Saturday, August 31, 2013

Where you are....

I guess I have birds on the brain given the card yesterday, so I am showing this card today. This stamp comes from Unity stamps. It's simple but also sweet and gives a nice message to that one you love. I love how the words on the roof of the bird house are things like tweet, chirp,.....I know my DH know I want to be wherever he is. Well, most of the time that is.

Hope everyone is having a great week and everyone had their kids start off a good week at school.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, California Paper, Neenah); Stamp (Unity); Ink (Memento); DieCut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, August 30, 2013

Treat Hummer

 Here's a fun image from Sweet Pea stamp's Norma J. Burnell.  This image is called Treat Hummer.  She creates beautiful images of birds and stunning ladies with a unique and detailed flair.  I stamped this image and used Copic Markers to color in the details.  I can think of so many wonderful color combos to try!

Here's a close up of the bird, don't you love the little mouse on her back?  that, plus that tiny little jack'o latern.  How adorable!  If you missed the Sweet Pea blog this week, drop by the Sweet Pea Blog and see all the design team who made gorgeous cards using stamps from this artist.
Cheers, Holley
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Creative Imaginations, Neenah, Bazzill);  Stamp (Sweet Pea Stamps); Punch(Martha Stewart); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Embellishments (Sandy Lion); Sayings (Unknown); Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue All);

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Witch Gang

Here's a little witchy card from artist Coriander Shea from Queen Kat.  This image is called The Witch Gang.  I am already making a handful of fun card as Halloween is approaching. Here's one in some very non-typical Halloween colors. 
I have so many fun Halloween images I think I could be making cards starting today through the holiday and still not get to show all of them....hmmmm....what to do?

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Buttons (Jesse James); Bling (Michaels); Saying (sticker); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steampunk ....yeah!

Sassy Studio had this awesome steampunk image that I got last week and here's the card I made with it. She's totally gorgeous.  I would totally give this card to my hubby, so I added the sentiment "1+1=US"  I also used an embossed background and some fun ribbon in steampunk theme.

Always been a fan of the fun images from Sassy Studio.  This image was a freebie for their monthly progressive challenge at Paper Craft Planet.  I have been enjoying checking out all the other creations with this amazing image.

Cheers, Holley

Project materials:  Paper (Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Sassy Studio Designs); Ink(Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Embossing (); Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Bling (Michaels); Sentiment (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic Markers)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sitting here waiting for you...

Here's a fun stamp from artist Sheri Baldy for this week's contest over at SSS Challenge.  The contest is anything goes with a tan, beige and green color twist. So I am using all the colors suggested along with an adorable image from Scrapbook Stamp Society.  Isn't she adorable?
Be sure and drop by the Challenge Blog and join in the contest this week, use the color combo and join in with a great image from Scrapbook Stamp Society.
Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, Bazzill, Neenah); Image (Addicted to Stamps--Scrapbook Stamp Society);  Die Cuts (Spellbinders); Lace (JoAnns); Flowers (Prima, Making Memories); Bling (Michaels, Hobby Lobby); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, August 26, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for this week's Squigglefly Challenge!! This week the challenge is called Sir Shapes A lot.  The challenge is to include at least three different shapes on your card.  As you can see, my card here has rectangles, tiny stars, and a heart!  The shapes can include the shape of your card, the shape of your embellishments, your die cuts, even images, if you have specific shaped images, like the stars in the image here.  This adorable image is called Love, Joy, Peace from artist Judith Hart.

Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge and see what the other Holley Hobbyists created for this week's challenge and then create your own card.  The winner this week will get a prize from Squigglefly.

Project materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Bling, Bazzill, Neenah);  Image (Squigglefly); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Embossing (Sizzix); Stars (Jesse James); Heart (Little Yellow Bicycle);  Twill (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Halloween or year round?

Here's another great Sweet Pea card this week from Teresa Sherman called Alad Poor York (plate #213).  This stamp is one that I love to use for Halloween as it is coming up so soon.  I added a long border die from Spellbinders to fill in the background here.
Since the border was quite long, I cut it into several pcs and then layered the border using pop dots so there are several layers of borders on the card.  I also used some fun glitter paper to die cut out some bats.  She's wearing skull earrings as well as bats in her hair and snake jewelry which I colored up in purple to go with her bright red outfit.  She's decked out for the night!
This fun image is also available as a digi-stamp.
Hope these cards have inspired you today.  Have a very crafty weekend.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful crafty week.  Let me show you a couple of gorgeous stamps that are available both in rubber and in digital format from Sweet Pea artist Teresa Sherman that haven't been featured on the blog yet.  This first card is a stunning image called Fan-tasia (Plate #244).  This image is simply stunning.  I also added one of the vertical sentiments on this card.

Here's a close up of the stamp, which is also sold individually as a digi-stamp.  I am using some flocked shimmery Heidi Grace paper as the base of this card.  So beautiful.
 Hope you loved this week's card, drop by the Sweet Pea store and be sure to check the digi-stamps to as they have some wonderful goodies.  
Cheers, Holley

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Hallie!

Here's a birthday card that I made for my sister, Hallie, who's birthday is today.  Happy Birthday Hallie. I hope she and her family have a wonderful day today. I know she loves Halloween, so I chose this fun image from Simply Betty stamps to make this card for her.  I hope her hubby and kids do something fun for her tonight.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, Bazzill);  Image (Simply Betty Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Flower (Prima); Brads (ATC); Chipboard (Making Memories); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Open your heart and mind

I guess some may find this odd....but I see this little doll, stuffing popping out his head and his heart (and his leg)...then I almost have to giggle a little when I add the sentiment "Open your heart and mind."    You know we use such sentiments all the time, but do we ever literally think about what such a sentiment means?  well, I guess check out this little image and have a laugh about it.

This cute stamp comes from Queen Kat artist Miss Megs and is called Pin Cushion stamp.  Miss Megs designs all kinds of different images of beautiful women, steampunk and gorgeous designs that make me think of pretty tattoos.  Check out her work at Queen Kat.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Misc, Neenah);  Image (Queen Kat);  Saying (Cosmo Crickett);  Bling (Michaels);  Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Corners (WE R Memory Keepers);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meet Samenah

Here's a gorgeous image from Make it Crafty named Elven Samenah.  What a beautiful image.  I just had to get this stamp!  I colored her up and put her on this card to share today, don't you like her?  They have the most lovely lady images.
Project materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Digi-stamp (Make It Crafty); Die Cut (Lifestyles); Buttons (); Embellishements (Unknown); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Here's a gorgeous leopard stamp from SSS artist Kim Gwin, I just love the gorgeous detail.  I made this card for the challenge this week, which was to incorporate some Twine/Twill on your card.  I used some across the bottom of my card as well as some with the buttons.

Drop by the SSS Challenge Blog and enter a fun card in this week's challenge. They have a huge prize that is a $30 gift card to their store.  Be sure and check out all the gorgeous stamps.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah);  Image (Addicted to Stamps - Scrapbook Stamp Society); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Punch (Martha Stewart); Buttons (Jesse James); Twill (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, August 19, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's a card for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  This week you need to include your choice of twine, twill, ribbon or floss on your project.  Here you can see I have used some green ribbon and also some green twill from Doodlebug.  I have chosen this adorable image from Fawn Palmer that was a wonderful Freebie recently called Fairy Fun.
I hope you will join in the fun this week, you can download the wonderful image I have used (with the link above) and then play along at our Challenge Blog.  The winner this week will get a free image of their choice  from the store.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Diecuts (Lifestyles); Image (Squigglefly); Buttons (Jesse James); Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Ribbon (Michaels); Twill (Doodlebug); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Here's a gorgeous image from SSS artist Mitzi Sato Wiuff called Gardenias.  This image is just stunning.  Looking at the amazing detail in her work. I love her beautiful lady stamps. I am using some lovely paper from Basic Grey and die cut from Spellbinders.

Be sure and check out all the wonderful stamps at SSS today!  There's also a wonderful contest going on at the Challenge Blog every week.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Witch Mercedes

So here's a totally gorgeous image from Simply Betty stamps, don't you  love her?  This image and the sentiment were both freebies!!  How awesome is that?  I love their stamps, I just bought a huge assortment of their digi-stamps, but prior to that I have bought a whole lot of their rubber stamps as well as their clear stamps.  This image is called Witch Mercedes.  In exchange for getting this image, I am entering her in the monthly contest.
Be sure an check out all the Simply Betty stamps, as well as stay tuned on my blog here, I just got a 35 image digi-pack and I have a whole bunch of fun cards to show!  You have until the 20th to request the stamp, you can get info on it by clicking that monthly contest link above.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Neenah, unknown);  Die Cuts (Lifestyles); Digi-Stamp (Simply Betty Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Twill (Doodlebug); Flowers (Prima); Brads (ATC, OTC); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots); Color (Copic Markers);

Friday, August 16, 2013

An apple a day....

Hello everyone!  This week Sweet Pea stamps is have a variations week, meaning all designers do cards with the same image.  Here's my take using Karen Middleton's image "An Apple a Day"   I used the sentiment Friends, I can so totally imagine this little girl caught up in her own conversation with this little worm in a apple.
I colored the image using Copic Markers and added some Washi tape to my card.  I added some Glitz, the word Friends, as I can so see her holding her own imaginary conversation with the little tiny worm in that apple.  I also used a wonderful sentiment from Sweet Pea stamps "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."
Here's a close up of my coloring of this image
Drop by the Sweet Pea designs blog and see what all the other designers made using this exact same image to get lots of idea for designing with it.

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peace and Love

Here's an adorable new stamp from Queen Kat, her name is Aspyn.  She's from artist Terri Nickleson.  There's a small collection of adorable stamps by this artist at the newly designed website.  So adorable.  I colored her up all in inks and then make a totally pink butterfly to match.
Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill Swiss, AC, Neenah); Image (Queen Kat); Diecuts (Nellie Snellen); Flowers (Prima); Bling (Michaels); Butterfly (Petaloo); Saying (Cosmo Crickett); Adhesives (Pop dots, glue all, glue dots); Color (Copic markers);

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

You Give me Butterflies

Here's a gorgeous image from Make it Crafty combined with some lovely papers from Paper Temptress to create today's card.  This pretty image is named Elisabeth.  I am also using a butterfly and a you give me Butterflies sentiment from Unity Stamps.  All the papers today are Paper Temptress.
The featured stamp is a digi-stamp, so it was printed out on my computer.  For digi-stamps, I like to use 80lb paper, as it runs through my printer my easier. I color with Copic markers, so I find that Neenah Solar White is a good paper which both runs through my printer and colors well.  The base of this cards is a gorgeous mica cardstock that shimmers.  It's called Flame, I stamped right on it in chalk ink.  The red cardstock also has flecks of mica in it, it's Vermillion Sparkle.  The black cardstock has a very heavy texture to it, which I showed by adding some white ink to the edges, it's called Black Felt Grandee.    You can't tell from the image, but the reason that the "You give me Butterflies" quote lies on top of the cardstocks and the butterfly stamp is because it was placed there by stamping it onto a clear transparency!! Doesn't it look like the image is just floating there?

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Paper Temptress); Images (Make it Crafty; Unity Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Butterfly (Michaels);  Color (Copic Markers); Adhesives (pop dots, glue dots, glue all);

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I'm Happy

Here's a gorgeous Messy Bessy stamp from Sherri Baldy's adorable images at Scrapbook Stamp Society.  She's just TOO cute. I added some gorgeous stitched lace from Turkiye and some adorable embellishments to go with her including some glittery lips.  Don't you want to pucker up and blow her a kiss?
Be sure and drop by the Challenge blog this week and create a card.  This week the contest is Anything Goes, so you can share your artwork with the SSS Design Team.  Pick out a great stamp from SSS and join in the fun. There's a huge $30 prize.

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Digi-Stamps(Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps); Ink (Colorbox Chalk);  Stickers (); Lace (Istanbul, Turkiye); Lips (Jesse James); Die Cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Bling (Michaels); Vellum (Colorbok); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue Dots, Ribbon Glue); Color (Copic markers);

Monday, August 12, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  The challenge over at Squigglefly this week is to create a thinking of you card for anyone, be it your significant other, a little kid, a neighbor, the theme is wide open.  As you can see with my image here. I am definitely making a card for the You of the You&Me.  This gorgeous lady is from artist Fawn Palmer and she comes with the saying shown and a couple others!  She's called Wanna Have a Drink..  Oooo La La!!
Drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog this week and check out all the cards made by the Holley Hobbyists and then create your own card to play!  Make any thinking of you card. If you use a Squigglefly card, you could win a prize.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (AC, Neenah,Unknown);  Images(Squigglefly);  Die Cuts (Nestabilties);  Flowers (Prima); Bling (Michaels); Flag (Basic Grey); Button ();  Sticker (Cosmo Crickett);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beautiful Guest Card, Artist Patti Gilliam

Here's a stunning card that I received in the mail just the other day from artist Patti Gilliam.  Let me tell you why this card is so special, it was actually published in the most recent copy of Card Maker Magazine, Autumn 2013 issue.  I had signed up for a blog contest on her blog, Cherish Each Precious Day
She announced that she was selected to be published and she was giving away a copy of the magazine as a prize.  I won!! That's super exciting to me because you all know how much fun blog candy I do year round, I don't often win myself.  I was so happy. At any rate, after nice emails and such, I was so pleased when the magazine arrived, but more STUNNED to actually be given the card itself!! WOW, the one that she had published in the magazine. 

If you have a copy of Card Maker Magazine, it's on page 17, let me tell you, the photo doesn't do it justice, when you see it in person you can see the extra layers of the butterflies, the gorgeous papers used, the detailed embossing, Oh, lovely!!

So, next time you are at a newsstand, pick up the magazine and check out Page 17 to see her card or drop by her blog to see her work.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, August 10, 2013

To the moon & back

Here's a fun stamp and saying that both come from Unity Stamps.  Being an engineer who worked at NASA, I just had to get both of these fun images.  Yep, I would love someone all the way to the moon and back!!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Stamps (Unity Stamp Company); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Marianne);  Color (Copic Markers);  Buttons (Jesse James); Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);

Friday, August 9, 2013

Delmonica and the Mermaid Sisters.

 Here's a gorgeous digi-stamp from Sweet Pea artist Joanne Schempp called Delmonica.  She's just wonderful. My coloring is totally different from the original artist.  She's one of the stamps that is currently sold in digital format, so be sure to check her out.
Here's a close up of this beautiful image:
Here's another wonderful stamp from artist Joanne Schempp that is also only sold as a digital stamp currently, this image is called Sisters. What a stunning set of mermaids. I added a great saying with the word Sisters on it.
Be sure and drop by the Sweet Pea stamps site and check out the wonderful stamps, esp the Joanne Schempp digital images as there are some beautiful stamps there that only available right now as digi-stamps!  (click here).  There's also a SALE going on at the store Click here to check it out.

Cheers and have a great weekend.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Love's Messenger

Here's a gorgeous Queen Kat stamp that was just released from artist Nora Blansett and is called Loves Messenger.  SO Beautiful! I wonder who's arrow she is holding in her hand?  someone sure wants to reach her heart.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (DCWV, Neenah, AC, Bazzill); Stamp (Queen Kat); Ink (Memento); Flowers (Heidi Grace); Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag); Die Cuts (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Punch (Martha Stewart Border Punch); Saying (Hobby Lobby); Color (Copic Markers);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all);

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

You Pop!

Here's a fun image from Kraftin' Kimmie, I just love this artist's work.  They always add the most adorable sayings to their stamps too.  Does it make you want to go to a movie? (or perhaps check that pop corn before you eat it, lol!)

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Basic Gray, Bazzill, Neenah);  Stamps (Kraftin' Kimmie);  DieCuts (XCuts, Nestabilities);  Flowers (Prima);  Brad (Imaginesense);  Lace (Hobby Lobby);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue dots, Glue all, Ribbon Glue);  Color (Copic Markers);

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge

Here's a fun card for this week's Squigglefly Challenge.  The challenge this week is to create a masculine theme card, so I got this truck stamp from artist Dawn Collins.  It matches a wonderful stamp set that has clever sentiments, including the one I am using here. The image for that is called Truck Sentiments.  I also made this card a mono-chromatic challenge, using all browns, including only brown copic markers on my coloring ranging from E30-E39.

Be sure and drop by the Squigglefly Challenge blog this week and check out all the cards made by the design team, then create your own card this week to play along.  If you use a Squigglefly image, you could win a prize!

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Neenah, Bazzill Bling, Bazzill, unknown);  Images (Squigglefly); Ink (Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Nellie Snellen);  Clear Overlays (Little Yellow Bicycle);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ragamuffin Child

Here's a beautiful image from Scrapbook Stamp Society artist Morgan Fitzsimmons called Ragamuffin Kids 1.  I just love this beauty.  I am using this card for the challenge this week, which is to incorporate a swirl on your card.  I am using a lovely diecut flourish that has swirls in it.

Drop by the SSS Challenge blog and see the other wonderful cards for this week's challenge and then create your own card.  You could win $30 worth of product from them!  WOW.

Project materials: Cardstock (DCWV, Bazzill, Neenah);  Image (Scrapbook Stamp Society--Addicted to Stamps); DieCuts (Spellbinders Nestabilties;  Memory Box);  Flowers (Prima); Bling (Paper Studios);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Sunday, August 4, 2013

You melt my Heart

Here's the perfect for summer theme card, a popsicle. Mmmm, I do love those.  I colored it up in my favorite color, orange.  I love the sentiment it comes with, "You melt my Heart."  Awe, so true, 16 years later and he still melts my heart.  What  a sweetie.

Project Materials:  Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah); Images (Unity Stamps);  Bling (Hobby Lobby); Die Cut (Nellie Snellen);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue All, Glue dots);  Color (Copic Markers);

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Coffee, Tea, or Meow?

Coffee, Tea or Meow?  Hmmmm,  I wonder what my hubby would pick...I guess that depends on whether it's the first thing in the morning or later in the day.  I might not want to challenge the coffee if it's too early.  He's a huge coffee drinker.  I am already in competion with the cat we have, at least, that is what the cat thinks, lol!!

How about you, what are you going to pick?

Project Materials: Cardstock (Bazzill, Neenah, ProvoCraft); Stamps (Cats Pajamas); Ink (Memento, Colorbox Chalk); Die Cuts (Lifestyles, Spellbinders Nestabilities);  Buttons (Grandma's Button Bag);  Adhesives (Pop dots, Glue all, Glue dots);  Color (Copic markers);

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mushroom Fairy

 Here's a gorgeous image from Sweet Pea artist Teresa Sherman called Mushroom Fairy.  She's available as a rubber stamp and is sold on Plate #168.  You can also find her as a digital image.  I love this beautiful fairy.  Once I colored her up with copic markers, I had some wonderful Basic Grey paper that went perfect. 
Here's a close up of this amazing fairy image:

Be sure and check out all of Teresa Sherman's amazing stamps at the Sweet Pea store.  One of my other favorites from her is this awesome Steampunk image called Steampunk Sally!
Have a crafty weekend. 
Cheers, Holley

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Snowman Ornament

Here's one more adorable Christmas theme stamp for this summer celebration of Christmas stamps from Queen Kat.  This adorable image comes from artist Sandra Caldwell.  I am showing this image in two different ways, one in a large format on it's own card.  He's so cute in his Santa hat and scarf.
Here, I made the image a little smaller, this is a feature that I appreciate about digital stamps, so I could use the snowman ornament to decorate my own little Christmas tree on this card below.  Isn't it adorable?

I hope this gives you some great ideas for some quick and adorable Christmas theme cards using these cute and adorable stamps from Sandra Caldwell.  Be sure and check out all her great images at Queen Kat.

Cheers, Holley