Sunday, July 31, 2011

Guest Artist: Judy B

Here's a wonderful card that I recently rec'd in the mail from Judy of Marquette, MI. She was a winner of some great blog candy in the most recent contest. She took her prize (stamp set) and made me a creation! She used Glimmer mists with a doily to create the background. It's harder to see on this scan, but you can see the pattern left in the white area, as she laid the doily on top and then spritzed.It turned out beautifully. Wonderful warm colors, my favs. I love the shimmery ribbon too. It really sparkles in the light.

Thanks so much for the card. I hope all my visitors enjoy your art today.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hot Stuff!

Here's a great image from Kenny K. I love his wonderful line of stamps. I thought this cute saying from The Greeting Farm went perfect with this girl. As you know, vacation is over. I have returned from Istanbul back home to Texas. I got some wonderful ribbons and embroidery that you will soon be seeing in my works. I bought some fun things to use on a scrapbook, but didn't see any type of rubber stamps or real scrapbooking supplies other than childrens stickers. Had a wonderful time. Definitely worth the trip!
Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Rubber Stamps (girl-KennyK; saying-Greeting Farm); Ink (Memento); Punch (Fiskars); Bling (Michaels); DieCut (Spellbinders Nestabilites); Adhesives (Popdots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, July 29, 2011

It's Batgirl!!

I loved this adorable image from artist Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks. What a great digi-stamp! In Austin, we have a famous bat colony, one of the largest bat colonies in the world. I forget the crazy estimate, but it's something like 1.5 million bats that fly out from under the bridges on Congress avenue. This is in downtown! It's really a site to see. From a distance, it looks like smoke, as you get closer, you realize it's thousands and thousands of tiny creatures in a huge would think it scary, but it's really not. They eat tons of mosquitos. Woohoo!Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Digi-Stamp (Batty Girl-Tiddly Inks); Rubber Stamps (Kraftin' Kimmie); Ink (Memento); Die Cuts (Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moon Fairy

Here's a beautiful stamp from Queen Kat stamps called Moon Fairy by Monica Galvan. I just love this shade of blue and it goes perfectly with this wonderful Bling paper from Bazzill. I did the wings in pink and added a great Queen Kat stamp that says "Missing You" as the saying (comes from Lighter Side of the Dark set). I put in some great bling on my background border.Be sure to check out this artist's other designs on the Queen Kat website (click here).

Project Material: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, Bazzill Bling); Rubber Stamps (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Border(K&Co.); Die Cuts(Spellbinders Nestabilities); Bling (); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all);

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ahh, Summertime

Here's a sweet card of Tilda walking in the water. Don't we all want to step into the water and cool off our feet sometimes? I can recall as a child having endless fun walking into a creek on the family's property. Simple joys in life.Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Rubber Stamp(Tilda-Magnolia); Ink (Memento); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Fibers (JoAnns); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue All);

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Isn't she Magical?

Here's a great image from one of my favorite Queen Kat artist's Myka Jelina. Isn't she just magical? That fun vertical saying comes from Sweet Pea Stamps. I decked out this stamp in lots of pink including some pink fiber and pink buttons along with some pink ink to embellish the edges.Ahh, it's back in TX now, you sure can tell with the heat here!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Rubber Stamps(Queen Kat; Saying-Sweet Pea Stamps); Fiber (JoAnns); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue dots, Glue all);

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gorjuss Girl and her cat

Well, it's monday and I should now be returning from Istanbul and arriving back home to Good 'Ol Texas USA. I am guessing a 20-30 degree temperature shock may be the first thing that will hit me not to mention a huge time change. I can't wait to tell all of you about the trip. For now the Gorjuss girl is just gonna swing with her cat and my husband if off to go get our kitty. I am sure she has missed us (and is probably a little mad at us too).Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Rubber Stamp (Gorjuss Girl); Ink (Memento); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Here's a wonderful stamp from I Brake for Stamps. Should be on my trip home. Hugs and best wishes to my old AND new friends in Istanbul.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah); Rubber Stamps (Flowers-I brake for Stamps; Saying-Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk, Memento); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gothic Dolly

I like this raggedy ann looking dolly from Queen Kat stamps. I think of her as a gothic style dolly. Too cool. I did the whole card in different shades of green, a monotone type theme. I never really had any dolls as a kid, but I never really saw any dolls like this either. Funny how now I see these images and they catch my eye, huh?Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Rubber Stamp (Queen Kat); Ribbon (Michaels); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue, Glue Dots); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag);

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hugs for Paper!

Here's an adorable card using stunning papers from Paper Temptress with a fun stamp from Whiff of Joy. The papers in card have beautiful rich colors and texture. I added an image at the bottom to show more detail from the papers. The rich red paper I embossed using a Sizzix folder.

The background paper is a beautiful textured paper called Black Felt Grandee. It has a wonderful texture and a thick basis for the card. The red paper that I embossed using Sizzix is the Pop Tones Wild Cherry. It's vibrant and bright, it runs through the machine easily and holds the texture nicely. The stamped image is done on Neenah Classic Crest Solar white. This is a great cardstock for stamping on. (I also highly recommend their Heavnly white! it's delicious!) The image is mounted on a piece of Black (Crepe) ruche paper which give the card another texture. Finally I added a sliver of silver (always save those extras!!) to the base of the card to give a shiny glitter.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Rubber Stamps (Whiff of Joy); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Punch (Fiskars); Embosser (Sizzix); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All);

Hugs Everyone! Holley

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lolipop Labs

Here's a wonderful new stamp from Queen Kat's Lolipop Labs. Don't you love her? I know I love this stamp line from their store. So adorable! I added a great saying that says "love struck". She so has that wonderful look on her face. I did her up in many shades of orange, which blend together perfectly!

Be sure to take a peek at the Queen Kat store and see all the beautiful stamps by Lolipop labs!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Rubber Stamps(All Queen Kat Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Pearls (Hero Arts); Color (Copic Markers); Black lace; Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All);

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Need a push?

Here's an adorable stamp from Lili of the Valley. This stamp is called Milly me and my dog. I added a saying "Cute as a button" because both Milly and her doggie are cute as can be! (and I LOVE those tiny tiny buttons) Now, if only we could teach our puppy how to push us when we are on the swing. I don't think my dog ever learned that.
Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, AC Metallic, Neenah); Stamps (Milly-Lili of the Valley; saying-Hero Arts); Ink (Memento, Studio G White); Tiny Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Fiber (Jo Anns); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Color (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meet Syren

Meet Syren. She's an adorable mermaid image from the Greeting Farm. I added a wonderful saying to the card from Sweet Pea stamps "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream procedes the goal." I had this wonderful Bazzill Swiss paper and used some great white "bubbles" to add some fun. Hope that I am out seeing the water in Istanbul.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Rubber Stamps (Syren-The Greeting Farm; Saying-Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Bling (EK Sucess); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, July 18, 2011

Squigglefly Challenge: Hang 10

Hello! Squigglefly is having a contest this week called Hang 10. For the challange this week, you need to include something that has (animal or human) hands (or paws). Could also include fingerprints or handmade. Be sure to check the Squigglefly Challenge Blog for more info. There's great free stamps you can try out if you have never used a digi stamp before! Go to the Squigglefly stamp store and try one!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Digi-stamp (Squigglefly); Flowers (Prima); Bling (EK Sucess); Borders (Bazzill); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Strawberry Girl

Here's an adorable Whiff of Joy stamp. Strawberries are definitely something you think of in Texas in the summertime. I grew up in San Antonio and one of the largest places for Strawberries that is famous is Poteet, TX. On the side of town that I grew up, Poteet was no more than 45 min away. They would have a huge strawberry festival every year. I wish I could say that I saw strawberries as big as the one on this card, but alas, either that fairy is just really tiny or she lives in a place where fruit grows for giants.Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Swiss, Neenah); Rubber Stamp (Whiff of Joy); Ink (Memento); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Fibers (JoAnns); Bling (Queen&Co); Adhesives (Pop dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My heart is for you

Here's an adorable image from Tiddly Inks. A cute hedgehodge giving his heart to a little girl. So sweet. I love this artists work (Christy Croll). She makes wonderful digi-stamps like this one as well as rubber stamps that come from companies like Stamping Bella. So reach out today and give a piece of your heart to someone! Hugs all!
Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, DCWV, Neenah); DigiStamp (Tiddly Inks); Ribbon (Michaels); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Friday, July 15, 2011

Humphrey Explosion Card

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great week. Here's a wonderful project for Friday. It's a wild card that will "explode" with excitement when the recipient opens it. When completed, it is a 4x4" project that is neatly folded and tied up with a cute bow. Once the bow is removed. It pops open into a long three tier project!

Here's an image to show you what the entire card looks like when opened up, but I have taken lots of smaller detailed images so you can see each of the stamped items.

This project is called an Explosion card and the directions for creating it are given on the Ultimate DVD that comes with your Ultimate tool. The DVD gives a video with simple instructions that will have you making one in just a few minutes.

Here's my image from the top of the card. This stamp comes from the newest released Humphrey stamps called Birthday Conga.

Here's several more photos showing each layer of the card and the wonderful stamps from the Humphrey Birthday Conga set. I used Memento Ink and Copic Markers on this project.

The detail photos show you the additional stamp images as well as beautiful papers used to create the card. I used a Pearlescent paper in purple mixed with a wonderful sheet of matching purple and blue scrapbooking paper from the Fairyopolis Paper Pad.

On the back of the card, I taped the sheer ribbon down with adhesive and then covered the location with a beatiful set of flowers. I could have also used a stamped image or a cute piece of printed paper.

Now, all I have to do to finish this adorable project is make a mini size box for it with my envelobox!

Cheers everyone, Holley

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moon Fairy

Here's one of the newest images from Queen Kat artist Monica Galvan called Moon Fairy. I love her expression. I colored her up in purple and added some wonderful purple embellishments to this card to match. I used a great saying from Queen Kat "Thinking of You" as I know that is what this Fairy is thinking!Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah, AC); Ink (Memento); Rubber Stamps(Queen Kat Stamps); Flowers (Prima); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Die Cut (Spellbinders-Nestabilities); Sparkle (Studio G);

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You are a princess....

Here's Tilda and isn't she a princess? She sure is to me. Isn't every little girl a princess to someone? Probably to a lot of people. I know I look at little kids all the time and see the adults they are surrounded by. I hope those adults treat those kids as though they were a princess. But of course recall, a princess has a lot to learn, a certain way to behave, good manners and doesn't get away with much...hmmm....maybe being a princess doesn't seem that easy after all.

Project Materials: (Paper Temptress-Mica, Neenah Solar White); Rubber Stamp (Magnolia); Ink (memento, Colorbox Chalk); Borderpunch (Martha Stewart); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue all); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Colors (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Love Ya!

Lili of the Valley recently released some new girlie stamps and I just had to order a handful of them. SO cute. Here's one I got, her name is Milly. This stamp is called Milly Flower Power. I am guessing if one had to carry a flower that large it would take some real power!Keep your eyes out for some Milly and a new girl named Masie...she's a-maisingly cute!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Rubber Stamp (Lili of the Vallie); Butterfly (); Sticker(); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blue Skies and Sunny Days

Happy Summer everyone! I am sure it's hotter in Texas than it is here in Istanbul. Here's a beautiful image from Stamping Bella sending wonderful flowers out to all of you this summer. I love this adorable stamp. I am so looking forward to today, I hope you are too!Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, AC Metallic); Rubber Stamps (Stamping Bella; Saying-); Ink (Memento); Borders (Bazzill); Pearls (Queen&Co.); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots); Color (Copic Markers); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Butterfly Kisses

Here's the cutest little girl from My Favorite Things. She's sending some butterfly kisses....those are for John. Miss you John. They are floating through the air, so I don't know how long they will take to reach you, but sometime when you are sleeping, you will feel them on your cheek.Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Stamps (My Favorite Things); Ink (Memento); Ribbon (Jo Anns); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Star Girl

Here's another beautiful stamp from Queen Kat. I just loved this cutie when I saw her. She's so delicate looking. I added some wonderful punched borders to surround her image. I hope you all are having a great summertime.
Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV); Rubber Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento, Studio G); Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, July 8, 2011


Here's a wonderful digi-stamp of Claire from Tiddly Inks. Isn't she a doll? So cute. I love this artist. I buy her stamps from Stamping Bella and when I saw her digi-stamp website, I had to grab a handful of them. Here's one that I got. Too cute!Project Materials: Cardstock(Neenah, AC Metallic); DigiStamp (Tiddly Inks); Color (Copic Markers); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties): Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All);

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Love Struck

Hello everyone! Here's one of my favorites from Queen Kat stamps called "Lolipop Labs." I have made quite a few cards with these cuties. This stamp is called Day Dream. But for this card I had a sweet stamp (also from Queen Kat) that said "Love Struck" and I think that saying also fits this stamp so well. Doesn't she just have that love struck look? I colored her up in red with a red background for this card.She's made me fall in love....

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Rubber stamps (Queen Kat Stamps); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wags 'n Whiskers Fairie

Here's a beautiful faerie from Wags 'n Whiskers. I used some elegant paper in the background and a beautiful punch from Martha Stewart. I colored up the fairy with copic markers in rich shades of purple and added a wonderful saying from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps. She's so fairy cute, isn't she?Project Materials: Cardstock (); Rubber Stamps (Wags 'n Whiskers; saying-Kraftin' Kimmie); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All);

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Take Flight

I thought this card was very appropriate today as I am about to take off and leave for Istanbul, Turkey to visit a dear friend and her children. I will still have computer access and will be sharing wonderful cards with you all everyday, as well as sharing fun info about my trip, so stay tuned!

Here's a great Gorjuss Girl card. I so love this artist and her beautiful work. I like this saying "Never forget how to fly." I don't know that I ever forgot how to fly, just that my wings were broken there for a while and suddenly the doctors fixed them. I jumped up and out of the nest and I won't stop flying now! Praise God!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzil Swiss, Neenah); Rubber Stamps (Gorjuss Girl; saying-Cat's Pajamas); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Bling (Queen&Co); Punch (Martha Stewart); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Popdots, Glue Dots, Glue All);

Monday, July 4, 2011

Squigglefly Challenge: Summertime

Here's the Squigglefly challenge this week, it's Summertime! Take your favorite Squigglefly digital stamp image and make a summer theme card. For me, I had to use blue for water and green for grass (though being here in drought ridden south texas, I will confess that grass is never this green, esp this year as we are on a major watering ban).
This project uses some yummy colors of Mica paper from Paper Temptress! They have a huge collection that they sell. It's totally shimmery in the light and delicious! Check out all the colors they have! (CLICK HERE). Also, be sure to go on over the Squigglefly blog and make a fun summer theme card to play in the contest!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Fairway Mica, Vista Mica, Neenah Solar White--Paper Temptress); Digi-Stamp (Squigglefly); Bling (Queen&Co); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Glue All); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Here's a beautiful stamp that I got from Sugar Nellie. Isn't she a cutie? I love this company but don't often get to order from them as they are outside the USA. This stamp was too sweet to pass up on. She's called Honey Bee and is sold as part of the "Home Grown" Manga collection.
Wishing you all some Happiness today!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Rubber Stamp (Sugar Nellie); Ink (Memento); Punch (Martha Stewart); Sticker (K&Co); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilties); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Crafter's Companion USA Contest

Crafter's Companion USA is having a great monthly contest with a huge prize! This month is there a card pattern that you should follow. Read about it here on their Challenge blog. Here's a sample that I made using this cute doggie stamp from one of the Popcorn Bear stamp sets and a great "Thinking of you" saying from a SWALK stamp set. The contest requires you to use the pattern (or your interpretation of it) and to use any of the Crafter's companion stamps. Stop on over at the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog and see what the new contest is!! (CLICK HERE) The winner this month will get a full set (6 wonderful stamp sets!!) of Humphrey the Elephant. Woo Hoo!! You can see a preview of that on my sidebar to the right.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Neenah, Bazzill, DCWV); Rubber Stamps (Crafter's Companion); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All); Brad (Making Memories); Flowers (asst);

Friday, July 1, 2011

Crafter's Companion Paint Fusion

Happy Friday everyone! Here's a Paint Fusion product using one of the newest flowers in the stamp line, a Sunflower! I used different colors on mine though. I had an assortment of yummy paints and used a combo of red and butternut. Here in Texas amongst the Sunflower patches, you will look out and see the red ones. They are a bit darker than the image on my card here, but you get the idea. I had this stunning paper with a shimmery finish and I wanted the flower I created to match the paper.
I made the card XL and tall like a legal size envelope. I can also use some of the yummy pink shimmery paper with my Ultimate Tool to make a perfectly sized matching envelope! To create this project, first I used one of the recycled ATC chipboards, created a background with a crackle pattern; I stamped the images onto it using white Stazon Ink, painted my flower and parts of the leaves. Then I used the stamps as background images for my card (they work great just like any rubber stamp would! You can use these stamps just for ordinary stamping too!) Finally, I mounted my painted art onto the card.

What a wonderful way to share your tiny painted masterpiece!

Cheers all! Holley

Crafter's Companion Products Used:
Sheena Douglass Stamp Set Sunflower
Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion DVD
Paint Colors: Primary Red, Butternut, Mulch, Zucchini, Raspberry
Royal and Langnickle Brushes: 1/2", fine point
Green Glue
Recycled Chipbboard Die Cuts ATC
15"x18" Inkessentials Nonstick Craft Sheet
Pearlescent 8.5x11" Paper in brights (pink and green shades)
Stazon Opaque in White
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black