are amazing! I'm another who has missed your beautiful creations! Glad you've had a good summer!

Sherry Phipps said...

You did an awesome job! I'm truly inspired to make one now!!!

Funkelzauber said...

Welcome back, Ila!!!!
This luminaries are so cute!!! I`m happy, to see new stamping projects from you!
Hugs & Kisses

craftyb said...

Hi Ila, welcome back! Your trip sounds wonderful - weren't you lucky to meet those crafty gals too after knowing them online!!

You haven't lost your crafty touch and thats for sure - these halloween projects are just fab! bx

MichelleO said...

So wonderful to see a post on my listing today! And oh my it sounds like such a wonderful trip! I love to travel like that, but with all these animals sometimes it feels as if we will never get to get away again! LOL Love your projects, so wonderfully cute, and fun!

Monique said...

So good to see you back Ila !!! And I love your new creations :)). Gorgious !!

Hugs Monique

CraftyC said...

Hello Ila, so nice to have you back blogging and with 2 fantastic projects!!

Velta said...

OMG Ila...I am SOOO very happy to see you back again...I have checked and checked again and again to see if you would come back. Now I can rest and smile again...You have no idea how much your inspiration has meant to me...and soo happy to see that you had such a good time on your little holiday. Your creations are as always...just amazing...TFS!

dpkennedy said...

Oh Ila, have I missed you!!! You've been busy having fun-that's awesome! I LOVE your luminaries! I was just thinking about making some and then I come across these beauties, wow! I hope so see you around a lot lady! Have a great day!

Christine Riley said...

These are so beautiful, Ila, I love these sweet images. So good to see you back blogging! :)
Hugs, Christine

Lacey Stephens said...

These are just amazing, Ila!! Fantastic job!! Thank you sharing about your visit and trip!! I feel like I was almost there!!! :-)

Maria said...

These are wonderful Ila and I'm so thrilled to see you back. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. Hugs, Maria

Sally Cicada Designs said...

Wow these are awesome!! So beautifully coloured and put together!! What a cool project!! So glad to see you back!!
Sarah ☺

Lori aka Lo Lo said...

WoW...fab creations! The details and colouring are beautiful. Luv it!