Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's some more of the fun Pirate themed images from Squigglefly artist James Horvath.  There's several wonderful sets of these images, each of which has multiple stamps included, some with pirates, some with pirate accessories, pirate weapons. These two images come from Arrr! Pirates
The challenge this week is to incorporate red, orange, and brown into your card.  As I am sure you all know, that was super easy for me to do as I just LOVE that color combo.  Drop by the Squigglefly challenge blog and see what Rhonda's team created this week and then join in the fun with us.  Perhaps you are feeling pirate-y?
 
Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Images (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Brads (Recollections); Color (Copic Markers); Sentiments (3 Bugs in a Rug); Buttons (American Traditional); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue dots, glue all);

Monday, August 18, 2014

Trust Your Heart

Here's a gorgeous stamp from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy.  She's Img773.  This week they are having a wonderful contest over on the SSS Challenge Blog to create a card using a Vintage theme. I really though this stamp colored in browns was just perfect.  I colored her up using E30, E31, E33, E35, E37 and E39.

Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and check out all the other cards and then join in our contest.  The prize is wonderful stamps from Scrapbook Stamp Society.  I can't wait to see what you all make with Sherri's Stamps.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Image (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (JoAnns); Sentiment (Cosmo Cricket); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Butterfly (Petaloo); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots, ribbon glue); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leaf Cards, Part 3

Here's some more of the lovely cards that I made using some pressed leaves that were given to me by a fellow church member.  She's saved up many of them in books throughout her life and she brought some by my house recently, so I have been making lots of cards using them.

 
I try to keep the cards very plain and simple so that the beauty of nature alone stands out.  I walk outside everyday still, though in summer I am often limited to at best 3 hours during the day, it's usually well over 100 when I stop.  But I walk under huge beautiful trees and I am just amazed when I think about how old they are, how they grew from the tinest of seeds, how they provide air for us to breathe, shade for us to walk under, fruit/nuts for us to eat (here in TX I am seeing mostly pecans/peaches) in my area.  Trees really are a miracle when you think about it.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sweet Wishes today

Here's a real cutie from Tiddly Inks. I just love this little girl with her big glasses and giant strawberry.  She's sending out sweet wishes to everyone.  Had a wonderful week and got to visit with my sister. She's now on her way back to Abu Dhabi to start back to teaching. Keep her in your thoughts during her long plane flight on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, AC, Neenah); Image (Tiddly Inks); Sentiment (); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Friday, August 15, 2014

New fun over at Scrapbook place

There's a new contest over at the Scrapbook Place and you can win a prize.  It's a color contest using wonderful stamps from The Stamping Boutique.  My image is called Medusa from artist Tracey Malnofski.  She makes stunning images from beautiful ladies to adorable cuties.
 
There's a color pattern to follow, topic is Get Well
 
Join in the fun with us HERE at the Scrapbook Place blog, drop by and check out the other designer's cards and join in to win a prize!
 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pumpkin Sprite

Sharing this Pumpkin Sprite image from artist Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.  You all KNOW I just love Halloween and this stamp is no exception. It's just cute as can be. I totally loved coloring this little guy up and making a fun Halloween card with him.  I used some felt ribbon with ruffles, some sparkly candy buttons, a trio of Jackolaterns and a shimmery flower with a "scary" brad in the middle.  What more could you want for Halloween?
Well, candy of course. So I had to add a delightful chipboard tag to remind everyone that I want some candy!  Here's this adorable image from Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.  She has the cutest Sprites and fairy stamps at the store.
 
Too cute huh?
 
Project Materials:  cardstock (Bazzill, AC, Neenah, unknown); Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Brads (ATB, OTC); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Flowers (Recollections); Tag (We R Memory Keepers); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue all);

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I've got the cure!

Sharing this hot as ever Stamping Chef image!  Don't you love her.  Must say when I was in the hospital getting my brain done, I don't recall any of the nurses being quite this sexy.  I think the prettiest nurse that I recall actually dropped a very heavy bag full of wiring that was attached to plates on my head on me (my head!!!)  OH, if I could have punched her...seriously.   I know my husband was giving me that deer in the headlights look when it happened.  Eeek!

I am so loving these stamps, I am entering this in to their weekly challenge at TSC Challenge Blog. WOW, I just found out I was last week's Pick of the week!!  Awesome!!  Drop by their challenge, you can play with anyimage, but why wouldn't you pick their images?

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures

Sharing this adorable Bestie today from Sherri Baldy.  Isn't she a cutie?  I am using a yellow card base with some orange patterned paper. I added some flower and butterfly along with some adorable metal embellishments.

I made this card for the SSS Challenge this week.  Their Challenge is Anything goes, include metal, for me, that's the gold embellishments down the side plus the sun covered brad in the middle of my flower.  Drop by there and join in the fun.  They are also having a garden theme challenge over on the My Bestie Spanish Challenge Blog.  What a great way to win some Bestie stamps from Sheri!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV, Bazzill Bling); Images (Sherri Baldy--SSS); Sentiment (Adorn It!); Flower (Imaginescense); Butterfly (Petaloo); Lace (JoAnns); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Gold (Hobby Lobby); Brad (Target); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots, ribbon glue);

Monday, August 11, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's an awesome Owl card that I am using for this week's Squigglefly Challenge. I am using beautiful shimmery papers from Paper Temptress, a single group of Copic markers (E30-E39), and a gorgeous Squigglefly stamp from new artist Tam Hess.  This image is called Artsy Owl.  The Challenge this week is called Isn't that Charming?  You need to add a charm to your card.

Hope you will drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog and join in the fun this week.  See what all the Holley Hobbyists created for the challenge and then share with us your own creation.

All the beautiful papers on this card are specialty paper from Paper Temptress.  The base of the card is mica called Copper.  I layered a wonderful complimentary mica color called Amber.  Then a dark cardstock to give an eye catching offset to the metallic colors, a tiny layer of Eclipse Black.  The image is printed on Neenah Solar White.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

She wore an....

 She wore an "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka dot Bikini"  You know I thought of that song as soon as I saw the little dots on this cutie's swimsuit.  Am I revealing my age here?  I am totally in love with this cute girl from The East Wind.  I added a simple yellow sentiment to this card "Your Life is a Story, Make it Good."  Having just been at the beach last week, I will say I had no little yellow bikinis, but it was nice to be there.
 
Here's a great close up of this stamp. Be sure and check out this artists amazing collection of images.  Most of my favorites at her store at the Lucy Loo images.  I am submitting this card for the East Wind Challenge.
Have a very happy Sunday and off we go to another super hot week of the summer here in Texas.  I suppose for my sister, she will be returning to an even hotter area in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
 
Cheers, Holley

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Leaf Cards part two

Here's a couple more of the cards that I made out of some gorgeous pressed leaves that a lady from church gave me.  These cards are 5"x7".  I did very simple cards to show the beauty of the natural leaves themselves.

These cards here plus the two that I showed last week are the ones that I gave to her in return for giving me part of her lovely collection of leaves.  I have many more to share, much of the beautiful pressed items in the books she gave were also flowers that I framed in beautiful spellbinders die cuts.
 
Cheers, Holley

Friday, August 8, 2014

Meet Athena

 Here's a great image from Sweet Pea artist Charmaine Flannery named Athena.  I just love this steampunk girl and the mechanical owl sitting on her knee.  I found these metallic owl stickers from Sticko that just seemed to match perfectly. I used a sentiment from Sweet Pea "Owl always love you" to go with the card.  Isn't she fabulous? 
 
Here's a close up of the stamp, it's currently available in rubber and digital format

 
Be sure and click the link so you can see the artist's original coloring. I love to see how different an image can look based on the color. I am still using a hint of violet, but her primary color is violet, including the hair, so beautiful!
 
Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you have a crafty time.
 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rocket Girl

Rocket Girl, isn't she hot?  I added a fun saying from Unity Stamps, "Love you to the Moon & back"
This stamp comes from The Stamping Chef, she's called Rockabilly Boom.  I added a sparkly moon in the center of the pink flower  I suppose I should have pointed her flying upwards towards the moon, huh?  Well, perhaps she is on her trip back.

I am going to enter this fun card in this week's Stamping Chef Challenge. It's one of the only Challenges that I do every week (aside from any companies that I work for).  I just love their stamps, so I really enjoy using their images.  Have a great day!

Aweswome--this card won Pick of the Week at the TSC Blog!!



Project materials:  Cardstock (Making Memories, Neenah, Heidi Grace); Image (Stamping Chef); Sentiment (Unity Stamps); Flowers (Recollections); Button (Grandma's Button Bag); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Twine (Doodlebug); DieCuts (X Cuts); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Ribbons Glue, Glue dots);

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Your Ship or Mine?

Does being at the coast make you think of Pirates?  I don't know, it sure does seem to be a popular theme there.  I just love this awesome stamp from Simply Betty Stamps along with a funny saying from Kraftin' Kimmie today.  Been missing the hubby since I was visiting with my sister the last few days, so I thought this hot card would be perfect for him today! *wink *wink
Can't wait to get back home, guess it will be OUR ship tonight.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, Bazzill, AC); Stamp (Simply Betty Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Embossing (Sizzix); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties; CC); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag);  Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's a fun card for this week's Squigglefly Challenge. The topic this week is to create a baby theme card.  I recently got a bunch of Pirate theme stamps from artist James Horvath.  There's three different assortments of fun images.  Totally made me want to make something funny in baby theme.  My husband always swears to me that pirates are actually funny.   Usually his pirate impressions just make me groan.
 
So I created this fun card and added this funny saying inside, because, only a pirate would give that bowl of food for a young'un.  "Arrgg: only the best organic pirate food for newborn matey!"

Hope this pirate themed baby card gave you a laugh.  These pirate images would make a ton of fun male themed cards, that's for sure.  Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge and join in the fun this week.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Neenah); Images (Squigglefly); Buttons (Jesse James, ); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello!

Here's a cute little girl today to say Hello, she's holding her doggie to say "WOOF." So cute. This image comes from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy. I just love the cute combo of this little girl and her dog (IMG 176). The challenge going on at the SSS Challenge blog this week is to include some Metal on your card. I have used some silver brads, a metallic Hello, some metal embellished dog collar and some gorgeous metallic laced woven ribbon from Turkiye.

Hope you will drop by the SSS Challenge blog and see what all the other design team member's created and then join in the fun with us to share your cards that have a gleam of metal!  You could win a wonderful prize from Sherri!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, August 3, 2014

You Make My Heart Sing

Here's a CAS card that I did for the hubby.  Making a quick and short trip to see my sister while she is stateside for a bit.  She's been teaching English in Abu Dhabi and will be returning there soon.  Will miss the hubby on this trip but I will only be away for days.  Thought I should leave him a little note.

Hope you all are having a great August. I know summer must be winding down, we are well in the hundreds here now.  As hot as it is, it's at least 10-20 degrees hotter in Abu Dhabi.  I was teasing my sister earlier telling her, "Who on earth ever thought you would be coming to SOUTH Texas to find a cooler place to be in the heat of summer?!?"

Have a great week

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sassy Angel

So I am sure as you have all noticed lately my favorite colors seem to be pink and red.  Seems odd to put them together, but I did for this card.  I think they can actually mesh on a card...sometimes.  This fun image comes from Bugaboo.  She's called Sassy Angel.

There's a digital image contest over on Digitally "Sweet" Challenges that is being Sponsored by Bugaboo, so I am submitting this card, done in my favorite colors with a fun digi stamp from the sponsor.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (K&Co, Neenah, AC Metallic, Bazzil); Image (Bugaboo); Flowers (Prima, Michaels); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Sentiment (Adorn it!); Bling (Recollections, Michaels, Grandma's Button Bag); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Friday, August 1, 2014

La Chica de Vitral

Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Enys Guerrero called La Chica de Vitral.  I am loving this artist's stamps at the store. This image is so beautiful. I colored her up in red and did the stained glass window in various shades of light blue.  I added a Sweet Pea sentiment to the card "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein."
 
 
Here's a close up of this stunning image:
Be sure and check out the other images from this artist at the Sweet Pea store.  I have several other images from this artist that I really like including Sad Valentine and Minerva.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, AC Metallic, AC); Stamp (Sweet Pea Stamps); Die Cuts (Lifestyles, Memory Box);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk, memento); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers); Bling (Stickles);

Thursday, July 31, 2014

You made me love you

Here's a sweet and sexy girl from Simply Betty Stamps today, with a fun and sassy saying from Cosmo Crickett.  I think the "You made me love you."  Sums up the perfect sentiment to go with this image.  I am using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress to  create this card

The base of the card is a gorgeous Mica cardstock called Ruby.  The image is printed out on Neenah Solar White, which runs through the printer perfectly for those digi images.  Then I die cut the image with spellbinders and colored it with copic markers.  The layer behind the image comes from Hambly Studios.  It's a beautiful clear overlay with gold.  It's called Gold  Hanging Heliconias.  There's also a wonderful set of packages that have assortments of these papers in 6x6" formats which are perfect for cardmaking projects (click here).

Project materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Image (Simply Betty Stamps); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Color (Copic markers); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesive (pop dots, Glue dots);