Sunday, August 31, 2014

You are a star

Here's an adorable bunny stamp from Cat's Pajamas.  You know I love the space theme stamps. Isn't he a cutie?  There is a sentiment, but the scan on this card is kind of dark so you really can't see it. It says "You are a star."

Hope you have a wonderful Sept.  Enjoy Labor Day if you are in the US and getting the day off.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Image (Cats Pajamas); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Bling (Michaels); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots);

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Night Dreamer

 Here's a beautiful Sweet Pea stamp from artist Ching-Chou Kuik.   I love her stunning ladies and gorgeous mermaids.  This one is really a keeper.    The image is called Night Dreamer.  Be sure and check out the artist's original coloring as it is so very different from my own.
 
Here's a close up of the image I colored using Copic markers
 
Hope you are having a great week and getting some crafting in too.  Check out all of Ching-chou Kuik's images at the Sweet Pea store, both in Digi as well as rubber format.
 
Cheers, Holley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Sylvia!

Here's a sweet card for Sylvia who's celebrating her Birthday today. Her favorite things are Elephants and Hello Kitty so I got this adorable stamp from Bugaboo to create a darling birthday card just for her.  Isn't he a cutie?  I hope she has a great birthday this year and for many years to come!

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Diecuts (Lifestyles); Borders(Doodlebug); Image (Bugaboo); Color (Copic Markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (); Twine(Doodblebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Praying Tilda

Here's a wonderful Magnolia stamp of little praying Tilda.  I colored her up using Copic markers and added a sweet sentiment from Whipper Snapper.  "God's Answers are Wiser than our Prayers?"  How true is that?  All the gorgeous papers here are from Paper Temptress.  Don't you love the layers? 


The base of this card is gorgeous white cardstock Neenah Solar White, this is also the cardstock that the image was stamped on.  I die cut the image out using Spellbinders Nestabilities.   I mounted the image onto beautiful mica cardstock Punch.  I also used the sliver of punch on the edge of the card.  The lovely lace looking paper is from Hambly Studios.  They have gorgeous papers and overlays.  This paper is a small piece of a Hambly Screen Print called Old Lace.  Isn't it stunning?  Imagine how many cards you could make with this one sheet. Have a great day everyone!!

  Hugs and prayers. Holley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A little Voodoo

Here's a simple and sweet Stamping Chef card today, she's sitting with her voodoo doll and I added a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment "I'll put a spell on you!"  As you can see with all the hearts on the card, I am putting out a love spell....

Though perhaps with that spike in the head, hmmmm....well as the person who had brain surgery, perhaps I am putting out a spell to get rid of all those horrible headaches.  Though I must say, since surgery almost all of my headaches went away.  Amazing!!  I am going to put this card in the TSC Challenge this week.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Flocked Cardstock (Heidi Grace); Die Cuts (Spellbinders); Hearts (Recollections); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Color (Copic markers); Bling (Studio G); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trust Your Heart

Hi everyone!  Here's a fun bestie image from Sherri Baldy.  We are having a wonderful challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog, it's Anything Goes + Vintage.  I am using this adorable stamp, Img096. It's colored in Copics E11-E19;  I am using a combination of brown embellishments and sentiments from Cosmo Crickett.

Hope you love this card, drop by the SSS Challenge Blog this week and join in the fun!  You can win some great stamps from Sherri Baldy.  We'd love to see your creations.

Cheers, Holley

Monday, August 25, 2014

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge. This week the Holley Hobbyists are creating cards for Squigglefly and the challenge is called let's go 'round the block.  The challenge is to round everything on your card.  You can use die cut shapes (like ovals, circles...) that are already rounded, but any square corners are not allowed.  Here's my creation this week, using a brand new stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell called Bearly on a Cloud.

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog to see what the other Holley Hobbyists created and then join in our challenge and share your creation with us!  Squigglefly will be giving a prize to the winner.

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Paper Shelter, Neenah); Image (Squigglefly); Sentiment (); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Corner Rounder (Creative Memories); Color (Copic markers); Adhesivers (pop dots, glue all, ribbon glue);

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Leaf Cards, Part 4

Here's some more of the beautiful pressed leaves that I was given by a lady at my church.  I have been making card to share with you. Eventually I will take all these cards to the church bazaar and we will sell them for this year's charity.  Last year we raised enough to build a well through the Water to Thrive organization.  They are right here in Austin TX and build wells in foreign countries that cost only $5000 each.  That well is estimated take care of 500 people for 20 years.  It's a wonderful organization that works on a very low overhead budget.

Have a great week everyone!! More prayers please for Baby Aidenn who had a scary event this week and stopped breathing.  Smart CPR by mommy saved his life.  He was a premie who had just been released home from the hospital.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Sis

Happy Birthday Sis!!

Hope you have the Sweetest day today.  Here's a skellie cuppie cake just for you.  Have a wonderful day and a happy year. Sharing this card over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pumpkin Kitty

Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Charmaine Flannery called Pumpkin Kitty.  I totally loved this image as soon as it came out.  I am sure many of you know how fond I am of Halloween. I had to do up this image in an orange/pink combo.
I added a Sweet Pea sentiment Happy Halloween from Halloween Sheet 1.  Here's a closeup of the stamp I used for this card. Doesn't she look great in Pink?
 
Be sure and check out this artist stamps in the Sweet Pea store.  If you are getting ready for the holiday, Sweet Pea has a bunch of Halloween/Fall theme stamps.  I hope to be making lots of them as it's definitely my favorite topic.
 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You are my Sunshine!

You are my sunshine!  Don't you love this cute girl from Lili of the Valley? I do!  She's just a cutie who makes you think of that little girl.  awe....hugs.  Hope you have a beautiful day today everyone.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (MAMBI, Neenah, K&Co ); Image (LOTV, sentiment-Crafter's Companion); Diecut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Basic Grey, ); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue All); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Is it too early for Halloween?

Is it too early for Halloween cards?  You know I love the Halloween themed images.  Here's a great one from The Stamping Chef.  I am now seeing the Halloween goodies everywhere, all the crafting stores and even the markets (now, mind you, I have been seeing CHRISTMAS stuff in many of these stores since at least june, ugh!) 

I hope you will join in with me in checking out the awesome images at the Stamping Chef (ooo and their Challenge Blog where I will enter this card this week). She has some brand new stamps that I have been loving...I am totally itching to get some of them.  I can feel new digis in my future.

Cheers, Holley

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);