Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Forever & Always

Here's a sweet image from Sweet Pea stamps that I used to make this card for my Hubby.  So happy to be back home with him.  Such wonderful things to talk about.

Hope you too are having a great day.  School for the staff has gotten started up. Just three more days until the kiddos will be here!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Ball

Here's a great image from Sherri Baldy today, img 309.  There's a brand new contest on the SSS Challenge blog.  The theme is Summer!  So pull out your wonderful summer theme stamps, papers, embellishments and create a Bestie card to share with us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Can you believe it?  The staff of AISD is back and starting up for the new school year today.  After such a long and amazing vacation, I am ready to settle in for the upcoming year.  We will have a whole new SpEd unit at our school (LifeSkills) as well as two new teachers who is replacing my boss from last year and at least one additional paraprofessional (like me)….woah, huge curve at the beginning of the year is coming.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pressed Leaves

I have still been getting some wonderful pressed leaves from a fellow member of my church.  I take them and make cards for the church's bazaar.  I love that sometimes she presses some spring time leaves or leaves with some different color in them

Saturday, August 11, 2018

what I found in Istanbul, part 1

So I am sure as you all know, in additional to all the lace I am always looking for when traveling in Turkiye, I do also keep my eyes open for other crafting materials and of course, especially stamps.  Believe it or not I was tickled on this trip to find some actual stamps.  Not stamps imported from the USA, I will have to check where these stamps came from, they were not make locally in Tukiye, so I am guessing they were made somewhere in Europe.  At any rate, it was fun to find stamps that I can't ever see in the USA.

There was quite a stack of them in several of the larger art stores in Kadikoy, Istanbul;  (Lol, I guess by several I can recall three).  I only bought ones I thought I would use or perhaps give out as prizes during the Februrary Celebration!!

Here's some photos of some of them:

Next, weekend, I will post again with some additional photos of more of them.  Then I will share photos of some of the embellishments and other crafty items I found.

Friday, August 10, 2018

SEI Shaker Card

Here's a darling Shaker Card that I got in a kit from SEI.  I took several kits with me to Istanbul, but needless to say I never got around to doing them.  I did manage to get a 1000 piece puzzle completed during the first week and then started another one, but never had time to complete the second one.

SEI has some wonderful card kits that have all the materials included except basic materials like glue, adhesives, scissors,...;  They turn out such cute cards as this one.  I thought Home was a great theme for this week.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

We go together like Eggs & Bacon

Here's an adorable image from CC Designs. I just love this cute stamp and fun sentiment to go with it.  I am on my last couple of days off now and preparing for the upcoming school year.  Here it comes!!  lets hope the new teachers we get to work with the SPED kids will just love them as much as our current staff does.

Hope you are having a great end to your summer.

Hugs, Holley

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Be positive, patient and persistent

Here's an awesome image from Marie Medel Illustrations.  This cute image can be found in a wonderful set of stamps (or is sold separate).  With the school year starting, I have added a school theme sentiment, "be positive, patient, and persistent."  I thought that was some great advice for both the teachers and the students.

Next week just the staff is in session and the following week our students will be starting.  On this cute card I am using some awesome lace from Istanbul and fun silver paper from Paper Temptress.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Catch a falling star

Here's a sweet image from Lizzy Love, I just adore her beautiful girl stamps.  This sweet image says Catch a falling star, which is just perfect for now, the start time for the school year. I totally miss my friends at work and of course, the kids.  I look forward to getting going again.

Hope you all are finishing up your summers and having a great time.  Check out the current contest on the Oddball Art Stamp Challenge blog.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Missing that cold yet?

I can remember all the complaining that happened about the extreme winter we had this year.  Are you missing that yet?  Well, not quite for me, but this summer has been record setting that's for sure.  I don't know if I can recall another year that it's been this hot.

Hope you have a great August and the kiddos are getting ready for school.  As staff at the school, we are required to report for duty next week.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Anna Griffin good luck cards part 2

I showed you some cards I made yesterday using a card kit from Anna Griffin, here's the other two cards in the set.  These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury!  They are quick and elegant for handing out when you need a last second project done.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Anna Griffin Good Luck cards, part 1

Here's some wonderful cards I made using a card kit from Anna Griffin. These were really simple easy to assemble cards that were perfect for when I was dealing with my elbow injury.  The four cards in this set are all Good Luck theme.  I got mine at Tuesday Morning, but if you are interested in seeing the set, you can see it here at Amazon.

Friday, August 3, 2018

New contest at YSBP!!

Here's a wonderful image from artist Rick St Dennis called 1935 Hat.  Check out his amazing stamps at his website, HERE  The new contest has started up at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge blog and you could win a great prize from Rick St Dennis for sharing your cards with us!  Please drop by and check out all our Rick St. Dennis creations and then share your newest creations with us all month.

I can't wait to see all your card sharing on our blog and if you don't have a blog to share them on, it's no problem, you can email me your cards (htondre@aol.com) or we can post them on your facebook site or other location so you can play along!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mac N Cheese

Should be arriving today and I will be so happy to be home safely with John.  LONG LONG flight, but good to go home and sleep in my own bed for a change.  Missed the hubby so that was the best part of coming home.  Already miss my dear friends and I can't believe vacation is over.

Just a couple days (make that 11 and I will be back at work for another school year!  woah!!)

Cheers everyone!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ya Wanna?

Here's an adorable stamp set from Unity Stamps.  You all know I made this card for my Hubby.  It's just a few days now before I will be home, so he is running on my mind a lot now.  Miss him so and looking forward to seeing him even though I am totally in LOVE with Turkiye and wish I had more time to stay.

Alas, work at the school calls and my DH needs me at home, so summer is ending for me.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Love you John

Missed you lots these past few weeks John, it's almost time to come home....I will see you very soon.  Huge hugs and kisses are coming.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Share the joy

Here's a darling Sherri Baldy image 886 today.  Isn't she a cutie?  Check out her and lots of other wonderful stamps in the My Besties store on line.

Check out the current contest at the SSS Challenge blog where you can join in with your Sherri Baldy cards to win a prize as well as be a guest designer on Addicted To Stamps blog!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mini Calendars

Here's some more of the adorable little calendars that I made for fellow workers and church members.  The top hedge hog stamp I got at a local store called Paper Place. The center angel is from TAC. the bottom little girl is from Your Next Stamp and the one that cracks me up of course says, "Crafting each day keeps the crazy away" it is from Taylored Expressions Grumplings.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sending Bear Hugs on your Birthday

Happy Birthday Sandra Caldwell!!  As many of you know, on of my very favorite stamp artists is Sandra Caldwell, who drew this stamp here!  I made this cute card to send her bear hugs all the way from the other side of the world and wish her a very happy birthday today!

Hope you have a very special birthday Sandra.

Friday, July 27, 2018


Here's a quick and simple CAS card that I did with some wonderful Jolee's.  I can't believe we are almost to August and it's time to go back to Texas.  As hot as it is here in Istanbul, it's WAY hotter in Texas.  When I get home, I have just 10 days before school gets started.
That being said, I do miss the DH and my own bed lol. Texas, here I come!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

is it winter yet?

LOL, is it winter yet?  I have this adorable Grumplings set from Taylored Expressions in Summer theme.  I am some days wondering about winter, but when I say winter, I mean TEXAS winter.  Not winter.  Texas winter that we normally get, which is in the 50s or so.  I can live with that for a little while.  Now last year, it was just absurdly cold for us (and I think most of you as well).  So, I am pretty much kidding when I ask for winter, because I know how brutal that can be.  I literally ordered myself a coat from CANADA.  bwahahaha!!!

Hope you are all enjoying the summer heat for now. I am sure before we know it we will be wishing for summer again.  Take Care and have a wonderful summery day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lucy Loo

Here's an awesome image from one of my favorite online stores, The East Wind. This character is called Lucy Loo.  I love her and have quite a number of her wonderful stamps.  I like how she is popping out of the mirror on this image (and that awesome skull)

I am using some great Turkish Lace on this card.  I bet I am also still looking at all the wonderful lace stores all over Istanbul!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine!  Isn't that the truth!  It's summer and the sun is blaring.  It's been super hot and I made this adorable image into an all yellow theme card using this cute image from Time for Tea Designs.  I love their cute girls and lovely animal stamps.

Have a sunshiney day!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Have a great day!

Here's a card I made using a rubber stamp from Starving Artistamps.  They have some great quirky and fun images, which you know I love.  This quick and cute card was a fun make.  I hope it gives you a little smile today.  For me it quickly times to the Karakoy (neighborhood in Istanbul) which is a huge fish market in Istanbul.  Make me think of a worker there.

Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Mini Calendars

Here's some fun stamped images that I used for handmade calendars (clockwise)

The first on is a wonderful Istanbul stamp that my DH bought me for my birthday (he got it on Amazon) 

The second one is a hilarious sentiment from Funny Bones (Riley&Company)  it says "Whoever created the phrase, "The best part of waking up" ...is stupid!

The third one on the top row is a cute little Pixie Post image.

The bottom on is a Grumplings from Taylored Expressions that says "My new exercise routine: Diddly Squats"  HA!! that is just too funny

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Anna Griffin kit part 2

I bought this fun kit from a local store to make this beautiful cards.  Here's two of the ones in the set. This kit is from Anna Griffin.  They turn out beautiful, they are quick and simple to make and it's easy to add a little extra embellishment (such as cute little buttons!

Friday, July 20, 2018

One must be Brave to Be an artist

Here's a wonderful image from Dilly Beans. I love this artist's images, esp all the skulls she makes.  The sentiment says, "One must be brave to be an artist."  I think that means that you must be brave to share your work with the world and put yourself out there.  It's very must like sharing a private piece of yourself when you share your art.

I hope you are having a fabulous summertime. I can't believe it's more than half over now.  Have a brilliant day everyone!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Happy Birthday

I made this birthday card today for Cemil Cicek.  I am staying in Turkiye with him and his mother, my dear "sister" right now. It's been fabulous.  I will perhaps share some photos sometime.  You all just know I am getting some yummy lace and such for the cards I love to make.

Hope your birthday is special Cemil.  May you get everything you desire and blessings for a happy year!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I am the queen

Here's a great sexy card for the partner in your life.  I hope my hubby likes it.  He knows I am the queen, though I never actually make him call me that, lol!  He does often treat me like one, which I appreciate, even after, hmmm, wow, about 20 years.

This image comes from Slinky Tarts (formerly Stampin Chef).  Love her wonderful sexy girl stamps.  Hope you have a great day today. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Holley

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Here's a fun fairy stamp from Nellie Snellen. I love how she has this cute flying frog.  Definitely an image that gives me some smiles.  I added some wonderful bright and summer filled colors for it.

As I am sure you can tell over my postings, I have set up my blog posts early, prior to vacation, so that you can enjoy some wonderful cards while I am away.  I hope that I will be able to access my computer and insert some comments. I  will definitely be checking in and reading your wonderful comments and answering your questions.

Monday, July 16, 2018


Here's a super cute image from Sherri Baldy. I created this card for the current contest on the SSS Challenge blog.  The theme right now is Anything Goes, so drop over to the current challenge and have fun playing along with us.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Do you feel like some Ice Cream?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mini Calendars

Here's some very quick and cute calendars that I made.  The stamped panda comes from Unity stamps.  The others were made with designer scrapbook papers.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Anna Griffin, part 1

I got some fun card making kits.  It's been really difficult in the months of late May and June (yes, I do my cards that far in advance) to be crafting without an elbow.  Even coloring has been a real challenge.  You'd be surprised how much you use your non-dominant hand for.  Even using my die cut machine often takes two hands!!  So, that being said, I got myself some fun card making kits in which I could still be having fun creating.

Here's the first of two cards from a fun Anna Griffin kit (I didn't get if off amazon, I am just showing you what the kit looks like).  Locally they had these kits at Tuesday Morning for about $3.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cute doggy

 Here's a super cute doggy from Sweet Pea stamps.  I so miss this wonderful company.  This cutie was designed by Fernanda Orvec (stamp artist) and all her stamp profits went to a charity for dogs.  How sweet was that?  I just love her cute little dog stamps.

Hope you are having a wonderful July, I should be out and about in Turkiye now, I am making a trip called the 7 Churches of Revelations, where I am visiting the churches in the Book of Revelations in the Bible. (or the remains of these churches, they are all in Turkiye, which was formerly Rome at the time).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Notepad Holder

Here's a quick and cute little project I did with a Sweet Pea stamps and some great Paper Temptress Papers.  I do so miss Sweet Pea stamps, but having worked with them for several years, I have a wonderful collection of their amazing rubber!  Also, let me tell you that Paper Temptress is getting ready to close down and start putting papers on sale, so go get what you want!!  It's going, going, gone.....so go grab those papers you need before they are unavailable.

This cute project is using some gorgeous Mica/Metallic as the card base, it's called Flame.  The image is printed on Neenah Solar white classic crest.  The image is layered on a beautiful yellow which matches the dress perfectly called and has a wonderful mica sparkle is called Mangue Sparkle.  I added a wonderful Hambly Studio Overlay on top of the while project called Lime Mini Graphs.

So what is this project, you ask?  it's a fold around for a note pad!, you can see the cute hole/ribbon (that's also available at Paper Temptress it's HERE);  It hides a wonderful notepad.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Kathy!

Wishing my dearest mother in law a very Happy Birthday with this hilarious card using stamps from the Grumplings line of Taylored Expressions and some great lace from Turkiye.  Thought she might like a little attitude today.  Hope she will have a very special day. I am sure John's dad will do something great.

Happy Birthday Kathy!  (And P.S. you're not old!!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shop Now

Lol, Shop NOW and work later. Thought this sentiment was just perfect for vacation! I love this cute little girl from Notturno Digital Arts.  She has the cutest images on Etsy.  I adore her stamps, be sure and check them out.

I can't believe vacation is moving by so quickly! It's been wonderful time. I can't wait to get back home to tell you all about it.

Monday, July 9, 2018

TOO hot!

Everyone enjoying that summer heat?  I am...well,  I am loving it more than the winter cold.  I am definitely a summer person, but I do hate it when it's just flat out 110 deg F, which is often what it gets in the peak of summer in South Texas.  That being said, everything in south Texas is air conditioned.

Here in Istanbul, it's at least 20 degrees cooler (so 85-90 deg heat), but there is very little places that are air conditioned.  So, the heat itself seems much worse at times.  LOTS of ice cream and water consumption going on here

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mini Calendars

Sharing some cute handmade calendars today, I can't believe that I made SO many of these in hindsight.  WOW.  It didn't seem like that many back then, or hmmm, maybe it did, lol!  Try making a 100 of anything, I challenge you!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Guest Designer Melody

Here's a great project that I received from Melody Strahan.  She's using a canvas background that she painted and a wonderful butterfly stamp/die cut set that she won as a prize back during the February celebration!!  What a stunning project. 

Thank you so much Melody

Friday, July 6, 2018

Missing Winter Yet?

I thought this polar bear stamp was just TOO cute. I can recall how much I complained about the extremely cold winter we had this year.  Now of course that it is summer, perhaps a day of some cold weather would be nice huh?  Well, I am not a cold lover.  I love summer!

Though, a cool breeze would be nice.....just saying....

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Hello everyone!  Here's a wonderful stamp today from Lili of the Valley plus some amazing lace from Turkiye.  As I am sure you can guess I am having a field day in Istanbul buying lace right now. I just love it.  So many beautiful designs and different looks. I love it on cards as much as I love buttons!

Hope you are having a great summer time.  I miss the kiddos at school and I hope they are also having a fun summer. I know I will be so surprised when I see them next year at how much each of them has grown over just three months of summer time.  Have a great day everyone!

Cheers, Holley