Monday, February 8, 2016

Luv my Wabbit

Here's a darling image from Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes DND on Etsy today. She's called Luv my Wabbit #226.  Too cute!  We are having a wonderful challenge over on the Facebook page Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.  Sandra has great surprises there too, just last week she gave away a wonderful freebie!  Drop by and check us out.

Have you seen her images on Etsy?  Sandra will be giving out prizes later this month.  Love her digis.  She wanted to stop when the last store who carried her stamps closed down (Sweet Pea stamps).  I know I was one who insisted that she keep going and I did so by starting up Sandra Caldwell stamp fans and then going from there.  It's be fun to see where everything is going now!

Question of the day:  Do you die cut?  which type of die cut machine do you have?

I have a old Sidekick from sizzix, I have one of those old Red Sizzix original cutters that a friend gave me.  At one time I had a Quickkutz that I gave away.  I currently have two machines that I use side by side, a Sizzix BigKick and a Cuttlebug.

How about you?

Have you seen the current winner list (CLICK HERE), also, be sure and sign up by leaving a comment each day!  If no winner is listed for that day, you can go back and leave a comment to be in the drawing!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Blog Candy Winners!

All the Blog Candy winners will be listed on this posting.  I will be regularly updating this posting and it will always be the second posting on the blog (so you can click the BACK link to go see it).

I will usually wait almost a week so people have a chance to sign up and answer the questions to play but as the end of the month gets closer, the candy announcements will start going faster!!
If you see your name in bold black, I haven't got your mailing address or email (for international);  Your name will change to BLUE when I have your

MAIN Candy list (Feb 1st listing -- it will be updated all month long, so keep an eye on this list!)

1st person to post-- Shelley
6 person to post- for 6 years of seizure free life! - Karin (send addy)
Patricia St Martin
Donna Mundinger

Feb 2nd winners (send email)
Lea Brawn

more to come!!

No winners have been selected from Feb 3rd postings and on, please comment there if you haven't already

Random Acts of Kindness

Here's a darling image today from Robin's Fetish stamps called Daisy Days.  I made this card for tomorrow's challenge at Monday Greetings Challenge.  The theme is to use flowers and create a spring theme card and of course, always add a greeting to the front of your card for the challenge.

So what is your favorite embellishment on cards?

I have to go back and forth between dies, ribbons, and buttons.  I also love brads ooo and flowers. Well, I am not sounding very decisive am I?  I guess if I had to put them in order, I would say I almost always use dies to cut out my images (but not necessarily as embellishments).  As embellishments I would say in this order: Buttons, flowers, brads, lace/ribbon.  How about you?

Have you signed up under the Feb 1st posting? it's the main candy draw for the entire month, be sure and sign up there (CLICK HERE).  Then go back and sign up on each day as candy hasn't been chose yet!

Seen the winner list?  (CLICK HERE)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ike's Art

Here's an awesome image from one of my favorites, Ike's Art.  This store is offering prizes this month so be sure to check out the awesome stamps!  I love this image, it's called Catrina.  I love her stunning lady images and her handsome men.  Ooo la la.  She also has a great challenge blog where there are wonderful freebies that you can use to play along with the current challenge (CLICK HERE).  Check out her most recent challenge, it's for Valentine's Day.  There's a wonderful freebie that you can use to play along.  I think this awesome bride is all about LOVE, she's looking for her partner even now.

Question of the day:  what type stamp images are you favorite?  Flowers? People? dark images? scenery?  sentiments?  alphabets?

For me, hmmm, I love little girls, cute and funny, sassy sayings and I LOVE Halloween!  Love skulls and brains (maybe that's because of surgery).  I also love sexy lady images that I can use to make cards for my hubby, cute little animals, esp bears and owls.

How about you? what are your favorite topics

Friday, February 5, 2016

Round 2 of the Progressive Challenge

The Facebook group for Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans is having a progressive challenge. Round 2 has begun and the challenge is to use one of her Etsy stamps with a heart in it and you need to include some sparkle on your card.  As you can see, I am using a brand new stamp called Love Letter and a button with Kisses and glitter on it.

Check out our fun Facebook Group and join in our challenge.  Also, Sandra is sponsoring a bookmark challenge right here on my blog (posted wed)!  It's using a stamp that she made just for me, you can buy this stamp Bearly a Headache..  It's on sale from Feb 3 to the 5th for half price!  Get it and make a fun bookmark so you can play and win prizes.

Which stamp do you like in Sandra's Babycakes DND (Doodles n Designs) store?  do you use Digi Stamps?

My current favorite has to be hmmm, Tattoo Hippo, or the Chicken Noodle soup just makes me laugh!

Did you sign up Feb 1?  Be sure and go back and leave a comment there (CLICK HERE).   Be sure to leave a comment each day to be in for every drawing as I haven't chosen prizes on any day yet.
  Have you seen the winner list?  CLICK HERE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Whoo loves ya?

Here's an adorable owl from one of the companies who will be giving prizes this month, they are Craftin Desert Divas.  They sell the cutest stamps and digi stamps. I totally love their little animals including this cute owl called Love Letter Owl Stamp.  You can find him in their store HERE.

If you missed the previous postings, be sure and go back and leave comments each day, as I haven't picked winners on the previous days yet. 

What country is everyone from? if in the USA, what State?

Did you sign up Feb 1?  Be sure and go back and leave a comment there (CLICK HERE).  Yesterday a Bookmark contest started, go back to check it out as the stamp is on sale through Friday to join in!  Have you seen the winner list?  it's been updated!! CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bookmark Making Contest!

One of my awesome prize sponsors is Sandra Caldwell.  She and I are having a contest this month to create a Bookmark using this adorable stamp, a stamp she designed just for me!! WOO HOO. This stamp will be on sale at her store for the next three days (Feb 3, 4, 5th).  You can get it for half price!  Then, please make a bookmark and enter the contest.  After the 5th  you are still welcome to jump right in and play but you will have to get the stamp for full price to play.  This adorable image is called Bearly a Headache.  I can't wait to see everyone's cards.  There will be multiple prizes selected from the players!! (also, still comment as there will be prizes among those players too)

Here's my sample bookmark.  It was super hard for me to keep it perfectly flat so that it could be used as a bookmark.  I just love adding embellishments.  Keep in mind, it's a bookmark!

I can't wait to see what you all will make!  My image has the number 6, for 6 years seizure free. The teddy that she sells will be blank on the shirt. see it HERE.

(Also, be sure and leave a comment today as there will be blog candy drawn as well from the comments).  Did you sign up Feb 1?  Be sure and go back and leave a comment there (CLICK HERE).   Have you seen the winner list?  it's been updated!! CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Forever Love

Here's the cutest image from artist Sherri Baldy today.  We are having a brand new contest starting over at the SSS Challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes + Valentines Day.  Drop by over there and share your wonderful creations for a chance to win some gorgeous Sherri Baldy images.

as you can tell here, I am still a huge fan of PINK and yellow...what you are your favorite colors?  what are your least favorites?  I seem to have a hard time with purples and blues.  I do a lot with oranges, yellows, reds and browns (aka fall colors).

Did you sign up yesterday?  Yesterday is the primary blog candy day for all month!! Be sure and go back and leave a comment there (CLICK HERE).  I will also pick winners today, Sherri Baldy has graciously given prizes!! WOO HOO.

Have you seen the winner list?  it's been updated!! CLICK HERE

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's time to celebrate!

I thought this amazing Gorjuss Girl was just perfect for starting off this year's contest.  I am so very thankful after the brain surgeries to be here at year 6 and still be healthy and seizure free.  I feel like there is so much to celebrate and I have so much goodies to share with everyone!  My blog candy is available to USA and abroad. I do send overseas and/or give digi prizes to my friends overseas.

I posted a longer message yesterday detailing mailing, prize announcements and such (click here to read that if you missed it).

This posting is the MAIN drawing listing, be sure to leave a comment here as today's comment list will have prize winners selected from it all month long!!  Then add comments on each day's post as the month goes on, typically I will announce winners from each day after about 6 days have passed. I will start up a PRIZE list and will link it to the sidebar so you can follow it and watch for your name.  It will get updated daily and list the grand prizes (like large stamp sets and die cut sets) at the end of the month.

Thanks so much to my old friends and my new friends for celebrating with me. If you are new, I had two brain surgeries back in 2010 that were phenomenal. They truly changed my life and ended my seizures, my headache pain, and so much more. You can read my story here.

Let's celebrate what we have to be thankful for! (That'd be crafting :)

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's almost time.... (Celebration info)

Tomorrow starts the celebration, are you all as ready as me?!? Here's a fun card today using an awesome image from artist Rick St Dennis. She is called Batty Bettina. There's a new challenge starting tomorrow morning at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge blog and it's called "Love is in the Air".  The challenge is to include something with wings on it, be it in your image or your embellishments.  I can't wait to see what you all make and share for that challenge.

Now on to the Blog Candy Celebration starting up tomorrow, are you ready? Here's a little info:

If you are outside the USA, I do have to limit what I can send, I can send flat items like stamps or die cuts. I can send you digi gift certificates to stores.  If you don't have a die cut machine or printer, please let me know.

Those in the USA I can send packages to, nowadays the post office charges the same for 2oz or 8oz, so that's good for you!  Most prize packs are things like a stamp set plus 6 pack of embellishments or multiple stamp sets. 

NOW, most days I seem to ask some general question-- about all those questions I ask everyday, I may seem to be babbling, but I am actually asking them for a reason, it's a little get to know you so I can see what people like (and don't like) as well as know what they have (or don't, for example, you don't stamp or you don't have a die cut machine);  I do pay attention to what people say and try to pick their prize packs  accordingly!  so, it's very much to your advantage to answer the questions.  I don't always have that one thing you may really want, but you never know.  You might just LOVE shoe stamps and I happen to have a whole bunch of them.

I expect that several people will win more than once and that many people who already won will win grand prize items, so I always wait until the end of Feb to mail things out. I think if you have played in past years you know that I am pretty speedy at getting out the number of packages that I have to.  I am usually done in 2 weeks and I mail out 50-100 packages.  Each day in March I will be listing the names of whose packages have gone into the mail that day.

Thanks so much for joining in my celebration with me. I am so very thankful to be here and so very thankful to still be seizure free and still have my health. Thanks to all the crafters out there, old and new who have been so very helpful both during my procedure and since.

Cheers, Holley

Did you see all the candy photos, start here, and you click links to see even more!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Card Making Class in Austin, TX

I am having a card making class if you are in the Austin TX area!  Here's the three cards we will put together.  It will be held at Crestview United Methodist Church on Feb 9th. Class times are 10am or 7pm.  There is child care option for the 7pm class. Cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please come join in and leave with three beautiful cards.

contact me, if you would like to come and join in!

BLOG CANDY Celebration is starting in just TWO days now...have you seen all the photos?  there's going to be stamps, die cutters, embossing folders, ribbons, embellishments, everything you can think of! CLICK HERE

Friday, January 29, 2016

Birthday Card

Here's a great image from artist Sherri Baldy today.  I made this darling birthday card for a sibling who's birthday is approaching.  I thought she would love the cupcake and ice cream cone together.  This cute image is called Img 642.

Be sure and check out the latest challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog, the current theme is Anything Goes + Add Three.  As you can see I used three different die cuts on this lovely card, the Cupcake, the Happy Birthday Banner, and the image die cut.  There's also three types of candy on this cute image!  I hope you will join in our fun and win some wonderful images from Sherri Baldy!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Here's a lovely card today using beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and a gorgeous freebie stamp from Faery Ink digi stamps.  This artist's images are so very adorable and go perfect with the papers chosen.

The base cardstock is a wonderful bright pink called Watermelon Sorbet.  The lace printed sheet is from Hambly Studios. It's one of their screen prints and it's called Old Lace.  I cut out a lovely Hello sentiment using some beautiful shimmery white cardstock called Vintage Silver Lustre.  The image was printed out on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper and colored with copic markers.

Only three days from blog candy now!! Are you ready?!?  I am ready to celebrate.  Every year away from surgery and seizure free is a huge celebration.  It truly betters my odds that life will remain seizure free.  check out some blog candy photos HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Blog candy...

Only four more days until Feb 1st when the contest starts, and I still have some more photos to share, here's some of the Embossing Folders I have to give away

Have you seen the other blog candy?

The Die Cuts....CLICK HERE


The Embellishments....CLICK HERE

how about the Rubber Stamps....CLICK HERE

PLUS, I do have a few more photos, believe it or not!!

Candy days start on Feb 1st and will go through Feb 29th with prizes going out everyday.

Simply Sweet

Here's an adorable image from Dilly Beans and she's simply sweet. I totally love rag dolls with button eyes. I guess to some they seem a little creepy but I love this little girl. She's just too cute.

I have just about everything laid out now, there's stuff everywhere.  The things I haven't shared with you yet are all the embossing folders, the final pictures of all the embellishments after I finished loading them and a few more goodies that will remain a surprise!!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get in one more posting of prizes before the contest starts.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Here's a stunning image from Crafty Sentiments Designs called Just Relax.  Isn't she adorable?  I just love this sweet little girl.  I made this card for the challenge this week on Outlawz Monday Greetings.  Their theme is Anything Goes, and for the Monday group, you need to include a greeting on the front of you card.  As I did here, a die cut sentiment is fine.

Drop by the Outlawz challenges to see a new challenge everyday of the week. There's two prizes on the Monday challenge this week, one from Crafty Sentiments and one from an additional sponsor, Decosse Dynamite.

Cheers, Holley

Just a week until BLOG CANDY CELEBRATION, are you ready?  What kind of blog candy are you looking for the most?  what is your favorite topic?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Doctor Terrific

Here's a brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes DND on Etsy.  He's called Dr T for TERRIFIC!  That's my doctor and the reason for the upcoming celebration.  Though, I must say, he doesn't look quite like this stamp or at least he would say, "that doesn't look anything like me."  He's sweet though, so he would probably just laugh and say thank you for the card.  I take him and his whole office a card when I go to visit them every 3 to six months.

I hope  you will drop by the Etsy store and check out all of Sandra's newest images this week and please come join us at her facebook group, Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans where we have progressive challenges going and share all our creations. We'd love to have you.

Cheers, Holley

P.S. Sandra will be giving away some awesome stamps during Feb and she drew me (yes, just for me!!) a stamp just for the occasion, how sweet is that?  Have you seen all the other blog candy?  check it out here

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Life is Good

Here's a lovely sentiment stamp from Decosse Dynamite Doodles who has wonderful digi papers and sentiment stamps.  I made this card for the Monday Greetings challenge at Outlawz this week, the theme is anything goes and of course as always you need to include a Greeting on your card.

Please check out our challenge which starts late sunday night or first thing Monday morning.  We have two wonderful sponsors this week, Decosse Dynamite Doodles and Crafty Sentiments Designs.  I hope you are one of the lucky ones who wins a great prize!

Cheers, Holley

Did you see all the die cutters?  there's a LOT of them! so much blog candy that was posted yesterday, CLICK HERE to check that out!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

More Blog Candy -- DIE CUTTERS!!

OK, did I say I had more blog candy to share?  I do!!  Here's something lightweight and small enough to fit in an envelope so I can send it ANYWHERE in the world, the US and abroad.

I also have some more amazing Digi stamp prizes, WOO HOO!!

$21 gift certificate to Bugaboo Stamps

Awesome Digi stamp Prizes from Limited Runs

Check out some more of the Blog candy sponsors, and then go see even MORE goodies that are going to be given away in the celebration!! CLICK HERE

Mini Calendars

Here's some more of the cute little calendars that I made for both the church bazaar as well as my fellow church members.