Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Never be afraid

Sharing this fun image from Simply Betty Stamps. I also added some gorgeous lace from Istanbul and some beautiful bling.  The sentiment, so very true to me as I have a huge scar all the way from the center of my head around the back to my left ear from the brain surgery.  "Never be afraid of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you."

I can recall my doctor asking me a month or two after surgery how I was feeling about the scar, perhaps it was even later.  I will say, I didn't even see it for about 4 weeks.  You are never looking at a mirror in the hospital and your head is wrapped all the time.  Was quite a surprise as they had shaved my head like a reverse Mohawk.  About all I could do is roll my eyes and think of how crazy I must have looked when I was leaving the hospital.  Took about a year for my hair to really grow back, at least enough to really cover up the scar completely.  SMALL price to pay for the amazing seizure free life that I have now. I told that doctor, that scar is not important.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Simply Betty Stamps); Sentiment (Unity Stamp Company); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Buttons (Walmart); Bling (Recollections); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week Rhonda's team is having a challenge to create round shaped cards.  Here's the one I made using a brand new stamp from artist Diana Garrison called Summer Dragonfly.  I fussy cut it out and mounted it on my die cut card. I added some fun buttons.

Hope you will join in this week's fun with us over at the Squigglefly Challenge Blog.  Drop by and check out the Design Team's work and then share your round card with us!

Project Materials:  Carstock (unknown, Neenah); Image (Squigglefly); Diecut (Lifestyles); Buttons (Recollections); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots);

Monday, July 21, 2014

Merry Christmas....

Yep, it's time for some Christmas cards in the summer. I supposed I did one last week too. here's a real cutie though as this image is from Sherri Baldy and she's baking cookies.  I can't think of anything that makes me think of Christmas more than cookies. I had these adorable little cookie cutter buttons that I had to use for this card.  This cute image is IMG051.

The SSS Challenge blog is having a Christmas theme challenge this week, so drop by and share a Christmas theme creation. You can use a winter/Christmas theme or choose another stamp, as I did here and turn it into a Christmas card on your own.  We'd love to see what you make and the winner will get awesome prize from artist Sherri Baldy.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Making Memories, Bazzill Bling, AC, Neenah); Image (Sherri Baldy); Buttons (Jesse James-Grandma's Button Bag); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Smiles today

Sharing this quick and cute card using a sweet image of Elisabeth Bell's from Sweet Pea stamps.  They have over 50 images of her that will be retired at the end of the month.  If you want any, you better run to the store and order them now!  I thought this cutie was definitely one I wanted, can you imagine this tiny fairy floating on a bubble of air?

On this card I imagined it as a drop of water, which is why I used two borders of rain drops.  There's a bunch of real cuties at the store to check. Drop by and check out all her stamps here.  There's quite a few of them marked down too, some as low as $2!! and that's for a 3"x4" stamp!  wow, those stamps are in the SALE section here.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento); Bling (Hobby Lobby); Pins (Little Yellow Bicycle); Borders (Adorn it); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots);

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blueberry Girl

Here's the cutest little Blueberry girl from artist Sherri Baldy.  I am also using some wonderful glitter and sparkly flower to add bling to the card for this week's challenge.  I added a great sentiment on the card which is embossed and inked in white.  What a fun thank you card!

There's just few days left in the SSS Challenge contest, so join in the fun and you can win a wonderful prize from Sherri Baldy of Scrapbook Stamp Society.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Addicted to Stamps-SSS); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Stickers (); Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Banner (Hobby Lobby); Bling (Grandma's Button bag); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, glue all); color (Copic Markers);

Friday, July 18, 2014

What a catch!

Here's an image from one of the newest artists at Sweet Pea stamps Heather Valentin. She sells only Rubber stamps at the store and this image is called Molly - What a catch.  The whole design team is showing wonderful cards this week on the Sweet Pea Blog.  here's my creation using this fun image.  Be sure and check out the other stamps from this artist at the store.

Here's an enlargement of the image itself.  Don't you love the cute fish button I added to the center of the flower?  how about those adorable flower brads? don't they match that funky ribbon just perfectly?
Hope you have had a wonderful week.  I have a lot of friends and family who love to go fishing so I know this card will be a big hit with them.  Hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  Have some card making fun too!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Be the Heroine

Here's a great image from The Stamping Chef.  Had to laugh when I saw her shirt "Stop looking at my shirt!"  Isn't weird when you are chatting with someone and they aren't looking at you face to face?  I guess there has been a time when I may have been able to wear such a tiny shirt.  Yeah, those times are long gone, lol!

I made this card for this week's Stamping Chef challenge. Love seeing all the different Stamping Chef cards that get made every week. Drop by their Challenge Blog and check them out.

Project materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah, AC Metallic); Image (Stamping Chef); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities; Memory Box); Brads (My Minds Eye); Bling (Queen & Co); Die Cuts (K&Co); Sentimens (Cosmo Crickett); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots);

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's getting Hot!

Time for another East Wind Challenge this month.  Been so loving these stamps and I bought several recently, including this hottie.  Oooo, don't you love her?  You know I like Skulls, so this one was first on my list. Lucy Loo Sexy Girl with her own Style, she's hot! I had this fun sentiment from Cosmic Crickett in pink to match the card, "why try to be normal?"
Do you like the pink paisley stock that I trimmed in the background?  I am going to link this to the East Wind challenge the game is to show them what's hot. For me, the things that are hot lately are East Wind images, Skulls, and pinks.  You really should check out the awesome images.
Project Materials:  Carstock (AC, Heidi Grace, Neenah); Image (The East Wind); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Brads (Hobby Lobby); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots, ribbon glue);

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scrapbook Place Challenge

Here's a card I am making for a brand new Challenge that is happening at Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog.  The contest is to create a Christmas theme card in very NON Christmas colors.  So how about pink and blue?  can you get any less Christmas theme than that?  The image I am using here is from Squigglefly and is currently retired, but was created from artist Nina Brackett.  The challenge over at Squigglefly this week is called Over the edge, so I added this fun matching ribbon to the design and let it flow off the cardstock.

I hope you will join in our challenge at Scrapbook Place, Have some fun with us and make a Christmas card in some non-traditional colors.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, July 14, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what that means, it's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week's challenge is called "Over the Edge."  Something on your card must extend over the edge of your card.  Here's my card using a wonderful stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell called Dizzy Gal.

Drop by the Squigglefly Blog and check out all the Holley Hobbyists' cards this week and then join in the fun by sharing your card with us!  You are even welcome to play using a freebie from Squigglefly (click here).

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Bazzill); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Image (Squigglefly); Sentiments (Cosmo Crickett); Border (Adorn It!); Tab (); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quick and Cute Koala

Here's a quick and cute card that I made using a Koala bear stamp from Whipper Snapper. So adorable. I can remember a few years of the San Antonio Zoo having a koala bear while I lived there. It's a very specific environment that these bear live in, which is of course, not all like San Antonio TX. They had to keep the poor guy in a well sealed temperature controlled room.  Guess when I was a kid it was so fascinating to see all of these wonderful animals in person, I didn't think about how hard it must be to remove all these animals from their natural habitats.

I do love this beautiful creatures, but I don't think they are nearly as friendly as they are cute and cuddly looking.  It's one of those admire from afar things :)

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Hobby Lobby, Bazzill Bling, Neenah); Image (Whipper Snapper); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (Michaels); Bling (Grandma's Button Bag); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl in Orange

Sharing this beautiful image from Stampavie today. I colored her up in orange, just love her cute dress and those dear birds.  How adorable!  Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Summer. I can't believe it is almost half over now! My sister will be returning from UAE next week for a month stateside to enjoy a little Texas before the next school year starts.

Have a happy summer day!  put on your orange sundress and go out to see the birds.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sad Valentine

 Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Enys Guerrero called A Sad Valentine.  I think this stamp is great for any particular occasion though. I colored her up in blues and pinks together and a background of warm grey.  I like the steampunk embellishment on the image itself, so I went with that and added a bunch of steampunk die cuts to the final card.
Don't you just love the forlorn look on her face?  I just love that she looks so mature at one level, but then you see that unicorn coddled up next to her still.
Be sure and check out the other images from artist Enys Guerrero.  There's another image called Magical Steam Girl....oooo, I just LOVE that image too.  You will be seeing a card very soon with that girl. 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ooh la la

Here's an awesome image from The Stamping Chef.  Isn't she great?  Totally love this artist's work.  I added some fun sentiments from Unity Stamps as well as a great embossing sentiment.  Did you notice the brads on my flowers are cupcakes?  Could that be what she is making?

Going to enter this card into the Stamping Chef challenge this week.  Check out their amazing stamps. Totally love their images. Also A Song in Your He(Art) is having a contest this week that is sponsored by Stamping Chef.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Little yellow Bicycle, Neenah, Bazzil Bling, Bazzil); Image (Stamping Chef); Sentiments (Unity Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Flowers (Prima, Recollections); Embossing (Cuttlebug); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Brads (Stamping Up); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots);

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wide Eyed Susie

Here's an adorable stamp called Wide Eyed Susie.  This cutie comes from artist Sandra Caldwell and is sold at Squigglefly. I am using this card for the Squigglefly Challenge this week. The challenge is to use scraps on your card. Like most cardmakers, I have a lot of paper scraps. I keep an entire box next to my crafting area, one of those photo storage size boxes and it's FULL of paper.  Every once in a while I clean it out (and by clean it out I mean remove the tinest papers that I know won't get used).  So I pulled out some papers that matched the colors I used today to make this card.  I am also using a brand new Squigglefly stamp BFF from artist Angela Charles.  Doesn't this cutie look like she could be your BFF?

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge this week and join in the fun!  Pull out your scraps and play with us.

Project materials:  Cardstock (DCVW, AC, Neenah); Images (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Stickers (Recollections); Buttons (walmart); Colors (copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots);

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life is a story

Here's an awesome image that was given by East Wind this month.  I am totally loving this artist's stamps!  I recently bought several, so you will be seeing more and more cards using these images, esp of Lucy Loo.  They are having a challenge to include a ribbon, so I added one on this card today. I cut the base of it and attached it to the card with ribbon glue to make it look like washi tape. This gorgeous stamp is called Belle of the Ball.  All of the cardstock on this card is from Paper Temptress.
I am using an A6 sized card here with Flame Mica as a shimmery base of the card.  The image is printed on Neenah solar white and then colored with copic markers.  I then layered it on Flame with a die cut frame  made from a wonderful yellow that has a stunning sparkle in it called Mangue. The bottom border is three layers of papers, red incandescent (rosso), black ruche, and flame mica that has been embossed.

I am entering this card for the East Wind Challenge, to include some ribbon.  I also added a sentiment from Cosmo Crickett "Your Life is a story, make it good."

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Image (The East Wind); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Ribbon (Heidi grace); Embossing (Cuttlebug); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Popdots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue, Staples);

Monday, July 7, 2014

You are a Treasure

Here's a super cute image from Sherri Baldy that I used to create a fun card for the current SSS Challenge.  The current challenge is Anything Goes + pearls and bling.  I am using some adorable pearls on my corners along with some glittery bling, some rhinestones in the center of my flowers as well as some bling to surround my "You are a treasure" sentiment.  This adorable stamp is img237.

Be sure and drop by the SSS Challenge Blog  so you and join in the fun. Winner will get a bunch of wonderful stamps from SSS artist Sherri Baldy, so please share you card with us.

Project materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah); Image (SSS-Addicted to stamps); Die Cuts (Xcuts, Memory Box); Flowers (Prima); Bling (Recollections, Michaels, Tim Holtz); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Twine (AC); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Smiles

Sending everyone a smile today!  Hope had a great 4th of July. This Fairy sure looks like she did and now she is ready for nap!  We stayed here in Austin.  While walking I saw quite a bit of fireworks here in the neighborhood, to the point where I decided to get back to the house.    Smiles for all of you for this upcoming week.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Sentiment (Jolees); Lace (Istanbul Turkiye); Die Cut (Lifestyles); Stamp (In style Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, ribbon glue);

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Panda Cute

Here's the cutest little stamp and sentiment from Untiy Stamps.  This card was a quick and cute make for that moment when you need a simple card to send out to a friend. I just love Unity's sweet images and their versatile sayings.  Panda's are definitely one of my favorites.  Last time we were in DC at the national Zoo, we got to see the newborn panda right after it was born. So adorable.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and you are having a great weekend.  It's already July and I can't believe how super hot it is.  Makes it so hard to go out walking when it's already 90 degrees by 10am.  UGH.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, July 4, 2014

Anniversary Card

Here's a really stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Helena Reis called Mending a Broken Heart.  It's currently available in Digi Format.  I just love this gorgeous stamp.  I created this love theme card for my hubby for our anniversary this year.  Even though the stamp is about broken hearts, I think it's a very versatile image and can be used for different occasions.  Sometimes when I am just struck with love and hugging something so very hard, I can feel a little tear in my eye, just like the woman here. It's like thinking about how really lucky you are.  That's so why I chose this stamp for my anniversary card!!
Here's a closeup of the image I used, Helena Reis has so many pretty lady stamps

She also has some adorable little girl stamps and lovely fairies.  Be sure and check out her collection at the Sweet Pea stamp store.  I hope this card gave you some great ideas for using this stamp in several different ways!

Cheers, Holley