Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Sandra!

Here's a gorgeous stamp that Sandra Caldwell gave me in celebration of her 65th birthday.  I used this stamp to create a card with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.  I hope Sandra had a wonderful Birthday yesterday and I hope she had a wonderful day today.  Since it was birthday #65, I thought it deserved an extra card :)

Here's  an enlargement of her image, printed out on Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

The base of the card is gorgeous Mica/Metallic called Azalea.  I added some lovely Hambly Studious Overlays called Magenta Brocade.  There is a small stripe of Mica Metallic Flame at the base of the card which I matched by dusting the edges of the image in orange chalk ink.  I layered my image in a deep yellow as well as cutting out a Best Wishes sentiment paper called Gold Basis.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sandra Caldwell Birthday Blog Hop

We are celebrating the very talented Sandra Caldwell's Birthday (which happens to be TODAY!)
with a birthday blog hop. Won't you please help us celebrate?!

We have each made a creation with images from her Etsy store.

Here's a sweet card I made her just for her Birthday.  She doesn't know it, but I had planned this birthday blog hop WAY long ago.  Before my vacation even.  Before she came up with the idea of an ATC swap.  It's been killing me to keep such a big surprise a secret for SO many months.
Happy Birthday Sandra!

Here's the ATC that I made for her with the Swap she had on her Facebook group

Next on the Blog Hop, CLICK HERE to go to Denise Pustelniak

In case you get lost, here is your line-up.
So hop on over to PERSON AND LINK AFTER YOU and see their wonderful creation.
Start at the beginning
Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Timeline 
Holley Tondre Barnhart    <== YOU ARE HERE
MaryAnn Samuelson
Dana Gebhard Johnson
Sharon Rogers 
Laine Kammeraad-Smith
Delores Miller
Cathy Preissing
Donna Mundinger 
End here and wish Sandra Caldwell a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Timeline 

And, I have something else I made for Sandra coming with a little image she gave to us for her Bday, so she best check back on my blog TOMORROW!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Here's a wonderful new bestie called Img976.  Isn't she just TOO CUTE?  I totally fell in love with this girl.  She's got a little bit of sassiness that I like.  I used several shades of pink on this card to just make her POP.  I hope you love this card
Check out our latest contest over on the SSS Challenge blog.  You could win some wonderful Sherri Baldy images.  We'd love to have you play with us!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vacation Time

Vacation time has arrived and though I don't plan on wearing any swimsuits or laying out with umbrellas, It sure doesn't get any better than this.  I have huge thanks to everyone who helped me raise the $ for the trip and everyone who took all my classes, bought cards and supplies and helped me the last two months as I ran 200mph to get everything done. Thanks so much!!
Now off I go and I will see you all very soon.  Hugs! Holley

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bearly a cartwheel

Happy Monday everyone!  Here's a brand new image from Sandra Caldwell today, he's called Bearly a Cartwheel.  Looks like he's stuck on his head!  How fun is this image?  She will have a bunch of new digi stamps added to her Etsy store, Babycakes DND today, so check out her store this afternoon.

Here's a close up of this adorable bear stamp.  I am huge fan of her cute bears.

Drop by our Facebook group, Sandra Caldwell stamp fans to see card sharing from the design team and fun contests as well as name games and other goodies that Sandra comes up with. We'd love for you to join in!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bunny Love

Isn't this image the cutest?  I am adoring all the cuties from this store, it's called Kitty Bee Designs.  This image is called iHeart.  How sweet is that?  Kitty Bee is sponsoring this week's challenge at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge and our theme is Anything Goes.  Drop by and check out this store's adorable images as they also have the cutest little pandas and owls.
I hope you will come over to the Greetings Challenge tomorrow morning at Outlawz and join in the fun!  There's a wonderful prize from KittyBee and our theme is anything goes this week, but of course, you need to have a sentiment on the front of your creation!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Let us all have faith. Keep me in your prayers and I will keep you in mine.  As I go off on vacation, please think of me through the upcoming weeks and wish for safety in travel and well being in Turkey.

Hugs, Holley

Friday, July 22, 2016


Here's a great image from Sassy Studio.  I love this artist's gorgeous lady images.  She's ready for some skateboarding.  Check out her fun group on Facebook.  She often has a giveaway stamp during the week (many times it is on the Friday).

As vacation times gets near, I thought these sentiments were just perfect.

Take care!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Three layer challenge

Here's a great summertime image for the new challenge over at SLS Lines Blog. The new contest is called At least three layers.  We'd love to see all of your creations and we'd really love it if you use a SLS Lines image.
This fun summertime image is called Bright Sunshine Face.  She has another set of suns called Bright Smiling Sunshine faces set; it includes this image plus another great image.  Drop by and check out all of the design team creations and then join in our challenge with SLS Lines!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hippo in SPACE

Here's one of the cutest Sandra Caldwell images!  Too fun, this guy is called Space Hippo.  How fun is that?  you know I love her fun Hippo images. This one is just TOO cute.  Sandra is having a wonderful celebration for becoming a sponsor over on the facebook group called Markers! Papers! Digis! so check out the fun and see what's going on in that group.

She also has her own facebook group called Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.  I set this group up for her when Sweet Pea stamps closed down.  I just couldn't bear for her to stop making all these awesome images!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My precious things

Hi!  It's time for a new contest on the SSS Challenge blog. This time our challenge is to create a shaped card.  I am using this lovely mermaid child, called IMG044.   

Check out Sherri's new shop, called My Besties.  She has even more great products than the Etsy shop!  Then come check out all our great samples at the SSS Challenge blog and play to win a wonderful prize from Sherri Baldy.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Space Robot

Here's the cutest new image from artist Sandra Caldwell that will be appearing in the Babycakes DND store in Etsy today.  It's 777 Space Robot!  Oh, you know I had to have this one. He's just TOO cute.  Don't you just wish you had one?

Here's a closeup of the image.
Be sure and checkout all of Sandra's wonderful images as she will be loading the store full of some wonderful new images.  The Design Team will be sharing a bunch of new cards on the Facebook group Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans where we also have some fun contests going, drop on by!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Leaf Cards

Sharing some gorgeous nature cards I made with some leaves that a friend at church pressed for me.

She picks the loveliest leaves to press and then I create cards with them and donate them to the church to sell at the bizarre.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Here's a fun die that I got from Top Dog Dies before they closed down. I love this gorgeous corset they had.  I made this lovely card for my hubby and added this sweet sentiment "It's not being in love that makes me happy. It's being in love with YOU that makes me happy."
I hope he likes it.  Next week will be super busy as the church is holding vacation bible school. I am sure it's no surprise but I will be doing crafts for them.  Sure is going to be, I am tired just thinking about it.  HA!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Skull time

Well you all know how much I adore skulls.  Recently I picked up a couple of adorable Dia de los muertos items (not stamps) but items from local stores, the cutest socks, a fun handbag, and a blank journal that I can take on my trip.  Here's a great image from Dilly Beans.  She has a bunch of adorable skull images.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Cheers, Holley

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I love being with you!

Here's a real hottie that I made for the hubby this week using a great stamp and some wonderful papers from Paper Temptress.  I used some great netting as an embellishment and some bling brads with a sentiment "I love being with you."

The base of this card is using a beautiful mica/metallic cardstock called Azaela.  I stamped the image on Neenah Solar white classic crest paper and colored it with copic markers.  I always let my stamped image dry at least 24 hours.  Even when the ink seems dry, when using copics, they will run if the ink isn't completely dry.  The layered cardstock is a bright yellow called Lemondrop Poptones.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Follow Your Dream

Here's a sweet little image from Fairy Ink.  I am working on choosing a little bit of colors that I don't use as often.  Green is one of those.  Now I just need to start including purples and blues in with the mix.

Less than 2 weeks from my trip now! I can't wait.  Everyone tell me where's the last place you went on vacation?  I can't wait to hear

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Love You

Here's a brand new release image from SLS Lines. You all know how I love Sexy lady images to make cards for my hubby.  Well I totally love this one. I added a great die cut from Tattered Lace to go with it in addition to a Love You sentiment.  Don't you just love this new SLS Lines image?  She's called

Check out all her new images at the Store SLS Lines.  We also have a contest running this month at the Challenge blog, our theme is Anything But a Card.  Come play with us!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Circus Lion

Here's a wonderful brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes DND.  This great image is called Circus Lion 952.  He will be added to the store later today.  She's also got some other wonderful circus theme stamps today, a clown, a big top, and elephant, many more so check out her new images both in her store as well as in our facebook group, Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.
I can't even recall the last time I went to a circus, I think I was taking a child to one over 15 years ago.  I can recall the last time I saw a circus set up, big top and all, just a few years ago, as well as watching a nearby train pass with all the circus animals (and characters) looking out the side cars like they really needed some air conditioning.  What a life of travel that I can't begin to imagine.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Goth Vampire Nurse

Here's a fun image from wonderful artist Rick St Dennis.  This digi stamp is called Goth Vampire Nurse.  If she doesn't scare you a little, perhaps she should.  Don't let her sexy good looks fool you.  I made this card for the new challenge which starts tomorrow at Outlawz, the Monday Greetings Challenge.  The theme this coming week is to add at least one button to your card.
I hope you will drop by and check out the cards from all the design team members then share with us your latest creations.  As always for the Monday greetings challenge, be sure that your card has a sentiment on the front.

Cheers, Holley