Saturday, October 3, 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Here's a couple of ATCs that I created for a contest over at the Ike's World Challenge Blog.  The contest is anything goes for ATCs.  There is also an awesome freebie available, a darling cat image, so definitely drop by the challenge blog and check it out, grab the freebie and perhaps play along!

Here's my first ATC, she's called Miss Whiplash.  How fun is this image?  I totally had to add my own sentiment along with a fun charm to go with it. (Note, I enlarged the image here, the ATC is actually made proper size)

Here's my second ATC using a wonderful freebie that was given to us from Ike several weeks ago.  You all know I just love Halloween theme images, so I had to make this quick and cute little ATC for the challenge. The spider web is a die cut from memory box and the spiders are a border die that I trimmed the spiders apart.  The sentiment is actually included with the Ike's art image, I simply trimmed it.
Check out all the examples over on the Challenge blog as well as all the other fun entries and be sure to play along in the fun!  Cheers, Holley

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gothic Dark Moon

Here's a stunning Sweet Pea stamps image from artist Ching Chou Kiuk called Gothic Dark Moon.  I have colored this image completely different from the artist's original, by coloring it at a time before sunset instead of using a dark night coloring as the artist did.  Click here to see the artist's original coloring to get an idea of how versatile this image really is.
Here's a close up of this image, I just love the bats on this image and chose some gorgeous paper to go with the bat theme. In addition to bats I also used some great spider web die cuts and spider theme corners and embellishments.
I hope this card is giving you some Halloween card inspiration. I can't wait to see your creations for Halloween. Drop by the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans page on facebook and share your Sweet Pea creations with us.
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Your Scrapbook Place Monthly Challenge

Wow, October is here!  Can you believe it?  it's time to start up a brand new challenge over at the Your Scrapbook Place card challenge blog.  Actually we accept any handmade project as long as it's new!  This month our sponsor is Faery ink digi stamps.  Her designs are just cute as can be.  I am sure you call can guess that this is the one that I picked, she's too cute.  She's called skully girl.  This store also has a bunch of wonderful freebies including several on her Facebook group that you can grab and play along with us.

Please join us for our Anything Goes contest this month, you will get an extra entry if you use a Faery Ink image on your card.  We can't wait to see what you make. 

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Math Geek

Here's a hilarious image from SLS Scheibe of the SLS Lines called Math Geek.  You all know I was an electrical engineer in college, so I have taken so many math classes that I totally had to get this image.  TOO funny.  I created this hilarious sentiment, perhaps only math geeks get it, "My girlfriend is like the square root of -1...she's imaginary."

Then I had to decorate the card with a bunch of -1 button themes.  Hope my brother likes it, he was a math major in college.  Check out SLS Lines other fun images at her Etsy store, there's everything from quirky images like this to beautiful fairies.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sporty Charlie

Here's a card I did for the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week using an image from My Stitch Back in Twine called Sporty Charlie.  How fun is she?  She looks like she is ready to be put in the game.  That's why I added the fun sentiment, "I am fairly certain that given a CAPE and a nice TIARA, I could save the world."  The theme this week is anything goes, just include a sentiment.

Drop by the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge, our sponsors this week are My Stitch Back in Twine and Sls Lines.  Share a fun card with us and you could win a prize from one of our sponsors.  I can't wait to see what you guys create.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, September 28, 2015

Gift Bag for Handmade Jams

 Happy Monday everyone!  We are starting up a new contest over on the SSS Challenge blog. I am using the cutest new stamp from Sherri Baldy of this little girl sitting atop a jar of Jam.  The challenge this week is Anything goes with a twist of creating anything but a card.  Since the church's bazaar is coming soon, I decided to create this small gift bag, big enough for one good size jar or two very small jars of jam/jelly.  It would be a perfect addition to something that someone picks up as a gift.
Here's a close up of the darling image that's included on the card, she's IMG668.
Hope you will join in the contest with us. You could win some wonderful prizes from Sherri Baldy!  Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and check out all the creations for the design team and then join in the fun.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


 Here's a darling image from Lizzy Love today. I created this wonderful standing card that will fold up and fit into an A2 envelope.  I adore this cute image (and all of them) of this character from Lizzy Love.  Isn't she just darling?
Here's a close up of the image herself

Wishing you all a great sunday. Other than card making, now I am also busy with tons of crafts for this year's Church Bazaar. I made about 175 bottle cap magnets. Some I will sell in sets and others as singles.  I took some pressed leaves from another church member and created a bunch of cards, and now I am on to some jewelry projects.  I hope the church is able to sell all the goodies for the charity this year.
Cheers, Holley

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Here's a cutie from Simply Betty Stamps. I am using some Warm greys with violets on her.  It's hard to see but there's also sentiments in black that say Boo on the upper right and the white which looks like a line in the photo is actually a thick row of square bling. 

UGH, feel like I totally failed on the photo for this one, there's so much cool stuff on this card that you are actually not getting to see in this picture.  Well, at least you can enjoy Betty's image today, she's super cute.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, September 25, 2015

Marigold Sprite

Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Mitzi Sato-Wiuff (Aurora Wings).  This adorable image is called Marigold Sprite. I just love that this image is Dia De Los Muertos theme. How awesome is that?  Dia De Los Muertos is the first weekend of Nov, so you still have time to make some beautiful creations for it.   Be sure to check out the original artist coloring on the website so you see my variation.  I added a simple sentiment "I'll never forget how perfect you are."

Here's a close up of this stamp, currently sold as a rubber stamp, colored with copic markers.
This week the entire design team is using stamps from Mitzi on the blog, be sure and check out all of their creations, as well as checking them out on the Sweet Pea stamps Friends and Fans facebook page. 
 Cheers, Holley

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Happy Owl-oween!

Happy Owl-oween everyone!  Here's a super cute image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Sandra Caldwell called .  I made this adorable Halloween card using gorgeous Paper Temptress papers to give you a little inspiration for something quick and cute.  Whoooo wouldn't love a little witchy owl with her vampire mate? 

The base of this card is brown kraft cardstock, cut from 8.5x11 to 5.5x11" so it could create a 5.5 by square inch card.  I added a gorgeous 5" piece of Hambly Studio Screenprints which comes as part of the wonderful 6x6" Assortment Package.  You get a great assortment of Screenprints in the perfect size for cardmaking, 42 different sheets for only $2.54.  Once setting up the background of the card, I used the small pieces that I cut off the Hambly Screenprint and layered it upon a piece of Basis Black cardstock as an overlay for the top of the card.  Then I printed out my owl image on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest paper.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas for a Halloween filled owl card!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Halloween

Here's an adorable Halloween image from SSS artist Sherri Baldy.  We are having a contest over on the challenge blog which is Anything Goes with an added bonus for including a hat.  I chose this adorable witch with cute little spiders, well, cute on this card though if there were spiders like that in person, I would be pretty freaked out.

Hope you are making some fun cards right now for Halloween time.  Drop over at the SSS Challenge blog and share some Sherri Baldy theme cards. There's some great inspiration for you to check out as well as some wonderful images that you can win!  We can't wait to see your creations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Book Lover

Today is the new releases day over at SLS Lines this month, there's several wonderful images that are being shared by the design team including this cute image called Little Girl with Books. We are having a wonderful contest over on the blog this month for monotone theme cards AND there's a great contest over on the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog, it's Anything Goes and you can get an extra entry if you use any SLS Lines image.

Drop by and play in either (or both!) challenges for you chance to win a prize!  I can't wait to see what you make. SLS Lines has some awesome images for the upcoming Halloween holiday as well as some beautiful fairies and some funny images to make you giggle!

Cheers, Holley

Monday, September 21, 2015

White Christmas

Here's a great digi stamp that comes as part of a full set from Decosse Dynamite called White Christmas.  What a wonderful sentiment.   It comes with a bunch of other wonderful sayings.  I decided to do the whole card in beautiful white theme monotone design with just a tiny hint of blue.
Tomorrow starts the Monday Outlawz Greeting challenge this week is to create a Christmas card.  As always, don't forget to include a sentiment.  As shown on my card here, an image is not required as long as you create a card and do have a sentiment on it.  We welcome your creations and can't wait to see them.  The contest is typically posted late sunday night or early Monday morning.

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Get Wrapped up in Halloween

Here's an awesome Simply Betty stamp today. She makes the best Halloween theme stamps.  I totally love this lady and had to create a fun and sexy card with her for the holiday.  I had several fun die cuts to use and some skull washi tape that I got a while back.

Are you all wrapped up in the Halloween Spirit now? I hope so!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fall is coming!

Here's a gorgeous image from Lizzy Love today. They are having a new challenge over at Oddball art in Fall theme.  I chose this shade of green with some orange and deep yellow as my fall time colors.  I just love this artist's images. Isn't she darling?

Drop by their blog and check out the blog.  I think this past week felt a little like fall, or at least it felt a little like summer was going, as the temperatures were going down, perhaps the low nineties as the high.  When walking 4-5 hours a day, that makes a huge difference.  But this upcoming week it looks like everyday will be back to 95-98 degrees again.  So much for that lovely decline in temperature.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Midnight Minions

 Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea Stamps Artist Rebecca Sinz.  This beautiful image is called Midnight Minions. What an awesome image for a Halloween card!  Can you imagine a girl playing with some skeleton animals? I was really enamored with this art.
Here's a gorgeous close up of this image, colored with copic markers.
Be sure and check out all of Rebecca Sinz's amazing images at the store and share your wonderful creations with us on our facebook page, Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cherry Girl

Here's just an adorable little girl from artist Julia Spiri.  This cutie is called Girl with a hair wrap, but to me, she's a cherry girl!  I have a cousin named Cherry, so every time I see a little Cherry, it makes me think of her.  That made me color her up in red and made this card with red polka dots and matching flowers.

They are having a brand new contest over on the Julia Spiri blog, it's Anything Goes + Girls!  Well you all know I love the girls!  This one is such a cutie.  Her Etsy store is full of adorable ones to choose from.  This sentiment comes from Unity stamps.  They comes up with the best sayings!  The lace I am using here is some that I got a while back when traveling to Istanbul.

Hope you have a Sunshiney Day!!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Your Scrapbook Place Challenge

Here's a great image from SLS Scheibe today she's called Book Lover.  We're having an Anything Goes crafting contest over on the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog and our sponsor is SLS Lines this month.  I am using this beautiful image from her store (click here).   I added a great sentiment from author Stephen King, "Books are a uniquely portable magic."

 Drop by over at the Challenge blog and see all the new DT cards being shared today and then share some of your artwork with us.  We welcome any handmade projects, not just cards.  You will get a bonus entry in the drawing if you use an SLS Lines image.  There's also an SLS Lines challenge going on at their Challenge blog, so you can play in an additional challenge!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Winter, I miss you!

Here's a cute image from Sherri Baldy today.  She's all dressed up for winter with her cute little hat on and her fuzzy pants and boots.  I added a fun sentiment "Maybe if I dress for winter, it will come sooner!"  I think right about now, everyone here in Texas is wishing for a little bit of winter. It sure has been hot lately.  You know it's hot when you step outside at 90 degrees and think, wow, that's not bad at all....well, compared to 107 of course not.

So, here's hoping for a little cooler weather.  The contest over at the SSS Challenge blog started yesterday and it's Anything goes with a twist to add a hat.  Doesn't need to be winter theme.  I can't wait to see what you make, you could win some awesome images from Sherri Baldy.

Have a great day.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos

Here's an amazing coloring page from artist Rick St Dennis book Day of the Dead.  How stunning is this?  I am just blown away by his amazing drawings, esp his Dia De Los Muertos, skulls, beautiful ladies, and fun horror theme.  This card measure 8.5" square, though of course, it's not a true square, as the width is actually extended due to the die cuts on the side.

I colored up the entire image in W2-W8 and R81-R89;  The Challenge over at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge is to use pink. I thought this image was just perfect for that. I added a sentiment at the bottom, "For love is immortality -Emily Dickenson"

Drop by the Challenge and share your pink card and as always, be sure and include a greeting somewhere, it can be a cardstock sticker, as mine is, a stamped image, a computer generated print or even a hand written message.  We can't wait to see what you create.

I totally recommend this fun book from Rick St Dennis, I love the images!