It’s time for another Company Spotlight!!!
Today I will be talking about High Hopes Rubber Stamps. I have had the pleasure of being part of their Design Team for the last year or so.
High Hopes stamps are wonderfully deep etched red rubber. They can be used for clay as well as paper. They are sold as bare rubber, unmounted with cling foam, or wood mounted. Whimsical and fun designs and a huge catalog of images!
High Hopes has a fun new blog with weekly challenges and High Hopes news. You can find it —> HERE
A little about Tina – Owner of High Hopes:
Tina and her mother co-owned “Tinker’s Inker’s Stamps and Stuff” in Silver Creek, Wa. from 1993-2003. High Hopes began when Tina was presented with the opportunity to purchase “For Me and My House” rubber stamps in May of 2004. She chose the name “High Hopes” for the company as it expressed our faith, and excitement in this new venture. They chose the logo of the Ant carrying the over sized rubber tree plant as we felt it depicted perseverance, and conviction.
I asked Christine Armstrong (Design Team Coordinator and Illustrator for High Hopes) a couple questions like how she got started with High Hopes and where her inspiration comes from. As you’ll see from her response it’s very obvious that Tina (owner of High Hopes) is a wonderful “boss lady”.
I had been stamping for about three months when I joined a stamping
group on Yahoo to make friends with other stampers and learn the
craft from them. Tina, the proprietor of High Hopes Stamps was
already a member. One day on the message board, she posted that she
was looking for an artist who would design stamps for her. The first
time I read it, I thought nothing of it. But the next week, she had
posted it again, and this second time I read it, I felt a nudge from
Heaven and thought, “I could do this”!
I pulled out some of my drawings, scanned them, and sent them to her in an e-mail so she could see that I could
actually draw (heh-heh). She phoned me and we talked for like three hours! We found we had so much in common, and were really excited that we had found each other. I started drawing for her right away and have been drawing
for her ever since. That was March 2005.
Tina already had a huge inventory of stamps that were drawn by the
company’s previous owner, Tony DeMarco, and quite a few that she
herself had drawn. But it was her desire to have only one artist
drawing for the new designs.
Tina truly is the creative genius behind all the stamps. I truly
would not know where to move my pen across the paper if it wasn’t for
her. She comes up with the ideas verbally, and I see them in picture
form in my mind. But if it wasn’t for her imaginative suggestions, I
would have nothing to draw! In that respect (and in many other ways!)
we make a great team. I think I have only come up with a handful of
designs “all on my own”. Every other design has been sparked by an
idea that she has handed to me! Actually, some of the Divas have seeded my imagination too, as
well as customers who make requests. I think the key for me is to be
like a child again, and let my imagination run with the beauty I
connected with back then. I can still can touch that whimsical
beauty now as an adult if I allow myself to. If I start giggling as
I’m drawing, I know I’m in the right place!
Tina is an amazing person, probably one of the most generous
people on the planet, and very much a lover of people. I know that
she has won many customers over just by virtue of the fact that she
makes them all into friends, and draws them in to her heart. It
really is extraordinary, how loving and kind she is and everyone who
meets her or has any sort of contact with her soon sees how true that
is! She has never, in the three years I have worked with her, ever
been critical or negative. Rather, she is positive and encouraging,
always. She’s completely reliable and dependable. And funny! That
woman can make people laugh! Her mind is constantly creating and
coming up with new ideas, which is why the list of fifty images I
started with in 05 has grown to about ninety!! It seems the more I
draw, the more ideas she gets as spin offs of my art. I don’t know
if I’ll ever get the list down to zero at this rate, but hey, that’s
job security for ya! (heh-heh).
I love what I do for Tina and for High Hopes. She stuck with me,
even though the images I did at first were less than stellar. She
believed in me and encouraged me to where I am today. Meeting her
basically changed my daily life and made my dream of becoming a
working artist a reality. But not only did my daily schedule change
because of Tina, but also, because of her moral example, I have
changed on the inside too. I want to make others feel good about
themselves with encouragement and kindness, just like she showers on
me. I will ever be grateful to God for bringing us together!
A fun fact not many know is, we have never been face to face!
Through the magic of modern technology, we have done all our work
together through the internet or by phone. I sure would love to see
her one day and give her the biggest hug!
Here are a couple samples made with High Hopes stamps:
My next sample uses Christmas Treat.
Now a little about the blog candy…..
Psssssss… someone on the High Hopes Design Team also has Blog Candy! Hunt around the girl’s blogs and see if you can find it!
Click HERE for links to the Diva’s blogs.