Sunday, June 30, 2013

American Sisters

Here's a cute little image from artist Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes Doodle This and That.  This image is called American Sisters.  I prepared this image for the 4th of July holiday. Aren't they adorable?

Drop by her website and check out her cute images.

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sandra Caldwell); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); border (K&Co); Bling (Studio G); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);  Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time for Change.

So, here's a hilarious stamp set that I got from Unity Stamps a while back.  I know that last week I told you about my appointment with Dr Aboumatar.  I also took him this card & envie wrapped in plastic with a note on top that said "Give this to those patients who are afraid."  I am sure he got a chuckle out of that. I doubt he would actually give it to a patient, but having been one of his patients, all I can tell those other patients is "CHANGE is a good thing"
Often time by the time a doctor is TELLING you that surgery is necessary, esp when it is brain surgery, it's necessary.  Doesn't make it easier to say yes though.  Sometimes his staff calls me to let me know that they have a patient who would like to talk to someone who has been through surgery.  I give them my number so they can call.  I know the process before surgery is daunting but the reward after is amazing, more than you can really imagine.  It was more than I ever dreamed I would get.  I am so thankful that I didn't hesitate to go through the change and that my husband was 100% at my side the whole time along with my friends at church. 

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Unity Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Bling (Hobby Lobby); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Friday, June 28, 2013

Butterfly Kisses

 Here's a beautiful image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Joanne Schempp called Jenny.  She's a beautiful woman.  I colored her here in Copic Markers and used some shimmery flocked paper from Heidi Grace.  I added some gorgeous lace from Istanbul and I added some red jewels in the center of the flowers. and then found a beautiful green butterfly to give the card a striking contrast.
The sentiment here "Butterfly Kisses" comes from Sweet Pea stamps as a rubber stamp.
Here's a closeup of Jenny, currently available as a digi stamp.

Be sure and check out the other wonderful digi-stamps as well as Joanne Schempp's other amazing designs.  She makes the most striking mermaids and beautiful maidens.
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fairy Blossom

Here's a gorgeous image from Queen Kat called Fairy Blossom from artist Joanna Bromley.  I uses pinks on her wings and yellow flowers and then took those colors and created the entire card using the combination.  Isn't she beautiful?

Check out Joanna's other images, beautiful fairies, maidens and other animals. 

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV);  Image (Queen Kat); Ink (Colorbox, Memento); Flowers (Prima, Hobby Lobby); Bling (Michaels, Sticko); Butterflies (K&Co, unknown); Brads (Imaginescense); Die Cut (Lifestyles--Quickkutz); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Popdots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tilda in Pink

Here's Tilda today on a pretty in pink card.  I am using some gorgeous paper from Echo Park and beautiful lace that I got a couple years ago while visiting Istanbul.  Just love those cute Magnolia stamps.  Hope she is brining sweet dreams to you today.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (EchoPark, Neenah); Image (Magnolia); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Flowers (Prima); Bling (Michaels); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, ribbon glue, glue dots);  saying (Hobby Lobby);

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Hi everyone!  Here's a card I have made for the Squigglefly Challenge this week. This's week's challenge is called the long and short of it. You are supposed to make a card with something long and something short.  In my case I am using two strips of embroidered ribbon.  I have a gorgeous rose stamp from artist Pamela Lehto called Rose and Bow.
Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog and see other examples to inspire you this week and then make your card to play along in this week's game. If you join in and use a Squigglefly image, you can win a prize!

Project Materials:  Cardstock(Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Neenah);  Digi-Stamp (Squigglefly);  Diecut (Spellbinders); Punch(Martha Stewart); Bling (Hobby Lobby); Ribbon (Prima); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, June 24, 2013

Along Came a Spider Easel Card

 Here's a card that pops open and stands up (i.e. an easel card).  This gorgeous image is from artist Mitzi Sato-Wiuff of Scrapbook Stamp Society.  The image is called Along came a Spider.  I colored her up in yellowish greens from Copic and then used Bazzill papers to match.
Here's a close up of the image itself.  Totally gorgeous.
Drop by the challenge this week and create your own card for the contest. The winner will get a huge gift card to the SSS store so play along.  Create your own easel card just like I did here.  What a great project to make for the summer time.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Image (Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps); Die Cuts (Marianne Die Cuts, LifeStyles, Memory Box); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Buttons (Grandma's Button  Bag); Saying (JoAnns); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Yeah Dr A!!

So I made this cute card to take with me when I had my last visit to my neurologist (actually, Epileptologist).  This cute stamp is from Simply Betty Stamps and I added my own sentiment.  He does so much for so many people. I found this card fitting.  The appointment went great and I am happy to report that I am now on the path to completely reduce another medication.

Three more months and I will be done with another prescription drug!  YES!  Now that does make me want to do some cheerleading for that doctor.  Go Doctor Go!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp (Simply Betty Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all);  Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Challenge Card

Here's my card for this week's SSS Challenge.  The challenge is to use stripes and dots, so to have stripes I used strips of paper and for dots I used buttons.  I then added this adorable girl image from artist Karen Sheltrown of Scrapbook Stamp Society.  This image is called Costume4.

The contest is ending soon, so be sure to make up a quick card to participate this week.  Else, check them out every Monday for the next contest to be announced.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Candy Striper

Here's a brand new image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Concetta Kilmer called The Candy Striper.  I just LOVE this image.  She's got some great sassiness.  Just up my alley.  I decided to color her up in pink and black and create a card to match.
Here's a close up of the image itself.  Currently this image is being sold as a digi-stamp.

I layered the image on top of some gorgeous embossed paper using a folder from Cuttlebug and then took a Souffle pen and added white in various areas.  I also added some super cute sparkly buttons from American Traditionals.

Hope you will check out the newest Digi-Stamp images and create a card today!
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Patchwork Spring

Here's a gorgeous summer flower stamp from Queen Kat artist Vikki Douglas.  This flower is part of the stamp set called Patchwork Spring.  It contains two flowers, a butterfly, and a dragonfly.  I colored this flower up for summer time, using bright yellows on a sunny orange background.  I am using some mesh background and gorgeous lace from Turkey.

Hope you are feeling the sun now.  Have a summer day!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamps (Queen Kat); Diecuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Mesh (Hobby Lobby); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Adhesives (Pop Dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I love my wise guy!

I love my wise guy.  Isn't this a cute little card?  I took some totally gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress and this adorable image from Unity Stamps to create this card today.  I know I am a huge fan of owls.  There's nothing sweeter in the summer time than walking my neighborhood at night and hearing an owl hooting.

I am using gorgeous Paper Temptress papers today starting with a shimmery mica cardstock for the base, it's called Copper Mica.  The next layer up, on the corner is a black grandee felt, torn, not cut to give it some extra texture.  I then added a die cut layer using Spellbinders Nestabilities of Ruche paper called Cocoa Crepe.  The top layer, that I stamped my image on is Heavenly white.  I also added a tiny border of heavenly white on the left hand side of the card.

Hope this card gave you some good ideas.  Have a crafty day.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Me and my pet snail

Here's a fun summer theme image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy of a cute little girl and her pet snail....or perhaps it is just a giant stuffed snail.  I can recall having a snail as a kid, but it was not quite that large.  Poor thing, I think I kept it in fish bowl  I really didn't know at that age that snails could not live underwater. 

Check out all of Sherri's fun images at SSS and then go to the Challenge Blog to see this week's contest.  Most contests have a great prize of $30 gift card to the store.

Project Materials;  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); DigiStamp (Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps); Lace (Michaels); Buttons (Jesse James); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Stickers (); Adhesives (Staples, Pop dots, glue all);  Color (Copic Markers); 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for the Squigglefly Challenge, this week it's Red, White, and Blue.  You don't have to make it a patriotic card, but you can.  As you see, I have the cutest little scout here from artist Cheryl Alger called Be Prepared.  I am also using a star design from artist Pamela Lehto called 4 Stars.

Hope you will go over to the Squigglefly Challenge blog and check out what the Holley Hobbyists have made.  Then create your own red, white and blue card. I know we have lots of international players, so 4th of July is not required, even for our USA members, as long as you are using red, white and blue.  Just join in the fun!  you could win a free stamp from Squigglefly.

Project materials:  Cardstock(Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, DCWV);  Images (Squigglefly); Ink (Memento); Punch(Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Live, Love, Laugh

Here's a beautiful free stamp that I downloaded from a lovely blog called Any Old Craft (Click HERE).  She shows lots of pretty cards and often had lovely free images, such as this one that I made into this simple yet beautiful card.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp (Any Old Craft); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Ink(Souffle Pen); Ribbon (Prima); DieCut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue All);

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Some Odd Girl

So here's a color I don't work in often--green.  I am using it today to make this mono-tone card with an adorable stamp from Some Odd Girl.  She's definitely a cutie.  The paper I am using is flocked with soft brown.  It feels wonderful to the touch.  Too bad you  can't run your hand over the screen and feel it.

Project materials:  Cardstock(Making Memories, Bazzill, Neenah);  Saying (JoAnns); Stamp(Some Odd Girl); Ink (Memento, colorbox chalk); Button (unknown); Twine(Doodlebug); Flower (Prima); Brad(Basic Grey); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers); DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Friday, June 14, 2013

America the Beautiful

 Hi all, here's my version of this month's stamp for Sweet Pea's Variation week.  Aren't you just loving all the cards?  This stamp is from Artist Karen Middleton and is called Red, White, and Blue.  I created this America the Beautiful card using some wonderful red, white and blue embellishments to go along with it. The image is mounted on shimmery silver paper.
Here's a closeup of the image that I colored. So adorable!
There's also two other Karen Middleton images that are just perfect for those 4th of July cards and they match this stamp perfectly! One is called Star Spangle and the other is Star Spangled Banner.  Hope you will check out these cute images for those summer holiday cards.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Best Friend

Here's one of my favorites in the Queen Kat store, it's a Creepie Cutie from artist Kristie Silva.  This image is called Midnight Dreary.  I totally love her whole stamp line.  Those little skull barrettes and skull on her tshirt...perfect with the skull border that I added.

Hope you are having a great time now that Summer is in full swing.  The schools just ended here in TX, as most kids went to school through last week.  I imagine it will be a much different week now that all the kids are off.  Have fun everyone.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento);  Punch (Martha Stewart); Saying (Cosmo Crickett); Buttons (American Traditionals);  Twine (Doodlebug);  DieCut (Nellie Snellen); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Check me out

Here's a super cute stamp from Squigglefly artist Fawn Palmer called Corsets and Fishnets.  I am using this fun stamp set for the Challenge this week which is to create a card using some Wrap.  That can mean using some twill as I did here on my card or using some form or gift wrap on the card instead of paper.  I must say, I just LOVE this sexy lady stamp because it comes with the cutest sayings, the one I am using is "Behind every great woman is a man checking out her a$$" it also has another saying (not shown) that is "I am not a HAS BEEN, I am a WILL BE."  HA!
Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog this week and check out the examples from their design team and then create a card to share.  The winner gets a freebie from Squigglefly.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah);  DigiStamp (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flowers (Prima); Buttons (Little Yellow Bicycle); Twill (Doodlebug); Brads (Basic Grey);  Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Meet Jayne

 Meet Jayne Jettpack from Kenny K.  This artist has some of the hottest stamps out there. He's the artist who made the stamp that I used for my Anniversary Card to my husband last month (Lady Raven--click here if you missed it).  This cool stamp is called Jayne Jettpack.  Now, as a rocket scientist, ok, as an engineer who worked for NASA, you know I have a thing for rocket science.  So I had to get this stamp!  I added a great saying from Cosmo Cricket "She loved to dream because in her dreams, She could fly."
Here's a close up of my stamp coloring:
Hope this card made you smile today.  If only I had a jetpack to take me around town....

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Image (Kenny K); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Lace (Hobby Lobby); Bling (Michaels); Saying (Cosmo Cricket); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, June 10, 2013

Scotty Dog

Here's an adorable doggie stamp from artist Kim Pipkin Gwin called Scotty Dog.  If you check out this stamp at the website, you will notice that it also has a Christmas ornament with it, but I just wanted to use it for a summertime card, so I removed the ornament.  This dog is just so cute! I had a neighbor who had scotty dogs.  I gave him a checkerboard scarf and then picked ribbon for it to match.
The SSS Challenge this week is to add a charm to your card. As you can see, I added a little brass charm that is a bowl of dog food.  I also added a bunch of cute little doggie bones as a border around the base of this card with a green sentiment "Beautiful Memories."  Hope you feel inspired to go join in on the Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge this week, the prize is a $30 gift card.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Bling, Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp (Scrabook Stamp Society-Addicted to Stamps); Ribbon (Michaels); Buttons (Unknown, Jesse James); Saying (Frances Meyers); Charm (Unknown); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Main Squeeze

Here's an adorable image from Unity Stamps.  I love this artist, Phyllis Harris, who makes stamp designs for them.  I have bought a number of her designs.  If you feel like you recognize her art, she is better known for being the artist from the children's magazine called Highlights.  I can remember reading those as a kid.  Watch my blog as you'll be seeing a number of her stamps from Unity.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Ink (memento, colorbox chalk); Stamps (Unity Stamp Company); Flowers (Prima); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Die Cut (Xcut); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);  Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Elisabeth Bell's Mermaid

Here's another very quick and easy summer card that I did for a family member who lives down by the coast.  This cutie is just sweet as can be.  She's called Oceanessa Mermaid and she comes from Sweet Pea Stamps.  She's too cute so I colored her up and found the perfect matching shimmery papers to go with her.
You wouldn't think so, but don't teal and orange go well together?  They are opposite on the color wheel, so they are called complementary colors.  Probably not the colors one would immediately think to throw together, but they actually do work.
Project Materials: Cardstock(Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Crafter's Companion); Stamp(Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (Jesse James); Die Cut (Lifestyles--Quickkutz); Color(Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wonderful Stamps from Elisabeth Bell

 Don't you just love Elisabeth Bell? If ever there is an artist whose images you can immediately pick out, hers are definitely one of them. I can look at some wonderful stamps and I just KNOW they are by Elisabeth Bell before I even see her name.  This cutie is one of them.  She's a gorgeous Sweet Pea stamp called Tummy Time.  I have colored her up for summer and put her on a gorgeous monotone card with all pinks.
I am also using a wonderful Sweet Pea saying "Have a magical day."  That's just perfect for this gorgeous little girl.  Tomorrow I will share another great card using an Elisabeth Bell stamp from Sweet Pea stamps so Stay tuned.....

Project materials:  Cardstock (Basic Grey, Neenah, AC Metallic, AC);  Stamps (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Walmart, Basic Grey); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Border Punch (Stampin Up); Banners (K&Co);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Patchwork Spring

Here's a flower set from Queen Kat stamps artist Vikki Douglas called Patchwork Spring.  This set comes with all four image shown above in this card.  Beautiful flowers, butterfly, and dragonfly.  I added a simple sentiment from Cosmo Crickett that says "Have peace in your heart."

This image set is available both in rubber stamp form as well at digi form.  Drop by the store to see all the stamps from artist and Queen Vikki Douglas.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamps (Queen Kat); Punch(Martha Stewart); Saying (Cosmo Crickett); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (Glue All, Glue Dots);

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

La fleurs

Here's a cute card I made using a free image from artist Sandra Caldwell.  So cute, huh?  If you like it, drop on by and grab it at Babycakes Doodle This and That, be sure and leave her a thanks.  I am showing off this image using amazing orange papers from Paper Temptress.  What a  bright sunny day it is and the oranges are gleaming here.

The base of the card actually has mica in it, so it sparkles and shimmers in the light. It's called Mangue Sparkle.  The image is a digital stamp, so I ran it through my printer using Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Works gorgeously in the printer for digital stamps and then for use with coloring with Copic Markers.  Behind the image I have a portion of the Hambly Studio Overlays.  These Overlays are 12x12" sheets, but each piece works so wonderfully that I get them in 6x6" sections and then carve them up as needed for my cards.  As you can see, the small portion of the screen that I used here all matches and makes a delightful background for the image on this card.  This overlay is called Orange Mod Circles.  If you like using the overlays, I would recommend getting one of the 6x6" packages that comes with an assortment of sheets.  The final paper I used on this card was some amazing Mica to cut out the detailed corner die cuts.  That shimmery cardstock is called Flame.

Hope this sunny card has made you feel warm and bright today.  Happy Summer and I hope it will be filled with lots of wonderful crafting.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge

Hi everyone, here's a cute card I made using a gorgeous stamp from Sherri Baldy called Mabel Rose bestie  Isn't she a cutie?  There's a fun challenge this week on the Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge to create a card using yellow and white and the prize is a $30 gift card!  WOO HOO.  I hope you will join in on the fun.
Drop by the Challenge Blog and play along with us.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp(Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps); Die Cuts (Memory Box, Spellbinders Nestabilities); Butterfly (); Flowers (); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, June 3, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Yep, this week it's time for the Squigglefly Challenge. The challenge this week is to create a summertime card. I am using a wonderful stamp from artist Cheryl Alger called  Noahs Big Flower.  How cute is he?  I added a fun vellum sentiment "Seize the Day" with a side note that says Sunny. 
Hope you will all Seize the Day! and join in the fun at Squigglefly.  Drop by the Challenge blog and share your Summer card creation this week. If you use a Squigglefly image you will be entered into the prize drawing.

Project materials:  Cardstock (bazzill, AC, Neenah);  Image (Squigglefly); Vellum (); Sticker(JoAnns); Button (Recollections); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities; Memory Box);  Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots);

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Believe in Yourself

Here's a gorgeous stamp from Tiddly Inks called Sollytude.  I love the images from artist Christy Croll, she makes stamps for Stamping Bella as well as her own stamp line at Tiddly Inks. This one is just too sweet.  Makes me want to take a moment and sit down and relax.  Say a few prayers and relax, remind myself how great my life is.

Hope you all are having a great Sunday.  Hugs and Blessings to all of you.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Image (Tiddly Inks); Stars (Sandy Lion); Die Cut (Nellie Snellen); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Art from Sandra Caldwell

Some time ago I shared a wonderful gift that I had received from artist Sandra Caldwell.  Here's some more of the great art items that she sent me!! I just had to share them.  Some of them are things that she handmade.    If you missed it, she has a great blog that she sells Digi-stamps at.  When I had my month of celebration in Feb, celebrating THREE years post brain surgery, Sandra created three free digi-stamps to give away to everyone!!  On top of that, she made me my own personal stamp, a stamp of me, with a little crown and the number 3.  How cute is that?

We had a fun contest using her digi-stamps with a group called Scrapbook Place.  Sandra also created a freebie stamp for that group!

Drop by her blog and download the freebies, Babycakes Doodle This and That.