Thursday, December 18, 2014

At the Carwash...

Here's an awesome image from the Stamping Chef.  Now isn't this the woman lots of people would love to see at the carwash?  I guess here in Texas we have been in a drought situation so long, carwashes don't happen, not even in your own yard.  I guess we will just have to settle for a card with a lady washing the car. That's about as close as you are going to get.

Hope all is well this week. Are you ready for Christmas? I can't believe it is so close now.  Just one more weekend before the holiday. I suppose I should be making my list and checking it twice.  Though if I crossed off all the naughty people,....that list would get awful short.  Better stick to getting sweet gifts for all the kids.

The Stamping Chef is having an Anything Goes challenge over on their blog this week, so I am going to share this card with them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lizzy Love

Here's an awesome image from Lizzy Love. This girl is just great. I love these images.  I did a fall theme card for her. I know most all of you are in winter time, but here in south Texas, just about a week ago, the tree in my front and back yard started dropping leaves, SO many leaves.  It's been a pretty mild 70 degrees many days and just beautiful.  Totally inspired me to do this card.

Hope you are all doing well, be you in a mild time like I am or in the winter like much of the north right now.  Hugs for the day

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Bazzill, Neenah); Die Cuts (Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Images (Lizzy Love Oddball Art Stamps); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Making Memories, Basic Grey); Stickers (Ms Grossmans); Sentiments (Cosmo Cricket); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all);

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Merry & Bright

Here is just the cutest image ever!! Yep, it's from SSS artist Sherri Baldy, it's she darling? She's Img454. Too cute for Christmas!  I added a fun sentiment on the base of the card "All I want for Christmas is You."  I am using some lace from Turkiye and some great embellishments of Christmas lights to go with her.  Now all I need it to get a reindeer image too...Sherri also has some adorable deer images!

Hope you will check out the SSS Challenge contest, they are celebrating the holidays over there, so join in the fun and share your card.  There's wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy so drop by and play!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week the challenge will be extended through the holidays, so you have a bit longer to play.  You are welcome to enter more than once.  Our topic for the challenge is Holiday theme cards, it can be Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, New Years, even Valentines if you have started making those cards...pick a holiday and share a card over on the Squigglefly Challenge Blog.  I am sharing this adorable Christmas card using a wonderful image from my favorite Sandra Caldwell called Tangled Up Snowman.

I hope you will take some time and join in the fun!! There's some wonderful freebies you can use to play with us over on the Squigglefly website, try us out.  Perhaps turn one of those adorable Shy Bear images into a New Year's wish or that beautiful Journal Frame into a fun sentiment.  Just some ideas for you!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's the most....

It's the most wonderful time of the year.....does this make a Christmas song start in your head?  I think they have been playing now since about June in Hobby Lobby, but perhaps just the last two months in most other locations.  But, no I am not talking about Christmas today, today is My Birthday!  not just my birthday, also several friends who have the exact same day!

So, for just one day in Dec, NO Christmas anything, just Holley.....ha ha.

Have a great day everyone and Happy Birthday to Katy (day late), Charlie, Oase and cousin Jade and all you other Dec Birthday babes!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Christmas

Here's a cute Crafter's Companion stamp that I made a sweet little Christmas card from.  What an adorable kitty.  I am now starting to see lots of poinsettas at the local stores.  Are these flowers that people keep year round?  I mean, what happens to them after the season?  Unfortunately the only ones that I see with any regularity are usually the ones in the church sanctuary and they usually meet an early demise due to the temperature control in there.  I am not sure why. I don't know if it's over or under watering or what, but every year, they don't seem to last very long.

At any rate, hope you are having a great December!  Stay warm and get ready for the holidays.

Hugs, Holley

Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Gift of All

Here's the kind of Christmas card to give that special man in your life. I made this one for my hubby using an awesome stamp from Sweet Pea artist Joanne Schempp, her name is Kristy.  Hmmmm, Kristy Kringle perhaps?  I colored her with copic markers and to make the image stand out, I did the background of the image all in warm grey tones.  Must say my favorite feature on this girl is TOTALLY the over the knee socks!  Love them!
This image is also available in digi format.
Hope this fun image inspires you to make a card for your loved one this holiday!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Squigglefly, Paper Temptress, and a recent publication

Here's a fun card that was made using a great image from Squigglefly, gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress and was published in the most recent issue of Complete Cardmaking.  Not only was my card included, but more than half of the design team from Squigglefly including 4 of the Holley Hobbyists!  How fun is that?  My card is using an image called Thank You Tree from Squigglefly artist Michelle Bertuzzi.  Here's the completed card.
I am using gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.  We were given a color pattern to follow, one which matches the cover of the magazine shown below.  I am using a lovely silver background is called Silk Silver Lustre.  I am using two wonderful shades of mica  amethyst and citrine.  My image is printed on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock.
Here's the magazine we were included in!  HUGE congrats to my DT member Elizabeth Hart for her card appearing on the cover!!
 Though it would be fun to show you this page as it shows all our photos on the left.
 Here's my project

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whimsical Times

Here's a brand new image at the Squigglefly store that I am using for the current challenge on their blog.  This week's contest is to use embossing or die cutting. I have a background embossing using a folder from Crafter's Companion called Holly and I used some spellbinders die cuts to trim out the image called Love is Having Open Arms from artist Cheryl Alger.

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge Blog and join in the fun!  See what Rhonda's Rascals made and then share your card using some embossing/die cutting!  Use a fun Squigglefly image and you could win a prize!!

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Carstock (Joanns, Crafter's Companion, ); Image (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Embossing (Crafter's Companion); Sentiment (Colorbok); Buttons (Jesse Jane, JoAnns); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ho Ho Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas Everyone! Here's a wonderful new image from artist Sherri Baldy of Scrapbook Stamp Society.  I made this card for the  SSS Challenge blog this week, their contest is anything goes holiday theme.

I hope you all will drop by and share your Christmas cards with us, esp the ones using those wonderful Bestie stamps!  You could win some wonderful images from Sherri Baldy as your prize!

Cheers, Holley

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps blog hop. Each of our wonderful designers have come up with creative ways to use a non-Christmas themed image to create a Christmas themed project! We hope to inspire you to work out of the box for each and every holiday with images you might not consider when crafting.

I chose Karen Middleton's stamp Wings of Hope.  First let me show you a card that I made using this beautiful stamp.  Here's a monotone pink card with this lovely maiden all in pink. Isn't she stunning?
Now here's a card where I took the same image and turned her into a Christmas card.  I chose to color her in white with some red wings and give her a glowing yellow aura.  I used gorgeous embossed white cardstock with lots of silver die cuts and metallic and embroidered Christmas ornaments.

Please visit each of our talented team members'... blogs and leave a little love - a comment on every hop post will enter you into a drawing for a $20 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! As an added bit of fun share the hop on Facebook tagging Sweet Pea Stamps for a chance for a $10 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! Winners will be chosen around the first of next week. Watch the Sweet Pea Stamp Blog and the Sweet Pea Facebook page for the announcement.

ALSO--There's a great Coupon at the Sweet Pea store during the Bloghop!! Get 30% off.  The code is BloghopChristmas

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Beautiful in Blue

Sharing an awesome card using an image from Lizzy Love!  I am in LOVE with this line of images. They are totally awesome. I got the cutest skulls to match the skull bow and shirt she has.  I am using some fun lace that I got while in Istanbul and some huge Prima flowers.

I hope you guys get a smile from this card today.  Big hugs!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

You are my Happy

Here's a fun die cut card that I made recently from one of the newest sets available.  They have some great assortments that die cut out lovely looking cards all by themselves.  I used some beautiful papers and think I can totally change up this card based on the background papers and the images I add to it.

This set comes from Sizzix and contains 4 thin metal dies.  Just perfect for a quick and cute card for that partner, grandkid, special friend,....

Cheers, Holley

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tori the Dragon-Up

Here's the cutest baby dragon ever!  This adorable image comes from Sweet Pea artist Conie Fong.  I just adore him.  I matched him up with some Bazzill Swiss paper and Bo Bunny polka dot paper layered with shimmery green die cuts and petite blue roses.  This cute image is Tori the Dragon Up.

Here's a close up of this adorable image, which is also available as a digi-stamp
Drop by the Sweet Pea store--they have updated it recently and they show beautiful large images of all the stamps now.  Then go to our facebook page and share your wonderful creations with us!
HEY--there's an awesome coupon at the store until the  Dec 6th!  code: cybersaleweek
it's good for 40% off your entire cart!! WOW!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cowgirl Up

Here's a great image from Stamping Chef. I totally love this artist's wonderful images!  I also added a fun sentiment from Cosmo Cricket, "Dear Adventure, I've been looking for you"  Doesn't this girl look like that!?!  I recently got a bunch of new images from Stamping Chef, so keep your eyes out for a bunch of fun cards using new images from this artist.

I am entering this card in the Stamping Chef challenge this week. I hope you all have a stamping great day!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Baked with Love....

Here's an adorable image from Tiddly Inks of Wrynn making some cookies.  Yesterday I took some cookies to the ladies luncheon at the church. They were pumpkin snickerdoodles with cheesecake filling.  I thought they turned out pretty good, but not as good as last year's whoopee pies (also pumpkin flavored).

So, what pumpkin flavored goodies are you favorite?  which are you going to make this year?  I am always looking for pumpkin ideas....

This card is for the Tiddly Inks Challenge. Inside is the sentiment, Baked with Love to Thank You for all you do!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Chick Magnet

Here's something you don't see that often, a fun boy theme card.  This cutie comes from artist Sheri Baldy.  The contest over on the SSS Challenge blog is to use some glitter, so I came up with this fun image and added his awesome glittery rock guitar.

I can tell this guy is going to be a chick magnet for sure!  Drop by the SSS Challenge and join in the contest this week. Share a card with us and you could win some gorgeous stamps from Sherri Baldy.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Bazzill); Image (Sherri Baldy); Sentiments (Adorn It, 3 Bugs in Rug); Flag (Basic Grey); Bling (Michaels); Guitar(Unknown); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots);

Monday, December 1, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge!   What's more perfect on Cyber Monday than getting some digi stamps?  The challenge this week called Skip to my lou.....the challenge is to create a card but SKIP the colors Red and Green.  That might be a challenge this time of year.  Your card can be holiday themed (without the red or green), but doesn't have to be.  As you can see here, I created a Happy New Year theme card using a new image called Short Resolutions.  I am also using a fun frame from artist Charlene Mitchell called Half Moon Border Set.  It comes with the frame shown, but three additional frames.

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog to see what the Holley Hobbyists have created this week and then join in on the fun!  We'd love to see what you made, share anything, but to win, use something from Squigglefly, even a freebie, and don't forget, no red or green.

Project materials:  Cardstock(Bazzill, Neenah, Making Memories); Images (Squigglefly); Lace (Recollections, JoAnns); Adhesives (pop dots, Ribbon glue, glue all); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Have yourself a Meowy Christmas....

Here's a fun image from Ike's art, the cute cat is a freebie from their Challenge website, Ike's World Challenge, go on over there and download it for yourself so you can make something fun for Christmas!

They are having a challenge called it's raining Cats and Dogs....that made me laugh, so I just had to add this cute Bah...humbug dog image to my card!  Too cute, huh?  Check out the great images from Ike's Art (click here) and make a card to join in their challenge.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Michael's Mica, Neenah, Hobby Lobby); Images (Ike's Art); Die Cuts (Lifestyles, Spellbinders, Memory Box); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Fringe (JoAnns); Brads (Unknown); Sentiment (Computer generated); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue lines);

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Have a Skully Christmas!

 Here's an image I just HAD to get. It's a fun Sweet Pea image from artist Regan Kubecek.  She's our featured artist on the Sweet Pea blog this week.  This stamp is called Have a Skully Christmas.  Be sure and check out her image on the website to see how very different it looks in the colors she has versus my coloring here.
I did the whole card in pink mono tone complete with cute little pink centers in the flowers that have skulls inside them!  The Merry Christmas sign is made of wood that I colored black and I put black lights on the pink Christmas tree.  Believe it or not, my local store actually has PINK Christmas trees!  Here's a close up of this wonderful image:
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are not working on some marvelous Christmas cards.  Drop by our Facebook group and share what you make with us:  Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans
Have a great weekend!  Cheers, Holley