Saturday, March 28, 2015

Guest Designers

I just wanted to share some awesome cards that I have been sent
Here's one from Jean M in thanks for her prize
From Mary K which sent me some wonderful stamps to help mail out all my prizes!! HUGE thanks Mary and for this lovely card!!

A thank you Mary sent to me in which she also included MORE postage!!  So SWEET!

One from Paula sent me congratulating me on my 5th year anniversary and sending me some postage to help during the celebration! 

Also, Check out this stunning card that Ace Cards Andree made with one of her prizes, a stamp from Sherri Baldy, click here

Here's another card that is created by Chrissy Sharp using a stamp that she won from Sweet Pea Stamps, just beautiful!  click here

Thanks so much Ladies!! I hope to show more cards from other people later on this month!!

 Cheers, Holley

Friday, March 27, 2015


Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea artist Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.  This image is called Little Miss Mushroom.  Isn't she just darling?  I did this card up in bright spring colors and added a simple sentiment "Celebrate the everyday." I know now that we have moved from some dreaded winter weather to the nice everyday 60-70 degree weather that I am definitely doing that.

This week on the Sweet Pea Blog all the design team members are creating cards using images from Mitzi, so drop by over there to see lots of creations using her image or go to the facebook Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page where we all share cards, have fun contests and chat daily.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (MM, Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, memento); Pins (Heidi) Buttons (American Traditionals); Lace (JoAnns); Bling (Queen & Co); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Embellishments (K&Co); Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Card for a Cause, it's World Purple Day!

It's World Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness.  Lizzy Love (Oddball Art Media) is having a totally awesome Blog Challenge this month, it's Cards for a Cause.  To create a card and share your Card for a Cause. It just happens to coincide with this special occasion. I am sure most of you know that I just celebrated my fifth year seizure free post two brain surgeries.  So my card is for a cause very near and dear to my heart (or my brain!).  Maybe that's part of why I love the Lizzy Love images so much, all those zombie, brain images, lol!  Here's my husband's comment about the skull on this card...."Hmmm, the scar on those skulls is just a little bit too much to the left." (meaning compared to the HUGE scar I have running down my head and all the back around to my ear).

Here's my purple card for World Purple Day, I hope this card inspires you all enough to run and go put your Purple on today!!

To see a site about Purple Day, click here 

Here's some basic facts about Epilepsy, why we are trying to bring awareness
Epilepsy effects at least 1 % of the world's population, that's 70 MILLION people in this world;
In half the cases, the cause of Epilepsy is unknown.

Epilepsy causes more deaths per year than Breast Cancer;  About 1 in 1000 people with Epliepsy will die unexpectedly.  This is called SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Eplipesy).  It's more likely in those persons who do not have medical control of their seizures.  About 30% of people with Epilepsy are in that state.  They get no control with any medication available.  It costs over 50,000 American's per year.

New treatments has been found for that 30% including Cannabis Oils whose early trials have had remarkable results for many people who spent YEARS taking many other drugs and combinations with no results.   Many states are already approving or have approved it long ago with doctor's orders.  It's very important the politicians leave this option open for DOCTORS!!!  No doctor is just going to hand this treatment to a patient, unless they have tried everything else first.  So please urge your local politicians to leave the choice up to the medical doctors

 Check this facebook story for one child's fight for medication. Team Alexis. She was one of that 30% who found immediate relief with this new treatment.  Obviously it hits a real nerve with me as I used to be one of those 30% and as you may know I still watch very close every year and know that I could go back to that state.  I am incredibly grateful where I am now but I know if I go back to seizures, once again that prescription drugs may not help me.  Last time I was taking 5 different medidcations at a time.

Check out the Challenge over at the Oddball Art Media site to see the cards others shared for their causes.   Awesome Idea Lizzy Love!!  Very inspiring.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter's on its way

Here's the cutest Easter theme card that I wanted to do in totally non traditional easter colors.  I had this fun image from Sandra Caldwell of Sweet Pea stamps called A Hunting She Will go.  I colored her up with copic markers and paired her with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.
The base layer of the card is beautiful shimmery mica called Amber.  It's so gorgeous in person.  The orange cardstock is used to  layer the image, the tag and the strip is Orange Basis. The blue layering paper is ruche which has a wonderful texture to it and gives a nice feel to the card, it's called Deep Blue Crepe.  The image was printed out on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper and colored with Copic markers.
Here's a close up of this adorable image from Sandra Caldwell.
Drop by and share you wonderful cards with Sweet Pea images at the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans website and check out the amazing papers and specials at Paper Temptress!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hello Sweet Kitty

I am sharing this beautiful sweet kitty using a wonderful Ppinkydolls image today. I just love this artist's work. This image is called Pink with Fluffy kitty.  She's having a challenge over on her facebook page to include a spring theme image with cute animals.  I am loving her stamps

Here's my favorite color, lots of oranges. Hope you are having a bright bright sunshiney day!

Cheers, Holley

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dressing up for Easter.

We are having a fun Anything Goes + Easter theme contest over on the SSS Challenge blog, so drop by and share your latest Besties creation with us. We'd love to see what you are making lately.  Aren't her stamps just the cutest?

I love this sweet image and wanted to put her in the prettiest Easter colored outfit this week. Everything matching with that adorable little purse is so what makes me think of Easter. She just looks all dressed up for church.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Company, Bazzill, Neenah); Image(SherriBaldy Besties-Addicted to stamps); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Buttons (American Traditional); Adhesives (pop dots, glue dots, glue all)

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Here's a brand new image from SLS Lines, just perfect for summertime. She's a fun fairy image so I colored up her shimmery wings in blue and added some glitter to give a translucent feel to them, then I add some perfectly matching ribbon to the wings.  I used a red and pink combo to finish off the card.

There's a wonderful contest going on over at the SLS Challenge Blog, be sure to drop by over there and join in. The contest is Anything Goes so go on over there and play along.  Today SLS Line is having their monthly release over on their blog, so drop by and see all of the awesome images that going out this month, there's a number of fun fairy images like this one, click here.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, March 21, 2015

All I want....

Happy Saturday everyone, I am sure you all know who this card is for....I know he knows why I am posting these cards lately.  All I want is to be together with you!  She's called Ohh La La. All the colors and the embellishments are in pink though I think the bling looks a little bit more clear than it does in person.  Perhaps when the hubby comes home I should find something pink....

Ike's Art is having a great challenge over on their blog, it's colored hair. They have some awesome samples from their design team. I chose this one to share today, but I just love their samples. You guys know that I often choose bright non-traditional hair colors, but for this card for the hubby, I wanted to be a little more real.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah, Bazzill); Image (Ike's Art); Lace (JoAnn's); Bling (Recollections); Die Cut (); Colors (Copic Markers); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, ribbon glue, glue dots);

Friday, March 20, 2015

Good Morning!

Here's a wonderful Sweet Pea stamp from artist Zoimar Lezama. This adorable image is called Good Morning.  Isn't she too cute?  I just love her. I have been working on creating cards using colors that are not my usual, so Green is a big one for me.  This green and brown combo seems to go well together.
Here's a closeup of this adorable image

Be sure and check out the other fun images from Zoimar Lezama's collection. My total favorite has got to be  Pastel Goth, oh Cutie!  Drop by our Facebook group called Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans where we have all sorts of card sharing, chatting, great contests and fun!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Real Girls

Here's a totally awesome image from The East Wind.  I so adore this artist's images.  She sells them as digi stamps and they are also available at Sweet Pea Stamps as Rubber Stamps.  This one is currently at her Etsy store.  She's having a fun Spring theme challenge over at the East Wind Challenge blog.

I hope you are having a great week. Are you ready for the NCAA Tournament to begin?  I can tell you that here in our house we are routing for the Iowa State Cyclones. 

Have a great week and Go Clones!!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Love this stunning image from Slinky Tarts.  Had to make my hubby a little sexy or as Slinky Tarts calls it, Smexy card. Hope he will be checking out my blog later and seeing it.  Love you dear!
He even likes the purple, so that will definitely be a hit with him.

How's everyone doing?  I would hope that if you are inside the USA, that your packages have reached you by now. I have been hearing from people regularly now that their goodies have arrived.  I'd love to see anything fun that you create with them. For the Post Blog Candy redraw winners, I mailed out the package to Kathy and sent the digi prize out to Annette. Enjoy.  This Saturday I will be sharing a handful of cards that I have received.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Here's an awesome image from Dilly Beans.  I love this artist's work. She has both big eye women as well as some great skull/quirky type images.  Very much the type I enjoy. this image is called Daisy Girl Framed
They are having a March challenge over on their site, it's for adding green to your card. I guess I only have a touch of green, but this is a very spring filled card covered in flowers, so I hope that itself makes it qualify as I did use green as well.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress, Neenah, Bazzill, Metallic); Image (Dilly Beans); Color (Copic markers); Buttons (Queen & Co); Sentiment ();

Monday, March 16, 2015

Time for a challenge.

Here's a fun image from Sherri Baldy today. They are starting up a new challenge over on the SSS Challenge Blog, the theme this week is anything goes with an Easter Option.  I chose this wonderful image and colored her up in easter colors then added some easter theme embellishments to the card.

I hope you will drop by the SSS Challenge and join in the fun.  We are having a contest and the prize winner will get wonderful stamps from Sherri, so come play!!

Two of the Blog Candy redraw prizes are getting mailed today Jennifer T and Mary R.  Be sure and check that list that was posted yesterday if you signed up to win blog candy from Feb and were not chosen as unclaimed blog candy was awarded to new people!

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Neenah); Image (Sherri Baldy); Cardstock Stickers (Bo Bunny); Die Cuts (Joy Crafts); Eggs (OTC); Buttons (American Traditional); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Basic Grey); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, glue all);

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Have a wonderful day!- BLOG CANDY RUNOFF winners

Here's a super cute image from Whipper Snapper. How adorable is this?  I totally love their fun images.  I am using a die cut from Spellbinders and some gorgeous lace that I got while in Istanbul. I hope you are all having a wonderful day today.  Many blessings.

Are you ready for the Tournament?  if you said yes, then you know I am talking about the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament that will be announced today.  It starts this week.  Huge basketball fans here in my house.  I know I told you that we went to 6 NBA All Star Games, we also went to the NCAA final four one year and even got front row seats!!  WOW.  It was unbelievable.

Cheers, Holley

Blog Candy redrawing

Now that all the packages have been mailed on, here's the winners of some extra goodies that I still have which went unclaimed!!  Thanks to you guys for also celebrating with me, if you are in the USA, please email me with your Addy, if you are outside the USA, please send your email.

Annette Reed (email please)
jen t. (scrappy side of me)
Mary Redford

I am entering this card in the Corrosive Challenge blog for the Animal Theme!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Here's an awesome stamp from Simply Betty Stamps called Goblin Queen.  If you are in her facebook group occasionally she has a freebie or a discounted stamp that is offered if you promise to make and share a card or take part in a special event.  It's totally awesome as I love her images and buy from her store regularly, so it's a great way to get an extra now and then from an artist whose images I adore.  The topic was "light" or "dark" so, as you can see, I opted towards dark this time even though pretty much all my crafting for the last month or more as been on the lighter side.
Hope you all like this card today, have a great weekend.  I am sure like much other places, our local schools are having spring break this coming week.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, March 13, 2015

Irish Lucky Plant

Here's an adorable new Sweet Pea stamp designed by artist Sandra Caldwell called Irish Lucky Plant.  I colored up this fun image for a St Patrick's Day card.  There's still time to create a fun card for St Patrick's Day which is Tuesday March 17th, so drop by the Sweet Pea store and check out their images for this holiday.

Here's a close up of this adorable digi stamp.
Check out all of the other fun images from Sandra Caldwell, she has recently added some fun Easter images as well.  Sweet Pea also has a great friends and fans group on Facebook that you can visit to show off your cards, play in contests, win prizes and chat with other crafters, please join in!
All the digi stamp prizes from Sweet Pea stamps went out yesterday.  The only remaining digi prizes are Atelier Oz...I am going to again send the store an email to check on the status. Julie G, Kate M, Bissecat, Karin and Lea.

If you won a digi stamp prize other than the 5 people listed above and didn't receive it or haven't heard from me, please drop me an email,  All the mailed packages were sent out by Tuesday, so hopefully most of them are reaching their destinations!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

SLS Lines Contest using Paper Temptress Papers

Happy Thursday everyone! Today's time for a new contest over at SLS Lines Challenge blog.  The contest this month is Anything Goes. I am using this awesome image called Fashion Model, Beehive Hairdo.  She looks as though she is dressed up and ready to party.  Join in our challenge this month and you could win some wonderful stamps from SLS Lines.

The gorgeous papers on this card are all from Paper Temptress.  The base of the card is a wonderfully thick textured cardstock called Balboa Blue Felt Grandee. I enhanced that with some gorgeous sparkle using a sheet of Hambly Studio Paper which I die cut.  If you like the Screenprints, you can get them in a 6x6 assortment pack, which gives you a large assortment that are the perfect size for card fronts. The image and the sentiment are on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper and die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilties.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I hope you will take the Key to my Heart

Here's an awesome image from Lizzy Love of Oddball Stamps. I just adore this artist's images. So great.  I am using pinks and warm greys on this card and I just love the bats on there.
  They have a great contest on their group's facebook page each month.  I can't get enough of this artist's images.  I added a key and a heart at the base of this card, I know my hubby knows just what that means.

They are also having a great Love Theme contest over on the Oddball Challenge Blog, which is Love theme this month. As you guys all know. I do like making love them cards and I am really like the pink with a  warm colored grey lately.

For the prize winners--all the mailed packages have gone out now, so everyone should be getting them!

For the digi stamp winners-- 2 Cute Ink sent out the prizes today!  Enjoy.  I sent payment to Sweet Pea stamps so those winners should get their stamps soon!  I am waiting to hear back from both Atelier Oz, but the store has a list of the winners as well as the images they want.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Witch on a pumpkin

Here's an awesome image from SLS Lines.  I totally love this artist's mix of beautiful and quirky images.  This fun image is Halloween Pinup, pretty witch on a pumpkin.  How gorgeous is she?  I added a wonderful sentiment from Henry David Thoreau "I'd rather sit alone on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowed on a velvet cushion."

Check of the SLS Lines store over on Etsy and join in our Challenge contest. The new contest will be coming on the 12th, so you have just a couple days to enter the last contest.

Ok I got the last bunch of packages mailed:  Ionabunny, Larissa, Lora, Patricia, Nikki;  I am still waiting to hear from winners of Sweet Pea stamps, please email me your choices. I need to get everyone's choices before I can contact the store.

I am also waiting to get the images back from 2 Cute Ink Stamps and Atelier Oz.

Thanks for your patience!  On the good side, I am already seeing emails, photos on blogs and facebook of people who have gotten their packages!!  Woo Hoo!

Cheers, Holley

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello Sweet Friend

Here's the cutest new stamp from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy, Img523.  We are having a contest over on the SSS Challenge blog this week, it's Anything Goes with stitching as the alternative.  I have stitching done on the two blue/green papers.  I really think those colors make the image POP right off the card.  I added a sweet sentiment from Cosmo Cricket and some adorable brads from Around the Block.

Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and join in the fun.  There's a freebie that you can use for the contest, I shared it last week on my Monday posting.  Create something fun and share it for the contest.  The winners will get some wonderful images from Sherri!

Cheers, Holley

NOTE:  Digi stamp prize list was sent to Atelier Oz last night, I hope to hear back from them later today so I can make the payment and you will get your goodies.  I am waiting for just a couple more people from Sweet Pea stamps before I submit the list to the store owner.  2 Cute ink has been given their store list and I am awaiting to hear back from them.