Saturday, November 30, 2013

Embace Each and Every Moment

Here's a great image from Simply Betty Stamps.  I just love how she took this image of a teen and she's holding that doll (by the neck even).  But deep down, you know she's just snuggling that dolly.  (Also LOVE that hairband, I will say the last time I went to a convention, I actually bought myself a hairband that has a SKULL on it!!, it's flat like the one in the photo with silver studs all over it. TOO CUTE). 

Hope your post Thanksgiving Weekend is going well.  I must say I haven't been out of the house at all those crazy sales.  Yeah, not best I might look at the paper or go online, but that's about as inspired as I get.

Project Materials: Cardstock(Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Simply Betty); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Diecut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Punch (Martha Stewart); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all);  Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, November 29, 2013

Queen of hearts

Hi everyone! I am sharing a card today from Sweet Pea artist Rachel Anderson.  I am using a beautiful image she created named Queen Of Hearts.  This image is available as a digi-stamp or as a rubber stamp (plate #201).  I am using a red card here, that is quite large, I ran the front of the card through my machine to emboss it and then added a sheet behind it to give it a double layer. 

Here's a close-up of the stamped image, it's so very delicate and detailed, like all of Rachel Anderson's images

I hope you have been enjoying all the wonderful cards this week using this artist's images, be sure and check them all out at the Sweet Pea store.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know this doesn't seem like a thanksgiving card, but now that it's here, I figure I will go ahead with the Christmas cards.  I have already shown some Christmas cards, but I have also be showing lots of wonderful fall and thanksgiving cards too.  This fun image comes from Kathy Cyr and is called Sledding.  So adorable. I decided to color her up in blue and make a blue card to match.
The card is meant to stand up on the desk and will fit perfectly in a 5.5 in envelope.  Can't you just imagine this pair out and about handing out Christmas cheer to everyone?

Project  materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Paper Connection); Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Diecuts (Lifestyles, Memory Box); Bling (Michaels, Sticko); Adhesives (pop dot, glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You're gonna shine!

Here's a great image from Kenny K today.  I am loving this fun image.  You're gonna shine.  I wish it was a bit warmer here and I could dress up just like her...well, perhaps not in a skirt that short!  Though, I would wear socks that long...maybe even longer, I like them a bit above my knee to keep my knees warm too!

Hope everyone is getting ready for a wonderful thanksgiving holiday.  Have a great time!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Flip Its card

 So, have you seen those cards that flip open to show you an additional image when you open the card?  They are called Flip-Its and there are several die cutters from Sizzix that cut these cards out for you (also in conjunction with a company owned by Stephanie Barnard whose class I took at the last Scrapbook Convention).  You don't have to have the matching stamps or die cutters from the Stamps of Life Company by Stephanie Barnard, but I did adore making some Flip Its cards.  So when I saw a die cut machine go on sale, I had to get one, primarily so I could make these cards as well as use several other dies that are wider than 5".

Here's the card I did from the front, flat view.  It will fit perfect in those 5.5" envelopes.

Then when you pop it open, here's the "inside of the card"
You could also write you sentiment here, but for this card, I chose to write the sentiment on the backside of the card.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress Flame Mica, Bazzill); Stamp (CC Designs);  Die Cuts (Flip Its Square Sizzix Bigz;  Spellbinders Nestabilities;  Border Sizzix);  Color (Copic markers); Stickers (Adorn It); Buttons (JoAnns); Twine (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Monday, November 25, 2013

All White

Here's a fun challenge this week over at Scrapbook Stamp Society's Challenge blog, the card should be made in all white with just the image colored.  I made this square card using Sherri Baldy's image049 and square card.  Then I decorated it with lots of fun diecuts including an embossed background.

Be sure and drop by the Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge blog to see what the other design team member's created and then create your own card using this style for your chance to win a prize from SSS!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Neenah);  Image (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Embossing Folder (Sizzix); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, Marianne Designs, Memory Box);  Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Smokin' Hot

Here's a great image from The Stampin' Chef, she's just smoking hot.  I think it is the thigh high stockings that I like.  Hmmmm, if only they were socks.  I definitely prefer to wear thigh high socks, as they keep my legs warm.  Figured my hubby would like this card, yep, he's the one for me.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, AC);  Stamps (Stamping Chef;  sentiment--unknown perhaps CC);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Bling (Hobby Lobby); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Color (Copic markers);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bubble time

Here's a card I made for the Bestie's challenge this week. The challenge is to include some ribbon on your card.  I think this adorable image is just TOO cute, so I had to make a  fun card with her.  In fact, now I want to go take a nice warm bath too.  Check out all Sherri Baldy's great images at Scrapbook Stamp Society.
Drop by the Besties Blog and join in the fun, the challenge ends today and a new one will start tomorrow.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, November 22, 2013

Moon of Wintertime

Here's a stunning image from Sweet Pea artist Elaine Cox called Wintertime.  This stamp is available as a digi-stamp or as a rubber stamp in a set where you get two identical images, a large circular stamp and a smaller matching circular stamp which is just perfect for labels, envelope seals and stickers!  I am using some wonderful Christmas paper to create this card, along with some gorgeous lace, lovely snowflake buttons and a vellum sentiment.
Here's a closeup of the beautiful image
Be sure and drop by to see all of Elaine Cox's wonderful images at the store!  I am also totally excited with the new images from artists that are coming out.  WOW.
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dream a little dream

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday. I am excited to be showing a brand new stamp today from Queen Kat. This fun image is from artist Maigan Lynn and is called Dream a Little Dream.  Isn't she gorgeous?  I love this stamp.  Her images are well know with their big eyelashes and she also has a bunch of wonderful mermaids.

I added a T.S. Eliot sentiment to this card "Love is most nearly itself when here and now crease to matter."  I can imagine a lover looking into this maiden's eyes and thinking of nothing more than her.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Bling, AC, Neenah);  Image (Queen Kat); Sentiment (KI); Stickers (Doodlebug);  Flowers (Prima); Brads (Bo Bunny); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);  Colors (Copic Markers); Ink (Colorbok Chalk);

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Happy Fall

Here's a great new image from artist Sandra Caldwell.  She sells digi stamps at her site Babycakes Doodle This and That as well as her Esty stamp site (CLICK HERE).  This cutie is called Thanksgiving Pumpkin.  I used some wonderful papers from Paper Temptress here.

The card base is a shimmery mica cardstock called Flame.  The black borders are textured paper called Black Felt Grandee.  The white paper that I printed out the image one is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I used that because it runs through my printer great for digital stamps.  The red paper is also a beautiful specialty paper, it's hard to tell on the card, but it has flecks of golden shimmer in it as well, it's called Vermillion Sparkle.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Image (Sandra Caldwell); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); DieCut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Embossing (Sizzix); Punch(Martha Stewart); Sentiment (OTC); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hello Darling

Here's a brand new image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy called Hollywood Glam Img031 . The challenge this week is to use embossing on your card, either wet or dry.  As you can see, I have used embossing on my background, I did a huge background in red, highlighting the I {heart} you with some white ink. I also added a bright white embossed heart to the front of the card.

Drop by the SSS Challenge and share a card this week.  You could win some wonderful stamps from Scrapbook Stamp Society as your prize! Check out all the wonderful cards designed by the design team while you are there.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Neenah, Bazzill); Image (Addicted to Stamp-Scrapbook Stamp Society); Embossing (Sizzix); Ribbon (Michaels); Flowers (Prima); DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, November 18, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week the challenge is to include ribbon or lace on your card.  As you can see, I have added some gorgeous lace that I got in Turkiye.  This beautiful angel is from artist Judith Hart and is called Herald Angel.  Isn't she stunning?

Please drop by the Squigglefly blog to see all the cards that the other Holley Hobbyists have made for this week's Challenge and then join in the fun by creating your own card that uses ribbon or lace on it.  If you include a Squigglefly image, then you might win this week's prize!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Specialty Paper, Neenah); Image (Squigglefly); Buttons (Jesse James); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

 Here's another wonderful Thanksgiving card stamp from artist Regan Kubecek of Sweet Pea stamps.  This wonderful image is called Thanksgiving.  Be sure and check out the coloring on the original image, so you can see how different it looks here on my card.  I added some wonderful leaves from Recollections, some great pumpkin embellishments from Jolees and a Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment too!
Here's a close up of the actual image itself.
Hope you have enjoyed the image from Regan Kubecek today.  Be sure and check out all of her wonderful stamps at the Sweet Pea store.
Cheers, Holley

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Ayana

Sharing this cute card that I made for Ayana for her birthday. This image comes from Tiddly Inks. I just love the balloons with the skulls on them, so I added a border with skulls on it. I also added a skull inside the card with a birthday sentiment for her!  I hope she has a wonderful birthday this year.  Hugs to you Ayana!!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Images (Tiddly Inks); DieCuts (XCuts); Border (Martha Stewart); Bling (Michaels); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);  Color (Copic markers);

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Harvest

Now that you have seen all the wonderful Halloween images I could manage, let me toss in some beautiful Thanksgiving images.  This one is from Sweet Pea artist Regan Kubecek and is called Thanksgiving Harvest.  It is currently available as both a rubber stamp and a digi-stamp. I added some fun leaf and button embellishments with a large brad that says "cool  & crisp", now if the South Texas weather would just realize that it's supposed to be almost Fall time!
Here's a close up of this image, she's so darling all dressed up with the crop.

Be sure you check out all of Regan's amazing stamps, there's some stunning fall theme images that are perfect for some cards right now and some darling cards for the upcoming holidays.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV);  Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento); Buttons (Jesse James, Button Lovers) Brads (Queen&Co); Die Cuts (XCuts); Corner Punch (Creative Memories); Leaves (Recollections); Color (Copic markers);

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ribbon Dancer

Here's a gorgeous stamp from Queen Kat artist Laura Macy called Ribbon Dancer.  What a stunning image.  I added a great saying from Cosmo Crickett "Let your inner artist out."  I think that sentiment is just perfect with this image.  She's available as a rubber stamp and a digi stamp.
Laura Macy has several other wonderful stamps including many different sun and moon designs.  Lovely images available.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah);  Stamp(Queen Kat); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Bows (Unknown); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Bling (Recollections); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Autumn

Sharing this gorgeous image from artist Sandra Caldwell today, she's  from Babycakes Doodle This & That and she sells images on Esty.  This beautiful fall theme image is one of them.  She's also a wonderful friend who made some gorgeous images just for me last Feb when I was celebrating my three year anniversary for brain surgery!  She not only made wonderful freebie images that she gave away to everyone, she also made me my very own stamp!! (click here).  SO amazing!!  She's just the sweetest person ever and a great artist to boot!  I do so enjoy her work.

Drop by her store and check out all the fun images she has!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sandra Caldwell); Stickers (Adorn It, Unknown); Die Cuts (Xcuts); Color (Copic markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Twine (Doodlebug);

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What a Sweetie!

Here's a cute, it's a Gingerbread Man from Squigglefly. I am using this fun image to play along with the Squiggelfly challenge this week.  The challenge is to include some polka dots on the card so I am using both some fun paper as well as a great flower from Prima.  This darling image is brand new in the store this November from artist Pamela Lehto.

Drop by the Challenge blog this week and join in the fun. All you need to do is add some polka dots to your creation.  If you use a Squigglefly image you are eligible to win a prize!

Project Materials:  Cardstock(Walmart, Neenah, Pebbles);  Image (Squigglefly); Vellum Saying (Colorbok); Flower (Prima); Brad (BoBuny); Bling (Recollections); Punch(Martha Stewart); Ink(Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All);

Monday, November 11, 2013

Christmas Cute!

Here's an adorable Christmas theme image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy.  This cutie is my card for the challenge this week which is to use only black, white with one other color.  I am using predominately white, with some shading (I.e. the black/grey tones) and then red.  I think this adorable image was just perfect for that.  I have a wonderful full sized die cut that I cut multiple times back to back and placed on the card, for a white on white tone, it really gives a snow flake background vibe and then I added a few snowflake buttons.

Be sure and drop by the SSS Challenge blog this week and join in the fun!  You can see all the other artist's wonderful creations and then share your work too!  The winner will get a wonderful prize from SSS!  Good Luck!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Scrapbook Stamp Society); Die Cut (Xcuts, Memory Box);  Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Twill (); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mane Event

Sharing this gorgeous stamp from The Stamping Chef, she's called the Mane Event. Gotta love all that hair. I guess I had hair that used to be almost that long before.  When I was a kid and later when I grown up just prior to getting brain surgery.  They were able to cut it off for donation.

That gorgeous ribbon is some that I got in Istanbul at the markets, they had ribbons and lace stores in a district where that's what every store sold!  Can you imagine that?!? store after store of ribbons and laces?  Oh, crafter's heaven.  They also had a lot of beading stores.  Lucky they didn't have stamping stores too or I would have gone broke!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Image (Stamping Chef); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ribbon (Istanbul, Turkiye); Flowers(Prima); Bling (Michaels); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue);

Saturday, November 9, 2013

You're Beautiful!

Sharing this gorgeous Sherri Baldy stamp today, the blog challenge was pinks so I have used some gorgeous pink background paper, a pink vellum sentiment and some pink coloring.  This is Img934 at the Scrapbook Stamp Society, so be sure and check her out. there's so many wonderful images there now.

Drop by the challenge blog for the Besties and join in this week's fun!

Cheers, Holley

Friday, November 8, 2013

Autumn Passion

Here's a gorgeous Sweet Pea Stamp from artist ching-chou kuik called Autumn Passion.  It's available as a rubber stamp (Plate #235) or as a digi-stamp.  I used some wonderful specialty paper from Heidi Grace as the base of the card and then added clear acetate embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle as well as some gorgeous Cardstock stickers to go with it.  This image is totally stunning.
Check out all of the wonderful new images from ching-chou kuik.  She has the most beautiful maidens and the most stunning mermaids.  I am just loving all the new images in the store right now.
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 7, 2013

White Christmas

Here's a wonderful digi-stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell. She sells stamps from her store on Esty and her website Babycakes Doodle This and That.  This cutie is just perfect for those upcoming winter theme cards. 

Be sure and check out all of Sandra's other wonderful stamps, she has an Esty store where you can purchase online for the images!

Project Materials:  Carstock (Bazzill Swiss, Bazzill Bling, Neenah, Bazzill); Images (Sandra Caldwell); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Snowflake (Jesse James); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tilda just sitting around

Here's a wonderful card of Tilda, she's just sitting around waiting to say Hi to everyone who comes to visit.  So Hello everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are all ready for Fall and having a wonderful day today!
Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, unknown); Image (Magnolia); Diecuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Lace (Recollections); Flowers (Prima); Bling (Michaels); Buttons (JoAnns); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

If I only had a brain.....

Don't you love this scarecrow?  this adorable image is from artist Sherri Baldy of Scrapbook Stamp Society and is called Lil' Scarecrow.  The SSS Challenge Blog is having an Anything Goes contest this week, so just drop on by and share your creations with us!  Pick out a fun fall image and join in.

Be sure and check out all of Sherri Baldy's fun stamps at SSS (click here).  Then create a fun card and join in our challenge this week at the blog (here).
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, Creative Imaginations); Image (Scrapbook Stamp Society-Addicted to Stamps; Sentiment--Kraftin Kimmie Stamps); Flowers (Prima); Buttons (JoAnns); Bakers Twine (); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, November 4, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what that means, yep, it's time for this week's Squigglefly challenge.  This week the challenge was Square Cards, so here's my creation this week using two brand new images that were released on Saturday!  The saying is Christmas Cheer from Carmen Gamble.  The tree is called Bare Tree from artist Pamela Lehto.

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations from the other Holley Hobbyists and then go share your Square shaped card with us!  If you use a Squigglefly image, even a freebie, you can eligible to win this week's prize!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (WE R Memory Makers, Bazzill, Neenah);  DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Images (Squigglefly); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Buttons (Jesse James); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Fall

Here's my Squiggelfly Challenge card this week.  The challenge was to create a fall theme card. I got this wonderful brand new image from the website, this image is called Prim Pear from artist Carmen Gamble.  I think image would be lovely for Winter theme as well.

Drop by the Squigglefly Blog and join in the fun this week, then get ready for next week's challenge!
Brand new images are coming out and something fun will get started with the Holley Hobbyists on Monday morning.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dia De Los Muerotos

So Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is Friday, Nov 1st often also celebrated through to Saturday Nov 2nd. It is a holiday of celebration of those who have passed away.  It is widely celebrated in Mexico and in areas of South TX where I grew up.  It is not a somber occasion but a happy occasion to have memories and people set up shrines for their loved ones or take items to the graves of their loved ones.   We have a brand new artist at Sweet Pea Stamps, Helena Reis, here's one of the brand new stamps, Dia De Los Muertos.
Here's a close up of the image I used for this card. I layered it on some black polka dot paper with some Turkish lace, stitched ribbon and a cute skull brad.
Hope you have a Happy Dia De Los Muertos or All Saints Day!

Cheers, Holley

Friday, November 1, 2013

Birthday Blog Hop

Today is Shannon's Birthday, Happy Birthday Shannon!  Shannon is the Queen Bombshell and owns Bombshell Stamps.  Since today is her birthday, some past and present Bombshell Girls and Pin-Ups got together to hold this Blog Hop in her honor.

I couldn't think of more important image than this fun skelly!  It's Dia De Los Muertos as well, so he was just perfect.  This stamp come from a wonderful stamp set that is sold at Bombshells stamps.  I added a Happy Birthday sentiment and a perfect embellishments "Screamin' good Time"  what more could you want? This stamp set is called Muertos Doll and is sold as a digi-stamp set with several other wonderful images!
I also want to say Happy Birthday to my Brother in Law Eric!!  Now, on to the blog hop.....

the next blogger in the hop is Leslie
would you like to start from the beginning of the hop, then click here

Project Materials:  Card (Doodlebug); Cardstock (Neenah); Stamps (Bombshell Stamps); Stickers (); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all);