Friday, November 24, 2017

Egg Plant

Here's a hilarious image from Sandra Caldwell.  I just love this funny stamp, it's called Egg Plant 1458.   I added some little embellishments (like sequins) that I got in Istanbul last year.  I totally wish I could be traveling there again this summer but right now there is no way for people from the USA to get a VISA.
Hope this card gave you a little laugh today.  Have a great weekend.  Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving this year.  May we all stop and take reflection on all the wonderful and amazing things that we have to be grateful for this year.

Hugs to all of you!!

Holley

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Class in Austin, TX

There's going to be a Christmas theme class at Crestview United Methodist Church on Dec 9th from 10am to Noon.  There will be multiple activities including some paper making fun (see the projects below), some great ornaments, and some cookie decorating.  Parents and kids alike are welcome!!

The materials cost is $5;  Please email me to sign up.  I'd love to have you join in the fun.  If I get more info or photos of the other projects, I will be sure to add them to this posting!  My email is htondre@aol.com.



The top two items are cute little treat givers, the little chick has some candies inside and the heart shaped opening shows some baby size Snickers.  The bottom is a quick and cute large size Christmas card that adults and kids can make together!  All ages are welcome.

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Simple Blessings

Here's a sweet and simple card full of Simple blessings for the season.  It actually opens in the center, though that's hard to see because of how dark the cardstock is.  The stamp and sentiment both come from Unity Stamps.  I thought this card would be perfect for thanksgiving time.  But you could also use a stamp like this for Halloween as well.

So now that we are in the season are you enjoying any pumpkin treats?

I have definitely been having some pumpkin cookies from the local store, some pumpkin caramels from Marich, some pumpkin bagels from Einsteins and some wonderful homemade pumpkin bread that I got at the last church bazaar.


Monday, November 20, 2017

All white

Here's a wonderful card using a beautiful image from Sherri Baldy.  We are starting  a new contest over on the SSS Challenge blog today and our theme is All white with a colored image.  Here's my sample using a sexy image from Sherri.  I am also using some awesome white Turkish lace to go with it.


Be sure and drop over at the challenge blog to check out the rest of the design team's images as well as share your latest Sherri baldy creation with us.  We'd love to see it.  You can find all of Sherri's stamp in her store, My Besties Shop.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leaf and flower cards

Here's some gorgeous leaf and floral cards that I made to sell at this year's bazaar.  A friend at church just loves to find beautiful leaves and flowers and press them.  She gives them to me and I take them and turn them into cards that get sold and the profits donated to the charity that year.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Grateful for you!

Here's a wonderful set of stamps from Unity Stamp Company.  I got this great Fall theme pumpkin set and made a handful of cards with it.  I just love their cute pumpkins and the lovely sentiments that it came with.  I had a blast making several combos onto papers and them coloring them up to make some quick and cute little fall time cards.

Hope you are ready for the upcoming holiday.  Here school will be closed all of next week so WOO HOO, I will have the whole week off. I am very much looking forward to that.

Cheers, Holley

Friday, November 17, 2017

Merry Christmas Penguin

Here's a brand new image today from artist Sandra Caldwell.  This fun image will be added to her Etsy store, Babycakes DND, it's name is 1927 Penguin Card.  I used some copic markers to color it and then added some great laser cut stickers to fill in the box with my message.


Be sure to check Sandra's store for this amd many more wonderful new images today.  We also have a great stamping group online, Sandra Caldwell stamp fans on Facebook.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Giving Thanks

Here's a Thanksgiving theme card that I made using some great stamps from Unity stamp company and wonderful papers from Paper Temptress.  The papers are just so shimmery that I wish the image captured the real beauty of them!

The sentiment and the pumpkin where printed out on Neenah solar white classic crest.  The base of the card is a wonderful sheet of Mica/Metallic in Flame.  I then used two layers of gorgeous cardstock underneath the pumpkin stamp, the black is actually a beautiful shimmery Incandescent paper called Nero.  Underneath the Nero is some wonderful Mica/Metallic paper called Citrine.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bend Over!

Here's a fun image from The East Wind.  They are sponsoring the current contest over at YSBP Challenge blog.  The contest is anything goes and you get an extra entry for using an East Wind stamp.  I hope you will drop by over there and share a card today!

I thought this Lucy Loo image was just TOO great for those sexy nurse cards you sometimes need, be it Halloween or get well times.  Hope you like it.

Have a great day!  Keep the doctor away LOL

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Swinging


Sharing a lovely image from Lili of the Valley today.  I just adore their little girl stamps.  This image was just TOO cute.  I colored it up with copic markers and added some great lace that I got while in Turkiye.
I added some sentiment stickers from AMM.
Hope you have a wonderful week.  This is the last week of school here before Thanksgiving break which will include all of next week for us.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Believe in the magic

Here's an awesome image from Sheepski Designs on Etsy.  I just love this artist's images and esp her wonderful SKULL images.  This one was just TOO perfect for me for the holidays.  There's a great contest going on this week at Monday Greetings Challenge at Outlawz, the theme is Happy Holidays.  Please share your wonderful holiday theme cards with us!
I hope you will drop by Outlawz and check out the Monday Greetings Challenge and be sure as always to put a greeting somewhere on the front of your card!

Cheers, Holley

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Leaf cards

Here's some more of the beautiful leaf cards that I created using some gorgeous pressed leaves given to me by a fellow member of my church.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

99% angel

Here's an awesome image from Sweet Pea stamps. I so miss this company. I am thankful to have worked for them for many years so I have lots of rubber and digi stamps of their goodies.  This cutie has such a fun attitude.  I also did her up as a Christmas theme card, but I thought she would also work as a general theme stamp

I hope you are all having a great week.  Better start all getting ready for Thanksgiving as it is approaching so very quickly!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bearly Loves Cookies

Here's a brand new image from artist Sandra Caldwell this week.  This lovely stamp is called 1897 Bearly Loves Cookies.  Too Cute.  I colored her up with copic markers and even found the cutest chocolate chip cookie button to go with her.  I also added some great lace from Istanbul.

Sandra will be adding this image to her Etsy store, Babycakes DND sometime today, so keep your eye out for this and many more brand new stamps.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sharing Bloobel Stamps

Here's a stamp you all had to know I would love.  This image is too quirky and fun, which is right up my alley.  It's from Bloobel Stamps.  She recently put a bunch of her wonderful images on sale and I had to scoop up a whole bunch of them before they got retired.   This one is still available for just $1 and is called Letting Go

I am using some Bazzil paper here and some fun Washi tape.  I hope you are all having a great day and that this card gave you a little smile.  You can check out this fun artist on her site, Bloobel stamps

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Owl be your friend!

Here's an awesome image from a Tim Holtz set that I just love. My hubby got me this set for Christmas a couple years ago and I just adore it.  TOO funny these birds.  I added a cute little crocheted flower that I got from a friend.

Hope you are having a beautiful fall.  I can't believe how warm the weather as been here, oh wait. I am in Texas, so yes I can.  I hope it stays this way!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lucy Loo, The East Wind

Here's a gorgeous image from The East Wind.  I just love this Lucy Loo character that she creates.  There's a wonderful contest going on right now on the Your Scrapbook Place blog that is a card challenge this month sponsored by the East Wind.  Drop by over there and enter your newest card to share with us. The contest is Anything goes!

I am using some great lace from Istanbul on this card. I think it goes perfect with the delicate image of Lucy Loo in this photo.

Thanks for those who asked about the Bazaar, the church sold almost 3/4 of what you all saw!!  that was a great addition to the money that they earned. I was so happy about that.  I took what was left today to my work and sold about 3/4 of what I had left, so looks like I will be starting from scratch next year.  Guess I better get started now!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Besties Fun

We are having a wonderful Anything Goes contest over on the SSS challenge Blog today, drop by and share your wonderful Sherri Baldy cards with us and you can win some great prizes from Sherri Baldy.  

You can check out all of her wonderful Bestie Stamps at her My Besties Shop.  So many adorable images for the holidays!  Join in the fun with us!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Leaf cards

Here's some more wonderful Leaf cards that I created using beautiful local leaves that a church lady collected and pressed for me.  I used them to create these cards that were sold at the church bazaar yesterday.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cute little project

Here's a quick and cute little project I did with a fun stamp from Sweet Pea stamps.  I made a Tea container that you could put goodies in, it was a container that I got at the Dollar Store and I decorated it with pink papers and this darling image:



Here's the finished project:

Have a great Saturday! 

If you live in the Austin TX area, please come by the Crestview United Methodist Church for the Annual Bazaar at 9-1 on Saturday Morning  We will have food and crafts.  I did a ton of wonderful cards that you see on my blog, lovely jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more.  Plus we usually have some vendors too. I will take some photos to share with you all how we did :)

Here's some photos after Friday set up


Friday, November 3, 2017

My Darling

Here's a beautiful lady from Sassy Studio. I just love this artist's images. I do so miss her online as I believe she has now stopped making digi stamps.  I have taken off work today as the church bazaar is tomorrow so I want to get there today to help with the set up. There is going to be so much work today.  Funny how a day off will be more work than a simple day at work.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you live in the Austin TX area, please come by the Crestview United Methodist Church for the Annual Bazaar at 9-1.  We will have food and crafts.  I did a ton of wonderful cards that you see on my blog, lovely jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more.  Plus we usually have some vendors too.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dia de los Muertos

Here's a quick and cute card that combines some great Hambly Studio Overlays from Paper Temptress to make a bright and fun festive card for Dia de los Muertos.  Some time ago, I shared a card and talked about Dia de los Muertos (and I am sure I have shared many more cards, but at least once I talked about the actual holiday, which is quite popular where I grew up in south Texas).  
I am using a cute wood mounted stamp, it's a brand I don't know, but it was just a dollar or so and makes the cutest image!

It works perfect with these bright and beautiful papers from Paper Temptress for this holiday.  I started with Basis Black for my background.  Again, when I don't have cardstock that gives me 6" cards, I just take an 8.5x11" sheet, fold it half and make a 5.5" square card like this one shown.  I then added super cute layers of Hambly Studio overlays.  The first layer is pink bows called Pink Bow Ties.  Then I made a 3 layer sandwich of Neenah solar white, my stamped image, also on Neenah solar white, and a cut out from the Hambly Studio Overlay called Urban Chic Frames in lime.  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cat Wreath

Happy November everyone!  It's time for a brand new contest over at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog!  I am happy to announce that our sponsor this month is The East Wind.  As you all have seen on my blog, I just LOVE their awesome images, esp Lucy Loo who is one of my favorite characters.  The contest this month is anything goes and you will get an extra entry into the drawing if you use any stamp from The East Wind.
Drop by our Blog and check out all the cards created by our design team and then share your latest creation with us!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!
Here's an awesome image from one of my favorite artists, Lizzy Love.  I totally adore her images at Oddball Art Stamps.  She makes the cutest and the funkiest images.  Here's a darling witch that is just perfect for the holiday!  I hope you have a wonderful Halloween.  My neighborhood doesn't have a lot of kids in it, but the local churchs all have events which brings in a lot of trick or treaters to the area.

To all my friends in other countries, do you have a similar holiday to this?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fright Fest

Sharing this awesome witchy image from artist Rick St Dennis today.  I made this card for the current contest at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  The theme is called Creepy Night Greetings, just perfect for Halloween time.  This wonderful stamp is called Katie the Pin Up Witch
Drop by the Monday greetings challenge and share a Creepy Night Halloween card with us for this week's contest and you could win a wonderful prize from Rick St Dennis this week.  Just one more day until Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Cuteness

Here's a super cute Sherri Baldy image that is just perfect for Halloween time.  There's a great contest going on over on the SSS Challenge blog in Halloween theme that you can join in for a chance to win some wonderful stamps as well.  This cutie is called Scan 0006 Halloween Spa.

Check out all of Sherri's great stamps at her store My Bestie's Shop and there's a great Halloween section, HERE.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happy Halloween from this old bat!

Here's a hilarious image from Art Impressions.  I totally love this hilarious image.  I hate to think it, but I am getting pretty close to being an old bat myself, lol!  perhaps not as old as the one shown here, but being around an elementary school all day sure reminds me how old I am.

I hope everyone is having a great week and is ready for Halloween tomorrow.  Is anyone getting all dressed up in costume for the Holiday?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wicked...well, not really

Here's a beautiful stamp from Kenny K.  I do so love his images and beautiful ladies.  This image is just perfect for Halloween.  I am using some adorable Halloween paper to go with it and a cute sticker to top it off.  I hope you have all be enjoying the fun Halloween cards this year.

Just a few more days until the holiday!  Have a great weekend everyone.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Boo to you!

Here's an adorable image from Lizzy Love (Oddball Arts) that I had to make a card out of for Halloween.  Isn't this too cute to spook?  so very adorable!  There's an awesome contest over at the Oddball Arts challenge blog that I am going to share this card in.  Be sure and check out their fun contest too!
Boo to all of you today and have a great finish to your weeks before the weekend comes.  Big hugs everyone!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trick or Treat

Here's a cute little stamp that I just had to have, she's called Goth Girl.  She's actually a wood based stamp, so you know I had to really like her a lot to get her.  I seldom get wood based stamps any more.  I am somewhere between 2/3 digi and 1/3 rubber now. I love her cute little bat balloon and she's all ready to go Trick or Treating.

Hope you are having  a great week.  I am loving getting all these Halloween cards in, I promise I will stop at the end of October, thanks so much for putting up with my Halloween craze over the last month!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ike's Art 100th Celebration

Ike's Art is having a very special 100th Challenge starting today!!  WOO HOO and what a celebration.  I made this Halloween card in celebration using and awesome witch image from Ike's Art.

As I am sure many of you know Ike's Art has celebrated with me by designing some fabulous images and giving away some wonderful freebies during my annual celebration in February when I am celebrating Life after two successful Brain Surgeries!  I am so thankful for her support and friendship.  I am going to be celebrating with her on her celebration of 100th Challenges by giving away a prize too!
(this item will be given away by Ike on her challenge blog)

Please drop by Ike's art World Challenge blog and grab her freebie this week and join in the fun!

Leave a comment on my blog today sending Ike's Art congrats on their 100th Challenge.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Halloween


Here's a wonderful image for Halloween from artist Sherri Baldy.  I just love her cute little witch stamps!  Aren't they darling?  Check out her, plus many other wonderful Halloween stamps by Sherri HERE.
You can check out all of her cute image at her My Besties Shop!  Also, be sure and join in the current challenge over at the SSS Challenge blog, the current theme is Halloween.   

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If I only had a brain

Here's a fun image from Inkadinkado.  It's actually 2 different stamps and the sentiment comes from a different company, River City.  You all know I just love images with BRAINS in them as well as sentiments with the word brain, lol.  So I totally had to get these.   If you ever come across a brain stamp or a sentiment, let me know where it is!  I'd love to find out if it's one that I don't have.  For those of you new to my blog, I celebrate my successful brain surgery every February with HUGE celebration of wonderful prizes everyday of the month!  So be sure and be watching as there will be SO many prizes.
Speaking of prizes, some prizes are coming up this week as Ike's Art has their 100th challenge celebration, I will be sharing a card with a link to the contest and I will also be offering a prize so stay tuned!

I am using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this project today. The base of the base of the card is Basis Black, which I embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  Then I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper in Mememto Ink.  After letting the ink dry (I give it at least a day), I colored the brain and the eyeballs in with copic markers.  I layered the papers with wonderful silver lustre.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Morta Moon

Here's another brand new stamp that would be great for Halloween from Sandra Caldwell. This image is called Morta Moon #1887.  I thought this image would look perfect in a greenish yellow tint.  I paired it with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.
The gorgeous papers I am using on this card are a background of basis black.  I then layered it with a wonderful piece of Hambly Studio Overlays.  These are wonderful clear overlays that you can place on top of your cards and add dimension, stamp on, put images in front of or behind, trim, or use as embellishments by cutting.  I am using Lime Mini Graph.  They are also available in awesome 6x6" packages.  For my image, I printed it out on Heavenly white and colored it with Copic Markers.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bite of Pork

Here's an awesome new image from Sandra Caldwell this month.  This cutie is called #1862 Bite of Pork.  Too funny.  I just love her animated animal stamps.  What a cutie this one is.  A vampire pig.  I am using a Bo Bunny tag and some great shimmery applique that I got in Turkiye.  I thought it looked like a spider web, that's why I used it on this card.  The lace behind it is some vintage lace that I found in a local store.
I hope you are having a wonderful October.  Have a great weekend!  I am looking forward to some relaxation while the hubby takes some time away to go to a concert.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dia de los Muertos


Here's an awesome card that I did for Dia de los Muertos.  For those of you who don't know about Dia de los Muertos, it's called Day of the Dead, it's Nov 2nd, which is also All Saints Day.  It's a day of celebration of those deceased often with prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died by making shrines commemorating their favorite things and foods,  as well as gathering and exchanging stories about them.  It's associated with the Sugar Skull image that I used here, in combination with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.

The base of the card is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I took a sheet of 8.5x11" and folded it in half and then cut it to fit the card size I needed.  The gorgeous green is a Hambly Studio Overlay called Lime Urban Chic Frames.   You can also by the Hambly Studio products in wonderful 6x6" packages, which are the perfect size for cardmaking.  For the Sugar Skull I am using glossy black paper.  I also added a Dia de los Muertos cardstock sticker from Bo Bunny to finish off the card.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Witchy woman

Here's a fun image from Art Impressions.  I think their lady images are just hilarious. I totally had to get one of the Halloween sets this year.  The sentiment says
"Black BATS are flying
and Witches are seen
Here come the Booos
It's Halloween!"
I have another card that I made from this set that I will be sharing next week, too fun!

Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Howl-oween

Here's an awesome image from Ike's Art today!  This great image is a freebie that is being given at the Ike's World Challenge blog (click here).  You can them make a card with it and use it HERE at the Your Scrapbook Place challenge blog.  Our sponsor this month is Ike's Art.

As the dog says, "Happy Howl-oween everyone!"



Monday, October 16, 2017

It's time for an Outlawz Greetings Challenge!

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for the Monday Outlawz Challenge. The theme this week is called "get inspired by your favorite actor."  I have chose this wonderful stamp from Mari's Digis.  She has a whole collection of images from the Wizard of Oz.  This lovely image is Dorothy.
Check out our challenge on Outlawz and as always, don't forget to include a sentiment on your challenge, it can be a stamp, a printed sentiment or even an embellishment with a sentiment on it!  Drop by the Monday Greetings Challenge HERE!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dancing Skeletons

Here's an adorable stamp of a dancing skeleton.  I got this stamp for just a dollar somewhere, most likely michaels, it was a wood mount.  I paired it with some gorgeous lace from Istanbul, Turkiye.  

Can you all believe we are halfway through this month?  Thanks so much for everyone who doesn't LOVE skulls and Halloween as much as I do putting up with me!  I just had to get a chance to use SOME of my huge Halloween collection this year.

Cheers and Happy Sunday

Holley

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Leaves

Here are some more beautiful pressed leaves that I got from a fellow church member.  She loves to press various leaves that she finds and I take them and make greeting cards for the church's bazaar.