Sunday, August 19, 2018

What I found in Istanbul, part 2

So here's some more of the stamp sets that I found while in Istanbul.  The stores that I found these in were in Kadikoy neighborhood.   There was quite a bit of stamps in a couple of stores.  They were all hanging on the same hooks.  One store even had stamps on the outside of it, in the diplays in front of the store.


Next weekend I will share some of the embellishments that I found.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Ruveyda!

Happy Birthday to Ruveyda today!  She's a dear friend's daughter but she was not there when I was visiting in Turkiye, she was in America working in California!  I hope you have a wonderful birthday Ruveyda.  Special wishes for you today and all year long.  May you have many Blessings.  I left  a present for you in Turkiye with your mother. Enjoy the rest of your time in America

This cute image is from The East Wind, isn't it precious?  I thought the card would look great in green.  Offhand I can not think of who did the sentiment, I want to say Unity stamps, but I am not sure.  If you know, please tell me.

Friday, August 17, 2018

For the expectant mother in your life

Here's a card for the expectant Mom in your life.  We have several ladies in my church who are going to have babies so I am making a couple of cards.  I thought this was a sweet and simple card for the occasion.

Hope you are having a great week.  Take Care.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Vintage?

Here's a collage style card which is very unusual for me.  I got this card kit while I was in Istanbul, so you will gradually see the projects from it.  The photo makes the sequins look a weird green color I think, but they are actually a glittery gold, which goes nicely with the gold paper that the card it.

Hope you like this vintage card theme today. It was way out of my typical comfort zone.

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Feeling Crabby today?

If you are, then this is the stamp for you?  Isn't he adorable?  this stamp comes from Ike's Art. I got it as part of her wonderful sea creatures set.  You get 12 images for $12!!  who can beat that?  There's a great contest going on at the Ike's World Challenge blog called All Under the Sea.  I thought this stamp would be perfect for it.  There's also a wonderful freebie on her website that you can get, it's a wonderful seahorse stamp.  CLICK HERE and scroll down for the freebie and the contest.

Hope if you were having a crabby day this card made you smile and your day is now better.  Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Forever & Always

Here's a sweet image from Sweet Pea stamps that I used to make this card for my Hubby.  So happy to be back home with him.  Such wonderful things to talk about.

Hope you too are having a great day.  School for the staff has gotten started up. Just three more days until the kiddos will be here!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Ball

Here's a great image from Sherri Baldy today, img 309.  There's a brand new contest on the SSS Challenge blog.  The theme is Summer!  So pull out your wonderful summer theme stamps, papers, embellishments and create a Bestie card to share with us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Can you believe it?  The staff of AISD is back and starting up for the new school year today.  After such a long and amazing vacation, I am ready to settle in for the upcoming year.  We will have a whole new SpEd unit at our school (LifeSkills) as well as two new teachers who is replacing my boss from last year and at least one additional paraprofessional (like me)….woah, huge curve at the beginning of the year is coming.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pressed Leaves

I have still been getting some wonderful pressed leaves from a fellow member of my church.  I take them and make cards for the church's bazaar.  I love that sometimes she presses some spring time leaves or leaves with some different color in them


Saturday, August 11, 2018

what I found in Istanbul, part 1

So I am sure as you all know, in additional to all the lace I am always looking for when traveling in Turkiye, I do also keep my eyes open for other crafting materials and of course, especially stamps.  Believe it or not I was tickled on this trip to find some actual stamps.  Not stamps imported from the USA, I will have to check where these stamps came from, they were not make locally in Tukiye, so I am guessing they were made somewhere in Europe.  At any rate, it was fun to find stamps that I can't ever see in the USA.

There was quite a stack of them in several of the larger art stores in Kadikoy, Istanbul;  (Lol, I guess by several I can recall three).  I only bought ones I thought I would use or perhaps give out as prizes during the Februrary Celebration!!

Here's some photos of some of them:





Next, weekend, I will post again with some additional photos of more of them.  Then I will share photos of some of the embellishments and other crafty items I found.

Friday, August 10, 2018

SEI Shaker Card

Here's a darling Shaker Card that I got in a kit from SEI.  I took several kits with me to Istanbul, but needless to say I never got around to doing them.  I did manage to get a 1000 piece puzzle completed during the first week and then started another one, but never had time to complete the second one.

SEI has some wonderful card kits that have all the materials included except basic materials like glue, adhesives, scissors,...;  They turn out such cute cards as this one.  I thought Home was a great theme for this week.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We go together like Eggs & Bacon

Here's an adorable image from CC Designs. I just love this cute stamp and fun sentiment to go with it.  I am on my last couple of days off now and preparing for the upcoming school year.  Here it comes!!  lets hope the new teachers we get to work with the SPED kids will just love them as much as our current staff does.

Hope you are having a great end to your summer.

Hugs, Holley

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Be positive, patient and persistent

Here's an awesome image from Marie Medel Illustrations.  This cute image can be found in a wonderful set of stamps (or is sold separate).  With the school year starting, I have added a school theme sentiment, "be positive, patient, and persistent."  I thought that was some great advice for both the teachers and the students.

Next week just the staff is in session and the following week our students will be starting.  On this cute card I am using some awesome lace from Istanbul and fun silver paper from Paper Temptress.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Catch a falling star

Here's a sweet image from Lizzy Love, I just adore her beautiful girl stamps.  This sweet image says Catch a falling star, which is just perfect for now, the start time for the school year. I totally miss my friends at work and of course, the kids.  I look forward to getting going again.

Hope you all are finishing up your summers and having a great time.  Check out the current contest on the Oddball Art Stamp Challenge blog.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Missing that cold yet?

I can remember all the complaining that happened about the extreme winter we had this year.  Are you missing that yet?  Well, not quite for me, but this summer has been record setting that's for sure.  I don't know if I can recall another year that it's been this hot.

Hope you have a great August and the kiddos are getting ready for school.  As staff at the school, we are required to report for duty next week.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Anna Griffin good luck cards part 2

I showed you some cards I made yesterday using a card kit from Anna Griffin, here's the other two cards in the set.  These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury!  They are quick and elegant for handing out when you need a last second project done.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Anna Griffin Good Luck cards, part 1

Here's some wonderful cards I made using a card kit from Anna Griffin. These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury.  The four cards in this set are all Good Luck theme.  I got mine at Tuesday Morning, but if you are interested in seeing the set, you can see it here at Amazon.



Friday, August 3, 2018

New contest at YSBP!!

Here's a wonderful image from artist Rick St Dennis called 1935 Hat.  Check out his amazing stamps at his website, HERE  The new contest has started up at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog and you could win a great prize from Rick St Dennis for sharing your cards with us!  Please drop by and check out all our Rick St. Dennis creations and then share your newest creations with us all month.




I can't wait to see all your card sharing on our blog and if you don't have a blog to share them on, it's no problem, you can email me your cards (htondre@aol.com) or we can post them on your facebook site or other location so you can play along!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mac N Cheese

Should be arriving today and I will be so happy to be home safely with John.  LONG LONG flight, but good to go home and sleep in my own bed for a change.  Missed the hubby so that was the best part of coming home.  Already miss my dear friends and I can't believe vacation is over.

Just a couple days (make that 11 and I will be back at work for another school year!  woah!!)

Cheers everyone!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ya Wanna?

Here's an adorable stamp set from Unity Stamps.  You all know I made this card for my Hubby.  It's just a few days now before I will be home, so he is running on my mind a lot now.  Miss him so and looking forward to seeing him even though I am totally in LOVE with Turkiye and wish I had more time to stay.

Alas, work at the school calls and my DH needs me at home, so summer is ending for me.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Love you John

Missed you lots these past few weeks John, it's almost time to come home....I will see you very soon.  Huge hugs and kisses are coming.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Share the joy

Here's a darling Sherri Baldy image 886 today.  Isn't she a cutie?  Check out her and lots of other wonderful stamps in the My Besties store on line.

Check out the current contest at the SSS Challenge blog where you can join in with your Sherri Baldy cards to win a prize as well as be a guest designer on Addicted To Stamps blog!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mini Calendars

Here's some more of the adorable little calendars that I made for fellow workers and church members.  The top hedge hog stamp I got at a local store called Paper Place. The center angel is from TAC. the bottom little girl is from Your Next Stamp and the one that cracks me up of course says, "Crafting each day keeps the crazy away" it is from Taylored Expressions Grumplings.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sending Bear Hugs on your Birthday

Happy Birthday Sandra Caldwell!!  As many of you know, on of my very favorite stamp artists is Sandra Caldwell, who drew this stamp here!  I made this cute card to send her bear hugs all the way from the other side of the world and wish her a very happy birthday today!

Hope you have a very special birthday Sandra.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Texas

Here's a quick and simple CAS card that I did with some wonderful Jolee's.  I can't believe we are almost to August and it's time to go back to Texas.  As hot as it is here in Istanbul, it's WAY hotter in Texas.  When I get home, I have just 10 days before school gets started.
That being said, I do miss the DH and my own bed lol. Texas, here I come!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

is it winter yet?

LOL, is it winter yet?  I have this adorable Grumplings set from Taylored Expressions in Summer theme.  I am some days wondering about winter, but when I say winter, I mean TEXAS winter.  Not winter.  Texas winter that we normally get, which is in the 50s or so.  I can live with that for a little while.  Now last year, it was just absurdly cold for us (and I think most of you as well).  So, I am pretty much kidding when I ask for winter, because I know how brutal that can be.  I literally ordered myself a coat from CANADA.  bwahahaha!!!

Hope you are all enjoying the summer heat for now. I am sure before we know it we will be wishing for summer again.  Take Care and have a wonderful summery day!