Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jailbreaker

Here's a super cute image from Simply Betty stamps. I adore this image (and well, all of Betty's fun images).  She's got her file in hand to try and get out.  I think of her as a prisoner of LOVE.  Had to use a black and white striped card for this one.

Can you all believe we are about to start July?  where has the summer gone?  with all the amazing and blessed (and scary) rain we have had in Texas this year it hasn't really felt like summer.  Usually by now we would all be surrounded by dead grass and well, dead and dried everything.  Despite the scary floods and horrible tragedies that some dealt with, the majority of us are surrounded by amazing greenery, loaded trees of fruit, and a lake that hasn't been so full in many many years.  That lake supplies water for the million plus people in this area and was down below 40%.  Now, it's back to above 80% of it's location to the point where they had to open the dam.  Very thankful for all this rain and very prayerful for those who came into harms way.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meet Petals

Sharing this Sweet pea stamp today from artist Heather Valentin for the Outlawz Monday greeting challenge. The challenge theme is Anything goes, so you can create any topic you like as long as you include a greeting somewhere.  As you can see here, my greeting says "Dress up!"  This cutie can be found on the Sweet Pea stamp site, she's called Petals.

Drop by the Monday challenge at Outlawz and share your card with us this week! You could win a wonderful prize.  Cheers, Holley

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank You!

Here's an adorable image from Sherri Baldy. I just love this cutie, do they still make hats like this?  I can certainly remember such things, though even when I was a kid, these were hats that were from before my time.  I turned this card into a thank you card using a wonderful sticker from Pebbles and then I added some gorgeous ribbon from Turkiye.  Totally wish I could go back to that store....I would end up coming home with no clothes and just ribbons and laces, lol!

There's a fun challenge going on at the SSS Challenge blog, it's anything goes + handmade flowers.  Create something fun and share it with us this week for your chance to win some awesome stamps from Sherri Baldy.  Have a great week!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A day for Love!

Sharing this fairy of love today. As I am sure many of you heard, the US Supreme court ruled yesterday to make marriage legal for everyone in all 50 states.  It is a tremendous step for equality that is long overdue.  Living in Texas we were one of the last 13 states in the USA who had yet to give equal rights to all citizens!  Here's a card for all the LOVE and happiness that I saw yesterday including huge congrats to a couple at my church who after 13 years together, where now able to legally get married. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, June 26, 2015

Always believe in yourself.

 Here's a gorgeous Sweet Pea stamp image from artist Gabriella Szabo called Yuletide Blessings.  I chose to use this image for the Artist of the month card to show you how stunning her art is as well as how versatile it can be. I don't think you would have ever guessed that this image was originally supposed to be a Christmas theme stamp.  How cool is that?  Be sure and check out the image on the Sweet Pea stamps site, so you can see how the image looks in Christmas colors.
 
Here's a close up of this stunning image
 
Check out all of Gabriella's stunning images at Sweet Pea, she has the most beautiful fairy images.
 
Cheers, Holley
 
Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, K&Co); Image (Sweet Pea Stamps); Die Cuts (Marianne, Sizzix, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Nellie Snellen); Colors (copic markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett);

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SWAK!

Here's the cutest image from Simply Betty stamps! Pucker up Sweet Cheeks!  Totally love this adorable image from her store. She does the most fun images with the sassiest sayings to go with them. I added some great tape across the pink cardstock and a fun SWAK die cut.

Hope everyone has an awesome Thursday!

Cheers, Holley

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Throw Caution to the wind!

There's an awesome contest going on over at Ike's Art.  This beautiful stamp was a freebie that was given away on their challenge blog.  Drop by over there and get this image and then create a card to play in their challenge this week at  Ike's World Challenge blog (just scroll down a posting or two and you will see her).  Their current challenge is Earth, Wind, Fire, or Water.

I made a monotone blue card for the wind, I also think this image would work great as water or fire if you changed the coloring of her.  Ooo, so many ideas for this stamp. 

Have a crafty day everyone!

Holley

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hugs!

Here's the sweetest little girl from Sherri Baldy.  She's just ready to cry!  Even looking at her poor little face makes me want to cry a bit, she's IMG517.  The challenge is starting up again over on the SSS Challenge blog, it's Anything Goes + Handmade Flowers.  So create some flowers, using die cuts, punches, hand cut, or like these, stitched.  Then create a card and share it with us!

Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and check out what the other DT Member's made and then share your Sherri Baldy cards.  You can win some awesome images from her.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Heidi Grace Flocked Paisley, Neenah); Image (Sherri Baldy); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flowers (handmade by Linda Weber); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Sentiments (Adorn It); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all, glue dots);

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Release from SLS Lines

Here's a new stamp from SLS Lines called Vintage Girl baking.  Today's the new release day for images at the store.   I love this fun lady, makes me think very retro, which is why I chose this paper and the fun Milk carton holding the hand of a chocolate chip cookie.  Very much an image from my childhood.

Check out all the new releases at the SLS Lines Blog and then check out her images at the Etsy Store. There's also a fun challenge going on, with a die cut theme, please join in and share your creations with us, it's here.

Have a great day!

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, Cosmo Crickett); Image (SLS Lines); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Embellishments (Pebbles); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all); Color (Copic markers); Die cuts (Nellie Snellen); Punches (Martha Stewart);

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

Outlawz Monday Greeting challenge will be featuring a father's day theme, so I chose this wonderful image from Rick St Dennis called Pollyana and used a vellum sentiment that says "My finger may be small, But I can still wrap my daddy around it."  I thought that would be perfect for the holiday.  Be sure and check out the challenge tomorrow at the Outlawz Monday greeting challenge!
This awesome stamp can be found at the Rick St Dennis site, HERE.  Share your awesome creations with us on the Outlawz Greeting Challenge HERE.  The new contest will start Monday morning.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Leaf and flower cards

Let me share some more of the pressed leaf and flower cards that I made using some beautiful flowers and leaves given to me by a church member.  I made these cards and donated them to the church for sales at the Bazaar.
 

 
Then let me show you some more of the kiddo's VBS projects they did this past week during out "Trek to Thailand" so much fun crafting with them
 
two sided dragons


Elephant banners made with beautiful Thai paper

 
Stained glass crosses
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fairy Cat & Balloons

Here's one of the newest additions to the Sweet Pea Family, artist Molly Harrison. She makes gorgeous images.  This super cute one is called Fairy Cat & Balloons. I just love how sweet and innocent this little girl and her cat look as they float up into the sky.
Here's a close up of this lovely image
Be sure and check out the other Molly Harrison images, in addition to this cute little girl, she also has some really stunning maidens.  Just gorgeous in detail and so very beautiful, I think my current favorite is October Flame.  WOW, check out the amazing coloring on that image.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Little old ladybug

 Check out this adorable old ladybug!  Isn't she too cute?  This card was created using beautiful papers from Paper Temptress and a fun digi stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps.  She's called Old Ladybug.  I chose great papers to match the coloring, it's hard to see here, but the center paper is very shimmery from Hambly Studious and the yellow paper is actually Mica with beautiful flecks.
 
 
Here's a close up of this adorable image

 
For the card, I am using beautiful papers from Paper Temptress. For the base of the card I am using a warm grey cardstock that matches the copic marker color used to color the image.  I then chose a trio of papers each with a tinge of color that matched a part of the image, so each paper would bring out something special in the colors.  The bottom is Brawny called Tuscan Sun.  The middle layer is a Hambly Screenprint called Houndstooth.  The third color layer is a beautiful shimmery mica/metallic paper Gold.  The image is printed out on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A little VBS.....

First off let me share this adorable little button card that I made with this six panel window card.  You all know that buttons are probably my number one favorite embellishment, so I made up this card for a sewing friend who I knew would adore it.
 
Second, I am now half way finished with VBS so let me share some of the kids awesome creations, Our theme this year is Trek through Thailand.  If you recall I talked about cutting something like150 trees, 150 leaves, 60 9x2" grass and backgrounds, 360 elephants,....months and months of prep.  The kids only get about 20 minutes of crafting, so everything has to be ready to go when they get to the room.
 
Here's day one, they created elephant habitats.  Elephants are one of Thailand's most popular tourist sites.  There are very good refuge locations and also very sad situations where people take advantage and mistreat these animals. 
 

 
As you can see, the kids did a great job and were all so proud of their elephant's homes.  Many of them would sit their elephants on the blue felt to tell me, I am letting him take a swim.  How darling is that?
 
I would have also shown last night's craft but due to the tornado warning and horrible storm predictions, much of the city was advised to close early and go home.  Thus we opted to cancel VBS on Tuesday.  So perhaps on Thursday I will have other projects to share.
 
 
Cheers, Holley


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A little hello

Here's one of the cutest new images from artist Sherri Baldy. I just adore this fairy image.  So cute! She's img621.  I am using some paisley paper in bright colors from Doodlebug and some fun flowers with cute brads.

Be sure and drop by the SSS Challenge blog. The theme is anything goes with an option of father's day theme.  You are welcome to share any of you cards with Sherri's images and there will be several winners who will get wonderful prizes!  Drop on over and check it out!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Greetings Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Outlawz is starting a brand new Monday greetings challenge today.  I am using adorable images from Melonheadz stamps called Corinne's Raggie Babies.  This is a huge set of 10 adorable images, that come in both as line drawings as well as colored images, so you get 20 images for $7.  I am using two of the images on this card, Patsy and Tony wahwah.  The images I used are black and white, which I colored myself with copic Markers.  The theme for Monday greetings this week is called "Happiness is"  for these kiddos, I chose, "my favorite toy."


Check out the Outlawz Challenge and join in with a Happiness is card to tell us what the source of your happiness is!  The only requirement is that you use a sentiment on the card.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, DCWV); Images (Mellonheadz); Sentiments (Computer generated); Diecuts (Spellbinders nestabilities); Bling (Michaels); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Sunday, June 14, 2015

SLS Lines Challenge

A new challenge is starting over on the SLS Challenge site.  The theme this month is Die Cuts/Punches.  I am using this stunning image from SLS Lines called Goth Girl with Top Hat.  Isn't she great?  I love this image.
I am using a great die cut from spellbinders to cut out my image, a wonderful skull die cut from Frantic stamper and a skull border die cut from CC Designs.  I hope you will check out all the SLS Lines images and then join in our challenge this month sharing your fun die cuts too.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Daddy's Girl

Having a new contest over at the SSS Challenge blog today.  The theme is Anything Goes + Father's day, so pick out your favorite Sherri Badly image and create a fun father's day card.  I used this adorable little girl who looks like she has learned a skill or two from Mr. Fix It (see the tool belt in the upper left).
Drop on by the Challenge blog and check out the other creations by the design team and then share your Sherri Baldy cards with us and you could win some awesome images as your prize.  I can't wait to see your creations.

Cheers, Holley


Project Materials;  Cardstock (MAMBI, DCWV, Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sherri Baldy); Sentiment (vellum); Brads (unknown); Button (Grandma's Button Bag); Punch (Fiskars); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, June 12, 2015

Star Wand

Here's a delightful image from Sweet Pea Stamps artist Lemon Shortbread.  Sweet Pea now sells this artist's images as rubber stamps! The image I am using here is called Star Wand, also available as a digi stamp. Such gorgeous images.  If you know me, you know I just loved this one because she has a super cute barrette with a little skull on there.  How cute is that?  I colored her up in sweet pinks with a little grey.  Be sure an check out the coloring of this stamp on the website to see how very different you can make this image look.

Here's a closeup so you can see this image



Be sure and check out our fun group over on Facebook, Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans, as we have lots of card sharing, contests, and announcements about what is going on at the store!
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

East Wind Challenge

Check out this awesome image that was a freebie give by The East Wind!  WOW.  If you don't follow, you should check out her facebook and sign up.  Every month she sends out an email with a wonderful free stamp.  Also, I am sure you have seen many cards that I have made with her images, my favorite from her being Lucy Loo.  Sweet Pea stamps makes her images in rubber now.

There's a challenge over at the East Wind Challenge blog to use dots or stripes for your card.  This is my second entry this month. I just LOVE this image. I wanted to keep it flat with no color, but next time I am going to print it and color the eye in a bright green or blue, something that will give more definition.

Hope you have a great day!

Holley

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hello Sweet Friend

Here's the cutest little dog from Sweet Pea stamps artist Fernanda Orvec.  This adorable pup is too fun. I made a sweet hello card from him and added some pink flowers with wooden centers.  The store as well as the artist Fernanda donate all the money from the sale of this and all of Fernanda's stamps to a wonderful non-profit organization. So please check out all her fun images!  If you buy one, you are helping a great cause, Harlee's Angels.  They primarily rescue pugs.
Drop by and check out all of Fernanda's gorgeous stamps.  There's also a webpage that is selling some cards, including this one for a donation to the charity.  Think about buying a digi stamp or a cute card that you can give someone. Here to see the cards Here to see the stamps
Wishing you all a happy day!
 
Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Congrats Desi!!

 Here's the graduation card I made for Desi, she's graduating today from Tom C. Clark High School. So very proud of her. I can remember going to the hospital the day she was born.  I can remember visiting her as a baby and pushing her around in a stroller.  I can remember talking to her when she was just a little girl.  She grew up so very fast.  Huge congrats.  I look forward to seeing her going to college and getting her degree now.
 
This adorable stamp comes from Sweet Pea Stamps and was drawn by artist Sandra Caldwell.  Check out all of Sandra's images at the Sweet Pea stamps store in the Digi Stamp section.

Way to go Desi!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello Friend, Special event....

Here’s the cutest puppy ever!  This dog image from Sweet Pea stamps artist Fernanda Orvec.  All the proceeds from the sale of the stamp image goes to the charity, the artist herself even pays the paypal charge out of her pocket!!  The only deduction is a few cents when a credit card charge is used.  Please check out all of Fernanda’s fun stamps at Sweet Pea.  The event page is on Facebook, you can see this card as well as so many others made by talented design team members, please go check out this wonderful event HERE, there's so many lovely stamps to choose from and Sweet Pea is giving away a prize every two hours and a $25 gift card at the end of the day!
 
Many of the cards will also go on sale later in the day.  The proceeds of all this will be for Harley's Angels, which is a great rescue and no kill shelter for dogs, esp pugs!  Their facebook page is HERE.
 
Here's a cute close up of the stamp from Fernanda that you can get from the Sweet Pea store!

Drop by the Facebook EVENT today and check out all the beautiful cards and perhaps buy a stamp or two to support Harley's Angels.
 
The stamps are HERE in the Sweet Pea store, all the stamps from artist Fernanda Oravec.
 
Cheers, Holley
 

Captian Thunderpants

Here's a hilarious image from Dr Digis stamps.  I made this fun card for the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  The theme was embossing.  Your card needs to have embossing on it, as well as a sentiment (any kind, a stamp, handwritten, embellishment, your choice).   My funny sentiment today is "They used to call me Captain Thunderpants, now I am called Captain Underpants!" 

This fun stamp can be found here, he's called Captain Thunderpants.  If you would like to share a creation with us this week, please drop by Outlawz!  The Monday greeting challenge starts today.  There's a new contest everday this week, so there's lots of fun challenges that you can join in.There's wonderful prizes given out every week and a monthly prize as well, so join in the fun. 

Project Materials: Cardstock (Neenah, DCWV, California paper); Image (Dr Digi); sentiment (Computer generated); Embossing (Tim Holtz Sizzix); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities; Marianne); Color (Copic markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all);

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Born to be Wild

Check out this awesome stamp from artist Sal Scheibe.  This image comes from SLS Lines and is called rebel kitty.  How fun is that? I just love that mouse sitting above the skull on there. Did you notice that it's a big wheel?  ha!  It just makes me laugh.  too cute.

Drop by the SLS Blog and check out the latest creations and then join in our challenge on the blog, Challenge 9 Anything Goes with a Twist of Fantasy.  Share your creations with us for a chance to win.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rapunzel

Here's a real beauty from Ike's Art.  She's called Rapunzel. I love her long hair.  The contest over on the Ike's Art blog is to create a card and tie it with a song.  The song for this card is the lead song from the Disney Movie about Rapunzel, "Tangled" which was "When will my life begin"

Drop by and check out all the amazing stamps at Ike's Art and join in their fun challenges.  I hope everyone has a weekend filled with beauty!

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Ike's Art); Embossing (Crafter's Companion); Die cut (Spellbinders nestabilities); Lace (Michaels); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Bling (studio G); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots, ribbon glue); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett);

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dragon's Keeper

Here's a truly beautiful image from artist Charmaine Flannery called Dragon's Keeper.  This fairy is so beautiful that I wanted to create a red and white card to feature her and this tiny dragon.  The look in her eyes, they are soulmates.
 
Here's a close up of the image, currently available in both digi and rubber format.


Please join us at our Facebook group where you can share your creations, join in conversations, see current coupons and play in contests.  It's Sweet Pea Stamps Friends and Fans.  There's a regular challenge that goes on, check it out!



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Steampunk Betty

Here's an awesome Steampunk theme image from Simply Betty Stamps. I just love this artist's images.  Think I was steampunk enthusiastic after last week's card so I had to make another.  I pulled out this image from Simply Betty called Steampunk Corinne.
I added this fun sentiment from Jimbo Lojik, I totally adore the smart aleck comments that he has created for stamps.  Too funny.  I am guessing this lady definitely has a personality that some people can't handle.

Project Materials:  cardstocl (Bazzill, Neenah, AC); Image (Simply Betty Stamps); Sentiment (Jimbo Lojik stamps); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities, Frantic Stamper) Embossing (); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Adhesives (pop dots, glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I'm not Bossy

I LOVE this image, she's from the East Wind. Awesome.  Lucy Loo is definitely one of my favorite stamp lines.  She also has stamps made by Sweet Pea stamps in rubber (not this one, but many other stamps by this artist).  This image is called Professor Loo.  I had to add this fun sentiment, "I'm not BOSSY, I just know...What you should be doing!"

They are having a dots and stripes challenge over on the East Wind blog.  I think I have both dots and stripes on this card in greys.  I hope you loved Lucy Loo today!

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (AC, Unknown, Neenah); Image (East Wind); Die Cuts (SPellbinders, Tim Holtz Sizzix); Bling (Sticko); Sentiment (Jimbo Lojik); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Border (Adorn It); Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

You and me FOREVER

Here's a beautiful stamp from Sherri Baldy today. This beauty is Img 601.  It's awesome that she is also creating some older women too!  I love her darling bestie stamps and she has some fun teen theme stamps, but now she has stated to create some older women that allow you to make a nice card for your hubby!

Check out all of her stamps on her Etsy site or the Scrapbook Stamp Society site.  We have a fun contest that changes every two weeks at the SSS Challenge blog. Check us out.  Join in there and you could win free stamps from Sherri!

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Challenge at Your Scrapbook Place

Hello everyone! It's already June, can you believe it?  I know I can't!  Since we are starting a new month, it's time for a brand new contest at the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog.  The theme is anything goes.  Our sponsor this month is DeeDee's Digi stamps.  She has awesome stamp sets like this one include color images, black a white image, and  5 sentiments for only $2.  So many wonderful inclusions in each set!  This adorable card was created using Hang in there..
Drop by the YSBP Blog and check out the other Design team member's creations and then join in the challenge this month.  Share your cards with us for your chance to win a $25 gift card to DeeDee's store!  What a generous prize!

Cheers, Holley

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Bazzill, Neenah); Images (Deedees Digis); Die cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Lace (JoAnn Fabrics); Color (Copic markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, GelPen);