Thursday, January 31, 2013

Zombie Girl

So, right before the celebration begins, you know I had to start up with this fun image. I guess when you have been through such a as brain surgery, you must learn to keep a sense of humor and since for me things turned out so well.  I must say the saying does make me laugh, "I can see clearly now, the brain is gone...."  Now for me, that is very much true.  Perhaps the pretty lady holding a brain on a plate is a bit much, lol!

Plus of course, in my case, they did only remove the back left  hand temporal lobe, a decent size piece of it.  Risky place for brain surgery as the Temporal lobe actually controls your memory in several different ways both recall and storage. To make it a full three years without having a seizure is wonderful and so I am now ready to celebrate!!  This great stamp comes from Queen Kat and is called Zombie Doll from Carissa Rose.

So, what's going to happen during blog candy month?  each day (maybe a surprise now and then) there will be a chance for you to leave a comment on the posting, I will pick a winner.  Sometimes the winner will be a lucky number, sometimes the winner will be every 10th posting or some random choice....Winner's won't get announced until a couple of days later.  That gives my friends all over the world a chance to catch up.  You are welcome to sign up for every contest, please do so, but do so once.  Some days there might be a special question or guessing game, read the post to see....some days there  might be multiple winners.  Eventually I will have a master list of all the winners that you can be checking.  All prizes will get mailed at the END of the month, usually pretty quickly, if you see your name on the winner list, you can email me your address.  I do expect some people may win more than once, so feel free to play in all the contests.  Lots of winners will be named at the end including a Grand Prize of 8 stamps (2 sheets worth of rubber) from Sweet Pea stamps!! 

Best Wishes and Good Luck everyone!!  The next blog post starts the games.

Hugs, Holley

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love Conquers All

Well, it's the day before Celebration Month and here's a fun card that I am showing both on my blog as well as the Paper Temptress Blog.  I am using a Digi-Stamp designed by artist Sandra Caldwell from her Babycakes Doodle This & That stamps.  All the papers on this card come from Paper Temptress.
The gorgeous papers on this card all come from Paper Temptress.  The base of the card is called Mangue Sparkle.   It's hard to see on this image, but it actually has glittery flecks in it.  It really shimmers in the light.  Gorgeous!  The shiny orange layer is called  Flame Mica, which I embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder.  The image was printed on Neenah Solar White.  I use 80lb Solar White when I do Digi-Stamps because it runs through my printer so easily and also works very well with copic markers.

Are you ready for some candy?  We're gonnna have goodies from both Artist Sandra Caldwell AND Paper Temptress.  WOO HOO.  Goodies start on Friday.
Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beautiful Memories

Here's a stunning image from a Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Memory Howell.  I love her creatures, this one is called Fairy 30.  This creature just looks lost in thought. I added some wonderful lace that I got while in Istanbul and a simple saying "Beautiful Memories."  I think both the fairy here looks in deep thought like it is having beautiful memories as well as I am looking at the lace and thinking of the wonderful memories of that vacation.
Are you ready for blog candy yet?  The company that sells this stamp is one of the companies that is giving prizes!! It's all getting started on Feb 1st.  Stay tuned.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, DCWV, Neenah);  Image (Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps);  Flowers (Prima); Brads (Basic Grey, Making Memories);  Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye);  Saying ();  Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Ribbon Glue, Glue All); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, January 28, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  You all know that means it's time for the Squigglefly challenge.  This week is the "Show me some heart" challenge.  With Valentine's rapidly approaching, I see so many wonderful images coming out.  I added this cute image from Squigglefly artist Fawn Palmer called Happy Beaver, the image also comes with the great saying shown "Wood you be mine?"  You all know I am a sucker for a good pun.  Now, that being said, I actually added a SUCKER to my card. HA!
Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog and see what the Holley Hobbyists came up with this week and then make your own card to play along with the challenge.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Company, Making Memories, Crafter's Companion, Neenah);  Digi-Stamps (Squigglefly);  Flowers (Prima, Recollections);  Sucker (Jolees);  Buttons (American Traditionals, Grandma's Button Bag);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots);  Color (Copic Markers); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Here's a beautiful Tilda image of her standing in the ocean and holding some shells.  Once I colored her up, I just added some simple ocean embellishments.  That stamp is so cute!  How can you not love Tilda?
If you haven't been by in a while, scroll down two entries and check out all the amazing blog candy that will be starting in Feb!!  Everyday in Feb will be blog candy here.  I am going to be celebration my THIRD anniversary of the double brain surgery that saved my life.  I am still seizure free and it's been truly amazing.  There so much goodies to share.  Scroll down and check it out and then come back everyday to check out what is going on in Feb!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp(Magnolia);  Ink(Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Buttons (Jesse James);  Saying (JoAnns);  DieCut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Corner Punch (Creative Memories);  Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots);

Saturday, January 26, 2013

You're Tweet!

Here's a wonderful image from  Hero Arts.  Here in our neighborhood in Austin, I have seen owls.  I must say they don't look much like this one. They are in fact now very large looking compared to many of the photos I have seen of owls.  But, when that very small owl spreads out its wings and flys, it's amazing.  What a site.

Are you ready for blog candy month?  I know I am start off...all you have to do is take the image on the top right hand of the screen and add it to your blog to advertise the blog candy. Be sure to put a link to my blog from your blog and let everyone know that the blog candy will be running from Feb 1-28th.  email me at with your blog address so I know you have done it.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Neenah); Stamp (Hero Arts);  Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (Jesse James); Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Window View

I took a fun stamp designed by Elisabeth Bell of a little girl sitting outside with flowers.  This stamp is called Lady Bug.  You can see on the top of the card I added some shimmery mica cardstock with designer lace across the top.  I did that to make this card look like a "window," where the lace and die cut across the top of the card are the heading curtain. (lol, for those of you who like me aren't decorators, I am talking about that top part of the curtain that is used to decorate and hide the "curtain bar upon which the curtain slides back and forth or the window mount with the blinds.  Sorry if my terminology is not correct.)   Now, the sweet child is of course sitting outside and the person reading the card sees the child as if they are  "inside" the home looking out the window.
I also added a wonderful sentiment to the card, "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings."  Be sure and check out all the wonderful designs that Sweet Pea stamps has by artist Elisabeth Bell!  They are all just as cute at this little girl.

Have a great week and think about creating a card from some unique point of view, be sure and check out the amazing blog candy in the posting below. WOW, there's also a posting on Jan 16th.  The pre-Feb contest for candy is to take the blog candy image on the top right hand column and put that on your blog.  Please direct people back here and let them know about the MONTH long celebration happening at Holley's Blog. Email me when you do it, so you are eligible for the contest!!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 24, 2013

MORE Blog Candy

So I know I told you there was a LOT more blog candy....Here's just SOME photos, at some point I got tired, lol, and just stopped taking photos.  so, there's clearly stuff in some pics that's in the background and not showing, that's all in too.  Don't forget about all the goodies show on the Jan 16th posting (Click HERE).

Let me also add that in addition to the above shown goodies and the amazing Sweet Pea stamps and other goodies shown on Jan 16th, there's many goodies that will be sent to you straight from the companies!!  Squigglefly Stamps will send winners their choice of stamps!  Scrapbook Stamp Society will all give-a-way digital stamps from a number of wonderful artists.  Sandra Caldwell of Babycakes Doodle this and that has a special plan for the month including several brand new stamps she designed just for me!!  Stormy Howard will be giving away some wonderful brand new "retired" sets from Stampin' Up during their Sale-a-bration month.  Queen Kat will pick a winner to send them rubber stamp straight from the store. And Paper Temptress is offering a $25 gift card to their online website!  WOO HOO!!  Where to even get started!?!?
Let me say that I do anticipate that people will win more than once.  Some days will have more than one winner, some days will be a simple prize like a stamp or embellishment and some days will be bigger prizes and more winners.  You are eligible (and encouraged) to play everyday.  You are eligible to play no matter where you live in the world as long as I can mail a prize to you.  I will NOT mail anything until the end of the month as I will wait until all contests are over before mailing out everything.  All it takes to play is just leave a comment on that day's card, pay attention if a specific question is asked, please answer the question or play the game of the day. 
Hugs all!!  Holley

Creepie Cutie!

Here's a Creepie Cutie from Queen Kat artist Kristie Silva.  I just love this artists designs.  Too fun.  She has a whole series of stamps with this character.  I think this is the character that brought me to Queen Kat to begin with, I saw a fun card with a creepie cutie and I just had to get some of those stamps!
Are you ready for blog candy next week?  It's going to start on Feb 1st.  For now, you can be eligible for a prize by taking the image from the top right hand column and advertising the wonderful blog candy on your site to send them to mine, just let them know the EVERYDAY in Feb, there's blog candy on Holley's blog. Email me at and let me know that you are advertising it on your blog so you are eligible for candy!!

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah);  Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento); Saying (); Ribbon (Ric Rac; Prima);  Bling (Queen & Co.);  Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Here's a great new image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Sherri Baldy.  This cutie is called Happy Birthday Mr President.  So adorable.  I colored her up in yellows.  I thought this card would be appropriate for this week since it is the presidential inauguration week.  I added a fun sentiment to the card since it is a little girl that says "Grow"

If you missed yesterday's post or came later in the day, be sure to scroll down and read it again, as it tells you how to earn a chance at blog candy!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Digi-Stamp (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk); DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flowers (Prima); Buttons (Jesse James); Bling (Recollections); Brads (Basic Grey);  Saying (JoAnns);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Emerald Fairies

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature."  I thought the quote on this embellishment was just pefect for this stamp.  It's an adorable image from Emerald Fairies.  Too Cute.  I am also using some of the wonderful lace that I got from Istanbul on this card.  Huge hugs everyone!!

Would everyone like to get ready for some blog candy?  how about taking the pic on the top of the right hand column and showing it on your blog!  Then email me and let me know.  Just put on there That Holley's Blog is going have MONTH LONG BLOG CANDY  in  Feb and to come join in with the photo and link them back to my blog, you can also refer them to the Jan 16th posting so they can see a photo of SOME of the wonderful candy that is coming.  But also--there's goodies from several Digi-stamp companies like Scrapbook Stamp Society, Squigglefly; Babycakes Doodle This and That; Paper Temptress, I have a wonderful stamp sets from Stampin' Up  Demonstrator Stormy Howard; plus those gorgeous stamps you see from Sweet Pea stamps and a ton of other goodies.  YUM! For the pre-hop advertisitng, I will pick a winner amongst those who advertise the blog candy on their blogs, just email and let me know when you have it posted!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  RubberStamp (Emerald Fairies);  Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye);  Bling (Hobby Lobby);  Saying (KI Memories);  Diecut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue Dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, January 21, 2013

Love and be Loved

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."  What a wonderful sentiment today.  I just love this adorable fairy stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie too.  Isn't she adorable?  Isn't this saying all we really want?  to love and be loved?  I know that's really all I want most of the time.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful husband who does nothing but love me with no string attached. I never knew that love came way before.  Of course being religious, I guess I do know that GOD loves us with no strings attached, but it's something that is hard to really understand in concept, when we as people can't really do this ourselves.  Coming from a place where you don't always feel that, it was a real lesson I learned over much time of being with him that love can really be unconditional.
So go out today and try to just love. I know it can be hard to just give it away without the string attached. But remember, there are people who love you with out strings attached.  Much love everyone.  Get ready for some blog candy, I have lots of love to hand out, EVERY DAY of Feb....mark your calendars.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp (Kraftin' Kimmie); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Saying (KI Memories); Ribbon (Michaels);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Guest Artist: Nikki C

Here's a stunning card that I just rec'd from Nikki C as a thank you for some Blog candy that she rec'd for the 12 days of Blog candy in December.

Isn't this amazing, I just love the glitter and if you could really see her card close up, you would see the amazing detailing in her coloring including the tiny white lines drawn in to give really detailed features to her stamp.  Just stunning!!

Thanks Nikki!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

You're Whoootastic!

Here's a fun image and saying from Queen Kat that was designed by Shaz Justice.  This stamp has been retired, but I do love it.  I just love owls and had to get this stamp when I saw it. 
Queen Kat will also be celebrating with us this coming month, so be sure to stay tuned with us and join in on the celebration.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Rubber stamps (Queen Kat);  Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Buttons (Jesse James);  Ribbon (Hobby Lobby);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Friday, January 18, 2013


Hi everyone!  Here's a great image from Sweet Pea artist Karen Middleton.  She's called Face #1.  I just love the deep thought she's in.  I added the perfect sentiment to go with her "Remember" because she's looks lost in her own memory.  I am getting ready to make lots of fun valentine cards an even though this specific card is not for valentine's you can certainly see my coloring patterns in my mind are already thinking about it.
The card base is using some Bazzill printed paper with Glaze;  the frame comes from Spellbinders; and that gorgeous ribbon is some that I got while on vacation in Istanbul, Turkey.  What a great ribbon shop! it was like THREE stories high full of ribbons and  laces.  WOW.  I may have spent about a 100 tl (Turkish Lira--US equivalent of maybe $60).  Be sure and check out the other great stamps from Karen Middleton.  I think this image could be made into a nice Missing you or Thinking of you card as well.

SALE--just got word there is a 25% off sale at Sweet Pea stamp today and tomorrow HERE

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Glaze, AC, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp (Sweet Pea Stamps); Ink (Memento);  Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Flowers (Recollections);  Brads(Basic Grey);  Ribbon (Istanbul, Turkiye);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue); Saying (Sticker-JoAnns);  Color (Copic Markers);

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Meet Seika

Here's a great new image from artist Myka Jelina of Queen Kat stamps. This stamp is called Seika.  I just love all her images.  Excited to announce also that Queen Kat is participating in the celebration next month as well, she will be giving away a prize too!  Thank so much to her (Vikki)!! 

Drop by the Queen Kat store and check out Myka's stamps and some of the other wonderful artists that she sells. If you haven't seen initial photos of SOME of the blog candy, scroll down and check it out!  This will all be getting started in Feb.  For those of you who are new, the reason for this huge celebration is three years ago in Feb, I had two brain surgeries that saved my life!  I was so very sick and hurting everyday.  After surgery (and about 2 months of healing), it was a real miracle.  My crafting friends were SO wonderful and SO supportive, both when I found out that I was going to have the surgeries, during my surgeries and after!!  Now every year, I have a huge celebration to give back my blessings to everyone.  Many wonderful companies join in with me and also give away great goodies too!!  It will be a month long celebration.  You can win no matter where you live, you can (and many people will) win multiple times over the month so I will not mail out any prizes until March.

SALE--just got word there is a 25% off sale at Sweet Pea stamp today and tomorrow HERE

Project Materials:  Cardstock (WeRMemory Keepers, Hobby Lobby, Paper Temptress, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp (Queen Kat);  Brads (Bo Bunny);  Vellum (); Lace (); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flower (All My Memories);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WOW! Blog candy is coming.

WOW, all I can say is WOW!! are you guys ready for some blog candy because here it comes....I have already been talking with several companies who will be offering wonderful prizes and getting goodies in the mail.  I have been mentioning it in some postings recently and thought I would post some teaser photos today as I got a package today from Sweet Pea stamps.


You all know I love them as you see me post cards from them all the time.  Here's some goodies they sent for you!!!  It's a HUGE amount, 45 of their wonderful stamps from all the artists from Elisabeth Bell to Ching chou kuik.

to even get an idea of the stuff, here's a STACK of them, I can hardly hold the stack of rubber UNmounted in my hand, even my husband (who doesn't stamp but has bought me goodies, eyes got really big when he saw a stack of rubber this big, lol!!)
Here's some closeups of some of the stamps....

Here's some of the other goodies.....(lol, SOME not even close to all, the rest, there's SO MUCH!!! a BOX of stamp sets and another box of embellishments) AND I have goodies from several great artists--Sandra Caldwell from Babycakes Doodle this and that, who made me MY OWN personal stamp as well as some freebies for YOU that will be given out during Feb on special days.  Prizes from Scrapbook Stamp Society Digi-stamp company;  Prizes from Squigglefly digi-stamp company;  A $25 gift card to Paper Temptress;  It's going to be a huge month long of fun everyday.  Here's a sneak peek:


Stay tuned!! More info will follow.

MORE blog candy photos have been posted--CLICK HERE--to see them
Hugs, Holley

Be Brave, Be Bold!

Here's a wonderful image from Tickled Pink, now made by CC Designs.  I just love this artist's stamps!  I am using some stunning papers from Paper Temptress to create this card as well as some gorgeous lace that I got from Istanbul. I thought Pink would be perfect as it is always the color associated with the Fight on Cancer.  I added a small saying sticker from Cosmo Cricket, Be Brave, Be Bold.
Paper Temptress papers on this amazing card include the base of the card which is a gorgeous mica cardstock called Azelea.  The image was stamped onto Heavenly White.  I die cut out my image using Spellbinders Nestabilities and layered it onto a piece of  Hambly Overlays.  These overlays are great because they come in a 12x12" size, I can pick just a small portion of the sheet and use what is visible on that piece of the sheet to enhance my card.  You can see through the sheet that I chose, the Orange Bohemian, to see the Azelea Mica.  If you take a look at the Orange Bohemian sheet, you would never guess that is the paper!  The textured look gives a lot of depth to card along with the lace.

Paper Temptress will be giving away a wonderful prize next month, a $25 gift card to her store!!  WOO HOO!! Thanks so much to the Paper Temptress.  What would you want to spend that on?  (click here)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm Yours

Here's a stunning image from Morgan Fitzsimons of Scrapbook Stamp Society (Addicted to Stamps).  Her name is Cameo 1a.  Morgan has several stunning woman images.  Scrapbook Stamp Society is going to give several prizes this February during the annual celebration! So be sure to come back each day to see what's being given away!  lots of goodies.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, DCWV, Neenah);  Digi-Stamp (Addicted to Stamp--Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Flowers (Prima); Brads (Queen & Co);  Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties; Heartfelt Creations);  Bling (Jesse James); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue All);  Saying (Heidi Grace); Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Larry!

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what that means....yep, it's a Squigglefly Challenge day!  Today's a super special day because it's my brother's birthday.  Happy Birthday Larry!  The challenge today is  "I have the winter blues," so to join in on the Challenge, you can create a winter theme card or a blue card (or go for a winter them card in blue).  As you can see, I used this occasion to make a birthday card for my brother with this image from Cheryl Alger called Avery Celebrates With Cake.
Drop by the Squigglefly Blog and join in this week's contest.  Check out all the wonderful samples from the Holley Hobbyists and then make your own card to play along!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Digi-stamp (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Saying (Momenta); Flowers (Prima); Brads (Bazzill, Imaginesense); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Babycakes stamps

Here's a great stamp from artist Sandra Caldwell.  Many of you see me use her rubber stamps that are sold by Queen Kat.  She also has a digi-stamp website called Babycakes Doodle This & That, where she sells.  I am so excited because Sandra is going to join in with my celebration next month.  I just love her stamps, both rubber and digital format. I am so happy that is going to do something just for me!!  How great is that?!?  Details will follow soon enough, but drop by her digi-stamp blog and take a peek and know that there will be fun and freebies during Feb from her to celebrate my THREE year anniversary of brain surgery and now seizure free life!  Thanks so much.
Project Supplies:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah, Vellum);  Digi-Stamp (Sandra Caldwell);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Saying (JoAnns);  Flowers(Paper--Prima;  Knitted-Linda W);  Bling (Michaels, Queen&Co);  Color (Copic Markers);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blackeyed Susie

Here's a Scrapbook Stamp Society image from artist Heather Valentine called Blackeyed Susie.  I used this fun stamp to create a combination of spring and valetines theme card.  She's such a pretty image.  I am also using some stunning ribbon that I got in Istanbul.  There's a bunch of different Susie images available at the Scrapbook Stamp Society Store (CLICK HERE) for just $1!!
This digi-stamp company will be sponsoring wonderful prizes during next month's celebration, so stay tuned and be sure to be checking to see photos of the upcoming blog candy.  As many of you know, when the celebration starts, it will be a real celebration!

Cheers, Holley

Friday, January 11, 2013

Forest Fairy

Here's a wonderful Sweet Pea stamp from artist Teresa Sherman called Fern the Forest Fairy (Plate #222).  If you check out her image on the Sweet Pea site, you can see how different my image looks due to the coloring.  One major change I can say is when I left the image initially with a white background, then initially contemplated a sky blue or darker (say night time blue) background.  After looking at the image for a while, I actually ended up coloring the background in a Copic Warm Grey.  Turned out great and it really makes a difference in how the final image looks.  I wish I had scanned in the image prior to adding the background color so you could see it.
So, next time you are coloring something up, think about not just your image, but also the background color that will really make your image stand out.  I tend to use cool greys or light blues, but sometimes a warmer colored grey looks so much better.  I added a great sentiment to this card "Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." 

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, DCWV);  Rubber Stamps (Sweet Pea);  Ink (Memento);  Flower (Recollections); Brad (BoBunny);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Gold ink (Krylon); Color (Copic Markers);

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hello Sweet Friend

Here's a great Queen Kat stamp from artist Kristie Silva (Creepie Studios) called Midnight Dreary.  Isn't she adorable?  I love this artist's images.  I added a text from Cosmo Cricket that says "Hello sweet Friend" as that's what I can imagine her saying to that little doll.  I used some great Halloween skull theme ribbon to match the skulls in her hair and on her shirt.  Too fun!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Hobby Lobby, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp(Queen Kat);  Ribbon (Michaels, JoAnns);  Bling (Pearl-Queen &Co);  Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Saying (Cosmo Cricket);  Color (Copic Markers);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Ribbon Glue, Glue dots);

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What a cute little mermaid!

Here's a cute little mermaid from Addicted to Stamps artist Sherri Baldy.  She's got her pet sea horse and everything.  What a dear!  She's currently with out a name, that means that this stamp is in a "name the stamp game."  You should drop by the Scrapbook Stamp Society facebook page and Sherri Baldy Stamps facebook page to see stamps that don't have name's yet.  Sherri will take everyone's suggestion for a name and if she picks the name you suggest, she will give you a free stamp copy (digi-stamp).  The stamp is also being sold at the Scrapbook Stamp Society store (see it HERE).
She has lots of fun stamps that need names, so might win a freebie!  You can also sign up for the newsletter and then you get at free stamp per month when they send out the monthly letter.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Digi-Stamp (Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Buttons (Jesse James); Flowers (Prima); Adhesives (pop dots, Glue dots, Glue All);  Color (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside!

Baby it's cold outside!  I guess that is of course relative to where you live.  To those of us here in central to south Texas, we are used to temperatures in the 70s, perhaps the 60s in the winter.  So, anything below 50 is uncomfortable.  So, as of late, it's been in the 40s for about a week, that's about as cold as it gets.  Now, I mean a HIGH in the 40s, so of course, add the wind chill, night time low, is getting to freezing, occasional snow (which is unheard of here), and even colder outside of the city itself.
Had to make this cute card to commemorate the coldness.  I will say real (meaning any level of snow that actually covers the ground completely) I can recall maybe three times my entire childhood, the last one being in high school, and once with us being out in the hill country! Since then I have lived further north and seen it more frequently, but still not used to anything but wearing shorts year round.  I don't own a "real coat," I wouldn't recognize a snow blower if you showed me one and I have never shoveled a sidewalk ever!  Stay warm.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Rubber Stamp (Crafter's Companion); Ink (memento, colorbox chalk);  Lace (JoAnns);  Saying (Cosmocricket);  Adhesives (pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, ribbon glue); bling (skittles);

Monday, January 7, 2013

Snowman says thanks!

Happy Monday everyone!  You know what that means?  I am sure if you have visited before, then you know Monday is often for a Squigglefly Challenge.  This Monday is Rhonda's team and I am making a card to participate in this week's challenge.  The theme this week is to make a thank you card.  This is a perfect time to do it, as I know everyone has gotten many wonderful things over the holidays.  I am using an adorable new image from Cheryl Alger called Winkie's Snow Day Dreaming.
All the great papers on this card are from Paper Temptress.  So check them out, the base of the card is a bright red cardstock called Pop Tones Wild Cherry.  The snowman stamp was printed out on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper.  For Digi-stamps, I typically use this paper because it runs through my particular printer very well.  If I am rubber stamping the images and coloring in copic markers, I also love to use the Heavenly White paper.  The background paper that I die cut with Spellbinders as well as the paper that I tore behind the saying is Glossy Sky Blue.  To finish of the front of the card, I used a piece of the Hambly Overlays.  These sheets are typically sold in 12x12" papers.  They are just perfect for adding wonderful embellishment to your card that's unique.  A single sheet is enough for tons of decor for lots of cards.  The sheet used on this card is the Gold Hanging Heliconas.  Lastly, I used a small piece of translucent vellum for the saying, you can either stamp a saying on it or run it straight through a printer!

Be sure and drop by the Squigglefly Challenge Blog this week and play in the Thank You card contest!  You can use any stamp you like, but if you use a Squigglefly stamp, even a freebie, you are eligible for a prize.  Check the Squigglefly Site for Freebies.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Paper Temptress);  Digi-Stamp (Squigglefly); Button (Bazzill);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Glue All);  Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Colors (Copic markers);

Sunday, January 6, 2013

You make my life Happy!

Here's a totally adorable stamp from Tiddly Inks.  She's just smiling away.  How can that girl not make you smile? She's just the cutest. That lace is some that I picked up while in Istanbul.  I added a wonderful vellum saying, "You make my life Happy."  So Happy, John!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (AC, Neenah);  DigiStamp (TiddlyInks); Ink(Colorbox Chalk);  Diecuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye);  Bling (Michaels);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Unity birds

Here's a wonderful stamp from Unity stamps.  Cute little owl and a nest of birds.  I also added some stunning lace that I got while in Istanbul.  What fun memories.  Now that the year is winding down, I am looking forward to a new 2013 and praying for wonderful things for everyone!
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Neenah);  Stamp (Unity);  Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);  Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye);  Buttons (American Traditional);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);

Friday, January 4, 2013

Silent Cry

Here's an amazing stamp from Sweet Pea artist Ching-chou kuik.  This image is Silent Cry from Plate #232.  I love the artist's depiction of the woman crying in this image.  Makes me think of myself at times.  I added a sentiment "Live & Learn" as that is often what I have to tell myself at those times when the tears are coming down my face!
All the stamps on Plate #232 are just stunning.  Be sure and check out the New Year Specials at the Sweet Pea site.  Now is the time when I go check out my favorite store for the wonderful New Year sale with that little extra Christmas money.  The new stamps at the store are amazing!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Celebrate Memories

Here's a stamp to bring in the new year, in case you can't tell, this Chick is going to the masked ball!  She's called "Masked Chick" from Queen Kat artist Sandra Caldwell.  Too adorable!  I think she would be perfect for Halloween too or any other party occasion.
I added a fun little sentiment "Celebrate memories" to the card along with some beautiful lace.  Hope this card has you in the mood for some fun stamps.  My recent fav from Sandra is a funny stamp of a chicken chef who's holding a leg of fried chicken!! HA!  Check it out HERE.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Bling, Neenah);  Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag);  Saying (Cosmo Cricket);  Rubber Stamp (Queen Kat Stamps); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Lace (Recollections);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers);  Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk);

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Crazy in Love

Here's one of the Naughty Girl stamps from artist Heather Valentin of Addicted to Stamps (Scrapbook Stamp Society), her name is Chef Lola, she's currently on sale for $1, if the link I put doesn't work, just do a search for Chef Lola.  Let's start this new year off with some truly, madly, deeply XOXO!!  Perhaps if I get a chef costume like this my husband will ignore the taste of my cooking and simply kiss me!  (OK, after 15 years, my husband KNOWs about the limits of my cooking, lol).
Project Materials: Carstock (KI, Bazzill, Neenah);  Digi-Stamp (Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Flowers (Michaels);  Buttons (Jesse James);  Stickers (); Bling (Michaels);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Color (Copic markers);

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Here's a great New Year card that I made using a wonderful image from artist Chesney Young of Squigglefly.  She's called "Here's to You."  The weekly contests on the Squigglefly Challenge blog will start back up on January 7th, so be sure to join in on the fun!
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Neenah);  Image (Squigglefly);  Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Tag (Target);  Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Bling (Hobby Lobby); Brads (Hobby Lobby, Basic Grey);  Butterfly (Little Yellow Bicycle);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue Dots, Glue All); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties);  Color (Copic Markers);